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Lake Land College Alumni Honored

Posted on October 3, 2018

Lake Land College Alumni will induct five new members into the Distinguished Alumni Society and Laker Athletics will honor one new member to the Athletics Hall of Fame during the Laker Homecoming weekend Sept. 28-29.

The Distinguished Alumni Society (DAS) Class of 2018 inductees are Paul Crutcher, Greenwood, South Carolina, formerly of Mattoon; JC (James) Fultz, Decatur, formerly of Bethany; Donna Homann, Mattoon; Dave Pruemer, Teutopolis; and Gary Sullivan, Fairview, Pennsylvania, formerly of Effingham.

The Distinguished Alumni Society recognizes alumni who have utilized the Lake Land experience to make an imprint on their profession or community.

“We’re extremely proud of the newest members of the Distinguished Alumni Society. They exemplify the values we all share at Lake Land College. Not only are they accomplished in their careers, they are very dedicated to giving back to their communities and improving the world around them,” said Dave Cox, director of alumni relations and annual giving.

The newest member of the Lake Land College Athletics Hall of Fame is Tina Stovall, Charleston, formerly of Lovington. The Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, coaches and friends who have excelled in their careers or brought recognition and support to the program.

The honors will take place during the Alumni Recognition Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Mitchell Shaw, Lake Land College student athletic council chair, will give the welcome at the brunch. The banquet is just one of the many events scheduled during the college’s Laker Homecoming.


Tina Stovall, One Laker Nation Class of 1984

Stovall leads a comprehensive student services program that includes Athletics and 12 other departments. She is a devoted Laker, cheering for athletes both in competition and in the classroom. She champions the Laker spirit and is well known for joining in the Laker Loyalty fight song at the end of each game.

Stovall served as an academic counselor and director of counseling at Lake Land College from 1987 to 2000 and returned in 2006 as the vice president for student services. She has an associate degree from Lake Land, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois University and a doctorate in community college leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Stovall was recently recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Lake Land College’s history, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Illinois University and was honored as a Hall of Fame alum of Lovington High School.


Paul Crutcher, One Laker Nation Class of 2016

Crutcher is the general manager/instructor for XLR Radio at Lander University. He has an associate degree in radio and television broadcasting from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/media studies and a master’s of education, teaching and learning in instructional technology from Lander University.

Paul attended Lake Land in the 1980s and reconnected with Lake Land in 2016 to complete his degree by requesting an audit. It was very important to him to graduate from Lake Land College.

Crutcher founded Lander University’s radio station in 2009 and now oversees 100 plus students who work at the radio station, some of whom have gone on to work at big-name radio stations such as “Radio Disney” and “iHeartCountry.” Crutcher also started a yearly film festival that has gained local prominence.

Brooke Taylor, a former student of Crutcher’s who now works at “Big 95.5” in Chicago, said, “If it weren’t for Paul, I’d have never even started radio. … I’m so thankful for someone who is so passionate about radio, to have been able to learn from him at such an impressionable time in my life.”

Crutcher said that two faculty members who made a difference in his educational career and got him excited to learn were Lake Land College’s Ken Beno and Mike Bradd. “Ken set up the partnership with Mattoon High School allowing us the initial opportunity to experience a live air shift (when I was still a sophomore in high school).  Mike Bradd became the general manager the year I enrolled and he is a consummate professional and one of the best news writers/broadcasters and play-by-play announcers that I have ever been able to be around,” Crutcher said.

“I cannot overstate the importance of having hands on experience like running air shifts, writing and recording news, and broadcasting Laker basketball and baseball games,” Crutcher said. “I believe the broadcasting program at Lake Land is tried and tested, is unique for a school of that size, and is a model that can be followed for others who want to be successful in setting up a college media program.”

JC (James) Fultz, One Laker Nation Class of 2002

Fultz is chief meteorologist at WAND-TV. He has completed coursework at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, has an associate degree in earth science from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s in communication studies and minor in broadcast meteorology from Eastern Illinois University, and has earned a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

The past several years Fultz has been named the number one TV personality by the Herald & Review, and has earned numerous state and local broadcast awards during his 16 years on air.

