In the news

Epicuriosity 101 in the SJ-R food page March 18 was written by Jay Kitterman, Culinary Institute consultant, and featured Persian New Year and Easter recipes. A Persian New Year dinner, presented by the Culinary Institute and prepared by Taibeh Hosseinali, professor, teacher education and assessment director, will be held this evening.

LLCC Recital Series features Brick House Brass Quintet March 22

The LLCC Recital Series will feature the Brick House Brass Quintet in a performance called “Brassin’ Around the Ages” on Sunday afternoon, March 22. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on LLCC’s Springfield campus, and is free and open to the public.

Brick House Brass has been performing for many years and consists of Wil Adams and Vince Camille on trumpet, Jan Arnold on French horn, Jason Waddell (LLCC music instructor) on euphonium and Tom Philbrick on tuba.

The recital will feature musical selections from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Pop eras.

Master tubist Rick Irwin will make a special guest appearance on a new composition written by Brick House Brass founder Tom Philbrick and titled “Fugue #1 in G minor.” The recital will also feature a new composition by LLCC music student/student trustee Jefferson Gentry titled “Seattle in Me.”

The final performance in the 2014-15 LLCC Recital Series is April 19, featuring the Jane Hartman Jazz Trio.

CCTC massage therapy students hosting massage clinics in May and June

Massage Therapy program students at Capital City Training Center are hosting massage clinics in May and June. LLCC students will perform their clinical work using Swedish massage. Students are supervised by the clinic instructor who is a licensed massage therapist. Cost is $20 for a 60-minute massage and $25 for a 90- minute massage. Payment is due when the appointment is set up and is nonrefundable. To make an appointment, call the CCTC at 524.6749.

Massage clinic dates at CCTC (130 W. Mason, Springfield) are:

May 20, 21, 27, 28 – appointments may be scheduled from 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – appointments may be scheduled 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.

LLCC Adult Ed staff and instructors participate in IACEA conference

The week of March 4-6, the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association (IACEA) annual state conference for Adult Education was held in Springfield. Nineteen LLCC instructors and staff attended OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsessions during the three-day conference. One of LLCC’s ESL instructors, Hannah Bonifacius, attended on a scholarship from the Secretary of State Literacy office after submitting an application and essay. She is on the far right in the attached photo of other scholarship winners. In addition to paying her conference fee, she attended a dinner with the literacy director and staff.

Anita Kerr, adult education coordinator, and Lyn Buerkett, director, Adult Education and Literacy, presented at the conference, as part of a panel on taking literacy projects to the next level, and Angela Gerberding, ESL coordinator, presented a session on English Language Civics.

Congratulations to Jason Dockter

English Professor Jason Dockter defended his dissertation on March 6 at Illinois State University. His dissertation title is “Multimodality, Migration, and Accessibility in Online Writing Instruction.” Congratulations, Jason!

In the news

Epicuriosity 101, a new weekly food column in the SJ-R, debuted Wednesday, March 11. The first column, “Welcome to the LLCC Kitchen,” was written by Marnie Record, workforce specialist. Subsequent columns will be written by Jay Kitterman, consultant to the Culinary Institute, and Nancy Sweet, culinary operations manager.

Lorie McDonald, director, LLCC-Litchfield and Hillsboro, was featured the story, “Lorie McDonald is now director at LLCC” in the Journal-News March 9.

Lynn Whalen, executive director, PRM, was interviewed for an upcoming story in the Springfield Business Journal on nursing degrees. Photos were also taken of Professor Janice Badgett and nursing students for the story.

LLCC, UIS, Illinois State Museum, Springfield Art Association form Pro-Text partnership with exhibits

Four Springfield education and arts organizations have partnered to present exhibits in March that explore the various ways artists ProTextReception 003merge language into their visual art. LLCC, the University of Illinois Springfield, the Illinois State Museum and the Springfield Art Association have formed the Pro-Text Partnership, with plans to present exhibits and events at each of the organization’s creative venues.

Exhibit information is below:

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Photos shown are from exhibit reception at the Trutter Center March 13.

Lincoln Land Community College
Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield
“Text by Design”
Exhibit duration:  March 13–April 3, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The LLCC exhibit features the work of more than 40 students in LLCC’s 3D Design, Screen Printing and Intro to Graphic Design classes.  The freestanding-designed exhibit will feature large pieces made of cardboard, foam core, wood, Plexiglas, ceramics and other materials and mediums.

University of Illinois Springfield
Visual Arts Gallery, Health Sciences Building 201, UIS campus
“Pretty Thoughts: Works by Mauricio Ramirez”
Exhibit duration:  March 8–Sept. 13

Mauricio Ramirez has been described as an architect of letters and icons.  Born and raised in Chicago, the urban landscape became his canvas at a young age.  Ramirez is a graduate of UIS and is currently an artist in residence at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago.  Ramirez’s work can also be seen on walls and freights throughout the Midwest.

Illinois State Museum
Second Floor Gallery, 502 South Spring Street, Springfield
“Pro-Text:  When Words Enter Visual Art”
Exhibit duration:  March 8–Sept. 13

The ISM exhibit will feature the work of nearly 30 artists and is curated by ISM Assistant Director of Art Robert Sill.  Sill explains, “When words, poetry, or type fragments combine with any form of visual art … it exhibits additional layers of meaning.  It can trigger new thoughts, create narratives, produce sounds or even evoke feelings.”

Springfield Art Association
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 North 4th Street, Springfield
“Pro-Text Addendum”
Exhibit duration:  March 6–April 3

The SAA exhibit will feature additional works by several of the artists featured in the Illinois State Museum exhibit.  Artists include Stan Bly, Shayne Brantley, SAA Executive Director Betsy Dollar, Shane Harris, Allison Lacher, Ruthann Mazrim, Michael Miller, Terry Rathje, Brian Sullivan, Kevin Veara and Thom Whalen.

Additional free public events, entitled “Text Talks” are planned at the Illinois State Museum on March 19, April 16 and May 21.  All events begin at 7 p.m.

Registrations being accepted for CQI sessions

Session E • March 24, 8:15 am–4 pm (Professional Development Day-held at LLCC; may have to hold more than one session) and April 3, 8:15 am-12:30 p.m. to be held at CCTC. Based on first session, may need additional sessions) • Facilitators Tricia Kujawa & Kevin Lust

Session F • April 24, 8:15 am–4 pm and May 1, 8:15 am–12:30 pm • Facilitators Nicole Ralph & Mary Beth Ray

Coffee will be served both days from 8–8:15 am, with lunch being served on the first day only.

To register, please call 782-7436 or email