Thank you from Eileen Tepatti

It’s hard to know where to begin, so I will start from the bottom of my heart.  A sincere thank you to everybody for their expressions of sympathy to me and my family over the death of my brother, Jerry Melton.  It was a very difficult situation for his immediate family, mother, siblings, friends, colleagues, and students.  Whether you sent a card or email, stopped me in the hallway to say a kind word, attended the memorial service, sent a flower, plant, or remembrance, or offered up a quiet thought or prayer … I want you all to know how much your thoughtfulness is appreciated.  Thank you so much.

Eileen Tepatti

Safety Tip of the Month – from the Environmental Health and Safety Team

October is National Fire Prevention Month.  Prevention is the key to a fire-safe workplace, and many of the nation’s annual 5,000 office-building fires could be prevented if companies and employees followed basic on-the-job fire safety practices.

Plan Ahead. In the event of a fire, a safe and speedy response depends on how well you are prepared for emergencies. Count the doors or desks between your work area(s) and the nearest exit. During a fire, you may have to find your way out in the dark… Read More.

In the Community

Julie Rourke, director of workforce development, made a presentation at the Faith Coalition for the Common Good’s Jobs Summit and Workers Rights event Sept. 28. She spoke, along with Frank McNeil and Janice Gower, on LLCC and IDOT: Highway Construction Careers and the IDOT/LLCC Pre-Apprentice training program.

LLCC’s “Head Start” Ag Safety Program wins statewide award

The “Head Start” Ag Safety Program, in which a group of LLCC ag students were trained and certified last spring in subjects such as confined space entry, hazardous materials and safety procedures, has won the 2013 Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA) Innovation Award.  The training was provided by the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and the Asmark Institute in Bloomington. The goals of the training were to educate students about industry regulations and reduce farm accidents.  Rich Teeter, assistant professor of agriculture, coordinated the program which will now be offered to  other community colleges and further unite education and industry. Congratulations!


Multicultural Fest Oct. 2–still in need of a few volunteers!

The 10th annual Multicultural Fest is this Wednesday, Oct. 2 outside the A. Lincoln Commons and is scheduled over two time slots, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.  Entertainment includes local artists as well as Xperimento, a Florida-based nationally touring multicultural band, performing from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  A 10th anniversary commemoration will follow. A few volunteers are still needed for various jobs. To sign up, please visit this page and scroll to the right to see all time slots.  If you are unable to volunteer, we hope you are able to stop by and enjoy the festivities!

Campus Wildlife

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Thank you to Dr. Chris McDonald, professor of political science, for sharing these photos recently captured in LLCC’s Prairie Restoration area.


Faculty blog established

The Faculty Workgroup of the Professional Development Team has designed a blog to share information pertaining to learning, teaching and the way social issues can affect teaching and student learning. You are invited and encouraged to visit the blog and participate in the idea exchange topics. No login is needed to read the postings, and faculty will be able to make comments after they create a WordPress account.

Here is the address:

Board of Trustees approves balanced budget following public hearing

The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees Wednesday night approved a balanced fiscal year 2014 operating budget for the college. Revenues match expenditures of $42,396,712.

Board Chair Justin Reichert commended college leadership for consistently producing balanced budgets.

The tentative budget was put on file for public review in late July. The Board held a public hearing on the budget at the beginning of last night’s meeting. There were no public comments.