LCC’s Lincoln Financial
Advisors retirement consultant will be on campus Wednesday, June 5, to talk
about your retirement options through a 403(b) TDA plan or 457 retirement plan.
The consultant will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Washington
Court Place 225.
If you would like to set up an appointment that is more convenient for you,
please call 1-888-824-1330.
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
If you would like to sign-up for a session, please contact Tristen Dodge at Tristen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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)
Banner Document Manager (BDM)
myLCC (Will be available, but the Banner portlets will be unavailable while Banner is offline for this upgrade)
Operational Data Store (ODS)
Sign-in Manager (StarZone/Fitness)
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 YearandFreshman 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 andFreshman of the Year. The 2019 Coach of the Year is LCC’s Jordan Keur.
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:
Assist in dealing with illness
Improve your general health
Improve your job performance
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.
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
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 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.