LLCC Theatre presents “Alice’s Wonderland” this weekend

Alice's Wonderland Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., LLCC Sangamon South 0015. Advance tickets available at www.cutlassartists.comLLCC Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will present “Alice’s Wonderland,” a new collaborative adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” from the text by Lewis Carroll, on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.

Please note: the Saturday pre-show discussion has been cancelled.

The production is directed and adapted by Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre. It will be staged in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South. Seating is limited to 20 patrons per night, with tickets, at $15 each, available at Tickets are only sold online or by calling the customer service number 866-710-8942. They will be available up to one hour prior to performances.

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LLCC art at Downtown Holiday Walks

You can find the LLCC Art Department represented at the Downtown Springfield Holiday Walks on Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16 from noon-6 p.m. at the 518 E. Monroe storefront pop-up. It can be a bit hard to find, south of the square, down from the old Cafe Brio space (now Vele), but you won’t regret it. The sparkling conversation is free!

Shop AmazonSmile and support the LLCC Foundation

Support LLCC Foundation when you shop this holiday season. Buy your gifts and holiday essentials at You shop. Amazon donates. AmazonSmileDo you shop on Amazon? If so, shop on anytime this holiday season or throughout the year and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase to the LLCC Foundation. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service. Shop for great deals at

Amazon has donated more than $500 to the LLCC Foundation in support of our students and programs through purchases made by our supporters. For more information, contact the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785.

Holiday party Dec. 14

Faculty, staff and retirees are invited to the LLCC Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. in Menard Hall, student union. Don we now our plaid apparel! Holiday Reels movie trivia game. Hors d'oevres will be served.Faculty, staff and retirees are invited to the LLCC Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. in the student union. Join the festivities by wearing your plaid apparel. There will be holiday reels movie trivia, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

LLCC Community Education offers midday yoga

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind. Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. This course is designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register for one or both sections!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Lissa Overbey

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 31–Mar. 7, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-02

Dates: Wednesdays, Mar. 21–Apr. 25, 2018
Times: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-03

Save the date – slushies and popcorn at the Trutter Museum

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, during your afternoon break, grab a co-worker, stretch your legs and trek on over to the Trutter Museum from 2-3 p.m. for some slushies and popcorn*! This is the final day to vote for your favorite LLCC On My Own Time (OMOT) artwork! The artist of the favorite piece at LLCC will receive a $50 Visa gift card courtesy of the Trutter Museum.

A few pieces are for sale! Shop for that someone special and see if you can find them a one-of-a-kind gift!

The Springfield Area Arts Council sponsors OMOT. The purpose is to help local businesses, agencies, educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of people they employ.

*Special thanks to Julie Rourke and Workforce Development Center programs for loaning/operating their slushie and popcorn machines.

Misty Hagstrom, 786-2466,
Judy Jozaitis, 786-2420,
Janet Semanik, 786-2217,

Film series will feature “Romero!” Thursday

LLCC Arts and Humanities is hosting a free film and discussion series this fall entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film,” hosted by Ashley Green, Ph.D., professor of English and Joseph Hoff, Ph.D., professor of Spanish. The next and final film for the fall is “Romero!” It will be shown on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center.

This 1989 bio-pic documents the transition of Oscar Romero from a bookish, disengaged Catholic priest to the Archbishop of El Salvador against the backdrop of the major contours of 20th century Latin American history. Speaker and facilitator is Dr. Hoff.

In addition, the Trutter Museum will be open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. The museum will feature a display of cultural items from the country highlighted in the film that evening!

Congratulations Tamie Penning!

Tamie Penning, project and web services manager, earned her Project Management Professional certification on Nov. 22. Earners of the globally-recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) have demonstrated their extensive knowledge and mastery of project management concepts, tasks and techniques that are applicable across any industry and methodology. Earners are able to speak and understand the global language of project management and have demonstrated the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project.

According to the Project Management Institute, there are over 750,000 certified project managers globally, two of which are at LLCC. Esteban Cruz, chief information officer, is LLCC’s first PMP, having earned his certification in 2013.

“It’s Not Just Black and White” exhibit Nov. 27-Dec. 14

Michelle SmithThe James S. Murray Gallery at LLCC will feature the exhibit, “It’s Not Just Black and White,” an achromatic work in graphite and charcoal by Michelle Smith, Nov. 27-Dec.14. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery, located on the upper level of Menard Hall.

Smith, who teaches drawing for LLCC Community Education, is a member of the Springfield Artist Collective and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She won the Best of Show award twice in the Chatham Area Public Library Annual Winter Art Exhibit.

"Let It Go" by Michelle SmithShe says of her LLCC exhibit, “Life is what inspires me to draw. I believe there is so much in our daily living that just screams ‘put me to paper!’ and that is what I try to portray in my work. Creating art is creating communication: intellectual, emotional and even spiritual communication with the viewer.

“The ‘It’s Just Not Black and White’ exhibit is a very good representation of my artistic inspirations. The title alone lends itself to the deeper issue of life; most things are not as simple as they first appear to be. I believe it is the duty of art to point out those things that we either go completely blind to or take for granted.”

Read more about Smith, the James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

Nominate a colleague for KUDOS yet today

KUDOSKey or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are being accepted through today, Friday, Dec. 1. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. Please use the Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form. The KUDOS awards will be announced Dec. 8.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!