Monthly Archives: January 2020

A round of Applause! for Gabe Revilla and Jon TenBrink

This week, we’re applauding Testing Services’ Gabe Revilla.

“Gabe has always impressed me with his customer service,” Alyssa Hartley wrote in the award. “The manner in which he handles students and the public is always calm, warm and welcoming. He always takes the time to go above and beyond for anybody he helps to make sure they leave us with correct information. He will ask questions even if he thinks he knows the answer just to be sure we have served the student to the best of our ability. He troubleshoots many things to save people time and trips around campus. I am always impressed with the way he handles more difficulty personalities and I have found myself trying to model my reactions in the same way. As a team member, Gabe is kind, generous and probably has one of the best senses of humor I have had the pleasure to enjoy. There is not a single person who walks away from Gabe without a smile on their face. We are all lucky to have him on our team.”

Applause also goes to Music’s Jon TenBrink.

“Jon provides relevant faculty information at all program meetings,” Jon Gewirtz wrote in the award. “He listens to all concerns from faculty and provides appropriate feedback in a timely manner. Also, he makes an effort to be available for the students. Having a full-time music faculty at the college is greatly appreciated and has improved the growth of the department.”

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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Everyone invited to Wellness Fair on Feb. 5

The Black History Awareness Committee is hosting a Wellness Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Gannon Building and all are welcome to attend. Several vendors will be on site to share information about health and wellness.
 
From noon-1 p.m., there will be a Poker Walk in the Gannon Building Gym. A poker walk is a fun-filled event designed to celebrate health and fitness! Create a team or walk individually around the gym and collect cards along the way. Depending on your poker hand, you could win some great prizes.
 
Finally, there will be informational workshops in Gannon Building, Room 2214.

  • Diversity in Health, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • Mental Health, 11:30 a.m.-noon and 1-1:30 p.m.

Registration is not required, but it is appreciated! Learn more about this and other events from the Black History Awareness Committee at lcc.edu/bha.

Provost’s spring office hours begin next week

Provost Sally Welch is hosting office hours again this semester to provide time for anyone to ask questions or offer ideas. Office hours will be held:

  • 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the StarZone
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at West Campus, Room W157
  • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Livingston Center, Room 104
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at West Campus, Room W157
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the StarZone
  • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Livingston Center, Room 104

Upcoming business seminars

Get Found on Google Search and Maps
10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4
WCP 101
 
USDA Value-Added Producer Grand Workshop
10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 4
West Campus Auditorium
 
Starting a Business
9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5
WCP 101

The Small Business Development Center at LCC is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and LCC. The SBDC provides seminars and confidential consulting for businesses at all stages. All employees are welcome. Please call 517-483-1921 with questions.

2019 electronic W-2s now available

2019 electronic W-2s are complete and available to employees via Banner Self-Service.
 
The process to view and print the electronic version is simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Log on to LCC Employee Dashboard
  • Select Taxes
  • Select W-2 Wage and Tax Statement
  • Click on the Help button. You will see the W-2 “Instructions to Employee” and IRS W-2 code descriptions.
  • Select the year you would like to view (2019)
  • Click on the Display button.
  • Click on the Printable W-2 button.
  • In order to print your W-2 in Banner Self-Service, you must enter your pin number. If you do not know your pin number, please contact the Help Desk at 517-483-5221.

2019 paper W-2s will be printed and mailed no later than Thursday, Jan. 30.  Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery.
 
Duplicate W-2s
IRS regulations require LCC to provide each employee with one electronic or paper copy of their W-2. For employees who have not given electronic consent, your mailed W-2 is LCC’s one required copy. If you require duplicate copies, you will have to log into Banner Self-Service, consent to electronic delivery and print any desired duplicate copies. The Payroll Department will not provide reprints.
 
Active employees may reprint a current or prior year W-2 at any time, day or night, by accessing Banner Self-Service and following the steps listed above.
 
Employees have to give their consent to receive their W-2 in electronic format. The process for requesting the electronic version is quick and easy. Follow these steps:

  • LCC Employee Dashboard
  • Select Taxes
  • Select the Electronic Regulatory Consent option
  • Check the Consent to Receive W-2 Electronically box
  • Click on the Submit button
  • You will not receive a confirmation that your selection has been received. To confirm your selection, go back into the Electronic W-2 Consent option and make sure there is a checkmark in the boxes.

Former employees may request a reprint of a current or prior year W-2 by visiting the Payroll Department and paying a $5 fee or by mailing a request with $5 to 309 N. Washington Square, Suite 203, Lansing, MI 48933. Upon receipt of your request and payment, a reprint will be provided.
 
