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Illinois College hires coordinator of community engagement and service


Lifelong resident of Jacksonville and 1993 Illinois College graduate Lori Large Oldenettel has accepted the new position of coordinator of community engagement and service at Illinois College.

Oldenettel will be working extensively with the college’s Leadership Program helping students gain a greater understanding of the importance of sharing their time, talents and skills within the community.
“I am eager to work with the faculty and staff, students, community and alumni to help foster stronger relationships, civic responsibility and additional leadership opportunities for our students that encourage lifelong learning,” said Oldenettel.

Active in the community, Oldenettel is a member of the Jacksonville City Council and a precinct committeeman. She is also a former board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, has served on the Jacksonville Fourth of July Committee, organized the first Jacksonville Main Street Progressive Patio Party and is co-chairing the Second Annual Downtown Celebration.

 Oldenettel is excited to assist in partnering Illinois College students and the community.

“There are so many positive outcomes that can come from students and the community working together,” Oldenettel said.

After graduating from Illinois College, Oldenettel received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield. She has been the director of development and communications for Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, director of development at Routt Catholic High School and the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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