Melinda Pitt Kaye named 2015 Outstanding Adjunct Instructor

Melissa Pitt Kaye was named the 2015 Outstanding Adjunct Instructor. Melinda teaches music for the Arts and Humanities Department.

One student commented, “She’s so enthusiastic that she makes me want to learn! She presents material by sharing interesting historical facts and stories. Her explanations are very clear and concise. It is obvious that she thoroughly enjoys what she is teaching!

One of her colleagues stated, “Students really enjoy her method of teaching with her sense of humor and fun-loving, extroverted qualities. She makes the classroom interesting by drawing on many musical experiences. Her recitals and concerts are always reflective of the joy of music and her diverse use of instruments and people.”

She has been teaching at LLCC since 1992 having taught more than 400 hours. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts degree in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois Springfield. Her experience is extensive and varied. In addition to her teaching, she has directed major musical productions and performed in theatrical and opera productions.

Photos of her receiving the award can be found on the Professional Development Day photo gallery. Congratulations, Melinda!

Reminder of policies regarding smoking, and children on campus

As the new school year begins, a reminder regarding two college policies:

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs policy (Policy 1.11) now prohibits the use of all smoking materials on college-owned and operated property, except inside vehicles parked on or travelling through campus.

The Children on Campus policy (Policy 5.45) states that unaccompanied children under age 16 are not allowed at any LLCC location except for cultural, sporting and educational activities structured specifically for children. Children may not attend regular class sessions with their parents or others and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus, including employee work areas. Additionally, employees should not bring children to work with the intent of providing child care during a scheduled work day.

For more information, please click on the policy numbers to read them in their entirety.

Call for faculty participation–Assessment Proficiency Project

The Assessment Proficiency Project at LLCC is designed to increase faculty understanding in assessment practices and promote a culture of assessment through participation in identified assessment activities. To a limited number of full-time faculty participants, this project will offer an opportunity to complete assessment activities during academic year of 2015-16. Upon completion of the project, full-time faculty who have met the requirements will receive additional professional development funds equivalent to the annual amount in the current contract.

For more information contact Dr. Taiebeh Hosseinali at

WQLZ Ticket Stop and Open House tonight

LLCC’s Workforce Careers Center will be a “WQLZ Ticket Stop” tonight from 4-6 p.m. for the upcoming Godsmack/Sevendust rock concert in Springfield. WQLZ is broadcasting live and providing giveaways. Anyone who comes will be eligible to win tickets to the Sept. 27 concert at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. (Sorry, LLCC employees are not eligible to win the tickets, but you are welcome to stop by!)

In addition, there is an Open House scheduled during that time, with tours of the Workforce Careers Center and faculty/staff on hand to answer questions about enrolling in classes.


In the News

Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre, appeared on Good Day Illinois on Fox 55 May 21 to promote “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” to be presented by LLCC Theatre and Theatre in the Park beginning May 29.

Click HERE for ticket and more information.

Mac Squibb and Amanda Monke selected for Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team


Dr. Claire Gordon and Tim Humphrey (PTK advisors) Amanda Monke, Mac Squibb, Don Ecklund (PTK advisor)

Jonathan “Mac” Squibb of Chatham and Amanda Monke of Springfield were selected as Lincoln Land Community College’s representatives on the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team. Community colleges in Illinois select two students yearly for the prestigious honor. Honorees were recognized at a banquet in Springfield April 28, sponsored by the Illinois Community College System.

Squibb, a computer science and mathematics major, serves as president and founder of the LLCC Robotics Club. He also serves as president of the LLCC Honors Program and vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. During the summer, Squibb will be researching for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Sandia National Laboratories in California.

Monke, an English major, serves as president of the LLCC English Studies Club, which she reinstated in 2014. She also serves as the vice president of the LLCC Honors Program and a student representative on the Honors Council. Monke plans to transfer to Missouri Baptist University in the fall to pursue a degree in English.

Phi Theta Kappa is the leading academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. Students are eligible for membership with grade point averages of 3.5 or above.