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INA, Ill. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Runners in Southern Illinois have an extra week to register for the first Warrior Series run – the Warrior 5 – at the Rend Lake College Rec this winter. The 5K will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 on the Ina campus, one week after originally scheduled.
The Warrior 8 and 10 runs are still scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, April 2 respectively. Rec Director Tyler O’Daniel said the series is a great way for local athletes to train and build up to the 10K run in April.
“With an extra week to register, we’re hoping to draw in more runners who want to make the commitment to staying in shape and training to compete in a 10K run,” said O’Daniel. “With each race longer than the last, it’s an incentive for locals to get involved during a time when public events are few and far between.”
INA, Ill. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Seven weekends this spring and summer have been set aside to train community members interested in obtaining their Illinois Concealed Carry licenses through Rend Lake College. Local businesses and organizations can also contact RLC to schedule private trainings.
The seven two-day Concealed Carry training courses are set for 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Jan 23-24, Feb. 20-21, March 19-20, April 16-17, May 14-15, June 25-26, and Aug. 20-21. All of the classes will be held in the Coal Mine Training Center, Room 107A, on the Ina campus and the RLC Shooting Range. The location of the courses is subject to change based on room availability. Attendees will be notified of any changes during registration.
For private trainings, RLC will work with each group’s schedule to arrange the most convenient dates and times for the two-day courses. Group rates will be available for reservations of eight students or more.
On day one, attendees will learn about topics in firearm safety, principles of marksmanship, loading and unloading, safety and cleaning, and state and federal laws relating to firearms and use of force from instructors Ron Meek, RLC Criminal Justice Associate Professor; and Jeff Bullard, Detective Captain of the Mt. Vernon Police Department. Firearms are not allowed during day one of the training course.
The second day will focus on interaction with law enforcement while carrying concealed, situational awareness, recognizing risk factors, identifying threats, range rules and procedures, dry and live fire practice, and the state qualification course. Captain John Prudent from West Frankfort Police Department joins the instructor team for this day. Participants should bring their firearm to Sunday’s class with 100 rounds of ammunition to be inspected by course instructors.
To qualify for licensure, attendees will participate in a live fire qualification of 30 rounds at five, seven, and 10 yards and must achieve 70 percent accuracy. A qualifying shot consists of a shot placed inside the seven ring of a B-27 target. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Also required for licensure is a valid FOID card and driver’s license. The cost of the two-day course is $150 for Illinois residents and $250 for out-of-state attendees. Students must attend the entire 16 hours of training and no exemptions will be given.
RLC Clocktower Chronicle Staffwriter
INA, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2015) - Film producer and director Dan Steadman dropped by the RLC Theater Monday afternoon to speak with Tracey Webb's acting class. His lecture covered the business of acting, writing and everything in between.
Steadman is an Independent film producer and director who has just recently finished his latest film “Proximity.” The movie includes a small role featuring St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in his first-ever comedic role on film. It is sure to be a nice treat for all of the Cardinals fans in the area.
“It was very cool. He’s into comedy,” said Steadman about Wainwright. “We gave him a comedic role that we thought would be very different for him.”
Steadman started off working in television all over the country from Michigan to Florida and California. He recently worked his way back to the Midwest, doing independent feature films such as “Belleville,” and now “Proximity” - filmed mostly in the Centralia area. Steadman says he really enjoys working with people from the Midwest.
“After they watch I want people to say, ‘Yeah that’s me. That’s the Midwest. That's my take on things, you know? ... They're all just people and they really are actors from the Midwest. We did cast from here and members of our crew are from here as well.”
He hopes audiences connect with the characters of “Proximity” and find them relatable. Steadman’s passion for truth echoes throughout his writing.
“It's not like I’m writing these characters to be role models,” he said. “I just want people to see truth in it.”
He encouraged students in the theatre class to tell their own stories. He also offered ideas on getting started and furthering themselves in the film business. He touched on all sorts of topics from writing to editing and acting, and the process of selecting his own actors and crew members.
Steadman said he was happy to come and be able to talk with the students at RLC and that he was excited to find even more creative minds in the southern Illinois area.
“I hope the college students will be a part of our red carpet premiere in December,” he said. “I hope they take advantage of all the fun things we will be doing next month.”
“Proximity” is a romantic comedy. Wainwright plays just one of three men in a love triangle that Ella (Jackie Manker) finds herself in while returning to her mom’s summer cottage in Centralia. Rounding out the triangle is young jazz musician Tyler (Cody Heuer) and wealthy surgeon Dr. Gordon (Bill Finkbiner) in this PG 13-style romantic comedy.
INA, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2015) – Two health care programs at Rend Lake College are going hand-in-hand to give graduates more options after finishing college. The Medical Coding (MEDC) certificate is a good place to start to either go straight into the workforce or build skills to enter into the Health Information Technology (HIT) degree program.
The MEDC program is a two semester occupational certificate designed to prepare students to become licensed and work in the health care industry as a medical coders. As a medical coders, graduates will play important roles in the billing process by abstracting information from patient documents, assigning codes, and creating claims to be paid. RLC’s program emphasizes the hands-on experience in a laboratory setting throughout the program as well as a clinical practicum at the end of the program.
