Monthly Archives: November 2017

Employees donate cash and nearly 550 warm clothing items to those in need

LCC faculty and staff donated generously to the LCC Foundation and a coat drive to benefit Willow Elementary School K-3 students, parents, and the Lansing City Rescue Mission.

Health and Human Services’ coat drive, with the support of the Experience #Starpower employee engagement team, collected 544 coats, gloves, hats, snow pants, boots, socks and scarves from employees around multiple campuses. It was HHS’s biggest coat drive to date. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Employees were also extraordinarily supportive of LCC Foundation’s Giving Tuesday efforts. The drive was bigger and better than ever, with 33 donors raising $9,060.31. Congratulations to Teresa Purvis, who won the drawing for a reserved parking space for the rest of the academic year.

You still have opportunities to give! Several end tomorrow so donations can benefit students and the community by the holidays, so please consider your options soon.

LCC Foundation
Please support the “Heroes Needed” scholarship campaign. Be a hero for an LCC student who relies on your gift to pursue their dream and contribute to our community’s economy and workforce. With your support, we can make access to education possible for everyone. You can even designate your gift to a scholarship or program fund of your choice.

It’s easy and convenient to establish a payroll deduction or recurring credit card gift. Be a hero during this holiday season by giving the gift of education!

United Way
Our annual Capital Area United Way workplace campaign began earlier this month. LCC is pleased to partner with United Way to support its “Be a Local Hero” campaign.

All employees received an email with detailed online giving information on Monday, Nov. 13. We are offering an open-ended giving option again this year. If you select this option, your gift will automatically renew each year until you change it. If you do not select this option, payroll deduction will occur January through December 2018.

Our campaign wraps up tomorrow, Dec. 1. For questions, or to request a paper pledge form, contact Sherry Forrest in Human Resources at  x1871 or forre1@lcc.edu, or contact Nick Lynch of the United Way at n.lynch@micauw.org or 517-203-5025.

Food drive
ITS is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Stars Helping Stars Food Pantry, First Presbyterian Church on W. Ottawa Street in Lansing and the Letts Community Center on Kalamazoo Street in Lansing.

Nonperishable food and monetary donations can be dropped off in TLC 102, inside the TLC 100 computer lab. The drive ends Dec. 18. Contact Brenda Young at x9743 or Katie Chiappelli at x9742 with questions.

LCC students and student families
The Center for Student Support is collecting gifts and gift cards for low-income LCC students and their families.

If you or your area would like to help sponsor a student or a student’s family, contact Lisa Haston at x1274 by tomorrow, Dec. 1. She will match you to a student or family and send you their wish list. Donated items can be brought to the Student Support desk in the StarZone in Gannon.

Toys for Tots
Veteran and Military Affairs is sponsoring a donation drive for Toys for Tots. You can drop off unwrapped toys for all ages at the main entrances of the Huron Building, Gannon Building or West Campus.

The collection drive ends tomorrow, Dec. 1. Contact Alick Nurenberg at x1309 with questions.

Pajama Program
In coordination with the Pajama Program, LCC’s chapter of the student honor society Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a pajama and book drive for kids. Donate new pajamas in any size and new children’s books in the Student Life Office, located in Gannon Building 2202, or in the Cesar Chavez Center, located in Gannon Building 3217. The drive ends Dec. 16.

Closed Campus (November 29, 2017) Timesheet Instructions

With the closure of campus yesterday, the Closed Campus earn code must be used on timesheets for this pay period. Please use the below instructions for hours scheduled to work on the following campus closed days:

  • Nov. 29, after 2:30 p.m. for Downtown, West and East campuses

If you had vacation, sick, or personal time scheduled during this time, you should continue to use vacation, sick, and personal time on your timesheet.  Please note that if you started your timesheet before Nov. 29 you may need to restart your timesheet to get the Closed Campus earn code to display.  The restart button is located at the bottom of your timesheet and this action will require you to reenter your hours.

