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Lake Land Dental Hygiene Students Visit Schools

Posted on March 24, 2017

The students of Ms. Davis’s third grade class at Charleston’s Carl Sandburg School “oohed” and “awed” as Lake Land College Dental Hygiene students Fallon Sullivan and Laura

Ms. Davis’s third graders at Charleston’s Carl Sandburg School eagerly raise their hands for the opportunity to show off their dental knowledge to Lake Land College Dental Hygiene students Fallon Sullivan and Laura Koester.

Koester demonstrated how cavities are formed by simulating tooth decay through the decomposition of a Styrofoam cup covered with chocolate syrup and acetone.

Sullivan, of Bloomington, Ind., and Koester, of Shelbyville, were two of the second-year Dental Hygiene students who attended 18 area elementary schools to educate children on proper dental care as a part of Dental Health Month. Using scrapbooks entitled “Teeth are always in Style,” they taught the children about cavities, tooth decay and dental procedures with their explanations of the photos they brought in to share. They also utilized large model teeth to show how to properly brush and floss.

“The most important thing for these kids to remember is to always brush and floss. They’re key! They should do it at least once a day. I know it’s hard to think of how it affects them in the long run but it’s important,” Fallon said.

Lake Land’s Dental Hygiene program is a competitive special admission program. Students admitted into the college in the Dental Hygiene Track work through pre-requisite classes and apply to the Dental Hygiene program at the beginning of the spring semester to be considered for entry to the fall semester.

For more information, visit https://www.lakelandcollege.edu/ and look for the Academics menu.

Alumni Association creating a volunteer directory

Posted on March 21, 2017

The Lake Land College Alumni Association is inviting all members of One Laker Nation to join a newly created volunteer pool to support the college.

The Alumni Office and the Alumni Association Board of Directors are creating a directory of volunteers who are willing and interested in donating their expertise and gifts of time to help the college. The college will soon email a simple survey to those alumni with an email address on file, asking individuals to respond with their areas of interest. The survey will also be available on the alumni website at lakelandcollege.edu/alumni.

Volunteer opportunities will expand in the future but initial areas of need are:

  1. Near-peer mentor program – As a recent graduate, share your personal experiences with students who have questions about navigating the college process. This would likely be done through social media, email or some other electronic medium
  2. Phone Bank – Be a part of a group of volunteers who would work at a campus phone bank to reach out to students for important reminders such as times to register for classes, pick up or return books, file their intent to graduate.
  3. Special Events – Serve as an ambassador for Lake Land College in your community.
  4. Presenters – Share your expertise as a member of a speaker or presenter bureau for special events, special topics in classes, Career Day, etc.  You could be asked to talk or prevent on a variety of topics ranging from professional expertise to personal knowledge and skills in a hobby or talent.
  5. Advisory Boards –  Share your career and industry knowledge by expressing your willingness to serve on a curriculum-based Professional Advisory Board. Division chairs and program coordinators can call upon this pool of volunteers when needed to help strengthen their programs and courses.
  6. Foundation Scholarship Committee – Assist the Foundation in reading and evaluating student scholarship applications twice a year around the February and August time periods.

“Budgets and resources are stretched thin in today’s environment and our programs and students can benefit from the vast talents of our alumni who we proudly refer to as One Laker Nation,” said Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Dave Cox.  “This is not only a way our alumni can support today’s students through gifts of their time but also be a valuable resource to the college. I hope each alumnus of Lake Land College whether he or she intends to volunteer or not will take just a few minutes and complete the survey.”

All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, $25 AMC movie gift card and $25 iTunes gift card.

 

 

Community Choir Concert set for March 26

Posted on March 16, 2017

The Lake Land College Community Choir invites the community to attend its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 in the Lake Land College Theater.

The concert begins with a celebration of spring.  The choir will then sing settings of Psalm 23 and Psalm 150, featuring French horn accompaniment by Kevin Miescke of Eastern Illinois University.  Listeners will thrill to the sounds of “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” and other favorite songs from the classic musical The Music Man by Meredith Willson.  A medley of Ellington classics, with “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Satin Doll,” featuring bassist J.B. Faires and drummer Jay Ferguson, will close the program.

A reception will follow in Laker Point.

Under the direction of Nancy Caldwell, music instructor, the Community Choir is a choir of mixed voices including students from the college as well as members of surrounding communities including Arthur, Arcola, Effingham, Charleston, Mattoon, Neoga and Sigel.  Ann Roedl of Effingham accompanies the choir.  The Community Choir was formed in January of 1998 and performs two concerts annually.

The concert is free and open to the public.

8th Grade Career Conference

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In an effort to introduce and expose local students to a variety of career and occupational choices, more than 2,000 8th grade students will assemble in the Lake Land College Field House on Thursday April 6 and Friday April 7 for the 25th annual Eighth Grade Career Conference.

 

Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois Education for Employment System have been co-sponsors of this annual event for the past 25 years.  More than 50,000 students have participated during that time.

