Take advantage of Go2Knowledge online professional development

Take advantage of Go2Knowledge for online/on-demand professional development. Go2Knowledge is available until the end of summer 2015 and provides LLCC full- and part-time faculty, staff and administrators unlimited access to professional development trainings with the click of a button. There is a wide variety of topics including: 1) at-risk populations, 2) campus safety, 3) organizational development, 4) student success, 5) teaching & learning, 6) technology, and 7) open educational resources. See the attached for more information:  Go2Knowledge

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Alice Edwards named outstanding adjunct instructor at LLCC

Alice Edwards of Springfield, adjunct instructor of music, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award.

The award recognizes exceptional classroom teaching, expertise in the field, and commitment to innovative teaching, assessment and student learning.

Ms. Edwards has been an instructor at LLCC since 2002, following her retirement as an associate professor of piano at Olivet Nazarene University. In addition to classroom teaching at LLCC, she offers private applied piano lessons.

Ms. Edwards’ experience is extensive and varied. She has served as harpsichordist and organist for the Illinois Symphony, Olivet Nazarene University Symphony and Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and as an organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kankakee and Springfield. She performed two European tours with the Illinois Symphony Chorus, and last summer, a Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France with Prairieland Voices.

A student described Ms. Edwards as an instructor who “encourages and guides in such a way that makes you feel accomplished. She makes learning a positive experience and leads by example.” A colleague observed that Ms. Edwards “is always teaching in Studio B, facing life with a smile and a song.”

Online/On-demand professional development available with Go2Knowledge

Take advantage of Go2Knowledge until the end of summer 2015 for online/on-demand professional development. Go2Knowledge provides LLCC full- and part-time faculty, staff and administrators unlimited access to professional development trainings with the click of a button. There is a wide variety of topics including: 1) at-risk populations, 2) campus safety, 3) organizational development, 4) student success, 5) teaching & learning, 6) technology, and 7) open educational resources. See the attached for more information:  Go2Knowledge

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Today: Deadline for nominations for KUDOS and NISOD awards

Today is the nomination deadline for KUDOS and NISOD awards. Nominate a deserving colleague for the KUDOS award by clicking on the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn or on the KUDOS graphic in this article.

The KUDOS award is an informal way to recognize the small and large ways Kudos logoour faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with the KUDOS award.

Students, staff, and faculty may submit faculty nominations tor the NISOD award. Nominations (NISOD Excellence Award 2015 Nomination Form) should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate, either via email (Leslie.Rios@llcc.edu) or paper.

 

LLCC Online adds 8 new degree program and 2 new certificate programs

LLCC’s online learning program has added eight new online degree programs and two new online certificate programs.

LLCC online students can now complete associate in arts degrees in early childhood education, human geography, physical geography, psychology, speech communication, and women’s and gender studies; an associate in science degree in geology; and an associate in applied science degree in applied computer programming. New certificate of completion programs are in computer programming database and emergency medical technician.

“We’re excited to continue to grow our online program by adding these new options for students,” said Becky Parton, associate dean of instructional technology and distance education. “LLCC now offers nearly 50 programs leading to a degree or certificate that can be earned online, which is a convenient option for many working adults.”

Parton stressed the advantages of LLCC online. “LLCC online courses are affordable; our faculty are well-trained, local and accessible; and we have outstanding support services for online students. LLCC online courses transfer to other colleges and universities just as our traditional LLCC courses do.”

While many LLCC students complete their education entirely online, many more create customized schedules utilizing both online and face-to-face courses, in a manner that best suits their busy lives.

NISOD Award nominations due Monday

Nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 15. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at LLCC.

Students, staff, and faculty may submit nominations. Nominations (form below) should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate, either via email (Leslie.Rios@llcc.edu) or paper.

NISOD Excellence Award 2015 Nomination Form

Online/On-Demand professional development

LLCC has subscribed to Go2Knowledge until the end of summer 2015 for online/on-demand professional development. Go2Knowledge provides full- and part-time faculty, staff and administrators at LLCC unlimited access to professional development trainings with the click of a button. There is a wide variety of topics including: 1) at-risk populations, 2) campus safety, 3) organizational development, 4) student success, 5) teaching & learning, 6) technology, and 7) open educational resources. Take advantage of this opportunity. See the attached for more information:  Go2Knowledge

NISOD Excellence Award nominations being accepted; deadline Dec. 15

Nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award are being accepted. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at LLCC.

Students, staff, and faculty may submit nominations. Consider nominating a faculty member whom you feel exhibits excellence in teaching and leadership and any other qualities that set him or her apart. The nomination does not have to be lengthy; however, it should contain an explanation of why you are nominating the faculty member, including examples of excellence in teaching and leadership. Nominations (form below) should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate either via email (Leslie.Rios@llcc.edu) or paper. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 15.

NISOD Excellence Award 2015 Nomination Form

NISOD Excellence Award nominations for faculty being sought; deadline Dec. 15

The college has begun the process of accepting nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at LLCC.

Students, staff, and faculty may submit nominations, so please consider nominating a faculty member whom you feel exhibits excellence in teaching and leadership and any other qualities that set him or her apart. The nomination does not have to be lengthy; however, it should contain an explanation of why you are nominating the faculty member, including examples of excellence in teaching and leadership. Nominations (form below) should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate either via email (Leslie.Rios@llcc.edu) or paper. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 15.

NISOD Excellence Award 2015 Nomination Form

Participate in Murray Gallery “A Community Sketchbook” exhibit

The LLCC James S. Murray Gallery invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to display their artworks during the month of December at an exhibit called “A Community Sketchbook.”

Exhibitors are welcome to tack their piece of visual art (or short prose or poetry) to the grey walls of the gallery to create a temporary, transmutable mural and tribute to the creativity of the LLCC community. “A Community Sketchbook” will be open for contributions beginning Dec. 1. All pieces must be able to be pinned to the walls, with pins provided by the gallery (no nails may be used.) The gallery cannot accommodate framed or stretched work. Also, when entering into the conversation, artists are asked to consider the audience. The gallery director reserves the right to edit any offensive or inappropriate material. Insurance cannot be provided for this show.

Simultaneously on display at the center of the gallery will be a show of tin foil hat designs from Dr. John Vinzant’s Introduction to Politics classes. Every hat is accompanied with a short statement explaining the “conspiracy” from which the design of the hat will protect the wearer. An award will go to the best tin foil hat design/conspiracy combination.

Participants in both shows must collect their work from the gallery before Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Work remaining after that time becomes the property of the gallery. For more information, contact Leslie Stalter, art professor.