SKC Honors Gerald Slater with New Center

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

Students at Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, Mont.) now have a central meeting and eating place, the QaTsa Ka.kin (“Three Wolves”) Student Center. The center is named for SKC Vice President Gerald “Three Wolves” Slater, a major figure in the local academic arena for over 20 years. Slater has been with SKC since its inception as a satellite of the Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. He was an instructor at Montana State University and also helped establish the Two Eagle River school for the tribe in the early 1970s. He received his Indian name of “Three Wolves” from Kootenai elder Alex Lefthand.

The center boasts a main room with seating for 110, a smaller conference room that seats 35, and a cafeteria. It is fully wired for computer networking over fiber optic lines to the campus computer system. Students can plug in at various locations in the main room. Video conference equipment is designed into the plan.

The new building was designed by SKC carpentry students, who also acted as general contractor and helped with construction. It gives students a place to study independently, share notes, or just visit. Community groups and organizations can meet there even when school is not in session. Adding to its appeal as a popular gathering place is the food. Three Wolves will offer breakfast and lunch, including grilled food, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods prepared on-site.

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