EIU: Catfish Tracking Research of Biological Sciences grad student has her in tune with the local flathead catfish population
LLC: Ag students receive $25,000 from Pfister Seeds for business start-up LLC: Plant closure leads one Laker to return to school, finding his ideal career
EIU: Playing Through EIU golfer Elyse Banovic isn't letting multiple sclerosis slow her down.
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LLC: Take a course in your community! The Lake Land College district spans over 15 counties in east central Illinois, covering 3,961 square miles. About the size of Connecticut, the Lake Land College serves the second largest community college district in the state! So, no matter where you are, there are Lake Land College classes and activities near you. Lake Land College’s Adult Education Center 1617 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938 • (217) 235-0361 How many times have you thought about improving your life or advancing your career? At the Lake Land College Adult Education Center, we’re here to help you do just that! With our flexible programs and class schedules, tuition assistance and other resources like free childcare, the Adult Education Center and its staff strive to make educational opportunities available to everyone. Whether you want a new career or want to learn how to use a new software program, Lake Land College has learning opportunities to fit your lifestyle. • Convenient weekend classes • Early morning classes • Internet classes • Eight-week classes • Evening classes • 25 off-campus locations Looking for a GED? Lake Land College provides quality GED classes throughout the district! Students inquiring about Adult Education GED classes need to contact Lake Land Adult Education. This program offers free GED preparation courses GED-i, which is an online GED program, and offers free childcare for qualifying students. The GED
Plus program provides Workforce Ready and College Prepared courses. Lake Land College Adult Education has an open door open advisement and enrollment policy. Each student is given an assessment and placed in an individualized educational plan allowing students the time needed to attain their goals. For the most current list of classes visit: www.lakeland.cc.il.us/adulteducation/index.cfm Eastern Region Center at the Forsythe Center 224 South Sixth Street • Marshall (217) 826-8490 Marshall High School dual credit automotive students were the first to take classes in the facility beginning in the fall of 2007. General education and technical career courses were first offered January 2008. The facility houses an automotive garage, welding lab, and four classrooms, including a computer lab and a community resource room. The center serves about 90 students per year throughout the eastern portion of the Lake Land College District. Center Hours 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday • 2 – 6 p.m. Friday Western Region Center 600 East First St. • Pana (217) 562-5000 The Western Region Center first opened in January 2007. In its original years, the Lake Land facility offered two classrooms, a resource area and an administrative assistant’s office. About three years after the facility opened, Pana CUSD initiated a 6,000-square-foot addition which created several opportunities for Lake
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LLC: Plant closure leads one Laker to return to school, finding his ideal career One day at work, Chas Seelow of Sullivan received some awful news. The factory he was working at in Arcola had been sold and the plant would permanently close, relocating to Ohio. Just like that, Seelow was out of a job and panic set in. “I had no degree and only a few years of college under my belt at that point,” said Seelow. “I had a family to support and felt lost when I received the news about the plant closure.” Like many people in his situation, Seelow turned to his family for support and began weighing his op-
zard, Mike Beavers and Leo Kitten, went above and beyond to ensure that he succeeded in their classes. “On more than one occasion, I went to Tim’s office and he took extra time to make sure that I understood the material we were covering until it sunk in,” said Seelow. “It’s easy to forget some of those math skills from high school and Tim took extra time out of his own schedule to bring me up to speed.” Upon completion of his degree in the spring of 2013, Seelow searched for work and landed a job just six blocks from his house at Hydro-Gear in Sullivan. Now as a
print reading, which are exactly what they were looking for. The skills I gained at Lake Land fit this job 100 percent.” Seelow said that he feels very
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Chas Seelow, Sullivan, returned to Lake Land College through the Dislocated Workers Program, and earned an associate degree in computer integrated manufacturing technology, which led him to full-time employment at Hydro-Gear as a Manufacturing Engineering Technician.
