Monthly Archives: September 2017

In gratitude: A round of Applause! for HHS’ Louc Genda

This week, a round of Applause! for Louc Genda, the assistant to the HHS associate dean and lead program support for Fitness & Wellness.

“The wiz kid of EXCEL documents and research information,” wrote Sioux Cowper, Community Health Service Education Program Director. “Always welcomes the challenge and provides results in record breaking time!”

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 to learn more and nominate a colleague.

This week in the SBDC

Get Your Business Found on Google Maps
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Noon-1 p.m., WCP 110

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at LCC is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and LCC. The SBDC provides seminars and confidential consulting for businesses at all stages, from startups in need of financing to established businesses seeking help with growth strategies. All employees are welcome.

This week in the CTE

Come Together: Meeting your Class on a Virtual Island
Tuesday, Oct. 3
3-4 p.m., TLC 326

Learning and the Brain: Brain-Based Strategies for any Classroom
Wednesday, Oct. 4
3:30-4:30 p.m., TLC 326

Thirty out of Thirty
Thursday, Oct. 5
1-2:30 p.m., TLC 326

All faculty are welcome to stop by the Center for Teaching Excellence to receive instructional technology support, exchange ideas with colleagues, or simply enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate!

LCC Theatre explores guilt and innocence in death row drama ‘Coyote on a Fence’

Bobby Reyburn is a funny young guy who loves to do impressions. He’s also a member of the Aryan nation, a racist predator convicted of a horrific crime. John Brennan is educated and arrogant, a serious writer who may only be guilty of doing society a favor. As each awaits his fate on death row, one evokes sympathy, the other derision. Can one be innocent though proven guilty?

LCC Theatre’s “Coyote on a Fence” will explore this question the next two weekends at the Black Box Theatre. Written by Bruce Graham and directed by Paige Tufford, the play stars students Cassidy Addis Greene, Ben Guenther and Steve Lee, and alumnus Michael Banghart.

Show times are:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 (with post-show discussion)
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 (with post-show discussion)

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission. For more information, visit

College web refresh moving forward

The college’s new public-facing website is expected to launch toward the end of the year.

The college is engaged in a redesign and rewrite of our website dedicated to ensuring current and prospective students can easily access the information needed to succeed. This includes creating a new, public-facing website available at that will focus on recruitment, a calendar of events and important academic dates, and other information needed by the general public.

Much of our existing website, including information relevant to current students and employees, will be available at or, both of which will lead to the same, internally focused site.

In order to complete this public-facing site by the end of the year, Marketing worked with an outside website design vendor and has hired a temporary web programmer.

Each department will have the opportunity to review its public-facing pages prior to launch. These pages will be focused on information interesting to prospective students and community stakeholders, with a marketing focus. They will be available for review in late November or early December.

In addition, Marketing will host specialized training sessions in November for anyone involved in posting information to the web. General information sessions for anyone interested in exploring the new site will be available in December.

This is a big project, and timelines are continually evolving. To keep you up to speed on progress made, Marketing will provide another update in The Star in mid-October.

Online doctor visits available through Amwell

Employees and covered dependents who are enrolled in LCC plans through the Western Michigan Health Insurance Pool (WMHIP) have the opportunity to participate in online doctor visits. All WMHIP plans cover online doctor visits through Amwell for convenient, affordable care for non-emergency illnesses like colds, sinus infections, sprains or rashes.

With 24/7 online health care, you can have a live, on-demand visit with a board-certified doctor through Amwell, a leading telehealth provider. The $49 visit is a covered benefit under all WMHIP Plans and is subject to your plan deductible and applicable office visit copayment.

The cost of the visit will provide significant savings to you – and to your WMHIP plan. Seeing an online provider costs less than in-person doctor visits or emergency room treatment. Statewide, the average office visit costs $132 and the average emergency room visit costs $1,023.

Regular maintenance of chronic medical conditions, emergencies, and serious or life-threatening conditions are not appropriate uses of online health care. If you have serious medical concerns, call 911 or contact your family doctor.

Using online care to meet with a doctor is like using a video chat tool. Your information is private, and Amwell meets all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.

The doctor will consult with you as long as needed. Most online health care sessions last about 10 minutes, and the average wait time to see an Amwell doctor is three minutes.

In addition to cost savings, 24/7 online healthcare can be helpful when your own doctor is not available. Online healthcare is a convenient, affordable, quick and easy tool to keep available for your healthcare needs.

Enroll now for when you need a doctor later:

  • Mobile: Download the Amwell app
  • Web: Go to
  • Phone: 844.733.3627.

Use service key BCBSM and add your WMHIP health plan information.

Additional information is available from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Three things to know about tutoring at LCC

1. The Learning Commons hosts 63 hours of tutoring each week, including one-on-one instruction, recurring appointments and drop-in help. The space also offers study areas and textbooks, laptops, calculators and more for rent. All help is free to students.

2. The Learning Commons also provides Supplemental Instruction for 30 of LCC’s most historically difficult courses including accounting, biology, chemistry, math, sociology and other subjects. Leaders offer help in class and facilitate study sessions outside class.

3. Not all tutoring happens in The Learning Commons. Here’s some other options:

  • Tutors offer help at West Campus, East Campus and the Livingston County Center.
  • The Writing Center provides one-on-one writing assistance—both in-person and online—to students in all LCC classes, at all levels of proficiency, and during any stage in the writing process.
  • The Learning Commons partners with TRiO to provide tutoring tailored to first-generation college students.
  • LCC now offers on-demand online tutoring 24 hours a day. Students in many classes can access it through D2L.