“Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois,” July 21

The LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum invite the public to “Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois” on Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. The presentation is part of the “Standing on Her Shoulders” speaker series being held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and is sponsored in part by Illinois Humanities.

Jeanne Schultz Angel will examine how the struggle for enfranchisement was strategized differently in local, state and federal elections and will explain the paths walked by female leaders in our state. She will show how the diverse group of activists fought against sexism and racism and for the right to vote.

Read more about the speaker series.

SURS counselors coming to campus Aug. 28. Schedule your appointment today!

SURS counselors will be on campus this fall to conduct one-on-one counseling appointments with employees who are within four years of retirement eligibility and have not met with SURS in the past 12 months. Please refer to the attachment for instructions on how to enroll for a one-on-one appointment. Please remember appointments are on a first come, first serve basis and are very limited.

Scheduling a counseling session with SURS

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CAS testing center closed tomorrow

The Center for Academic Success testing center will be closed tomorrow, July 3, while testing staff attend professional development activities. Testing hours yet this week are:

  • Tuesday, July 2 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 3 – testing center closed
  • Thursday, July 4 – college closed in observance of Independence Day

Please contact Irene Siewert at 786-2376 with any questions.

Graduation applications for summer 2019 due July 15

Please remind students that now is the time to turn in their graduation applications for summer 2019. The deadline to apply for summer 2019 is July 15. Graduation is not automatic!

They can apply for graduation on WebAdvisor or Logger Central, download the graduation application or pick up a copy in LLCC Student Records in Menard Hall on the Springfield campus and at other LLCC locations.

Please have them contact LLCC Student Records at 217-786-4956 or by email at records@llcc.edu if they have any questions.

Message from the president: organizational changes

As many of you know, we have had several administrative retirements in the last year or so that we have managed with temporary appointments.  That void has led to a great deal of speculation around the campus and sent the grapevine into overload.  Even so, it was important for us to take our time to step back and take a look at how our needs may have changed, and then plan for those needs.  We also wanted to make sure that all who would be affected by the changes would be able to have a conversation with their proposed supervisor before plans were made public.  This work has taken some time as there has been a fair bit of reshuffling.  As always, the intent is to find the best way to take care of our students.

As important for many of you has been knowing that although some will be sitting in different seats, everyone has a spot.  That has been my philosophy during difficult financial times, and it remains true.  Each person involved in the changes has had a discussion with the supervisor to whom they will report, and is aware of any change that directly affects them.

Faculty were informed of departmental restructuring before they left for the summer.  We have created seven academic departments where there were previously five.  By rearranging a bit, and realigning disciplines, we hope to help departments be better able to support students and faculty alike.  You can find the new academic departments, their deans and support staff in the Academic Services Organizational Chart.  As you take a look, you will note that some programs/departments previously under the VP for Workforce Development and Community Education are now supervised by the VP for Academic Services.  Dr. Jozaitis will be retiring in a few months, so her responsibilities have been redistributed.  We are making the shift as of July 1.  This allows transition/overlap for Judy’s remaining time so that we can prevent anything from falling through the cracks.

So, beyond the traditional academics, Dr. Lindquist will be responsible for all of the workforce programs, as well as Community Education and the Capital City Training Center.  The SBDC will report to Paula Luebbert.  The Adult Education program will be housed in Student Services, reporting to Dr. Lesley Frederick.  Additionally, with the retirement of Julie Rourke, we have lost important grant writing talent.  To remedy that, a grant writing position has been created and that will be housed within the Foundation reporting to Karen Sanders.  We are working on the remaining organizational charts to replace the ones posted under human resources.

You will also see some difference in the structure of student advising.  In fact our staff will have different titles, and are changing up the way services are offered.  In an effort to build stronger and increasingly supportive student/staff relationships, those staff have taken on the role of coaches.  This is not just a title change, but a change in approach.  We want to change from a transactional model to more of a relationship building model.  I won’t get into the specifics here, but just want you to be aware that things might not look quite the same.

The world of education is changing at a much faster pace than ever.  We are trying to find ways to not just keep up, but to continue to position ourselves for the students of today and tomorrow.  Lincoln Land Community College is fortunate to have such talented faculty and staff who step up, roll up their sleeves, and step in.

Charlotte Warren, Ph.D.