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Approximately 3,000 visitors flocked to the 7th Annual College Showcase Wednesday, April 7, 2010, to enjoy food, fun and flamingos, including Flaminko Plinko, which all told provided $17,600 in scholarship funds to seven winning participants.
Stationed at seven academic department booths as well as the admissions booth, DCTC faculty and staff interacted with guests, answering trivia questions linked to a drawing for Philips 42″ flatscreen TV, but more importantly learning more about higher education opportunities at the college. As it happened, Sandy Scherb of Apple Valley, Minn., a former instructor in the DCTC Practical Nursing program, won the TV drawing.
Visitors sampled eats and treats at a wealth of food vendors while helping the college community celebrate DCTC’s 40th Anniversary. Also on hand were a flamenco ensemble called a Touch of Spain, featuring the music and dance of Andalucia, and 30° North, a steel-drum, Calypso music duo.
As expected, Flaminko Plinko was the scorching-pink hit of the night with seven out of eight contestants taking home $17,600 in scholarship funds good toward enrollment in DCTC academic programs. Three winners racked up the maximum payout of $4,000 with another four hitting the chip slot worth $1,400. Scott Gunderson, chair of the college’s Business and Management department, stood in seamlessly as game show host Bob Barker. Scott Ramsdale, president of Anchor Bank Apple Valley, was dead on as emcee Rod Roddy. Pepsi Bottling Group and Anchor Bank co-sponsored the scholarship game, which was based on classic Plinko from The Price Is Right. Scholarship winners listed below:
$4,000 Scholarship Winners
Left to right in all photos: Scott Ramsdale, DCTC Vice President Sharon Lacomb, scholarship winner (name on check), DCTC President Ron Thomas, Scott Gunderson
- Alexander Just, Eagan, Minn.
- Leo Severson, Lakeville, Minn.
- Gail Aris, Minneapolis, Minn.
$1,400 Scholarship Winners
- Heather Burtman, Cottage Grove, Minn.
- Mollie Barnstead, Newport, Minn.
- Lisa Cervenka, Webster, Minn.
- Ngan Vu, Burnsville, Minn.
Green for Green
As part of the college’s leadership role in the area of environmental preservation and conservation through the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, two Green Scholarships were awarded during Showcase.
Veda Kanitz, a biology teacher at Rosemount High School and founder of the school’s Green Team, was instrumental in facilitating the scholarships. Lurie Culp, a student at Rosemount High and a Green Team member, was awarded a $1,040 Green Scholarship from DCTC. Culp will be starting at DCTC in fall 2010. Amanda Mahacek of Hastings was awarded a $400 Green Scholarship from DCTC in partnership with the Lakeville Friends of the Environment. Mahacek will also be starting at DCTC in the fall.
DCTC Green Scholarship Winners
Left to right in both photos: DCTC President Ron Thomas, scholarship winner (name on check), Veda Kanitz
- Lurie Culp, Rosemount, Minn.
- Amanda Mahacek, Hastings, Minn.
Flamingo Fling Gallery
Endowment for Employment
The DCTC College Showcase is a community event focused on raising funds for college scholarships. As part of the DCTC 40th Anniversary, the college is building the Endowment for Employment, which is an $800,000 endowment for emergency funds for students that hinges on the college’s goal of raising $400,000 over the course of this year to match a $400,000 matching grant from Lee and Barbara Kopp. You can donate online to the endowment by visiting the DCTC Foundation.
Your gift will allow the college to make the match. Without your help, the college could fall short, which would mean that the matching $400,000 grant would be withdrawn.
Another way to help support the Endowment for Employment is through the purchase of a Click Club USA $20 membership card. For more on how you can save tons of bucks at hundreds of participating vendors, visit Click Club USA. Call (651-423-8330) or stop by the DCTC Student Life Center on the college’s Rosemount campus to find out how you can purchase a Click Club USA card.
Your purchase will help support the DCTC Endowment for Employment. To learn more about the Lee and Barbara Kopp $400,000 matching grant, visit Endowment for Employment on the DCTC Web site. Or contact:
DCTC Vice President