A special note of gratitude from Deborah Brothers

Thank you for the care and concern everyone showed regarding my recent illness on Tuesday during our Institutional Development meeting. Luckily, it looked more serious than it was. Although I felt embarrassed to be the center of such strategic intervention, I’m more grateful that we have staff, faculty, and administrators who are not only trained to respond in urgent situations but do so with such kindness and compassion. Thank you all, again, and special kudos to Cynthia Maskey and Officer Mike Hanson. They kept me comfortable and calm, and Cynthia took me to the doctor and stayed with me until family arrived.

Deborah Brothers

Career Development Services says thanks

Career Development Services would like to thank everyone for another fun and profitable Silent Auction! We netted over $250 this year for the Career Development Emergency Fund. This money comes at a time when we really start to hear from needy students. Thank you for shopping at the auction and for donating items to make the event possible. And, thank you to Linda Cunningham and Tammy Chrisler for helping us with setting up and staffing the auction!

Photographer on campus Monday afternoon

Public Relations and Marketing (PRM) will have a professional photographer on campus Monday afternoon taking classroom shots for the website. We will knock and ask permission before entering any classroom.

Parking lots 9 & 11 to be blocked off at 5 p.m. Friday for weekend event

LLCC Police will be blocking off parking lots 9 & 11 at 5 p.m. today for the Girls on the Run event being held on campus this weekend. GOTR staff and other vendors will be on campus to begin tent setup and other preparations for the event.  The 5K run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and traffic may be delayed  as runners make their way off campus and back to campus. Police will be directing traffic.

Faculty score GEAR project assignments at Institutional Improvement Day

GEAR (General Education Assessment by Rubrics) is an assignment-based project which was initiated in the fall semester of 2009. Each year a general GEAReducation outcome is selected by the Assessment Team to be measured. Assignments that addressed and assessed critical thinking outcomes of the college were collected from faculty during the spring semester of 2014.  On Institutional Improvement Day, a group of 23 faculty met and scored 45 sets of types of assignments. Results will be aggregated and used for accreditation and improvement purposes.

Deepest sympathy to Jeff Mehan; arrangements complete

Our deepest sympathy to Jeff Mehan, professor of computer networking, on the passing of his mother, Betty, on Nov. 4. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 6 at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. Fifth St. An additional visitation will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield, prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Spaulding Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 21, Riverton, IL 62561 or First United Methodist Church.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home with an additional visitation from 9-9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at First United Methodist Church.

Funeral Service: 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Nicole Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Spaulding Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 21, Riverton, IL 62561 or First United Methodist Church.

– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sj-r/obituary.aspx?n=betty-j-mehan&pid=173068610&fhid=7772#sthash.UuCxdnwx.dpuf

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home with an additional visitation from 9-9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at First United Methodist Church.

Funeral Service: 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Nicole Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Spaulding Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 21, Riverton, IL 62561 or First United Methodist Church.

– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sj-r/obituary.aspx?n=betty-j-mehan&pid=173068610&fhid=7772#sthash.UuCxdnwx.dpuf

Institutional Improvement Day tomorrow, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cass Gym

LLCC is hosting a Strategy Forum at tomorrow’s Institutional Improvement Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium. The day’s activities were planned by staff associated with the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission will share the day’s agenda at the beginning of the forum. The welcome and general overview will begin promptly at 9 a.m. It is advisable that you plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m.

Everyone should bring a pencil or pen; the Commission and the LLCC AQIP Steering Team will provide everything else needed for participation. Please leave tablets and/or laptops at home or in your office. Neither is needed for the planned activities. Coffee and other beverages will be available in the morning. Lunch will be served at noon.

For additional details about the Strategy Forum, please review the AQIP newsletter 10-2014.

ITDE workshops this week

Using Blackboard for Course CommunicationWednesday, Nov. 5, 1-2 p.m. SGMN0119
Facilitator: Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator

What happens when you are sick or can’t make it to class? How do you communicate information to students outside of class? In this workshop we will discuss ways to use Blackboard to communicate with your students. Topics covered in this workshop will include: using Blackboard to send emails, how to post notifications, and how to use the new text messaging function that is built into Blackboard. To register, click HERE.

Creating Interactive MapsThursday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-Noon, SGMN0119
Facilitator: Barry Lamb, director of instructional technology services

Google Mapping Tools can be used for much more than looking up driving directions. This workshop will demonstrate how to use Google Tour Builder to create instructional virtual tours, which can be anything from mapping historical events to charting the important places on a fictional literary character’s journey, and more. Participants will be given the hands-on opportunity to learn how to create and share their own tour.
To register, click HERE.