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.

Culinary students host annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde

Culinary students are hosting their annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde to raise money for student scholarships. Lunch will be served on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Dinner will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with seatings at 6 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Nancy Sweet at nancy.sweet@llcc.edu or 217.786.4613. See menu: Scholarship Dinner Menu

LLCC Animal Evaluation Club places first in national competition

The LLCC livestock judging team placed first overall at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) held in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 19. Twenty-six teams from across the nation participated in the competition. This marks the first time in LLCC history that the livestock judging team placed first in a national contest.

1st place livestock judging team 1

Front L to R: Rob Johnson of Niantic; Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; and Amy Loschen of Kempton. Back L to R: Larry Wilson, NAILE superintendent; LLCC Agriculture Professor Craig Beckmier of Morrisonville; Damon Stayton of Carlinville; Chris Mullinix, overall champion junior college team award sponsor; and Luke Eply, NAILE assistant superintendent

The livestock judging team comprises members of the LLCC Animal Evaluation Club. The overall team competed in beef, sheep and swine contests. Overall, the top LLCC contestants included Jackson Johnson as fifth high individual, Dalton Heavner was ninth high individual, while Rob Johnson placed in the 19th position. In the beef contest, the team tied for first and was second on a tie breaker. Jackson Johnson placed as the ninth highest individual, Dalton Heavner, was 11th high individual and Amy Loschen captured the 13th spot.

In the swine contest, the LLCC team placed fourth overall, with Jackson Johnson being high individual and Rob Johnson placing 17th. In sheep, the team placed fourth overall, with Dalton Heavner receiving second high individual honors. The team finished fifth overall in oral reasons, with Jackson Johnson capturing a fourth place finish and Amy Loschen placing 10th.

“After establishing itself as a top 10 program nationally in the last four years and pushing top five status, this was a huge difference maker for Lincoln Land Community College,” stated Craig Beckmier, LLCC agriculture professor and Animal Evaluation Club advisor. “As a result, this team has a shot at National Team of the Year for 2014-2015. There are two more national contests in the spring semester.”

LLCC livestock judging team members include Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Rob Johnson of Niantic; Amy Loschen of Kempton; Will Harsh of Radnor, Ohio and Damon Stayton of Carlinville.

In addition, Professor Beckmier of Morrisonville received the Fred Francis Coach of the High Team award and was also presented with the first traveling trophy for the overall champion junior college team.

The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is the world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Ten different species of livestock compete in the exposition, and the purebred beef and sheep events are the largest in the world. The NAILE is the first established national community college livestock judging contest.

 

National Radiologic Technology Week Nov. 2-8

National Radiologic Technology Week is an annual event established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to celebrate the important role Radiologic Week 2014medical imaging professionals play in patient care and health care safety. The weeklong celebration highlights the radiologic technology profession and raises public awareness about radiologic technologists. Lincoln Land Community College has offered an Associate Degree Radiography Program since the early 1970s, and it is still going strong!

The first National Radiologic Technology Week® was held July 22-29, 1979. The annual celebration was later changed to November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895.
The theme for this year is Many Views with One Vision.