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Honors Program recognizes Lake Land College students

From analyzing historical speeches to extracting dyes from plant matter, members of the Lake Land College Honors Program have been conducting research this year in a variety of topics. Several Honors Program students recently presented their findings at the annual honors luncheon, where they were also recognized for their achievements.  

There were 13 members of the Honors Program this year, including freshmen Dan Ammann, agriculture transfer major, Highland; Daniel Brown, conservation/pre-wildlife major, Neoga; Todd Goeckner, pre-engineering major, Teutopolis; Hannah Fogleman, business administration major, Shelbyville; and Garrett Haddock, undecided, Windsor. Sophomores include Chelsee McMahan, pre-nursing major, Sullivan; Lance Workman, pre-med major, Effingham; Emily Adams, English major, Windsor; Michael Rosenbaum, history major, Arthur; Amy Probst, pre-pharmacy major, Teutopolis; Jonathan Austin, Decatur; Kaylee Randolph, Shelbyville; and Rex Colgrove, math education major, Mattoon.     

Both McMahan and Workman will graduate from the Honors Program with Associate Honors Status, which requires that they have earned at least a 3.5 overall GPA, that they are graduating from a college transfer program, and that they successfully complete at least two honors course options while in the program.  

Those graduating with Full Honors Status were Adams, Rosenbaum, Probst and Colgrove.  Full Honors Status requires that each student earned at least a 3.5 overall GPA, graduated from a college transfer program, and completed four honors course options.  

Six honors students presented their honors coursework. Probst discussed her honors work in anatomy and physiology, and specifically talked about the medication phenoxybenzamine and genetic condition pheochromocytoma, which she studied under the guidance of advisor James Fillipiak, adjunct science instructor. Workman discussed his honors work in botany, advised by Lucinda Horton, biological science teacher, and his project of extracting dyes from plant matter. Haddock, who was advised by Laura Bacino-Althaus, psychology instructor, presented his honors work in social psychology which dealt with anchoring and adjusting heuristic theory. Adams, advised by Marcy Satterwhite, business instructor, presented on Smart Board technology within the teaching profession. Rosenbaum, advised by Ed Thomas, speech communications teacher, discussed his work with analyzing four historic speeches including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,” Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s address to Congress following the invasion of Pearl Harbor and Ronald Reagan’s address to the nation the night of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Finally, Colgrove whose advisor was Walter McHenry, math instructor, presented his honors work in differential equations and forced motion and resonance. 

At the luncheon, students were also presented with Scholastic Achievement Awards. The freshman scholastic achievement award is presented to a freshman member of the Honors Program who will have completed two honors options and has the most outstanding level of achievement in the program at the end of the freshman year.  Similarly, the Sophomore award is presented to a sophomore member of the program who will have completed four honors options and has the most outstanding level of achievement in the program at the end of the sophomore year. This year, the freshman award went to Haddock and the sophomore winner was Colgrove. 

"As you can imagine, I am extremely proud of these students and all that they have accomplished," said Maria Boerngen, agriculture business instructor and honors program director. “The Honors Program has grown tremendously in the past four years, and I am hopeful that we can continue to attract the best and brightest students.”

To become part of the Honors Program, entering freshmen must enroll in a college transfer program at Lake Land College and submit an application package including a completed application form, an official high school transcript, a copy of the applicant’s ACT/SAT record, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must meet at least two of the following eligibility requirements: ACT composite score of 25 or above, high school GPA of 3.5 on a four-point scale or equivalent, or graduation in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Current Lake Land College students must be enrolled in a college transfer program and submit an application package including a completed application form, an official Lake Land College transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a Lake Land College instructor. To be eligible, applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale in transfer classes after the completion of at least 12 semester hours at Lake Land College.

Applications and recommendation forms are available on the honors program Web site at or by contacting Boerngen at 217-234-5226 or


 Cutline: Several Lake Land College Honors Program students were recognized recently at the annual honors luncheon. There were 13 students in the program this year and those who attended the luncheon pictured, from left are: Hannah Fogleman, Shelbyville; Emily Adams, Winsdor; Daniel Brown, Neoga; Garrett Haddock, Windsor; Michael Rosenbaum, Arthur; Rex Colgrove, Mattoon; Chelsee McMahan, Sullivan; Amy Probst, Teutopolis; Lance Workman Effingham; and Maria Boerngen, honors program advisor. 

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