Monthly Archives: August 2017

Food services fall hours begin today

Fall semester hours for food services include:

  • Grand Avenue Market Café: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
  • Subway: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
  • Einstein Bros Bagels: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, closed Friday
  • Pizza Hut Express (beginning Monday, Aug. 28): 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, closed Friday
  • West Campus Café: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Tell us what you think! LCC holding collegewide climate survey in September

Make your voice heard!

LCC will conduct a collegewide climate survey in September to gather input from all employees regarding culture and work environment. The results of this survey will be used to guide strategic decisions and launch needed initiatives for the next several years.

We last conducted a climate survey in 2014, and hundreds of you participated. The results of that survey directly drove decisions collegewide and in departments and programs. Areas created monthly newsletters, held divisionwide meetings, developed yearly retreats for professional development, began using new performance evaluation systems to provide timely feedback to individual employees, and more. We anticipate more improvements in our work culture based on this year’s survey.

The survey launches Monday, Sept. 11, and you will have three weeks to complete it. Your participation is entirely confidential. To ensure your privacy, the survey is conducted by an outside vendor, the Institute for Organizational Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin.

You will be able to complete the survey on- or off-campus, and you are encouraged to use your work time to complete it. Due to the survey’s confidential nature, adjuncts cannot be paid for your time taking it, but are absolutely welcome to complete during downtime, office hours or other on-the-clock time.

Look for your personal invitation to take the survey on Monday, Sept. 11 from SEE_Survey1 at SEE_Survey1@austin.utexas.edu. The subject line will be Survey of Employee Engagement.

Reminder: Please send offer letters and new hire paperwork to HR in timely fashion

Human Resources believes that how we conduct new employee orientation sets the tone for how newly hired employees go forward with their LCC careers. It’s important we are prepared and they are prepared so the experience starts them off on the right foot. In support of this, the following timelines are critically important:

Regular (non-student) faculty and staff

  • Offer Letters – All offers must be emailed to Human Resources no later than 3 p.m. on the previous Friday for anyone who will be attending orientation the following Monday. Offer letters are to be emailed to Anita Evans, Sydney Glasscoe and Angie Butterwick, with “Offer Letter” in the subject line.
  • New Hire Paperwork – All new hire paperwork must be received by Human Resources no later than 4 p.m. on the previous Friday for anyone who will be attending orientation the following Monday.

Student employees

  • Offer Letters – All offers must be emailed to Human Resources (Danielle Nick) no later than 5 p.m. on the previous Thursday for anyone who will be attending orientation the following Monday.
  • New Hire Paperwork – All new hire paperwork must be received by Human Resources (Danielle Nick) no later than 3 p.m. on the previous Friday for anyone who will be attending orientation the following Monday.

Newly hired faculty or staff are scheduled for the next new employee orientation after the offer letter/new hire paperwork is received by Human Resources.

Human Resources offers new employee orientation generally on Mondays each week, beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. Newly hired employees should be told to arrive by 8:15 a.m. and plan to stay all morning. Generally, orientation is held in the Gannon Building, Room 2214 (formerly GB 244). Deviations from this location or schedule are announced via The Star and the operations email. For example, orientation following Labor Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5 in the Administration Building, Room 200.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, working together to do what is best for our employees and students.

Fitness Centers and Weight Room now FREE to employees, students and alums

All LCC employees, students and alumni can now use the on-campus Fitness Centers and Weight Room for free. Everyone must present a StarCard to enter.

In addition to keeping you physically fit and lowering your risk of chronic diseases, research consistently shows exercise helps boost memory and thinking, and helps reduce stress and depression risk.

For best and safest use of available Fitness Center equipment, consider enrolling in PFFT 100, PFFT 101, PFFT 102, PFFT 103 or PFFT 109. When using the Weight Room, PFWT 112, PFWT 123 or PFWT 124 are strongly recommended. Employees should check their tuition benefit eligibility.

