Monthly Archives: February 2019

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New will be here Friday, Feb. 22

Based on your valuable feedback, LCC has redesigned its website to make it easier to navigate. We have updated menu items and made key resources and information easier to locate. Our goal is for you to get where you need to go in just a couple of clicks.

Starting Friday, please check out the tutorials and dedicated help areas on the welcome page to familiarize yourself with site navigation. You can access the welcome page in several ways: from the main page pop-up, from the new information carousel, or via a search for “web redesign.”

On Friday, our look and feel will be brand new, but we won’t be done. We will be working on updating divisions and departments across campus, continuing the improvement of search results, and adding new features and functions over the next several months. If you encounter a broken link, a missing page, or anything else that seems wrong, please let us know using the feedback buttons on the welcome page. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Help Desk at x5221.

Senate begins reapportionment to ensure fair representation, lends perspective on how to clarify students’ last date of participation

The Academic Senate agreed to remove one of two Community Education and Workforce Development seats from its membership during its Feb. 15 meeting.
Senate bylaws give the senate the opportunity to reassess membership each year. The goal is to ensure fair representation by staying current with the number of full-time equivalent employees in each academic area, and with the college’s organizational structure. Senators agreed to eliminate one seat currently held by a CEWD at-large representative whose term is expiring at the end of the semester. A second CEWD at-large seat, currently held by a representative with time remaining on their term, will remain.
In its reapportionment conversation, senators agreed to postpone discussion on how to handle representation of the Integrated English Department following its formation from the merger between the Center for Transitional Learning and the English Department. The new department will inherit two senators from CTL and two from English, giving it a total of four in the coming academic year.
Financial Aid senior director Stephanie Bogard Trapp attended the meeting at the request of the senate to discuss financial aid requirements related to documenting that students began participation (enrollment verification) as well as documenting the last date of participation for students who withdraw or receive a 0.0. Students can receive a 0.0 grade for two distinct reasons:

  • They stop showing up and/or turning in assignments, thereby receiving a 0.0.
  • They attend class and/or attempt assignments, but poor work or a lack of understanding of class material leads to them earning a 0.0.

While the result for the student – a failing grade – is the same, these two scenarios are treated differently by federal financial aid requirements. In the first instance, the Financial Aid Office must determine if the student “earned” all the financial aid received. The last date of participation is used to determine if the student must repay all or a portion of the aid. In the second, the student has “earned” all the financial aid received and does not have to repay.
The college has to be able to provide documentation of the last date of participation to auditors, the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission when applicable. Proving this requires use of the college’s official record, which is D2L. The college can use attendance, assignments, exams or online discussion forums to prove the last date of participation . It is important standards are developed and faculty are made aware of these standards to ensure the college is compliant with federal requirements. 
Bogard Trapp requested input from the senators on the creation of standards and stated information shared from the provost in August regarding this subject would be redistributed. The senate will revisit the topic at a later date.
Finally, the senate endorsed approval of several Curriculum Committee recommendations:

  • Revised course proposals for CHEM 152: General Chemistry Lecture II, DMAC 130: Digital Video Production, DMAC 131: Digital Cinematography I, and DMAC 231: Digital Cinematography II
  • New course proposals for INSU 250: Claims and Underwriting, INSU 260: Life/Health Insurance Licensing, INSU 270: Property/Casualty Insurance Licensing, and INSU 285: Insurance Agency Operations
  • New curriculum proposals for a Neurodiagnostic Technology associate degree in applied science and a Veterinary Technology associate degree in applied science

The senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 1, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Provost updates Board of Trustees on embedded academic support initiative

Provost Elaine Pogoncheff offered the Board of Trustees an update on the college’s embedded academic support work during the board’s Feb. 18 meeting.
The update was her third since the board approved its Developmental Education Resolution in January 2018.
Actions taken since August 2018 included:

  • Modifying “no late enrollment” procedures to make the process more efficient and less confusing for academic divisional offices and the Registrar’s Office
  • Scaling up the use of multiple measures for course placement to include high school grade point average as an option
  • Increasing the use of supplemental instruction leaders in gateway courses
  • Implementing a revised intake process to help smooth new students’ introduction to the college
  • Assigning all new students to an academic success coach
  • Scaling up the use of co-required support courses for students who do not place into college-level writing, and beginning design of co-required support models for math. Co-required courses are college-level classes students are required to take at the same time as a developmental class.

