LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery features “Decompose” Aug. 20-Sept. 13

September 5, 2018
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the ceramic exhibit “Decompose” by Greenville artist Kyle Anderson Aug. 20-Sept. 13. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

The impetus behind the body of sculptural ceramic work shown in Anderson’s “Decompose” is his brother’s diagnosis of muscular dystrophy. “His body is literally withering away, and he can do nothing to stop it. Wrinkles on faces tell stories, and I am broken because my brother doesn’t have a chance to develop those stories and wrinkles,” explains Anderson. “I overexaggerate lines and folds in my work to emphasize this concept.”

“My goal for this body of work is to not only attempt to mend my own mental health, but provide solace for whoever is struggling in life by affirming they have a gift that they shouldn’t take for granted,” Anderson adds. “We should be in constant celebration for having the ability to draw breath.”

Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree from Greenville University and recently worked as a ceramics instructor for the Springfield Art Association’s summer art camps.

Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.
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Bistro Verde at LLCC opens Sept. 11

September 5, 2018
Bistro To Go and Bistro Grab & Go to be offered in fall 2018

Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the fall 2018 semester as Bistro To Go and Bistro Grab & Go beginning the week of Sept. 11 through Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is invited to experience takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and specialty coffees prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students.

Bistro To Go will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunch orders can be placed in person, at 786-2821 or at bistroverde@llcc.edu. Instructions on how to email your order can be found at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde.

Bistro Grab & Go will be open Wednesdays and Fridays with premade lunch and snack items. No advance orders will be taken for Bistro Grab & Go.

Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted. More information is available at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde.

LLCC offers an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts and also in hospitality management and services. Certificates offered include culinary manager, first cook, and baking and pastry. LLCC also offers non-credit.
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Final bicentennial series presentations to be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 21

September 5, 2018
The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Illinois State Museum invite the public to the final two programs in the special bicentennial series “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans.” These presentations will be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St.

Laura Mueller will be the featured speaker on Sunday, Sept. 16. In her presentation, “Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818-2017,” Laura will offer a slide-illustrated presentation indicating the wide-ranging ways in which Illinois has been represented artistically throughout its history as a state over the past 200 years. The presentation will emphasize works of visual and literary art by Illinoisans but will also incorporate works by artists and authors from elsewhere that illuminate significant aspects of life in our state.

Phil Passen, a Chicago-based singer and hammered dulcimer player, presents “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial” on Sunday, Oct. 21. The music performed by Passen reflects the story of Illinois and will include songs of the Underground Railroad as well as musical selections representing farmers, workers, labor struggles, disasters and tragedies in addition to a few blues and rock-‘n’-roll songs. Passen will provide commentary about the histories of the selections and the contexts in which they have been sung and played in Illinois.

These final two bicentennial programs are made possible by the support of Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities is an independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Illinois Humanities creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background or geographic location. Illinois Humanities is supported by state, federal and private funds.
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LLCC radiography program receives new digital imaging detector from HSHS St. John’s

September 5, 2018
Dr. Vern Lindquist, LLCC vice president, academic services; Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president; Janelle Murphy, program director, LLCC radiography; Stephen Sabo, system director, capital equipment contracts at HSHS; Karen Sanders, executive director, LLCC Foundation; Dr. Cynthia Maskey, dean, LLCC health professions.Officials of Lincoln Land Community College have expressed appreciation to HSHS St. John’s Hospital for the gift of a new digital detector imaging system for the LLCC associate degree radiography lab.

“HSHS is proud to partner with the LLCC radiography program to enhance students’ training and education,” said Stephen Sabo, system director for capital equipment contracts at HSHS and 1988 LLCC radiography graduate. “Staying current with the latest, emerging technologies positively affects patient care.”

“We thank HSHS St. John’s for this generous gift, which will allow our students to practice on the same state-of-the-art equipment they will find on the job,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC.

Janelle Murphy, director of the LLCC radiography program, added, “With the acquisition of the newest in digital radiography, our students have will have hands-on experience with current technologies and be better prepared for their role as x-ray students at the clinical sites they attend as part of their education.”

Sabo said he fondly remembers being a radiography student at LLCC. “The program gave me a wide breadth of clinical knowledge that I still use today in making purchasing decisions for the hospital system.”

Sabo started his career as a CT technologist and has progressed through a number of positions within HSHS while earning a bachelor’s degree and MBA. He stated that students need to know that there are many career paths one can take with a radiography degree.

