Monthly Archives: June 2020

Do you have a topic you are interested in presenting to your colleagues?

The Center for Teaching Excellence is preparing its workshop calendar for the fall semester. We encourage you to submit your Workshop Proposal Form on a variety of topics, such as teaching and learning strategies, instructional technology, and innovative trends. Session formats may include face-to-face (with limited numbers of participants), as well as online.

Proposals are due by Friday, July 17. If you have any questions, please contact the CTE at 517-483-1680.

Timesheet instructions – Recording holiday hours on timesheet

Holiday hours for the date of July 3 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: 8 hours will default on the timesheet for the holiday. Please disregard the “-8”populated in the default hours of timesheet. This will not affect your total hours reported.
  • FT Physical Plant: 8 hours will default on the timesheet for the holiday. Please disregard the “-8”populated in the default hours of timesheet. This will not affect your total hours reported.

Employees groups not listed above may record leave time (i.e. PTO, Vacation, 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.

High school juniors and seniors encouraged to attend Summer Impact 2020

Spread the word! The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites area incoming 11th and 12th graders to participate in Summer Impact 2020 – a High School Summer Bridge Program.

This virtual program is intended particularly for students from under-served communities, including African American, Latino, Native American, foster system, immigrant and refugee, LGBTQ+, and first-generation college students. The Impact Program aims to help students build a bridge between what they are learning in high school and future high school, college and/or employment success.

Get more info and register to attend this free event.

Unsolved mysteries of the LCC Archives

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. Learn more about the LCC Archives.

IMG #007 – Student and staff at all-campus advising days

Student and staff at all-campus advising days

What about benefits? Fourth of July safety

The Fourth of July is a wonderful time of celebration for our country. It is safest to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals. However, many public offerings this year are cancelled due to COVID-19. Therefore, more people will be celebrating with fireworks at home, which increases the risk for injury and fires.
 
If you plan to use fireworks at home this year, please keep these important safety tips in mind:

  1. Sparklers are very dangerous! They can cause serious burns, reaching average temperatures around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparklers are easily dropped on bare feet and ignite clothing quickly. Try safer alternatives like glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
  2. Fireworks should not be handled by young children and should be handled by older children only under adult supervision.
  3. Only use fireworks at a safe distance from people, houses and flammable materials.
  4. Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  5. Never ignite devices in a container or hold ignited fireworks in your hands.
  6. Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  7. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
  8. Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.

Please check out these tips and more information about fireworks safety and statistics from the National Safety Council. Also check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Fireworks Information Center for further fireworks safety and injury statistics, including official annual reports.

A round of Applause! for HR’s Patrick Harrison and Jessica Villarreal

This week, we’re applauding Human Resources’ Patrick Harrison.

“As we continue to work in our remote environment, I find myself very grateful for the work that Patrick Harrison has been focused on for Human Resources,” Stephanie Boledovich wrote in the award. “Patrick has assisted HR in many ways, from sharing useful tips and tricks to make daily tasks easier to using his talents to build and deliver solutions that have been instrumental in our success working remotely. He has truly listened to business needs, learned multiple new applications, and implemented systemic solutions that have improved our efficiencies and helped to create a smooth transition to working remotely.”

Applause also goes to Human Resources’ Jessica Villarreal.

“As we continue to adapt to change, I would like to recognize Jessica Villarreal for everything that she does for the Human Resources office,” Boledovich wrote in the award. “When the going gets tough, Jessica asks, ‘How can I help?’ Jessica has gracefully taken on new tasks in addition to adjusting to the remote environment. She is insightful, knowledgeable and compassionate. These traits are the foundation to delivering courteous and exemplary customer support to LCC faculty and staff. Her knowledge and ability to take on new challenges are key contributors to our continuous improvement.”

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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Celebrate Pride at LCC

Prism hosted two events this month to celebrate Pride, a Netflix Watch Party and a virtual discussion. You can watch the recording of the one-hour discussion about what it’s like to come out and be out.
 
Even if you missed these activities, you can still participate in the month-long activity to “Show us Your Pride” by visiting the Pride at LCC webpage and filling out the form on the bottom right corner.
 
Thanks to everyone who has participated in celebrating Pride at LCC!

New employee directory launches June 26

On Friday, June 26, the existing employee directory will be replaced with a modern, secure system.
 
You will notice several improvements in this new directory, including:

  • Password is required. You must be logged into the myLCC portal or Self-Service to view the directory. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so. Employees and students will have access to use this directory.
  • More intuitive interface. There is a “Last Name” and “First Name” field in your search criteria. You can also use a “wild card” if you are not sure of spelling. More details can be found in the instructional text at the top of the directory search page.
  • Full work mailing address will display. The directory provides building name, delivery location, city, state and ZIP code. Work phone number and work email address are also displayed.
  • The directory can still be accessed from the myLCC portal, Faculty & Staff webpage and Academic Advising webpage, and can now also be accessed from the Employee tab in Banner Self-Service.
Screenshot showing the location of the Employee Directory in the Employee tab on Banner

Please remember this directory will display your primary office location for mail delivery. Your actual office or cubical number is not displayed in this directory. If you find your work contact information needs to be updated, please submit an Employee Directory Changes 5Star service request.
 
This new directory is part of the Banner Self-Service platform. This implementation positions us to take advantage of future enhancements to the Self-Service platform and ensures security standards are met. The previous college directory was a custom application, built decades ago. The application did not keep up with modern technology and contained critical security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, recent phishing attacks on LCC have indicated criminals are using it to conduct reconnaissance on employees. Criminals scan our college directory for names, positions and email addresses to target their phish email attacks. The Michigan State Police Cyber Command Center recommends we limit our employee information on public websites as a protection against phish targeting.
 
The new directory solves these security weaknesses by requiring users to sign into Banner. That means only those who are connected with the college and have an LCC account will be able to access the directory.