From virtual Texas Hold ‘Em to organizational communication and wildlife resource management, members of the Lake Land College Honors Program have been conducting undergraduate research this year in a variety of topics. Several Honors Program students recently presented their findings at the annual honors luncheon, where they were also recognized for their achievements.
There were six members of the Honors Program this year, including freshmen Chelsey Lorance, pre-medicine major, Charleston and Adriene Lane, speech communication major, Sullivan. Sophomores include Daniel Brown, conservation/pre-wildlife major, Neoga; Todd Goeckner, pre-engineering major, Teutopolis; Hannah Fogleman, business administration major, Shelbyville; and Kolten Postin, agriculture transfer major, Moweaqua.
Both Goeckner and Postin will graduate from the Honors Program with Associate Honors Status, which requires that they have earned at least a 3.5 overall GPA, that they are graduating from a college transfer program, and that they successfully complete at least two honors course options while in the program. Brown will graduate with Full Honors Status, which requires that each student earned at least a 3.5 overall GPA, graduated from a college transfer program, and completed four honors course options.
Four of the honors students presented their honors coursework. Lane completed her honors project in organizational and conversational leadership and presented her findings on that topic. Likewise, Goeckner designed and programmed a Texas Hold ‘Em game using C programming for his honors project, which he displayed. Postin presented his research in agricultural economics regarding the shifting trends in the international soybean market. Finally, Brown presented his project on water resources for wildlife in east central Illinois.
At the luncheon, students were also presented with Scholastic Achievement Awards. The freshman scholastic achievement award is presented to a freshman member of the Honors Program who will have completed two honors options and has the most outstanding level of achievement in the program at the end of the freshman year. Similarly, the sophomore award is presented to a sophomore member of the program who will have completed four honors options and has the most outstanding level of achievement in the program at the end of the sophomore year. This year, the freshman award went to Lane and the sophomore winner was Brown.
Additionally, the students were honored with scholarships on behalf of the Lake Land College Foundation’s Laura Traue Endowment. Lane was honored with the scholarship in recognition of the Freshman Scholastic Achievement Award. Postin was honored with the scholarship in recognition of his outstanding achievement and for graduating with Associate Honors Program status. Goeckner was honored with a scholarship in recognition of his outstanding achievement and for graduating with Associate Honors Program status. Brown was honored with the scholarship in recognition of the Sophomore Scholastic Achievement Award and for graduating with Full Honors Program status.
To become part of the Honors Program, entering freshmen must enroll in a college transfer program at Lake Land College and submit an application package including a completed application form, an official high school transcript, a copy of the applicant’s ACT/SAT record, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must meet at least two of the following eligibility requirements: ACT composite score of 25 or above, high school GPA of 3.5 on a four-point scale or equivalent, or graduation in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Current Lake Land College students must be enrolled in a college transfer program and submit an application package including a completed application form, an official Lake Land College transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a Lake Land College instructor. To be eligible, applicants must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale in transfer classes after the completion of at least 12 semester hours at Lake Land College.