The best who-liday ever, Dec. 12

LLCC. A holiday party even the grinch would attend! Thursday, Dec. 12, 2-4 p.m. Student Union, Menard Hall. Faculty, staff and retirees are invited. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. This will the best who-liday ever!Save the date! Faculty, staff and retirees are invited to the LLCC Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2-4 p.m. in the student union.

Enjoy camaraderie with colleagues, hors d’oeuvres and holiday music!

Thank you from Junell Ransdell

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my farewell party to say goodbye and wish me the very best as I begin a new chapter in my life.  It was very much appreciated.  A very special “thank you” to the wonderful HR peeps for the party goodies and the treasured gifts … you are the best! I will forever cherish the friendships and memories made over the past 22 years!

Best wishes, Junell Ransdell

Our sympathy to Brenda Protz and Thom Whalen

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Brenda Protz, professor of communication, on the tragic loss of her daughter, her daughter’s best friend and grandparents in a traffic accident Saturday evening in Montgomery County.

We also extend our sincere condolences to Thom Whalen, professor of art, on the passing of his father, Patrick “Patty” Whalen, on Nov. 15. Visitation, beginning with a prayer service, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-7 p.m. at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville, and interment will follow. Read the obituary.

Our sympathy to Tamie and Samuel Penning

We extend our condolences to Tamie Penning, application analyst, and Samuel Penning, system administrator II, on the unexpected passing of Tamie’s sister Melody Shacter of Minnesota. A memorial service is being planned and will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Stuff the Stocking” event Dec. 2-13

StockingThe Student Services Administrative Assistant Peer 2 Peer Connections group is sponsoring a “Stuff the Stocking” event during the first two weeks of December, and you can be a part of this effort!

You will see large stockings hung in LLCC Student Life as well as in the Student Success hallway at the main campus and in the front office of each of the Outreach Centers. Each stocking will be waiting for donations of a new pair of warm socks, a hat, gloves or scarf. They can be hand crafted, knitted, crocheted or purchased, but please make them new.

Items will be given to LLCC students through LLCC Student Life and donated to local nonprofit organizations in Springfield, Taylorville, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Beardstown.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 2-13.

It’s a small thing, a scarf or pair of gloves, but there are many in our LLCC community who could use that simple little thing to help keep them warm during this winter season. Thank you for making someone’s holiday and the winter months a little warmer!

Stuff the Stocking” flyer

Beta Nu Students Volunteer at Girls on the Run

LLCC’s Beta Nu Nursing Honor Society students volunteered at the Girls on the Run races in May and November this year. The students provided education and games for the runners promoting healthy activities and ran the first aid station along with the committee co-chairs, Dr. Ana Till and Dr. Mary Goldstein. Girls on the Run works to instill a sense of confidence and accomplishment in girls from our community.

LLCC Nursing honor students at Girls on the RunLLCC Nursing honor students holding photo frames at Girls on the Run

LLCC entries earn four city-wide OMOT ribbons

On My Own TimeCongratulations to several LLCC artists honored with awards Wednesday evening at the city-wide On My Own Time (OMOT) art exhibit. This year, 120 OMOT artists submitted 241 entries at 11 in-house exhibits in the Springfield area. LLCC employees were awarded four ribbons at the city-wide exhibit, which is on display through Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th St. LLCC winners are:

Photography – First Place – Chris McDonald, “The Local”

Drawing – Third Place – Greg Walbert, “Lincoln”

Painting– Honorable Mention – Greg Walbert, “Giraffe”

Photography – Honorable Mention – Michelle Burger, “Primpin’ Ain’t Easy”

Works of art from Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) board members are also featured at the exhibit. Lindee Hall’s “Cacti Defender” is on display. She currently serves as secretary on the SAAC board.

Congratulations to all of the talented LLCC colleagues participating in this year’s exhibits!

OMOT is a program of the Springfield Area Arts Council. The purpose of OMOT is to help local businesses, agencies, educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of people they employ.

Misty Hagstrom,
Lindee Hall,

"The Local" by Chris McDonald, first placeGreg Walbert with "Lincoln," third placeGreg Walbert with "Giraffe," honorable mentionMichelle Burger and kids with "Primpin' Ain't Easy," honorable mention

Still time to be a Game Changer!

The LLCC United Way giving campaign continues through tomorrow. Be a game changer and make your donation either through payroll deduction or a one-time gift.

Be a Game Changer! United Way

Three convenient ways to donate:

  1. Complete the paper form in your mailbox and return to a committee member listed below
  2. Online giving
  3. Text LLCCUNITED to 41444.

$5 per pay period can prevent multiple families in need from being without electricity or hot water. $10 per pay can feed a healthy, family-style dinner to 60 food-insecure children. $20 per pay can buy clothes and personal items for students who are victims of disaster.  Contributing to the United Way supports local agencies who devote their time to assisting those who are in need in our community.

Thank you! Tara Walk, faculty; Nicole Ralph, administrators; Leanne Roseberry, classified staff; Melissa Franzen, professional staff; Lynn Whalen 

OMOT city-wide exhibit reception is tonight!

On My Own TimeMichelle Burger’s ”Primpin Ain’t Easy,” Chris McDonald’s ”The Local,”  and Greg Walbert’s ”Lincoln” and “Giraffe” were awarded first place at the LLCC On My Own Time exhibit and have moved on to the OMOT city-wide exhibit. The OMOT city-wide exhibit will be at the Springfield Art Association (SAA), 700 North Fourth St., Nov. 5-23. The city-wide awards, as well as the city-wide best of show award will be announced at a reception at the SAA on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the award presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Good luck, Michelle, Chris and Greg!

OMOT is a program of the Springfield Area Arts Council. The purpose of OMOT is to help local businesses, agencies, educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of people they employ.

Misty Hagstrom,
Lindee Hall,

"Lincoln" by Greg Walbert"Giraffe" by Greg Walbert"The Local" by Chris McDonald"Primpin' Ain't Easy" by Michelle Burger