 

The Career Conference will provide participants the opportunity to explore a variety of career choices through direct contact with many local business professionals from a variety of employment fields.  Sam Glenn, “The Attitude Guy,” is the featured speaker for this year’s 8th Grade Career Conference.   Sam is a motivational speaker, author and artist.

 

“The Conference is an important career awareness opportunity for local students.  It provides them with information about career pathways and motivates them to focus on their future” said Gary Philippi, director for Eastern Illinois Education for Employment System.

 

Students from the following schools will participate at the Career Conference: Altamont, Altamont Lutheran Interparish, Arcola, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond CUSD#305, Beecher City, Brownstown, Casey-Westfield, Charleston, Cowden-Herrick, Crestwood – Paris, Cumberland, Dieterich, Effingham, Fresh Start TLC, Humboldt TLC, Kansas, Kansas TLC, Lerna Bridges, Martinsville, Marshall, Mattoon, Mayo-Paris, Moulton- Shelbyville, Neoga, Oakland, Okaw Valley, Ramsey, St. Anthony-Effingham, St. Elmo, St. John’s-Mattoon, St. Michael – Sigel,  Shiloh, Stewardson-Strasburg, South Central, Sullivan and Windsor.

 

For more information contact Ginger Voegel at Lake Land College at 217-234-5032 or Sally Shawver at EIEFES  at217-258-6283.

 

 

 

 

Lake Land College offers Concealed Carry Classes

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Lake Land College is offering two-day Introduction to Concealed Carry classes at Accuracy Firearms in Effingham on April 1 and 2 and May 5 and 6.  All classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Instructor Dwayne Beccue has designed this class to educate the student about handguns best suited for personal defense, how to carry them safely and how to deploy and use them efficiently in the context of a Dynamic Critical Incident.  The class will also cover the laws pertaining to the appropriate and lawful use of carrying handguns in public.

 

The class satisfies the 16-hour training requirement to be eligible to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry permit.  After completing the class, the student will pay a $150 fee to the state for a five year period.

 

The cost is $150 for the two-day class.  To register, go to www.lakelandcollege.edu/learn, choose the class date and enroll.  Students can also call Admissions & Records at 217-234-5434.  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.

 

 

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Little Laker Basketball Camp

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The Lake Land College Men’s Basketball Team will host the Little Laker Basketball Camp on April 2 and 9 for boys and girls 4th through 6th grade.

 

The camp 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. The camp is located in the Field House and will meet from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $30 for one session or $45 for both.

 

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

Lake Land College is coming to a library near you!

Posted on March 14, 2017

Director for Community Outreach Chris Strohl will be visiting several area libraries to answer questions about how to get started at Lake Land. She will be available to answer questions about the college’s 150 majors, the admission process, registration and any other questions visitors may have.

Strohl will be at the following libraries:

  • Shelbyville Public Library, Shelbyville—March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library, Pana—March 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Greenup Township Library, Greenup—March 27, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Charleston Public Library, Charleston—April 10, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Marshall Library, Marshall—April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information about Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu and select the “Learn More” button. To contact Strohl, email cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5429.

 

 

Prospective Students Invited to Radio/TV Open House

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The Lake Land College Radio/TV department is hosting an open house on Friday, March 31. Guests are invited to enjoy lunch and experience the broadcast equipment first hand.

The event will follow the college’s Laker Visit Day which is an open house for potential students that includes campus tours and opportunities to meet with faculty, students, staff and explore the college’s 150 majors.

During the Radio/TV Open House from 12-2 p.m., participants are invited to broadcast LIVE on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, the college’s student run FM radio station; anchor a newscast in the TV studio; use equipment in the TV production control room and studio; record and listen to their own audio spot using professional audio equipment; operate state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experiment with industry-standard digital editing software.

“We have professional studios and state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a great radio station. We invite anyone with an interest in this field to come out and have some fun while exploring all of the options,” Greg Powers, speech communication/broadcasting instructor, said.

Students can major in Radio/TV Broadcasting and earn an associate degree that leads to either a transfer degree or a workforce ready degree. Students can also choose among three certificate programs.

Those interested in fulfilling general elective credits can enroll in department classes throughout the year. Opportunities within the curriculum include broadcasting live on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, anchoring a newscast, using equipment in the TV production control room and studio, recording and listening to your own audio spot using professional audio equipment, operating state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experimenting with industry-standard digital editing software.

WLKL broadcasters also conduct play-by-play coverage of Laker athletic and area high school events.

For more information on the Radio/TV Open House or the Radio and TV Broadcasting program, contact Powers at gpowers@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5335.

Prospective Students Invited to Laker Visit Day and Radio/TV Open House

Posted on March 13, 2017

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day on Friday, March 31.

The half-day open house event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session.

Representatives from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and Student Life will provide information and answer questions. The event includes campus tours and informational sessions by Lake Land College Student Ambassadors. Participants will also meet with faculty members in their academic area of interest to learn more about the 150 majors at Lake Land.

