Iowa Lakes Music

(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees convened earlier this month for their regular board meeting with a spotlight on the Iowa Lakes Music Department. Robert Leifeld, Vice President of Administration, began the meeting by recognizing the exemplary dedication of the Iowa Lakes music faculty members.

Carol Ayres Stueven, a Professor and Instrumental Music Director, boasts an impressive three-decade tenure at Iowa Lakes. Stueven’s commitment extends beyond traditional instruction as she actively supports her peers in online learning initiatives. Her academic journey includes obtaining degrees from Buena Vista University and the University of South Dakota.

Additionally, Brett Fuelberth, the Director of Choral Activities for 26 years, leads vocal instruction and performances. Holding degrees from Wayne State College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Fuelberth also plays a vital role as an advisor to the Laker Life Club, contributing to campus ministry activities.

“The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department serves the institution in three fundamental areas: providing foundational music education for all students, preparing individuals for specialized fields within the music domain, and enriching the cultural landscape of both campus and community,” said Stueven.

Students have many performance opportunities while involved with the program, including participation in ensembles such as Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Brass Ensemble. Additionally, the Music Department hosts events throughout the academic year, including the Madrigal Feast, Jazz Camp, and Night at The P.A.C., offering students valuable opportunities to showcase their talents and engage with the community. Special events such as the Collegiate All-Star Honor Band and the Veterans’ Day Concert further contribute to the department’s vibrant musical offerings.

“Cultivating a passion for vocal music and nurturing talent within our students is at the heart of our mission here at Iowa Lakes Community College. Our diverse vocal music offerings, personalized instruction, and ample performance opportunities empower students to discover and develop their voices while fostering a deep appreciation for the art form. Through our programs, students refine their technical skills while cultivating confidence, creativity, and a lifelong love for music,” explained Fuelberth.

During Tuesday’s meeting, two students, Hailey Green, an Agriculture Transfer student from Comfrey, MN, and Amanda Tews, an Aviation student from Brandon, SD, shared their music experiences at Iowa Lakes.

“Being a part of Iowa Lakes’ music department has been an incredibly enriching experience for me. Carol introduced me to the world of music here, and I’ve fallen in love with accompanying. It’s been a journey filled with growth, learning, and the joy of creating beautiful harmonies alongside talented musicians,” said Green.

“From the moment Brett and Carol showed me around campus, I felt a sense of belonging and knew that Iowa Lakes was where I wanted to be. Their guidance and the welcoming atmosphere made me instantly fall in love with everything I saw. I’m grateful for their introduction to this wonderful community,” shared Tews.

In closing, Stueven remarked, “The Iowa Lakes Music Department is gearing up for the spring musical Tarzan, set to run on April 11, 12, and 13, with tickets going on sale next month. With over 70 individuals involved in the production, including cast, orchestra, and stage crew, the production brings together students and community members ages from 10 to 75.”

Ashley Martin, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Women’s Basketball Coach, introduced the Iowa Lakes Men’s Soccer team, who are the 2023 NJCAA Division II National Champions, the first national title in Iowa Lakes’ athletic history. The Men’s Head Soccer Coach, Ben Macrae, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Nick Semnani, and over 20 student-athletes were in attendance.

Macrae shared, “I couldn’t be prouder of our team’s relentless spirit and collective effort throughout the season. They never wavered in their determination, and their unity was the driving force behind clinching the national title. It’s a testament to their resilience and teamwork.”

Additionally, each soccer team member took a moment to personally introduce themselves, sharing insights into their backgrounds, current aspirations, and future plans, providing a small glimpse into the diverse talents and ambitions driving the team’s success both on and off the field.

The Board of Trustees then approved bid specification changes for the upcoming Roof Replacement and RTU on the Estherville Campus at the request of Vice-President Bob Leifeld. The bid opening date has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 2:00 pm in the Administrative Conference Room at 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, Iowa. The public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 4:30 pm in the Snap-On Conference Room, Sustainable Energy Resource Technology building at 2421 7th Ave South, Estherville, Iowa.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, presented new 260E job training preliminary agreements. The Board accepted the agreement.

Among other board approvals, the acceptance of a generous donation for the Powersports & Power Equipment program on the Emmetsburg Campus from Sportsman’s Corner in Algona, Iowa, was confirmed.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, March 19, Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 4:30 pm in the Snap-On Conference Room, Sustainable Energy Resource Technology building at 2421 7th Ave South, Estherville, Iowa.