LLCC Foundation Board elects officers; welcomes three new members

The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation Board of Directors elected new officers, welcomed three new members and recognized outgoing board members at a recent meeting.

Tim Schroeder of Springfield was installed as board chair for 2018. Todd Wise of Springfield was elected vice chair, and Ronda Folkerts of Springfield was elected treasurer.

The following are new members of the board:

Bill Fleming of Litchfield is the executive vice president of LBT Bancshares Inc. in Litchfield. He holds an associate degree from LLCC and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Missouri Baptist College.

Brett Jackson of Springfield is president and chief executive officer of Systemax Corporation. A Pleasant Plains native, he spent one year at LLCC before transferring to Western Illinois University to major in economics. He also serves his community as a member of the Heartland Credit Union and Kidzeum boards.

Neil Jordan of Springfield is senior loan officer and vice president at First National Bank of Raymond in addition to working and managing his family farm near Farmersville. He received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Illinois State University while gaining summer credits at LLCC. Neil is also active in the Waggoner Centennial Players.

Outgoing board members Jason Barth, Pam McClelland and Steve Mundhenke, all of Springfield, were acknowledged for their dedicated service on behalf of LLCC students.

New work by Michelle Coakes featured in Murray Gallery

The James S. Murray Gallery features the exhibit “A Fire Within: New Work by Michelle Coakes” now through Feb. 1. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and all are invited to a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Coakes is professor of art and the ceramics expert at LLCC, having taught and managed the college ceramics lab since 2002. She has created ceramic pieces for more than 40 years and taught at schools throughout the country including the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Juniata College (Penn.) and two other community colleges in Illinois. In 2013, she founded Bad Wolf Pottery, a pottery shop and studio producing handmade, functional pottery and sculptural clay objects. She is the author of the book “Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide and Showcase” and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Coakes is best known for her functional and quasi-functional vessels in stoneware, most of which are finished in a wood-fired kiln. Almost all of her work is wheel-thrown and manipulated. The rich, variable wood-fired surfaces add greatly to the illusion and references she sets up between old and new. “A Fire Within” is the culmination of a project started in the summer of 2017, when she and others constructed a wood-firing kiln on her property north of Taylorville.

Read more about Professor Coakes, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

Auditions Feb. 4 and 5 at LLCC for world premier sequel “Revenge: Treasure Island”

A collaborative production with Cutlass Artists

Lincoln Land Community College, in collaboration with Cutlass Artists, NFP, will hold auditions for “Revenge: Treasure Island” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7- 9 p.m. in Sangamon South Room 0015 on the LLCC Springfield campus.

“Revenge: Treasure Island” is a world-premiere sequel to “Treasure Island,” which was performed by LLCC in 2016. This new script is written and directed by Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre. It features leading roles for women and men and exciting sword fights throughout. The outdoor production will run May 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. in the Helen Hamilton area near the campus lake.  

Following up on the original story in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale in which a young Jim battles with and outwits pirates, “Revenge: Treasure Island” takes place some years after Jim and crew return to England. Adventure ensues, featuring kidnapping, double-crosses and a ship-to-ship battle.

College students and community members are encouraged to audition. Those interested in backstage duties or stage management should drop by auditions for a brief conference with Professor Hardiman or contact him directly at mark.hardiman@llcc.edu. More information on specific roles can be found at www.llcc.edu/theatre

“Just as the original that I adapted two years ago was a young man's coming of age story, “Revenge: Treasure Island” aims to be a coming of age tale for the present. It empowers women and reveals that collaboration and cooperation between sexes wins the day,” says Hardiman.

LLCC Theatre is committed to education in theatre, emphasizing not only performance but also growth in those involved in the production. Those participating will register for college credit or participate through the LLCC Community Education program.

This collaboration is an extension of the Cutlass Artists NFP mission which is “... to provide meaningful and rewarding artistic opportunities for artists and audiences by building communities of like-minded individuals that demonstrate the value of art in their lives and respect for the artists that create them,” says Hardiman. Tickets will be sold through the Cutlass Artists website, cutlassartists.com.

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.

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