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President’s Office October - December 2011

John A. Logan College

General News

Dedication Held For New Communication Wing Dedication and ribboncutting ceremonies for the John A. Logan College Communication Wing took place on November 28 in the main lobby of the new structure. A large gathering of College officials, board members, employees, and community supporters packed the lobby to join in celebrating the event. After hearing from President Robert Mees, Board Chair Mike Hopkins, and Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick, several attendees opted to tour the 66,000-square-foot, four-story facility. The new structure provides classroom/lab space for interpreter preparation, real-time captioning, foreign language, speech and English programs. Board Chair Mike Hopkins credited the foresight of current and former board of trustees members who took a proactive approach toward adding the needed space over four years ago. The board authorized planning of the project and approved funding construction of the Communication Wing through a tax-exempt bond issue in early 2007. Though the project was beset with many weather and construction delays, Hopkins noted, “Some things are worth waiting for, and this facility will benefit students for many years to come.” President Mees says the additional classroom spaces will mean better services for students by allowing them to schedule classes when they need them. Newly appointed vice-president for instruction Deborah Payne agrees. “We make every effort to accommodate students that are trying to balance work and school. The new space will allow us to offer more classes at peak times, making it easier for those students to get a full-time schedule.” Forward thinking during the planning processes also left some additional unfinished square footage to allow for expansion. By doing so, the College has been able to enter into an agreement with Southern Illinois Healthcare to finish out and use the top floor of the new wing for a one-stop training center for healthcare personnel. More about this partnership may be found on Page 2 of this issue.

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College Signs Agreement With SIH For New Training Center Dear Colleagues and Friends: As we near the end of fall semester, I am pleased that we were able to dedicate our new Communication Building which will give us 26 new classrooms and computer labs. We are also nearing completion of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village. The financial challenges of the past year have been difficult, but with our Sustainable Financial Plan for Budget Cuts and great support from our faculty and staff, we have been able to cut over $2 million out of our budget and end up with a strong and stable financial outlook for the future. I would like to welcome Dr. Deborah Payne to our senior management team as the new vice-president for instruction. She replaces Dr. Julia Schroeder who retired on November 30. I want to thank Dr. Schroeder for her many years of dedicated service to our College. Congratulations to our sustainability team on receiving the 2011 Governor’s Sustainability Award. A special thank you to Tim Gibson and Dwight Hoffard for leading this effort. I am so pleased with our new partnership with Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) that will allow SIH to open a 6,000 sq. ft. training center for

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John A. Logan College President Robert Mees (seated left) and Southern Illinois Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Rex Budde (seated right) signed an agreement on November 30 to enable SIH to use the top floor of the new Communication Building on the JALC campus as a training center for healthcare personnel. The idea for the project was born approximately two years ago. Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick explains, “Because our Communication Wing construction project had come in under budget, we were able to frame out an additional floor in the wing for future expansion. SIH had been looking for additional space to help with training and continuing education opportunities for nurses. Our Workforce Development Department has already provided numerous training opportunities for SIH, and now they will have the ability to assist with training on-site.” He calls the agreement a win-win situation for both organizations. President Robert Mees says the cooperative effort with SIH is a tremendous opportunity to enhance healthcare for Southern Illinoisans. “A project such as this probably hasn’t been done anywhere else in the country,” he said. “This will be a one-stop training center for SIH healthcare professionals, making them better healthcare providers for the community. The general public will ultimately benefit.” The new training site includes state-of-the-art simulation labs which create learning environments that closely mirror real-life scenarios. The various simulation labs include an Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit as well as in-patient hospital rooms. SIH anticipates the first simulated learning experiences will include treatment of heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke.

