Foundation Events

Gogebic Community College Foundation Hosted the 24th Annual Recognition Banquet

             The Gogebic Community College Foundation hosted the 24th annual “Celebration of Achievements” Banquet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the David G. Lindquist Student and Conference Center. 

 Each year, the GCC Foundation Board of Directors chooses several individuals and/or organizations to honor who have exemplified their commitment to the College.  This year’s honorees include:

  • Distinguished Alumnus David M. Lindquist, Class of ’77
  • Friend to the College Stanly Servia
  • Friend to the College Jim Saari
  • Friend to the College Aspirus Ironwood Hospital and Clinic, Inc.

 Honoree Biographies

David Lindquist graduated from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1975, Gogebic Community College with the class of 1977, and from Northern Michigan University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication.

 David moved to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and worked in the Twin Cities for eleven years, before accepting a position at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, as their Assistant Director of Licensing and Athletic Properties, in 1993.  Then, in June of 2003, David was promoted to the Director of Licensing and Athletic properties, where he stayed, until January of 2019.  He was honored as the National Licensing Director of the Year, by the International Collegiate Licensing Association, in 2010.

 Gogebic Community College has always been and will continue to be an integral part of David’s life.  He has been a part of the GCC Family since his father, David G. Lindquist, was hired as Registrar in 1963, then Dean of Students.  He continues his support & love for GCC through an annual scholarship that is awarded in memory of his parents. He gave the 2018 Commencement Address at GCC. He is always humbled and honored to come back to GCC and see the David G. Lindquist Student and Conference Center, named for his father.  He was also blessed with an amazing mother, Audrey Lindquist, who was supportive, loving, caring and kind.

 David is active in his community.  He is a substitute teacher, church prayer leader, lector and youth worker, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.  He continues to officiate basketball games and is an assistant girls’ varsity basketball coach at Big Lake High School. 

 David is also the announcer for Monticello High School football, soccer, lacrosse, girls swimming & diving and on occasion, basketball.  He loves his family, his church, athletics, coaching, reading and his hometown friends. 

 David and his wife Julie live in Monticello, Minnesota and have two daughters – Melissa, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband Mike Gold and Kristina who lives in Monticello, Minnesota. 

Once a Samson, Always a Samson!

Aspirus Ironwood Hospital and Clinics has been serving the Gogebic Range community for over 60 years, providing essential health care services to the families, friends, and communities they serve. From general surgery to primary care, obstetrics to cardiology, Aspirus Ironwood offers dozens of varying and specialized health services.

 For four years in a row, Aspirus Ironwood Hospital received the Top 20 Critical-Access Hospital national designation, rising above over 1,300 critical-access hospitals in the nation.

 Aspirus’ mission is to heal people, promote health and strengthen communities, with a vision to be a catalyst for creating healthy, thriving communities, trusted and engaged above all others.

 Aspirus Ironwood has a strong collaborative relationship with Gogebic Community College and provides clinical sites for students of their programs. Many of the graduates are part of the Aspirus Ironwood team and Aspirus is so pleased the college provides comprehensive health programs to their students.

 With a long-standing history in the area and a commitment to the health and wellness of its patients, Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics looks forward to brighter futures and greater health.

 Stanley Servia was born in Norway, Michigan to a miner and a homemaker.   In 1946 his family moved to Bessemer when the Peterson Mine opened.  After graduating from A.D. Johnston High School, he too went to work at the Peterson Mine.  Shortly after he started work, he was drafted into the U.S. Army as a helicopter specialist.  Stanley was a crew chief on a H-19 helicopter and his unit was the second unit stationed in Korea.

 Stanley and his wife Loretta (Tarnaski) married in 1951 while he was in the Army. Upon returning from the Korean War, Stanley returned to work at the Peterson Mine until 1966.  Between 1966 and 1969, Stanley worked various jobs to support his family.   In 1970 Stanley and Loretta opened Stan’s Big Dollar Supermarket in downtown Bessemer. 

 Building Stan’s Big Dollar was a dream come true for Stanley.  He enjoyed the work, the customers and all of the employees.  The employees became Stanley and Loretta’s extended family.  Big Dollar offered the full-time employee’s a profit sharing plan, which at that time was one of the first programs of its kind in the region.  The Servia’s owned the store for 23 years while they raised their children, Daniel, Michael, Carol, and Gerald who passed at the age of 10.   Loretta joined Gerald in November 2011.

 Stanley is a member of the VFW, American Legion, the Lions Club, Bessemer Projects and the Gogebic Country Club.  Throughout the years, he has been an active member on the board of directors of many community, church and local businesses.  He volunteers his time to help raise community awareness, spending countless hours on such things as the annual 4th of July celebrations and the Pumpkin Festival.  

 Stanley is a proven leader and focused much of his time on improving not only the environment and economy of Bessemer, but throughout the Gogebic range.

 Jim Saari was born in Elo, a rural community in Houghton County, and grew up and worked on the original family dairy farm that was established in 1913.  He graduated from the J.A. Doelle High School in Tapiola in 1967 and Michigan Tech University in 1971. 

 He was hired by the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region in Houghton as a Planner.  One of his planning duties was to work with local agencies to plan and manage workforce development programs in the Western U.P. six County region.

 In 1974, the employment and training structure changed and local County Commissioners became responsible for the administration of workforce programming.  The Western U.P. Manpower Consortium (later to become Michigan Works) was formed and Jim was hired as its first Director.

 County Commissioners valued their decision-making role, and made sure that increased training opportunities would be provided for their constituents using local education agencies.  For the next 35 years a major component of the Western U.P. Michigan Works training initiatives involved collaboration with Gogebic Community College.  These efforts included: Providing tuition assistance to eligible local students; creating new training opportunities in employer-demand occupations; meeting and exceeding enrollment and placement goals; expanding affordable training programs to all parts of the Western U.P. region; and sharing office and training space in the newly established Houghton/Copper County campus.

 Jim retired in 2009 and returned to Elo. He is an active member of Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie.