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Heartland Dental Sponsors Continuing Education for Lake Land College Dental Hygienist Alumni

Posted on August 29, 2017

Heartland Dental is hosting a continuing education seminar for all Lake Land College Dental Hygiene alumni as part of the college’s Laker Homecoming celebration.

The seminar, titled Growing Partnerships to Advance Patient Care, is free of charge to Lake Land alumni and will be held at Heartland Dental, 1200 Network Centre Drive in Effingham, on Friday, Sept. 29, from 1-3 p.m. Two continuing education hours will be earned through this seminar.

Following the seminar, Heartland Dental and Lake Land College Alumni are hosting a networking event with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

In this seminar, attendees will discover ways to grow their leadership, enhance patient care through oral cancer screenings, and promote a positive office culture. They can advance their patient care by increasing partnership with their doctor to add adjunctive services and by developing a synergy among team members; learn how to prioritize their growth in leadership and how to continuously inspire themselves and others; and create or support effective partnership meetings to improve communication with their doctor, team members, and patients.

Janoa Hayes, LDH, senior hygiene mentor of Heartland Dental, is the guest speaker. She has an associate degree in dental hygiene from Lexington Community College and has actively practiced dental hygiene since 1999. In her current role, she supports growth in hygiene leadership and patient care advancement at Heartland Dental.  As a senior hygiene mentor, Hayes is active as a continuing education course presenter, mentor and coach to other clinical team members and mentors.  She is a member of AHDA and IDHA and lives in Indianapolis with her husband and daughter.

Laker alumni must register in advance by going to lakelandcollege.edu/alumni. Once there, click on the Homecoming logo on the right and find the Dental Hygiene Alumni Continuing Education Seminar tab.

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Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Offers Seminar for Lake Land College Nursing Alumni

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Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is hosting a continuing education seminar for all Lake Land College Nursing alumni as part of the college’s Laker Homecoming celebration.

The seminar, titled The Future is Now: Updates on the Nursing Profession, is free of charge to Lake Land alumni and will be held at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems – Lumpkin Health Education Center, 101 Professional Plaza in Mattoon, on Friday, Sept. 29. The event sign in and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. while panel discussion begins at noon and guest speakers will run from 1-4:30 p.m. Four continuing education hours will be earned through this seminar.

Following the guest speakers, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and the Lake Land College Alumni Relations office are hosting a social event for alumni with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from 4:30-6 p.m.

Guest speakers include Susan Swart, executive director ANA-Illinois; Lisa Hernandez, CNO, SBLHS; and Cindy Rivas, director of Women & Children’s Center, SBLHS.

Swart is a registered nurse and serves as the executive director of ANA-Illinois, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Illinois Nurses Foundation. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. She is currently working towards a doctorate with an emphasis in ethical leadership at Olivet Nazarene University. Swart’s work centers on advising registered nurses and advanced practice nurses how to become “politically savvy” and how best to interpret healthcare regulations.

Laker alumni must register in advance by going to lakelandcollege.edu/alumni. Once there, click on the Homecoming logo on the right and find the Nursing Alumni Continuing Education Seminar tab.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Land College honors nurses in pinning ceremony

Posted on August 28, 2017

Teah Lawson, Mattoon, left, Ripley Cavazos, Mattoon, center, and Elizabeth Homann, Altamont, right, received awards during the Lake Land College Pinning Ceremony. Lawson and Homann received the Peer Nursing Award, and Cavazos received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson award.

At the 2017 Lake Land College annual pinning ceremony, 45 graduating practical nurses received their pins.

Ripley Cavazos, Mattoon, received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson 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.  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, and possess superior communication skills and composure, often in crisis situations.

Teah Lawson, Mattoon, from the Lake Land College class and Elizabeth Homann, Altamont, from the Kluthe Center for Higher Technology class were awarded the Peer Nursing Awards. These students are chosen because of their clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit. The award is characterized by a true team player, who also is considered a leader. The recipients of this award were chosen by fellow nursing students.

