Monthly Archives: July 2019

Next weekin the CTE

Safe Zone Training
Noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24
TLC 326

The Center for Teaching Excellence is still accepting proposals for fall semester workshops! 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.

College seeking parking and campus guides for Welcome Week

Give our students a great start to the semester by volunteering your time at the Downtown Campus during Welcome Week, Aug. 22-29. The college is looking for helpful people who can guide new students to their classes as well as help them find a parking spot.
Interested? Here are your next steps:
1. Check the schedule of available time slots at O:\Interdivisional\LCC-Welcome-Week. We’ve removed Fridays from the schedule this year because of low student traffic, so you’ll only see Monday-Thursday times.
2. Check with your supervisor to be sure you can be gone from your regular work station at the times you’ve selected.
3. Email by Thursday, Aug. 9, with:

  • Your name
  • Your department
  • Your preferred dates and times
  • Your T-shirt size. Every volunteer will receive one T-shirt per day of volunteering. They’re blue this year, so you don’t need to wear your orange shirts.

Sign up early to get your preferred job and time! Popular assignments fill up quickly.

4. Attend a volunteer training in the Administration Building Boardroom to get yourself orientated to student needs and to wayfinding changes at the college. Available times include:

  • 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15
  • 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20

5. Show up with a smiling face to get our students ready for success this fall!

If you are interested in helping at West Campus, please contact Jennifer Fenning at

Follow along with the action on social media at #LCCWelcomeWeek. And be sure to thank the LCC Foundation and donors for their generous support of Welcome Week festivities!

FY20 Exception Time Reporting guides

(Formerly known as Grant Exception Reporting)
The Payroll Department, along with the Grants Department, is pleased to share the new and improved versions of the Exception Time Reporting documents, located on the Payroll website under the Instruction and Information Guide section. The new versions follow  accessibility guidelines and offer a more streamlined approach to the timesheet entry procedure.
Please begin using the new instruction guide and time log immediately as the changes are effective with the new fiscal year. Exception time includes: Grant-related activities, BCI-contracted trainings, Special Events Internal and Special Events External.

  • Exception Time Reporting Log: A document to certify exception hours worked. Formerly known as a Grant Time Log.
  • Recording Exception Time on Timesheet: A step-by-step instruction guide that explains how to enter exception time on an employee’s timesheet.

Questions can be directed to the Payroll Department at or 517-483-1799 for timesheet-related questions or the Grants Department at or 517-483-1737 for grant-related questions.

Board of Trustees approves national search for LCC’s 7th president

The Board of Trustees kicked off the search for LCC’s next president at a special meeting held Monday, July 15. The trustees unanimously approved a motion made by Trustee Robert Proctor, and supported by Trustee Samantha Vaive, to conduct a national search for the college’s seventh president by July 1, 2020. The motion also approved the hiring of an executive search firm to assist the board with the process. 

Current President Brent Knight announced his retirement last week, effective June 30, 2020. He has served as president since September 2008.

In the resolution, the trustees stated they are committed to “the highest degree of integrity and transparency.”

The first step in the process, according to statements made at the meeting by Purchasing Director Seleana Samuel, is to follow the college’s standard Request for Proposal (RFP) procedure to engage an executive search firm. Board Chair Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. asked members of the Audit Committee to work with the college’s Purchasing Department during the RFP process.

About half a dozen employees spoke to the board during public comment. They requested a national search, a transparent process, and the involvement of the Academic Senate and other members of the LCC community in the hiring process.

The board is next scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

What about benefits? Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts

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

LCC offers both Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to eligible employees, which allow you to save money on a pre-tax basis to pay for healthcare expenses. But what are the main differences between an HSA and an FSA?

Health Savings Account (HSA) Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Eligible to employees enrolled in an LCC High Deductible Health Plan (i.e. Flexible Blue or Essential HDHP) who are also not enrolled in any other non-HDHP Eligible to full-time employees only (not tied to any LCC health plan)
Fund contributions to the account via payroll deduction can be modified at any time throughout the year Must enroll and elect contributions at the beginning of the year during Open Enrollment (mid-year changes are allowed only with appropriate Qualifying Life Events)
Funds in the account can only be used for qualified medical expenses Funds in the account can only be used for qualified medical expenses and/or dependent care expenses
Funds in the account roll over from year to year Funds in the account do not rollover at the end of a calendar year (“use it or lose it”) but a 75-day Grace Period allows additional time to spend the funds

Visit our HSA administrator, Healthy Equity, to discover the qualified healthcare expenses that can be paid with your HSA or FSA funds. Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.

