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Transfer Day Deemed a Huge Success

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale representative Anita Gentry, who serves as the university’s service center coordinator at Logan, visits with Kyaw Zaw Lin, a student who resides in Cape Girardeau, Mo. during Transfer Day activities on the JALC campus. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale representative Anita Gentry, who serves as the university’s service center coordinator at Logan, visits with Kyaw Zaw Lin, a student who resides in Cape Girardeau, Mo. during Transfer Day activities on the JALC campus. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Transfer Day at John A. Logan College Wednesday was perhaps the biggest and best yet.

The event organizer, Ngozi Okasili, an academic advisor at Logan who came up with the idea 15 years ago, said as many as 25 different four-year schools participated.

“I think everyone loved it,” Okasili said. “I know I found it exhilarating to have that many different universities on campus.”

Okasili said she encouraged JALC students to visit with university representatives, if for no other reason but to enhance their interpersonal communication skills.

“Transfer Day is an opportunity for students to at least start thinking about a four-year school after finishing here.”

Anita Gentry, who serves as coordinator for the SIUC Service Center on the Logan campus, said she was impressed with the event, which ran from 9 to noon.

Les Kroemer, representing Indiana Wesleyan University, discusses transfer options with student Danielle Crum of Carbondale at the annual Transfer Day hosted by JALC. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

Les Kroemer, representing Indiana Wesleyan University, discusses transfer options with student Danielle Crum of Carbondale at the annual Transfer Day hosted by JALC. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

“I think it was fantastic and tied in well with the job fair. Many people who were attending the fair walked downstairs to see what we had to offer. I don’t know if it was planned that way or not, but it certainly worked out well.”

Gentry said two students who attended Transfer Day had already been to her office Thursday doing the necessary paperwork to make the transfer from Logan to SIUC.

Other schools participating besides SIUC were: SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State, Illinois, Missouri Baptist, Mid-Continent, Murray State, Indiana Wesleyan, Springfield, SIUC Air Force ROTC, Maryville, William Woods, Fontbonne, Webster, Blackburn, Missouri at St. Louis, Lindenwood at Belleville, Cleveland Chiropractic, Benedictine, Barnes Jewish College School of Nursing, McKendree, Franklin, Eastern Illinois, Union and Art Institutes.

Eric Pulley, JALC’s Director of Institutional Research, said that according to 2007 data, the college’s transfer rate out to a four-year school was 28.3 percent and ranked 20th in the state. The transfer rate fluctuated from 31 to 26 percent the previous seven years.

Pulley said the data tracks the progress of students who began their studies as fall-semester full-time; first-time, degree-, or certificate-seeking students to determine if they transfer out of an institution within 150 percent of “normal time” for completing the program in which they were enrolled.