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Lincoln Land Community College Foundation

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Behind every student at LLCC is the support of people who believe in their talents and want them to succeed. From providing hundreds of scholarships to enhancing the learning and working environment with important programs, classroom resources, furnishings and equipment, the Foundation makes a difference at LLCC by . . .

  • Raising money to fund scholarships for students who might not otherwise be able to afford books and tuition
  • Equipping and furnishing state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities
  • Providing computer hardware and software for in-class and on-line learning
  • Assisting with capital building projects
  • Providing support to assist with the greatest needs of the college
  • Enriching and perpetuating bonds that benefit alumni, friends, students and Lincoln Land Community College
  • Administering the Trutter Museum which promotes discovery, education and an appreciation of a world heritage collection that honors cultural diversity

Through the Foundation, donors can take pride in fostering the growth of a student, facilitating the work of a faculty member, or advancing arts and culture and academic and workforce programs.


When you give to the LLCC Foundation, you share in the college's commitment of providing excellence in education

2019 LLCC Foundation Gala set

2019 LLCC Foundation Gala logoJoin us May 4, 2019 as we're "Singing in the Rain" at the 13th edition of the LLCC Foundation Gala!  As in past years, this celebration promises to be a beautiful affair, highlighting our students and programs, with all proceeds benefitting learning initiatives at the college. 

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. followed by a famously delicious gourmet dinner prepared and served by LLCC culinary students and instructors. Students in LLCC’s Big Band under the direction of Professor Jane Hartman will provide musical entertainment.

The event also features a terrific silent and live auction as well as the very popular Treasure Box.  Tickets are $125 per person and available by calling the LLCC Foundation at 217-786-2785.  Sponsorships for the event are also available.

Thank you for supporting LLCC students!

Chef Sean Keeley instructs Culinary students

Guests at the 2018 LLCC Foundation Gala

Guests at the 2018 LLCC Foundation Gala

Our hugely successful 12th annual event was truly a beautiful evening inside our incredible "Secret Garden".  More than $55,000 was secured at the event, including more than $11,000 in gifts to the Foundation General Scholarship Fund through the "Fund-a-Need" portion of the live auction, and approximately $10,000 was raised from the silent auction alone.  A gallery of photos is now online and available for viewing.

All funds raised at the Gala benefit Lincoln Land students and programs.  Again thank you for the tremendous support.

Picture of Dr. Carmen AllenThe 2018 Pearson Master Teacher is Carmen Allen

Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer programming, was named the 2018 Dr. Raymond and Ann Pearson Master Teacher at the college's 24th annual Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony.  Allen is the 20th recipient of the award established by the longtime Springfield physicians through a generous contribution to the LLCC Foundation.  The award annually recognizes an exceptional full-time, faculty member for his or her professional contributions to LLCC.

Dr. Allen received several nominations from students.

“This Master Teacher has given me a newfound (perhaps first-found) zest for learning.  If all my classes were taught by this person, I’d be the happiest student on this earth.”

“This professor never gives up on us students and wants us to succeed no matter how far we have to be pushed.”

“I took a class from this instructor my first semester back in school in over nine-years.  She is the reason I didn’t give up that first semester and I think of this person every time I want to give up again.”

A graduate of Lake Land College, Allen also holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University, master's from the University of Illinois at Springfield and doctorate from Ferris State University.

Four other faculty members were named finalists for the award. They are:

  • Mark Hardiman, professor, theatre
  • Taiebeh Hosseinali, professor, teacher education
  • Katie Tice, professor, accounting
  • Rich Teeter, professor, agri-business management

The LLCC Foundation would like to thank all of this year’s nominees for their energy and efforts every day on behalf of LLCC students.

Now at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum

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Art, Asia and Antiquities showcases the inspirational forces behind the museum's namesake, Phil Trutter.  The exhibit includes artwork by those who taught Phil in art classes as a boy and in his later years, as well as his mother, Frances Mischler Trutter, who encouraged his lifelong love of art.  Items from Asia from the Trutter world heritage collection are also be featured.  The continent was a many-time destination of Phil and Kitty Trutter during their world travels.

Museum Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call at 217-786-2217 or e-mail llccfoundation@llcc.edu.  The Trutter Museum's formal hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or anytime by appointment.  It is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

The Trutter Story

Phil & Kitty TrutterFrom the 1940s to the 1970s, Springfield natives Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter, traveled the world.  From the hundreds of countries and principalities they visited around the globe, they began collecting a vast array of art, artifacts and cultural items of interest.

After Mrs. Trutter’s death in 1977, Phil continued collecting items and further nurtured his love of learning by taking art classes at Lincoln Land Community College.  A friendship between a member of the college’s art faculty and Phil lead to his vision for a museum that would share the couple’s affection for learning and travel.

Upon Phil’s passing in 2000, the family bequeathed much of the collection to Lincoln Land Community College along with a generous stipend to establish the museum on the college’s Springfield campus. The Trutter Museum opened in 2004 and is administered by the LLCC Foundation as a unique and treasured legacy left to benefit students, faculty and the community.

Lillian Scalzo artwork on display in LLCC Library

18 items donated to Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum collection

The Library at Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a display featuring six pieces of original artwork by the late Springfield artist, Lillian Scalzo. The display is open to the public on the first floor of the library, located in Sangamon Hall.  Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

These works are among 18 items donated to the collection at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum by Denise Eilers of Davenport, Iowa.

Miss Scalzo, a longtime friend of Eilers’ family, spent her life devoted to art. She taught and was involved in the development of the art department at Springfield Junior College from 1929 until it was discontinued during World War II, then went on to illustrate medical pamphlets for the State Department of Health. She began teaching painting in 1936 at the Springfield Art Association and continued through much of her life. The Springfield Art Association was a shared interest between Eilers’ parents, Paul and Minnette Fuhrmann, and the Trutters. “From the time we were children, my brothers and I knew the Scalzo and Trutter names. The painting ‘Mother and Child,’ featured in this display, hung in our home as long as I can remember. Because of my family’s connection with both Lillian and the Trutters, the LLCC museum seemed like the perfect place to donate and preserve the work of such a talented lady.”

Lillian Scalzo biography.

LLCC faculty and staff give generously

2018 LEAGUE LogoThanks so very much to all LLCC faculty and staff who generously supported their annual campaign benefitting our students.  More than 153 faculty and staff, or 38-percent, pledged a total of $50,000!

LLCC Faculty and staff wishing to participate in the annual giving program are welcome at any time to complete the 2018 LEAGUE enrollment form and return it to the LLCC Foundation.  Thank you for all you do for our students and for your generous support!

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