Monthly Archives: February 2020

A round of Applause! for Student Affairs’ Kascha Stern

This week, we’re applauding Kascha Stern of Student Affairs.

“(Kascha conducts) extremely thorough research, testing, documentation, and training for software upgrades to keep Banner running smooth and without issues for faculty, staff and students,” Greg Vondett wrote in the award.

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 view film ‘Selma’ in Centre for Engaged Inclusion

As part of the Black History Awareness Committee’s Learning Circle Film Series and Round Table Discussion, the film “Selma” will be shown noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.

The 2014 movie documents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. It was directed by Ava DuVernay and stars David Oyelowo.
 
Registration is not required, but it is appreciated.

Cross country teams receive national academic honors

LCC men’s and women’s cross country teams recently received national recognition, as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Cross Country Coaches Association announced their academic honorees for the 2019 cross country season.
 
The men’s team is ranked seventh nationwide in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Academic All-Scholar Teams, and the women’s team is ranked 13th in the nation in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Academic All-Scholar Teams.
 
LCC had eight students join the ranks of Scholar All-Americans by the NJCAA based on their academic achievements. Representing the women’s team is Claudia Baryo with a 4.0, Anne Lyon with a 4.0, and Sophia Spalding with a 3.5. Scholars on the men’s team are Joel Fudge with a 4.0, Austin Savage with a 4.0, Stefan Carlson with a 3.62, Dilland Havilland with a 3.6 and Cody Rapelje with a 3.5.
 
“They truly are a really good group of student-athletes,” LCC head coach James Robinson said. “They support each other and they work hard. From my perspective, they have been one of the easiest and most fun groups to work with during my time at LCC.”

2019 listing photo for the men's and women's cross country teams.

Spots still available for free Social Security presentations

Social Security is an important piece of the retirement puzzle. If you are ready to better understand the filing process and learn strategies to help you with your choices, you’re in luck!

Representatives from Waddell & Reed and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company will be on the Downtown Campus 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 3 to present on Social Security. Food will be provided at both time slots and space is limited.

Please check out the event flyer for more information and how to RSVP for one of these free and beneficial presentations.

LCC employee wins Food Network’s Girl Scout Cookie Championship

The Mackinac Bridge has always brought good memories for Jeremy Davis, but now that association is just a bit sweeter.
 
Davis’ cake representation of the Mackinac Bridge won him the cookie crown in the fourth episode of the Food Network’s “Girl Scout Cookie Championship,” which premiered Monday night. Davis, the director of the Business and Economics Department and an Academic Senator, used his favorite Girl Scout cookies – Samoas – to recreate the bridge in all its toasted coconut, caramel drizzle glory.
 
“I love that Jeremy took us on a road trip,” judge Zac Young said in the show. “He took us on a journey. We drove up that road of cake with him, the way the road narrowed at the top, so it did look like a five-mile bridge in the distance.”
 
The show challenges five bakers to reimagine Girl Scout cookies into new desserts. It is hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan and features three judges. In the first round of the competition, Davis had to combine a road trip salty snack with a Girl Scout cookie. He used tortilla chips and do-si-dos to make do-si-do blondies. He and his competitors took their creations into the streets of Jersey City and tallied votes from passers-by to survive to the next round.
 
The top three vote-getters moved into the cake round, inspired by the “Celebrating Community” Girl Scout badge. Each baker had to make a 3D representation of a U.S. landmark. Davis chose to feature the Mackinac Bridge because it is so important to Michiganders.
 
“The whole show was about a family road trip and going up north is so Michigan,” Davis said. “It was kind of a risk to pick something that was very recognizable to me, but might not be to the judges. I’m happy it worked out and I was even happier at the responses I’ve been getting from people all over the state thanking me for featuring such an iconic Michigan landmark.”
 
Outside his work at LCC, Davis runs a home bakery called “Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery.” All his competitors attended culinary school and work professionally as bakers and chefs, and he said it was fun to pit the skills gained in his home business against their professional training.
 
“It felt amazing to take on the culinary school graduates,” he said. “Working in higher ed myself, I definitely value the education someone gets in their profession. I did have to remind them that even though I didn’t go to culinary school, I was a professional baker. Baking isn’t a hobby; I do run a business, it just happens to be out of my home.”
 
As the winner, Davis received a “dream outdoor vacation” and a year’s supply of Girl Scout cookies.
 
You can check out upcoming airings or stream the full episode online.

Employee Jeremy Davis talks with the judges while working on his Mackinac Bridge cake in this screenshot from the Food Network's "Girl Scout Cookie Championship."

Update on coronavirus outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China, and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the U.S. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019.”

While the immediate risk of this new virus in the U.S. is believed to be low at this time, there is concern for a nationwide spread of this disease. As of Feb. 26, there have been 14 cases of the virus diagnosed in the U.S., all in people who traveled recently to China or their close contacts. Another 39 U.S. residents have been infected in other parts of the world before returning to the U.S. and quarantined.
 
The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are spread through the air or via infected surfaces when a person with coronavirus coughs or exhales. This is why it is important to stay more than three feet away from a person who is sick.

Supervisors are asked to encourage employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they have these symptoms.

Here are things everyone should do:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Stay informed on the latest developments about coronavirus. The CDC has described this public health outbreak of the coronavirus as “an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.” Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health department, and the LCC Emergency Management Department.

As we always do during flu season, the college’s Facilities Department will continue to work with our custodial services teams to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces. Anyone who has not already gotten their flu vaccine is encouraged to do so.

ADA parking spaces near TLC Building to be unavailable during construction

The eight ADA parking spaces located next to the TLC Building, off Shiawassee Street, will be unavailable beginning March 1 because of construction at the TLC Building. Instead, additional ADA parking spaces have been added to lots E27 and E28. The spots will reopen after construction is completed in August.
 
The sidewalk between TLC and the A&S Building will remain open to pedestrian traffic.

Understanding fund accounting at LCC

As part of the strategic plan’s Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility focus area, the college has launched the Increased Financial Awareness Team. This group’s goal is to increase the college community’s understanding of LCC budgeting and accounting.

In this first of a series of articles, we cover the concept of “funds,” which you might find mentioned throughout the college’s financial statements.

A fund is a fiscal and accounting entity that exists to carry on specific activities or attain certain objectives, in accordance with special regulations, restrictions or limitations.

Fund accounting is a method of accounting used by governmental entities, like LCC, that separates and tracks financial transactions into specific funds based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

The college has established the following fund types, which categorize fund sources that have similar characteristics:

  • Auxiliary Funds
  • Designated Funds
  • General Funds
  • Plant Funds
  • Restricted Funds

For more information regarding fund accounting and these five fund types, please visit the 5Star Knowledge Base article.

The Increased Financial Awareness Team wants to hear from you and what you need in order to better understand the college’s finances. Please reach out to Kevin Bubb at bubbk@lcc.edu if you have questions or ideas for items you’d like the team to address, or if you’d like to join the team.