Mac Squibb and Amanda Monke selected for Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team


Dr. Claire Gordon and Tim Humphrey (PTK advisors) Amanda Monke, Mac Squibb, Don Ecklund (PTK advisor)

Jonathan “Mac” Squibb of Chatham and Amanda Monke of Springfield were selected as Lincoln Land Community College’s representatives on the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team. Community colleges in Illinois select two students yearly for the prestigious honor. Honorees were recognized at a banquet in Springfield April 28, sponsored by the Illinois Community College System.

Squibb, a computer science and mathematics major, serves as president and founder of the LLCC Robotics Club. He also serves as president of the LLCC Honors Program and vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. During the summer, Squibb will be researching for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Sandia National Laboratories in California.

Monke, an English major, serves as president of the LLCC English Studies Club, which she reinstated in 2014. She also serves as the vice president of the LLCC Honors Program and a student representative on the Honors Council. Monke plans to transfer to Missouri Baptist University in the fall to pursue a degree in English.

Phi Theta Kappa is the leading academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. Students are eligible for membership with grade point averages of 3.5 or above.

Congratulations to 2000 NJCAA baseball championship team and former athletic director Dick Dhabalt

Congratulations to the 2000 NJCAA champion baseball team and Logger LOGOto Dick Dhabalt, former athletic director and sports coach for being inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.

Richard “Dick” Dhabalt had a successful and storied career in education and athletics. As a founding faculty member at LLCC, he served students with distinction for 25 years until his retirement in 1993. His tenure at the college includes 20 years as athletic director, 20 years as head men’s basketball coach and 25 years as an instructor of physical education and mathematics. In his first year with LLCC, Dick coached all sports including: basketball, baseball, track and tennis. During his time as athletic director, he developed 11 men and women athletic teams. He was selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association to serve as the Region IV assistant director and then director of Region XXIV. In 1991, the NJCAA inducted Dick into the Region XXIV Hall of Fame. He is an athlete Hall of Fame member at LLCC, as well as his alma mater, Bradley University. The Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award, recognizing a male and female athlete, was established at LLCC in February.

The 2000 baseball team filled with outstanding talent embodied what “team” really means. “Each one of the guys contributed to its success,” then-head coach Claude Kracik recalls. “It goes beyond talent and player caliber, however,” he says. An example of the team and coaches pulling together was during the season of the national championship win. Both Kracik and his wife lost parents during April of 2000. Kracik’s father passed away while the coach was at the winning game of the district tournament, and he was called away to Florida. According to Kracik, “LLCC was very fortunate to have assistant coaches at that time who carried on working with the players while I was away. Even though we were not the top seed in the national tournament that year, the team went on to take four straight games and win the championship displaying how with hard work, dedication, perseverance and true teamwork, they could be the best.”Fourteen of the 23 players went on to play at a four-year school, with five of those advancing to professional play.

Next KUDOS awards to be announced May 13

The next KUDOS award recipients will be announced May 13. Nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS image below or the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn.

The KUDOS award is an informal way to recognize the small and large ways Kudos logoour faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC. The person you nominate will receive a KUDOS certificate, with winners announced in LincIn, along with what they did to deserve the award. A nominator has the option for his/her name to be published or to remain anonymous in any LLCC correspondence. However, nominations must include the nominator’s name for the nominee to be recognized. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with the KUDOS award.

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In the news

Epicuriosity 101 this week is by Marnie Record, workforce specialist, who gives great tips for getting the most from your local Farmers’ Market.

Scott Stallman, executive director, LLCC-Taylorville and Litchfield/Hillsboro, and Jan Terry, retiring executive director, LLCC-Jacksonville and Beardstown, were interviewed this morning on WLDS about the upcoming transition in leadership.

Scott was also interviewed on WTIM April 23 regarding summer and fall classes and events.

CAS Testing Area hours for finals week

The Center for Academic Success Testing Area will be offering extended evening hours on Monday, May 11. On this day, the testing area will remain open until 7:30 p.m. to better accommodate students who need to make alternate final exam arrangements with their instructors. Testing area hours of operation for final exam week, as well as service hours for students requiring special final exam accommodations, are listed below.

