Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to the college’s 50th Anniversary Founders’ Day observance on Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring a celebration with music, speakers and the opening of a time capsule along with an exhibit of historic LLCC photos and artifacts.
The Founders’ Day Celebration begins at 1 p.m. in the Student Union of Menard Hall on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
The LLCC Big Band will provide music through the last five decades, and speakers will include Robert Poorman, Ph.D., LLCC’s First President; Bill Craig, Founding Faculty Member; Craig Findley, Chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees; Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC President; and Brandon Lewis, LLCC Student Trustee. Other individuals prominent in the history of LLCC, Founding Trustee Eldon Greenwood, and LLCC’s first student Bill Ames, will be recognized.
Students from LLCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society will reveal items from a time capsule buried on campus 25 years ago by Phi Theta Kappa students, and then seal a new capsule to be opened in the future.
The new book “50 Forward! The First 50 Years of Lincoln Land Community College” will be available for purchase, with the author, former LLCC instructor and administrator Dr. Betty Workman, on hand to sign copies. Pre-orders will be available for the LLCC 50th Anniversary Commemorative Ornament, in collaboration with the Official City Ornament Project of St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield.
Following the celebration, attendees are invited to a reception and to view “Forward: An Anniversary Exhibition,” open from 2:30-4 p.m. in the James S. Murray Gallery and featuring photos and objects archiving 50 years of LLCC history. The exhibit is the work of a committee of retirees, employees and students who have worked for more than a year to gather and preserve hundreds of early photographs and artifacts. In addition, an oral history project allows attendees to hear first-hand accounts of the college’s history. The exhibit continues through March 2, open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founders’ Day events are free, with attendees encouraged to R.S.V.P. by calling 217.786.2577 or emailing email@example.com.
Also that day, women’s and men’s homecoming basketball games will be played at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively in Cass Gym, with the LLCC Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 announced during halftime of the men’s game.
The following Tuesday, the public is invited to a 50th anniversary panel presentation featuring LLCC leaders past and present discussing the history and future of the college. Sponsored by the college’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, the panel discussion will take place Feb. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. in LLCC’s Trutter Center. Panelists include LLCC’s current president and first president, Dr. Warren and Dr. Poorman, along with James Zerkle, LLCC’s first student trustee in 1973 who later served as an elected trustee. The three will share how LLCC became and continues as a respected leader in higher education.
Lincoln Land Community College was founded In February 1967 with the passage of a referendum establishing the LLCC district. More information on LLCC’s 50th anniversary celebration is available at www.llcc.edu/50.