This week, we’re applauding Sheri Alexis of Technical Careers.
“Sheri is such a STAR at LCC!” Andrea Tarry wrote in the award. “She has been working with me on the new transition from High School Articulation to CTE Credit-By-Exam, which has not been the easiest thing to implement, especially with COVID issues. She asks questions, she is a problem solver, and she is responsive and communicative! Thank you, Sheri, for working through this new process and being so open to trying new ways of helping students take these exams!”
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.
If you haven’t been on campus since March, it
can be a bit hard to visualize our new world of daily health
screenings, masks and physical distancing. Check out the below
photos of some of our classes from the spring semester that had to be paused
and later resumed with an approved safety plan.
Top to bottom:
Students in a Lineworker class on July 13.
Students put out a vehicle fire at the Fire Academy on July 21.
Health screenings conducted at the entrance to West Campus on July 28.
Students in an Aviation Technology class on June 30.
Registration for fall
courses now open! Transforming Learning through Teaching
Sept. 8-Nov. 24
*Online Real-Time (ORT) sessions 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays will be required. A schedule
will be provided by the instructor on the first day of class.
Each August, during Fall Kickoff, LCC
celebrates its employees who achieve milestone years of service. We will
continue this important tradition this year on Aug. 18, with some changes.
The college recognizes the value of applauding the important work of employees
who have reached five years of service. Previously, service awards began at 10
years and were then recognized at five-year intervals. Beginning this year, LCC
will also celebrate employees who reach their five-year anniversary.
To complete the one-time work of catching up employees who are currently
between five and 10 years of service, this August, the college will honor all
those who have already reached five years of service but not yet 10.
Unrelated to the pandemic, the college made the decision last year to change
the way years of service are calculated. Formerly, employees were recognized if
they would celebrate a milestone year in the coming year. Going forward, only
those who have already celebrated their milestone year by July 1 will receive
recognition during kickoff. That means someone who started at LCC in June 2011,
under the old system, would have received their 10 years of service this
August, even though they have only worked at the college for 9 years and 2
months. Now, that employee will receive their award in August 2021, shortly
after they mark 10 years of service.
That change in calculation methods means this year’s service awards will
recognize very few people apart from the five-year honorees, since most others
were recognized last year.
Finally, the college also is unable to fund its usual gifts and awards this
year. Instead, all honorees will receive a certificate of recognition, designed
by our Communications and Marketing Department and printed in our print shop.
The High School Diploma
Completion Initiative held a virtual ceremony last week to honor its 10
graduates. HSDCI allows local students to get their high school diploma and
earn college credits at the same time. Students take LCC classes taught by LCC
The CMS End-of-Semester
Checklist is available on the eLearning Instructor Resource
Site. The checklist provides a list of common tasks instructors may
encounter as they approach the end of a course in D2L, including entering
scores in gradebooks, submitting Incomplete requests and updating master
courses with the current course’s content.
The Capital Area One Book initiative is
growing! LCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to announce the
launch of Beyond the Book: The Diversity Common Reading Program. Beyond the
Book is an academic, yearlong initiative focused on embracing diversity, equity
and inclusion by exploring four themes:
Gender and self-identity
Diversity and racial equity
Global and cultural perspectives
Accessibility and advocacy
The purpose of Beyond the Book is to expand
the dialogues, learning and engagement around themed books to foster a sense of
community and celebrate difference. This program is designed to provide an
enjoyable and positive reading experience, both inside and outside the
classroom, and to reinforce the message of moving beyond book discussion groups
to include the LCC and broader community in a wide range of social and
This program promotes four different, thought-provoking books, providing
faculty different options so they can choose the best book for their program and
curricula. There will be virtual (for the foreseeable future) book discussions
to help our community better engage with the various themes. Thanks to faculty
recommendations and online voting during the past year, Beyond the Book is
excited to announce the following four books and their corresponding themes:
Gender and self-identity, “We Should All be Feminists,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Diversity and racial equity, “There There,” by Tommy Orange
Global and cultural perspectives, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” by Caitlin Doughty
Accessibility and advocacy, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin
With these four options and vital themes, we
hope to provide an option for all LCC programs to engage with at least one of
these powerful works. Stay tuned for further announcements and updates.