VALIC representative on campus Feb. 9

Terri Bailey, VALIC financial advisor, will be on campus Friday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the VP conference room to answer questions about the 403(b) and 457(b) deferred compensation plan options available to LLCC employees from VALIC. View the invitation to find out how you can register for a consultation time. Deferred compensation options are available to employees from VALIC and TIAA-CREF.

African-American History Month activities

LLCC is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Celebrating Our Strengths While Overcoming Our Challenges.”

Activities continue today with HIV/AIDS awareness and testing, 9-11 a.m. in A. Lincoln Commons, sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union. Also, Soup & Stories “Adversities Are Your Ally” will be presented by Casandra Austin from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room. The Soup & Stories event, sponsored by the LLCC African-American History Month Committee and LLCC Student Life, is free to students with a  student ID and $3 for non-students.

Read about additional events throughout the month.

Spring film series

The LLCC Arts and Humanities Department will host a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The first film showing will be of “Masaan” on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Masaan” (2015) – Set in the holy city of Varanasi, this film tells a story of four lives that intersect along the Ganges — a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt, a hapless father with fading morality and a spirited child yearning for a family, longing to escape the moral constructs of a small town. Masaan means “crematorium,” symbolically significant as the sacred waters of the Ganges witness the cycle of death and rebirth.

The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish. In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.

Read about additional films in the series.

In the news

Matt Vespa, professor of mathematics, was interviewed Feb. 6 by WICS about the 22nd annual regional-level Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge hosted by LLCC. More than 300 students from 18 high schools in the district competed in the event.

Nancy Sweet, director of culinary programs and operations, was interviewed by WICS on Bistro Verde’s opening day for the spring semester She discussed the opportunity the bistro presents for LLCC culinary students and the community. She is also the author of this week’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Root vegetables are tasty and plentiful now.”


PRM hosting photo shoot

Public Relations and Marketing will have a professional photographer on campus today through Thursday taking scheduled and unscheduled photos for various publications, advertising and the website. We will ask permission before entering any classroom. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Bistro Verde opens today

Bistro Verde will be open during the spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. starting today. It will operate through Thursday, March 8 as a casual bistro and from Thursday, March 29 through Thursday, April 26 with fine dining service. View the casual bistro menu. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by emailing, calling 786-2821 or stopping by the café during hours of business. Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted.

The café’s dining room is staffed by students from the Dining Room Operations class, and food is prepared by students in the Food Production IV class. Desserts are created by students enrolled in the Advanced Baking and Pastry and Restaurant Desserts classes, while bread is supplied by the Artisan Breads class.

In the news

Dr. Jason Dockter, professor of English; Marie Watson, student engagement coordinator; and Misty Hagstrom, graphic design specialist, are quoted in this article in the February Springfield Business Journal on why LLCC is one of the “Best Places to Work” in central Illinois.

Jeff Mehan, professor, computer networking, was interviewed on the WTAX Morning Newswatch Feb. 5 about the free, public cybersecurity workshops being offered by LLCC.

Managing recyclable material

LLCC Facilities Services would like to ask for your help managing recyclable material. Some of our recycling dumpsters have been consistently overloaded lately with intact cardboard boxes. This has caused the college to incur additional fees. Please help us to eliminate unnecessary costs by breaking down boxes before throwing them into the recycling dumpsters.

As always, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.