tions. “I knew if I wanted a job as good as I had, I would need to go back to school and finish a degree,” he said. According to Seelow, after graduating high school, he did set out to earn a degree in business administration. He received a scholarship to play football at Eureka College, but after his freshman year on the team, he sustained a serious injury that kept him from playing and therefore lost his scholarship. After returning home to central Illinois, Seelow attended Lake Land College to earn a certificate in Industrial Maintenance and directly entered the workforce. “Looking back, I know it would have been easier to finish my degree when I was young without a family to support and the responsibilities that come with that,” he said. “But as an adult, an opportunity presented itself and I knew I had to go back to school for myself and my family.” That opportunity was the Dislocated Workers Program, a federallyfunded job training program in Illinois that helps individuals like Seelow find a job or train for a new career. To be eligible for the program, Seelow was required to conduct industry research throughout east central Illinois in order to see what skills area employers wanted in their employees. That research led him to enroll again at Lake Land College in order to earn an associate degree in applied science, majoring in computer integrated manufacturing technology. Through the Dislocated Workers Program, Seelow’s tuition, books and equipment were paid for in full. “Even though I was an adult student returning to school, I really felt like I fit in at Lake Land College,” said Seelow. “The instructors were very patient when I needed some additional help.” According to Seelow, his instructors like Alan Clodfelter, Tim VanDyke, Joe Tillman, Dion Buz-
Manufacturing Engineering Technician, Seelow’s first project is to design and construct equipment for an assembly line that will produce a new hydrostatic transmission model for the company. “When I interviewed for this job, they asked me what made me a good candidate for it,” explained Seelow. “I essentially described the courses I took at Lake Land like robotics, machining, CAD and blue
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LLC: Ag students receive $25,000 from Pfister Seeds for business start-up
Pictured from left are Josh Bullock, Lake Land College president; Darren Lewis, Pfister representative; William Klinger, Agriculture Business major, Clay City; Josie Fruhling, Agriculture Business major, St. Joseph; Brennen Diessen, Agriculture Business major, Pocahontas; Blake Noland, college recruitment lead for Pfister and Jon Althaus, agriculture division chair for Lake Land College. Three Lake Land College Agriculture Business majors have been chosen to receive $25,000 each from Pfister Seeds, LLC, a rapidly growing seed company based in Champaign, as part of a business start-up initiative recently established by the company. “Our goal was to find students with an entrepreneurial spirit who had the desire to stay on the farm,” explained Blake Noland, college recruitment lead for Pfister. “The funding will allow these students to purchase the resources necessary to begin their own seed sales business.” The three students – Josie Fruhling, St. Joseph; Brennen Diessen, Pocahontas; and William Klinger, Clay City – all agree that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I feel very fortunate to have been chosen as a recipient of the start-up funding,” said Klinger. “I will most likely purchase a truck with a portion of the funding, which will provide me with reliable transportation to visit my customers.” The three students were originally introduced to Pfister as part of their Lake Land College course requirements. Students studying Agriculture Business are placed in a Supervised Occupational Experience (SOE), where they complete an internship in order to gain real-world experience in their field of study. Fruhling, Diessen and Klinger completed their SOE with Pfister from March to July of this year. For the SOE, the students established a customer base near their hometowns, sold seed corn to their customers and followed up with them throughout the growing season. According to Diessen, participating in the SOE was a great experience because he not only got to practice his sales skills and develop a network of customers, but he also experienced the challenges many farmers and seed dealers face throughout the growing season. Specific to this year, was the excessive amount of rain that troubled many Midwestern farmers. “It was an interesting year to get my feet wet in the business with all of the rain,” said Diessen. “But, it was great experience because that’s part of the business, too.” Nearly 20 students at Lake Land College were interviewed by Pfister to receive the business start-up funding. According to Darren Lewis, Pfister representative, Fruhling, Diessen and Klinger stood out from the rest. “These kids have the personality and skillset we’re looking for,” said Lewis. We were strategic when deciding to come to Lake Land to interview the students because it’s one of the best junior colleges in the state, and we’re proud to build this partnership.” The funding will be distributed to each student over a three-year period. The first installment was in the amount of $12,000; during the second year the students will receive $8,000; and in the third year, they will receive $5,000. Pfister Seeds will also assist the students with starting their businesses, offering guidance for business and financial management. To learn more about the Lake Land College Agriculture Division, visit: www.lakeland.cc.il.us/as/as/academicprograms/progr ams. About Pfister Seeds: Pfister Seeds LLC, a Dow AgroSciences affiliate based in Illinois, believes farming should be fun, and success comes from growing together. It’s about being part of a community, while getting the technology and seed you need. To learn more about the Pfister experience, visit www.pfisterseeds.com.
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EIU Commits to College Affordability with 'Zero Percent' Rate Campus Guide Increases Spring 2014 Citing continued commitment to college affordability and accessibility to higher education, Eastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees on Friday voted not to raise room and board rates -- or tuition rates -- for the 2014-2015 school year. Noting that Eastern has consistently been the best value among Illinois public universities, Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, said he was “very pleased and very proud” that the university was able to offer a "0 percent" increase in rates. According to Nadler, this will be the first time since the 1992-93 school year that tuition rates have remained constant. And it’s the first time on record (nearly 40 years) that a year has gone by without increases in room and board rates, he said. Voicing his pleasure over the Board’s decision, EIU President William Perry added that the university “was still mindful of providing a quality education.” Students living in EIU’s residence halls and Greek Court will continue to range from $4,150 per semester for the 7 Meal Plan Option to $4,679 for the 15 Meal Plan Option. Students living in one of the 148 units at University Apartments (designed primarily to meet the needs of student families and single graduate students) will see monthly rents ranging from $448 to $503, depending on the type of apartment being rented (one-bedroom, efficiency or super efficiency). All utilities are included in the rent price. Residents of University Court,
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EIU: Professor of the Year!
