Grades due May 18!

Spring semester, Mod IV and Short semester grades are due  Monday, May 18 at noon. Check your LLCC email for details. Online Grading Notices are distributed via faculty email.

Mac Squibb and Amanda Monke selected for Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team

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Dr. Claire Gordon and Tim Humphrey (PTK advisors) Amanda Monke, Mac Squibb, Don Ecklund (PTK advisor)

Jonathan “Mac” Squibb of Chatham and Amanda Monke of Springfield were selected as Lincoln Land Community College’s representatives on the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team. Community colleges in Illinois select two students yearly for the prestigious honor. Honorees were recognized at a banquet in Springfield April 28, sponsored by the Illinois Community College System.

Squibb, a computer science and mathematics major, serves as president and founder of the LLCC Robotics Club. He also serves as president of the LLCC Honors Program and vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. During the summer, Squibb will be researching for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Sandia National Laboratories in California.

Monke, an English major, serves as president of the LLCC English Studies Club, which she reinstated in 2014. She also serves as the vice president of the LLCC Honors Program and a student representative on the Honors Council. Monke plans to transfer to Missouri Baptist University in the fall to pursue a degree in English.

Phi Theta Kappa is the leading academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. Students are eligible for membership with grade point averages of 3.5 or above.

Congratulations to 2000 NJCAA baseball championship team and former athletic director Dick Dhabalt

Congratulations to the 2000 NJCAA champion baseball team and Logger LOGOto Dick Dhabalt, former athletic director and sports coach for being inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.

Richard “Dick” Dhabalt had a successful and storied career in education and athletics. As a founding faculty member at LLCC, he served students with distinction for 25 years until his retirement in 1993. His tenure at the college includes 20 years as athletic director, 20 years as head men’s basketball coach and 25 years as an instructor of physical education and mathematics. In his first year with LLCC, Dick coached all sports including: basketball, baseball, track and tennis. During his time as athletic director, he developed 11 men and women athletic teams. He was selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association to serve as the Region IV assistant director and then director of Region XXIV. In 1991, the NJCAA inducted Dick into the Region XXIV Hall of Fame. He is an athlete Hall of Fame member at LLCC, as well as his alma mater, Bradley University. The Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award, recognizing a male and female athlete, was established at LLCC in February.

The 2000 baseball team filled with outstanding talent embodied what “team” really means. “Each one of the guys contributed to its success,” then-head coach Claude Kracik recalls. “It goes beyond talent and player caliber, however,” he says. An example of the team and coaches pulling together was during the season of the national championship win. Both Kracik and his wife lost parents during April of 2000. Kracik’s father passed away while the coach was at the winning game of the district tournament, and he was called away to Florida. According to Kracik, “LLCC was very fortunate to have assistant coaches at that time who carried on working with the players while I was away. Even though we were not the top seed in the national tournament that year, the team went on to take four straight games and win the championship displaying how with hard work, dedication, perseverance and true teamwork, they could be the best.”Fourteen of the 23 players went on to play at a four-year school, with five of those advancing to professional play.

Next KUDOS awards to be announced May 13

The next KUDOS award recipients will be announced May 13. Nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS image below or the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn.

The KUDOS award is an informal way to recognize the small and large ways Kudos logoour faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC. The person you nominate will receive a KUDOS certificate, with winners announced in LincIn, along with what they did to deserve the award. A nominator has the option for his/her name to be published or to remain anonymous in any LLCC correspondence. However, nominations must include the nominator’s name for the nominee to be recognized. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with the KUDOS award.

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In the news

Epicuriosity 101 this week is by Marnie Record, workforce specialist, who gives great tips for getting the most from your local Farmers’ Market.

Scott Stallman, executive director, LLCC-Taylorville and Litchfield/Hillsboro, and Jan Terry, retiring executive director, LLCC-Jacksonville and Beardstown, were interviewed this morning on WLDS about the upcoming transition in leadership.

Scott was also interviewed on WTIM April 23 regarding summer and fall classes and events.