LLCC kicks off Community College Completion Corps (C4) initiative

LLCC kicked off an initiative yesterday to encourage all students to complete their degrees and certificates. Sponsored by the LLCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society, the Community College Completion Corps (C4) encourages students to sign a pledge card which signifies their commitment to complete their degree or certificate. Students can also sign a banner, which will be prominently displayed.

Claire Gordon, Ph.D., professor of speech and advisor to LLCC’s PTK chapter, introduced LLCC President Charlotte Warren at the ceremony, who spoke on the importance of completion. “LLCC students who complete their degree can expect to earn $843,000 more in their lifetime. Unemployment for community college graduates is 30 percent lower than for high school grads. Make a commitment to complete your degree. We are beside you all the way!”

LLCC faculty and staff were also encouraged to support students’ efforts to complete their degree or certificate. Employees become a “Completion Champion” when they sign an employee pledge card and the “Completion Champions” banner.

Representatives of PTK will also be in A. Lincoln Commons Dec. 3-5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to sign pledge cards and banners. More information is available at www.cccompletioncorps.org

ITDE workshops Today and Friday

Get In the Know About Asperger’s • Wednesday, Dec. 3,  2-4 p.m., SGMN0119
Facilitators: Linda Chriswell, accessibility services professional & Cara Swafford, associate professor, English

Over the last few years the number of students with Asperger’s attending college has grown significantly. This session will increase participants’ basic knowledge of this autism spectrum disorder, and increase their skills and comfort level in working with students who are diagnosed with Asperger’s. To register, click HERE.

Blackboard Open Lab • Friday, Dec. 5 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SGMN0119
Facilitators: Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator & Gary Bach, instructional technology specialist

Have you ever had questions about how to accomplish something in Blackboard but couldn’t attend a previously scheduled Blackboard workshop to ask? This monthly, drop-in open house session gives you the opportunity to get individual help with your questions. No registration is required.

 

Informal and Honors Recitals today

You are invited to hear talented LLCC music students in recitals today and this evening. The Informal Recital is at 4 p.m. and the Honors Recital is at 7 p.m., both in Menard Hall 2250.

In the news

Karen Sanders, executive director, LLCC Foundation, was interviewed Dec. 1 by WICS-TV regarding the gift the college received from the Russell L. and Thelma L. Kirchner Trust. Diane Clark, assistant director, public relations, was quoted in an SJ-R story about the gift from the trust.

TODAY: Attend PTK Completion Corps kickoff at 12:15 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the LLCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Community College Completion Corps (C4) kickoff  TODAY, Dec. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. Speakers will include LLCC President Charlotte Warren and representatives of PTK.

Attend and show your support for this effort to encourage and assist students in completing their LLCC degrees and certificates. Students are invited to sign pledge cards and a banner indicating their intention to complete. Faculty and staff can sign cards and a banner pledging to be champions for completion.

Refreshments will be served, and PTK will also have a table in the Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the rest of the week to sign up individuals for this important initiative.

LLCC Foundation receives $420,687 gift

Lincoln Land Community College Foundation was presented with a $420,687.07 gift Monday, Dec. 1. Micah Bartlett, president and CEO of Town and Country Bank, presented the check on behalf of the Russell L. and Thelma L. Kirchner Trust.

L to R - Karen Sanders, LLCC Foundation executive director; Micah Bartlett, president and CEO, Town and Country Bank; Ryan Murphy, LLCC Foundation board chairman; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president, LLCC; Jennifer Stice, senior trust officer, Town and Country Bank; Lori Smith, LLCC Foundation scholarship program coordinator; Katie Boston, LLCC student; Tom Gallagher, senior vice president, Town and Country Bank; and Jason Barth, LLCC Foundation board member

L to R – Karen Sanders, LLCC Foundation executive director; Micah Bartlett, president and CEO, Town and Country Bank; Ryan Murphy, LLCC Foundation board chairman; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president, LLCC; Jennifer Stice, senior trust officer, Town and Country Bank; Lori Smith, LLCC Foundation scholarship program coordinator; Katie Boston, LLCC student; Tom Gallagher, senior vice president, Town and Country Bank; and Jason Barth, LLCC Foundation board member

“With this gift, the Kirchner’s legacy of learning and love for education will continue and assist students,” stated Ryan Murphy, LLCC Foundation board chairman. The gift from the Kirchner Trust Agreement, the principal from the trust, is being used to establish the Russell L. and Thelma L. Kirchner Endowment Scholarship. The annual interest earned on the endowment will be used to fund several scholarships. The scholarships will help the LLCC Foundation fill an important need of the college’s district residents by offering financial assistance to students. The scholarships will be available for first-time and continuing students who are pursuing any program of study. “The Foundation’s goal is to continue to provide scholarships to target populations to meet the needs of district residents,” said Mr. Murphy.

Russell L. and Thelma L. Kirchner were very charitable in nature. They valued supporting higher education for area youth. While in Springfield, they owned the Colonial Motel on South MacArthur and the Spring Street Laundromat.

“Town and Country Bank had the distinct honor of carrying on the Kirchner’s values and generosity, and the responsibility to carry on their wishes,” stated Mr. Bartlett. “As trustee, we solicited proposals at various times from multiple colleges and universities. In each case, the proposal and information provided by LLCC demonstrated both the ability and commitment we sought as trustee.”

 

Important year-end message from Payroll

As the end of 2014 approaches and 2015 begins, it is time to ask yourself three questions:  1) Are you signed up to receive your W-2 electronically? 2) Have you moved during 2014? and 3) When was the last time you updated your W-4 tax forms? Read important information from Payroll regarding these questions: Year-End Payroll Message

TODAY is Giving Tuesday; support LLCC students

We_love_LLCC_Donors_5by7Today is Giving Tuesday, a national event created as a way for people to support charitable giving after the retail phenomena of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Support LLCC students by making a donation to the LLCC Foundation.

 


PapaJohnsLLCCfundraiser

Order Papa John’s pizza today, Dec. 2 and support LLCC students. Papa John’s will donate 15 percent of your order to the LLCC Foundation in support of students. Click to enlarge poster for more information.


Holiday shopping online? Do you use Amazon? If you do, please follow this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/37-1360597

The LLCC Foundation is a part of AmazonSmile…so simple to set-up, and every time you shop Amazon, the Foundation will receive .5% of your eligible purchases! It’s that easy!

 

 

Panel discussion featuring LLCC faculty to follow final performance of “The Shadows of Edgar Allan Poe” Sunday

LLCC Theatre is hosting a panel discussion following the 2 p.m. performance of “The Shadows of Edgar Allan Poe” Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Audience members are welcome to join in the discussion led by LLCC English faculty members Marlene Emmons, who will provide background on Poe and his detective stories, and Eric Stachera, who will discuss “Annabel Lee,” one of the cornerstones of the theatre piece. Other panelists are Mark Hardiman, director and theatre professor, and James Seay, teacher, actor and dramaturg for the production.

The production will also be performed Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hoogland Center, 420 South 6th St., by calling 217-523-2787 or online at www.hcfta.org.

This world premiere production is a 90-minute immersive experience, featuring creative staging of Poe’s famous masterpieces including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” among others. The stories are told through a juxtaposition of light and shadow, original music and mesmerizing movement.

Students and staff of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville have been invited to attend a special dress rehearsal performance on Thursday.