CAS Testing Area hours – final exam week
Monday, May 11: 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15: No tests will be proctored

Students with disabilities who receive the accommodation of having their tests read and/or scribed may schedule appointments with an Academic Success Professional during the following times:
Monday, May 11: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15: No tests will be read or scribed

Please note: No tests will be proctored, read or scribed in the Center for Academic Success on Friday, May 15.

Faculty have until 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15 to retrieve their exams from the CAS testing area. Any exams remaining after 11:00 a.m. will be placed in faculty mailboxes. Please contact Julie Clevenger, if you have any questions.

Registrations still being accepted for Brian McMillen Run/Walk

Registrations are still being accepted for the 8th Annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk to be held Saturday, May 23. This year, we are providing a $5 discount to any Lincoln Land Community College student/faculty/staff member with a valid LLCC ID. To register:

Also, if you’d like to volunteer for the event please email Alison Mills at Any additional questions can be directed to Craig McFarland at We look forward to seeing you on May 23rd!

In the news

The unique partnership between LLCC’s bird banding program and Highway Construction Careers Training program was the subject of this story in the State Journal-Register April 25. Julie Rourke, Jim Betts and Tony Rothering were interviewed for the story. The SJ-R photographer also captured the release of a hawk by LLCC student Tyler Beckerman.

The Lamp’s editor Ryan Wilson was featured in a story April 26 in the State Journal-Register about the 13 awards recently won by LLCC’s student newspaper.

Enrollment open for health and dental insurance through June 4

The annual open enrollment process for health and dental insurance has begun and ends Thursday, June 4. You must go online (Online Enrollment Instructions) to complete the enrollment process if you are:
• changing plans;
• adding/dropping dependents;
• contributing to a medical and/or dependent care flexible spending account; and/or
• declining health insurance coverage.


If you are keeping your current LLCC health and dental insurance plans AND not adding/dropping dependents, there is nothing you need to do. Your current information will roll into the next plan year that begins July 1, 2015.

At its regular meeting on April 22, 2015, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the Open Access Plan and proposed premiums for the 2015-2016 plan year. To review a summary of health insurance changes and premiums for the new plan year, please click on the link below. A fact sheet about the Cadillac Tax under the Affordable Care Act has also been provided.

FY2016 Health/Dental Insurance Summary Memo
Affordable Care Act and the Cadillac Tax

For a complete schedule of benefits for each plan and important notices about your health insurance coverage, please click on the links below. Also, for those who are on the High Deductible Plan with a Health Savings Account, the designated form below will need to be completed and sent to the Human Resources Office.

Open Access Plan Schedule of Benefits
High Deductible Plan Schedule of Benefits
Vision Plan Schedule of Benefits
Important Notices About Your Insurance Coverage
Important Contact Information
HSA Contributions Form

Effective July 1, 2015, LLCC will be utilizing a new dental insurance carrier, Cigna. Employees enrolled in dental insurance effective July 1, 2015 will be mailed new dental insurance cards to their home. Please be on the lookout for the new cards as they will likely be mailed in a plain, non-descript envelope and may appear to be junk mail at first glance. Once you receive your new dental insurance card, please securely discard your old card. To review a schedule of dental benefits, please click HERE.

In compliance with the Affordable Care Act, LLCC has provided a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for each plan offered. This document, in a standard format, summarizes important information about each health coverage option to help you compare across options. This document is meant to help you compare plans. You may contact the Human Resources Office for a paper copy. Please refer to the Schedule of Benefits above for more specific plan information.

FY16 Open Access Plan SBC
FY16 High Deductible Plan SBC

If you have any questions as you make your health insurance decisions for FY16, please plan to attend one of the Q & A sessions listed in the summary memo above. You may also contact the Human Resources Office for questions and/or assistance.

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Last week to visit the WW I exhibit in the Trutter Center

This is the final week to view the special exhibit in the Trutter Center foyer, presented in conjunction with Dr. Chris McDonald’s book covernew book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’ — From the Front in a Ford.” The book is an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler. The exhibit will be up through Friday and features many of Mr. Hagler’s original letters written to his parents during the war, as well as some irreplaceable personal items.

The weather looks good for a lunchtime stroll around campus this week, so stop by the Trutter Center! For more on the exhibit, visit the Trutter Museum web page.

All proceeds from Dr. McDonald’s book sales benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler. The book is available in the LLCC Bookstore.