Welcome to spring semester!

We welcome students as spring semester weekday classes begin today! Volunteers will be assisting at the welcome table in A. Lincoln Commons,  helping answer students’ questions and providing directions.

Special student events during Welcome Week include:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Carnival and turtle apples, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Showings of the movie “The Lion King” and free haircuts sponsored by the Black Student Union, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 – The Ultimate Blowout, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons

New work by Michelle Coakes featured in Murray Gallery

Fishscale Bulbous Jar by Michelle CoakesThe James S. Murray Gallery features the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” now through Feb. 1. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and all are invited to a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country including the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Juniata College (Penn.) and two other community colleges in Illinois. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new. “A Fire Within” is the culmination of a project started in the summer of 2017, when she and others constructed a wood-firing kiln on her property north of Taylorville.

Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

Tutoring subject and course list for spring 2018

The LLCC Center for Academic Success has tutors ready and waiting to work with students in over 80 classes across 27 subject areas. Please refer to this list to see if your class has an available tutor, and encourage students to use these tutors throughout the semester. All students can benefit from tutoring!

If you do not have a tutor available for your class(es) please email a list of potential tutors to Jamie McCoy (jamie.mccoy@llcc.edu).

2018-2019 LLCC Foundation scholarship application available!

The LLCC Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year through March 1. Faculty and staff are invited to encourage students to apply.

It’s easy to apply. Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.

The online application is available by going to www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. For more information, contact Lori Smith at 786-4502 or email lori.smith@llcc.edu.

Important IT reference information

LLCC Information Technology would like to welcome all new and returning staff/faculty to LLCC! Email will be the primary form of communication to you from IT. Should you have technical questions and/or need assistance, the IT Help Desk staff are here to assist. *Please note that the IT Help Desk staff are not available to install software or troubleshoot technology issues on your personal devices.

Technology available to you

LLCC Employee Portal – IT
At http://www.llcc.edu/my-llcc, select Employee Portal under Faculty/Staff Resources. Select the IT link. Here you will find detailed information on IT, as well as detailed pages on group sites, OneDrive, Skype phones and cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity refers to the preventative steps and techniques used to safeguard and protect the integrity of a network, programs and data from attack, damage, and/or unauthorized access.​ If you feel that you may have been subjected to a security breach, immediately change your LLCC password and notify the IT Help Desk at 786-2555 or helpme@llcc.edu. If the computer has any personal online account passwords stored, it is recommended that you change these passwords immediately, as well as check with any financial institutions for issues.

Office 365
Office 365 includes mail, OneDrive (1 TB of cloud storage, online editing, sharing of documents and folders for online collaboration with peers and instructors), Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote online applications. Use via the web or download from the App Store or Google Play Store.

When accessing Office 365, it’s recommended to use Firefox as your browser. Access the Office 365 Gateway via web-based email account, top left waffle icon or https://portal.office.com. Enter your email address, and then tab. Enter username and password in additional “adfssecurity” window.

Microsoft allows you to download Office 2016 from Microsoft to your PC or MAC from the Office 365 Gateway. You can also add mail to your Smart Device with the Outlook app. Add email account by entering LLCC email address and password.

KBOX – Online Help Desk Ticketing System
At https://help.llcc.edu or http://www.llcc.edu/my-llcc, select KBOX Forms under Faculty/Staff Resources. You will find the Online Knowledge Base and several queues available: LLCC Helpdesk (technology request for assistance for yourself or a classroom), MFP Staples, Colleague Projects, Facilities Services Work Order, Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Lost Key – Police Department, Police Department, Print Shop, and Public Relations and Marketing.

WebAdvisor includes Course Roster, submission of final class grades, Pay Advice and W-2 documentation.

LLCC Alert – Emergency Notification System
Your LLCC email address is automatically active. You can add additional contact information at https://getrave.com/login/llcc.

Board Policies 10.X – IT Policies
It is the responsibility of all employees to familiarize themselves with the board policies of the college. Policies 10.1–10.6 pertain to information technology.

