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President’s Office July - September 2012

John A. Logan College

General News


JALC students Matt Wozniak, Carterville; Kristen Ellis, Carbondale; and Kaitlin Snow, Johnston City converse before heading to class.

Fall semester enrollment at John A. Logan College is up nearly 150 students from last fall’s count, according to 10thday figures released by Dean of Student Services Terry Crain. This semester’s head count is 6,400 as compared to 6,257 in 2011. Of the 6,400 students enrolled, 2,618 are full-time (12 credit hours or more). Crain said there is no clear-cut answer for the enrollment swing. He said the number of credit hours attributed to this fall term’s enrollment is also slightly up from last year (53,571 compared to 53,549). Of the 11 school districts filtering into the JALC district, Marion is the largest contingent with 492 students, down slightly from last year’s total of 539. Carbondale is contributing 441 students this fall, up 16 from a year ago. Herrin is third with 363 followed closely by the hometown, Carterville, at 353. The remainder of the district breaks down as follows: Murphysboro (270), West Frankfort (242), Du Quoin (216), Johnston City (182), Trico (120), Elverado (90) and Crab Orchard (65). West Frankfort had the most growth, up 40 from a year ago. The number of students taking online classes is also up slightly - from 1,339 last year to 1,375 this fall. “Clearly, our numbers are bucking a statewide downturn in head count and credit hours,” said first-year JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith. “It is encouraging that our enrollment has stabilized and appears to once again be moving upward. This data affirms my belief that John A. Logan College is continuing to make strides as a low-cost, high-quality provider of higher education.”

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Message from the President It is always good to start on a high note….and this fall’s increase in enrollment at John A. Logan College is good news as I start my tenure as the seventh president in JALC’s history. My wife Carol and I have settled into the area and have been wonderfully received by the people who love this institution. Carol has started her duties as an Occupational Therapist at the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. We are both thrilled to be back in Southern Illinois near family and friends. The college enters the year focused on our mission and our values. The Board of Trustees has approved an eight-month effort to complete a strategic plan for the college which will be the blueprint for several future projects. We will be interviewing the college’s stakeholders from both inside and outside sources to determine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Part of the study will be a complete environmental scan of the region to determine how JALC might better serve our district. A key part of my job over the next few months will be to meet and communicate the college’s importance to the district. I will be regularly speaking at local service clubs and through the region’s media. Please feel free to contact my office if you would like for me to speak at your gathering. No group is too small. My wife and I will be regulars at college events including our athletic teams and as patrons of the American Originals 2012-2013 Performance Series. Please join us on campus for our home volleyball schedule or one of the shows at O’Neil Auditorium. I also want to thank outgoing President Bob Mees and his wife Karla for their help in making the presidential transition so comfortable. The Mees’ are wonderful people and will continue to be important to the college and the community. Let’s make this year a memorable one for John A. Logan College. Mike Dreith, Ed.D., President

COLLEGE PURCHASES OFF-CAMPUS SITE IN WEST FRANKFORT The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees has voted to purchase an off-campus site in West Frankfort in order to establish a permanent presence in the Franklin County region. The College’s West Frankfort Extension Center currently operates out of leased space in the VF Outlet Mall. The newly purchased property is located just to the west of the I-57 exit and across the highway from the outlet mall, and includes an approximate 10,000 square foot facility which will provide space for expanded offerings in the area. Present leased space is committed through August 1, 2013. Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick said any necessary renovations to the purchased property will be discussed by the Board Building Committee and will not occur until spring 2013, with expected occupation of the facility in fall semester of 2013. The purchase is being continued on 11 continued on page page 11made with funds continued continued onon page page 11 11Bond issue. received in the 2007 Tax Exempt

