Issue 20 • March 2013


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Lakeland Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to recognize Lakeland alumni and their accomplishments. Since its inception, 33 graduates have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is held in August each year to honor those individuals whose achievements serve as a testimony to current and future Lakeland students.

The Lakeland Alumni Association Hall of Fame Committee has established the following criteria for Alumni Hall of Fame nominations:

1) nominees must be Lakeland Community College graduates (associate degree or certificate attainment);

2) nominees must have graduated at least 10 years prior to the nominating year;

3) nominees must have a strong record of community involvement;

4) nominees must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Lakeland and to the values it represents.

Click on the link below to access the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1, 2013. The graduation status of all nominees will be verified.

Completed forms can be emailed to Bob Cahen at or Laurie Principe at Hard copies can be mailed to The Alumni Office, Lakeland Foundation, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094.

2013 Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Over the last few months, Lakeland has been engaged in an alumni association strategic planning process aimed at learning what our graduates and former students value most about their Lakeland experiences. We wanted to take a look at the ways in which you want to continue to be connected to Lakeland and how we can make future experiences more meaningful. Many of you answered our survey last year. Approximately 50 people representing graduates, former students, current students, faculty, and community members were involved in focus group discussions and in a day long strategic planning session held on February 9, 2013 at Mooreland Mansion.

Here’s what you told us:

1) You are most interested in arts and cultural events, networking opportunities, and working with students, in addition to professional development programs and community outreach opportunities.

2) The word alumni is limiting, and that many of you are former students who are not graduates, or community members who consider yourselves connected to the college in a variety of ways.

3) You would like to see a more active association – one that provides different opportunities for you to be more involved in the lives of our students and the progress of Lakeland.

As we work toward redefining and reinvigorating our network of friends and alumni, we welcome your continued thoughts and comments. We thank the Lubrizol Foundation for their generous support of this process and Susan Freimark Consulting for leading our planning efforts.


Over the past several months, The Lakeland Foundation has been working with a group of volunteers interested in helping us broaden our base and reach out to our community in new ways. One of the results is the creation of "Mornings with the Museums," a program designed to bring some of Cleveland's renowned museum exhibits to Lakeland through interactive video distance learning at Lakeland's Holden University Center. Our first programs have been a great success, and we are expanding to other locations around the country and the world! This summer, watch for programs from the EarlyWorks Museum in Alabama, National WWII Museum in New Orleans, and the Mariners' Museum in Virginia.

Join us once a month on Friday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Come for coffee, breakfast pastry and an informal discussion of the topic using the suggested readings. At 10:30 a.m., enjoy the hour-long, live interactive video distance learning (IVDL) presentation made possible by the state-of-the-art technology in our new Holden University Center. This event is sponsored by Lake National Bank. To register, call 440-525-7116 or visit Program cost is $15 per session.

March 15 - Museum Presentation: Touching the Past - Waves of Immigration 13SCLL119.01

Western Reserve Historical Society - The Movement of Peoples into Our Area 1880-1930: Who came, how did they get here, what did they do, and how did they change Cleveland? Participants help answer these questions and more with authentic photos and documents that reveal the important story of Cleveland's immigrants.

April 12 - NASA Presentation: Space - What's Up, What's Next? 13SCLL120.01

NASA Glenn Research Center - Now that NASA has retired the Space Shuttle, what is next? How will we get our astronauts into space? Come explore the reasons for the Shuttle retirement and the possibility of future plans to investigate space even farther. Let's revisit some of the many accomplishments of the past, examine the present and touch a little on the future. We have learned a lot about living in space but there is so much more to learn.

May 17 - Museum Presentation: Sacred Art 13SCLL123.01

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Art can be a valuable resource in the study of world cultures. Functioning as a primary source, sacred art can help to illuminate a culture's spiritual beliefs and values. Explore and celebrate the art of four world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Topics covered: analyze and interpret works of art, identify and discuss the use of symbolism in art, discuss and evaluate artistic choices, and analyze how culture can affect aesthetics.

Click here for registration information


The 3rd annual Alumni Panel event will take place on Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on the Lakeland campus. Alumni from various professions will share their job search stories and advice. Professions include healthcare, legal, business, education, human resources, marketing/sales, and information technology. Following the panel discussion there will be a reception that allows those in attendance to network. Registration through Career Services is requested for this event. For additional information or to register:
  • Call 440-525-7222 during regular business hours (Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday, 8 .m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Or stop by Room A-1039.
  • Or e-mail registration to Your e-mail must include a name, phone number, address, if you are a current Lakeland student or alumni, and your occupational interest.
If you are interested in serving as a panelist and sharing your job search success story with current students please contact Jessica Wood, Employment Services Coordinator, at 440-525-7454 or

With postseason play set to begin for Lakeland basketball, the athletic department is also preparing for the start of the regular season for the spring teams. Baseball opens the year with four games in Millington, Tennessee before joining softball and golf for the annual spring trip to South Carolina in mid-March. The baseball and softball teams will play a large majority of their non-conference schedule during the week-long trip against NJCAA competition from throughout the country. All three squads rely exclusively on donations to make the trip a reality. Those interested in donating to a particular program or to athletics in general should contact the department at (440) 525-7302.

As the seasons progress, alumni and fans alike can follow all the action by visiting or by “liking” the Lakeland Athletics Facebook page. The nationally-ranked men’s basketball program made history on Saturday, February 23 when it clinched the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championship with a 100-79 victory at Edison CC. It marks the third league title in program history and first since 1995. Lakeland will enter the District 11 Tournament as the top seed with a spot in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament up for grabs. Lakeland has won the district tournament two years running and advanced all the way to the national Final Four last season.

Academic and athletic success have come hand-in-hand this year as 30 student-athletes have been recognized as S.T.A.R. (Striving Toward Academic Responsibility) student-athletes. These individuals achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in the fall semester while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Additionally, nine were named to the fall Dean’s List for earning a 3.5 GPA or higher.

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