14th annual Banned Books Readings Oct. 2

The LLCC 14th annual Banned Books Readings will be held Friday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the LLCC-Springfield campus.

LLCC students, faculty and staff will read from various books that were banned at some time. The public is invited to attend.

The event is held in observance of Banned Books Week, held nationally to celebrate the freedom to read and free and open access to information.

More information is available from organizer Dr. Deborah Brothers, LLCC professor of English, at 786.4966.

Tickets now available for LLCC Theatre’s “Your Swash is Unbuckled” Nov. 11-13 at Hoogland

LLCC Theatre will present “Your Swash Is Unbuckled” by Jeff Goode, a collection of short, humorous plays featuring swashbuckling, sword-swinging action, on Nov. 11, 12 and 13. Curtain time is 8 p.m. in the Hoogland Center for the Arts Theatre III.

Three of the plays are world-premieres, authored by Goode just for LLCC Theatre under the direction of Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre.  Read more here.

Eat at Bob Evans and help raise $$ for an LLCC Foundation scholarship fund

The LLCC Foundation will be the beneficiary of a scholarship fundraiser by the Springfield Civic Garden Club on Oct. 2, 3, 4 and 5. For all those eating at a Bob Evans restaurant in Springfield (4221 Conestoga Dr., near Meijer and 3050 Stevenson Dr.) on those dates, Bob Evans will donate cash for 15 percent of all food orders, including eat-in or carryout, to the LLCC/SCGC scholarship fund. You will need to print a copy of this flier, BobEvansFlyer2015, for each guest check. All are welcome to participate, but MUST take a copy of the flier to the restaurant and present it at the time of check-out. The scholarship is open to LLCC students in the horticulture, landscape design, turf management and environmental-related programs.

In the news

Scott Stallman, associate vice president, LLCC outreach, was interviewed Thursday, Sept. 24 on WTIM (96.3 FM/870 AM). He discussed upcoming community education courses, new spring classes being offered in Taylorville and the value of community colleges.

Get a free flu shot and a $50 VISA card for participating in the annual Wellness Screening

There are plenty of appointments still available for the annual wellness screening and flu shot clinic for all benefit-eligible employees to be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. See the detailed wellness screening guide 2015 LLCC Wellness Screening Guide with specific information on how to register for the screening. If you are not available Oct. 13 to participate in an on-site screening, there are limited options available. We are unable to offer a makeup date this year. Remote screening through a LabCorp facility is still an option. Unfortunately, the only facility in a 50-mile radius of the main campus is in Decatur, IL. Refer to the attached guide for more information.

All employees and their spouses who are currently enrolled in a LLCC health insurance plan will receive the basic screening FREE OF CHARGE as well as receive a free flu shot! Sign up early to get the appointment of your choice. If a time you are looking for isn’t available when you register, complete your registration and come back to the website at a later date to see if any time slots become available.

Each employee who participates in the wellness screening will also receive a $50 VISA gift card…just for participating!

Call Nicole Ralph with any questions at 6-2342.

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A-Team meets today at noon

The A-Team will meet today from noon-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. 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.

Dr. Ashley Green presents at Illinois History Conference

Dr. Ashley Green, assistant professor, English, and Writing Center coordinator, presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Illinois History Sept. 24-25 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Sponsors for the conference included the Illinois Historic Preservation Society and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Dr. Green participated in a panel with MacMurray faculty, Philosophy Professor Dr. Eric Berg, History Professor Dr. Chris Strangeman and English Professor Dr. Jeannie Zeck. The panel, “What is the Place of the Humanities?,” offered discussion on the importance of the humanities in building a better society and preparing students better for workforce success.

Dr. Eric Berg spoke about the importance of philosophy in teaching students how to think analytically and critically about their world; in addition, he believes philosophy helps students understand the why behind social and healthcare policies. Dr. Strangeman spoke to the importance of history in helping individuals feel a part of a historical continuum and global community. Dr. Zeck talked about the importance of literature, poetry and theater as a way to understand the human experience and develop a greater sense of empathy. Dr. Green discussed the significance of figurative language as a vehicle by which trauma victims can communicate their experience. Trauma, by definition, eludes articulation and full understanding. Dr. Green argued that through the use of figurative tools, a traumatized individual can best process his/her experience, express it to society and, finally, come to fully understand the traumatic event and integrate it with his/her identity.

In the news

Dave Pietrzak, program director for aviation, was interviewed by the State-Journal Register Sept. 25 for this story on Standard Aero’s expansion and opportunities for LLCC aviation mechanics students.