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Lake Land College student earns prestigious multicultural internship

Posted on May 30, 2019

Lake Land College Radio/TV Broadcasting student Matt Harvey, Uptown, recently earned an internship position with WGN Radio in Chicago through the Illinois Broadcasting Association’s (IBA) Multicultural Internship Program.

Lake Land College Radio/TV Broadcasting student Matt Harvey, Uptown, recently earned an internship position with WGN Radio in Chicago through the Illinois Broadcasting Association’s (IBA) Multicultural Internship Program. Pictured, Harvey produces the Bill and Wendy Show for WGN Radio.

The Multicultural Internship Program is highly competitive with only six paid internships available in the entire state of Illinois this year. IBA describes students selected for the internship program as the cream of the crop, emerging from a rigorous application process.

“I’m excited to explore the opportunities that will be available to me at WGN” Harvey said. “I’ll be able to dip my hand into a variety of studios producing live radio broadcasts and hosting podcasts,” Harvey said.

Speech Communication/Broadcasting Instructor Greg Powers describes Harvey as a driven student with an immense ability to be successful in his career choice.

“Throughout my 15 years at Lake Land, there has only been one other student to earn a position through this internship program. This opportunity will be a great springboard for Matt,” Powers said.

Harvey is a sophomore at Lake Land College studying radio/TV and is the multimedia/website coordinator of the Lake Land College student-run newspaper, Navigator News. He plans to transfer to Columbia College in Chicago where he will study journalism.

Lake Land College honors nurses at annual pinning ceremony

Posted on May 29, 2019

At the 2019 Lake Land College Associate Degree in Nursing Pinning Ceremony, graduating nurses received their pins.

Riply Cavazos, Mattoon, received 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.  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. Cavazos’ name will be engraved on a plaque that is located in the nursing skills lab in Neal Hall.

Jamie Worker, Mattoon, and Danielle Vaughn, Altamont, received the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award. 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.

Macy Cornwell, Sullivan, received the award for Clinical Excellence.

For serving as a positive representative of the ADN program student liaisons, Faith Boerngen, Mason, Dakota Shadwell, Stewardson, and Jennifer Shull, Mattoon, received Certificates of Recognition.

The following students received their pins at the ceremony:

 

Name Hometown
Mallory Bailey Effingham, IL
Trisha Blickem Mattoon, IL
Brittany Bloemer Effingham, IL
Faith Boerngen Mason, IL
Seirra Boldrey Casey, IL
Austin Brian Casey, IL
Patrick Carr Windsor, IL
Tiffany Carter Effingham, IL
Ripley Cavazos Mattoon, IL
Ashley Chiu Charleston, IL
Taylor Clark Shelbyville, IL
Amber Colclasure Mattoon, IL
Samantha Congenie Shelbyville, IL
Macy Cornwell Sullivan, IL
Peyton Craft Charleston, IL
Candace Crum St. Elmo, IL
Heather Daily Sullivan, IL
Erin Davis Effingham, IL
Mackenize Durbin Shelbyville, IL
Jacob Edersheim Mattoon, IL
Kelsey Etchison Pana, IL
Julie (Elaine) Feezel Effingham, IL
Jackie File Pana, IL
Jenna Forster Paris, IL
Sara Fultz Sullivan, IL
Sierra  Gregg Shelbyville, IL
Myranda Hays Paris, IL
Eli Hoene Effingham, IL
Alyssa Hudson Mattoon, IL
Vanessa Hunter Mattoon, IL
Carson Hyland Mattoon, IL
Taylor Janes Mattoon, IL
Olivia Jewell Effingham, IL
Telsa Johnson Altamont, IL
Chelsea Keefe Mattoon, IL
Casaundra Killam Shelbyville, IL
Jenna Long St. Elmo, IL
Carly Lowry Mattoon, IL
Kira Manning Mattoon, IL
Daelynn Miller Paris, IL
Amber McKinney Edgewood, IL
William Newberry Neoga, IL
Kaylee Nottmeyer Mattoon, IL
Lacey  Otto Sullivan, IL
Destiny Painter Ashmore, IL
Sierra Pendergast-White Charleston, IL
Christina Reynolds Mattoon, IL
Kirsten Reynolds Paris, IL
Hannah Ryan Effingham, IL
Dakota Shadwell Stewardson, IL
Jennifer Shull Mattoon, IL
Keagan Sims Charleston, IL
Alexa Sitkiewicz Paris, IL
Corie Smith Altamont, IL
Katelyn Smith Edgewood, IL
Ben Stodden Neoga, IL
Stephanie Strowmatt Windsor, IL
Macy Thomas Arthur, IL
Samantha Tilford Windsor, IL
Danielle Vaughn Altamont, IL
Cheyann Watkins Mattoon, IL
Kori Wenthe Effingham, IL
Macie Williams Casey, IL
Sarah Williams Effingham, IL
Brandon Wilson Greenup, IL
Tyler Winkleblack Mattoon, IL
Jamie Worker Mattoon, IL
The Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award: At left, Riply Cavasos, Mattoon, is pictured with Erin Swingler, nursing instructor. Cavazos received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award at the Lake Land College ADN Pinning Ceremony.
Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award: At left, Nicole Zeller, nursing instructor, is pictured with Jamie Worker, Mattoon. Worker received the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award.
Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award: Tisha Goad, nursing instructor, left, is pictured with Danielle Vaughn, Altamont. Vaughn received the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award.
Clinical Excellence Award: At left, Macy Cornwell, Sullivan, is pictured with Cassandra Porter, nursing instructor. Cornwell received the award for Clinical Excellence at the Lake Land College ADN Pinning Ceremony.
ADN Program Student Liaisons: Dakota Shadwell, Stewardson, left, is pictured with Faith Boerngen, Mason. Shadwell and Boerngen received Certificates of Recognition as the program Student Liaisons. Not pictured: Jennifer Shull, Mattoon.

