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From the 1980s

I just want to say how proud I was to see the spring 2012 edition of the Pillar Pride which featured the successes of the Medical Lab Technician program on the Fergus Falls campus. I am a 1989 grad of the MLT program and have been a generalist for 23 years at the same hospital in Virginia. I can say that lessons I learned at FFCC still stay with me to this day although testing has changed from when I started in 1987. I hope that the current and future students of the program will share in this same pride. Maren K. Fjestad - AS, Medical Laboratory Technician - 1989 Martinsville, Virginia

I loved working in the college library with Dorothy (Kettner) and Winnie (Degner-Clambey). Another highlight was going to plays at the college with my mom, Hazel (Jensen), who worked in the food service. Jane (Jensen) Armstrong - AA 1980 Sauk Rapids, Minn.

The campus is a beautiful facility. I enjoyed my time there very much. I loved the close group and small class size. All of my credits transferred when I continued at Moorhead State for a degree in graphic communications. Good memories. I hope my two daughters will attend M State. Rebecca (Dewey) Erlandson - AA 1985 Fergus Falls, Minn.


I still get together with 4 other graduates of FFCC. Really miss the good times with other former students and once in a while checking on the old college teachers. I am especially proud of Coach King and all of the other athletes. Scott Miller - AA - 1989 Superior, WI

As part of the nursing curriculum, students were required to follow the progress of an expectant mother through her delivery. My "mother" went to the hospital on a bitterly cold January evening. I got the phone call, but could not get my car started. The Fergus Falls Police Department brought me to the hospital! Jane Faust Daffinrud - Practical Nursing - 1985 Sartell, MN


Jim McDonald's dry wit will live with me forever. Robert "Bob" Gardner leads a jazz band like no other. And Geneva Eschweiler demanded more of any vocalist I have ever worked for. I still brag about the quality of all the teachers at FFCC. Fast and furious friends- Ramona Jacobs and I are still in touch. She has had a profound effect on my life. FFCC taught me the necessity of opening the doors of the local college to the whole community, and that has deeply ingrained itself in the basis of all of my work. You are the best! Carrie Nath - AA - 1985 Lexington, KY

Richard Portmann, who was my Anatomy and Physiology teacher always used the term, "homeostasis." If you used this word in any of his tests, you would always get a point. He was a great teacher. He was always helpful. Mary Valese - AS Histology - 1988 Sioux Falls, SD


I appreciated the small student population and campus size. Professional staff members were able to, and did, take a personal interest in individual students and were always available for one-on-one interaction. Annette May Feist - AA - 1985 Sauk Centre, MN

Margaret Kratzke taught me that education was worth the time and effort. She helped me get my first job which I held for over a decade. I thank her for her dedication to her students. Nancy Wahlstrom Olson - Legal Secretary Degree - 1982 Fergus Falls, MN


Hey Geneva Singers from 1987-89... we would love to get together w/everyone for a reunion... anyone else on board? Janna Kvale Ballard - AA - 1989 Pelican Rapids, MN

As an "older than average" student (I was 40 when I started at FFCC), I was apprehensive about being able to do the work and to "fit in." The faculty and most students made me feel very welcome. I appreciated the instructors learning students' names and being willing to give extra help when and if needed. I had several jobs after completing my studies and although now retired, I still help with Community Education classes through the Fergus Falls School District. Darlene Reiter - AA - 1989 Fergus Falls, MN

The two years of playing football at "FFCC" were some of the most fun times of my life. Mark Becker - AA - 1988 Fergus Falls, MN

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