Midyear progress update forms due today

In an effort to gather progress information for the current fiscal year’s Planning & Budgeting Projects, a simple Midyear Progress Update Form has been created for your completion. This will serve as an update on current FY23 Planning & Budgeting Projects. If you submitted a project request during the FY23 Planning & Budgeting Process, you will be required to submit midyear progress update information for approved projects. View updated  FY23 Planning & Budgeting documents. Budget maintenance requests are excluded from this process.

Please access the SharePoint form and provide progress information for each of your FY23 projects. The form is filtered to display the project ID numbers that you will need to respond to. Select a project ID number, provide the necessary information, include any necessary supporting documents as attachments and submit the form. As each project ID is completed, it will be removed from the dropdown list on the SharePoint form.

All submitted forms will be routed directly to your VP/cabinet-level supervisor for review.

Your responses should include specific evidence to support your project progress. If you have questions about what type of specific support, please contact Karie Longhta. If you have any problems with accessing the SharePoint page, contact Megan McCann. The updates should be submitted no later than today, Feb. 3, 2023.

Register yet today for financial wellness session

As a reminder, all employees are invited to attend “Financial Wellness: Focusing on Your Future,” which will be held in the Trutter Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. This session will be presented by David Jones, CFP, financial advisor with VALIC Financial Advisors. Lunch will be provided. Attendees will also be entered to win a FREE massage provided by LLCC Massage Therapy. The last day to register for the Financial Wellness session is today, Feb. 3!

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Welcome Dr. Amanda Turner

Dr. Amanda TurnerDr. Amanda Turner joined LLCC Feb. 1 as director, student success. She previously worked at Pensacola State College and has several years of experience in enrollment management and student services. She is looking forward to the opportunity to focus on coaching and student support to help students achieve success. Amanda is a first-generation college student who has completed undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, an M.S.W. and Ph.D. at Florida State University and a master’s degree in psychology from Capella University. She can be reached by phone at 217-786-4912 or by email.

Welcome Amanda!

Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network workshop today

LLCC faculty and staff are invited to attend “Upgrading, or Why It’s Time to Rethink How We Assess” taking place today, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (https://go.uis.edu/CFEZoom). Stephanie Kratz, coordinator of faculty academies at Heartland Community College will be presenting. The workshop is sponsored by the Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network.

The presentation will:

  • Consider limitations of traditional grading methods.
  • Explore how alternative grading methods — including but not limited to ungrading — help address these limitations.
  • Share ideas about the future of grading.

Participants will be invited to share what grades mean to them and to consider the opportunities and challenges presented by alternative forms of assessment.

Midyear progress update forms due tomorrow

In an effort to gather progress information for the current fiscal year’s Planning & Budgeting Projects, a simple Midyear Progress Update Form has been created for your completion. This will serve as an update on current FY23 Planning & Budgeting Projects. If you submitted a project request during the FY23 Planning & Budgeting Process, you will be required to submit midyear progress update information for approved projects. View updated  FY23 Planning & Budgeting documents. Budget maintenance requests are excluded from this process.

Please access the SharePoint form and provide progress information for each of your FY23 projects. The form is filtered to display the project ID numbers that you will need to respond to. Select a project ID number, provide the necessary information, include any necessary supporting documents as attachments and submit the form. As each project ID is completed, it will be removed from the dropdown list on the SharePoint form.

All submitted forms will be routed directly to your VP/cabinet-level supervisor for review.

Your responses should include specific evidence to support your project progress. If you have questions about what type of specific support, please contact Karie Longhta. If you have any problems with accessing the SharePoint page, contact Megan McCann. The updates should be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

Data Byte conversation today at 2 p.m. in Trutter Center

Join the Data Governance Council for this month’s conversation: “Where Do LLCC Students Go? Understanding Student Flow.” The LLCC Institutional Research and Effectiveness staff will share visualizations from the most recent fall-to-fall analysis as well as a brief view of our developing business glossary. Snacks will be available.

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Free showing of early childhood education documentary today

Free Film. Tomorrow's Hope, the Promise of Early Childhood Education. tomorrowshopefilm.com. A new documentary film produced by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation
LLCC Early Childhood Education will be hosting a viewing of the documentary “Tomorrow’s Hope, the Promise of Early Childhood Education” today, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Trutter Center.

The public is invited to view the film at no charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity.

The film reunites with three present-day high school seniors who started in the first Educare preschool on the south side of Chicago and explores the continuing effects of early childhood education as they navigate their way through difficult circumstances.

Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network workshop Friday

LLCC faculty and staff are invited to attend “Upgrading, or Why It’s Time to Rethink How We Assess” taking place Friday, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (https://go.uis.edu/CFEZoom). Stephanie Kratz, coordinator of faculty academies at Heartland Community College will be presenting. The workshop is sponsored by the Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network.

The presentation will:

  • Consider limitations of traditional grading methods.
  • Explore how alternative grading methods — including but not limited to ungrading — help address these limitations.
  • Share ideas about the future of grading.

Participants will be invited to share what grades mean to them and to consider the opportunities and challenges presented by alternative forms of assessment.

African-American History Month events

LLCC’s African-American History Month kickoff event, “Paint and Sip,” took place in A. Lincoln Commons yesterday. Participants enjoyed the rich flavors of dark and light hot chocolates while channeling creativity on canvas.

The college is celebrating African-American History Month throughout February with various events that are free and open to the public. View additional events, details and registration for select events at https://library.llcc.edu/AAHM2023.

Students, staff and faculty painting in A. Lincoln CommonsStudents selecting canvas and paintThom Whalen talking with students painting on canvasParticipants painting on canvas

In the news

Jeff Gardner, program director, diesel technologies, talked about the start of the program in the fall and career opportunities in the field during an interview Feb. 1 on Sports Radio 1450.

Mike Kienzler, member of the LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning board of directors and of the ALL Science Committee, wrote the essay “ALL Science Series: Intimacy and Aging” for the latest edition of Senior News.