The change was sparked by the Fitness and Wellness Program’s program review process. Through the year-long exercise of thinking comprehensively about the program’s offerings, the faculty and staff decided the benefits of physical wellness for the LCC community outweighed the cost of operating the centers for free.

Visit lcc.edu/pfw for more information and hours of operation.

Become a Vet Net Ally

Learn what our student veterans have experienced while serving our country and what you can do to best serve them. A free event will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in the Gannon Building, Room 2214 (formerly 244).

The speaker is Dr. Marshall Thomas, director of Veterans Services at California State University, Long Beach. Thomas started the Vet Net Ally program at CSULB and brings his methods of veteran support in higher education to LCC.

Register to attend by Monday, Sept. 11 at lcc.edu/vetnetally.

The Vet Net Ally program aims to create a network of LCC faculty, staff and administrators trained to support LCC student veterans to achieve success in their academic pursuit.

Upon completion of this seminar, you will achieve your Vet Net Ally decal. Display this decal in your workspace to identify as veteran support staff.

Videos from May’s Star Talks now available

Recordings of presentations by Eliza Robison, Kent Wieland and Jim Luke from May’s Star Talks are now available online.

Star Talks is an annual event held during May’s Professional Activity Days. It is modeled on the popular TED (Technology, Education and Design) Talks, which are based on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. The TED community consists of curious people who engage with ideas and each other.

Eliza focused on balancing adventure with patience, Kent discussed “things I learned from my mom about how to be an associate dean,” and Jim talked about why he’s so passionate about open learning.

Three things to know about research guides at the Library

1. LCC librarians have created 68 different research guides touching on nearly 30 different subject areas to help students find articles, books and reliable websites on a subject, topic or for a particular class. Research guides also include topics designed to be useful to faculty, such as Library Resources for Faculty, Designing Effective Research Assignments and Open Educational Resources (OER) at LCC.

2. To help students go further, the Library offers 24/7 research help from librarians online by chat.

3. Finally, the Library offers citation guides for MLA and APA style to help students correctly and professionally cite their sources.

In Gratitude: A round of Applause! for HR’s Mara Fisher

This week, a round of Applause! for Mara Fisher of Human Resources.

“Mara is a stellar example of customer service excellence,” wrote Adrienne Jenkins of the Arts & Sciences Division Office in the award. “She is always very responsive, pleasant and willing to help. She deserves a round of applause!”

This regular “In Gratitude” column features the good work you and your colleagues do around the college. It’s powered by Applause! Awards, an LCC-wide program designed to recognize you for providing excellent customer service.

Know someone who deserves to be featured here? All awards are given by employees, to employees, and everyone is eligible. Visit lcc.edu/experience to learn more and nominate a colleague.

Fall kick-off schedule

It’s almost time to welcome a new semester! The fall kick-off begins with the CTE orientation tomorrow, Aug.18 and continues through the EDF picnic on Friday, Sept. 8.

Friday, August 18
CTE Faculty Orientation, Face-to-Face             9 a.m.-noon, TLC 326
(Register online at lcc.edu/cte/workshops/orientation.aspx)

Monday, August 21
Community Education & Workforce
Development Division Meeting                       9 a.m.-1 p.m., East Campus
Health & Human Services Division Meeting      Noon-4:30 p.m., HHS 005-007
Arts & Sciences Division Meeting                      1-3:30 p.m., Dart Auditorium
Technical Careers Division Meeting                  3-5 p.m., West Campus

Tuesday, August 22
Collegewide Kick-off and Service Awards          9-11:30 a.m., Dart Auditorium
Board of Trustees Luncheon                               11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gannon Commons
MAHE General Membership Meeting                 1:30-3 p.m., Dart Auditorium
CTE Faculty Orientation, Face-to-Face             5:30-8:30 p.m., TLC 326
(Register online at lcc.edu/cte/workshops/orientation.aspx)

Thursday, August 24
Classes Begin

Friday, September 8
Employee Development Fund Picnic                11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hilltop by Dart