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

Artist’s reception Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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. and attend a reception with the artist on Aug. 30 from 5:30-7:30 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.

LLCC radiography program receives new digital imaging detector from HSHS St. John’s

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.

Above:  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.

Registration open for LLCC Adult Education

Registration is now open for Lincoln Land Community College Adult Education classes, which will begin Aug. 20.

Class offerings include high school equivalency (i.e., GED exam) preparation, English as a Second Language and literacy tutoring for eligible students. Classes are offered at LLCC’s campus in Springfield, and select classes are also available at LLCC Outreach Centers in Beardstown, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Litchfield and Taylorville.

Interested students must first attend a three-hour registration session. Sessions begin Aug. 1.

To sign up and get more information on classes, locations and registration sessions, visit www.llcc.edu/registration-dates or call 217-786-2349 (high school equivalency) or 217-786-2467 (English as a Second Language).

LLCC alum Dr. Karla Ivankovich honored with statewide Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Karla Ivankovich of Glenview, a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College, was recently 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.

LLCC sponsors trip to Illinois historic sites associated with U.S. presidents

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.

Jerry Wesley joins LLCC Foundation Board

The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Board of Directors welcomed Jerry Wesley of Witt as a new member at a recent meeting.

Wesley was an elected member of the LLCC Board of Trustees from 2009-2017, serving as board secretary from 2012-2015 and as vice-chair from 2015-2017.

He has been involved in public education all his life. Wesley worked as a high school social studies teacher, a K-12 principal and a district superintendent in Witt, Morrisonville and Hillsboro. Following his retirement, he served as interim superintendent for six districts in central Illinois. In total, Wesley served in public K-12 education for more than 40 years.

During that time, he became an advocate for adult education, including adult literacy and GED programming. In addition, he served as a member of the Lincoln Land School to Work Partnership and the LLCC Southern Regional Advisory Committee.

LLCC honors recipients of 2018 Pearson Master Teacher and Distinguished Service awards

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.

$18 million gift benefiting LLCC agriculture program announced

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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