 

During the ceremony, the following were honored:

Tara Balkan, Lovington

Nathaniel Brettin, Mattoon

Kristen Byrnes, Charleston

Ripley Cavazos, Mattoon

Sydney Clawson, Sullivan

Taylor Culp, Mattoon

Amanda Dobson, Tuscola

Misty Enloe, Mattoon

Sally Furry, Effingham

Sara Graham, Mattoon

Carolyn Green, Mattoon

Lindsey Griffin, Paris

Jonnah Grove, Effingham

Brianna Hall, Mattoon

Emily Harlin, Lovington

Lauren Haskins, Arcola

Jordan Hawkins, Hindsboro

Darian Hays, Lovington

Amber Heuerman, Teutopolis

Elizabeth Homann, Altamont

Taylor Janes, Mattoon

Nikki Johnson, Paris

Tabetha Kelley, Charleston

Lindsay Knight, Mattoon

Theresa Kollman, Beecher City

Teah Lawson, Mattoon

Kodie Martin, Toledo

Autumn Meyer, Oakland

Madeline Morrison, Neoga

Heather Murphy, Sullivan

Katie Nihiser, Tower Hill

Amber O’Dell, Mattoon

Destiny Painter, Ashmore

Tara Payne, Effingham

Sierra Pendergast-White, Charleston

Wendy Radtke, Toledo

Rachelle Rexroat, Stewardson

Lauren Romack, Neoga

Lacie Sanderson, Mattoon

Alexa Sims, Westfield

Paige Stuart, Greenup

Beth Thompson, Sullivan

Olivia Turner, Mattoon

Ashley White, Charleston

Tyler Winkleblack, Mattoon

 

 

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Attend a Financial Aid Night Near You

Posted on August 24, 2017

 

Lake Land College will soon hold Financial Aid Nights throughout the various communities in the Lake Land College district.

At the event, Lake Land’s Financial Aid staff will present information on important changes to the 2018-2019 application process, including information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs. The FAFSA is available Oct. 1 for the following fall.

Parents, high school seniors or anyone planning to attend Lake Land or any two- or four-year college during the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to attend.

“It is essential that students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Many states and schools award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the FAFSA early will ensure students are in the applicant pool for any awards for which they qualify,” Paula Carpenter, director of financial aid and veteran services said.

Completing the FAFSA is easier than in the past as parents and students can use tax information they already have handy.

“We will provide information about scholarships and grants that are available,” said Danielle Downs, advisor for Lake Land College financial aid and veteran services. “We will also walk them through the steps of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”

The list of Financial Aid Nights is as follows and all events will take place at the high school unless otherwise noted:

 

Date                                                 High School                            Time

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017                   Shelbyville High School           6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017                   Neoga High School                 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017             Okaw Valley High School        6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017                  Dieterich High School             6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 05, 2017                  Cumberland High School        6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 06, 2017             Sullivan High School                6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 07, 2017                 Effingham High School            6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017                  St. Anthony High School         6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017                  Oakland High School              6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017             Brownstown High School        6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017                 Marshall High School              6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017                  Mattoon High School              6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017                  Charleston High School          6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017             Kansas High School                 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017                 Stew-Stras High School           6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017                  South Central High School      6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017                  Ramsey High School                6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017             Cowden-Herrick High School 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017                 St. Elmo High School              6 p.m.

Monday, October 02, 2017             Windsor High School               6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017             Newton High School               6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017       Paris High School                    6 p.m.

Thursday, October 05, 2017           Altamont High School             6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017             Casey-Westfield High School  6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017       Teutopolis High School           6 p.m.

Thursday, October 12, 2017           Martinsville High School         6 p.m.

 

 

For more information, contact the Lake Land College Financial Aid office at 217-234-5231. To see a complete list of the regional Financial Aid Nights visit lakelandcollege.edu/financialaid.

