Last day to get your “Ticket to Ride!”

PrintTuesday is the final day to purchase tickets for the 2014 LEAGUE campaign’s “Famous 50/50” and raffle prize…a Kindle Fire HD and $25 Amazon gift card.  Stop by the LLCC Foundation before 5 pm on Tuesday!  And, while you’re there, cast off your final bits of change in the Penny Wars!  All 13 of the decorated Penny Wars containers are on display and ready for your donation.  All proceeds from this fun and “friendly” department challenge will support the Pay It Forward Fund to help students with emergency needs.

Funds from the LEAGUE campaign go directly to support LLCC students through scholarships, grants and more.  As a donor, you choose what you would like your gift to support.  The LLCC Foundation realizes you have choices in philanthropic support and given the ever increasing demands on individual and family budgets, please know how grateful we are that you’ve chosen the students of LLCC to be the recipients of your generous donations.

The LEAGUE campaign always features a lot of fun, but the dollars raised are for a serious purpose – to support our students so on their behalf, thank you!  “Come Together” and be a part of the LEAGUE!

2014 Master Teacher Finalists announced

Five faculty members have been named finalists for the 2014 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award.  The finalists are:

  • Jason Dockter, Professor, English
  • Bill Harmon, Professor, Agronomy
  • Beth Hoffmann, Professor, Communication
  • Theresa Kanoza, Professor, English
  • John Vinzant, Professor, Political Science

One of these individuals will be named the award recipient at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, in the Student Union.  The Pearson award annually recognizes a full-time faculty member for his or her exceptional contributions to student learning.  The recipient receives a $5,000 award to be used to enhance teaching and learning.

Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson, longtime Springfield physicians, made this award possible through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation.  The LLCC Foundation would like to thank all of this year’s nominees for their energy and efforts every day on behalf of LLCC students.

The first $150 is up for grabs!

GuitarThermometer3.27Sign up for the LEAGUE campaign by end of day today and be eligible to win $150 in cash!  Gifts of all size are important and appreciated.  And should you choose payroll deduction, you’ll get your name in the hat for a second $150 at the end of the campaign.  How easy is that?!

Tickets for the “Famous 50/50” or this year’s raffle prize, a Kindle Fire HD and a $25 Amazon gift card, are available through 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in the LLCC Foundation.  And while you’re there, unload some change in the Penny Wars!

As a donor to the LEAGUE campaign, you direct your gift as you choose…to scholarships, grants, and other funds, all of which directly impacts our students.  So on their behalf, thank you…and don’t forget to join the LEAGUE!

Thank you!

League 1The LLCC Foundation hopes everyone had a great time at Tuesday’s kickoff.  As the Beatles said in one of their songs, “Beep, beep, beep, beep…yeah!”

The fun isn’t over!  Stop by the LLCC Foundation through Monday, April 1 and buy a raffle ticket for the Kindle Fire HD or 50/50.  Don’t forget to cast your votes in the Penny Wars!  All 13 of the decorated containers are there for you to support or sabotage, with the proceeds supporting the Pay It Forward Fund for emergency student needs.  Congratulations to PRM for winning the best decorated Penny Wars container!

While you’re there, sign up for the campaign!  Gifts of any size, from $5…to $5 a paycheck or more are appreciated and important in helping all of us meet our students’ educational goals.  Those that enroll by the end of day Friday are eligible for a $150 cash prize.  And, if you choose payroll deduction, you’re eligible for another $150 in cold hard cash at the end of the campaign!  Our thanks to Dr. Warren and members of the Cabinet for making these two cash prizes possible.

LLCC faculty and staff are awesome “Eight Days a Week!”  On our students behalf…thank you for your support!

Penny Wars is Here!

Penny WarsThe Foundation has decorated its Penny Wars container using the theme “Gnome Together”.  All departments are invited to participate in this fun, friendly competition to benefit LLCC Foundation’s Pay It Forward Fund.  All you have to do is get a container from the Foundation office and start collecting pennies. Decorate your container if you wish and bring it the LEAGUE Luncheon on Tuesday, March 25 in the Student Union where additional pennies can be added or your opponents can sabotage your efforts by adding coins and paper currency your container.  Don’t miss all the fun! Get in on the action!

Penny Wars is coming to LLCC!

LLCC’s L.E.A.G.U.E. Committee invites you to get a team together to participate in Penny Wars!  Penny Wars is a fun competition to see who can collect the most pennies and raise funds for the LLCC Foundation Pay It Forward Fund.  To participate, contact Barb Eades at or at extension 6-2255 now through March 24 to receive a container. Containers can be decorated to add to the fun.  Then, start collecting pennies in your department or area.  You can sabotage your opponents by placing silver coins or paper money in their containers.  Bring your containers to the L.E.A.G.U.E. luncheon on Tuesday, March 25 by 11:30 am in the Student Union to collect more money.  All money collected will go to the LLCC Foundation’s Pay It Forward Fund, which helps students who need emergency assistance.

Major gifts to “Grow Beyond” campaign received

The LLCC Foundation is pleased to announce that Bank of Springfield has made the first of several major gifts recently received for “Grow Beyond,” the campaign to raise $2.5 million for the LLCC Foundation Endowment.  The bank also proudly employs 50 LLCC grads, and is also underwriting a state-of-the-art scoreboard for the baseball field.  Read about this gift, our 2014 gala, new members to the Foundation Board of Directors and more in the latest edition of “Circle of Friends.”

2014 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest

The 2014 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest is under way! Please encourage students to participate for a chance to win $500!  Essays must be submitted via email to by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24.

Submission Guidelines
– Essay submissions must be 500 words or less.
– Submissions must be typed.
– Essays must address the topic: “How My Community College Has Changed My Life.”
Students are encouraged to schedule appointments with the Writing Center to review essays before submission.

The first place local winner’s essay submission will be forwarded to the state-wide competition for the chance to win $500 toward education expenses for the Fall 2014 Semester and an honorary invitation to attend the Illinois Community College Association’s award banquet on June 6, 2014.   Local prizes will also be awarded by LLCC Foundation.

For more information, contact Mary Fortner, Writing Center coordinator, at 6-2582 or


The LLCC Foundation 2014-2015 scholarship application deadline is Monday, March 3.  If you know of someone thinking about or planning to attend LLCC in fall 2014, encourage them to apply.

The online application is available by going to and clicking on “For Student Scholarships” at the top right corner of the page.  Students may also visit the LLCC Foundation in Menard Hall, or any of LLCC’s locations in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville for a hard copy application.  For more information, please contact Lori Smith, Scholarship Program Coordinator, at 6.4502 or

Be a Hero Campaign Launches In cooperation with the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program and the ICCB

Lincoln Land is one of 18 community colleges and/or Chicago city schools to compete in the “Be a Hero” campaign to strengthen the Life Goes On donor registry here in Illinois. Currently, more than 5,000 Illinois residents and 118,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Through various activities, Honor’s Club students Annisa Kumerow, Lauren Masten, Tyler Mathews and Russell Michelich will be promoting organ/tissue donor awareness and encouraging Illinois residents to join the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Schools will be recognized based on the creativity and effectiveness of the campaign, as well as the number of registrations obtained. The campaign runs through April. For more information on how to register or participate, please contact Joanie Rogers, LLCC Foundation and Alumni Services Coordinator at 6-4612 or