Meditation and writing practice, starting Jan. 25

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for meditation and writing practice every other Saturday morning, starting Jan. 25, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library conference room located in the northwest corner of the main floor of our LLCC Library. Whether you want to journal or begin essays, short stories or poetry — the practice of meditation combined with free writing is a great way to begin, continue or invigorate your current writing practice. If interested, please bring a notebook and pen or tablet/laptop and any writing prompts you might want to use with the group.
Three of us met the first morning. We liked the following format, but we are also open to adapting and changing:
  1. Short, unguided meditation time
  2. Free write without a prompt
  3. Sharing what we wrote
As we build our writing practices, we may want to share writing via email, between meetings. Keep in mind this is optional. Some may just want to write when we get together and leave it at that.
We have also talked about mixing up the style and types of meditation. If you aren’t familiar with writing/meditating practice together,  you might want to check out “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. (A copy is available in the LLCC Library).
We are hoping to share this practice with more of the campus community. Please forward to folks you know — students, staff and faculty included — who you think may be interested, and let either of us know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Hope to see you on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.
John Paul Jaramillo and Dr. Deborah Brothers, professors of English

Our sympathy to Michael Phelon

We send our condolences to Michael Phelon, director, Open Door Mentorship Program and Workforce Equity Initiative, on the passing of his mother, Mary Alice Phelon, on Jan. 13. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. at Ruby Funeral Chapel, 1520 E. Washington, Springfield. Visitation will be at the Chapel one hour prior to the service, with private interment.

LLCC flags at half-staff through tomorrow

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor JB Pritzker that all person or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff through sunset Jan. 18 in honor of:

SPC Henry Jarrett “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., United States Army
Hometown:  Hazel Crest, Ill.

LLCC Alert test today, 11:30 a.m.

Each semester, LLCC tests its emergency alert system called LLCC ALERT. LLCC ALERT allows the college to communicate with you by text, phone and email in an emergency, as well as for severe weather and other closures. Current employees and students are automatically enrolled in LLCC ALERT.

The next test will take place today, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at approximately 11:30 a.m. You will receive a test message from LLCC ALERT.

We encourage you to visit www.llcc.edu/alert and log in with your LLCC username and password to check your current contact information and manage how you receive emergency notifications. LLCC ALERT uses the information about you currently stored in the college’s Colleague system, and this information may need updating. Please add your office phone number if it is not listed, and make any other revisions needed.

For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 786-2555 or helpdesk@llcc.edu.

Note: Updating your contact information in LLCC ALERT will NOT update that information in Colleague. To update your information in Colleague, please contact LLCC Human Resources.

Redesigned federal W-4 2020

As many of you may already be aware, the IRS has released a redesigned federal W-4 for 2020. Those needing to make changes to their payroll taxes must use this form. This is the only form that will be accepted. It is located on the Employee Portal > Finance Office > Payroll.

Current employees are NOT required to complete a new form. The form on file will continue to be used until you decide to make a change to your payroll taxes and submit a new form to the payroll office.

If you have any questions please contact victoria.bradley@llcc.edu.

Check out the view: Rediscover your library

Check out the view: Rediscover your library. Come celebrate the newly redesigned community space in the Library!
Check out the view, and rediscover your library on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the LLCC Library in Sangamon Hall! Join us as we celebrate the newly redesigned community space in the LLCC Library. Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and tea will be served.

Welcome William Whitener

William WhitenerWilliam Whitener has recently joined the college as a police officer. He previously worked as a Section 9 inspector for Springfield Housing Authority and as a full-time police officer in Peoria. William is an LLCC alum, having taken criminal justice courses at the college. He can be reached at william.whitener@llcc.edu or 786-2278. Welcome, William!

Foundation 2020-2021 scholarship applications

Apply NOW for a 2020-2021 LLCC Foundation Scholarship. Application deadline: March 1, 2020. Click to apply, call 217-786-4502 or email michelle.burger@llcc.edu. Lincoln Land Community College Foundation
The LLCC Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please encourage students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2020 to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

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 open to students in any program of study, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.

The online application is available at www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. An active LLCC email address is needed to apply for these scholarships. Prospective students should first complete a college admission application at www.llcc.edu (click on the blue “Apply” icon) to receive this email address.

For more information, contact Michelle Burger, LLCC scholarship program and alumni services coordinator, at michelle.burger@llcc.edu or 786-4502.

LLCC Alert test tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.

Each semester, LLCC tests its emergency alert system called LLCC ALERT. LLCC ALERT allows the college to communicate with you by text, phone and email in an emergency, as well as for severe weather and other closures. Current employees and students are automatically enrolled in LLCC ALERT.

The next test will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m. You will receive a test message from LLCC ALERT.

We encourage you to visit www.llcc.edu/alert and log in with your LLCC username and password to check your current contact information and manage how you receive emergency notifications. LLCC ALERT uses the information about you currently stored in the college’s Colleague system, and this information may need updating. Please add your office phone number if it is not listed, and make any other revisions needed.

For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 786-2555 or helpdesk@llcc.edu.

Note: Updating your contact information in LLCC ALERT will NOT update that information in Colleague. To update your information in Colleague, please contact LLCC Human Resources.

LLCC co-sponsoring Career Connections EXPO Feb. 6

Career Connections ExpoThe Career Connections Expo, co-sponsored by LLCC, will be held Feb. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) at UIS. Students seeking jobs or internships can network with over 100 employers. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their resume, dress professionally (business casual) and prepare a 30-60 second “elevator pitch” to market goals, education and job qualifications.

A Coffee and Conversation networking session, featuring Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, and Cathy Huffman, director, cooperative work experience, will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the Hospitality Area within TRAC.

For more information, contact LLCC Career Services at Career_Development@llcc.edu.