SGA hosting Toys for Tots Toy Drive

The Student Government Association (SGA) will host a Toys for Tots drive on the LLCC  campus during the final weeks of the fall semester. All members of the LLCC community are encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy for a child in our local community. Donation boxes can be found in Student Life, Student Success, A. Lincoln Commons and the Workforce Careers Center. Toys will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 15.

For additional information on Toys for Tots, please go to www.toysfortots.org.

Student Life to Host ICCSAA MLK Day Speaker

Student Life is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with the Illinois Community College Student Activities Association (ICCSAA) to host Clint Smith as its keynote speaker for its 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations. LLCC will join several other community colleges across the state for this event. This online virtual event will be streamed at LLCC on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, from noon-1 p.m. More information will be released as the date approaches. This event will be open to all.

Clint Smith is an American writer, poet and scholar. He is the author of Counting Descent, a 2017 poetry collection that was a finalist for the NAACP Image Awards and won Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Smith received a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was a regular contributor to the Pod Save the People podcast, where he discussed the week’s news with a panel of other activists. His latest book, How the Word Is Passed, topped The New York Times Best Seller list in June 2021. He is also the host of the web series Crash Course: Black American History.

Honors Program Student Club collecting for MERCY Communities

The Honors Program Student Club will be collecting funds and items Dec. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons to benefit MERCY Communities that helps at-risk or homeless women and children in the Springfield area. Items can also be brought to the LLCC Student Life office anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on MERCY Communities, please visit www.mercycommunities.org.

Operation Full Belly a success!

Over the past several weeks, LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society collected 245 items for the LLCC Food Pantry and raised over $1,700 as part of their Operation Full Belly project. The project’s goal was to restock the pantry with food and hygiene items, as well as educate students on the services available to them. PTK collaborated with LLCC Student Life and TRIO Student Support Services and assembled Thanksgiving-themed meal bags full of shelf-stable side dishes. Thirteen bags were prepared and delivered to students, with an additional seven students receiving grocery gift cards to purchase meals of their choosing.

We are so proud to share this outstanding display of generosity and teamwork! Students who would like to learn more about the LLCC Food Pantry can contact Student Life at 217-786-2241 or StudentLife@llcc.edu.

Photos: Anne Armbruster, director of TRIO student support services, loads bags of food into a van to be delivered to LLCC students. PTK officers Daniel Kloppe, Lindsay Auxier, Sara Waller, Emily Reynolds and Ava Austin with donations collected for the LLCC Pantry.
Anne Armbruster loading bags of food in vanFive students standing with the food collected

LLCC honors veterans at annual ceremony

LLCC honored veterans yesterday at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony. Aaron Duncan played taps and music major Jack John Barham sang the national anthem. Speakers were Ken Elmore, LLCC Board of Trustees chair, and Darian Hayes, LLCC student and Private First Class, U.S. Army Reserve (pictured with Truck Driver Training Director Curt Robinson). Student Trustee Meghan Hadden presented the wreath. Watch the ceremony. Veteran's Day trumpet playerVeterans Day singerVeterans Day speaker Ken ElmoreCurt Robinson and Darian HayesMeghan Hadden

Sign up to be a blood donor next Wednesday

Did you know that the next LLCC Student Life Blood Drive is on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Thinking about signing up but are unsure if you can donate blood? One question the Student Life staff frequently gets from new and returning donors is, “ am I eligible to donate?” If you are reading this and asking yourself the same questions, email kyle.roughan@llcc.edu for an informational flyer.

Sign up for an appointment as they are required. Be sure to share this blood drive with your family, friends and neighbors! Appointments are required.

If you have any questions about donating or need assistance signing up, please reach out to Kyle Roughan, student engagement coordinator,  at kyle.roughan@llcc.edu or call 217-786-2315.

Join us in honoring veterans today at the Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day 2021. Thursday, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Following the brief ceremony, refreshments will be served.
LLCC is honoring veterans at its 26th annual Veterans Day Ceremony today, Nov. 11. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons, and a reception will follow. The public is invited to attend.

The program includes Ken Elmore, LLCC Board of Trustees Chair, serving as master of ceremonies; Darian Hayes, LLCC student and Private First Class, U.S. Army Reserve, providing remarks; and LLCC student Jack John Barham singing the national anthem.

The Veterans Day Ceremony is sponsored by LLCC Student Life and honors all veterans including LLCC faculty, staff and students who served in the armed forces.

Beta Nu assists at Girls on the Run 5K

Beta Nu students assisting at Girls on the RunOn Nov. 6, 2021, the Beta Nu Nursing Honors Society students volunteered at the First Aid Station for the Girls on the Run 5K Race. Members shown include: Christian Mizera, Amanda Suomela (secretary), Erica Bunch (president), Hayley Callahan, P Fricke, Heather Kinney, and Holly Arnold (vice president). Faculty Advisor: Joi Kazenski

LLCC honors veterans at 26th annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11

United States flagsLLCC will honor veterans at its 26th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons and a reception will follow. The public is invited to attend.

The program includes Ken Elmore, LLCC Board of Trustees Chair, serving as master of ceremonies; Darian Hayes, LLCC student and Private First Class, U.S. Army Reserve, providing remarks; and LLCC student Jack John Barham singing the national anthem.

The Veterans Day Ceremony is sponsored by LLCC Student Life and honors all veterans including LLCC faculty, staff and students who served in the armed forces.

Student Life will host blood drive Nov. 17

The Student Life Office is hosting our last blood drive for the fall 2021 semester on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The last time we brought our blood bank partner, ImpactLife, to campus, we met our donation goal of 17 units of blood! With help from our donors, both on campus and in the community, LLCC has continued its legacy of helping to save lives.
If you are a first-time or a returning donor, if you have any questions about donating or need assistance signing up, please reach out to Student Engagement Coordinator Kyle Roughan at kyle.roughan@llcc.edu or call 217-786-2315.  Appointments are required.