Lincoln Funeral Coalition Re-enactment symposium at LLCC April 23

The Logger Activities Board invites the LLCC community to a symposium Thursday, April 23 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death. The featured presenter is Dr. Terry Alford, Alford 42315professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale. Dr. Alford will present at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

“Assassination and Conspiracy” is the theme of the symposium. In his presentation, “John Wilkes Booth: A New Look at an Old Story,” Dr. Alford will discuss new discoveries, as well as new thoughts on old understandings of the young man who committed the most consequential murder in American history. The presentation will feature actors portraying individuals who witnessed Lincoln’s assassination. Actors include LLCC alum Matthew Reuker portraying Harry Clay Ford, treasurer of Ford’s Theater; LLCC Community Education student Terry Jones as James P. Ferguson, owner of restaurant/tavern next door to Ford’s Theater; LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning member Mary Disseler portraying Katherine M. Evans, actress waiting in the green room to go on stage in “Our American Cousin;” LLCC staff member Kevin Lust as Joseph B. Stewart, an attorney attending the play; and LLCC student Elizabeth Roehrs portraying Julia Shepherd, a New York visitor attending the play.

Dr. Alford is a nationally recognized scholar on John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination. He has appeared on “20/20,” ABC News, the History Channel, the Discovery Network and PBS. He is the author of “Fortune’s Fool,” Alford’s biography of Booth, which is the first full biography of Booth ever written that offers new information on the Booth family’s acting careers and relationships and 19th-century theater history. Dr. Alford also authored the award-winning book “Prince Among Slaves,” the celebrated story of an African royal enslaved in the antebellum south. He holds a doctorate in history from Mississippi State University and also studied family history at the University of California at Davis.

The event is being sponsored by the LLCC Logger Activities Board and 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, with support from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

Questions about the symposium can be directed to the LLCC Student Life Office at 786.2241.

Today: National Library Week celebration continues; Student Art Show reception

The LLCC Library continues its celebration of National Library Week by hosting a Book Art Contest, in conjunction with Leslie Stalter’s Art 115 – Three Dimensional Design class. Students will drop off their submissions at 2:30 p.m., and library staff will vote on their favorites. Winners will be announced at the next class meeting Tuesday, April 21. Submissions will remain on display inside the library. Other events for Thursday include:

• Food for Fines – the first 100 people to bring in a non-perishable donation will win a free book light. You don’t have to have library fines to donate! All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Food Bank.
• Free candy at the Reference and Access Services desks.
• Add to the “What’s Your Favorite Book?” poster.
• Daily raffle drawing! Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to the bookstore.

The LLCC art department welcomes the LLCC community and the LLCC Student Art Show 2015public to join them at a reception for the Annual Juried Student Art Show this evening from 5:30–7:30 p.m. outside the Murray Gallery. Award winners will be announced in several categories. A special invitation is extended to all students who put forth the effort to enter their artwork for jurying. The student show will be open for viewing until May 17.

Donate $5 for Jeans Day today and support the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship. Donations are being accepted by the Student Life Office.

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/