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2016 October - First Friday Letter

Dear Friends,

Lewis-Clark State College has its eye on the future. Yes, it's true we are very proud of our 124 years of service in higher education, but we are not about to rest on our laurels. Riding high from another record number of graduates in the spring (our sixth record in the last eight years) and from an enrollment jump of nearly 5 percent this fall, there is undoubtedly an extra dose of enthusiasm on campus this year. The energy and optimism are real. Aspirations are high, and the future is bright.

September, with our large incoming class, was a busy month, to put it mildly, and October will be just as exciting with events such as Homecoming and the Idaho State Board of Education meeting.

It is our pleasure to host the State Board of Education on Oct. 19-20. We look forward to this opportunity every year and value the strong relationship we have with board members and administrators from sister institutions. I will present LCSC’s Progress Report on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Williams Conference Center. The meeting is, of course, open to the public, but if you are unable to attend feel free to watch my presentation and all of the State Board happenings online at:

A main topic of my conversations with the State Board will be LCSC’s planned capital projects and how they fit our strategic goals, primarily the optimization of student enrollment and promotion of student success. These projects will also help address specific objectives such as attracting new students, meeting Title IX athletic compliance requirements, and diminishing the deferred maintenance backlog on campus. The current list of proposed capital projects include the construction of a multipurpose playfield, renovation of Spalding Hall, replacement of the Harris Field grandstand, expansion of our women’s locker rooms, an upgrade to Clark Hall’s fire suppression system, and construction of a multipurpose residence hall.

With current facilities at capacity and waiting lists ballooning every summer, the need for an additional residence hall is increasingly apparent. The current architectural concept for such a building, what we are presently calling the Living and Learning Complex, would add 150 beds to campus housing and have a first floor designated for student advising and a student health center. The facility would also address other campus capacity issues by adding two classrooms and providing additional food and dining options as well as a fitness center. If adequate funding can be secured in a timely manner, we anticipate that this project could be completed by 2019.

Between renovations and new projects and initiatives, LCSC continues to celebrate its past by building for the future and I hope you will join us in this celebration at Homecoming 2016, to be held Oct. 21-22. Last year we held our first official homecoming since 1979, and this year we’ll look to build on the tradition with two days of fun-filled events including a faculty/staff vs. students kickball game, a Warrior Warm Up event in my backyard, a number of collegiate athletic events, a ring ceremony to commemorate the Warrior baseball team’s 18th national title, and the Homecoming Finale at a men’s basketball game. Alumni, current students, families, faculty, staff, and friends of Lewis-Clark State College are all invited to attend. For more information and to register, visit

There are many good things happening now and many more to look forward to at Lewis-Clark State College. I thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you at Homecoming 2016!


J. Anthony Fernandez