Full-Time Administrators:  Will record time as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid their regular hours during campus closure. If hours are worked, reduce Closed Campus hours to reflect the hours not worked and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Full-Time Support:  Will record hours scheduled to work during campus closure as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid the scheduled hours during campus closure.  If hours are worked, then record these hours as Regular, enter Closed Campus to reflect the hours not worked, and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Part-Time Administrators:  Employees who were scheduled to work during campus closure will record hours scheduled to work as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid the scheduled hours. If hours are worked, reduce Closed Campus hours to reflect the hours not worked and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Part-Time Support:  Employees who were scheduled to work during campus closure will record hours scheduled to work as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid the scheduled hours. If hours are worked, then record these hours as Regular, enter Closed Campus to reflect the hours not worked, and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Full-Time Police:   Essential personnel who worked during campus closure are to report time in accordance with standard time reporting practice.  If hours are worked on closed campus days, supervisors please add a comment for verification.

Full-Time Physical Plant/FMA:  Essential personnel who worked during campus closure are to report time in accordance with standard time reporting practices.  Staff who did not work will record hours scheduled to work as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid the scheduled hours.  If hours are worked on closed campus days, supervisors please add a comment for verification.

Full Time Faculty:  The annual base workload compensation for these salaried employees will not be impacted by the campus closure.  Faculty need not record hours for November 29, 2017, and will suffer no loss of pay.

Part-time Teaching Faculty:  Need not record hours for November 29, 2017, and will suffer no loss of pay.

Part-time Faculty Lab Assistant and Lab Instructor: Employees who were scheduled to work during campus closure will record hours scheduled to work as Closed Campus (CLM) and will be paid the scheduled hours.  If hours are worked, then record these hours as Regular, enter Closed Campus to reflect the hours not worked, and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Student Staff:  Employees who were scheduled to work during campus closure will record hours scheduled to work as Closed Campus (CLO) and will be paid the scheduled hours.  If hours are worked, then record these hours as Regular, enter Closed Campus to reflect the hours not worked, and add a comment to indicate actual hours worked.

Other essential personnel from any employee group who were required to work during the campus closure should report time worked in accordance with standard time reporting practices.

Questions can be directed to the Payroll Department at (517) 483-1799 or FS-Payroll@lcc.edu .

Thank you LCC Police for keeping campus safe

Yesterday at 1:50 p.m., LCC received a call from Dewitt Police Department regarding a potential threat to LCC. Over the next several minutes, the LCC Police Department, in collaboration with local law enforcement partners in Eaton County and the Lansing Police Department, further assessed the validity of the threat to be credible. Based on the threat timeline, Police determined to evacuate three locations for the safety of students and employees.

At 2:16 p.m., Police issued alerts by email and text, and issued an alert over the public address system to evacuate the Downtown, East and West campus locations.

Due to the quick and thorough work of our LCC police and law enforcement partners, a suspect was apprehended by 3:01 p.m. and the campus locations were deemed safe. We would like to thank the Eaton County and Lansing Police Departments, as well as the person who called in the tip.

This is an instance of if you see something, say something in action.

RSVP today for LCC Finance Briefing

Please join the Financial Services team for a presentation of the LCC Finance Briefing. The session includes an overview of the college’s finances and the budget development process. It is open to all employees who would like to better understand these topics. Sessions will be offered:

  • 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Administration Building Boardroom
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at West Campus W157
  • 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Administration Building Boardroom

For more information or to sign up for the Nov. 30 session, email Lisa Pearce at pearcel@lcc.edu by end of day TODAY to have an accurate count for refreshments. If you would like to attend a session next week, RSVP by Friday, Dec. 1. We hope to see you soon!

Help students and the local community with your donations

As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us are considering meaningful ways to give back to our campus and community. Here are several opportunities to donate, hosted by colleagues around campus.

LCC Foundation
Please support the “Heroes Needed” scholarship campaign. Be a hero for an LCC student who relies on your gift to pursue their dream and contribute to our community’s economy and workforce. With your support, we can make access to education possible for everyone. You can even designate your gift to a scholarship or program fund of your choice.

It’s easy and convenient to establish a payroll deduction or recurring credit card gift. Be a hero during this holiday season by giving the gift of education!

United Way
Our annual Capital Area United Way workplace campaign began earlier this month. LCC is pleased to partner with United Way to support its “Be a Local Hero” campaign.

All employees received an email with detailed online giving information on Monday, Nov. 13. We are offering an open-ended giving option again this year. If you select this option, your gift will automatically renew each year until you change it. If you do not select this option, payroll deduction will occur January through December 2018.