Wunderle To Head Strategic Planning Effort Tom Wunderle will soon be a familiar face on the John A. Logan College campus as he leads an eight-month project to develop a threeyear strategic plan for the College. The Board of Trustees voted at its August 28 meeting to engage Wunderle Consulting, Inc. to oversee the planning effort. Work will begin with a kick-off event in November and stretch into the middle of next year. Wunderle will conduct interviews, lead focus groups, and utilize surveys to focus on the College’s values and mission, and his work will include a comprehensive environmental scan. In the end, the College’s leadership will agree to an undetermined number of projects to deal with the findings. The deliverable will be a document which is “actionable and developed from an inclusive process.” Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Wunderle is very familiar with Illinois. He is currently heading Lewis and Clark Community College’s reaccreditation effort and is the director of strategic planning for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center near Alton. He is a former longtime administrator at IBM. His most notable project was heading the institutional long-range planning at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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SPINNING CLASS CATCHING ON “Gear down – Big hill coming up!” -- a command often heard in Kathy Faulkner’s spinning class in the John A. Logan College Community Health Education Complex. A group of riders on exercise bikes lined up on the second floor of the CHEC building respond to each command as the instructor leads them through a vigorous workout twice a week. Secretary to the President Claudia Merrett is a regular in the class and says, “This is a very intense workout. It demands that you stay focused and pushes you to your maximum level!” Several College employees participate in the spinning classes, and this fall has seen increased participation from off-campus. Two sections are being taught this semester – Faulkner’s class which meets at 4:00 p.m. and a noon class taught by Associate Dean for Health and Public Service Valerie Barko. This is the second year spinning has been offered at the CHEC building.

DATES TO REMEMBER September 22-23 September 25 September 25 September 29

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days Regular Board of Trustees meeting First Day to Circulate Petitions for April 2013 Consolidated Election American Heart Association Heart Walk at John A. Logan College

October 6 October 8 October 10 October 12-14 October 18 October 23

Alzheimer’s Walk at John A. Logan College Professional Staff Development Day Civil War Days PERFORMANCE SERIES: AIDA, in-house musical production PERFORMANCE SERIES: The Second City: Laughing Matters Regular Board of Trustees meeting

November 10-11 November 12 November 16-17 November 19-24 November 21-23 November 27

AutumnFest Arts & Crafts Show HOLIDAY – College closed for Veteran’s Day PERFORMANCE SERIES: Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber, in-house production written and directed by Steve Falcone Thanksgiving break for faculty and students College closed for Thanksgiving holiday Regular Board of Trustees meeting

December 7-8 December 10-13 December 17-24 December 20 December 21January 2, 2013

PERFORMANCE SERIES: The Holiday Hop, in-house production directed by Nathan Arnett Final exams Filing period for candidates for the April 2013 Consolidated Election College closes at noon for holiday season College closed for Christmas/New Years holidays

Smithpeters Named New JALC Men’s Basketball Coach By John Homan

Harrisburg native Kyle Smithpeters has become only the seventh head coach for men’s basketball in the history of John A. Logan College. The 29-year-old Smithpeters replaces the recently retired Mark Imhoff, who coached the Volunteers the last 17 seasons. Those who coached prior to Imhoff include: Tom Ashman, Bob Brown, Ron Gregory, John Sala and Jerry Bechtel. Imhoff is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 337-200. Smithpeters said he is honored to take over the head coaching reins at Logan. “I think it’s a great opportunity for me. John A. Logan College is a very special place,” he said. “It’s a place I truly enjoyed working in the four years I was here with Coach Imhoff. I can’t wait to get started. It’s exciting.” Smithpeters said the one year of experience he gained at the Division I level at Missouri State University under head coach Paul Lusk, in addition to the previous five years as a JUCO assistant, helped immensely. Kyle is the son of Randy and Patricia Smithpeters. Randy is a longtime head basketball coach at Harrisburg High School. Kyle married the former Carrie McLeod of Harrisburg, and the couple has an 8-monthold son, Tobey.

