Circle of Friends Newsletter


"Circle of Friends" is a quarterly publication of the LLCC Foundation.  To receive it via email or U.S. Mail, contact us at LLCCFoundation@llcc.edu or call 217-786-2785.

Kreher Agriculture Center Opens

  “Today, we honor and recognize the charity of Charles and Irene Kreher, , a very private couple who led a very private life. In giving, they had three criteria: local, agriculture and students. Today’s event celebrating the opening of the Kreher Agriculture Center is a wonderful tribute to this generous couple,” commented Don Wienhoff, trustee, Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust, at the ribbon cutting of the new building.

              With a focus on students, collaboration and active learning including hands-on research, problem solving and group activities, the Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and student gathering spaces.

               According to Alexis Carroll, second-year LLCC Agriculture student, “Today is a major day for all of those who have, are, or are going to be attending LLCC as an agriculture student. This new building signifies change and our future of agriculturists. Throughout this new building, students will be learning to become our next agronomists, animal nutritionists, land surveyors and much more; they will be the future of agriculture.”

A gift of $18 million from the Kreher Trust to the LLCC Foundation was announced in March of 2018. Since then the college has revamped its agriculture curriculum, adding more technology, simulators, research and scholarship opportunities.

               The new facility is the latest step in the program’s transformation. “Today we continue to honor the intent of our generous donors, Charles and Irene Kreher, to transform and grow our agriculture program and attract more students to this rewarding profession,” said LLCC Board of Trustees Chair Ken Elmore.    

               A showplace of the building is the large, glassed-in simulation lab with a combine simulator, sprayer simulator, drones, augmented reality sand table, welding simulator and drone simulator, creating a one-of-a-kind learning environment in Illinois. The Center’s technology arena will accommodate CAD-based landscape design, precision agriculture and computer applications classes. Students can view a “scoreboard” from anywhere in the room, and instructors can bring student screens up for all to view.  

The large Animal Science Pavilion is designed to be a multiuse, flexible space. Animal pens can be set up for an animal science class. Smaller machinery can be brought in for class activities. Horticulture classes can build and grow an indoor landscape bed.

               The new innovation and collaboration spaces will allow LLCC to host a variety of groups for meetings, seminars, contests and conferences.

               Throughout the facility, you will also see the belief in students and the LLCC Agriculture program from community partners including Evelyn Brandt Thomas, Farm Credit Illinois, First National Bank of Litchfield, The BRANDT Foundation, Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Soybean Association. The day also celebrated the many scholarship donors who have invested in the education of students.

               The LLCC Agriculture program utilizes the latest techniques and technology to prepare students for a successful career in agriculture and/or university transfer through degrees and certificates in agriculture, agri-business management, precision agronomy/fertilizer and horticulture.

               Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President, remarked, “We see LLCC as the central hub for agriculture education and the agriculture industry, the number one industry in the state. With this new facility, we will prepare even more students to be successful leaders and innovators in agriculture careers. To any student wondering if there’s a place for them in the agriculture industry, I say, you belong here at LLCC!”       

Kreher Agriculture Center Ribbon Cutting

Pictured L-R:  Larry Hardy and Don Wienhoff, Kreher Farm Perpetual Charitable Trust representative; Alex Carroll, Ag Club president; Gordon Gates; LLCC board vice chair; Ken Elmore, LLCC board chair; Dr. Charlotte Warren; LLCC president; Craig Findley, LLCC board secretary; Wayne Rosenthal and Jeff Fulgenzi, LLCC board trustees; Greg Marantz, LLCC Foundation board chair.

2nd Annual Giving Day Held

Lincoln Land Community College’s second annual Giving Day was Feb. 23. The purpose of this 24-hour day of giving is to advance the mission of the college while raising essential funds for students. Nearly $13,000 was raised surpassing the goal of $10,000 set to provide student support through the following:

•     The Pay It Forward student emergency assistance fund – helps students with emergent needs with everything from gas cards and bus passes to rent and utilities to providing supplies and course materials in a variety of programs.

•     The General Scholarship Fund –provides money for tuition and books based on financial need.

•     The greatest need fund is used to upgrade technology, facilities and equipment among other needs. No amount is too small when pooled with other donations and contributions are accepted year-round Donate Now or by calling the LLCC Foundation at 217-786-2785.

Behind the Scenes 2021 Gala

The sun was shining and the volunteers and staff were smiling as they greeted guests for curbside pick-up at the 2021 Behind the Scenes Gala. This new twist on our classic fundraising event included a four-course take home gourmet dinner kit created and prepared by Chef Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, Sheridan Lane, directory of culinary programs and operations, and LLCC culinary and hospitality arts students. This event raises funds that benefit students and educational programs at LLCC. It provides support to future health care providers, teachers, welders, truck drivers, engineers, agriculture professionals and more. “We are so grateful for the many sponsors and community friends who believe in LLCC students, in education and a better community,” says Karen Sanders, vice president, advancement/executive director LLCC Foundation.  

LLCC Faculty and Staff Are Real Superheroes

Have you met our superheroes? Dedicated to helping students everyday through their actions and duties, Lincoln Land Community College faculty and staff are true superheroes. Although they may not be able to stop a runaway locomotive or climb a skyscraper, many faculty and staff offer additional support to improving the lives of our students through donations to the annual faculty and staff giving campaign known as LEAGUE. Donations to the LEAGUE campaign support students and programs in a variety of ways including emergency needs, scholarship support and through the awarding of grants for various programs and projects

LLCC Class of 2021 Graduation Parade

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