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Lake Land to Host Juneteenth Celebration

Posted on May 22, 2024

Lake Land College is hosting an all-day Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday, June 19. The event is open to students, staff, faculty and community members to celebrate the ongoing history of liberation, resilience and overcoming in Black/African-American cultures.

The event will feature a keynote speech by “Alex Tha Great” in the Luther Student Center Theater at 10 a.m. Individuals can earn credit for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) by attending the presentation.

The event will also include a Calm App group meditation session in the Luther Student Center Theater at 9 a.m. Black-owned businesses and food trucks will also be set up in Luther Student Center from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a Black-owned vendor fair. The event will conclude with a Walk for Freedom beginning at 1 p.m., which will start and end in Laker Point of the Luther Student Center.

Those interested in hosting a booth at the vendor fair should contact Mercury Bowen, Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, at 217-234-5244 or mbowen@lakelandcollege.edu. There is no cost to host a booth at the event.

To learn more about the Lake Land College Juneteenth celebration, contact Bowen at 217-234-5244 or mbowen@lakelandcollege.edu.

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Dental Hygiene Graduates Honored at Annual Ceremony

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Lake Land College dental hygiene graduates received their pins at the annual pinning ceremony. Several students received scholarships or awards during the ceremony.

Madelynn Morrow, Mattoon, and Kendall Winnett, Charleston, were recognized for receiving the Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship earlier this year.

Elizabeth Edie, Chatham, received the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award, which is offered to a graduating student who shows excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession and exhibits extraordinary compassion in patient care.

Jessica Allie, Effingham; Kayla Burget, Pana; Anna Koberlein, Altamont; and Kendall Winnett, Charleston, were recognized for their inclusion in the Heartland Dental Externship.

Grace Smith, Beecher City, received the Best Dental Hygienist Award, which was voted on by students in the program.

Hannah Sanabria, Indianapolis, received the Golden Scaler Award for demonstrating advanced skills in instrumentation.

The following students were pinned during the ceremony:

              Name Hometown
Jessica Allie Effingham, Ill.
Madelyn Brown Taylorville, Ill.
Kayla Burget Pana, Ill.
Danielle Dennis Taylorville, Ill.
Elizabeth Edie Chatham, Ill.
Paige Evans Quincy, Ill.
Natalie Frederick Shelbyville, Ill.
Sophie Fultz Sullivan, Ill.
Cara Hakman Effingham, Ill.
Kayla Hale Sullivan, Ill.
Hannah Jackson Robinson, Ill.
Anna Koberlein Altamont, Ill.
Allison Luehrs Bradley, Ill.
Madelynn Morrow Mattoon, Ill.
Hailey Olsen Effingham, Ill.
Taylor Patton Auburn, Ill.
Hannah Sanabria Indianapolis, Ind.
Victorianna Sisk Terre Haute, Ind.
Grace Smith Beecher City, Ill.
Kailey Von Hatten Carlyle, Ill.
Hailey Walden West Terre Haute, Ind.
Chloe Williamson Mattoon, Ill.
Kelsie Winings Sullivan, Ill.
Kendall Winnett Charleston, Ill.

 

Dental Hygiene is a special admission program at Lake Land College. The program prepares students with specialized skills necessary for employment as a dental hygienist. Emphasis is on dental hygiene treatment and on the hygienist’s abilities as a dental health educator. The hygienist’s services are sought by dentists, schools, prisons, hospitals, departments of health and industry. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

A Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Instructor and Student at a graduation ceremony.
STAR Award: At left, Elizabeth Hartrich, Dental Hygiene Instructor/Director of Dental Hygiene Program, is pictured with Elizabeth Edie, Chatham. Edie received the Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award at the 2024 Lake Land College Dental Hygiene pinning ceremony.
Two Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Students receiving awards and posing with an instructor during a graduation ceremony.
LLC.Morrow.Winnett.JPG Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship: At left, Kendall Winnett, Charleston, is pictured with Lacy Huddleston, dental hygiene instructor, and Madelynn Morrow, Mattoon. Winnett and Morrow were recognized for receiving the Linda Lee Fletcher Scholarship Award at the 2024 Lake Land College Dental Hygiene pinning ceremony.
A Lake Land College Instructor and Student at the 2024 Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony
LLC.Sanabria.JPG Golden Scaler Award: At left, Hannah Sanabria, Indianapolis, is pictured with Dental Hygiene Instructor Kara Molzen. Sanabria received the Golden Scaler Award during the 2024 Lake Land College Dental Hygiene pinning ceremony.
A Lake Land College Nursing Student and Instructor at the 2024 Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony
LLC.Smith.JPG Best Dental Hygienist Award: At left, Lacy Huddleston, dental hygiene instructor, is pictured with Grace Smith, Beecher City. Smith received the Best Dental Hygienist Award at the 2024 Lake Land College Dental Hygiene pinning ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Deere Tech Graduates Honored at Ceremony

