PRM wins advertising award

LLCC Public Relations and Marketing received a Bronze (third place) Award in the Outdoor Advertising category during the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 Medallions Award Ceremony held virtually yesterday. The bus ads were  designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager.

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Thom Whalen honored with national award

Thom WhalenThom Whalen, professor of art, was recently honored by the American Association of Community Colleges with the 2020 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition.

This recognition, named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, honors individuals making a difference in the classroom. Recipients of the honor demonstrate passion for and willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom, and go above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.

We congratulate Professor Thom Whalen on this outstanding national honor,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “His talent, creativity and commitment to teaching and students are reflective of LLCC’s excellent faculty.”

In addition to his excellence in teaching, for which he was recognized with the 2010 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award, Whalen is a renowned studio artist and freelance graphic designer. He has exhibited his work nationally and designed signage, exhibits and promotions for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, and clients such as Planet Hollywood, Extra TV, Hard Rock Hotel and Las Vegas casinos.

“My paintings are loud and proud,” says Whalen. “The use of design in my work is often ambiguous with shifting perspectives, non-local color and an emphasis on the absurd. I create environments which immerse the viewer into a world of creatures that rehearse a frenzy of dramatic situations. It is my goal to create a body of work that engages the viewer to curiously explore and to experience a visual and private interpretation.”

Professor Whalen holds an associate of arts degree from LLCC, a bachelor of arts in studio/art history from Eastern Illinois University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas. He joined the LLCC faculty in 2001.

Congratulations to Jennifer Ramm and Laurenn York!

Jennifer Ramm and Laurenn YorkCongratulations to Jennifer Ramm, professor of chemistry, and Laurenn York, instructor of English, on having been selected as LLCC’s 2019 League Excellence Award winners. The annual League Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in teaching innovation by full-time college faculty members. Award recipients demonstrate an outstanding commitment to student learning through instructional experimentation and by continuously improving their teaching practices. Nominations were based on the following criteria:

  • Continuing and effective use of innovative teaching methods
  • Demonstrable impact on enhancing student-learning outcomes
  • Establishing enhanced levels of student engagement
  • Collaboration and sharing of practices with colleagues

Jennifer and Laurenn were nominated by their deans during the fall 2019 semester and will be recognized at the annual League for Innovations Conference awards reception and closing ceremony on Wednesday, March 4 in Seattle, Washington.

Jacksonville Promise scholarships awarded to 19 LLCC-Jacksonville students

Back row: Dr. Charlotte Warren, Jacob Hall, Michael Vangiesen, Colton Weimer, Gavin Smith; Front row: Riley Johnson, Lalona Goodsell, Morgan Crowley, Dr. Lesley FrederickNineteen LLCC-Jacksonville students were awarded 2019 Jacksonville Promise scholarships at an event Aug. 27 at LLCC-Jacksonville. Students are eligible for the scholarships of up to $2,500 to cover tuition and fees if they have attended grade school through high school in Jacksonville and choose to attend a local college. LLCC award recipients in attendance at the event and shown with Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, and Dr. Lesley Frederick, vice president, student services, are Jacob Hall, Riley Johnson, Michael Vangiesen, Lalona Goodsell, Colton Weimer, Morgan Crowley and Gavin Smith. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Andria Basnet, Annika Black, Kyleigh CarmeanHannah Dawson, Logan Fry, Corey Hacker, Aerin Long, Emma Rhea, Zachary Rose, Joseph Stephenson, Chasey Tabit and Kassidy Upchurch.