Monthly Archives: October 2017

Attend lunch and learn about Northwood’s new MSOL program at University Center

Join Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management for lunch and learn about their award-winning Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). The MSOL is designed to help professionals advance their careers by developing their unique leadership skills and talents.

As business professionals, they know life is busy. That’s why starting January 2018, MSOL courses will be offered at the University Center as well as online. This flexible, unique program highlights skills, knowledge and strategies that apply directly to management positions.

To learn more, please plan to attend A Lunch & Learn for Northwood University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

  • When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8
  • Where: Gannon Building, Room 2214 (formerly 244)
  • RSVP:  Please respond to Teri Huff at x1363 or hufft@star.lcc.edu by end of business Monday, Nov. 6

For more information about the DeVos Graduate School of Management, call 800-622-9000, or visit northwood.edu/graduate.

Three things to know about the University Center at LCC

1. The University Center is a partnership between LCC and five Michigan universities. Our partners offer junior- and senior-level courses, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree right here in downtown Lansing.

2. Five universities offer degrees through the University Center: Ferris State University, Northwood University, Siena Heights University, the University of Michigan-Flint and Western Michigan University. Many of the degrees are 3+1; complete three years at LCC and finish one year of coursework at a partner university.

3. The University Center caters to working adults, offering many evening, weekend and online learning options. Class sizes are small, so you get the individualized attention you need.

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Using passwords

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Minimizing the impact of cyber thieves is a community responsibility! This week, we take on the fifth in our six-part series on how you can stay safe on the LCC network.

Password Reuse?
A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Here are my recommendations for good password techniques:

  • To protect yourself, you want your password to be as long as possible. The longer your password is, the stronger it is. In fact, instead of using just a single word as your password, use multiple words. This is called a passphrase.
  • Be sure to use different passwords for different accounts. For example, never use the passwords for your work or bank accounts for your personal accounts, such as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. This way, if one of your passwords is hacked, the other accounts are still safe. Never share your password with anyone else, including fellow employees.
  • Your password is a secret; if anyone else knows your password it is no longer secure.
  • Do not use public computers, such as those at hotels or libraries, to log into a work or bank account. Since anyone can use these computers, they may be infected with malicious code that captures all your keystrokes. Only log in to your work or bank accounts on trusted computers or mobile devices you control.
  • You should make up answers to your security reset questions. That’s right, it’s time to lie! Answers to the typical security questions (mother’s maiden name, high school mascot, etc.) are too easy to obtain. I want you to lie and make up an answer. For instance, your mother’s maiden name is now “Spartans.”
  • Say no when browsers offer to save your password. Web browsers have a feature that lets users save passwords for later use. The passwords are stored unencrypted—so anyone can see them! The most widely distributed password stealing Trojans, including Zbot and SpyEye, know where to look and how to steal that information if you get infected. Similarly, your browser might automatically log you in and expose your accounts to anyone who uses your device. If you do not know how to delete your browser’s password memory, drop me a note and I can provide instructions.
  • Many online accounts offer something called two-factor authentication, or two-step verification. This is where you need more than just your password to log in, such as codes sent to your smartphone. When possible, always use these stronger methods for authentication. For more info, check lockdownyourlogin.org/strong-authentication.
  • If you are no longer using an account, be sure to disable or delete it.

Stop Remembering Passwords!
It’s impossible to remember so many unique passwords. So here’s what you should do:

Good – Write down your passwords and save them in your purse or wallet (you never leave it out of sight) or your office drawer (preferably locked).

Better – Enter your passwords in a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet and save it to your H: drive. You can enable encryption and set the password protection by going to: File-Info-Protect Document-Encrypt with Password. Then when you open the file, you will be asked for the password.

Best – Use a password manager program. It’s a small application or secure website that stores all passwords in a single password-encrypted file. I recommend Keepass, a free password manager, available at http://keepass.info. It’s best if you enable Keepass’s “Secure Desktop” option (where it opens a separate secure window), two-channel auto-type obfuscation, random password generation, and KeeForm (to fill in your credentials into web forms).

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the ITS Director of Information Security Paul Schwartz at x5264 or schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Open enrollment runs Nov. 1-16

The annual benefits open enrollment for all employees begins Nov. 1 and ends 4 p.m. Nov. 16 for the plan year beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

All eligible employees were sent emails Oct. 24 with benefit options available. Please contact the HR office at lcc-hr-benefits@lcc.edu if you believe you are eligible but did not receive your email.

Benefits Open House opportunities will be available:

  • 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Washington Court Place Room 133
  • 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, West Campus W157
  • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, Gannon Building Room 2214

Vendors from WMHIP/Blue Cross, ADN, EyeMed, AFLAC, Lincoln Financial, Waddell & Reed, and TIAA as well as HR benefits staff, will be present to assist with information and answers to questions.

A general insurance information session will be held to help employees understand more about the Blue Cross health insurance plans available, and to better understand deductibles, co-pays, out of pocket maximums, etc. Spouses or other family members are welcome at this session. This session will be held 4-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in the Administration Building Boardroom.

In addition to our Open House events, HR is holding designated benefit drop-In times throughout the open enrollment period. Stop into Room 102 of the Administration Building during any of the date/times below to find help with your benefit questions:

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Monday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Contact the Human Resources Office at x1870 or lcc-hr-benefits@lcc.edu for more information about your benefit coverage.

Join One Book for free time management workshop Nov. 7 or 8

Improve your time management skills to get more done with a time management workshop hosted by the One Book One LCC committee.

One Book One LCC is a shared community reading experience that encourages students and employees to engage in special events, discussions and collegewide conversations surrounding a thought-provoking common read. The 2017-18 selection is “Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. The book examines the stories of people of inordinate success, and the roles practice and culture play in their achievements.

The event will be held 10-11 a.m. Nov. 7-8 in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion. You can attend whichever day works in your schedule. You do not need to have read “Outliers” to attend.

In gratitude: A round of Applause! for Brenda Brown and Carrie Miller

This week, a round of Applause! for Brenda Brown of the Management Program and Carrie Miller of eLearning.

“Thanks to Brenda Brown and Carrie Miller for their work to make Films on Demand videos easier for faculty to embed in Desire2Learn,” librarians Suzanne Bernsten, Fran Krempasky and Suzanne Sawyer wrote in the award. “Brenda discovered that it was possible to add Films on Demand videos in a similar way to adding YouTube videos and Carrie did the technical work in Desire2Learn to make it happen!”

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.

Next week in the Small Business Development Center

Etsy Marketing Tips for Successful Selling
Wednesday, Nov. 1
10-11:30 a.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

Kaltura Advanced
Monday, Oct. 30
10-11:30 a.m., TLC 321

WordCamp 101
Tuesday, Oct. 31
3-5:30 p.m., West Campus U227

Using LCC’s Scorecard to Improve Your Online Courses
Wednesday, Nov. 1
1-2 p.m., TLC 321

Safe Zone Part One
Friday, Nov. 3
1-3 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!

Articulation agreement process update

Academic Affairs has made a priority to renew and update LCC’s post-secondary articulated transfer agreements. We are excited to report that we have made great strides on this project.

  • We have developed a comprehensive and strategic transfer partnership process and articulation agreement template.
  • We have initiated a review and update of all existing articulation agreements and are currently working with our transfer partners to bring those agreements into alignment with LCC guidelines.
  • We have started the process of updating our transfer webpages and we will be implementing a targeted communication plan to promote our agreements both internally and externally.

To ensure an efficient and effective process, we ask that all articulated transfer agreement correspondence, issues, inquiries and questions be directed to Tracy Labadie, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at labadiet@lcc.edu. Thank you!