Jacksonville Main Street has chosen LLCC-Jacksonville for the February 2016 Business of the Month. Every month JMS selects one downtown business to recognize for their outstanding support of the main street mission, participation in events and promotions, and for financially contributing to the organization. LLCC has been in downtown Jacksonville for over 15 years, are a past financial and in-kind donor to JMS, and the staff has volunteered for many years for the organization and our events, including having a consistent presence on the JMS Board of Directors. Events they have participated are the Downtown Celebration & Pumpkin Festival. LLCC was a crucial partner in the award winning Pink Palace rehabilitation project from 2006-2008, and since being downtown LLCC has reinvested nearly 1 million dollars in their facility with improvements and upgrades.
The LLCC Traveling Theatre class is going on the road for a series of 16 performances in the central Illinois area beginning Dec. 3. The 17 cast members will present their children’s theatre production of “Operation Super Hero,” at four different locations every day on Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.
Adjunct theatre instructor Ken Bradbury said that the experience harkens back to the days of traveling tent shows and vaudeville. “It’s a joyous and grueling experience,” said Bradbury. “The Lincoln Land vans pull up, we unload the equipment truck, set up the show in fifteen minutes and the curtain’s up.” The traveling troupe will be performing for approximately 3,000 elementary and middle school students in this year’s road tour.
Bradbury is especially gratified that many of this year’s LLCC actors signed up for the class because their first introduction to theatre came by watching the previous Lincoln Land theatre tours. “So many of my students tell me that they once sat in the audience and said, ‘I want to do that some day.’”
For a schedule of this year’s road tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Congratulations to the Jacksonville CNA graduates!
Front L-R: Jaylyn Simmers, Amber Hanneken, Jocelyn Myers, Samantha Coatney, Peyton Tosh, Alexis Coil
Back L-R: Cindy Krieg instructor, Nathan Cole Joshua Downing, Kaitlin Hubbert, Samuel Schultz, Tyrah Timmerman, Shannon Grogan, Instructor Linda Cockerill instructor (not pictured Bailee Stephenson)
Open house planned Aug. 10; board puts tentative ’16 budget on display and confers “emeritus” faculty status
TAYLORVILLE – A $1.9 million renovation at Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville that will enhance services to students beginning this fall was on display last night for LLCC trustees and community leaders, prior to the July LLCC Board of Trustees meeting.
The interior of the LLCC-Taylorville north building was transformed over the past year to meet accessibility codes and
provide a welcoming new student services area and gathering space; computer labs for testing and general use; a state-of-the-art Mac lab for new digital media classes; staff offices and energy efficient improvements. Welding and construction areas of the building were upgraded with a new classroom. The building’s metal exterior was enhanced with design elements to complement the south classroom building, constructed in 2011.
“The newly renovated building looks amazing and will serve our Taylorville area students extremely well,” commented Craig Findley, LLCC board chair. “We, as a board, are pleased that all of our outreach centers now reflect the high quality of the education offered at LLCC.”
The 40-year-old building originally housed a factory which produced grain bins. It was reconfigured for use as LLCC’s Eastern Region Education Center in 1994. As enrollment increased in subsequent years, temporary, mobile structures were added to the site to accommodate classrooms. Those structures were eliminated when the new classroom building opened four years ago.
Scott Stallman, associate vice president, LLCC outreach, praised
the board’s commitment to providing quality facilities throughout the district, and said a community open house with tours of the new spaces is planned for Monday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We invite future and current students, families and members of the public to see our newly renovated building as well as the four-year-old classroom building next door. Both are attractive, highly functional facilities that add a layer of excitement to the already excellent teaching and learning that happens here at LLCC-Taylorville.”
Among the guests at the preview reception was 95th District State Representative Avery Bourne.
Following the reception, trustees voted to put the college’s tentative, fiscal year 2016 operating budget on file for public review for 30 days, as required by law. Final approval of the $43-million balanced budget is anticipated at the September board meeting.
The board also honored four retired LLCC faculty with the title of “Emeritus,” which recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching and service to the college by full-time faculty who have served a minimum of 20 years. Those so honored were retired automotive technology professors James Addington of Chatham, who taught full-time from 1981-2006; Tom Donaldson of Plainview, 1973-1995; and Joel Tjelmeland (deceased) of Rochester, 1971-1998; along with retired professor of math and physics Tom Snyder of Springfield,1987-2012.
Passavant Hospital’s Pravesh Basnet, doctor of psychiatry, and William Loveland, therapist, provided presentations on suicide prevention for members of the community, students, faculty and staff at LLCC-Jacksonville.
LLCC-J operations analyst Maryjane Million was interviewed by WICS following the presentation.
LLCC-Jacksonville will host several events next week to raise awareness of the causes and prevention of suicides.
“In light of several local tragedies in recent months, we are partnering with the LLCC Student Life Office to offer learning opportunities for students and members of the community,” said Keri Mason, assistant director at LLCC-Jacksonville.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 23, everyone is asked to write a note to another student, faculty or staff member to indicate, “you matter because … ”
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple in support of suicide prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
On Wednesday, Jan. 21 from noon-1 p.m., a representative from Passavant Area Hospital will present information on psychiatric health.
Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. will be the showing of the movie “A Reason to Live.”