In the news

Julie Rourke, director of workforce development, and Marnie Record, workforce specialist, were interviewed Aug. 29 by Fox News regarding the value-added local food certificate program. The story aired Monday, Sept. 1 on Good Day Illinois and on WICS news Sept. 1 and 2. Additionally, Julie and Marnie are featured in a front page story today in the State Journal-Register entitled, Food Entrepreneurism: Learning to go local.”

LLCC Board of Trustees welcomes new faculty; hears report on facilities

The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed new faculty members Phyllis Biever, Dr. Ashley Green, David Leitner, Tim McKenzie and Deana Schenk at its August meeting Wednesday evening. Click HERE to learn more about them!

Also Wednesday evening, Dave Bretscher, director of facilities at LLCC, provided facts about the mainly “behind the scenes” work of his department. He said workers maintain more than 220 acres of property on the Springfield campus alone, including 70 acres of lawn and garden space, 35 acres of athletic fields and outdoor physical education space, 16 acres of paved parking lots and 12 acres of native prairie, plus three miles of concrete sidewalks and two miles of roadways. There are 17 main buildings on the Springfield campus covering 517,689 square feet. Buildings at LLCC locations in downtown Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, and in Litchfield, Hillsboro, Taylorville, Jacksonville and Beardstownadd an additional 134,584 square feet to be maintained.

Trustee and Board Vice Chair Craig Findley commented that of the many community and four-year college campuses he has visited in Illinois and elsewhere, LLCC’s campus is the most beautiful and well-maintained, an opinion echoed by Board Chair Justin Reichert.

Trustee Jeff Fulgenzi commended U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for his recent roundtable discussion and press conference held at LLCC, calling attention to student loan debt and the questionable practices of some for-profit colleges. Fulgenzi agreed with Sen. Durbinthat community colleges are a quality and affordable alternative to for-profit colleges and should be strongly considered by all seeking higher education.


A-Team to hold first meeting Sept. 4

Please join us for our first meeting of the A-Team! The A-Team, or Asperger’s/Autism Awareness and Support Group, is an informal group of students, faculty and staff who are interested in talking and learning about the challenges and successes of students with Asperger’s or Autism in the college setting. Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 1-2 pm in MNRD 1165, and we plan to meet every other Thursday each month throughout the academic year.

The group is open to anyone affiliated with the LLCC campus who is interested in our purpose to create awareness and support for students with Asperger’s or Autism. Team members have included students with or without Asperger’s or Autism, faculty, staff, Academic Success Professionals, education students, campus security, parents, and other individuals who wish to participate. Group meetings will be loosely organized around specific topics or activities that will be determined by members as the discussions develop with the goal of providing opportunities for social development, mentoring and support, diversity awareness, and discussing any other issues put forth by the members.

Our first meeting focus is simply “Getting to Know Asperger’s and Autism at LLCC.” We hope you will join us!

For more information, please contact Linda Chriswell: x 6-2828,, or Cara Swafford: x 6-2398,

In the News

Julie Rourke, director of workforce development, and Marnie Record, workforce specialist, were interviewed Aug. 28 by the SJ-R regarding LLCC’s new Value-Added Local Food certificate program.

Club Information Day reservations needed!

Club Information Day is Fri., Sept. 19 from 9am-3pm in the R. H. Stephens Room. This event is a GREAT opportunity to showcase your club or organization AND also encourage students to attend!


As a reminder, we are giving away 250 Subway lunches at 11:30am for students only so this will be well-attended event which could be great exposure for your club if you sign-up. Additionally, clubs who have a student representative at this event for at least 2 hours will get 1 credit toward their Leadership Series requirement. To reserve a space for your club, please contact Amber Berman at by Wed., Sept. 3

Important notices from the Finance Dept.

DEPOSITS: The deadline to submit your deposits to the Finance Department is Thursday, Aug. 28 before noon. As a reminder, if you’ve taken in funds, it is necessary to submit them and corresponding deposit slips to the Finance Department on a daily basis.  If you have questions, please contact Elyse Calhoun at ext. 62204 or Robin Ackman at ext. 62762.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Travel forms are now only available on the Portal page, under Finance Dept., Accounts Payable. You will have to print a white copy as the pre-travel form before traveling and also a yellow copy, as the post travel form after traveling. Yellow paper is available from the mailroom. Employee travel guidelines are also available on the Accounts Payable portal page. Please contact Jill Whitney in Accounts Payable ext. 62256 if you have any questions.

Murray Gallery opens fall season with Japanese paintings of Hiromi Katayama

The James S. Murray Gallery opens the fall season with an exhibit of the paintings of Japanese artist Hiromi Katayama.  The paintings will be displayed through Sept. 18 in the gallery, located on the second floor of Menard Hall on the LLCC campus.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4.p.m. The exhibition is presented with the support of the LLCC Foundation.

Harmony by Hiromi KatayamaHiromi Katayama is a native of Ibaraki, Japan and received a bachelor’s in fine arts in Japanese traditional painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design and a master of fine arts in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

She states, “My love for creative art was founded in the private studio of my mentor, Renjoin Sensei, at the age of nine. Today, my work is created using traditional Japanese pigments and techniques, utilizing traditional methods and materials, and imagery founded in my belief of cultural foundations in nature. Through this work, I hope to share my culture and a little bit of myself with my audience.  Read more…

Our condolences to Karen Riddell

Our sympathy to Karen Riddell, program assistant, Adult Education & Literacy, on the passing of her mother, Catherine Zoeckler, Monday, Aug. 26. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee.

Join Student Life for a Day of Service

The Student Life Office is seeking faculty/staff volunteers for their 2nd annual Day of Service to help supervise students as they spend their afternoons volunteering. The event will take place from 11:30am-5pm on Saturday, October 18th. If you have any questions or would like to sign up to help out, please contact Amber Berman at Thank you!