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 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 available for sale through the LLCC Bookstore. The cost is $20.17, tax included, in honor of LLCC’s 50th anniversary year.
50th Anniversary Ornament: The official City of Springfield ornament for 2017 features the 50th anniversary of LLCC and was designed by Greg Walbert, LLCC graphic design manager. It is available for purchase through the LLCC Bookstore.
A look back on the celebration:
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!
“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 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.”
“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.
LLCC 50th Anniversary night at the Springfield Jr. Blues game was held Feb. 17.
LLCC co-sponsored the 2017 Illinois State Historical Society Symposium April 20-22 in the Trutter Center titled “1917, Year of Turmoil: War and Suffrage.” Professors Chris McDonald, Ph.D. and Mark Roehrs, Ph.D. presented at the symposium. Click HERE for a State Journal-Register story about the symposium.
Friday, May 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 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.
Saturday, 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.
Wednesday, May 10, 5-7 p.m., 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.
Friday, 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 celebrated the 50th anniversary 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 ceremony took place just prior to a meeting of the LLCC-Taylorville Community Partnership Group. The original LLCC-Taylorville celebration, scheduled for April 29, was cancelled due to stormy weather.
50 Acts of Service LLCC pledged to complete at least 50 acts of service at the college and in the community.
Spotlight on alumni – The LLCC Foundation highlighted the accomplishments of distinguished alumni of the college.
steppingSTONES – The steppingSTONES courtyard featuring engraved recognition brick will be unveiled at a future date to be determined. Bricks are available for purchase through the LLCC Foundation.
50 Years in the Making: Library Archival Exhibit Celebrating LLCC’s 50th Anniversary – The LLCC Library (1st floor Sangamon) invited everyone to learn interesting tidbits about LLCC throughout the years at a special spring exhibit. A study carrel was stationed next to the exhibit where visitors could listen to an oral history project focusing on LLCC “firsts.” Interviewees included: Dr. Robert Poorman, the first president of the College; Eldon Greenwood, member of the first Board of Trustees; Professor Arthur Lindsay, member of the first teaching faculty; William “Bill” Ames, first student at LLCC; and Dr. Charlotte Warren, first female president of the college.