LCC offers an array of
employee benefits, but understanding them can be confusing. Each week, Human
Resources hopes to explain the many facets of our LCC benefits. This week: Take
advantage of an event to learn more about Social Security.
Social Security is an important piece of the retirement puzzle. Do you want to
better understand the filing process and learn some strategies to help you with
You are in luck! A representative from Waddell & Reed will be on the
Downtown Campus Oct. 16 for a Lunch and Learn presentation on Social Security.
Lunch will be provided and space is very limited. Please check out the
event flyer for more information and how to RSVP for this free
and beneficial event.
Please contact Mara Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
A recent change to Google
Chrome has removed the ability for users in the Talent Management System to
bookmark a spot in an online course and then return to the course to
pick up where they left off when closing the training course
window. LCC has no control over this feature and has no further
information about future Chrome updates. This issue doesn’t occur in Firefox or
In Chrome, users can still bookmark a course by pressing the “Save and Exit”
button. Users who exit the course using “Save and Exit” will be able to return
to the course later and not have to review lose previously viewed
material. Please note, not all courses contain this button at this
time. Human Resources is in the process of revising all online courses so
they include the “Save and Exit” button.
No user should access a course using Internet Explorer (IE), as that browser is
incompatible with many of the activities placed in an online course.
Please direct all questions to the LCC Help Desk at 517-483-5221.
This week, we’re applauding
the Learning Commons’ Ali Ghorbanpour.
“Ali has efficiently provided additional math tutoring/instruction
sessions, the Math Exam Prep Parties, for
students,” Mackenzie Baker wrote in the award. “His efforts
included bringing tutoring services and mathematics faculty together in a joint
effort to help students master their Math 121, 122, 151, 152 and 253
coursework. He is a rock star and so passionate about his work both with
students and faculty.”
Applause also goes to faculty member Julie Gloss, who teaches Spanish
“Julie went the extra mile for one of her students,” Andy George
wrote in the award. “A student in one of her classes this summer was
approved to test with a reader due to his disability. As Julie teaches Spanish,
this was a bit complicated for our English-speaking readers. Julie took it upon
herself to create a recording of her reading the test aloud that the student
could use while testing. This ensured that pronunciation and inflection were
accurate, and that the student had the best possible testing experience. I am
grateful for Julie’s conscientiousness and creativity in the service of our
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 from the week include:
Michigan’s Liberal Arts
Network for Development, or LAND, is seeking “Lightning Talks” proposals for
its upcoming conference.
LAND creates a forum for developing the liberal arts at Michigan’s community
colleges. Its annual conference features “Lightning Talks,” which are 10-minute
presentations related to liberal arts and the conference theme. This
year’s theme is “At the Precipice.” Proposals are accepted from
full-time and part-time faculty, administrators and staff.
The deadline for applying for a Lightning Talk is Wednesday, Oct. 16. The LAND
Conference will be held Feb. 5-7, 2020, in Ann Arbor, and registration will
open later this fall. Apply or learn more online.
A representative from VOYA will be on campus 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Gannon Building, Student Affairs Conference
Room 1204D, 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.email@example.com
Amy Larson has been appointed as the college’s new Open
Educational Resources project manager. She replaces Regina Gong, who left the
college this summer.
Amy has been an LCC faculty member in English for five years,
teaching classes at all skill levels from ESOL to Composition II. During that
time, she called on her experience in Computer-Aided Language Learning and web
design to develop a database of online resources in conjunction with the
OpenLCC project. She has also presented at multiple state and national
conferences on the production and use of OER in the classroom. Amy’s
continued involvement in OER initiatives includes procuring two grants for
writing and remixing material to create a textbook.
LCC’s OER initiative is designed to encourage the use and creation of freely accessible, openly licensed learning materials to lower the cost of education for all students. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 136 courses with a combined 13,282 seat count used an OER. That is about one-fifth of the college’s total seat count for the year.
In the future, Amy plans to focus on expanding the OER options for students as part of the college’s strategic plan. She will work to support faculty as they create or refine materials to meet rigorous educational standards, and will help publish faculty-created materials through StarPress and OpenLCC. Through these efforts, she plans to raise LCC’s profile as an innovative leader in Open Educational Resources.
The Student Summit on
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was held Friday, Sept. 20, at the Downtown
Campus. More than 300 students attended the day-long event, including
college students from LCC, Michigan State University and Davenport University,
as well as a select group from area high schools.
State Rep. Sarah Anthony kicked off the event, followed by LCC faculty, staff
and local professionals presenting workshops on financial literacy, diversity
and inclusion, mental health, and more. Lunch in the Commons included tables
for college departments to share information with attendees as well as service
projects to be completed by participants. The lunch hour also included a
keynote address from motivational speaker Shon Hart.
The day concluded with a community poetry project led by Professor Barbara
Clauer and poetry performances from student Ferris Blackwell and Professor
Ravon Keith. LCC Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey gave the closing keynote.
The planning committee was pleased with the success of the day and hopes to
continue it annually.
Are you looking for
something fun and educational for your kids to do this fall? LCC Youth
Program Fall Saturday classes, for second-ninth graders, has something for
If you child loves robots, we have two classes this fall that are sure to
engage, teach and entertain! Battling Robots, Jr., for fourth and fifth
graders, is one of the most popular classes. Students can build and design the
ultimate LEGO bot to battle others. Maybe your child is just getting into
robots – have no fear! Beginning Robotics, for second and third graders,
introduces students to Sphero robotics, which teaches the basics of controlling
and programming a robot, controlled by iPads.
We have so much more to explore, so please visit our website at lcc.edu/seriousfun.
Theatre students will launch this year’s Performing Arts season with a show by Detroit playwright Dominique Morisseau. “Sunset Baby” was selected in conjunction with LCC’s year-long celebration of 400 Years of African-American History. Morisseau is a McArthur Genius Grant winner and author of multiple plays, including the Detroit Projects cycle and “Ain’t Too Proud,” a musical about The Temptations currently running on Broadway.
“Sunset Baby” tells the story of Kenyatta Shakur, a former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner. His wife has died, and he is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina. But if Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all – fatherhood.
The show, directed by Deb Keller, is intended for mature audiences. It will run 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, in the Gannon Building’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, and available online or at the door.