Monthly Archives: February 2018

File your taxes for free through MyFreeTaxes, courtesy of the United Way

Through the college’s partnership with the United Way, LCC employees have access to MyFreeTaxes, which offers free federal and state tax filing. If you made $66,000 or less in 2017, you qualify. Don’t leave your money on the table.

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. tax filers qualify to use MyFreeTaxes. Available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, MyFreeTaxes is easy, safe and free. Here’s how to file for free:

1. Online at MyFreeTaxes.com, powered by H&R Block®, if your household income was $66,000 or less in 2017.
2. In-person with an IRS-certified volunteer income tax preparer if your household income was $54,000 or less in 2017.

Questions? Call the free helpline at 1-855-My-Tx-Help (1-855-698-9435). Visit MyFreeTaxes.com and file your taxes for free today!

What you need:

  • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member and working adult.
  • W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other forms.
  • 1095-A if you received a tax credit from the healthcare.gov marketplace.
  • Childcare provider name, address and tax ID, if applicable.
  • Bank routing and account numbers for checking or savings account (if you qualify for refund via secure direct deposit).
  • Last year’s tax return, if you have it.
  • A valid email address.

You earned your money. Keep more of it. File your taxes for FREE.

Upcoming business seminars

Writing a Business Plan: Your Roadmap to Success
Tuesday, Feb. 20
6-8 p.m., Delta Township District Library

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.

This week in the CTE

Using LCC’s Scorecard to Improve Your Online Courses
Monday, Feb. 19
Noon-1 p.m., TLC 321

The Pitfalls and Promises of Team Teaching – Round 2
Tuesday, Feb. 20
10:30a.m.-noon, TLC 326

Make Your Course Material Accessible!
Wednesday, Feb. 21
3-5 p.m., West Campus U227

OER Workflows for Open Textbooks
Thursday, Feb. 22
10-11:30 a.m., TLC 321

Pop the Bubble and Reclaim Your News (and Sanity) from the Web
Friday, Feb. 23
2:30-3:30 p.m., TLC 321

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 hot beverage.

Performing Arts bringing vampire story to Dart Auditorium

Oskar is a lonely, bullied teenage boy living with his mother on the edge of town. Eli is a girl who has just moved in next door. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two quickly become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know, however, is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time.

Andy Callis will direct “Let the Right One In,” written by John Ajdvide Lindqvist and adapted by John Throne. The show will be held in Dart Auditorium at:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25

Admission is $5 for students, $10 for seniors and LCC employees and alumni, and $15 general seating. Contact the Production Office at x1122 for more information.

Join Student Engagement team for recruitment and outreach training

Mark your calendar for our collegewide recruitment and outreach training. The training will be facilitated by the LCC Student Engagement team and will provide tools, tips, practical knowledge and resources to assist you in representing the college and promoting your programs.

Two sessions are available, but you only need to attend one:

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Gannon Building 2214
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Gannon Building 2214

Lunch and giveaways will be provided.

Training topics will include:

  • LCC 101 – Everything you should know and be able to discuss about the college.
  • Working with Student Engagement – Overall processes, on-campus events, using SharePoint, and recording and tracking inquiries.
  • Senior Timeline – An in-depth overview of the senior timeline as well as types of visits throughout the senior’s final year.
  • Building Your Inventory – The essential items for your inventory, how to get them and how much they cost. We will also show you a sample event table and travel bag.
  • Expectations – Checklist for events, do’s and don’ts of college fairs, mileage reimbursement, and attire.
  • Mock Event – Get in on the action. This is your chance to answer questions and host a table at our mock event.
  • Panel – Ask us anything!

Please register in advance so we can order enough lunch for everyone. Questions? Contact lcc-engagement@lcc.edu.

Another round of Open Educational Resources Award Program opens

LCC is pleased to announce the third round of the OER Award Program to support teaching faculty in adopting, adapting and creating OER in their courses.

The cost of textbooks has become a significant barrier to student success and learning. The primary goal of the OER award program is to reduce educational costs for students by providing free or low-cost materials available from day one of their class. Another goal is to encourage faculty exploration and innovation in finding new, better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to students.

The OER Award Committee has approved funding support to 68 faculty teaching in 27 courses since the OER Award Program launched in fall 2017 semester. With a total award amount of $104,500, savings to students for these OER courses is $1,135,622.50.

Now on its third round, faculty applicants are invited to submit proposals in any of these categories:

  • Category 1: Adoption of existing OER material
  • Category 2: Revision or remix of existing OER material and/or creating new supplement material
  • Category 3: Creation and development of new OER materials

Faculty will be paid between $200 for adopting OER already being used in other LCC classes and $3,000 for creating new open textbooks and applicable accompanying materials. Teams can work together to create materials.