Lake Land College Foundation honors donors at annual reception

Posted on May 14, 2019

The Lake Land College Foundation recognized donors for lifetime giving at the annual Donor Reception on April 18.

“Our donors are the core of the Lake Land College Foundation,” Executive Director for College Advancement Jackie Joines said. “It is our donors’ investment that has provided scholarships to students who may not otherwise have had an opportunity to obtain a college education.”

The following people and organizations were recognized:

Farm Credit Illinois and Consolidated Communications were recognized in the President’s Silver Level for contributions of $100,000 and above.

Fuqua Foundation, Estate of Thomas H. Woodyard and Max Jaeger were recognized in the Leadership Guild for contributions of $50,000 to $99,999.

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees, Gerry and Cheryl Conlin, Keith and Linda Miller, John David Reed, Sam and Barb Scott, The Sparks Foundation and Bonita Woodyard were recognized in the Trustee’s Guild for contributions of $25,000 to $49,999.

Jon Henderson, Jaime and Lueann Sell, Neil and Carla Dettling, Johnstons Super Markets, Inc./Robert and Debra Johnston, Frank Brummer, Michael and Jacqueline Joines, North American Lighting, David and Carolyn Lorton, Dr. Mahyar Izadi, Jeff and Tina Stovall, Cromwell Radio Group and Libman were recognized in the Educator’s Guild for contributions of $10,000 to $24,999.

LPL Financial, Goat Alley, Inc., Howell Asphalt Co., Josh and Jen Bullock, Thomas Grunloh, Growmark, Inc., Steve and Thelma Childers, Kathy Black, Jerry and Karin Edwards, Evergreen Terrace Landowners Assn. and Sandra Harmison were recognized in the Scholar’s Club for contributions of $5,000 to $9,999.

Crites Title Co., Inc., Douglas & Amanda Paulson, Denny & Sue Throneburg, Air Management Products, Lake Land College Athletics, Gregory “Nic” Nelson, Jerry Turner, Countryside RV & Trailer Sales, Michael & Lisa Kallis, Richard Reid, Steamboat Biscuit & Brisket, Mike & Christine Strohl, Dan & Jeanie Cunningham, Jennifer Melton, Deacon & Vanessa Patient, Larry & Ardis Larvick, D.K. Bostick, Thomas & Nancy Caldwell, Eva Ritchey, Jennifer Billingsley, Jonathan McKenzie, Jerry & Carol Myerscough/Mattoon Burgers & Custard, Inc, Dieterich Bank, N.A., Martha Schumann, Lake Land College Student Activity Board, Janet Henry, Mike & Julie Cramer, Bruce Haas, Barb Hess, Gregory Izard, Mike Namoff, Michael Nohren, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, John Stephens and Jane Storm were recognized in the Faculty Club for contributions of $1,000 and above.

