Soup and Stories April 15 features Dr. Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., political science professor, is the featured presenter at Soup and Stories Wednesday, April 15 from noon-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room. Dr. McDonald will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt,” which is based on his newly published book “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’–From the Front in a Ford.”

LLCC Environmental Club Heirloom Tomato Sale

The Environmental Club is supporting sustainable food production with our fundraising efforts this spring. Let us help you grow your own tomatoes this summer. All of our tomato plants have been grown from organic seed and potted in recycled containers. They represent old, non-hybrid varieties from a variety of sources. Enjoy these treasures from the past! Please order in advance to guarantee the availability of your selections. Advance orders are due by April 19. Plants will be available for pickup by the end of April.

Prices: Individual plants are $2 each. Get any six plants for $10, or fifteen plants for $20 (your choice of varieties). A variety box of 10 plants (growers choice: color, size & type differences in every box) is also available for $15. Please use the attached order form: Environmental Club Heirloom Tomato Sale. You may e-mail it to becky.croteau@llcc.edu, or send a copy for her attention to the MTSC office.

Student Life events

April 8-17: Candy Sales • LLCC Bowlers are selling candy from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons to advertise for the End-of-the-Year Bowling Extravaganza.

April 8-9: Autism Awareness–Not Using the “R” Word  • Take the pledge to not use the “R” word. Visit the Student United Way any time on Thursday and Friday in A. Lincoln Commons. SUW will also be presenting students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to sign a puzzle with the name of someone they know living with Autism.

Encourage students to participate in Student Advocacy Day April 29

Student Advocacy Day is April 29 and we encourage your student leaders to sign up to attend! This is a fantastic opportunity for our LLCC students to meet other Illinois community college leaders and voice their opinion on why they feel tuition should be lowered at all community colleges. There is power in numbers and we would like a great showing from LLCC! The day’s agenda is below. Interested students should sign up in Student Life by Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. 

The Student Life Office is taking vans to the Hilton and the Capitol Building on 4/29 for Student Advocacy Day 2015. We will leave LLCC at 8 a.m. and return around 1:30 p.m.. Below is a brief agenda for the day:

2015 Student Advocacy Day • April 29, 2015
Hilton Hotel, 700 East Adams Street, Springfield

8:30–9:30 a.m. Sign-In/ Registration & Complimentary Breakfast

9:30–10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Karen Hunter-Anderson, ICCB Executive Director

Student Remarks
Kyle Walsh, Legislative Chair, ICCB Student Advisory Committee

Issues Briefing
Matt Berry, ICCB Legislative and External Liaison
Representative Thaddeus Jones, Chair of the Community College Access & Affordability Committee

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Visits with Legislators if pre-arranged, Capitol Building

Participate in Student United Way events in April

Join Student United Way, April 7—9 in A. Lincoln Commons from 11 a. m.-1 p.m. in raising awareness of and respect for persons with autism. Autism is the fastest growing developmental diagnosis in the U.S. Recent research shows 1 in 68 children are being diagnosed and 1 in 42 are boys. Take a pledge to NOT use the R-word, learn more about the diagnosis and add a name to our puzzle in honor of someone you know living with Autism.

Help Student United Way raise Homeless Awareness on April 17 from 1-4 p.m. outside of A. Lincoln Commons. We will be building shanty towns out of cardboard boxes, listening to a local speaker about homelessness, and doing some fun service activities. We hope to see you there!

Registration open for 8th annual Brian McMillen Run/Walk

Registration for the 8th Annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk is now open! This year, we are providing a $5 discount to any Lincoln Land Community College student/faculty/staff member with a valid LLCC ID. Register at: http://getmeregistered.com/BMcMVeterans5k Also, if you’d like to volunteer for the event please email Alison Mills at alison.mills@llcc.edu. Any additional questions can be directed to Craig McFarland at craig.mcfarland@llcc.edu. We look forward to seeing you on May 23!

Nominate an amazing LLCC student, faculty or staff member for Good as Gold Star award

LLCC has been offered the opportunity to nominate a LLCC student for the Good as Gold Star Student Award, the Good as Gold Star Faculty/Staff Award, and to participate in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Good as Gold awards ceremony on April 15 at the UIS Public Affairs Center Lobby (the building containing Sangamon Auditorium) at 4:30 p.m. Deadline to submit nominations is March 23. The Good as Gold Star Student Award and Star Faculty/Staff Award is presented to a current UIS or LLCC student and Faculty/Staff member, respectively, who has exemplified extraordinary dedication to service at UIS or LLCC and in the Springfield community. Selection criteria are based on the duration of service, impact of the service, and evidence of a positive “spirit of service.” Please go to the following link: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2189223, to nominate an LLCC Star today!

Some helpful tips to consider when filling out the nomination form: 1) Please note that on the online form you will select *UIS Star Student Award* or *UIS Star Staff Award” and that will include the LLCC student or Faculty/Staff you are nominating. 2) Award recipients will be selected based solely on the information provided on the nomination form. Please obtain a comprehensive list from the LLCC student you are nominating to ensure you are getting all of his/her community service included on the form. You can share the nomination form link with the student and they can see exactly the information you will need. This will also make you filling out the form a breeze!

For more information about the Good as Gold Awards Ceremony please visit: http://www.uis.edu/volunteer/communitypartners/goodasgold/

LLCC Quiz Bowl team competes in national championship for 4th straight year

The LLCC Quiz Bowl team competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments community college championship on Feb. 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga. This was the fourth straight year that the LLCC team qualified for the national tourney.

The LLCC Loggers won four matches and finished 20th in the competition. Jake Montgomery of Athens placed 18th individually out of 121 participants.

Other members of the LLCC team are Allison Penrod of Athens (captain) and Jacob Webb of Virden (lieutenant captain) along with Ashley Fields, Jefferson Gentry, Nick Shelton and Jarely Ventura of Springfield; David Western of Rochester; Holden Smith of Edinburg and Tim Schaeffer of Taylorville.

The team is coached by LLCC professor Eve Fischberg.

3rd annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon Wed., Feb 25

Discover how much a farmer really makes from the cost of an average meal. The third annual Farmer’s Share Luncheon is being held Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. Sen. Sam McCann will speak at noon on agriculture and its importance to central Illinois. The luncheon is a project of the LLCC Ag Club and is sponsored by area agribusinesses.

Cost to diners is just 50 cents. Tickets will be sold by Ag Club members to the campus community Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. Or, contact Bill Harmon (bill.harmon@llcc.edu or 786.2573).