Monthly Archives: February 2017

Volunteers needed for H.O.P.E. Scholars induction March 8

H.O.P.E. Scholars is looking for volunteers to help with its induction ceremony Wednesday, March 8. Volunteers will be needed 3:45-8 p.m. on to assist as greeters, ushers, T-shirt distributors and runners. Each of these positions are critical to the overall flow and success of the ceremony.

If this is something you are interested in supporting, please contact Cristen Mushong at with your availability, as soon as possible.

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program is an education initiative in cooperation with the Lansing School District, the City of Lansing, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, the Lansing Police Department, YMCA, and in cooperation with local businesses and private citizens.

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program offers Lansing School District youth an opportunity for a college education and a brighter future. Students are initiated into the program as sixth graders. Students promise to finish high school in exchange for two years of free tuition at LCC. The students are chosen by their school based on their ability to utilize the program.

Dart to host March 8 screening of ‘USS Indianapolis: The Legacy’

LCC will host a screening of a documentary about the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser torpedoed during World War II, leading to the loss of nearly 900 lives.

In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis secretly delivered components of the atomic bomb to Tinian island. A few days after the delivery, the ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The 880 sailors who survived the sinking battled searing sun, thirst, hundreds of sharks – and ultimately each other. After their rescue, the 317 survivors banded together in a 54-year fight to clear the name of their captain.

Set to an original score,USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” is a story told through 104 gripping interviews with survivors, rescuers and family members of both those who survived and those who were lost at sea. You can view a trailer on YouTube.

The screening begins with a 6 p.m. welcome at Dart Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

New all-employee email process to launch after spring break

To help cut down on the number of emails we receive each week without cutting necessary information, LCC is trying out a new all-employee email process. Beginning after spring break, you’ll receive two all-employee emails each week:

  • The Star. The all-employee newsletter will continue to come out 6:30 a.m. every Thursday. This is your best source for recaps of important meetings, features about interesting events happening around campus, helpful information for employees and other “nice to know” information. All employees are invited to submit content for inclusion by emailing Karen Tommasulo at by 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Operations email. This new all-employee email will come out each Monday around lunchtime, beginning after spring break. It will be a weekly round-up of announcements related to the procedural business of college employees – think Human Resources reminders, parking information, time sheet instructions, job postings and other similar announcements. The emails will come from

Additionally, you might receive three other types of emails on special or emergency occasions:

  • Special operations email. This will also come from for procedural topics of such importance that we could all use a reminder.
  • Board of Trustees announcements. You will receive a link to the Board of Trustees packet prior to each month’s meeting from
  • Star Alerts and Emergency Star Alerts. These emails will be reserved for timely threats to our health and safety – things like hazardous weather, building or campus closures, or suspicious persons on campus. If you see a Star Alert, make sure you read it soon. If you see an Emergency Star Alert, stop what you are doing and read it immediately. Emergency Star Alerts will be connected to the RAVE system, so you can also receive notifications by text message, personal email or voicemail by signing up online.

This new format has several advantages:

  • You’ll get fewer emails each week. That’s something we can all celebrate!
  • You’ll be better able to manage and sort your inbox. Since all your procedural emails about time cards, job postings, benefits etc. will come from the same place, you’ll be able to search your emails for “operations” and find everything you need to know.
  • Star Alerts and Emergency Star Alerts will be reserved for timely threats to our health and safety, making it easier to know when you need to drop what you’re doing to check your email.

We hope this will be a positive change for everyone! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact internal communications coordinator Karen Tommasulo at

Lansing BWL warns of phone scam

The Lansing Board of Water & Light has received several reports of scams threatening both residential and commercial customers with loss of service if they do not make a utility payment over the phone.

The scam calls show up on caller I.D. from 866-289-2570. At the start of the call, the scammers have recorded the BWL’s automated customer service message. When prompted, the customer is connected to a person identifying themselves as the BWL and requesting immediate payment to keep service connected.

BWL customers are never asked by BWL customer service representatives for credit card information over the phone or in person, or to make payments through a wire service like Western Union or Money Gram. BWL customers have the option of “customer-initiated” credit card payments through a secure Intranet site or secure automated voice payment system.

This scam has been reported to the Lansing Police Department and the BWL is monitoring the situation. If customers do fall victim, they are urged to contact local law enforcement.

2017 Veteran’s Memorial nominations now open

LCC is seeking nominations of local men and women who have served with distinction in the armed forces. Selected veterans will be honored during a November ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial in the Health and Human Services Building.

The memorial is an interactive exhibit developed to honor Michigan veterans, with a special emphasis on those in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Nominees may have served in any branch of the service during any military action, conflict or war. Special emphasis is placed on World War II, Korean War and Vietnam-era veterans. Our goal is to honor local servicemen and women who, while serving in any capacity in the military, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism or other action worthy of commemoration.

For more information or to nominate a service member, visit

Did you know? LCC has a new mission statement

The campus community underwent a group effort to develop a new mission statement last year, and the Board of Trustees adopted the new language during its December meeting.

The new statement is: “Lansing Community College provides high-quality education ensuring that all students successfully complete their educational goals while developing life skills necessary for them to enrich and support themselves, their families, and their community as engaged global citizens.”

If you include LCC’s mission statement in your signature line or elsewhere in your department or division’s work, please update it to reflect this change.

Thank you to all who participated in last year’s mission statement community conversations! Your participation helped the college outline core values, key phrases and visioning to guide the development of this new statement.

Give back at tomorrow’s fundraising fair

Several of LCC’s registered student organizations will participate in an annual fundraising fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building.

One participating group is the Black Student Union, which will host a book drive in honor of the national Black History Month theme, “A Crisis in Black Education.” Gently used and new books for grades K-6 will be accepted and donated to the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy.