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President’s Office July - September 2011

John A. Logan College

General News

Bell Tower Graces Entrance

A new 30-foot bell tower now graces the west entrance of the John A. Logan College campus, thanks to a generous donation by longtime educators Allan and Wanda McCabe of Stonefort. The tower was constructed by Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries of Johns Island, South Carolina, and is adorned with four brass bells of graduated sizes made in France. The bells are computer programmed to provide tone assortment and are rung on the hour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Dedication ceremonies were held on July 14 to celebrate completion of the striking landmark and honor the McCabes. The McCabes are both retired Marion school teachers. Allan got his start as an educator working at a one-room schoolhouse in the late 1940s and finished his career as a guidance counselor at Marion High School. Wanda taught biology and chemistry for 35 years. JALC Foundation Executive Director Staci Bynum said the McCabes are longtime supporters of the Foundation and Allan serves on its Board of Directors. “I am overwhelmed by their generosity,” Bynum said. “They are passionate about giving opportunities to those in need. In addition to funding the bell tower project, the McCabes have also established a scholarship endowment with the Foundation. Such projects are a constant reminder of their dedication to education.” Mr. McCabe said it simply made sense for the couple to invest in the future of John A. Logan College both through scholarship monies and constructing the tower. “It’s not only exciting, but a pleasure to see this monument to education,” McCabe said. “I think it’s an introduction to every student who comes through these doors of what’s available at John A. Logan College.” Wanda and Allan McCabe provided the financial resources for the bell tower.

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Message Messagefrom from the thePresident President

JALC ALUMNI LEAD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dear Colleagues and Friends: Welcome back to another fall semester at John A. Logan College! I am looking forward to a great academic year as we continue to offer quality higher education and serve our constituents throughout the district. I continue to appl aud the teamwork and cooperation of all campus groups as we navigate these challenging financial times. The College’s Sustainable Financial Plan has been very effective and continues to be a work in progress to keep us financially stable without compromising the many great services we provide. The new bell tower at the College’s west entrance is a strikingly beautiful addition to our campus. I once again would like to express a great deal of gratitude to Allan and Wanda McCabe, whose generous financial support made this possible. I encourage everyone to support the John A. Logan College Foundation by attending the General Logan Jam fundraising event in Herrin on October 1. Concert performances by Hairbanger’s Ball and LoCash Cowboys promise to make this a great evening of entertainment.

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For the first time in College history, the two top offices of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees are occupied by John A. Logan College alumni. Board Chair Mike Hopkins of West Frankfort graduated from JALC in 1981, and Vice-Chair Jim Snider of Herrin received his associate degree a decade earlier in 1971. Both Snider and Hopkins completed bachelor’s degrees at Southern Illinois University, and both pursued further education in banking. Snider graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1984, and Hopkins completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1990. The similarities continue with both gentlemen’s long careers in banking. Both have served as bank presidents, and Snider recently retired from serving as a senior bank examiner for the State of Illinois for the past 25 years. Hopkins is currently vice-president/commercial loans for the Bank of Marion. Yet another parallel surfaced when their desire to serve their alma mater placed them side by side on the 2007 ballot for the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees – Hopkins for an unexpired two-year term and Snider for a full six-term. Both bids were successful. Hopkins had been previously appointed (2006) to fill a vacancy left by the passing of Trustee Carol Farner until the election for the remainder of her term in 2007. In 2009, he made a successful run for a full six-year term which will expire in 2015. Snider’s current term will end in 2013. Both Snider and Hopkins credit their education at John A. Logan College as a foundation for their success, and as the inspiration to give back to the institution. Snider says, “I was eighteen years old, with a young wife and child, a dead-end job, and a bleak future. John A. Logan College, with its caring teachers and staff, opened doors that I thought had been closed. I want to make sure JALC’s mission continues to allow all students the same opportunity.” Hopkins says he knows firsthand what an excellent education this institution provides. “I would like to continue to give back to this exemplary community college that has given so much to me.” And give back they have. In addition to holding their current Board offices, both have served on several committees, including the crucial Board Finance Committee. Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick calls their experience in banking and finance invaluable to that committee. “The College is very fortunate to have this level of financial expertise to help guide us through these trying times. Their leadership and advice have been priceless as we attempt to prepare budgets, incorporate our Sustainable Financial Plan, and get the best value from every tax dollar for our constituents. “ President Mees calls Snider and Hopkins tremendous assets to the Board. “They work very productively with the other trustees and the administration, and are making lasting contributions to the success of John A. Logan College.”

