I am not exaggerating when I say that it couldn’t be better at Lewis-Clark State College as we’ve just wrapped up a wonderful school year. It ended with another record number of graduates, the Warrior baseball team is shining yet again on the national stage, we’re poised for a very productive summer, and expectations for fall semester are higher than ever.
As always, the month of May was a whirlwind filled with final exams and projects, national championship baseball, and, of course, our main campus commencement ceremony. LCSC’s Lewiston commencement was very well attended, with the Activity Center filled to capacity. I’d especially like to thank Mr. Nathan Alford, editor and publisher of the Lewiston Tribune, for giving the keynote address. I also extend my thanks to LCSC’s commencement coordinators and to the Alumni Association for hosting our “Senior Send-Off” celebration. Well done to all involved – and congratulations again to our many graduates.
Even before the last table and chairs were taken down from commencement, the banners and signs for the 60th annual Avista-NAIA World Series were going up. LCSC has hosted the NAIA’s national baseball championship tournament 25 times and, as usual, the 10 teams from across the country and the hundreds of community volunteers have not disappointed. The games have been thrilling, with more late-inning heroics than could be scripted, and I congratulate the Warrior baseball team and head coach Jeremiah Robbins on another excellent tournament. I wish them the best of luck as they play for the title tonight at 6:30 p.m., PST. If you can’t make it to Harris Field, watch the game live on SWX or ESPN3, and live coverage is also available online at www.naiaworldseries.com. Kudos to the Athletic Department for organizing and hosting this premier event.
In other noteworthy news, Heather Van Mullem, chair of the Education and Kinesiology Division, was selected as one of 25 candidates to participate in the inaugural class of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities’ Emerging Leaders Program. Heather, who received LCSC’s President's Award for Excellence in Diversity & Cross-Cultural Understanding in April, is one of our many exceptional educators and I know she will represent LCSC well in Washington, D.C., next week.
Speaking of honors, LCSC announced its spring 2016 honor roll last month and I was very pleased to see 420 of our students named to the President’s List and 419 on the Dean’s List. As shown by our very successful alumni, Lewis-Clark State College graduates are second to none and these 839 students look poised to continue the tradition of excellence. The complete honor roll can be found on our website.
Some of our students are taking advantage of new discounted summer rates and continuing their education over our summer sessions. Among a host of summer school enhancements, and in an effort to meet students where they are and help them get to where they want to go, LCSC dropped its summer tuition 18.5 percent for the next two years. This is the latest of many LCSC initiatives providing increased access to higher education and we’re glad to see that students are taking advantage of it.
All signs indicate we’ll have another robust incoming class this fall. With applications currently at a record high, we’re confident the word about LCSC and its quality programs is spreading throughout the state of Idaho and beyond. To all students and parents who are still searching for the right fit, visit our beautiful campus this summer and see for yourself why thousands of others are making LCSC their top choice.
J. Anthony Fernandez