Participate in Murray Gallery “A Community Sketchbook” exhibit

The LLCC James S. Murray Gallery invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to display their artworks during the month of December at an exhibit called “A Community Sketchbook.”

Exhibitors are welcome to tack their piece of visual art (or short prose or poetry) to the grey walls of the gallery to create a temporary, transmutable mural and tribute to the creativity of the LLCC community. “A Community Sketchbook” will be open for contributions beginning Dec. 1. All pieces must be able to be pinned to the walls, with pins provided by the gallery (no nails may be used.) The gallery cannot accommodate framed or stretched work. Also, when entering into the conversation, artists are asked to consider the audience. The gallery director reserves the right to edit any offensive or inappropriate material. Insurance cannot be provided for this show.

Simultaneously on display at the center of the gallery will be a show of tin foil hat designs from Dr. John Vinzant’s Introduction to Politics classes. Every hat is accompanied with a short statement explaining the “conspiracy” from which the design of the hat will protect the wearer. An award will go to the best tin foil hat design/conspiracy combination.

Participants in both shows must collect their work from the gallery before Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Work remaining after that time becomes the property of the gallery. For more information, contact Leslie Stalter, art professor.

LLCC Foundation L.E.A.G.U.E. grants due Dec. 5

A reminder that applications for L.E.A.G.U.E. grants are due in the LLCC Foundation Friday, 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.

Grant guidelines, application and budget worksheet are below, or may be obtained by calling the LLCC Foundation at 786-2785. More information is available at Just hover over “What We Do” and click on “Educational Support.”

2015LEAGUEgrantGuidelines  •  LEAGUE Grant App 2015  •  LEAGUE Grant Budget Worksheet 2015

Culinary students host annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde

Culinary students are hosting their annual lunch and dinner in Bistro Verde to raise money for student scholarships. Lunch will be served on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Dinner will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with seatings at 6 p.m. and 6:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Nancy Sweet at or 217.786.4613. See menu: Scholarship Dinner Menu

Bird Banding Station has exceptional fall

We had an exceptional banding season … we banded 2,670 birds of 79 species, compared to last fall’s 1,902 birds of 70 species! (See the report below.) Three of the species were first-time captures at our banding station: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Le Conte’s Sparrow. The Ash-throated Flycatcher was an exceptionally nice find as it is a southwestern species and only occasionally migrates this far east! We also were able to expose approximately 300 LLCC students and numerous community members to the application of biology methods in the field.

The spring 2015 banding season is scheduled to start March 24 and will run through late May. We are very excited that at some point next year we will be operating out of an outbuilding constructed by students in the building trades program.

Thanks again for the support each of you has shown for the LLCC BBS … and please join us at the station next spring as your time allows!

Bird Banding Station Fall 2014 Report

In the community

Lorie McDonald, director of LLCC-Hillsboro/Litchfield, was the guest speaker at the Hillsboro Rotary Club and Litchfield Women’s Club meetings. Lorie spoke to both groups about programs, enrollment, dual credit classes, new initiatives and challenges at LLCC-Litchfield & Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Journal-News featured Lorie in a photograph with LLCC trustee and Hillsboro Rotary Club member Jerry Wesley and also in a photo with members of the Women’s Club.

In the news

Scott Stallman, executive director, LLCC-Hillsboro/Litchfield/Taylorville, was featured on WTIM’s “Ask The Professional” on Thursday, Nov. 20. Scott discussed the enrollment process, new classes being offered and upcoming events at LLCC-Taylorville.

Congratulations to Chris Barry

Chris Barry, director of retention and student success, and his wife Gwen Elizabeth Barrywelcomed Gwen Elizabeth in to their family. She was born 5:39 p.m. on Nov. 24 was 19″ long and weighed 7 lbs. Congratulations!

Openings still available for Practical Response to Active Shooter Training Dec. 12

The LLCC Police Department still has openings for its Practical Response to Active Shooters training session on Friday, Dec. 12, which will run  from 1:30-3 p.m. in room 1104 of Sangamon Hall. Training is open to all LLCC faculty, staff or students; however, pre-registration is required (max of 25 participants per session). Please email to register.

There have been approximately 70 active shooter incidents in the U.S. over the past four years; about a quarter of these occurring in schools. If you ever found yourself in an active shooter event, would you know what to do? As with any emergency situation, prior thought and planning play an immense role in our individual response to these highly stressful incidents.

Presented by members of the Lincoln Land Community College Police Department, this hands-on training will provide you with options on what to do during an active shooter incident, teach you the techniques and then give you an opportunity to actually practice these newly learned skills in a supportive, non-stressful environment.

SGA and LAB honored recently

The Student Government Association and Logger Activities Board were honored recently at the Illinois Community College Student Activities Association (ICCSAA) annual Fall Student Leadership Conference held in Godfrey.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Logger Activities Board was recognized with the Creative Marketing Award. The award recognizes creative and low-cost promotional efforts planned and implemented by students. The Logger Activities Board received the award for its promotion of the “Showoff Your Culture!” and “Zombie Apocalypse Survival” activities held on campus earlier this fall. LLCC Logger Activities Board members include: Emily Tomlin of Cantrall; Morgan DeLuka of Nokomis; Conor Ford, Austin Friedmeyer and Emmanuel Olaoye of Springfield.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was awarded the Ed Snyder Merit Book Award for 2013-2014.  The award recognizes assistance to other clubs and organizations, student leadership training, community service and governance. The SGA was recognized for its month-long awareness campaigns for breast cancer, autism, and hunger and homelessness; health events; the angel tree activity to collect items for the Central Illinois Foodbank and its “Espresso Yourself” activity, in which students provided ideas for the SGA to act on in exchange for a hot beverage and breakfast treat.

SGA members include: Alyssa Boyd of Athens; Emily Tomlin of Cantrall; Jacob Trojahn of Chatham; Tracy Johnson of Chestnut; Katie Robinson of Jacksonville; Nathan Bauser of New Berlin; Anabella Lochmann of Sherman; Jefferson Gentry, DeCarlos Jones, Miaomiao Lui, Madeline Madden, Samar Osman, Jordan Roach, Emma Todd and Jarely Ventura of Springfield.