LLCC’s 25,000th banded bird

Northern WaterthrushThe 25,000th bird was banded the morning of Aug. 31 at the LLCC Bird Banding Station! It was a warbler called a Northern Waterthrush (a fairly common migrant in central Illinois). Tony Rothering, professor of biology, and net-check assistants banded a total of 19 birds of seven species that morning.

In addition, a small segment of an interview Professor Rothering did in conjunction with a May bird banding event at Julbilee Farm is now available on the Jubilee Farm Facebook page.

Leslie Stalter in the community

"Quarantina" by Leslie StalterLeslie Stalter, professor of art, has sculpted a butter cow, “Quarantina,” for the Illinois Times Miniature Butter Cow Contest, and voting is now open! You can view all the entries and place your vote on the IT website through Aug. 31 at 2:01 p.m.

“My students will tell you I’m a little bit obsessed with the fair’s butter cow,” says Leslie. “Quarantina is ready for anything this epidemic throws her way.”

View the making of a miniature butter cow:

In the community

Tony Rothering, professor of biology, recently held a bird banding event at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary (south of Loami). The data collected helps inform the sanctuary of the diversity of bird species present and the quality of habitat. For safety considerations, the event was not open to the public and CDC recommendations were followed.

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Common Yellowthroat Warbler

Male Indigo Bunting

Male Indigo Bunting

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

In the community

Samantha Reif presenting to Brownie TroopSamantha Reif, professor of geology, helped Brownie Troop #6153 of the Athens/Cantrall area this week to earn their Brownie “Space Science Adventurer” Badge. She taught the girls how create a constellation viewer, introduced them to planet squishies Jupiter and Pluto, taught the girls about moon phases using Oreo cookies and set up her telescope at Cantrall Elementary School so the girls could see the moon up close. The troop is led by Amy Chernowsky, instructional designer.

In the community

Jessie Blackburn, director, LLCC-Litchfield, represented LLCC as part of the iDream program created by University of Illinois Extension. The iDream program is in response to children in our society being under stress and not always having the tools they need to create and pursue their dreams in life. The program encourages students to have dreams for themselves and teaches them how to take action towards those dreams, while also making sure they know they are supported in their journey by their community. Litchfield School District is the first in Montgomery County to participate in this curriculum. Jessie visited LHS on Feb. 5 as a community leader to share with 12th graders a lesson on taking their dreams and creating a vision board to outline specific priorities and goals for themselves as they begin their post-secondary journey.

Congratulations to Patrick Moore and Kyla Kruse!

Patrick Moore and Kyla KrusePatrick Moore, director, concurrent enrollment, and Kyla Kruse, assistant director, public relations, graduated from Leadership Springfield at a ceremony held Feb. 7. Leadership Springfield is a 14-week series of half-day programs, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, during which participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. Outside of the regular program sessions, participants were challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills as they worked in teams on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations. Patrick’s team created a marketing video for Senior Services of Central Illinois to increase awareness of its mission and services, and Kyla’s team conducted research, a survey and outreach to local businesses to develop recommendations for increasing volunteerism at Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County.

LLCC massage therapy students in the community

LLCC massage therapy students at Bridal Expo
Students in LLCC’s massage therapy program participate in a bridal expo in Springfield this past weekend as part of their required outreach hours. They gave 91 chair massages in a little over four hours. This is the fourth year LLCC massage therapy students have participated in the event, and they have already been invited back for next year!

In the community

Tony Rothering, professor of biology, will present the “Scientific Value of Bird Banding” at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. He will be discussing the scientific value of bird banding and providing an update on bird banding projects in the Springfield area. The event is free and open to the public.

Stamps of HopeRihab Sawah, assistant professor of physics, will discuss “Stamps of Hope,” the Syrian refugee artists traveling exhibit, at a presentation on Sunday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation (ALUUC). The exhibit opened and was hosted on campus in October and November. Some of the remaining artwork will be on display at ALUUC. More than half of the artwork sold while on display at LLCC.

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.