At all of his colleges, J.C. took part in radio and television “on air” activities. At EIU, he was the chief forecaster for Newswatch. At SIU he was chief forecaster for the River Region Evening Edition newscasts. Fultz attributes Lake Land College with allowing him to start working with broadcasts right away. “I was able to jump right in and was active at WLKL doing the AM Smash morning show,” Fultz said.

While Fultz attended Lake Land College several years ago, he returned in 2002 to take online classes and complete an associate degree. JC started out part-time and worked his way up to Chief Meteorologist.

“You really got to know your instructors on a personal level. I had friends who went on to major universities and they never saw their instructors in their general education classes.”

Mike Rudibaugh was one Lake Land College faculty member who got Fultz interested in meteorology and passionate about teaching it to others. “We would meet in his office and talk weather. In the classroom he brought his passion for science and I really enjoyed,” Fultz said. “He made things interesting and science fun and that is something I still like to do today when I go visit classrooms and talk to kids about weather and science. When I see the light go off inside their head before I leave I know I have done my job.”

With the nearly unpredictable weather patterns of the Midwest, Fultz still enjoys forecasting and takes pride in providing as accurate reports as possible. “I will spend several hours looking through the models and trying to figure out what the next several days has in store,” Fultz said. “I am a local central Illinois kid and being able to broadcast and forecast in my home is something that I enjoy!”

Donna Homann, One Laker Nation Class of 1984

Homann is the business owner of multiple establishments including Side Door Beauty Salon, Wig & Gift Boutique and Evergreen Home Rentals. She has a cosmetology certificate and associate of science from Lake Land College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management and operations from Eastern Illinois University.

Homann began her career as a Charleston police officer before she was diagnosed with systemic lupus. As a single mom suddenly on disability, Homann rose above her circumstances to provide first-hand care and advocacy for others’ quality of life. Homann’s full-service salon, The Side Door, specializes in working with area cancer patients and providing wigs and breast prosthetics.

“Lake Land College afforded me the opportunity to attend college and graduate debt free,” Homann said. “I was so impressed with the classroom size and the ease at which they prepared me to go on to graduate from Eastern Illinois University Lumpkin School of Business.”

Homann said that two faculty members who made the most positive impact on her while at Lake Land College were Roberta Williams and Mr. Browning. “Williams was my hero in cosmetology. I watched how she handled people and her ability to deal with the public,” said Homann “Mr. Browning asked me to be a tutor because of my math skills and gave me the confidence to go on to EIU.”

Dave Pruemer, One Laker Nation Class of 1992

Pruemer is a retired head trainer of the Minnesota Twins. He received an associate degree in physical education from Lake Land College and a bachelor’s degree in education with specialization in athletic training from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.

Beginning his career in baseball, Pruemer started as an intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates Gulf Coast League Team in 1993. He then became an Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Twins Appalachian League team in 1994 and over the next 10 years progressed through the Twins Farm System. In 2004 he was named the International League Trainer of the Year. Pruemer became an assistant trainer in the majors in 2005 and was named Head Athletic Trainer for the Twins in 2013.

Most recently Pruemer and the Twins organization hosted a national PLAY campaign to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

“I’ve think I’ve known Dave my entire career,” said Joe Mauer, drafted by the Twins in 2001. “We shared a lot of laughs, and a lot of not-so-good times, too. But he’s been consistent the whole way through, every day, and you really appreciate that, especially in this sport.”

Through the years, Pruemer had become good friends with several Twins players – Jim Thome, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, to name just a few. “If I needed something, I could contact them and they would be there for me,” Pruemer said.

“Lake Land gave me the confidence and foundation that I needed to be successful in my career path of being an athletic trainer,” Pruemer said.

