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Vice President of Business Development
Astro Manufacturing & Design
As a young veteran fresh out
of the Air Force in June of 1967, I had the privilege
of signing up for the very first Lakeland classes
in September of 1967. I signed up in a storefront
building in Mentor, and using my GI bill, I attended
evening classes in Painesville and, eventually, the
Kirtland campus while working full time and raising
After graduation at Lakeland with an Associate in
Applied Business degree, I transferred to Lake Erie
College where all of my Lakeland credits were accepted,
and eventually graduated with a BSBA. Lakeland gave
start, and the motivation, to continue my education.
Over the years I have returned many times to take
random courses of interest. Lakeland is one of the
jewels of Lake County and a true source of civic
I was in the first class for Respiratory
Therapy at Lakeland. I was only 15 when I applied and
my mom had to drive me to the interview. I was told
there were over 200 applications to the program and
only 24 spots open. Anyway, I turned 16, got my driver's
license, and began that Fall (1976). I am still an
RT and can't imagine any other job.
My only really crazy memory was that
I wore "Daisy Duke" shorts under my graduation
Best wishes for the future, and thanks
I would just like to share a memory
of LCC. I started Lakeland in the
spring of 2003. I was very new to the whole college
thing. I wasn't sure
if it was going to work for me. I met some pretty amazing
people in the
Learning Center. That helped me succeed and become
this new and
wonderful person. I am a college graduate. I have a
business. I owe a lot of my success to all the wonderful
people in the
Learning Center that aid the learning disabled. Without
you guys, I
would be nothing. Thank you for a wonderful experience
which I hope
to carry on in my next adventure applying to UNC!!!
Monica Barth, class of 2007!!!
Manager of Special Projects
I began my career here as many other
employees have – as a student. In addition to
attending classes here at Lakeland, I was fortunate
to have Dr. Andrew Buynacek hire me to work in the
Counseling Office as a work study worker. Along with
some other now famous student workers (Tracey
now director of Admissions, is one), we provided support
to the department secretary, Maureen Bowers, as well
as to a wonderfully eclectic group of full-time and
A few months into my work study
assignment which included making appointments, stuffing
envelopes and answering
the phones, an opportunity came up in the Adult Reevaluation
Center (ARC), a hybrid sort of department shared by
Counseling and Career
Services. (Back then, Career
Services and Counseling were situated in the area where
only Counseling exists today). A non-continuing part-time
clerk position was created for ARC. The wage was $5.54
an hour – a fortune compared to the $3.35 I was
earning as work study. Dr. Buynacek encouraged me to
apply for the position.
Well, as you probably guessed,
I got the job – and
my first thought was, “We’re rich! My kids
and I are rich!” We celebrated that great day
with Happy Meals all around. Normally, I could only
afford a cup of coffee on the rare occasions I took
my two little boys to McDonald’s, but now that
we were going to be so wealthy, I figured I could spring
for a hamburger and fries for myself, too.
But that isn’t the most
favorite part of this Lakeland memory. The best part
was walking down to
Police Department to pick up my parking
There was no gate and we didn’t have hang tags
back in 1984 – we were issued little plastic
windshield stickers instead that authorized us to park
in the Faculty/Staff lot. The sticker included the
college name and a serial number and the words “Faculty/Staff.”
I smiled the entire way to
and from the dispatcher’s
window. You see, that sticker meant more than being
able to find an easy parking spot each morning. The
parking sticker, with all of the privileges attached
to it, was proof I was “good enough” to
work at a place like Lakeland.
I was thrilled to put that
sticker on my old 1972 Plymouth Duster. I sat in
my car at lunch on the first
day of my new job and spent the entire hour looking
at the sticker prominently displayed on that old car’s
windshield. I couldn’t believe that I was actually
a member of the “Faculty/Staff” of “Lakeland
It was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Executive in Residence
Lakeland Community College
most enduring memories of Lakeland revolve around
the taped interviews we have done with candidates for
office, which are shown on the college's cable network
and are also provided without charge to other cable
systems in the area.
We began taping the interviews in a conference room
at The News-Herald in 1982. They were amateurish in
nature. We had little clue as to what we were doing.
But the public loved them. Beginning in 1984 and every
year since then we have taped them in the TV studio
at Lakeland. To say they are now more professionally
done would be the understatement of the millennium.
Each even-numbered year we interview every candidate
on the ballot in Lake County. This can add up to 30
or more interviews. In odd-numbered years, such as
2007, we do a select number of local races. This year
we did eight. I have always been one of the interviewers
and in each interview someone from The News-Herald
sits in with me as a co-host.
The first interviews at the college were done in the
old TV studio on the third floor. The studio has since
been moved to the second floor, where with the help
of such professionals as Sam Pastorial and Phil Boyle,
we are able to produce high-quality, first-rate interviews.
At one time, several years ago, Jeff Maynor, now a
highly regarded newsman at Channel 3, was on the Lakeland
staff. He gave us a number of pointers that made our
presentations much better and gave them a more professional
Over the years, we have interviewed every candidate
(except for President of the United States) who has
appeared on the ballot in Lake County. This includes
governers, U.S. senators, every holder of statewide
office, Ohio Supreme Court justices, Appeals Court
judges and all others.
Such dignitaries as Dick Celeste, George Voinovich,
Bob Taft, John Glenn, Ted Strickland,Dennis Eckart,
Steve LaTourette, Sherrod Brown and every sheriff,
county commissioner and other candidate who has held
office -- or even has been an also-ran -- has graced
our studios at Lakeland Community.
This brings a great deal of credit to both the college
and the newspaper. People look forward eagerly to watching
the interviews. And we take a one-minute break in each
interview to insert a commercial for the college.
I look upon these interviews
as a great public service provided by the college,
and another reason why we
value "Community" as our middle name.
Thanks for listening.