Teen Career Launch

Caring for patient in ambulanceThe teens in the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois’ Career Launch spent yesterday afternoon on campus learning about a variety of careers in health professions! They were welcomed in the opening session by Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president, and Dr. Cynthia Maskey, dean of health professions. The teens then had the opportunity to follow a patient’s lifesaving story from a mock accident and trauma bay to surgery and then inpatient hospital care. All the while, they were learning more about how health professionals care for the patient along the way.

Those assisting with the afternoon program included: Lori Badgley, Gaye Catlin, Sharon Cheek, Sandra Chvala, Cassandra Clifton, Nick Ferreira, Dr. Lesley Frederick, Dr. Sonja Harvey, Don Kallembach, Diane Liesen, Janelle Murphy, Cindy Smock, Jan Szoke, Chris Tople and two LLCC paramedic students, John Barber and Chadd Butz. Career Launch will continue on Monday afternoons at LLCC through July 30.

Dr. Warren with Career Launch teensDr. Maskey with Career Launch teensEMTs at scene of accidentRadiographyRespiratory CareOperating roomNeurodiagnostic TechnologyOccupational Therapy Assistant

In the news

Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, recently spoke on World War I and the Battle of Hamel at the Illinois State Military Museum. He was quoted by the State Journal-Register and was interviewed by WAND and the Illinois Times.

Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise  

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.

Sweet corn is ready!

LLCC Agriculture has grown sweet corn this summer and invites college employees to share in the harvest. The patch of corn, which is accessible from Toronto Road, is shorter than the field corn and has been marked on either side with yellow flags. Faculty and staff are welcome to pick some sweet corn and take home to enjoy!

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Thanks from Tony Rothering

I wish to express my appreciation to all who have offered condolences in regards to my mom’s passing. She was a proud graduate of LLCC (2003), and she always spoke highly of her experiences here. My mom instilled in me a love of birds that has truly shaped my life. As a memorial to her (and her love for bluebirds), we will be establishing a bluebird trail (20-25 nest boxes) at LLCC. They will be placed around the edges of the various on-campus, restored prairies. I appreciate the LLCC Foundation working with us on this project as all memorial donations will be directed toward the construction and placement of the nest boxes. We hope to have the boxes up by next year’s bluebird breeding season. I really couldn’t ask for a better tribute to my mom.

Tony Rothering, professor of biology

Notice regarding FY ’19 salary increases

For all non-union staff – At the June 27 LLCC Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees approved a 2 percent salary increase for all non-union staff hired prior to Jan. 1, 2018. All staff hired on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will be eligible for a 1 percent increase. For individuals in grant-funded positions, the salary increase will be dependent upon availability of funds. Increases will be effective July 1, 2018. Further adjustments may occur when the FY ’19 budget is finalized and collective bargaining concludes. Please watch for communication of your 2019 Salary Notification Memo to come from LLCC Human Resources before the July 15 payroll.

For facilities services union staff – Per the terms of the current contract, all unit members who were employed during FY 2018 will receive a 2 percent increase effective July 1, 2018. Further adjustments may occur when the FY ’19 budget is finalized and collective bargaining concludes. Please watch for communication of your 2019 Salary Notification Memo to come from LLCC Human Resources before the July 15 payroll.

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKey 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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College For Kids in July

The traditional sessions of College for Kids start today, July 9! It is the first of three unique week-long enrichment programs occurring July 9-12, July 16-19 and July 23-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students who have completed grades K-8 will be on campus taking courses such as LEGO Explorers, Space Is the Place, American Sign Language, Backyard Ballistics, Full STEAM Ahead and Powerful Potions!

In the news

Dr. Karla Ivankovich, LLCC alum and 2018 recipient of the Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award from ICCTA, wrote yesterday’s LLCC essay in the State Journal-Register entitled, “Pay it forward: A lesson learned at LLCC.”

Lincoln Land Community College was the answer to a question on the July 3 episode of Jeopardy! In the Capital Colleges and Universities category, the $400 question was “What is Springfield?” So far, the LLCC Facebook post about this has reached over 17,000 people and received 173 likes and 131 shares.

The State Journal-Register‘s Best of Preps Baseball Player of the Year, Justin Beggs from Williamsville, will be attending LLCC and playing Logger baseball! In his senior year as catcher for the Bullets, he helped lead them to a 23-9 record and 2A regional title.