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Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on the John A. Logan College campus on September 22 and 23. The ever-popular event is expected to once again draw in thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and families. Hours on Saturday, September 22 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, September 23 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. As always, admission and parking are free. Returning favorite attractions will be dog events including retrievers, dock dogs, agility dogs, search and rescue dogs, police dogs, and fox and coon hounds; goose and duck calling contests for both adults and youth; kids archery; kids BB gun range; a catfish tourney; crappie fishing seminars; the annual Art and Heritage Show; and a silent auction. Brody the Bear will make a return appearance, along with Camo the Clown and bluegrass musicians. A host of vendors will be on hand and plenty of food choices will be available. Two of the most popular returning events will be the McDonalds Kid’s Fishing Hole, and the Crab Orchard Refuge High School Bass Classic. The weigh-in for the High School Bass Classic will be on the JALC main parking lot at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s sponsors include McDonalds Moreland/Bishop Org.; Crab Orchard Refuge; Sam’s Club; Southern Illinois Bank; Weeks Chevrolet, Buick, GMC; Williamson County Tourism Bureau; and Don Gasaway. A special 25th Anniversary Daisy BB Gun will be offered for purchase this year, with proceeds going to support continuation of Hunting and Fishing Days. Series 1-50 of the commemorative edition will be available for a purchase price of $75.00 each. Interested parties should contact Dwight Hoffard at Ext. 8208. A dedicated committee meets year-round to plan and insure the continued success of this event. Committee members are Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Clay Brewer, Robin Egelston, Kathy Gibson, Jackie Hancock, Dwight Hoffard, Brad McCormick, John O’Keefe, Steve O’Keefe and Jason Snider.

College Joins Forces With Rides Mass Transit To Offer Student Transportation John A. Logan College has collaborated with Rides Mass Transit to provide bus service for students to and from the JALC campus beginning this fall. For many years, the Saluki Express ran an hourly route from Carbondale to the SIU School of Technical Careers in Carterville, allowing JALC students living in Carbondale to “piggyback” onto the route. However, the completion of SIU’s new Transportation Center at the Jackson County Airport resulted in the elimination of the Saluki Express route at the end of summer semester. College administrators and the Board of Trustees began looking for affordable alternatives which would provide continued services to students needing transportation to and from campus. “Rides was already running three routes that included the College, and was extremely open to the idea of offering additional routes that would benefit students living throughout the district – not just Carbondale,” said Vice-President for Administration Tim Daugherty. Detailed information on routes to and from campus may be found at or Individuals can purchase monthly, daily, or 10-ride tickets from the RMTD driver, or students can purchase a semester pass at the John A. Logan College Bookstore. Semester passes are $100 for individuals under 60, or $60 for adults over 60 and/or disabled. The pass is an eligible expense for Pell Grant students. Monthly passes are available in the JALC Bookstore for $25.00. A single ride is $2.00, payable in cash to the driver. Rides Mass Transit, based in Harrisburg, is a federally funded public transportation system available to anyone needing transportation. It provides door-to-door and established-route service with a fleet that consists of lift-equipped and ramped vehicles making the system fully accessible.

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JALC Installs Rainwater Harvesting System by Tim Gibson, JALC Sustainability Coordinator D wight Hoffard, director of buildings and grounds; Dwayne Sanders and Larry Tanner, JALC maintenance staff, piping the drain system into the rainwater collection tank. Ironically, in the course of what is perhaps one of the driest summers on re cord, the College ha s completed installation of the first rainwater harvesting system on campus . For those not familiar with the term, rainwater harvesting is collecting water run-off from a structure, usually a roof in order to store it for later use. JALC grounds maintenance personnel designed and installed a system to capture rain falling on the roof of their new maintenance building on the north side of campus. Water will flow down gutters that channel the water into downspouts, through a filter system and then into a buried 2000 gallon concrete storage tank. The stored water will be used for plant and landscape irrigation. Given the size of the roof, it’s estimated that the system can collect over one thousand gallons of water from a 1” rainfall. With an annual average rainfall in Southern Illinois of over 48 inches in a normal year, nearly 50,000 gallons of water can be collected and used annually. Rainwater collection systems make dollars and “sense”. The College now uses costly city water for the majority of our landscape irrigation. Plants thrive being watered with stored rainwater because it’s rich in nutrients, nearly pH neutral and does not contain chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals found in municipally treated water. The new rainwater harvesting system demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Funding for the project came through the JALC Sustainability Center with a grant by the Illinois Green Economy Network.


