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We’re late! We’re late for a very important date!

May 2 would have been the Foundation’s 14th annual Gala – A Mad Hatter’s Gala.  The Gala is our annual event featuring a gourmet meal prepared and served by our culinary students and instructors. It is the college’s signature fundraising event, raising funds for the benefit of our students.

Like Alice in Wonderland, we have been “Curious and Curiouser,” about all the different ways to safely celebrate and continue to provide support to LLCC students.  With the shelter in place order, holding the Gala which regularly hosts 250 plus guests on campus was not an option. And so, the “Late for a Date” non-event was conceived. Businesses and individuals who had already committed to the Gala are being asked to transfer their Gala sponsorships to the new non-event.  Invitations to the “Late for a Date” will be mailed asking people to not attend an event but to continue to help support students during this critical time. 

Arrive as late as you wish.  You won’t miss a thing.  No gourmet dinner to be had.  No wine glasses to sling.

No searching for the perfect frock to wear. No forking over cash for kids in someone else’s care. 

No auction, no band, no black tie or ill-fitting dress shoes. Just wear your comfy clothes or even pajamas if you choose.  

Why might you ask should it be this way…

to raise as much as possible for our students today! 

Show your support for LLCC students by purchasing tickets for the non-event for $50 each or any amount you choose!  Just choose the donate now button above and your donation will benefit LLCC students.


 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award

This annual award recognizes an exceptional Lincoln Land Community College faculty member for his or her professional contributions to student learning at LLCC.  Longtime Springfield physicians, Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson made this award possible through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation.

2019 Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher - Dr. Jennifer O’Malley, Professor, Biology






Previous Recipients of the Drs. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher Award

1998         Dr. John Roberts, Professor of History

1999         Denis Beveridge, Professor of Math

2000         Mary Jean McHugh, Professor of French/Italian

2001         Chris McDonald, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

2002         John Squibb, Ph.D., Professor of History

2003         Don Ecklund, Professor of Sociology

2004         Dave Sykes, Professor of Physics

2005         Alicia Craigmiles, Professor of Reading

2006         Jennifer Ramm, Professor of Chemistry

2007         Claire Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of Speech

2008         Tony Rothering, Professor of Biology

2009         Dr. Theresa Till, Professor of Nursing

2010         Thom Whalen, Professor of Art

2011         Dean Butzow, Professor of Geography

2012         Dr. Pamela Bradley, Professor of Nursing

2013         Barbara Bernardi, Professor of Biology

2014         Bill Harmon, Professor of Agronomy

2015         Michael Ramm, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry

2016         Jason Dockter, Ph.D., Professor of English

2017         Beth Hoffmann, Professor of Communication

2018         Dr. Carmen Allen, Professor of Computer Programming

Trutter Museum Currently Closed due to COVID 19

We are sorry for inconvenience, and hope to re-open in 2021.


The Trutter Story 

Phil & Kitty TrutterFrom the 1940s to the 1970s, Springfield natives Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter, traveled the world.  From the hundreds of countries and principalities they visited around the globe, they began collecting a vast array of art, artifacts and cultural items of interest.

After Mrs. Trutter’s death in 1977, Phil continued collecting items and further nurtured his love of learning by taking art classes at Lincoln Land Community College.  A friendship between a member of the college’s art faculty and Phil lead to his vision for a museum that would share the couple’s affection for learning and travel.

Upon Phil’s passing in 2000, the family bequeathed much of the collection to Lincoln Land Community College along with a generous stipend to establish the museum on the college’s Springfield campus. The Trutter Museum opened in 2004 and is administered by the LLCC Foundation as a unique and treasured legacy left to benefit students, faculty and the community.


Lillian Scalzo artwork on display in LLCC Library

18 items donated to Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum collection

The Library at Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a display featuring six pieces of original artwork by the late Springfield artist, Lillian Scalzo. The display is open to the public on the first floor of the library, located in Sangamon Hall.  Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

These works are among 18 items donated to the collection at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum by Denise Eilers of Davenport, Iowa.

Miss Scalzo, a longtime friend of Eilers’ family, spent her life devoted to art. She taught and was involved in the development of the art department at Springfield Junior College from 1929 until it was discontinued during World War II, then went on to illustrate medical pamphlets for the State Department of Health. She began teaching painting in 1936 at the Springfield Art Association and continued through much of her life. The Springfield Art Association was a shared interest between Eilers’ parents, Paul and Minnette Fuhrmann, and the Trutters. “From the time we were children, my brothers and I knew the Scalzo and Trutter names. The painting ‘Mother and Child,’ featured in this display, hung in our home as long as I can remember. Because of my family’s connection with both Lillian and the Trutters, the LLCC museum seemed like the perfect place to donate and preserve the work of such a talented lady.”

Lillian Scalzo biography

LEAGUE is the Foundation's annual faculty and giving campaign. LEAGUE is an acronym for Leaders Establishing Annual Gifts Underwriting Education. Donations to the LEAGUE campaign support LLCC students through the LEAGUE grant program, scholarships and other funds, including the “Pay It Forward” fund which helps students with emergent needs. LEAGUE is an acronym for Leaders Establishing Gifts Underwriting Education. Each year approximately 40 percent of LLCC faculty and staff contribute. Our thanks to our generous LLCC faculty and staff for donating nearly $50,000 to the 2019 LEAGUE campaign!

LEAGUE grants were announced at the LEAGUE kickoff.  Faculty and staff make these internal grants possible through their generous giving to LEAGUE. This year the following departments received awards:

  • Accessibility Services – For five ExamReader Pens which allow students to read course content independently without human test readers
  • Health Professions, Radiography - For a television display monitor and required components to enhance viewing of radiographic images
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences - Lymph node models for Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health Professions, Respiratory Therapy - MegaCode Kid Manikin for pediatric simulations
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