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Lifelong Learning Institute Honors Retiring Administrator with Donation

Back row (from left): Dick Sackett, LLI President, Barb Jachna, LLI Coordinator/Advisor, Doug Grier, Dean for Community Education, Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Linda Linden, Advancement Associate, Rob Barto, Chief Advancement Officer. Front row: Lin Bargemann, LLI charter member, Margaret Plaskas, retired LLI coordinator and Ellen Neupert, LLI charter member.

Waubonsee Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer Dr. Deborah Lovingood was hoping to retire quietly this month after 21 years at the college, but that didn’t stop members of the college’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) from surprising her this week with a donation to the general scholarship fund in her honor.

As Lovingood worked in her office on Friday, LLI members led by Dick Sackett, LLI President, surprised her with a check presentation and proclamation. Sackett said the group wanted to pay tribute to her instrumental role in the LLI’s success and her long-term commitment.

The Lifelong Learning Institute is for adults age 50 and older, whose members plan, lead, and participate in courses, course-related trips, and social events.

“I am very honored,” Lovingood said as a check was presented for the occasion. “What a surprise, I didn’t know.”

The $1,000 donation to the Waubonsee Community College Foundation in honor of Lovingood will be designated to the General Scholarship Fund as part of the permanent endowment.