Pearson Master Teacher nominations now accepted

January 23, 2019
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation invites students, faculty, staff, alums and retirees to nominate an outstanding full-time, tenured faculty member for the 2019 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award. This award annually recognizes an exceptional faculty member for his or her professional contributions to LLCC. A faculty member may receive the award one time only.

Online nominations are now being accepted. LLCC students, faculty and staff may also log into Blackboard to access the nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

For more information, stop by the LLCC Foundation on the first level of Menard Hall, Room 1214; call 217-786-2785; or e-mail LLCCFoundation@llcc.edu.
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LLCC Foundation accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year

December 3, 2018
The Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students considering or planning to attend LLCC beginning in fall 2019 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full- or part-time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are open to students in any program of study, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships for which they are eligible.

The online application is available at www.llccfoundation.org/scholarships. For more information, visit the website or contact Michelle Burger, LLCC scholarship program and alumni services coordinator, at michelle.burger@llcc.edu or 217-786-4502.
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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.

$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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