50th anniversary ornament now available

The 2017 City of Springfield official holiday ornament to benefit St. Joseph’s Home will this year feature Lincoln Land Community College, in honor of our 50th anniversary. The ornament was designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, Public Relations and  Marketing.

The ornament is now available in the LLCC Bookstore for $25.


Services announced for Dave Pietrzak’s father

We extend our sympathy to Dave Pietrzak, program director, aviation, on the passing of his father, Robert Martin Pietrzak, of Havana, on  May 31. Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana on Tuesday, June 6 from 5-7  p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Havana at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7. Burial will follow the services at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana. VFW Post #6408 and American Legion Post #138 in Havana will provide a military detail at the cemetery.

Read the full obituary.

Welcome Kyla Kruse!

Kyla Kruse has joined the Public Relations and Marketing office as assistant director of public relations. She was previously communications director for the Energy Education Council, University of Illinois Extension. She holds a master’s degree in communication from UIS and a bachelor’s in communication from Millikin University. She can be reached at 786.4918 or kyla.kruse@llcc.edu. Welcome!

Congratulations to Marie Watson!

Congratulations to Marie Watson, student engagement coordinator, and her husband, Dominic, on welcoming their son, Ezekiel Pierre Watson, into the world. Ezekiel was born at 2:34 p.m. on Monday, May 30, weighing 7 lbs. and 1.5 oz., and is reportedly very excited to start classes at LLCC in the future.

Wanted: Welcome Week volunteers

The Public Relations and Marketing office is looking for volunteers to assist at the “welcome table” in A. Lincoln Commons during the first week of summer classes. Help students get a great start to the semester by providing directions, handing out student planners and answering a multitude of questions.

To sign up, add your name to this Welcome Week sign-up sheet or contact Amy Flynn at amy.flynn@llcc.edu.

Our deepest sympathy to Mary Goldstein

Our condolences to Mary Goldstein, professor of nursing, on the passing of her sister, Barbara Pipkin, on Monday. The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 26  at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1725 S. Walnut, Springfield. A funeral Mass will follow at noon with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Read the full obituary.

LLCC receives grant for sustainable ag training program for disadvantaged youth

Teens from the local Boys and Girls Clubs will be on campus Monday afternoons June 19-July 24 learning about sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship, helping with the college farm stand, working in the high tunnels, and meeting with campus administrators to learn more about LLCC.

The “Sustainable Agriculture Youth Workforce Development Program” is made possible through a  $2,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program.

Project coordinator Marnie Record, workforce specialist, says the grant will be used for a hands-on sustainable agriculture training program for low-income, disadvantaged community youth in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois. Participants will be introduced to all aspects of gardening from soil to harvest. The students will be given entrepreneurial experience through the management of a farm stand. In addition, in order to develop leaders and future employees, the students will learn life skills such as problem solving, working in a team, communication and time management.

The farm stand will be open on Monday afternoons in A. Lincoln Commons.

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.