Congratulations Casey Hoenes

Congratulations to Casey Hoenes, assistant professor of nursing, and his wife on the recent birth of their son. Baby Wade was born on May 24, 2021, and all are happy and healthy. Congratulations, Hoenes family!

Our sympathy to family and friends of June Rutherford

Our sympathy to family and friends of June Rutherford, former LLCC secretary for the vice president, academic services, who passed away May 30. She was one of the first employees at LLCC in 1968, and later returned to the college to work from 1977-1994. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service (noon) at Auburn United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery. Read the obituary.

Reminder regarding posting of posters and flyers

To maintain our attractive and welcoming campus environment for students and visitors, please bring any posters and flyers you need posted to LLCC Student Life for posting on bulletin boards, rather than taping them on building doors and walls. If your department has sign stands, those may also be used, and if you would like a digital sign, you may order those via PRM Kbox ticket. Thank you!

Welcome Daron Brown and Micaela Childress

Daron Brown, began working as a student success coach I for LLCC on May 24. Previously, he worked as a graduate assistant for student athlete support services and also for fraternity and sorority life. He earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He can be reached at or 217-786-2242.

Micaela Childress also recently joined LLCC as a student success coach I. She previously served as a pre-professional advisor and athletics advisor for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree from Indiana University in higher education and student affairs. She can be reached at or 217-786-2493.

Welcome, Daron and Micaela!

Daron BrownMicaela Childress

Congratulations Amy Flynn!

Amy FlynnAmy Flynn, public relations and marketing assistant, recently earned a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership, with distinction, from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Congratulations!

Updated Return to Campus Guidelines

With the most recent guideline changes in regards to mask wearing implemented by the CDC and with the Executive Order issued this week by Governor Pritzker, the Campus Guidelines have been amended in the following manner:

  • Face coverings and social distancing requirements are considered optional for fully vaccinated individuals;
  • If not fully vaccinated, face coverings remain required as do adhering to social distancing guidelines (whenever possible);

Please note that the above guideline changes DO NOT apply to employees of the LLCC Child Development Center. As outlined in the Executive Order, those staff should continue mask wearing and social distancing regardless of vaccination status while in the child care setting.

Signage throughout campus will be updated to reflect these guideline updates.

For more information and the full guidelines, please refer to yesterday’s email from Bryan Gleckler, vice president, administrative services.

As a reminder, Memorial Medical Center will be back on campus on June 3, 2021 for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. To schedule an appointment please go to the follow link: Also, vaccinations are now widely available through local health departments, Walgreens, CVS, Hy-Vee and many other locations throughout our communities.

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

On My Own TimeThis fall, LLCC will once again be participating in the Springfield Area Arts Council’s On My Own Time (OMOT) 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 followed by a city-wide exhibit at the Springfield Art Association showcasing first place award-winning artwork from all participating businesses, agencies and institutions.

ARTS Springfield Area Arts CouncilFaculty and staff may enter up to three works of art each. Works previously entered in OMOT or created prior to 2020 are not eligible. The artist fee is $5 per artwork submitted. The fee assists SAAC with costs of the OMOT program. Details will be announced later this summer.

So spend time this summer using your imagination and skills to create new artwork! A detailed list of the categories, as well as the rules are attached.

Please contact Misty Hagstrom ( with any questions.

2021 OMOT Categories
2021 Rules

Congratulations Melissa Franzen!

Melissa FranzenMelissa Franzen, student success coach II, recently earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Walden University. Her dissertation was “Helping in the Home: Counselors’ Experiences Providing Clients with In-Home Services.” Congratulations!

Join us for virtual LLCC Commencement at 7 p.m.

Join us this evening as we honor our graduates in the 2021 Virtual LLCC Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. The video will be available on YouTube and Facebook. The video is also available at along with more information.

“Our theme for commencement this year is Driven to Succeed. It captures our students’ strong motivation to achieve their goals during these unique times,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president.

Graduates were invited to submit photos of themselves, which will be displayed as their names, degrees and certificates are read by Dr. Colin Suchland, LLCC professor of sociology.

The virtual event will also feature remarks from Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Ken Elmore, Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Julian Marvel, LLCC Student Trustee; and Laurenn York, LLCC instructor of English and recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award, along with congratulatory messages from trustees, faculty and staff. The 2021 Outstanding Graduate, Julia Kienzler, and the LLCC Honored Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Catherine A. Kush, will also be acknowledged.