Monthly Archives: November 2019

LCC employees are invited to the Silver Bells in the City Parade Watch Party

Stay warm inside LCC’s Gannon Building and watch the Annual Silver Bells in the City parade on the big screen. This year’s event features food trucks, a holiday costume contest, Disney’s Frozen character appearances, face painting by LCC art students, live music by LCC music students and faculty, and other fun activities.

Employees are welcome to bring friends and family. RSVP with your number of guests and view all activities at

Silver Bells in the City Parade Watch Party from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

After the parade, the 14th Annual Silver Bells in the City Radio Play will take place at Dart Auditorium. This year, live audience members will enjoy Back to the Present is a quirky holiday-themed parody of Back to the Future written by LCC’s own Daedalian Lowry. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins around 8 p.m.

A round of Applause! for Tim Kelley, Leslie Johnson, Laurie Kinne and Andrea Hoagland

This week, we’re applauding several Integrated English and Academic Affairs employees for their help during the TLC Building construction.

“A big thank you to Tim Kelley and Leslie Johnson for taking the lead and arranging a temporary space to hold library instruction sessions while the library classroom is under renovation,” the Library team wrote in the award. “We also want to give a round of applause to Andrea Hoagland for offering this workable solution during a time of transition. And an extra special thanks goes out to Laurie Kinne for making it happen quickly and easily.”

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.

Nominations now open for 2019-2020 Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase

These exciting awards are designed to honor the hard work, innovation and dedication of you and your peers.
One person will be honored in each of these categories:

  • President’s Award (Outstanding Achievement Award)
  • Provost’s Award (Teaching Faculty of the Year)
  • Provost’s Award (Academic Professional of the Year) 
  • Galaxy Award (Administrator of the Year)
  • Aurora Award (Diversity Excellence Award)
  • Superstar Award (Public Safety or Facilities Employee of the Year)
  • Eclipse Award (Safety Award)
  • Shining Star Award (Support Person of the Year)
  • Rock Star Award (Student Employee of the Year)
  • Rising Star Award (New Employee of the Year)
  • Giving Star Award (Philanthropic Award)

If you know someone who should be nominated, you can submit your thoughtful nominations on the Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase webpage. Nominations are due by Feb. 14, 2020. Look for event details in a spring edition of The Star.  

The awards are organized by the Experience #Starpower team, dedicated to creating an enjoyable and rewarding work atmosphere for all LCC employees.

Get more information and nominate a candidate online.

Don’t forget, you can recognize the smaller successes of your co-workers every day with Applause! Awards. Applause! Awards are featured in The Star and are shared with the person you are recognizing.

Academic Senate passes amended resolution on timely response

At its Nov. 22 meeting, the Academic Senate passed a resolution stating all college employees should respond to emails within 48 business hours. It further specifies faculty should respond to students within 48 business hours when contacted by LCC email, D2L email or a communication method stated on the course section syllabus. The resolution also states the Senate will collaborate with the college to provide support and/or education necessary to assist faculty and staff in overcoming any barriers to achieving the 48-business-hour response time. The resolution now goes to Provost Sally Welch for consideration and possible drafting into a college policy or standard operating procedure.
At its last meeting, senators rejected a similar proposal out of concerns about adjunct faculty not having access to college phones. The resolution passed last week stripped out language about telephone communications.
Additionally, the Senate approved:

  • Changes to its bylaws that provide clarity of language and fix a few small membership issues
  • The formation of a team to review all aspects of representation on the Senate
  • A Standard Operating Procedure outlining a process for Academic Senate participation in governance, stating the college should formally notify the Senate when it determine changes are needed related to issues of collegewide educational philosophy, academic policies or other such issues, and should collaborate with the Senate in forming appropriate committees or teams to design those changes, and should give the Senate an opportunity to advise once a proposed change has advanced beyond the development stage
  • A recommendation to the provost to add ENGL 200: Introduction to Literature to the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
  • A recommendation to the provost to create a new course, MUSC 109: Studio Class
  • A recommendation to the provost to revise courses MGMT 329: Advanced Management Communication; ARTS 171: Computer Graphics/Digital Imaging; ARTS 173: Computer Graphics/Web Design; ARTS 179: Interface Design; ARTS 229: Computer Graphics & Advanced Web Design; BUSN 251: Understanding Investments; BIOL 201: Human Anatomy; BIOL 275: Molecular Biology I; and BIOL 276: Molecular Biology II

