Sick Bank open enrollment starts today!

Lincoln Land Community College offers a staff sick leave bank to all classified, professional and administrative, benefit-eligible staff. The sick leave bank can provide extended sick leave to members who are unable to work due to a personal or immediate family illness or injury. If you would like to join the sick bank for the first time OR you would like to donate additional days, please complete the attached form. If HR does not receive a form from you, your sick bank status will not change. Forms are due Aug. 2!

Open Enrollment Form FY19

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Welcome Week volunteers needed

LLCC Public Relations and Marketing is looking for volunteers to assist at the welcome table in A. Lincoln Commons Aug. 20-24 during the first week of fall classes. Help students get a great start to the fall semester by answering their questions and providing directions.

To sign up, add your name to this Welcome Week sign up sheet or contact Amy Flynn at

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2019 tentative budget

The 2019 tentative budget is now available in Colleague for viewing, and requisitions for purchases and blankets can now be entered. The Tentative Budget will be placed on public display at the July LLCC Board of Trustees meeting. A balanced budget will be presented as required by the LLCC Board.

Some things to know about this year’s budget:

  • FY19 budget includes recommended increases in salary and Board approved benefit allocations for FY19. HR will send notification to staff regarding current approved salary increases.
  • The State of Illinois approved a budget for FY19 which includes an appropriation to community colleges.
  • Approved Budget Maintenance and Planning Strategies with funding are included in the budget and available in Colleague.
  • The final documents from the FY19 planning and budgeting process, including approved tech fee & Perkins appropriations, are now posted on the LLCC Finance Department’s SharePoint page. Refer to the document titles that include “by Requestor” for ease in finding your individual items.
  • Additional adjustments may be necessary between now and the adoption of the final budget at the September board meeting.
  • Budget transfers will not be processed until the final budget is approved by the LLCC Board, and those adjustments are made in Colleague. However, if you do not have the necessary funds in your lines to process a payment or PO, a budget transfer must still be prepared and submitted to the budget office. Once the transfer is received and reviewed, we will override the account and will process the transfer once the final budget is online.

It is imperative that departments review their budgets during the year as you make purchases to ensure you are operating within your budget. Directions on running Colleague general ledger reports (ACBL, GLBR and GLBS) are located on the LLCC Finance Department’s SharePoint page. Please familiarize yourself with these reports as they will help tremendously in managing your budget appropriately. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact the LLCC Finance Department.

New look to PeopleAdmin

There will be a new look to the PeopleAdmin landing page effective July 17 that provides new features and a better user-interface. Please view the attached document for full details. Please contact Kirsten Taylor in HR with any questions.


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Blood drive today 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

100 days of summer. Every day, every donor, every patient counts.LLCC Student Life is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student union, located in the lower level of Menard Hall. All donors are asked to please eat before donation and present a photo ID. Walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call the Community Blood Center at 217-241-7550 or schedule online. All donors will receive a $5 gift card for Amazon or Subway!

Bicentennial series presentation Sunday, July 15

Join LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise.” Beginning with 1850s railroad construction, Illinois boomed as an agricultural and industrial powerhouse. Familiar brand names, from Wrigley chewing gum to Swift and Armour meat products, covered the nation. Looking at two specific industries, Mike Matejka will cover not only the business expansion, but the workplace tensions that followed.

Mike Matejka is the governmental affairs director for the Great Plains Laborers District Council, representing over 10,000 union laborers in central and northern Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. He is a vice-president of the Illinois Labor History Society and a past-president and board member of the McLean County Museum of History. He served 18 years on the Bloomington City Council and is involved in numerous civic and community groups. In 1984 he co-authored, with Greg Koos, “Bloomington’s C&A Shops: Our Lives Remembered,” an oral history collection with railroad shop workers, and in 2000, “Fiery Struggle: Illinois Fire Fighters Build a Union, 1901-1985.”

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS!

Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are now open! They will be accepted through Monday, July 16. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. Please use the Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form. The KUDOS awards will be announced July 25.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!

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Retirement potluck today for Hugh McNiece

Happy RetirementHugh McNiece, professor of mathematics, will be retiring at the end of the summer term. His colleagues in LLCC Mathematics and Sciences are hosting a potluck today, July 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sangamon 2306, and everyone is welcome to participate. Also, feel free to simply stop by and offer him congratulations and well wishes.

LLCC co-hosted Bread Camp for professionals

breadLLCC co-hosted the Springfield location of Spence Farm Foundation’s 2018 Bread Camp on Sunday, July 8. The event was planned and organized by Nancy Sweet, director of culinary programs and operations and Jolene Adams, coordinator, LLCC Culinary Institute. Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, cooked lunch for guests on Sunday at LLCC with produce from local community gardens. The event also included a farm tour in Pana and talks from industry experts and baking bread at Danenberger Family Vineyards.

Bread Camp class

Led by 2017 and 2018 James Beard Award Outstanding Baker nominee Greg Wade from Publican Quality Bread, students had an intensive two-day camp on baking, focusing on utilizing organic whole grains, the role of fermentation in baking, and bio-dynamic farm systems and their incredibly important role in the entire bread and grain supply chain.

Industry professional students learned from and networked with a variety of industry experts such as

  • Erika Chan – executive pastry chef at the Publican, Chicago
  • Jill Brockman-Cummings – miller, The Mill at Janie’s Farm, Ashkum
  • Keith Seiz  – The National Honey Board
  • Liz Moran Stelk – executive director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield
  • Fred and Carolyn Gerberding – local beekeepers
  • Jack Erisman – Erisman Farm, certified organic farm, Pana
  • Woody Woodruff – conservation expert, including soil and crop rotation, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield

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“In This Place” on display in Murray Gallery through July 26

"In This Place" by Will RedwoodThe James S. Murray Gallery is featuring the exhibit “In This Place” by local artist Will Redwood through July 26. The public is invited to view the exhibit Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on July 18 from noon to 1 p.m.

Through painting, “In This Place” captures the mood of personally meaningful places of being. “We each inhabit our own inner world of contemplation. In this place … we each take part in shaping what will be. We each have our own places of being,” explains Redwood. “These places are the subject of these paintings.”

The symbolism in his paintings conveys paradoxes experienced in life — loss and gain, joy and pain, growth and decay. “When I finish, the painting remains like a passage to that place of being,” says Redwood. “As we are each on a journey of our own, we are all together, and our experiences are often similar.”

Redwood is a painter and vector illustrator as well as the author of two independent storybooks. For six years, he also taught art for the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield. Redwood earned a degree in drawing and graphic design from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2003. Since then, he has continued to make and show art at various galleries, events and retail spaces.