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Lake Land College’s International Student Club

Posted on November 20, 2017

Lake Land College students enjoying International Student Club’s Show ‘N Tell event.

Lake Land College students from varying nations enjoyed learning about other cultures during the International Student Club’s annual Show ‘N Tell event celebrating International Education Week. Students from Taiwan, Turkey, Colombia, China and Democratic Republic of Congo all came out to display cultural mementos.

Attendees of the event delighted in having their names spelled out in Chinese calligraphy by a student from Hong Kong. Several students brought in examples of currency from their countries, so others were able to see and feel pieces from all over the world.

The International Student Club organizes and supports activities that represents members who are from diverse countries. The International Student Club focuses on helping international and exchange student integrate into their new school, student body and community by providing endless opportunities to enrich their living and learning experience while studying at Lake Land. There are about 50 international students at Lake Land College this year.

To learn more about the International Studies Program, call 217-234-5382 or visit

Lake Land College Offers Dance Classes

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Lake Land College is offering a series of dance classes in Mattoon and Effingham. Five different dance styles will be offered including Cha-Cha, Night Club 2-Step, Rumba, Swing and Tango.

Beginner and advanced classes will meet at both Lake Land College West Building Atrium and Effingham Emergency Management Agency Building in January. Students can choose either location.

Instructors Scott and Cheryl Sweet have been teaching dance for many years. The cost is $36 for four sessions of class.

To register, login to, click the appropriate dance class link under Course Listings, select the course date and enroll. Students can also call Admissions & Records at 217-234-5434. The drop date for a refund is five business days prior to the class. For more information, contact Sandy Spaulding, professional development support, at 217-234-5087 or

Lake Land College named in top 10 percent of community colleges in U.S.

Posted on November 16, 2017

The Aspen Institute for College Excellence Program recently named Lake Land College as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States.

The Aspen Institute for College Excellence Program recently named Lake Land College as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States. This prestigious recognition places Lake Land in the top tier of community colleges demonstrating high achievement and performance in student success and outcomes.

“Assisting students in reaching their goals is the anchor to all that we do at Lake Land College. We continuously evaluate programs and services and develop enhancements to create an excellent learning environment for our students. Receiving this honor from the Aspen Institute for the third time in less than a decade spotlights the outstanding collaboration and commitment our faculty, staff and trustees demonstrate on a daily basis,” Josh Bullock, Lake Land College president, said.

“With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students by assessing performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes,” the institute stated in a news release.    

The 150 community colleges announced were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.

“Especially in the current social and economic climate, it is exceptionally important that our nation’s community colleges develop the diverse talent needed to fuel democratic engagement, social mobility, and economic opportunity and growth,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit

To learn more about Lake Land College, visit

Renowned genetics educator to speak at Lake Land College

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World-renowned human genetics educator Sam Rhine will host a Genetics Update Conference at Lake Land College, Thursday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater.

The conference, sponsored by the Lake Land College Math and Science Division, will be open to students, teachers, parents and the community. Many schools bring their AP and honors biology students to the conference.  There is a $20 registration fee per person, but the cost is free to Lake Land College students.

Described by experts in the human genetics field as the most effective human genetics educator in America today, Rhine is the director of the Genetics Education Center near Indianapolis.  He received the “Honorary Membership Award” by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  The award is recognized as the highest honor bestowed on members of the profession and is awarded annually.

Rhine has made more than 8,500 presentations to more than 3.75 million teenagers in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Rhine is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indiana in Bloomington in the Department of Applied Health Science where he teaches a summer class on “Causes and Prevention of Birth Defects.” He also teaches summer classes at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and the University of Texas Pan AM campus in Edinburg, Texas. He has lectured in London, Prague, Montreal, and Tokyo and taught human genetics in St. Petersburgh States in St. Petersburgh, Russia.

Registration will be accepted through the morning of the conference. Attendees are not required to stay for the entire presentation. For more information or to register call 800-727-2315 or visit

Contact Lake Land College Biology Instructor Brenda Hunzinger with any additional questions at 217-234-5365 or

Cosmetology Clinic hours and services

Posted on November 13, 2017

Lake Land College students and community members have an opportunity to receive professional cosmetology services at the Cosmetology Clinic.

Lake Land’s Cosmetology students offer various hair, nail and skin care services. All work is done exclusively by students of the program under the supervision of licensed instructors.

