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How do you celebrate an institution that has 150 years under its belt? This question was the topic of the first major planning meeting of the Sesquicentennial Committee of Lakeland College, a committee comprised of alumni from seven decades, faculty, and staff. The story of Mission House/Lakeland College begins in 1862 and includes a whole host of diverse stories and individuals. The celebration of this momentous occasion is planned to begin in the fall of 2011, and continue throughout the year of 2012, ending on December 31 of that year.
With close to 70 people on the committee, 42 were in attendance at the two-day meeting held on campus in early November. The first day of the meeting included each committee member sharing his or her connection to Lakeland and some cherished memories, of which there are many. Day two consisted of intense brainstorming sessions in five break-out groups with reports back to the full committee with suggestions for how this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary might be celebrated. In compiling the ideas after the meeting, we find we have 14 pages of good ideas to consider!
Of course, no such gathering would have been complete without some opportunities to relax and socialize. On Friday evening, the group retired to Franklin Haus Tavern, just up the road, for a good old fashioned pig roast with music and dancing. On Saturday, the group braved the cold temperatures in between meetings for a tailgate lunch and the "Cheese Bowl" football game and later enjoyed a pasta bar in the common room of the new South Hall and attended the play, ENglish Is A FoReign LangUage. Click here to visit a photo gallery of the weekend's activities.
The committee worked and played hard throughout the weekend and we look forward to twice-a-year meetings for the next three years, leading up to the big year. If you have any ideas that you'd like to share with the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Lisa Vihos, at email@example.com. And please stay tuned for updates on the planning process and how you can be involved during the Sesquicentennial year.