Gary Sullivan, One Laker Nation Class of 1988

Sullivan is an assistant professor of the F.W. Hirt Erie Insurance Risk Management Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has an associate degree from Lake Land College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and a master’s of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Mercyhurst University, Sullivan enjoyed a 23-year career with Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance, an Erie Insurance. In his most recent position as vice-president, property & subrogation claims for Erie Insurance, he ran several successful technology innovations and projects that improve customer service and operations, as well as reduce expenses.

Sullivan is an innovation leader in the insurance industry. He was recently named “One of Fifteen People to Watch in Insurance Technology” by Insurance Networking News. He was also featured on the December 2015/January 2016 issue from the same publication. Gary has been recognized as a pioneer in exploring new technologies, processes, and systems to enhance customer experiences and is regularly requested to speak at industry events sharing his message of service and innovation.

“While attending Lake Land, I made many friends who were just as eager to learn and grow as I was,” Sullivan said. “The foundations established at Lake Land gave me the confidence and ability to succeed at the next levels academically and professionally.”

“All the faculty in the business discipline were knowledgeable and helpful. I am now in the classroom teaching the fundamentals of my profession to the next generation and I hope I exude the same enthusiasm that my instructors did at Lake Land College,” Sullivan said.

Lake Land College offers an Introduction to Concealed Carry Class

Posted on September 17, 2018

Lake Land College is offering a two-day Introduction to Concealed Carry Class at Accuracy Firearms, 1300 S. Raney St., Effingham.

The 16-hour course will be held Saturday, Nov. 17- Sunday, Nov. 18. The class will meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor Dwayne Beccue has designed this class to educate the student about handguns best suited for personal defense, how to carry them safely, and how to deploy and use them efficiently in the context of a dynamic critical incident.  The class will also cover the laws pertaining to the appropriate and lawful use of carrying handguns in public.  The cost is $150 for the two-day class.

To register, go to  Drop date for a refund is five business days prior to the class.  For more information, contact Jackie Wake, professional development support, at 217-234-5087 or email

Lake Land College Adult Education to Offer Free Food Sanitation Classes

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Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free food sanitation classes at various locations for the first 12 applicants who register.

Those who complete the course and pass the test, which costs $36, will receive a Food Protection Manager certification, which is valid for five years.

The class locations and dates are as follows:

  • Marshall – Lake Land College Eastern Region Center, 224 S. 6th, Saturday – Oct. 20 and 27, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Pana – Lake Land College Western Region Center, 600 E 1st, Friday – Nov. 9 and 16, 5-9:30 p.m.
  • Effingham – Lake Land College Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology, 1204 Network Centre Blvd., Saturday – Nov. 10 and 17, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Mattoon – Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave. E., Saturday – Dec. 1 and 8, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To enroll or to find more information, contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or

Lake Land College Announces Summer Graduates

Posted on September 14, 2018

Lake Land College announces summer graduates

Lake Land College is proud to announce the 2018 summer graduates. The following students completed their degrees and certificates this summer:

