Constitution Day events today

Celebrate Constitution Day 2022 with LLCC Student Life and Professors Dr. Matt Schownir and Dr. Chris McDonald.

Starting at 9 a.m., Student Life will host a U.S. Constitution trivia themed event in A. Lincoln Commons and online on the Lincoln Landing App for LLCC students. The top 10 students with the highest scores will win free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Then at 1 p.m., campus community members are welcome to attend the Constitution Day presentation in the Robert H. Stephens Room by Dr. Schownir and Dr. McDonald. This year’s presentation is titled “Investigating a Former President: What Does the Constitution Say?”

As you see students today, be sure to remind them about these events!

Welcome Marlena Constant

Marlena ConstantMarlena Constant began Aug. 1 as LLCC’s early childhood education advocate. She has been an adjunct instructor at the college for three years. She previously worked at the Community Child Care Connection and various early childhood care facilities in Springfield and surrounding areas. Marlena earned an AAS from LLCC, bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Springfield and a master’s degree from Erikson Institute. She can be reached by phone at 217-786-2392 or by email.

Welcome Marlena!

LLCC welcomes new vice president and two deans

LLCC welcomed a new vice president and two new deans this summer.

Kelli SinclairKelli Sinclair joined LLCC Aug. 1 as vice president of student services. “Kelli has more than 20 years of proven leadership experience in community college student affairs and enrollment management.” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., president of LLCC. “We welcome her expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to student success.”

Sinclair previously served as executive dean for student success and retention at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill. Earlier, she served as associate dean of enrollment management at Elgin Community College and associate/interim director of university admissions at Aurora University. She is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and has taught college classes in disability studies, College 101 and psychology. Sinclair holds a master’s degree in counseling with a higher education emphasis and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Also new at LLCC are Dr. Kalith Smith, dean of social sciences and business, and Brent Todd, dean of natural and agricultural sciences.

Dr. Kalith Smith“We are pleased that Dr. Kalith Smith and Brent Todd have joined LLCC. They are both champions for helping students discover their potential and prepare for their future,” said Dr. Vern Lindquist, vice president of academic services.

Dr. Smith previously worked at the New Mexico Military Institute for 16 years, most recently as the associate dean of student success. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a guidance certificate from New Mexico State, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech.

Brent ToddTodd most recently served as dean of instruction at Lincoln Trail College for five years. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University, teaching biological sciences and botany, and also worked at SIU School of Medicine and Lake Land College. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in public administration from University of Illinois Springfield and holds a master’s degree in biological sciences, a bachelor’s degree in botany from EIU and an associate degree from Danville Area Community College.

Welcome Crystal Norris

Crystal NorrisCrystal Norris joined the college in June as administrative assistant to the dean, social sciences and business. She previously worked as a paralegal for four years at Kerley & Talken, P.C. and for 12 years at Londrigen Potter Randle, P.C. She earned an associate degree from Robert Morris University. Crystal also volunteers with Paws for Life Springfield. She can be reached by phone at 217-786-2282 or crystal.norris@llcc.edu.

Social Sciences and Business retirees reception today

Happy RetirementThe LLCC Social Sciences and Business Department invites you to a retirement reception for Dr. Victor Broderick, dean, social sciences and business; Dr . Taiebeh Hosseinali, professor of teacher education; Randy Rue, professor of criminal justice; Dr. Ellen Watkins, professor of sociology; and Dr. Colette D’Cruz-Endeley, professor of economics.

To show our appreciation for their years of service to LLCC, join us today, May 4, 3-4 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room. We will enjoy light refreshments and good conversation.

We will have notecards for you to leave our retirees well wishes, fond memories or words of advice. Feel free to bring your own cards if you desire.

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Walk.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Social Sciences and Business Department

LLCC students participate in “Shark Tank” project

Introduction to Business students participated in the “Shark Tank” project last week. Local business leaders  critiqued students’ pitches for creative new products and offered real-world advice on their business proposals. Proposed products included a sensory bracelet called “Twiddle Fiddles” as well as baseball/softball cleats and shoes called “Switches.”

Members of the panel and sharks were Mike Murphy, president and CEO, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; Drew Kinney, assistant team lead/realtor, Kathy Garst Sales Team – The Real Estate Group; Todd Weir, assistant vice president, lending, INB, N.A.; and Brian and Adrienne Murphy, president and secretary/treasurer with Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home.

A group of five students presenting on their projectFive members of the Shark Tank

Social Sciences and Business retirees reception May 4

Happy RetirementThe LLCC Social Sciences and Business Department invites you to a retirement reception for Dr. Victor Broderick, dean, social sciences and business; Dr . Taiebeh Hosseinali, professor of teacher education; Randy Rue, professor of criminal justice; Dr. Ellen Watkins, professor of sociology; and Dr. Colette D’Cruz-Endeley, professor of economics.

To show our appreciation for their years of service to LLCC, we have scheduled an open house on Wednesday, May 4, 3-4 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room. We will enjoy light refreshments and good conversation.

We will have notecards for you to leave our retirees well wishes, fond memories or words of advice. Feel free to bring your own cards if you desire.

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Walk.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Social Sciences and Business Department