May 9, 2014

2014 CLC Commencement Events

Staples Campus Commencement
The Staples campus commencement event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm at the Staples-Motley high school gymnasium. 

Brainerd Campus Commencement
The Brainerd campus commencement event is scheduled for Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm at the Brainerd high school gymnasium.

Guy Doud, Featured Speaker for the Brainerd Commencement
A 1973 summa cum laude graduate of Brainerd Community College, now CLC, Guy Doud immersed himself in all that BCC had to offer. One of his fondest memories is building a maze in the Gym for Steve Long’s Biology class. Guy hypothesized that rats would learn to run the maze more quickly than humans. Steve Long disagreed, but the rats won and Mr. Long lost. While at BCC Guy appeared in the first play ever performed in the John Chalberg Theater, and went on to appear in over 35 productions in Community Theater, and served as producer and director for two seasons when Bob Dryden took a break. Guy credits the faculty and staff of BCC for the genuine interest they took in students, and the caring they showed, for giving a somewhat shy kid a feeling of self-confidence. After BCC Guy received a scholarship to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he majored in Language Arts and Theater. Guy graduated summa cum laude from Concordia in 1975 and was hired by the Brainerd School District as a high school teacher. At Brainerd High he not only taught English, but coached Speech and Debate, advised the Student Council, was newspaper advisor, served as head of the English Department, president of the Brainerd Education Association, and directed numerous plays. In 1985 he was chosen as the Brainerd Teacher of the Year and the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In 1986 he was chosen as the National Teacher of the the Year and was received in the Oval Office by then President Ronald Reagan.

After being chosen America’s TOY, Guy was asked to speak all over the United States and around the world, something that he continues to do to this day. He has spoken for many large conventions, and to thousands of groups with a universal message of hope and love. He has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Hour of Power, and other television programs. He is the author of six books, and has made a number of movies, one which was chosen as the Best Christian Film of the Year.

He received an honorary Dr. of Humane Letters degree from Judson College in IL, the Tower Award from the City of Brainerd, an Alumni Award from Concordia College, the Jaycees Award as one of the 10 outstanding young men in Minnesota, a National Award from the Future Farmers of America for his work with FFA. The President selected him to serve on the Presidential Scholarship Commission, and Prentice Hall publishing selected him to help assemble and write notes for a new American, World and British Literature Anthology series. He served as President of the BCC Alumni Association, helped start a Boy Scout Troop locally, directed the Community Christmas Pageant for a number of years, pastored two different churches for over 20 years, and has been an adjunct faculty member of CLC.

Featured Speaker for the Staples Commencement
Frank was born in 1948 on a produce farm in Little Canada, Minnesota. His parents and grandparents migrated from Palermo, Sicily. He grew up working on his family’s farm; manning the fields in the summer and growing bedding and vegetable plants in the greenhouse during the winter. Upon graduating high school in 1967, Frank enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Program at Staples Technical College. In 1968, he married Sherry Braun, his high school sweetheart. After graduating from Staples in 1969, Frank worked at a gravel pit in the Twin Cities and took on small grading jobs with his dad’s Massey Ferguson Industrial Tractor.

In 1970, Frank bought a 955H Traxcavator and started F. M. Frattalone Excavating & Grading, where he provided excavating, grading and demolition services. In 1985, he added utilities to his company’s scope of work. In 1988 Frank founded Fra-Dor, a pit that screened and sold black dirt and eventually began accepting broken concrete/asphalt and recycling it into class 5 and 6 gravel for re-sale. In 1995, Frattalone Paving was established and in 2003, F.M. Frattalone Excavating & Grading became Frattalone Companies, Inc. to encompass the many services they provide. In 2007 Landscaping Supplies was added to Fra-Dor, providing mulch, sand, decorating rock and many other supplies for residential and commercial jobs. Frattalone Companies purchased Dawnway Landfill in Inver Grove Heights, MN in 2008.

Frank has four children who all work and operate the family business, which now employs approximately 200 people. Because of Frank’s strong belief in the importance of safety and training, Frattalone Companies has always provided extensive training for its employees, ranging from safety meetings at the shop to trainings held at dealer sites.

Frank has served on the Board of Directors for Central Lakes College for over 30 years, the Operating Engineers (Local 49) Apprentice Board for 15 years, and the Associated General Contractor of MN (AGC) Board for
4 years.

Frank’s motto is, “I believe in doing a good job, taking pride in what you do and helping others whenever possible”.