National program recognizes Jeff Boshart as top Illinois professor for 2013 For the second time in three years, a member of Eastern Illinois University's faculty has been recognized as the state's top professor by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Coun-
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EIU: Playing Through EIU golfer Elyse Banovic isn't letting multiple sclerosis slow her down. While zombies invaded the Panther Trail on Oct. 26 for the 5K Zombie Run, Elyse Banovic was standing on the sidelines, holding back tears. She’s not normally an emotional person, but when she heard the race she spearheaded to raise money for multiple sclerosis, a disease with which Banovic has been dealing for more than three years, had raised more than $2,000 -double the amount of their original
looked sunken in. As her condition progressively worsened during the summer, she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to play golf, which was one of the biggest reasons she chose Eastern. “I could hardly stand, let alone hold a golf club,” she said. Diagnosis The whole time she was going through this medical nightmare, Banovic never knew what exactly was wrong with her body.
Some of her doctors recommended her to stay inside, but her MS doctor actually encourages Banovic to continue with golf and stay active. Banovic doesn’t object. “I’m not going to stop something I love.” Living with MS Now, living with MS has gotten a little easier for Banovic. She hasn’t had any attacks since her original
one in high school. That hasn’t completely eased her mind, but, if anything, it makes her more acutely aware of any possible signs of an oncoming attack. “Since it’s been three years now, it’s more in my mind, ‘Is it going to happen soon, or is it going to happen 10 years from now, or will it happen at all?’” she said. Even if it does ever happen
again, Banovic said she’s well-prepared. “I know what it is now, so my attack won’t be as long as it was my senior year,” she said. She’s determined to stay on her medication, stay active and still find time to look on the bright side of a situation by which most people would be defeated.
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“I know (it) sounds weird, but I’m grateful to have MS because it gives me a different outlook on life. I honestly think it makes me stronger -- obviously not physical strength, but inner strength.” goal -- she almost broke down. “I kind of wanted to cry when I got the word about how much money we raised,” she said. “It was a pretty emotional moment.” Early signs It’s hard for Banovic, a senior management major and member of the women’s golf team, not to be passionate about fundraising to put an end to something that she has been fighting since even before her time at Eastern. Banovic’s first attack with multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease most commonly characterized by the weakening of muscles, happened during her senior year of high school. During her attack, which lasted for two months, her entire body was fatigued. She had to miss multiple days of school, and she would fall asleep while trying to do her homework. Her eyes also became red and would randomly twitch. Then, one morning, Banovic woke up to see herself cross-eyed -- and it didn’t go away for more than three months. Her eyes became so sensitive to light, it was like her “eye muscles gave out,” she said, and it forced her to wear dark-tinted sunglasses any time she went out. The rest of her muscles didn’t get better either. When Banovic graduated from Staunton High School in May 2010, she had trouble walking to the podium during the ceremony. “Getting to my seat was very difficult,” she said. “That was a big challenge for me.” About a month later when Banovic came to Charleston for her summer orientation session, she could barely walk around campus. For her Panther Card picture, she still had her eyes covered and had lost so much weight that her face
After multiple visits with doctors at Saint Louis University Hospital, she was referred to the Mayo Clinic in October 2010 for myasthenia gravis treatment, but, after an MRI of her spine, the doctors at Mayo Clinic discovered lesions on her spine -- a sign of multiple sclerosis. Even though Banovic soon learned multiple sclerosis had no cure, she said it was almost a relief because now she could put a name to her symptoms and take steps to be preventative as possible. “I think it’s worse not knowing, where you kind of feel like ‘I don’t know what to do,’ whereas (when) you get a diagnosis, you know what you're getting into.” Since her diagnosis, Banovic has been on several medications, always in search of the one that will relieve her symptoms the most. After having to give herself injections every two to three days, which were painful for her and caused the injection site to swell so badly that she still has marks on her skin today, she’s now on recently-released oral medication Tecfidera. She said this medication has helped her feel the best she has since her diagnosis and could be the closest thing to a cure for MS. “I think they’re making a lot of headway,” she said. Staying active After long afternoon practices and all-day golf tournaments, walking around outside, especially in the heat, can take its toll on Banovic. To keep herself cool and prevent an attack, she sometimes had to strap ice packs on herself or have her coach escort her from hole to hole in a golf cart. Banovic said she takes “pride in just being normal,” but, sometimes, that’s simply not an option.