Name City Degree Acad. Program Title
Carrie Ruholl Altamont Associate in Arts Business Administration
Kaylee Shane Argenta Certificate Cosmetology
Hannah Diener Arthur Certificate Practical Nursing
Isaac Kitchen Atwood Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Angelica Haslett Beecher City Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Kailyn Boyer Bethany Certificate Esthetics
Kristina Mounce Bloomington Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Stephen Oberhill Bowling Green Associate in Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology
Seth Powell Brownstown Certificate Entrepreneurship
Seth Powell Brownstown Certificate Electronic Marketing
Jennifer Blair Casey Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Chelsea Clapp Casey Associate in Arts Business Administration
Madison Dane Casey Certificate Practical Nursing
Karla Drum Casey Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Olivia Judson Casey Associate in Science Business Administration
Mickenzie Veach Casey Certificate Cosmetology
Tyler Wright Centralia Certificate Geospatial Technology
Albert Adkins Charleston Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Lori Douglas Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Ashley Funneman Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Emily Galbreath Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Chelsie Gast Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyle Hanks Charleston Certificate Auto Mechanic
Kyle Hanks Charleston Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Hannah Jackson Charleston Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Kimberli Jones Charleston Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Jared King Charleston Certificate Programmable Logic Controllers
Jared King Charleston Associate in Applied Science Mechanical-Electrical Technology
Robert Miller Charleston Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Steven Oliver Charleston Certificate Geospatial Technology
Steven Oliver Charleston Associate in Arts Business Administration
Steven Oliver Charleston Associate in Science Earth Science
Lashawnda Poree Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Andrea Spears Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyle Stewart Charleston Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Drew Stoutin Charleston Associate in Science Business Administration
Jerod Thomason Charleston Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Management
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Professional Sales
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Certificate Marketing
Kelly Hargrave Clinton Associate in Applied Science Management
Kyle Hardiek Dieterich Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Noah Heuerman Dieterich Associate in Applied Science Mechanical-Electrical Technology
Allie Mahaffey Dieterich Certificate Accounting
Tristan Warner Edwardsville Associate in Arts Business Administration
Keegan Avery Effingham Associate in Science Clinical Laboratory Science
Kory Avery Effingham Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Lauren Fox Effingham Associate in Arts Art
Justine Funneman Effingham Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jayson Graves Effingham Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Megan Harris Effingham Associate in Arts Business Administration
Tanner Jones Effingham Certificate Geospatial Technology
Tanner Jones Effingham Associate in Science Earth Science
Alysha Loy Effingham Associate in Arts Art
Abby Marxman Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Jessica Mette Effingham Associate in Arts Psychology
Faith Miller Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Brittney Reed Effingham Certificate Medical Assistant
Courtney Rieman Effingham Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Keiko Ripley Effingham Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Blake Schumacher Effingham Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Misty Snyder Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Reanne Thies Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Coral Thoele Effingham Certificate Accounting
Collin Wallace Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Management
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Marketing
Heather Wallace Effingham Certificate Professional Sales
Heather Wallace Effingham Associate in Applied Science Management
Melissa Lye Findlay Certificate Medical Assistant
Paige Tippit Findlay Certificate Practical Nursing
Alyssa Willoughby Gays Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kirby Casner Herrick Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Heartly Smith Herrick Certificate Accounting
Haylee Short Hillsboro Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Kristy Warman Hindsboro Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kelsey Slager Hopedale Associate in Arts Agriculture
Michelle Chupp Indianapois Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Michelle Chupp Indianapolis Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Nathan Greuel Louisville Associate in Science Physics
Jarrett Stanfield Louisville Associate in Arts History
Jennifer Erixon Lovington Certificate Management
Kelly Schroeder Manhattan Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene
Olivia Reynolds Mansfield Certificate Cosmetology
Vance Oetjen Marshall Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Adora Gowin Martinsville Associate in Arts Business Administration
Alyssa Maxey Martinsville Certificate Practical Nursing
Matthew Healy Mason Associate in Arts Business Administration
Sara Miller Mason Certificate Cosmetology
Amber Aleshire Mattoon Certificate Office Support Specialist
