LLCC Board of Trustees welcomes new faculty; hears update on college’s Trutter Museum

The LLCC Board of Trustees welcomed new faculty and heard an update on the college’s Trutter Museum at its August meeting Wednesday evening.

New faculty are:

Conway GretchenGretchen Conway, Springfield, assistant professor, occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program has served as a fieldwork educator with LLCC OTA students for 10 years. She is a registered occupational therapist and has worked with adult, acute-care patients in oncology, orthopedics, neurology and bariatrics in inpatient, out-patient, rehabilitation and home-care settings. She has specialty certifications in such fields as neuronet and sensory integration and has written for multiple professional publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in occupational therapy, both from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Lothary BrittaBritta Lothary, Chatham, instructor in nursing, is an experienced nurse practitioner with a clinical focus in caring for acutely ill cardiovascular patients. She has taught at LLCC as a temporary faculty member and as a clinical adjunct instructor. Prior to coming to LLCC, she taught at Maryville University in St. Louis. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an adult nurse practitioner degree from Maryville University.

Range AdrienneAdrienne Range, Chatham, instructor in biology, taught high school biology for 10 years, including anatomy and physiology for dual college and high school credit. She has also taught the subject at LLCC as an adjunct instructor. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Illinois College and a master’s degree from the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn. She also coached girls’ high school basketball for eight years.

Snyder GregGregory Snyder, Springfield, instructor in chemistry, taught at LLCC as an adjunct instructor for a total of three years. He attended LLCC, earned his bachelor of science from the University of Kentucky-Lexington and a master’s from Purdue University, studying nonlinear optics.

Board Chair Craig Findley commented on the new hires, “It is a credit to the college that we continue to attract such high quality faculty.”

Also last night, Janet Semanik, development specialist with the LLCC Foundation, updated trustees on the college’s Trutter Museum, which she coordinates. The museum, which opened to the community in 2004, was made possible through a gift from the estate of local architect L. Philip Trutter. He and his wife, Kathryn, travelled the world 10 times and donated their many treasured artifacts to LLCC, along with a $1.6 million gift to establish and maintain the collection, as well as establish a scholarship for students in healthcare related fields.

The Trutter’s World Heritage Collection includes hundreds of artworks, including signed prints by Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, along with thousands of slides, postcards, furniture, jewelry, coins and currency from their travels around the world. Since its opening, the museum has presented five exhibits, with the sixth, “Small World,” set to open with a reception on Friday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m. “Small World” will feature many of the Trutter Collection’s small items, as well as big and bold art pieces, and works by LLCC’s art faculty.