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Lake Land College to host WYSE regional competition

Posted on January 12, 2017

 

What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the WYSE regional championship title.

The regional WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) Academic Challenge will be held at Lake Land College Friday, Feb. 3. Twenty-five high schools will come together to battle in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.

Each high school will compete against other high schools in the same division, which is based on school enrollment, and awards will be given to both individual competitors and teams. Students advancing at the regional competition will compete at Eastern Illinois University in March with another round for advancement, which will be held at the University of Illinois in April.

During the event, students will be tested from 9:20-11:10 a.m., with an awards ceremony following at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about WYSE, contact Steve Garren, Director of Dual Credit and the Honors Experience at (217) 234-5044 or sgarren@lakelandcollege.edu

 

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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.

 

Spring Lake Land College Community Choir Rehearsals to Begin

Posted on January 11, 2017

Everyone knows that “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” but the next lyric in Duke Ellington’s classic song offers a remedy; “It don’t mean a thing, all you got to do is sing!”  Preparation for the spring season of the Lake Land College Community Choir begins on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Lake Land College Theater from 7-9:30 p.m.

All singers age 18 and older are welcome to participate, and no audition is required.  The choir includes college students as well as area residents, forming a group of approximately 45 mixed voices.

Choir members may earn one hour of college credit for singing in the choir. Interested singers can complete a registration form at the first rehearsal, or register online for MUS-104-11565.

Registration for college credit is not required, however, and participation in the choir is free for those who do not register.

Selections for the spring season include a medley of Ellington classics, with “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo,” “Satin Doll,” and others.  The choir will perform settings of Psalm 23 and Psalm 150 featuring French horn accompaniment.  Favorite songs from The Music Man fill out the program, such as “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Till There Was You.”

Nancy Caldwell, director of the choir and Lake Land music instructor, said “Singing in a large group is a great antidote for cabin fever.  If you are looking for something to make the winter months pass more quickly, join the choir for smiles, laughter, and great music; and bring a friend!”

Caldwell went on to say that the community choir has brought many residents to the Lake Land campus for the first time.  “The college is happy to sponsor this activity as a form of community outreach, sharing its facilities and also creating an opportunity for personal growth.”

The season will conclude with a concert on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. in the Theater.

Contact Caldwell at 217-821-6469 with any questions.

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Lake Land College announces foundation scholarship deadline

Posted on January 5, 2017

Lake Land College Foundation scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

Students graduating from high school, adults who are enrolling at Lake Land College and current students are encouraged to apply.  Those students who received a Lake Land College Foundation Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year and wish to be considered for a 2017-2018 award must reapply.

The online scholarship application is available lakelandcollege.edu/scholarships/. There are four questions a student should be prepared to answer with a 100-word response for each. They are:

1. Describe your career aspirations and your educational plans to meet these goals;

2. Explain how you have helped your family and/or made your community a better place to live;

3. Describe your financial situation and how a Foundation Scholarship can help you achieve your educational goals; and

4. Describe a significant change or experience that has occurred in your life. How did you respond and what did you learn about yourself?

Applicants will be considered for all foundation scholarships for which they qualify. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline.
Last year the foundation awarded 432 scholarships averaging $900 each, covering about 25 percent of Lake Land College’s annual tuition. Since 1992, the foundation has awarded more than $5 million to deserving students attending Lake Land College.

For additional information, contact the foundation at 217-234-5363 or foundation@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

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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.

 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals coming to Lake Land College

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Lake Land College Athletics and Mattoon High School Baseball are sponsoring the St. Louis Cardinal Caravan on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m.

The event will be held at the Lake Land College Field House. Doors open at 11 a.m. There is no preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased in the Laker Athletics office in the Field House or at Washington Savings Bank.

The Laker Athletics office will be open Friday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday – Friday, Jan. 9-14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, please call 217-234-5333.

The cost of the ticket is $10 and includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

The 2017 Cardinal Caravan is presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance. According to the Cardinals Caravan website, the first 400 children, 15 and under, through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player.

The Mattoon stop is Caravan 5 and players Alex Reyes, Miguel Socolovich, Rowan Wick and Ryan Sherriff and alumni Brad Thompson, Al Hrabosky and Cliff Politte are expected to attend. Hrabosky will also serve as the event emcee.

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Center for Business & Industry offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

Posted on January 4, 2017

The Lake Land College Center for Business & Industry will be offering a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training course this spring. This course will offer an introduction to the Six Sigma philosophy and the DMAIC model. Participants involved will learn how to approach this data driven measure of quality that strives for near perfection.

