Lincoln Land Community College, founded in February 1967 with the passage of a referendum establishing the Lincoln Land district, kicked off the celebration of its 50th anniversary on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at the annual Convocation for faculty and staff, who afterward posed for a photo in the shape of a “50” on the lawn. Dr. Charlotte Warren, the college’s sixth president, announced that the observance would continue through the fall and spring semesters.
LLCC Outreach Centers will celebrate the college’s golden anniversary. A travelling exhibit of historic LLCC photos and artifacts will be on display, along with other activities. The public is invited at no charge.
Saturday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m. at LLCC-Taylorville
Friday, May 5, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at LLCC-Jacksonville
Wednesday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. at LLCC-Litchfield
Wednesday, May 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at LLCC-Beardstown
April 20-22, 2017 in the Trutter Center: 2017 Illinois History Symposium – “1917, Year of Turmoil, War and Suffrage”, sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society and Lincoln Land Community College. The event is Two days of fascinating programs, lectures and discussions about Illinois in the years leading up to the state’s first centennial celebration. Call 525.2781 for more information.
May 6: 60s style LLCC Foundation Gala – The 11th annual LLCC Foundation Gala will feature a “Mad Men” vibe reminiscent of the late 1960s, when LLCC was founded and opened.
May 12, 7:30 p.m., Prairie Capital Convention Center: LLCC’s annual commencement will provide the culmination of the 50th anniversary observance.
50 Years in the Making:Library Archival Exhibit Celebrating LLCC’s 50th Anniversary – Stop by the Lincoln Land Community College Library (1st floor Sangamon) to learn interesting tidbits about LLCC throughout the years by checking out this exhibit. A study carrel will be next to the exhibit where you can put on headphones and listen to an oral history project which focuses on LLCC “firsts”. Interviews include: Dr. Richard Poorman, the first President of the College; Mr. Eldon Greenwood, member of the first Board of Trustees; Professor Arthur Lindsay, member of the first teaching faculty; Mr. William “Bill” Ames” first student at Lincoln Land; and, Dr. Charlotte Warren, first female President of the College. The exhibit will run through the rest of the spring semester and is viewable anytime the library is open.
50 Acts of Service – LLCC faculty, staff and students will participate in 50 volunteer service activities throughout the LLCC district.
Spotlight on 50 alumni – The LLCC Foundation will highlight the accomplishments of 50 distinguished alumni of the college.
steppingSTONES – The steppingSTONES courtyard featuring engraved recognition bricks will be unveiled outside the A. Lincoln Commons. Engraved recognition bricks are available for purchase through the LLCC Foundation. (http://www.llccfoundation.org/stepping-stones)
The Founders’ Day Celebration was held Feb. 18, 2017. The ceremony honoring LLCC’s founders culminated with the opening of a time capsule from 25 years by Phi Theta Kappa student honor society. Read more and see photos!
“50 Forward! The First 50 Years of Lincoln Land Community College” by Dr. Betty Workman and produced by the LLCC Public Relations and Marketing Office, is now available for sale in the LLCC Bookstore. The cost is $20.17, tax included, in honor of LLCC’s 50th anniversary year.
“50 Years of the Lamp”– was curated by Tim McKenzie, assistant professor of journalism and humanities. The exhibit took a look back at the college’s history, both hard news and humor, through the eyes of student journalists. A reception for the exhibit was held Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
“Forward: An Anniversary Exhibition” – The James S. Murray Gallery hosted an exhibit of photos and objects archiving the 50 years of Lincoln Land Community College history. “Forward: An Anniversary Exhibit” ran throughout the month of February.
LLCC 50th Anniversary night at the Springfield Jr. Blues game was held Feb. 17.
LLCC 50th anniversary panel discussion was held Tuesday, Feb. 21, Trutter Center, 10 a.m. Sponsored by LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, panelists were LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D.; LLCC’s first president, Dr. Robert Poorman; LLCC’s first student trustee, later elected trustee Jim Zerkle. They discussed LLCC then and now, and into the future. Facilitated by Dr. Betty Workman, author of new book, “50 Forward! The First 50 Years of Lincoln Land Community College.”
Please check back often for more details on 50th anniversary events happening throughout the year!