This week, we’re applauding
Sue Muma, the associate dean of the Center for Student Support.
“Before we began to work remotely, Sue had brainstorming sessions with the
Center for Student Support staff on what we would need to work remotely,”
Vanessa Bell wrote in the award. “When it was announced that we would
be working remotely, we were prepared to make sure students were still afforded
the same services as they would during a face-to-face encounter. During this
time, Sue has made every effort to keep us just as connected as we were on
campus. She sends ‘Daily Updates’ emails to keep us informed about
important discussions, decisions and resources for us and ones we can share
with students. They also give us a glimpse into Sue’s life away from LCC with
pictures and stories. She does a temperature check and encourages us to reach
out to each other and other colleagues. She issues challenges that are
achievable and fun! Having Sue as the leader of our area has made this time
more bearable. It helps to know she cares about us, and the feeling is
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.
LCC’s Lincoln Financial Advisors retirement
consultant is available by phone to talk about your retirement options through
a 403(b) TDA plan or 457 retirement plan. Her name is Kirsten, and her phone
number is 517-282-8099.
As Michigan begins to ease its stay-at-home
order, LCC continues to plan for how to safely operate in a face-to-face
Most classes will be taught online during the fall, which will help limit the
number of people on campus at any time and allow for proper social distancing.
Here are a few other things we know about our eventual return to campus,
although we are still working out many details:
Our in-person return to campus will be staggered. This will allow those with a greater need for in-person work to have more space to work on campus, while those who can effectively complete their work from home remain off campus.
Employees and students will be required to wear masks or some sort of face covering while on campus for the foreseeable future.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, and that will guide decision-making.
The Business Resumption Task Force and
Incident Command Team continue to meet weekly. At this time, only employees who
have been deemed “essential” or who otherwise have permission from their
Executive Leadership Team member can report to campus in person. Any employee
reporting to campus is required to complete a health screening questionnaire
before arriving, wear a face covering, maintain at least six feet of distance
from others, and check in and out with Public Safety.
We will continue to keep you updated on the college’s progress toward business
resumption. Keep an eye on The Star and other communication tools for regular
LCC has distributed more than $1 million of the student portion of our CARES Act funding, benefitting more than 1,250 Stars. The money came from $2.9 million the college received from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency cash grants to students. Eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus services due to LCC’s move to a remote environment were invited to apply.
Beyond the money already distributed, the college hopes to provide funding to hundreds of additional students who applied but still need to provide more information or complete a final step. In addition, new applications continue to come in every day.
The CARES Act application also asked about students’ non-academic needs. From those applications, the college referred more than 2,300 students to Academic Success Coaches for assistance with health care concerns, job loss, rent/mortgage payments, and transportation issues. About 1,600 students were referred to the Counseling team for assistance with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. More than 1,700 students were referred to the Financial Aid team for assistance with job loss or reduction in work hours for themselves or a member of the household.
Thank you to the entire team involved in creating this process, reviewing applications and working with students. Your work is appreciated and is making a difference in students’ lives!
No matter how short or long your time at LCC has been, we’re hoping you’ll reach into your memory banks and share with us what you know about the image below. Any bit of information about the image is helpful, including the location, the event, a person or a random story related to it.
Send information, including the image number, to Linnea Knapp, Records Information Specialist, LCC-RIM@lcc.edu, and perhaps you can help solve a mystery.
Image #002 – President Gannon and the Board of Trustees
In the new, remote LCC atmosphere, we have the
opportunity to make our lives better. As our old routines give way to new ones
and we seize opportunities presented to us, we have a chance to try something
new. One way to do this is by learning a new skill or
developing good habits through a 30-day challenge.
Inspired by Matt Cutt’s TED talk, we would like for you to
take up the Experience Starpower 30-day challenge. A 30-day challenge is the
opportunity to intentionally pick something new and do it every day for 30
days. Is there something you’ve always meant to do or wanted to do, but just
haven’t? Try it for 30 days. You don’t have to go overboard; even a simple 10
minutes each day is good.
do isn’t as important as doing something every
single day. For example, ITS’ Director of Enterprise Systems Bill Garlick
always wanted to learn how to draw. Every day for 30 days, he spent 15-20
minutes learning to draw. After those 30 days, he came to the realization that becoming an
artist just takes practice. Here are some ideas for your 30-day challenge:
Nutrition – One Meal a Day: Change your current habits for one meal each day, like not drinking pop or having one less helping.
Fitness – One Workout a Day: Do something physically active for at least 10 minutes a day, like running 1 mile or dancing along to a music video.
Mindset – The Daily Journal: Write in a journal the things that make you wonderfully unique as a person. What makes you awesome?
Inspiration – Watch a TED Talk video: Get a dose of daily inspiration by watching a TED Talk video every day.
Lifestyle – Social media detox: Limit your social media browsing to 15 minutes per day.
Knowledge – Read 20 pages of a book: Dust off a book on your shelf and set a daily reading goal.
Let’s start our 30-day challenge on June 1. At the end of the month, on June
30, send your 30-day challenge results, accomplishments, stories or picture to
the Experience Starpower Team at ExpStarpowerTeam@star.lcc.edu. We will include
your new accomplishment in a future edition of The Star. You can make
profound changes in your life in just 30 days!
The Fall 2020 Tuition
Waiver Request Forms are now available. The Tuition Waiver Request Form is a
major step in the Tuition Waiver Process and is due before the start date of any courses
for which you or your dependents are requesting the use of your tuition waiver
credits. If the request is for a non-credit course or youth program, please
submit the form at least two weeks prior to the start of the course or program
to allow proper time for processing.
The most current forms for fall semester and lots of other helpful information
about the Tuition Waiver Process can be accessed through the “Tuition Waiver”
link on your myLCC Work tab.
reminder: Solely selecting the “Employee Sponsored Payment
Plan” does NOT guarantee approval and processing of your tuition waiver
credits. You also MUST complete the applicable Tuition Waiver Request Form by
the deadline to use your tuition waiver credits.
Please contact Mara Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any Tuition Waiver questions.