Monthly Archives: March 2019

A round of Applause! for Megan Lin and Lonnie Arens

This week, we’re applauding Center for Teaching Excellence director and Integrated English adjunct professor Megan Lin.

“Professor/director Lin has done an exceptional job maintaining the positive sense of community the CTE is known for,” Melissa Lucken wrote in the award. “She listens to staff needs and goes above and beyond to meet those needs.”

Applause also goes to Lonnie Arens of Facilities.

“Thank you, Lonnie, for rushing to help me first thing on a Monday morning,” Amy Park wrote in the award. “The movable walls between two classrooms had been jammed and I wasn’t strong enough to move them on my own. I called Physical Plant in a panic and Lonnie came to help me get the classrooms set up in time for 8 a.m. classes.”

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.

LCC Peeps diorama contest is back!

Celebrate spring and bond with your coworkers with the Experience #Starpower Peeps diorama contest.

If you haven’t seen the dioramas before, the basic goal is to build an interesting, creative, funny or clever scene using Peeps marshmallow candy. Visit to see prior years’ submissions. Your team can be made up of any work friends you want to partner with – whether it’s a department or program group project, or lunch room buddies.

Each team will be given one package of the chick-shaped Peeps, but you can use as many additional packages of Peeps as you’d like. You can also use any other materials you want (just don’t abuse LCC resources – check with your supervisor if you aren’t sure). Start with a box (a paper box works particularly well) and build from there.

Please keep your entries work appropriate.

Request your box of Peeps from by the end of the day Wednesday, April 10. Be sure submit the photo of your completed diorama and the names of your team members to that same address by Friday, April 19. Winners will be announced in The Star soon after.

5Star Spotlight: Request for new service

The 5Star Service Center is a campuswide system where you can access knowledge base articles for self-help, submit service requests, find information related to technology interruptions and understand campuswide project status. To help you get familiar with the 5Star Service Center, we’re going to be highlighting new services here each week. 

There are many services offered already, from all areas across campus – from IT to Vehicle Reservations to Print Services. But, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can request a new service! It’s easy. Just tell us what kind of help you’d like to be able to initiate on the 5Star Service Center and we’ll do all the research!

Fill out a Request for New Service online.

Open the 5Star Service Center. If you have questions, you can reach the Help Desk at or x5221.

Instructor receives prestigious aviation award

Eugene Comer, an instructor in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, has received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in recognition of more than 50 years of aviation maintenance experience.

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award was presented to LCC instructor Eugene Comer by Richard Anderson, FAA Front Line Manager, Eastern Michigan Flight Standards District Office, and Gary Knaggs, FAASTeam Program Manager, Eastern Michigan Flight Standards District Office, during an aircraft maintenance technician conference at Eastern Michigan University.

The Charles Taylor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the FAA to an aviation maintenance technician. The award – named in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight – recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of aircraft mechanics. Charles Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer, the first aircraft to achieve heavier-than-air flight. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as master mechanics.

“We are justifiably proud that the FAA has recognized Gene for his outstanding aircraft maintenance career,” said Mark Bathurst, director of the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program. “We are fortunate that Gene is able to impart his vast knowledge and expertise to our students.”

Mr. Comer, a 56-year veteran of the aviation industry, began his aviation maintenance career in 1963 by attending the Spartan School of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduation, he was awarded the FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate and subsequently the FAA Inspection Authorization rating. He has owned his own business on two different occasions and has maintained a variety of aircraft ranging from small single engine airplanes to modern, large jet aircraft. Gene also worked in aviation management for more than 30 years as a director of maintenance for a large air freight operation, and as a manager for a large piston engine overhaul company. Gene also has more than 3,000 flight hours in a variety of aircraft. Gene joined LCC in 2015 and currently serves as an instructor teaching in all areas of the program.

Since its inception in 1990, there have been more than 2,700 Charles Taylor awards presented nationwide. Gene is only the 64th Michigander to receive the award. Congratulations, Gene!

Join Performing Arts for a hilarious, surreal look at child pageants

Performing Arts is delving into the world of child beauty pageants with its production of “Pageant Play,” opening this weekend.

Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the ultimate title, Supreme Queen. When Marge, a newcomer to the pageant circuit, shows up and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky and her minions, Bob and Bobby, use unorthodox methods to ensure her darling, Chevrolet, is victorious. Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping. Money. Really, really small false teeth.

The play is written by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock, and directed by Paige Tufford. It is intended for mature audiences.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 29-30 and April 5-6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Gannon Building’s Black Box Theatre. The April 6 and 7 performances will be sign interpreted by LCC student interpreters.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for students and LCC employees, and $10 for the general public. Cash and checks only.

Register now for April 2 Equal Pay Day event

Group photo from LCC's 2018 Equal Pay Day breakfast

The LCC ACE Women’s Network Equal Pay Day event will be held 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Gannon Conference Center Michigan Room.
On average, women in the U.S. are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Equal Pay Day is dedicated to awareness, symbolizing how far into 2019 the average U.S. woman has to work to make as much as men did in 2018. This year, it falls on April 2. At LCC, the average full-time female employee makes 98.2 percent of what the average full-time male employee makes.
Learn about how the pay gap is calculated, causes of the gap, and how the gap impacts women of different demographics from the American Association of University Women.
All are welcome to attend. Be sure to wear red for our group photo!
Visit the ACE Women’s Network page for more information and to register.

Experience #Starpower award winners include employees from around the college

Announcing the winners of the 2018-2019 Awards Showcase! This year’s winners are:

  • President’s Award: Tim Martz of Facilities
  • Provost’s Award – Teaching Faculty: Jack Rotman of Math
  • Provost’s Award – Teaching Faculty: Gretchen Arthur of Communication
  • Provost’s Award – Academic Professional: Tamara Tasker of Nursing
  • Galaxy Award: Katheryn Chiappelli of ITS
  • Aurora Award: Nina Favor of Nursing
  • Shining Star Award: Ashleigh Taylor of BCA
  • Superstar Award: Noah Crites of PPS
  • Rockstar Award: Justin Satterlee of the Adult Resource Center
  • Rising Star Award: Lyndia Rhadigan of Kinesiology, Health, and Wellness
  • Eclipse Award: Robert Fernholz of Performing Arts
  • Giving Star Award: Marcella Fuhr of Mental Health and Aging

Employees were nominated by you, their colleagues, for excellence and dedication to LCC. Keep an eye out for details to attend the Friday, April 19, luncheon to celebrate these amazing people.