Monthly Archives: May 2019

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Press clips from the week include:

One-on-one VOYA retirement sessions available

A representative from VOYA will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 7, in West Campus M121 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.

Employee assistance program hosting free webinar on buying and selling a home

Join LCC’s employee assistance program June 19 for a free webinar on “Steps to Buying and Selling a Home.” The webinar will help you navigate the sometimes complex process of buying or selling a house while avoiding costly mistakes.
To register or watch it later, visit and log in using the username “lcc.” Select “Webinar/Training” and then “2019 Webinars and Registration.”
This webinar is part of a regular series hosted by FEI Workforce Resilience, LCC’s employee assistance program. It offers all employees free resources to help in your personal life, including access to local counseling, financial services, legal services and more. Check out their offerings using the username “lcc.”

Banner system unavailable this weekend due to upgrades

The Banner system will be unavailable this weekend due to planned upgrades. The upgrade implementation window is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 1. All efforts will be taken to complete this work as soon as possible, and the Banner system will be brought back up when we are finished with our work.
The following systems will be unavailable during this implementation window:

  • Argos – Some reports may need to be rerun if not received Monday morning. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk Monday morning.
  • Application Manager (UC4)
  • Apprentice Application
  • Banner Document Manager (BDM)
  • Banner INB
  • Banner Self-Service
  • Banner Workflow
  • myLCC (Will be available, but the Banner portlets will be unavailable while Banner is offline for this upgrade)
  • Operational Data Store (ODS)
  • Student Payments
  • Sign-in Manager (StarZone/Fitness)

Further details:
While there is always considerable effort to update the backend of our Banner system, this will not significantly affect the end user experience. Where the end user experience is affected, communications to those impacted will be done in the most effective manner possible. 
The upgrade time period was selected by the System Operations Coordinating Committee (SOCC) and approved by faculty by way of an academic representative as having the least impact on staff and students at this point in the academic year. After the upgrade, but before Banner is made available to staff and students, the Banner Testing Team will verify the upgrade was successful and sign off that Banner is ready for staff and students to use. The verification (Go / No Go) window is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 1. If major issues are found that cannot be resolved during this testing, we will need to revert back to our current backup copy of Banner from prior to the start of upgrade, and we will then implement this upgrade during the next available window approved by SOCC and faculty. We are not expecting any major issues with this upgrade, as the Banner Testing Team has performed extensive testing during our extended Banner Testing Sessions, and we have mitigated all known issues that surfaced during the testing.
If you have any questions prior to the upgrade taking place, please contact Kateri Lehr, Director of IT Project Management, at

Introducing the Increased Financial Awareness Team

As part of the strategic plan’s Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility focus area, the college is launching the Increased Financial Awareness Team. This group will help address one of the strategic plan’s second-year projects to increase the financial awareness of the college community.

The core team has begun meeting and is led by Kevin Bubb of Information Technology Services, with Darci Dakin of Financial Aid, Jennifer Davis of ITS, Megan Garrett of Finance, and Scott Skowronek of the LCC Foundation. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Kevin at

Currently, the team is developing a series of Star articles explaining the Monthly Financial Statements included in the Board of Trustees meeting packet. Stay tuned for more information on that series. They are also considering developing “how to” instructions for functions related to the Financial Services Division. This material would be posted as knowledgebase articles in the 5Star Service Center.

The team also wants to hear from you and what you need. Please reach out to any member of the team if you have questions or ideas for items they might address.

LCC baseball and softball finish season strong

LCC’s baseball and softball teams ended their regular seasons on a high note. Both teams are conference champions and both are nationally ranked in the top 10.

Hannah Hull (top) of LCC turns to throw to 1st after forcing out Olivia Darmos of Jackson College at 2nd base in the 9th inning of their NJCAA Region XII Division II-District I Championships Tuesday May 14, 2019 at Sports Force Parks in Sandusky, Ohio.  LCC wins 3-2 in 11 innings. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Hannah Hull (top) of LCC turns to throw to 1st after forcing out Olivia Darmos of Jackson College at 2nd base in the 9th inning of their NJCAA Region XII Division II-District I Championships Tuesday May 14, 2019 at Sports Force Parks in Sandusky, Ohio. LCC wins 3-2 in 11 innings. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

The Lady Stars are heading into the summer with an overall record of 39-17 and a conference record of 29-3, the best in school history. They have amassed a number of Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) awards, including 2019 MCCAA Western Conference Softball Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors going to LCC’s Kimberlee Maddox. LCC softball coach Marc Kibby is the 2019 MCCAA Western Conference Softball Coach of the Year.

The baseball team leaves the diamond this season with a stellar showing under the leadership of new head coach, Jordan Keur. The team completed the regular season with a 35-6 record, the best percentage in school history. Their conference record was 27-1, also best in school history. Player Cameron Hart was named the 2019 MCCAA Eastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. The 2019 Coach of the Year is LCC’s Jordan Keur. 

Congratulations, players!

What about benefits? Mindfulness and other Blue Cross well-being resources

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.

Mindfulness can have different interpretations depending on the person, but at its core, it is simply about being aware of your present moment, purposefully and nonjudgmentally. However you practice mindfulness, it can greatly improve many health aspects of your life. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to:

  1. Reduce stress
  2. Assist in dealing with illness
  3. Improve your general health
  4. Improve your job performance
  5. Help with brain function

LCC’s medical insurance carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield, offers great webinars about different health topics through its Blue Cross Virtual Well-Being site. The resources on this site are available to all employees, not only those currently enrolled in the medical coverage. Check out more information about mindfulness in BCBSM’s 25-minute Mindfulness Matters webinar or summary sheet.
Next week’s “What about Benefits” column will discuss how to easily incorporate practicing mindfulness into your daily life.

Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.

Youth Programs offer a camp for every child’s interest

Are you looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do this summer? LCC Youth Program summer camps serve students grades 2-12 and offer something for everyone!
We have two camps for kids interested in animals. Pond Life Explorers is loaded with live animals from Nature Discovery. Your child will collect specimens from a pond and feed live reptiles. If your child likes history AND animals, look no further than Prehistoric Predators & Prey.
Maybe your child likes to build and/or destroy? They are a great fit for the STEM Challenge class, where they get to do both! Science Wizards is also a great science choice, allowing students to experiment hands-on with things that seem like pure magic. We also have camps like Fun with Emojis and It’s All About My Selfie to let your child express their creative side.
We have much more to explore, so please visit our website at and keep up-to-date on our Facebook page.

A round of Applause! for Tim Martz and Brad Latuszek

This week, we applaud Administrative Services’ Tim Martz and Brad Latuszek for their work during a small fire in the AOF Building.

“From the discovery of smoke to finding the actual fire, Tim was calm, cool and collected as he led us through our response until LFD could arrive. He was clear and concise about what he wanted to happen, and why. He was a great leader during this emergency,” Jeffry Wilson wrote in the award. “Once the source of the fire was found, Brad was the first to grab a fire extinguisher and attempt to extinguish while we waited for LFD to arrive. He was calm and collected as he told us what he was seeing and what he needed as we handed him new extinguishers. Lonnie was able to find a hose and connect it to a water source, by which Brad repositioned himself to get a better angle on the fire. His efforts were instrumental in keeping the fire contained until LFD could arrive.”

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.