General News

College Implements Pending Aid Tuition Management Plan

John A. Logan College has implemented a deferred tuition plan referred to as Pending Aid for fall semester 2011. Dean for Financial Operations Kim Dixon has submitted the following information regarding the new tuition management plan.

What is Pending Aid?

Financial aid students must sign up for a deferred tuition plan referred to as Pending Aid as soon as their financial aid file is complete in the College’s Financial Aid Office. This Pending Aid tuition management plan is held in an inactive status until any pending financial aid is credited to the student’s account.  In the event that financial aid does not cover the entire balance owed by the student, Nelnet Business Solutions (NBS) automatically communicates with students, giving them the opportunity to pay any remaining balance in full.  If the remaining balance is not paid in full, NBS activates the Pending Aid tuition payment plan and begins processing payments per the Pending Aid payment schedule.  Rather than charging the $25 enrollment fee up front, it is deducted from the student’s account at the same time as the first Pending Aid payment.  For fall semester 2011, the deadline to sign up for pending aid was extended to September 6, 2011 from August 23, 2011.  Payments from students’ accounts will be processed on October 5th and November 5th.

Why Did the College Implement Pending Aid?

Pending Aid is an innovative service designed to help the College more easily collect tuition and fees from financial aid students who ultimately encounter financial aid shortfalls. This proactive program allows financial aid students to recognize their obligation to pay their tuition and enroll in a no cost plan to cover any remaining balance after aid is credited to their account.  The only cost to the student is the $25 enrollment fee if the plan is activated to begin processing payments in the event that the student’s financial aid does not cover their tuition balance.

How Will Pending Aid Benefit the School as well as the Students Enrolled?

As previously mentioned, Pending Aid enables the College to collect tuition and fees from financial aid students who might encounter financial aid shortfalls. For students, the Pending Aid program offers them the ability to start their coursework and stay in the classroom while financial aid is still pending on their account without having to pay in full upfront.

How Do Students Sign Up for Pending Aid?

Students should enter their Weblink account, then go to Payments and click on the FACTS button. Then, click the DEFERRED check box and complete the registration.  The student can be sure they have completed the registration correctly when they receive a confirmation number at the end of the registration.  Financial aid awards are posted and can be accessed on WEBLINK once a student’s financial aid file is complete.  If the student’s file is not complete, they must pay in full or sign up for the FACTS payment plan.  The last day to sign up for the FACTS payment plan for fall semester 2011 was August 23, 2011.

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England Has New Broadcast On Wsiu Radio

John A. Logan College business instructor David England has added another venue to his growing list of area media broadcasts. He is now sharing his stock market expertise on WSIU radio with an “Eye on the Market” segment with Jennifer Fuller. The segment airs live every Thursday at 8:30 a.m., and an extended version is broadcast on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. David says the response from WSIU listeners has been extremely positive. To hear the broadcast online go to, or tune in to 91.9 FM. David is also a regular with his market updates on WJPF 1340, does a weekly “Heartland Investor” segment on KFVS TV12 ‘s Sunday morning Breakfast Show , and appears monthly on WSIL TV3. He is offering a series of classes entitled “Wall Street Boot Camp” through the John A. Logan College Continuing Education Department this fall. The first session is being offered on September 16 and is free of charge to veterans. Other sessions will be held on October 14, November 4, and December 2. For more information on the Wall Street Boot Camp, contact the Continuing Education Department at Ext. 8202.