Lake Land College welcomes new livestock judging coach

Posted on May 8, 2019

Lake Land College will welcome a new livestock judging coach, Hayden Wilder of Macomb, this fall. After a successful year for the Lake Land College Livestock Judging Team, Wilder plans to take the team to even greater success in the coming years.

Lake Land College will welcome a new livestock judging coach, Hayden Wilder of Macomb, this fall.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of fully preparing the sophomore team for success on the national level while simultaneously getting the freshman team acclimated to the culture of collegiate judging,” Wilder said.

Wilder’s first and foremost responsibilities include teaching several classes throughout the semester ranging from ag business to animal science, all of which support the Agriculture Division curriculum. Wilder will also play a vital role in team recruiting and coordinating Lake Land’s annual judging contest each March.

Wilder will begin his position at Lake Land with an array of experience under his belt. While earning a master of business administration from Western Illinois University (WIU), he served as the assistant coach of the WIU Livestock Judging Team alongside Mark Hoge. It is clear where his passions lie having grown up on a small grain farm in Remington, Indiana. He showed pigs throughout his youth and participated in 4-H, FFA and livestock judging teams throughout his high school and college years.

Wilder will be a valuable resource to the college, and he knew from the moment he stepped foot on campus that Lake Land would be the place he called home.

“After spending an afternoon on campus, it quickly became clear to me that the students, faculty and administration work collaboratively to make Lake Land College a top-notch place to call home,” said Wilder. “The support that the Livestock Judging program receives from all levels within the college is integral in allowing the team to find national success year in and year out. The attractive environment of the college makes my role as the Livestock Judging Team coach very exciting, as I think the opportunities for the program are endless.”

Wilder received an associate degree from Black Hawk East and a bachelor’s degree in ag business with a minor in animal science from Western Illinois University. He was a member of successful judging teams at both schools. For the last four years, Wilder has also been fortunate to work part time for Lake Land alumnus JR Armstrong of Armstrong Genetics, a 140-sow show pig operation south of Macomb.

Lake Land College hosted annual business and computer contest

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Shelbyville High School placed first in the team event at the annual Business and Computer Contest sponsored by the Lake Land College Business Division and Club IT on April 26.

Shelbyville High School placed first in the team event at the annual Business and Computer Contest sponsored by the Lake Land College Business Division and Club IT on April 26. Pictured from left to right are Shelbyville students Allison Schuricht, Carolyn Nohren, Harrison Wooters, Lucas Brown and Jordan Winings.

Other high schools participating in the event were Centralia High School, Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, Charleston High School, Dieterich High School, Fairfield Community High School, Flora High School, Martinsville High School, Neoga High School, Newton Community High School, Okaw Valley High School, Pana High School, Paris High School, PBL High School, Shelbyville High School, Shiloh High School and St. Elmo High School.

“We look forward to this contest every year,” said Kathy Black, business division chair and coordinator of the contest. “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.”

Students from area 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. The winners are as follows:

Accounting: Tristan Will, Newton Community High School

General Business and Current Events: Amber Clark, Fairfield Community High School

MOS Word: Camryn Burris, Pana High School

MOS PowerPoint: Ashton Fifield, Charleston High School

MOS Excel: Trenton King, Charleston High School

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

Kathleen Doehring to be honored with Lake Land College Distinguished Service Award

Posted on May 7, 2019

Lake Land College will award the 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Kathleen Doehring, retired nursing program director, during Commencement on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. The award acknowledges an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the college.

Lake Land College will award the 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Kathleen Doehring, retired nursing program director, during Commencement on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Doehring started her employment at Lake Land College in 1982 as an instructor for the practical nursing and associate degree nurse programs (ADN) before being promoted to the ADN/PN program director where she served until her retirement in 2009.

During her 28-year tenure, Doehring’s innovative contributions helped Lake Land College establish itself as a premier nursing education institution. Doehring was viewed as an expert in curriculum, program outcomes, and outcomes assessment and was instrumental in positioning the nursing program to be the first program on campus to offer classes in online and distance learning.

Along with Marilyn Fuqua Thompson, retired Allied Health Division Chair, and several other instructors, Doehring worked to create the ADN program at Lake Land College. She also developed a process to track applications and admissions to ensure nursing programs accepted the most qualified students.

Doehring believed in using her knowledge to help the community. She was a part of the Illinois Cancer Pain Initiative, which influenced later developments in pain control. She presented pain seminars in Mattoon and served on the editorial board of the Clinical Care Journal. She also served on the board of directors of Lincoln Land Visiting Nurses Association.

