Spring 2015 Professional Development Day is March 24

Professional Development Day is Tuesday, March 24. The day includes opportunities for instructional staff department meetings and attending a CQI session (must register). Also, the LEAGUE faculty and staff giving campaign kickoff, the ITDE  Innovation Celebration and professional development workshops are scheduled. Read the attached Professional Development Day schedule: Spring 2015 PDD Schedule

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Nominate an amazing LLCC student, faculty or staff member for Good as Gold Star award

LLCC has been offered the opportunity to nominate a LLCC student for the Good as Gold Star Student Award, the Good as Gold Star Faculty/Staff Award, and to participate in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Good as Gold awards ceremony on April 15 at the UIS Public Affairs Center Lobby (the building containing Sangamon Auditorium) at 4:30 p.m. Deadline to submit nominations is March 23. The Good as Gold Star Student Award and Star Faculty/Staff Award is presented to a current UIS or LLCC student and Faculty/Staff member, respectively, who has exemplified extraordinary dedication to service at UIS or LLCC and in the Springfield community. Selection criteria are based on the duration of service, impact of the service, and evidence of a positive “spirit of service.” Please go to the following link: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2189223, to nominate an LLCC Star today!

Some helpful tips to consider when filling out the nomination form: 1) Please note that on the online form you will select *UIS Star Student Award* or *UIS Star Staff Award” and that will include the LLCC student or Faculty/Staff you are nominating. 2) Award recipients will be selected based solely on the information provided on the nomination form. Please obtain a comprehensive list from the LLCC student you are nominating to ensure you are getting all of his/her community service included on the form. You can share the nomination form link with the student and they can see exactly the information you will need. This will also make you filling out the form a breeze!

For more information about the Good as Gold Awards Ceremony please visit: http://www.uis.edu/volunteer/communitypartners/goodasgold/

Murray Gallery features “All Over the Place” exhibit by Greg Walbert March 16-April 2

The James S. Murray Gallery presents “All Over the Place,” an exhibit by LLCC graphic design manager Greg Walbert, March 16-April 2. The exhibit is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Menard Hall second floor gallery.

“While it has always been known that Walbert is an accomplished Greg Walbert exhibitgraphic designer, it is through the biannual faculty art show that we discovered that his talents do not end there,” says Leslie Stalter, professor of art. “He can capture a likeness with exquisite precision in colored pencil or paint a scene on canvas in a loose expressive style. Walbert’s considerable range of abilities will all be on display for the public to enjoy and appreciate.”

Walbert explains the title of his exhibit. “My journey to seeing myself as an artist has been a long one. Along the way I took some time(s) off. I experimented. I scratched the itch that came and went until it was always there. I didn’t have the itch to do one thing one way, just the opposite. I had multiple itches and many things caught my attention. Each subject seemed to find a way to its own medium until there were many media and many subjects. Accepting and embracing my varied identity wasn’t the result of an epiphany. It took the encouraging insights of others. It took the understanding that ‘different’ is a good thing in art. My interests, my styles, my journey, my art is truly ‘all over the place.’”

For nine years in the LLCC Public Relations and Marketing department, Walbert has produced everything from web content and advertising to the college magazine FORWARD and Annual Report. He can be seen walking the hallways with a camera collecting images for his many projects and has taught classes in publication layout for the art department. A Springfield native, Walbert graduated from Eastern Illinois University as a visual communications major.

In the community

John Kidd, culinary specialist, and student Devlin O’Reilly presented a demonstration at the 17th annual Illinois Products Expo at the Illinois State Fairgrounds March 7.

“Epicuriosity 101” column scheduled to debut Wednesday in SJ-R

A new LLCC culinary column, “Epicuriosity 101,” will debut Wednesday, March 11 on the food page of the State Journal-Register. The column will be written alternately by Marnie Record, workforce specialist, value added foods program; Nancy Sweet, culinary operations manager; and Jay Kitterman, consultant to the Culinary Institute. Readers, including LLCC employees, are invited to email the experts with their questions. Every fourth column will be answers to questions sent to epicuriosity101@llcc.edu. Watch for “Epicuriosity 101” every Wednesday in the SJ-R!

KUDOS to these employees!

KUDOS to these employees and groups for going above and beyond to assist others and for modeling LLCC’s core values! Each will receive a KUDOS certificate.

Robin Ackman, Amber Berman, Bistro Verde’ students and staff, Philip Burnett, Stephanie Cummings, Jason Dockter, Libby Elder, Lindee Hall, Jennifer Hylton, Carrie Jacobs, Leslie Johnson, Judy Johnson, Karie Longhta, Paula Luebbert, David Mahan, Joe Roth, Matthew Shaver, Brian Tweryon, Jud Walker, Amanda Wiesenhofer, and the Writing Center and Arts and Humanities Faculty and Staff

Click KUDOS March 2015 to read what they did and who nominated them.

The next KUDOS will be announced in May. Nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS tab in the upper right corner of LincIn.

The KUDOS award is an informal way to recognize the small and large ways our faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC. The person you nominate will receive a KUDOS certificate, with winners announced in LincIn. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with a KUDOS.

LLCC Quiz Bowl team competes in national championship for 4th straight year

The LLCC Quiz Bowl team competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments community college championship on Feb. 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga. This was the fourth straight year that the LLCC team qualified for the national tourney.

The LLCC Loggers won four matches and finished 20th in the competition. Jake Montgomery of Athens placed 18th individually out of 121 participants.

Other members of the LLCC team are Allison Penrod of Athens (captain) and Jacob Webb of Virden (lieutenant captain) along with Ashley Fields, Jefferson Gentry, Nick Shelton and Jarely Ventura of Springfield; David Western of Rochester; Holden Smith of Edinburg and Tim Schaeffer of Taylorville.

The team is coached by LLCC professor Eve Fischberg.