Monthly Archives: December 2017

Performing Arts offers three opportunities to see students perform this weekend

Performing Arts students continue their end-of-semester series of performances this weekend.

The LCC Rock Band will be led by Chris Rollins in classic and contemporary rock standards at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 15, in Dart Auditorium. This winter’s concert will include original music written by LCC students as well as covers of Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult, Vulfpek, Amy Winehouse and more.

The Beginning Theatre Studio class will perform “The Good Doctor,” written by Neil Simon and directed by Andy Callis. The comedy consists of several short plays, all based on short stories written by Anton Chekhov. The show will be performed at the Black Box Theatre in the Gannon Building at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 15, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

LCC dance students and faculty will showcase pieces from tap, jazz and ballet classes at the Dance Open House at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in Dart Auditorium.

All performances are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Come support our students!

In the news

Press clips for the week include:

CFO Don Wilske briefs Academic Senate on college’s finances

LCC’s chief financial officer Don Wilske visited the Academic Senate during its Dec. 8 meeting to update the senators on the college’s revenues and expenses.

The college’s revenue totaled $133.3 million in fiscal year 2016-17. Thirty percent of that money came from property taxes, 25 percent from tuition and fees, 23 percent from state appropriations, 18 percent from grants and contracts, and 4 percent from other sources. As the economy recovers, the taxable value of properties within the LCC district has grown by nearly $1 billion since 2013, resulting in increased property tax revenue to the college.

LCC’s revenue is distributed to five different funds:

  • Restricted funds, which come from outside the college, typically in the form of a grant;
  • Designated funds, which the Board of Trustees has dedicated to a specific purpose;
  • Plant funds, for buildings and maintenance;
  • Auxiliary funds, for purposes outside the college’s core mission, which for LCC includes food service and parking; and,
  • General fund, for all other sources.

About 45.3 percent of all general fund expenses – or about $55.2 million – go toward employee salaries and wages. Another 18.4 percent – about $22.4 million – is dedicated to employee benefits. Other general fund expenses include services and supplies, scholarships for students, and transfers.

In fall 2017, about 69 percent of course sections are being taught by adjunct faculty, while 31 percent were taught by full-time faculty. In the fall of 2013, 73 percent were taught by adjuncts and 27 percent by full-time. Declining enrollment has driven most of this trend.

A sound financial position is important for the continued education of our students, and HLC requires fiscal sustainability for continued accreditation. The next fiscal year budget development process will launch in late January 2018, at which time more details will be available.

Also during the Senate meeting, academic success coach director Carrie Gregg provided an update on the student engagement report redesign.

Additionally, media development specialist Justus Rohlfs visited the Senate to demonstrate Kaltura Classroom, a new piece of software in the Kaltura platform that allows professors to record lectures. The Media Creation Design Department also has a new lightboard available for faculty use that functions as a transparent whiteboard, allowing faculty to record lectures while writing notes or projecting images onto the lightboard. For more information, contact Media Services at x1670 or submit a request with the Help Desk’s 5-Star Service Center.

Senators also approved the recommendations of the Curriculum Committee.

The Senate will next meet 9 a.m. Jan. 19, 2018, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Former student engagement report being redesigned for efficiency, usefulness

The college is redesigning the student referral tool introduced earlier this year to more effectively help students receive additional support through the academic success coach program.

The early alert tool was formerly known as the student engagement report. Its name was changed to be more descriptive of its intended function of referring students to success coach support early in the semester. In addition, the success coaching team is making several changes to the report in response to faculty feedback.

Beginning spring 2018, the early alert will be due from faculty at weeks two, six and 10 of the semester rather than biweekly. Any courses lasting only 12 weeks will not have to submit the week 10 early alert. Success coaches will reach out to the referred students to determine if they are willing to participate in the coaching program.

In addition, the report will change the reasons for referral to a success coach to “academic,” “non-academic” and “attendance” rather than the more vague “participation.”

The early alert form will eventually include a comment box and a “no submissions” checkbox at the bottom, but those changes likely will take until summer 2018 to implement.

Finally, faculty will receive more communication from the coaches. While an automated feedback process is not possible at this time, coaches will manually connect back with faculty when a student engages in the success coaching process. Faculty are also welcome to request an update at any time.

The success coaching team is creating a webpage with quick facts and due dates to serve as a reference for faculty. It will be available in January.

Everyone invited to Toys for Tots celebration

When: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13

Where: Gannon Building 2nd floor, outside Student Life

What: Come join the U.S. Marine Corp, Santa and LCC choral students to celebrate another successful Toys for Tots season! There will be free popcorn provided by the LCC American Marketing Association, a performance by LCC choral students and a photo op with Santa. The Marine Corps will be available to collect any last-minute Toys for Tots donations.