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Diversity…open doors,

open minds, open hearts By Toyin Fox, irector of Educational Planning

Each year, John A. Logan College welcomes students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds to its beautiful campus. This year is no exception. Our view of diversity includes geographic, intellectual, ethnic, cultural, academic and social aspects of life, all of which contribute to the continuing vitality of the college. Students and employees are invited to take advantage of the academic and non-academic diversity and multicultural programs designed to enrich the college experience. The Office of Education Programming has scheduled several diversity and multicultural events for fall semester 2011, including a keynote presentation on Cultural Diversity and Music by Dr. Maria Johnson, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the School of Music, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale on October 11, at 9:30 a.m. in O’Neil Auditorium. A live performance will follow in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to noon. Dr. Johnson regularly teaches two CORE Curriculum courses- - Diversity & Popular Music in American Culture and Women, Blues & Literature, offers topics courses in Ethnomusicology-- Women in Music and Music and Social Change, and supervises graduate and undergraduate independent studies in ethnomusicology. Dr. Johnson is also a blues performer and a member of the all-female quintet, Loose Gravel (piano/keyboards, guitar, vocals) and performs regularly at campus functions and community events. New Lunch and Learn forums are planned this fall to provide an informal atmosphere for students to engage with John A. Logan alumni, fellow students, faculty and staff, and community members. Guest speakers/presenters at the Lunch and Learn sessions will share their personal and/or professional multicultural experiences with students. The forums will be held in the Terrace Dining Room between 11:00 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, September 21; Tuesday, October 18; and Thursday, December 1. In addition, a civic reflection session will be offered on Franz Kafka’s Fellowship on Wednesday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m. in Room B48. Civic reflection is “the practice of reading and discussing short pieces of literature as a means of reflecting on the central questions of civic life. This simple practice can help citizens talk more comfortably about values, think more deeply about choices, and respond more imaginatively to the needs of their communities”—[Project on Civic Reflection]. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is considered to be one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. He was born to maddle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia. His work, most of which was published posthumously is considered enigmatic and compelling. A full slate of events is also planned for spring semester 2012 and will be featured in an upcoming issue of General News. For more information, contact the Educational Programming Office, Ext. 8696 or 8586.

DATE SET FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FAIR John A. Logan College’s Third Annual Employee Benefits Fair will be held on Monday, October 31, 2011, in the Conference Center area, with some additional activities to take place on Tuesday, November 1. Representatives from State Universities Retirement System will again be on campus to give both a general retirement presentation and individual retirement counseling appointments. Employees within four years of retirement eligibility may contact SURS at 1-800-275-7877 to request an appointment. Benefit Administrative Systems (BAS) will also present health insurance plan information. The annual benefits choice period for making health insurance changes will be held during the month of November with changes requested taking effect January 1, 2012. Other participating vendors at the Benefits Fair will include the College’s 403(b) providers, AFLAC, SIU Credit Union, Gallagher, Healthlink, Symetra, and others.

Student Achievement Nominations Sought Applications for the 2011 Student Achievement Awards are available in the Foundation Office, Room B-33. The awards are given annually to students who have made noteworthy achievements toward their career goals and have demonstrated leadership qualities through participation in campus and community activities while struggling with obstacles. Recipients receive cash awards from the John A. Logan College Foundation to assist them in their educational pursuits. All faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to nominate students who are deserving of this recognition. The deadline to submit completed application materials for the Student Achievement Awards is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21 in the Foundation Office.

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DATES TO REMEMBER September 24-25 September 27 October 1 October 1 October 1

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days Regular Board of Trustees meeting American Heart Association Heart Walk at JALC Poshard Foundation Annual Event JALC Foundation’s General Logan Jam in Herrin

October 7-8 October 10 October 13 October 21 October 22 October 25 October 31-November 1 November 11 November 12-13 November 18-19 November 21-26 November 22 November 23-25 December 9-10 December 12-15 December 23-January 2

