Closing reception for Michelle Coakes’ “A Fire Within” 4-6 p.m.

Fishscale Bulbous Jar by Michelle CoakesThe James S. Murray Gallery is currently featuring the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes.” All are invited to a closing reception with the artist today from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new.

The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

Closing reception for Michelle Coakes’ “A Fire Within” Feb. 1

Fishscale Bulbous Jar by Michelle CoakesThe James S. Murray Gallery is currently featuring the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” through Feb. 1. All are invited to a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new.

The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

Our sympathy to Jan Szoke

We extend our condolences to Jan Szoke, program director, respiratory care, on the passing of her father, Ross Jennings, Jan. 27 in Warrenton, Ore. A memorial service will be planned for this summer.

VALIC representative on campus today

Terri Bailey, VALIC financial advisor, will be on campus today from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the VP conference room to answer questions about the 403(b) and 457(b) deferred compensation plan options available to LLCC employees from VALIC. View the invitation to find out how you can register for a consultation time. Deferred compensation options are available to employees from VALIC and TIAA-CREF.

LLCC sponsors 10th annual Lincoln Lecture Feb. 12

LLCC hosts the 10th annual Lincoln Lecture Monday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room of Menard Hall.

James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, will speak on the topic, “Abraham Lincoln: Nature Boy or Science Drone.”

Dr. Cornelius, a native of Minneapolis, worked for 10 years as an editor in New York City at Doubleday, Random House and Collier’s Encyclopedia, then for eight years in the University of Illinois Library’s Illinois History and Lincoln Collections. Read more about the featured lecturer.

Also on Lincoln’s birthday, representatives from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site will sponsor an informational display in A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus.

LLCC-Litchfield will live stream the movie “Lincoln” at 1 p.m.

On Feb. 13, LLCC-Taylorville will sponsor a presentation on President Lincoln at 1 p.m. in the South Building, Room 1115.

On Feb. 14, LLCC-Jacksonville will host Pam Brown as Mary Todd Lincoln in “Taking Leave,” written by Ken Bradbury, at 10 a.m. followed by a Q & A session. The Gettysburg Address will also be read.

The public is invited to all events without charge.

In addition, LLCC-Beardstown will sponsor a student trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on Feb. 12.

LLCC ALERT test this morning

Each semester, LLCC tests its emergency alert system called LLCC ALERT. LLCC ALERT allows the college to communicate with you by text, phone and email in an emergency, as well as for severe weather and other closures. Current employees and students are automatically enrolled in LLCC ALERT.

The next test will take place today, Friday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. You will receive a test message from LLCC ALERT.

We encourage you to visit www.llcc.edu/alert and log in with your LLCC username and password to check your current contact information and manage how you receive emergency notifications. LLCC ALERT uses the information about you currently stored in the college’s Colleague system, and this information may need updating. Please add your office phone number if it is not listed, and make any other revisions needed.

For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 786-2555 or helpdesk@llcc.edu.

Note: Updating your contact information in LLCC ALERT will NOT update that information in Colleague. To update your information in Colleague, please contact LLCC Human Resources.

VALIC representative on campus Jan. 30

Terri Bailey, VALIC financial advisor, will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the VP conference room to answer questions about the 403(b) and 457(b) deferred compensation plan options available to LLCC employees from VALIC. View the invitation to find out how you can register for a consultation time. Deferred compensation options are available to employees from VALIC and TIAA-CREF.

Congratulations Andy Mitkos and Amy Chernowsky!

Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator, and Amy Chernowsky, instructional designer, were recently awarded master’s degrees in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University. Congratulations to both Andy and Amy!

Andy Mitkos and Amy Chernowsky

Michelle Coakes’ “A Fire Within” featured in Murray Gallery

Fishscale Bulbous Jar by Michelle CoakesThe James S. Murray Gallery is featuring the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” through Feb. 1. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all are invited to a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new.

Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.