A cascade of flowers has been shaped into an American flag by the JALC grounds crew in the parking lot just west of the Community Health Education Complex. The red and white stripes of the flag are vincas with angelonias making up the stars and blue background. Thankfully both sets of flowers were drought resistant. The flag was designed and planted by grounds staff member Chris Bell.

NEWS IN BRIEF PICTORIAL EMPLOYEE DIRECTORY SOON TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE An effort is currently underway to obtain photographs of all College employees for a pictorial employee directory. These photos will be attached to the employee’s name on the College’s online employee directory. Vice-President for Administration Tim Daugherty cites security concerns identified in the College’s Emergency Management Plan as rationale for the project, as well as the obvious benefits of the name-face recognition to employee communication and interaction. The pictorial directory is expected to be available online by the end of September.

HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE DATES ANNOUNCED President Dreith has announced observance dates for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. The College will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23. In observance of the Christmas/New Years holidays, the College will close at noon on Thursday, December 20, 2012, and re-open for normal shifts on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

CONTINUING ED OFFERing NEW fall CLASSES Associate Dean for Community Education Barry Hancock has announced the addition of several new continuing education classes this fall. They include new classes for massage therapists, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop with Digital Imaging, Internet – Emphasis on Facebook, Firearms Tactics and Fundamentals for Conceal Carry Permit Holders, Andriod System Smart Phones/Kindle Fire Seminar, Empowered Aging, Ultimate Survival – Women’s Safety and Personal Self Defense, “What’s so Funny?” – Comedy Film Critique 101, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Crossfit Simple Strength and Conditioning for Beginners, Goju-Ryu Karate, Striking Arts – an Intro, and T-Shirt Making. For more information visit the continuing education website at http://www. or call Ext. 8248.

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MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED Fourteen outstanding musicians have received tuition waivers through the John A. Logan College Music Department’s scholarship program. Scholarship recipients are pictured from left to right: (Standing) Melissa Olsen, John Guetersloh, Paul Greenlee, Samantha Ridenour, Benjamin Henson, Jordan McCoy, Will Friend, Corryne Shaw, and Israel Lopez; (Seated) Kirstyn Hanson, Luke Eaton, and Emily Hagan. Not pictured are James Parmer and Keisha Rafe. (Photo by Robin Egelston.) Each spring, the JALC music program holds scholarship auditions for the following academic year. Auditions are available to students in both voice and piano. The music adjudicating panel heard several prepared auditions, and was able to grant music waivers to this small, elite group of musicians. The program is coordinated through the efforts of the Humanities Department and music instructor Nathan D. Arnett. The department includes the John A. Logan College Band and Orchestra, The Choral Ensemble, The Logan Singers, as well as several private studios for most instruments. Students interested in auditioning for a music scholarship may check the John A. Logan College Humanities Department website at or call Nathan D. Arnett at Ext. 8269.

JALC MUSIC PROGRAM TRAVELS TO HOLLYWOOD Members of the John A. Logan College Choral Ensemble auditioned for and were accepted to perform on the Blues Brothers stage at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California this summer. After two semesters of rehearsal, fundraising, and research, several JALC students hopped onto a plane to experience the sights, sounds, and silver screens of Tinsel Town. On tour from June 4-9, 2012, participants performed at Universal Studios, participated in a live taping of the new TBS sitcom, “Sullivan & Son”, experienced the magic of live theater with a Cirque du Soleil performance of Iris at the renowned Kodak Theater, and relaxed by the cool Pacific waters of Santa Monica Beach. “It’s not every day you start singing a solo in the middle of a busy theme park and people stop and actually listen. The same town that listened to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis and the Beatles get their start is now stopping what they are doing and listening to you; that, The JALC Choral Ensemble received a performance award from Universal Studios in to me, is astounding,” said JALC music major Hollywood Samantha Ridenour. Music major Keisha Rafe said of the experience, “Participating in a live audience during a taping of the show “Sullivan & Son” was probably the most climactic time for some of the choir members. Some will forever have a song in their hearts because they embraced things that were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Others of us simply did what felt right in our hearts. We gave to others. That was our song. Hooray for Hollywood!” It is the goal of JALC Choral Director Nathan D. Arnett to take a musical and “humanities” packed performance tour each summer of his instructional career. “I feel that these performance opportunities and experiences remind us that we are human and that we have something to share. The preparation and anticipation of a choir tour is exciting, motivating, and encouraging to the students of the ensemble. Many of my students have never flown on a plane, have never been to a live professional theater production, and have never performed in a highly recognized theater.”