PERFORMANCE SERIES: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a Dance4Grandma production, directed by Derek Hamblin Professional Development Day for faculty and staff Seventh Annual Civil War Days Flu shots offered at Community Health Education Complex Alzheimer’s Walk at JALC Regular Board of Trustees meeting Employee Benefits Fair Holiday – College closed for Veterans Day AutumnFest Arts and Crafts Show PERFORMANCE SERIES: Alice in Wonderland, in-house production directed by Steve Falcone Thanksgiving break for faculty and students Regular Board of Trustees meeting College closed for Thanksgiving PERFORMANCE SERIES: A 1940s Radio Christmas: The Tradition Continues, in-house production directed by Nathan Arnett Final Exams College closed for Christmas/New Years

*For more information on Performance Series events, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events, Ext. 8287 or

SEVENTH ANNUAL CIVIL WAR DAYS PLANNED The Seventh Annual Civil War Days will be held on October 13 at John A. Logan College. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The majority of events will take place in the Conference Center, with the stations/re-enactors located outdoors behind the gymnasium. A variety of re-enactors and speakers will make up the program. Keynote speakers will include Chris Vallillo, an award-winning folk singer who will present “Abraham Lincoln in Song”; and Michael Krebs and Debra Ann Miller, who will present “Visiting with the Lincolns” and “The President and F i r s t L a d y .” Krebs and Miller are well known for their dramatic, educational portrayals of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. For more information, please contact the Continuing Education Department at Ext. 8137.

DR. PAYNE PARTICIPATES IN SUMMER EDUCATORS STUDY TOUR Dr. Deborah Payne, dean for instruction at John A. Logan College, recently was selected by the Peoria World Affairs Council to participate in a summer educators study tour of Turkey. She was one of three Illinois educators selected in cooperation with the World Affairs Council and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Dr. Payne traveled to Turkey from June 18 to July 3, and visited educational and cultural sites throughout western Turkey. Among the sites visited were Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Catalhuyuk, Cappadocia, Konya and Ankara. The participating teachers were all members of the Peoria World Affairs Council, an organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America based in Washington, DC, that works to educate and engage residents in global issues. Dr. Deborah Payne posing by a tree full of Evil Eyes in Cappadocia, Turkey

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NEWS IN BRIEF Dates for Holiday Observance Announced

President Mees has announced holiday observance dates for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The College will be closed on the following dates: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through Friday, November 25, 2011 (Thanksgiving) Friday, December 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012 (Christmas/New Years) As a result of the Sustainable Financial Plan, the John A. Logan College Christmas luncheon will be suspended again this year. The College will close at noon on Thursday, December 22, and re-open for normal shifts on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Giannoulias Appointed ICCB Chair Governor Quinn has appointed Alexi Giannoulias to serve as chairman of the Illinois Community College Board. He replaces Guy Alongi of Du Quoin as the leader of the 11-member board which governs Illinois’ 48 community colleges. Mr. Alongi announced his intention to step down as Board Chair in June, but served until the new appointment was made. He will continue to serve as a member of the ICCB until his term expires in 2015.

Construction Nears Completion Construction is nearing completion on both the Communication Wing and the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village. The Communication Wing will provide space for classrooms, labs, and offices for programs such as Interpreter Preparation, Real Time Closed Captioning, Communications, and Foreign Languages. In addition to adding needed classroom spaces, the project will integrate various spaces on campus via the new courtyard between Building C and E with its paved walkways and patio areas. The newly constructed replica of the Harrison House and the Village Center for public events should be finished later this year, along with relocation of the Harrison storefront. When complete, the Harrison/ Bruce Historical Village will include Purdy School, the Hunter Log Cabin, the replica of the Harrison House, the Harrison Store Front, and the Village Center. The historical area is very popular with the public and will provide an ongoing educational experience for area school children and community residents. Plans for dedication ceremonies for each project will be announced later this fall.

