LLCC hosts SMTD’s first solar bus stop in Springfield

LLCC’s Facilities department assisted the Springfield Mass Transit District in Bus stoperecting Springfield’s first solar powered bus stop on the LLCC campus Tuesday. Solar energy will power lighting at the bus stop. A ribbon cutting ceremony is in the planning stages.

In the news

Lesley Frederick, vice president of student services, was interviewed Oct. 8 by WICS-TV regarding current enrollment at LLCC, what programs were seeing higher enrollments and special programs the college has in place to help students succeed.

TODAY – Soup & Stories: Paranormal Activity

Soup & Stories: Paranormal Activity is being held TODAY from noon-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room.  This is a basic introduction to ghosts and hauntings from experienced paranormal investigator Carl Jones. Bring along your stories, experiences and photos to share. This event is guaranteed to be a hauntingly good time! Lunch is free to students with ID & $3 for staff, faculty and community.

LLCC-Taylorville in the community

LLCC-Taylorville helped Taylorville and Christian County celebrate their 175th anniversary this past weekend by participating in the “Celebrate 175” parade. The theme for the parade was past, present and/or future. LLCC-Taylorville chose the future theme and featured children LLCC-Tas our future. The children dressed up in different uniforms to represent various certificate and degree programs LLCC offers. Thank you to Nichole Coffey, finance assistant; Jennifer Elliott, instructional designer; Sharon Fritts, education services representative; Jamie Glick, education services representative; Scott Grundy, utility worker; Dee Krueger, assistant director of LLCC-Taylorville; Lorie McDonald, director of LLCC-Litchfield, Tisha Miller, ESA operations analyst and Scott Stallman, ESA executive director for participating in the parade.

Butterflies abound near Fitness Center

The butterfly bush just outside the Fitness Center door of Cass Gym has an 10-5 Monarchs-2abundance of monarch butterflies visiting during their migration. Stop by and take a look! We’ve counted as many as 15 at one time.
Photos by Dr. Chris McDonald10-5 Monarchs-14-2

LLCC Automotive Program hosts Amtryke build

LLCC’s Automotive Program hosted the Ambucs Amtryke build Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Workforce Careers Center. Ambucs from across Illinois and Oklahoma assembled 79 Amtrykes to be distributed to special Dick, Kent, Kevinneeds/disabled children and wounded warriors. Following assembly, the Amtrykes will be transported to the Ambucs national conference in St. Louis. Fifteen attachments allow the Amtrykes to be fitted exactly to meet the needs of each child or wounded warrior. Dick Rogers, professor, automotive technology, provided assistance and hosted the event in the Auto Tech lab. Ambucs Kent Gray, LLCC Board of Trustees member, and Kevin Lust, director, ISBDC at LLCC, participated in the project. For more photos, click HERE.

Professional Development Day is Friday, Oct. 10

Professional Development Day is this Friday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. With a theme of “Envisioning, Adapting and Preparing: You Are the Future of LLCC,” the event includes a variety of sessions, lunch and keynote speaker Jon Vroman. Vroman is an award-winning speaker, author and charitable entrepreneur. His trademark keynote message, “Living Life in the Front Row,” helps students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs, leaders and managers step away from what’s comfortable and ordinary, and start pursuing what’s challenging, important and meaningful.

In addition, the Employee Campaign through United Way will have gift baskets on display during the luncheon. For more information and a  schedule of the day’s events, click HERE.


It’s L.E.A.G.U.E. grant application time

Now through Dec. 5, the LLCC Foundation is accepting applications for L.E.A.G.U.E. grants. Faculty and staff make these grants possible through their generous giving to the annual faculty and staff campaign each spring.

The Foundation will award approximately $10,000 as a direct result of the success of the annual faculty and staff campaign. Grant guidelines, application and budget worksheet are attached below or may be obtained by calling the LLCC Foundation at 6-2785. More information is available at Just hover over “What We Do” and click on “Educational Support.”

Donations to the L.E.A.G.U.E. campaign support LLCC students through the L.E.A.G.U.E grant program, scholarships, and other funds, including the “Pay It Forward” fund which helps students with emergent needs. Each year approximately 40-percent of LLCC faculty and staff support the Foundation through this campaign which continues through mid-April. Our thanks to our generous LLCC faculty and staff for contributing a record setting $56,600 to the 2014-2015 LEAGUE campaign.

Again, the grant application deadline is Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. Awards will be announced at the L.E.A.G.U.E. kickoff on March 24, 2015. For more information, contact Janet Semanik at 6-2217.

LEAGUE Grant App 2015


LEAGUE Grant Budget Worksheet 2015

Remaining ITDE workshops this fall

The Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE) department is offering the following workshops this fall. For more information about the workshops or to register, click HERE.

Designing Creative Assignments to Meet Student Outcomes – Monday, Oct. 13-Wednesday Oct. 22
Blackboard Open Lab – Tuesday, Oct. 14; Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Dec. 5
Using Achievement Badges in Blackboard: Signs of Success or Gaming the System? – Wednesday, Oct. 15
What Does ITDE Tell Students about How to Use Blackboard? – Monday, Oct. 20
Connecting with Students: What works, what doesn’t, and why we should care – Wednesday, Oct. 22
Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities: Challenges and Solutions – Monday, Oct. 27
Using Blackboard for Course Communication – Wednesday, Nov. 5
Creating Interactive Maps – Thursday, Nov. 6
Designing and Developing Interactive Course Materials Using SoftChalk – Monday, Nov. 10-Wednesday, Nov. 19
Student Success Through Study Guides! – Monday, Nov. 17
Selecting the Right App for the Assignment: How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy as Your Guide – Tuesday, Nov. 18
Online Faculty Brown Bag – Thursday, Nov. 20
Get In the Know about Asperger’s – Wednesday, Dec. 3