Jim Dietz, volleyball coach, gets 600th match win

Jim Dietz recently won his 600th match as volleyball coach at LLCC.

Dietz reached the milestone Sept. 22 when the Loggers swept Kirkwood Community College 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 at the Parkland Invitational.

Dietz’s current record at LLCC is 422 wins and 186 losses. He has led the Loggers to the national NJCAA tournament three times, placing second in both 2015 and 2016 and 11th in 2012. He also coached the Loggers to eight region final appearances and 36 tournament titles.

Dietz, a native of Davenport, Iowa, previously coached at Effingham St. Anthony High School, where he remains the winningest coach.

“To me, the 600 wins says more about the girls I’ve coached,” said Dietz. “I am far prouder of where those young women have wound up, as accountants, a doctor, two national-level sales managers, stay-at-home moms, and even a college department head. That’s my goal for athletes: use sports for leadership, self-confidence, then go pursue your dreams. It makes it all worthwhile.”

In the news

Dave Pietrzak, director, LLCC aviation program, wrote this essay regarding the Oct. 25 open house at LLCC’s aviation center in yesterday’s State Journal-Register.

Thank you from Dr. Eileen Tepatti

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share your good wishes for retirement as my time at Lincoln Land comes to an end. Whether you came by the reception, stopped me in the hallway or sent a card, your kind thoughts, words and deeds mean a great deal to me and are cherished memories. Thank you for your support and encouragement for over 22 years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this institution and work with each and every one of you to move our college forward.

Dr. Eileen Tepatti
Vice President of Academic Services

Open house at new Aviation Center Oct. 25

Everyone is invited to an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the new Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center at LLCC, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The open house will take place from 4-5 p.m., followed by a reception beginning at 5:15 and ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. The LLCC Board of Trustees will then meet for its October meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center: at LLCC

New IT Portal is now available

The new IT Portal is now available! It can be accessed through the LLCC Employee Portal or by following this link: https://llcconline.sharepoint.com/IT.

The IT Portal site features the following:

  • IT service outages announcements
  • IT Service Desk contact information
  • IT staff directory
  • Groups FAQs
  • OneDrive FAQs
  • Skype phone FAQs
  • IT policies and procedures

In the next couple of weeks it will also feature:

  • Computer lab software list
  • Cybersecurity FAQs
  • IT service page (with hours of support and more info)
  • Service level agreements

By the end of FY ’18 the following will be available:

  • FAQs for most systems
  • IT user-interaction procedures
  • Current project list
  • Updated policies and procedures
  • IT trends in education and more
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2018 LLCC Honored Alumni Award

LLCC Alumni Services is accepting nominations for its 2018 Honored Alumni Award. Nominate an LLCC alum for the award by completing the form that is available at www.llcc.edu/honored-alumni-award. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2017.

Nominations will be scored on the following four criteria: 1) role model – inspiring excellence in others, 2) outstanding success – attaining significant career or personal achievements, 3) impact – achieving accomplishments which have changed the community for the better and 4) community service – demonstrating a visible commitment to the community through leadership and/or volunteerism.

Additionally, nominees must have successfully completed coursework at LLCC and be able to attend LLCC’s commencement ceremony on May 18, 2018.

For more information, call alumni services at 786.4612, or email alumni@llcc.edu.

“All Lit Up” Arts and Humanities Festival events for Sept. 28

"All Lit Up" bulb“All Lit Up” festival events for Thursday, Sept. 28 include a writing workshop, “Monologues: Casting Light on Character,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Menard Hall, room 1167, and “All Lit Up: Author Readings,” 5-7 p.m., Menard Hall, R. H. Stephens Room, featuring:

  • John Paul Jaramillo, LLCC professor of English
  • Jon Tribble, poet, editor at “Crab Orchard Review” and creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Dr. Ted Morrisey, faculty in Lindenwood University’s MFA in Writing program and author
  • Allison Joseph, poet, editor at “Crab Orchard Review” and creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

The new “All Lit Up” Arts and Humanities Festival features a number of events from Sept. 25-28 on the Springfield campus and at LLCC-Jacksonville in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read. See the full schedule of events and biographies of the featured authors at www.llcc.edu/all-lit-up.

After 16 years of hosting a banned books reading on campus, Dr. Deborah Brothers, professor of English, decided to expand the observance and host a multi-day festival. She is assisted by Leslie Stalter, professor of art; Dr. David Leitner, professor of English; Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre; and LLCC student Terrelle Jackson.