Monthly Archives: April 2017

Honor your colleagues at Experience #Starpower Awards Ceremony TOMORROW

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate with the inaugural Experience #Starpower Awards winners at tomorrow’s awards ceremony.

The ceremony is 12:30-2 p.m. in the HHS Garden Level classrooms.

The winners were nominated by you, their colleagues, for their excellence and dedication to LCC. They include:

  • Elaine Pogoncheff – President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Anne Heutsche – Provost’s Award for Faculty of the Year
  • Paul Hernandez – Galaxy Award for Administrator of the Year
  • Barbara Bruce – Aurora Award for Diversity Excellence
  • Paul Schwartz – Eclipse Award for Safety
  • Margo Whalen – Shining Star Award for Support Person of the Year
  • Ryan Verstraete – Rock Star Award for Student Employee of the Year
  • Jess Stevens – Rising Star Award for New Employee of the Year
  • Bill Motz – Giving Star Award for Philanthropy
  • Chad Beckett – Superstar Award for Public Safety or Facilities Person of the Year

The Experience #Starpower group received more than 60 nominations of faculty, staff and student employees integral to the success of our students. All our nominees deserve to be commended for their excellent work. They include:

  • Toni Glasscoe (President’s Award)
  • Eva Menefee (President’s Award)
  • Cheryl Garayta (President’s Award)
  • Eric Hufnagel (President’s and Shining Star Awards)
  • Stephanie Dodge (President’s and Galaxy Awards)
  • Carol McGrath (Provost’s Award)
  • Robert Hipple (Provost’s Award)
  • Catherine Wilhm (Galaxy Award)
  • Kent Wieland (Galaxy Award, nominated multiple times)
  • Susan Muma (Galaxy Award)
  • Alayne Ingram (Galaxy Award)
  • Jaime Grant (Galaxy Award)
  • Michael Fenning (Galaxy Award)
  • Andrea Hoagland (Galaxy Award)
  • Margie Clark (Galaxy and Giving Star Awards)
  • Kamar Hamilton (Aurora Award)
  • Franchesca Cifuentes (Aurora Award)
  • Loretta Emmons (Shining Star Award)
  • Taylor Riffle (Shining Star Award)
  • Laura Cottrell (Shining Star Award)
  • Scott Nigoff (Shining Star Award)
  • Carol Pryer (Shining Star Award)
  • Ron Beaudry (Shining Star Award)
  • Tami Matthews (Shining Star Award)
  • Laz Lane (Shining Star Award)
  • Evelyn Lynn (Shining Star Award)
  • Ashleigh Taylor (Shining Star Award, nominated multiple times)
  • Karen Grabowski (Shining Star Award)
  • Matt Zulli (Shining Star Award)
  • Krystian Mosher (Shining Star Award)
  • Kara Swanson (Shining Star Award)
  • Cathy Clark (Shining Star Award)
  • Laurie Bates (Shining Star and Giving Star Awards)
  • Sherry Forrest (Shining Star Award)
  • Abbey Becker (Rock Star Award)
  • Mollee Allen (Rock Star Award, nominated multiple times)
  • Hannah Feuka (Rock Star Award)
  • Kelsey Schwartz (Rock Star Award)
  • Madison Robitaille (Rock Star Award)
  • Ryan Vanarsdall (Rock Star Award)
  • Adam Thompson (Rock Star Award)
  • Shayna Rakieten (Rock Star Award)
  • Kaetana Beech (Rock Star Award)
  • Sherif Amir (Rock Star Award)
  • Froilan Johns (Rock Star Award)
  • Ryan Sears (Rock Star Award)
  • Kristy Rodger (Superstar Award)
  • Dantya Jennings (Rising Star Award)
  • Mara Fisher (Rising Star Award)
  • Danielle LaFleur (Rising Star Award)
  • Laura Medina (Rising Star Award)
  • Sam Bultman (Rising Star Award)
  • Kascha Stern (Rising Star Award)
  • Kristie Mackie (Eclipse Award)
  • Beth Monroe (Eclipse Award)
  • Anne Heutsche (Giving Star Award)
  • Robin Moore (Giving Star Award)

Sign Language Club hosting SYNC show

The LCC Sign Language Club will be hosting SYNC, a spectacular audio-visual performance showcasing the students of the Interpreter Training Program.

Students will perform the lyrics to popular songs in sign language, including “Scars to Your Beautiful,” “Proud Mary,” and “Lose Yourself.”

There are two performances, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at Dart Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance (contact Ashleigh Taylor at x1012 or or $8 at the door.

Banner unavailable this weekend

The Banner system will be unavailable this coming weekend due to planned upgrades. If you have any issues with the upgraded Banner system, please contact Kateri Lehr, Director of IT Project Management, at or x1703.

Banner Spring 2017 Upgrade Implementation Window:

Start: 5 p.m. Friday, April 28

End*: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30

*Note: All efforts will be taken to complete this work as soon as possible, and the Banner system will be brought back up when we are finished with our work.

Affected Systems:

The following systems will be unavailable during this implementation window:

  • Argos
  • Application Manager (UC4)
  • Banner Document Manager (BDM)
  • Banner INB
  • Banner Self Service
  • Banner Workflow
  • myLCC (Will be available, but the Banner portlets will be unavailable while Banner is offline for this upgrade)
  • Operational Data Store (ODS)
  • Payments

Further Banner Upgrade Details:

While there is always considerable effort to update the back end of our Banner system, this will not significantly affect the end user experience. Where the end user experience is affected, communications to those impacted will be done in the most effective manner possible.

