October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the month of October, advocates for victims and survivors strive to increase knowledge, understanding and support for those impacted by domestic violence, or “dv.” Advocates often share information, hold informational groups or even silently offer support and solidarity by wearing a purple ribbon; the color purple is recognized for domestic violence awareness month (http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/traditional-campaign-events-ideas). Faculty, staff, and students can show their support by picking up their purple ribbon at the Advising, Counseling, and Career Services front desk or the Student Life Office.

Also for students, Claire Heffron-McKinney, located in Advising and Counseling is a certified Domestic Violence Professional and can be reached at 786-2591, or we have licensed counselors in Advising and Counseling, who can be reached at 786-2224. Thank you for your support in these issues! If you want to help with these charges, please call Leslie Johnson, AVP of Student Success at 786-2848.

Read Facts About Domestic Violence.

ISAC offering annual financial aid certification program at LLCC Nov. 16

To assist you in helping students with the financial aid process and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ISAC offers free professional development opportunities for counselors, mentors, and community partners through an annual certification series of training modules. Workshops give professionals a detailed understanding of the financial aid process and its programs through the use of case study scenarios and real-life examples. LLCC is hosting a workshop Nov. 16.

ISAC’s Annual Financial Aid Certification program is part of the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM). NT4CM is a free train-the-trainer program to support counselors and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. In Illinois, ISAC is the designated provider of the NT4CM training and has been since the inception of the program.
Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive an official certificate of completion via e-mail.

ISAC also awards free continuing education credits (CEs) and continuing professional development units (CPDUs) to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour. To earn these, it is necessary to attend each session in its entirety and complete one session-specific knowledge assessment, an ISAC and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Evaluation Form, and an ISBE Evidence of Completion.

All sessions are offered at no cost to counselors, mentors, and members of the general public. More information about ISAC’s Annual Financial Aid Certification Program and registration for these events can be found online at:
www.ISAC.org/FinancialAidCertification

Invitation to join the A-Team

The A-Team, or autism awareness and support group, is an informal group of students, faculty and staff who are interested in talking and learning about the challenges and successes of students with autism spectrum disorders. We will meet from noon-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall on the following dates: Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10.

National Suicide Prevention Week; support services at LLCC

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and the counselors here at LLCC want to remind you that we are here to help any student that is facing a stressful, emotional situation such as a family concern, trying to balance school and work obligations, depression, anxiety, etc. Licensed counselors are on staff and always available to talk to a student needing support.If you encounter a student that may need our help, please let the student know they can walk in to Advising, Counseling and Career Development Services or call us at 786-2224 to speak to a counselor by phone or make an appointment to meet with one of us.

Part of our role is to assist in crisis situations where a student may be having suicidal thoughts or even has a suicide plan. If the student is in crisis, you can call the Counselor’s Line at 6-9660 and you will be immediately connected with a counselor. If it is after 5 p.m. or on a weekend, please call the LLCC Emergency number 786-2222 and an officer will be dispatched to assist the student. Thank you for all you do for our students and, remember, we are here to help!

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.

Encourage students to attend a Rapid Registration event!

Current and returning students can register for summer and fall classes quickly and easily at an upcoming RAPID REGISTRATION event! Upcoming events will be held:
• Thursday, May 28, noon-2 p.m., Student Services Atrium, Menard Hall
• Tuesday, June 2, noon-2 p.m., Student Services Atrium, Menard Hall
• Wednesday, June 3, 5-7 p.m., Student Services Atrium, Menard Hall
• Thursday, June 4, 3-5 p.m., Student Services Atrium, Menard Hall
*We are constantly adding more RAPID REGISTRATION events, so keep checking the link below.

In less than two hours, a student can:
• Find out what classes they need to obtain their certificate and/or degree
• Discuss course options with an academic advisor
• Schedule summer and/or fall 2015 classes
• Finalize payment options: financial aid, payment plans, etc.
• Estimate textbook costs
• Refresh LLCC technology skills: WebAdvisor, Blackboard, email and LLCC Connect

We know students have many demands on their time, so please encourage them to sign up for a RAPID REGISTRATION event today!
Visit ww3.llcc.edu/rapidregistration or call 786.2213 to sign up.

*Current and returning students can also schedule a one-on-one appointment with an academic advisor by calling 786.2224.

Commencement this evening at 7:30 p.m. at PCCC; line of march

LLCC will confer more than 2,200 certificates and degrees at the college’s commencement ceremony this evening, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Line of March 2015

The Line of March for Commencement is determined by the hire date for a full-time, Board of Trustees-approved position.  Adjunct instructor positions do not fall into this category.  If an adjunct instructor fills a full-time, benefit-eligible, Board-approved position, the date they were hired into that position becomes the hire date used to determine position in the line of march.  If someone leaves LLCC, vacating a full-time, Board-approved position, and then returns, the date on which they were re-hired becomes the new hire date in determining their position in the line of march (because employment was not continuous). Individuals who are unable to attend the ceremony in a given year are removed from the line of march for that year. As a result, there is some shifting every year based on who is and who is not attending the ceremony.

We do our best to ensure that the line of march is accurate. However, there may be some instances in which a hire date is inaccurate. If you believe you should be somewhere else in the line, feel free to stand there. The line of march is more of a guide as opposed to a hard and fast rule. The commencement ceremony is focused on graduates, and that is where the majority of effort and preparation occurs. We appreciate your attendance at the ceremony and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students.

Office of the Vice President, Student Services

Commencement planned for May 15

LLCC will conduct commencement exercises on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Allen Dixon of Springfield has been selected as this year’s commencement speaker, and Amanda Monke of Springfield and Jonathan “Mac” Squibb of Chatham are serving as marshals. Cinda Edwards of Springfield is being recognized with the 2015 LLCC Honored Alumni Award. Read more HERE.