Participants will be asked to complete a project following the DMAIC format that can achieve real savings in the workplace. Based on the ASQ/Body of Knowledge, this course will also stress the importance of the following:

  • Working as a team to facilitate the Six Sigma improvement process
  • Reducing variations in process output
  • Eliminating defects through an advanced process

The course will take place in spring 2017 on March 28-29, April 4-5, April 18-19, and April 25-27 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this course is $2,900 per person. Participants must have a laptop computer with Minitab software loaded. All classes will be held at the Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave., East in Mattoon.

To register, contact Bonnie Moore, director to Center for Business & Industry by phone at 217-238-8291 or by email at bmoore71258@lakelandcollege.edu. The deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2017. For more information about the Center for Business & Industry, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/cbi/.

 

Center for Business & Industry offers Problem Solving Root Cause Analysis

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The Lake Land College Center for Business & Industry will be offering a Problem Solving Root Cause Analysis course this spring.

The course teaches a structured problem solving process using the 8-D model. This model utilizes a team approach to problem solving and provides a structured step-by-step format that is easily implemented in any type of business.

This course will cover numerous topics regarding problem solving including, but not limited to, the following:

  • steps in the problem solving process,
  • how to contain defective outputs,
  • identification of root causes through the charts and data, and
  • generation and testing of potential solutions through different problem solving methods

The course will be held on March 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave., East in Mattoon. The cost for this course is $600 per person.

To register, contact Bonnie Moore, director to Center for Business & Industry by phone at 217-238-8291 or by email at bmoore71258@lakelandcollege.edu. The deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2017. For more information about the Center for Business & Industry, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/cbi/.

Laker Basketball to host Little Laker Basketball Camp

Posted on December 21, 2016

The Lake Land College Men’s Basketball Team and the Mattoon Area YMCA are holding a Little Laker Basketball Camp in January for boys and girls 1st through 3rd grades.

Under the direction of Laker Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brandon Colvin, the camps will focus on individual and team play. Campers will be instructed through various workout stations, 5-on-5 games and contests. A Little Lakers basketball camp T-shirt will be provided. A part of all registrations will go back to the Mattoon Area YMCA.

The camps will be held on January 8 and 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Mattoon YMCA, 221 N. 16th St. The cost is $25 for one session or $40 for both sessions. A part of all proceeds will go to the Mattoon Area YMCA.

The camp registration form is available at: https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/ss/at/athletics/mbasketball/camps.cfm

For additional information please contact Coach Colvin at 217-234-5294 or bcolvin@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

Lake Land College Community Learning offers Dance Classes

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Lake Land College Community Learning is offering a series of dance classes in Effingham in January.  Four separate dance styles will be offered including Swing for Beginners, Waltz for Beginners, Foxtrot for Beginners, and Rumba for beginners.

Classes will meet for four Sunday afternoons at the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency Building.  Instructors Scott and Cheryl Sweet have been teaching dance for many years.

The Foxtrot class will be held January 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2:10 – 3 p.m. The Rumba class will be held January 8, 15, 22, 29, from 3:10 – 4 p.m. The Swing class will meet January 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4:10 – 5 p.m. The Waltz class will be meet January 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:10 – 6 p.m.

The cost is $36.00 for each dance class. No partner is needed, but is suggested.  Each participant must register by going to www.lakelandcollege.edu/learn or by calling Admissions & Records at 217-234-5434.

The 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 vbales@lakelandcollege.edu.

Lake Land College names 2016-2017 student ambassadors

Posted on December 15, 2016

Lake Land College recently named its student ambassadors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The 2016-2017 Lake Land College Student Ambassadors recently helped with the December 2 Laker Visit Day. Pictured left to right: Jensyn Morrison, Cowden, psychology; Myah Herbord; Pana, business administration; Maddie Caldwell, Elmwood, agriculture; Autumn Brandenburg, Casey, pre-medicine; Mary Meonning, Minnesota, agriculture; Charles Osley, Mattoon, pre-veterinary medicine; Dylan Ohnesorge, Strasburg, mechanical electrical technology; Chase Vogt, Mattoon, pre-nursing; Charles Meaker, Mattoon, business administration; Josiah Kinert, Lovington, agriculture; Carson Goff, Hopedale, agriculture; Sidney Smith, Louisville, social work; Karla Madden, Newman, agriculture; Carley Travis, Oblong, agriculture; Lily Laatsch, Altamont, engineering science.

