Practical Response Active Shooter trainings scheduled this spring

The LLCC Police Department is offering three Practical Response to Active Shooters training sessions this spring. Training is open to all LLCC faculty, staff or students. Training sessions are scheduled the following dates:

Friday, Feb. 20 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. • Sangamon Hall, room 1104
Wednesday, March 18 • 1:30-3:30 p.m. • Menard Hall, room 1177
Thursday, April 30 • 9-11 a.m. • Millennium Center, room 1104

Pre-registration is required (max of 25 participants per session). Please email to register.

There have been approximately 70 active shooter incidents in the U.S. over the past four years; about a quarter of these occurring in schools. If you ever found yourself in an active shooter event, would you know what to do? As with any emergency situation, prior thought and planning play an immense role in our individual response to these highly stressful incidents.

Presented by members of the Lincoln Land Community College Police Department, this hands-on training will provide you with options on what to do during an active shooter incident, teach you the techniques and then give you an opportunity to actually practice these newly learned skills in a supportive, non-stressful environment.

LLCC celebrates homecoming with special recognition of former athletic director Dick Dhabalt

LLCC is celebrating homecoming Saturday, Feb. 14 with a special recognition of Dick Dhabalt, former LLCC athletic director and founding faculty member. Women’s and men’s basketball games and a dance are planned. All events are taking place at the LLCC-Springfield campus.

In acknowledgement of his dedication to education, athletics and students at LLCC, Dick Dhabalt will receive special recognition with the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award, which is being established in his honor. The award will recognize annually both one LLCC male and female athlete.

During his tenure at LLCC, Mr. Dhabalt served 20 years as athletic director, 20 years as head men’s basketball coach and 25 years as a faculty member teaching physical education and math. He was selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to serve as the Region IV assistant director and then director of Region XXIV. He was inducted into the NJCAA Region XXIV Hall of Fame in 1991, and is an athlete Hall of Fame member at LLCC, as well as his alma mater, Bradley University.

Mr. Dhabalt will be recognized with the award during half-time of the women’s basketball game, which will begin at 2 p.m. when the Lady Loggers take on the Lincoln College Lynx in Cass Gymnasium. The men’s game will follow at 4 p.m. Admission for the games is $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 and is free for LLCC students, faculty and staff with an LLCC ID.

The homecoming dance is being held from 8 to 11 p.m., along with the coronation of homecoming king and queen at 9 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. The dance is open to LLCC students, alumni, faculty, staff and their guests. Various activities with the theme “Peace, Love and LLCC” are being planned for the week leading up to homecoming.

Homecoming activities are being sponsored by the Logger Activities Board, Alumni Services and the Athletics Department. More information is available by calling the LLCC Student Life Office at 786.2241.

LLCC’s former athletic director and 2000 NJCAA World Series champion baseball team to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

This year’s Springfield Sports Hall of Fame inductees include former LLCC athletic director and basketball coach Dick Dhabalt and LLCC’s 2000 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series champion baseball team. Induction ceremonies are being held Tuesday, April 28 at the Springfield Crowne Plaza. Congratulations to Dick and LLCC’s 2000 baseball alumni!

CCSSE survey to take place this spring

In late March, LLCC will be completing its 4th Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) administration. CCSSE is a national survey focused on teaching, learning, and retention in community colleges. The project is part of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.

Research suggests that the more actively engaged students are — with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with the subject matter being learned — the more likely they are to persist in their college studies and to achieve at higher levels. Identifying what our students do in and out of the classroom, knowing their goals, and understanding their external responsibilities can help us create an environment that can enhance student learning, development, and retention.

The survey will be administered in classes randomly selected by the Center. To learn more about CCSSE visit

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Penny Wars Jan. 26-Feb. 6 to benefit LLCC Foundation Grow Beyond campaign fund

Penny Wars is being sponsored by the Student Government Association Jan. 26-Feb. 6 in A. Lincoln Commons. Donate your spare change to benefit the LLCC Foundation Grow Beyond campaign fund. Student clubs are “at war” to win a pizza party for the club with the most pennies. To help your favorite club win, below are some helpful hints:
• Pennies=positive point; Silver coins=negative point; Bills=negative their value
• Put your pennies in your favorite club’s money container
• Put your nickels, dimes, quarters and bills in “opposing club” money containers

In the news

Matthew Shaver, professor of computer applications, and LLCC students in video game design classes, were interviewed by Fox News Jan. 26 regarding the video game/app design program.

LLCC Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2015-2016 academic year

The LLCC Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students planning to attend LLCC in fall 2015 are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 2.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full or part time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are designed for students in any major, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships in which they are eligible.

Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. More information, in addition to the online application, can be found at by clicking on “For Student Scholarships” at the top right corner of the page. Students may also visit the LLCC Foundation in Menard Hall on the Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Road, or any of LLCC’s locations in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville for a hard copy application.

For more information, call Lori Smith, scholarship program coordinator, at ext. 6.4502.

Nominations due today for homecoming court

Nomination forms for Homecoming Court are due today at 5 p.m. in the Student Life Office. Forms are available in the Student Life Office or print the nomination form: Homecoming Nomination Form 2015.

Homecoming 2015 is being held Saturday, Feb. 14. This year’s theme is Peace, Love & LLCC! The Loggers basketball teams will take on the Lincoln Lynx, with the women’s playing at 2 p.m. and the men playing at 4 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium. The Homecoming Dance is scheduled from 8-11 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. Attendees are encouraged to wear 70s attire. Homecoming activities kick off Jan. 26, so join in the fun!