Hunting And Fishing Days Event Returns To College The ever-popular Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days is expected to once again draw thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and families to the John A. Logan College campus in late September. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, admission and parking are free. Among the returning favorites will be dog events including retrievers, dock dogs, search and rescue dogs, agility dogs, and fox and coon hounds; goose and duck calling contests; archery competition; crappie fishing and other wildlife seminars; buckskinners; and Max, the bear cub. Several food vendors will be on hand, along with bluegrass music and Camo the Clown. This year’s featured artist for the Art & Heritage Show is Abraham Hunter. A silent auction will also be held. One of the most popular events, the McDonald’s Kids Fishing Hole, is offering an added perk this year – the first three kids to catch a tagged fish at the hole on Saturday or Sunday win a new bike and helmet. John and Mary Moreland of J&M-5 Corporation have supported the kids fishing area for many years. In June, J&M-5 Corporation presented a $5,000 grant to JALC Hunting and Fishing days to support the McDonalds Kids Fishing Hole. Dwight Hoffard, who heads up the event, has also reported receipt of a $1,000 donation from the Little Egypt Longbeards of the National Wild Turkey Federation in support of Hunting and Fishing Days. Other benefactors and sponsors of the event are Aisin Manufacturing, City of Carterville, Country Cupboard Restaurant Crab Orchard Refuge, Custom Critters, Inc., Donald Gasaway, Dr. Mark Smith and Dr. Gail Petreikis, E. T. Simonds Construction Co., Friends of Crab Orchard Refuge, Illinois Conservation Foundation, John and Brenda Brewster, Keith Martin, Inc., Pulley Electric, Southern Illinois Bank, Stotlar Lumber Co., Take Pride in America, Tim Grounds Championship Calls, Inc., Timberline Fisheries, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. A dedicated committee meets year-round to plan and insure the continued success of this event. The members are: Adrienne Barkley-Griffin, Clay Brewer, Robin Egelston, Kathy Gibson, Jackie Hancock, Dwight Hoffard, Brad McCormick, John O’Keefe, Steve O’Keefe and Jason Snider.

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Gallaudet Regional Center Serves Midwest By Sheri Cook, Director

It has been nearly nine months since the Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center at John A. Logan College had its grand opening on November 23, 2010.

Dakota, the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Conference, and the Missouri Association of the Deaf Conference to disseminate information about the Center. They also reach the Midwest Region via their website, Facebook page and a quarterly electronic newsletter. In addition, they host and participate in workshops such as the “Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults” in St. Louis, Missouri; “Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students who Have Additional Disabilities” in Illinois; and “Transition: Resources Available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing High School Students” in Wisconsin. The Midwest GURC staff also participates in family, school and community events such as the Wisconsin Statewide Family Conference for families of children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind; the 2011 Deaf Winterfest in Missouri; the 13th Annual Deaf High School Academic Bowl in Palatine, Illinois; and the High School Senior Awards Ceremony at the Kansas School for the Deaf and the Iowa School for the Deaf. In the last ten months, the Midwest GURC staff has enjoyed working with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, family members of deaf and hard of hearing children, and students and professionals who work with these individuals. They look forward to starting their second year on October 1, 2011 and thank John A. Logan College for its support. For more information about the Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center, see

Director Sheri Cook visits the Minnesota State Academy of the Deaf The Midwest Regional Center is one of six Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) in the U.S. that partners with Gallaudet University. Based in Washington D.C. and chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is recognized as the premier educator for the deaf community. The GURCs help Gallaudet and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center bring the resources and expertise of Gallaudet University to sites across the country through extension courses, training programs, workshops, conferences, enrichment programs, and technical assistance. The Midwest Regional Center serves Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Sheri Cook, the center’s director, started in October 2010, and Misti Harrison, coordinator of the center, started in December of 2010. Ms. Cook and Ms. Harrison have been working diligently to support their region and have served over 7500 people. Services include developing and maintaining networks across their area, identifying and responding to training needs and requests, pursuing collaborative opportunities with schools and agencies and implementing projects in support of Gallaudet University’s strategic plans. They have given presentations at various conferences and events throughout the Midwest Region, and attend conferences such as the Indiana Deaf Educators and Educational Interpreters Conference, the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education in South

