In the community

Dee Krueger, director LLCC-Taylorville, recently provided information on LLCC-Taylorville to the local Kiwanis, Optimist and Sertoma clubs.

Sheridan Lane, interim director, culinary program and operations, provided a cooking demonstration of roasted pumpkin bruschetta with goat cheese at the Old Capitol Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 14.

In the community

Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, talked to a group of 20 students at Springfield High School where they are starting a Model United Nations club.

In the community

On Sept. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Tony Rothering, professor of biology, will be providing a presentation on Adventures in Bird Banding as part of the Paul Mickey Learning Series hosted by the Illinois State Museum. He will discuss the purpose and methodology of capturing and banding birds, including current banding projects in central Illinois. The event takes place in the Thorne Duel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St.

In the community

Patrick Moore, director, concurrent enrollment and Kyla Kruse, assistant director, public relations, will be participating in Leadership Springfield, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Springfield is a 14-week series of half-day programs, beginning Sept. 5, during which participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. Outside of the regular program sessions, participants will also be challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working as teams on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations.

Dave Pietrzak, program director, aviation, served as one of the four evaluators of the simulated aircraft disaster drill Aug. 26 at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, involving more than 30 local, state, federal and private agencies. Dave was asked to lend his expertise to critique the exercise and participated in a post-drill debriefing as well. LLCC aviation students assisted behind the scenes. Dave took these photos.

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Bluebird houses installed on campus

Boy Scout Troop 210 and volunteers to install bluebird housesTony Rothering, professor of biology, worked with Boy Scout Troop 210 to install 28 bluebird houses on the LLCC campus in Springfield on Saturday, Aug. 24. The undertaking was Zach Rothering’s Eagle Scout project. WICS/Fox Illinois covered the event.

“Bluebirds like the habitat at LLCC, and adding these houses means more bluebirds will come to campus, likely roosting over the winter as well,” explains Professor Rothering.

This bluebird trail was completed by Zach Rothering as an Eagle Scout Project in memorial to his grandmother, Kay Rothering (A proud Alum of LLCC)The bluebird boxes were made by Rothering and his son Zach, and funded by memorial gifts for Rothering’s mother, Kay.

LLCC is the only community college in Illinois with a continuous bird banding research project on site. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students can participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns. The bird banding program began in fall 2012. Since then, more than 23,000 birds have been banded with the help of LLCC students and community members.

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Dr. Colin Suchland and Tim McKenzie panelists for “Ethics, Morality and Contemporary Values” Sept. 18

Colin Suchland, Ph.D., professor of sociology, LLCC; Timothy McKenzie, professor of journalism and philosophy, LLCC; and Adriana M. Crocker, LLB, Ph.D., professor of political science, UIS, will serve as panelists at “Ethics, Morality and Contemporary Values” on Sept. 18, 6 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. This panel presentation will explore the use of truth and facts in contemporary life. The presentation is a first in the series “Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts” hosted by LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum.

The moderator for all three programs will be Jim Leach, news director of News/Talk 94.7 and 970 WMAY. Registration is requested by calling 786-2432.

Other presentations in the series are:

  • Oct. 16: “Pants on Fire” – Participants will uncover big and little lies in everyday interactions. Panelists include Bethany Bilyeu, Psy.D., LCPC, director, UIS Counseling Center; David Brady, senior software engineer,; Lucinda Caughey, associate professor of computer science, LLCC; Siobhan Johnson, deputy director human resources, Illinois Department of Public Health; and Shane Overby, detective, Springfield Police Department.
  • Nov. 20: “Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?” – In this presentation, participants will discover methods of finding truth on the internet and in other media. Panelists include Chris Krug, publisher,; Kate Schott, interim editor, The State Journal-Register; Tia Carol Jones, managing editor, Chicago Defender; Rachel Otwell, multimedia journalist, NPR Illinois + ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network; and John O’Connor, political writer, the Associated Press.

For more information and panelist biographies, visit

In the community

Jolene Lamb, coordinator, Culinary Institute, participated in a cooking demo May 10 with the Central Illinois Food Bank, preparing an asparagus, snap pea and radish salad at Sam’s Club. Look for her recipe in Wednesday’s Epicuriosity 101 column!

In the community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will moderate the “Tales from the Vault” program at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center tomorrow, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m. He will share the significance behind WWI artifacts from the Illinois State Museum’s collections. Special attention will be paid to the “war relics” brought home by Springfield ambulance driver Kent Hagler.

Tony Rothering, professor of biology, led a bird banding demonstration at Elkhart last weekend which was covered by the New Herald News in the story, “First-ever Elkhart Hill bird banding a cold but colorful success.”

In the community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, presented a talk and led a discussion on “The Rise of Populism in Europe” on March 28 for the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois (WACCI) as part of its “Great Decisions” program. There were approximately 25 attendees.