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Laker fans invited to the Laker Academic Awards Gala

Posted on April 27, 2017


On Sunday, May 7, the Lake Land College Athlete Leadership Council will host the second annual Laker Academic Awards Gala in the Field House.

“We invite the Lake Land College community to join us for a night of honoring our student-athletes’ academic achievements,” Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Bill Jackson said.

This year, the gala will be tied with a silent and live auction, with all proceeds going to Lake Land College Athletics. Live Auction items include Field Box Cardinals tickets, USGA US Open Wisconsin Final Round tickets, a three-day Nebraska turkey hunting trip, a trip to Par-A-Dice Casino and much more!

In addition to recognizing each team, the many athletes who have excelled in the classroom will be recognized. The students have elected to honor Jeff White, biological science instructor, as Faculty of the Year. Coaches will honor the Laker athletes of the year – Tyler Schuring, Arthur, men’s basketball, as the Male Athlete of the Year and Kassidy Bonebrake, Crawfordsville, Ind., women’s basketball as Female Athlete of the Year.

Tickets for the Gala are $25 per seat. Each seat includes hors d’oeuvres and a three course sit-down meal consisting of a salad, your choice of pork or chicken, and a dessert. Tables are made up of six seats and are also available for purchase at $125 each. Dress for the Gala will be semi-formal with refreshment hour starting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

To purchase tickets or donate any items to the live or silent auction, please contact Ashli Robison at 217-234-5260 or






Creativity from the Inside artwork on display at Lake Land College

Posted on April 20, 2017


The Illinois Department of Corrections and Lake Land College are hosting an art show featuring the creative work of offenders from the Dixon, Illinois River, Sheridan, and Stateville correctional centers.

The Creativity from Inside show includes paintings, pottery and ceramics and will be available for viewing through May 29 at the Lake Land College Library, housed in the Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center, 5001 Lake Land Blvd. The artwork is available for public viewing Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 – 7 p.m.



BNA courses offered in summer

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The Lake Land College summer Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) program offers students an opportunity to train for a career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in just eight weeks.

Classes begin June 5 in Effingham, Mattoon and Paris. Those who successfully complete the summer term will be eligible to take the state certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA)

The program is a great way for pre-nursing students and those wishing to become a CNA to jumpstart a career in the healthcare field.

The summer program is intensive and requires a commitment from the student, Laura Deters, basic nurse assistant instructor, said. Classes are offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Because of the condensed time frame, students are required to attend all classes and cannot complete the course if class is missed.

For more information or to enroll, contact Deters at or 217- 234-5055 or Academic Counselor Krista Burrell at or 217-234-5042.



Lake Land College honored for outstanding technology

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For the sixth year in a row the Center for Digital Education named Lake Land College as one of the top 10 colleges to achieve a first-rate student learning environment. The college is one of a handful of mid-sized colleges recognized nationally in the annual Digital Community Colleges Survey conducted by Center for Digital Education, based in Sacramento, Calif.

According to a press release by the Center for Digital Education, the “survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.”

Overall, this is the eighth time Lake Land College has been recognized for the outstanding use of technology on campus. Awards were given in 2007, 2008 and then six years in a row beginning in 2011.

“Lake Land College strives to be at the forefront of emerging technologies in order to provide the best educational opportunities and learning environment for our students, faculty and staff,” said Lee Spaniol, director of information systems and services at Lake Land College. “The college makes every effort to make information as accessible as possible, and our hard work and dedication to that has paid off.”

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are continuing to improve efforts at creating cost-effective platforms and Open Education Resources, mobile environments, real-time resources, telepresence robots and more to create robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”

The Center for Digital Education is operated by e.Republic Inc., the parent company of Government Technology magazine.

To learn more about the technological advances at Lake Land College, visit:



Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College district comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.


Public invited to documentary viewing and discussion

Posted on April 19, 2017

Lake Land College will host a free viewing of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix original documentary 13th followed by a discussion with James Kilgore, activist, author and adjunct lecturer for the University of Illinois Center for African Studies. The public is invited to the event which will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater of the Luther Student Center.

