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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published December 01 2010

MSCTC mourns beloved counselor

Dan Sperling spent his career helping students realize their dreams.

Now co-workers of the college counselor who died in September are continuing his work.

Faculty and staff at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead are raising money for a scholarship fund to honor Sperling.

They are hosting a benefit dinner and silent auction at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Moorhead campus, with proceeds going to the Realize Your Dream scholarship.

Sperling, who died of cancer at age 53, spent nearly 20 years at the Moorhead campus providing students with academic, career and personal counseling.

His colleagues say he was known for seeing potential in all students, including those who were considered underdogs.

“He never looked at somebody’s limitations. He looked at their possibilities,” said Brenda Potter, program director of the medical administrative program.

Tom Dubbels, a counselor and interim dean of student services, said Sperling was a beloved person on campus who always put students first.

“He always thought that every student had a chance to realize their dream of getting a college education, of being able to be successful in college,” Dubbels said.

Sperling is survived by his wife, Paula, and three children, Luke, Ryan and Laura.

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