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JALC celebrates its 50th anniversary with big celebration

CARTERVILLE — His first desk was a card table and his first office chair was borrowed from a funeral home.

But Dr. Bill Anderson — one of John A. Logan College’s first administrators — quickly brought life to the college by hiring faculty and staff who laid a strong foundation, a foundation that has held the college now for 50 years.

Bill Gayer, who had been a counselor at Zeigler-Royalton High School, was one of several hires made by Anderson. Gayer, now retired from the college, was in attendance at the school’s 50th anniversary celebration Friday, Nov. 3, hearing speeches from Anderson, Dr. Bob Tarvin, Logan’s third president, and Harry L. Crisp II, the only surviving member of the college’s charter board of trustees.

Anderson spoke of JALC’s “humble beginnings,” noting that business offices were originally set up in an abandoned hardware store in Herrin where his office desk was a card table and he borrowed an office chair from a funeral home.

Before that, Dr. Nathan Ivey, the college’s first president, set up an office in Motel Marion where Anderson was interviewed before being hired.

“Think about it,” Anderson said, “this college started from nothing.”

Today, Logan — with its state-of-the-art facilities — includes 667,000 square feet of buildings located on 169 acres along Illinois 13 in Carterville between Marion and Carbondale. The institution also has extension centers in West Frankfort and Du Quoin.

What the college had in its infancy is strong leadership, just as it does today, Anderson noted. The college’s charter board included Crisp, a 31-year-old Marion businessman who had served in the Marine Corps. Crisp and other board members focused on their first and most important hire, the hiring of a president.

During a national search, Ivey, a 40-year-old educator, offered his resume. He was then working in Michigan.

“Dr. Ivey was the most important hire ever made at this college,” said Crisp. “His abilities and work ethic cannot be overstated. He was exactly what this college needed to get its start.”

Ivey’s first hire was a secretary, Ruth Scott. His second hire was Anderson.

While Anderson spoke in person during the 50th celebration, Ivey, who now lives in Texas, emailed a video that was played for the crowd’s enjoyment. More than 325 persons attended the dinner.

“Nathan Ivey could get things done,” Anderson said. Ivey, now 90, and his wife, Dorothy, who is 95, made incredible commitments by leaving Michigan and coming to Southern Illinois, he explained.

“The Iveys are incredible people,” Anderson said. “They came to Southern Illinois to build a college from nothing and what an amazing job they did.”

But the job was done with mostly local people who applied to be instructors and support personnel and worked “as closely as a family” to build Logan from the ground up.

“Bill Gayer was a great teacher as were so many others we hired then,” Anderson said. “Because of this, the college grew quickly.”

At age 28, Tarvin would become JALC’s third president. Anderson was in charge of the interviews for president then and believed in Tarvin’s vision.

Tarvin, who served from 1974 to 1982, was hired just as the United States was ending the war in Vietnam, Watergate had rocked the nation, and inflation was booming.

“A lot of difficult things were happening in the nation at that time,” Tarvin said. “It was a difficult economic time for the state and nation and that also affected the college.”

Working at Logan at the time of Tarvin was Dr. Ray Hancock, who would later become the college’s fifth president. Tarvin and Hancock attended a conference on college planning and both leaders believed the college district needed to pass a funding referendum.

In fact, most college districts in Illinois tried to pass funding referendums at that time. Only two passed, John A. Logan College’s was one of them.

“The passage of the referendum reaffirmed to me that the voters believed in us; they believed in the mission of John A. Logan College and what it meant to the district,” Tarvin said. “It was a major accomplishment that I am still proud of today.”

Dr. Ron House, Logan’s current president, had the honor of putting together the 50th celebration. He invited Anderson, Tarvin, and Crisp to speak. House opened the celebration with a welcome and introduction of Bill Kilquist, the college’s current board chairman.

“Part of what we are doing here tonight is celebrating 50 years of friends and acquaintances,” Kilquist said.

Nathan Arnett, associate dean for academic affairs at John A. Logan College, sang the National Anthem, which was followed with rousing applause from the crowd.

Carl Cottingham, a former dean for learning resources, offered the invocation before dinner.

