Grateful for DCC support

Grateful for DCC support

Dear Editor:

On April 11, Dawson Community College was pleased to host members of the Montana Board of Regents as well as the Commissioner of Higher Education and other officials from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. Part of their campus visit included a community presentation which gave us the opportunity to convey to the Regents the importance of DCC in this region as a provider of higher education, a community partner, and an economic driver.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the nearly 200 people who attended this event. We couldn’t have done this without you. Dawson Community College has been a fixture in eastern Montana for 78 years and has benefitted throughout the years from the tremendous support of the community. It was evident again that day that the support we enjoy has not waned. Melonie Beeler, Christine Whitlatch, Stephen Schreibeis and Beth Epley addressed the Regents with inspiring, heartfelt stories of the impact DCC has had in their personal and professional lives. Impromptu comments from the audience reinforced that theme.

The Board of Regents and OCHE officials were deeply moved by the stories and comments and pleased to see so many people show their support for the College. I witness this support from the citizens of Glendive on a daily basis and I’m truly grateful. Thank you.


Scott R. Mickelsen, Ph.D.

DCC President

Recycle for the future

Letter to the Editor:

Earth Day is April 22 and a good day to think about and plan for the future generations that will be living on this big, beautiful, blue planet. The 3Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle are a critical part of this plan as exponentially increasing populations and consumerism factors play a continuing role in the amount of garbage the world produces. Grown-ups don’t always see garbage as a problem; throw it in a container, it’s picked up and becomes someone else’s responsibility. Yes, you pay for that service, but in more ways than you realize. By not following the 3Rs, we saddle our kids and future descendants with the burden of where do you put it and at what cost to the pocketbook and natural resources.

The non-profit organization, Recycle Montana, actively promotes the 3Rs education process by offering schools and organizations Recycling Education Trunks statewide. The trunks contain information for teachers including K through 12 user friendly digital lesson plans, recycling resources, fun hands-on aids including samples of glass and plastic cullet, recycled materials products, and miniature paper and aluminum can bales. Recycling education is especially critical to instill good and effective recycling practices and focus on the importance of recycling materials back into useful purposes keeping the environment clean. The kids are the future! You can contact Recycle Montana at if you are interested in sponsoring a trunk or having one placed in your school.

Candi Zion

President Recycle Montana