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LCSC Coeur d'Alene Center
Presents 20th Graduating Class
--Tim Hunt, Director
On Friday, May 10, LCSC President Dr. Dene Thomas and more
than a dozen Lewiston administrators, faculty, and staff joined their
counterparts in Coeur d'Alene to honor the 70 graduates the Coeur d’Alene
Center will present at commencement ceremonies in Lewiston.
The highlight of the evening at the Coeur d'Alene Resort was the
presentation of the coveted Provost's Award to Mrs. Sharon Hoffman of
Kingston, Idaho. Hoffman, introduced by LCSC Provost Dr. Rita Rice Morris,
was honored for outstanding academic achievement and community service in a
primarily distance education environment.
Presenting graduates from their respective disciplines were Dr. John Haehl,
Coordinator of Business in Coeur d'Alene and Assistant Chair of the
Division, assisted by local faculty Scott Haug and Ken Leonard; Dr., Maxine
Martin, Coordinator of Nursing, assisted by Dr. Donna Brandmeyer, Division
Chair; Dr. Timothy Hunt, Director of the Center and Coordinator of
Communication Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies; Dr. J. R. Seaman,
Coordinator of Social Work, assisted by Dr. Suzanne Bushfield and Mrs.
Theresa McDowell; and Mr. Frank Wilkey, Coordinator of Justice Studies.
In addition to the Provost's Award, presented to a Coeur d'Alene student for
the third consecutive year, four Center graduates were honored by the Social
Science Division for their academic achievements. Brandmeyer and Martin also
named four Florence Nightingale award winners.
The Center, founded in 1978 in response to requests from major employers in
the Coeur d'Alene area, awarded its first degrees four years later, in 1982,
making this year's class its twentieth. Students earned the degrees of
Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science.
Thomas encouraged the 70 graduates to look upon life from inception as a
struggle. She cited the birth of her grandchild, Hannah, as an example. She
likened that event to her own undergraduate degree, obtained through
distance education, and the difficulties Coeur d'Alene students have
experienced while juggling higher education, full-time jobs, and families.
Coeur d'Alene students who have participated in the Student Organization of
Social Workers, Ambassadors, and Student Government were also recognized for
their service. Rocky Owens, LCSC Coordinator of Student Services in Coeur
d'Alene, Pamela Noah, Administrative Assistant, and Dawn McCarver, Office
Specialist at the Center, were also recognized by students for their
Hunt announced to the 250 assembled graduates and guests, including North
Idaho College President D. Michael Burke, and University of Idaho Dean Dr.
Jack Dawson, that the Coeur d'Alene Center will be moving to new quarters
sometime during the summer of 2002. The University of Idaho, he said, has
acquired the Harbor Center on Northwest Boulevard and has invited LCSC to
share the facility. Idaho State University will also occupy space there and
there are tentative plans to move the Northern Idaho Center for Higher
Education, as well.
The Coeur d'Alene Center has had its ups and down for the past twenty years
but is currently experiencing a surge in enrollment. Headcount peaked in the
spring of 1995 but then steadily declined through the 1998-1999 academic
year. Since then, the number of students has increased steadily with more
than 300 students enrolled during the spring semester of 2002. Substantial
growth has been predicted for the fall semester, the Center's first at