Congratulations, Michelle Coakes!

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Two pieces of ceramic work by Michelle Coakes, professor of art, have been accepted into a national juried exhibit called “Clay3“.  The exhibit will be held in Warrenville, Ill. west of Chicago  Feb. 28-March 30. Congratulations!

Thank you from Student Life

A big thank you to all of those who helped make the Student Life Office’s 5th Annual Volunteer Fair a great success, particularly to those faculty members who brought their classes by and encouraged them to network with the not-for-profit representatives. We had 112 students fill out pledge cards and promise to complete approximately 2,315 hours of community service!

Congratulations, Barb Bernardi!


Barb Bernardi, professor, biology, was named the 2014 Distinguished Alum of Little Flower Catholic Grade School during a Catholic Schools Week Mass on Saturday. Congratulations, Barb!

In the Community

Julie Rourke, director, workforce development, spoke on LLCC solar and green initiatives and programs as part of a panel sponsored by the Sierra Club and Sustainable Springfield Jan. 28 at Lincoln Library. Approximately 60 people were in attendance.

Report from LLCC’s November 2013 Quality Checkup or Site Visit

LLCC’s Quality Checkup Report is now available on LLCC’s AQIP page. The Quality Checkup Report is a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) document prepared by the review team after completing a site visit. Its purpose is to document the team’s findings and communicate those findings to the HLC as well as the institution under review. The report references conversations held with various groups during its visit, reports on the accuracy of LLCC’s Systems Portfolio, comments on the how well LLCC demonstrated meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, and provides feedback regarding federal compliance expectations. Please address any questions on the report to Chris McDonald or Tricia Kujawa, the college’s AQIP co-chairs, through .

A heartfelt thank-you note from Cheryl Vertrees

Thanks to my Lincoln Land colleagues for your expressions of kindness (cards, emails, food, flowers, memorials) following the recent passing of my dad.  Your thoughtfulness has been heartwarming.  A special thank you to my little work family who also provided comfort and support during December, when we were expecting any day to lose my 18-year-old niece following a four-year battle with cancer.  To lose Dad just three weeks after Cora passed away has been especially tough, and my work family has been there for me.  The many kind acts are greatly appreciated.   —   Cheryl Vertrees

REMINDER: W-2s are complete

The 2013 W-2s are complete.  If you elected to access your W-2 online through Web-Advisor, then your W-2 is now available.  If you did not elect online access, your W-2 will be mailed this week.  Please direct any questions regarding your W-2 to Cheryl Sneed at 6-2247 or

Bistro Verde opens for lunch this Thursday!

burgerLLCC’s student-run café, Bistro Verde, will open for lunch service on Thursday, Jan. 30. See the menu! Bistro Verde will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Reservations are required, and can be made by emailing or calling 786-2821.  For the first half of the semester, Bistro Verde will be set as a casual bistro.  For the second half of the semester, Bistro Verde will offer fine dining.  The café will accept cash and debit or credit cards (sorry, no checks.)  At this time, the Bistro will not be offering any to-go meals.

The café’s dining room staff is staffed by students from Dining Room Operations, and the cooking staff is staffed by students from Food Production 4.  Desserts are created by students in Restaurant Desserts and Advanced Baking and Pastry classes, and bread is supplied by the Artisan Breads class.

Click HERE to see the complete list of dates the café will be open this semester.