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.

Accepting nominations for student speaker at commencement

The Vice President of Student Services is currently  seeking nominations for student speakers for Commencement 2016.  If you would like to nominate a student, instructions, along with an application and graduate listing are attached for your convenience.  All nominations should be returned to Gailyn Draper,  Menard Hall, room 1255, no later than Noon on Friday, March 25th.  Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of summer term 2015, fall semester 2015, or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring semester 2016 or summer term 2016.  All nominated students need to have their speech ready to audition on  Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Menard Hall, M2209.

Nominate a student for 2016 Outstanding Graduate

The office of the Vice President of Student Services is seeking nominations for Outstanding Graduate for Commencement 2016.  If you would like to nominate a graduate, instructions and an application for nomination is attached along with a listing of students who have applied for graduation.  Please   complete and return to Gailyn Draper, Menard Hall, room 1255 by Noon on Friday, March 25.  Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of the summer term of 2015, fall semester 2015 or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring semester 2016 or summer term 2016.  Thank you!

FAFSA Friday event March 18

LLCC Financial Aid sponsors FAFSA Friday events to help students fill out the FAFSA, which they have to do every year if they are interested in obtaining financial aid. The next will be an evening event, held Friday, March 18 from 1-3 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Independent students (above 24 years old) should bring completed 2015 taxes or estimates of 2015 income; an FSA user ID and password obtained from fafsa.ed.gov; asset information including balance of checking and savings accounts; and social security number. Dependent students should bring all of the above, plus all of their parents’ information. A financial aid representative will be available for personal assistance.

Please encourage students to attend FAFSA event Feb. 18

LLCC Financial Aid sponsors FAFSA Friday events to help students fill out the FAFSA, which they have to do every year if they are interested in obtaining financial aid. The next will be an evening event, held Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5-7 p.m. in the Library computer lab. Independent students (above 24 years old) should bring completed 2015 taxes or estimates of 2015 income; an FSA user ID and password obtained from fafsa.ed.gov; asset information including balance of checking and savings accounts; and social security number. Dependent students should bring all of the above, plus all of their parents’ information. A financial aid representative will be available for personal assistance.

Final grades due Monday, Dec. 21

This is a reminder to all faculty that final grades must be posted in WebAdvisor (not Blackboard) no later than Monday, Dec. 21 at noon. It is important that grades are posted on time. Failure to do so keeps students from being notified about missing prerequisites, hinders their ability to get financial aid, holds up their transcripts for transferring to other schools and applying for jobs, and bars them from graduating.

In addition to the impact on students, staff are here working during the break and cannot enjoy the time off with their families until all of the end-of-term grade processing is done. Final grade processing cannot be completed until all grades are turned in for the semester.

Thank you for your support in getting grades in on time! If you have any questions about submitting your final grades to WebAdvisor, please contact Shanda Byer at ext. 62290 or via email at Shanda.Byer@llcc.edu.

Ag Club collects 1,515 pounds of food for Central Illinois Foodbank!

The LLCC Ag Club just finished their annual food drive collection to support the Central Illinois Foodbank and fight hunger in our Ag Club Food Drive communities. The club sponsored the event as a contest among the agriculture classes, with the class that brought in the most food getting breakfast served to them by the club. The winning class was Rich Teeter’s ABM 105 Crop Production, followed closely by the AFO 250 Plant Operations class. The club set a new record for its collection, bringing in 1,515 pounds of food. Special thanks goes to LLCC ag alum Cameron Ayers of Rochester for his donation.

FYE 101: First-Year Experience being offered this spring

This spring a new course, FYE 101: First-Year Experience, is being offered to help students transition successfully to college. In this course, students will experience, discuss, write about and apply knowledge, skills, behaviors, strategies and mindsets that help them succeed in college. This course empowers students to develop inner qualities that assist in making wise decisions, which result in the outcomes and experiences they desire. Students learn how to think critically about and prepare for their academic and career pathways. FYE 101 can be used as elective credit and transferred to a four-year college or university.

Highlights:
• Interactive, student-centered teaching
• Success groups for students to support one another
• Help constructing a transfer or career plan
• Improvement in key areas to help students achieve their goals
• Strategies and skills to create success in college and life

FYE 101 is a three-credit course and students may use financial aid to pay for the course. For more information or to enroll, students may talk with their academic advisor, email success@llcc.edu,
call 217.786.2292 or visit Admission and Registration in Menard Hall.