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Laker Nest Bookstore featured in national magazine

Posted on September 22, 2020

The Laker Nest Bookstore at Lake Land College was one of six college stores from across the nation featured in The College Store Magazine’s 15th Annual Store Design Showcase.

Located in the Luther Student Center, the new Laker Nest Bookstore was completed in November 2019. Prior to the current store’s completion, the bookstore had occupied an originally temporary pole barn for more than 40 years.

The new space has allowed the store to both facilitate students’ class material needs and provide easy access to Laker merchandise throughout the year. Not only has the new design increased the store’s functionality, it has the potential to enhance school spirit and community support via access to Laker merchandise.

Amanda Arena, coordinator of bookstore operations, said the transition has received an extremely positive response from the Lake Land College community.

“This is likely one of the biggest changes in appearance and functionality on our campus,” Arena said. “We have had quite a few people come to check out the new store, and every time they leave really impressed.”

The Laker Nest Bookstore also has an online store stocked with plenty of Laker gear as well.

To read the feature or to shop online for Laker merchandise, visit the Laker Nest Bookstore page at lakelandcollege.edu/bookstore.

Lake Land College TRIO SSS program funded for another five-year cycle

Posted on September 21, 2020

The Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services program staff will continuing helping students succeed for another five years. The federally-funded program recently learned that its funding was renewed for the 2020-2025 grant cycle. The program is funded to serve 160 students per year and has met that goal throughout all five years of the previous grant cycle.

TRIO Student Support Services is a program created to help students in need succeed at Lake Land College. TRIO is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help students complete their academic goals, graduate from Lake Land College and transfer to a four-year college.

“TRIO Student Support Services is the support system to answer any questions students may have about being at Lake Land, whether that is helping them with financial aid, locating resources in the community, study help or many other things,” Amber Niebrugge, director of TRIO Student Support Services, said. “We are here to help students be successful from one semester to the next until they graduate or transfer.”

The mission of the TRIO program is to provide an environment that promotes, social and personal growth for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities. To accomplish this mission, TRIO provides academic, social, and cultural support, increases retention and graduation rates, assists students in the admissions process and completion of all necessary forms, develops relationships with external and internal entities to provide referrals and collaborative services and assists in developing short and long term goals for each academic semester based on students’ needs.

Counselors and advisors work with each student individually, providing and connecting students with a wide variety of support services, events and activities. TRIO provides one-on-one meetings with staff, informative workshops and access to educational, social and cultural opportunities available only to TRIO participants. All of TRIO services are free to eligible students.

To be eligible for TRIO Student Support Services, a student must be pursuing an associate degree or certificate and meet at least one of the following requirements. The student must be a first-generation college student meaning neither parent nor legal guardian graduated from a four-year institution, meet certain income requirements such as being eligible for a Pell grant or the student must be eligible for Student Accommodations at Lake Land College.

More information can be located on the Lake Land College website at lakelandcollege.edu/trio-student-support-services or by calling or texting 217-234-5456. For further questions, please contact triosss@lakelandcollege.edu.

Register for fall semester eight-week classes at Lake Land College

Posted on September 18, 2020

New and current Lake Land College students can now take advantage of flexible educational opportunities with an eight-week Mod II class this fall.

Each semester, Lake Land College offers two sessions of eight-week courses known as Mod I and II. Mod II classes begin Oct. 19 and finish Dec. 11 with finals held Dec. 14 through Dec. 17.

“Mod II courses are great for both new and current students,” said Emily Hartke, chair of counseling and judicial affairs advisement.  “If someone is looking to ease into college, these courses are a way to do just that. The Mod II courses are also a good way for current students to pick up needed credits before the end of the semester.”

Mod II classes allow students to complete coursework in less time than a full-semester class. Seats in these classes often fill quickly for this reason, so those interested are urged to sign up as early as possible.

