In the news

Dave Pietrzak, director, aviation program, and aviation students Bryson and Matthew Perry were interviewed Dec. 8 for feature segments on the WICS Sunrise and FOX Good Day Illinois shows later this week. Dave and aviation student Matthew Chumley were interviewed Dec. 8 by WCIA-TV regarding the aviation program and jobs in the aviation mechanics field.

Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy, wrote the essay “Who Cares? LLCC” for the Dec. 7 “Our Towns” page of the State Journal-Register.

Reminder: Strategy Forum feedback survey due Dec. 12

A reminder that The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is seeking feedback on your experiences and perception of Strategy Forum. To gather that information, a survey link is provided below for anyone who participated in the all-campus activities on Nov. 4 in Cass Gymnasium. If you would like to provide feedback, please respond by Friday, Dec. 12. The survey results will only be accessible by staff associated with the HLC – this is not an LLCC survey.

The HLC appreciates everyone’s feedback and their candor. The on-campus Strategy Forum was a pilot, and the HLC’s goal is to improve the product provided to its AQIP institutions.

Strategy Forum Survey

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This week at LLCC

Tuesday, Dec. 9:  Ceramics Club holiday sale of student pottery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,  A. Lincoln Commons.

Wednesday, Dec. 10:  Ceramics Club holiday sale of student pottery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,  A. Lincoln Commons.

SGA and Veterans Club angel tree donations due in Student Life.

A few openings are still available for the culinary scholarship dinner, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Reservations are required; contact Nancy Sweet at or 217.786.4613. Menu: Scholarship Dinner Menu

Thursday, Dec. 11:  Register and Relax jeans day Enrollment Services invites everyone to participate in support of the Register & Relax campaign. Help create a “relaxing” atmosphere  Thursday. It is too cold to show your support by wearing your beach wear, but break out your Hawaiian shirts. It’s a casual day (jeans), so think sunshine, warm weather, beaches and dress accordingly. Most importantly, please use this opportunity to encourage students to register so they can relax and enjoy their break!

Retirement reception for Jay Kitterman, 2-4 p.m. in Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center.

Friday, Dec. 12: Strategy Forum feedback survey due. Grade changes due for Incomplete grades assigned in spring and summer 2014.

Grades due Dec. 22

Fall semester, Mod II and Short Semester grades are due Monday, Dec. 22 at noon. Check your LLCC email for detailed instructions. If you have any question, contact the Records office at 786-2424.

NISOD Excellence Award nominations being accepted; deadline Dec. 15

Nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award are being accepted. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at LLCC.

Students, staff, and faculty may submit nominations. Consider nominating a faculty member whom you feel exhibits excellence in teaching and leadership and any other qualities that set him or her apart. The nomination does not have to be lengthy; however, it should contain an explanation of why you are nominating the faculty member, including examples of excellence in teaching and leadership. Nominations (form below) should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate either via email ( or paper. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 15.

NISOD Excellence Award 2015 Nomination Form

In the news

Maryjane Million, ESA operations analyst, LLCC-Jacksonville and Beardstown, and Ken Bradbury, adjunct instructor of theatre, were interviewed Dec. 5 for a Sunday, Dec. 7 story in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on the latest LLCC Traveling Theatre production.

L.E.A.G.U.E. grant applications due today; 2015-2016 scholarship applications being accepted

A reminder that applications for L.E.A.G.U.E. grants are due in the LLCC Foundation today, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Approximately $10,000 will be awarded at the L.E.A.G.U.E. kickoff on March 24, 2015. Application materials can be found in an article dated Dec. 1.

LLCC Foundation scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are being accepted online at Faculty and staff are invited to encourage students to apply. For more information about LLCC Foundation scholarships, contact Lori Smith, scholarship program coordinator, at ext. 64502.

Single restrooms on campus now gender-neutral

Single bathrooms on campus and at several other LLCC locations are now gender-neutral in an effort to provide an accommodating environment for students and staff.

The LLCC Student Government Association (SGA) approved and funded the signage for the gender-neutral restrooms to demonstrate its commitment to student needs.

Gender-neutral restrooms are located in Mason Hall (2), Sangamon Hall (2), Workforce Careers Center (3), Litchfield Administrative Building (2) and Menard Hall: lower level (2), R.H. Stephens Room  (2), VP Office Area (2), Break Room next to Foundation (2). In addition, a gender-neutral, single restroom is being constructed in the LLCC-Taylorville building currently undergoing renovation.

Things to do this weekend!

Friday, Dec. 5; Saturday, Dec. 6  and Sunday, Dec. 7: LLCC Theatre “The Shadows of Edgar Allan Poe” at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hoogland, 420 South 6th St., by calling 217-523-2787 or online at

Following Sunday’s performance will be a panel discussion with English faculty members Marlene Emmons and Eric Stachera, theatre professor and play director Mark Hardiman and James Seay, teacher, actor and dramaturg for the production.

Sunday, Dec. 7: LLCC Recital Series with Flute Chamber Music featuring Dr. Abigail Walsh. The free performance begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center.