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Wisdom, Watkins among those recognized by Lincoln Land Community College for service

A Jacksonville resident retiring after more than a decade as an instructor, a Jacksonville teacher retiring after 20 years, a Virginia woman reaching two decades of service, and a Beardstown man marking a milestone birthday as technician were among those honored with Lincoln Land Community College’s Distinguished Service Awards.

Peggy Wisdom of Jacksonville is retiring after 14 years as a Basic Practical Nursing Instructor. Jacksonville sociology professor Ellen Watkins was recognized for 20 years of service and for her retirement. Rick Lashbrook of Beardstown was honored for his 25 years of service as a general maintenance technician. Vanessa Avery of Virginia has been honored for 20 years as an administrative assistant.


Lincoln Land recognized the honorees, employees with service anniversaries, retirees and professors emeritus at a ceremony Thursday.

The college has presented five Distinguished Service Awards to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the college community, promoted a student-centered environment, and exhibited a commitment to the college’s core values.

The recipients were: Paula Luebbert, Hillsboro, assistant vice president of government/corporate training and economic development – ​​who was also honored upon her retirement after 32 years; Tisha Miller, Hillsboro Registration Coordinator; John Mark Henry, professor of mathematics at Springfield – who was also honored on his retirement after 30 years; Howard Seidel, assistant culinary instructor at Springfield; and the caretaker of the Springfield building, Mack Alexander.

In addition to Lashbrook, those recognized for 25 years of service were: Gary Wendt of Carlinville, general maintenance technician; agronomy professor Bill Harmon of Morrisonville; English teacher Marlene Emmons of Springfield; Springfield math professor Kirk Yenerall; Springfield business professor Christie Hovey; and Registrar Robin Ackman of Virden.

The other 20-year recipients were: Shannon Chizmar, child development teacher; biology professor Diana Coffman; Chad Jones, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science; Andy Mitkos, Director of Academic Technology Systems and Support; political science professor John Vinzant; administrative assistant Marcy Koches; curriculum specialist Lindee Hall Pratt; Ronda Ellinger, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Social Sciences and Business (also honored upon her retirement); Matt Combs, Duplication and Mail Center Specialist; building caretaker Dan Jett; Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, Dean of the Library; Mac Warren, assistant director of recruitment and response; and Amy Williams, administrative assistant to the vice president of university services.

Retirements include Victor Broderick, dean of social sciences and business, 19; Dennis Farrand, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, 11; communications professor Claire Gordon, 29; Karen Riddell, Program Assistant, Adult Education and Literacy, 12; Barb Mustered, Academic Services Assistant, 21; automotive CAD professor Kevin Kirsch, 24; Sandra Bonn, library monograph specialist, 15; associate professor of nursing Constance Costello, 10; economics professor Colette D’Cruz Endeley, 25; biology teacher Rebecca Croteau, 15; Spanish teacher Joseph Hoff, 11; teacher training teacher Taiebeh Hosseinali, 15; business professor Paul Hudson, 19; philosophy teacher Terry Logsdon, 19; Thomas Sidener, associate professor of computer science, four years; Bradley Woodrum, groundskeeper, 26; horticulturist Lawrence Strubhart, 26; criminal justice professor Randal Rue, 17; Michele Layton, Program Assistant, Workforce Institute, 23; and nursing professor Pamela Bradley, 16.

Professor of Nursing Nancy Walton of Carlinville, Professor of Nursing Janice Badgett of Chatham, Professor of Commerce Virgil Rhodes of Springfield and Professor of Nursing Theresa Till of Springfied were named professors emeritus.