Monthly Archives: July 2019

Last call for CTE workshop proposals

Proposals for fall semester Center for Teaching Excellence workshops are due tomorrow! 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.

Performing Arts announces 2019-2020 schedule

The 2019-2020 Performing Arts season will feature family dynamics in all their forms – the good, the bad and the dysfunctional.
 
Student performances will include:

  • Sunset Baby, by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Deb Keller, Sept. 27-Oct. 5
  • Belle Moral, by Ann-Marie MacDonald, directed by Mary Job, Nov. 1-10
  • True West, by Sam Shepard, directed by Dr. John Lennox, Feb. 21-29, 2020
  • Middletown, by Will Eno, directed by Paige Tufford, March 20-29
  • Dancing Through Life, April 17-19, 2020
  • Soundscapes, directed by Dr. Jonathan Ten Brink, May 8, 2020

Visit Performing Arts’ website for full times and locations.

Gainful Employment hold on student accounts to be removed due to change in federal requirements

The college has removed a registration hold from many students’ accounts following a change in federal regulations. As printed in The Star at the end of June, the U.S. Department of Education was requiring all students in certain certificate programs designated as “Gainful Employment” programs to read disclosures about program cost and program length prior to signing up for classes. LCC had placed a registration hold to ensure students read the information.
 
Technically, the Gainful Employment requirements went into effect on July 1, 2019. However, on June 28, the Department of Education announced it was ending the regulation, effective July 1, 2020. In this announcement, it also allowed schools to implement the rescission immediately. LCC, along with nearly all our peer institutions, has opted to early implement the rescission to eliminate both a barrier to student registration and an administrative burden.

What about benefits? Tuition Waiver Benefit Procedure updates

LCC offers an array of benefits to non-student employees, but understanding them can be confusing. Each week, Human Resources hopes to explain the many facets of LCC benefits. This week: A reminder of the change in how the Tuition Waiver Benefits procedure works.

With the launch of the new electronic Tuition Waiver Form, announced to employees in June, the Tuition Waiver Benefit (TWB) Procedure has also been updated with significant changes:

  1. Non-credit courses and youth programs have been incorporated into the TWB Procedure. Starting with the fall 2019 semester, regardless of the type of course you or your eligible IRS dependents are requesting waiver credits for, an electronic Request Form must be submitted. 
  2. The deadline for submitting the Request Form has been changed. The Request Form is now due “prior to the start of the course(s).” You are encouraged to submit request forms sooner rather than later to ensure timely processing.
  3. Employees are no longer required to designate dependents strictly during the annual benefits Open Enrollment for eligible dependents to be able to utilize the benefit. Eligible IRS dependents can be designated at any time by submitting proof of dependency documentation to Human Resources. It is still encouraged to review your designated dependents during open enrollment and qualifying life events to ensure dependents not eligible for the waiver are removed and those needing to be designated are added.

Read through the revised TWB Procedure and other important information on the Tuition Waiver webpage to better understand the process, recent changes and where to locate the new electronic forms. Please contact Mara Fisher at perrym16@lcc.edu if you have any questions.

COBRA coverage administrator changed

LCC recently changed administrators for our COBRA continuation coverage, from Meritain to PlanSource. COBRA is a federal law that requires many employers to offer the option of continuing healthcare coverage for individuals who would otherwise lose their benefits due to termination of employment, reduction in hours or certain other life events.

Employees who are currently enrolled in the WMHIP medical coverage through the college will or have already received a mailing from PlanSource. The mailing is solely to notify of the administrator change and provide a general notice of what COBRA continuation coverage is. This notice from PlanSource is not a notice of medical coverage termination or change.

Please contact Mara Fisher at perrym16@lcc.edu if you have any questions.

One-on-one VOYA retirement information sessions available

A representative from VOYA will be on campus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the Administration Building, Room 105, 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 Tristen.dodge@voya.com or 517-284-4582.

A round of Applause! for Financial Services’ Kirby Parshall

This week, we’re applauding Kirby Parshall of the Project Management and Business Analysis Department.

“Kirby has been working tirelessly to perfect the new Tuition Waiver Dynamic Forms,” Mara Fisher wrote in the award. “It has been months of work, and he has done an amazing job with them and has been so patient to make the many necessary changes I and many others have communicated to him. Thank you for your hard work and kindness!”

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.

In the news

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Summer Stage brings family-friendly, fairy tale farce July 24-28

Next week’s Summer Stage presentation is “Three Fairy Godmothers,” written by Jerry L. Twedt and directed by Paige Tufford.

Princess Dulcie is so full of spiteful tricks that she has driven away all the princes. Three retired fairy godmothers arrive, eager to help. If they can sweeten up Dulcie, they will win back their wands. Prince Royal joins them. He has come to help the king but is in disguise, lest he be trapped into marrying the mean princess. Exciting events follow as the godmothers try every trick in their fairy manuals.

The play will begin 7 p.m. July 24-28 at the Outdoor Amphitheater near the Mall. It is free and recommended for all ages.

CTE offering orientations for new faculty

The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering multiple orientation times in August for new faculty. The goals of the sessions are to create a welcoming transition for new instructors and connect them to LCC resources and services. In addition to meeting new faculty, the following topics will be addressed:

  • LCC systems that impact faculty, such as myLCC, Office 365 and Banner Web Self-Service.
  • The various resources and services available through the CTE, Media Services, Police and Public Safety, etc.
  • College policies, such as the Enrollment Verification Policy, “W” (Withdraw) grades, etc.
  • Information on professional development opportunities, such as the CTE’s 12-week course, “Transforming Learning through Teaching,” and the “LCC/CTE Teaching Online Certification” course.

Time options are:

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 16
  • Online via Desire2Learn

Register or learn more online.