To view available courses, visit lakelandcollge.edu/schedules. Select the Fall 2020 term and select M2 under Schedule Types.

Counselors are available to assist students with Mod II registration. For registration information, contact Counseling Services at counsel@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-234-5232.

Lake Land College to host accreditation ACEN site visit meeting

Posted on September 8, 2020

Lake Land College will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The public is invited to meet with the site visit team and share comments about the programs in person at a meeting Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. The meeting will take place on the Lake Land College campus in the Neal Hall south room at 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, Illinois.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Email: mstoll@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by 9/14/2020.

All visitors to campus will be required to complete the Campus Visit Screening Form on the Lake Land College website as well as wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth.

Lake Land College Alumni Association Celebrate Lake Land fall event cancelled

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In accordance with the Lake Land College Return to Campus Plan, state and local guidelines, the alumni association’s Celebrate Lake Land event has been cancelled.

Originally scheduled for Sept. 26, the event was going to incorporate a car show and several activities for families. Although the event is cancelled due to the pandemic, the alumni association will move forward with plans to announce the newest inductees of the Lake Land College Distinguished Alumni Society.

In addition, planning for next year is already in progress due to the generosity of this year’s event sponsor, SC3F Wealth Management Group. The organization is allowing the alumni association to set the funds in reserve and use them next year.

“We plan to use those funds to make next year’s event even bigger and better. We are grateful to SC3F Wealth Management Group for providing us with this option,” Danielle Downs, advisor in financial aid and veteran services as well as the celebration committee chair, said.

Past fall events have included an athletic reunion at a Laker volleyball game, a dance, a car show and a concert. Students and college faculty and staff were also a part of the festivities with various activities and competitions scheduled throughout the week.

“Even though we’re not able to have this celebration right now, we’re still here for the community and the students,” Downs said. “We, as the Lake Land community, will come back from this even stronger and better.”

All Lake Land College Alumni are encouraged to update their contact information and be a part of the alumni organization. Visit lakelandcollege.edu/alumni/update-info/.

Lake Land College congratulates Retiree Wall of Fame Inductees

Posted on September 1, 2020

Lake Land College created the Retiree Wall of Fame in 2008 to honor the achievements of past faculty and staff who helped to create the student-first culture the college lives by. The 2020 inductees, Sandra Gourley, Linda Ruholl and Wallace (Wally) Taylor, are all shining examples of the ideals the college upholds.

Sandra Gourley joined Lake Land College in 1984 as a cosmetology instructor, then seven years later took on the role of health education instructor/human services instructor. As the author of the entire core curriculum for the human services program, Gourley was also the first faculty member to teach every course in that curriculum. She then served as the division chair for Social Science and Education for 10 years.

Having served at various times on the major committees of the college, Gourley dedicated many hours to working to increase enrollment and serve the students and faculty in her division. In coordinating three courses that had internships and having more than 80 adjunct faculty members at off campus sites, Gourley still managed to visit them all and provide the needed books and syllabi to the programs.

Linda Ruholl was part of the 1994 implementation of the televised teaching at the Kluthe Center in Effingham and at the Paris extension center. She later wrote about the teaching experience in 1996 and was published in the Australian Electronic Journal of Nursing Education. Ruholl spent 17 years as a member of the allied health faculty and has written a book about the experience called “Nursing at Lake Land College 1987-“ from which all sales proceeds are donated to the Effingham County Museum and the Shirley Clements Nursing Scholarship through the Lake Land College Foundation.

The second accreditation Ruholl wrote for nursing in 2004 received a perfect score from the National League Accrediting Commission, placing the Lake Land College Associate Degree in Nursing program in the top tier of all ADN programs in the country that year. Ruholl was also the first advisor to the Lake Land College Nurses Club, founded in 1996. In 1997 Ruholl received the Club Advisor of the Year award, and in 2001 she received the Lake Land College Outstanding Committee/Team Member Award.

