Monthly Archives: March 2019

What about benefits?

LCC offers an array of benefits to non-student employees. Understanding those benefits can be confusing and daunting. Each week, Human Resources hopes to explain and demystify the many facets of our LCC benefits.

LCC offers many options of WMHIP medical plans for eligible employees. Some are traditional PPO plans and others are HDHPs. What are the key differences between the two types of plans?

  • PPO stands for “Preferred Provider Organization.” This plan allows you to visit any in-network provider you wish without needing a referral from your primary care physician.
  • This plan does have a deductible, but it is usually lower than the deductible on an HDHP.
  • The monthly premium deducted from your paychecks is generally higher, but the amount you pay at the doctor for a routine visit or for a prescription is a set copay amount.
  • LCC WMHIP plans are PPO Select, Versatile PPO and PPO Plan 3.


  • HDHP stands for a “High Deductible Health Plan.” This plan has a higher deductible with a minimum of $1,350 for single coverage or $2,700 for two-person/family coverage.
  • You do not pay copays with an HDHP. Instead, you pay out-of-pocket for the entire amount of the service until you have met your deductible.
  • This plan allows you to have an HSA (health savings account). You can contribute pre-tax dollars into this account to be used for approved medical expenses.
  • LCC WMHIP plans are Flexible Blue and Essential HDHP.

 Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.

Join 400 Year Commission in a day of service

Give back to the community with the MLK Day of Service: Continuing the Legacy. Employees and students will go into the Lansing community for a Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as part of the college’s participation in the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act.

The event will be held Friday, April 12.

The day will start with breakfast and an inspirational speaker at 7:30 a.m. in the Gannon Conference Center Michigan Room. Participants will head into the community at about 9 a.m. to volunteer with one of our partner organizations. Some participating organizations include Baker Danora, Village Summit, South Side Community Coalition, YMCA – Oak Park and Our Savior Lutheran Food Pantry. Volunteering ends around 2:30 p.m.

Please consider volunteering your time for this community event. Employees scheduled to work during these times should follow their normal procedure for requesting time off.

A round of Applause! for Heather Amons and Tracy Alberta

This week, we’re applauding Heather Amons of Student Finance.

“Students are very confused when it comes to 1098Ts,” Kristine Brussel wrote in the award. “Heather has taken countless calls from students and has always been courteous, patient and empathetic with each call as she educates students and parents in a very professional way about how LCC reports and where they can find their tax forms.”

Applause also goes to Tracy Alberta of Nursing.

“Tracy has been my teaching partner since 2009. As a full-time employee, she has served as the lead faculty for the course we teach, but has consistently and actively sought my knowledge and assistance to improve and maintain the course,” Irie Lott wrote in the award. “She turns to me to critique her work just as she does mine and has always welcomed the opportunity for constructive feedback and continuous improvement to optimize the best product and environment for student success. Tracy exemplifies the words integrity, professionalism, work ethic, and excellence. … Tracy’s teaching philosophy is one which encourages student engagement, independence, and critical thought. She fosters a culture in her classroom that supports asking questions and provides students with the ability to discover creative ways to answer their own questions. Tracy is a leader and mentor for students in her classrooms; she has been a role model for me and other adjunct faculty working with her.”

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.

20th annual Women’s Literature Read-In to be held Monday, March 25

The Integrated English Program is hosting its 20th annual Women’s Literature Read-In Monday, March 25, on the third floor of the Library. All authors and readers are invited.

11:00-12:00            Kristine Brickey, Educator and Author of Flowers for Rodney, They Said She Was Crazy, and F*@% It, I’m 50, a work in progress

12:10-12:20       Lucas Silvernail, from I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912,

                                    by Lauren Tarshis

12:20-12:35                 Shannon Silvernail, “The Children’s Blizzard” by Lauren Tarshis

12:35-12:55                 Brigitte Thornes, from her novel, The Washer: Layna Series Book II

12:55-1:10                   Susan Serafin-Jess, from her nonfiction, Wild Horses

1:05-1:15                     Jennifer Hood, from Jane Kenyon’s A Hundred White Daffodils

1:15-1:25                     Carol Scot, MD, “The Oldest Kid in Medical School”               

and “Lesson, 1961”

1:25-1:40                     Linda Peckham, “Baby Language: Back Stories”

1:40-2:00                     Dedria Humphries Barker, author of Mother of Orphans: The True Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow

2:10-2:30                     Robin M. Pizzo, from her debut poetry collection, Disparities

2:30-2:45                     Dawn Newton, from her memoir, Winded

2:45-3:00                     Ruelaine Stokes, Poet

3:10-3:25                     Melissa Ford Lucken, “BAIT,” from Gone with the Dead: An Anthology

3:25-3:45                     Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, poems from her collection
The Language of Maps

3:45-4:00                     Mary Fox, Poet

Upcoming business seminars

Etsy Marketing Tips for Successful Selling
10-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26
WCP 101
Side Hustle Success: How to Start Your Side Business While Keeping Your Day Job
9-11 a.m. Thursday, March 28
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.

Next week in the CTE

Copyright and Wrong
10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 25
TLC 326

Captioning Kaltura Videos in D2L
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27
West Campus U224

Tracking Student Learning in Your Course
Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28
TLC 326

Word Camp Part 1 – Getting Moving with WordPress
1:30-3 p.m. Friday, March 29
TLC 321

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.

Cesar Chavez Day celebration coming March 28

Everyone is invited to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

There will be a presentation from Voces de la Comunidad (Community Voices), a grassroots non-profit organization in Lansing working toward a more inclusive and welcoming community. They will discuss Cesar Chavez accomplishments and contributions to the Latino community.

The event will be held at the Centre for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building, Room 2204. Refreshments will be served.