SBC Leaps Forward With New Campus Construction

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News

Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) dedicated two new buildings (the Science and Technology Center and the Family Support Center) on Founders Day in September 2006. On that day, a $724,000 gift from the USDA Rural Development Office of North Dakota was also acknowledged for the college’s new $3.7 million Business Entrepreneurial Center.

The next month, the college was awarded $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education for phase one of a two-phase Student Support Center construction project.

SBC is helping to spur economic development on the Standing Rock Reservation. To help speed up groundbreaking on a business entrepreneurial center, it has enlisted former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle as honorary co-chair of its capital campaign committee. Daschle spoke on “Rediscovering America’s Path to Prosperity” at the college’s ongoing lecture series on economic development.

“It’s amazing to me how the momentum of our new campus project continues to grow,” said Dr. Laurel Vermillion (Standing Rock Sioux), president at SBC.

SBC has successfully raised $19 million of a $40 million capital campaign goal, including the $2.6 million raised since November 2005.

“Our partnership with the Department of Education has really been a blessing for students, faculty, and staff,” Vermillion said. “New modern facilities always bring a renewed spirit to our students as they pursue their academic goals.”

Once completed, the Student Support Center will serve between 350-400 students and include two service areas, a 4,710-square foot developmental education wing and a 4,900-square foot library complex.

The developmental education area will house staff offices, four classrooms equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, a small library, a study area, tutoring area, and an adjoining 20-seat computer writing lab.

The new library complex will include a reference area, periodical stacks, and study carrels. Special features include a children’s room, climate-controlled archival space for tribal documents, a research room, and an acoustically-sound oral history studio with listening and recording equipment.

Koreen Ressler, vice president of academics, says, “The new complex will be a treasure and incentive for all students, including future students.”

To complete phase one, the college is seeking $750,000 more in grants and donations.

“I think it’s important that as we make progress on our new campus, we stop once in a while and reflect on our accomplishments,” Vermillion said. “The efforts of our current and past board of trustees are truly a gift to our college.”

For more information, contact Ron Walters, director of resource development and media relations at SBC, (701) 854-8011.

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