 

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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.

 

Lake Land College Adult Education to offer free food sanitation classes

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 Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering free food sanitation classes at various locations for the first 12 applicants who register.

Those who complete the course will receive a Food Protection Manager certification, which is valid for five years. While there is no cost to attend the classes, the test costs $36.

The class locations and dates are as follows:

  • Western Region Center, 600 E. First St., Pana – Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27, 5-9:30 p.m.
  • Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology, 1204 Network Centre Blvd., Effingham – Saturdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Lake Land College, Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave. E., Mattoon – Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To enroll and for more information, contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

 

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Lake Land College Library Tour

Posted on August 23, 2017

A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land.

Lake Land College Director for Community Outreach Chris Strohl will be available to help people get started, learn more about financial aid, learn how to transfer credits and complete a degree, prepare to train for a new career or register for a class or two.

“I look forward to meeting with people who are thinking about returning to school. These library visits are a great time to explore options and ask questions without a commitment,” Strohl said. “We have so many options for people who are either looking for a short-term program or who have been away from school for a long time.”

All library visit days will take place from 2-4 p.m. on the following days and locations:

  • Effingham Public Library—First Tuesday of the month – Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5
  • Marshall Public Library­-Second Tuesday of the month – Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12
  • Shelbyville Public Library–Third Tuesday of the month – Sept. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21
  • Sullivan Public Library– Third Monday of the month –Sept. 18, Oct. 6 and Nov. 20

Lake Land College offers several certificate and degree programs that train students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college. Lake Land College’s tuition and fees are among the lowest in the state and financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about the college visit lakelandcollege.edu.

Appointments are not necessary to visit with Strohl during one of the library times. She can also be reached at cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-234-5429.

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Student Activity Board sponsoring a marrow registry drive

Posted on August 15, 2017

The Lake Land College Student Activity Board is sponsoring a Marrow Registry Drive on Wednesday, August 30. Representatives from the Be The Match organization will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Laker Point of the Luther Student Center to talk with students, employees and community members who are interested in registering to be a stem-cell donor.

People who register to be a stem-cell donor have the opportunity to save someone’s life.  A peripheral blood stem-cell donation is a non-surgical procedure and is only slightly more involved than giving blood.  Most donors are back to their normal routine in one to two days.

According to Be The Match, 70 percent of patients who need a stem-cell transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family and must rely on the generosity of a stranger.

Donors must be between the ages of 18-44.  Those who are older than 44 and want to be involved can encourage others to register as a potential donor.

For more information about being a donor, contact Jaclyn Considine at jconsidine@rrvbc.org or 815-961-2341.

For more information about Lake Land College Student Life visit lakelandcollege.edu/student-life.

Lake Land College Adult Education to offer free computer classes

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Lake Land College’s Adult Education will be offering free computer classes in various locations.

Classes begin Monday, Sept. 11 for Effingham and Mattoon locations and Tuesday, Sept. 12 for Pana and Paris locations.

The four-week classes will include topics of Windows 7 & Word.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Effingham – Lake Land College Kluthe Center, 1204 Network Center Blvd. – Monday & Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.
  • Mattoon – Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave E. – Monday & Thursday, 4-6 p.m.
  • Pana – Lake Land College Western Region Center, 600 E. 1st – Tuesday & Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
  • Paris – First United Methodist Church, 324 W. Court – Tuesday & Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Registration is limited to the first 12 applicants. Enroll today!

For more information, contact Adult Education at 217-238-8292 or adulteducation@lakelandcollege.edu.

 

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Lake Land College accepting Student Ambassador applications

Posted on July 25, 2017

There is a great opportunity available for students attending Lake Land College for the 2017-2018 school year. Students interested in meeting new friends, gaining leadership skills, building their résumé and earning a scholarship can apply to become a Lake Land College Student Ambassador!

