Monthly Archives: November 2017

In gratitude: A round of Applause! for Center for Student Support’s Jess Stevens

This week, a round of Applause! for Jess Stevens of the Center for Student Support.

“Jess has worked with a student that is not the easiest to work with,” Global Student Services coordinator Vanessa Bell wrote in the award. “It was tough for him to earn their trust. It’s taken almost a year but he did earn it. This past Friday, completely unexpected, the student came in and told Jess that he has given them the best service they have ever received, that he went above and beyond for them when he didn’t have to, and that they truly appreciate how kind Jess is to them and other students.”

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.

In the news

Press clips for the week include:

Early timesheet alert – Thanksgiving holiday 2017

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Nov. 24 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.

Hours submitted for the Pay Period of Nov. 5-18, 2017, for the pay date of Nov. 24, 2017 (BW24):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 with PROJECTED HOURS for Thursday, Nov. 16, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18.
  • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 10 a.m. It is important all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
  • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17.

Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at FS-Payroll@lcc.edu or x1799.

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 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, as well as 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.

Successful first round OER applicants to be notified Dec. 4

Faculty submitted 14 applications in the first round of the OER Pilot Award Program for a fall 2018 implementation. The OER Award Committee will be meeting in a few weeks to discuss and deliberate the applications, and successful awardees will be notified Dec. 4.

For spring 2019 implementation, applications will be accepted until Jan. 8, 2018. 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. More information about the OER Award and applications can be found at http://libguides.lcc.edu/oer/award.

If you have any questions, please contact OER project manager Regina Gong at gongr1@lcc.edu or x1663.

Academic Senate updated on Guided Pathways progress

The college remains committed to Guided Pathways and is making progress on several projects, coordinator Christine Conner told the Academic Senate during its Friday, Nov. 10, meeting.

Guided Pathways includes not only the program maps faculty have been involved in creating, but a host of projects that support successful student transfers and employment, Conner said. LCC’s 2017-18 Guided Pathways topics include:

  • Align courses with transfer partners to ensure students can transfer classes as that particular class and not as general credit;
  • Redesign and streamline our current 37 associate degree offerings to one Associate of Arts and one Associate of Science degree;
  • Develop advising using the Career Communities framework to support timely program completion;
  • Survey information technology systems to discover capacity of current use and depth for future use; and,
  • Continue to integrate the academic success coaches into the college and ensure faculty and staff are engaged in the process.

Please contact Conner at x1128 with questions or to request her attendance at a meeting.

Additionally, the Senate voted unanimously to recommend the following curriculum changes to the interim provost:

  • New Radiologic Technology course proposals for IRXT 105, IRXT 116, IRXT 140, IRXT 144, IRXT 170, IRXT 172, IRXT 222 and IRXT 224 to match updated American Society of Radiologic Technologists curriculum;
  • Prerequisite change for NURS 211 to require admission to the Nursing Program and minimum 3.0 in NURS 201 within one year of nursing application as well as Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6;
  • New curriculum proposals for Digital Evidence Specialist AAS and CC,
  • New curriculum proposals for Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Machining AAS, CA and CC;
  • New Criminal Justice course CJUS 207 to support the new Digital Evidence Specialist associate degree;
  • New Mechatronics courses METS 110, METS 125, METS 145, METS 160, METS 210 and METS 250 to better match the syllabi to instruction; and,
  • New Computer Information Technologies course CITS 230 to meet the needs expressed by industry partners.

The Senate also discussed the role of the Technology Across the Curriculum standing committee, co-chaired by chief information officer Kevin Bubb and chemistry faculty Bruce Farris. The committee works with faculty to address technology needs in the classroom. Through its work, the college has increased the number of laptops available to students for 28-day checkout from the Library, bettered the acceptable use policy, ensured writing classes had better access to computers in the classroom and more.

The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tips for staying safe on and off campus

LCC is proud to be a safe community, with very few criminal offenses each year on any campus. LCC Police are working hard to investigate the kidnapping and sexual assault reported earlier this week. If you have any information, please contact police at x1800.

Here are some tips for staying safe both on and off campus:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep your eyes and ears open.
  • Trust your instincts and gut feelings.
  • Park and walk in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • If possible, walk to your car in groups.
  • Call LCC Police at x1800 for an escort if you are uncomfortable. Police escorts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Download Rave Guardian in your app store. Police can use this channel to contact you by email, voicemail, and, in situations where there is a serious ongoing threat, by text message. You can also follow LCC on Facebook or Twitter for information about ongoing threats.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are being followed. Ask a passerby to call 911 for you or go to the nearest emergency phone box if you don’t have a cell phone.
  • Whistles are available for LCC students and employees and can be picked up in the Police and Public Safety office. Whistles are intended to be used ONLY in emergency situations where there are no means of escape and you cannot call 911. If you hear someone blow a whistle, call 911 immediately.

Additionally, LCC Police host a free self-defense training each fall. Look for more information next October.

LCC Radio performing live radio version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ after Silver Bells

Warm up after the Silver Bells parade with a free, live radio play in Dart Auditorium.

LCC Radio will perform a holiday adaptation of “Little Shop of Horrors,” the story of a lovesick florist who raises a man-eating plant. It is based on the original 1960 screenplay by Charles B. Griffin and the 1982 musical by Howard Ashman, with the radio adaptation by LCC’s Daedalian Lowry.

The show begins 8 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 17. It will also broadcast live on 89.7FM and online at lccradio.org.

Help comfort kids in need this holiday season with Pajama Program at LCC

The LCC Mu Tau Chapter of the PTK National Honor Society has teamed up with the Pajama Program to help children in need receive new pajamas and books. The goal of this project is to deliver warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children who would otherwise go without, many of whom are waiting to be adopted.

You can be a part of this great program by bringing donations of new pajamas and books for children to the Student Life office in Gannon Building Room 2202 or the Cesar Chavez Center in Gannon Building 3217 by Dec. 16.

Each donor will be eligible for entry into a drawing to win a $25 gift card. For more information, contact advisor Margo Whalen at whalenm2@lcc.edu.