Monthly Archives: June 2019

A round of Applause! for Advising’s Lisa Alexander

This week, we’re applauding Academic Advisor Lisa Alexander.

“I had a student who attended orientation and was upset about her placement levels. She did not want to register for the courses recommended,” Angela Hook wrote in the award. “Lisa effectively talked with the student, gave her several options, and encouraged the student with positive feedback. Because of Lisa’s interaction with the student, she decided to retake her placement test and register for class.”

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.

CTE accepting proposals for fall semester workshops

Do you have a topic you are interested in presenting to your colleagues?

The Center for Teaching Excellence is currently preparing its workshop calendar for fall semester 2019. We encourage you to submit your workshop ideas on a variety of topics, such as teaching and learning strategies, instructional technology, and best practices. To submit your proposal, please complete the Workshop Proposal Form. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 26.

If you have any questions, please contact Annescia Dillard in the CTE at 517-483-1407.

Scholarship established in honor of President Knight’s mother

As you might know, President Brent Knight lost his mother in April. To honor her memory, the president agreed to have a scholarship created in her name. The scholarship will be awarded for the spring 2020 semester to a student who has lost their parents or experienced foster care.
Esther Knight was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1914. She began her education at a one-room school near the family farm in rural Bay County. An orphan at age 11, she graduated from Bay City Central High School at age 16. She graduated from Central Michigan University and then taught elementary school in Essexville for 27 years, retiring in 1981. She had many visits to LCC and loved to walk through campus, seeing the students and talking with everyone she met. 
Employees interested in contributing to this scholarship are welcome to donate online anytime through the fall semester.

eLearning has moved to TLC 123

Students and instructors now have easier access to eLearning services and D2L help on the first floor of the TLC building, in suite 123. Open workspaces and offices are now available for recording, accessibility work, D2L help and much more for students and instructors. Come visit us in our new space for all your D2L needs!

Early timesheet alert – Independence Day 2019

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the July 5 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.
Hours submitted for the Pay Period of June 16-29, 2019, for the pay date of July 5, 2019 (BW14):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m. today, June 27, with PROJECTED HOURS for June 28 and June 29, 2019.
  • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 10 a.m. It is important all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
  • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 9 a.m. Friday, June 28.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 10 a.m. Monday, July 1.

Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at or 517-483-1799.

Students in Gainful Employment programs to see new hold on account until they acknowledge disclosures

Beginning July 1, 2019, students signing up for certain certificate programs will have to read information about program cost and program length prior to signing up for classes. This is a U.S. Department of Education requirement for students enrolled in “Gainful Employment” programs.
Releasing the hold is simple, and students can do it themselves on Banner Self-Service. However, if you work with any students who are confused about this process or otherwise run into problems, please walk them through the process using this guidance. Alternately, you can direct them to the StarZone or have them call 517-483-1200, option 2.
Thank you!

Reminder: Most of college closed July 4-5 for Independence Day

LCC will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend with your family and friends!

President Brent Knight has authorized the closing of all college campuses, with the exception of the Aviation Maintenance program at Mason Jewett Field, on Friday, July 5. Coupled with the July 4 holiday, this will allow most employees to enjoy an extended holiday weekend.

Please note: Staff who provide essential services will still need to report to work. If you have any questions regarding your work schedule for July 5, please consult your supervisor.

Reminders on recording last date of participation in D2L gradebook

Faculty members: As we continue through the summer semester and you prepare for fall, please remember two processes related to recording students’ last date of participation in D2L.

  • Last date of participation recorded in D2L: Automatic reports from D2L that will help the Registrar’s Office determine the last date of participation for students are up and running. While Academic Affairs hopes in the future to be able to provide faculty with two options for associating the last date of participation with a grade, they request all faculty continue to put dates in the D2L gradebook during the summer and fall 2019 semesters.
  • 0.0 grades and last date of participation: When a student receives a 0.0 – whether because they stopped attending class or because they attempted but did not grasp the material – the college has to be able to prove the last date of participation to auditors and the U.S. Department of Education. The Registrar’s Office and Financial Aid, with input from the Academic Senate, determined that a 0.0 recorded in the D2L gradebook will be considered the last date of participation.

The Academic Senate provided input on how best to achieve the ends of these processes earlier in the spring semester. Using that input, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Sally Welch provided this guidance during the April 26 senate meeting and it was published in The Star the next week.

What about benefits? Schedule your annual eye exam

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.

Make sure to schedule your annual eye exam!
In addition to detecting and treating vision issues, an annual eye exam helps monitor cardiovascular health. Your eye doctor will check the blood vessels in the retinas of your eyes during an exam, which allows them to detect high blood pressure or hypertension. Hypertension has been called the “silent disease” because people with it often do not exhibit symptoms. Early detection is key with hypertension because it can negatively affect vital parts of the body over time, such as the arteries, heart, brain and kidneys.
If you are currently enrolled in LCC’s EyeMed vision insurance, you can schedule an exam every 12 months. When you schedule with an in-network provider, it will only cost a $6 copay for the exam. Visit EyeMed’s website to utilize their Provider Locator to find an in-network provider near you.
Check out this article by EyeMed for more information about the importance of eye exams to your cardiovascular health.

Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.