In the Community

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

In the Community

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

In the community

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.

In the Community

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.

In the community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, gave three lectures at the Great War Encampment event Nov. 8 at the Illinois Military Museum. Approximately 350 individuals attended the event. Chris spoke on gas warfare, WWI photographs, and Sangamon County and the Great War. WICS did this advance story on the event.

Dr. Ashley Green presents at Illinois History Conference

Dr. Ashley Green, assistant professor, English, and Writing Center coordinator, presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Illinois History Sept. 24-25 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Sponsors for the conference included the Illinois Historic Preservation Society and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Dr. Green participated in a panel with MacMurray faculty, Philosophy Professor Dr. Eric Berg, History Professor Dr. Chris Strangeman and English Professor Dr. Jeannie Zeck. The panel, “What is the Place of the Humanities?,” offered discussion on the importance of the humanities in building a better society and preparing students better for workforce success.

Dr. Eric Berg spoke about the importance of philosophy in teaching students how to think analytically and critically about their world; in addition, he believes philosophy helps students understand the why behind social and healthcare policies. Dr. Strangeman spoke to the importance of history in helping individuals feel a part of a historical continuum and global community. Dr. Zeck talked about the importance of literature, poetry and theater as a way to understand the human experience and develop a greater sense of empathy. Dr. Green discussed the significance of figurative language as a vehicle by which trauma victims can communicate their experience. Trauma, by definition, eludes articulation and full understanding. Dr. Green argued that through the use of figurative tools, a traumatized individual can best process his/her experience, express it to society and, finally, come to fully understand the traumatic event and integrate it with his/her identity.

In the community

Truck Driver Training’s Bob Howard and David Foster Truck Truck 2participated in “Touch the Truck Day,” a family event sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann, at Chatham Middle School Saturday, Sept. 12. A large number of attendees viewed the various types of trucks that were on display for children to see and experience.