Today at LLCC

Chemistry Club bake sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. All proceeds will go to the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser, which benefits the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault.

Board of Trustees meeting: 5:15 p.m., R.H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. Find the agenda HERE.

Outstanding Graduate nominations due Friday!

The office of the Vice President of Student Services is seeking nominations for Outstanding Graduate for Commencement 2015. All nominations must be returned to room 1255 in Menard Hall by noon Friday, March 27. Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of summer term 2014, fall semester 2014 or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring 2015 or summer term 2015. If you would like to nominate a graduate, an application along with instructions and a current listing of students who have applied for graduation can be obtained by contacting Linda Cunningham, linda.cunningham@llcc.edu.

LLCC professor Chris McDonald presents “From Springfield to Schlestadt” with book signing April 11

Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. The presentation is being held in the Trutter Center. The public is invited to the free event.

Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler. Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War.

In “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” Professor McDonald provides commentary and a personal account of someone serving on the Great War’s front lines through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Mr. Hagler. Mr. Hagler came from a prominent family in Springfield. He left Springfield for Harvard University where, after being denied entry into the United States military forces, he decided to become a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service. Over a two-year period, Mr. Hagler sent home many letters describing his experiences in the First World War.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

Registration open for 8th annual Brian McMillen Run/Walk

Registration for the 8th Annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk is now open! This year, we are providing a $5 discount to any Lincoln Land Community College student/faculty/staff member with a valid LLCC ID. Register at: http://getmeregistered.com/BMcMVeterans5k Also, if you’d like to volunteer for the event please email Alison Mills at alison.mills@llcc.edu. Any additional questions can be directed to Craig McFarland at craig.mcfarland@llcc.edu. We look forward to seeing you on May 23!

LLCC Library to host “Food for Fines” campaign to benefit Central Illinois Food Bank

The LLCC Library will kick off a “Food for Fines” campaign during National Library Week, April 12-18 and continuing throughout the spring semester. LLCC will donate all collections to the Central Illinois Food Bank. Hy-Vee groceries will match up to $500 worth of items collected.

Food for Fines allows students, faculty and staff to pay off fines or fees on their library account by donating non-perishable items for the Central Illinois Food Bank. For each item donated, individuals will receive $5 off of their total fines.

Suggested items include canned meat, fruit, vegetables and pasta sauce; chili, beef stew and other soups; cereal, pasta, rice and macaroni and cheese; boxed meals and peanut butter; along with non-grocery items such as soap, toilet paper and diapers. Click HERE for the complete list of items most needed by the Central Illinois Food Bank.

LLCC Faculty, Staff and Retirees Come on Down!

Join the LEAGUE Committee for the LEAGUE Campaign Kickoff TODAY at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union.
• Lunch provided for faculty, staff and retirees
• Entertainment featuring a live band
• Try your luck at LINC-O and Bozo’s Big Top Circus Bean Bag Toss
• Bring random office supplies for your chance to participate in the Friendly Feud-our version of the popular Family Feud game show
• Place spare change in the Penny Wars containers and vote for your favorite
• Donate to the LEAGUE campaign and receive a gift

Donations to the LEAGUE campaign benefit our students and programs. Contributions to Penny Wars will be used for the Foundation’s Pay It Forward fund for student emergency needs.

Springfield Mayoral Candidate Forum being held at LLCC March 27

LLCC faculty, staff and students, and the general public are invited to a Springfield Mayoral Candidate Forum being hosted by Local First Springfield this Friday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Trutter Center.

Mark McDonald of WSEC (PBS) will be moderating this LIVE event being aired on WQNA radio and on COMCAST (Channel 18) in Springfield. Mr. McDonald will be asking questions that have been submitted to LFS. The public will be allowed to ask questions also.

This event is a production of the Capital Area Career Center.

Community garden spaces available

Faculty, staff, and students can now register for a raised bed in the LLCC Community Garden. As a garden participant, you will manage Community gardenyour own space to grow the fruits or vegetables of your choice all season long. A $20 garden fee allows you to choose up to three raised beds, depending on space available and the amount of space you are willing to manage. Raised beds are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until filled. First-time gardeners are welcome!
There are many documented benefits of gardening – it is cheaper to grow your own food, you can reduce stress through gardening activities and connecting with the soil, and you can eat a healthier, more delicious diet by incorporating whole foods that you grow yourself.

The LLCC Community Garden is located behind the Workforce Careers Center and Montgomery Hall. Contact Marnie Record at 6-4993 for more information about the LLCC Community Garden and to inquire about garden space availability.

In the news

Kevin Lust, director, Small Business Development Center at LLCC, was featured in the April 2015 Entrepreneur magazine “Ask a Pro” column.