Blackboard – Online Learning
The Blackboard app is available on App Store or Google Play Store. After successfully logging into Blackboard, if technical support is needed or you have questions about Blackboard in general, view Blackboard Faculty Support online documentation or call 786-2763.

Wireless Connectivity
On your smart device, choose the LLCC–Employee wifi. This will prompt you to enter your online account username and password. Depending upon the type and OS version of your device, you may be prompted to enter your credentials as either llcc\username and password, llcc\email address and password, or email address and password only. Accept any certificates if prompted. The LLCC–Guest wifi will allow you to connect without entering authenticated credentials. You will be prompted to open your browser and accept the terms of use before continuing.

Contact Us

Fall/Spring hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday
Summer hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Website: http://its.llcc.edu
IT YouTube Channel
Email: helpme@llcc.edu
Phone: 786-2555
Ticketing system: http://help.llcc.edu
In person: Sangamon Hall, Room 1132 (outside of the main entrance to the LLCC Library/Center for Academic Success) *Walk-in hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you experience technical difficulties connecting a mobile device to the LLCC wifi or adding your email account, please bring your mobile device to the Help Desk.

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2017 W2 statements

The 2017 W2 statements are completed and have been mailed. If you consented to receive your W2 online, you can log into WebAdvisor, select Employee, then select W2 statement. If you have any questions, please contact the payroll office.

Message to faculty from Center for Academic Success

Welcome back and happy 2018! We look forward to working with you and your students this semester. Please feel free to come down and visit us in the lower level of Sangamon Hall and speak with our staff about the many services we offer to help students reach their goals and achieve academic success.

Our Spring 2018 Service Hours handout is a great resource to include with your syllabus on the first day of class and to post on bulletin boards in your office.

Secondly, our Smart Start Seminar flyer can also be included with your syllabus or posted in your classroom. Our seminars teach students a variety of proven strategies for success in college level courses. All of the seminars cover the same topics, so students may choose the one day and time that works best with their schedules. Smart Start Seminars are particularly important for first semester students who are new to college courses.

Thirdly, our Class Visit form is a great way to bring effective college level study strategies directly to your students! By completing this form and sending it back to me, you can make arrangements for an academic success professional to come to your class and help your students improve basic skills such as note-taking, test preparation, memorization and much more.

Finally, please use our Make-up Testing form to provide our testing proctor with necessary details regarding how you would like your make-up tests to be administered in the Center for Academic Success. For your convenience, you may email the completed make-up testing form, along with an electronic copy of your test, to castesting@llcc.edu. NOTE: Please do not email exams directly to our test proctor’s personal LLCC email address.

For more detailed information about our services, visit us online at www.llcc.edu/cas. Have a great semester, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

In the news

Jolene Adams, Culinary Institute coordinator, was interviewed for the A La Carte column in this Sunday’s State Journal-Register, about classes offered and how community members are invited to teach classes.

Message from IT about network printers

In an effort to improve the college’s printing services, IT will be changing the way that network printers are added to your computer. These changes were scheduled to be enabled last evening after hours and should largely be transparent to you as the end user. In order to complete the process, it is recommended that you restart your computer this  morning to allow the changes to take place.

You will likely need to reset your default printer. Here are some links to assist you with this process:
How to set a default printer in Windows 10
How to set a default printer in Windows 7

If you are not seeing your printers or you would like assistance from IT staff, please feel free to contact us at the IT Helpdesk:
Phone: 786-2555
Email: helpme@llcc.edu
Web: https://help.llcc.edu

Thanks for your patience and understanding while we work to improve your services.

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Tutors available for these classes!

The LLCC Center for Academic Success has tutors ready and waiting to work with students on main campus in over 80 classes across 27 subject areas. We also have tutoring services available at some of the outreach centers. Refer to this list to see if your class has an available tutor. Please encourage students to use these tutors throughout the semester. All students can benefit from tutoring!

If you do not have a tutor available for your class(es), please email a list of potential tutors to Jamie McCoy (jamie.mccoy@llcc.edu). (Note: recommending a student does not guarantee they will be hired.)