Monthly Archives: May 2020

What about benefits? May is Mental Health Month

May is recognized as Mental Health Month, which strives to bring awareness, support and education related to mental illness and suicide prevention. Especially during this pandemic, sustaining and building mental health and resilience is critically important. The State of Michigan is doing its part by providing great resources at the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Well website, including crisis help lines, guidance documents and videos.
 
Due to the remaining stigma associated with mental illness, we can also do our part by supporting and reaching out to those who may be struggling or feeling isolated. Virtual contact is better than no contact at all!
 
Let’s work together to bring mental health to the forefront of our minds.

A round of Applause! for eLearning’s Jessica Klatt

This week, we’re applauding Jessica Klatt of the eLearning Department.

“I want to recognize Jessica Klatt, support staff for the eLearning Department, for graduating and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from Sienna Heights,” Linda Hamlin wrote in the award. “She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors on May 2, 2020. Congratulations!” 

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

Press clips for the week include:

LCC adjusts parking plans

LCC has withdrawn a plan to build a parking structure at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Shiawassee Street. The college’s revised plan is to demolish the Gannon Parking Ramp on Grand Avenue and rebuild the structure. The college plans to ask for approval from the City of Lansing to build a new, five-story ramp.

In cooperation with the City of Lansing, LCC will make every effort to make additional parking available to students during the rebuilding phase.

D2L enhancements for summer semester: Beeline Reader and student self-enrollment in training

D2L has some fresh features in time for the summer 2020 semester.

A new option, Beeline Reader, has been added to the Alternative Formats menu, found next to Content topics in D2L courses. Beeline Reader uses an eye-guiding color gradient to pull your eyes from one line to the next, assisting with reading text online. Several different color schemes are available.

Screenshot of color scheme selection in Beeline Reader

Students can now also self-enroll in the Learning Online in D2L Training. The training takes students through the basics of using D2L, as well as exploring the expectations that come with being an online student. To enroll, students can select Trainings from the Online Tools menu on the My Home page of D2L. Then, select the Learning Online in D2L training from the Discover menu, and select Enroll in Course to add the training to the My Courses widget in D2L. 

Screenshot of the Learning Online in D2L enrollment page.

Multicultural Achievement Celebration recognizes students

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Cesar Chavez Learning Center honored 19 students at a Multicultural Achievement Celebration on May 19. The virtual event recognized the accomplishments of graduating and transferring students of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students; and first-generation students.
 
Speakers included student Aida Rachid, Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey, Professor Ravon Keith, and the Centre for Engaged Inclusion’s Jonathan Rosewood. In addition, more than half of the student participants spoke to thank their family, friends and LCC employees.
 
The archived ceremony can be viewed on YouTube.

Virtual commencement ceremony reaches thousands

LCC held a virtual commencement for all graduating students on Friday, May 15. The video was streamed on the college’s virtual graduation webpage and Facebook page, and is still available to rewatch.
 
As of May 20, the virtual graduation webpage had nearly 5,000 page views, including visits from 17 countries outside the U.S. In addition, our Facebook post with the video reached 28,000 people, with nearly 15,000 views and 2,500 reactions, comments and shares. In total, the video has been watched for 177,000 minutes.
 
Thank you to the entire team who helped create this graduation ceremony to honor our graduates! They deserved this public celebration of their success.

Screenshot from the beginning of the virtual 2020 commencement ceremony.

Starting fall semester, students with full financial aid no longer need to sign up for payment plan

To make the process of signing up for payment plans easier and more intuitive, LCC will no longer require students with full and verified financial aid to sign up for payment plans. This change will take effect for the fall semester.
 
In the past, LCC has required all students, even those with financial aid, to sign up for a payment plan. The goal was to ensure students whose aid ended up falling through would still be set up to pay their tuition and fees. However, the college found the end result was confusion for students, sometimes leading to those who had full financial aid inadvertently getting dropped from classes.
 
As in the past, students still must choose a payment plan or pay in full every semester to avoid getting dropped from classes. They can sign up in Banner Self-Service by selecting “Student Finance/TouchNet.”
 
Due dates to sign up for a payment plan or pay in full for the fall semester are based on registration date.

  • Register May 18-Aug. 2, the due date is Aug. 3
  • Register Aug. 3-9, the due date is Aug. 10
  • Register Aug. 10-16, the due date is Aug. 17
  • Register Aug. 17 or later, the due date is at the time of registration

Learn more online.

Steve Robinson will become LCC’s next president

After a nationwide search, the LCC Board of Trustees selected Steve Robinson, current president of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, as LCC’s next leader.

Robinson will succeed President Brent Knight, who will retire June 30.

One of four finalists for the role, Robinson brings a rich community college career that spans 23 years and includes teaching, management and organizational operations. Prior to being named Owens Community College’s seventh president in 2018, he served as their vice president of academic affairs and provost. He also led the college through a serious financial crisis, placing the institution on sound fiscal footing.

Robinson has worked at Mott Community College in Flint as the executive dean of planning and research, the University of Michigan-Flint as a graduate faculty member in English, and faculty advisor and chairperson in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University.

“Dr. Robinson has shown expert skills in managing complexities and has been successful at overcoming challenges,” LCC Board of Trustees chair Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., said. “We look forward to him working in tandem with our students, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees to make LCC the best it can be.”

President Brent Knight endorsed the decision. “I trust that the Board of Trustees have selected a very capable successor and I am confident that LCC will continue to serve the community with distinction.”

Robinson holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University, where he also earned B.A. and M.A degrees. His master’s degree is specifically in English Community College Teaching. He began his teaching career at LCC as an intern teaching WRIT 121, and will now return to Mid-Michigan as the college’s next leader.