Homecoming is this weekend!

Women’s and men’s basketball games and a dance are planned for tomorrow’s Homecoming. During half-time of the women’s basketball game, Dick Dhabalt, former LLCC athletic director, men’s basketball coach and founding faculty member, will be recognized with the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award.

The women’s basketball game will begin at 2 p.m. when the Lady Loggers take on the Lincoln College Lynx in Cass Gymnasium. The men’s game will follow at 4 p.m. Admission for the games is $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 and is free for LLCC students, faculty and staff with an LLCC ID.

The homecoming dance is being held from 8 to 11 p.m., along with the coronation of homecoming king and queen at 9 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. The dance is open to LLCC students, alumni, faculty, staff and their guests.

Homecoming activities are being sponsored by the Logger Activities Board, Alumni Services and the Athletics Department. More information is available by calling the LLCC Student Life Office at 786.2241.

Still time to complete Facilities Services survey

The Facilities Services Department is committed to providing quality services and is continually looking for ways to improve. There is still time to fill out the brief, anonymous survey (link below). Your opinion matters to us and will help to make a difference as we review key areas and services within our department.

We thank you for your time.

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In the news

Mary Beth Ray, director of advising, counseling and career services, interviews with Sam Madonia on SportsRadio this morning at 8:10 to discuss the Springfield Collegiate Career Fair on Feb. 17 and career services offered at LLCC.

Lincoln and Homecoming events today

Lincoln Lecture • “Who Does This Guy Think He Is?? 150 Years of Living, Loving and Loathing Lincoln’s Legacy” • 9 a.m. • Trutter Center • Presenter is Ron J. Keller, associate professor of history and political science at Lincoln College and director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum.

Lincoln’s Birthday Party • 9-11 a.m.• A. Lincoln Commons
Treats from the Epicurean Club, build Lincoln’s Home Contest and Penny Pong

Express Your Peace, Love & Appreciation Card-Making • noon-2 p.m. • A. Lincoln Commons

LLCC Foundation still accepting 2015-16 scholarship applications

The LLCC Foundation is still accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year through Monday, March 2. Students planning to attend LLCC in fall 2015 are encouraged to apply.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full or part time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are designed for students in any major, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships in which they are eligible.

Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. More information, in addition to the online application, can be found at www.llccfoundation.org by clicking on “For Student Scholarships” at the top right corner of the page. Students may also visit the LLCC Foundation in Menard Hall on the Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Road, or any of LLCC’s locations in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville for a hard copy application.

For more information, call Lori Smith, scholarship program coordinator, at ext. 6.4502.

7th annual Lincoln Lecture tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Trutter

The 7th annual Lincoln Lecture is tomorrow, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Trutter Center. The featured presenter is Ron J. Keller, associate professor of history and political science at Lincoln College and director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum. Keller will speak on “Who Does This Guy Think He Is?? 150 Years of Living, Loving and Loathing Lincoln’s Legacy.”

Keller says his presentation will address the Lincoln legacy. ”From the moment of his tragic assassination 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was catapulted immediately into the annals of American greatness. Ever since then, America has emulated him, adored him, written about him and argued about him. While most consider him our greatest president, there have been some groups and individuals who have resisted and even scorned his legacy. Lincoln has, and remains, a more controversial and polarizing historical figure than many realize.”

Drawing upon quotes, images and other iconography in this presentation, Keller examines the disparate public and private perceptions of Lincoln. This presentation will challenge the audience to ponder what Lincoln’s legacy means to us today, and what these perceptions say about America’s past and present.

Wild goose chase

Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, recently photographed snow geese: a few ambling on campus, and many, many on Lake Springfield! It’s been suggested the latter would make a good jigsaw puzzle!

Biology Professor Tony Rothering says, “Snow Geese are a regular winter migrant … the flocks I have been seeing this week number in the thousands! They breed in the tundra. Chris’s photos nicely show the two different color phases of this species: blue (slate-grey in reality) and white. One interesting tidbit about Snow Geese is that their numbers have increased substantially over the past 20-30 years. Some speculate that climate change may be favoring snow geese because the warmer arctic temps create more open water/resource availability for this species. Of course, this is temporary as predator populations are bound to shift as well with these long-term changes.”

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Congratulations, 2015 Pearson Master Teacher nominees!

Twenty-three eligible nominations were received for the 2015 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award. Congratulations to:

Carmen Allen, Professor, Computer Programs
Michelle Coakes, Professor, Art
Diana Coffman, Professor Biology
Anthony DiMaggio, Associate Professor, Political Science
Jason Dockter, Professor, English
Marlene Emmons, Professor, English
Sharon Evans, Professor, Reading
Eve Fischberg, Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Joe Hoff, Professor, Spanish
Paul Hudson, Professor, Business
Bob Johnson, Professor, Architecture and Construction Technology
Kevin Kirsch, Professor, Auto CAD
Rebecca Klatt, Associate Professor, Reading
Katie McAfee, Associate Professor, Accounting
Janet Moulton, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Michael Ramm, Professor, Chemistry
Randy Rue, Professor, Law Enforcement
Liesl Smith, Professor, English
Leslie Stalter, Professor, Art
Gary Swee, Professor, Anthropology
Natasha Trame, Associate Professor, Psychology
Danyle Watkins, Instructor, Early Childhood Education
Ellen Watkins, Professor, Sociology

The Pearsons, longtime Springfield physicians, made the award possible through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation. The award annually recognizes an exceptional full-time, faculty member for his or her professional contributions to LLCC. The 2015 award recipient will be announced at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony in May.