Monthly Archives: September 2018

Banner to be unavailable Nov. 2-4

IT will be completing the semi-annual Banner upgrade the weekend of Nov. 2-4. 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 contact Kateri Lehr, Director of IT Project Management, at or x170

A round of Applause! for Matthew Wilcox

This week, we’re applauding Matthew Wilcox of AV Services.

“Matt exemplifies a customer-first ideal.” said Anthony Greenburg, Page Smith, Matthew Boeve and David McCreight.  “For a recent event hosted by The Early College, Matt provided true 5-star service. He was only made aware of the event during the final hour, and he was able to set it up for us despite being given little warning. But Matt’s help does not stop there. Matt went above and beyond. Once he became aware that we were in need of additional attention and service, he rushed to our aid. He met all of our technical needs, ensured that everything was running smoothly, and did this all with a smile. And this all while our guests were enjoying their meals in the same room! No one noticed the sweat on our brows or the nervous looks on our faces. But there were no nerves for Matt. And once we realized that Mr. Wilcox had everything under control, from Display Port adaptors to microphones to lighting, our nerves melted away, too. Did I mention that Matt was supposed to have left for the day? Matt Wilcox epitomizes what we all need to be for our students, for our community, for each other: friendly customer servants. Thank you, Matt Wilcox, for your service, and for your generous kindness.”

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.

“Dead Ringer” opens Friday at the Black Box Theater

Performing Arts kicks of the fall season with Dead Ringer, 8 p.m., Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6 at the Black Box Theater.

Tyrus Cole, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary. Because he can’t watch her during the day, Tyrus has Mary confined to a root cellar. When Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his horse, he and Mary fall in love and begin plotting the demise of Tyrus and their eventual escape. Their plan escalates and in the end, the three find themselves trapped in a complex web of greed and secrets.

The play was a BBC International Playwriting Contest winner and is directed by Mary Matzke.  Learn more at

Next week in the CTE

Make Your Course Material Accessible!
Monday, Sept. 24
4-6 p.m., TLC 321

Making the LCC Library Work for You:
Resources for Faculty and Students
Tuesday, Sept. 25
1-2:30 p.m., TLC 321

Accessibility Tools in D2L
Tuesday, Sept. 25
11 a.m.-noon, TLC 321

Safe Zone Training
Thursday, Sept. 27
1-4 p.m., TLC 326

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, the Center for Teaching Excellence invites LCC Faculty and Staff to attend a workshop series on Friday, Sept. 28 related to Deaf culture and accessibility.  Click on the class to register.

Survival Signs
Facilitated by Michelle LaCrosse
9-10:30 a.m., TLC 326

Survival Signs II
Facilitated by Michelle LaCrosse
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., TLC 326

Best Practices for Working with an
American Sign Language Interpreter

Facilitated by Michelle LaCrosse
1-2:30 p.m., TLC 326

Emergency Response Education: Training First
Responders and the Deaf Community

Facilitated by Dr. Charlyss Ray
3:00PM – 4:00PM TLC 326

Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. for those who attend at least two of the four sessions on Friday.

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.

Upcoming business seminars

Branding Toolkit for the Small Business Owner 
Tuesday, Sept. 25
9:30 a.m. – noon, WCP 101

Google Drive – Working in the Cloud 
Wednesday, Sept. 26
1-2:30 p.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.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated with several events

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, numerous events on campus are planned.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
“Rigoberta Menchu, Latinas Leading in Resistance”
Presenter: Ana Woehr (Women’s Historical Collective)
Noon – 1 p.m., Centre for Engaged Inclusion, GB 2204

Wednesday, Oct. 3
Mexican Loteria Activity & win Prizes!
Noon – 2 p.m., Cesar Chavez Learning Center, GB 3217
Hosted by: Lucha Latina Student Organization

Thursday, Oct. 4
“Socioeconomic and Political Crisis in Venezuela”
Presenter: Jonathan Diaz (LCC Student)
Noon – 1 p.m., Centre for Engaged Inclusion, GB 2204

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Film & Discussion: “Under the Same Moon”
Noon – 2 p.m., Cesar Chavez Learning Center, GB 3217

Monday, Oct. 15
Student Discussion Panel: “What it means to be Latino”
Noon – 1 p.m., Centre for Engaged Inclusion, GB 2204

Granger Clock tower dedicated Wednesday

The LCC community gathered Wednesday, Sept. 19 to celebrate the completion of the Granger Clock Tower. A generous donation by Glenn and Trish Granger in honor of parents Alton and Janice Granger has made Lansing’s newest landmark possible.

“The Granger Clock Tower stands as more than a monument,” said LCC President Brent Knight. “It is a trusty landmark, a familiar friend, a music box of sorts, a lighted guardian, a place of peace and solace. We are grateful to the Granger family for their generous contribution to LCC and the Lansing community.”

The Granger family founded Granger Construction in 1959, and parents Alton and Janice, along with Alton’s brothers and their wives, started the Granger Foundation to enhance the quality of life within the greater Lansing area. The clock tower stands as a monument to Alton and Janice Granger’s support of educational opportunities in Lansing.

“The Lansing Community College family and the residents of the City of Lansing are very thankful for the generosity of Glenn and Trish Granger in creating the Granger Clock Tower,” said LCC Trustees Robert Proctor, . “The clock tower will serve as a magnificent landmark on the campus of Lansing Community College in the heart of downtown Lansing for generations to come.”

The Granger Clock Tower stands six stories tall and the top portion of the tower weighs nearly 3,300 pounds. Among its functions will be one bell sound each hour and six bell sounds at 6 p.m. each day. When the clock is lit, its hue will be visible from several blocks away, forever cementing it as a place of community pride, and a destination for LCC students and employees.

Five tips for writing accessible emails

1. Use descriptive subject lines. As with most tasks, reading email takes longer for those using a screen reader or other assistive technology. Writing brief, descriptive subject lines helps the reader scan their email to get the main ideas and decide what to open first.

2. Don’t use color to convey information. Color blindness and other visual impairments can cause people to interpret color and contrast differently. In addition, many screen readers are programmed to interpret bold or italicized text as emphasized. Using color for emphasis will not be conveyed in the same way.

3. Choose an easy-to-read typeface. Common sans serif fonts like Arial, Calibri and Helvetica are easiest to read on a screen.

4. Apply your hyperlinks to descriptive text rather than pasting in a URL or using vague text like “click here” or “this link.” Using in-text links makes it much clearer where a link will take the user.

5. Even when emailing internally, do not assume that since you know your recipient you know whether or not they “need” an accessible email. No one is obligated to disclose their medical needs or personal preferences. In addition, basic accessibility best practices make emails easier for everyone to read.

Flu shot clinic to be held Oct. 8

Employee Development Fund and Choosing Health! will offer flu shots provided by Walmart Pharmacy 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 in HHS Room 201.
Bring your insurance card as most insurances (including WMHIP) cover 100% of the preventive flu shot. Otherwise, shots are $5 for EDF members and $20 for non-EDF members. EDF members and family, LCC employees and students are all welcome!