Thanksgiving lunch for students today

Student Services Thanksgiving. Turkey, Ham, All the fixins and Vegetarian options. Thursday, November 17, 11:00-2:00 in the Registration hallwayAs a reminder, LLCC Student Services is bringing back the annual Thanksgiving lunch. Please, let students know Student Services, CAS and Adult Education is serving a Thanksgiving lunch to students today, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Menard Hall Atrium. Students can sit and eat with friends or get a to-go container.

Thanksgiving lunch for students Nov. 17

Student Services Thanksgiving. Turkey, Ham, All the fixins and Vegetarian options. Thursday, November 17, 11:00-2:00 in the Registration hallwayLLCC Student Services is bringing back our annual Thanksgiving lunch. Please, let students know Student Services, CAS and Adult Education will be serving a Thanksgiving lunch to students Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Menard Hall Atrium. Students can sit and eat with friends or get a to-go container.

Welcome Roslyn Simmons-Lindsay

Roslyn Simmons-LindsayRoslyn Simmons-Lindsay joined LLCC Nov. 1 as the PATH program director. She previously worked for a nonprofit in the area of family stabilization with a focus on reunification and also for the Illinois State Board of Education. Rosalyn took courses at Richland Community College and transferred to University of Illinois Springfield where she majored in history and minored in African-American studies and earned a master’s degree in human services, social services administration. She can be reached by phone at 217-786-2847 or by email.

Welcome Roslyn!

Open registration for spring classes begins today

Open registration for spring 2023 classes begins today. Spring semester and mod 3 weekday classes begin Jan. 9, and mod 4 classes begin March 13.

Current students may register for classes via LoggerCentral or by phone at 217-786-2292. Students are encouraged to contact their success coach to discuss course options.

New students should first fill out an application. Students may also visit or call the Springfield campus or an LLCC Outreach Center.

LLCC signs agreement with PCASA

Leslie Johnson, Kelli Sinclar, Shelley Vaughan and Nikki Baker
Photo: Leslie Johnson, LLCC assistant vice president, student success; Kelli Sinclair, LLCC vice president, student services; Shelley Vaughan, PCASA associate director, prevention and outreach; Nikki Baker, LLCC compliance and prevention coordinator

Officials of LLCC signed an agreement last week with the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) to provide confidential advisors to any students in need of these services. Per state statute, all Illinois colleges and universities are required to have confidential advisors and other resources in place.

PCASA will offer confidential support for any student who has ever experienced sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or stalking. Confidential advisors will assist students with information on reporting to law enforcement agencies, seeking emergency medical treatment, campus and community support services while protecting the student’s privacy and rights under the law.

Shelley Vaughan, associate director for prevention and outreach at PCASA, commented, “We are pleased to partner with LLCC in this endeavor and continue our longstanding partnership to offer our services and support to LLCC students.”

“I want to extend my thanks to Ms. Vaughn and our colleagues at PCASA for making this agreement possible,” said Kelli Sinclair, LLCC vice president of student services. “Our partnerships and relationships with local community agencies like PCASA are integral to our success at LLCC. In this case, PCASA’s ability to serve in the ‘confidential advisor’ capacity at LLCC helps us keep the safe and healthy learning environment we have for students. We are grateful for their expertise and support.”

All services to students provided by PCASA will be within the guidelines of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. Students seeking more information may contact Nikki Baker, LLCC compliance and prevention coordinator, at 217-786-3426 or nikki.baker@llcc.edu.

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.

Extended registration hours for week of Aug. 15

There is still time to register for fall 2022 classes at LLCC. The fall semester begins Aug. 20.

During the week of Aug. 15, LLCC Student Services, Bookstore and LLCC-Taylorville will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 20, Student Services will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The LLCC Bookstore will be open on Saturdays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Current students may register for classes via LoggerCentral at www.llcc.edu/logger-central. New students should first fill out an application at www.llcc.edu/apply. Students may also visit or call the Springfield campus (217-786-2292) or LLCC Outreach Centers in Jacksonville (217-243-6699), Beardstown (217-323-4103), Taylorville (217-786-2754) or Litchfield (217-786-3401).

In addition to traditional 16-week classes, LLCC has expanded the number of eight-week classes offered. They provide the same content, number of credits, services and support as 16-week classes, but on a different schedule. To learn more and view available eight-week classes, visit www.llcc.edu/8-weeks.

For more information on LLCC enrollment, call 217-786-2292, text 217-387-8585 or visit www.llcc.edu.

Career Launch at LLCC

This summer's Career Launch participants
LLCC has enjoyed hosting teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois’ Career Launch program this summer! They learned about such careers as computer science, aviation, health care, criminal justice, welding, HVAC and culinary. The group had a celebration on campus last week and reflected on their time learning about different careers through hands-on activities.

Student in a line, playing a gameStudents at a table playing a game, stacking cupsBryan Glecker speakingBrandon Lewis speakingKelli Sinclair handing out certificatesCake with Career Launch on it

LLCC to welcome new VP Aug. 1

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kelli Sinclair as the vice president of student services. Sinclair has an extensive background working in all areas of student services at Aurora University, Elgin Community College, and most recently as executive dean for student success at Waubonsee Community College. She co-created a student success coaching program which increased retention for high-need students by 12-15% per year for five years. Her past work reflects a collaborative approach in working with faculty and staff to build relationships and to ultimately improve student success. We look forward to her joining our staff on Aug. 1.

Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., President, Lincoln Land Community College