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Lincoln Land Community College Foundation

Picture of students talking in the outdoor common area

Behind every student at LLCC is the support of people who believe in their talents and want them to succeed. From providing hundreds of scholarships to enhancing the learning and working environment with important programs, classroom resources, furnishings and equipment, the Foundation makes a difference at LLCC by . . .

  • Raising money to fund scholarships for students who might not otherwise be able to afford books and tuition
  • Equipping and furnishing state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities
  • Providing computer hardware and software for in-class and on-line learning
  • Assisting with capital building projects
  • Providing support to assist with the greatest needs of the college
  • Enriching and perpetuating bonds that benefit alumni, friends, students and Lincoln Land Community College
  • Administering the Trutter Museum which promotes discovery, education and an appreciation of a world heritage collection that honors cultural diversity

Through the Foundation, donors can take pride in fostering the growth of a student, facilitating the work of a faculty member, or advancing arts and culture and academic and workforce programs.


When you give to the LLCC Foundation, you share in the college's commitment of providing excellence in education

2020 LLCC Foundation Gala set

Join us May 2, 2020 for the 14th edition of the LLCC Foundation Gala!  As in past years, this celebration promises to be a beautiful affair, highlighting our students and programs, with all proceeds benefitting learning initiatives at the college. 

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. followed by a famously delicious gourmet dinner prepared and served by LLCC culinary students and instructors. Students in LLCC’s Big Band under the direction of Professor Jane Hartman will provide musical entertainment.

The event also features a terrific silent and live auction as well as the very popular Treasure Box.  Tickets are $125 per person.  Sponsorship are also available by calling the LLCC Foundation at 217-786-2785.

Chef Sean Keeley instructs Culinary students

Guests at the 2018 LLCC Foundation Gala

Guests at the 2018 LLCC Foundation Gala

Our hugely successful 13th annual event was truly a beautiful evening as we were "Singing in the Rain".  More than $57,000 was secured at the event, including more than $6,000 in gifts to the greatest needs of the college through the "Fund-a-Need" portion of the live auction, and over $8,000 was raised from the silent auction alone.  A gallery of photos is now online and available for viewing.

All funds raised at the Gala benefit Lincoln Land students and programs.  Again thank you for the tremendous support.

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

Now at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum

Art, Asia & Antiquities, now at Trutter Museum

Art, Asia and Antiquities showcases the inspirational forces behind the museum's namesake, Phil Trutter.  The exhibit includes artwork by those who taught Phil in art classes as a boy and in his later years, as well as his mother, Frances Mischler Trutter, who encouraged his lifelong love of art.  Items from Asia from the Trutter world heritage collection are also be featured.  The continent was a many-time destination of Phil and Kitty Trutter during their world travels.

Museum Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call at 217-786-2785 or e-mail llccfoundation@llcc.edu.  The Trutter Museum's formal hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime by appointment.  It is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

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


Faculty and staff make these internal grants possible through their generous giving to the annual faculty and staff campaign each spring known as LEAGUE.

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. Each year approximately 40 percent of LLCC faculty and staff contribute. Our thanks to our generous LLCC faculty and staff for donating more than $51,000 to the 2018 LEAGUE campaign!

LEAGUE Awards were announced at the LEAGUE kickoff on March 26.  The following departments received awards:

  • Community Education/Youth Enrichment Services - to purchase equipment and curriculum for the STEM program, "Ready, Set, Drone! At LLCC";
  • EMS Program - Infant Airway Management Trainer;
  • Health Professions - provide students with hands-on experience with the Mass Disaster Training Simulation;
  • Adult Education - 100 GED Ready Practice Vouchers and GED Test Vouchers;
  • Financial Aid - two iPads, screen protectors and cases for the FAFSA mobile application;
  • LLCC-Jacksonville/CAS - laptop for Virtual Interpreter Services;
  • Math & Sciences - to furnish Anatomy & Physiology room with new models;
  • Nursing - updated iPads for the nursing simulation lab.

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