Nominate an outstanding student and leader for homecoming court

LLCC Student Life is sponsoring Homecoming 2020 the week of Feb. 17-22! We are looking for outstanding student leaders to serve on this year’s homecoming court. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to nominate current LLCC student. Nominations are due Monday, Feb. 3 by 5 p.m. Please submit your nominations through the homecoming nomination form.

Nominee must:

  • Be nominated by a student or faculty/staff member.
  • Be a current student at LLCC enrolled in at least six credit hours for the spring semester.
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Be in good conduct standing with LLCC.
  • Participate in homecoming activities week of Feb. 17, 2020, including being present for the games and the homecoming dance on the Feb. 22.
  • Not have been selected to be on past LLCC homecoming courts.
  • Qualifying nominees will be selected based on content of nomination form and campus Involvement.

The homecoming basketball games will be held Feb. 22, with the women’s game at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. in Cass Gym. The homecoming dance and coronation will take place Feb. 22, 9 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons.

Please contact with any questions.

ILCCO’s Growing Online Learning Conference Feb. 11-13

ILCCO’s Growing Online Learning Conference (delivered entirely online) is scheduled for Feb. 11-13, and registration is now open. Registration is required; however, this event is free and open to faculty and staff at all Illinois community colleges.

The theme this year is Growing Online Learning 2020: Humanizing the Online Environment: Increasing Instructor Presence and Enhancing Student Engagement. Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock of the California Community Colleges California Virtual Campus will be the keynote speaker and kick off the annual online conference on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 10-11 a.m.

Please see the conference program or visit the conference website for more information.

Register for Jan. 28 Inclusivity Series presentation

LLCC Inclusivity Speaker Series. Diversity, Inclusion, Identity, Community.The second speaker in the Inclusivity Series, Dr. Stephen John Quaye, will be facilitating sessions on intergroup dialogue on Jan. 28 in the Robert H. Stephens Room. The event will also be available via livestream. The sessions for faculty and staff include:

  • Noon-1 p.m. – Keynote presentation
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Facilitated workshop

Registration for the event (whether attending in person or via livestream) is requested. It is co-sponsored by the Campus Climate Team’s Safety and Inclusivity Workgroup, Student Life and TRIO.

Dr. Stephen John Quaye

In this presentation, participants will learn different terminology (e.g., privilege, power, oppression, intersectionality). In the workshop following the presentation, participants will learn dialogic skills for enabling them to engage in healthier cross-racial dialogues.

Dr. Quaye is associate professor in the higher education and student affairs program at Ohio State University and an associate editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Quaye focuses on understanding how students can engage difficult dialogues honestly and productively, as well as how storytelling is used as an educational tool to foster reflection and learning across differences. He also is interested in the strategies educators use to facilitate these dialogues and what they learn about themselves in the process.

Meditation and writing practice, starting Jan. 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for meditation and writing practice every other Saturday morning, starting tomorrow, Jan. 25, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library conference room located in the northwest corner of the main floor of our LLCC Library. Whether you want to journal or begin essays, short stories or poetry — the practice of meditation combined with free writing is a great way to begin, continue or invigorate your current writing practice. If interested, please bring a notebook and pen or tablet/laptop and any writing prompts you might want to use with the group.
Three of us met the first morning. We liked the following format, but we are also open to adapting and changing:
  1. Short, unguided meditation time
  2. Free write without a prompt
  3. Sharing what we wrote
As we build our writing practices, we may want to share writing via email, between meetings. Keep in mind this is optional. Some may just want to write when we get together and leave it at that.
We have also talked about mixing up the style and types of meditation. If you aren’t familiar with writing/meditating practice together,  you might want to check out “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. (A copy is available in the LLCC Library).
We are hoping to share this practice with more of the campus community. Please forward to folks you know — students, staff and faculty included — who you think may be interested, and let either of us know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Hope to see you on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.
– John Paul Jaramillo and Dr. Deborah Brothers, professors of English

Welcome Doc Usher

Douglas "Doc" UsherDouglas “Doc” Usher is a new a full-time training specialist for truck driver training at LLCC. He drove for TMC for seven years and mostly recently worked here at the college as a part-time trainer. Doc is a graduate of LLCC’s truck driver training program. He can be reached at Welcome, Doc!

Contest to name LLCC roads!

LLCC-Springfield mapHave you ever wanted to name a street? Here’s your chance! LLCC students, faculty and staff are invited to submit ideas for five road names on the Springfield campus, shown on the map in yellow boxes. The winning names will be selected by the President’s Cabinet, and five $50 VISA cards will be awarded for winning submissions. (If a road name is selected that was suggested by more than one person, a drawing will be held.) Submit your ideas by Friday, Jan. 31 to be eligible for prizes.

  1. Road just off the main entrance by the west prairie
  2. Road running north from Workforce Careers Center
  3. Road east of Trutter Center that runs from Montgomery Hall to Millennium Center
  4. Road in front of construction site for new Kreher Agriculture Center
  5. Road just south of grassy area between Cass Gym and Menard Hall

LEAGUE grant application deadline is approaching

Sara Hadlock

Thanks to donations from faculty and staff to the LEAGUE Campaign, students like Sara Hadlock at LLCC in Jacksonville, are able to use a laptop equipped with virtual interpreting services and closed captioning.

Applications for LEAGUE grants are due in the LLCC Foundation Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. Grant guidelines, the application and budget worksheet are available by contacting the Foundation at 786-2785 or by email at  Approximately $10,000 will be awarded at the LEAGUE kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, March 24.

Faculty and staff make these grants possible through their generous giving to the annual faculty and staff campaign each spring. Last year, Accessibility Services received funding to provide LLCC students in Jacksonville with a laptop equipped with virtual interpreting services and closed captioning. Thank you, faculty and staff, for making this happen!

If you have any questions, please contact the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785. Again, the application deadline is Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.

Nominations open for Pearson Master Teacher

The LLCC Foundation invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees to nominate an outstanding full-time, tenured faculty member for the 2020 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award. This award annually recognizes an exceptional faculty member’s professional contributions to LLCC. A faculty member may receive the award one time only.

Online nominations are currently open. LLCC students, faculty and staff may also log in to Blackboard to access the nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

For more information, stop by the LLCC Foundation on the first floor of Menard Hall, Room 1214, call 786-2785 or e-mail