Sept. 23, 2006
Dave Lageschulte makes naming gift for new student housing
Morningside alumnus Dave Lageschulte has provided the naming gift to Morningside College for the construction of a new leadership-themed, apartment-style residence hall.
Morningside College President John Reynders said, “We are very grateful for this generous gift. As our first themed housing on campus, this hall will play an important role in fulfilling our mission statement, which emphasizes ethical leadership and civic responsibility as a way of life.”
Morningside officially broke ground on Lags Hall, after Lageschulte’s nickname, on Saturday morning, Sept. 23. The new hall will be located south of the Waitt and Poppen Apartments at 3500 Peters Avenue. The building’s architecture will be similar to those apartments.
Lags Hall will house 60 students and will be open for the fall 2007 semester.
The bedrooms will be organized into 15 apartment-style suites, each with four single bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and restroom. The new housing will feature a community room that will serve as the building’s hub of activity and a fitness center.
Morningside College Student Government President Leah Winter said, “For students like me, who want to be leaders on campus and prepare to be leaders in our careers and personal lives, having the leadership academy will be very important.”
Lageschulte 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.
Lageschulte is also a supporter of Self-Help, an international charity headquartered in his home town of Waverly, Iowa, and various cancer research foundations.
He graduated in 1973 from Morningside with a degree in business administration.
The residence hall is part of Morningside’s $11-million campus renovation initiative, slated for completion in August 2007. Other projects include the new Elizabeth and Irving Jensen Softball Complex, the new Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, enhancement of campus green space, additional parking, and the complete renovation of the main level of the Olsen Student Center, including the new Yockey Family Community Room.