DATES TO REMEMBER December 22 December 22 December 23 thru January 2, 2012 January 3 January 16 January 17 January 24 January 25 February 20 February 25 February 28

Holiday reception for faculty and staff at 11:00 a.m. College closes at noon for Holidays College closed for Christmas/New Year Holidays College re-opens for business College closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday Spring semester instruction begins Regular Board of Trustees meeting JALC Foundation’s Annual Italian Dinner College closed for President’s Day Holiday Southern Illinois Women’s Teen Conference Regular Board of Trustees meeting

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Dr. Deborah Payne Named Vice-President For Instructional Services The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees named Herrin native and former Dean for Instruction, Dr. Deborah Payne, Vice President for Instructional Services at a special board meeting held on October 19. Payne assumed her duties on December 1 for Dr. Julia Schroeder, who retired. Payne came to Logan as the Dean for Instruction in February of 2001 after serving as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the Herrin Unit District 4 school system. A graduate of Herrin High School and Harding University, Payne holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and a Ph.D. in educational administration from SIUC. She has been actively involved in curriculum development, service-learning, international education, distance learning and professional development initiatives. She will be the college liaison for the Illinois Association of Superintendents Association and Schoolmasters. A charter member of the P-20 Southern Illinois Education Alliance, she has helped sponsor the Closing the Gap Conference for area educators and directed the Southern Illinois International High School Association. “I am looking forward to building on the tremendous academic and career and technical programs at John A. Logan College. Focusing on student success will ensure that students’ attainment of certifications and degrees will enable them to be strong candidates for higher education programs or the workforce.” She plans to continue encouraging community and educational partnerships that enable the College to serve students and the region. Payne said, “It is such an honor to work with one of the finest faculty and staff that you will find anywhere.” College President Dr. Robert Mees expects a smooth transition for Payne. “Debbie has been an outstanding Dean for Instruction, and I know that she will hit the ground running as she transitions into her new role,” he said. Mees said a campus-wide search committee was formed after Dr. Schroeder announced her retirement and that the Board of Trustees had interviewed three finalists before selecting Payne at the special board meeting. Mees added that no decision has been made yet as to when the search for a new Dean for Instruction will begin.


John A. Logan College Board of Trustees Chair Mike Hopkins is shown presenting a plaque to Vice-President of Instruction Julia Schroeder in recognition of her years of service to the College. He made the presentation at the November board meeting, Dr. Schroeder’s last meeting before her retirement from the College on November 30. Dr. Schroeder began her career as a student at the College in 1971. Prior to being named Vice-President for Instruction in 2000, she served as a term faculty member, full-time faculty member, department chair, associate dean for instruction, and dean for instruction. While serving as vice-president, Dr. Schroeder became a pioneer in online instruction and helped develop a number of ground breaking initiatives that included the College and Career Readiness program and a mentoring program for new faculty members. “Having started here as a student attending classes in the old barracks, I can truly appreciate what together as a team, the people of this institution have been able to accomplish,” Schroeder said. “I feel that we have worked to make the best decisions for the students. I still believe that teaching is the noblest profession of all, and I want to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. It has been a pleasure to work with each of you, especially Dr. Mees and Vice-Presidents Tim Daugherty and Brad McCormick.” President Mees called Dr. Schroeder one of the finest administrators and educators he has known. “She has the ability to solve problems and complete tasks quicker than anyone I have ever known, and I appreciate all she has done for this College. She will be truly missed,” Mees said. Dr. Schroeder says she looks forward to spending more time with her husband and three grandsons, and will continue to embrace the world of e-learning and education. In addition to being honored by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Schroeder was recently awarded the first-ever Master Teacher Award from Kappa Delta Pi and was also presented a special Leader Among Peers Award by the College’s Center for Excellence at the Professional Development Day luncheon in October.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Presidential Search Committee Formed

President Robert Mees has officially announced his retirement from the College effective June 30, 2012. A presidential search committee has been formed and advertisements for the position have been placed with an application deadline of January 30, 2012. The timeline calls for screening and interviewing of applicants in February and March of 2012, with employment of the new president in midApril. The Presidential Search Committee members are as follows: Trustees Jim Snider and John O’Keefe, Committee CoChairs; Vice-President for Administration Tim Daugherty; Baccalaureate Transfer Faculty Member Jane Bryant; Career Faculty Member Mark Rogers; NonTeaching Professional Member Stacy Holloway; Vice-President Emeritus Don

Middleton; Operational Staff Member Tamra Walker; JALC Student Kayla Malone; and community members Woody Thorne (Southern Illinois Healthcare), Bob Bleyer (Bank of Carbondale); and Ethel Holladay (retired teacher).

