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Dr. Dian Lopez: "I give because 4-H helps children become resourceful adults"

Dr. Dian Lopez is a loyal donor to Minnesota 4-H
Meet Dr. Dian Lopez.

Dr. Lopez is a retired Computer Science professor, a board member for the Douglas County Hospital, and a loyal donor to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Growing up in Beltrami County, Dr. Lopez joined 4-H as a child. Dr. Lopez loved going to the fair as an opportunity to connect with other 4-H members in her community. Every year, she went to the county fair in Bemidji, hoping that luck was on her side and she could win a trip to the state fair. As the fair season approached, Dr. Lopez grew excited to help other community members get ready.

4-H instilled a love of service in Dr. Lopez. In the program, she learned the value of giving, not only with your head, but with your heart. "The 4-H pledge is something to live by," she said. "My experiences in 4-H have made me a more caring person and community person." This is evident throughout Dr. Lopez’s career.

 She currently serves on a variety of organizations, including: the Douglas County Hospital Board, the Habitat for Humanity Board and Family Selection Committee and Governance Committee, the Douglas County Lakes Association, Ida Lake Association, and the Alexandria Senior Center.

Dr. Lopez and her husband, Andy
Dr. Lopez attended Moorhead State College, where she majored in Mathematics and Education, with minors in Business and Psychology. After completing her masters in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University, she earned her Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Lopez taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris in the Science and Mathematics Division for 38 years. Starting her career as a mathematics professor, Dr. Lopez and her husband, Andy, later developed the University’s computer science program.

4-H helped to prepare her for this career because it "teaches you how to work hard but carefully, how to document what you are doing, to study new ways of doing things, to cooperate with others, to present information to others, to prepare in advance, and to have fun."

Her advice to young 4-H alumni is to "follow your passions. Do what you enjoy and feel strongly about. When things go wrong, sometimes it is for the better. At least you learned something. Keep learning, enjoy and protect nature and our earth. Care for and help others."

She gives to Minnesota 4-H because "it is a wonderful program that helps children become resourceful adults."

Thank you Dr. Lopez for supporting the young minds of Minnesota 4-H.

Laura Wyatt

Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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