LLCC honored with 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award

Dr. Judy JozaitisLLCC has been named one of 22 organizations across the state to win a 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award. From global corporations to small specialized businesses, the Illinois Sustainability Awards recognize significant achievements toward keeping the state’s economy green and going strong. LLCC was recognized for its commitment to sustainable campus operations. Dr. Judy Jozaitis, LLCC vice president of workforce development and community education accepted the award at a Chicago ceremony hosted by the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center – Prairie Research Institute.

Energy efficient upgrades to LLCC campus facilities have included installing roof top solar panels (also used for educational purposes), replacing aged boilers and chillers with high efficiency units, replacing constant volume air handlers with variable air volume handlers, replacing windows with energy efficient models and installing energy management systems.

The college adopted the use of 26 green cleaning products and switched all vending machines to Energy Star compliant models. The college paper reduction project has reduced paper usage across the campus by an average of 13 percent. Communal garden space has grown to 42 garden beds, two bee hives and two high tunnel greenhouses used to raise vegetables throughout the year.

In addition, 15 acres of native prairie landscapes at LLCC replaced high maintenance grass and created habitats for native wildlife. The native plant species added to the grounds provide learning opportunities for biology and environmental students. Establishing the prairies saved money, time and an estimated 200 gallons of gas, formerly used for mowing, annually.

LLCC’s “Haunted Lab” attracts budding scientists

The fifth annual “Haunted Lab,” sponsored this year by the LLCC Chemistry Club and LLCC Quiz Bowl Team, was another success, with at least 130 attendees and lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” expressed. LLCC students, under the direction of chemistry professors Dr. Michael Ramm and Jennifer Ramm, demonstrated scary science experiments and even did a bit of ghost hunting.

Fifth annual "Haunted Lab" at LLCC

Your gift helps many community service agencies

United WayMercy Communities. American Red Cross, South Central Chapter. Contact Ministries. Senior Services of Central Illinois. Sojourn Shelter and Services. United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln. Compass for Kids. These are a few of the United Way of Central Illinois Funded Programs you can assist by donating to the Employee Giving Program administered by United Way. Please check your LLCC mailbox for a letter from President Charlotte Warren, a complete list of funded programs and your pledge form. Return the form to your representative listed below by Friday, Nov. 10. Everyone who fills out a form on or before Nov. 7 (Professional Development Day) will be entered in a drawing for a number of gift cards. You’ll also receive a sticker for a jeans day of your choosing. Thank you for considering a gift to LLCC’s community giving program through United Way.

Melissa Franzen, Professional Staff, Menard Hall 1157, 786-2228
Nicole Ralph, Administrative Staff, Menard Hall 786-2342
Leanne Roseberry, Classified Staff, Library, 786-2361
Tara Walk, Faculty, Sangamon Hall 1109, 786-4935

This week’s LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning workshops

This week, LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning is offering the workshops listed below. Please note that registration is required for all sessions, other than open labs.

ZogoTech Open Lab – Tuesday, Oct. 31, noon-2 p.m. in S0119
Are you a current ZogoTech user? If so, you can drop by this open lab to ask questions and get help with your data projects.

Forget Scantron: A new (and better) way to grade has arrived – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2-3 p.m. in S0119
ZipGrade is a technology that utilizes the computer and the camera on your cell phone to make grading and analysis a breeze. We’ll learn how to set up a ZipGrade course, grade exams, identify problem questions through item analysis, quickly re-grade if an item was miskeyed or tossed and disseminate grades to Blackboard and students. Click here to register

A list of all courses, detailed descriptions and registration information can be found at

BSU open mic night Oct. 31

The LLCC Black Student Union is hosting an open mic night today, Oct. 31 in A. Lincoln Commons from 5-7:30 p.m. Open mic night is a social event sponsored by the BSU where LLCC students and staff have a platform to openly express their voice and talents through poetry, singing, dance, instrumental solos and spoken word. Come showcase your talents and let your voice be heard!

Culinary-focused trip to Italy

Culinary trip to ItalyLLCC Culinary Arts is planning a two-week, culinary-focused trip to Italy May 27-June 10, 2018, which is open to students and the community. Tomorrow, Nov. 1, is the deadline to make the deposit that secures plane ticket costs. Interested individuals should contact Nancy Sweet, director of LLCC culinary operations and programs, at 649-0798 or

View the trip brochure and information sheet.

The trip, in conjunction with Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, will travel to three areas: the Marche region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea; the food valley area of Modena and Parma, located in the Emilia-Romagna region and known for prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese; and finally the city of Rome, the capital of Italy.

While there, various classes will be held in Italian language, culture and culinary heritage and tradition of Italy. This culinary immersion will also include meeting with culinary experts, local wine and food producers, restaurant owners and culinary entrepreneurs. Excursions to destinations with high artistic interest and natural beauty around Italy will provide a well-rounded perspective of Italian life and culture.

Deadline to submit end of month deposits is today before noon

The deadline to submit your deposits to the LLCC Finance Department is today, Oct. 30, before noon.  As a reminder, if you’ve taken in funds, it is necessary to submit them and corresponding deposit slips to the LLCC Finance Department on a daily basis.

Please hand the deposit to Elyse Calhoun or Robin Ackman as monies should not be left unattended. 

If you have questions, please contact LLCC Student Accounts at 217-786-2480.  Thank you!


Epicurean Halloween sales pick-up Monday Oct. 30

As a reminder, the LLCC Epicurean Club will be in A. Lincoln Commons for Halloween sales pick-up today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All items will also be on sale for cash and carry, or checks can be made out to LLCC. Oreo popcorn, decorated cookies and decorated chocolate-dipped pretzel rods are a few of the items featured in the sale. All proceeds will benefit the club to further their knowledge of the culinary world!

Halloween Sale order forms

In the news

Dee Krueger, director, LLCC-Taylorville, was interviewed on the WTIM Morning Talkshow on Thursday, Oct. 26.  She talked about the programs featured in the latest FORWARD; spring classes being offered at LLCC-Taylorville, including the criminal justice classes that will be utilizing the new crime lab; and other upcoming events.