Meet the new Bookstore employees

The LLCC Bookstore has three new employees:

Shannon Wyzard is the new course materials coordinator focusing on educational resources (books and supplies) for LLCC health professions programs. Her phone extension is 217-786-3423.

Tyler Novy is course materials coordinator for workforce programs.  His extension is 217-786-3425.

Calvin Walter is course materials coordinator for general education. His extension is 217-786-3424.

Welcome!
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Using New Analytics in Canvas workshop today

Canvas. LLCC Lincoln Land Community College.Using New Analytics in Canvas
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Delivery – Virtual (Zoom)
Amanda Sessions, Customer Success Manager, Higher Education, Instructure

New Analytics is a Canvas tool that allows instructors to track average course grades for student submissions using an interactive chart, graph, or table. Additionally, New Analytics allows you to filter and compare student data to whole class averages. Having access to this information provides insights into student engagement and participation as well as student overall assessment and progression. This session will provide an overview of New Analytics and an introduction to creating and interpreting data reports using New Analytics in Canvas.

Note: Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program can receive one point for successful completion of this workshop.

Register for the workshop.

LLCC Foundation scholarship application period now open

The LLCC Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2022 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full- or part-time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are open to students in any program of study, with the average award being $1,000 per academic year.

The online application is available at www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. An active LLCC email address is needed to apply for these scholarships. Prospective students should first complete a college admission application at www.llcc.edu to receive this email address. Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

More information on LLCC Foundation Scholarships is available by emailing michelle.burger@llcc.edu or calling 217-786-4502.

Max. contribution to 403(b) plans increasing

The IRS announced that the maximum contribution limits for 403(b) plans will increase in 2022 from $19,500 to $20,500. The catch-up contribution maximum will remain at $6,500. Employees who are age 50 or over at the end of the 2022 calendar year can also make catch up contributions of $6,500 in 2022.

  • Age 49 or younger on Dec. 31, 2022 – maximum contribution is $20,500 
  • Age 50 and over on or by Dec. 31, 2022 – maximum contribution is  $20,500 + $6,500 = $27,000

Anyone who would like to increase their contributions to hit the IRS maximum should complete a new Retirement Accounts Deduction form. Blank PDF versions of the form can be found on the LLCC Employee Portal > Finance Department > Payroll > Retirement Accounts Deduction Accounts.

E-mail all completed forms to victoria.bradley@llcc.edu or hand deliver to the finance department. Forms must be received by Jan. 3, 2022, to be effective on the Jan. 15 payroll.

LLCC’s new website officially launches tomorrow! Find your frequently used links under “Info For > Faculty and Staff”

Screenshot of new website's homepage. Menu items in top right, include Info For, which is circled.
LLCC’s new website at www.llcc.edu is scheduled to launch tomorrow. The process of transition to the new site will begin this evening, with no interruption in web service expected.

To find the links you use most often:

  • Look for “Info for” at the top of the new website (See red circled area above).
  • When you hover over or click on “Info for,” look for “Faculty & Staff.”
  • Click on “Faculty & Staff” and all of the links currently on “My LLCC,” will be displayed.

Content managers will be trained next semester.

We hope you enjoy our new ADA compliant, mobile first website!

LLCC Public Relations and Marketing (PRM) and Information Technology (IT)

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS yet today!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKey or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are open through today, Dec. 1. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. (Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form.) The KUDOS awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 10.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!

Reminder about services offered to promote student mental health

Greetings from LLCC Student Success!

We hope that you are doing well and heading smoothly into the home stretch of fall semester. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that we have partnered with Talkspace, the tele-mental health service for our students. December is often a month in which we see high anxiety and stress amongst our student body — between finals, holiday season and expectations from family, friends and work, many students feel overwhelmed. We encourage you to remind our students they have support via Talkspace, and their student success coach, as well as you! The LLCC Center for Academic Success will host prep seminars for students preparing for finals: www.llcc.edu/cas.

Furthermore, the LLCC Office of Student Success can also provide a brief presentation to your students on preparing for finals and how to access support for anxiety, stress or other related concerns. If you would like more information about how to schedule a presentation, please reach out to feel free to reach out to Alex (alex.berry@llcc.edu), Claire (claire.heffron-mckinney@llcc.edu), or Melissa (melissa.franzen@llcc.edu).

Thank you for all that you do for LLCC students!

Words to the Wise Wednesdays from Student Success

“Why” we do what we do

The LLCC Student Success office has undergone significant changes over the past few years, so it is the office’s goal that colleagues across campus get to better know the who, what, when, where and why of Student Success. For the past few weeks, we welcomed you into our world and shared the following:

  • ‘Who” we are — We introduced our 12-member team.
  • “What” we do — We utilize the Appreciative Framework by using the Appreciative Advising Model to define how we approach our work.
  • “When” we are available — Students make appointments or meet with us during our drop-in hours.
  • “Where” we are located — We meet with our students on the Springfield campus as well as the Outreach Centers.

And now, we want to share “why” we do what we do. Our name says it best: STUDENT SUCCESS!

We would like to end this series of Words to the Wise Wednesday with the following poem from author unknown:

Students Are …

Important people on this campus.
Not cold enrollment statistics, but flesh and blood.
Human beings with feelings and emotions like our own.

Not people to be tolerated so we can do our thing.
Students are our thing.

Not dependent on us;
Rather, we are both interdependent on one another.

Not an interruption of our work,
But the purpose of it.

Without students,
There would be no need for this institution.

Student Success
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