Our campaign will wrap up Dec. 1. For questions, or to request a paper pledge form, contact Sherry Forrest in Human Resources at  x1871 or forre1@lcc.edu, or contact Nick Lynch of the United Way at n.lynch@micauw.org or 517-203-5025.

Food drive
ITS is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Stars Helping Stars Food Pantry, First Presbyterian Church on W. Ottawa Street in Lansing and the Letts Community Center on Kalamazoo Street in Lansing.

Nonperishable food and monetary donations can be dropped off in TLC 102, inside the TLC 100 computer lab. The drive ends Dec. 18. Contact Brenda Young at x9743 or Katie Chiappelli at x9742 with questions.

LCC students and student families
The Center for Student Support is collecting gifts and gift cards for low-income LCC students and their families.

If you or your area would like to help sponsor a student or a student’s family, contact Lisa Haston at x1274 prior to Dec. 1. She will match you to a student or family and send you their wish list. Donated items can be brought to the Student Support desk in the StarZone in Gannon.

Toys for Tots
Veteran and Military Affairs is sponsoring a donation drive for Toys for Tots. You can drop off unwrapped toys for all ages at the main entrances of the Huron Building, Gannon Building or West Campus.

The collection drive ends Dec. 1. Contact Alick Nurenberg at x1309 with questions.

Pajama Program
In coordination with the Pajama Program, LCC’s chapter of the student honor society Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a pajama and book drive for kids. Donate new pajamas in any size and new children’s books in the Student Life Office, located in Gannon Building 2202, or in the Cesar Chavez Center, located in Gannon Building 3217. The drive runs until Dec. 16.

Storytelling project focused on experience of refugees exhibiting on Downtown Campus Dec. 4-8

Join the campus community for an exhibit and panel discussion celebrating decades of refugee resettlement in mid-Michigan.

Refuge Lansing is a storytelling project focused on families who have fled violence and persecution in their home countries and are now an integral part of the Lansing region – buying homes, starting businesses, sending their children to local schools, and otherwise adding to the diverse quilt that makes us such a unique and welcoming community.

Panel discussions will be made up of individuals from a local organization that specializes in working with people who are refugees, individuals from the community, and employees and students. The panel discussions will debunk the myths of what it means to hold refugee status, give insights into stories of success, and create awareness about the resources available within the college and community.

The exhibit will be open Dec. 4-8 in the Library and Centre for Engaged Inclusion. Panel discussions will take place 12:15-1:15 p.m. Dec. 6-7 in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.

The event is part of the One Book One LCC project, 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. This year’s selection, “Outliers,” examines the stories of people of inordinate success and the roles practice and culture play in their achievements.

In gratitude: A round of Applause! for Accounting faculty and tutor Thomas Benson

This week, a round of Applause! for Accounting faculty and professional tutor Thomas Benson.

“He is the best tutor (and) teacher for accounting,” Sarkash Rahim wrote in the award. “So many students love him a lot and rely on him. He goes extra miles to teach students. He is a best friend and we love him like a family member. We need more Thomas Bensons.”

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.

Nominate a colleague for 2018 Awards Showcase

These exciting new awards are designed to honor the hard work, innovation and dedication of you and your peers.

One person will be honored in each of these categories:

  • President’s Award (Outstanding Achievement Award)
  • Provost’s Award (Teaching Faculty of the Year)
  • Provost’s Award (Academic Professional of the Year)  *NEW*
  • Galaxy Award (Administrator of the Year)
  • Aurora Award (Diversity Excellence Award)
  • Superstar Award (Public Safety or Facilities Employee of the Year)
  • Eclipse Award (Safety Award)
  • Shining Star Award (Support Person of the Year)
  • Rock Star Award (Student Employee of the Year)
  • Rising Star Award (New Employee of the Year)
  • Giving Star Award (Philanthropic Award)

Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominations are open until March 12, 2018! The awards ceremony and luncheon will take place April 20, 2018, to thank the winning faculty and staff. Supervisors, Executive Leadership Team members and those who nominated will also be invited and encouraged to attend.