In his prayer, Cottingham noted that John A. Logan College is a “very good thing.”

During the dinner, the crowd watched a video about the college titled, “Celebrating 50 Years of Opportunity.”

Following the video, House introduced special guests, which included Bob Butler, longtime mayor of Marion; Mike Monaghan, who represents the Illinois Community College Trustees Association in Springfield; legislators Terri Bryant and Dave Severin, along with Carlo Montemagno and Brad Colwell from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In the video sent by Ivey, Ivey praised the JALC’s current leadership for the work they are doing and said they should celebrate.

“It was my honor to work as the college’s charter president,” Ivey said. “It was for me, a work of love. It was successful because the citizens of the district really wanted the college and supported it. This college will always be close to my heart and my prayers.”

In his speech, Crisp said the charter board “made the right decisions for the right reasons.” One of those decisions was to hire Ivey.

It was noted that there was no job that Ivey wouldn’t tackle. Even when the first desks arrived for students, Ivey put on his overalls and went to work assembling the desks and delivering them to classes.

Most of all, however, Crisp said, Logan’s success was generated by “the support of the taxpayers of the college district.” That support, he said, has been overwhelming since the beginning.

Following the speeches, Staci Shafer, executive director of the JALC Foundation, which funded the dinner, praised Foundation directors, including Terance Henry, the Foundation’s president, for their leadership, noting that the organization has grown considerably from $3 million to more than $8 million over the past 10 years.

In turn, the Foundation is able to provide more than 600 scholarships annually.

Shafer then played a video titled, “Giving Opportunity,” which highlighted the lives of a few people who have benefited from scholarships at John A. Logan College and found success because of it.

Earlier in the evening, House introduced Emalene Wilcox, a 92-year-old Herrin resident, who wrote a two-page hand-written letter to the college, explaining how John A. Logan College played a central role in her life.

In his closing remarks, House pointed out that Logan has celebrated its 35,000th graduate and thousands of stories of incredible success due to the laying of an unshakable foundation constructed by its early leaders and cared for so deeply by other leaders and employees throughout the past 50 years.

The House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring John A. Logan College for 50 years of success. In the resolution, the 100th General Assembly said state leaders hold the college in high esteem for its mission and work to educate and give direction to so many over the past five decades.

Elaine Melby, a respected Carterville businesswoman and member of the Foundation board, offered the benediction.

“Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to celebrate what is good and what is positive for the people in our region.”

JALC celebrates its 50th anniversary with big celebration

Illinois institutions show decrease in funding while UI sees increase in students – The Daily Illini

Illinois institutions show decrease in funding while UI sees increase in students



Source: UI Division of Management Information

Source: UI Division of Management Information

Cindy Om

Cindy Om

Source: UI Division of Management Information

By Yasmeen Ragab, Contributing writer
October 16, 2017
Filed under Administration, News

The recent Illinois state budget crisis has placed a strain on public universities, drawing a bigger concern for student enrollment numbers in these state-funded institutions.

Funding for state colleges fell by 61 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. This was in addition to Illinois reducing its funding of state colleges by 41 percent between 2002 and 2015.

The Illinois Budget Impasse – a budget crisis that lasted from July 2015 to August 2017 – left Illinois without a state budget for three fiscal years.

State universities witnessed funds decline, like Western Illinois University’s funds that fell from $63 million in 2015 to $31.4 million in 2016. Western Illinois also laid off over 100 employees, according to a report by CNN. Northeastern Illinois University also eliminated 180 positions in May of 2017.

All of the University of Illinois campuses recently rolled out a tuition freeze, a plan that was intended to increase enrollment in the UI university system, particularly by Illinoisans and underrepresented minorities, according to the Chicago Tribune in early 2017.

“We have found that a lot of the reason that qualified students leave the state is on the basis of cost,” University of Illinois President Tim Killeen told the Chicago Tribune. “We need to be competitive on cost. We need to do that to preserve our talent.”

The University witnessed an increase in total undergraduate enrollment by over 150 students in the fall of 2017. The Chicago campus saw an increase in enrollment this fall as well, while the Springfield campus did not.

