Monthly Archives: September 2019

What about benefits? Free Social Security lunch and learn available

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 your choices?

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 perrym16@lcc.edu with any questions.

How to bookmark in the Talent Management System using Chrome

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 Microsoft Edge. 

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.

A round of Applause! for Ali Ghorbanpour and Julie Gloss

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 classes.

“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 students.”

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.

In the news

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35th annual LAND Conference seeks talk proposals

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.

One-on-one VOYA retirement sessions available

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.dodge@voya.com or 517-284-4582.

Amy Larson takes over as OER project manager

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.

College hosts 300 students for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

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.

Youth Programs enrolling for fall

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 everyone!

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.

Performing Arts opens season tomorrow with ‘Sunset Baby’

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.