LLCC Summer Boost: Help us spread the word!

LLCC. FREE Summer Boost! Get ready for college success this fall!
There is still time for graduating high school seniors, and others who will be attending college for the first time to register for LLCC Summer Boost at www.llcc.edu/boost! The program helps students boost their writing, math and study skills in preparation for fall classes.

LLCC Summer Boost classes will be offered on the LLCC Springfield campus Mondays-Thursdays beginning July 18 and concluding Aug. 4. Taught by LLCC faculty in a face-to-face format, class options include English or English for English Language Learners – 10 a.m.-noon, College Success Skills – 1-2 p.m. and Math – 2-4 p.m.

Students participating in both morning and afternoon sessions will receive a free Quiznos lunch each day. Books, supplies and T-shirts will also be provided at no charge.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on July 13.

Faculty sabbatical updates

Each year, LLCC provides the opportunity for full-time tenured faculty members who have served at least six consecutive years to apply for sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave allows a faculty member to pursue a professional development project for a semester or a year. Professor David Leitner of English and humanities is currently completing a sabbatical and Professor Leslie Stalter of arts and communications has been awarded a sabbatical for spring 2023.

Professor Leitner’s spring 2022 sabbatical project was to write the first draft of a no-cost textbook for EGL 110: Introduction to Poetry. The textbook will be titled “The Poetry of Song” because it is inspired by the poetry in lyrics from popular music, including rock, country and rap. The book engages students by building on their preexistent interest in these popular genres. The textbook will be released under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (BY-NC-SA) International License, which lets others remix, adapt and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as they credit the source and license their new creations under the identical terms. This book will allow students to have the resources to work toward meeting the outcomes of the course and the general education outcomes that the course develops without being burdened by the expense of a commercial textbook. In this course, students will learn to apply close reading techniques, use literary terminology, analyze poetry from multiple historical and cultural contexts, and create well-informed written analysis that incorporates scholarly resources. Leitner will offer this course using the new materials during Mod 1 in the fall.

Professor Stalter’s spring 2023 project will be to develop open educational resources (OERs) for instructors who want to incorporate materials on non-Western art and culture into their courses. Stalter has explained that one of the barriers to teaching a more non-Western centered curriculum can be a comfortability level with delivering this material to students when many of our own educational backgrounds did not cover this in much detail. For teachers who might be trying to expand their knowledge of the subject before educating the students, it can be quite intimidating. Expanding viewpoints outside of the Western perspective is important, especially as the world becomes smaller and academia works toward moving beyond the Eurocentric viewpoint that is the mainstay of our present educational system. Including more of these diverse perspectives on a regular basis would help position LLCC at the forefront of curricular change. Stalter intends for these materials to be available for use in online or face-to-face classes via the Canvas learning management system. The materials will include pronunciation guides, images and collateral information in a ready-to-use format, and an accompanying video suggestion list. These resources could be useful in a wide variety of courses: history, sociology, humanities, anthropology, religion.

Great work by our faculty! Per Article XI of the Faculty Contract concerning Professional Development, information regarding sabbaticals is sent out in early October with a mid-November submission deadline for AY 23/24. These are two examples of projects that are not only student centered but also are anchored in curriculum development and enrichment and are connected to the new strategic plan.

LLCC hosts free college prep program to boost writing, math and study skills

LLCC. FREE Summer Boost! Get ready for college success this fall!
LLCC is hosting a free program this summer to help graduating high school seniors, and others who will be attending college for the first time, boost their writing, math and study skills in preparation for fall classes.

LLCC Summer Boost classes will be offered on the LLCC Springfield campus Mondays-Thursdays beginning July 18 and concluding Aug. 4. Taught by LLCC faculty in a face-to-face format, class options include English or English for English Language Learners – 10 a.m.-noon, College Success Skills – 1-2 p.m. and Math – 2-4 p.m.

Students participating in both morning and afternoon sessions will receive a free Quiznos lunch each day. Books, supplies and T-shirts will also be provided at no charge.

Students can get more information and register for LLCC Summer Boost by visiting www.llcc.edu/boost. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on July 13

Top five reasons to take an English class at LLCC

Dr. Joel Dykstra, Tiffany Elliott and Karen Sisk share the top five reasons to take an English class at LLCC this fall.