In the community: LLCC-Litchfield

LLCC-Litchfield staff dressed up as “LLCC Degree Trees” and walked in the 2014 LLCC-Litchfield in paradeLitchfield Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade the evening of Nov. 21. The “Degree Trees” disbursed LLCC pens/pencils and candy to the crowd.

Left to right in photo: Emily Miller, Christine Lang, Lorie McDonald, Tisha Miller, Adrienne Frazier and Ellie Miller (front).


Our sympathy to Teresa Rigney

We extend our sympathy to Teresa Rigney, program assistant, Athletics, whose father, Charles Rigney, passed away Nov. 29. Visitation is this morning, 9:30-11, followed by services at 11 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville.

New study documents significant economic impact of LLCC

A new study documents how LLCC significantly impacts the local economy by increasing workers’ earning potential, generating additional tax revenues, and serving as one of the largest employers in the area.

The study, compiled by the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University under agreement with the Illinois Community College Board, states that LLCC contributes to the vitality of its service area in many ways: educationally, culturally, recreationally, civically and economically.

Read more HERE.

Participate in Murray Gallery “A Community Sketchbook” exhibit

The LLCC James S. Murray Gallery invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to display their artworks during the month of December at an exhibit called “A Community Sketchbook.”

Exhibitors are welcome to tack their piece of visual art (or short prose or poetry) to the grey walls of the gallery to create a temporary, transmutable mural and tribute to the creativity of the LLCC community. “A Community Sketchbook” will be open for contributions beginning Dec. 1. All pieces must be able to be pinned to the walls, with pins provided by the gallery (no nails may be used.) The gallery cannot accommodate framed or stretched work. Also, when entering into the conversation, artists are asked to consider the audience. The gallery director reserves the right to edit any offensive or inappropriate material. Insurance cannot be provided for this show.

Simultaneously on display at the center of the gallery will be a show of tin foil hat designs from Dr. John Vinzant’s Introduction to Politics classes. Every hat is accompanied with a short statement explaining the “conspiracy” from which the design of the hat will protect the wearer. An award will go to the best tin foil hat design/conspiracy combination.

Participants in both shows must collect their work from the gallery before Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Work remaining after that time becomes the property of the gallery. For more information, contact Leslie Stalter, art professor.

LLCC Foundation L.E.A.G.U.E. grants due Dec. 5

A reminder that applications for L.E.A.G.U.E. grants are due in the LLCC Foundation Friday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Approximately $10,000 will be awarded at the L.E.A.G.U.E. kickoff on March 24, 2015.

Grant guidelines, application and budget worksheet are below, or may be obtained by calling the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785. More information is available at Just hover over “What We Do” and click on “Educational Support.”

2015LEAGUEgrantGuidelines  •  LEAGUE Grant App 2015  •  LEAGUE Grant Budget Worksheet 2015

Culinary students host annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde

Culinary students are hosting their annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde to raise money for student scholarships. Lunch will be served on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Dinner will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with seatings at 6 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Nancy Sweet at or 217.786.4613. See menu: Scholarship Dinner Menu

Bird Banding Station has exceptional fall

We had an exceptional banding season … we banded 2,670 birds of 79 species, compared to last fall’s 1,902 birds of 70 species! (See the report below.) Three of the species were first-time captures at our banding station: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Le Conte’s Sparrow. The Ash-throated Flycatcher was an exceptionally nice find as it is a southwestern species and only occasionally migrates this far east! We also were able to expose approximately 300 LLCC students and numerous community members to the application of biology methods in the field.

The spring 2015 banding season is scheduled to start March 24 and will run through late May. We are very excited that at some point next year we will be operating out of an outbuilding constructed by students in the building trades program.

Thanks again for the support each of you has shown for the LLCC BBS … and please join us at the station next spring as your time allows!

Bird Banding Station Fall 2014 Report

In the community

Lorie McDonald, director of LLCC-Hillsboro/Litchfield, was the guest speaker at the Hillsboro Rotary Club and Litchfield Women’s Club meetings. Lorie spoke to both groups about programs, enrollment, dual credit classes, new initiatives and challenges at LLCC-Litchfield & Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Journal-News featured Lorie in a photograph with LLCC trustee and Hillsboro Rotary Club member Jerry Wesley and also in a photo with members of the Women’s Club.