Grow Beyond Campaign hits milestone

Thanks to the generosity of community friends and LLCC faculty and staff, we just surpassed the $1,000,000 milestone mark for the Grow Beyond campaign! Our total endowment fund balance now sits at $1,014,869.45!

Placement and Testing closed Today

The Office of Placement and Testing will be closed today, September 4th. The staff will be attending the National College Testing Association virtual conference. There are several topics of great interest such as “Inevitable Cheating Incidents and How to Combat Them” as well as “Ten Years of Test Security: The Road Traveled and the Road Ahead”.   Anyone interested in attending should contact Stephanie Cummings at 786-2246 or Carrie Jacobs at 786-4672.

Deadline to join Weight Watchers At Work tomorrow

Weight Watchers is once again offering the “At Work Series” on the Lincoln Land campus this fall. Meetings will be held during lunch time beginning the week of Sept. 15. We will offer a 12-week series (with 14 weeks of online tools) for $152. This amount can be set up as a payroll deduction. If you are interested in joining the fall series, please contact Kim Elder in HR at ext. 62214 or to register. Deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 5! Click WWFallPromotion2014  for more details.

Itinerary announced for Study Abroad in Spain

This May, for the first time, the Arts and Humanities department is offering a travel/study trip to Spain.  The 11-day trip departs on May 18, 2015 and includes visits to some of Spain’s most spectacular sites:  Barcelona, Granada, Costa del Sol, Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba and Sevilla.  For more information, contact either Professor Leslie Stalter (Art) at or Professor Joe Hoff (Spanish) at


ITDE Blackboard Workshops tomorrow

Beginning Blackboard

Facilitator: Gary Bach, Instructional Technology Specialist

Are you a new Blackboard user or an occasional Blackboard user in need of a refresher? Come to this session for an introduction to using the Blackboard course management system at LLCC. This session will cover the basics of getting started using Blackboard to supplement instruction, such aslogging in to the system, general navigation, tools, course development areas and the grade center.

Click here to register for the session below

Date Time Room
Thursday, September 4 2:00-3:00 PM SGMN0119

A-Team meeting tomorrow, Sept. 4

Please join us for our first meeting of the A-Team, or Asperger’s/Autism Awareness and Support Group!  Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 1-2 pm in MNRD 1165 and will focus on simply “Getting to Know Asperger’s and Autism at LLCC.” We hope you will join us!

For more information, see article dated Aug. ___ or please contact Linda Chriswell: x 6-2828,, or Cara Swafford: x 6-2398,

Mark your calendars for Professional Development Day and Institutional Improvement Day

The NEW date for Professional Development Day is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Full-time faculty and staff will participate as usual in the daytime program. If daytime adjuncts want to attend this event, they can, or they can attend the evening program on Nov. 4 (Institutional Improvement Day).

The NEW date for Institutional Improvement Day for faculty and staff is Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The evening development program for both full-time and adjunct faculty will be kept in place on this date. The evening program will start at 6 p.m. (dinner at 5 p.m.).  Participants will be able to hear from the 2014 Pearson Master Teacher, Bill Harmon, Professor of Agronomy.  The Outstanding Adjunct Award will also be announced.

More details on Professional Development Day and Institutional Improvement Day will be announced soon in LincIn.  

Sept. edition of Foundation newsletter, “Circle of Friends”

LLCC alums are front and center in the September 2014 edition of “Circle of Friends.”  Read about Ryan Murphy, LLCC alum and 2014 Foundation Board Chair, and how Lincoln Land laid the foundation for lifelong friendships, as well as giving back.  And meet Kevin Ladage, a 2002 alum recently recognized for his new and emerging business.  Click here to read these stories and other good news in “Circle of Friends.”

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.