Wally Taylor was among the first group of faculty members hired in 1967, serving as division chair of English from 1971 until his retirement in 1990. In 1973, he was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America by the Outstanding Educators of America of Washington, DC. Taylor was devoted to his students, organizing several opportunities for students to take field trips and gain experiences outside the classroom.

In conjunction with the Central Texas College, Taylor also joined the Project Afloat for College Education (PACE) program to provide college classes onboard US Navy ships while they were deployed, providing sailors with the opportunity to obtain college credit. Taylor even had the honor of naming the school mascot Dunker Duck.

Each of these outstanding people has shown a deep dedication to their students and to the Lake Land College community. Lake Land College is proud to welcome them into the Retiree Wall of Fame.

Lake Land College announces summer graduates

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Lake Land College is proud to announce the 2020 summer graduates. The following students completed their degrees and certificates this summer:

First-Last Name City Degree Acad Program Title
Jamie Young Australia Associate in Arts Physical Education
Cierra Kesterson Altamont Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Caden Miller Altamont Associate in Arts Other Major
Allyson Ruckman Altamont Certificate Medical Assistant
Ashley Tappendorf Altamont Associate in Liberal Studies
Beth Beachy Arcola Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Kaylyn Trejo Arcola Certificate Practical Nursing
Eusebio Briseno Arthur Certificate Accounting
Jackie Carter Arthur Certificate Practical Nursing
Kelsey Crone Ashmore Certificate Practical Nursing
Maiya Eskew Ashmore Associate in Arts Business
Kari Moore Ashmore Certificate Medical Assistant
Kari Moore Ashmore Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Halle Shearer Assumption Certificate Ag Business
Halle Shearer Assumption Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Business & Supply
Lillian Messmore Atwood Certificate Esthetics
Joshua Sausman Atwood Certificate Auto Mechanic
Joshua Sausman Atwood Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Julie Stefanski Beecher City Certificate Practical Nursing
Brandy Watson Beecher City Certificate Practical Nursing
Caroline Canada Bethany Certificate Cosmetology
April Decesaro Bethany Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Jessica Gill Bethany Certificate Medical Assistant
Kathryn Jeffers Bethany Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Hope Ruppert Bethany Associate in Arts Liberal Arts
Hope Ruppert Bethany Associate in Liberal Studies
Tabitha Dolan Brownstown Certificate Medical Assistant
Tabitha Dolan Brownstown Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Kayla Haslett Brownstown Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Gabby McDermott Cabery Associate in Arts Agriculture
Nick Agan Charleston Associate in Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant
Abisola Akinruli Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Kayla Baker Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Kayla Baker Charleston Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Nichole Bassemier Charleston Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Dayse Brenes Villela Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Tamar Brookins Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Hanna Drake-Paul Charleston Associate in Arts Other Major
Maria Gallardo Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Clinton Getter Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Clinton Getter Charleston Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Brady Hansen Charleston Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Abigail Held Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Lyndsy Hunt Charleston Certificate Practical Nursing
Jackline Maldonado Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Yesica Martinez Montes de Oca Charleston Certificate IT-Web Technology
Yesica Martinez Montes de Oca Charleston Certificate IT-Network Administration
Wilson Nino Pardo Charleston Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production & Management
Garrett Porter Charleston Associate in Arts Other Major
Davina Schisler Charleston Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Chandler Smith Charleston Certificate Radio Broadcasting
Chandler Smith Charleston Associate in Applied Science Radio-TV Broadcasting
Jennifer Smith Charleston Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Nicole Thomas Charleston Certificate Medical Assistant
Nicole Thomas Charleston Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Jaydah Timms Charleston Certificate Esthetics
Amy Fry Cowden Certificate Esthetics
Santanna Seaton Cowden Certificate Practical Nursing
Sarah Bond Crestview Associate in Liberal Studies
Andrew Gibbons Decatur Associate in Arts Business
Tori Rodgers Decatur Certificate Practical Nursing
Cade McLeod Decatur Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production & Management
Callaway Campton Dieterich Associate in Arts Physical Education
Ansh Dogra Dieterich Associate in Arts Business
Nicole Flood Dieterich Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Rachel Schmidt Dieterich Associate in Arts Art
Anna Shadle Dieterich Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Kyra Bannister Effingham Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Lance Burch Effingham Associate in Arts Business