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EIU: Catfish Tracking
Research of Biological Sciences grad student has her in tune with the local flathead catfish population Sarah Huck is on the Wabash River in Hutsonville, Ill., tracking catfish after catfish, but she doesn’t want to make her research impersonal. She names the catfish after people in her lab and remarks about which ones are her favorites as she tags them. “I guess I do get slightly attached to specific fish that I've been tracking for a long time," she said. "I'm always curious where they will be next month.” Huck, a master's student in the Department of Biological Sciences and part of its fisheries and aquatic research lab, travels 175 miles total down the Wabash River in a boat driven by Les Frankland, an Eastern alumnus working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For Huck’s research, she is working on a tracking project to determine population patterns of catfish. She tags flathead catfish only,
typically finding them in dense logjam habitats. Huck surgically implants an ultrasonic transmitter to each fish, securing this to the pectoral girdle. “It makes me feel like a surgeon for a little bit,” Huck said. In a separate procedure, each fish is tagged with a Floy tag, essentially a piece of plastic secured to the fish's dorsal fin and marked with an individual identification number for the fish and contact information for the researchers. Since the scar from this procedure becomes almost invisible, the Floy tag will let fishermen know a fish is being researched. "This doesn't mean fishermen cannot harvest the fish," explained Huck. "I always tell them that they can harvest the fish, just give me the ID number on the Floy tag and mail me the ultrasonic transmitter -- it's reusable." By tracking the fish, Huck is
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and they don't show any indication of an over-exploited population,” she said. Before releasing the fish back into the water, Huck places them in a recovery tank for five to 10 minutes. Some fish are harder to be tracked than others, Huck said, depending on if they are in a place that can be easily pick up the ultrasonic signals. It’s not just Hucks’ own tagged fish that she finds, though. She’s detected Asian carp that other schools, like Purdue University and Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, released into the water near St. Louis that have swam back and forth. These fish then swam up the Mississippi River, across the Ohio River and up to the Wabash River where she found them, she said. If Huck ever finds tags from other schools doing research, she sends out an email to inform them of her discovery. As mentioned, Huck's fish are also found by others, usually by recreational fisherman. If fishermen happen to catch one of the 44 fish part of Hucks’ tagged group, they can call the phone number attached, and Huck can then identify the fish specifically. Huck still encourages these fishermen to harvest what they catch -- "It's their river, I just do research in it," she explained -she just wants to know which fish are being taken out of the river. "I ask a variety of questions pertaining to mode of capture, size and health of fish, et cetera," said Huck. "Then they mail me the ultrasonic transmitter, and I mail them a report about that particular fish: Where it has been since I began my research, how big it was when I tagged it, et cetera."
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The race, which was developed four years ago by the Auto Club in coordination with Cathy Veach, former dragway owner, attracts drivers from other area colleges and universities, where they compete for the title of King of the College. This year, representatives from Parkland College and Southern Illinois University competed against drivers from Lake Land. “We’ve come in as runners up for the last three years, so when we got first place, the entire Auto Club was really excited to bring the trophy back to campus,” said Scotty Adams, adjunct automotive instructor and club sponsor. Terry Adams, automotive technology student from Westfield, raced the Auto Club’s dragster, a 1993 Pontiac Formula Firebird. “During the race, I ran the car at about 80 miles per hour which took about 8.6 seconds to travel the one-eighth of a mile strip,”
At left, Terry Adams, Westfield, is pictured with Chad Crowe, Mattoon. The two automotive technology students recently brought home the title of King of the College at the annual race held at the Coles County Dragway.
Crowe from Mattoon, has taken on a good portion of maintaining and repairing the vehicle so that it is up to racing standards. According to Crowe, the car still has most of its stock parts except for the tires, rims and exhaust which have been replaced in order to meet its needs as a drag car. “The dragway really draws a wide variety of people and I’m happy to say some of the top racers come from Lake Land,” said Scotty Adams. “We’d also like to ramp up the Lake Land College Fan Stand at the dragway. If you like cars, racing and fun, the dragway is the place to be.” This spring, the annual Lake Land College Car Show will take place on Sat., May 5. The Auto Club organizes and hosts the car show in order to raise funds club activities. For more information about clubs at Lake Land College, see www.lakeland.cc.il.us/ss/sl/index. cfm.
said Terry Adams. “I was very pleased to learn that time took me to first place.” All work on the Firebird is completed by students in the Auto Club. This year, automotive technology and welding student Chad
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