Monthly Archives: December 2018

Academic Affairs announces new director of academic quality

Dr. Cheryl Garayta has been appointed director of Academic Quality beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2. Dr. Garayta brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 25 years of higher education experience to this role. Her outstanding attention to detail and organizational and project management skills will be an asset to the Office of Academic Affairs, particularly in the focus area of academic quality. We are also excited to welcome Dr. Garayta as we prepare for our June 2019 Higher Learning Commission report submission.

A huge thank you to Dr. Garayta for her work and leadership as director of the Center for Transitional learning and the newly designed Integrated English department.

Board of Trustees approve tax sharing agreement, lease agreement and college policy

During its Dec. 17 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved:

  • A Tax Sharing Agreement between LCC, Charter Township of Meridian, and the Meridian Township Downtown Development Authority to allow restoration of the historic Village of Okemos.
  • A lease agreement for hangar storage at Mason Jewett Airport.

The Board also approved several policy changes. The Board’s Policy Review Committee has completed their examination of the board’s college policies and have revised, eliminated or established new polices as needed. Approved changes include:

  • Revisions to the “Acceptable Use” policy, and with it, elimination of the “Mobile Computing Device” policies.
  • Revisions to the “Advertising/Underwriting” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Capital Project Budgeting” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Carrying Concealed Weapon” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Cash Contribution to Others” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Emergency Management” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Evaluation” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Executive Summary” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Facilities Use” policy.
  • Revisions of the “Financial Oversight & Monitoring” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Health, Safety and Safe Work Environment” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Identity Theft Protection” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Information Security” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Just Cause” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Lobbying” policy.
  • Elimination of the “Personnel and Compensation” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Severance” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Smoking” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Sustainability” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Travel and Business Related Expenses” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Utilization of LCC Resources Off Campus” policy.
  • Revisions to the “Workplace” policy.

Details on all policies are available in the Board meeting materials.

In addition, Trustee Proctor requested that the bylaws be suspended to approve revisions to the following policies listed on the agenda as a first read:

  • Ethics and Conduct
  • Facilities Master Plan
  • Hiring and Contract Approval
  • Naming Facilities
  • Partnerships

Board Members Report
Trustee Robin M. Smith, in her final meeting as a trustee, gave her Foundation report highlighting the success of the Foundation’s Holiday Open House 2.0 that was held in the Michigan Room Dec. 5.

The Board will next meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 (due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday) in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In the News

Press clips for the week include:

Professional Activity Days are Dec. 19-20

Professional Activity Days for faculty this year have been designed to focus specifically on Accessibility and will take place after class schedules and grades are completed, Dec. 19-20. Both days will begin at 8 a.m. in the Gannon Commons and follow with work sessions until 4 p.m. Session details include the following:

  • Bring your STAR card for check-in/out.
  • Adjunct faculty must be assigned by their managerial supervisor to work on a specific course in order to qualify for pay.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be served each day in the Gannon Commons.
  • Each program has been assigned to a private classroom in Gannon for use following introduction and briefing. These room assignments will be given at check-in.
  • Bring your laptops and headphones if working on audio. COWS are reserved for whose who need laptops.
  • Help will be available for Word, PDFs, PowerPoint, MathType, ChemType and charts.
  • Gannon 3rd floor lobby will serve as a break area.

Questions regarding Professional Activity Days should be directed to the CTE, x1680.

Early Timesheet Alert – Christmas/New Year Holidays 2018/2019

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Dec. 21 pay, payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.

  • Hours submitted for the pay period of Dec. 2–15, for the pay date of Dec. 21 (BW26):
    • Timesheets are due 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 with PROJECTED HOURS for Thursday, Dec. 13, Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15.
    • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 10 a.m. It is important that all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
    • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13.
    • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14.
  • Hours submitted for the pay period of Dec. 16–29, for the pay date of Jan. 4, 2019 (BW01):
    • Timesheets are due 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18 with PROJECTED HOURS for Dec. 18-29.
    • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 4 p.m.. It is important that all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
    • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19.
    • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20.

Go to for directions on how to enter the holiday & closed campus days on your timesheet.

Direct questions to the Payroll Department at or x1799

HR Organizational Development Department introduces Impressions

This new program will be available for administrative supervisors who have already been through Starboard and would like to continue that momentum.

The program requires a commitment to participate and includes the following:

  • Nine monthly meetings
  • A mentor who has achievements with areas you would like to strengthen
  • Tried and true materials from leading management/leadership authors
  • Guided discussion and guest speakers from across the college
  • And more*!

~ If you would like to be considered for participation, or if you supervise someone whom you think would benefit, submit an application. Prior to completing a sponsor application, speak with the prospective participant and ensure active participation is possible and desired.
~ Calling Deans, Directors, and VPs who would like to support the college’s mission and growth of skilled professionals here at the college, apply to be an Impressions mentor!

Applications must be received by Jan. 21, 2019. Sessions will take place the third Thursday of each month, beginning in March, 2019. Participants and mentors should review more information on the program to ensure they can participate actively over the following nine months.

LCC Performing Arts is closing out the year with several FREE shows

LCC Rock Band
Students perform classic rock standards by artists Wham, Elvis Presley, Joan Jett and Train, to name a few. Directed by Chris Rollins, the performance is at 7:30 p.m., Dec.14 in Dart Auditorium.

Looking at Christmas
The play, by Steven Banks and directed by Paige Tufford, is a smart, sweet, slightly twisted holiday romantic comedy. It’s Christmas Eve in New York City. An aspiring writer and a struggling actress meet while looking at the famous holiday windows, and the characters in the displays come to life and look back at them, including a lecherous elf with eyes for Mrs. Claus; Scrooge and Tiny Tim arguing about being portrayed as zombies; a street-wise Little Match Girl; Jim from “The Gift of the Magi” enjoying his wife’s new androgynous haircut; and a jealous Joseph The Carpenter. This performance is at the Black Box Theatre at 8 p.m., Dec. 14-15.

LCC Concert Choir
The Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Jonathan Ten Brink, will perform with the Okemos Community Church Chancel Choir at 7 p.m.,  Dec. 15. The combined choirs performance will be held at the Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI  48864.

Fall Dance Open House
This family friendly event is directed by Vickie Diebold and will feature students enrolled in LCC dance classes. Students perform in a variety of styles including tap, ballet and jazz. The open house is at 4 p.m., Dec. 16 at Dart Auditorium.
Learn more about these or other shows at or contact the LCC Performing Arts Production Office, x1122/1488. Follow the Performing Arts department on facebook for news and photos.