The Springfield campus was not immune to many of the negative effects of the budget impasse, and total enrollment there dropped by nine percent.

The University of Illinois system increased its overall enrollment by 2,300 students, contrary to what was thought would happen due to the budget crisis.

The University witnessed a small decrease in freshman enrollment between 2016 and 2017.

According to the University of Illinois Division of Management Information, 7,582 freshmen enrolled in  the fall of 2016 and only 7,518 in the fall of 2017. These totals are based on the number of students enrolled in classes on the 10th day of classes this fall.

Illinois natives also made up less of the incoming class this fall, which is a blow to the intended goal of the tuition freeze.

“Competition from schools outside of the state with generous scholarship awards appears to be the most significant factor in the decision not to enroll at Illinois,” the University said in a news release earlier this year.

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Focus on Fulbright: Q&A with President Larry Dietz | News – Illinois State

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz

President Larry Dietz participated in the Administrators Fulbright program to Germany in 1993. To celebrate Fulbright alumni at Illinois State, he recounts his days in the program and the impact it made. #Fulbright@ISU

Describe your Fulbright project
The project was to gain insight into the structure of higher education throughout the country and the corresponding financing mechanisms for those educational entities and for students. We spent some time in what was then the capital, Bonn, meeting with Fulbright administrators, some ambassadors, and other administrators. We then spent the remainder of our time traveling throughout Northern Germany including many communities in the former East Germany. We met with faculty members, rectors, elected officials, international directors of many campuses, and some students. We had wonderful exchanges of ideas, gained a lot of information about higher education in Germany including the role of the universities versus the fachhochschulen, and made many new friends along the way.

How do you believe your Fulbright experience changed your work after you returned?
Before I left Germany I talked to the Fulbright administrator indicating that I would be happy to host a group of German administrators once I returned. I followed that with a proposal and in the following year hosted a number of German administrators at my university, which was the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I worked with another person on our trip to Germany to help host the group and she was from the University of Kansas. Out of that we developed exchange agreements and several other formal agreements between several German universities and fachhochulen. To this day, I have some contacts with these individuals and just this past year I used this connection to place an ISU student at Augsburg Fachhochule for an internship. The experience also broadened my perspective on how important the international dimension of higher education was in the world and in American institutions. Since then, I have developed agreements in many other countries and enhanced the international dimension of every university I have served since that time.

Travel can be referred to as the gift of the unexpected. What was the most unexpected thing you saw or experienced?

People are people the world over, especially in education. While our governments may differ; our structures for delivery of education may differ; and our philosophies may differ; the underlying agreement is that education changes lives and international experiences are essential to broadening our perspectives and enhancing our education.

Have you returned to the country where you served your Fulbright award? Had it changed? Had you changed?
Yes, I have visited Germany many times since my Fulbright. I have gone there on business and vacation. The country has changed in that when I was there it wasn’t long after the Berlin wall had come down and they were adjusting to that change. They have also started to charge students for their education and developed a framework for what we would call financial aid to offset costs.

What do you most wish people could understand about the Fulbright experience?
I wish that more people knew about these opportunities and took the time to write proposals to participate. The programs are well-organized and introduces participants to important decision-makers and to the particular culture in unique and yet comfortable ways. International experiences such as the Fulbright simply changes one’s life and I am a great supporter of the program.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of applying for Fulbright?
Do it! It will be a great experience.

Learn more about the Fulbright alumni community at Illinois State.

Focus on Fulbright: Q&A with President Larry Dietz | News – Illinois State

EIU joins in effort to keep students in state for college, Ill. (WCCU) — 

Eastern Illinois University enrollment rates are down by five percent– and this is actually good news.

Administrators say it’s the lowest decline they’ve seen in six years.

“Illinois for a long time has been the second highest exporter of college bound students, only second to New Jersey,” Associate Vice President for Enrollment Josh Norman said. “And it’s incredible how much that has accelerated in the last few years.”

But for students like Kate Mushinski from Peoria, Illinois schools offered everything she needed.

“They academically have a really good history,” Mushinski said. “Job placement for a lot of the Illinois schools here, especially Eastern, U of I, ISU, depending on the major and with the school, is really good at producing.”

