May 29, 2019

May is a busy month on college campuses and John A. Logan College is no exception. 
The College recently held two commencement ceremonies, honors night and pinning ceremonies for both the LPN and ADN programs. In addition to end of the year ceremonies, the College recently completed finals week and concluded high school orientation visits that brought seniors from all of the College’s in-district high schools to the campus to register for summer and fall classes.

The College’s faculty and staff have had a whirlwind month that came to a conclusion at the monthly meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees.  Acting Vice-President for Instruction, Melanie Pecord praised faculty and staff for behind the scenes work to insure that the milestone events went off without a hitch for students and their families.

“The first couple of weeks in May is always crazy. It is a time that we celebrate all of the student successes from throughout the year,” said Pecord. “Everyone worked very hard, it went very well and I am thankful and appreciative of everyone’s hard work.”

College President, Dr. Ron House pointed out that the College’s commencement ceremonies were the largest in the history of the College.

We believe that the number of students that marched in graduation is the highest number we have ever had,” said House. “In addition, we had over 160 more graduate this spring over last year.  Which says a lot for our retention and our efforts to keep people around until they graduate. We are very pleased with that.”

In other Board news, the consent agenda included approval of a bid by Samron Midwest Contracting for the construction of a laboratory and renovation of an adjacent classroom for the Agriculture Program, and approval of the bid by Kemper CPA Group to provide audit services to the College.  In addition the Board approved a joint agreement for dual credit cooperation with Rend Lake College.

In new business, the Board approved the hire of tenure track faculty in cardiac DMS, mathematics and welding, ratification of a temporary, full-time campus police officer and several part-time faculty, community education, and workforce development instructional staff. Several retirements were also approved.  The Board is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 PM.