Monthly Archives: October 2019

Coming soon! Ally in D2L

Ally is an accessibility tool, integrated into D2L, designed to improve the usability and accessibility of course content that is created or uploaded into D2L. Ally as a tool will not change how instructors currently use D2L for the management of their courses but will aid instructors in identifying course content that could be improved for accessibility. Ally will become available in D2L with the release of spring 2020 course shells, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 19.
Be sure to review the Ally in D2L Introduction / General Overview communication or visit the Ally in D2L section of the eLearning Instructor Resource site for the latest information, including communications, support documentation and available learning opportunities.
Please feel free to contact the eLearning Department at 517-483-1839 or email at

Veterans to be honored at Nov. 8 induction ceremony

The 10th annual Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony will take place noon Nov. 8 in the Michigan Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Housed in the HHS Building, the memorial is an interactive exhibit designed to honor Michigan veterans, especially those from Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. 
This year’s inductees are U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Terry L. Dankenbring (Vietnam War), U.S. Army Private First Class Robert J. Fretter (World War II), and U.S. Army Specialist Third Class Robert L. Flory (Korean War). Please join us in honoring their service.
For more information or to see a video of last year’s ceremony, visit

College hosting opportunities for students to explore business and cybersecurity careers

LCC will host two events next week to allow students to learn about career opportunities in business and cybersecurity.
The Careers in Business event will be held noon-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Gannon Commons. Students can network with local employers, LCC faculty and advisors to learn more about career and transfer opportunities. All students are welcome, and the event is targeted to those pursuing degrees in accounting, business, economics, insurance & risk management, management or marketing.
The Cybersecurity Career Exploration Day will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at West Campus. Students, parents and community members are invited to learn about career opportunities in cybersecurity. Local professionals and LCC faculty will present on the wide variety of career options and training needed to enter into this growing field. Free dinner, parking and giveaways are included.

Become an Inclusion Advocate!

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is looking for employees willing to serve as “Inclusion Advocates.” These individuals will serve in a formal role on search committees, with specific responsibilities designed to promote inclusive hiring practices.
At a minimum, and in consultation with the search committee chair, Human Resources, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an Inclusion Advocate will:

  • Serve on search committees for all full-time positions.
  • In most cases, be selected from outside the hiring department. A closely related department, even if within the same school or division, is encouraged.
  • Review and approve recruitment plans and job advertisements prior to the beginning of a search.
  • Review availability and application pool data and, if necessary, suggest additional recruitment options and/or changes to the recruitment plan and/or search timeline.
  • Provide a statement reviewing the search process, and assuring full inclusive practices were implemented during the search, and/or acknowledging concerns related to the search prior to the final hire being approved.

We are looking for faculty and staff participants who are deeply committed to equity and diversity on campus, possess good listening skills and empathy, and are eager to promote policies and best practices that retain and recruit the strongest LCC workforce possible.
Interested? Sign up today for the upcoming two-day training session: 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, and 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.
You must complete both sessions to be eligible to serve. Refreshments are included. At the conclusion of the second session, you can decide whether to have your name included on the list of advocates willing to be invited to serve in this role.
Sign up today by emailing Sydney Glasscoe at

Board of Trustees approves changes to TLC renovation funding

The Board of Trustees on Monday approved $1.45 million to renovate the TLC Building on the Downtown Campus. Trustees approved initial funding for the construction in 2017, and since then, extensive work with impacted student service areas and with the contractors found adjustments were needed to fully serve students.
The TLC renovations have already begun, with the third and fourth floor of the library closed to patrons through the end of 2019. The entire renovation is scheduled to be completed in August 2020. Please visit the library’s renovation website for up-to-date information, and keep an eye on The Star for further information.
In addition to the TLC renovation funding, the trustees also approved:

  • The 2019 Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan, as required by the state of Michigan, and FY 2021 Capital Outlay Project Request to the state, which focuses on a proposed project to redevelop the vacant property at 505 N. Capitol Ave. into a Cybersecurity Education & Veterans Resource Center
  • FY 2019 Year-End General Fund Transfers
  • A revised Drug-Free Workplace policy
Elaine Pogoncheff with all the trustees, holding her resolution from the board

The trustees also voted to accept the clean opinion of the external annual financial audit, conducted by Rehmann Robson P.C.
During the meeting, trustees also honored former Provost Elaine Pogoncheff. They presented her with a resolution thanking her for a long career dedicated to serving others as a nurse, professor and administrator.
Also this week, the trustees held a special meeting to interview search firms interested in leading the search for LCC’s next president. Please visit the Board’s presidential search webpage for updates.
The Board will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

LCC organization charts available online

Did you know the college maintains org charts for every division? They are housed on an unlisted webpage, meaning they aren’t searchable or available through the website navigation, but you can access them with a direct link.

The org charts provide a great resource to find a colleague who can help in a particular area of the college. They are updated periodically, so you might not see recent changes reflected immediately.

Check them all out online.

What about benefits? New WMHIP diabetic programs in 2020

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, two plan enhancements will be added to our LCC WMHIP medical insurance plans. Both plan enhancements are related to diabetes management and are free and voluntary to those enrolled in any of the WMHIP plans. The enhancements are summarized below:
Livongo is a personalized experience that helps members understand their blood sugar, develop healthy lifestyle habits and improve glycemic control. This enhancement program includes:

  • A cellular enabled blood glucose meter that provides real-time feedback for glucose readings
  • Unlimited strips to remove barriers to checking
  • Health challenges to encourage small wins that make big impacts
  • 24/7 remote monitoring with emergency outreach
  • 1:1 live coaching with Livongo Expert Coaches
  • Easy-to-share health summary reports for care coordination

Omada is a digital behavior change program that supports people at risk for, or living with, obesity-related chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and hypertension. This enhancement programs includes:

  • A cellular-enabled, weight-monitoring scale
  • A professional health coach
  • Weekly lessons with relevant, engaging content
  • Peer support group
  • Medication adherence support
  • Blood glucose and blood sugar tracking

Those enrolled in any of the WMHIP medical insurance plans will receive more detailed information and communications about these enhancements in December.
Our annual benefits open enrollment is coming soon! This year, open enrollment will be Nov. 4-18. Be on the lookout in the coming couple weeks for communications from HR describing your eligible options and changes you can make to your current benefits during this open enrollment period. If you have questions related to your benefits, please reach out to Mara Fisher at or to the benefits email at