Lynette Bell Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Jodie Carey Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Cherilyn Carlson Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Kristen Chumbley Mattoon Associate in Arts Psychology
Anna DeBuhr Mattoon Associate in Arts Agriculture
Sarita Dunne Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Shalana Elder Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Taylor Fray Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Brylin Garren Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Anthony Golding Mattoon Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Stephanie Gordon Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Julie Gosnell Mattoon Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Morgan Hampton Mattoon Associate in Arts Psychology
Dylan Harper Mattoon Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Jacqueline Hawkins Mattoon Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Jonathan Johnson Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Scott Johnson Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Tashi Kuti Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Nicholas LeDoux Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Benjamin Mabiala Mattoon Associate in Arts Business Administration
Kristen Morlen Mattoon Certificate Accounting
Clarissa Mouley Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Kyla Ohm Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Triston Overton Mattoon Certificate Computer-Aided Drafting
John Price Mattoon Certificate Manufacturing Skills I
Rachel Renwick Mattoon Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Julie Rose Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Clarissa Seal Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Rebecca Smith Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Danielle Stapleton Mattoon Certificate Welding Technology
Melinda Strawn Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Jackson Utsler Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Ag Power Technology
LesLee Watkins Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Zoe West Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Kelly Harmon Montrose Certificate Practical Nursing
Megan Bush Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Hunter Krampe Neoga Associate in Arts Psychology
Josie McMahon Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Joshua Jefferson New Albany Associate in Arts Business Administration
Karla Madden Newman Associate in Arts Business Administration
Joseph Brooks Newton Certificate Geospatial Technology
Erica Swisher Newton Certificate Esthetics
Rayanna Mboma Normal Associate in Science Health Education
Micayla Clapp Oakland Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Lori Magnussen Oconee Certificate Practical Nursing
Bethany Beeson Pana Associate in Science Business Administration
Whitney Matthews Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Whitney Matthews Pana Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Joshua McCombe Pana Certificate IT-Computer Game Development
Aubrey Puckett Pana Associate in Science Pre-Nursing
Edith Warcup Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Karen Cook Paris Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Madison Gates Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Kamryn Kingery Paris Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jenna Lawson Paris Associate in Science Pre-Physical Therapy
Darla Redman Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Phillip Williams Rosenberg Associate in Arts Undecided
Taran Duckworth Saint Elmo Associate in Science Pre-Dental
Parker Nolan Schaumburg Associate in Arts Business Administration
Ryann Ambrose Shelbyville Associate in Arts Psychology
Megan Donnel Shelbyville Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Hannah Koonce Shelbyville Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
William Lenz Shelbyville Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Abby Manship Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production & Management
Olivia Reimer Shelbyville Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Lisa Kaufman Shumway Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Criminal Justice
Barbara Phillips Shumway Certificate Practical Nursing
Rachel Gratz Sigel Certificate Practical Nursing
Ty Hewing Sigel Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Sean Kromah Smyrna Associate in Arts Physical Education
Baylee Cohan Sullivan Certificate Esthetics
Micah Dickens Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Tiffani Golden Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Cadisen Nuzzo Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Jennifer Penberthy Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Kaleb Shumard Sullivan Associate in Science Pre-Dental
Andrew Sims Sullivan Associate in Arts Speech Communication
Trina Smith-Roberts Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Bailey Sparling Sullivan Associate in Arts Undecided
Bailey Sparling Sullivan Associate in Science Pre-Pharmacy
William Tate Sullivan Certificate Welding Technology
Lija Workman Sullivan Associate in Science Bioscience Non-Teaching
Hayley Zirkle Sullivan Certificate Medical Assistant
Jonathan Beck Teutopolis Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Jordan Wellbaum Teutopolis Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Austin Light Toledo Associate in Arts Business Administration
Chasity Moses Toledo Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Walter Robison Toledo Certificate Electronic Control Technician
Alisha Ruholl Toledo Associate in Liberal Studies Associate In Liberal Studies
Teresa Allsop Tower Hill Certificate Practical Nursing
Randa Morris Tower Hill Certificate Medical Assistant
Alicia Pritchard Urbana Certificate Practical Nursing
Brady Cappe Waterford Ontario Associate in Arts Criminal Justice

