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2016 March - First Friday Letter

Dear friends, 

Winters are rather mild in the Lewis-Clark Valley, nevertheless I am excited to turn the calendar to March and look ahead to the official start of spring. With our beautiful trees, historic buildings, and mild climate, Lewis-Clark State College stands out as one of the most beautiful campuses in the Northwest – and spring is when it truly shines. I invite you to visit campus in the coming months. 

One very good reason to visit is the 32nd Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley, coordinated by the LCSC Education and Community Events Department. The full lineup of Festival events, held during April, can be found online at: I congratulate Don Brigham and Wanda Keefer on being named the 2016 honorary chairs. The husband-wife duo were nominated by last year’s chairs, Bill Hall and Sharon Taylor Hall. I also thank those who have agreed to serve as Festival ambassadors. The list includes Bob and Jodi Donaldson, Bill Hall and Sharon Taylor Hall, Colleen Mahoney, Kim Mitchell, Darcy Nelly, Renee Olsen, Kirk and Kristy Stedman, and Mike Tatko. Because of help from such avid supporters of LCSC, the Dogwood Festival grows stronger every year.

Before we get to April, however, let us not overlook March and its many activities, not the least of which is LCSC’s eighth annual Women’s History Month. The celebration includes 15 separate events, including a film series at the newly renovated Silverthorne Theatre, honoring the accomplishments of women throughout history. Another event to look for in March is Native American Awareness Week, held on March 14-18. This year’s theme is “Identity, Culture & Education.”

The Center for New Directions is also hosting a pair of events in March with the first being a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) conference for girls K-12, and a second program called “Male Role Models in Healthcare” for boys grades 7-9. Both youth workshops will be held tomorrow, March 5. On a different note, but still related to learning, the Small Business Development Center at LCSC will hold a new series of workshops, titled the Moscow Marketing Series, beginning today. Teaching children about possible careers is an important step in their education and we’re equally eager to do our part in helping area small businesses be successful.

I had the pleasure of participating in a public forum last month at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 people were on hand to hear updates from me, North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap, and University of Idaho President Chuck Staben. Central to our conversation was the announcement of a joint facility to be built on NIC’s campus and shared between the three institutions. The project, estimated to cost around $10 million, will provide LCSC with a permanent home in Coeur d’Alene. Having had a presence in CDA since 1982, we’re very excited about this project and the opportunity to better serve the needs of students in northern Idaho.

On a final note, Lewis-Clark State College claimed another championship during the month of February. Following in the footsteps of the Warrior baseball team who won the program’s 17th national title last spring, a small team of LCSC faculty accomplished an incredible victory by winning the 26th annual Trivia Bee for Literacy, hosted by the LC Valley Literacy Council. Congratulations to professors Ed Miller, Harold Crook, Amanda Van Lanen and Alex Bezzerides – LCSC’s Fantastic Four – on this achievement. We’ve always known LCSC’s faculty are a cut above, and now they’ve proved it.

With a month full of great events ahead, an excellent student body working hard toward their degrees, dedicated staff members, and superb faculty, Lewis-Clark State College is primed for a wonderful spring.



J. Anthony Fernandez