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FOUNDATION NEWS Stacy Holloway, director of scholarships and alumni services for the John A. Logan College Foundation, has announced the awarding of the following scholarships: Administrative Services Scholarship Victoria McGuire, Marion Albert and Margaret T. Bleyer Kirsten Eggers, Percy American Magnetics Scholarship Alecia Ferketich, West Frankfort Angelo and Frances Sala Memorial Scholarship Tyler Lukens, Johnston City August L. and Thelma W. Fowler Scholarship Haley Schultz, Marion Bank of Herrin Endowed Scholarship Dylan Sollers, Herrin Billy and Corrine Brown Scholarship Taylor Corinne Bound, Dongola Carterville Banking Center The Bank of Herrin Scholarship Tatum English, Carterville Carterville Chamber of Commerce Alex Taylor, Carterville Carterville Rotary Club Scholarship Bryce Usher, Carterville Dale L. Usher Scholarship Bryce Usher, Carterville Dorothy Ivey Scholarship Drew Johnson, Marion Earl A. Pate Scholarship Leigh Thompson, Murphysboro Edith Bourne Memorial Scholarship Jordan Kiesling, Carterville Elizabeth M. Dietz Memorial Scholarship Nicholas Stearns, DeSoto Eugene Hudgens Memorial Scholarship Georgia Thompson, Marion Extra Help, Inc. Scholarship Megan Presley, Murphysboro

Evagene Lay Scholarships Kati Dunmyer, DuQuoin Myranda Hadsock, Murphysboro Frank R. Samuel Memorial Scholarship Elizabeth Ann Dalessio, Carbondale Franklin County Medical Society Scholarship Tateon Prusaczyk, West Frankfort Fred F. Claxton Memorial Scholarship Brittan Dotson, Cambria Gigi’s Scholarship Erin Baskin, Carbondale H. Scott Hines Memorial Scholarship Lennon Dorethy, Herrin Harold and Marolyn O’Neil Scholarship Weston Mason, Opdyke Herrin Security Bank Endowed Scholarship Jordan Preston, Herrin James and Rosemary Childress Scholarships Dana Kaufmann, Carterville Sonny Perry, Marion James D. Holloway Legislative Scholarship Jasmine Estes, Murphysboro John H. and Judy Crawford/ Raleigh Crawford Scholarship Tyler Nance, Carterville James Kuruc Memorial Scholarship Jovanni Cooper, Hurst John L. Kuruc Sr. Memorial Scholarship Corryne Shaw, Marion Judith A. Richardson Memorial Scholarships Toni Allen, Carbondale Melodie Welch, Herrin June and William Kunkel Scholarship Abigail Moore, Johnston City Leatherneck Motorcycle Club Veteran Scholarship Anthony Newcombe, Murphysboro Lee Booth Memorial Scholarship Samantha Taylor, Herrin

Lilley Hudgens Memorial Scholarship Melinda Hilker, West Frankfort Louis and Margaret Cerutti (Papa C) Scholarship Kirsten Eggers and Adriana Loos, Percy Marion Elk Ladies Association #800 Scholarship Rebecca Burroughs, Marion Mary J. Barstis Memorial Scholarship Rebecca McClure, West Frankfort MCDonald’s Scholarships Trista Avery and Brittany Campbell, Johnston City; Michael Cusick and Mikayla Melvin, West Frankfort O. M. Hudgens Scholarships Mikayla Melvin, West Frankfort Terri Shea, Marion Practical Nursing Club Scholarships Elizabeth Emery, Carbondale; Jordan Atkins and Sumar Kane, Herrin; Angela Sampson, Johnston City Richard A. and Evelyn L. Helms Memorial Scholarships Lauren Sherry, Carterville, Emily Clark and Nicole Riddle, West Frankfort Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc. Scholarship Rebecca McClure, West Frankfort Streuter Family Scholarship Hilary Drone, Murphysboro Steven M. Arthur Scholarship Bria Salone, Colp Ted Green Memorial Scholarship Amanda Ratajczak, Elkville Tim Ahlm Memorial Scholarships Natasha Bender, Rachel, Edwards, and Greg Jones, West Frankfort WGS and Friends Scholarships Hilary Drone, Carbondale, Abigail Clarke and Stephanie Jines, Murphysboro, Trevor Eaton, Vergennes Williamson County Crime Stoppers Scholarship Mariah Hubbard, Johnston City

