In the News

Mary Beth Ray, director, Career Development Services,  was interviewed Jan. 31 for this story, “Supermarket expansions add hundreds of jobs” in the SJ-R on career opportunities as a result of the new HyVee grocery store and other grocery stores expanding. She gave salary information and tips for job seekers, and reminded everyone that these stores hire all kinds of workers, from cashiers to dieticians to pharmacy techs. The story is scheduled to run Feb. 1 or 2.

LLCC Quiz Bowl “A” Team advances to national tournament

The Lincoln Land Community College Quiz Bowl “A” Team won the sectional tournament hosted at LLCC Jan. 25 and now advances to the national community college championship in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 28-March 1. The LLCC “A” Team has a record of nine wins and no losses. The LLCC “B” team finished third in the tournament. Other participating teams were Frontier Community College (second place) and Rend Lake College (fourth place).

Individual toss-up awards were won by LLCC’s Brett Davis (second) and Samuel Woolsey (third).  First place for toss-ups was won by Clay Hoskins of Frontier Community College. Moderators included Samantha Reif, instructor, geology; Aaron Staley, former Quiz Bowl team member; and Donald Taylor, a local Quiz Bowl expert. Friends and family of team members also assisted with timing and scoring.

Quiz Bowl A Team

LLCC “A” Team (L-R): Coach Eve Fischberg, professor in the LLCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; Samuel Woolsey; Brett Davis; Lauren Gleason; Allie Penrod.


Quiz Bowl B Team

LLCC “B” team (L- R): Coach Eve Fischberg, Clark Johnson; Jacob Webb, Nick Shelton, Tyler Mathews.

Congratulations, Barb Bernardi!


Barb Bernardi, professor, biology, was named the 2014 Distinguished Alum of Little Flower Catholic Grade School during a Catholic Schools Week Mass on Saturday. Congratulations, Barb!

Report from LLCC’s November 2013 Quality Checkup or Site Visit

LLCC’s Quality Checkup Report is now available on LLCC’s AQIP page. The Quality Checkup Report is a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) document prepared by the review team after completing a site visit. Its purpose is to document the team’s findings and communicate those findings to the HLC as well as the institution under review. The report references conversations held with various groups during its visit, reports on the accuracy of LLCC’s Systems Portfolio, comments on the how well LLCC demonstrated meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, and provides feedback regarding federal compliance expectations. Please address any questions on the report to Chris McDonald or Tricia Kujawa, the college’s AQIP co-chairs, through .

A heartfelt thank-you note from Cheryl Vertrees

Thanks to my Lincoln Land colleagues for your expressions of kindness (cards, emails, food, flowers, memorials) following the recent passing of my dad.  Your thoughtfulness has been heartwarming.  A special thank you to my little work family who also provided comfort and support during December, when we were expecting any day to lose my 18-year-old niece following a four-year battle with cancer.  To lose Dad just three weeks after Cora passed away has been especially tough, and my work family has been there for me.  The many kind acts are greatly appreciated.   —   Cheryl Vertrees

REMINDER: W-2s are complete

The 2013 W-2s are complete.  If you elected to access your W-2 online through Web-Advisor, then your W-2 is now available.  If you did not elect online access, your W-2 will be mailed this week.  Please direct any questions regarding your W-2 to Cheryl Sneed at 6-2247 or

Bistro Verde opens for lunch this Thursday!

burgerLLCC’s student-run café, Bistro Verde, will open for lunch service on Thursday, Jan. 30. See the menu! Bistro Verde will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Reservations are required, and can be made by emailing or calling 786-2821.  For the first half of the semester, Bistro Verde will be set as a casual bistro.  For the second half of the semester, Bistro Verde will offer fine dining.  The café will accept cash and debit or credit cards (sorry, no checks.)  At this time, the Bistro will not be offering any to-go meals.

The café’s dining room staff is staffed by students from Dining Room Operations, and the cooking staff is staffed by students from Food Production 4.  Desserts are created by students in Restaurant Desserts and Advanced Baking and Pastry classes, and bread is supplied by the Artisan Breads class.

Click HERE to see the complete list of dates the café will be open this semester.

In the News

An interview with Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, will air on WUIS at 12:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) on WUIS radio. (91.9 FM)

Diane Clark, assistant director, public relations, was interviewed by the SJ-R Jan. 23 for this story on scholarship opportunities through the LLCC Foundation.

Campus safety was the topic of this story on WAND featuring Brad Gentry, police chief.