Schools across the state have lost an estimated 150,000 students to out-of-state schools over the past 14 years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Administrators are blaming the two year budget impasse and the fact that out-of-state competitors sometimes offer in-state tuition to Illinois students.

Earlier this week EIU, University of Illinois and Southern Illinois university organized a joint recruiting event in Mount Vernon to encourage high school students to stay in state. They say the event was a success with more than 170 students showing up.

“We as a public institution of higher ed need to step our game up when it comes to making sure that students know that there’s a quality education to be had here at an affordable price,” Norman said.

When students leave the state, experts say it has a ripple effect, meaning a loss of valuable employees once those students graduate and enter the workforce.

EIU joins in effort to keep students in state for college

State universities rolling out red carpet for Illinois high-schoolers

Several state universities are partnering on new efforts to keep talented Illinois high school seniors in the state for college — and combat declining enrollment at some campuses — most recently at a high-profile recruiting event for top students in southern Illinois.

The University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University co-sponsored the first “Salute to Illinois Scholars” on Tuesday at Mount Vernon’s Doubletree Hilton for more than 170 college-bound students from the region.

Students at the college fair connected with more than 100 admissions and academic staff from Eastern, the UI’s three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield; and Southern’s campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville.

All three university presidents also took part in a panel discussion with students from their schools to give future applicants a first-hand perspective on college life.

The fair drew students from 34 counties south of Interstate 70 and the Metro-East area who are “college ready,” with a B average or above and qualifying ACT score, officials said.

They were encouraged to apply to each of the six participating schools, which agreed to waive their application fees for those who attended.

The hope is to stem the migration of Illinois high school students to colleges in other states and, for the UI, improve its recruiting in southern Illinois.

Illinois is second only to New Jersey in the net number of students lost to colleges in other states, with 16,000, officials said. In 2015, 45 percent of college-bound high school graduates in Illinois enrolled out of state, up from 29 percent in 2002. UI President Tim Killeen said studies show that most college graduates stay in the state where they earn their degrees.

Going out of state is the right option for some students, but in other cases, families just don’t have enough information about the opportunities at Illinois public universities, said Barbara Wilson, executive vice president and VP for academic affairs for the UI system.

The fair was designed to counter the perception that “you need to go outside because things are bad here,” she said.

Both Eastern and Southern have also seen steep enrollment declines over the past few years, blamed mostly on the state’s budget crisis. Southern’s fall enrollment is down 8.96 percent from 2016, to 14,554 students. At Eastern, enrollment dropped 5 percent to 7,030 students, though it was the smallest decline in six years.

The UI system’s enrollment grew by nearly 3 percent this year, including a 2.4 percent increase in undergraduates from Illinois, and the Urbana campus hit a new record high. But the UI Springfield’s enrollment fell.

And while 80 percent of the UI system’s students are from Illinois, the number of in-state freshmen dropped slightly at the Urbana campus, even though it admitted 400 more Illinois applicants than last year.

Killeen said the southern Illinois event is important for the UI because the region includes several counties with relatively low student enrollment at the university’s three campuses.

“Our goal is to enhance our outreach to the southern part of the state,” Wilson said.

Twelve counties south of Interstate 70, and nine more in western or northwestern Illinois, sent no freshmen to the Urbana campus this year. A sizable majority of the freshman class — more than 4,400 students — hail from Chicago or its suburbs.

Wilson said there are only two counties with no undergraduates at the UI, but “we don’t get the applications we might like.” She’s hoping to see an uptick after this year’s event in Mount Vernon, and the UI plans to repeat it next year, perhaps in a different southern Illinois city.

The UI has long hosted a similar event in Chicago every year for all three of its campuses, but wasn’t “embracing southern Illinois the way we needed to,” Wilson said.

The UI invited other schools that recruit from the region to co-sponsor the fair so they could work in partnership rather than compete, she said. At the college fair, students were able to talk to six campuses of “different sizes, different focus areas,” she said.

Killeen said he wants to strengthen connections with the state’s brightest students and its “best-in-class” universities.

State universities rolling out red carpet for Illinois high-schoolers