Monthly Archives: February 2018

Grant writing workshop beginning March 20

Interested in learning about grants? This spring, Educational Resource Development (ERD) and the LCC Foundation will once again offer a six-session grant writing workshop series for LCC employees. Workshops are geared to grant writing beginners, but are open to everyone.

Topics include researching funders, developing project ideas, preparing and submitting grants, LCC grant policies and procedures, grant follow-up, time to work on your project idea, and more. Workshops will begin Tuesday, March 20, and run from 10:30 a.m.-noon for six consecutive Tuesdays in Washington Court Place 133. Center for Teaching Excellence certificates are available upon completion.

For more information or to register, please contact Geneva Hawthorne at x1475 or hawthorg@star.lcc.edu. Registration is limited to 15, so register soon!

403(b) universal availability notification

As an employee of LCC, you are eligible to participate in the college-sponsored 403(b) retirement plan.

Who is eligible?
LCC’s 403(b) Plan allows for all full- and part-time (non-student) employees to participate in the plan. If you are currently not a contributing member and wish to become one, you must first open an account with one of the college’s approved Investment Service Providers. You may only select an Investment Service Provider that has been approved by LCC.

Who is an approved investment service provider?
Lincoln Financial, Waddell & Reed and TIAA-CREF are all approved providers. Information about each provider can be found at lcc.edu/hr/tsa/fund_sponsors.aspx.

How do I make my salary deferral elections?
After opening an account with one of the plan’s approved Investment Service Providers, you will need to complete a Salary Reduction Agreement. You can get this form on the HR Benefits website. By completing the salary reduction agreement, you are confirming that you have established the necessary accounts with your selected Investment Service Provider(s) to participate in the plan. Your salary reduction agreement also confirms the proper amount of deferral you intend to have withheld from each paycheck.

How much can I contribute?
You may contribute up to $18,500 to your 403(b) account in 2018 through salary deferrals. Additional amounts may be deferred based on your age, years of service or other factors.  Please consult with your selected Investment Service Provider for more information regarding contribution limits.

Questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at x1870.

A round of Applause! for Registrar Stephanie Perry

This week, we’re applauding Registrar Stephanie Perry.

“Stephanie went above and beyond to solve a student’s problem after hours,” Scott Skowronek wrote in the award. “She removed several roadblocks for a student at the same time and made sure the student was put into position for success.”

This regular “Applause!” 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.

Join LCC for 2018 Global Fest

Everyone is invited to present information about the diverse tapestry of LCC’s global community during March 21-22’s Global Fest. Participants have the option of creating a display table, presenting for a large group or participating in Global Café tables, a fundraising opportunity for student clubs and organizations whose theme is international cuisine.

This year’s Global Fest theme is “Becoming a Global Citizen.” The event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22, in the Gannon Highway.

Here are some options on how to participate:

  • Display tables: All are invited to reserve a display table to represent any topic related to this year’s Global Fest theme.
  • Global Café tables for international cuisine: Available to student clubs and organizations for fundraising through sales of approved food items.
  • Presentations: All are invited to present on any topic related to the theme of this year’s Global Fest.

Interested parties should email Global Learning Committee Chair Dr. Willie Davis (Babakubwa Kweku) at davisw2@star.lcc.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 28, with the following information:

  • name(s)
  • email(s)
  • request/description for table(s)
  • and/or presentation title(s) with preferred time(s)
  • and/or questions.

The Global Learning Committee is looking forward to Global Fest 2018. Please join us and be part of Global Fest 2018: Becoming a Global Citizen!

In the news

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Check out service learning opportunities for your students at Community Service Fair

LCC will host a Community Service Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Gannon Highway. Non-profit community agencies will be on-hand to share volunteer and service opportunities with students and employees.

This is a great opportunity to seek out local organizations that can provide your students with meaningful volunteer or service-learning opportunities. Attend yourself, and invite your students to do the same!

Upcoming business seminars

Starting a Business
Tuesday, Feb. 27
9-11 a.m., WCP 101

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.

Reminder: Submit your strategic planning input by Feb. 28

Everyone is invited to participate in the college’s strategic planning, even if you cannot attend the Friday lunch sessions.

The documents and videos from the sessions are available for your review on myLCC, under the Strategic Directions tab. To provide your input, fill out the forms labeled “Strategic Planning Feedback” under each focus area and email your responses to StrategicPlan@star.lcc.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The Executive Leadership Team will review all responses and prioritize projects based on employee feedback. The priority projects for each year of the strategic plan will be shared with campus later this spring.