Lincoln Land Community College’s current leaders honored the individuals responsible for establishing the college half a century ago at the Founders’ Day Ceremony Feb. 18.
Voters in February 1967 approved the establishment of Lincoln Land District 526 with the mission of providing area citizens with affordable, accessible higher education and career training programs. “Today we celebrate the vision of our founders, the dedication of our educators, and the success of our students over the last half century,” Craig Findley, chair of the LLCC Board of Trustees, told the crowd of approximately 200. Mr. Findley recognized Eldon Greenwood, the last surviving member of LLCC’s founding Board of Trustees, and Bill Ames, who was the first student in line when the college opened for classes in September 1968.
Founding LLCC President Robert Poorman, Ph.D., who was hired in 1967 to lead the new college, shared memories of LLCC’s early days at a temporary campus, its move to the current campus in the early 1970s, and tremendous growth over the 21 years of his presidency. Founding faculty member Bill Craig, professor of agriculture, discussed the expansion and specialization of the college’s academic programs.
Current Student Trustee Brandon Lewis thanked Dr. Poorman and Mr. Greenwood for their foresight and “for putting your faith in the mission of LLCC, which has been carried on throughout the generations of LLCC faculty and staff, still to this day making an impact on students.”
LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., commented on the far reaching impact of LLCC for students of all ages, from preschoolers attending the college’s Child Development Center, to high schoolers taking LLCC dual credit classes, to adult education students attaining high school equivalency, college students from all walks of life, and adults gaining personal enrichment through Community Education courses and the Academy of Lifelong Learning. “Those of us privileged to work here and carry out the mission of our founders are fortunate to see the results of their foresight every day, in the life-changing effects of education.”
Members of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society revealed the contents of a time capsule buried at the college’s 25th anniversary celebration. Items included news articles, college mementoes and a letter asking questions of the future such as “Is Europe a single nation similar to the United States?” “Is AIDS still a serious disease?” and “Are Cub fans still saying “wait until next year?” They added modern items, including a cell phone, to the time capsule, to be opened again in the future.
Adding to the celebration were musical selections from 1967 and subsequent decades by the LLCC Big Band, directed by Jane Hartman, professor of music.
More information on LLCC’s 50th anniversary observance is available at www.llcc.edu/50.