DuVernay’s 2016 documentary focuses on the 13th amendment which abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a person convicted of a crime. The movie description states that DuVernay examines how the imprisonment caveat was used to continue the systematic exploitation of black people throughout Reconstruction and into the Jim Crow years that followed. DuVernay looks at how the legacy of Jim Crow continued through the years to the present criminal justice system.

Following the documentary, Kilgore, who is featured in the documentary, will host a discussion. He is the author of five books, including Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Right Struggle of Our Time. He was paroled to Champaign -Urbana in 2009 after serving six and a half years in federal and state prisons in California. He lives in Urbana with his wife and two sons.

Lake Land College provides educational programs at 18 Illinois correctional centers and two youth centers. The college is one of the largest providers of correctional education in the country.

The documentary and discussion are one of many educational events hosted by the college to increase awareness and promote inclusivity. On Tuesday, April 25, the college will host a student-organized interfaith panel discussion in which leaders of different faiths will come together to share their beliefs and answer participant questions.

For more information about the documentary and discussion on April 26, contact Paula Rosine, marketing design coordinator and chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Education Committee, at 217-234-5265.

Lake Land College offers Computer Classes

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Lake Land College is offering a series of computer classes at the Workforce Development Center in Mattoon in May.  The cost is $50 per class.  Excel I, Excel II, Excel III, Creating a Resume and Making a PowerPoint Video will be offered.  Participants can take any one class or all of them.

To register, go to , scroll through all community education classes to choose a class and enroll.  Students can also call Admissions & Records at 217-234-5434 to register. Drop date for a refund is five business days prior to the class.  For more information, contact Vivian Bales at 217-234-5087 or email

Lake Land College Foundation to hold 20th annual golf classic

Posted on April 13, 2017

The Lake Land College Foundation will host the 20th annual golf classic at Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon on Friday, May 26 with a shotgun start at noon.

Registration and lunch for the participants will be at 11 a.m. with dinner provided at the end of the day. The entry fee is $125 per golfer or $500 per team of four and includes lunch, 18-holes, cart, refreshments and dinner. All proceeds benefit the Lake Land College Foundation.

“Over the past 20 years this has really become an outing that I think everyone looks forward to and we have a great time raising funds for the foundation,” said Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement and foundation CEO. “Committee Chair Preston Smith and his committee do a great job.  This allows us to continue our mission of assisting with the student experience at Lake Land.”

The golf outing will follow a scramble format with teams of four. Teams or individuals can sign up through the Lake Land College Foundation at or by calling 217- 234-5363. Individuals will be placed on a team.

Organizations or individuals can support the foundation with a $100 donation to the golf classic as a tee sponsor. While golfing, participants will have the chance to win a car sponsored by KC Summers for a hole-in-one on a par three; and other major prizes such as $5,000 cash at the putting contest and a skins game.

This year’s outing also offers participants the opportunity to win a trip for two (not including airfare) to one of more than 3,000 resort locations in the U.S. and Caribbean sponsored by Pilson’s Auto Center for closest to the pin on Hole #13.

Prizes will be awarded for low-net and low-gross scores for all male teams, all female teams and mixed (two male, two female) teams. The winners and raffle prizes will be announced at the dinner following the tournament.

The outing is made possible by the support of the event’s corporate sponsors. Confirmed sponsors at this time are:


CTS – Control Technology & Solution

Cart Sponsor

NAL – North American Lighting

Par 3 Sponsor

Pilson’s Auto Center- Trip on Hole #13

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

Eagle Sponsors

Wells Fargo Advisors

The First National Bank, Mattoon Ill.

Grunloh Construction, Inc.

Consolidated Communications, Inc.

J & J Ventures, Inc.

Robbins Schwartz

Birdie Sponsors

KC Summers – Sponsoring car for hole in one

Dimond Brothers Insurance

Par Level Sponsors

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Stevens Industries, Inc.

Agri-Fab, Inc.

Farm Credit Illinois

Coles-Moultrie Electric Co-Op

Arby’s/Freddy’s/Stadium Grill

Other Important Sponsors

Ronchetti Distributing

Morgan’s Meat Market

Meadowview Golf Course

Jedco Sales Inc.

“The committee wholeheartedly thanks our corporate sponsors who support this event each year. Without their generous support, this event would not have the impact that it does on the foundation’s activities throughout the year,” Joines said.