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I2P2 Committee members are (left to right): J. R. Alongi, Tracey Zoller, Dave Evans, Chris Willis, Marilyn Falaster, Chris Naegele, Brad McCormick, Keith Krapf, Clay Brewer, and Dennis White. Members not pictured are Jo Forer, Greg Walker, and Mike Maeser.


The newly created I2P2 (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) Committee has been established to develop a proactive process to help the College identify and correct workplace hazards before employees, students or community members are risk of injury or illness. The committee is comprised of representatives from faculty, operational staff, Teamsters (facility staff ), Laborers (campus safety), and non-teaching professionals. The purpose of the program is to implement common sense elements that focus on identifying existing hazards in the workplace and developing a plan for preventing and controlling those hazards. Management leadership and active employee participation are essential to ensuring hazards are identified, addressed, and that all employees are properly trained. Each month members of the committee will select a department and conduct a hazard assessment, analyze the findings and make recommendations for any corrective actions and training. Department staff members are expected to participate and should find the process helpful, informative and even fun. Throughout the year, safety training classes will be offered to every employee.

Restructuring Of Business Office Will Benefit Students John A. Logan College students will soon benefit from a recently approved reorganization of the Business Office. The bursar function of the Business Office is being relocated to C213, just down the hall from student related services such as financial aid, admissions, and student support services. This office will be responsible for all cash handling and revenue functions of the Business Office. Other Business Office functions and staff will remain in their current location. Logistically, the new location will be much more convenient for students as they go through the registration processes. Dean of Financial Operations Stacy Buckingham says she feels the new arrangement will not only be a great benefit to students, but will also enhance working relationships between student services and business services. Remodeling of C213 is expected to be complete by mid-October with occupation around November 1, prior to the start of spring registration. Associate Director of Revenue Jason Snider will oversee the operation of the bursar function, supported by accounting clerks Paula Chamberlin, Debbie Crompton, and Sheri Counce. Snider says, “I believe the students will appreciate our commitment to consolidate registration, financial aid and the bursar function into one centralized location.”

PERFORMANCE SERIES KICKS OFF WITH TRIBUTE TO WOODY GUTHRIE John A. Logan College’s 2012-2013 Performance Series season began on September 6 with a special celebration of the 100 th birthday of iconic folk singer-songwriter, Woody Guthrie. Bucky Halker, Chicago folk singer and labor historian performed Guthrie’s music along with original songs from his double-CD, The Ghost of Woody Guthrie. Themed “American Originals,” this year’s Performance Series features a lineup consisting of five in-house and three touring productions. In addition to the Guthrie tribute, touring productions include a comedy p erformance by Chicago-ba se d Second City, and a tribute to the great American female jazz singers by Southern Illinois native Jaimee Paul. In-house productions include the contemporary musical AIDA; a play, Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber, written by JALC’s Steve Falcone; The Holiday Hop, directed by Nathan Arnett; and the spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For more information about the Performance Series or to purchase tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Ext. 8287. A brochure can be found on the College’s web site at: activities/performingarts.php.

