LLCC Honors Club off to great start with “Be A Hero Campaign” press conference

IMG_6912Lincoln Land Community College is 1 of 21 colleges participating in the Secretary of State’s “Be A Hero Campaign” to promote organ/tissue donor awareness and to increase registration in Illinois.  A press conference was held Tuesday, April 8 to promote the efforts of the LLCC Honors Club in promoting this effort.  To view photos from the event, click HERE.  For more information, visit the LLCC “Be a Hero Campaign” Facebook Page.

Campus Wildlife

Thank you to Dr. Chris McDonald for sharing these photos of the deer and ducks on campus and a sighting of American White Pelicans flying over! What welcome signs of spring!




Press conference with Jesse White, IL Secretary of State, today, 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons; students, faculty, staff invited!

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will speak on the “Be a Hero” organ donation campaign at a press conference at 1 p.m. today in A. Lincoln Commons. Several LLCC Honors students are leading a drive to register organ donors. They will be at a table with information and cookies following the press conference. Other speakers are Justin Reichert, chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board; State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis; Natalie Sparacio, NewsChannel 20; and Tyler Matthews, LLCC “Be A Hero” participating student.

ITS Vacancy Announced

The Human Resources office is currently advertising for a Systems Administrator I.  Complete information on this position can be found on the HR Portal.

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3. “Jazzin’ It Up” concert, Legos Expo, Becky Parton, Jessica Ingold, Jay Kitterman and John Kidd are In the News

“Jazzin’ It Up with Jack and Friends,” a concert for special needs children organized by Jane Hartman and Jason Waddell, music faculty, was a rousing success Saturday morning, April 5. Children enjoyed performances by the LLCC Big Band and Stolen Moments, and played along using noisemakers and shakers. They also touched and played real band instruments at the instrument petting zoo.  Jane and Jason were interviewed by the State Journal Register and SO magazine, and Robin Ackman of the Finance Department and family were pictured in this article that ran Sunday, April 6. Click HERE for a photo album from the event!

Becky Parton, associate dean, instructional technology and distance education, wrote this essay in the State Journal-Register Sunday, April 5, on LLCC online education.

The first annual Central Illinois Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Expo in Cass Gym Sunday, April 6, was covered by WICS and WAND TV. Jessica Ingold, youth programming coordinator, was interviewed. Click HERE for a photo album of the fun event!

Jay Kitterman, director, Culinary Institute, was interviewed by the State Journal Register a front page story April 7 on the growing popularity of restaurant food delivery services.

John Kidd, culinary specialist, was the featured chef on FOX-55’s Good Day program from 7 to 9 a.m., preparing several delicious dishes.

2014 Biggest Loser Results are in…

TLC came out on top for the second year in a row!  The team is comprised of Liesl Smith, Theresa Kanoza and Cara Swafford.  Together TLC lost 40.6 lbs or 8.63% of their total body weight.

In a close second, which came down to the last minute, was Waist Management.  This team is comprised of Bill Harmon, Craig Beckmier and Rich Teeter.  Together Waist Management lost 50.6 lbs or 8% of their total body weight.

And last but not least, in third place was CNA Duo which is actually a trio comprised of Sandra Chvala, Sharon Hashman and Keri Mounce.  Together CNA Duo lost 21.4 lbs or 3.82% of their total body weight.

This contest is marketed as a team contest however we do recognize the overall individual winner.  A big congratulations goes to Cara Swafford for being the 2014 Biggest Loser.  Individually Cara lost 18.2 lbs or 10.24% of her body weight.

The weekly winners’ names were placed in a hat to be drawn at the end of the contest.  Congratulations to Craig McFarland whose name was drawn from the hat.

Congratulations to all those who participated.

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Our sympathy to Phil Lima

Our sincere condolences to Phil Lima, police sergeant, whose mother, Wilma Lima, passed away early Monday morning.  A visitation will be held at Butler Funeral Home (Springfield, IL) Wednesday April 9th, 11:3oa.m.-12:30p.m. followed by a service at Camp Butler Cemetery at 1:00p.m.

VALIC Representative on Campus April 22

In light of recent SURS changes, the Finance Department thought it was a good time to have our VALIC representatives back on campus. This is a great opportunity to review your current allocations or start a new 403(b) or 457 plan.  Remember, any deductions to one of these plans are deducted pre-tax.   We will have two representatives here on April 22.  Luke Perkins will be holding his meetings in the VP conference room from 11:30 – 4:00 and Fred McEwen will be holding his meetings in the HR conference room from 10:00 – 4:00.  Do to the anticipated volume, I would highly encourage everyone to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins will be accommodated as quickly as possible.  You can contact the individuals at the numbers below.

Luke Perkins 312-909-2670        Fred McEwen 312-292-0218

In the News

ON FOX-55 this morning between 7-9 a.m.: Karen Sanders, executive director, LLCC Foundation, and honors students Tyler Mathews and Russell Michelich, talk about the “Be a Hero” campaign to promote organ donation. Secretary of State Jesse White will be on campus Tuesday, 1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons for a press conference about the statewide, community college campaign. Organ donation registry will be available following the press conference.

Scott Stallman, executive director LLCC-Taylorville/Litchfield/Hillsboro, was featured on the April 2 edition of WTIM’s “Ask The Professional.” He provided information on registering for summer/fall classes including new student orientation and paying for college. He also discussed April happenings at LLCC-Taylorville.

Jazzin’ It Up concert tomorrow, Lego Expo Sunday

Special needs children and their parents/guardians are invited to a free concert tomorrow morning, April 5, in the Trutter Center. “Jazzin’ It Up with Jack and Friends” takes place from 10 a.m. to noon and features performances by LLCC music ensembles, along with an “instrument petting zoo” in which children can view and touch band instruments.

The schedule of events includes a performance by the LLCC Stolen Moments ensemble, directed by Jason Waddell, from 10-10:30 a.m.; instrument petting zoo from 10:30 to 11:15; and a performance by the LLCC Big Band, directed by Jane Hartman, from 11:15-11:45, followed by refreshments.

A number of students from the Hope Institute for Children and Families and their helpers will be in attendance. Anyone with a special needs child may RSVP to attend by emailing or calling 786.2762.

Sunday, the first annual Central Illinois Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Expo will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium. The public is invited to the free event, to view the work of 24 regional Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teams of children aged 6-9.