Austin Simpson, an LLCC alum, recently began working as general merchandising technician at the LLCC Bookstore. His previous work experience includes Binny’s, Memorial and Bank of Springfield. He can be reached at email@example.com or 217-786-2301. Welcome, Austin!
Amy Flynn, public relations and marketing assistant, recently earned a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership, with distinction, from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Congratulations!
With the most recent guideline changes in regards to mask wearing implemented by the CDC and with the Executive Order issued this week by Governor Pritzker, the Campus Guidelines have been amended in the following manner:
- Face coverings and social distancing requirements are considered optional for fully vaccinated individuals;
- If not fully vaccinated, face coverings remain required as do adhering to social distancing guidelines (whenever possible);
Please note that the above guideline changes DO NOT apply to employees of the LLCC Child Development Center. As outlined in the Executive Order, those staff should continue mask wearing and social distancing regardless of vaccination status while in the child care setting.
Signage throughout campus will be updated to reflect these guideline updates.
For more information and the full guidelines, please refer to yesterday’s email from Bryan Gleckler, vice president, administrative services.
As a reminder, Memorial Medical Center will be back on campus on June 3, 2021 for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. To schedule an appointment please go to the follow link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LLCC@llcconline.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/. Also, vaccinations are now widely available through local health departments, Walgreens, CVS, Hy-Vee and many other locations throughout our communities.
This fall, LLCC will once again be participating in the Springfield Area Arts Council’s On My Own Time (OMOT) program. This unique program provides LLCC faculty and staff an opportunity to display original art they have created outside the office, truly, on your own time. There will be an in-house exhibit at LLCC followed by a city-wide exhibit at the Springfield Art Association showcasing first place award-winning artwork from all participating businesses, agencies and institutions.
Faculty and staff may enter up to three works of art each. Works previously entered in OMOT or created prior to 2020 are not eligible. The artist fee is $5 per artwork submitted. The fee assists SAAC with costs of the OMOT program. Details will be announced later this summer.
So spend time this summer using your imagination and skills to create new artwork! A detailed list of the categories, as well as the rules are attached.
Melissa Franzen, student success coach II, recently earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Walden University. Her dissertation was “Helping in the Home: Counselors’ Experiences Providing Clients with In-Home Services.” Congratulations!
Join us this evening as we honor our graduates in the 2021 Virtual LLCC Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. The video will be available on YouTube and Facebook. The video is also available at www.llcc.edu/graduation along with more information.
“Our theme for commencement this year is Driven to Succeed. It captures our students’ strong motivation to achieve their goals during these unique times,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president.
Graduates were invited to submit photos of themselves, which will be displayed as their names, degrees and certificates are read by Dr. Colin Suchland, LLCC professor of sociology.
The virtual event will also feature remarks from Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Ken Elmore, Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Julian Marvel, LLCC Student Trustee; and Laurenn York, LLCC instructor of English and recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award, along with congratulatory messages from trustees, faculty and staff. The 2021 Outstanding Graduate, Julia Kienzler, and the LLCC Honored Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Catherine A. Kush, will also be acknowledged.
We are very proud of our 2021 graduates and their drive to succeed! Faculty and staff lined the Graduate Parade route yesterday, holding congratulatory signs and cheering on the graduates as they drove through the main campus in Springfield.
We were also excited to see our 2021 graduates at commencement selfie stations on May 12 and 13! The stations had fun swag, backdrops and commencement-related props and were located in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus and at Outreach Centers.
View the updated Return to Campus Guidelines for employees. Some changes from previous guidelines are as follows:
- Building entry and exit ways will no longer be restricted.
- Temperature kiosks will be removed at building entryways.
- “Traffic flow” in buildings will no longer be restricted.
- Individuals with mild symptoms (i.e., runny nose, mild cough, mild sinus symptoms) may return to campus with a negative COVID-19 test result (if requested by LLCC Human Resources).
- Individuals who have symptoms making them more ill (i.e., fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat) may return to campus with a negative COVID-19 test result once their symptoms have improved and they are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours.
We will continue to monitor and update our procedures as modifications are made to CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines. It is expected that these guidelines will to continue to evolve over the course of summer as more and more people in our communities become fully vaccinated.
As a reminder, staff coming to campus are required to complete the daily screening on the COVID-19 Symptom Checker app. If you do not yet have access or are not registered for this app, please contact Human Resources so they can get you set up in the system. Once you are set up, you will receive daily notification to complete the symptom tracker app via text, email or both.
Join us in creating a sea of LLCC blue today for our hardworking graduates to see when they drive by. Wear the Driven to Succeed T-shirts, bring some fun, handmade signs to display and join the Graduate Parade! Please arrive on campus before 5:30 p.m.; the parade begins at 6. Line the route close to where you normally work. If you work off campus, you’ll stand in an area just past Trutter/Millennium. Graduates will remain in their vehicles, but we can all wave our signs and let them know how proud we are of them!
If you need a T-shirt, some are still available. Just stop by the Information Desk in Menard Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick one up. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Also be sure to join us tomorrow, May 14, for the 2021 LLCC virtual commencement ceremony, which will premiere at 7 p.m.