In the news

Bill Harmon, agriculture program coordinator, wrote “LLCC Agriculture Program Fall 2019 Update” for the special farm section of the Taylorville Breeze Courier Sept. 15. Bill will also be interviewed Monday (today) by WTAX on the new Kreher Agriculture Center.

This week’s Academic Innovation and eLearning workshops

LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning is offering a variety of workshops this semester covering topics such as active learning, innovative teaching tools and internet accessibility/compliance, as well as multiple open labs for your convenience.

This week, the following workshops are being offered:

  • Online Student Authentication: BioMetric Signature ID – Monday, Sept. 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in S0119
  • Creating Internet Accessible Word Documents – Thursday, Sept. 26, 1-2 p.m. in S0119

For full descriptions and registration information, visit

VALIC rep on campus tomorrow

VALIC representative David Jones will be on campus tomorrow, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

LLCC officials broke ground for new Kreher Agriculture Center

L-R: Craig Findley, LLCC Trustee; Ken Elmore, Vice Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Vicki Davis, Trustee; Jeff Fulgenzi, Trustee; Aaliyah Kissick, Student Trustee; Gordon Gates, Secretary, Board of Trustees; Skye Kretzinger, Ag Club President; Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Wayne Rosenthal, Chair, Board of Trustees; Larry Hardy, Don Weinhoff, Robert Stuart, representing the Kreher Charitable Trust; Wyatt Banks, Professional Agricultural Student (PAS) representative LLCC officials broke ground yesterday on a new building for the study of agriculture. LLCC Board Chair Wayne Rosenthal announced that the new structure on the east edge of campus will be named the Kreher Agriculture Center, in honor of the late Charles and Irene Kreher.

The 19,750-square-foot, $7.5 million building is being funded by annual distributions from the Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust to the LLCC Foundation and is expected to open in the spring semester of 2021.

Rendering of the new Kreher Agriculture Center“This cutting-edge facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, student gathering spaces and a spacious, glassed-in expo area for ag simulators,” said Rosenthal. “The building will incorporate technology and active learning to prepare students for success in the 21st century workplace.”

LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., expressed excitement for the next step: a new facility. “But even more important are the people who will work and learn here. We have outstanding faculty and staff in our agriculture program. Our agriculture students are active and top notch. They continually bring home awards and recognitions that make us proud.”

LLCC Ag Club President Skye Kretzinger commented on the importance of the occasion. “Today is a major day for all of those who have, are or are going to be attending LLCC as an agriculture student. This new building signifies change and our future of agriculturists. Throughout this new building, students will be learning to become our next agronomists, animal nutritionists, land surveyors and much more; they will be becoming the future of agriculture.”

Also participating in the groundbreaking were LLCC Board of Trustee members Ken Elmore, vice chair; Gordon Gates, secretary; Dr. Vicki Davis; Craig Findley; Jeff Fulgenzi; and Student Trustee Aaliyah Kissick.

Unveiling of the new Kreher Ag Center renderingUnveiling the architectural rendering of the new building were Don Wienhoff, trustee of the Kreher Charitable Trust, along with trust representatives Bob Stuart and Larry Hardy, and Wyatt Banks, Professional Agricultural Student representative.

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Evelyn Brandt Thomas with LLCC ag students in front of Brandt carCrowd at groundbreakingLLCC ag students at groundbreakingHolly Bauman, Rich Teeter, Bill Harmon and Craig Beckmier

In the news

The groundbreaking for the new Kreher Agriculture Center was covered by WICS/FOX55 and WCIA TV news, WFMB/Sports Radio 1450, the State Journal-Register and The Lamp student newspaper. Interviewees were Wayne Rosenthal, chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president; Bill Harmon, ag program coordinator; Aaliyah Kissick, student trustee; Skye Kretzinger, Ag Club president; James Kemper, Demonica Kemper Architects; and Evelyn Brandt Thomas, major donor and longtime friend of LLCC Agriculture.

Sign up for “Take a Stand Tuesday” Oct. 1

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, all staff and faculty members are encouraged to join LLCC Compliance and Prevention in taking a stand against intimate partner violence — literally! Symbolic of our refusal to be passive bystanders of intimate partner violence in our community, we will have at least one person “taking a stand” in A. Lincoln Commons from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Using materials provided, participants are also encouraged to use this platform to engage willing passersby in healthy, constructive conversations about domestic and intimate partner violence, encouraging our campus community to “See the Signs, Say Something.”

Follow the instructions at the top of the “Take a Stand Tuesday” sheet to sign up for a time slot. Student club/organization advisors are encouraged to ask organization members to participate as well. Questions? Email

VALIC representative on campus Sept. 24

QR code for registration. Go to and enter registration code 6303SPR11ABVALIC representative David Jones will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

ALL and Illinois State Museum host “The Ripple” Sept. 22

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum invite the public to “The Ripple” on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. The presentation is part of the “Standing on Her Shoulders” speaker series being held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“The Ripple” will provide first-person interpreters portraying five Illinois women who each played a role in the quest for female suffrage: Mary Disseler as Mary Livermore, Mary Beth Maloney as Jane Addams, Kathryn Harris as Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Carly Shank as Grace Wilbur Trout and Cheri Beever as Betty Friedan.

The second portion of the program will feature contemporary women from differing backgrounds in a conversation about their experiences seeking equality. The women include: Roni Betts, retired financial analyst; Dr. Vicki Davis, LLCC trustee, Air Force retiree and educator; Vena Garrett, former owner of service businesses and educator; Barbara Rowe, initially a flight attendant, later an attorney and judge; and Dr. Qing Yang, anesthesiologist.