Briefs: SKC Foundation launches Penny Kipp Endowment

by Lake County Leader
| January 6, 2021 2:05 AM

Salish Kootenai College Foundation recently announced a new endowment partnership with the Headwaters Foundation in honor of the late Penny Kipp.

Kipp was the first official employee of Salish Kootenai College and served on the Headwaters Foundation board from 2018 until her passing in April 2020. Headwaters Foundation saw the opportunity to create a legacy for Penny within the SKC community she loved so much with the creation of a new scholarship endowment fund. To ensure the Penny Kipp Endowment holds true to its name, this fund will focus on reducing barriers faced by Native students, including challenges beyond tuition while attending college.

“My mom believed in everyone being able to have the opportunity and the access to education whether it be an A.A., a B.A., a masters, or a trade certificate,” said Kipp’s daughter, Tara Matt. “She started her career at SKC and finished her career there. I believe she came full circle. She was so happy to be back there.”

Big Arm woman named to McDaniel College dean's list

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Autumn Becker of Big Arm has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2020 Dean's List with highest honors.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences in Westminster, Md.

Flathead Audubon offers program on oddball fish

The January Flathead Audubon presentation will feature fisheries biologist Beth Gardner for the online Zoom presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Have you ever heard of a fish that doesn’t like to swim? Or how about the one so primitive and bizarre that it is surely a ghost from very ancient times? Beth has selected seven oddball species found here in Montana and will give us the inside scope on their hidden life underwater. Gardner is a fisheries biologist with the Flathead National Forest. For information on how to access the program, vist

The program is free and open to the public.