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LLCC Agriculture Club competes at state PAS conference

College bowl team wins first place for second year

Twelve Lincoln Land Community College Agriculture Club members competed at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization spring conference held at LLCC Feb. 9. Students from seven community colleges and universities participated in contests designed to test their knowledge and readiness for their future careers.

The LLCC college bowl team (pictured at right) of Dalton Johnston (Virginia), Mason Gordon (Springfield), Adrian Austin (Springfield), Dalton Litterly (Elkhart), Ryan Steinkamp (Springfield) and Austin Dennison (Virden) won first place. This is the second year in a row that LLCC has had the winning college bowl team at the state conference. Dennison also placed third individually in the ag education contest.

LLCC’s soil specialist team of Joshua Fischer (Arenzville), Shane Eggimann (Taylorville) and Morgan Gum (Tallula) won second place, with Gum placing third overall as an individual. The soils specialist team of Maddie Ray (Pleasant Plains), Liz Bland (Eldred) and Josie Goebel (Harvel) took fifth place.

The teams will now travel to the National PAS Conference in Louisville, Ky. in March where they will compete against teams from 18 states.

PAS aspires to be the premier leadership and career development organization serving college agriculture students, providing opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation.

Learn more about LLCC’s agriculture programs and club at www.llcc.edu/agriculture.

“Animal Architecture/Landscape Empathy: LaDawna Whiteside” now at LLCC's Murray Gallery

The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College currently features the work of Arkansas artist LaDawna Whiteside.

The exhibit “Animal Architecture/Landscape Empathy” is on display to the public until March 8. The James S. Murray Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

LaDawna Whiteside’s projects are based in abstraction. Pursuing an alternative sublime, Whiteside chronicles this place and time, focusing on landscape topography and animal architecture. Line by line, she considers space and layers within a ritual in making marks. Her drawings reflect the transformation from individual fibers into cloth.

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

LLCC hosting 12th Rube Goldberg Competition Feb. 24

Public invited

“Outlandish machines” designed by area fifth graders will be on display as Lincoln Land Community College hosts the 12th annual Springfield Area Fifth Grade Rube Goldberg Competition on Saturday, Feb. 24. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. in the student union in the lower level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to attend.

A Rube Goldberg device, such as the board game “Mousetrap,” is an outlandish machine designed to complete a certain task through a number of complex steps. Area fifth graders are currently developing their own unique Rube Goldberg devices for this year’s competition. They receive assistance from engineer volunteers, coordinated by the area Engineer in the Classroom Board. The engineer volunteers visit classes and provide instruction on machines and engineering in general, along with suggestions for their “secret” Rube Goldberg.

The purpose of this event is to introduce children to the idea of pursuing a career in engineering or closely related field. It is the only Rube Goldberg program in the nation specifically aimed at elementary age school children.

This year, 12 teams are participating from Dubois Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Graham Elementary, Our Savior Lutheran, Owen Marsh Elementary, Rochester Intermediate, Springfield Christian and Trinity Lutheran-Springfield.

Last year’s task entailed building a Rube Goldberg that would fill a cereal bowl. Teresa Wolter’s fifth grade class from Springfield Christian, with engineer volunteers Adam Pallai from Martin Engineering and Al-Barrae Shebib from the Illinois Department of Transportation, took home the top prize. This year’s competition involves building a Rube Goldberg that will “have one object orbit another object at least three times.” 

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.

LLCC to present spring film series “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film”

First film Feb. 22; public invited at no charge

SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The first film showing will be Feb. 22.  

The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish.

In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.

The films included in the series are:  

Feb. 22: “Masaan” (2015) – Set in the holy city of Varanasi, this film tells a story of four lives that intersect along the Ganges — a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt, a hapless father with fading morality and a spirited child yearning for a family, longing to escape the moral constructs of a small town. Masaan means “crematorium,” symbolically significant as the sacred waters of the Ganges witness the cycle of death and rebirth.

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