Posted on May 15, 2024

Lake Land College recently celebrated the John Deere Tech program graduates at an annual John Deere Tech banquet.

The John Deere Tech High GPA award went to Conner Sage, Wilmington.

Parker Norman, Tuscola, earned the John Deere Tech Outstanding Student award.

The following students were honored at the ceremony:

Name Hometown
Samuel Barnard Oxford, Ind.
Jacob Bettinger Lovington, Ill.
John Cash Fillmore, Ind.
Christian Dodd Saint Joseph, Ill.
Kenton Freesmeyer Hamburg, Ill.
Ryan Fred Cresent City, Ill.
Kaleb Ginter Wickliffe, Ky.
Alexander Gosnell Marshall, Ill.
Mick Hallock White Hall, Ill.
Myles Homann Jacksonville, Ill.
Tanner Hufhand Kempton, Ind.
Anthony Laubscher Tuscola, Ill.
Konnor McCallister Hamilton, Ill.
Jacob Miller Bellevue, Mich.
Sam Montgomery Marengo, Ill.
Parker Norman Tuscola, Ill.
Cameron Phillips Farmer City, Ill.
Connor Sage Wilmington, Ill.
Ben Schmidt Waterloo, Ill.
Roger Williams  Mahomet, Ill.

 

A John Deere Instructor presenting an award to a graduating student
John Deere Technology Instructor Russell Neu, left, presents the John Deere Tech High GPA award to Conner Sage, Wilmington, at the 2024 Lake Land College John Deere Tech program banquet.
A Lake Land College John Deere Instructor presents an award to a graduating student
John Deere Technology Instructor Russell Neu, left, presents the John Deere Tech Outstanding Student award to Parker Norman, Tuscola, at the 2024 Lake Land College John Deere Tech program banquet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Associate Degree Nurse Graduates Honored at Ceremony

Posted on May 14, 2024

Graduating nurses received their pins at the 2024 Lake Land College Associate Degree Nursing pinning ceremony.

The Associate Degree Nurse Program Peer Awards were presented to Claire Cardinal, Neoga; Rolando Monte De Oca, Mattoon; and Shellie Witteborg, Beecher City, for exhibiting excellence in the classroom with a caring nature, professionalism and spirit.

The Patient Advocate Award was presented to Emma Moran, Sullivan, for displaying professionalism and compassionate care in the Associate Degree Nurse program.

Autumn Meyer, Oakland, received the Clinical Excellence Award for displaying professionalism, confidence and clinical excellence in the Associate Degree Nurse Program.

The Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award, which is given each year to a graduating student who is considered to be the all-around best student in the class and is voted on by faculty, went to Emily Bloemer, Dieterich. To receive this award, the student must be professionally superior and morally responsible, be capable of making wise decisions, be compassionate and caring, be dedicated and possess common sense and a strong scientific knowledge base, demonstrate superior technical skills, possess superior communication skills and composure, often in crises situations. Bloemer’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is located in the nursing skills lab in Neal Hall.