Coordinator Misti Harrison at a conference in Indianapolis

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Foundation News


New Foundation President Andrea Turner (2011-2012), left, and Executive Director of the Foundation Staci Bynum, right, honor outgoing Foundation President Mark Kochan (2010-2011) The John A. Logan College Foundation welcomed eight new directors to the Foundation Board at its August 2 meeting. They are Jeff Speith of Carbondale, Nancy Fricke of Murphysboro, Jeff Streuter of Murphysboro, Ed Daech of Carterville, Ryan Patton of West Frankfort, Jessica Doerr of Murphysboro, Dan Fincke of Herrin, and Jeff Rose of Marion. There are now 26 members of the Foundation Board of Directors who live throughout the John A. Logan College district. Mark Kochan was recognized for his year of service as president of the Foundation. Andrea Turner of Carbondale will serve as the 20112012 Foundation president.

GENERAL LOGAN JAM SET FOR OCTOBER 1 An evening chock full of musical entertainment is on the menu for Saturday, October 1 outside the Herrin Civic Center as the Hairbanger’s Ball and LoCash Cowboys take to the stage. The Second Annual General Logan Jam is a fundraiser for the John A. Logan College Foundation which provides financial support to the educational programs and services at the College, largely through the distribution of scholarships to students in need. Tickets are now on sale for $15.00. The Hairbanger’s Ball kicks off the festivities at 7 p.m. The band specializes in 1980s hard rockin’ music made popular by the likes of Poison, Def Leopard, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Van Halen and Bon Jovi. Popular country band, LoCash Cowboys, will follow up with some high-energy contemporary tunes. Gates open for the concert at 5:30 p.m. on October 1. Presenting sponsors of the General Logan Jam include: Mid-Continent University, Pepsi Mid-America, New Country Z100, The Bank of Herrin, SIU Credit Union, 101.5 FM, and Miller Lite. “We are beyond excited about this year’s concert,” said JALC Foundation Executive Director Staci Bynum. “It is a tremendous opportunity for us to raise both awareness and money. The Foundation impacts a diverse group of individuals who believe in the value of an education and the opportunities knowledge brings. Our students go on to continue their education at four-year universities or do important work in our communities.” For more information, contact the Foundation Office at Ext. 8472 or at

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FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Stacy Holloway, director of scholarships and alumni services for the John A. Logan College Foundation, has announced the awarding of the following scholarships: American Magnetics Scholarship Haley Bush, Carterville Amy Young Memorial Scholarship Amy Karl, Murphysboro August L. & Thelma W. Fowler Scholarship Michelle Laird, Marion

Carterville Banking Center, The Bank of Herrin Scholarship Ryan Bonifield, Carterville Casey Saffelder Memorial Scholarship Lacey Price, Marion Dale L. Usher Scholarships Kaitlyn Abell, Carterville Kegan Doty, Carterville

Bank of Herrin Endowed Scholarship Patrick McNeill, Herrin

Dorothy Ivey Scholarship Robert Parnell, Murphysboro

Billy and Corinne Brown Scholarship Alysha Bottje, Alto Pass

Dr. Fred Nolen Memorial Scholarship Amy Maxey, Enfield

Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Community College Scholarships Agatha Franca, Carbondale High School Kasey Schwartz, Carterville High School Bethany Shadley, Crab Orchard High School Rikki Scott, Du Quoin High School Shelby Newborn, Elverado High School LeAnna Smith, Herrin High School Jessika Tippy, Johnston City High School Kyleigh Pender, Marion High School Jose Garcia, Murphysboro High School Benjamin Chapman, Trico High School Rebecca McClure, West Frankfort High School

Edith Bourne Memorial Scholarship Crystal Garcia, Marion

Bonny Murphy Early Childhood Education Scholarship Tarina Yates, Murphysboro

Egyptian Contractors/ O.M. Hudgens Scholarship Scott Julian, Johnston City

Hancock Memorial Scholarship Aubri Almaroad, Marion

Marion Elk Ladies Association #800 Scholarship Michelle Laird, Marion

Herrin Security Bank Endowed Scholarship Kendal Brooks, Herrin

Noah Saffelder Memorial Scholarship Danielle Sellars, Marion

Jake and Carolyn Rendleman Methodist Scholarship Jordan Kiesling, Carterville Nichole Mize, Carterville

