Italy trip informational meeting Monday

Tasty Italia International Travel Culinary Program. Urbania May 24 - June 7, 2020. Milano, Food Valley, San Eo Talamello, Urbino, Pesaro, Gubbio, Urbania.The LLCC Culinary and Hospitality Center of Excellence is planning a two-week trip to Italy May 24-June 7, 2020, which is open to students and the community. An informational meeting on the trip will be held Monday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. in Bistro Verde.

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 Milan in northern Italy.

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

Interested individuals unable to attend the informational meeting may contact Sheridan Lane, interim director, LLCC culinary program and operations, at 786-2494 or

VALIC representative on campus Tuesday

Register at Enter registration code 6303SPR11ABVALIC representative David Jones will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the VP conference Room of Menard Hall. To schedule a 30-minute appointment for an account review and to help you understand your options and new enrollments, go to and enter registration code 6303SPR11AB.

Thanksgiving baskets for the LLCC Food Pantry

LLCC Student Life is putting out a call to action — asking faculty and staff to help build Thanksgiving baskets for the LLCC Food Pantry. While the primary purpose of the food pantry during the year is to provide ready-to-eat meals for our students, this time of year the food pantry is looking specifically for items that can help an LLCC student provide a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for their family. These specialty items will be collected through Friday, Nov. 22.

Thank you to the LLCC Student Government Association for getting the baskets started with their recent food drive. Student Life is hoping to put together 10 to 15 baskets for LLCC students and their families. Right now there is enough to make about five baskets. Students that are interested in requesting a basket, can come to the food pantry during regular hours to fill out the form.

Here is a list of items that are needed. Please make sure these items are non-perishable.

  • Pumpkin pie or other pie filling
  • Graham cracker pie crusts
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Canned mix veggies
  • Cream of chicken, vegetable, celery
  • Boxed mash potatoes
  • Boxed stove top stuffing
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Gravy Mix

The food pantry is also in need of the following ready-to-eat items to help get us through the end of the semester:

  • Pop-tarts
  • Fruit cups/pudding
  • Microwavable ready-to-eat pasta meals (like Chef Boyardee)
  • Crackers
  • Hearty soups/stews
  • Soup/Chili/Beef stew in easy-peel open cans
  • Cup-o-Noodle or ramen noodle soup
  • Fruit snacks
  • Cereal bars
  • Hot cocoa packets

Training today on late enrollment for those on probation and suspension

There are some changes in deadlines and processes for late enrolling probation and suspension students for spring 2020. Training is being offered today, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1172, for all interested staff and faculty. Even if you attended the training for fall semester, you may want to attend again to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Additional dates for training:

  • Tuesday Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1165
  • Wednesday Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1165

Bistro To Go open today

Bistro Verde in the Workforce Careers Center
Bistro To Go, LLCC’s student-run café, is open today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The café, located in the Workforce Careers Center, offers takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and coffees prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students. View the fall 2019 menu.

Lunch orders can be placed in person, at 786-2821 or at Additional information and instructions on how to email your order can be found at Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted.

Bistro To Go is open just one more week for the fall semester (on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 21)!

Our sympathy to Tamie and Samuel Penning

We extend our condolences to Tamie Penning, application analyst, and Samuel Penning, system administrator II, on the unexpected passing of Tamie’s sister Melody Shacter of Minnesota. A memorial service is being planned and will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Nursing students inducted into Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society

On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019,  seven nursing students were inducted into the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society.  The students have excelled in their general education and nursing studies and completed a community service project. Family, friends and faculty gathered to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations!

Fall 2019 Alpha Delta Nu Honors Society inductees

Front (l-r): Nikki Johnson (vice president), Christine Weisbaum (president), Ayla Zueck and Suzzett McCarty Back (l-r): Whitney Swiney (secretary), Amanda Pasquale, Holly McGlothlin and Faculty Advisor Dr. Ana Till

Submit Community Education teaching proposals

LLCC Community Education is seeking highly motivated faculty, staff and community members who are interested in teaching topics of personal interest, current trends and/or subject expertise.

Please submit your fall 2020 course proposals by Dec. 13, 2019 at

If you are interested in sharing your time and talents as a community education instructor, please consider the following applicant criteria:

  • Possess knowledge and skill in proposed subject area.
  • Have passion and desire to share proposed topic with others.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and/or have teaching experience.

For additional information or to discuss class ideas, email or call 786-2430.

“Stuff the Stocking” event Dec. 2-13

StockingThe Student Services Administrative Assistant Peer 2 Peer Connections group is sponsoring a “Stuff the Stocking” event during the first two weeks of December, and you can be a part of this effort!

You will see large stockings hung in LLCC Student Life as well as in the Student Success hallway at the main campus and in the front office of each of the Outreach Centers. Each stocking will be waiting for donations of a new pair of warm socks, a hat, gloves or scarf. They can be hand crafted, knitted, crocheted or purchased, but please make them new.

Items will be given to LLCC students through LLCC Student Life and donated to local nonprofit organizations in Springfield, Taylorville, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Beardstown.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 2-13.

It’s a small thing, a scarf or pair of gloves, but there are many in our LLCC community who could use that simple little thing to help keep them warm during this winter season. Thank you for making someone’s holiday and the winter months a little warmer!

Stuff the Stocking” flyer