The upgrade time period was selected by the System Operations Coordinating Committee (SOCC) and approved by faculty by way of an Academic Representative as having the least impact on staff and students at this point in the academic year. After the upgrade, but before Banner is made available to staff and students, the Banner Testing Team will verify that the upgrade was successful and sign off that Banner is ready for staff and students to use. The verification (Go / No Go) window is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 30. If major issues are found that cannot be resolved during this testing, we will need to revert back to our current backup copy of Banner as of 5 p.m. Friday, and we will then implement this upgrade during the next available window approved by SOCC and faculty. We are not expecting any major issues with this upgrade, as the Banner Testing Team has performed extensive testing during our extended Banner Testing Boot Camp session, and we have mitigated all known issues that surfaced during the testing.

If you have any questions prior to the upgrade taking place, please contact Kateri Lehr, Director of IT Project Management, at or x1703.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual violence happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, professions, incomes and ethnicities. When someone forces, manipulates or coerces another person into sexual activity, they commit sexual violence. This happens any time a person does not or cannot give consent. Reasons someone might not be able to consent include:

  • Fear
  • Illness
  • Disability
  • Influence of alcohol or other drugs

If a student confides in you, please consider referring them to LCC Counseling for free, confidential support. Visit Campus Resources in the StarZone, or go to

Update from the Equity Team

We would like to start with an apology to the LCC community about the lack of directions and clear expectations pertaining to the program work during January Professional Activities days. We started our “equity” road trip before having directions and clearly defining where we are going together. We started off trying to examine the solutions without defining expectations, criteria, accountability and desired results. After reviewing the program worksheets, college worksheets and survey results, we realized we needed to slow down, take a deep breath, reflect and be intentional moving forward.

We heard your suggestions, ideas and concerns during the day, in working through the worksheets and reviewing the survey data. We will discuss these results during the Spring PA days. We value them and feel they profoundly strengthen and shape the work.

Therefore, here are some of the lessons we learned from you:

1. We moved too fast.
2. We made an assumption about our shared understanding of equity at LCC and the desired outcomes.
3. We have to, as an LCC community, develop and share a clearly defined “problem state” with clearly identified activities that will help us reach our desired goals.
4. We need to take a step back and be reflective throughout the journey.

Therefore, we would like to suggest that we, the LCC community, develop the equity road map together. In the next couple of weeks, in The Star, we will be updating you on the various equity projects taking place at LCC and discussing the steps we need to take to get ready to prepare for the long-distance adventure of embedding equity into our LCC communities.

To help prepare for Spring PA day, we will be holding two meetings to help frame the equity work:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27 in A&S 207
  • Noon-1 p.m. Monday, May 1 in A&S 207

We recognize that at the end of the semester, people are extremely busy and might not be able to attend these in-person discussions. Therefore, we have created an online survey in order to provide everyone the opportunity to express their voices and to contribute to the equity conversation.

We look forward to working with all of you at the spring Professional Activities day. If you have any questions or have additional suggestions, please feel free to reach out to Anne Heutsche at or x1037.

Board of Trustees extends Knight’s employment contract

During its April 17 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Dr. Brent Knight’s employment agreement, keeping him on as LCC’s president through June 30, 2021.

Knight became the sixth president of LCC on July 1, 2008 and has since received five extensions. The Board’s vote to extend the contract included several factors, namely Knight’s execution of the strategic plan, integrity-based fiscal stewardship, and campus renovations that will serve the college and community well into the future.

Before the meeting began, the Board honored the college’s 60th anniversary with a reception and special tribute video.

Trustees also unanimously approved:

  • Sabbatical leave requests for 2017-18, including:
    • Jeff Janowick of the History Department (Fall 2017)
    • Rebecca Lawson of the Computer Information Technologies Department (Fall 2017)
    • Robin McGuire of the Science and Math Department (Fall 2017)
    • Christopher Manning of the Developmental Writing Department (Spring 2018)
    • Jill Reglin of the English Department (Spring 2018)
    • David Schwinn of the Business/Management Department (Spring 2018)
  • A change order transmittal to extend the lease agreement with Clinton County Regional Education Services Agency to June 30, 2018, allowing LCC North to continue holding classes in that space
  • A $68,841 increase in the blanket purchase order with WFF Facility Services for campus-wide housekeeping services
  • A purchase order of $150,745 from the ITS Media/Technology Replacement Fund to buy audio visual and media equipment for West Campus classrooms
  • A new position, a Dean of Student Success, to oversee the Center for Student Success and report directly to the provost (Any new vice president, dean or department chair positions have to be approved by the Board.)
  • A continuation of the blanket purchase order from JPMorgan Chase-Paymentech to process credit card transactions on campus through June 30, 2020 with two options to extend
  • A collective bargaining agreement between the college and the LCC-Capitol City Labor Program, formerly the Fraternal Order of Police, effective through June 30, 2021
  • Contracts with Gunthorpe Plumbing & Heating Inc. and Limbach Company, LLC to provide mechanical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning services for Physical Plant Fund projects, for an estimated total cost of $500,000 over three years
  • Contracts with B & J Painting, Inc. and Coatings Unlimited, Inc. to provide painting services for Physical Plant projects, for an estimated cost of $390,000 over three years
  • Contracts with Bornor Restoration, Inc. and CEI Michigan, LLC to provide campus-wide roofing maintenance services, for an estimated cost of $150,000 over three years

The next Board meeting is 6 p.m. May 15 in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend and comment.

Massage clinic available during finals week

Feeling that end-of-the-semester stress? Enjoy a one-hour therapeutic massage on campus for only $25!

Appointment times for LCC’s Therapeutic Massage Clinic are:

  • 6 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m. and noon Thursdays

Massages are performed by therapeutic massage/massage therapy students using the best therapeutic techniques, and overseen by licensed instructors. Check, money order and credit/debit card payments are all accepted.

To schedule or purchase a gift certificate for a friend, call 517-483-1451 or email