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JALC HONOR SOCIETY RECOGNIZED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS Phi Theta Kappa members are shown presenting their awards to President Mike Dreith. Pictured from left (first row): Jarod Adams, Christina Boyce, President Dreith, Amber Blanchette, Jennifer Rose (advisor), Kayla Malone, Misty Stephens and Dylan Moore. The John A. Logan College Upsilon Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, received several awards at the annual Illinois Regional Convention held earlier this summer at Harper College near Chicago. Among these were a Five Star designation, the highest rating a chapter can achieve, and the award for Most Improved chapter in the state. “I was thrilled that we were chosen the Most Improved chapter in the Illinois Region,” said Jennifer Rose, a counselor/advisor at Logan who sponsors the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. “It’s a big award and is a credit to all the hard work our members, especially the officers, put in over the last year.” Upsilon Pi was a Two Star level chapter previously, and Rose said several activities were required to rise to the Five Star level, including completing an Honors in Action Project and a College Service Project. The members also attended and participated in the regional, national, and international Phi Theta Kappa conventions, as well as the annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute. In addition to the Five Star designation and the Most Improved chapter award, Logan earned the Dr. Mary Anne Player Appreciation Award for hosting the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa Illinois Regional Convention, the Pinnacle Award for achieving a 25 percent increase in membership, and a Certificate of Appreciation in the 2012 Hallmark Awards Program for successfully completing Phi Theta Kappa projects. Two individuals were also recognized at the convention. Rose garnered the Horizon Advisor Award, and Amber Blanchette received a Hall of Honor Officer Award. “Winning the Horizon Advisor Award was totally unexpected because I didn’t even know that I’d been nominated for it,” Rose said. “I really like working with the students in the Phi Theta Kappa organization, and I don’t expect to get any recognition for it. But it’s nice to know someone is grateful for the effort that I put forth.” JALC President Dr. Michael Dreith is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa and he said he is pleased with the chapter’s achievements. “My wife was the president of Phi Theta Kappa at Frontier Community College and it was a Five Star chapter so I know how much work goes into becoming a Five Star chapter,” Dreith said. “I appreciate the students’ efforts so much and congratulate them for what they accomplished. It reflects very positively on the academic opportunities we provide at Logan.” Rose said that Upsilon Pi isn’t going to rest on its laurels. “Now that we’ve reached the Five Star level, we want to maintain that status and continue to grow and improve as a chapter,” she said. “We’ve already picked out exciting topics for our Honors in Action Project and our College Service Project for the coming year. We have a great new officer team in place, and I encourage those students who are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa to do so. There are wonderful opportunities to earn scholarships, engage in service-learning projects, and develop leadership skills.” For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact Rose at 618-985-2828, Ext. 8259 or by email at

COLLEGE AWARDED GFOA DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD John A. Logan College was recently awarded the Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for FY 2012. President Mike Dreith presented the award plaque to Dean of Financial Operations Stacy Buckingham at the August 28 meeting of the JALC Board of Trustees. A panel of independent reviewers examined the College’s budget document and voted to award it top honors. Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick said the award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, and credited Ms. Buckingham for the work she invested to make this possible.

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Spoerre Visits Civil War Sites “The last full measure of devotion, as referenced in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – what does that look like? It looks like a big rock – a tombstone sitting on your chest…it looks like this cemetery.” This was the opening line at the Memorial Day celebration in Shiloh, TN this year, home to a Civil War battlefield and the Shiloh National Cemetery. JALC Perkins Coordinator Gary Spoerre and his son made the trip to Shiloh this past May to honor our country’s veterans and to celebrate our Southern Illinois connection to this national holiday. General John A. Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day as a national holiday in May of 1868. Spoerre encourages everyone to come to the 8th Annual Civil War Days at John A. Logan College on Wednesday, October 10 to learn more about General Logan and the Civil War. Shiloh National Cemetery

CIVIL WAR DAYS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10 The Eighth Annual Civil War Days will be held on the John A. Logan College campus on Wednesday, October 10. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the College’s Conference Center. The stations/re-enactors will be located outdoors behind the gymnasium. A variety of re-enactors and speakers will make up the program including The Life of a Civil War Soldier, firing of a cannon, a Lincoln impersonator, Women in the Civil War, and The Underground Railroad. Keynote speakers will include impersonator and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis presenting Black Jack Logan: Who Was John A. Logan? and Civil War Ghosts and Legends. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at Ext. 8248 or visit

