For 17 years, Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, has taught online classes at LLCC and is one reason why the college is a leader in online education. LLCC was recently named a top school for online learning by the Guide to Online Schools in its “2020 Best Online Community College Rankings by State.” For 23 years, LLCC has provided affordable, high quality courses online and maintains the highest level of accreditation for online teaching from the Higher Learning Commission.
Registration for fall classes is now underway. More information on online courses is available at www.llcc.edu/online.
Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, shares a snapshot of his new virtual classroom. With Blackboard, video chats and email, his Intro to American Politics class is making the most of their transition to a virtual classroom — enjoying breakfast while studying political science! Remember, if students need help or have any questions about the transition of classes, they can visit www.llcc.edu/student-support-resources for informational websites and phone numbers.
Front L-R: Jordan Bruder, Noah Faingold, Maria Moore, Jacob Brubaker-Lee, Julia Kienzler, Dylan Willis. Back, L-R: Hayden Behl, Olivia Dennison, Will Truman, Olivia Knight, Alec Poehls, Cheyenne Kesselring.
Twelve LLCC students, led by Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, participated in the 60th annual Midwest Model United Nations in St. Louis Feb. 19-22. LLCC represented the Republics of Madagascar and Togo.
“In preparation for the conference the students conducted in-depth research into the countries they were representing in addition to detailed analysis of the topics they were assigned,” said Dr. McDonald. “These topics are drawn from the actual UN agenda and are issues with which the global community is currently dealing.”
The experience is intense and students are fully immersed in their role for the duration of the conference. Many former students report Model UN was an important and formative part of the college education and served them in good stead for future “real world” situations during their subsequent careers.
Midwest Model United Nations is a collegiate organization dedicated to offering delegates a unique and challenging experience through a simulation of the United Nations. The conference allows students to gain a practical understanding of pressing international issues from a perspective outside of the classroom, and thus broaden their awareness of international politics. Model UN at LLCC has a long and distinguished history of engaging students in active learning and applied problem solving, this conference being the 17th one McDonald has led.
LLCC is hosting its 18th annual Education Career Day for students today, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in A. Lincoln Commons. Students interested in education as a career are encouraged to attend the event, which provides participants the opportunity to obtain in-depth information about transferring with their associate degrees to earn bachelor’s degrees in education from various four-year institutions.
LLCC Social Sciences and Business invites you to a Constitution Day presentation entitled “The Constitution and the Emoluments Clauses” today at noon in the Robert H. Stephens Room on the LLCC-Springfield campus. The speaker will be LLCC Professor of Political Science Chris McDonald, Ph.D.
LLCC education students recently participated a capstone meeting for the academic year. While networking and enjoying pizza, the students received information on transferring with their associate degree, new state requirements for educators and changes in the teacher education field.
As part of LLCC’s Education 220: Diversity of Schools and Societyclass, taught by Dr. Taiebeh Hosseinali, students were assigned to design and implement a community engagement project in which they could help make a difference in our community. One of the teams chose to collect and disseminate hygiene supplies and serve a meal to those who visit St. John’s Breadline. To achieve their goals, students reached out to friends, family and members of their church and community, and then gathered and organized their collection. On Sunday, April 28, the team delivered and disseminated boxes of hygiene products at the Breadline. They also spent their morning and part of their afternoon to help out prepping and serving a warm meal to participants.
Tara Walk, associate professor of criminal justice, has scheduled a police K-9 demonstration Monday, April 22 from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the front lawn of Menard Hall. Employees and classes are welcome to view the demonstration. Please note that the demonstration will be cancelled if the officers conducting the demonstration are called to emergency situations.