LEWISTON, Idaho – Mary Hasenoehrl is retiring from Lewis-Clark State College as Director of College Advancement. Her last day is October 31. She has served in her position at LC since February 2011, but her history with the College goes back a bit further.
“My first (LCSC) experience was driving my 1965 VW bug from Midvale, Idaho over the old White Bird hill to LCSC on June 6,1975. The new White Bird grade would not open for a few more weeks,” Hasenoehrl recalled. “I started taking summer classes immediately after graduating from high school in May. I later transferred to Kaley Medical Center and received a degree in Respiratory Therapy. I was also fortunate to be able to play for Coach Rust on the first LCSC collegiate basketball team and, thanks to Title IX, I received a scholarship for both basketball and volleyball.”
Mary also worked part time for Sharon Taylor Hall in the Intensive English Institute at LCSC in the early 90’s.
Formerly the Director of Development for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, Hasenoehrl said accepting her current position was an easy decision. “As a long-time resident of Lewiston, I know how important LCSC is to our region,” she said. “I felt I could help not only the College but our region by choosing to work at LCSC.”
She recalls the challenges she faced when she first began her work at LC.
“Just a little over a month after I joined the Advancement team at LCSC, my husband, Gary died in an accident on our farm. Without the help of Karen Evans and Alumni and Community Relations Director Renee Olsen in the Advancement office, I would not have been very successful. They kept the office running and moving forward and I am very grateful for their help and support.”
As College Advancement director, Hasenoehrl also serves as the executive director of the LCSC Foundation. She says she has enjoyed working with both the College Advancement staff and the Board.
“The members of the LCSC Foundation Board and the Advancement staff made it possible for LCSC to increase their Campaign LCSC goal from the initial $8 million to a goal of $12 million,” Hasenoehrl said. “The LCSC Foundation actually exceeded their goal and raised over $13 million. Former College Advancement Office Manager Karen Evans was a huge part of that success.”
Mary says her future plans include spending more time with her family and an ongoing pursuit of her passion for road cycling and downhill skiing. She said she also intends to continue to serve as president of the Port of Lewiston Commission and chair of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency. Additionally, she is a member of the Idaho State Bar Ethics Committee.
LCSC President Tony Fernández said he appreciates all Mary has done for the College. “We all thank Mary for the wonderful job she did for LCSC and wish her the best as she starts another part of her journey,” said Fernández.
A search is currently being conducted for a new College Advancement director.
Photo: Mary Hasenoehrl