Holiday Observance/ Reception

Due to weather delays, the December 22 dedication ceremony and reception for the Historical Village has been cancelled and will be held in early 2012 when the project is complete. Since this event is no longer feasible, President Mees and the Board of Trustees will host a Holiday Reception for faculty and staff in the main lobby of the new Communication Wing at 11:00 a.m. on December 22. The brief reception will be an opportunity to connect in the spirit of the season just before the College closes at noon for the holidays. The College will be closed for the Christmas/ New Year holidays from noon on Thursday,

December 22, through Monday, January 2, 2012. The College will re-open for normal shifts on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Continuing Education Offers New Spring Classes

Associate Dean for Community Education Barr y Hancock has announced new classes being offered in the Continuing Education Department for the spring 2012 semester. They include: metal detecting, animal tracking, Qiqong, Coupon Genie workshop, bowed psaltery, IPAD, Zumba, Utah Conceal Carry, Southern Illinois Pickers (Antiques), Zippers, tips for buying and selecting the right horse, caring for your horse, how to gain a competitive edge in the workplace, fondant sculpturing and molding chocolate. A complete schedule of spring classes will be available in the near future and registration will begin January 4, 2012. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at Ext. 8248.

A 1940S RADIO CHRISTMAS: THE TRADITION CONTINUES The John A. Logan College Choral and Chamber Ensembles presented an evening full of the nostalgic sounds of the season to a sold-out O’Neil Auditorium on December 9 and 10. A 1940s Radio Christmas: The Tradition Continues, directed by Nathan D. Arnett, took audiences back to a time before satellite, cable, CDs, and even cassette tapes, when then was the radio. Southern Illinois’ own Ryan Patrick hosted the performance. Pictured are Rachelle Adams, Koury Wells, Jordan McCoy and Christian Thomas. Miss the performance? No problem. The production will air on Withers Broadcasting’s radio stations during the holiday season. “We recorded the show while we were performing it live” said Arnett. “The SIU Credit Union purchased airtime on the Withers Broadcasting network so the show will actually be played on the radio.” Dates, times, and stations are: Friday, December 23, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 97.7 FM US Saturday, December 24, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 810 AM FRX Saturday, December 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 107.3 FM W3D

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PTK Launches Commit To Complete College Campaign John A. Logan College’s Upsilon Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society launched its Commit to College Completion Campaign on November 17, 2011. The campaign encourages students to publicly commit to completing their college degree or certificate. Over 135 students signed a pledge to complete their community college degree Jarod Adams and Christina Boyce (in back) and Derrick so far. Faculty and staff who Austin (front) show their support of the College Completion are committed to helping Campaign students earn their degree also took the pledge. Not only were students encouraged to complete their college degrees, but were also informed of resources available to help them overcome obstacles that may hinder their success. Participating organizations include: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, TRiO Student Support Services, the Student Success Center, Perkins, Foundation Scholarship Office, Financial Aid, and Veterans Services. Since many students said the largest difficulties they face are financial limitations, much information was provided about available grants and scholarships. Phi Theta Kappa considers the project a huge success and is very happy so many students pledged their commitment to graduate from John A. Logan College.