Cosmetology is a special admission program that can be completed in three semesters. Students complete classroom and lab courses before moving on to the clinic.

By working in the clinic, students receive valuable hands-on training that prepares them for the workplace.

Haircuts for men and women, deep conditioner and scalp treatments are all available for under $15. For ages 60 and above, a senior perm is available for $17.

Facials, spa pedicure, waxing services, and manicures are just some of the other services offered at the clinic.

Fall and spring semester hours for the Cosmetology Clinic are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hours along with additional services and prices are posted on the cosmetology website:

To schedule an appointment call 217-234-5300. For additional information, contact Peggy Strange, cosmetology instructor/director of cosmetology at 217-234-5343 or

Lake Land College to host Mighty Cahokia: America’s First City

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November is Native American Heritage Month and to celebrate Lake Land College will host “Mighty Cahokia: America’s First City” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the Theater of the Luther Student Center.

Presenting on the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico will be Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site’s Assistant Site Manager William Issminger.

The event is sponsored by the college’s Inclusion and Diversity Education Committee and is free and open to the public.

Cahokia Mounds is a 2,200 acre tract located just a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois. The ancient settlement is home to archeological remnants of a city once larger than London in A.D. 1250. The Mississippians who lived in Cahokia were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.

For more information on Native American Heritage month, visit the poster display in the Luther Student Center lobby. Books and other materials about Cahokia Mounds and Native American heritage are available for check-out at the Lake Land College library.

For more information on Cahokia Mounds visit:

Lake Land College Cosmetology students provided free haircuts to veterans

Posted on November 10, 2017

Students in Lake Land College’s cosmetology program provided haircuts to veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Lifespan Center in Charleston, in celebration of Veterans Month.

Students Emma Kull, Effingham, Marissa Morris, Martinsville, Andrea Doedtman, Effingham, and Carlin Nuzzo, Sullivan, joined Cosmetology Clinical Instructor Kristine Marler, Atwood, in providing the free haircuts.

Lake Land College Agriculture Students Excel in Competition

Posted on November 9, 2017

Lake Land College agriculture students recently attended the conference and competition of the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student Organization (PAS) in Bloomington, Ill. on Nov. 3.

Two-hundred and fifty students representing eight colleges from across Illinois competed in various areas of agriculture specialization. Illinois PAS Organization is part of a nationwide PAS group known as a career and technical agriculture student organization, for the promotion of skills, leadership and education in agriculture.

2017-2018 LAKE LAND COLLEGE PAS STUDENTS               


Beef Specialist
Wyatt Claire 1st place individual, 1st place team Watseka, Ill.
Bryce Gullidge 1st place individual, 1st place team Louisville, Ill.
Justin Johnson 3rd place individual, 1st place team Bloomington, Ind.
Swine Specialist
Micah Smock 1st place individual, 1st place team Jackson Center, Ohio
Brandon Stickler 1st place individual, 1st place team Pleasant Plains, Ill.
Maddie Fugate Team member Mahomet, Ill.
Livestock Overall
Gretchen Macklin 1st place individual, 1st place team Findlay, Ill.
Kathryn Helmink 2nd place individual, 1st place team Montrose, Ill.
Sheep Specialist
Parker VanDyke 2nd place team Louisville, Ill.
Colin Deno 2nd place team Danville, Ind.
Impromptu Speaking
Maddie Fugate 3rd place individual Mahomet, Ill.
Prepared Speaking
Maddie Fugate 1st place individual Mahomet, Ill.
Floriculture Specialist
Christina Quance 1st place individual, 2nd place team Beecher City, Ill.
Jake Parsley 2nd place individual, 2nd place team Mattoon, Ill.

