Monthly Archives: March 2018

Banner to be unavailable April 27-29

IT will be completing the semi-annual Banner upgrade the weekend of April 27-29. The Banner system will be unavailable during that time.

Specific timing for each day, as well as a list of additionally affected systems, is being determined and will be sent out as an update during the week leading up to the upgrade.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kateri Lehr, Director of IT Project Management, at or x1703.

A round of Applause! for associate dean Sue Muma

This week, we’re applauding the Center for Student Support associate dean, Sue Muma.

“Sue Muma continues to go above and beyond to assist students in removing barriers that could impact their education,” Student Affairs Dean Chris Lewis wrote in the award. “Over the last few months, Sue took over the CCAMPIS grant and was able to completely overhaul this process. On top of this, Sue has also taken over the administration of the food pantry and worked to better organize some of the processes within the division to provide food for needy students. Sue does an amazing job at decreasing barriers for students and keeps the students at the forefront of all of her work to aid in their ultimate 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 Healthy Stars for seminar on personal financial planning

Right now is the perfect time to set yourself up for financial success! This Healthy Stars event is open to all employees and students.

Join Kirsten Burchill from Lincoln Financial Group for “Envision Your Financial Future – You Can Turn A Blank Page Into A Masterpiece!” The event will be held noon-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday, March 26, in HHS 007.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Stoakes at or x1424.

Training opportunity: Veterans on Campus Challenge Grant

All employees have the opportunity to engage in a training focused on supporting our student veterans.

The Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS) facilitated a three-year grant from The Kresge Foundation to support the activities of the Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators (CMVE) in maximizing success for military-connected students. The grant bolsters institutional capacity to serve student veterans around the state. These funds allowed CMVE to purchase an agreement giving access to short, interactive, online training modules geared toward raising military cultural competencies among Michigan educators.

In fall 2017, CMVE issued a “Kognito Challenge” giving each campus a specific module completion target based on their share of undergraduate student enrollment. Reaching the target allows the institution to spread training on military cultural competencies across campus and to receive a $500 pass-through grant in support of our military-connected student population.

LCC’s target is 171 employees trained, and we have until June 30 to complete the training module.

Accessing the training is simple, and it only takes about 20-30 minutes:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to create a new personalized account using the enrollment key michiganvets.
  3. Be sure to complete the module fully, receiving a completion certification at the end, to ensure your participation is logged toward the challenge grant initiative.

More information about CMVE’s Kognito account and a chart tracking institutional progress across the state is available at

‘La Batterie’ drum concert offered free Sunday

Col. Mike Daniels and The Bash Battalion’s annual drum extravaganza hits the stage in Dart Auditorium this weekend. “La Batterie” will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25.

The concert features many area musicians, including LCC music faculty Ed Fedewa and Jon Gewirtz. Musical numbers include several pieces arranged by Mike Daniels as well as other arrangements by Chick Corea and Autumn Tribe X.

The event is free.

For more information, visit or contact the Performing Arts Production Office at x1488.

Academic Senate moves attention to OER and accessibility projects

After several meetings dedicated to creating recommendations for redesigning developmental education at LCC, the Academic Senate turned its focus to two other ongoing college projects – open educational resources and accessibility.

Applications for the third round of the OER award are due tomorrow, March 23, and will consider projects for a spring 2019 implementation, OER project manager Regina Gong told the Senate. With more than 3,700 students enrolled in 26 courses using OER this semester, LCC currently ranks third statewide in student savings from using OER, behind Grand Rapids Community College and Washtenaw Community College. In fall 2018, because of our OER award program, LCC will rank first, Gong said. For a summary and detailed adoption figures, check out the latest Michigan community college OER usage report for spring 2018 semester.

To support the OER initiative, LCC is now the first community college with its own ebook publishing capability, economics professor Jim Luke told the Senate. StarPress, as he’s named it, provides OER in myriad digital formats and can generate printed books to help students conveniently view their learning materials. The publishing platform is still very early in development, with many more services and capabilities to come. Check it out at

Center for Teaching Excellence director Leslie Johnson also reminded senators of the college’s ongoing work to make all our learning materials, forms and public-facing materials accessible to all. Ensuring everyone has access to needed materials is not only the right thing to do, but is legally required under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As Johnson pointed out during the Senate meeting, students without disabilities also learn better when materials are available in a multitude of mediums. The college has set a summer 2019 deadline for this project. For more information about trainings and how-tos, please visit websites developed by eLearning and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 30, in the Administration Building Boardroom.

Provost hosting numerous open forums to discuss embedded academic support

Provost Elaine Pogoncheff is hosting several open forums to discuss embedded academic support across the campus. Forums will be held on the following dates and times:

  • 5-6 p.m. Monday, March 26, in Gannon Building 2214
  • Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Administration Building Boardroom
  • 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 30, in A&S Building 224
  • 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Gannon Building 2214
  • 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Grand River Room of the new Gannon Conference Center, located near the Commons
  • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in TLC 127
  • 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in West Campus W157
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in West Campus W157

Discussion topics can include:

  • Rethinking tutoring
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Team teaching
  • Developmental education redesign
  • Boot camps and start-up workshops
  • National best practices in specific disciplines
  • Anything that might help a student succeed in a college-level course

Come share your thoughts and ideas, learn about the Embedded Academic Support Team’s charge and progress, and brainstorm about non-traditional academic support.

We encourage you to think “outside the box” and take part in designing a new model that empowers students to succeed in their college goals.

Board of Trustees adopts 2018-19 tuition rate

The Board of Trustees approved a 1.9 percent increase in tuition for the 2018-19 academic year. The increase equates to $2 for in-district students, $4 for in-state students, $6 for out-of-state students and $7 for international students.

In previous years, the Board has adopted the tuition rates with the full budget in June. Adopting tuition rates early allows for better financial planning for the college and students.

The Board also approved:

  • A $195,000 increase in the purchase order for Moore Trosper Construction Company to repair and replace concrete at the Downtown and West campuses from April 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.
  • A revised Michigan New Jobs Training Agreement between LCC and Trilogy Health Services to increase the length of agreement to June 1, 2020. The addendum also changes the primary contact for Trilogy Health Services and adds a non-discrimination clause. The New Jobs Training Program is a state program that assists companies in expanding their workforce by offsetting training costs through state withholding diversions. It generates revenue for the college by diverting state withholding taxes to pay for training delivered to corporate clients. These withholding taxes are generated from wages earned through new jobs supported by the training.
  • A $180,000 requested contract with Rehmann Robson, LLC, to perform audits of the college’s financial statements. The contract period will be July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021, with three one-year options to extend.

In addition, Trustee Robert Proctor provided the Board with an update on the ongoing policy review process. In partnership with the college, Trustee Proctor is spearheading the College Policy Review Committee to review all existing Board policies to decide which should be kept, which should be amended and which should be turned into college-level procedures. At this point, the committee has completed its review of three policies: “Drug-Free Workplace,” “Employment of Relatives – Nepotism,” and “Prohibited Sex- or Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.” The committee recommends the Board keep these without change.

The Board next meets at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.