Monthly Archives: June 2018

Register now for Foundation’s annual golf outing

The LCC Foundation is hosting the 29th annual golf outing Thursday, July 12, at Wheatfield Valley Golf Couse in Williamston.

Registration is open to all employees through June 28 and costs $80 per player. Proceeds from the outing will go to scholarships and support for programs like the American Marketing Association, athletics and more.

More information and the registration form are available in the outing booklet.

What is vishing?

Have you ever received a call from a fake “Microsoft” letting you know that your computer is infected with malware and for $39.95 they can login to your computer and clean it on the spot? It’s a scam, called vishing, and we’ve had LCC employees fall for it.

(If your LCC computer ever gets infected, our internal LCC ITS employees handle the malware. Microsoft does not have a support center that will clean your computer, so don’t pay “Microsoft.”)

Vishing – or voice phishing – is the use of fraudulent phone calls to trick people into giving money or revealing personal information. It’s a new name for an old problem – telephone scams.

Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly – calling you by your first name, making small talk and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them. Scammers use exaggerated – or even fake – prizes, products or services as bait. They don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch, they just want you to say “yes.” Some are so cunning that, if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may even provide fake testimonials from fictional “satisfied customers.”

Some common scam offers include credit and loans, exaggerated business and investment opportunities (promises of unrealistic returns for your money), charitable causes, high-stakes foreign lotteries, extended car warranties, tech support, “free” trial offers, and prize vacations.

Here is some guidance to help you spot telemarketing scams:

  • Beware of robocalls informing you of unpaid taxes or fines or making other threats.
  • Resist pressure to make an immediate decision.
  • Keep your credit card, checking account and Social Security number to yourself. Don’t share them with callers you don’t know – even if they ask you to “confirm” this information. That’s a trick.
  • Don’t pay for something just because you’ll get a “free gift.”
  • Get all information in writing before you agree to buy.
  • Check out a charity before you give. Ask how much of your donation actually goes to the charity. Ask the caller to send you written information so you can make an informed decision without being pressured, rushed or guilted into acting.
  • If the offer is an investment, check with your state securities regulator to see if the offer — and the offeror — are properly registered.
  • Don’t send cash by messenger, overnight mail or money transfer. If you use cash or a money transfer – rather than a credit card – you might lose your right to dispute fraudulent charges.
  • Don’t agree to any offer for which you have to pay a “registration” or “shipping” fee to get a prize or a gift.
  • Research offers with your consumer protection agency or state Attorney General’s office before you agree to send money.
  • Beware of offers to “help” you recover money you have already lost. Callers that say they are law enforcement officers who will help you get your money back “for a fee” are scammers.
  • The IRS will never ask you for debit or credit card numbers by phone, and will never demand immediate payments using specific methods like prepaid gift cards, debit cards or wire transfers. The IRS will contact you first via U.S. mail.
  • Don’t trust caller ID. Phone numbers and caller identities can be faked.

If you receive a telemarketer scam at work, say “no, thank you,” hang up, and report it to the Help Desk at lcc1@lcc.edu or x5221. If you have questions, please contact Paul Schwartz at schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Rafeeq McGiveron starts new role as Academic Affairs project manager

We are pleased to announce Rafeeq McGiveron has accepted the position as Academic Affairs project manager.

Rafeeq has been working as Provost’s Office project coordinator for the past two years. Prior to that, he served as an academic advisor at LCC, beginning in 1994.

Rafeeq began his new duties Monday, June 18. His office is located in the Academic Affairs office, on the second floor of the Administration Building. Please welcome Rafeeq to his new position!

In the news

Press clips from the week include:

This week in the CTE

Accessibility Tools in D2L
Tuesday, June 26
10-11:30 a.m., TLC 321

Safe Zone Training Part One
Tuesday, June 26
4-6 p.m., TLC 326

Safe Zone Training Part Two
Thursday, June 28
4-6 p.m., TLC 326

Make Your Course Material Accessible!
Friday, June 29
11 a.m.-1 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.

Early timesheet alert – Independence Day 2018

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the July 6 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.

For hours submitted for the June 17-30 pay period for the July 6 pay date (BW14):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, with PROJECTED HOURS for June 29 and June 30.
  • 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 9 a.m. Friday, June 29.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 10 a.m. Monday, July 2.

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

New external website to launch July 5

The new external LCC website will launch Thursday, July 5.

The current website content is frozen, but updates will again be possible after the July 5 launch.

As a reminder, upon launch of the web refresh, the existing website will remain as the internal site under the new URL structure of internal.lcc.edu. The external web refresh site – lcc.edu – is designed to serve prospective students, employees and business partners as well as the community. It outlines basic information about our programs and offerings and highlights our resources. It is designed as a marketing tool to bring people into the college community. Therefore, you will see less detailed information on the new external site than you are used to seeing at lcc.edu.

Faculty, staff and students should treat the internal site as their primary online resource following the external web refresh launch, and will be able to access their respective homepages through lcc.edu/employee and lcc.edu/student.