Monthly Archives: August 2020

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 and learn what mysteries have been solved about images previously featured in The Star.

IMG #016 – President Gannon with others outside by large truck

IMG #016 - President Gannon with others outside by large truck

What about benefits? Do’s and Don’ts of home office ergonomics

As many of us enter month six of working from home, take time to check in with and, if needed, adjust your home workstation and routine. Please read through these helpful do’s and don’ts for healthy home ergonomics:

  • DO work at an appropriate height so your elbows naturally fall flush with your table or desk height. You don’t want your arms to be reaching or your shoulders raised.
  • DON’T hunch over your laptop. If possible, use an external monitor or laptop stand (with an external keyboard and mouse) to prop up your screen. Your eye line should be level with the top of your screen to limit neck strain caused by looking downward. 
  • DON’T give up on your current chair. If you do not have an office chair at home, there are some household items you can use to help adjust. Putting a firm cushion or tightly folded towel under your buttocks will raise your hips and increase the natural curve of your spine, making sitting more comfortable.
  • DON’T let your feet dangle. Place your feet on a few books or boxes under your desk, so your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor and your hips are slightly higher than your knees.
  • DON’T turn your couch into a workstation. As tempting as it is, the couch is not an optimal place to work at your computer for the entire day.
  • DO follow the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a computer screen, you should spend 20 seconds looking at something else 20 feet away to reduce eye strain.
  • DO make sure you get up and walk around. Taking a break to get lunch or to get a hydrating drink will provide the opportunity to stand up, walk around and rest your eyes from the computer screen.

Check out the article on these do’s and don’ts for more great information. 

A round of Applause! for Scott Poe and Jeff Haynes

This week, we’re applauding Welding instructors Scott Poe and Jeff Haynes.

“Welding instructors Scott Poe and Jeff Haynes have provided exceptional assistance to the Aviation program’s first-year students,” Mark Bathurst wrote in the award. “On their own initiative, they offered additional aircraft welding classes on Saturdays to ensure all FAA-mandated welding requirements are met in a timely fashion. Scott and Jeff are to be commended for their significant dedication to student success. Thank you both.”

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:

TLC renovation on time and on budget after delay at beginning of pandemic

Construction on the TLC Building is continuing while most of the college is learning and working remotely. The renovations are designed to make it easy for students to get multiple academic support services in one place. The new space will include:

  • Help Zone
  • Learning Commons tutors
  • Writing Studio
  • Research help
  • eLearning
  • Study space and group study rooms
  • Open computer lab
  • New technology space
  • Library books
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Classrooms

The project is scheduled to be mostly complete by Nov. 15. If the college is able to bring some additional employees back to campus, this completion date will give them time to move into their new space prior to the spring semester.

HHS Dean Margie Clark contributes to book on health equity

Margie Clark, the dean of Health and Human Services, collaborated with former LCC employee Franchesca Cifuentes-Andrade to author a chapter in the recently published book “Health Equity and Nursing: Achieving Equity through Policy, Population Health, and Interprofessional Collaboration.”

Their chapter is called “Achieving Health Equity: Exemplars in Engaging Global Communities.” It explains the partnership between the LCC Career Ladder Nursing Program’s partnership and Kigezi Women and Children Health Initiative to improve the health of women and children in Uganda without the risk and cost of traveling abroad. Great work, Margie!

Massage Clinic appointments available for fall 2020

The LCC Massage Clinic reopened Friday, Aug. 21! The clinic is offering 60-minute and 90-minute appointments free of charge, with day, weekend and evening options. Employees are welcome to make appointments and receive these free services during their non-working hours, or to request leave time to do so during their normal working hours.

For the safety of our students, employees and clients, everyone is required to properly wear a face mask for their entire appointment. If you unable to wear a mask for the entire length of your appointment, please refrain from scheduling with us at this time. Please see the following major requirements:

  • You must wear a face mask for your entire appointment.
  • You must sign the COVID-19 Release, Waiver of Liability, and Indemnification Form.
  • You must pass an LCC daily health screening before every appointment.

The fall 2020 Massage Clinic schedule:

  • Intermittent Mondays: 11 a.m. (90 minutes)
  • Tuesdays: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (60 minutes)
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (60 minutes), and 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (90 minutes)
  • Fridays: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (60 minutes), and 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (90 minutes)
  • Intermittent Saturdays: 10:30 a.m. and noon (60 minutes), and 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (60 minutes)

Please Note: 60-minute appointments are 60 minutes of massage. 90-minute appointments are 60 minutes of massage and 30 minutes of assessment of mobility, posture, gait, etc.

To schedule an appointment, please call 517-483-1451 or email masstherapy@lcc.edu.

College launches new student communication tool

LCC introduced a new, student-focused newsletter – the LCC Top 10 – in August. The monthly newsletter was built to facilitate communication with students by highlighting dates and deadlines, campus resources, news, and upcoming events. It features quick hits of information about 10 timely topics, with links to the web for full articles.
 
The Top 10 was developed to fill a gap in college communications that was discovered after an audit of all mass emails sent to more than 350 students during the 2018-2019 academic year. (Thank you to all who participated in that audit!) The newsletter is open to any area of the college that needs to communicate information to all enrolled students.
 
Topics covered in August’s Top 10 newsletter were:

  • LCC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and students’ role in keeping campus safe
  • An introduction to Dr. Steve Robinson
  • An invitation to Welcome Week
  • A reminder to students to check their schedule before the first day of the fall semester
  • Information about student services available remotely
  • Information about free laptop rentals and other Library services
  • Online learning assistance from the eLearning Department
  • Fall deadlines for refunds, changes to residency, and changes to programs of study
  • Options for remote placement testing
  • A back-to-school cybersecurity checklist

The inaugural edition of the newsletter earned a read from about 50% of all fall students, which is a high open rate that indicates strong interest. In total, the newsletter saw a total of 7,180 opens, suggesting many students returned to the information a second or third time. The articles also encouraged 300 students to check their course schedule in advance of classes, and brought more than 150 clicks to the college’s Welcome Week schedule.

Going forward, the newsletter will be released on the third Tuesday of every month. If you would like more information or have an article you would like to submit for potential inclusion, please fill out a Marketing request form or contact Karen Tommasulo at tommasuk@star.lcc.edu.

Students can now apply for fall 2020 CARES Act financial aid grants

Last week, LCC opened applications for fall 2020 CARES Act grants. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security (CARES) Act and is designed to provide assistance to students who have expenses related to the ongoing disruption of campus services.
 
To apply, students must complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and fill out the LCC CARES Application.
 
The college will award a fall semester maximum of $750 per student to assist with food, internet, course materials and utilities. Unfortunately, because of federal restrictions on how we use this money, we cannot provide CARES Act aid to international, DACA, Early College, dual-enrolled or non-credit students. Students who fit into any of those categories and need assistance are asked to contact the Academic Success Coaching team to connect with additional resources.
 
Learn more from the FAQs.