LCC will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, because of
dangerously cold temperatures. The college will remain open through today, Jan.
29. Students coming for evening classes should consider parking in the Gannon
Ramp to minimize exposure to the cold.
The college will continue to monitor weather conditions
through the remainder of the week. Please visit the LCC website, Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, or local radio or television statements for updates.
Nominations are open for the 2018-19
Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase. These awards are designed to honor the
hard work, innovation and dedication of you and your peers.
One person will be honored in each of these categories:
- President’s Award (Outstanding Achievement Award)
- Provost’s Award (Teaching Faculty of the Year)
- Provost’s Award (Academic Professional of the Year) *NEW*
- Galaxy Award (Administrator of the Year)
- Aurora Award (Diversity Excellence Award)
- Superstar Award (Public Safety or Facilities Employee of the Year)
- Eclipse Award (Safety Award)
- Shining Star Award (Support Person of the Year)
- Rock Star Award (Student Employee of the Year)
- Rising Star Award (New Employee of the Year)
- Giving Star Award (Philanthropic Award)
If you know someone who should be nominated, you
can submit your thoughtful nominations on the Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase webpage.
Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 15.
The awards are organized by the Experience #Starpower team, dedicated to
creating an enjoyable and rewarding work atmosphere for all LCC employees.
Don’t forget, you can recognize the smaller successes of your coworkers every
day with Applause! Awards. Applause! Awards are featured in The Star and shared
with the person you are recognizing.
The Library has consolidated many of its
entertainment-related functions and equipment on the third floor, creating
a dedicated entertainment wing.
A collaboration with
the Music Department has created Room 304, a space for students to experiment
and create music with friends. The room has a Mac loaded with software for
music, a Roland keyboard and an electronic drum kit. Inputs for two other
instruments and a mixer with headphones has created a space for making music
without making too much noise.
The Gaming Room will now be in Room 306, and the Oculus Room, with new Touch
controllers and games, in Room 303.
These rooms provide a great place to relax and unwind. Check in at the third
floor desk to gain access.
This week, we’re applauding Megan Carter of
Social Sciences and Humanities.
“Megan Carter is a student staffer. Though she just started at the
beginning of fall semester, she has become an absolute asset to the team,”
Alyssa Hartley wrote in the award. “She always comes in with a smile on
her face and a great attitude. She is willing and able to jump into new
projects, learn quickly and complete them. She follows directions and goes
above and beyond with her efforts in everything she is asked to do.”
Applause also goes to Chris Richards of eLearning.
“Chris Richards has been an invaluable resource to the Aviation Technology
program’s instructors as they work on course accessibility,” Mark Bathurst
wrote in the award. “Chris volunteered to come to Mason at least
twice a month for the entire semester, and has consistently answered all
questions in a timely and easy-to-understand manner. He has contributed
immeasurably to the progress made to date, and his efforts are greatly
appreciated by all program instructors. Chris definitely deserves a Round of
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.
Do you know someone
who deserves a reminder of how important they are? Have a work bestie who
always brightens your day? Take a moment to let them know they do not go
Fill out this short form and
the #Experience Starpower committee will provide them a special treat during
the week of Feb. 11! Limit 5 submissions per person.
Press clips from the week include:
LCC will celebrate Black History Month 2019
with more than a dozen events throughout the spring semester.
This year’s theme, “Black Migrations,” emphasizes the movement of people of
African descent to new destinations and subsequently new social realities.
While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the 20th
century through today.
African-Americans’ migrations during the early 20th century resulted
in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban
Exploration of the century’s later decades brings attention to topics like the
burgeoning African and Caribbean populations in the U.S., northern
African-Americans’ return to the South, racial suburbanization, inner-city
hyperghettoization, health and environment, civil rights and protest activism,
electoral politics, mass incarceration, and dynamic cultural production.
LCC’s calendar of events kicks off with the annual Black History Month jazz
concert and continues through April. Events include:
- Jazz concert celebrating John Coltrane: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Dart Auditorium
- Annual Community Health Fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Gannon Highway
- Black Business Expo: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Gannon Highway
- Cornel West Presentation: 10:10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 14, on the third floor of the Library
- Kisma Jordan recital: Noon Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Dart Auditorium
- Malcolm X Symposium: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Michigan Room
- Learning Circle Film Series Discussion of the movie “The Kalief Browder Story”: 12:10-2 p.m. Feb. 4 and 25, March 6 and 18, and April 3 and 17, in Gannon Building, Room 2214
- Creating Poetry Creative Resistance: 2:10-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, and 10:10 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 21, in Gannon Building, Room 2214
All events are free. Visit internal.lcc.edu/bhm
for more information on any of the events.
The Provost’s Office continued drawings this
week to give out prizes to faculty who have made a full course accessible. The
prizes provide a small token of appreciation for the hard work of making
materials accessible for all students.
This week’s winners include:
- Lizy Ferguson of Community Education and Workforce Development
- Marita De Leon for PSYC 175
- Wyl McCully for COMM 140
- Jeff Janowick for HIST 212
- James MacKay for AVPP 241
Faculty can be entered into the drawing one
time for each course they complete. Submit your name to your program when you
complete work for inclusion in the drawing.
Thank you for your important work for our students!
StarTalks is seeking
nominations for this year’s event!
The talks, modeled on the popular TED Talks, are held in May
during Professional Activity Days. Each year, three individuals from the
college community are chosen to give a 15-minute StarTalk on a topic
of interest. Get inspired by watching previous StarTalks, including
Jon Tenbrink’s “The Transformative Power of Music,” Elizabeth
Clifford’s “Challenges into Blessings,” J Munley’s “Trauma: Two Paths to
Healing” and more.
This year’s StarTalks will be held May 10 in Dart
Auditorium. Each talk will be recorded and shared with the campus
Nominate a candidate or yourself by March 15 and find more
information at internal.lcc.edu/startalks.
If you have questions, contact Suzanne Bernsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All employees are invited to two collegewide
update meetings on the progress made on our
2017-2020 strategic plan projects.
LCC’s strategic plan
includes five focus areas, and each focus area has designated projects designed
to move us toward our stated goals and outcomes. In order to allow sufficient
time to present and discuss all the projects, the college will host two
strategic plan updates in February, each dedicated to a few focus areas.
The sessions are a continuation of our annual “February Fridays.” Every
February, the college community gathers to engage in some phase of the
strategic planning process.
This year’s updates will be held:
- Engaged Learning and Student Success; and Competitiveness and Innovation: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, on the garden level of HHS
- Community Engagement; Leadership, Culture and Communication; and Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, on the garden level of HHS
As the two updates will not cover the same
content, employees are invited and encouraged to attend both sessions. Please
note, we are not brainstorming new projects at this point in the strategic
planning cycle. Rather, strategic plan team leaders will provide updates,
answer questions and listen to feedback.
Lunch will be provided each day, and the first half hour will be dedicated to
enjoying the meal and conversing with colleagues. The food often goes quickly,
so please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, Feb. 1, so we
can get an accurate count.