The following students received pins at the ceremony:

Name Hometown
Bianca Alwali Effingham
Hannah Bland Greenup
Emily Bloemer Dieterich
Carleigh Bobbett Findlay
Chase Bosler Charleston
Michelle Butler Charleston
Abigail Calvert Tower Hill
Claire Cardinal Neoga
Andrew Cole Toledo
Avoree Collins Paris
Andrielle Dougherty Effingham
Ashlyn Dunaway Strasburg
Brianne Evans Beecher City
Ashley Finney Charleston
Amy Followell Toledo
Abby Goad Camargo
Jerralee Goad Sullivan
Nicole Greuel Mattoon
Brittany Harmston Pana
Madison Helms Watson
Berkley Howell Mattoon
Mallory James Toledo
Dilen Jenkins Mattoon
Alex Junge Mattoon
Amy Kimberlin St. Elmo
Austin Kline Toledo
Cerra Kulinski Pana
Brieanna Laidley Mattoon
Emily Lueken Effingham
Kaitlin Maninfior Mattoon
Kami Mathis Shelbyville
Raye Mays Shelbyville
Lorana McCall Casey
Sahara McGuire Atwood
Gabriel McKibben Mattoon
Autumn Meyer Oakland
Maiya Miller Casey
Rolando Monte de Oca Mattoon
Emma Moran Sullivan
Hannah Morgan Charleston
Molly Niemerg Teutopolis
Blessing Nzeribe Mattoon
Morgan Parsons Shelbyville
Lisa Patterson Pana
Ashley Prideaux Sullivan
Alicia Ray Herrick
Jessica Rhodes Pana
Calvin Richardson-Wilson Seneca
Haley Rose Sullivan
Ashley Ryan Charleston
Audrey Schmidt Toledo
Jenna Spletcher Effingham
Danielle Standerfer Sullivan
Courtney Stoutin Casey
Nicole Thomas Greenup
Emily Wasmuth Neoga
Chloe Watson Shelbyville
Brianna Wendte Dietrich
Shellie Witteborg Beecher City

 

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Lakers Softball Wins Central District Championship

Posted on May 13, 2024

The Lake Land College Lakers Softball Team defeated John A. Logan College on Sunday, May 12 to win the 2024 NJCAA Region XXIV Championship.

The Lakers rallied after an early two-run deficit, scoring the next six runs and holding off a late comeback attempt to secure a 6-3 victory.

With the win, the Lakers will advance to the NJCAA Division I Softball World Series in Oxford, Alabama. Lake Land College will host a watch party on Tuesday, May 14 at noon in the campus Field House for the tournament bracket reveal.

The 2023-2024 Lake Land College Softball Team is comprised of the following students:

Student Name Hometown
Bella Atkinson East Troy, Wis.
Tinley Beecham Peoria, Ill.
Erin Blair Charleston, Ill.
Rylie Burney Kincaid, Ill.
Maci Clodfelder Villa Grove, Ill.
Paige Collie Sycamore, Ill.
Jordan Donato Union, Ky.
Tia Durst Carol Stream, Ill.
Melaina Dusti-Wayne Heaton Kansas City, Mo.
Elizabeth Enlow Mattoon, Ill.
Caralyn Farnam Lincoln, Ill.
Bryanna French Centralia, Ill.
Kynlee Griffith Casper, Wyo.
Noemye Letendre Drummondville, Can.
Kendall Mathews Paris, Ill.
Karah Moore Ashmore, Ill.
Hannah Parlier Virginia, Ill.
Dayerlin Rivas Barquisometoa, Lara, Venezuela
Allessandra Teruya Lima, Peru
Alyssa Walker Denver, Colo.
Adriana Yamakawa Lima, Peru

 

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TRIO SSS Students Honored at Banquet

Posted on May 10, 2024

Lake Land College TRIO students were recently honored at an annual banquet. During the event, several students received awards.

The Leadership Award was presented to Deanna Clark, Bethany; Gage Hoene, Mattoon; Ronald Mason, Mattoon; Delaney Nation, Tower Hill; and Amber Roan, Toledo, for leading student involvement and serving as TRIO ambassadors.

The Grit Award was presented to Blessing Nzeribe, Mattoon, for determination in overcoming obstacles to achieve success.

The Above and Beyond Award was presented to Amber Roan, Toledo, for exceptional representation of TRIO values.

The TRIO Non-Traditional Student of the Year Award was presented to Holly Cornell, Montrose.

The TRIO Student of the Year Award was presented to Deanna Clark, Bethany.