Followell Named Certified Nurse Educator

Janet Followell RN, PhD, instructor of Nursing at John A. Logan College, recently earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) Program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community, long overdue, said Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. “Through the certification program, we have made clear to the ranks of higher education that the role of nurse educator is an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence,” she commented. In years to come, she said it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure. With nearly half (42.8 percent) of nurse faculty projected to retire within the next decade, and nearly three-quarters (69.7 percent) within 15 years, replacing them is of grave concern, noted NLN president Dr. Elaine Tagliareni. “We must encourage more nurse faculty to prepare for certification so that our nursing schools can be staffed by academicians of the highest caliber. Only in this way can excellence in nursing education be ensured for another generation.” In 2009, 502 nurse educators were awarded the CNE credential. Since the unveiling of the program in fall 2005 through December 31, 2009, 1,993 nurse educators representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have become CNEs.

Logan’s Family Reading Night A Success Dani Kay Marks, daughter of Heather Marks, childcare lab supervisor at JALC, saddles up to get her photo taken at the Sixth Annual Family Reading Night The students in John A. Logan College’s ECE 260 Parent Involvement class held the Sixth Annual Family Reading Night in November, hosting 25 local children and their parents for an evening of activities and entertainment. “We had a wonderful lasagna dinner for everyone who attended and lots of games and activities for the children,” said Dr. Marilyn Toliver, professor of early childhood education at Logan. “My students were responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing this event. They solicited businesses and organizations for donations to use as door prizes and worked with the staff at the Logan Preschool to get the word out about the event. This was a great hands-on learning experience for them, and I was so pleased with their efforts.” This year’s theme was “Fun on the Farm” and Toliver said the atmosphere reflected that. Students from Logan’s Interpreter Preparation Program provided unique entertainment with a storybook performance of “The Farm Puppy” for the children. Toliver said the event promotes family literacy. “We collected about 100 books to give to the children so each of them left with three or four books apiece,” she said. “We want children to know from a young age that reading is fun, and we want parents to understand how important it is to be reading to their children at home.”

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John Balogach of Murphysboro, a veteran of the Navy, chats with Pepsi representative Aaron Summers and Jim Brandt at the job fair for veterans

John A. Logan College Shows Support For Veterans John A. Logan College’s commitment to serving veterans was underscored this fall by activities planned during Veterans Appreciation Week. The Illinois Department of American Veterans mobile van was on campus during a portion of the week, offering counseling services and screenings for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Discussions were also held on campus covering reintegration of veterans into the classroom after service, possible challenges, and best practices. Books, flyers and materials were made available for those who attended. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also hosted a job fair for veterans at the College on October 27. A number of employers were on hand to show area veterans some of the job opportunities available to them. Bob Fester, Director of Veterans Services at JALC, coordinated the events. Fester, a veteran himself, has served as director of the Veteran’s Service Center since it was established in 2009. The center serves as a one-stop shop to assist veterans in charting a career path, receiving veteran’s benefits, and readjusting to civilian life.

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Student Veteran Expresses Appreciation JALC English instructor Jeneece Bishop felt strongly about recognizing veterans in her classes as the Veterans Day holiday approached. “I just always want to make sure that my students who are veterans receive their hard earned recognition. Their sacrifice certainly gives all of us the privilege of an education in the United States of America. “ She perhaps underestimated the powerful impact her recognition would have, and was very touched to receive the following correspondence from one of her English 102 students, Tina Griffiths. The letter is printed with Ms. Griffith’s permission: Mrs. Bishop, Just wanted to send you a copy of a short note to some of the soldiers I have served with….Veteran’s Day is not here yet, but it’s right around the corner. I’m sure I will encounter, witness and take part in many appreciative acts over the weekend, but I would like to tell you about one I have encountered this morning. Today in my English 102 class our teacher asked, “Have you ever asked yourself what you have done to earn your seat in this class?” A few students answered: “I signed up on time;” “I paid tuition.” Their answers are not wrong, but I knew where Mrs. Bishop was going with her question. She then called out a list of names, mine included, and asked us to come to the front. She then told the class that we were veterans and that we had earned their seats for them. As we stood in front, she read a poem, and I clenched my teeth to keep any tears at bay.

