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 writingcenter@llcc.edu 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 mary.fortner@llcc.edu.


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 www.llccfoundation.org 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 lori.smith@llcc.edu.

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 Joanie.rogers@llcc.edu.

Trutter Museum to host 1st Thursday Speakers Series March 6

The LLCC Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum will present its 1st Thursday Speakers Series Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Trutter Center.  The event features local experts discussing various aspects of architecture. Speakers include Charles Joseph Pell, AIA, of Charles Joseph Pell Architects, Inc. in Springfield and Dave Leonatti, AIA, of Melotte, Morse, Leonatti, Parker, Ltd. in Springfield.

View the full story to learn more about the presentations!

Congratulations to these Pearson Master Teacher nominees!

Twenty eligible nominations were received for the 2014 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award.  Congratulations to:

  • Colette D’Cruz-Endeley, Professor, Economics
  • Jason Dockter, Associate Professor, English
  • Suellen Funk, Professor, Nursing
  • Peggy Goetsch, Professor, Biology
  • Bill Harmon, Professor, Agronomy
  • John Mark Henry, Professor Mathematics
  • John Paul Henry, Professor, Mathematics
  • Beth Hoffmann, Professor, Speech
  • Paul Hudson, Professor, Business
  • Tim Humphrey, Professor, Education
  • Theresa Kanoza, Professor, English
  • Katie McAfee, Associate Professor, Accounting
  • Janet Moulton, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Jim Pierce, Professor, Engineering
  • Samantha Reif, Assistant Professor, Geosciences
  • David Reynolds, Professor, Sociology
  • David Sack, Professor, Mathematics
  • John Vinzant, Professor, Political Science
  • Tara Walk, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Beth Wiediger, Professor, Psychology

The Pearsons, longtime Springfield physicians, made the award possible through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation.  The award annually recognizes an exceptional full-time, faculty member for his or her professional contributions to LLCC.  The 2014 award recipient will be announced at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony later this spring.


Alumni Association has fleece scarves available for faculty/staff alums

scarfBrrrr! The weather outside is frightful, staying warm is so delightful, and since we have many places to go…. Faculty and staff who are LLCC alums are warmly invited to stop by the Foundation Office and pick up a fleece scarf this week (while supplies last).  Remember, the Alumni Association’s definition of an alum is anyone who has completed a minimum of three credit hours at LLCC. Stop in and visit and pick up your scarf!


2014-2015 LLCC Foundation scholarship application now available!

The LLCC Foundation is accepting applications for 2014-2015 scholarships. Scholarships are available for both first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full or part time at LLCC in fall 2014.

There is one application for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.The online application is available by going to www.llccfoundation.org and clicking on “For Student Scholarships” at the top right corner of the page. Students may also visit the LLCC Foundation, level one, Menard Hall for a hard copy application. The application deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014.

For more information, call the LLCC Foundation at 217.786.4502.

L.E.A.G.U.E. grant applications due Tuesday at 5 p.m.!

A gentle reminder  . . . applications for L.E.A.G.U.E. grants are due in the LLCC Foundation Tuesday, December 5 at 5 p.m.  Click to view the Grant Guidelines, the application and budget worksheet.  Approximately $10,000 will be awarded at the L.E.A.G.U.E. kickoff on March 25, 2014.

Faculty and staff make these grants possible through their generous giving to the annual faculty and staff campaign each spring.  Thank you!

To have the application documents e-mailed to you, call the LLCC Foundation at 6-2217.  More information can be found at www.LLCCFoundation.org by hovering over “What We Do,” and clicking on “Educational Support.  Again, the application deadline is December 3, at 5 p.m.

Foundation launches “Grow Beyond” endowment fund campaign

LLCCF Grow Beyond 4C Logo

The LLCC Foundation yesterday launched a $2.5-million endowment fund campaign called “Grow Beyond.”

“Our theme, ‘Grow Beyond,’ reflects the purpose of the endowment fund,” said Karen Sanders, executive director of the LLCC Foundation. “LLCC graduates ‘grow beyond’ by continuing their education or doing vital work in our communities. Additionally, a strong endowment fund broadens educational opportunities, truly helping all communities we touch to ‘grow beyond.’”