The following students were recognized at the banquet for their participation in the Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services program:

Name Hometown
Jaclyn Atwell Neoga
Tyra Bednar Effingham
Dylan Brooks Charleston
Kaitlin Cherrington Mattoon
Deanna Clark Bethany
Holly Cornell Montrose
Sean Creal Charleston
Georgia Firnhaber Shelbyville
Presleigh Furry Charleston
Melaney Gentry Montrose
Hannah Goerke Farina
Gage Hoene Mattoon
Cecil Howell Mattoon
Jessica Jones Tuscola
Emily Kaurin Charleston
Willow Koontz Charleston
Brookelyn Kraus Altamont
Ronald Mason Mattoon
Kaylie Miller Montrose
Delaney Nation Tower Hill
Charlene Nees Charleston
Blessing Nzeribe Mattoon
Anyssa Petak Mattoon
Amber Roan Toledo
Austin Ruholl Dieterich
Austin Sexson Findlay
Eric Stanley Charleston
Sarah Waldrop Charleston
Liam Waldrop Charleston

 

A Lake Land College TRIO Student holding an award
Deanna Clark, Bethany, received the TRIO Student of the Year Award at the 2024 Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services banquet. Pictured is Clark.
A Lake Land College student holding an award.
Holly Cornell, Montrose, received the TRIO Non-Traditional Student of the Year Award at the 2024 Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services banquet. Pictured is Cornell.
A Lake Land College TRIO Student holding an award
Blessing Nzeribe, Mattoon, received the Grit Award at the 2024 Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services banquet. Pictured is Nzeribe.
A Lake Land College TRIO student
Amber Roan, Toledo, receive the Above and Beyond Award at the 2024 Lake Land College TRIO Student Support Services banquet. Pictured is Roan.

 

Five Lake Land College TRIO Students holding awards at a banquet
Pictured (left to right) are the recipients of the Leadership Award, presented at the 2024 TRIO Student Support Services banquet: Amber Roan, Toledo; Delaney Nation, Tower Hill; Deanna Clark, Bethany; Ronald Mason, Mattoon; and Gage Hoene, Mattoon.

 

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PTK Students Inducted into All-Illinois Community College Academic Team

Posted on May 6, 2024

Two Lake Land College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors students were recognized at a banquet in Springfield for their inclusion on the All-Illinois Community College Academic Team.

Natashia Carter, Mattoon, was one of the two transfer student nominees recognized at the banquet. She most recently served as president of the PTK Alpha Theta Psi chapter and was honored with the Lake Land College Non-traditional Student of the Year Award in 2023. After graduating from Lake Land College in May 2024, Carter plans to attend Eastern Illinois University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

Brianna Sexton, Charleston, was also a transfer student nominee. She most recently served as the Secretary of Alpha Theta Psi before graduating with an associate degree in Psychology in May 2024. She plans to continue her studies at Eastern Illinois University to earn minors in both 2-D Studio Art and Kinesiology before pursuing a career in art therapy and activity direction for inpatient facilities.

“Tashia and Brianna are both exemplary students and tremendous representatives of our College,” said Tessa Wiles, Director of Dual Credit and Honors Experience. “I can’t think of any students more deserving of this incredible honor.”

Two Lake Land students holding awards they won at a ceremony
At left, Brianna Sexton, Charleston, and Natashia Carter, Mattoon, are honored for their inclusion on the All-Illinois Community College Academic Team at the statewide Phi Theta Kappa banquet in Springfield.

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New Partnership with Eastern Illinois University Ensures Seamless Transfer for English Majors

Posted on May 3, 2024

Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University recently partnered to establish a two-plus-two transfer agreement for students majoring in English.

The agreement provides an opportunity for students to seamlessly transfer to Eastern Illinois with junior status in one of four career pathways leading to a bachelor’s degree.

“One of the key components of our College’s strategic plan is to create seamless transfer opportunities for our students through strategic partnerships just like this,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “We are thrilled to work with Eastern Illinois University to create a high-quality, economic pathway for area residents to advance their education.”

“This agreement is another shining example of the relationship EIU and Lake Land College share that make student success our highest mutual priority,” said Dr. Ryan Hendrickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at EIU. “Lake Land College graduates who transfer to EIU reinforce EIU’s strong academic standing, and we appreciate the value and skills those students reliably contribute to our campus and communities.”

