LLCC sponsors 7th annual Lincoln Lecture Feb. 12

The 7th annual Lincoln Lecture in commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12 will feature Ron J. Keller, associate professor of Ron Kellerhistory and political science at Lincoln College and director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum. Keller will speak on “Who Does This Guy Think He Is?? 150 Years of Living, Loving and Loathing Lincoln’s Legacy.” The presentation begins at 9 a.m. in the Trutter Center.

Keller says his presentation will address the Lincoln legacy. ”From the moment of his tragic assassination 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was catapulted immediately into the annals of American greatness. Ever since then, America has emulated him, adored him, written about him and argued about him. While most consider him our greatest president, there have been some groups and individuals who have resisted and even scorned his legacy. Lincoln has, and remains, a more controversial and polarizing historical figure than many realize.”

Drawing upon quotes, images and other iconography in this presentation, Keller examines the disparate public and private perceptions of this man. This presentation will challenge the audience to ponder what Lincoln’s legacy means to us today, and what these perceptions say about America’s past and present.

Keller, who holds degrees from Olney Central College and Eastern Illinois University, has co-authored several books, including two 2010 releases: “Abraham Lincoln in Logan County” and “A Respect For the Office: Letters From the Presidents.” He served as a contributor to the publications “Lincoln and Freedom,” “The Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History” and “The Essential Lincoln.” He is presently writing “Abraham Lincoln as State Legislator” for Southern Illinois University Press, due out in late 2016.

Keller has presented topics on the scholarship of Abraham Lincoln statewide and nationally. He serves on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and is an advisor to the Lincoln Forum. In 2005, he was appointed to the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and was invited to the White House for a special Abraham Lincoln commemoration ceremony. In 2009, Governor Pat Quinn and the Lincoln Academy bestowed Keller with the Order of Lincoln—the highest honor given to a citizen of the state of Illinois—and which honors individuals who have contributed to the betterment of humanity or whose dedication to the principles of public service inspire all Illinoisans. He also received the 2011 Alumnus Award from Olney Central College.

LLCC spring Short Semester classes begin Feb. 9

Know of a student needing to pick up an extra class this semester? Twelve-week, Short Semester classes begin Feb. 9 at LLCC. These classes offer the same content, number of classroom hours and credit hours that traditional, semester-long classes offer, but in a 12-week format.

Spring Short Semester classes include:
• Public Speaking Fundamentals, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:20 p.m.
• Introduction to American Politics, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:50 p.m.
• Introduction to Sociology, online
• Improvisational Jazz, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-6:50 p.m.

Also offered are private applied music lessons and theatre practicum in acting, stage management and directing, along with touring theater. Theatre classes must have permission of the instructor prior to registration.

Current LLCC students may register for Short Semester classes in person, by calling 217.786.2292 or their nearest LLCC location, or online via WebAdvisor. Students new to LLCC should begin by filling out an admission worksheet, available at (click on the “Apply” button.)

In the news

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, was quoted in an article, “Getting Down to Business,” in the February edition of the Norris Electric Cooperative Illinois Country Living magazine.

PTK submits Honors in Action Project Award application

The LLCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently submitted its “Honors in Action Project Award Application” to Phi Theta Kappa headquarters. This is one of many requirements for the members of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter to maintain their Five Star chapter status. Students researched the topic of compassion, and then began an ongoing relationship with the Ronald McDonald House to volunteer preparing meals on a regular basis.

The report was prepared and submitted by Chapter President Melissa Plummer.

A copy of the “Honors in Action Project Award Application” has been placed in the library for anyone interested in reading it. You may also contact Claire Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa coordinator, to request a copy ( or 786-4944).

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Message from the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC)

Now that the spring 2015 semester is fully underway, Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) members would like to remind professional staff at LLCC that we are still an active committee. Guided by the college’s mission and vision, our purpose is to represent professional staff and to improve communication among and between the professional staff and the college president and board of trustees. PAC meets monthly to discuss issues presented to the committee.

A list of committee members and their terms can be found on the employee portal page under the PAC link. We also have a wooden “suggestion/comment” box located just outside of the mailroom and printshop, if you would like to leave us your thoughts or questions.

Thank you and have a great semester.

PAC members: Nick Ferreira (chair), Tamie Penning (sec), Dee Krueger, Soodi Nassirpour, Holly Gietl, Craig McFarland (vice chair), Melissa Franzen

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In the news

Lisa Collier, associate vice president, Enrollment Services, was interviewed by WICS-TV Jan. 28 for a story on 529 College Savings plans.

Bistro Verde opens Thursday!

Bistro Verde opens for lunch service Thursday! Casual dining is being served in the student-run cafe from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 3. Fine dining will be offered Thursday, March 26–Tuesday, April 21. View the casual bistro menu with prices: Bistro Menu Jan. 29. Reservations are required; email, call 786-2821, or stop by the café during business hours.