The college will continue to make progress throughout spring 2019. Next steps will include:

  • Improving the onboarding of new students to clarify the roles of advisors and academic success coaches and help students select a career pathway and program
  • Continuing work with academic programs to design and implement co-required supports for specific courses and programs
  • Continuing work on integrating information technology systems, particularly Banner and Target X
  • Aligning skill-building models across campus with the Achieve 360 skill-builder series
  • Continuing to monitor success data to inform continuous quality improvements

The provost’s full update, including a full list of actions taken and upcoming priorities, is available in the Board of Trustees packet, beginning on page 103.
In addition, chief financial officer Don Wilske provided the board with a financial forecast. The college anticipates a balanced, $131.4 million budget in Fiscal Year 2020. Chief sources of revenue are state appropriations, property taxes, and tuition and fees. Largest expenses are salaries and benefits, supplies, and other expenses like scholarships, debt service, transfers and contingencies.
The board also approved:

  • Course fees for 2019-2020
  • A $18,551 increase in the Peak Performance Physical Therapy blanket purchase order to provide athletic trainer services for the Athletic Department
  • A revision to the college’s Veterans In-State Tuition Policy to comply with new federal requirements
  • Ratification of the collective bargaining agreement between the LCC Facilities Maintenance Association and the college, effective through June 30, 2024
  • A $424,100 contract with Laux Construction, LLC, to replace Dart Auditorium’s existing asbestos fire curtain system with an asbestos-free system with an electrically driven winch system
  • A $224,140 purchase order with Laerdal Medical Corporation to purchase simulators and associated software for instructional use in the Emergency Medical Services and Community Health Services Education programs

Additionally, Board of Trustees Chair Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., appointed Trustee Robert Proctor to the Michigan Community College Association Board of Directors and Trustee Andrew Abood as his alternate, Trustees Ryan Buck and Angela Mathews to the LCC Foundation Board of Directors, Trustee Ryan Buck to the Leslie Local Development Authority, and Trustee Larry Meyer to the Mason Local Development Authority.

The Board of Trustees will next meet 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

All adjuncts and part-time employees invited to take short survey

Help make your time at LCC more rewarding! All adjunct faculty and part-time employees are asked to participate in a short, anonymous survey about your experience at LCC.
The survey was developed by the Adjunct and Part-Time Employees Engagement and Appreciation team to better understand the perspective of LCC’s part-time employees. The team is interested in using the information from the survey to develop programming to support and better ways of communicating with adjuncts and part-time employees.
The Adjunct and Part-Time Employees Engagement and Appreciation team, led by English faculty Tim Deines, came into existence to address a need expressed by employees in the strategic planning process. The team is interested in better recognizing and addressing the adjunct faculty and part-time employee experience at the college.
The survey will be open until Friday, March 1.

StarScapes: LCC Student Innovation and Creativity Showcase will be held April 15-16

Your fellow faculty members invite you and any interested students to participate in the eighth StarScapes: LCC Student Innovation and Creativity Showcase. 
StarScapes gives students the opportunity to share their creative, imaginative and interesting work with the LCC community. Please encourage your students to participate in this event. Presentations can include projects produced for LCC classes as well as work developed through students’ independent study and research.  Any student or group of students who pursued a research or creative project can participate.
Presentation options could include:

  •          Posters
  •          Demonstrations
  •          Oral presentations
  •          Performances
  •          Readings
  •          Electronic presentations
  •          Other formats suitable to the work

Each submitted project requires a faculty sponsor. Please discuss the proposal with the student before agreeing to sponsor it.
In order to participate, students must register and submit a short presentation description at
The application deadline is April 1. If you have any questions, please contact
The StarScapes Steering Committee

StarTalks nominations open

StarTalks is seeking nominations for this year’s event! StarTalks will be held May 10 in Dart Auditorium. Each talk will be recorded and shared with the campus community.  

Do you have a colleague who has inspired you and others in the LCC community? Or maybe you work with someone who is retiring soon who would like to share their reflections on their time at LCC? Nominate a colleague (or yourself) by March 15 to give a StarTalk and find more information at  

Watch your LCC colleague’s StarTalks from 2017 and be inspired: Jim Luke, “Why I am Passionate about Open Learning,” Kent Wieland, “Things I Learned from my Mom about How to be an Associate Dean,” and Eliza Robison, “Balancing Adventure with Patience.” 

Personal VOYA retirement information sessions available March 1

A representative from VOYA will be on campus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Downtown Campus Administration Building to provide one-on-one, no-cost sessions with employees. The sessions seek to educate and inform participants in the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS) Pension Plus, Pension Plus 2 and Defined Contribution plans. If you would like to sign up for a session, please contact Tristen Dodge at or 517-284-4582 to reserve your session.

Academic Senate seeking nominations for senators

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)
  • 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 on the Senate 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

John Szilagyi serving as interim director of the Library

John Szilagyi is serving as the interim director of the Library following the recent retirement of longtime director Elenka Raschkow. John joined LCC in 2013 and has served as a reference and instruction librarian, library technologist, and most recently as the manager of library user services and user experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
Congratulations, John!