LLCC’s two-year, associate degree radiography program prepares students for an occupation in the professional field of medical radiography (X-ray technology). Classes begin in June each year, with 100 percent job placement for graduates. More information is available at www.llcc.edu/radiography.
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Nominations open for 2019 LLCC Honored Alumni Award

September 5, 2018
Nominations due by Dec. 15

Lincoln Land Community College Alumni Services is accepting nominations for its 2019 Honored Alumni Award. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2018.

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 17, 2019.

Past recipients of the Honored Alumni Award include: 2018 – Timothy B. Smith of Springfield; 2017 – William “Bill” 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 Litchfield; 2010 – Michelle Tjelmeland of Springfield; and 2009 – Bill Ames of Springfield.

For more information, call LLCC Alumni Services at 217-786-4612 or email alumni@llcc.edu.
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LLCC alum Dr. Karla Ivankovich honored

August 28, 2018
Dr. Karla Ivankovich of Glenview, a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College, has been honored by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association with the statewide Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Ivankovich is president and co-founder of OnePatient Global Health Initiative and is a nationally certified licensed clinical professional counselor.

The statewide Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the professional, technical and humanitarian accomplishments of individuals who have graduated from Illinois community colleges. She was nominated by LLCC Board Chair Dennis Shackelford, who noted, “As a counselor, advocate, educator, media personality and public speaker, empowering others is Dr. Ivankovich’s calling, one that she lives every day.”

Ivankovich graduated from LLCC with an associate in science degree in 1993. She went on to complete bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology, graduate degrees in human development counseling and disability studies, a Ph.D. in psychology, and additional graduate coursework in educational leadership.

“Community college gave me the opportunity to explore diverse interests unknown to me prior to enrollment and opened my eyes to my potential,” says Ivankovich. “It inspired me to lead a life of service in hopes of giving back to others with the same care and consideration given to me, every step of the way.”

Ivankovich has more than 18 years of experience in various treatment settings, and she has published research, presented findings at national conferences and been frequently called upon to provide expert opinion to national media sources and organizations. Her research and publications have focused on body image, biopsychosocial aspects impacting health disparity, marginalized populations, millennial issues, obesity, privilege, self-esteem and stigma. Most recently, Ivankovich published a chapter in the peer-reviewed third edition of “Explorations in Diversity.” In addition, she teaches in the undergraduate psychology program at University of Illinois Springfield and in the graduate counseling psychology program at North Park University. She also hosts a weekly talk show, “Life and Love,” live from iHeart radio at WVON in Chicago, Ill. Her nonprofit organization, OnePatient Global Health Initiative, works to provide resources for accessible health care and improve health outcomes in some of the poorest communities in Chicago and in Haiti.

Additionally, Karla penned an essay about her LLCC experience for the State Journal-Register entitled, “Pay it forward: A lesson learned at LLCC.” The column appeared in the Sunday, July 8 edition.
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LLCC sponsors trip to Illinois historic sites associated with U.S. presidents

August 27, 2018
Led by state historian Samuel Wheeler and ALPLM executive director Alan Lowe

Lincoln Land Community College is taking reservations for an overnight bus trip Sept. 27-28 entitled, “From Galena and Dixon to the White House: Illinois Presidents Journey.” The trip, endorsed by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, will be led by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, state historian, and Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Trip participants will visit the birthplace of Ronald Reagan in Tampico; learn about Reagan’s early life through tours in Dixon; spend a night at the Historic DeSoto House Hotel that served as Grant’s presidential campaign headquarters and is Illinois’ oldest operating hotel; and tour Galena and the homes of Ulysses S. Grant and Elihu Washburne to learn about their connection to Abraham Lincoln.

Cost is $325 per participant (based on double-room occupancy; private rooms are an additional $65). Registration is available by calling LLCC Community Education at 217-786-2432. Online registration is also available. For more information, visit www.llcc.edu/travel-opportunities.
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$18 million gift benefiting LLCC agriculture program announced

August 25, 2018
Proceeds from Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust will transform and grow college’s ag program

Officials of the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation today announced that the college’s agriculture program is the beneficiary of a late farm couple’s charitable trust.

“On behalf of current and future LLCC agriculture students, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the LLCC Foundation will be the recipient of annual earnings from the Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust, with total assets of $18 million,” said Karen Sanders, executive director of the LLCC Foundation.

The gift will be used to transform and grow the LLCC agriculture program.

“This morning we celebrate the outstanding generosity of Irene and Charles Kreher and their belief in agriculture,” said Bill Harmon, LLCC agronomy professor and ag program coordinator. “The Kreher’s gift is beyond ‘once in a lifetime,’ it’s in the realm of ‘I can’t believe this is really happening.’”