I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze; A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform, So young, so tall, so proud; With hair cut square and eyes alert, He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought…how many men like him Had fallen through the years? How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears?

I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives.

How many pilot’s planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom is not free. I heard the sound of Taps one night When everything was still; I listened to the bugler play, And felt a sudden chill; I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant “Amen” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend;

I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea, Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No. Freedom is not free!” –

by Kelly Strong, 1981

The veteran beside me noticed my bowed head, clenched jaw and silence. He said, “A little embarrassing, yeah?” I nodded then mumbled, “Most strangers don’t even know I serve. I don’t talk about it.” He replied, “Me, too.” As I stood there silently folding the poem she had handed us before she read, Mrs. Bishop continued, “As you walk out, I want you to shake each of our veterans’ hands.” I stood there thinking for a minute and wondered why these holidays were always so hard. I think of Veterans Day being more for the ones that didn’t come home and the ultimate sacrifice they made, the soldiers before my generation that were not welcomed home, and for some who were just never found. I don’t by any means downplay any soldiers’ service and consider us all veterans. I am proud of my service, the people I have served with, and the ones we lost. Embarrassed? No. Humbled by the experience. Thankful for the ones before me who paved the way. Respectful of those who came home only to be spit upon. Thankful for the support our troops now have. Thankful for people like Mrs. Bishop…who never forget…right along with those of us who can’t. YES! Patriotism isn’t dead.

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By Gary Spoerre

You see it referenced on posters and signs all over campus – “Perkins Can Help!”… but what is “Perkins”? Perkins is the short form of “The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006”, a federal grant awarded to John A. Logan College to help Career and Technical Education (CTE) students complete their programs on time and transition into the workforce. Career and Technical Education is designed to provide students with the knowledge and workplace skills necessary for certification and immediate employment in a given technical field such as nursing, law enforcement, construction, or business management. Programs in these fields are usually two years or less in length, and are designed around real-world environments that train students to be problem solvers, team members, and critical thinkers. Here’s one student’s Perkins success story: When he was younger, Chris Glazik always thought he’d get into psychology or criminal justice. But life is what happens when you’re making other plans and Chris enlisted in the Army - Airborne Infantry. After his service overseas, he drove a tractor-trailer for five years before deciding to go back to school. At 30 and a single parent, he’s now working hard in the Practical Nursing program. Chris says, “I’m the first in my family to choose medicine as a career. When I became a parent I recognized that I’d need a stable career, one that transfers to wherever I go… but it also has to feel like I’m doing some good in this world - being a Vet helped me realize that I did better in jobs that gave something back to the community.” When asked about the obstacles he’s seen as a student, he said “The biggest obstacle I face as a student is money – Perkins has been a big help in keeping my focus on classes rather than worrying about how to make ends meet every month.” Chris has made the President’s list for his academic achievement and is now the President of Logan’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ), the academic honor society for two-year colleges. Yesterday he and fellow ΦΘΚ members spent the morning talking to students about their “Commitment to Complete” and the services available to Logan students to help them with their goals. He was a great marketing rep for Perkins: “Any student who feels they may not complete college due to a financial hardship should take a good look at Perkins, it’s definitely helped me to complete my academic goals!” Perkins legislation recognizes the connection between CTE, middle-sector jobs and a strong national economy. For over 25 years, Perkins has been supporting the CTE students, programs, and faculty at John A. Logan College. Qualified students (50 to 70 per semester) receive funding that help remove their greatest obstacles to completion – the costs of travel, childcare and textbooks; all CTE students receive counsel on resume preparation, interview skills, and general soft-skills in communication and leadership. CTE programs receive funding to support improvements to our classrooms that directly affect the student environment – such as training aids, media, and equipment that will help prepare our graduates for tomorrow’s work environments. And CTE faculty receive funding to attend conferences and training that keep them up to date with the latest changes and trends in their respective industries. In addition to these direct support initiatives, Perkins also supports three of the College’s largest recruiting efforts– the Health Careers Showcase, the Business Contest, and the Applied Technology Tour Day – where students from our district high schools visit the campus and participate in workshops and activities in their areas of interest. This year, Perkins will also partner with the New Look grant to bring a pilot group of young women to campus to investigate non-traditional occupations (also known as NTO’s, these are occupations with 25% or less gender representation) and raise NTO interest at the district high schools. The College currently offers 62 NTO programs for females and 39 programs for males, though all are greatly underutilized by the non-traditional gender. It is hoped this pilot will develop into a separate, fourth recruiting effort at our campus, introducing young math and science students to the benefits of NTO careers. For more information on Perkins, please visit the College’s Perkins site at or contact Gary Spoerre at or Ext. 8226.