First Group Tour of Harrison Bruce Historical Village After months of planning, the Harrison Bruce Historical Village on the campus of John A. Logan College opened their doors for a first public tour Monday, September 10.  A group from Carbondale, led by Marilyn O'Neil, wife of former JALC President Harold O'Neil, took the hour-long morning tour. Bright sunshine and warm autumn temperatures made a first-time opening tour perfect.  Docents from the JALC staff, Gail Rawson, Rose May and Janada Schaubert, and newly appointed Lead Docent Cheryl Ranchino Trench from Herrin served as tour guides for the four historical buildings -- Purdy School, Hunter Cabin, Harrison

Storefront, and Harrison House, as well as the Robert L. Mees Village Centre. The Historical Village is now open for tours.  Public tours are set for Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Public Tours will be the first and third Tuesday in November.  It is not necessary to call for an appointment. Volunteer docents  from the region will be on hand to lead interested parties through the newly dedicated complex. To schedule a group tour on undesignated days, or to schedule a meeting or reception in the Robert L. Mees Village Centre, contact Gail Rawson at 618-985-3741, Ext. 8326.  

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PEOPLE… New Faces Susan Arnould

CCR&R’S Longueville Recognized By Illinois General Assembly Child Care Resource and Referral Director Lori Longueville was one of nine community leaders around the state to be chosen as a Children’s Champion by the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children and recognized by members of the Illinois General Assembly during its spring session. In addition to being a guest of the General Assembly during the reading of House Resolution 943 recognizing their contributions, Longueville and fellow honorees were guests at an awards reception immediately following at the Governor’s mansion. Lori has been the director of John A. Logan’s Child Care Resource and Referral program since 1989. She serves on numerous local and state committees and is currently the vice-chair of the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Advisory Council. Longueville recently completed a four-year term as secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest early childhood organization.

Jodie Mays

full-time, temporary early childhood assistant III

full-time nursing instructor

Regina LiDonne

Scott Wernsman

full-time secretary IV to the dean for instruction

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full-time Perkins career coordinator

ON THE MOVE… Amy Bafford has moved into the position of word processing operator III.

Beth Blumenstock has moved into the position of full-time disability support services coordinator. Rhonda Crabb has moved into the position of secretary III in the Building Maintenance Office.

Rosalind Johnson has moved into the position of full-time secretary IV to the dean for financial operations. Cindy Kohl has moved into the position of secretary V to the vice-president for business services and college facilities.

Christy Marrs has moved into the position of full-time director of compensation and benefit services. Christy McBride has moved into the position of full-time director of testing services. Kristin Shelby has moved into the position of full-time senior director for academic assessment and quality assurance. Matt Yusko has moved into the position of full-time advisor.

NEW TITLES… Melvin Cripps is now coordinator of technology support. Jason Snider is now associate director of revenue.

CONGRATULATIONS TO… Lora Hines on new academic rank of associate professor.

Sherry Summary on being appointed to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) MAP Formula Committee.

FILING DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION The State Board of Elections has announced important dates for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election. John A. Logan College will have two Board of Trustees seats open for full six-year terms in the at-large election. Interested candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions on September 25, 2012. The filing period for petitions and other necessary documents with the local election official will be December 17 through December 24, 2012. Packets containing the necessary forms will be available in the President’s Office beginning September 25. For more information, contact Donna Glodjo at Ext. 8428 or

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Dr. Mike Dreith, President BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Michael Hopkins, Chair Jim Snider, Vice-Chair Jaclyn Hancock, Secretary Don Brewer John F. O’Keefe Jacob “Jake” Rendleman John W. Sanders Joe Venable, Student Trustee STAFF: Donna Glodjo, Managing Editor Robin Egelston, Design, Layout & Photography Steve O’Keefe, Writing & Photography John Homan, Writing & Photography

NEW FLAG DISPLAY GRACES ENTRANCE One of Dr. Mike Dreith’s first presidential acts at John A. Logan College was to participate in the inaugural raising of new flags at the west entrance of the College. In addition to the American flag, the new three-pole display flies the flag of the State of Illinois and – at the request of the Board of Trustees – the MIA POW flag. The single flag pole formerly located at the College entrance was moved to the courtyard of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village.

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