Congratulations to Ryan Roberts!

Ryan’s online lesson entitled, “Art Movements: An Overview” from his Humanities 101 course was chosen by the SoftChalk (http://softchalk.com) company as their Lesson of the Week. Ryan’s lesson can be viewed through the link below.

SoftChalk Lesson of the Week – Art Movements: An Overview
(This lesson discussed the value of art, different artistic styles and goes through the different art movements throughout history.) https://www.softchalkcloud.com/le…/serve/49pbYvB3D6kqO2/html

If you would like to learn how to create your own lesson using the SoftChalk software, please contact Barry Lamb, director of instructional technology services in the Academic Innovations and eLearning department.

LLCC awarded $199,999 grant to develop cybersecurity program

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Advanced Technical Education grant of $199,999 to LLCC. The three-year grant begins in June and will support the development of a competency-based certificate program in cybersecurity.

The project is under the direction of Dr. Wendy Howerter, associate vice president of academic innovation and effectiveness, and professors of computer networking Frank Marsaglia and Jeff Mehan.

LLCC is developing the competency-based certificate program in cybersecurity with implementation planned for fall 2018. The new competency-based certificate will provide academic credit based on students’ knowledge and mastery of skills, rather than time spent in the classroom and credit hours earned. In addition, LLCC currently offers instruction in cybersecurity as one of seven tracks leading to an associate of applied science degree in computer information systems.

“As individuals continue to do more and more online and we give up privacy for convenience, we are at greater risk of identity theft and cyberattacks,” said Professor Marsaglia. “The demand for employees trained in cybersecurity is growing quickly. This competency-based program will allow students to potentially earn a certificate and find employment in less time, based on their prior knowledge and abilities.”

“The competency-based program is also an opportunity for those individuals already employed in the field,” said Dr. Howerter. “I believe the flexible format will appeal to working students since the mastery of competencies will be learned and demonstrated in an online and virtual environment. This program will bring the security skills of employees to a level needed to support systems in today’s digital world.”

In 2015, LLCC was one of six colleges and universities nationwide chosen to participate in a competency-based training program called “Jumpstart,” funded by the Lumina Foundation. The college began work on developing a competency-based program in cybersecurity, and the new NSF grant will continue that effort.

Bistro Verde opens today for dinner – 5-7 p.m.

Bistro Verde, LLCC’s student-run café, will be open spring semester for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and dinner Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made by emailing bistroverde@llcc.edu, calling 786-2821 or stopping at the café during hours of business.

The café will be open Jan. 26–March 3 and again from March 21 –April 28. View the menu:  Bistro Menu Spring 2017

Bird Banding Station fall 2016 final report

The LLCC Bird Banding Station announces its final report for the fall 2016 banding season (our 9th banding season) Final Report — LLCC BBS (Fall 2016). Below are some of the highlights:

  • 2,318 birds were banded of 78 species over 73 days (5,100 net hours)
  • there were 570 captures of birds that had been previously banded
  • we had 4 days where we captured over 100 birds, including  a 241 bird day (Oct 19)
  • the 3 most abundant species captured were: American Goldfinch (336), Dark-eyed Junco (269) and House Finch (250)
  • 3 new species were captured/banded this fall: Belted Kingfisher, Grasshopper Sparrow and Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • a variety of guests visited the LLCC BBS including: Illinois Audubon Society members, a group of home-schooled kids and their parents, various other members of the community and over 300 LLCC students

The spring 2017 season is scheduled to begin March 20. If you need to stretch your legs, come visit us in our new facility north of the batting cages! Once the spring banding season begins, the station will be open from sunrise to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Lincoln-Land-Community-College-Bird-Banding-Station-1623835961203812/

Thanks again for all the support each of you has provided for this project!

Tony Rothering

Danyle Watkins reports on Early Childhood Education conference

dw-conference-1Over the summer break I was given the opportunity to travel to Baltimore, Md. for a professional conference in Early Childhood Education.  The conference was sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development was a great conference for individuals teaching in preschools or elementary schools and for those who are instructors in these fields.  This conference taught me a great deal and I felt it was a very worthwhile experience.

dw-conference-2I went to sessions with topics regarding advocacy, nature in early childhood, and powerful interactions.  Our plenary session featuring Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, was politically charged.  All sessions offered a learning opportunity for myself to bring back to work with me.

One of the sessions that stood out to me was on Advocacy in Early childhood.  I find this to be an interesting topic, because I try to integrate advocacy into all of my courses.  It is important for early childhood as a field to advocate for children’s rights and the education that we are offering to them.  So this session gave us information on finding our message and speaking to legislatures.  I will be integrating some of the ideas from this session into my Home, School, and Community course.  Many students have to complete a service learning project and attend an Advocacy Day for this course.

Danyle Watkins, assistant professor, early childhood education

Constitution Day presentation Sept. 16

LLCC’s Social Sciences department will host a Constitution Day presentation entitled “Promises and Powers: When campaign promises meet the Constitution” on Friday, Sept. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center.

Speakers are Professors of Political Science Chris McDonald, Ph.D., and John Vinzant, Ph.D. A discussion period will follow the presentation.

LLCC and IC sign educational transfer agreement

Charlotte Warren, Barbara Farley sign agreementThe presidents of Lincoln Land Community College and Illinois College signed an agreement yesterday allowing elementary education majors to start at LLCC, transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree at IC in a total of four years, prepared to become licensed teachers.

This is the first transfer agreement between the two institutions. Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC, and Dr. Barbara Farley, president of IC, said students will be prepared for a career field that, due to retirements, is expected to see a rise in the need for replacements over the next five to 10 years.

“We enjoy a close proximity to Illinois College with our LLCC-Jacksonville Outreach Center, and many of our graduates throughout the years have chosen to continue their education at IC,” said Dr. Warren. “Today we’re pleased to formally sign an articulation agreement to facilitate transfer of LLCC students to IC for the completion of a baccalaureate degree in elementary education.”

Dr. Warren noted that students seeking a career in elementary education will be able to attend LLCC for the first two years, earning an associate degree, while also taking two education classes at IC. The LLCC students taking classes at IC will pay tuition at the current LLCC tuition rates.  Read more.