LLCC Athletics to establish women’s soccer team, replacing men’s soccer, and add e-sports team

The LLCC Board of Trustees voted at its recent November meeting to make changes to the athletic program offerings at LLCC. These changes include establishing a women’s soccer program to replace men’s soccer.  This change allows LLCC athletics to better align with Title IX. Women’s soccer also has a strong local presence in the LLCC district, allowing more local athletes to stay close to home while playing college soccer.

Men’s soccer coach Pete Christofilakos will now coach for the women’s soccer team, and recruiting will begin immediately. The team will play its first games in fall 2020. Any men’s soccer players on scholarship who choose to stay at LLCC will have their scholarships honored for the second year.  Athletes wishing to transfer will be provided assistance and support in identifying other collegiate soccer opportunities.

Also, the Board approved the addition of e-sports. E-sports as an industry has now exceeded $1 billion, and e-sports viewership is currently greater than all other sports other than the NFL. Local high schools, most notably in D-186, have already implemented competitive e-sports teams. Many community colleges throughout Illinois are preparing to launch similar teams due to recent action by the NJCAA officially sanctioning e-sports and creating an e-sports league. The NJCAA league currently features the games Madden, Rocket League and Super Smash Brothers. LLCC anticipates an initial roster size of 25 for the e-sports team, and some scholarships will be available. LLCC will begin to implement e-sports immediately in preparation for the fall 2020  season, including procuring equipment, setting up an e-sports “arena,” hiring coach(es) and recruiting players.

Ron Riggle, athletic director, was interviewed by the SJ-R for a story about these developments.

Multi-Factor Authentication to be activated for all employees starting Dec. 2

In order to strengthen the LLCC computer network, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be activated for all employees starting Monday, Dec. 2. This process will take three weeks to complete, and employees will be notified one day before their account is enabled for MFA.

What is MFA and what can I expect when it is enabled for my account?
https://llcconline.sharepoint.com/IT/SitePages/MFA.aspx

Please contact the IT Help Desk at helpme@llcc.edu or 786-2555 for more information or if you need assistance.

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Open forums with candidates for dean

Three candidates will be coming to campus for interviews for the dean of natural and agricultural science position. Below are the dates, locations and times for these forums. Please attend if possible.

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2:15 p.m. in the Trutter Center
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 1:45-2:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207

Also, as a reminder, the third and final open forum for the dean of English and humanities position will be held tomorrow, Nov. 26, 2-2:45 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2209.

Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity

LLCC received the prestigious Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-2Y) certificate on Nov. 20. Representing LLCC, Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, accepted the award in Phoenix, Ariz. To date, LLCC is only one of four community colleges in Illinois to receive such a  designation. It is awarded after meeting rigorous requirements set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CAE-2Y designation reflects LLCC’s commitment to educate and prepare cybersecurity professionals who reduce vulnerabilities in our national infrastructure.
Having met the criteria for measuring the depth and maturity of established programs in the field of Cyber Defense Education Lincoln Land Community College is hereby designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education for the path of Associate in Applied Science, Computer Systems-Networking Track through academic year 2023. This certificate is presented in recognition of significant contributions in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation by broadening the pool of skilled workers with cyber defense expertise capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure. Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security and Paul M. Nakasone, General, U.S. Army, Director, NSADr. Carmen Allen accepted award.

“Language of Inclusivity” episode II

LLCC Inclusivity Speaker Series. Diversity, Inclusion, Identity, Community.If you have not yet had a chance to view the latest “Language of Inclusivity” video, the Campus Climate Team’s Safety and Inclusivity Workgroup encourages everyone to do so. The video is part of the continuation of efforts to infuse the language of inclusivity into our campus conversations, and focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism. It follows the series debut that was featured during Institutional Improvement Day and connects with the Inclusivity Speaker Series.

NOTE: Use a browser other than Internet Explorer to watch this video.

Thank you to Dr. Vern LindquistDr. Taiebeh HosseinaliDr. Deborah Brothers and Patrick Moore for taking part in this video. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to participate in our next video, please contact Shelby Bedford, workgroup lead, at shelby.bedford@llcc.edu.

Testing and maintenance scheduled for today

LLCC Facilities Services is coordinating annual testing of the fire alarm system in the Workforce Career Center today, Nov. 25. While we strive to keep disruptions to a minimum, it will be necessary to activate the strobes and audio devices during these tests. Your patience is appreciated as this necessary testing is performed.

Also, Blackboard has notified LLCC that the college system will be offline for maintenance today at 11 p.m. This work typically takes an hour. If time extends beyond that, an update will be sent.

Open interviews for peer tutors today

Open interviews for peer tutors are being held today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please remind your talented, responsible and qualified students (enrolled in at least six hours for spring 2020, 3.0 GPA, 12+ hours completed) to come see Jamie McCoy today in the LLCC Center for Academic Success to interview to be a peer tutor. No appointment needed!

Open interviews for peer tutors will also be held Tuesday Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. For questions or further information, please contact Jamie McCoy at 786-2845.

End-of-month deposits due today before noon

The deadline to submit your deposits to LLCC Finance is today, Nov. 25, before noon. Please hand the deposit to Nichole Coffey or Jessie Maddox as monies should not be left unattended.

As a reminder, if you have taken in funds, it is necessary to submit them and corresponding deposit slips to the finance department on a daily basis.

If you have questions, please contact LLCC Student Accounts at 786-2480.  Thank you!

“Stuff the Stocking” event Dec. 2-13

StockingThe Student Services Administrative Assistant Peer 2 Peer Connections group is sponsoring a “Stuff the Stocking” event during the first two weeks of December, and you can be a part of this effort!

You will see large stockings hung in LLCC Student Life as well as in the Student Success hallway at the main campus and in the front office of each of the Outreach Centers. Each stocking will be waiting for donations of a new pair of warm socks, a hat, gloves or scarf. They can be hand crafted, knitted, crocheted or purchased, but please make them new.

Items will be given to LLCC students through LLCC Student Life and donated to local nonprofit organizations in Springfield, Taylorville, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Beardstown.

Donations will be accepted Dec. 2-13.

It’s a small thing, a scarf or pair of gloves, but there are many in our LLCC community who could use that simple little thing to help keep them warm during this winter season. Thank you for making someone’s holiday and the winter months a little warmer!

Stuff the Stocking” flyer