December 3, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Michiko Eberle, professor of chemistry at John A. Logan College, was recently honored for her many years of service to theExpanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference held each fall at Southern Illinois University.  EYH’s mission is to inspire girls in middle school and high school to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“I have been presenting at the EYH conference for 22 years, but I’m retiring in May so this was my last one,” Eberle said.  “SIU math professors Kathleen Pericak-Spector and Mary Wright are the co-directors of the conference and do a great job.  I was surprised and flattered when they gave me a plaque for my contributions to the conference.”

Eberle said she fully supports EYH’s mission.

“It’s important to hook students at an early age and spark their interest in science and math,” Eberle said.  “Many students struggle with those subjects, but if they have an interest in them, they are more likely to put in the effort it takes to master them.  I always did presentations that I thought the students would like to do, such as making something explode and making slime to play with.  The activities were interactive and hands-on so the girls could get involved and see that chemistry is fun.  I really enjoyed working with the girls, and I probably had as much fun or more than they did.”

Robert English, department chair of physical science at JALC, said Eberle has done a lot of outreach to young students over the years and he was pleased to see her honored.

“Michiko has been presenting at that conference for years,” English said.  “She did it on her own with no compensation.  We’re proud of her dedication to that project and happy she was recognized.  She put a great deal of time and effort into the preparation of her presentations.  The conference is held on Saturday and she willingly gave up her day off to work with the girls.”

English said Eberle will be missed when she retires next May.

“Michiko and I came to teach at Logan the same year,” English said.  “I’ve worked with her a long time, and I believe she’s the best instructor I’ve come into contact with.  She’s an extremely hard worker and very committed to her students.  She always receives amazing evaluations from her students.  We are really going to miss her when she retires.  She will definitely be hard to replace.”      


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