LSC faculty members receive state teaching awards

By Janet Blixt

Twenty-seven outstanding Minnesota State faculty members, including Lake Superior College faculty members Kent Voelkner and Amy Jo Swing, were honored during the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Teaching ceremony held in St. Paul in April.

Voelkner teaches chemistry at LSC and Swing is an English instructor. They were recognized for their instructional expertise, exemplary teaching strategies and service to their students, college and communities.

The Awards for Excellence in Teaching were established in 2007 by the Board of Trustees to spotlight outstanding dedication and accomplishment of Minnesota State faculty who prepare students for their professional, scholarly and civic lives.

UW-Superior’s Jim Dan Hill Library opens complete Fraser Shipyards collection for research

More than 9,000 technical drawings for over 200 different ships are now available for research in the Fraser Shipyards Collection in the Special Collections of the Jim Dan Hill Library at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

A searchable online index for these drawings is available here. Processing and indexing of the Fraser Shipyards drawings was made possible by a National Maritime Heritage Grant from the National Park Service.

The Fraser Shipyards Collection, donated to UW-Superior in 2013, contains over 2,500 large format technical drawings, as well as over 6,700 technical drawings digitized from 35mm slides. The drawings were used at Fraser Shipyards in Superior between the 1950s and the 1980s, though some drawings date back to the 1890s. Projects at Fraser included repairs to propellers and hull plating, conversions to self-unloaders, lengthening of vessels and repowering from coal to oil or diesel. Many drawings also relate to the building and launch of vessels. These include lines, general arrangements, profiles, propulsion systems and details of piping and minor fittings.

Many of the drawings in the Fraser Shipyards Collection are not available elsewhere. The new online index will allow researchers to access information about drawings for many famous Great Lakes vessels, including the five ships of the Fraser Class, the 16 Maritimer vessels, the Edmund Fitzgerald and the William A. Irvin. The collection also includes drawings for lesser-known vessels, like the supply boat Ojibway, the tug Frances A. Small, the research vessel Silas Bent, and the tanker Cross Keys.

Fraser Shipyards has been active in Superior for over 125 years. Beginning as a shipbuilding company, they launched many of the famous whaleback steamers before the beginning of the 20th century. Fraser has contracted for repairs on hundreds of vessels, and has more recently branched out to projects including Lake Assault Boats, machining and welding work and vessel engine repair.

In addition to thousands of technical drawings, the Fraser Shipyards Collection contains project files, correspondence, photographs and heritage catalogs. This collection will be of interest to model builders, maritime history researchers, maritime archeologists and naval architects and engineers working on similar vessels. A guide to the complete collection can be found online here.

Researchers may access the collection in a number of ways. To schedule a visit to the Special Collections to view materials, please contact the archivist Shana Aue at (715) 394-8359 or email Within limitations, records and drawings can also be scanned and delivered electronically for a fee.

Caregiver conference today at WITC

WITC-Superior will host “Celebrate Caregiving: Laughter, Learning and Living,” an empowering and educational conference for both professional and family caregivers, today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will develop positive strategies for caregiving, establish a broader support network, as well as connect with speakers and other caregivers.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Moira Kneer, Community Outreach Coordinator for Sacred Heart Hospital Center for Spiritual Care and The Healing Place. Occupational Therapist Ann Forrest Clark will present safety concerns in the home, in the community and behind the wheel.

In addition to the variety of speakers and presentations, the caregiver conference will include resources to support caregivers in the area, light breakfast and lunch, and a door prize drawing.
Registration is $25 ($11.96 for those 62+). For more information and a complete agenda, go to or call 800.243.9482, extension 5045.

The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Care Partners of Country Terrace Assisted Living and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) are co-sponsoring the 2017 Caregiver Conference.

WITC graduates continue to experience success

Nationally top-ranked college WITC continues to show impressive results with the 2015-2016 Graduate Survey Results.

Of the 1,361 graduates included in the study, responses were obtained from 1,142 individuals who completed credentials in associate degrees and technical diplomas at WITC.

The results reveal an impressive record of accomplishment. Highlights from the survey are as follows:

· 93 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduating

· 74 percent of graduates are employed in a job related to their WITC training

· Graduates employed in a job related to their training are earning an average yearly salary of $37,829

· 97 percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their WITC education

· 97 percent of graduates would recommend WITC to a friend or family member

· 75 percent of graduates that are working in jobs related to their WITC training are employed in Wisconsin

hard work and dedication that makes these impressive outcomes possible.”

The median employment rate and annual salary varied by credential type:

· Two-year technical diploma graduates earned an average of $3,801 per month and had an 81 percent employment rate

· Associate degree graduates earned an average of $3,445 per month and had an 80 percent employment rate

· One-year technical diploma graduates earned an average of $2,741 per month and had a 75 percent employment rate

· Short-term technical graduates earned an average of $2,846 per month and had a 68 percent employment rate

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