During the meeting, senators also heard an update on the role and work of the Academic Success Coaches, presented by Senator and Academic Success Coach Manager Shalonda James-Garza. Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Tracy Labadie also updated senators on changes to the Program Review process. The changes bring LCC’s review process in line with the state’s Program Review of Occupational Education (PROE) process that is required for Perkins-eligible programs, eliminating the need for occupational and technical programs to conduct two separate reviews. Additionally, the changes lengthen the timeline for completing Program Review, thereby giving all programs more time to accomplish the work.
The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

College debuts Upward Bound sculpture

The LCC community welcomed Upward Bound, the newest sculpture to grace the Downtown Campus, with a ribbon-cutting and reception on Friday, Nov. 22.

The stunning piece, located in the center of a new quadrangle on the Hill, soars 43 feet into the air and consists of three vertical beams in vibrant colors, set on a 50-ton base.

The iconic sculpture is one of the largest in Michigan and will become a defining monument of LCC and downtown Lansing.

Upward Bound was made possible through a generous gift from LCC Trustee Andrew Abood and his family to honor their mother, Patricia.

Upward Bound was designed by Matthew J. McGaughey of MAYOTTEgroup Architects.

LCC Trustee Andrew Abood, surrounded by his family and other trustees, cuts the ribbon on the Upward Bound sculpture.

Timesheet instructions – recording holiday hours on timesheet

Holiday hours for Nov. 28-29 will auto load on timesheets for the following employee groups:

  • Salaried Administrators: Holiday time will not appear on the timesheet but will auto load during the pay cycle. Please do not enter hours for the holiday.
  • FT Support: 16 hours will default on the timesheet for the holiday. Please disregard the “-16” populated in the default hours of timesheet. This will not affect your total hours reported.
  • FT Physical Plant: 16 hours will default on the timesheet for the holiday. Please disregard the “-16” populated in the default hours of timesheet. This will not affect your total hours reported.

Employee groups not listed above may record leave time (i.e. Holiday Pay, PTO, etc.) if available (see union contract) and if pay for the holiday is desired. Regular hours should be recorded on timesheet as “Holiday Worked” only if work was performed on the actual holiday.
For more information, click Help, located in employee self-service on your timesheet, in the top right corner.
Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at or 517-483-1799. 

Screenshot of employee Banner, showing the Help button in the far upper right corner.

Early timesheet alert – Thanksgiving holiday 2019

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Dec. 6 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.
Hours submitted for the Pay Period of Nov. 17-30, 2019, for the pay date of Dec. 6, 2019 (BW25):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m., TODAY, Nov. 27, with PROJECTED HOURS for Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 30.
  • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 3 p.m. It is important all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
  • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at or 517-483-1799.

CTE offering orientations for new faculty in spring 2020

The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering multiple orientation times in January for new faculty. The goals of the sessions are to create a welcoming transition for new instructors and connect them to LCC resources and services. In addition to meeting new faculty, the following topics will be addressed:

  • LCC systems that impact faculty, such as myLCC, Office 365 and Banner Web Self-Service.
  • The various resources and services available through the CTE, Media Services, Police and Public Safety, etc.
  • College policies, such as enrollment verification.
  • Information on professional development opportunities, such as the CTE’s 12-week course, “Transforming Learning through Teaching” and the “LCC/CTE Teaching Online Certification” course.

Time options are:

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in TLC 326
  • 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in West Campus M124A
  • Online via Desire2Learn

Register or learn more online.