Andy Mitkos presents at Blackboard annual conference

Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator, was a presenter at the recent Blackboard World ’17 in New Orleans. This was Blackboard’s annual conference for system administrators and power users. His presentation was titled, “From self-hosted to SaaS: How and why we made the switch.”

Andy, a Blackboard MVP, discussed the process of working with Blackboard Cloud Services to migrate a self-hosted system into a SaaS (software as a service) environment. LLCC moved from an outdated server system housed on campus to a completely updated and large server system housed through Blackboard (in the cloud). The SaaS portion of the system ensures LLCC will be running the most current and up-to-date version of Blackboard.

LLCC students visit Nachusa Grasslands

Becky Croteau, professor in biological and health sciences, and her students in Local Flora and Introduction to Prairie Restoration recently visited Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000-acre preserve located near Franklin Grove, Ill. They were delighted to get  a close look at our very own Illinois bison herd!

Nachusa Grasslands

Farm stand open today, 1:30-4:15 p.m.

You can buy fresh produce grown on campus at the LLCC farm stand today! It will be located in A. Lincoln Commons on July 31 from 1:30-4:15 p.m. The stand accepts cash only, and small bills are appreciated.

This will be the last opportunity to buy fresh LLCC produce for a few weeks as the farm stand will be closed the first three Mondays in August. However, it will re-open again Aug. 28.

Additional KUDOS awarded

The Adult Education & Literacy Department has been added to the latest list of KUDOS award winners! View July 2017 KUDOS award winners to read what the Adult Education & Literacy staff and all the honorees did to receive a KUDOS awards as well as who nominated them.

The next KUDOS will be awarded during the fall semester. Nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn.

Reminder about media calls

The Public Relations & Marketing staff recently conducted a crisis communication exercise that re-emphasized the importance of referring all media requests to PRM. As a reminder, in the event that you receive a call from the media regarding LLCC, please route that call to PRM, specifically Lynn Whalen (6.2219) or Kyla Kruse (6.4918) per board policy 12.2. Thanks!

Calling all artists! “On My Own Time” slated for September

On My Own TimeThis fall, LLCC will once again be participating in the Springfield Area Arts Council’s On My Own Time program. This unique program provides LLCC faculty and staff an opportunity to display original art they have created outside the office, truly, on your own time. There will be an in-house exhibit at LLCC and the city-wide exhibit at the Springfield Art Association showcasing first place award-winning artwork from all participating businesses, agencies and institutions.

LLCC’s in-house exhibit will be featured this year in the L. Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.  Mr. Trutter was a Springfield architect with a lifelong love of art, even taking classes here at LLCC well into his 70s.  This exciting exhibit will showcase LLCC’s OMOT works, some of Mr. Trutter’s artwork created on his own time as well as a few pieces of the Trutter world collection. The LLCC community is invited to the opening exhibit which will be held Thursday, Sept. 21.

Faculty and staff may enter up to three artworks each, created since 2014, for a fee of $5 per entry. The fee assists with costs of the OMOT program. Artwork and registration fees will need to be submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 6. (That’s just a little more than a month away!)

So before the summer ends, use your imagination and skills to create new artwork! A detailed list of the categories as well as the rules are attached.

Please contact us with any questions.
Misty Hagstrom, 786.2466,
Judy Jozaitis, 786.2420,
Janet Semanik, 786.2217,

2017 OMOT Categories and Descriptions

2017 OMOT Rules