In the news

Dr. Carmen Allen, interim dean of business and computer technology, was interviewed by WICS/FOX Illinois about cybersecurity and privacy issues related to voice-controlled technology.

Bob Howard, director, truck driver training, was interviewed  yesterday for an article in the Springfield Business Journal on the national truck driver shortage and LLCC’s truck driver training program.

Lynn Whalen, executive director of public relations, was interviewed for an upcoming story in the Springfield Business Journal on steps LLCC is taking to train and retain young people in the Springfield area after graduation from high school.

Thank you from Joe Hoff

I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughtful cards and very kind words. I was very moved by the donations made in my mom’s name by LLCC and my ARHM colleagues to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Belleville Humane Society. And I know my mom would have been very moved as well. So, a heartfelt thank you.

Joe Hoff, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish

Welcome to Marlo Davis!

Marlo DavisPlease join us in welcoming Marlo Davis, a building custodian for the college. He recently graduated from the LLCC electrical distribution lineman program and also took part in the HIRE education construction program. Marlo can be reached at marlo.davis@llcc.edu. Welcome!

Summer hours begin next week

Summer hours. LLCC is open Monday-Thursday, May 20-Aug. 8. Regular hours of operation resume Aug. 12.
The college will be closed on Fridays during the 12 weeks of summer beginning Friday, May 24, 2019 and ending on Friday, August 9, 2019. Please see the attached memo from LLCC Human Resources regarding the upcoming summer hours schedule.

Summer Hours 2019

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Health insurance presentation slides available; open-house session May 15

On May 7, a presentation was given on changes to health insurance plans effective July 1, 2019.  The slides from the presentation have been uploaded to the HR Portal site.  You also have an opportunity on Wednesday, May 15 to speak with a representative from our third-party administrator who can answer questions about our health insurance plans, specific claims, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts. She will be available, open house-style, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the HR Conference Room.

Note about the online enrollment checklist

On May 6, a system email from Lincoln Land Community College was sent to all benefit-eligible employees, prompting you to login and complete the FY20 Open Enrollment Checklist. This checklist contains a series of online forms to be completed for open enrollment by June 6, 2019. One required form is for health savings account contributions. This is a required form, even if you are not on the high deductible plan and do not have a health savings account. If the form does not apply to you, simply fill in the required fields and indicate $0.00 for contributions. We must have this form available for everyone in the event that an Open Access Plan participant wishes to change to the High Deductible Plan.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HR office for assistance.

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Transition to electronic time sheets

Exciting payroll changes are coming to LLCC! Effective May 16, 2019, we will transition from paper time sheets to electronic time sheets using Etrieve.

To incorporate the end of the Spring semester, student workers and Federal Work Study students can fill out paper time sheets to include dates worked through Friday, May 17. The last day paper time sheets will be accepted is Friday, May 17. All future dates worked should be submitted by the student using the Etrieve electronic time sheet.

All other individuals who submit time sheets will begin using the new Etrieve forms on May 16.

The Etrieve software can be accessed from the My LLCC webpage (select “Etrieve for Employees” link under the Faculty/Staff Resources menu) or by using the desktop shortcut. More information, including instructional videos and written directions, can be found on the Payroll Department’s SharePoint page.

Flooring and construction work begins May 20

Starting on Monday, May 20 contractors will be working in Menard Hall, Sangamon Hall and Cass Gym. Flooring in the lower level of Menard Hall, including the student union and the hallways around Student Life, Quiznos, bookstore and IT areas, will be affected by this work. Access to Quiznos, bookstore and Student Life will be maintained at all times. Be aware that using an alternate stairway or door to access these areas might be necessary throughout construction. In Sangamon Hall, minor flooring work will be occurring in the northeast corner of the second floor near the study lounge. In Cass Gym, the entry lobby, classroom and all three stairways will be affected by construction and will be unavailable at various times during the construction. We anticipate that this work will continue through early August. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tim Ervin at 786-9605 or at tim.ervin@llcc.edu.

Dean Butzow publishes article in National Council of Geographic Education journal

Dean Butzow, professor of geography, wrote the article, “Using Sense of Place in the Classroom” for the National Council of Geographic Education (NCGE) journal, The Geography Teacher.  In the summer of 2017, Dean was selected to participate in NCGE’s Geocamp Iceland for educators in the U.S. The article was published in a special issue of The Geography Teacher, centered around using lessons learned in Iceland as a focus in our geography classes. Dean gave a presentation on his article at the Illinois Geographical Society Conference on April 27 in Dubuque, Iowa.

In the community

Jolene Lamb, coordinator, Culinary Institute, participated in a cooking demo May 10 with the Central Illinois Food Bank, preparing an asparagus, snap pea and radish salad at Sam’s Club. Look for her recipe in Wednesday’s Epicuriosity 101 column!