Realtime Captioning Technology Students Attend Annual Convention Realtime captioning students, Noah Leveret, Brook Heine, Davee Followell, Elizabeth Kavelman, Cheyenne Tate, Lisa Hafliger, and faculty member Marilyn Haywood attended the Illinois Court Reporters Association Annual Convention held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on September 10-11, 2011. The students and faculty attended the ILCRA annual meeting and a host of workshops that were related to the realtime captioning profession. Those attending agreed that all of the presentations and workshops were excellent.  During the ILCRA annual meeting, Bernice Radavich, chairperson of the ILCRA Student Scholarship Committee, announced Davee Followell as the first place scholarship recipient for her essay “Nothing in the World Takes the Place of Persistence.”   She was awarded $1,000, a complimentary one-day registration to the Illinois/Wisconsin Annual Convention, hotel accommodations, travel cost, and a one-year associate membership in ILCRA.  Also, Donna Urlaub, co-owner of Urlaub Bowen & Associate court reporting firm located in the greater Chicago area, announced the recipients of the Robert P. Fields Legacy Scholarship. Brooke Heine received the $1,000 award, and Cheyenne Tate received the $500 award.  Special thanks was expressed by Marilyn Haywood to the ILCRA sponsors who paid for the students’ registration fees and to John A. Logan College students, faculty and staff for their continued support of the RCT program.

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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: Administrative Services Scholarship Sydney Motsinger, Marion

Earl A. Pate Scholarship Dylan Moore, Johnston City

John M. Armstrong Rendleman Nursing Scholarship Carbondale Rotary Scholarship John Hughes, Marion Angela Sampson, Carbondale Fred F. Claxton Memorial Seth Merrett Albert and Margaret T. Bleyer Scholarship Katherine Derbak Memorial Scholarship Memorial Scholarship Gualberta Baker, Herrin Scholarship Autumn Martin, Marion Brittany Campbell, Erin Kneipp, Murphysboro Johnston City General John A. Logan Southern Illinois Chapter NSDU Scholarship Krystal Maranda Pritchard Hospital Services/ Angelo and Frances Sala Derek Cima, Marion Scholarship Marsha Lynn Cato Memorial Scholarship Abigail Curry, Carterville Memorial Scholarship Eben Brooks, Murphysboro Harold and Mary Lou Bethany Stuemke, Carbondale “Tommie” Perkins Leon Striegel, DVM Ann L. Knewitz Memorial Nursing Scholarship Scholarship Steven A. Sala “Believe and Achieve” Patricia Hahn, Johnston City Brittney Mifflin, Carbondale Memorial Scholarship Scholarship Christian Thomas, Carterville Cynthia Cordoro, Creal Springs Heartland Regional Medical Louis and Margaret Cerutti Center (Papa C) Scholarships Steven M. Arthur Scholarship Aisin Scholarships Scholarship Michael Frederking, Percy Tyler Lukens, Herrin Logan Barringer, Murphysboro Susan Warren, Herrin Elizabeth Hart, Du Quoin Michael Rowald, Murphsboro Student Achievement Awards Illinois Health Improvement Louis Wides Nichole Pate, Herrin Arnold and Wyma Smith Association Scholarship Memorial Scholarship Lisa Rebman, Murphysboro Memorial Scholarship Theresa Heern, Murphysboro Melissa Summers, Murphysboro Rebecca Robertson, Ashley Hoffsuemmer, Johnston City West Frankfort Interpreter Preparation Marilyn Casey Scholarship Robert Smith, Herrin Scholarship James Newton, Jr., Murphysboro Salvador Tomas, Carbondale Betty Frances Mattingly Sabra Blumhorst, Carbondale Memorial Nursing Scholarship Angela Gwodzik, West Frankfort Marion William Parker Velma McKinnon James Newton, Murphysboro Memorial Scholarship Nursing Scholarship Jackson County Allan Brumleve, Cobden Jordan Atkins, Herrin Careers in Manufacturing Retired Teachers Tara Chamness, Carterville Scholarship Association Scholarship Mary J. Barstis Steven Hampton, Carterville Elaina Cozart, Percy Memorial Scholarship Voiture 1299 40 et 8/ Morgan Smith, West Frankfort John Miller Memorial C.N.A. – L.P.N. Scholarship Jim Horn Scholarship Lakyn Winner, Crainville Memorial Scholarship Mary Rendleman Johnson Christian Falconer, Murphysboro Rebecca Robertson, Nursing Scholarship Carterville Rotary Club Johnston City Cynthia Cordoro, Creal Springs WGS & Friends Scholarship Scholarship Susan Keim, Creal Springs Daniel Turnquist, Carterville John A. Logan College Mildred Rose Bailey Tyler Horn, Herrin Alumni And Friends Memorial Scholarship Logan Barringer, Murphysboro Construction Management Association Scholarship Adam Stearns, Carbondale Chelsea Grammer, Murphysboro Technology Scholarship Anita Ragan, Marion Adreanna Reiman, Murphysboro Julio Blanco, Ozark O.M. Hudgens John L. Kuruc Sr. Scholarships William L. Bost, Scholarship David L. Sloan, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Miqueal Deram, Herrin Eli Martin, Murphysboro Memorial Scholarship Elaina Cozart, Percy Rachael Kelley, Murphysboro Jordan Atkins, Herrin

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25 Years Ago… THEN—In 1986, Elaine Parker, then counselor of the Optional High School program, posed with Johan Obis, who was Associate Dean of Adult Basic/Developmental Education at JALC at that time. NOW--Elaine Parker poses with the new Director of Adult Secondary Education Crystal Hosselton

COLLEGE RECEIVES GOVERNOR’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARD JALC Sustainability Coordinator Tim Gibson (pictured left) and Director of Buildings, Grounds, and Maintenance Dwight Hoffard accepted the 2011 Governor’s Sustainability Award on behalf of the College at a reception in Champaign on October 27. In just over one year of existence, the John A. Logan College Sustainability Center has successfully implemented programs that have drastically cut energy costs at the College. Reductions were accomplished by a combination of improvements and upgrades to lighting and heating/cooling systems, better facilities management, and a campaign of campus education. For 25 years, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Governor’s Office have been honoring companies and organizations that have made a difference in the environment of Illinois. The highly regarded Governor’s Sustainability Award re cog ni zes organi z ations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