Alisha Cornell Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Sabrina Eggers Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Kimberly Gardewine Effingham Certificate Medical Assistant
Kayli McWhorter Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Chelsea Munoz Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Ricky Schopp Effingham Certificate Entrepreneurship
Ricky Schopp Effingham Associate in Applied Science Marketing
Bailey Schumacher Effingham Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Education
Stacey Sehy Effingham Certificate Practical Nursing
Brianna Shelby Effingham Certificate Medical Assistant
Brady Thomas Effingham Certificate Electronic Marketing
Jessica Webster Effingham Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Trent Wilkinson Effingham Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Maria Reinhart Findlay Certificate Practical Nursing
Gage Sattler Findlay Associate in Applied Science Automotive Technology
Mercedes Tolliver Findlay Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Criminal Justice
Jonathan Poynter Greencastle Certificate Crop Production
Jeri Hernandez Greenup Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Alex Manuel Greenup Certificate Management
Alex Manuel Greenup Certificate Professional Sales
Alex Manuel Greenup Certificate Business Development
Alex Manuel Greenup Associate in Applied Science Management
Jessica Silverman Greenup Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Brooklyn Trail Greenup Certificate Practical Nursing
Erin Davis Hammond Certificate Cosmetology
Shania Alexander Humboldt Certificate Esthetics
Wyatt Moon Lakewood Certificate Horticulture
Wyatt Moon Lakewood Associate in Applied Science Horticulture Production & Landscape
Clayton Sims Louisville Associate in Science Pre-Medicine
Parker Van Dyke Louisville Certificate Diesel & Ag Power Technology
Parker Van Dyke Louisville Associate in Applied Science Diesel & Ag Power Technology
Sierra Brackemyre Lovington Certificate Medical Assistant
Sierra Brackemyre Lovington Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Maggie Pollard Mark Center Associate in Arts Agriculture
Shelbie Kile Marshall Associate in Arts Agriculture
Keisha Sweitzer Marshall Associate in Liberal Studies
Amanda Walters Marshall Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Robin Beasley Martinsville Associate in Arts Elementary Education
Joanna Carver Martinsville Certificate Practical Nursing
Amber Aleshire Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Jessica Archibald Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
David Arthur Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Barbara Barquin Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Joseph Beadles Mattoon Associate in Arts Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Airelle Beasley Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Leanne Beck Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Yong Hyun Cho Mattoon Associate in Arts Business
Kaitlyn Cooper Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Rhealiza Dhermy Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Amaya Eubanks Mattoon Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work
Chance Flach Mattoon Associate in Arts Agriculture
Amber French Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Maddisen Good Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
LaJewel Harbin Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Madeline Horath Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Nicole Katz Mattoon Associate in Arts Psychology
Anabel Kirby Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Kimberly Krebs Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Roxanne Lilly Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Lauren McCain Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Maria Miller Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Breanna Moore Mattoon Certificate Cosmetology
Christopher Nichols Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Jared Pate Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Alyssa Pilcher Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Connie Poorman Mattoon Certificate Management
Connie Poorman Mattoon Certificate Professional Sales
Connie Poorman Mattoon Certificate Business Development
Connie Poorman Mattoon Certificate Marketing
Connie Poorman Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Management
Lilianna Prior Mattoon Certificate Esthetics
Kiara Reynolds Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Eddie Ruiz Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Building Construction Technology
Carmen Simshauser-Brown Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Claudia Smith Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Danielle Stephens Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Caleb Stewart Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Virginia Tipton Mattoon Certificate Medical Assistant
Virginia Tipton Mattoon Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Taneesha Waggoner Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Morgan Warren Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Kiara Williams Mattoon Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
James Wood Mattoon Associate in Arts Business
Shawna Worthey Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Emme Snider Mattoon Certificate Practical Nursing
Blair Banning Neoga Certificate Medical Assistant
Alivia Minnich Neoga Certificate Medical Assistant
Ashley Neece Neoga Certificate Medical Assistant