Lake Land College Honors First Medical Assistant Graduates in Pinning Ceremony

Posted on September 12, 2018

 At the 2018 Lake Land College first ever Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony, graduating medical assistants received their pins.

Medical Assistant Program Instructor Molly Yeske said she saw huge improvement in her students academically and professionally. “Some students went from absolutely no healthcare knowledge and typing less than three words a minute, to typing 47 words a minute with fewer than two errors and being able to pass their certification exam on the first try,” Yeske said.

Jodie Carey, Mattoon, received the Overall Progress Award, which is given each year to a graduating student who showed overall progress clinically, academically and socially/affectively. The recipient of this award is chosen by instructors.

Kristy Warman, Hindsboro, received the Associate Degree Medical Assisting Peer Award. The recipient is chosen based on his or her clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit.  The award is characterized by a true team player, who also is considered a leader. The recipient of this award is chosen by fellow medical assisting students.

The new medical assisting program trains students in a combination of clinical and administrative skills. Medical assistants are well-rounded in working on a range of functions, from drawing blood and providing injections, to formatting spreadsheets to medical accounting and billing.

Medical Assisting is a special admission program offered as both a certificate and an associate degree. To learn more visit and under “Academics” click on “Academic Majors, Degrees & Certificates.”

The following students received their pins at the ceremony:

Jodie Carey                Mattoon

Kyla Ohm                   Mattoon

Kristi Warman          Hindsboro

Trina Smith                Sullivan

Hayley Zirkle             Sullivan

Randa Morris            Shelbyville

Purisima Palmer       Shelbyville

Alyssa Willoughby    Windsor

Clarissa Seal               Mattoon

Melissa Lye                 Findley

Brittney Reed             Effingham

Lake Land College to Rename Hall and Dedicate to Sixth President

Posted on September 11, 2018

At the September meeting, the Lake Land College Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the college’s Net Zero Energy Building to Lensink Hall in posthumous honor of its sixth president, Scott Lensink.

Lensink was instrumental in the building of the Net Zero Energy Building (ZEB Hall) on campus, and for making Lake Land a national leader in sustainable energy. ZEB Hall is a highly energy efficient building offering a sustainable-learning center where students can gain practical experience and training for green-energy jobs. During Lensink’s tenure, the college successfully secured several grants to advance its sustainable energy efforts, expanding solar and geothermal power opportunities on campus, and attracting national attention from public officials and higher education leaders.

A dedication ceremony will be held at the lawn area of the current Net Zero Energy Building, Friday, Sept. 28, at noon.

In the 20 years of service to Lake Land, Lensink is fondly thought of by many for his compassionate personality and constant dedication to Lake Land students and staff.  He began his career at the college as a business instructor and head coach for the Laker women’s basketball team. He went on to hold several leadership positions including business division chair and vice president for academic services before successfully rising through the ranks to become the college’s sixth president from 2007 until his retirement in 2013.

Lake Land College, under Lensink’s guidance, received numerous state and national recognitions such as the esteemed designation by the Aspen Institute to be among the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation and recognition by SafeCampusUSA as the safest campus in Illinois.

When Lensink was posthumously honored with the College’s Distinguished Service Award in 2017, nominator Dave Cox, director of alumni relations and annual giving said, “Scott will forever be remembered at Lake Land College for the impact of his professional career; but just as importantly, he will be remembered by employees and students as a jovial, caring, larger-than-life personality, who inspired us to make an impact at Lake Land College.”

Beyond his outstanding service at Lake Land, Lensink received praise in his educational skills wherever he went, and received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award, American Marketing Association Faculty Appreciation Award, Eastern Illinois University Management/Marketing Department Teacher of the Year Award and the Outstanding Young Men of America Award.

Lensink also served as a member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems Health Center Board of Directors, the Coles County Historical Society Depot Restoration committee and Mattoon Foundation Board.

Most of all, Lensink cherished time spent with wife Michele and sons Zachary and Alexander.

Lake Land College Honors Nurses in Pinning Ceremony

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At the 2018 Lake Land College Licensed Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony held in July, graduating nurses received their pins.

Rachel Gratz, Sigel, received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award, which is given each year to a graduating student who is considered to be the all-around best student in the class and is voted on by faculty.  The student must be professionally superior and morally responsible, be capable of making wise decisions, be compassionate and caring, be dedicated and possess common sense and a strong scientific knowledge base, demonstrate superior technical skills, possess superior communication skills and composure, often in crises situations. Gratz’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is located in the nursing skills lab in Neal Hall.

Julie Rose, Mattoon, and Lori Magnussen, Oconee, received the Licensed Practical Nursing Peer Award. These students are chosen because of their clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit.  The award is characterized by a true team player, who also is considered a leader. The recipients of this award were chosen by fellow nursing students.

Faith Miller, Effingham, received the award for Clinical Excellence and Emily Galbreath, Charleston, received the award for Client Advocate.