For additional information, contact the Payroll office at FS-Payroll@lcc.edu or 517-483-1799.

Sign card for a World War II veteran as part of Operation Valentine

Next week, add your well wishes and thanks to a Valentine’s Day card for a 104-year-old World War II veteran, Major Bill White. LCC is joining in Operation Valentine, a nationwide call to action to send cards to the Marine.

Major White is an avid scrapbooker, and this year, his family made a viral request: Write to Major White to give him more memories to document in his scrapbook. He was an active Marine for 30 years and has been retired for 55, and he received a Purple Heart for injuries at Iwo Jima in World War II, according to an interview with ABC News.

LCC’s card is four feet tall and will be on display for signatures Feb. 3-5 in the Commons and Feb. 6-7 at West Campus. The college will then mail the card to Major White, along with a letter of gratitude from our Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.

Employee will appear in new Food Network competition show in February

Although he spends his evenings and weekends as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 45 in Charlotte, this year is all about Girl Scouts for Jeremy Davis. Specifically, Girl Scout cookies.

Davis, who works at LCC as the Director of the Business & Economics Department and an Academic Senator, will appear on the upcoming Food Network show “Girl Scout Cookie Championship.” The show pits five bakers against one another in a competition to reimagine Girl Scout cookies into a different, delicious dessert.

“I have been watching the Food Network for as long as the Food Network has been around, which makes me feel really old, and I have always loved the food competitions,” Davis said. “I’ve watched these shows for years and to be on the other side of it to go, ‘That’s why they’re doing it,’ and ‘yes, the clock is real,’ … It was exciting.”

Outside his full-time work at LCC, Davis is a husband and father of three, and runs a home bakery called “Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery.” He started the business three years ago to create all kinds of celebration cakes, especially wedding cakes. His business’ Instagram page caught the attention of Food Network casting directors, who reached out to set up an interview. The entire casting process took about four months, he said, and then he taped the show in September 2019 in New Jersey. The show was still largely an unknown to him going into taping, he said.

“I knew the show was called ‘Girl Scout Cookie Championship,’ but really other than that, they had no framework for us to show the format or what the competition was going to look like,” Davis said. “It was pretty blind for all of us.”

Despite having little information to start, Davis said he loved the experience and would happily do it again.

“The best part, it’s going to sound cheesy, is just the competition part of it, the challenge,” he said. “I bake in my kitchen almost every day, but there’s not a time limit or lights and cameras on you and someone asking you why you’re doing what you’re doing.”

The show is hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “How I Met Your Mother” fame and premieres Feb. 3.

“Meeting the judges was nice,” he said. “My kids were very excited I got to meet Kim Possible’s mom, because that’s the only way they know Alyson Hannigan.”

Davis’ episode premieres 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, on the Food Network. He is holding a watch party at the Eaton Pub & Grill in Charlotte, and anyone is welcome to join.

Learn about strategic plan projects over free lunch at all-employee event

As we begin a new year and a new semester, all employees are invited to our annual strategic planning sessions. The college hosts these “February Friday” sessions each year as an opportunity for employees to come together to work on big-picture goals. During the past several years, hundreds of you have participated in brainstorming ideas for how to make LCC a better place to learn and work.
 
Based on your feedback in previous years, the college’s current strategic plan emphasizes five focus areas:

  • Engaged Learning and Student Success
  • Leadership, Culture and Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Competitiveness and Innovation
  • Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility

Each focus area includes broad goals that provide vision and direction. From these goals, the college built project teams that are working to create progress on a concrete, specific action. Project team members are faculty, staff and administrators who are passionate about one area of improvement and have dedicated time beyond their usual workload to make meaningful change at LCC.
 
This year, the February Friday session will focus on providing updates on each focus area, including brief reports from some of the project teams. Please come hear from your colleagues about how they are making LCC better! You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of each group.
 
This year’s sessions and topics are:

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Michigan Room: Employee climate survey overview; Leadership, Culture and Communication; and Community Engagement
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the University Center, Rooms 203 and 204: Competitiveness and Innovation, and Engaged Learning and Student Success
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the West Campus Atrium and Auditorium: Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility, and a look ahead to this fall’s employee climate survey

Please note the rotating locations for this year’s events!
 
To attend, RSVP to StrategicPlan@star.lcc.edu by the Monday prior to each session. Your RSVP will allow us to order the right amount of lunch so everyone has the chance to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you!