CARTERVILLE -- John A. Logan College will hold an action-packed 50th anniversary celebration Friday and Saturday at the Carterville-based campus.
Led by Tim Williams and Dr. Steve O'Keefe, a committee formed a few months ago to outline plans for this weekend.
O'Keefe, a 20-year employee at the college with experience in college relations, student advisement and classroom instruction, also played a major role 10 years ago in planning the 40th anniversary celebration.
"This college has such a rich history of serving southern Illinois," O'Keefe said. "It's important to recognize and celebrate what has taken place during this time. What this college has done for our area is extraordinary."
Williams, dean of student services at JALC, said more than 35,000 people have obtained diplomas and certificates from John A. Logan College.
"This college has touched the lives of many, many people," Williams said. "So many individuals who have gone on to do great things with their education. It's something to be proud of and to be remembered."
The celebration will take place in two parts during the two days. Today (Friday), Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College, will lead a formal dinner where past presidents and past board members will be recognized. Dr. Nathan Ivey, the college's first president, plans on being in attendance.
"Dr. Ivey's initial leadership of this college was absolutely critical in putting it on the right path to the great success it has achieved," House said.
On Saturday, a "festive atmosphere" at the college is planned, O'Keefe said, with music, games, bounce houses for children and more. There will also be a 5K run at 8:30 a.m. The men's basketball team will take the floor at 1 p.m. for a game against Kentucky Wesleyan's JV squad and the women will follow at 3 p.m. with a game against the Missouri Baptist JV squad.
And then at 7 p.m., the Logan volleyball team squares off with Mineral Area College in the finals of the district tournament with a trip to the national tournament on the line.
Staci Shafer, executive director of the John A. Logan College Foundation and committee member, also hinted of money being raised for a special 50th anniversary scholarship or scholarships to be given out during high school orientations during the spring.
"It's important to note that all of this will be taking place with volunteers and at no cost to the college," Williams said. "People are excited about this 50th celebration."