Grant Office - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

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IL School and Campus Safety Grant
Funding Agency:Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Project Director(s):Randy Ervin, Chief of Police
Synopsis:The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has selected Lake Land College to receive a grant in the amount of $194,200 under the 2014 Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant Program. According to the press release issued by Governor Quinn’s office, “…grant awards totaling $25 million [will] enhance security at 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.” A full listing of grant award recipients is available on the website. Funds will be used to purchase and install a network-based video surveillance system in the common areas of each of the main campus’s 13 educational buildings. LLC’s Police Department investigates all reports of criminal activity and takes appropriate action based on the level of evidence obtained, but in most instances, the level of evidence available to identify suspects is insufficient. With the exception of regular police patrol, entrances to the campus and campus buildings are not regularly monitored by staff or by video security system. This system will allow the LLC Police Department to document video evidence of criminal activities for the purposes of enhancing investigations, verifying or increasing possible suspect leads, improving overall campus security, and reducing the vulnerability of the student population at LLC as a result.
Aquaculture to Control Algae Growth
Funding Agency: Illinois Community College Faculty Association
Project Director(s): Joe Tillman, Renewable Energy Instructor/Coordinator
Synopsis: This research project will develop a small experimental floating hydroponic garden designed to draw nutrients from the upper level of pond water to grow useful and/or edible plants. By placing the aqua-garden in the College’s larger western pond, Mr. Tillman and his students will test how well it competes with blooming algae and affects water quality. The widespread use of agricultural chemicals in rainwater runoff contributes to algae growth in many Midwestern lakes and ponds, and the resulting algae blooms greatly reduce the water oxygen levels causing various ecological damage. This project is part of a larger research project about improving water quality through aquaculture, rather than relying on harsh chemical treatments that require significant amounts of energy to produce.