Author: Sam Fleury

Lake County campus celebrates 40th anniversary

Columbia College of Missouri-Lake County recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of serving Gurnee and the surrounding region’s educational needs. The event was attended by more than 70 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college and was held at the campus in Gurnee. Columbia College president Dr. Scott Dalrymple, and his wife, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, greeted guests, with Dalrymple providing remarks during the event. “Tina and I are honored to be here for this great occasion as we celebrate 40 years of the Lake County campus offering access to quality higher education to our students in the Great Lakes region,” Dr. Scott Dalrymple said. “Columbia College is proud to be one of the true pioneers in education delivery methods and we will continue to look at different ways to provide these opportunities to our students in the future.” The event also featured reflections from faculty member Jane Pickens, who has served the Lake County campus for 20 years. Alumna Melinda Meyers ’14, recent inductee into the Sigma Beta Delta honor society, also provided remarks. “I love teaching here.” Pickens said. “I wouldn’t have stayed here if I didn’t. Our students are different and are professionals. I often learn as much from them as they do from me. We’ve come a long way since the 1994.” The Lake County campus was the one of the college’s first Nationwide campuses....

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Columbia College launches bachelor of nursing degree program

After more than 25 years of providing quality nurses for the mid-Missouri area, Columbia College has announced the launch of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Linda Claycomb, chair of the Columbia College nursing department, believes offering the BSN is a game-changer for the already established registered nursing (RN) program. “This is a tremendous opportunity to take the Columbia College nursing program to the next level,” Claycomb said. “We are responding to the needs of the health care industry. Registered nurses can sign up for the program immediately and we are looking forward to classes starting on Aug. 18.” Courses in the program are designed to enhance complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaborative skills, contributing to patient safety and quality processes. Graduates will be prepared to assume advanced roles in nursing management. The fully online program allows students to earn their degree while they work as an RN. With five class sessions each year, students can earn their degree just as quickly as students attending college full-time. Each class lasts eight weeks with sessions offered every August, October, January, March and summer. Students must have completed an associate degree in nursing and successfully completed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. To learn more about the nursing program, visit...

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Hancock Field campus to hold its 38th commencement ceremony

Columbia College will recognize graduates from its Hancock Field campus commencement ceremony on June 21. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m., at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse, New York. “Roses entwined with Ivy will be given to all graduates, which symbolizes a new beginning and the ivy serves as a reminder that you always will have a special bond with your classmates and your alma mater,” Dr. Scott Vinciguerra, director of the Hancock Field campus said. “Congratulations to all and we wish you the best on your life’s journey.” Mr. Kevin Palmer, chief information officer for Columbia College technology services, will give the commencement address and confer degrees. Colonel Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field will also address the graduates during the ceremony. Mrs. Maria Lenway ’13, will be providing the Columbia College Alumni Charge. The event is open to the public, and a reception will take place following the...

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Lake County campus inducts students into business honor society

Columbia College–Lake County students Natalie Dallas (Zion, Illinois), Eric Gustafson (Lindenhurst, Illinois), Jerilynn Jensen (Antioch, Illinois), Melinda Myers (Wheeling, Illinois), Daniel Thomas (Waukegan, Illinois), and Margarita Velez, Waukegan, Illinois) were recently inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, which is the International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration. To be inducted into this organization, students must be in the top 15 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and at least 30 credit hours earned at Columbia College. Sigma Beta Delta exists to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business. “Our business administration program serves our students very well as they prepare to apply their degrees in their chosen career paths,” Lyndon Russell, director of Columbia College-Lake County said. “We are proud to honor these outstanding students and recognize their efforts toward academic excellence.” Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois, located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of classroom and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, 40 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of...

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