The Lake Land College Agriculture Division offers 12 majors that prepare students to enter the workforce or prepare to transfer to a four-year college. For more information visit

Lake Land College agriculture students excel in the competition of Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization. Pictured left to right are: Micah Smock, Jackson Center, Ohio; Brandon Stickler, Pleasant Plains, Ill.; Parker VanDyke, Louisville, Ill.; Wyatt Claire, Watseka, Ill.; Konnar Haworth, Darlington, Ind.; Shannon DeHann, Taylor, Mo.; Tyler Fanning, Milford, Ill.; Taylor Hartke, Teutopolis, Ill.; Harley Lumley, Lafayette Ind.; Bryce Gullidge, Louisville, Ill.; Ashley Miller, Armington, Ill.; Patrick Watson, Paris, Ill.; Lacie Butler, Gibson City, Ill.; Justin Johnson, Bloomington, Ind.; Blake Schumaker, Effingham, Ill.; Christiana Quance, Beecher City, Ill.; Zack Stirrett, Shelbyville, Ill.; Gretchen Macklin, Findlay, Ill.; Chris Flood, Dieterich, Ill.; Kathryn Helmink, Montrose, Ill.; Emma Regking, Teutopolis, Ill.; Zack Koester, Effingham, Ill.; Alex Hartke, Teutopolis, Ill.; Michael Schmidt, Marshall, Ill.

Lake Land College continuing to accept Top 50 VIP Nominations

Posted on November 8, 2017

Lake Land College is extending the nomination deadline for top 50 Very Important People of Lake Land College to Nov. 30.

The Lake Land College Foundation will recognize those individuals who have made a significant positive contribution to the development of the college and to the student learning experience over the college’s first 50 years through a special 50th anniversary recognition.

Criteria for nominations include recognizing individuals for their actions, activities, financial gifts and accomplishments which have made a positive contribution to Lake Land College. Alumni and friends are eligible to be recognized and can receive the recognition posthumously.

To nominate someone, visit and fill out the required fields. Written nominations will be accepted but must include the same information as the form online and should be sent to the Lake Land College Foundation, Neal Hall, room 003, 5001 Lake Land Boulevard. The deadline for nominations is now Nov. 30.

Individuals selected will be notified in February and recognized in June at a special event. The selection committee is comprised of foundation members and Lake Land retirees. Foundation board member Tom Wright serves as the committee chair. Other foundation members include Chris Pilson, Bob Pancoast, Alan Fedrigon, Mike Bohannon and Rich Hartke. Lake Land retirees on the committee include Linda Von Behren, Pam Crisman, Dennis Gathmann, Bill Hollada and Max Jaeger. Mike Sullivan is a representative from the Lake Land College Board of Trustees and Alumni Board.

For more information, contact Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement, at 217-234-5354 or email

Lake Land College Foundation holds annual meeting

Posted on November 7, 2017

The Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors celebrated a record-breaking year of $1.1 million in gifts at its recent annual meeting. These gifts support scholarships, programs, equipment and facilities for the Lake Land community.

“Foundation scholarships and college support have been especially important these past few years of the state budget impasse. The difference donors made this year has been integral to Lake Land’s success,” said Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement.

Heartland Dental and Farm Credit Illinois both received the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization award.

Farm Credit Illinois has a longstanding partnership with Lake Land College, specifically the agricultural division, resulting in an endowment supporting overall programing needs. The West building houses the Farm Credit Training room, all thanks to Farm Credit Illinois’s generosity.

Heartland Dental gifted a value of $850,000, enabling Lake Land to outfit the Dental Hygiene lab in brand-new equipment. This new learning environment ensures that Lake Land students entering the workforce are trained with up-to-date equipment.

Gerald Forsythe, Marshall, received the as an Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Over the years, Forsythe has provided a facility for the eastern district extension center in Marshall. Most recently, he created an endowment designed to assist students with unforeseen emergency needs that could result in their withdrawal from classes.

John Livesay, Pana, received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser which is presented annually to an individual who has given gifts of time and talent in securing private funding on behalf of Lake Land College students. Livesay has served on the board for 12 years.

Board member Chad Thompson, Effingham, received the annual Crystal Swan Award for his outstanding contributions to the Lake Land College Foundation. Created in 1993, the Crystal Swan award is a way to recognize foundation board members who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service to the Lake Land College Foundation during their tenure.  Each recipient demonstrates a passion and commitment to the educational goals of Lake Land students that rises above all others.

The board also thanked the Lake Land College employees who contributed funds to assist students. “More than 66 percent of our employees demonstrated their support for students with gifts to the Foundation. This is spectacular news and far exceeds industry standards for the majority of organizations,” Joines added.

New officers elected for the 2017-2018 year are Mike Bohannon, Charleston, president; Tom Grunloh, Effingham, vice president; and Chad Thompson, Effingham, secretary. The meeting was chaired by outgoing President Meg Yargus Steward, Marshall.



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