Welcome to Alexa Brown and Courtney Polkowski

Alexa BrownAlexa Brown has recently joined the college as human resources associate. She previously served as an HR intern at Crawford, Murphy & Tilly for six months. Alexa is currently working on an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Illinois Springield. She can be reached at alexa.brown@llcc.edu or 786-4507. Welcome, Alexa!



Courtney PolkowskiCourtney Polkowski is the new employee recruitment coordinator for LLCC Human Resources. She has worked in employee recruitment for the past four years, most recently with coast-to-coast recruiting at Strategic Solutions. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She can be reached at courtney.polkowski@llcc.edu or 786-4989. Welcome, Courtney!

Register for Jan. 28 Inclusivity Series presentation

LLCC Inclusivity Speaker Series. Diversity, Inclusion, Identity, Community.The second speaker in the Inclusivity Series, Dr. Stephen John Quaye, will be facilitating sessions on intergroup dialogue Jan. 28 in the Robert H. Stephens Room. The event will also be available via livestream. The sessions for faculty and staff include:

  • Noon-1 p.m. – Keynote presentation
  • 1-1:45 p.m. – Facilitated workshop

Registration for the event (whether attending in person or via livestream) is requested. It is co-sponsored by the Campus Climate Team’s Safety and Inclusivity Workgroup, Student Life and TRIO.

Dr. Stephen John Quaye

In this presentation, participants will learn different terminology (e.g., privilege, power, oppression, intersectionality). In the workshop following the presentation, participants will learn dialogic skills for enabling them to engage in healthier cross-racial dialogues.

Dr. Quaye is associate professor in the higher education and student affairs program at Ohio State University and an associate editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Quaye focuses on understanding how students can engage difficult dialogues honestly and productively, as well as how storytelling is used as an educational tool to foster reflection and learning across differences. He also is interested in the strategies educators use to facilitate these dialogues and what they learn about themselves in the process.

Setting up time for classes to meet with the Writing Center

The LLCC Writing Center would like to remind faculty that they can bring classes to the Writing Center or request that a writing center specialist visit the classroom. We can deliver short presentations on Writing Center services in general or topic-specific presentations upon request. If you would like more information or want to set up a time for your class to meet with the Writing Center, please call us at 786-2341 or send an email to writing.center@llcc.edu.

In the news

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science was interviewed by WICS/Fox Illinois about the James S. Murray Gallery exhibit “A Year in the Life of Chris Britt.”  The exhibit features Britt’s editorial cartoons and is on display through Feb. 14.

Matthew Schownir, Ph.D., assistant professor of history has published a new article called “An Emotional Borderland: Grosse Ile in Irish Diasporic Memory.” The article is in the fall 2019 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environment, Space, Place by Minnesota University Press.

Lynn Whalen, executive director, PRM, wrote the “President’s View” columns “Crisis communication – are you ready?” and “Magical – Memorable – Marketing” for the fall 2019 and winter 2020 editions of Counsel magazine published by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Midday Yoga begins Feb. 17

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. 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 today!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
Dates: Mondays, Feb. 17–April 27, no class 3/9 or 3/16
Times: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Trutter Center
Fee: $85
Course Code: CEW 802-03

LLCC welcomes new dean of natural and agricultural sciences

Dr. Kimberly VogtKimberly Vogt, Ph.D., from Indianapolis, has joined LLCC as dean of natural and agricultural sciences. She began her new duties Jan. 6.

Dr. Vogt comes to LLCC from Marian University where she served as chair of the department of biology for three years and assistant professor of biology for an additional four years. Prior to that, she served as instructor of biology and biology lab coordinator at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and as an adjunct instructor at Waubonsee Community College and Kishwaukee College.

Vogt is originally from central Illinois. She earned a doctor of philosophy degree in ecology and evolution as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University, and attended Joliet Junior College for undergraduate studies.

Update on Gaye Catlin

Gaye CatlinGaye Catlin, administrative assistant to the dean of health professions, was seriously injured in a fall at her home on Dec. 5, 2019. She was treated for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries in the Intensive Care Unit of HSHS St. John’s Hospital and transferred to RMS Specialty Hospital in Chicago on Jan. 9. A Facebook page, “Caring for the Catlins,” has regular updates on her progress from her daughter, Kalie, and husband, Scott, along with information on an upcoming fundraiser March 7, 4-10 p.m. at the Stonington American Legion. We send Gaye and her family our best wishes in her recovery.

“A Year in the Life of Chris Britt” opens today in Murray Gallery

A Year in the Life of Chris Britt. January 13-February 14, 2020. The James S. Murray Gallery, Lincoln Land Community CollegeThe James S. Murray Gallery at LLCC is hosting the exhibit “A Year in the Life of Chris Britt” from Jan. 13-Feb. 14. The public is invited to view the exhibit, which features Britt’s editorial cartoons, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall.

The exhibit features a selection of cartoons, which draw attention to some of the key events and issues in the recent past. They showcase Britt’s powerful and thought-provoking navigation through the landscape of American politics.

Britt has been challenging and entertaining readers with his editorial cartoons since 1991. His award-winning work offers commentary on national and international events. His work runs weekly in the Illinois Times, and he has worked as a cartoonist at The State Journal-Register, The Seattle Times, the Sacramento Union, the Houston Post and The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. Britt won first place for editorial cartooning from the Washington Press Association in 1995, the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award as editorial cartoonist of the year in 1994 and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2009. His cartoons have been published in Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. They have also been aired on CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC, Fox News and ABC’s Good Morning America.