LLCC cuts ribbon for new Kreher Agriculture Center


Larry Hardy and Don Wienhoff, Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust; Alexis Carroll, LLCC Ag Club president; Gordon Gates, LLCC board vice chair; Ken Elmore, board chair; Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president; Craig Findley, board secretary; Wayne Rosenthal and Jeff Fulgenzi, trustees; Greg Marantz, LLCC Foundation Board chair.Officials of Lincoln Land Community College, the LLCC Foundation and the Kreher Farm Charitable Perpetual Trust cut the ribbon yesterday to open the new Kreher Agriculture Center on the LLCC campus.

Ken Elmore, LLCC Board Chair, speaking“Today we continue to honor the intent of our generous donors, Charles and Irene Kreher, to transform and grow our agriculture program and attract more students to this rewarding profession,” said LLCC Board Chair Ken Elmore.

A gift of $18 million from the Kreher Trust to the LLCC Foundation was announced in March of 2018. Since then the college has revamped its agriculture curriculum, adding more technology, simulators, research and scholarship opportunities. The new 19,750-square-foot, $7.5 million building is the latest step in the program’s transformation.

Dr. Charlotte Warren speakingLLCC President Charlotte Warren told the group of donors, elected officials and others gathered for the ribbon cutting, “We couldn’t be more excited about opening the Kreher Agriculture Center. We see LLCC as the central hub for agriculture education and the agriculture industry, the number one industry in the state. With this new facility, we will prepare even more students to be successful leaders and innovators in agriculture careers.”

Alexis Carroll speakingAlexis Carroll, LLCC Ag Club president, expressed the excitement of her fellow ag students. “In this building, collaboration, innovation and great moments will happen. Our students will be better prepared and equipped with the education they will be receiving in this facility.”

President Warren had a message for students, especially those who may have never considered a career in agriculture. “To any student wondering if there’s a place for them in the agriculture industry, I say, you belong here at LLCC! The career possibilities are endless.”

Read more about the Kreher Agriculture Center ribbon cutting.

Ag students, faculty and staff
Kreher Agriculture CenterLLCC faculty and staff toured the new Kreher Agriculture Center that afternoon. The Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and student gathering spaces. It was designed to promote active learning including hands-on research, problem solving and group activities.

Faculty and staff tour of sim labFaculty and staff tour of interactive classroomSoils labFaculty and staff tour multipurpose room with sheep pen

In the news

Yesterday’s ribbon cutting for the Kreher Agriculture Center was covered by WICS, the State Journal-Register, WFMB, WTAX, WMAY, Illinois AgriNews and Morning Ag Clips. Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president; Ken Elmore, chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Bill Harmon, professor of agronomy; Alexis Carroll, LLCC Ag Club president; and Brooklyn Wurm, LLCC ag student, provided interviews for the media. FarmWeek also published a story in advance of the ribbon cutting.

We are grateful to all of our community partners, donors, elected officials and media who joined us yesterday for the opening of the Kreher Agriculture Center.

Evelyn Brandt Thomas with LLCC ag studentsKen Elmore, State Senator Doris Turner and Dr. Charlotte WarrenState Senator McClure and Dr. Charlotte WarrenMayor Jim Langfelder with LLCC ag studentsAlexis Carroll with representatives from Farm Credit IllinoisJordan Elder from WICS takes a selfie with the sheep

Distinguished Service Award ceremony today

Please join us, via Zoom, at 11 a.m. this morning for the presentation of the 2021 Distinguished Service Awards presented by President Charlotte Warren. The link is provided below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84144979303?pwd=clNud2p4ZFZvNFdhVU5RUVY3Z0wrdz09

And if you missed yesterday’s Employee Recognition Week video, it is still available for viewing! It celebrated the outstanding faculty and staff who have been with the LLCC family for 25 and 30 years.

25 years:

  • Carmen Allen, professor of computer science
  • Colette D’Cruz-Endeley, professor of economics
  • Angie Gum-Miller, professor of mathematics
  • Brendan Lee, community service officer
  • Megan McCann, database and financial reporting analyst
  • Richard Monke, professor of mathematics
  • Nicole Ralph, associate vice president, human resources
  • Michael Ramm, professor of chemistry
  • Lawrence Strubhart, horticulturist
  • Scott Woodrum, grounds maintenance worker

30 years:

  • Peter Embalabala, professor of mathematics
  • Ron Riggle, director, athletics
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KUDOS to these employees!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKUDOS to the employees listed below for going above and beyond to assist others and for modeling LLCC’s core values! Each will receive a KUDOS certificate.