WMHIP Case Management Services might contact you to help you manage chronic conditions

The health insurance LCC offers eligible employees is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and is administered as part of the Western Michigan Health Insurance Pool (WMHIP). Our health insurance includes services to assist employees with managing chronic conditions and/or complex healthcare cases.

This case management benefit, provided by WMHIP, comes at no additional cost to you. If you have a chronic condition, you may receive a call from a registered nurse at BCBSM. They can assist with things like symptom management, medication adherence questions, eliminating barriers or finding specialized physicians. It is completely confidential, and is set up to supplement your existing health care provider relationships, not replace them.

As stated, you may receive a call from BCBSM. Don’t hang up – these are not sales calls or phone scams! This is an outreach program offered by WMHIP that includes phone calls to provide information on benefits and services you are entitled to use. Please take time to speak with the nurse and consider engaging in the offered programming.

Students observe landing of medical helicopter as part of EMS job fair

LCC hosted a special landing of a University of Michigan Survival Flight medical helicopter as part of the Emergency Medical Services Program job fair on the Downtown Campus at the end of November.

The job fair is offered during the fall and spring semester each year, offering EMS Program and Fire Academy students the opportunity to speak with EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies about prospective employment. Each of the emergency services agencies present at the November job fair had current employment opportunities available and were present specifically to recruit LCC students.

As a special part of this fall’s job fair, students were able to observe the landing of the medical helicopter in Adado Riverfront Park across the street from the Gannon Building. In preparation for the landing, students established and marked out a landing zone. Once the helicopter was safely on the ground, students received a briefing on the roles and responsibilities of air medical services from the onboard medical crew.

About 60 students and 18 emergency services agencies participated in the fall job fair. LCC’s EMS job fair is the largest of its kind anywhere in Michigan.

Safe online holiday shopping tips

The holidays are upon us and that means food, fun, parties and lots of online shopping. Online shopping can be a great solution for finding the perfect gift and saving time, but it can also end with identity theft, malware and other cyber unpleasantness. Rather than letting it ruin your holiday season, take a few simple security precautions to help reduce the chances of becoming a cyber victim.

  • Do not use your LCC work email when registering a new account. This discloses where you work and that could lead to loads of spam or malicious emails attempting to compromise your work account. Remember to change up your passwords. The bad guys know 68 percent of us reuse passwords on multiple sites.
  • Limit your online shopping to merchants you know and trust. If you have questions about a merchant, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission. Confirm the online seller’s physical address, if possible, and phone number in case you have questions or problems. Do not create an online account with a merchant you don’t trust. Similarly, holidays bring out the giving spirit in all. Don’t let your heartfelt donation end up in the wrong place and jeopardize your personal information. Charity scams prey on emotions. Check the legitimacy of the charity to which you’re donating by looking up the number and calling it.
  • Don’t rush! Be on the lookout for urgent online communications that might urge you to act quickly and click through links and open attachments or provide personal information. Be wary of emails about problems with your credit card or an account or the status of an online order. Exercise caution when seeing an ad or offer for which the discount is way below normal.
  • Personal information is like money – value it and protect it. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember that you only need to fill out required fields at checkout. When purchasing online, you may be given the option to save your personal information online for future use. The convenience of not having to reenter the information is insignificant compared to the significant amount of time you’ll spend trying to repair the loss of your stolen personal information.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi. If you are out and about, limit the type of business you conduct over open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging in to key accounts such as email and banking.
  • Lock your device with strong passwords or touch ID features. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
  • Secure your computer and mobile devices by keeping your operating system, software, and/or apps updated/patched on all of your computers and mobile devices.
  • Browse safely by looking for the “https” in the Internet address (URL) when making an online purchase. When a window pops up promising you cash or gift cards for answering a question or taking a survey, close it. These could be social engineering attempts designed to convince you to open malware or click on a malicious link.
  • Pay with a credit card rather than debit card. Debit cards do not have the same consumer protections as credit cards. Always check your statements regularly and carefully.

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.

Lincoln Financial visiting campus Dec. 12 to answer your retirement investment questions

Are you on track to a comfortable retirement? Retirement is a goal for many people. But to achieve that goal, you’ll need a solid plan for your future financial security.

Now is the perfect time to make a promise to yourself to start saving for retirement! As an LCC employee, you can contribute to a 403(b) TDA or 457 retirement plan through payroll deduction, which gives you the opportunity to save more for retirement and pay less in current taxes. Plus, your contributions accumulate on a tax-deferred basis, with taxes due upon distribution.

Kirsten Burchill, the Lincoln Financial Advisors Retirement Consultant for the LCC 403(b) TDA plan and the 457 retirement plan, will be on campus 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Administration Building 102.

If you would like to set up an appointment during the daytime or evening that is more convenient for you, please call Kirsten toll free at 888-824-1330.