FOND DU LAC TRIBAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Ernie Strandberg Recieves Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Ernie Strandberg has been a gift to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College since he first stepped foot onto campus as an uncertain but hopeful octogenarian student in the College for Seniors Program.
From the start, Ernie has tirelessly and compassionately embodied the mission and commitment of this college: modeling a passion for learning new skills and revisiting old and forgotten ones, exhibiting genuine concern and caring for the entire college community, and exploring culture and diversity with a keen mind and an open heart.
Energized by a renewed love for learning and community, Ernie ventured into the college’s mainstream course offerings.
Ernie mastered intricate beading and leather design in Art, delved deeply into History, dared to master online chat room etiquette, and earned the respect of new speakers of the Anishinaabe language as he practiced and spoke with unmatched endurance. He became a welcome fixture in the Commons, offering many an opportunity to stop at “Ernie’s Table” for a chat, a hug, or a pick-me-up.
An already accomplished minister, orator, humanitarian, and artist, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is grateful Ernie Strandberg chose to generously grace us with his presence in this august period of his life.
We are all the better for it.
Therefore, it is with great appreciation, respect, and highest honor that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College awards an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Mr. Ernie Strandberg on May 21, 2015.
Larry G. Anderson, President