• Gasoline was 89 cents per gallon… • Lady Gaga was born… • Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault… • Mike Tyson becomes youngest heavy weight champion… • Mad Cow disease was identified… • Elaine Parker was hired at John A. Logan College as counselor in the Adult Secondary Education program! Twenty five years later, the Adult Secondary Education (ASE) program at John A. Logan College continues to receive recognition and funding from Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP). The program has seen continued growth and improvement under Elaine’s watch. Although an alternative program had been in existence prior to 1986, the newly created TAOEP funding stream promised consistency, continuity, and recognition for dropout and at risk youth in the JALC district through the Adult Secondary Education (ASE) program. -ASE operated a day only program serving only 12-15 dropout students and now has the capacity to serve 40 students daily in the daytime program. -An evening credit recovery component was added for students who were at-risk of dropping out of school because they were behind in credits for high school graduation. These classes are offered during evening hours throughout the school year and during the summer. The program has the capacity to serve 60 students at any given time. -An “In Lieu of Expulsion” component was added for high school students who, with a signed contract from their sending school, can continue working on credits toward graduation. -The program has grown and currently serves approximately 140 students annually. -Through the two program offerings and in the past 25 years it is estimated that approximately 500 students who had either dropped out of school or were at risk of dropping out of school completed high school graduation requirements with help from ASE program and staff. ASE is a well-respected program in the local public school community, at the Illinois State Board of Education, and with the Illinois Community College Board. Elaine has served on two state councils addressing at risk students, as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce for two consecutive terms on re-enrolling students who have dropped out of school, is past President and a current Board Member of the Illinois Coalition for Educating At Risk Youth (ICEARY), has received Outstanding Staff Member from JALC, Dedicated Excellence to Youth Award from the Child Advocacy Center, Center for Excellence Award from JALC , Field Instructor of the Year from SIU School of Social Work, and other recognitions from local schools and community organizations. Since the beginning of her tenure, Elaine has worked to meet the educational needs of the area’s youth, starting as a counselor, then moving into the director’s position. She has facilitated many changes and improvements along the way. The program remains a part of the Adult Education program at JALC and a viable option to schools and families in assisting youth in their educational pursuits. On November 30, Elaine passed the charge to Crystal Hosselton to continue the Adult Secondary Education program for the next 25 years!

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Message from President continued from page 2 their healthcare personnel on the fourth floor of our new Communication Wing. This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance healthcare for Southern Illinoisans. Thanks to SIH President and CEO Rex Budde, SIH VicePresident Woody Thorne, JALC Dean Phil Minnis and JALC Associate Dean for Corporate Education Darren Pulley for their leadership in making this partnership a reality. Thanks to Director of Adult Secondary Education Elaine Parker for her 25 years of excellent service to the Adult Secondary Education program at John A. Logan College. Elaine retired on November 30, and we welcome Crystal Hosselton who is now in that position. Due to the continued difficult financial conditions, the College’s Annual Christmas Luncheon was suspended again this year. However, we will have a Holiday Reception with cookies and punch in the new lobby of the Communication building on December 22 at 11:00a.m. to send everyone home for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sincerely,

Robert L. Mees, PhD President


Dawn Pinkston

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full-time admissions specialist III


Crystal Hosselton - full-time director of adult secondary education


Elizabeth Myatt has moved into the position of director of accounting services


Mark Rogers on new academic rank of associate professor

Business Faculty Present At Conference Melanie Pecord, department chair of business education, and Terri Rentfro, professor of computer information systems, both gave presentations recently at the annual Illinois Business Education Association Conference held in Effingham, IL. Ms. Pecord presented information regarding Windows 7, and Ms. Rentfro presented information on Office 2010. Dr. Jason Tanner, professor of business, was the Hands-On Computer Sessions Program Director for the conference.

President Mees Featured In Publication President Robert Mees was recently selected by Cambridge Who’s Who Publishing to be included in the first edition of Cambridge Who’s Who Publishing’s Top 101 Industry Experts: Insights & Ideas to Inspire You. Dr. Mees is featured in the Educational Administration category of the publication with a two-page biographical narrative and a published indepth interview. The publication’s objective is to “reveal the objectives and triumphs prominent Cambridge members have achieved to gain success.” The individual stories reveal how the featured leaders stay ahead in their fields, and the assets, skill sets and motivating factors that qualified them for inclusion in the book. In addition to education, success stories are included from the fields of advertising, finance, law, science and technology. A special feature on Donald Trump, Jr.’s top real estate and development experts and a forward by Trump add interest to the publication. Cambridge has over 400,000 members. More information about Cambridge Who’s Who Publishing’s Top Industry Experts may be found at

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