Update on bluebird houses

In August, Tony Rothering, professor of biology, worked with Boy Scout Troop 210 to install 29 bluebird houses on the LLCC campus in Springfield. The undertaking was Zach Rothering’s Eagle Scout project, a memorial to Kay Rothering, LLCC alum. As of yesterday, May 12, we have 15 of the 29 boxes actively being used by one of the following species: Eastern Bluebird (six nests), House Sparrow (five nests), Tree Swallow (three nests) and Black-capped Chickadee (one nest). Within these 15 nests, there are currently a collective total of 50 eggs and five hatchlings/fledglings. It is also worth noting that a box just south of Montgomery Hall had a bluebird brood of four fledglings that successfully left the nest sometime over the past week. We should continue to see activity throughout the summer as bluebirds have multiple broods within a breeding season. Below are a few photos of the eggs/young.

bluebird eggs

Bluebird eggs

bluebird hatchling and eggs

Bluebird hatchling and eggs

bluebird fledgling

Bluebird fledgling

chickadee nest and eggs

Chickadee nest and eggs


New “Moving Forward” video

View the following 30-second video in the college’s new “Moving Forward” marketing campaign! It has been posted on the LLCC website and social media and will soon be seen on TV and in mobile ads.

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LLCC Financial Aid offers “Moving Forward” FAFSA and financial aid assistance

I heart FA. FAFSA Completion Assistance Now Available Virtually Through Zoom!LLCC’s financial aid office is offering free, personalized financial aid assistance and help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Current and future LLCC students are invited to schedule a one-on-one, “Moving Forward” Zoom meeting with a financial aid advisor any weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 217-786-2237 or emailing financial.aid@llcc.edu.

“We know many students and families have questions about financial aid, and we are here to help them keep moving forward in obtaining financial assistance for college,” said Alison Mills, director of LLCC Financial Aid. “We have experts available for personalized and confidential assistance with the FAFSA and other financial aid questions.”

Recognition of nursing students

Yesterday wrapped up National Nurses Week, and LLCC recognized nursing students in the social media video below. LLCC-trained nurses are “always ready to accept challenges, adaptable, flexible and persevere to take care of their patients,” says Dr. Sonja Harvey, LLCC associate dean, nursing.

Tech Tip: How to blur or change backgrounds in a video conference

You can blur or change your background while participating in a Teams or Zoom video conference meeting.

Change your background during a meeting in Teams

If you want to change what appears behind you in a video conference, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely using the background effects feature. This feature is only available in scheduled meetings.

Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting participants.

  1. To alter your background after you’ve already joined a meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More actions > Show background effects.
  2. Select Blur to blur your background or choose from the available images to replace it.
    1. You’ll be able to preview your chosen background to see how it looks before you apply it.

Note: If you don’t see Show background effects as an option in the menu, the feature might not be available on your device or web browser in use.

Change your Zoom background on the desktop app

  1. In the Zoom app, click your profile in the top right corner, and click Settings.
  2. On the menu to the left, click Virtual Background.
  3. You’ll see a few default background options provided by Zoom, including an outer space scene or blades of grass. You can choose one of those by clicking on it, and it will automatically change your screen as well. There’s also an option for if you have a green screen and want to use that.
  4. If you want to upload a photo to use as your background, on the same Virtual Background Page, click the + icon next to where it says Choose Virtual Background. A box will pop up allowing you to upload a photo from your computer. Click on the one you want, and it will appear alongside the other pictures as an option for you to choose from.
  5. To get rid of any photos you upload, tap the X in their top left corner.

Read more: Zoom, Skype, FaceTime: 11 great tips to make video calls actually fun

Change your Zoom background on the mobile app

  1. When you log in to your account and join a meeting, tap the three dots at the bottom right of the screen to open the More menu.
  2. Tap Virtual Background.
  3. Select a background from the default options or upload your own.
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