Good Friends Old and New

Thursday, October 27, 2005

This is the first Outlook for the university's new assistant vice president for marketing and communications, Loren Boone, who arrived on campus in July from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He was director of college relations at Ripon since 1989, where he served as editor of Ripon Magazine, coordinated marketing and media efforts, brought the first printed history of the college from manuscript to printed book, and chaired two presidential inauguration committees. He also worked to enhance the relationship between the college and the community. Prior to his tenure at Ripon, Loren worked at the South Dakota Board of Regents and South Dakota State University for 15 years, before which he was the news editor at the Brookings Daily Register. We are pleased that he has chosen to join us at SCSU. Lisa Helmin Foss, Outlook's previous editor, is now the SCSU interim assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness. We are excited about this opportunity for her to serve the university in her new role, and wish her well.

Watching Loren discover the university's strengths and unique attributes is great fun for me, particularly as I begin statements with "When I was a student " and end them with "we didn't have ..." We didn't have the fabulous new Student Recreation Center, or a Husky Stadium, a Miller Library or even the National Hockey Center. We didn't have online registration, Internet access in the residence halls (okay, I admit, we didn't have the Internet at all!), or the programs for first-year students that we have today. Getting connected to campus is a predictor of success for new college students – our first-year experience programs, including a new First-year Experience Convocation this fall, help students fit into campus life.

One person who has known this for many years is Dr. Robert Wick, who was being honored this fall for a lifetime dedicated to helping young people find their way in the world. The Robert H. Wick Science Building is a fitting tribute to this debate coach-turned-SCSU president, who taught in its halls after returning to the faculty in 1973. The classes he taught, by choice, were freshman speech communication classes. Walking the halls at
8 a.m., wrote one colleague, he saw the distinguished white-haired gentleman teaching in his blue suit and red tie, and wondered silently, "Do these students have any idea who this man is, and what he has done for our university?" We hope this issue will ensure that you know, and that the Robert H. Wick Science Building will help preserve his legacy.

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