Entries are limited to the first 136 golfers. All proceeds assist the Lake Land College Foundation in the mission to help students as they pursue a better life through the power of a Lake Land College education.

To register for the golf outing, visit or contact Jackie Joines at 217-234-5354 or All mail entries should be sent to the following address: Lake Land College Foundation Golf Classic, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938








Local junior high school students perform at Lake Land College’s Johnston Music Festival

Posted on April 12, 2017

More than 130 students from 19 area junior high schools will participate in the Frances Watts Johnston Junior High Honors Band and the choir music selections include: Bye Bye Blackbird, arranged by Kirby Shaw, Earth Song, arranged by Mike Taylor, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, arranged by Mark Brymer, In This Ancient House by Ruth Morris Gray, and Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, arranged by Kirby Shaw.

The concert is made possible through the Lake Land College Foundation and the Frances Watts Johnston Memorial Fund, which was established with contributions from the E. I. Johnston family of Shelbyville. Lake Land College Music Instructor Nancy Caldwell coordinates the festival.

This year’s band director will be Mark Lindvahl, retired director of bands at Danville High School. This year’s choir director will be Angi Black, choir director for the Mattoon School District. The choir accompanist will be Marci Cole, retired faculty member from Pana Schools.

Participating schools include: Casey-Westfield Jr. High School, Crestwood Jr. High School, Cumberland Middle School, Dietrich Jr. High School, Effingham Jr. High School, Kansas Jr. High School, Lovington Grade School, Marshall Jr. High School, Mattoon Middle School, Moulton Jr. High School, North Clay Jr. High School, Pana Jr. High School, Ramsey Grade School, South Central Middle School, St. Anthony Grade School, St. John’s Lutheran School, Shiloh Jr. High School, Stewardson-Strasburg Jr. High School and Windsor Jr./Sr. High School.

The choir music selections include: Bye Bye Blackbird, arranged by Kirby Shaw, Earth Song, arranged by Mike Taylor, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, arranged by Mark Brymer, In This Ancient House by Ruth Morris Gray, and Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, arranged by Kirby Shaw.

The band music selections include: Freedom Finale by Michael Story, Korean Folk Rhapsody by James Curnow, Miss Liberty March by John Edmondson, Modal Song and Dance by Elliot Del Borgo, and Wild Wyatt by Gary P. Gilroy.

The festival finale, which will be performed by the combined band and choir, will be God Bless America by Irving Berlin, arranged by John Edmondson.

The rehearsal for the festival is scheduled for April 27 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. on the Lake Land College campus.

To learn more about the festival contact Nancy Caldwell, music instructor and festival coordinator, at (217) 234-5464 or

Lake Land College to host Interfaith Panel

Posted on April 11, 2017

The public is invited to attend an interfaith discussion panel on Tuesday, April 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater.

A panel of representatives from area minority religions will discuss religious beliefs and practices in order to expand understanding, increase tolerance, and correct misconceptions. Representatives from the following faiths are invited to attend: Amish, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Latter-day Saints and Religious Society of Friends.

A question and answer session will follow the one-hour panel discussion.

The idea for the panel originates from Lake Land College Honors Student Ashlee Burton, Charleston. Burton gave a speech on her religion of Latter-day Saints for a persuasion assignment during a Speech Communication class taught by Eva Ritchey, speech communication instructor. Burton’s speech prompted the development of the interfaith panel.

For more information contact Ritchey at 217-234-5318 or

High School students invited to explore health care careers at informational night

Posted on April 10, 2017

Are you a student interested in a career in the medical field, but not sure which area? Learn more at a health-related College and Career Informational Night on Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lake Land College, Webb Hall, room 081.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the many careers in the health field, in addition to meeting with several colleges and business to discuss their health career programs and hiring practices.

Colleges scheduled to attend are as follows: Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, Lake Land College, Lakeview College of Nursing, and University of Missouri- St. Louis.

This event is coordinated through a partnership called Health CareeRX Club, which is supported by the Area Health Education Centers, Carle Foundation Hospital, Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Eastern Illinois Education for Employment Systems, Eastern Illinois University, Lake Land College and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa Shumard- Shelton, director new student admissions, at 217-234-5254 or

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