In the community–John Paul Jaramillo

English Professor John Paul Jaramillo is the featured author at the Sherman Library’s Third Thursday’s Reading Series Feb. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., 2100 E. Andrew Road. Professor Jaramillo’s 2012 collection of composite stories, “The House of Order,” was a Latino Book Award Finalist, and in 2013 the editors of “Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature” listed Jaramillo as one of its 2013 top 10 new Latino authors. Twelve Winters Press is releasing Jaramillo’s novel in stories, “Little Mocos,” later this year.

In the Community

The Association of Illinois Electrical Cooperatives recently shared a story on their website and social media recognizing the current Electrical Lineman Distribution students at LLCC for their quick action to help revive an elderly man who’d lost consciousness in a restaurant during their lunch break. Read the heartwarming story.

In the Community

Congratulations to Maryjane Million, enrollment operations coordinator, whom the Jacksonville Rotary Club has honored for her community service activities by naming her a Paul Harris Fellow. Million’s volunteer activities include the Jacksonville Symphony Society Board, The Playhouse on the Square, Relay for Life, Jacksonville Promise, Jacksonville Commission on Disabilities and Human Relations, and the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

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Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, will be speaking this Saturday, Sept. 10, during a celebration at the Illinois State Military Museum for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Border Campaign. His presentation on the historic expedition is at 1 p.m.

In the Community

Jason Waddell, assistant professor of music, will be performing with quintet Brickhouse Brass this evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 W Washington St, Springfield. The free public concert begins at 7 p.m.

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Lincoln Land Community College was well represented at the Morgan County Fair talent contest on July 6! Brenda Protz, professor of communication, served as emcee for the event. The judges panel consisted of Melinda Pitt Kaye, adjunct instructor of music, with former LLCC students Lisa Mayes and Brandy Protz.

L-R: Lisa Mayes, Brenda Protz, Melinda Pitt Kaye

L-R: Lisa, Brenda, Melinda and Brandy

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The LLCC culinary program and Culinary Institute are participating in the Farmers’ Markets at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Thursday evenings. Here are their upcoming demonstrations:

6/2 – Nancy Sweet – green bean and egg salad
6/9 – Sean Keeley  – fruit and nut salad
7/7 – Jolene Adams – watermelon feta salad
7/14 – Jolene Adams – grilled vegetable kabob
8/4 – Nancy Sweet – caprese
9/1 – Jolene Adams – spaghetti squash
9/8 – Jolene Adams  – Greek salad
10/6 – Nancy Sweet – cauliflower pizza
10/13 – Sean Keeley – soup

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Members of the Illinois State Historical Society gathered in Springfield on April 23 at the Old State Capitol to to recognize this year’s Annual Award recipients.

As co-chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Chris McDonald, professor, political science, announced and handed out awards, one of which he earned! Dr. McDonald received a Certificate of Excellence for the scholarly book: “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’ from the Front in a Ford: The WWI Letters of Kent Dunlap Hagler”
Remarks on the book stated, “A great addition to Illinois’s role in WWI. These letters are astonishing in their detail, colorfully written, and hard to put down. What I marvel at is the maturity of Hagler’s writing, the absence of his own narrative in deference to the random horrors and absurdities surrounding him, and the clarity of his memory amidst the hurly-burly of war.”

Also, at the ISHS meeting following the awards luncheon, Dr. McDonald gave a presentation about plans for LLCC to host the 2017 Illinois History Symposium in April.

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Marnie Record, workforce specialist, Value Added Local Foods Program, recently participated in the Tri-State Local Food Summit held at John Wood Community College in Quincy. A variety of food service managers, parents, farm to school program administrators, and community members from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attended the day of education to learn more about various aspects of growing and using local foods.

Marnie spoke at the conference about farm to school programming in the states of Illinois and Iowa and gave an overview of how the program works to include education, procurement, and school gardens.  Attendees learned how to start and improve farm to school programs and get involved with farm to school work in their respective communities. Marnie also spoke on a panel about “what is local” that discussed various definitions and implications of local food.