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"If there's a will...it's your way" set October 5

The LLCC Foundation will present "If there's a will...it's your way", a no-cost/no obligation event open to people of all ages seeking guidance in getting an estate plan started or adjusted to meet one's current needs.  The event will be held Thursday, October 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield.

The seminar will feature three local estate planning specialists presenting information in three general areas of estate matters. 

  • Passing Property to Heirs, Avoiding Probate, Wills & Revocable Living Trusts, with Hugh Drake, Partner, Brown, Hay & Stephens
  • Making Charitable Bequests & their Tax & Financial Advantages, with Jennifer Stice, Vice President, Senior Trust Officer, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Town and Country Bank of Springfield; and
  • Durable Powers of Attorney for Finance & Healthcare and Guardianship, with Ellen Bruce, Partner, Sgro, Hanrahan, Durr, Rabin & Bruce

Reservations are requested but not required.  For more information call 217.786.2785, e-mail LLCCFoundation@LLCC.edu.

About the speakers

Hugh Drake is a Partner with Brown, Hay and Stephens law firm in Springfield, focusing his practice in wealth transfer and estate administration matters.  He is experienced in designing and implementing complicated and personalized estate plans including those which leverage the use of gift, as well as estate and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions. He regularly counsels business owners and farmers on the best way to achieve their tax and non-tax objectives and represents fiduciaries in the administration of estates and trusts, the formation and operation of public charities, private foundations and sophisticated charitable giving techniques.

Jennifer Stice is Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at Town and Country Bank.  She has been with Town and Country for nine years and has worked in banking for 12 years.  Jennifer is a graduate of Western Illinois University and also holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS).

Ellen Bruce is a Partner with Sgro, Hanrahan, Durr and Rabin, LLP. She has a general civil litigation practice, with a focus on personal injury litigation, Workers’ Compensation, estate planning and non-felony traffic cases. She was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois with the General Law Division in Springfield, Illinois from 2006 to 2010. Ellen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from Colby College of Waterville, Maine.

Nominations open for 2018 LLCC Honored Alumni Award

Lincoln Land Community College Alumni Services is accepting nominations for its 2018 Honored Alumni Award. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2017.

Anyone may nominate an LLCC alum for the award by completing the form that is available at www.llcc.edu/honored-alumni-award.

Nominations will be scored on the following four criteria: 1) role model – inspiring excellence in others, 2) outstanding success – attaining significant career or personal achievements, 3) impact – achieving accomplishments which have changed the community for the better and 4) community service – demonstrating a visible commitment to the community through leadership and/or volunteerism.

Additionally, nominees must have successfully completed coursework at LLCC and be able to attend LLCC’s commencement ceremony on May 18, 2018.

Past recipients of the Honored Alumni Award include: 2017 - William D. McCarty II of Springfield; 2016 - Dr. Andrew Thoron of Newbury, Fla.; 2015 - Cinda Edwards of Springfield; 2014 - Dr. Karla (Carwile) Ivankovich of Glenview; 2013 - Jim Matheis of Springfield; 2012 – Gregg Humphrey of Springfield; 2011 - Bruce Compton of St. Charles, Mo.; 2010 - Michelle Tjelmeland of Springfield; and 2009 - Bill Ames of Springfield.

“LLCC alumni are positively impacting the communities where they live and work, and we’re pleased to be able to recognize their outstanding success with this award,” says Joanie Rogers, office coordinator, LLCC Alumni Services.

For more information, call LLCC Alumni Services at 217.786.4612, or email alumni@llcc.edu.

LLCC 2017-18 Recital Series opens Sunday, Sept. 24

Public invited at no charge to all performances

Lincoln Land Community College’s annual Recital Series kicks off Sunday, Sept. 24, with a performance by The River Ramblers. The recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus.

The River Ramblers is a six-piece bluegrass band that hails from Springfield and surrounding areas. The group assembled in 1987 with the commitment to maintain the traditional bluegrass sound. Members of the group include three of the band’s original members: Duane Patterson, Marc Bourne and Mike Smith. Other members are Jennifer Ramm, professor of chemistry at LLCC; Don Randle and Steve Hatfield. The band performs the music of bluegrass icons such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs, and has issued four recordings, which include traditional songs combined with original tunes.

All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

Upcoming recitals include:

Sunday, Oct. 8  – JACK’d with Jason Waddell, Aaron Gosnell, Chris Gunn, Kevin Carman, 4 p.m., Trutter Center

Wednesday, Nov 1 – LLCC Choir Concert, noon, A. Lincoln Commons

Wednesday, Nov. 29 – LLCC Student Honors Recital, 7 p.m., Menard Hall, room 2250

Sunday, March 25 – Chamber Music Recital with Brick House Brass and Blackwater Strings, 4 p.m., Trutter Center

Sunday, April 8 – LLCC Choir Concert, 4 p.m., Trutter Center

Wednesday, May 2 –  LLCC Student Honors Recital, 7 p.m., Menard Hall, room 2250

LLCC's 50th anniversary celebrated in city holiday ornament

The 2017 City of Springfield official holiday ornament benefitting St. Joseph’s Home will feature Lincoln Land Community College, in honor of our 50th anniversary. The ornament was designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, Public Relations and  Marketing.

The ornament is now available in the LLCC Bookstore for $25.  The Bookstore's phone number is 217.786.2300 or to order yours online, click here.


LLCC’s oldest living alumna honored for dedication to lifelong learning

At 103 years old, Mary Alkire, of Jacksonville, Ill., is Lincoln Land Community College’s oldest living alumna and a testament to the fact that one is never too old to learn, take classes or receive a degree. While it has been about 20 years since she took a class at LLCC, she recently received her graduation diploma from LLCC and a bouquet of flowers from the Alumni Association to commemorate the event.

It seems Alkire has a knack for research and learning. She was a genealogist for Alkire Genealogical Research and a past president and life member of the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society.

Alkire started taking courses at LLCC during the spring semester of 1977 when she was 63 years old. Over the following 19 years, she took a variety of courses covering such topics as real estate, farm management, communication, psychology and computers.

To receive a diploma, students must file an application for graduation. In her pursuit of lifelong learning, Alkire had amassed more than 60 credit hours, which is enough to earn an associate degree in general education with an emphasis in liberal arts. However, during her time at LLCC, Alkire had not filed an application for graduation.

“When reviewing alumni lists, we discovered that Mrs. Alkire had earned enough credits to have received her diploma. We were impressed by her desire to continue her education over the years and wanted to honor and recognize her work and passion for lifelong learning,” says Joanie Rogers, office coordinator, LLCC Alumni Services.

Two of LLCC's own publish books

John Jamison, adjunct instructor in Adult Education and Literacy, has published his first novel called “Disruption.” The story is a suspense-thriller, based on a terrorist attack on the Mississippi River. John is originally from Beardstown, where he grew up in a family of riverboat captains, giving him a unique perspective to create the story. More information can be found at: https://jbjamison.com/.

Jim Dietz, head volleyball coach, has written his second book on coaching, “Like Heck She Isn’t a Volleyball Player: 27 Essays to Make Coaches Think.”


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