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.

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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.

“Amor Discendi” exhibit opens today in Murrary Gallery

LLCC’s Murray Gallery is hosting the artwork of Trish Duknoski and Suzanne Traylor, LLCC students who share an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. “Amor Discendi” will be on display Oct. 27 through Nov. 20. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of Menard Hall.

The arts tend to draw a particular group of non-traditional students, such as Ms. Duknoski and Ms. Traylor who take classes for the joy of learning and for refining their craft. The result of these two artists’ ceaseless love of learning is evident in “Amor Discendi.”

Ms. Duknoski raised a family and made her living in association management in Springfield before she was introduced to clay through an adult education class in 2000. Her true journey into the world of pottery began in 2006 at LLCC with Professor Michelle Coakes. Duknoski remembers the old crocks used by her grandparents and parents for baking and storing foods, and those childhood memories strongly influence her work. She says, “There is something exciting about sipping coffee out of a wheel-thrown ceramic cup or baking a casserole in a dish, especially when it has been made with my own hands.” Over the last couple of years, she has advanced to teaching adults through the LLCC Community Education program and continues to take classes at LLCC.

Ms. Traylor is a native of Illinois and has lived in Springfield since 1978. She worked for the state of Illinois from 1979 until 2004. Upon retirement in 2004, she began taking painting courses at LLCC. She has taken classes from current LLCC professors Thom Whalen and Al Shull, as well as multiple life-drawing classes. With a true artist’s eye for the aesthetic, Traylor deftly executes portraits of family, friends, pets and other interesting faces from the community. Though clearly a skilled painter who can work solo in the studio, she places a high value on the exchange of ideas among artists in the classroom setting.

A closing reception, open to the community, will be held Friday, Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


National Surgical Technology Week Sept. 21-27

National Surgical Technologist week is Sept. 21- 27.  Students in the Surgical Technology program celebrated with a potluck. The students each received a gift to commemorate the week as they embark on the start of an exciting new career!

Surg Tech students FL14Surg Tech cake

Constitution Day program at LLCC Sept. 17

LLCC is presenting a Constitution Day program Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon entitled “Free Speech Under Fire: Does the First Amendment Apply to Higher Education?” The presentation takes place in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus.

Presenters for the event are Anthony DiMaggio, Ph.D., LLCC political science assistant professor, and John K. Wilson, co-editor of and editor of Illinois Academe. The presentation includes what the scope of the first amendment is and should be, related to academia, in addition to recent issues concerning academic freedom and free speech.  Read more…

Update to CQI training schedule

If you have not yet attended a Continuous Quality Improvement training, please sign up for one of the below sessions being offered this school year.  Note: Session A is no longer available.  A list of those who have completed the training can be found HERE.

A September 19, 2014
September 26, 2014
B October 17, 2014
October 24, 2014
C February 27, 2015
March 6, 2015
D March 24, 2015 (PDD-held at LLCC; may have to hold more than one session)
April 3, 2015 (held at CCTC; based on first session, may need additional sessions)
E April 24, 2015
May 1, 2015

Sessions B, C & E will meet at the Capital City Training Center from 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. the first day, and 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the second day.  Coffee will be served from 8 – 8:15 a.m. both days and lunch will be served on the first day only.

For session D, the first day (March 24) will be held at LLCC on Professional Development Day and will be an all-day session (8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.). The second day will be held at CCTC from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register for any of the sessions, call 524-6749 or email