Halle Ramert Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Bridgette Roderick Neoga Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Erika Roderick Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Tiffany Roderick Neoga Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Kolby Vaughn Neoga Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Andrea Wendt Neoga Certificate Practical Nursing
Krista Hayes Newman Certificate Practical Nursing
Eric Skilondz Normal Associate in Science Business Administration
Trisha Drake Oakland Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Alexis Kiser Oakland Associate in Arts Agriculture
Linsaie Gatons Oconee Certificate Practical Nursing
Natalie Fry Pana Certificate Cosmetology
Leandra Harmston Pana Certificate Practical Nursing
Haley Klein Pana Associate in Arts Psychology
Susannah Baptista Paris Associate in Arts Business
Morgan Knight Paris Associate in Applied Science Medical Coding & Health Information
Morgan Knight Paris Certificate Office Support Specialist-Medical
Morgan Knight Paris Certificate Medical Coding Specialist
Sean Lientz Paris Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Dallas Point Paris Certificate Medical Assistant
Jesse Randolph Paris Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Sasha Robinson Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Zoie Rogers Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Hannah Sharp Paris Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Nicole Sunkel Paris Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Braden Taylor Paris Certificate Radio Broadcasting
Braden Taylor Paris Associate in Applied Science Radio-TV Broadcasting
Erica Whitington Paris Certificate Practical Nursing
Ciarra Budd Redmon Certificate Medical Assistant Bridge
Paige Maples Saint Bernice Associate in Arts Criminal Justice
Stephanie Goldsborough Saint Elmo Certificate Medical Assistant
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Management
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Entrepreneurship
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Business Development
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Marketing
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Professional Sales
Dana Shelton Saint Elmo Associate in Applied Science Management
Deana Shelton Saint Elmo Certificate Medical Assistant
Deana Shelton Saint Elmo Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Deserae Allen Shelbyville Certificate Practical Nursing
Gerdeley Baptiste Shelbyville Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Amy Brown Shelbyville Certificate Medical Assistant
Cortney Danekas Shelbyville Certificate Accounting
Cortney Danekas Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Accounting
Marti Edwards Shelbyville Certificate Medical Assistant
Marti Edwards Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Robert Freeman Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science IT-Network Administration
Nathan Koonce Shelbyville Associate in Liberal Studies
Kallie Sarver Shelbyville Certificate Medical Assistant
Whitney Thompson Shelbyville Certificate Practical Nursing
Makayla Wallis Shelbyville Certificate Medical Assistant
Makayla Wallis Shelbyville Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Amanda Brown Sigel Certificate Practical Nursing
Nemanja Tanaskovic Stewardson Associate in Arts Business
Lexi Vonderheide Stewardson Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education
Tanner Clark Strasburg Associate in Science Pre-Engineering
Tanner Clark Strasburg Associate Engineering Science Associate In Engineering Science
Jordan Bassett Sullivan Associate in Arts Other Major
Bryce Farris Sullivan Associate in Applied Science Law Enforcement
Cassandra Freese Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Tate Fultz Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Coral Isaacs Sullivan Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Mikki Pedigo Sullivan Associate in Liberal Studies
Amy Stiner Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Tanner Tarr Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Bailey Turnbaugh Sullivan Associate in Arts Business
Madison Wall Sullivan Certificate Practical Nursing
Curtis Lewis Swansea Certificate Practical Nursing
Karter Brachear Taylorville Associate in Arts Business
Jeanine Blankenship Teutopolis Certificate Business Development
Jeanine Blankenship Teutopolis Associate in Applied Science Marketing
Lexi Heuerman Teutopolis Certificate Medical Assistant
Lexi Heuerman Teutopolis Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant
Samantha McCumsey Teutopolis Associate in Applied Science Human Services – Psychology
Jeffrey Santucci Tinley Park Associate in Liberal Studies
Jade Hutchcraft Toledo Certificate Practical Nursing
Logan Smith Toledo Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education
Abigail Calvert Tower Hill Certificate Practical Nursing
Shaelynn Sims Tower Hill Associate in Arts Pre-Nursing
Laura Bolsen Trilla Certificate Practical Nursing
Danielle White Tuscola Certificate Medical Assistant
Jaden Bracey Watson Certificate Esthetics
Ella Yeley West Union Certificate Basic Nurse Assisting
Denver Fidler-Biggs Westfield Certificate Esthetics
Whitney Hupp Westfield Certificate Medical Assistant
Nick Cohorst Wheeler Associate in Applied Science Agriculture Production & Management
Austin Probst Wheeler Certificate Livestock Production
Simon Carr Windsor Associate in Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology
Shelby Lawrence Windsor Certificate Medical Assistant
Gage Sattler Windsor Certificate Auto Mechanic