He told the crowd at the announcement ceremony, “The Kreher’s desire was that agriculture be promoted in various ways, to the benefit of – first and foremost – students, along with farmers and the community as a whole. This support will enable us to meet the needs of our growing and diverse student population and provide relevant, up-to-date curriculum on the latest technology in state-of-the-art facilities and environments. These funds will not replace current support by the college … but rather ‘grow’ the agriculture program, increasing the number of students served, increasing local job opportunities filled with qualified LLCC grads, and improving agricultural literacy in our communities, ultimately designed to make LLCC a center of excellence in agriculture education.”

Harmon said the trust also directs the LLCC ag program to implement an education program on the Kreher Farm. “We are honored to play a role in growing this program that brings full circle their shared fondness of agriculture and the land Charlie and Irene Kreher loved. Our mission is to have LLCC be the first choice for potential agriculture students, with a goal to double our enrollment by 2020. Additionally, we want to be the agriculture leader for businesses seeking new employees.”

Don Wienhoff of Quorum Consulting, trustee for the charitable trust, shared more about the Krehers and their commitment to agriculture. “During the years of discussion with Charlie and Irene, talks of ‘donations’ always seemed to center around three things: local, kids and agriculture. This is how we ultimately arrived at LLCC being the perfect beneficiary."

“LLCC has begun the process of transforming the agriculture program,” said Harmon, who now is in charge of day-to-day management, strategic planning and student advising in addition to teaching agriculture. We will continue to explore the viability for new program offerings in ag, as well as growing our nationally recognized livestock judging team. Students will be conducting research projects as part of our overall plans. We have initiated discussions on offering LLCC agriculture classes to nearby high schools … (and) to help promote the program, vehicles such as the car outside emblazoned with ‘LLCC Agriculture’ will transport students and staff to events, as well as serving as rolling billboards.”

Harmon added, “We will be expanding the student experience by incorporating the latest technologies such as a combine simulator so students can practice before operating actual machinery to improve skills, safety and self-confidence, and the latest drones so that we are using the same type used in industry for precision agriculture.” He said students will also benefit directly from the Kreher gift through increased scholarship offerings, and the LLCC Agriculture Club, the largest student group on campus, will expand its participation in statewide and national contests.

LLCC ag student and Livestock Judging Team member Dominic Ruppert of Witt, Ill., who assists on the six-generation family farm raising cattle and showing prize winning pigs, said he was inspired by his LLCC professors to pursue a career in ag education. “LLCC provides so many opportunities to build a strong foundation for a young person’s future … I am ecstatic that our LLCC ag program is receiving an amazing gift. I know that it could not be put into better hands. While the ag program here is already great, I believe that with this generous contribution, LLCC’s ag department will be seen as a premier ag program. To the donors and those who made this gift happen: thank you for making an impact. Thank you for being a champion of education. Thank you for believing in us!”

LLCC’s agriculture program offers an associate in science degree in agriculture, designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. For students preparing to enter directly into the workforce, LLCC provides two-year associate in applied science degree programs in agri-business management, horticulture and precision agronomy/fertilizer, as well as certificate programs in fertilizer, agricultural watershed management and landscape design/turf management.

More information is available at www.llcc.edu/agriculture.
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LLCC honors recipients of 2018 Pearson Master Teacher and Distinguished Service awards

June 5, 2018
Lincoln Land Community College honored recipients of the 2018 Pearson Master Teacher and Distinguished Service awards at the 24th annual Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony May 9.

Carmen Allen, Ed.D., of Springfield, professor of computer programming, was named the 2018 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher. The award is presented annually to an outstanding full-time LLCC faculty member who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.

Dr. Allen has been a member of the full-time teaching faculty since 1996. Individuals who nominated Allen for the award noted that she provides a zest for learning and never gives up on students, helping them succeed. She holds an associate degree from Lakeland College, a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s degree from University of Illinois Springfield and a doctorate degree from Ferris State University.

“After 22 years, I have discovered that the key to student success is building bridges between myself and students — bridges that lead to more effective teaching, learning and support,” says Allen. “When bridges are strong, communication is clear, relationships are meaningful, and students thrive.”

Finalists for the master teacher award were Mark Hardiman of Springfield, professor of theatre; Taiebeh Hosseinali of Springfield, professor of teacher education; Rich Teeter of Rochester, professor of agri-business management; and Katie Tice of Springfield, professor of accounting.

The college also awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards to individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to the college community, promote a student-focused environment and exhibit a strong commitment to the college’s core values. Distinguished Service Award recipients pictured at right are Rick Lashbrook of Beardstown, utility worker, LLCC-Jacksonville; Dr. Jason Dockter of Chatham, professor of English; Karen Sanders of Nokomis, executive director, LLCC Foundation; and Misty Hagstrom of Chatham, graphic design specialist.
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