Planned power outage on campus Wed., Nov. 27

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the first day of Thanksgiving recess, we will be working with CWLP to replace the 40-year-old, and failing, aluminum electrical feed to our main switchgear room with a copper line. This will result in a power outage of approximately eight hours.  The buildings that will be without power are Sangamon, Menard and Cass.  We have been working with the ITS Department to ensure that we maintain phone and data service.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is a necessary step toward improving our electrical efficiency and maintaining and meeting the standards that exist elsewhere on campus.

Thank youHugh Garvey, assistant vice president, construction

Ag program wins statewide Innovation Award

Ag wins Innovation AwardLLCC’s “Head Start Ag Safety Program” won a 2013 Innovation Award from the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA). The award was presented yesterday at the ICCCA’s conference in downtown Springfield. Rich Teeter, associate professor of agriculture, described the program as a unique collaboration involving LLCC, a statewide business association and a non-profit organization. Accepting the award on behalf of the college were Dr. Charlotte Warren, president; Teeter, Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, Dr. Eileen Tepatti, vice president of academic services, and Dave Green, dean of business and technologies.

Last spring, a group of LLCC agriculture students were professionally trained and certified at the Asmark Institute Agri-center in Bloomington in subjects including confined space entry, hazardous materials and various safety procedures. The safety training program was provided to the students, free of charge, by the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and the Asmark Institute, a private, non-profit organization which assists agriculture retailers in complying with federal regulations.

Teeter said the training will not only enhance the resumes of the students when they pursue jobs in the ag industry, but more importantly, the lessons learned may save lives.

Capital City Training Center wins award

The Capital City Training Center has been honored by the National Safety Council for the second year in a row for its Defensive Driving Course, “Alive at 25.”  CCTC received the honorable mention award during the National Safety Council’s Annual Congress and Exhibition in Chicago.

In the Community

Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor, political science, presented a Veterans Day talk to more than 100 WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Afghanistan veterans and family members Nov. 12 at the Athens VFW/American Legion. He spoke about a WWI ambulance driver from Springfield (Dr. McDonald has a book on this subject to be published soon) and the 33rd Div. Illinois National Guard.

Congratulations Ruth Bixby!

Ruth Bixby, director, Occupational Therapy Assistant program, received the Award of Merit (Historian’s Award) from the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association.  The award goes to “a member of the association whose actions have shaped the course of occupational therapy and thus contributed significantly to its growth and development in the state of Illinois.”

Ruth is the 12th recipient since 1980 to receive the award, which was presented at the ILOTA Annual State Conference in Peoria Oct. 26.

Note from Facilities Services Regarding Event Tables

Catered Event Tables  – With limited resources and linens on hand, Facilities Services has determined we are unable to maintain our table linens when they are used regularly for food/beverages.  As part of their service, Nelson’s Catering  provides white plastic table covering and skirting with all catering set-ups.  Facilities Services requests this be the standard procedure for all conference tables set up for food/beverages. 

If you prefer tablecloths, linens can be ordered for your event thru Nelson’s Catering. Please discuss your table covering options with Nelson’s when you place your catering order.  Nelson’s Catering can be reached at 787-9443.

Conference Tables (non-food)Tablecloths can be requested from Facilities Services for non-food related conference set-ups, such as registration tables, awards tables, panel tables, etc.   If you would like to request black or white cloth table skirting,  please specify with your event details when you contact Julie McKinney to place your facility reservation.  If table skirting is requested for a catered event, the skirting will be placed after Nelson’s delivers and sets up your ordered linens, food/beverages.

 If you have any questions, please contact Director of Facilities Services Dave Bretscher.  Thank You.

In the News

Lyn Buerkett, director of Adult Education and Literacy, was interviewed Nov. 12 by the SJ-R about major changes in GED testing and preparing GED students for the changes in the testing.

Thank you from SLO

The Student Life Office would like thank everyone that participated in the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship Denim Day! We raised $145 for the scholarship!

Also, a big thank you to the LLCC baseball team and Coach Ron Riggle for helping place American flags around campus to honor our LLCC veterans on Monday.