Lake Land College looks forward to welcoming students in the Fall

Posted on August 6, 2020

Lake Land College faculty and staff look forward to welcoming students to the fall semester.

“We understand there are a lot of uncertainties at this time in our lives. We want our community to know that Lake Land College is here to help however we can,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “Students who may have to make last minute changes in their plans to attend universities are more than welcome to connect with a Lake Land representative and stay on course with our excellent general education courses”.

“We also have several opportunities for adults who are seeking to update their skills or train for a new career. Options range from short-term certificate programs to two-year degree programs,” Bullock added.

Lake Land College Academic Counselors and Admissions Representative are available to help students get started via phone, email or chat on the college website at lakelandcollege.edu. These virtual services will continue to be available throughout the fall semester. Students are also welcome to come to campus beginning August 10 to meet in-person with college staff. Services will be available on a limited basis and students are encouraged to call ahead to the office they would like to visit.

“Our Return to Campus Plan for the fall semester is designed to keep the Laker community safe and provide the value and quality educational experiences students expect from Lake Land College,” Bullock said. “We are excited to begin a new school year and assist our students in reaching their goals.”

As in the spring, faculty and staff will do all they can to assist students with their classes and the new technologies and learning platforms. Courses will be offered in the following formats: all online; virtual – online with scheduled virtual meeting times; on-campus; online/virtual blended; online/on-campus blended; online/on-campus/virtual blended. The college will be updating the class schedule with the new course formats by August 3, but students do not have to wait to register.

Students are encouraged to connect virtually and register as soon as possible, as classes will fill quickly as the August 24 start date approaches. New students are welcome to get started at lakelandcollege.edu/enroll.

According to the college’s Return to Campus Plan, students and employees will proceed through a check-in point and will be required to show that they have completed the COVID-19 Campus Visit Screening Form and are approved. Students and employees will also have to show that they have a mask that covers the nose and face. Masks are required at all times in buildings.

“As a public higher education institution in Illinois, we are required to follow directives established by the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the state of Illinois. Considering all of these factors along with input from Lake Land College leaders, our Emergency Operations Center Team developed the Return to Campus plan to provide guidance on the College’s operations during Phases 1-4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, meet the educational needs of our students, and protect the health and safety of our Laker community,” Bullock said.

Lake Land College Community Choir Cancelled

Posted on August 5, 2020

Due to the current situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the Lake Land College Return to Campus Plan, state and local guidelines, the Lake Land College Community Choir will not be meeting during the fall semester.

The choir has traditionally been comprised of approximately 45 mixed voices including students, college employees and members of the community. Nancy Caldwell, music instructor and director of the choir, created the choir and will be retiring this August after 23 years of service. When it is deemed safe to do so, the choir will resume under new direction.