The awards are organized by the Experience #Starpower team, dedicated to creating an enjoyable and rewarding work atmosphere for all LCC employees.

For more information and to nominate a candidate, visit lcc.edu/experience/showcase.

Web refresh entering internal content review stage

The college’s web refresh project continues progressing toward the soft launch of the new public-facing website. Beginning the week of Dec. 4, public-facing pages will be shared with the appropriate content experts in their respective division and/or department to begin the internal review process.

Once the internal review is complete for all pages, the public-facing soft launch will go live, accompanied by a tutorial detailing the new features and functionality of the site.

The current LCC website will remain as the internal-facing site, available via lcc.edu/student or lcc.edu/employee. Following the public-facing soft launch, Marketing will begin building the new internal-facing pages and schedule the content migration with a target launch of summer 2018.

To keep you up to speed on progress made and any changes to the expected timeline, Marketing will provide another update in The Star in January.

Psychology professor brings passion for OER to role in pilot award program

Psychology professor and Academic Senate president Mark Kelland started giving his textbook away free to students before he ever heard of open educational resources.

He wrote a textbook for his personality class, and after various struggles with different publishers, he self-published. He sold the book for $20 on Amazon, but he noticed the bookstore was selling used, out-of-date editions of the book for $70.

“Finally I thought, ‘Why am I letting the bookstore make all this money on the backs of my students when I’m not getting any of that money?’” Kelland said. “I decided to just give my book away free to my students at LCC.”

When he learned about OER, Kelland changed the license on his book and made it available to anyone online. With the commitment of faculty like Kelland, LCC is a leader in OER, which are educational materials in the public domain or with open licenses. This gives any person in the world free access to the materials and permission to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the contents.

LCC’s OER project started with five faculty using OER in five courses in fall 2015. As of September 2017, LCC has saved its students $1,081,700 in textbook costs through OER, and 74 faculty teaching in 27 courses representing 150 sections use OER at LCC.

The college is committed to getting more faculty engaged in creating, remixing and using OER. Faculty are invited to submit an application for the OER Pilot Award Program, which provides grants to begin using OER in the classroom. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 8, 2018, for spring 2019 implementation. Award options include:

  • Category 1 – Adoption of Existing OER
  • Category 2 – Revise/Remix/Creation of Supplementary Materials
  • Category 3 – Creation and Development of New OER materials

Please consider applying for any of the above categories, especially if you are teaching a high-enrollment course.

The benefits of OER go beyond saving students cash, Kelland said.

“It connects me with the students in a way a book off the shelf never would,” he said. “That’s the other big advantage of OER. If you’re doing some of the creation, even if you take an OpenStax textbook, if you go to the effort to incorporate your own material, it comes across in a different way. … If you really embrace OER, and put your own writing in the book, then that book becomes the class’ book. It becomes you and them.”

One of Kelland’s former students agreed.

“A free textbook is always a bonus, concerning finances,” student Jeannie Klaczynski said. “However, I especially liked that this one was written by the professor. I feel that this made the lecture in comparison to the reading material more fluent. It also made it easier for the professor to answer questions specific to the textbook.”

As Academic Senate president, Kelland is involved in the OER Pilot Award Committee and is an advocate for OER across campus. He said he hears two primary lines of resistance to OER from faculty. One concern, he said, is totally valid: Sometimes quality OER just does not yet exist in a subject area. The other concern, he said, has limited validity.

“The one that I go back and forth on is the ancillaries,” he said. “More and more, overheads, test banks (and) PowerPoints are becoming available through OER. … It’s becoming less valid but still debatable to say, ‘Well, the OER fundamentals are out there, but I don’t have all the extra stuff.’ When I started, you didn’t get any of the extra stuff, and you made do.”

The OER Pilot Award Program does provide an award option for faculty to develop supplemental materials around an existing OER textbook, ensuring faculty have the opportunity to be paid for their work developing ancillary materials.

Kelland said this pilot award program is part of his passion as Senate president.

“If, in 10 years I’m retiring, and Guided Pathways and OER are simply the culture at LCC, I’ll say, ‘OK, I actually made a difference.’”

Learn more at libguides.lcc.edu/oer/award. If you have questions, please contact OER project manager Regina Gong at gongr1@lcc.edu or x1663.