Doehring served in a multitude of professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, Illinois Nurses Association, National League of Nursing (NLN), National Organization for the Advancement of ADN, Illinois Council of ADN Directors, Illinois Council of PN Directors and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honorary society. She was a certified NLN Nurse Educator and program evaluator and visited nursing programs nationwide to ensure the programs met the accreditation standards of the NLN.

In 1990, Doehring received the Lake Land TOP Award (Top Overall Performance) and in 2000, she received the Lake Land College Faculty Association Outstanding Service Award.

Doehring currently lives in rural Strasburg with her family.

Lake Land College holds National Society of Leadership and Success chapter induction ceremony

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Lake Land College’s National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 45 members on April 29 in the Luther Student Center Theater. Since the establishment of the Lake Land College NSLS chapter, more than 489 students have been enrolled as paid members in the chapter and more than 120 students have been inducted.

Valerie Lynch, director of student life, opened the ceremony by sharing words of encouragement. “Today is the first step in a larger journey that you’ll share with other members for years to come.”

According to NSLS, students achieve their highest potential when like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together to learn from and support each other. Creating positive change in the learning environment and inspiring others to pursue their passions are two core values of NSLS.

To be nominated for the society, students need a GPA of at least 2.75, must be involved in at least one campus activity and have completed at least 15 credit hours. Upon accepting the nomination and paying one-time membership dues, students need to complete three requirements to qualify for induction. To be officially inducted, students complete an orientation day, attend leadership training day and three video presentations that consist of success networking team meetings and speaker broadcasts.

For more information about NSLS and Student Life contact Lynch at 217-234-5270 or vlynch@lakelandcollege.edu.

To learn more about NSLS, visit lakelandcollege.edu and select the “Student Life” drop down.

Lake Land College’s National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 45 members on April 29 in the Luther Student Center Theater.

Lake Land College recognizes students at annual banquet

Posted on May 6, 2019

Lake Land College honored exceptional students at the annual Student Recognition Banquet hosted by the Student Government Association on Wednesday, April 24.

Students were recognized for their academic achievements, elected offices and organizational roles for the academic year.

The awards are given to a student from each academic division who has displayed excellence within his/her division as well as contributed to Lake Land College and the community.

The Outstanding Award Recipients are: Micah Smock, Botkins, Ohio, Agriculture Division; Olivia D. Telgmann, Strasburg, Allied Health Division; Logan D. Malcome, Neoga, Business Division; David R. Pruitt, Mattoon, Humanities & Communication Division; Tilda E. Carlelycke, Sweden, Math & Science Division; Christina S. Menna, Lovington, Social Science & Education Division and Justis M. Coventry, Teutopolis, Technology Division.

The Lake Land College Foundation surprised attendees by awarding the Student Life Scholarship of $500 to an exceptional student, Hannah Binnion, Sullivan, SAB co-marketing director.

The following students were also recognized for their participation in the organizations listed:

 

Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Tessa Philpot St. Elmo 2018-2019 representative

4.0 GPA

Kaylee C. Abitz Mattoon
George R. Armstrong Worth
Korey E. Balch Paris
Hope M. Benefield Effingham
Aulden J. Boyd Marshall
Katie M. Brown Charleston
Zoe M. Buhnerkempe Effingham
Bryce E. Buzzard Beecher City
Tilda E. Carlelycke Sweden
Jeffrey W. Claire Mattoon
Kayla R. Darling Effingham
Seth J. Elder Altamont
Vincent L. Fanelli Mattoon
Danielle N. Epley Pana
Jordan D. Fedrigon St. Elmo
Sandy K. Fitzgerald Urbana
Julie A. Gosnell Mattoon
Beth-Anne L. Graham Farina
Kelly J. Harmon Montrose
Brooki L. Hebenstreit Ramsey
Claire M. Hemmen Teutopolis
Kelly A. Henry Altamont
Ivan B. Hires Paris
Rhyta S. Hooks St. Elmo
Cheyenne N. Howald Neoga
Hsin Hui (Becky) Huang Taiwan
Lana D. Keigley Charleston
Sarah C. Kirchhofer Shumway
Cherie K. Kursell Sullivan
Harley R. Lumley Mattoon
Lauren E. McKone Charleston
Nicholas K. Miller Effingham
Seth A. Mitchell Olney
Kristen B. Morlen Mattoon
Kyle Ordner Sigel
Patrick Pape Effingham
Trevor J. Pracht Mattoon
David R. Pruitt Mattoon
Olivia N. Reimer Shelbyville
Walter S. Robison Toledo
Shawn P. Schaeffer Charleston
Joshua D. Simon Marshall
Ryan L. Spade Altamont
Tasha Y. Spaugh Mattoon
Melinda L. Strawn Mattoon
Olivia D. Telgmann Strasburg
Corey A. Vail Altamont
Haileigh A. Verdeyen Altamont
Joe L. Wade Mattoon
Aaron D. Worman Dieterich

Student Ambassadors

Sam Bricker Greenfield, Indiana
Eusebio Briseno Arthur
Madison Carson St. Elmo
Kourtney Cordes Effingham
Blair Cupps Burlington, Kentucky
Maddie Fugate Mahomet
Alanson Gann Paris
Ashlyn Gilpin Dallas City, Illinois
Danelle Helton Shelbyville
Payton Hines Quincy, Michigan
Ashley Miller Armington
Seth Mitchell Olney
Murray Perkins Buchanan, Tennessee
Tessa Philpot St. Elmo
Sydney Trainor Tower Hill

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Zoë Donovan Windsor Editor-in-Chief
Abigail Buenker Effingham Managing Editor
Madolyn Hackler Pana Business Manager
Matt Harvey Charleston Multimedia/Website
Courtney Reel Strasburg Copy Editor
Trevor Hendryx Shelbyville Reporter
Will Starwalt Effingham Reporter

Student Activity Board

Alyson Houchins Assumption Chairperson
Elixa Enriquez Effingham Vice Chairperson
Hsin Hui (Becky) Huang Taiwan Secretary
Trevor Hendryx Shelbyville Treasurer
Ben Berner Sullivan Co-Marketing Director
Hannah Binnion Sullivan Co-Marketing Director
Bailey Zacha Beecher City Director of Operations
Bernie Boulu Mattoon
Abigail Buenker Effingham
Olivier Mukanya Congo
Makenzi Wilson Kinmundy

Student Government Association

Megan Woodruff Charleston President
Shelbie Kile Marshall Vice President
Blaze Hartke Effingham Secretary
Danelle Helton Shelbyville Treasurer
Sterling Howard Windsor Public Information Officer
Nathaniel Shick Kansas Parliamentarian
Eusebio Briseno Arthur
Nathanael Browning Mattoon
Kourtney Cordes Effingham
Danielle Epley Pana
Alanson Gann Paris
Mya Garcia Charleston
Citlali Hoyos Effingham
Courtney Lee Shelbyville
Allison Maxedon Mattoon
Cameron Noel Kansas
Tessa Philpot St. Elmo
Gunnar Scott Marshall
Lake Land College honored exceptional students at the annual Student Recognition Banquet hosted by the Student Government Association on Wednesday, April 24. Pictured in the front row are outstanding students, left to right: Christina S. Menna, Lovington, Social Science & Education Division; Tilda E. Carlelycke, Math & Science Division Sweden; Logan D. Malcome, Neoga, Business Division; Justis M. Coventry, Teutopolis, Technology Division; David R. Pruitt, Mattoon, Humanities & Communication Division. In the back row, left to right: Tanille Ulm, early childhood education instructor; Ikemefuna Nwosu, division chair math & science/bio-science instructor; James Munger, IT instructor/program coordinator, IT-web technology; Matthew Landrus, English instructor; Kevin Miller, automotive technology instructor/program coordinator.
Lake Land College honored exceptional students at the annual Student Recognition Banquet hosted by the Student Government Association on Wednesday, April 24. Pictured from left to right: Nichole Jones, nursing instructor, Olivia D. Telgmann, Strasburg, Allied Health Division; Haylee Brandt, nursing instructor.
Lake Land College honored exceptional students at the annual Student Recognition Banquet hosted by the Student Government Association on Wednesday, April 24. Pictured is Micah Smock, Botkins, Ohio, Agriculture Division.

Mark Niemerg honored with Lake Land College’s 2019 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award

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Mark Niemerg, Mattoon, Lake Land College agronomy instructor and farm manager will receive the 2019 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award at Lake Land’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Land College Field House.

Mark Niemerg, Mattoon, Lake Land College agronomy instructor and farm manager will receive the 2019 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award at Lake Land’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Land College Field House.

