MATTOON -- Lake Land College is accepting nominations for the top 50 Very Important People of Lake Land College.

The Lake Land College Foundation would like to recognize those individuals who have made a significant positive contribution to the development of the college and to the student learning experience over the college’s first 50 years through a special 50th anniversary recognition.

Criteria for nominations include recognizing individuals for their actions, activities, financial contributions and accomplishments which have made a positive contribution to Lake Land College. Alumni and friends are eligible to be recognized and can receive the recognition posthumously.

To nominate someone, visit and fill out the required fields. Written nominations will be accepted but must include the same information as the form online and should be sent to the Lake Land College Foundation, Neal Hall, room 003, 5001 Lake Land Boulevard. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31.

Individuals selected will be notified in February and recognized in the spring at a special event. The selection committee is comprised of foundation members and Lake Land retirees. Foundation board member Tom Wright serves as the committee chair. Other foundation members include Chris Pilson, Bob Pancoast, Alan Fedrigon, Mike Bohannon and Rich Hartke. Lake Land retirees on the committee include Linda Von Behren, Pam Crisman, Dennis Gathmann, Bill Hollada and Max Jaeger. Mike Sullivan is a representative from the Lake Land College Board of Trustees and Alumni Board.

For more information, contact Jackie Joines, executive director for college advancement, at 217-234-5354 or email


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