LLCC Quiz Bowl “A” Team advances to national tournament

The Lincoln Land Community College Quiz Bowl “A” Team won the sectional tournament hosted at LLCC Jan. 25 and now advances to the national community college championship in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 28-March 1. The LLCC “A” Team has a record of nine wins and no losses. The LLCC “B” team finished third in the tournament. Other participating teams were Frontier Community College (second place) and Rend Lake College (fourth place).

Individual toss-up awards were won by LLCC’s Brett Davis (second) and Samuel Woolsey (third).  First place for toss-ups was won by Clay Hoskins of Frontier Community College. Moderators included Samantha Reif, instructor, geology; Aaron Staley, former Quiz Bowl team member; and Donald Taylor, a local Quiz Bowl expert. Friends and family of team members also assisted with timing and scoring.

Quiz Bowl A Team

LLCC “A” Team (L-R): Coach Eve Fischberg, professor in the LLCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; Samuel Woolsey; Brett Davis; Lauren Gleason; Allie Penrod.


Quiz Bowl B Team

LLCC “B” team (L- R): Coach Eve Fischberg, Clark Johnson; Jacob Webb, Nick Shelton, Tyler Mathews.

Congratulations, Michelle Coakes!

Dumbo Teapot Right 9x9x5 green-yellow flask oiler 7x6x3v2

Two pieces of ceramic work by Michelle Coakes, professor of art, have been accepted into a national juried exhibit called “Clay3“.  The exhibit will be held in Warrenville, Ill. west of Chicago  Feb. 28-March 30. Congratulations!

Thank you from Student Life

A big thank you to all of those who helped make the Student Life Office’s 5th Annual Volunteer Fair a great success, particularly to those faculty members who brought their classes by and encouraged them to network with the not-for-profit representatives. We had 112 students fill out pledge cards and promise to complete approximately 2,315 hours of community service!

Congratulations, Barb Bernardi!


Barb Bernardi, professor, biology, was named the 2014 Distinguished Alum of Little Flower Catholic Grade School during a Catholic Schools Week Mass on Saturday. Congratulations, Barb!

In the Community

Julie Rourke, director, workforce development, spoke on LLCC solar and green initiatives and programs as part of a panel sponsored by the Sierra Club and Sustainable Springfield Jan. 28 at Lincoln Library. Approximately 60 people were in attendance.

Report from LLCC’s November 2013 Quality Checkup or Site Visit

LLCC’s Quality Checkup Report is now available on LLCC’s AQIP page. The Quality Checkup Report is a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) document prepared by the review team after completing a site visit. Its purpose is to document the team’s findings and communicate those findings to the HLC as well as the institution under review. The report references conversations held with various groups during its visit, reports on the accuracy of LLCC’s Systems Portfolio, comments on the how well LLCC demonstrated meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, and provides feedback regarding federal compliance expectations. Please address any questions on the report to Chris McDonald or Tricia Kujawa, the college’s AQIP co-chairs, through .

A heartfelt thank-you note from Cheryl Vertrees

Thanks to my Lincoln Land colleagues for your expressions of kindness (cards, emails, food, flowers, memorials) following the recent passing of my dad.  Your thoughtfulness has been heartwarming.  A special thank you to my little work family who also provided comfort and support during December, when we were expecting any day to lose my 18-year-old niece following a four-year battle with cancer.  To lose Dad just three weeks after Cora passed away has been especially tough, and my work family has been there for me.  The many kind acts are greatly appreciated.   —   Cheryl Vertrees

REMINDER: W-2s are complete

The 2013 W-2s are complete.  If you elected to access your W-2 online through Web-Advisor, then your W-2 is now available.  If you did not elect online access, your W-2 will be mailed this week.  Please direct any questions regarding your W-2 to Cheryl Sneed at 6-2247 or