The 7th annual Lincoln Lecture in commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12 will feature Ron J. Keller, associate professor of history and political science at Lincoln College and director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum. Keller will speak on “Who Does This Guy Think He Is?? 150 Years of Living, Loving and Loathing Lincoln’s Legacy.” The presentation begins at 9 a.m. in the Trutter Center.
Keller says his presentation will address the Lincoln legacy. ”From the moment of his tragic assassination 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was catapulted immediately into the annals of American greatness. Ever since then, America has emulated him, adored him, written about him and argued about him. While most consider him our greatest president, there have been some groups and individuals who have resisted and even scorned his legacy. Lincoln has, and remains, a more controversial and polarizing historical figure than many realize.”
Drawing upon quotes, images and other iconography in this presentation, Keller examines the disparate public and private perceptions of this man. This presentation will challenge the audience to ponder what Lincoln’s legacy means to us today, and what these perceptions say about America’s past and present.
Keller, who holds degrees from Olney Central College and Eastern Illinois University, has co-authored several books, including two 2010 releases: “Abraham Lincoln in Logan County” and “A Respect For the Office: Letters From the Presidents.” He served as a contributor to the publications “Lincoln and Freedom,” “The Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History” and “The Essential Lincoln.” He is presently writing “Abraham Lincoln as State Legislator” for Southern Illinois University Press, due out in late 2016.
Keller has presented topics on the scholarship of Abraham Lincoln statewide and nationally. He serves on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and is an advisor to the Lincoln Forum. In 2005, he was appointed to the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and was invited to the White House for a special Abraham Lincoln commemoration ceremony. In 2009, Governor Pat Quinn and the Lincoln Academy bestowed Keller with the Order of Lincoln—the highest honor given to a citizen of the state of Illinois—and which honors individuals who have contributed to the betterment of humanity or whose dedication to the principles of public service inspire all Illinoisans. He also received the 2011 Alumnus Award from Olney Central College.
A reminder that LLCC’s VALIC rep Terri Bailey will be available to discuss various investment options on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the VP conference room, Menard Hall. Faculty and staff can make appointments HERE.
Today is the deadline to sign up for the Biggest Loser Contest. Click LLCC Biggest Loser Contest for more information. Contact Kim Elder at 6-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register your team.
The LLCC Board of Trustees meets tonight at 5:15 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. The agenda can be found HERE.
LLCC’s VALIC representative is on campus from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the HR conference room. Faculty and staff can set up an appointment online HERE.
The American Lung Association tobacco cessation presentation is being held 11 a.m.-noon in A. Lincoln Commons.
History Professor Aaron Berkowitz, Ph.D., and wife Meleah are parents of a baby girl, Sadie Elizabeth Berkowitz, born Jan. 21. She weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz and was 21 inches long. Aaron reports that baby and mommy are doing great!
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. Come see the worthy organizations which could use your volunteer assistance.
Blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Student Union. Donate on behalf of your favorite club and help them win $75 in club funding!
A reminder that there is a new process for cleaning up proposals that are stalled in CurricUNET. For proposals that have been copied but nothing done according to the comparison icon:
1. After one year of inactivity from the time the course/program was copied, an email will be sent to the originator asking if this course is being revised, with a copy to the dean.
2. Based on the response from the originator, the following actions may be taken:
a. The pending file deleted.
b. The pending file deleted and the course recopied.
c. The pending file will continue.
3. If no response is received, the file will be deleted.
4. If Option C is chosen and no activity occurs in CurricUNET within the next six months, the pending file will be deleted.
It is important that files not sit out in the queue for several years. Once the course is copied, it is tied to the curriculum process in place at that time. If the processes change between the time it is copied and the time it is launched, it is easier for that file to get lost in the processes. Also, the date used for a course documentation’s last update is the date the pending file is originated, not the date it is approved.
A reminder that LLCC will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes are being held and all administrative offices at the Springfield campus and outlying locations will be closed. Classes and regular business hours resume at all locations Tuesday, Jan. 20.
Due to the Sangamon County Basketball Tournament in Cass Gym this week, the locker rooms will be closing at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Club and Vendor Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Check out some of LLCC clubs and departments in addition to local non-profit and for-profit businesses. This event is sponsored by the Logger Activities Board.
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Skee Ball, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Yes, skee ball in the Commons! Come and have some fun!
Thursday, Jan. 15 : Visiting poet Stuart Kestenbaum, 10-11 a.m., R.H. Stephens Room. Kestenbaum will read his works along with other notable poets. Kestenbaum has written several books and his poems have been featured on NPR programs including Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac” and “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” as well as in several publications, including SUN magazine. His books of poetry include “Only Now,” “Prayers and Run-On Sentences” and “House of Thanksgiving” (all Deerbrook Editions), and “Pilgrimage” (Coyote Love Press).
Friday, Jan 16: Dueling Pianos by LLCC alum Damien Kaplan and Mark Gifford, 11 a.m.-noon, A. Lincoln Commons. Enjoy former LLCC music alum standout Damien Kaplan and organist, pianist and showman Mark Gifford as they duel it out for an entertaining and fun way to conclude Welcome Week!