Stolen Moments perform this Sunday

The Recital Series hosts a performance this Sunday, Oct. 23 by the LLCC Stolen Moments improvisational jazz ensemble under the direction of Jason Waddell, associate professor of music. The recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center.

Stolen Moments will perform and improvise solos on a variety of musical styles and standards, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Take Five,” “Satin Doll” and the Blues Brothers tune, “Everybody Needs Somebody.” Student performers include Caleb Jennings, George Smith, Zach Fedor, Kevin Carman, Kenyon Deshasier, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Merriman and Abigail Shaver.

All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

Student Clubs hosts Zombie Prom Oct. 28


LLCC’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Feminist Activist Coalition (FAC) and Psychology Club are hosting the Zombie Prom Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. The public is invited, ages 18 and over welcome to attend.

What is the Zombie Prom, you may be asking yourself? Zombie Prom is an inclusive alternative dance for both LGBTQ+ and heterosexual persons.  The event will feature socializing, dancing, a photo booth and refreshments, along with special guest Empefive (a local dance group) and live music from HISO radio’s very own DJ Yinka! Attire for the event is “costume homecoming,” dress-up, wear a costume, or whatever makes you comfortable. Several artistic student volunteers will also be on hand to help“zombify” attendees.

Entry fee is $3.00 per person or $5.00 for couples. Attendees also have the option to donate five items of nonperishable goods, eight for couples, in lieu of entry fee. All nonperishable donations will be donated to LLCC’s food pantry.

In the News

John Vinzant, Ph.D., professor of political science, talked about accusations of a “rigged” presidential election in this interview on the WTAX Morning Newswatch Oct. 20.

Swashbuckling Seminar: Three Musketeers Nov. 19

LLCC Theatre LogoA Swashbuckling Seminar directed by Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South. See how LLCC Theatre builds fights for a swashbuckling spectacular! The event is produced by LLCC Theatre and Theatre in the Park.

Purchase $5 tickets online at

Audience members will take sword in hand and learn a short phrase of choreography, so dress casually!

Student received diploma in surprise ceremony

img_1777Chris Call, who is battling stage IV glioblastoma cancer, was awarded his LLCC diploma by President Charlotte Warren in a surprise ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 18. Beth Hoffmann, professor of communication, was able to confirm that Chris had earned enough credits to graduate, and organized the awarding of his diploma. The ceremony was also attended by Chris’s mother June, sister Shelly and nephew Colby, along with Drs. Chris McDonald, professor of political science and Beth Wiediger, professor of psychology, and Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Eileen Tepatti. Special thanks also to Susan Mendenhall, records coordinator, for her assistance in confirming his eligibility for graduation.

img_1775According to Beth, “Chris often reminisces about his time at LLCC and the connections he made with his professors. He mentioned to me that he regrets never completing a degree at LLCC or UIC, so I just asked to have his transcripts reviewed to see if maybe he had completed a degree. With the help of Dr. Eileen Tepatti and Susan Mendenhall, they confirmed he had enough credits to be awarded an associate in general education degree in liberal arts. I cried tears of joy because I knew how much it would mean to Chris and his family.”

img_1784Chris started LLCC in the spring of 2003. He took Speech 101 and 201 with Professor Beth Hoffmann, was involved in Model UN in the spring of 2005 and went on a trip to European battlefields with Drs. Chris McDonald and Mark Roehrs, which he greatly enjoyed and still talks about today. He successfully completed the Honors Program in the spring 2006. He attended the University of Illinois Chicago and completed several semesters of coursework. After his brain cancer diagnosis, he came back to Springfield and has enjoyed taking classes at LLCC for personal enrichment, including one with Dr. Beth Wiediger.

The Results Are In for LLCC’s On My Own Time (OMOT)

Congratulations to everybody that participated in OMOT!

All pieces awarded 1st place will move on to the OMOT city-wide exhibit, which will be at the Springfield Art Association (SAA), 700 N. Fourth Street, from December 2-21. The city-wide awards, as well as the best of show award will be announced at a reception at the SAA for all OMOT participants to be held on December 6, from 6-8 p.m.

OMOT logoMichelle Burger
Release, 1st
Vivaciousness, 1st

Esteban Cruz
Fabulous, 1st

Pam Daniel
Lincoln Perspective, 1st

Wendy Howerter
Inside-Ewing Cultural Center, 2nd

Tricia Kujawa
The Eyes of Lincoln-Mt. Rushmore, 1st
Dusk at the Badlands, 1st
Evening Storm Over the Badlands, 2nd

Brenda Protz
Gateway, 1st

Sue Rush
Bird on a Wire, 1st

Jan Szoke
Meet Norman, Honorable Mention

Greg Walbert
Free To Be Cool, 1st
A.L. 1864, 1st
Cross-section, 2nd

The exhibit remains open through Oct. 26; please check it out and vote for the LLCC’s People’s Choice Award! For more information, contact Misty Hagstrom at 786.2466 or

LLCC Police to host “Coffee with a Cop” Oct. 25

PrintOn Oct. 25, from 8-10:30 a.m. in A. Lincoln Commons, officers from LLCC Police Department and the LLCC community (students, faculty and staff) will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss issues, build relationships, drink coffee and enjoy refreshments. Everyone is invited to attend.

Coffee with a Cop” provides a unique opportunity for individuals to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building, and some individuals may feel that officers are unapproachable on campus. “Coffee with a Cop” is designed to break down barriers and allows for relaxed, one-on-one interactions.

“We hope that students, faculty and staff will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns or simply get to know our officers,” says LLCC Police Chief Brad Gentry. Continue reading