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Presidential Investiture a Ceremony to be
LEWISTON - LCSC President Dene Thomas’ investiture, held on the Campus Quad
on the morning of August 22, went exactly according to plan. The investiture
ceremony, long awaited, was intended by Thomas as a time for all LCSC
supporters to enjoy the campus and each other, to recommit to building the
best small public college possible and to remember the power of hope.
Indications are that it succeeded.
600 guests gathered to enjoy a beautiful day and a diverse and entertaining
program honoring Thomas and formally inaugurating her as the college’s 14th
and first woman president.
There was plenty to please the senses: Visually pleasing were the
presentation of the colors by the ROTC Joint Military Guard and the rows and
rows of guests seated beneath trees on the vibrant green lawn.
the ears, there was also much to enjoy: Reflecting Thomas’ musical
background, a variety of instrumentals and vocals were heard throughout the
The LCSC Saxophone Quartet performed backdrop music as people gathered and
visited. The Border Highlander Bagpipers played during the Processional and
The Idaho-Washington Concert Chorale’s
included the National Anthem and two songs with lyrics speaking of the power
and possibility of tomorrow.
Not in any way outdone, the sounds of the rushing stream that is part of the
Lewis and Clark Centennial Mall sculpture filled in the spaces between
Greetings to the president came from representatives of all factions within
the college and Idaho Governor Dirk
Speaking for the Idaho Institutions of Higher Education was Dr. Robert
Hoover, University of Idaho President. His words
how clearly proud he is of Thomas, who got her start in college
administration as an Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science
and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the UI.
Special inaugural readings were offered by three acquaintances of Dr.
Thomas—words with the power to move people as well as applaud her
achievements. Tina Foriyes of
Idaho read a poem she wrote especially for Thomas on the occasion of her
investiture. Entitled “First Women,” the piece artfully
compared the journeys of Sacajawea, who led Lewis and Clark to the area 200
years ago, and that of Dr. Thomas, first woman president of the college
named for the famous expedition. Colleague and LCSC faculty member, Dr.
William Johnson offered prose that reflected the new president’s journey as
well, and close friend, Reverend Armand Larive offered closing remarks.
The message the new president chose to offer on this fine day focused on
hope, promise and the power of forward momentum. Despite the hard economic
times facing higher education institutions in the State of Idaho, Dene
Thomas said she strongly believes that LCSC has a bright future and
people pulling together can weather the difficulties and come out on top. In
that spirit, she announced the creation of the new Investiture Scholarship
Fund, conceived by her and designed to help needy and deserving students
Following the ceremony, Thomas joined family, friends and invited guests for
a luncheon in the Williams Conference Center. Returning faculty and staff
were also treated to a welcome-back lunch, followed by an all campus meeting
in the afternoon.