For serving as a positive representative of the LPN program student liaisons, Gratz and Misty Snyder, Effingham, received certificates of recognition.


The following students received their pins at the ceremony:


Mattoon/ Lake Land Campus:

Cherilyn Carlson      Mattoon

Hannah Diener        Arthur

Shalana Elder           Mattoon

Taylor Fray                Pana

Ashley Funnema      Charleston

Emily Galbreath       Charleston

Chelsie Gast               Charleston

Madison Gates           Paris

Tiffani Golden            Sullivan

Jonathan Johnson    Mattoon

Clarissa Mouley         Mattoon

Jennifer Penberthy   Sullivan

Lashawnda Poree      Chicago Heights

Alicia Pritchard          Urbana

Darla Redman            Paris

Julie Rose                   Mattoon

Andrea Spears           Charleston

Paige Tippit               Findlay

LesLee Watkins        Arcola



Effingham/ Kluthe Center:

Teresa Allsop           Shelbyville

Megan Bush             Neoga

Madison Dane         Casey

Micah Dickens         Sullivan

Rachel Gratz             Sigel

Kelly Harmon           Montrose

Tashi Kuti                  Mattoon

Lori Magnussen       Oconee

Whitney Matthews  Pana

Alyssa Maxey            Martinsville

Josie McMahon        Neoga

Faith Miller               Effingham

Barbara Phillips       Shumway

Misty Snyder            Effingham

Melinda Strawn       Mattoon

Collin Wallace          Effingham

Edith Warcup           Pana

Lake Land College Board of Trustee election petitions available

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Persons who wish to file for a seat on the Board of Trustees of Lake Land College, Community College District No. 517, may pick up nominating petitions at the office of Jean Anne Grunloh, senior executive to the president, at Lake Land College on or after Sept. 18.

Petitions are available from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when the college is open. Grunloh’s office is located in the Board and Administration Center at the main campus in Mattoon.

Completed petition packets will be accepted on behalf of Board Secretary Ms. Ann Deters in the same office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 10 through Dec. 17, 2018.

Two six-year terms and one four-year vacancy will appear on the Lake Land College ballot.  The two six year terms are held by Mr. Bruce Owen, Dieterich, and Mr. Dave Storm, Effingham.  Ms. Meg Yargus Steward, Marshall, was appointed in October 2017 to fill the vacancy created by Dr. Robert Luther’s resignation. Her appointment to the vacancy was to serve on the Board until the next regular election in April 2019 when a successor will be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term that goes through 2023.

Persons elected on April 2, 2019, will begin their terms of office by April 30, 2019.

To run in the election, interested persons must:

  • Hold U.S. citizenship;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a resident of the state of Illinois for one year immediately preceding the election;
  • Be a resident of Community College District No. 517 for one year immediately preceding the election and;
  • Be a registered voter.

Nominating petitions require the signatures of at least 50 registered voters and should be filed with the office of the senior executive to the president. The candidate may file in person, by mail or by a representative. Each board candidate must also submit a statement of candidacy and a receipt indicating he or she has filed a statement of economic interest with the county clerk of the county in which the principal office of the unit of local government with which the person is associated is located.

The period for filing objections to nomination papers will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the same office during the following five business days: Tuesday, December 18, 2018; Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018; Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018; Friday, Dec. 21, 2018; and Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

For more information, contact Grunloh at 217-234-5329.


Posted on September 10, 2018

The 2018 Fall 10th Day Enrollment Report shows Lake Land College continues to be the first choice among district high school seniors. For 17 years, the college has attracted more than 30 percent of all area high school graduates. This fall, 34 percent of the Class of 2018 is enrolled at Lake Land College.

“This is a remarkable achievement considering all the enrollment challenges we have seen throughout the state. During these years, Lake Land College has continued to focus on our students by providing a personalized educational experience that leads to success in the workforce or upon transfer. We are proud to be the college of choice for high school graduates in our area,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

The enrollment report also indicates Workforce Ready programs are seeing upward growth for the second year in a row. New programs and enhancements in response to workforce needs are paving the way for the increase.