For more information, including the timelines, deadlines and application forms, visit the “OER Award Program” tab of the OER Research Guide at libguides.lcc.edu/oer/award.

For more information regarding application process including project consultation, please contact OER project manager Regina Gong at gongr1@lcc.edu or x1663.

Announcing the latest OER program award recipients

Congratulations to the following faculty who applied for the OER Award Program with implementation for spring 2019 semester. The OER Award Committee received 22 applications and, after a thorough review, approved 15 applications involving 40 faculty in 14 courses.

“I’m pleased with the increased number of faculty applying for the OER award,” OER project manager and chair of the OER Award Committee Regina Gong said. “The OER Award Committee carefully reviewed the projects submitted and rated each one based on a set of criteria that ensures viability and success of the project. It is also exciting to see faculty teaching high-enrollment courses receive an award so we can impact more students.”

The following faculty and courses received the OER Pilot Program Award for spring 2019 implementation:

Category 2: Revise/Remix Existing OER and/or Creation of Supplemental Materials – Level 1:

  • ENGL 121 (Composition I) – Christopher Manning, Sally Pierce, Melissa Lucken
  • ENGL 122 (Composition II) – Timothy Deines, Lance Norman, Barbara Clauer
  • FREN 201 (Intermediate French I) – Darcy Ebert, Marie-Lynda Okono
  • HIST 211 (United States History to 1877) – Kevin Brown, Anne Heutsche
  • HIST 212 (United States History 1877-present) – Jeff Janowick, Wade Merrill
  • PSYC 250 (Abnormal Psychology) – Delia Thrasher, Kandy McKeown
  • SOCL 120 (Introduction to Sociology) – Jean Ramirez, Pamela Smith, Aliza Robison, Rudy Hernandez, Willie Davis

Category 2: Revise/Remix/New Supplementary Materials – Level 2:

  • ENG 098/099 (Integrated Reading and Writing I/ Integrated Reading and Writing II) – Patricia Purol
  • HIST 211 (United States History to 1877) – Jeff Janowick, Dale Moler, Bryan Machin, David Siwik, Orestes Mavromatis, Christine Sobczak, Wade Merrill, Edward Reichbach, David Guard
  • HIST 212 (United States History 1877-present) – Dale Moler, David Guard, David Siwik, Matthew Thick, Orestes Mavromatis, Christine Sobczak, Bryan Machin

Category 3: Creation/Development of New OER – Level 1:

  • COMM 130 (Fundamentals of Public Speaking) – William McCully
  • ENGL 121/122 (Composition I/II) – Leslie Johnson, Timothy Kelly, Judy Allen
  • GRMN 202 (Intermediate German II) – Kari Richards
  • RELG 150 (Introduction to Religions) – Brad Hicks, Sharon Huff, David Seal
  • SPAN 201/202 (Intermediate Spanish I/II) – Amy Landaw-Ortiz, Kelly Shipman

Category 3: Creation/Development of New OER – Level 2:

  • GRMN 202 (Intermediate German II) – Amy Firtl
  • SPAN 201/202 (Intermediate Spanish I/II) – Charles Moulding

The faculty awardees will attend a kickoff training and implementation meeting 10-11:30 a.m. March 2 and March 12 in TLC 321. Gong will facilitate this training.

Longtime ITS employee Glenn Deckinga passes away

With sadness, we learned our colleague Glenn Deckinga passed away Friday, Feb. 9. Glenn was a full-time employee in the Information Technology Services Division, where he worked as a systems analyst. Glenn originally began working at LCC in 1979 and was a highly valued member of our technology team. He lived in the Grand Rapids area and leaves his wife, Rebecca, and three children. The complete obituary for Glenn is available online.

To support employees who may need assistance with this loss or with any other loss, we have made arrangements with our Employee Assistance Plan to have a grief counselor on campus 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The counselor will be available in TLC 330G conference room for any employee who may wish to speak or seek resources to assist with loss.  Additional resources are available at any time through our Employee Assistance Plan by using our username, LCC, to access online, telephone, or in-person assistance at www.feieap.com.

Encourage your students to compete in this year’s Star Tank

The LCC American Marketing Association is hosting a Star Tank competition next month. Students will have the opportunity to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges, and the winning team will earn $1,000.

The competition will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the West Campus Auditorium. To register, students should email motzw@lcc.edu or call 517-483-1540 by Monday, March 19.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: CASE Credit Union, LEAP and the LCC Foundation.

Student Organization fundraising fair to be held tomorrow

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gannon Highway

Come to the Gannon Highway on the second floor to meet LCC student organizations. The sale of items for fundraising as well as recruitment of new members will take place at this annual spring semester event.

Get involved by joining or supporting a student organization. Any currently enrolled LCC student can be a member.

Please join us!