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.

In the news

Scott Stallman, executive director, LLCC-Hillsboro/Litchfield/Taylorville, was featured on WTIM’s “Ask The Professional” on Thursday, Nov. 20. Scott discussed the enrollment process, new classes being offered and upcoming events at LLCC-Taylorville.

Congratulations to Chris Barry

Chris Barry, director of retention and student success, and his wife Gwen Elizabeth Barrywelcomed Gwen Elizabeth in to their family. She was born 5:39 p.m. on Nov. 24 was 19″ long and weighed 7 lbs. Congratulations!

Openings still available for Practical Response to Active Shooter Training Dec. 12

The LLCC Police Department still has openings for its Practical Response to Active Shooters training session on Friday, Dec. 12, which will run  from 1:30-3 p.m. in room 1104 of Sangamon Hall. Training is open to all LLCC faculty, staff or students; however, pre-registration is required (max of 25 participants per session). Please email to register.

There have been approximately 70 active shooter incidents in the U.S. over the past four years; about a quarter of these occurring in schools. If you ever found yourself in an active shooter event, would you know what to do? As with any emergency situation, prior thought and planning play an immense role in our individual response to these highly stressful incidents.

Presented by members of the Lincoln Land Community College Police Department, this hands-on training will provide you with options on what to do during an active shooter incident, teach you the techniques and then give you an opportunity to actually practice these newly learned skills in a supportive, non-stressful environment.

SGA and LAB honored recently

The Student Government Association and Logger Activities Board were honored recently at the Illinois Community College Student Activities Association (ICCSAA) annual Fall Student Leadership Conference held in Godfrey.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Logger Activities Board was recognized with the Creative Marketing Award. The award recognizes creative and low-cost promotional efforts planned and implemented by students. The Logger Activities Board received the award for its promotion of the “Showoff Your Culture!” and “Zombie Apocalypse Survival” activities held on campus earlier this fall. LLCC Logger Activities Board members include: Emily Tomlin of Cantrall; Morgan DeLuka of Nokomis; Conor Ford, Austin Friedmeyer and Emmanuel Olaoye of Springfield.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was awarded the Ed Snyder Merit Book Award for 2013-2014.  The award recognizes assistance to other clubs and organizations, student leadership training, community service and governance. The SGA was recognized for its month-long awareness campaigns for breast cancer, autism, and hunger and homelessness; health events; the angel tree activity to collect items for the Central Illinois Foodbank and its “Espresso Yourself” activity, in which students provided ideas for the SGA to act on in exchange for a hot beverage and breakfast treat.

SGA members include: Alyssa Boyd of Athens; Emily Tomlin of Cantrall; Jacob Trojahn of Chatham; Tracy Johnson of Chestnut; Katie Robinson of Jacksonville; Nathan Bauser of New Berlin; Anabella Lochmann of Sherman; Jefferson Gentry, DeCarlos Jones, Miaomiao Lui, Madeline Madden, Samar Osman, Jordan Roach, Emma Todd and Jarely Ventura of Springfield.

In the community: Professor Chris McDonald and Martha Miller

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, was a featured speaker at the Great War Encampment at the Illinois State Military Museum Nov. 22-23 and was mentioned in the State Journal-Register’s coverage of the event.

Martha Miller, adjunct English instructor, is having a book signing for her latest mystery book, “Widow,”  on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Prairie Archives, 522 E Adams, Springfield.

In the news

Nancy Sweet, culinary operations manager, demonstrated Harvest Lentil Salad on the WICS Midday cooking segment Monday, Nov. 24.

LLCC Animal Evaluation Club places first in national competition

The LLCC livestock judging team placed first overall at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) held in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 19. Twenty-six teams from across the nation participated in the competition. This marks the first time in LLCC history that the livestock judging team placed first in a national contest.

1st place livestock judging team 1

Front L to R: Rob Johnson of Niantic; Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; and Amy Loschen of Kempton. Back L to R: Larry Wilson, NAILE superintendent; LLCC Agriculture Professor Craig Beckmier of Morrisonville; Damon Stayton of Carlinville; Chris Mullinix, overall champion junior college team award sponsor; and Luke Eply, NAILE assistant superintendent

The livestock judging team comprises members of the LLCC Animal Evaluation Club. The overall team competed in beef, sheep and swine contests. Overall, the top LLCC contestants included Jackson Johnson as fifth high individual, Dalton Heavner was ninth high individual, while Rob Johnson placed in the 19th position. In the beef contest, the team tied for first and was second on a tie breaker. Jackson Johnson placed as the ninth highest individual, Dalton Heavner, was 11th high individual and Amy Loschen captured the 13th spot.

In the swine contest, the LLCC team placed fourth overall, with Jackson Johnson being high individual and Rob Johnson placing 17th. In sheep, the team placed fourth overall, with Dalton Heavner receiving second high individual honors. The team finished fifth overall in oral reasons, with Jackson Johnson capturing a fourth place finish and Amy Loschen placing 10th.

“After establishing itself as a top 10 program nationally in the last four years and pushing top five status, this was a huge difference maker for Lincoln Land Community College,” stated Craig Beckmier, LLCC agriculture professor and Animal Evaluation Club advisor. “As a result, this team has a shot at National Team of the Year for 2014-2015. There are two more national contests in the spring semester.”

LLCC livestock judging team members include Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Rob Johnson of Niantic; Amy Loschen of Kempton; Will Harsh of Radnor, Ohio and Damon Stayton of Carlinville.

In addition, Professor Beckmier of Morrisonville received the Fred Francis Coach of the High Team award and was also presented with the first traveling trophy for the overall champion junior college team.

The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is the world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Ten different species of livestock compete in the exposition, and the purebred beef and sheep events are the largest in the world. The NAILE is the first established national community college livestock judging contest.