LEAGUE grant applications due today

LEAGUE grant applications are due to the LLCC Foundation by 5 p.m. today. Access grant guidelines as well as the application and budget worksheet at www.llccfoundation.org/educational-support.

Faculty and staff make these grants possible through their generous giving to the annual faculty and staff campaign each spring known as LEAGUE. The LLCC Foundation will award approximately $10,000 as a direct result of the success of the annual faculty and staff campaign.

Donations to the LEAGUE campaign support LLCC students through the LEAGUE grant program, scholarships and other funds, including the “Pay It Forward” fund that helps students with emergent needs. Each year approximately 40 percent of LLCC faculty and staff support the LLCC Foundation through this campaign. Our thanks to our generous faculty and staff for contributing more than $53,000 to the 2017 LEAGUE campaign!

Awards will be announced at the LEAGUE kickoff on Mar. 28. Please contact the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785 for more information.

Teaching Generation Z workshop today

Meet students where they live — in the digital world. Join LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning today from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room for the first session in their Innovative Teaching Series: Teaching Generation Z. Learn specifically which students make up Generation Z, the ways in which you can use internet and digital platforms in your classroom to teach this generation of students and ways in which you can help students make connections between your classroom, their personal lives and their workplace. Register at http://bit.ly/2EYvCzA. Note: Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program can receive two points for successful completion of this workshop.

If you are unable to attend the workshop in person, you can join via Facebook Live! Like the LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning Facebook page to receive a notification as soon as the live presentation is started.

In the news

Nancy Sweet, director, culinary program and operations, was interviewed Jan. 30 for the A La Carte column in this Sunday’s State Journal-Register. She discussed the reopening of Bistro Verde next Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, is the author of this week’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Thinking outside the box lunch.”

Coffee, hot chocolate and tea sale today

The LLCC Dance Club: Express Your Seoul is selling 16-ounce cups of coffee, hot chocolate and tea for $2.50 today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the A. Lincoln Commons rotunda. Refills are only $1! Snacks, including granola bars and trail mix, will also be available for $1.

There will be different flavored creamers to choose from — peppermint mocha, caramel macchiato, chocolate mocha and more. You can also add toppings to your hot chocolate. Pick up a cup of joe today, and support your LLCC dancers!

Closing reception for Michelle Coakes’ “A Fire Within” Feb. 1

Fishscale Bulbous Jar by Michelle CoakesThe James S. Murray Gallery is currently featuring the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” through Feb. 1. All are invited to a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new.

The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

This week’s LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning workshops

This week, LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning is offering the workshops listed below.

Navigating and Using the Blackboard Grade Center
Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator

Thursday, Feb. 1, 1:30–2 p.m. in Menard Hall 2260
This workshop provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the Grade Center tool.  Participants will first experience the student perspective by exploring the My Grades tool and becoming familiar with how grades will appear to their own students.  Then, turning to the instructor perspective, you will learn how to navigate the Grade Center and customize it to suit your needs.  Next, you will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades.  Finally, you will learn how to enter and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.
Register for this session at http://bit.ly/2CFNFx1.
*Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program can receive one point for successful completion of this workshop.

Teaching Generation Z
Colin Suchland, Ph.D., professor, sociology

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room
Join us for the first session of the Innovative Teaching Series with light refreshments. Learn specifically which students make up Generation Z, the ways in which you can use internet and digital platforms in your classroom to teach this generation of students and ways in which you can help students make connections between your classroom, their personal lives and their workplace.
Register at http://bit.ly/2EYvCzA.
*Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program can receive two points for successful completion of this workshop.

End-of-month deposits due today before noon

The deadline to submit your deposits to the LLCC Finance Department is today, Jan. 30 before noon. Please hand the deposit to Elyse Calhoun, Nichole Coffey or Robin Ackman as monies should not be left unattended.

As a reminder, if you’ve taken in funds, it is necessary to submit them and corresponding deposit slips to the finance department on a daily basis.

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

Our sympathy to Jan Szoke

We extend our condolences to Jan Szoke, program director, respiratory care, on the passing of her father, Ross Jennings, Jan. 27 in Warrenton, Ore. A memorial service will be planned for this summer.