Columbia College of Missouri-Lake County recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of serving Gurnee and the surrounding region’s educational needs. The event was attended by more than 70 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college and was held at the campus in Gurnee. Columbia College president Dr. Scott Dalrymple, and his wife, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, greeted guests, with Dalrymple providing remarks during the event.
“Tina and I are honored to be here for this great occasion as we celebrate 40 years of the Lake County campus offering access to quality higher education to our students in the Great Lakes region,” Dr. Scott Dalrymple said. “Columbia College is proud to be one of the true pioneers in education delivery methods and we will continue to look at different ways to provide these opportunities to our students in the future.”
The event also featured reflections from faculty member Jane Pickens, who has served the Lake County campus for 20 years. Alumna Melinda Meyers ’14, recent inductee into the Sigma Beta Delta honor society, also provided remarks.
“I love teaching here.” Pickens said. “I wouldn’t have stayed here if I didn’t. Our students are different and are professionals. I often learn as much from them as they do from me. We’ve come a long way since the 1994.”
The Lake County campus was the one of the college’s first Nationwide campuses. In 1974, the college established a campus at Fort Sheridan to serve the educational needs of the Army and Navy. The campus’s influence continued to grow and now, 40 years later, Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third largest college alumni population in the nation.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have the support of the Gurnee community and the surrounding area over the course of the last 40 years,” Lake County campus director Lyndon Russell said. “Our faculty and staff members work every day to help our students reach their educational goals which builds loyalty, trust and a sense of community on our campus. I believe that is one of the main reasons we have been very successful the last four decades.”