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. 

Melinda Pitt Kaye nominated for ICCTA Award

The ICCTA Board of Representatives also gives an award to adjunct faculty each year. Congratulations to Melinda Pitt Kaye on being nominated for ICCTA’s 2016 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member Award! The recipient of the award will be recognized at ICCTA’s 50th anniversary banquet on June 3 in Springfield.

In the News

BoyAndDogMatt Shaver, professor of digital media, and Mason Carroll, video game design student, were interviewed by WICS regarding the first Video Game Design Tournament held yesterday in A. Lincoln Commons. A large crowd enjoyed trying out the student-designed games and voting for their favorites.IMG_8832 cropped

David Western named 2016 Outstanding Graduate

David WesternLincoln Land Community College named David Western of Rochester its 2016 Outstanding Graduate at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony April 26.

David Western was honored as Outstanding Graduate based on grade point average, leadership, motivation, service and ability to overcome obstacles.  He is graduating from LLCC with an associate degree in engineering science. He was named LLCC’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate and serves as president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the Robotics Club. In addition, he is a member of the LLCC Honors Program and is active in the Chemistry Club.

Transfer Fair today

LLCC will host a Transfer Fair March 30 for students interested in transferring to four-year institutions after completing their associate degrees at LLCC. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons and include representatives of private four-year institutions, including Benedictine University, Bradley University, Columbia College-Chicago, Greenville College, Illinois College, Kendall College, Lakeview College of Nursing, Lincoln Christian University, MacMurray College, McKendree University, Millikin University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Monmouth College, North Park University, Robert Morris University, Rockford University and Quincy University.

Ribbon cutting for new bird banding station

Biology students conduct research in new structure built by construction trades students

(Click HERE for a short video of the ribbon cuttig ceremony and demonstration.)

Ribbon cutting Rothering, Kleen, Roehrs, ShackelfordLincoln Land Community College cut the ribbon yesterday on a new structure that will house the college’s bird banding research program. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns.

The 36’ by 24’ building with a porch and overhang was built by LLCC construction trades students, a program funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Cutting the ribbon were LLCC Trustee and Board Secretary Dennis Shackelford, LLCC Biology Professor Tony Rothering, Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB) President Vern Kleen, and LLCC bird banding student Lizzie Roehrs.

Bird banding Rothering, Roehrs

Professor Rothering and Mr. Kleen began the program in fall of 2012 on the northeast edge of the LLCC campus and to date, approximately 11,000 birds representing 113 species have been banded. LLABB members, school groups and organizations also participate in banding activities. Until the new structure was built, all bird banding took place outside and was cancelled during inclement weather. Banders can now do research inside when needed during the fall and spring banding seasons.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting, Rothering thanked the LLCC Board of Trustees, college administrators, LLABB and the construction trades program for support on the project. He noted the significance of the collected data on international weather and climate change research.

“The LLCC bird banding station provides students with a practical scientific experience outside of the classroom,” said Rothering. “Our hands-on approach allows students to appreciate the biological importance of studying bird population and migration patterns and how they relate to the greater ecological world.”