5Star Spotlight: Employee directory changes

The 5Star Service Center is a campuswide system where you can access self-help articles, submit service requests, find information related to technology interruptions and understand campuswide project status. 

Today, we’d like to help you understand how to maintain your directory information. If you change office location, or even just your phone number, it can be difficult for others on campus to find you. To help colleagues, mail services and Facilities locate you and provide services in a timely fashion, please complete this quick and easy directory change request.

Visit the 5Star Service Center. If you have questions, you can reach the Help Desk at or 517-483-5221. You can also submit a request for a new service online.

Staying cyber-safe on summer vacation

Typical travelers heading out on summer vacation check they have the right supplies and clothes for their trip. Expert travelers also check to ensure they are educated and prepared to be cyber-safe with their devices and data. Thinking of your smartphones and devices as being just as important as your wallet is a step in the right direction. These devices contain everything from your banking and payment information to your treasured family photos, and ensuring they are secure and protected when away from home is paramount.

Before your trip
Update your devices: Those updates don’t just contain new features, but fix security flaws and keep you protected!

Password protect your devices: Establish a strong passcode, swipe pattern and/or password to lock your smartphone or laptop.

Set your device to lock after an amount of time: Once you have the passcode, password or swipe pattern established, you should set an automatic device lock that will prompt for the access code after a specified time of inactivity. This will prevent a criminal from getting onto your device if you accidentally leave it unlocked.

Book your trip with trusted sites: Complete those transportation, lodging and experience transactions with trusted, known businesses. If possible, double-check the reviews and reputation of the sites. By sticking to reputable sites, you guarantee a higher standard of security for your data and transaction.

Staying secure and connected during your trip
Keep track of your devices: Not only are your devices worth a great deal of money (a new smartphone is worth $1,000), but your sensitive information accessible on that device is also valuable. Keep your devices close at hand or secured away safely when not in use. Theft of mobile devices – from smartphones to tablets and laptops – is all too common and can spoil a fun trip.

Limit your activity on public Wi-Fi networks: Public Wi-Fi that does not require credentials and logging in is not protected by encryption, so browsing and activity is not secure from prying eyes. To ensure your information is not put at risk, avoid logging into your personal accounts or making transactions while on public or hotel networks.

  • Use your phone carrier’s internet connection, or use your phone as a personal hotspot (if your cell carrier’s plan allows) when logging into personal accounts or conducting transactions.
  • Ensure your device is set to ask your permission before connecting to a wireless network while on your trip.
  • If you intend to use a hotel or establishment’s customer wireless network, verify with a member of the staff which network is the correct one to use.

Don’t overshare on Facebook: Consider posting updates about your trip after you return. Criminals may see you are away from home based on social media content and attempt to steal from your home! If you also share too many details about where you are on your trip, some scammers may attempt to contact your family and friends with a variety of scam tactics. Additionally, consider setting your social media accounts to only allow friends to view your posts and content.

By following these tips and being a cyber-safe traveler, you will have a smooth and enjoyable vacation! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the LCC ITS division, Director of Information Security, Paul H. Schwartz, at Article adapted from the Center for Internet Security.

Next week in the CTE

GSuite for Education
Thursday, July 18
1-2:30 p.m., 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.

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.

Everyone welcome to Lunch & Learn with Leaders

Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a leader here at LCC? Do you aspire to take on a greater level of responsibility in the work you do with us at LCC? If yes, this is the event for you!
Please join us for our Lunch & Learn with Leaders event 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the Gannon Building Grand River Room.
We are very pleased to be joined by LCC leaders:

  • Lisa Webb Sharpe, Executive Vice-President
  • Mark Cosgrove, Dean of Technical Careers
  • Bo Garcia, Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development

These three dynamic leaders will share their insights into what works well and what doesn’t as we attempt to navigate the path toward leadership and career development. The event is open to any employee who has an interest in pursuing leadership opportunities or understanding what it might take to get there.

Register in the Talent Management System (LMS) by searching for “Lunch with Leaders.” Space is limited to 30, so register soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Stroebel in Human Resources at or 517-483-1875.