Next performance in 2017-18 Recital Series is Oct. 8

The next performance in Lincoln Land Community College’s annual Recital Series will be on Sunday, Oct. 8.  The band JACK’d, with Jason Waddell, associate professor of music; Aaron Gosnell; Chris Gunn; and Kevin Carman, will perform at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center. All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

Other upcoming recitals include:

  • Wednesday, Nov 1 – LLCC Choir Concert, noon, A. Lincoln Commons
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 – LLCC Student Honors Recital, 7 p.m., Menard Hall, room 2250
  • Sunday, March 25 – Chamber Music Recital with Brick House Brass and Blackwater Strings, 4 p.m., Trutter Center
  • Sunday, April 8 – LLCC Choir Concert, 4 p.m., Trutter Center
  • Wednesday, May 2 –  LLCC Student Honors Recital, 7 p.m., Menard Hall, room 2250

Oct. 10 informational meeting on culinary-focused trip to Italy

LLCC Culinary Arts is planning a two-week, culinary-focused trip to Italy May 27-June 10, 2018, which is open to students and the community. An informational meeting on the trip will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in Bistro Verde.

The trip, in conjunction with Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, will travel to three areas: the Marche region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea; the food valley area of Modena and Parma, located in the Emilia-Romagna region and known for prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese; and finally the city of Rome, the capital of Italy.

While there, various classes will be held in Italian language, culture and culinary heritage and tradition of Italy. This culinary immersion will also include meeting with culinary experts, local wine and food producers, restaurant owners and culinary entrepreneurs. Excursions to destinations with high artistic interest and natural beauty around Italy will provide a well-rounded perspective of Italian life and culture.

Interested individuals unable to attend the informational meeting may contact Nancy Sweet, director of LLCC culinary operations and programs, at 217-649-0798 or

Dr. Lesley Frederick to serve as Interim VP, Academic Services

Dr. Lesley Frederick will be serving dual roles as Interim Vice President of Academic Services and Vice President of Student Services while we are in the Vice President of Academic Services search process. She will work closely with the academic services administration, faculty, staff and me to bridge the transition period between Dr. Tepatti’s retirement and the hiring of a new Vice President of Academic Services.

Dr. Charlotte Warren, President

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1981 with a “Day of Unity.” In 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. Since its beginning, domestic violence awareness has focused on three common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence states that nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner; however, domestic violence typically involves more than physical violence. Victims often suffer cycles of violence that include psychological, sexual and financial abuse. Domestic abuse can happen in all kinds of relationships and has extreme effects on victims, children and our community.

Throughout the month of October, SAVE Taskforce is leading an awareness campaign called “See the Signs, Take a Stand.” Staff and faculty are encouraged to look for posters on campus designed by graphic arts students that display the signs of intimate partner violence and take a stand against domestic violence. For more information about the prevalence and effects of intimate partner violence and what you can do to help, see the weekly LincIn posts to follow and visit LLCC’s Sexual Violence Resources website.

Jim Dietz, volleyball coach, gets 600th match win

Jim Dietz recently won his 600th match as volleyball coach at LLCC.

Dietz reached the milestone Sept. 22 when the Loggers swept Kirkwood Community College 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 at the Parkland Invitational.

Dietz’s current record at LLCC is 422 wins and 186 losses. He has led the Loggers to the national NJCAA tournament three times, placing second in both 2015 and 2016 and 11th in 2012. He also coached the Loggers to eight region final appearances and 36 tournament titles.

Dietz, a native of Davenport, Iowa, previously coached at Effingham St. Anthony High School, where he remains the winningest coach.

“To me, the 600 wins says more about the girls I’ve coached,” said Dietz. “I am far prouder of where those young women have wound up, as accountants, a doctor, two national-level sales managers, stay-at-home moms, and even a college department head. That’s my goal for athletes: use sports for leadership, self-confidence, then go pursue your dreams. It makes it all worthwhile.”

In the news

Dave Pietrzak, director, LLCC aviation program, wrote this essay regarding the Oct. 25 open house at LLCC’s aviation center in yesterday’s State Journal-Register.

Thank you from Dr. Eileen Tepatti

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share your good wishes for retirement as my time at Lincoln Land comes to an end. Whether you came by the reception, stopped me in the hallway or sent a card, your kind thoughts, words and deeds mean a great deal to me and are cherished memories. Thank you for your support and encouragement for over 22 years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this institution and work with each and every one of you to move our college forward.

Dr. Eileen Tepatti
Vice President of Academic Services

Open house at new Aviation Center Oct. 25

Everyone is invited to an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the new Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center at LLCC, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The open house will take place from 4-5 p.m., followed by a reception beginning at 5:15 and ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. The LLCC Board of Trustees will then meet for its October meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center: at LLCC