Many of the classes required by the MEDC program coincide with classes in the recently-accredited HIT program, a fact that many students use to their advantage, explained Lora Phillips, Medical Coding and Health Information Technology Instructor.
“Some students are interested in getting a job and making money as fast as they can. The Medical Coding program allows them to do that within a year,” said Phillips. “Many of those students will work for a year or two to get experience, and then continue with their education in the Health Information Technology program.”
INA, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2015) – Rend Lake College students who are preparing to enter into the workforce can attend the Job Seeker Workshop to practice and enhance their job search efforts. The workshop will be held from 9 – 11 a.m. Dec. 1 on the Ina campus.
This free workshop will be hosted by RLC faculty and staff to provide students with information and advice on resume and interview preparation, what employers are looking for in an employee, job search resources, and many other topics. Students should bring a copy of their resume and cover letter for review, and will have the option to ask questions of the professionals presenting.
INA, Ill. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Andrea Witthoft, Rend Lake College Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, has had her hands in almost every aspect of the Illinois Community College System. Over the last 25 years, Witthoft has served as an administrative assistant, instructor, distance learning and media technician, and now vice president, with one goal in mind: helping local students.
Witthoft, a resident of Anna, landed a job at Shawnee Community College (SCC) in November of 1990 as an administrative assistant
for their new TRIO Student Support Services grant, and it was just the first step of many on her way up. In addition to working her way up the employment chain, she also worked her way up the educational ladder as a non-traditional student, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree from SCC, a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois.
Since the early 1990s, Witthoft has helped write, co-author, and manage numerous grants and contracts, both at SCC and eventually at RLC. In addition to the TRIO Grant, she worked on the Higher Education Consortium Act grants, one Title III Strengthening Institutions grant, and the first USDA / RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant awarded in Illinois, all at SCC. On the side, Witthoft also got into the classroom to teach career development classes.
After her transition to RLC as the Distance Learning and Media Technician in January of 1999, Witthoft continued her work to successfully aid the college in securing grants and contracts that have continued to help students to this day. She worked on additional grants with the Higher Education Consortium Act and served as the coordinator for the Title III Strengthening Institutions grants at RLC. She also added other projects to her plate in the form of the Illinois State Library grants, Illinois Department of Corrections contracts, and Adult Education and Family Literacy grants.
Witthoft was also instrumental in the development of the Southern Illinois Telecommunications Network, which today includes more than 44 videoconferencing classrooms in Southern Illinois. She was a major contributor to RLC’s 2008 Higher Learning Commission self-study and accreditation process. On the side, she has helped RLC revise the program review process; initiate the telecourse rental program; manage program review, progress reporting, and strategic planning processes; and lead efforts to select and implement a new ERP system.
INA, Ill. (Nov. 9, 2015) – Join the Rend Lake College Community Orchestra, Concert Band, and Concert Choir in celebrating the “Sounds of the Season” at the 2015 Fall Concert. The free event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the RLC Theatre.
Led by Sara Alstat, RLC Music Associate Professor, and Joseph Ryker, RLC’s new Band and Orchestra Director, students and community members will perform a number of challenging pieces that focus on the fall and winter season. Some of these pieces include Betelehemu; Veni, Veni Emanuel; Gaudeamus Hodie; Gaudete; African Noel; Autumn; Blow, Winds of Fall; The Snow Begins to Fall; and Gospel Magnificat.
New Technical Assistance certificate, new courses receive approval
The board approved a new certificate and several new courses Tuesday and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The new Technical Assistance Credential, an occupational certificate falling under the umbrella of the Early Childhood Education curriculum, consists of three existing courses – Center-Based Child Care Management, Principles of Management and Principles of Effective Speaking – and relates to the Gateways framework.
The credential is cross-sector and includes all aspects of coaching, mentoring and relationship-based professional development. The TA credential is a symbol of professional achievement which validates the knowledge and skills, experience and contributions required for a variety of roles relating to relationship-based professional development in Early Childhood Education. The roles include mentor / consultant in early education and / or school-age practitioners, evidence-based practices coach, professional needs assessor, and supporter of the development needs of children. The certificate coursework encompasses the appropriate topics required by Gateways to ensure alignment to the credentialing standards.
Also approved Tuesday were a new Forensic Psychology class and three Emergency Medical Technician classes: Anatomy and Physiology for EMS Professionals, Patient Care for EMS Professionals, and Pathophysiology for EMS Professionals. The Center-Based Child Care Management course and an Intermediate Composition course were approved for online development as well.
Resolution adopted to support Pinckneyville TIF redevelopment project area
A resolution was approved to support the city of Pinckneyville's request to extend its tax increment financing redevelopment project area from 23 years to 35 years, and a letter indicating that support will be sent to Sen. David Leuchtefeld. Various representatives from entities within Perry County have contacted the college to support those efforts. The mission of the project area will be to continue to create and retain jobs and spark investment interest in the area.
