Monthly Archives: January 2019

LCC will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30

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.

Nominate your colleagues for the 2018-19 Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase

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.

Library introduces new entertainment wing on the third floor

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.  

A round of Applause! for Megan Carter and Chris Richards

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 Applause.”

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.

In the news

Press clips from the week include:

Black History Month kicks off this weekend with jazz concert

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 population 

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 for more information on any of the events.

Accessibility prize drawing winners announced

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 nominations open

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 community. 

Nominate a candidate or yourself by March 15 and find more information at If you have questions, contact Suzanne Bernsten at

Collegewide updates on strategic plan progress to be held in February

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 by Friday, Feb. 1, so we can get an accurate count.