Fall 2017 Professional Development Day

Professional Development Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.  Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend. Information about the day can be found online at www.llcc.edu/ProDevDay. On this site you will find the full schedule, session information and keynote speaker information for the luncheon and dinner.

Professional Development Day is a great opportunity to share ideas, learn something new or expand upon skills and talents you already have. It also provides excellent opportunities to interact with colleagues from other departments across campus. The Professional Development Day Committee has planned many activities and concurrent sessions throughout the day, with something for everyone.

This year’s afternoon concurrent sessions will focus on the college’s new Core Values: Access & Success, Diversity, Accountability, Progress, and Teaching and Learning (ADAPT). Our luncheon keynote presenters will be Charles Metz, LLCC alumnus, and Dr. Mike Ramm, LLCC chemistry professor. An ice cream social will round out the afternoon’s activities at 4 p.m. with fun and games for everyone.  At 5 p.m., we will have dinner and our evening keynote presentation by Beth Hoffmann, professor, communication and 2017 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award winner.

We have put together an app for Professional Development Day again this year. We encourage you to use the app rather than printing a schedule. In addition to viewing the schedule, the app allows you to create a customized schedule, view the session based on the ADAPT tracks, upload photos, and post and follow Twitter updates exclusive to our ProDevDay activities. Visit the LLCC ProDevDay App webpage to learn more and download the app.

Save the date, and plan on attending Professional Development Day on Nov. 7!

VALIC representative on campus Oct. 18

Terri Bailey, VALIC financial adviser, will be on campus today, Wednesday, Oct. 18 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 below to find out how you can register for a consultation time. Deferred compensation options are available to employees from VALIC and TIAA-CREF.

You Are Invited

ISAC financial aid training workshop Oct. 19

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be providing a free financial aid training workshop tomorrow for professionals in high schools, higher education and community-based organizations. The workshop will take place from 8 a.m.-noon in the Trutter Center.

Participants will learn about the most challenging areas of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will discuss federal and state aid eligibility, dependency, parental information and financial information.

Attendees will also learn about current financial aid concepts, tools and resources at the state and federal levels. By analyzing and discussing case-study scenarios, participants will have the opportunity to work with other professionals in the field in order to better understand the common issues and misconceptions that arise when assisting students in navigating the financial aid process.

Registration for the workshop is required. To get more information and register, visit www.isac.org/financialaidcertification.

Photo of butterfly

Thanks to Gary Bach, instructional technology specialist, LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning, for sharing a photo he captured of a butterfly. Gary says, “Coming back from lunch Tuesday, I found this little guy relaxing in the warm sun near A. Lincoln Commons … and was nice enough to stick around and let me take its picture.”


Lincoln Land Review live reading event

Please join us for a Lincoln Land Review live reading event today, Oct. 17 from noon-2 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. Authors will share their work published in the 2017 edition of the Lincoln Land Review. Refreshments will be provided at a pre-reading reception.

Lincoln Land Review reading event

Seafood Celebration honors Robert’s Seafood

Seafood CelebrationA “Seafood Celebration” was the theme for a grand Culinary Institute dinner served in Bistro Verde last Thursday evening. Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Robbie Robert, recognizing Robert’s Seafood for its 100 years in Springfield.  The dinner was prepared by Chef Michael Higgins, owner and  executive chef of Maldaner’s Restaurant, assisted by LLCC culinary students. Chef Higgins was presented with an LLCC chef’s coat.


KUDOS to these employees!

KUDOS to the employees listed below for going above and beyond to assist others and for modeling LLCC’s core values! Each will receive a KUDOS certificate.

Dr. Victor Broderick, Dr. Deborah Brothers, Michelle Burger, Laurie Clemons, LLCC Community Education staff, Dr. Jason Dockter, Dave Ferrill, Melissa Franzen, Dr. Ashley Green, Sergeant Mike Hanson, Elaine Higgason, Carrie Jacobs, Barry Lamb, LLCC Library faculty and staff, Tim Luna, Keri Mason, Susan McClintock, Becky Miller-McGrath, Andy Mitkos, Soodi Nassirpour, Officer Tess Olson, Samantha Reif, Joanie Rogers, Sarah Scheufele, Shelly Smothers, Lawrence Strubhart, Greg Walbert and Dr. Beth Wiediger.

View Oct. 2017 KUDOS Award Winners to read what the above employees did and who nominated them.

The KUDOS award is an informal way to recognize the small and large ways our faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with a KUDOS. The next announcement will be during the fall semester. Nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn.

Press conference in A. Lincoln Commons at 11 a.m. today

A press conference will be held at 11 this morning in A. Lincoln Commons to announce the 2017 City of Springfield Ornament which celebrates the 50th anniversary of LLCC. The ornament, designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, is available for purchase in the LLCC Bookstore, with proceeds benefiting St. Joseph’s Home, a not-for-profit nursing home serving Springfield’s elderly. Speakers will include Sister Lenore Highland of St. Joseph’s Home; Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president; and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder.

LLCC ornament