Practical Nursing Club Scholarships Amanda Arndt, Willisville Alex Croessman, Du Quoin Amy Houston, Carbondale John Hughes, Marion

James and Rosemary Childress Scholarships Samantha Ridenour, Carterville Emily Adams, West Frankfort James D. Holloway Legislative Scholarship Sophie Hooker, Du Quoin James Kuruc Memorial Scholarship Amber Blanchette, Carterville

Elizabeth M. Dietz Memorial Scholarship Joseph Reeves, Murphysboro

Judith A. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Kim Ragan, Marion Craig VanEtten, Herrin

Eugene Hudgens Memorial Scholarship Mallori Chamness, Marion

June and William Kunkel Scholarship Rebekah Kosco, Johnston City

Evagene Lay Scholarships Melisa Mason, Marion Alexander Rodman, Cutler

Lee Booth Memorial Scholarship Lauren Steinmetz, Herrin

Frank R. Samuel Memorial Scholarship Nichole Mize, Carterville

Lillian Hudgens Memorial Scholarship Ella Kelly, Marion

Franklin County Medical Society Scholarship Michael Karas, West Frankfort

McDonald’s Scholarships Daniel Williams, Carbondale Devan Meeks, Colp Kayla Brantley, Herrin Kelli Russell, Marion Heather Still, McLeansboro

Gene Farley Memorial Scholarship Scott Julian, Herrin

Pyle Family Scholarship Amy Lewis, Elkville Richard A. and Evelyn L. Helms Memorial Scholarships Logan Mann, Carterville Christi Bromley, West Frankfort Hannah Herrin, Carterville Streuter Family Scholarship Jose Garcia, Murphysboro Suzanne Teegarden Women’s Re-Entry Scholarship Cleo “Amanda” Johnson, Murphysboro Ted Green Memorial Scholarship Melissa Summers, Murphysboro Tim Ahlm Memorial Scholarship Christi Bromley, West Frankfort Tri-C Memorial Scholarship Ryan Bonifield, Carterville

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12TH ANNUAL CENTRAL AMERICAN ADVENTURE ANNOUNCED JALC Professor Nelda Hinckley has announced the 12th Annual Central American Adventure studying the birds and natural history of Costa Rica is scheduled for January 4-11, 2012. The land package tour price for this travel/study opportunity is $2,375.00 (not including airfare) which includes airport transfers at San Jose; Nelda Hinckley (seated, center) with Costa Rican naturalist guide, Max Vindas, and the guided ground 2011 travel study group. transportation; meals and accommodations; accompaniment of an expert, English speaking Costa Rican naturalist guide; taxes, service charges, and most gratuities. Tour price is based on double-occupancy and a minimum of eight paying participants. Ms. Hinckley calls Costa Rica a bird watcher’s dream, with a diverse avifauna which is well protected by a world-renowned national park system and studied by scientists from around the world. This tour will introduce travelers to the incredible range of habitats present in this small nation. Participants will register for Biology 240 (3 credit hours). For further information, contact Professor Hinckley at 549-5588; 549-7335, Ext. 8820; or The final payment for the trip is due November 1.

Buckingham Named Outstanding Business Officer Associate Dean for Payroll and Benefits Services Stacy Buckingham has been selected as the 2011 Outstanding Business Officer Award winner for Region V of the Community College Business Officers organization. Ms. Buckingham will be recognized at CCBO’s 29th Annual International Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 20. This awards program seeks to honor those individuals who demonstrate excellence and exceptional service to their institution and community. Award winners are nominated by their peers and chosen by the nominee’s CCBO colleagues. Ms. Buckingham is in her 21st year of employment at John A. Logan College. A JALC alumnus, she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During her tenure at JALC, Ms. Buckingham has served on many committees, including the Hiring Committee, Scholarship Committee, accreditation steering committees, and search committees. In recent years she has implemented several important initiatives, including the Employee Benefits Fair (for which she won a Center for Excellence Award), the direct deposit system, and the employee time clock system. Her future plans call for development of content for a Payroll and Fringe Benefit section to be added to the JALC website. She has also participated in the CCBO’s Leadership Academy for the past two years. President Robert Mees called the award well deserved. “I am very proud of Stacy and her accomplishments. She exemplifies the core values of the CBBO with her professional business skills and excellence.” Ms. Buckingham resides in West Frankfort with her husband, Keith and daughter Ashley, a fourth grader. CCBO provides educational and professional support, networking opportunities, and other resources to help current and future business officers and other professionals better prepare for successful roles in the business, administrative, and service enterprises of community colleges in the United States and Canada.