“We really have had a great impact on the community,” Caldwell said. “We would have 175 to 200 people in the audience who might not have otherwise come to campus. They’d enjoy a free event in our lovely facilities, then they’d leave with a positive association with Lake Land.”

The group has had several guest instrumentalists including percussionists, French horn players and even xylophone players. From jazz-based music to Broadway musical numbers to holiday songs, the choir has performed a variety of musical syles.

“One moment that stands out to me was when the choir performed Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen,” Caldwell said. “That was really fun.”

Shortly after being hired as the college’s first full-time music instructor, Caldwell created the choir in 1998 to enhance fine art opportunities for students. Since then, the choir has become well-established, allowing people of all ages in the surrounding communities to come together and share in their love of music.

“We thank Dr. Caldwell for creating this wonderful opportunity for students, staff and district residents to come together and join their voices in song for more than 20 years. The bi-annual concerts were a wonderful addition to the Lake Land College community. We wish her all the best in retirement,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

Lake Land College offers honors courses in a variety of formats

Posted on August 4, 2020

Lake Land College will be offering several honors courses in a variety of formats, including both blended and virtual. Blended classes will be completed online and during regularly scheduled face-to-face class times on campus and virtual class meetings through a virtual meeting platform such as Zoom. Virtual classes will be completed online and meet as scheduled through a virtual meeting platform such as Zoom. These courses are designed both to accommodate many different schedules and challenge students academically to enhance their educational experience.

Students eligible for the honors courses must be a Presidential Scholar or have a GPA of 3.25 with completion of 12 credit hours.

“We are proud to be able to continue to enrich the student learning experience during these unprecedented times,” said Krista Burrell, academic counselors an Honors Experience advisor. “It was important to instructors to continue these opportunities, which allow students to address important topics, engage in critical thinking, and learn cutting-edge techniques in their fields.”

Students who complete the honors program requirements are recognized at the commencement ceremony and earn honors designations on their transcripts. The courses are as follow.

Intro to Psychology, taught by Lara Bacino-Althaus, will be offered in a blended modality with a synchronous element taking place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. This course is designed for the Honors student to take psychology from the textbook into everyday life. Students will be taking the textbook concepts and relating them to real life situations that they see in everyday life, television, movies, fictional characters and events happening in the news. Students will gather real life examples and discuss them informally in class and along with other formats.

Racial and Ethnic Groups will be taught by Katie Parrish and will be offered in a blended modality with a synchronous element taking place on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. This honors course explores the topics of race and race relations from a sociohistorical perspective. This course places emphasis on how treatment and experiences of racial minorities in the past contribute to current circumstances of minorities today. The class will include detailed discussions of varying topics pertaining to current issues.

Principles of Economics I, taught by Katie Lotz, will be offered in a blended modality with a synchronous element on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. In this honors course, students will move beyond traditional economic theory and use critical thinking skills to analyze the world around them. Students will learn to think like an economist as they examine a broad range of issues, including capitalism vs. centrally planned economies, immigration, international trade, gender equality and much more! Students will also look at how the pandemic–and the resulting recession–is remaking the economic landscape and impacting all of the topics listed above.

Intro to Fiction will be taught by Matt Landrus and will be offered in a virtual modality with synchronous Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. In this course, close analysis of the universal themes facing all humanity—like the challenges of growing up, finding/losing love, surviving in a violent and chaotic world, and dealing with the death of loved ones—will be examined through discussion, in-class activities and small group presentations. Because the works covered will come from writers with unique and diverse perspectives, coming into class each day with a willingness to appreciate others’ interpretations through daily participation is a key to enjoying the course.

Burrell reminded that high achieving students can make any course into an honors course by working individually with their instructor. Those interested can visit the web site listed below or speak to their instructor.

For more information, those interested can visit lakelandcollege.edu/honors-program or email honors@lakelandcollege.edu.

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