Monthly Archives: August 2019

Retirement party for A&S’s Tami Matthews

Please join us for cake and snacks 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in A&S 2203 (the Social Science & Humanities Service Center) to celebrate Tami Matthews as she retires. 
 
Tami moved to the greater Lansing area in 1987. She began taking classes at LCC in 1989 and worked as a student employee from 1991-1993. She graduated in 1993 with an associate degree in automotive. She worked part-time at LCC from 1994-1995 and became full-time support staff in 1995.
 
Come join us as we wish Tami the very best in her new adventures!

Commons, West Campus Cafe hours for fall semester

The Gannon Commons and West Campus Café have resumed their regular hours. The Pizza Hut formerly housed in the Gannon Commons has closed.

Grand Avenue Market:

  • 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays
  • 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays

Subway:

  • 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays

Einstein Bros. Bagels

  • 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays
  • Closed Fridays

West Campus Café

  • 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays
  • 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays

New employee orientation to be held Tuesday during Labor Day week

Due to Labor Day, new employee orientation for the first week of September will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Administration Building Boardroom. To attend this orientation, any newly hired employee must have their paperwork complete and provided to Human Resources by noon Friday, Aug. 30. Anyone unable to meet this noon deadline will be scheduled for orientation on Monday, Sept. 9.

Joint statement from college administration and LCC-MAHE negotiation team

As previously communicated, the college and MAHE began labor negotiations in July for the LCC/MAHE contract, which expires Aug. 19, 2020. Additional bargaining sessions were held this month.

The new negotiating process, which is designed for collaborative development of issues, continues to go well. The parties have made significant, substantive progress. 

Future bargaining dates have been scheduled in October, November and December.

Fall Kickoff provides academic updates and video highlights

Hundreds of employees attended Tuesday’s Fall Kickoff and Service Awards to get updates from President Brent Knight and Provost Sally Welch and to honor nearly 200 colleagues for their milestone years of service.
 
Headed into his final academic year as president, Knight reflected on his 11 years of service to LCC. Attendees watched a video about the college’s progress during the previous decade.

Provost Sally Welch also formally introduced herself to attendees, having taken on the role of provost in July following the retirement of Elaine Pogoncheff. She said she is focused on three projects this year – building a structure around the embedded academic support initiative, working on ways to improve student retention, and forming a stronger partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Although higher education is going through an identity crisis right now, she said, she is confident that if LCC “can find a way to be nimble and innovative, we can not only survive in this environment but thrive. We have to think about ‘what is next’ in careers or pathways for our students.”
 
Welch also provided a number of brief academic updates:

  • The academic success coaches, building from the embedded academic support and Achieve 360 initiatives, are hosting the mind.blown. Skill Builder Series. Events are scheduled throughout the year to share quick tips with students using humor.
  • As a result of faculty feedback, the program review cycle has been changed from a two- to three-semester process, beginning with the 2020-2021 cohort. A Talent Management System training will take the place of the traditional Program Review Kickoff meetings, and a comprehensive guide for completing program review is being developed.
  • The federal Perkins legislation was reauthorized, and will transition from an annual grant to a four-year grant. The college will be required to complete a comprehensive needs assessment every two years. Perkins kickoff events to discuss these changes will be held 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Washington Court Place Room 101 and 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the West Campus Auditorium.
  • Per Higher Learning Commission requirements, the college is building a structure around our advisory boards. A draft is coming soon for review.
  • StarScapes will be held Nov. 25-26 this semester. Contact Mindy Wilson at mindy.wilson@lcc.edu for information.

Welch plans to hold informal listening sessions open to all. The first session will be held 2-3 p.m. Sept. 12 on West Campus, and additional dates and times will be announced later.
 
The event also honored LCC employees who reached milestone anniversaries of employment, including Music’s Ed Fedewa, Management’s Scottie Putman and Kinesiology/Health/Wellness’ Robert Vanoosterhout for 40 years of service, and Technical Careers’ Richard Reagan and Chemistry’s Gary VanKempen for 45 years of service. Congratulations to all recognized, and thank you for your service to our students!

You can watch the full event online.

Welcome Week festivities begin today

Welcome back! LCC is kicking off the year with a week of activities, food and additional support for students. Welcome Week begins today and runs until Friday, Aug. 30. Every day is packed with events and giveaways for students, including this year’s marquee events:

  • Party with the Prez – Party All Knight, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the Mall. President Brent Knight will be on hand for fun in the middle of campus. Students can play games, win prizes, challenge President Knight in musical chairs and more!
  • Campus Resource and Student Organization Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, on the Mall. More than 40 areas from around the college will attend to help students discover clubs, organizations and resources to enhance their LCC experience.

The Welcome Week fun isn’t limited to the Downtown Campus. West Campus, LCC East, the Livingston County Center and the Aviation Center will all offer snacks and social events. To accommodate their many late-start students, East Campus and the Livingston Center will host Welcome Week Monday, Sept. 9-Friday, Sept. 13.
 
As a reminder, please note Welcome Week freebies and food are primarily to give our students a great start to the year. While employees are welcome to participate in events and snag a snack or two along the way, please be mindful supplies can run out and students hurrying between classes do not always have time to wait in a long line of employees to get some food.
 
Thank you to our LCC employee volunteers who will be on hand in blue T-shirts to help students find parking and locate classrooms. Additionally, thank you to those unable to volunteer because you will spend the week teaching or otherwise helping students. The start of the semester could not go smoothly without you!
 
Check out the full schedule of events at lcc.edu/welcomeweek.