Monthly Archives: August 2019

A round of Applause! for Tami Matthews of A&S Division Office

This week, we’re applauding the Arts & Sciences Division Office’s Tami Matthews.

“I want to recognize Tami Matthews as she nears her retirement date,” Amy Park wrote in the award. “I’ve known and worked with Tami for 17 years. She has always been gracious, kind and helpful to all she comes into contact with – staff, faculty and students. I began working at the college in 2002 as a lead support. Tami was always willing to mentor me and show me the ropes. She generously shared her knowledge and resources. She has been working closely with me in the Division Office for the last year or so, and she is still always willing to pitch in and help. Tami: I and so many others will miss you as you begin your new adventure of retirement. Thank you for your service to the college and your kindness to me through the years.”

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.

Engagement tools in D2L for instructors

Are you looking for new ways to interact with your students in D2L? Kaltura, WebEx, D2L Discussions and D2L Announcements are just a few of the many engagement tools available in D2L.

  • Kaltura is a video platform that allows users to create, store and stream multimedia within D2L. Instructors can create accessible videos to increase instructor presence within any tool in D2L that uses the HTML editor, including Announcements, Discussions, Content and Assignments. Students can also use Kaltura to record and post videos within Discussions and for submissions within Assignments.
  • WebEx is an on-demand collaboration, online meeting and video conferencing application suite. Instructors can use WebEx to facilitate online office hours, class meetings, and individual or group conferences. WebEx is integrated directly into D2L, allowing instructors to schedule meetings and office hours directly in D2L.
  • The Discussions tool provides students and instructors the opportunity to communicate and discuss course topics. Instructors can set up forums and topics prompting students to discuss course content and assignments. Discussions can be enhanced with multimedia to increase engagement and allow for attachments, making them well suited for peer review activities.
  • With the Announcements tool, instructors can create announcement items to quickly communicate course updates, changes and other important information to students. Generally, My Home or Course Home is the first page students often see when they log in or access courses; therefore, the Announcements widget is a good area to display important information.

Interested in learning more about using D2L to engage your students? Feel free to contact or stop by the eLearning Department at any time!

eLearning offering Academic Office Hours this semester

During the fall 2019 semester, eLearning will offer Academic Office Hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the new eLearning suite in TLC 123. Instructors now have easier access to eLearning services and D2L help on the first floor of the TLC building, including open workspaces and private rooms for recording, accessibility work, D2L help, meeting with eLearning instructional designers and much more. Instructors can drop in at any time or schedule an appointment during business hours.

Be sure to visit eLearning in their new space during Academic Office Hours for the fall 2019 semester! Times are also available at other LCC locations. View the full schedule.

Learning Commons now hiring student staff as learning assistants

The Learning Commons is seeking your recommendations of students who can serve as learning assistants (LAs). These students provide one option for embedded academic support by working in the classroom as a peer mentor and helping teaching faculty as needed to guide learning activities. LAs also facilitate group study sessions as a peer tutor outside class to review course material and practice key concepts and skills, while encouraging good study habits and learning strategies. LAs might also have work assigned in the Learning Commons at the academic resource service desks and in the learning studios. 

We need teaching faculty to identify successful students who would be great LAs. The Faculty Recommendation Form is required for each applicant. Please submit forms to the Learning Commons in A&S 1313 or to Encourage the student to apply by sharing a copy of the completed form with them.

If you have any questions, contact the Learning Commons at or 517-483-1206, or call Learning Assistant Coordinator Deb Coulston-Kwapisz at 517-483-1186. Thank you for your consideration!

RISE invites employees to explore identity, power and privilege

To support inclusion, scholarship, equity and overall student success, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Teaching Excellence will facilitate the RISE (Reclaiming Inclusion through Scholarship and Equity) Institute and Conversations. We hope you will join in this fall as we explore “Identity, Power and Privilege.” All LCC employees are welcome. 
Participants will investigate unconscious bias and critical issues educators face every day. The RISE Institute and Conversations are designed to encourage ownership of professional growth and learning, with the ultimate goal of improving teaching and enhancing inclusion efforts, which makes student success possible.

Using Critical Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, the RISE Institute offers LCC’s educators ways to include self-reflection and introspection that lead to greater inclusion in their classrooms and work areas. These sessions are intended for faculty and administrators.

Additionally, all non-faculty staff members are invited to participate in the RISE Conversations. Schedules follow below.

RISE Up informational overview, all employees welcome:             

  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, GB 2204                                     

RISE Institute, for faculty and administrators:   

  • 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, GB 2204
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, GB 2204
  • 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, GB 2204
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, GB 2204
  • 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, GB 2204
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, GB 2204

RISE Conversations, for non-faculty:

  • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, GB 2214
  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, GB 1232  
  • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, GB 2214
  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, GB 1232
  • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, GB 2214                           
  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, GB 1232

Refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Register online.

Purchasing receives national award for 17th consecutive year

Purchasing recently earned the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute.
The award criteria are designed to measure public procurement best practices in innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership. LCC is one of only two agencies in Michigan and one of only 25 colleges or universities in the U.S. and Canada to receive the award.
Congratulations, Purchasing!

2019-2020 Talent Management System learning plan

LCC often uses an online Talent Management System to make required employee training convenient for you. To help you plan, here is the anticipated 2019-2020 training schedule. You will receive an email when training is assigned, and the email will include the due date for the course.

August 2019:

  • Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes

September 2019:

  • Title IX – 45 minutes

October 2019:

  • CSI – 30 minutes
  • FMLA/ADA – 15 minutes

November 2019:

  • Violence-Free Workplace – 30 minutes
  • Administrative Policies – 15 minutes

December 2019:

  • No courses assigned

January 2020:

  • Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes
  • But Wait, There’s More – 10 minutes
  • FERPA – 30 minutes
  • CSA (Clery) – assigned to Campus Security Authorities only – 10 minutes

February 2020:

  • Beyond the Timecard – assigned to support – 15 minutes
  • Beyond the Timecard – assigned to administrators – 15 minutes
  • Student Employment – assigned to managing administrators and full-time clerical support – 30 minutes

March 2020:

  • See a Penny – assigned to all non-faculty – 15 minutes
  • Confidentiality – 15 minutes

April and May 2020:

  • No courses assigned

All courses assigned to total college except as noted. Newly hired employees are assigned courses based upon their role at the college. If a newly hired employee has completed a course that is later reassigned to them through the above annual plan (within 90 days of the first completion), the employee should call HR-OD at 517-483-1879 to have the new assignment removed.

This plan is subject to change. The following courses are in development or are being updated: Accessibility at LCC, Open Educational Resources, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Running TMS Reports, Emergency Evacuation.

Reminder: 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!

What about benefits? LCC Benefits and Supplemental Options Survey

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 our LCC benefits. This week: How you can have a greater say in your benefits.
The LCC Health Care Task Force is conducting a survey to gather employee input on LCC-offered benefits and options for future supplemental benefits. The first wave of this survey was emailed last Thursday, Aug. 15, to non-faculty employees. We have had a great number of responses thus far, so thank you to all those who have completed the survey!
There is still plenty of time to complete the survey if you have not done so already. The survey was created through SurveyMonkey and will only take up to three minutes to complete. Employee participation is critically important and greatly appreciated. If you are a non-faculty employee, please look for this survey in your mailbox. Thank you, in advance, for your participation and input!
The deadline for non-faculty employees is Aug. 30. Faculty employees will receive the survey by email on Sept. 16. 

Please contact Mara Fisher at with any questions.