Andy Mitkos presents at Blackboard annual conference

Andy Mitkos, learning management systems coordinator, was a presenter at the recent Blackboard World ’17 in New Orleans. This was Blackboard’s annual conference for system administrators and power users. His presentation was titled, “From self-hosted to SaaS: How and why we made the switch.”

Andy, a Blackboard MVP, discussed the process of working with Blackboard Cloud Services to migrate a self-hosted system into a SaaS (software as a service) environment. LLCC moved from an outdated server system housed on campus to a completely updated and large server system housed through Blackboard (in the cloud). The SaaS portion of the system ensures LLCC will be running the most current and up-to-date version of Blackboard.

In the news

David Bowman, workforce development program coordinator, was interviewed on Tuesday, Aug. 1 by WLDS radio to discuss agriculture watershed management and horticulture credit courses offered at no cost this fall.

Jay Kitterman, consultant, LLCC Culinary Institute, wrote this week’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Vegetarians and healthy eaters love Food Fantasies.”

The Academy of Lifelong Learning is featured in a regular column in the local Senior News and Times quarterly publication. The current edition’s column is titled “Can we live in the past?” and written by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, ALL membership co-chairs.

In the news

Matthew Shaver, professor of digital media, and LLCC’s computer gaming program are featured in the story “Video game program turns a hobby into a career,” in this month’s Springfield Business Journal.

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, is quoted in the cover story, “A tale of pluck,” in this month’s Springfield Business Journal. Kevin and the ISBDC provided assistance to develop a business plan for Barnabus Helmy’s invention, “Puck,” which allows smartphone control of any TV, speaker or other machine which accepts an infrared signal.

Darrell Fortrae, who teaches community-based cybersecurity seminars at LLCC’s Capital City Training Center, shares seven cybersecurity recommendation for small businesses in this month’s Springfield Business Journal.

LLCC students visit Nachusa Grasslands

Becky Croteau, professor in biological and health sciences, and her students in Local Flora and Introduction to Prairie Restoration recently visited Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000-acre preserve located near Franklin Grove, Ill. They were delighted to get  a close look at our very own Illinois bison herd!

Nachusa Grasslands