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
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.
Press clips for the week include:
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encourage the student to apply by sharing a copy of the completed form
If you have any questions, contact the Learning Commons at email@example.com
or 517-483-1206, or call Learning Assistant Coordinator Deb
Coulston-Kwapisz at 517-483-1186. Thank you for your consideration!
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
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
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
- 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 recently earned the 2019
Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement
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.
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
- Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes
- CSI – 30 minutes
- FMLA/ADA – 15 minutes
- Violence-Free Workplace – 30 minutes
- Administrative Policies – 15 minutes
- Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes
- But Wait, There’s More – 10 minutes
- FERPA – 30 minutes
- CSA (Clery) – assigned to Campus Security Authorities only – 10 minutes
- 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
- See a Penny – assigned to all non-faculty – 15 minutes
- Confidentiality – 15 minutes
April and May 2020:
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
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.