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Though paper recycling rates in the U.S. have increased in recent years, paper still represents one of the biggest components of solid waste in landfills – 26 million tons (or 16% of landfill solid waste) in 2014. When paper decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Professional Development Day is tomorrow!

Make sure to check out the day’s schedule of activities and other information at:

New this year is the ‪#‎prodevday mobile app to enhance your
Professional Development Day experience. With this app, you can:
• view session descriptions and maps of session locations
• personalize your schedule for the day
• connect your Twitter account (don’t forget to use the hashtag #prodevday to tweet about the day!)
• connect with other attendees
• share pics to the ProDevDay photo gallery!

The app is easy to download and easy to use. More information about the app, including videos on how to download it and how to use it can be found at:

Campaign through United Way continues through Friday

Make your gift today and you could win a gift basket! See the United Way gift baskets on display tomorrow at Professional Development Day. All donors to the campaign will have their names put in a drawing for a basket donated by their employee group representative (below). There’s also a second chance basket! All baskets contain three items (remember the campaign theme is “Gimme Three Steps”) and are worth at least $50.

What does this community need? Watch the 2015 United Way video and see how your gift helps those in need in our community.

Tiffany Andrews, classified staff; Nicole Ralph, administrative staff; Tara Walk, faculty; Greg Walbert, professional staff

Cuban professor to visit LLCC Nov. 16

Dr. Mario Masvidal Saavedra, a distinguished professor at the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba as well as a popular Cuban radio and TV host, will speak on the Lincoln Land Community College campus Monday, Nov. 16.

At 10 a.m., Dr. Masvidal will speak to students and faculty on Ernest Hemingway’s connection to Cuba. His 10 a.m. presentation is entitled “Hemingway and Cuba.”

At 6 p.m., Dr. Masvidal will speak on “USA vs. Cuba? A Love Story,” taking an in-depth look at Cuban/American relations before and after U.S. involvement, and through the Castro regime, along with his outlook for future relations. The public is invited to attend his evening presentation in the Trutter Center, focusing on Cuban/American relations since the 1940s.

LLCC Board Chair Craig Findley extended an invitation to the public to the evening presentation. “Dr. Masvidal is a dynamic, engaging and entertaining speaker with a depth of knowledge to share on the very timely topic of Cuban/American relations. His subject is of particular interest to Americans as we look toward a new, more open era of relations with Cuba,” said Findley. “We look forward to welcoming the community to campus to meet and learn from our distinguished visitor. Also, his expert perspective on Hemingway, one of America’s most beloved authors with strong connections to Cuba, will be an exciting learning opportunity for our students and faculty.”

Currently, Dr. Masvidal is a full professor in the Linguistics Department, University of the Arts in Havana, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in semiotics, communication theory and other related disciplines. He also teaches courses at University of Havana (foreign languages, social communication, arts and letters), “Jose Marti” International Institute of Journalism, and The Center for TV and Radio Studies, all in Havana; as well as the International Film and TV School in San Antonio de los Banos,

Dr. Masvidal has also taught courses and workshops on the history of the English speaking countries, English as a second language, linguistics, English and Spanish stylistics and professional communication at the Enrique J. Varona Teachers Training College and the Paul Lafargue Foreign Language Teachers Training College, both in Havana.

He currently hosts the talk show “Catalejo” at Habana Radio Station and participates in four TV programs: “Cuerda Viva,” in which he interviews musicians; “X-Distante,” an animated show for adults in which he presents and comments on the cartoons; ”Ritmoclip,” a music video program where he presents and comments on artistic music videos; and “Banda Sonora,” where he is a script writer.

Dr. Masvidal is a full member of both the Ph.D. National Board of Examiners in the fields of linguistics, arts and social communication, and the Scientific Council at The University of the Arts in Havana. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistic studies from the University of Havana, where his thesis explored Hemingway’s literary prose.

He has served as adviser to the rector, vice-rector, dean, vice-dean and department chair at several universities and colleges, and written and co-authored academic books, as well as essays and scripts.  He is a founding member of both the Cuban Linguists Association and the Teachers Association of Cuba.

Dr. Masvidal’s visit is at the invitation of LLCC president Dr. Charlotte Warren and other Illinois community college presidents who met with him and several other Cuban academics last February. LLCC is his first U.S. speaking engagement before traveling to several other community colleges in the state.

In the news

Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president, was interviewed by Community College Daily Oct. 29 on the impact of the state budget impasse.

Vacancies Announced

The Human Resources office is currently advertising for a part-time Program Assistant-Student Support Services, part-time Student Support Specialist and full-time Student Development Professional.  Complete information on these positions can be found on the HR Employment site.


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