LCO Honors Founders At 25th Anniversary Event

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News


NICHES IN NURSING. Kim Beaudin, B.S.N., R.N., credits her tribal college with introducing her to her nursing specialty, public health. Photo by Pat Kelly

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC) celebrated its 25th Year with a ceremony and feast in March at the main campus in Hayward, WI. LCOOCC President Dr. Danielle Hornett invited the public to the event to help honor the founders of the college, including the original board of regents, individuals who established the college charter, and elders in the community who have supported the college throughout the years.

“We have always respected and relied on the community leaders and elders who have invested so much of their wisdom and vision into the college,” Hornett said.

Among the honored guests who received special recognition were the college charter founders: Odric Baker, Peter Larson, Rick St. Germaine, James Schlender, Bruce Taylor, Frank Thayer, and Gordon Thayer. Also honored were the original board of regents members: LaVonne Barber, Delores Beaudin, Marilyn Benton, Margaret Cooper, Arthur Fleming, Beverly Gouge, Marie Kuykendall, Delores Merez, John Quaderer, and Theresa Williams. The Lac Courte Oreilles Elder’s Association was also honored.

The college celebrates students like Kim Beaudin, who was encouraged by faculty to pursue a nursing career. While pursuing the associate degree in community health education at LCOOCC, she was persuaded to join the college’s pre-nursing program – a joint “2 + 2” program with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (two years at LCOOCC in the pre-nursing program followed by two years in the UW nursing program).

“I really didn’t want to do nursing at first,” she says. “I thought nursing was just about taking orders from doctors and giving people shots and pumping them full of medicine. I didn’t want to do that.”

Beaudin later learned that nursing incorporated much more then technical skills. “Nursing encompasses the whole person, their physical, mental, and spiritual health,” she says. “When I found out that the nursing program offered alternative therapies such as massage therapy and healing touch, I knew a nursing degree was for me.”

Today, Beaudin is a registered nurse with an associate of science degree from LCOOCC and a bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire. She works as a public health nurse for Sawyer County where she offers reproductive health services, cancer screening access, communicable disease testing, and immunizations for children. She also is involved in several community programs designed to educate the public about health concerns. She collaborates with the LCO Health Clinic and other community partners on the suicide prevention coalition, smoking cessation programs, injury prevention initiatives, and substance abuse programs.

“I provide extensive teaching in my job,” she says. “Much of what I learned at LCOOCC is the foundation of understanding the importance of education and teaching.”

“There are many niches in nursing,” she says. “I found mine in public health, and it all started at LCOOCC.”

The college offers associate of arts and science degrees and certificates in business, environmental studies, health and nursing, human and family services, and Native American Studies as well as community, cultural, and professional coursework.

For more information, visit the college online at or call (715) 634-4790, ext. 104.

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