Monthly Archives: January 2019

Senate works to define co-curricular and addresses Core

The Academic Senate worked in small groups during its Jan. 18 meeting to provide feedback on establishing a collegewide definition of co-curricular programs and to initiate a review of Core.

As part of our accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, LCC must ensure its “co-curricular programs are suited to the institution’s mission and contribute to the educational experience of its students” (HLC Criterion 3.E.1.). HLC allows individual institutions to determine which programs are co-curricular (as opposed to extra-curricular), but also expects that, in the spirit of continuous quality improvement, we design an assessment program to examine where our programs are succeeding and where they can be improved.

The working definition of co-curricular, as developed by the Academic Senate, is, “Co-curricular refers to activities and events that enhance and complement the educational experience at LCC, relate to the institutional student learning outcomes, and connect students to the college and community.” If you have input on this definition or which college programs should be defined under it, please contact either your senator or LCC’s director of assessment Karen Hicks at

During the meeting, the Senate also began a discussion of the Core curriculum. Core has not been re-examined in any substantive detail since it was established about 20 years ago. Following repeated discussions in the Curriculum Committee, Senate leadership decided to bring the issue to the full Senate. The Senate began reviewing Science Core, with an eye toward whether applied sciences and technologies, like many classes offered by the Computer Information Technologies Program, should be included in a revised Science and Technology Core.

The review of Core, and its relationship to the Michigan Transfer Agreement and HLC accreditation criteria, will be an ongoing task. Anyone with thoughts on these issues should contact their senator or Academic Senate president Mark Kelland at

Finally, the Senate approved for recommendation to the provost a new course, PFKN 201: Exercise Physiology Lab, as recommended by the Curriculum Committee. They also sent to the provost recommended revised course proposals for three child development classes. The changes align course learning outcomes with current industry standards. Revised proposals are for CHDV 100: Foundations of Early Childhood Ed, CHDV 215: Infant Toddler Program Dev, and CHDV 222: School-Age: Out-of-School Care.

The Senate will next meet Friday, Feb. 1, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees elects Hidalgo as chair, swears in new trustee

The Board of Trustees swore in newly elected trustee Samantha Wilbur and returning trustee Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., at its Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting. Ingham County Judge Joyce Draganchuk administered the oath of office for Trustee Wilbur, and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum administered the oath for Trustee Hidalgo.
The Board also unanimously approved the nomination of its officers for a two-year term. Trustee Hidalgo will serve as chair, Trustee Ryan Buck as vice chair, Trustee Angela Mathews as secretary and Trustee Larry Meyer as treasurer.
As the new chair, Trustee Hidalgo made his first committee assignment by appointing Trustees Meyer, Buck and Robert Proctor as members of the Audit Committee. Trustee Meyer was appointed to the role of committee chair.
In addition, the board approved:

  • A $151,600 purchase order with Violin Systems to procure equipment and maintenance for a storage solution platform for collegewide integration;
  • A five-year, $264,320 contract with Sun Valley Foods Company to purchase restroom paper products for campus facilities;
  • A three-year, $276,000 contract with WGI Michigan Inc., an architectural and engineering firm, to perform consulting services on the Gannon Parking Ramp;
  • A three-year, $276,000 contract with Rowe Professional Services Company, an architectural and engineering firm, to perform consulting services on surface lots at the Downtown and West campuses; and,
  • A contract renewal with Consumers Energy to provide instruction for the Consumers Energy Lineworker Training Program, held at West Campus. The contract with Consumers allows the college to offer a program that results in direct hire to Consumers for students who complete. The contract is for one year with two one-year options to extend. The three-year total amount of the contract will be between $179,931 and $190,887, depending on the number of students enrolled.

The board will next meet 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 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.

A round of Applause! for AV Services’ Gary Mejia and Pat Butcher

This week, we’re applauding Gary Mejia and Pat Butcher of AV Services.

“Gary and Pat exemplify what excellent service means at LCC,” Sue McEwan wrote in the award. “When called upon to help with an AV challenge recently for HHS, they went above and beyond to make it happen. LCC is fortunate to have their knowledge and expertise, combined with a great attitude and willingness to help. Thank you, Gary and Pat.”

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:

Upcoming business seminars

Build Your Own Business Website
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24
WCP 101

The Small Business Development Center at LCC is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and LCC. The SBDC provides seminars and confidential consulting for businesses at all stages. All employees are welcome. Please call x1921 with questions.

First accessibility prize drawing winners announced

The Provost’s Office began 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:

  • Wyl McCully, for COMM 120
  • Todd Cotter, for AVPP 251
  • Gretchen Arthur, for COMM 110
  • Jason Payne, for AVGM 114
  • Jason Payne, for AVAF 208

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!

Everyone welcome to campus update on TLC project

On behalf of the Academic Senate, Senate president Mark Kelland and executive director of Administrative Services Chris MacKersie are hosting a campus update and discussion about the TLC project.

The forum will be held Jan. 23 in the Gannon Conference Center Grand River Room. It will be offered at two times – 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. – to accommodate schedules.

A&S announces new associate dean for Science and Math and interim director for Integrated English

Dorothy Tappenden is serving as the new associate dean for Science and Math, and Tim Kelley is serving as interim director for Integrated English.
Dorothy has been working as interim associate dean since 2017. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member in biology and the academic coordinator for Science and Math. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Michigan State University.
Tim joined LCC in 2002, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in English, a supplemental advisor and a full-time faculty member in English. He earned a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Michigan State University.
Congratulations, Dorothy and Tim!

Annual W-4 notification

IRS regulations require employers to remind their employees to review their W-4 status and to file a new W-4 if their filing status or number of withholding allowances will change in the coming year. 
There are many possibilities that may cause your number of withholding allowances to change, such as:

  • Change in marital status
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Children who are no longer an eligible dependent
  • Retirement
  • Taking a second job
  • Having a spouse go back to work
  • Receiving income not subject to withholding such as rent, dividends, interest, or capital gains

To locate your current W-4 filing status and/or exemptions, please follow these steps:

  • Go to Banner Self Service>Employee Dashboard or open this link: LCC Employee Dashboard
  • Log in
  • Click on Taxes
  • Click on W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • Review the IRS Federal Income Tax status

If you need to make a change to your W-4, please follow one of the following options:

  1. Go to the Payroll Department website, Payroll and Tax Information section, print W-4, and complete. Then return the completed form to the Payroll Department at Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 203.


  1. Visit the Payroll Department at Washington Court Place Office 254, 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 203.

The IRS requires LCC to remind employees they have the option to change the number of exemptions claimed on a W-4. This is not a requirement.

For additional information, contact the Payroll office at or x1799.