Throughout the district, many schools have nearly 40 percent of the graduating class attending Lake Land, with some schools nearing 70 percent. The schools with the highest percentage enrolled are Neoga Junior Senior High, Stewardson-Strasburg High School, Sullivan High School and Kansas High School. The schools with the largest number of graduates enrolled are Mattoon, Charleston, Effingham and Sullivan. In total, 625 in-district graduates are enrolled this fall. When looking at all new high school graduates, the number grows to 758.

“We are pleased that every high school in our district has 2018 graduates enrolled with us this fall,” Vice President for Student Services Tina Stovall said.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse indicates in-district graduates have chosen Lake Land College over any other college by a 10 to 1 ratio each of the past three years and we anticipate that 2018 will be no exception, said Stovall who presented the enrollment report to the Lake Land College Board of Trustees at the Sept. 10 meeting.

“Of those in-district graduates attending college, more than 600 were enrolled at Lake Land. In comparison, the second and third colleges on the list each had closer to 60 students enrolled from each graduating class,” she added.

Overall, there are 4,582 students enrolled in Lake Land College classes this fall semester. Despite consistent enrollment of high school graduates, fall enrollment shows an overall 7.7 percent drop in headcount and a 4.9 percent drop in credit hours or full time equivalency (FTE), compared to last fall, according to the 10th day report. Much of the decline comes in the area of non-degree enrollment which includes students taking individual courses but not pursuing a degree or certificate.

Two main factors influencing enrollment are the size of the high school graduating class and increased opportunities for employment in our area. This year’s high school graduating class of 1,826 was the second smallest in the college’s history.

Over time, the college has seen a direct correlation between unemployment rates and college enrollment, particularly with adult students, Stovall said. With today’s unemployment rate less than 4 percent, the adult student enrollment at the start of fall semester has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past five years.

“A low rate of unemployment is good for our community and allows our alumni to be gainfully employed, families to contribute to their communities and businesses to thrive. With more of our community, particularly adults, employed there are fewer students seeking a college education. Lake Land College stands ready with opportunities to help them to advance in their careers with specific courses or new programs,” Bullock said.

During the past few years, Lake Land College has introduced several new programs and strengthened many others in response to the needs of local employers. These efforts have paid off in the Workforce Ready side of the college which is seeing its second year of enrollment growth. Workforce Ready programs provide workforce credentials through associate degree and certificate programs that prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation.

Recent examples of these new programs include Medical Assistant, IT-LaunchCode and LSC Communications Fast Track. All of these programs were developed in response to a need identified in the local business community.

“Our student population at Lake Land is unique to the communities we serve. Our goal is to provide the education and training to meet those unique needs, Stovall said.

“With new initiatives throughout the state addressing the migration of students outside of Illinois when seeking higher education opportunities, Lake Land College is proud to be the first choice of our district high graduates and our business partners seeking training programs for their workforce,” Bullock said.

The 10th day enrollment report is a standard report among the higher education community that captures opening enrollment data each semester.



Prospective Students Invited to Laker Visit Day

Posted on September 7, 2018

Prospective Lake Land College students and parents are invited to learn more about the college at one of the two upcoming open houses. Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Oct. 12 and Dec. 7.

Beginning at 9 a.m. in the Luther Student Center Lobby and running until noon, Laker Visit Day provides an opportunity for students to tour campus, sit in on a class, meet current students and talk with faculty. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend and learn more about the college during a parent session.

Representatives from Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by current Lake Land College Student Ambassadors and college staff. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn about the more than 150 majors at Lake Land.

“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and majors, to talk to current students about student life and to learn about financial aid options and opportunities,” Olivia Mintun, admissions representative, said.

Guests should be prepared to walk the beautiful campus. To get to the Student Center take Entrance 1, turn right after the curve and park in Lot B. Then, walk towards the Bookstore as far South as possible. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, please check the college’s homepage for closures at

For more information, or to reserve a space for Laker Visit Day, register online at or call 217-234-5377.

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