Student Ambassador applications are being accepted for the upcoming school year. As an ambassador, students are selected to serve as official college representatives at events such as college fairs and high school visits. In addition, ambassadors conduct campus tours and assist with special functions sponsored by the college.

 

“Being a Student Ambassador is a challenging job, but it is a prestigious organization to join,” said Lisa Shumard-Shelton, director of new student admissions. “Our ambassadors gain invaluable leadership skills and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

As a Student Ambassador, each student will receive official Lake Land College Student Ambassador apparel and get to take part in specific trainings and special activities, exclusively for the team members. Ambassadors who complete requirements will receive a $500 scholarship from Lake Land College for their year of service.

Requirements include: participating in training sessions; attending regularly scheduled weekly meetings; serving as an official representative of Lake Land College at career fairs, high school visits and other events that involve student recruitment; conducting campus tours; assisting with student registration during the fall and spring semesters; participating in telephone and letter writing campaigns; and completing at least 10 credits of activities each semester.

Eligibility to become a Student Ambassador requires that:

  • Students must be enrolled on campus at least half-time for both the fall and spring semesters during the year of application.
  • Applicants must have a Lake Land College cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 as calculated by the college.

Applications must be received on Friday, Sept. 1 and personal interviews will be conducted Sept. 5-8. Application materials are available at www.lakelandcollege.edu/student-life/student-ambassadors. Or to request a printed copy of the application or for other inquiries, contact Shumard-Shelton at 217-234-5254 or lshumard-shelton@lakeland.cc.il.us.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Lake Land College Alumni Board Officers Elected

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The Lake Land College Alumni Board elected new officers, recognized outstanding contributors and created plans for the 2017-18 year during its annual meeting held in June.

Lake Land College Alumni Board: Lake Land College Alumni Board elected new officers for 2017-18. They are, pictured left to right: Terry McConnell Laker Nation Class of 1973, Mattoon, financial liaison/treasurer; Hannah Crnkovich Laker Nation Class of 2007, Windsor, secretary; Austin Frank, Laker Nation Class of 2006, Mattoon, president; Rudy Huber, Laker Nation Class of 1976, of Sullivan, vice president; and Chris Swing, Laker Nation Class of 2001, Lerna, immediate past president.

New officers were elected for 2017-18 include Austin Frank, Laker Nation Class of 2006, Mattoon, president; Rudy Huber, Laker Nation Class of 1976, of Sullivan, vice president; Hannah Crnkovich Laker Nation Class of 2007, Windsor, secretary; Terry McConnell Laker Nation Class of 1973, Mattoon, financial liaison/treasurer; and Chris Swing, Laker Nation Class of 2001, Lerna, immediate past president.

The board presented Swing with an appreciation plaque for his service as president for the 2016-17 year. Members also presented the annual Golden Apple award to Huber for his work on behalf of the alumni.

To volunteer and become active in One Laker Nation visit lakelandcollege.edu/alumni and complete the volunteer survey. The Lake Land College Alumni Board has many activities planned for the upcoming year as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary and welcomes home alumni for Laker Homecoming the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1. New members of the Distinguished Alumni Society and Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted and Laker Alumnus, Brian Henningsen, Laker Nation Class of 1981, returns home with his son, Aaron and daughter Clara for the trio’s final performance together. Visit lakelandcollege.edu/alumni to view a calendar of homecoming activities, register for events and purchase concert tickets.

Lake Land College Alumni Chris Swing: The Lake Land College Alumni Board presented Chris Swing, Laker Nation Class of 2001, of Lerna with an appreciation plaque for his service as president for the 2016-17 year. Pictured left to right are Swing and Austin Frank, Laker Nation Class of 2006, Mattoon, president.
Lake Land College Golden Apple: The Lake Land College Alumni Board honored Randy Huber, Laker Nation Class of 1976, Sullivan, with the annual Golden Apple award for his work on behalf of the alumni. Pictured left to right are Austin Frank, Laker Nation Class of 2006, Mattoon, president and Huber.

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