“Laker Visit Day is a great way for prospective students and parents to talk to faculty and staff about academic options and programs of study, to talk to current students about student life and to learn about financial aid options and opportunities,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of new student admissions.

Anyone interested in learning more about the majors and/or general elective courses offered through the radio and TV department, are invited to attend the Radio/TV Open House from 12-2 p.m. The Radio-TV Broadcasting program will provide lunch and hands-on experiences in the radio and TV labs in the Northwest Building.

Individuals are welcome to attend one or both of these events.

For more information, or to reserve a space for Laker Visit Day, register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254.

To learn more about the Radio/TV Open House, contact Greg Powers at gpowers@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5335.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on March 6, 2017

For Immediate Release

St. Anthony High School won the 300 Division at the WYSE Team event recently held at Lake Land College.
Sullivan High School won the 700 Division at the WYSE Team event recently held at Lake Land College.
Mattoon High School won the 1500 Division at the WYSE Team event recently held at Lake Land College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

WYSE Regional Competition held at Lake Land College

 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 regional Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) championship title.

The regional WYSE Academic Challenge was recently held at Lake Land College and 26 schools, registering 385 students came together to battle in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics

Students completed written examinations in seven different areas of study. Each student participated in two tests, and the highest scores by members of each team determined the composite team score.

 St. Anthony, Sullivan, and Mattoon high school were victorious in their divisions and took home the regional championship titles. Winners in team and individual competition are advancing to sectionals at Eastern Illinois University on March 9, 2017.

 

Teams advancing for the 300 division included

St. Anthony High School                                                                         493.3

Cumberland High School                                                                        426.2

Stewardson-Strasburg High School                                                    397.7

Dieterich High School                                                                               390.3

Neoga High School                                                                                    379.5

 

Teams advancing for the 700 division included

Sullivan High School                                                                                  476.8

Pana High School                                                                                       444.2

 

Teams advancing for the 1500 division

Mattoon High School                                                                               486.00

Effingham High School                                                                             452.80

 

 

 

 

Individual Results

 

The following individuals will be advancing to the WYSE sectionals at Eastern Illinois University on March 9.

 

 

In the 300 division:

Gillian Erickson St. Anthony High School Biology 44
Elizabeth McCammon Altamont High School Biology 38
Alex Beesley St. Anthony High School Chemistry 29
Tanner Clark Stewardson-Strasburg High School Chemistry 29
John Hartke St. Anthony High School Chemistry 27
Drew Warner Cumberland High School Computer Science 19
Anthony Curry Windsor High School Computer Science 12
Drew Warner Cumberland High School Engineering Graphics 30
Cameron Noel Kansas CUSD #3 Engineering Graphics 22
Aidan Bailey St. Anthony High School English 67
Hayden Kanizer Cumberland High School English 61
Gillian Erickson St. Anthony High School Math 19
Alex Beesley St. Anthony High School Math 18
Kristin Slaughter St. Anthony High School Math 18
Matthew Goedde Dieterich High School Physics 17
Andy Saba St. Anthony High School Physics 15

 

In the 700 division:

Luke DeLong Sullivan High School Biology 38
Grace Mauck Sullivan High School Biology 34
Max Todd Sullivan High School Chemistry 38
Bryce King Sullivan High School Chemistry 32
Nate Johnson Paris High School Computer Science 16
Zane Blair Paris High School Computer Science 15
Dylan Moon Pana High School Engineering Graphics 18
Isaiah Plank Sullivan High School Engineering Graphics 18
Chase Trainor Shelbyville High School Engineering Graphics 16
Emily Hall Paris High School English 66
Audra Breer Teutopolis High School English 63
Jacob Beckman Teutopolis High School Math 15
Ian Copple Teutopolis High School Math 15
Tyler Pasley Shelbyville High School Math 15
Mick Decker Pana High School Math 14
Courtney Hoene Teutopolis High School Math 14
Jessica Swenny Pana High School Math 14
Lee Nosbisch Teutopolis High School Physics 13
Josh Simac Pana High School Physics 13
Trent Mette Teutopolis High School Physics 12

 

In the 1500 division:

Nick Eveland Mattoon High School Biology 40
Lydia Druin Mattoon High School Biology 37
Hannah Pike Effingham High School Chemistry 33
Charles Derrickson Mattoon High School Chemistry 26
Adam Agronomoff Charleston High School Computer Science 11
Brendan Dawkins Effingham High School Computer Science 10
Hunter Divley Effingham High School Computer Science 10
Patrick Hite Mattoon High School Engineering Graphics 26
Brendan Dawkins Effingham High School Engineering Graphics 17
Lydia Druin Mattoon High School English 65
Nissa Larson Charleston High School English 65
Cayden Miller Mattoon High School English 64
Ryan Taylor Mattoon High School Math 16
Cayden Miller Mattoon High School Math 14
Callaway Smith Effingham High School Math 14
Michael Kucnicki Charleston High School Physics 16
Ryan Taylor Mattoon High School Physics 16
Brando Socarras Charleston High School Physics 15

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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