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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Thank you to Dr. Vern Lindquist, Dr. Taiebeh Hosseinali, Dr. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
The 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!