Drop in to see new website today 10-1, R.H. Stephens Room

Faculty and staff are invited to drop in and preview LLCC’s new website today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. A short presentation showing main parts of the website will be held at the beginning of each half hour. We will then show various pages by request.

The new website, still located at www.llcc.edu, is scheduled to launch Dec. 2, 2021.

LLCC students impress business leaders in “Shark Tank” exercise

Welcome to the Shark Tank Project signStudents enrolled in the Introduction to Business class impressed a panel of local business leaders in a recent “Shark Tank” exercise. The students pitched ideas, presented financial plans and sought investment from the “Sharks” for unique businesses selling scented bracelets, nachos, technology support and hunting experiences. The panel evaluated the viability of the business plans and indicated if they were worthy of investment.

Five local business leaders in a Shark Tank exercise

Members of the panel were Lisa Shafer, vice president, operations, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; Todd Weir, assistant vice president of lending, INB; Drew Kenny, assistant team leader/realtor, Kathy Garst Sales Team, The Real Estate Group; Adrienne Murphy, secretary/treasurer, and Brian Murphy, president, Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home.

Instructor Darlene Sim emphasized that whether or not the Sharks chose to “invest” in the businesses, their expertise and advice would benefit all of the students.

Newscent Shark Tank teamStudents Claudia Blanford of Jacksonville, Richetta Holmes (Team Lead) of Springfield, Luke Kracik of Springfield, Nathan Walker of Carrollton and Jack Hirlinger of Springfield, proposed a business in Chicago that manufactured scented bracelets.

The rubber bracelets would come in several colors and be infused with various scents for females and males. The target audience would be ages 4-college age. One Shark was willing to partially invest if they would consider targeting a 4-preteen age group.

Nacho Stop Shark Tank teamMarc Kirbach of Springfield, Reece Warren of Springfield and Caleb Collins-Taapken (Team Lead) of Springfield (Isaac Drum of Rochester not pictured) proposed a fast-casual restaurant called Nacho Stop. They envisioned starting the business in Texas and targeting college students and millennials. However, the Sharks declined to invest, recommending the students locate the business closer to home and start smaller, perhaps with a food truck.

iHelp Shark Tank TeamCora Brillhart of Springfield, Richard Tego of Raymond, Filip Kates of Nokomis, Haley Gibson (Team Lead) of Petersburg and Arti Desai of Jacksonville posed the question, “Have a techache?” As a solution, they proposed a business called iHelp offering technology classes with a target audience of older adults. Three levels of classes – beginner, intermediate and advanced – would be offered, along with individual assistance with tech support. The Sharks recommended they not focus only on older adults and emphasize individual assistance more than classes.

B&M Farms Shark Tank TeamDavid Everson of Springfield, Nathan Meyer of Jacksonville, Adam Gleason of Pleasant Plains, Sofia Torricelli (Team Lead) of Springfield and Alexis Bryant of Athens proposed a hunting experience in Texas called G & M Farms. Individuals would pay to hunt wild pigs and deer on the property on either guided or unguided tours. The students sought investment to build a barn-type structure with four bedrooms so hunters could spend the night. One Shark was willing to invest in this business, recommending that they use some of the funds to purchase a helicopter.

“The students have worked the entire semester on this project and were very excited about it,” said Sim. Dr. Victor Broderick, dean of social sciences and business, added, “In my estimation, the Shark Tank event was wildly successful, actually launched some entrepreneurs, the panelists were outstanding, and even students who didn’t get funded learned a lot.”

Drop in today or tomorrow to preview the new website

Faculty and staff are invited to drop in and preview LLCC’s new website today and tomorrow from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall. A short presentation showing main parts of the website will be held at the beginning of each half hour. We will then show various pages by request.

The new website, still located at www.llcc.edu, is scheduled to launch Dec. 2, 2021.

Payroll reminder for the upcoming holidays

Due to the upcoming holidays and change in payroll dates, be prepared for the early due dates for payroll documentation. All Timesheets must be approved and received in payroll by the due dates below:

Dec. 15 Payroll:  (Nov. 16 – Nov. 30)- Due Dec.  1

Dec. 17 Payroll: (Dec. 1 – Dec. 3)- Due Dec. 6

Email Victoria.Bradley@llcc.edu with any questions.


Child Development Center chosen for best practices video

Mary Beth Ponser being interviewed for educational videoThe LLCC Child Development Center was selected to be the site for video footage on Best Practices in Early Childhood Education. These videos will be part of the resources available to higher education faculty across the state as part of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Competency Modularization Project for the ECE higher education commission. The project has been coordinated by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency and funded through a grant from the Preschool Development Grant for Birth to Five.

The filming of staff interviews took place on Monday, Nov. 15.  Mary Beth Ponser (pictured), child development teacher; Cassy Taylor, child development assistant; and Laurie Rhodes, director, were interviewed for the video.  On Tuesday, specific aspects were filmed such as teacher/parent interactions during the morning drop-off, playground safety, gross motor room safety, classroom supervision, story time, formal meeting with a parent and a 30 minute video tracking the movements of one child in the classroom.  They concluded the video shoot on Wednesday with filming the learning activities in the classroom.  The segments now go back for editing and should be concluded by the end of this year.

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LLCC Giving Day a success

Giving Day November 16, 2021Thank you to everyone who participated in Lincoln Land Community College’s Giving Day. Approximately 120 donors contributed $20,000 during the third annual campaign. Gifts will be used to replenish the Pay It Forward student emergency assistance fund; the general scholarship fund for students with a demonstrated financial need; and for the greatest needs of the college. Thanks also to everyone who helped spread the word about our mission by sharing information about Giving Day on social media and by email. What a wonderful show of support for our students during this season of giving! Donations can still be made to Giving Day on-line at www.LLCCFoundation.org or in the Foundation office in Menard Hall. All faculty and staff who contributed will receive a sticker for one free day to wear jeans with approval from their supervisor. #llccgivingday #llccgivingday

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKey or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are open! They are being accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 1. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. (Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form.) The KUDOS awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 10.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!