Ambassadors this year include: Carley Travis, Oblong, agriculture; Jensyn Morrison, Cowden, psychology; Dylan Ohnesorge, Strasburg, mechanical electrical technology; Karla Madden, Newman, agriculture; Autumn Brandenburg, Casey, pre-medicine; Charles Meaker, Mattoon, business administration; Chase Vogt, Mattoon, pre-nursing; Carson Goff, Hopedale, agriculture; Lily Laatsch, Altamont, engineering science; Mary Moenning, Minnesota, agriculture; Sidney Smith, Louisville, Social Work; Josiah Kinert, Lovington, agriculture; Charles Osley, Mattoon, pre-veterinary medicine; Maddie Caldwell, Elmwood, agriculture; Myah Herbord, Pana, business administration.

Student ambassadors are a select group of students chosen to serve as official representatives of Lake Land College. The ambassadors assist the college by informing prospective students of the opportunities available to them at Lake Land. In addition, they assist with several campus organizations and personnel with special school functions. The ambassadors receive a $500 yearly scholarship.

To become an Ambassador, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be at least a half-time student for both fall and spring semesters
  • maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • complete an application
  • complete an interview

Once students are selected, they attend training sessions and weekly meetings to learn more about the college. During the school year, the ambassadors give tours of the campus, attend college/career fairs, visit high schools, and assist with special school functions.

For more information, visit www.lakelandcollege.edu/ss/sl/studentambassador.cfm.

 

 

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Lake Land College Foundation holds annual meeting

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Doris Reynolds, Mattoon, Lake Land College Board of Trustees member, received the first-ever Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Reynolds serves as a liaison to the foundation board. She is pictured left with Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement.
Dr. Nanci Huels, Altamont, is the 2016 recipient of the Lake Land College Foundation Crystal Swan Award, which recognizes her outstanding contributions to the Lake Land College Foundation. She is pictured on the left with Meg Yargus, Marshall, foundation board president.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors recently held its annual meeting and celebrated raising $705,000 in total funds, exceeding the goal of $430,000. The addition of last year’s funding effort puts the Lake Land College Foundation’s total assets at $11.5 million.

During the meeting, the board set a fundraising goal of $680,000 in funds raised for the current fiscal year. “Last year, the foundation was able to award nearly $400,000 in scholarships to students, provide important instructional support in the form of equipment and technology and assist students with emergency needs,” said Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement.  “More support is needed as only about one-third of the applicants for scholarships received assistance.  Sharing the impact our investors can have through their private support will help us reach our goal.”

The board recognized two individuals for outstanding contributions.

Dr. Nanci Huels, past board president, received the annual Crystal Swan Award for her outstanding contributions to the Lake Land College Foundation. Huels is one of few board members to serve two terms as president. During her tenure, the board updated bylaws and implemented term limits, overhauled the scholarship award process and worked with the college during the challenging budget impasse. The Crystal Swan Award was created in 1993, as a way to recognize foundation board members who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service to the Lake Land College Foundation during their tenure.  Each recipient demonstrates a passion and commitment to the educational goals of our students that rises above all others.

“Dr. Huels believes in the mission of the foundation and the college and encourages others to be involved with Lake Land, whether it be as a donor, alumni or as a new student,” Meg Yargus, Marshall, president of the Lake Land College Foundation Board of Directors said.

Doris Reynolds, Lake Land College Board of Trustees member, received the first-ever Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. Reynolds serves as a liaison to the foundation board. Foundation board member Bob Pancoast, Shelbyville, said the new award will be presented annually to an individual who has given gifts of time and talent in securing private funding on behalf of Lake Land College students.

For the current academic year, the foundation received 1,012 scholarship applications and awarded $369,242 in scholarships to 432 students.

The board welcomed Michelle Blackwell, Pana as a new member for a three-year term. Three outgoing board members were honored: John Livesay, Pana, Jennifer Jansen, Effingham, Huels, Altamont and Deana Nuxoll, Effingham. Jansen, Nuxoll and Huels will join Paul Glenney, Shelbyville, Garth Jones, Mattoon and Linda McCabe, Bethany as honorary directors.

New officers for the 2016-2017 year will be Yargus, president; Michael Bohannon, Charleston, vice president; and Tom Grunloh, Effingham, secretary.

The Lake Land College Foundation Board also approved a new mission statement that fulfills the goal of securing private support that enhances the learning experience of Lake Land College students.

 

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