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National Authors’ Day
National Cook For Your Pets Day
National Vinegar Day
National Deep Fried Clams Day
National Brush Day
Daylight Saving Time Ends - First Sunday in November
National Deviled Egg Day
National Housewife’s Day
ROBINSON, Ill. (Nov. 19, 2015) - The Rend Lake College Warriors lost to the Lincoln Trail College (LTC) Statesmen 96-106 last night during their first Great Rivers Athletic Conference game of the season. After making the first shot of the game, RLC only managed a three-point lead over LTC in the first half, but was ultimately outscored 48-51 and 48-55 respectively. RLC is now 4-2.
Four athletes scored in double-digits during the game: Chelby Frazier (South Holland) with 26, Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with 22, Derek Novsek (Reno, Nev.) with 13, and Adrian Smith (Aurora) with 12. Frazier downed six three-point shots and helped with two assists. Thomas added another assist to the game. Novsek brought down three rebounds and one assist. Smith added one rebound, two assists, and one steal.
Every Warrior saw time on the court against the Statesmen. DeShon Fluckes (Chicago) scored eight points, and added three rebounds, one assist, and one block during the night. Anton Ivy (Peoria) and Luke Wilson (Mt. Vernon) both added four points each for RLC, with Ivy logging four rebounds.
Devonte Williams (Cahokia), Khalil Toombs (Champaign), and Will Presson (Belleville) each scored two points. Williams helped RLC's defense with three rebounds and one block. Toombs added another two rebounds, and Presson had one steal and two blocks. Clint Johannes (Ashley) added two rebounds and Jeremy Franklin (Cahokia) landed one rebound.
For complete results from the game, visit www.gracsports.com.
RLC will play Olney Central at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Olney before returning home to take on Wabash Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, following the Women's game. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.
ROBINSON, Ill. (Nov. 19, 2015) - The Rend Lake College Lady Warriors lost 69-77 last night in their first game against a Great Rivers Athletic Conference opponent of the season - Lincoln Trail College (LTC). RLC led 37-30 at the half and 55-51 at the end of the third quarter, but the Lady Statesmen tied with the Lady Warriors with 8 minutes left in the game. LTC went on to outscore RLC 26-14 in the fourth to win the game. RLC is now 3-2 for the season.
Sophomore Jada Jackson (Louisville, Ky.) dominated the scoring column for the Lady Warriors, sinking 31 points during the game, including seven three-point shots. She also helped the Lady Warriors keep the score close with five rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Fellow sophomore Jordann Bruenton (Cincinnati, Ohio) put up double-digits with 14 points, plus four rebounds and one assist.
Other top performers for the Lady Warriors included Cali Carney (Benton) with eight points and six rebounds; Jada Ballew (Cincinnati, Ohio) with seven points and five rebounds; Jasmine Washington (Evansville, Ind.) with three points, three rebounds, and one assist; Amayha Dycus (Edwardsville) with two points and four rebounds; Dannika Prater (Hopkinsville, Ky.) with two points and one rebound; and Tetre'Anah Cross (Chicago) with two points, three rebounds, and one assist. Cailin Pryor (Raleigh, N.C.) also logged on assist, Jenae Foreman (Washington D.C.) downed a rebound, and Taseandra Parker (Aurora) logged three rebounds and two assists.
For complete results from the game, visit www.gracsports.com.
The Lady Warriors will take on GRAC opponent Olney Central at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Olney. They will return to their home court at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to play Wabash Valley before the Men's game at 7:30 p.m. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.
INA, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2015) - The Rend Lake College Warriors won tonight 85-79 over the Danville Area Community College (DACC) Jaguars, moving them to 4-1 for the season.
RLC started out behind, trailing as far as 14 points behind the Jaguars early in the first half. Freshman Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) led the Warriors in points with 11, adding a steal and a rebound. RLC closed the gap to 27-36 at the halftime buzzer with a two-point shot by Deshon Fluckes (Chicago). Other scorers for RLC in the half were DeVonte Williams (Cahokia) with four; and Will Presson (Belleville), Khalil Toombs (Champaign), Nick Marlo (Sesser), Anton Ivy (Peoria), and Luke Wilson (Mt. Vernon) with two each.
The Warriors made a comeback in the second half, outscoring DACC early and taking the lead at 46-45 in the first eight minutes. Sophomore Dedric Byrd (Champaign) and freshmen Chelby Frazier (South Holland) and Thomas dominated the scoring column for RLC, landing a total of 29 points. Thomas was the lead scorer for the night with nine in the second half for a total of 20. Frazier scored twelve, including two on a personal foul; and Byrd made eight. A steal, two-pointer and foul shot by Thomas with five seconds left in the half gave RLC the 85-79 advantage to win.
Other scorers for RLC in the second half were Fluckes with nine, Derek Novsek (Reno, Nev.) with eight, and Ivy with four. Defensively, RLC's top performers were Thomas with five rebounds and two steals; Byrd with five rebounds and one steal; Frazier with two rebounds and three steals; Williams with three rebounds; Toombs with two rebounds; Presson with one rebound and one steal; and one rebound each for Smith, Ivy, Novsek, and Clint Johannes (Ashley).