This Week at LLCC

Wednesday, Oct. 16Rochester 6th graders visit LLCC for a presentation and tour of the Workforce Careers Center, hosted by Public Relations and Marketing. SGA will have a Breast Cancer Awareness display and serve snow cones 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons.

Thursday, Oct. 17Annual Employee Wellness Screenings will take place during the morning in the Trutter Center.  Contact HR for more information, 6-2752.  The annual Career Development Services Silent Auction is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room.  Proceeds benefit the CDS Emergency Fund.

Friday, Oct. 18SGA Breast Cancer Awareness display will be in the Student Union from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Anyone wearing pink can enter to win a $50 gas card!  The Annual Career Development Services Silent Auction is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room.

Sunday, Oct. 20 – Recital Series performance by Soprano Mariah Kaplan will be in the Trutter Center at 4:00 p.m.

LLCC hosts community college biologists

LLCC hosted the 41st annual Illinois Association of Community College Biologists Fri. and Sat., Oct. 11 and 12, with approximately 50 attending, along with vendors. Participants saw a bird banding demonstration and heard speakers in environmental education, common core/distrance education and anatomy/physiology pre-requisite issues. Dave Cox serves as president of the organization.

In the News

Jay Kitterman, director, Culinary Institute, was interviewed for an Oct. 30 article on the SJ-R Food page on the Institute’s Bistro Verde dinners. Learn more about the dinners HERE (scroll to bottom).

Ag Club Auctioning remaining Cornhole Sets

Ag Club Bags SetsThe Ag Club is holding a Silent Auction for three sets of Cornhole (bags) game that include two boards and eight poly-resin pellet filled bags.  The bidding will take place today, Oct. 11 through Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3:00pm.  Opening price for each set is $40.00 and bids can be submitted to Ag Club Advisor, Bill Harmon, via email at Please specify if you want the:  Case IH/New Holland, duck blind camoflage or John Deere.

Anyone who would like to examine the boards before making a bid can see them in Millennium 2212, agriculture faculty office.

In the News

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, was interviewed for a Oct. 10 SJ-R article on the delay in Small Business Administration loan approval due to the government shutdown. Kevin also wrote the article, “Be Prepared,” for the SJ-R’s Support Local Central Illinois section published Sept. 28.

Bob Howard, director, Truck Driver Training, and Julie Rourke, director, workforce development, were interviewed by WTAX Oct. 10 just prior to the information session on the free training program being offered for long-term unemployed individuals.

In the News

Barb Bernardi, professor of biology and 2013 Pearson Master Teacher, penned this LLCC essay for the State Journal-Register Oct. 6. The article has gone viral in the alpaca world, with the largest alpaca resource for alpaca farms, Open Herd, featuring the article under “alpaca news,” along with the IAOBA (Illinois Alpaca Owners and Breeder’s Association) and a Great Pyrenees website.

Cultural Program Next Week!

The Student Life Office welcomes filmmaker Eliaichi “Ellie” Kimaro to campus on Monday, Oct. 14  for a presentation in the R.H. Stephens Room at 1 p.m. The Seattle-based filmmaker is a first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When Ellie was older and in an interracial relationship of her own, she wanted to better understand this world her father had left behind at 18.  When her father moved back to Tanzania for good, Ellie followed him to make a film about this culture.  What Ellie discovered in Tanzania, in her family and in herself is the subject of her personal award-winning documentary, “A Lot Like You.”

As both a cultural insider and outsider, Ellie asked questions that most people who grew up on Mt. Kilimanjaro would never think to ask. Much to Ellie’s surprise, the stoic women in her family opened up, telling stories about trauma and survival. Ellie reconciled this culture she’s inherited with how she defines herself today as a woman, an activist and mother.  “A Lot Like You” was named Best Documentary at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. A portion of the net proceeds from the film will help fund the construction of a girls’ dormitory at the Vunjo Secondary School in the Kimaro family village of Mwika.