Starting this fall, Lake Land students who graduate with an Associate of Arts in English under the two-plus-two agreement can seamlessly transfer to Eastern Illinois and complete a bachelor’s degree in English in four additional semesters. Students can choose from four areas of concentration: Professional Writing, English Studies, Literacy & Cultural Studies and Creative Writing.

Representatives from Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University can provide additional information about the two-plus-two transfer agreement. From Lake Land College, contact Heather Nohren, Academic Counselor/Chair of Counseling & Judicial Affairs Advisement, at hnohren@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-234-5256. From Eastern Illinois University, contact Rita Pearson, Transfer Coordinator/Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, at ripearson@eiu.edu or 217-581-7663.

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Agriculture Students Honored at Annual Banquet

Posted on May 2, 2024

Lake Land College recently honored agriculture students at the annual Ag Banquet.

During the event, Kurt Coffey; Racine, Wisconsin, was recognized as the Agriculture Division’s Honored Alumnus.

Several students also received awards for outstanding performance in their respective programs.

The Phil Rincker Memorial Award and the Jordan Fledderjohann Memorial Award were both presented to Skyler Ward; New Paris, Ohio.

For the Livestock Judging Team, Paige Lemenager; Hudson, Illinois, was named the Top Reasons Presenter, and Ashtyn Harvey; Straugh, Indiana, was named the Top Hog Evaluator.

For the Ag Business program, Aubrey Youakim; Charleston, received the Outstanding Student Award, and Ada Tappendorf; Altamont, received the High GPA Award.

Kyle Lievens; Geneseo, Illinois, was named Ag Power Outstanding Student, and Bryant Parker; Charleston, received the Ag Power High GPA Award.

The Ag Production awards went to Sam Fox; Michigantown, Indiana, for Outstanding Student and Logan Beals; Charleston, for High GPA.

Frank Slaughter; Charleston, was named Horticulture Outstanding Student, and Sophia Wagner; Onarga, Illinois, was named Horticulture High GPA.

For the John Deere Tech program, Parker Norman; Tuscola, was named Outstanding Student, and Conner Sage; Wilmington, Illinois, was honored with the High GPA Award.

The Ag Transfer Outstanding Student Award went to Reese Brock; Aprin, Wisconsin. Delaney Gillis; Lovington, and Skyler Ward; New Paris, Ohio, were both named Ag Transfer High GPA Award recipients.

The Overall Outstanding Student Award went to Sophia Wagner; Onarga.

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Business and Computer Contest Winners Announced

Posted on May 1, 2024

The Lake Land College Business Division and Club IT recently hosted 14 local high schools for the annual Business and Computer Contest.

During the event, participating students from local high schools competed in the following categories: Accounting, General Business and Current Events, MOS Word, MOS PowerPoint and MOS Excel. Depending on the category, students either completed a written test or a hands-on test on the computer. First place winners of each contest received a 3-credit-hour tuition waiver from Lake Land College.

Flora High School placed first in the team event. The other high schools that participated in the event were Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School, Centralia High School, Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Charleston High School, Dieterich High School, Monticello High School, Mt. Zion High School, Neoga High School, Oblong High School, Paris High School, Shelbyville High School and Shiloh High School.

“It was incredible to have high school students participating in individual and team events,” said Tynia Kessler, business division chair. “We enjoy seeing and visiting with area business teachers and interacting with talented students. It’s a great opportunity for students to showcase their business and computer skills.”

The individual winners are as follows:

Accounting    
Waylon VanHorne Centralia High School 1st
Elena Warren Flora High School 2nd
Wyatt Reese Oblong High School 3rd
     
General Business & Current Events    
Cameron McCullough Champaign Centennial High School 1st
Landon Woolery Mt. Zion High School 2nd
Mallory Lovett Flora High School 3rd
     
MOS Word    
Madyson Slover Flora High School 1st
Elena Lockart Shelbyville High School 2nd
Andrew Henderson Neoga High School 3rd
     
MOS PowerPoint    
Aiden Hardy Shelbyville High School 1st
Quentin Black Flora High School 2nd
Edward Davis Dieterich High School 3rd
     
MOS Excel    
Ryan Rich Dieterich High School 1st
Kennedy Crays Flora High School 2nd
Madelyn Kendall Mt. Zion High School 3rd

 

For more information, contact Kessler at 217-234-5348 or by email at tkessler@lakelandcollege.edu.

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