LLCC receives grant for sustainable ag training program for disadvantaged youth

Teens from the local Boys and Girls Clubs will be on campus Monday afternoons June 19-July 24 learning about sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship, helping with the college farm stand, working in the high tunnels, and meeting with campus administrators to learn more about LLCC.

The “Sustainable Agriculture Youth Workforce Development Program” is made possible through a  $2,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program.

Project coordinator Marnie Record, workforce specialist, says the grant will be used for a hands-on sustainable agriculture training program for low-income, disadvantaged community youth in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois. Participants will be introduced to all aspects of gardening from soil to harvest. The students will be given entrepreneurial experience through the management of a farm stand. In addition, in order to develop leaders and future employees, the students will learn life skills such as problem solving, working in a team, communication and time management.

The farm stand will be open on Monday afternoons in A. Lincoln Commons.

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.



Farm Credit Illinois presents check for ag program

Farm Credit Illinois recently presented a $5,000 check to the LLCC Foundation for use by the college’s agriculture program. The funds will be used to support student scholarships and several events hosted by the LLCC Ag Club including the fall Ag Career Expo and spring Farmers’ Share Luncheon.

Ryan Buckles, Farm Credit Illinois vice president of lending, and Shari Edwards, senior sales and service specialist, presented the check during the LLCC Ag Club’s end-of-semester cookout and awards event. Accepting the donation were Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy and Ag Club advisor, and April Leinburger, Ag Club president.

“Farm Credit Illinois is proud to support outstanding collegiate agriculture programs such as the one at LLCC,” said Buckles. “This program is preparing the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry. As alumni, Shari and I hold a special place in our hearts for the LLCC ag program and know first-hand the excellent education students receive here.”


Instructor publishes first novel

John Jamison, adjunct instructor in Adult Education and Literacy, has published his first novel called “Disruption.” The story is a suspense-thriller, based on a terrorist attack on the Mississippi River. John is originally from Beardstown, where he grew up in a family of riverboat captains, giving him a unique perspective to create the story. More information can be found at:

LLCC-Taylorville to observe LLCC’s 50th anniversary Tuesday

LLCC-Taylorville is celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary at its Community Partnership Group meeting Tuesday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m., with a special program including remarks by LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. and a proclamation presentation by Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry. In addition, Taylorville Alderman Earl Walters will announce a street name change from Lee Norse Drive to Lincoln Land Way.“Forward: An Anniversary Exhibition” featuring 50 years of photos and history of LLCC also will be on display.

LLCC-Beardstown holds 50th anniversary event

LLCC-Beardstown celebrated the college’s 50th anniversary with a Beardstown Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event last evening. “Forward: An Anniversary Exhibition” was on display and a special presentation included remarks by LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren, who introduced LLCC Board Chair Dennis Shackelford, and a proclamation presentation by Beardstown Mayor Leslie Harris.

See photos from the event.

In the News

Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre, was interviewed for stories in the State Journal-Register and Jacksonville Journal-Courier regarding “The Three Musketeers.”

He also was interviewed on WTAX radio May 19.

“The Three Musketeers” presented by LLCC Theatre begins tomorrow

LLCC Theatre, in collaboration with Theatre in the Park, presents Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” Friday through Sunday, May 19, 20 and 21 and Thursday through Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27. The play begins at 8 each evening at Theatre in the Park at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7 p.m. in the indoor theatre, and at approximately 7:20 p.m., Director Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre, will present a brief talk about the production.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children under the age of 12 and may be purchased online at or by calling 632-5440 or 800.710.9290. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 5 to 8 p.m. on show nights.

Ludwig’s adaptation of the famous novel by Alexander Dumas is a hilarious, rollicking and suspenseful adventure. The retelling of the musketeers’ story involves a young man, D’Artagnan, who sets off to join the musketeers. His sister, Sabine, comes along, joining in the swashbuckling and proving her sword-fighting abilities.