Kimberly Alexander, Kimberly Conover, Dr. Jason Dockter, Amy Flynn, Misty Hagstrom, Tricia Hardway, Carrie Jacobs, Kyla Kruse, Dr. Tricia Kujawa, Laurie Lewis-Fritz, Brenda Loschen, Caitlin Perry, Karen Riddell, Sarah Scheufele, Matthew Shaver, Leslie Stalter and Holly Walton.

View the May 2021 KUDOS Nominations Award Winners to read about how these faculty and staff contribute to the positive environment that is LLCC and who nominated them for this recognition.

The next KUDOS award announcement will be made during the summer session. Brighten someone’s day and say “thank you, great job!” with a KUDOS recognition. You can nominate a deserving colleague by clicking on the KUDOS Nomination tab in the upper-right corner of LincIn.

2021 Senior Decision Days

LLCC Recruitment was asked to participate in 2021 Senior Decision Days at Springfield High School, Lanphier High School and Southeast High School on May 3 and 4. Kim Wilson and Emily Smith, recruitment specialists, talked with students who have decided to attend LLCC in the fall and provided them with LLCC T-shirts, swag, details on next steps and Summer Boost information. Students also took pictures with the LLCC photo frame!
Lanphier student who will be attending LLCC holding frameLanpher staff member holding LLCC frameLanphier student who will be attending LLCC holding photo frameHannah is excited to become a nurse and attend LLCC this fall!Tashawn had decided on LLCC!future LLCC student from Southeast High SchoolKim Wilson and Emily Smith at Lanphier High School

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Picture Yourself ads

When in Springfield, keep an eye out for the new “Picture Yourself at LLCC” SMTD bus ads, which will be on the road soon!
Ad on bus. www.llcc.edu Picture yourself at LLCC Lincoln Land Community College
Ad on bus. www.llcc.edu Picture yourself at LLCC Lincoln Land Community College
Ad on bus. www.llcc.edu Picture yourself at LLCC Lincoln Land Community College
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Picture yourself at LLCC Lincoln Land Community College
Picture yourself at LLCC Lincoln Land Community College

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Driven to Succeed T-shirt pickup

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.As a reminder, Driven to Succeed T-shirts to wear at the Graduate Parade will be available for pickup today, May 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons.

Additional hours will also be available next week:

  • Monday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12, 8-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

For those at Outreach Centers, T-shirts will be delivered to those locations.

If you have questions, please contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu.

FSI Conference, May 19

There is still time to register for this year’s annual FSI: At the Intersection of Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference, “Rebooting Students’ Experiences,” which will be held Wednesday, May 19. The event will be held virtually through Zoom. There will be presentations, networking and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in education. Registrants may choose to focus on one track or participate in any session in any track: Post-Pandemic Strategies, Inclusive Teaching, Care and Community, and Teaching Tools. More information is available at http://conferences.illinois.edu/fsi/program.html.

The conference brings educators and instructional-technology professionals together from across Illinois and as far away as Canada. This year’s conference features a presentation, “Ch-Ch-Changes: Innovation, Flipping, Empathy and Community,” from LLCC’s very own Laurie Lewis-Fritz, instructor of music.

Kreher Agriculture Center tours this afternoon

Kreher Agriculture CenterFaculty and staff are invited to tour the Kreher Agriculture Center this afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. Ag faculty, staff and students, along with members of the LLCC advancement office, will be on hand to point out the many features of the state-of-the-art facility.

A ribbon cutting for the center is set for 10:30 a.m. today, followed by tours for invited guests. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, a limited number of invitations have been sent for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

FarmWeek, a publication of the Illinois Farm Bureau, featured this advance story on the building this week: https://www.farmweeknow.com/general/lincoln-land-s-new-kreher-agriculture-center-transformational/article_617e880c-a8eb-11eb-849d-f36c0e694c9d.html.

Driven to Succeed T-shirts are in!

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.Driven to Succeed T-shirts to wear at the Graduate Parade will be available for pickup this afternoon, May 6, from 1:30-4:30  p.m. and Friday, May 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons. Additional hours will also be available next week. For those at Outreach Centers, T-shirts will be delivered to those locations.

If you have questions, please contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu.