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LLCC Music department begins performance series Sunday, Nov. 18

November 14, 2018
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program kick off Sunday, Nov. 18 with the LLCC Big Band performing “There’s Something Goin’ on in Bethlehem.” The performance begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Festival of Trees in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. A performance by the LLCC Choir follows at 1 p.m.

Other upcoming performances include:

Friday, Nov. 23 – JACK’d, a jazz combo featuring Jason Waddell, LLCC professor of music, and LLCC students Emma Bachman and Emily Miller, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Festival of Trees, Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds

Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Christmas concert by the Capital Area Concert Band and LLCC Band students, 7 p.m., LLCC-Springfield, Trutter Center

Wednesday, Nov. 28 – LLCC Student Honors Recital, 7 p.m., LLCC-Springfield, Menard Hall, Room 2250

Monday, Dec. 3 – LLCC Big Band, 7 p.m., White Oaks Mall Food Court

Sunday, Dec. 9 – Christmas Cantata by LLCC Choir and combined church choirs, accompanied by full orchestra, 9 and 10:30 a.m. services, First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield

Thursday, Dec. 13 – “Pristine Piano,” a performance by Jane Hartman, LLCC professor of music and LLCC students, 7 p.m., LLCC-Springfield, Menard Hall, Room 2250
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Sustain Springfield Green Map launched

November 13, 2018
Lincoln Land Community College has announced a new online map to “green” resources in Springfield called the Sustain Springfield Green Map. It is an interactive, GIS-based map that guides residents, visitors and organizations to sustainable or environmentally-friendly services, sites and amenities. The map can be accessed at www.llcc.edu/sustain-springfield.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a central site for community green resources,” says Julie Rourke, director, workforce development at LLCC. “The map includes charging stations, community gardens, recycling centers and more. Those that view the map may even find resources they were unaware of.”

“With Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, Day on Nov. 14 and America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, the launch of this tool shows how GIS is a technology with real-world, practical application for our communities,” says Dean Butzow, professor of geography at LLCC. “GIS is a powerful technology, and geographers are increasingly using it in a variety of areas, such as precision farming, real-time traffic tracking and urban planning to help us understand and make decisions in our complex world.”

The Sustain Springfield Green Map is hosted by the LLCC Green Center. The Urban Action Network designed and developed the conceptual framework along with environmental specialist Wynne Coplea. The map was created by Jordyn Lahey, an LLCC student in Rey de Castro’s Advanced GIS class. The project was also made possible with a seed grant to the Urban Action Network from the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

LLCC listed in top 20 two-year colleges for Precision Ag

October 29, 2018
LLCC's Agriculture Program was named in PrecisionAg.com’s recently released list of the top 20 two-year colleges for precision agriculture and related fields! Results were based on a survey that factored in the best reputation in education, hands-on training and graduate job placement for precision agriculture.

“We are honored to be listed among the best programs in the country in precision agriculture,” said Bill Harmon, LLCC agriculture program coordinator. “LLCC’s precision agronomy/fertilizer program prepares students with hands-on training for a career using ever-evolving technology in the agriculture industry for yield mapping, seeding, soil testing and more. Our precision agronomy students working toward an associate in applied science degree have historically had at least three job offers prior to graduation, with similar numbers for students pursuing a certificate in fertilizer.”

PrecisionAg is an independent global media enterprise providing precision agriculture
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Bistro Verde at LLCC open through Nov. 16

September 5, 2018
Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open with Bistro To Go and Bistro Grab & Go 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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Nominate an LLCC alum through Dec. 15 for 2019 Honored Alumni Award

September 5, 2018
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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$18 million gift benefits LLCC agriculture program

August 25, 2018
Officials of the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation announced in March 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.”

“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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