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July 15, 2014
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Quality college experience

I am writing to share with you and the South Lake Tahoe community my impressions of Lake Tahoe Community College.

It has been a privilege to attend Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) as a student for the past year, 2013-2014, as I completed the prerequisites for a masters program in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am now a first year student in a two-year program at Cal State Los Angeles thanks to the outstanding staff and faculty at LTCC.

Lake Tahoe Community College is a gem for the south shore and for California. I loved going to school there for many reasons. Here they are, in no certain order:

The instructors are very talented and knowledgable in their subjects. My experience primarily was with the Math, Biology and Chemistry departments. Professors Beachy Orr, Joshua Cox, Kathy Strain, Steve Richardson, and Bruce Armbrust should all be commended for their excellent teaching and dedication to student success; plus, they were just friendly and accessible! Thank you, teachers, for helping me reach the next steps toward my goal of becoming a Registered Dietician.

The college is affordable. The cost for credits is among the lowest in the state; students are getting a great deal when they attend LTCC.

The facilities are more than adequate. The Physical Fitness center is an amazing resource, with a new gym and locker rooms, dance studios, fitness classes (that really helped me learn in the classroom), and soccer field. Instructors Darla Mazzoni, Marion Daniels and June Denney are excellent trainers in spin and weight training classes.

In addition to the gym, the college has a new computer lab with PCs and Macs, and a technology support staff to address issues that we all inevitably face. I used the computer lab frequently and would see the lab aides help students whenever they needed help.

The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) is a unique resource for LTCC students, too. There are computers available in the TLC for writing papers or completing math homework in the presence of writing and math tutors. I appreciated the welcoming staff of the TLC and the coffee and tea station made available to us in the winter months. It was great to be able to fill up my mug with hot water when it was cold outside. (It’s the little things...)

Judi is the coffee cart lady at LTCC, and she does an incredible job of offering locally roasted hot coffee and pastries, breakfast burritos and lunch specials at very affordable prices for students. I really appreciated her breakfast burritos on mornings after Spin class to get me through the day.

The library at LTCC is very easy for students to use. There are areas for group study, carrels along the windows near the trees, and computers and printers available. The staff is very helpful and attentive. They even make markers available for use in the study rooms with white boards; I borrowed markers quite frequently during Biochemistry to draw out the Krebs Cycle and glycolysis, and also to study Anatomy. Using the library (and all that it offered) really helped my grades.

The Student Services counselors and staff, Admissions and Records staff, and the Dean’s Office were all a pleasure with which to interact. It was a breeze to get an appointment, send transcripts, register and modify my schedule.

In a sentence, I loved my experience at LTCC. I would like to commend the college for its dedication to providing a quality education to students and for being a resource and meeting place for learning in the community.

Thank you so very much, Lake Tahoe Community College! I will miss you. On this, your 40th year, I want to say: congratulations and keep up the good work.

Sarah Pruett Soufl

MS student, CSU Los Angeles

Barton Auxiliary Thanks Dan Kerr

The Barton Health and South Lake Tahoe community have lost a special, irreplaceable friend. On June 27, Dan Kerr passed away. He was 76 years old.

Dan is probably best known as the Sacramento Chairman of the Blood Drive. Dan donated more than 26 gallons of blood. Since 1981, he has coordinated blood drive efforts in South Lake Tahoe with the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The South Lake Tahoe Blood Drive still takes place every other month and, with Dan’s coordination, celebrated its 48th year anniversary in June.

In 1985, Dan joined the Barton Auxiliary, the hospital’s active group of volunteers, when men first could participate as members. Dan’s spirit of volunteerism may have also sparked from his mother Harriet Kerr who, as a founding Auxiliary member, helped form the hospital in 1960.

Always in the giving spirit, Dan was willing to help whenever Auxiliary volunteers were needed. Dan served as the Hospital Auxiliary President in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010. He represented the Barton Hospital Auxiliary with the California Association of Hospital & Health Systems. Dan greeted patients for the Wellness Lab Draws and actively stepped in for special events, including the annual Holiday Faire. He also knew the secret recipe for Cheeseballs, the Auxiliary’s holiday treat, and made hundreds to help raise funds for the hospital.

On behalf of the Auxiliary, we appreciate Dan’s commitment to Barton Auxiliary and for making a difference in our community.

Larry Coffman

Current Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary President

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 15, 2014 05:36PM Published Jul 15, 2014 12:04PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.