Thank you from SLO

The Student Life Office would like thank everyone that participated in the Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship Denim Day! We raised $145 for the scholarship!

Also, a big thank you to the LLCC baseball team and Coach Ron Riggle for helping place American flags around campus to honor our LLCC veterans on Monday.

A Cappella group Ball in the House to perform Friday

Friday, Nov. 15-Ball in the House musical performance from 11:30am-12:45pm in the A. Lincoln Commons! Ball in the House isn’t what you think. Taking a cappella to a new level, Ball in the House is so much more than just another singing group. They’re the redefinition of the a cappella genre with everything you’d expect from a world-class soul, pop, R&B group — except the instruments.  They are the voices behind the Cool Whip commercials. That’s right, you’ve probably heard them dozens of times before, and didn’t even know it! They’ve toured with pop sensations like Sugar Ray, Jessica Simpson and Darius Rucker, while also dialing up a piece of the past supporting The Temptations and Smokey Robinson. 5 guys, 5 voices – that’s it! This is a Red & Blue Crew Arts/Education event sponsored by the Logger Activities Board.

18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Trustees and participantsThe 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at LLCC featured Trustee and State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (2nd from left), Retired Brigadier General, as master of ceremonies.   Doris Williams, program specialist, presented a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The Madrigals sang “America the Beautiful” arranged by LLCC alum Damien Kaplan. LLCC Student Jeffrey Surbeck was the featured speaker. Participants are shown here with Trustees Jerry Wesley, Dr. Charlotte Warren, Kent Gray and Dennis Shackelford. Chatham American Legion Post 759 Family Color Guard presented the colors. Click HERE for a photo album. WICS covered the event.

LTD and life insurance informational meeting today at 2 p.m.

An informational meeting regarding long-term disability and life insurance coverage is being held today at 2 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room.  A representative from Northwest Comprehensive, the College’s insurance consultant, will do a brief presentation and answer any questions you may have.  Long-term disability and life insurance open enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 22.  All benefit-eligible employees must complete and return the LTD enrollment form.  The life insurance form will only need to be completed if you are interested in adding to your existing coverage.  All forms were distributed via interoffice mail.  Please contact our office if you do not have the appropriate forms.

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Soup & Stories Wednesday! “My Kenyan Experience: Noel Magero (‘Miracle of Noel’ in Swahili)” presented by Altheal Randolph

Come to the R.H. Stephens Room from noon-1pm to enjoy a fantastic presentation and a great lunch! Altheal Randolph is a dynamic coach, a compassionate leader and an engaging public speaker on a national and international level.   Whether advocating medical treatment and AIDS education for women in Nairobi, Kenya or teaching a woman the value of financial independence in Birmingham, Alabama (her hometown), Altheal is highly regarded as a friend and cheerleader for a God-centered, abundant life-which she considers her highest calling.  She will share her unique experiences working with the largest HIV/AIDS healthcare network in Los Angeles and the Sister-Woman HIV/AIDS project, which led her to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. Students eat lunch free and $3 for nonstudents.

Minutes posted from recent college team meetings

Approved minutes of the Academic Assessment Team’s September meeting have been posted. The tasks of the Standardized Tests Workgroup, Data Review Workgroup and Steering Workgroup were discussed as well as 3 vacancies that are coming up: 2 Departmental Assessment Coordinators and 1 faculty-at-large. Click HERE to view the full meeting minutes.

In their October meeting, the Professional Development Team worked to more clearly define its purpose in the college and resolved to consult with the Shared Governance Council to move forward.  Full minutes can be viewed HERE.

At the November Sustainability Team meeting, Julie Rourke reported on Sustainability Day, Oct. 23, as well as a survey given out at the event. Click HERE to find out the results of the survey and learn about other initiatives in the full meeting minutes.

NISOD Excellence Award nominations being accepted

The college has begun the process of accepting nominations of faculty members for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.  This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership at Lincoln Land Community College.  The awards are presented at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Learning Excellence in Austin, Texas in May.  Past NISOD Excellence Award recipients from LLCC include:  Dave Cox, Jason Dockter, Marlene Emmons, Eve Fischberg, Peggy Goetsch, Angie Gum, Tim Humphrey, Jean Ladendorf, Dr. Christopher McDonald, Hugh McNiece, Dr. Richard Monke, Jennifer Ramm, Ryan Roberts, Tony Rothering, David Sack, Dr. Gerald Schaeffer, and David Sykes.

Students, staff and faculty may submit nominations, so please consider nominating a faculty member whom you feel exhibits excellence in teaching and leadership and any other qualities that set him or her apart.  The nomination does not have to be lengthy; however, it should contain an explanation of why you are nominating the faculty member, including examples of excellence in teaching and leadership.  Nominations should be sent to Leslie Rios, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee of the Faculty Senate, either via email ( or paper.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

For additional information about NISOD and the Excellence Award, go to:

In the News

Representative Wayne Rosenthal, a retired Brigadier General of the Illinois Air National Guard and LLCC trustee, along with Jeffrey Surbeck, LLCC student and Specialist with the Illinois Army National Guard, were interviewed Nov. 11 about the 18th annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

Jolene Adams, LLCC adjunct culinary instructor, was featured on the WICS Midday Show cooking segment Nov. 11. Jolene demonstrated Pumpkin & Ricotta Crepes with Carmelized Onions and Spinach, which can be found HERE.

Congratulations, Brenda Protz!

Protz civil union small“I had an amazing day on Saturday Nov. 9 and got to be united in a civil union ceremony with Jaime Estell. Want to thank some of my LLCC family for taking the time to celebrate with me: Claire Gordon, Beth Hoffmann, Tara Walk, Joe Hoff and Mark Hardiman.” – Brenda Protz, associate professor, speech

18th annual Veterans Day Ceremony Today

LLCC is honoring veterans at its 18th annual Veterans Day Ceremony today. A reception begins at noon, followed by the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons.

The American Legion Family Color Guard Post 759 will post the colors and LLCC staff member Doris Williams will sing the national anthem. State Representative and LLCC Trustee Wayne Rosenthal, retired Brigadier General of the Illinois Air National Guard, is serving as master of ceremonies. LLCC student Specialist Jeffrey Surbeck, Army National Guard, is providing remarks. The ceremony also includes a performance of “America the Beautiful” by LLCC’s Choir and the playing of “Taps” by LLCC student Codey Thomas.