Throughout his 22 years at Lake Land College, Niemerg effectively fused his passions for agronomy and student success to create an invaluable learning environment in the Agriculture Division.

Ryan Wildman, agriculture business instructor, said in his nomination, “In observing Mr. Mark Niemerg, one will find that excellence in teaching is demonstrated through his extensive subject knowledge, high standards of achievement and the building of rapport with his students.”

Niemerg’s teaching philosophy reflects his purpose as a Lake Land College instructor as being more than a provider of knowledge, but rather a teacher with the desire to assist students in reaching their full potential.

“As teachers, we have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the next generation. It is a teacher’s responsibility to deliver the information, but it is also the responsibility of the teacher to help students discover what holds them back and if possible, teach them to correct or overcome the cause of struggle,” Niemerg said.

“Mr. Niemerg has an exemplary record as an effective instructor and subject-matter expert,” Dave Storm, Lake Land College Board of Trustees chair, said. “His work to develop web-based agronomy courses, including the implementation of online course conferences for the benefit of students on supervised occupational experiences, demonstrates his dedication to student success and innovative solutions.”

Niemerg fills an invaluable role beyond the classroom as well. He serves as the Ag Business Club advisor, Lake Land College Farm Manager and is a Land College Online Task Force member. Niemerg also enjoys an active membership in the Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors and advocates at the local level for the Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization.

“I would like to thank the administration as well as the current and past members of the Ag Division for believing in me and supporting me over the last 20 years. I have often relied on the members of the Ag Division for a helping hand and guidance, and I am very fortunate to have been able to work with such outstanding people and educators. Other Lake Land College faculty members, advising/counseling, grounds and maintenance, custodial staff and of course the administrative assistants all deserve the credit as well. Without their help my job would be much more difficult,” Niemerg said.

Niemerg received an associate degree in ag business and supply from Lake Land College before transferring to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C) where he received a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science and minored in ag business economics. He further pursued his education at SIU-C where he received a master’s degree in soil fertility. He is a native of Jasper County and is a 1981 graduate of Newton High School. He and his wife Julie have three children Andrew, Hallie and Malea.

Greg Sapp to receive Lake Land College 2019 Alumnus Achievement Award

Posted on May 3, 2019

Lake Land College will present the 2019 Alumnus Achievement Award to Greg Sapp, Effingham, during commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Land College will award the 2019 Alumnus Achievement Award to Greg Sapp during commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The Alumnus Achievement Award acknowledges an individual who has attained outstanding success and distinction in his or her field of endeavor; has gained favorable statewide or national recognition; or has performed service, which has proven beneficial in society.

Sapp graduated from Lake Land in 1976 and currently works as the station manager at Premier Broadcasting in Effingham, home to 97.9FM/KJ Country 102.3. At Premier Broadcasting, Sapp also works as a news/sports director.

Since graduating from Lake Land in 1976, Sapp has worked for many stations as a stations manager and news director at WCRA for 19 years, and station manager WXEF and WKJG for a combined 25 years.

Bill Hollada, a retired instructor from Lake Land spoke on Sapp’s dedication and success in his nomination for the Alumnus Achievement Award, “Greg is a shining example for the quality of the Lake Land College Radio/TV Program.”

In more than 40 years of radio announcing, he has interviewed hundreds of people and announced more than 4,000 games. Sapp’s outstanding achievements are skills he began honing as a student at Lake Land College. He worked hard and focused on obtaining all the program information for preparing quality news stories and broadcasting techniques. Sapp would later be known for these skills throughout the college district.

Today, Sapp uses these skills to give back to the Effingham community. He is an active member at Calvary Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and choir leader. He also helps with many school and civic activities, church events and has served MC for the Memorial Day program at the Effingham Performing Art Center and events at Lake Land College.

Dave Storm, chair of the Lake Land College Board of Trustees, spoke of Sapp’s success in his nomination to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. “For more than 40 years Mr. Sapp has kept East Central Illinois up to date, entertained and informed with his knowledge and insight and smooth delivery that was fine-tuned as a student in the Radio/TV Broadcasting program at Lake Land College.”

Sapp’s hard work has been recognized by his peers across Illinois. He is a member of the media wing of the Illinois State High School Association’s Hall of Fame. He lives up to his status as a hall of fame broadcaster by serving on the advisory board for Lake Land’s Radio/TV program and supporting the next generation of broadcasters.

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