Lincoln Land Community College, founded in February 1967 with the passage of a referendum establishing the Lincoln Land district, kicked off the celebration 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 will continue through the fall and spring semesters, including these major activities and events:
Founders’ Day Celebration Feb. 18, 2017. Public invited to attend. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. in the Student Union with a ceremony honoring LLCC’s founders and culminating with the opening of a time capsule from 25 years ago and the sealing of a new capsule by Phi Theta Kappa student honor society. Attendees are then invited to a historic display in the James S. Murray Gallery with refreshments served. They may also attend women’s (1 p.m) and men’s (3 p.m.) basketball games in Cass Gym. During halftime of the men’s game, the latest class of the LLCC Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced. Join us, RSVP requested to 217.786.2577 or email@example.com.
LLCC 50th anniversary panel discussion – Tuesday, Feb. 21, Trutter Center, 10 a.m. Sponsored by LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. Panelists are LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D.; LLCC’s first president, Dr. Robert Poorman; LLCC’s first student trustee, later elected trustee Jim Zerkle. They will discuss 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.” Book signing follows. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd., Springfield. Free, public invited. 217.786.2219.
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 April 20-22, 2017 in the Trutter Cener. 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.
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)
“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 will host an exhibit of photos and objects archiving the 50 years of Lincoln Land Community College history. “Forward: An Anniversary Exhibit” will run from Feb. 6 – March 2. Gallery hours during the spring semester are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LLCC 50th Anniversary night at the Springfield Jr. Blues game – LLCC students and faculty can get in to the game for $7 by showing their LLCC ID at the door the night of Friday, Feb. 17! Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
“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.
60s style LLCC Foundation Gala – The 11th annual LLCC Foundation Gala May 6, 2017 will feature a “Mad Men” vibe reminiscent of the late 1960s, when LLCC was founded and opened.
Commencement – LLCC’s annual commencement May 12, 2017 will provide the culmination of the 50th anniversary observance.
Please check back often for more details on 50th anniversary events happening throughout the year!