Aug. 14, 2007
Morningside College held a dedication luncheon for Lags Hall, a new leadership-themed, apartment-style residence hall, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 12 p.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center.
Following the luncheon, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Lags Hall and guests were invited to take tours of the facility.
Dave “Lags” Lageschulte, a 1973 graduate of Morningside College, made the naming gift for the new facility and was recognized during the ceremony. Those giving remarks included: Morningside College President John Reynders; Rich Waller, chair of Morningside’s Board of Directors; Leah Winter, Student Government president; Terri Curry, vice president for Student Life and Enrollment; Jim Walker, chairman of “This is Our Moment”: The Campaign for Morningside College and member of the board, and Lageschulte.
Morningside President John Reynders said, “Today is an exciting day on our campus as we dedicate this new facility. With the addition of Lags Hall, we now offer housing options comparable to those found at the best small, private colleges in the Midwest.
Lageschulte said, “It has been a real pleasure to do this for Morningside College. I believe it is important for students to understand that a real leader uses his mind to consider what is right, and then he uses his heart to decide what is right.”
Lags Hall will house 60 students. The bedrooms are organized into 15 apartment-style suites, each with four single bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and restroom. The new housing features a community room that serves as the building’s hub of activity, and a fitness center.
The facility also houses the Morningside College Leadership Academy, a learning community in which participating students will engage in activities that promote leadership development in their lives. Lageschulte said that his goal was to create a learning community that will be a catalyst for providing our country and our world with ethical and timely leadership in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.
Lageschulte, who graduated from Morningside with a degree in business administration, is currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of LTP Management, Fort Myers, Fla., which owns and operates some 40 restaurants. He also owns through Lags enterprises various business interests.
He is also a supporter of Self-Help, an international charity headquartered in his home town of Waverly, Iowa, and various cancer research foundations.
The residence hall is part of Morningside’s $15-million campus renovation that has been in progress since the fall of 2006 and is expected to be completed by May of 2008. Other projects include the new Elizabeth and Irving Jensen Softball Complex, the new Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, the Hilker campus green space, the Kline Pergola, the Lieder Fountain, new parking lots, and the complete renovation of the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center—Allee Gym and the main level of the Olsen Student Center, including the main dining hall and the new Yockey Family Community Room.
These projects have been supported through “This is Our Moment”: The Campaign for Morningside College, which has raised over $38 million to date. In addition to capital projects, the campaign has supported over $10 million in student scholarships and the college’s endowment.