Meditation and writing practice, starting Jan. 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for meditation and writing practice every other Saturday morning, starting tomorrow, Jan. 25, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library conference room located in the northwest corner of the main floor of our LLCC Library. Whether you want to journal or begin essays, short stories or poetry — the practice of meditation combined with free writing is a great way to begin, continue or invigorate your current writing practice. If interested, please bring a notebook and pen or tablet/laptop and any writing prompts you might want to use with the group.

Three of us met the first morning. We liked the following format, but we are also open to adapting and changing:

  1. Short, unguided meditation time
  2. Free write without a prompt
  3. Sharing what we wrote

As we build our writing practices, we may want to share writing via email, between meetings. Keep in mind this is optional. Some may just want to write when we get together and leave it at that.

We have also talked about mixing up the style and types of meditation. If you aren’t familiar with writing/meditating practice together,  you might want to check out “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. (A copy is available in the LLCC Library).

We are hoping to share this practice with more of the campus community. Please forward to folks you know — students, staff and faculty included — who you think may be interested, and let either of us know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Hope to see you on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.

– John Paul Jaramillo and Dr. Deborah Brothers, professors of English

Meditation and writing practice, starting Jan. 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for meditation and writing practice every other Saturday morning, starting Jan. 25, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library conference room located in the northwest corner of the main floor of our LLCC Library. Whether you want to journal or begin essays, short stories or poetry — the practice of meditation combined with free writing is a great way to begin, continue or invigorate your current writing practice. If interested, please bring a notebook and pen or tablet/laptop and any writing prompts you might want to use with the group.
Three of us met the first morning. We liked the following format, but we are also open to adapting and changing:
  1. Short, unguided meditation time
  2. Free write without a prompt
  3. Sharing what we wrote
As we build our writing practices, we may want to share writing via email, between meetings. Keep in mind this is optional. Some may just want to write when we get together and leave it at that.
We have also talked about mixing up the style and types of meditation. If you aren’t familiar with writing/meditating practice together,  you might want to check out “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. (A copy is available in the LLCC Library).
We are hoping to share this practice with more of the campus community. Please forward to folks you know — students, staff and faculty included — who you think may be interested, and let either of us know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Hope to see you on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.
John Paul Jaramillo and Dr. Deborah Brothers, professors of English

Open forum today with candidate for dean, English and humanities

An open forum will be held today, Nov. 26, from 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2209 with the third candidate for the dean of English and humanities position. Please attend if possible.

Open forums with candidates for dean, natural and agricultural science begin Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2:15 p.m. in the Trutter Center
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 1:45-2:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207

Open forums with candidates for dean

Three candidates will be coming to campus for interviews for the dean of natural and agricultural science position. Below are the dates, locations and times for these forums. Please attend if possible.

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2:15 p.m. in the Trutter Center
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 1:45-2:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207

Also, as a reminder, the third and final open forum for the dean of English and humanities position will be held tomorrow, Nov. 26, 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2209.

“Writing for Change,” noon to 2 p.m.

Stamps of HopeWriting students of Dr. Alison Stachera, inspired by the current “Stamps of Hope” Syrian refugee art exhibit in the James S. Murray Gallery, are holding a “Writing for Change” event today, Nov. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. They will be sharing what they learned from the exhibit and hope to generate enough donations and T-shirt (designed by Thom Whalen) sales to purchase a piece of art from the exhibit, that they will then donate to LLCC.

“Stamps of Hope,” is a traveling art exhibit that showcases Syrian refugee artwork from the Zaa’tari Refugee Camp in Jordan. It is on display in the James S. Murray Gallery through Thursday, Nov. 14 and can be viewed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congratulations to The Lamp!

ICCJA 2019 John M. Ryan Best of Show Award. Illinois Community College Journalism Association. The Lamp. Lincoln Land Community College. First PlaceThe LLCC student newspaper, The Lamp, won first place in the John M. Ryan Best of Show at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s fall 2019 conference at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. The award is given to the community college with the single best issue of any student newspaper.

The judge wrote: “The most editorially robust paper among the entries. This paper provides readers with an appropriate mix of hard news, features, photography and sports. The writing and editing are strong, allowing reporters to breathe life into stories while staying true to journalistic standards. The papers designers provide a solid mix of traditional presentation and looser, more inviting and provocative publications. A quality publication in all aspects.”

Left to right: Tess Peterson, Tim McKenzie (advisor), Quinn Brown, Regina Ivy (editor-in-chief), Austin Sanderfield, Ryan Scott, Paul Watson and Cameron Boyer

Left to right: Tess Peterson, Tim McKenzie (advisor), Quinn Brown, Regina Ivy (editor-in-chief), Austin Sanderfield, Ryan Scott, Paul Watson and Cameron Boyer

Tim McKenzie, professor of journalism and humanities, is pictured with the seven Lamp staff members who attended the two-day conference at EIU, where they learned from journalism educators and professional journalists, such as an editor from the Chicago Tribune. They also heard from the director of the Illinois Press Foundation, Jeff Rogers, who is overseeing the creation of a news bureau in Springfield to cover state government. He talked about how non-profits are finding a place in the traditional for-profit media landscape.