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Message from President continued from page 2 Many other events will be taking place on our campus this fall – Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days, Poshard Foundation Annual Event, AutumnFest Arts and Crafts Show, the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the Alzheimer’s Walk, Civil War Days, and several diversity events. Information on these events may be found in this publication, and I encourage you to take advantage of the many outstanding opportunities. Congratulations to Stacy Buckingham on being sele cte d Outstanding Business Officer for Region V by the Community College Business Officers organization. Congratulations are also in order to Valerie Barko on her appointment to the Mississippi River Coordinating Council, and to Jason Tanner on his appointment to the National Business Education Association’s Strategic Planning Committee. Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable fall semester. Sincerely,

Robert L. Mees, PhD President

“Lunch Bunch” Reconnects Jalc Retirees At the invitation of former JALC instructor Carol Lawson, a group of retired John A. Logan College faculty and staff met for lunch on June 11. The purpose of the gathering was to rekindle their associations and discuss the formation of an organized group. The following were present: Michiko Eberle, Carol Lawson, Priscilla Winkler Gray, Nelda Hinckley, Carol Lawson, Helen Nall, Mary O’Hara, Marie Perkins, Gayle Pesavento, Ann Phillips, and Blanche Sloan. The group selected the name “Logan Ladies Lunch Bunch.” They met again on Friday, August 5, at Houlihan’s in Carbondale. Any former faculty and staff who are interested in joining the group should call Carol Lawson, 457-4513.

PEOPLE…New Faces

Elizabeth Bischoff


Rebecca Caraker

Emily Hookham

part-time assistant coordinator of Family Literacy-Marion

part-time custodian

full-time, temporary learning resources clerk II

part-time assistant literacy coordinator

Sharilyn Cowan

Ron McCuan

part-time secretary II for Women for Health and Wellness

full-time supervising dentist

Terry Davis

Francie Morhet

part-time custodian

part-time adult basic education counselor/facilitator

Judith Grider

James White

part-time learning resources clerk II

assistant volleyball coach


Janel Chamness and Debbie Pace – part-time preschool assistant substitutes. Randall Hall – part-time campus safety law enforcement officer


Valerie Barko on her appointment by Governor Quinn to serve on the Mississippi River Coordinating Council. The council is comprised of private citizens, not-for profit organizations, and state and federal agencies with the goal of promoting the environmental and economic health of the Mississippi River and its tributaries within the State of Illinois. Jason Tanner on his appointment to the National Business Education Association Strategic Planning Committee for the period of 2011-2013. The NBEA is the nation’s leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business.

JALC ACQUIRES NEW RECYCLING BINS Nine out of ten people say they would recycle more if it were easier. John A . Logan College is making it easier for students, faculty, and staff to recycle with the recent addition of new colorful recycling bins. Five sets of the new bins have been conveniently placed around the campus to collect plastic bottles, cans and paper that might otherwise be thrown away. Recycling of these products saves valuable natural resources, saves landfill space and cuts down on energy use by re-processing items instead of making new ones from raw materials. Sustainability Coordinator Tim Gibson noted that the new bins are themselves made of recycled material and are designed to attract attention and encourage use. They are part of the overall campus recycling effort, and help to visibly demonstrate the College’s commitment to recycling. The bins were purchased through the College’s Sustainability Center with a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network.

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