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.
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.”
April 20-22 in the Trutter Center: LLCC co-sponsored the 2017 Illinois State Historical Society Symposium titled “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage” in observance of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI. Professors Chris McDonald, Ph.D. and Mark Roehrs, Ph.D. presented at the symposium. Eileen Tepatti, Ed.D., vice president of academic services, provided welcoming remarks.
Dr. McDonald spoke on “Ambulance Corps and WW1,” and “Kent Hagler, Volunteer American Ambulance Driver in France.”
Drs. McDonald and Roehrs spoke on “Roots of the Prairie Division: From Illinois National Guard to the 33rd Division, August 1917-May 1918.”
Katie McAfee, associate professor of accounting, moderated. Click HERE for a State Journal-Register story about the symposium.
May 6: 60s style LLCC Foundation Gala – The 11th annual LLCC Foundation Gala featured a “Mad Men” vibe reminiscent of the late 1960s, when LLCC was founded and opened.
Friday, May 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., LLCC-Jacksonville. LLCC-Jacksonville hosted a Business After Hours event with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Former LLCC Board Chair and current trustee Craig Findley and LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren were featured speakers. Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard presented a city proclamation to Board Chair Dennis Shackelford, Trustee Findley and President Warren.
Wednesday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. at LLCC-Litchfield Charles Long Auditorium, Fine Arts and Technology Building
#1 Lincoln Land Drive, Litchfield. LLCC-Litchfield hosted a Business After Hours event with the Litchfield and Hillsboro Chambers of Commerce. A special presentation included remarks by LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren and proclamation presentations by City of Litchfield Mayor Steve Dougherty and City of Hillsboro Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements Don Downs on behalf of Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan.
May 12, 7:30 p.m., Prairie Capital Convention Center: LLCC’s annual commencement was themed to the 50th anniversary observance.
Wednesday, May 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., LLCC-Beardstown hosted a Business After Hours event with the Beardstown Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president, spoke on behalf of the college and accepted a resolution from Beardstown Mayor Leslie Harris.
Tuesday, May 23 · 9:30 a.m., LLCC- Taylorville – LLCC-Taylorville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the college yesterday with a ceremony in which Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry presented a city proclamation to LLCC President Charlotte Warren. Dr. Warren then assisted Alderman Earl Walters in unwrapping a new street sign, “Lincoln Land Way,” to mark the renaming of the former Lee Norse Drive on the north side of LLCC-Taylorville. The new sign will be posted soon. The ceremony took place just prior to a meeting of the LLCC-Taylorville Community Partnership Group, formerly called the Advisory Council. The original LLCC-Taylorville celebration, scheduled for April 29, was cancelled due to stormy weather.