Monthly Archives: February 2019

LCC alum wins Oscar

LCC alumnus Sam Davis’ film won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary during the 91st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24.
 
Davis helped produce, edit and film the documentary, “Period. End of Sentence,” which follows a group of women in a rural village in Uttar Pradesh, India, who begin manufacturing sanitary pads. It explores the stigma attached to menstruation that often prevents girls from staying in school and causes health complications, and how life changes in the town after pads become available and affordable.
 
“A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education,” documentary director Rayka Zehtabchi said in her acceptance speech. She also thanked her co-producer and boyfriend Davis, saying, “I share this with you, baby.”
 
Davis is a recent alumnus of LCC’s Digital Media, Audio and Cinema Program.
 
“Period. End of Sentence.” is streaming now on Netflix. A trailer is available on Vimeo.

LCC named one of top 10 schools using OpenStax OER

LCC has served 27,812 students with free OpenStax open educational resources, giving LCC the eighth-highest total of any college or university in the country.
 
The 27,812 student number is based on seat count. In this semester alone, 139 LCC faculty teaching 267 sections of 53 courses are using OER. Based on a cost savings of $100 per student, LCC’s OER initiative is saving students $597,000 in textbook costs this semester and has saved students about $2.7 million since it began.
 
Courses that adopted OER starting in spring 2019 are:

  • ENGL 121, as taught by Manning, Pierce and Lucken
  • FREN 201, all sections
  • GRMN 202, all sections
  • HIST 211 as taught by Brown and Heutsche
  • HIST 212 as taught by Janowick and Merrill
  • MATH 126, all sections
  • PSYC 175, all sections
  • PSYC 250, all sections
  • RELG 150, all sections
  • SOCL 120, all sections
  • SPAN 201, all sections
  • SPAN 202, all sections

OpenStax is an OER publisher based at Rice University. Its textbooks are in use in more than 100 countries and in 48 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S.
 
Thank you to all faculty using OER in your classrooms!

Academic Senate nominations due March 1

The Academic Senate is now accepting nominations for senators in the following areas:

  • Business and Economics (two positions)
  • Communication, Media and the Arts (two-year term)
  • Counseling
  • Health and Human Services (three at-large positions)
  • Integrated English
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Public Service Careers
  • Science
  • Social Science and Humanities (two positions)
  • Utility and Energy Systems
  • Member at-large (one-, two-, and three-year terms)

Terms will begin in April 2019. Unless stated otherwise, positions are for three years.
 
All nominations must meet the following criteria per the Academic Senate bylaws:

  • Nominees must be non-probationary teaching faculty and academic professionals, both adjunct and full-time.
  • The at-large senators can come from any department on campus that is represented in the Academic Senate. At-large senators must still meet the criteria stated above. 
  • MAHE executive officers are not eligible to serve in the Academic Senate during their term of office.

All nominees will be contacted and must accept the nomination. If they do not, they will be withdrawn. Please ask nominees if they would be interested in serving before nominating them.

All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Nominations should be emailed to Academic Senate secretary Eliza Lee at leee21@lcc.edu.

Register your program for April 11 Program and Career Showcase

The second annual Program and Career Showcase will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Downtown Campus.
 
Last year, more than 700 attendees learned about potential careers and the LCC programs that could get them there.
 
All programs (academic, support, resource and enrichment) from all LCC locations are encouraged to be part of this community-wide event in the following ways:

  • On-site interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities with your program’s learning spaces. Host campus visitors in your classrooms to show off our spaces, equipment and technology. Programs located at West Campus, LCC East and the Livingston Center are encouraged to pack up your best tools and tech and bring them downtown.
  • Recruit faculty members to excite prospective students about studying in your field. Reserve a table in the program fair in the Gannon Commons to share your best information with passersby.
  • Do both! Host visitors in your classrooms, labs and learning spaces AND have a table in the Gannon Commons.

Register your program at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqjil6cyM3PDNiuF4xABccHEH-mcikRyNlGztMtbP_jSk_7Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1.

The deadline to register is March 21.

Non-program participation opportunities are also available! We need greeters, employees to hand out ice cream from the LCC Ice Cream Bike and more. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4CAFA722A3FE3-2019.

All participants must attend an event training. Two sessions are available. Register for your training date at https://goo.gl/forms/fLsW5Cqyy6AeE25L2.

We hope to wow the community and future students with all we have to offer. Questions? Email Ashlee Stokes stokea@lcc.edu.

Get ready to have your mind. blown.

The college is in the process of designing mind. blown., a project to promote student involvement with our support resources. The series is still in the conceptual stages, but it is meant to be fun, speaking directly to students using memes, gifs and a sense of humor.
 
In part, mind. blown. will include a large internal marketing component, using a mix of print and digital pieces to build student awareness of and interaction with support areas. For example, it will include a webpage, short videos for the digital screens around campus, radio slots, and a collectible series of cards, all of which refer students to a campus resource and provide essential life skills.
 
