Two South Dakota State University employees will be based at the Community College for Sioux Falls. Lisa Schramm, an assistant director with the Office of Admissions, will provide support for students seeking information about SDSU programs offered at the community college, online and at its campus in Brookings, while Mercedes Bergman has been hired as an academic advisor to support students taking classes at the community college.
“These two positions are critical to the work at the Community College for Sioux Falls as they are focused on supporting students to enhance their success in both academic and career pursuits,” said Dennis Hedge, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our academic program offerings at the community college will open many doors of opportunity and having two very experienced professionals in these roles will help students understand the academic pathway and career options these programs provide.”
Schramm, an SDSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications, has worked in the SDSU Office of Admissions on the Brookings campus for nearly 20 years. Her recruitment work at SDSU has focused on the Sioux Falls community. She has held numerous positions related to prospective student recruitment and enrollment processes and will serve the community college in the same fashion.
Bergman previously served as a student success coordinator for the University of South Dakota under the previous University Center model. She was responsible for tutoring services, supplemental instruction, peer mentoring, academic preparation, career services, workshops and programming. Her new role with SDSU will include academic and career advising of SDSU students at CCSF, SDSU academic program promotion, and implementation of student success strategies. Bergman earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from SDSU and served as a graduate teaching assistant for SDSU prior to her role with USD.
“Lisa and Mercedes are very well-respected in their professions and in the local community, and both have many examples of positively impacting students,” Hedge said. “The students attending the Community College for Sioux Falls will benefit greatly from the work of these individuals.”
Schramm began her role at the Community College for Sioux Falls July 1, while Bergman began her new role July 22.
South Dakota State currently offers three associate degrees at the community college, four bachelor’s degrees and an undergraduate certificate in geographic information sciences. Sioux Falls is also home to several programs in the College of Nursing in addition to pharmaceutical science coursework within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.