Flags at half-staff

The U.S. flag and the state flag are being flown at half-staff until sunset Friday, May 10 in honor and remembrance of Firefighter Kody M. Vanfossan of the Cristopher Fire Department.

Congratulations to Michael Phelon!

Michael Phelon accepting awardMichael Phelon, coordinator of the LLCC Open Door Mentorship Program, was honored last Friday in Washington, D.C. with a 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the Springfield division. Michael accepted the award on behalf of the organization he founded, The Outlet. He received the award from FBI Director Christopher Wray. According to the FBI, “Springfield officials asked The Outlet for help in 2017 after several shootings claimed the lives of three teenagers. The Outlet developed and hosted a camp that city officials believe helped keep youth and the community safe. Since 2004, The Outlet has provided a place for youth to gather.”

Michael was also a keynote speaker at the recent Mayor’s Unity Breakfast in Jacksonville. He was recognized for founding The Outlet and mentoring fatherless boys ages 8-22 as well as his work with the Open Door Mentorship Program at LLCC.

Welcome to Lindsey Weihmeir

Lindsey WeihmeirPlease join us in welcoming Lindsey Weihmeir, who recently joined the college as admission and registration services representative. Lindsey comes to us with experience working in continuing education at Heartland Community College and running traffic safety school in McLean County. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois State University. Lindsey can be reached at lindsey.weihmeir@llcc.edu or 786-2061. Welcome!

Open enrollment for insurance begins today; presentation tomorrow, 2 p.m.

A presentation Tuesday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in Montgomery Hall 1143/1144 will cover health insurance changes, the new online open enrollment process and information about DirectPath services.

The annual open enrollment process for all benefit options begins today and ends Thursday, June 6. Please thoroughly review the memo in an email from HR. It provides an overview of information about the health and dental insurance coverage for the plan year beginning July 1, 2019, including premium information. Open enrollment will offer the opportunity to make changes to other benefit options as well, including, Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Cancer and Critical Illness Benefit and Accident Benefit.

Change to open enrollment process

The open enrollment process will be conducted entirely online. Today,  you will receive an email prompting you to complete tasks related to open enrollment. The email will contain a link to access your open enrollment tasks. You will use your LLCC login credentials to access the system. You will be immediately taken to the My Tasks page, which will list all of the items you must complete. Please view each item and complete according to the instructions by no later than Thursday, June 6, 2019. To aid you in completing this process, a benefit statement will be mailed to your home this week, which will list what your current coverage is for all options.

Introducing DirectPath

Effective immediately, employees will have access to a health care advocacy and consumerism tool, DirectPath. You will have access to advocates who can assist you with resolving claims and billing issues, finding a doctor or hospital, assisting with prior authorizations and providing cost and quality comparisons for certain procedures and tests. Please see the attachments for more information.

Benefit information

View more detailed information regarding benefit options.  You will find  information including:

  • Schedule of benefits for Open Access and High Deductible Plans
  • Schedule of benefits for vision
  • Schedule of benefits for dental
  • FAQs for the High Deductible Plan and Health Savings Accounts
  • Information about Allied Benefit Systems and our network, HealthLink
  • Important notices about insurance
  • IRS documents on health savings accounts
  • Affordable Care Act summaries of benefits and coverage
  • Benefit overviews for Life/AD&D, Long-Term Disability, Accident and Critical Illness and Cancer


Attend tomorrow’s presentation at 2 p.m. in Montgomery Hall 1143/1144. The presentation will cover health insurance changes, the new online open enrollment process and information about DirectPath services. Also, a representative from Allied will be on campus Wednesday, May 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. to answer questions you have about health insurance benefit coverage, claims, physician network, etc. This session is open house style, so feel free to stop by the Human Resources Conference Room during any of those times to meet with a representative. As always, HR staff are also available to answer any questions.

Welcome to new LLCC staff!

Join us in welcoming new LLCC staff members!

Mack AlexanderMack Alexander is a new building custodian for the college. He formerly worked as a building superintendent for Futures in Rehab Management and in housekeeping for St. John’s. Mack can be reached at mack.alexander@llcc.edu.




Brady EdwardsBrady Edwards has recently joined LLCC as a building custodian. He most recently worked seven years as a custodian for the North Mac School District. Brady can be reached at brady.edwards@llcc.edu.



Jermain JeffersonJermain Jefferson also joined the college as a building custodian. He owns and operates a detail shop in Springfield and previously worked as a line cook at Red Robin for six years. Jermain can be reached at jermain.jefferson@llcc.edu.

LLCC Board of Trustees welcomes three new members; elects officers and honors retiring trustees

Attorney Rick Grenzebach administers the oath of office to newly elected LLCC Student Trustee Aaliyah Kissick and Trustee Samantha Raymond, re-elected Trustee and new Board Chair Wayne Rosenthal, and Trustee Vicki Davis.

The LLCC Board of Trustees welcomed three newly elected members, chose new board officers and honored retiring trustees at last night’s meeting.

Sworn in as new trustees were Vicki Davis of Riverton and Samantha Raymond of Springfield, along with new student trustee Aaliyah Kissick of Athens. Also taking the oath of office was Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville, who was re-elected to his seat on the board.

Davis, Raymond and Rosenthal will serve four-year terms, and Kissick will serve for one year.

Rosenthal, who had served two years as vice chair, was chosen as the new chair of the board. Vice chair is Ken Elmore of Waggoner, formerly secretary of the board, and the new secretary is Gordon Gates of Springfield. Other ongoing members of the board are Craig Findley of Jacksonville and Jeff Fulgenzi of Sherman.

Three trustees were honored as they retired from the board: Dennis Shackelford of Rochester, who served for six years, including the last two as chair; Justin Reichert of Springfield, also a former chair of the board, who served as trustee for 10 years; and student trustee Marie Hountondji, who is graduating from LLCC this May after a one year term.

Eight individuals serve on the LLCC Board of Trustees, seven elected from the college district and the eighth elected from among LLCC students. Trustees represent residents of the college district to assure that the college is providing programs and services that meet the educational needs of the communities it serves. The board operates in accordance with the guidelines established under the Illinois Public Community College Act and functions as the college’s policy-making body.

VALIC representative on campus today

QR code to register for VALIC meetingDavid Jones, VALIC financial advisor, ise on campus today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VP Conference Room. He will be on site for 30-minute account reviews to help employees understand options and new enrollments. To register go to my.VALIC.com/seminars and enter registration code 6303SPR11AB.