Additionally, the project will include events designed to build students’ skills in academic and non-academic areas. The first pop-up skill-builder event will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Gannon Commons, behind the gaming area.
 
Future events could include activities like:

  • Speed friending
  • Pop-up skill-building booths with card collecting
  • Conversation booths with counselors and peers
  • Lunchtime Kahoot quizzes
  • Social media challenges

Have another creative idea? Get involved by contacting academic success coach director Carrie Gregg at copelanc@lcc.edu.

mind. blown. lives under the Achieve 360 umbrella. Initial partners include the academic success coaches, The Center for Student Support, CASE Credit Union, Career & Employment Services, the Learning Commons, the Library, and Student Life. It was born out of the college’s work on embedded academic support as a way to increase student success in the classroom by supporting students outside the classroom.

403(b) plan available to all employees

Take full advantage of your benefits by participating in the college-sponsored 403(b) retirement plan.

Who is eligible?
LCC’s 403(b) plan allows all full-time and part-time (non-student) employees to participate. If you are currently not a contributing member and wish to become one, you must first open an account with one of the college’s approved investment service providers. You may only select an investment service provider approved by LCC.

Who is an approved investment service provider?
Lincoln Financial, Waddell & Reed, and TIAA-CREF are all approved providers. Information about each provider can be found at internal.lcc.edu/hr/tsa/fund_sponsors.aspx.

How do I make my salary deferral elections?
After opening an account with one of the plan’s approved investment service providers, you need to complete a salary reduction agreement (internal.lcc.edu/hr/tsa). By completing the salary reduction agreement, you confirm you have established the necessary accounts with your selected investment service provider(s). Your salary reduction agreement also confirms the amount of deferral you intend to have withheld from each paycheck.

How much can I contribute?
You may contribute up to $19,000 to your 403(b) account in 2019 through salary deferrals. Additional amounts may be deferred based on your age, years of service or other factors. Please consult with your selected investment service provider for more information regarding contribution limits.

Questions?
Please contact Human Resources at x1870.

A round of Applause! for Jonathan Rosewood and Rebecca Stein-Mindel

This week, we’re applauding Jonathan Rosewood of the Office of Diversity.

“Jonathan and I were walking from the bus stop to the Gannon Building at 7:30 a.m., when we encountered a woman who was clearly having a difficult time walking on the ice,” Laurie Bates wrote in the award. “Jonathan approached the woman and offered his arm to steady her so she could continue to A&S. The look of relief on her face was evident, even in the early morning darkness. As the leader of MEN About Progress here, he definitely leads by example.”

Applause also goes to Rebecca Stein-Mindel of Student Finance.

“Becca worked remotely during the college closure to ensure that student financial aid refunds were delivered on the published date,” the Financial Aid Department wrote in the award. “Her commitment to serving students and ensuring they have the resources needed to succeed is wonderful and appreciated.”

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.

Will you be a victim of tax fraud?

It’s tax season! For tax scammers, tax season equals ill-gotten gains. Tax refund fraud victims usually first learn of the crime after having their returns rejected because scammers beat them to it. Even those not required to file a return and those not due a refund can be victims of refund fraud. It takes so little to file a false return – just your name, date of birth and Social Security number, all of which could have been compromised during the 2017 Equifax breach or numerous breaches since then.

The IRS recommends filing your taxes as soon as possible as the best defense against fraud. You should have received all your supporting tax information by now, so get to it!

Before you file:

  • Keep your eye on your information!
    • Don’t carry your Social Security card or other information containing your Social Security number (SSN) with you.
    • Don’t give businesses your SSN just because they ask for it. Give it only when required.
    • Take a look at your Social Security earnings statement each year. If that number is off, you need to investigate.
    • Two of the most common ways to steal sensitive data are dumpster diving and mail theft. Invest in a crosscut shredder and a lockable mailbox to help eliminate those risks.
    • Help protect the personal information on your computer by using firewalls and anti-virus software, updating your computer with security patches, and changing your passwords regularly.
  • Do not email your W-2 or any other confidential information. Email is the equivalent of a postcard; everyone can see it. If you must send your SSN over email, encrypt it with a product like 7-Zip or use the encryption in Microsoft Word and Excel and in Adobe PDFs.

Next week, the second of this three-part series, will include tips on how to avoid fraud when you are ready to file. If you have any questions, please contact LCC director of information security Paul H. Schwartz at schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Next week in the CTE

How the Web Uses You – and How to Protect Yourself
10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26
TLC 326
 
Politics in the Classroom? Yes Please!
Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
TLC 326
 
Captioning Kaltura Videos in D2L
2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28
TLC 321
 
The Role of For-Profit Colleges in the Educational Landscape
2-3 p.m. Friday, March 1
TLC 326

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.