Thanks to one of the largest incoming classes in school history, a wonderful move-in week, and a very productive first two weeks of class, the 2016 fall semester at Lewis-Clark State College is off to a promising start.
Move-in week was eventful as always and was capped off by another great New Student Orientation program organized by Vice President for Student Affairs Andy Hanson and his staff. It was exciting to see nearly 1,000 students and parents inside the LCSC Activity Center and I thank Idaho Senator Dan Johnson and Representative Dan Rudolph (also a faculty member here at LCSC) for attending and offering a warm welcome.
According to unofficial numbers, approximately 650 freshman will be enrolled at LCSC this fall. That’s the largest freshman class since 2011. To this add transfers and there will be nearly 850 new students on campus this year, and when you couple this with a robust returning class, we expect the largest enrollment increase since 2010. The preliminary estimate points to a 5 percent increase, with a total enrollment of around 3,450, but the official numbers will be reported on census day, Oct. 15. No matter what the final tallies are, LCSC is moving in the right direction.
The added energy that comes with a growing student body and enthusiastic faculty and staff was more than apparent on our first day of class, Aug. 22. The campus was especially vibrant at the Welcome Fair with so many students visiting approximately 100 information booths and learning what LCSC and the community have to offer. I thank all those who organized the event as well as our many partners in the community who participate in this LCSC tradition.
Last week, we received notice that the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which LCSC offered from 2002 to 2008, is returning to Lewis-Clark State College for the next five years. LCSC is one of a handful of institutions to receive a five-year grant for the program (totaling $2,054,203). LCSC currently anticipates enrolling a cohort of 8-10 students for the fall with the capability of increasing that number to 30 new students each year. The CAMP students receive a $5,000 stipend to assist with education expenses, as well as help exploring college/career options. CAMP students are provided access to academic advising, computers, computer instruction if needed, faculty/peer/alumni mentoring, tutorial labs, skill workshops, connections to residence halls/residence life, and cultural/social activities. As evidenced by our recent hire of a bilingual recruiter for the Boise area, LCSC is very interested in serving Idaho’s growing Hispanic population, and we know this program has a great track record of success.
In other news on campus, you may have noticed LCSC’s website (www.lcsc.edu) has undergone a home page facelift. The new design is built to put our best foot forward with prospective students, and do a better job of highlighting all of the great reasons to attend Lewis-Clark State College. I thank Information Technology’s web office and the Office of College Communications for their efforts on this overhaul. I think you will agree that it is a job well done.
I wish all of our students, faculty, and staff a wonderful semester, and I once again thank all of you for your continuing support of Lewis-Clark State College.
J. Anthony Fernandez