Monthly Archives: August 2020

Virtual Welcome Week offers students a chance to connect

2020’s Welcome Week looked different than in previous years, but offered students the same chance to participate in the LCC community. Students were able to log on to several live, virtual sessions to get their questions answered about eLearning, the Center for Student Access, Academic Success Coaches, Veterans Affairs and more. In addition to the live sessions, videos and PowerPoints on many other topics were made available for students to view at any time.

Welcome Week’s signature event, Party with the Prez, also moved online. More than 65 students attended on WebEx, while more than 1,400 people viewed the event on Facebook Live. Since the event on Friday, Aug. 21, the Facebook event has been viewed more than 10,000 times! The event gave away $2,000 in student scholarships, gift cards and meals. Students were able to play games and ask questions of LCC’s new president, Steve Robinson.

New LCC students were encouraged to join two virtual New Student Hangouts to meet their peers. Eight $1,000 scholarships were given out at the events.

Students with on-campus classes were also invited to attend the virtual events, and received free school supplies.

Despite the online platform, the events and Q&A sessions brought students from all over into one virtual place and provided a sense of unity. Thank you to all employees who were involved in making it happen!

Presidential memo on deferring payroll tax obligations during pandemic

As you may have heard, on Aug. 8, President Donald Trump issued a “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.” The memorandum defers, on a voluntary basis, the employee portion of certain payroll taxes from Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2020.
There remain numerous open issues as to eligibility and the process to implement this memorandum. If and when the IRS issues guidance, and as matters develop, we will update you. Thank you for your patience. Questions regarding this matter may be referred to the mailbox.

Early timesheet alert – Labor Day 2020

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Sept. 11 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.

Hours submitted for the Pay Period of Aug. 23-Sept. 5, 2020, for the pay date of Sept. 11, 2020 (BW19):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, with PROJECTED HOURS for Sept. 4-5.
  • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 10 a.m. It is important all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
  • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at or 517-483-1799.

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,, 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 #015 – Faculty and staff at graduation

IMG #015 - Faculty and staff at graduation

What about benefits? Meditations for Michigan

A popular mindfulness meditation website and app called Headspace has released free meditations for residents of Michigan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This offering is a great example of how people, companies and entire states are working together to help others during this uncertain and stressful time.

This Michigan-specific webpage offers free meditations and exercises for helping to maintain a strong and healthy mind, limit stress, improve sleep and stay active. There are even meditations specific for children!

Check out our Michigan Headspace webpage. It is completely free and available to use right now. No login information is required. Share the link with friends and family!

A round of Applause! for the Police and Fire Academies

This week, we’re applauding all the students and employees of LCC’s Police and Fire Academies.

“During this time, all of our students, staff and faculty should be recognized, but I wanted to especially applaud the students, staff and faculty of the Police and the Fire Academies,” Tim Baker wrote in the award. “The students stayed engaged thanks to faculty. Staff worked hard in preparing for resumption. I’m happy to say they have passed all the tests and there are 41 new first responders who are well prepared to protect everyone in the communities they will serve!”

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.

2020-2021 Talent Management System learning plan

LCC often uses an online Talent Management System to make required trainings convenient for employees. To help you plan, here is the anticipated 2020-2021 training schedule. You will receive an email when training is assigned, and it will include the due date for the course.

August 2020

  • Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes

September 2020

  • Accessibility at LCC – 45 minutes
  • CSI (Computer Security) – 30 minutes
  • Campus Security Authority – assigned to CSAs only – 15 minutes

October 2020

  • Title IX Training – Time TBD
  • FMLA/ADA – 15 minutes

November 2020

  • Violence-Free Workplace – 30 minutes
  • Administrative Policies – 15 minutes

December 2020

  • No courses assigned

January 2021

  • Emergency Evacuation – 3 minutes
  • FERPA – 30 minutes
  • Campus Security Authority – assigned to CSAs only – 15 minutes

February 2021

  • Beyond the Timecard – assigned to administrators and support – 15 minutes
  • Student Employment – assigned to managing administrators and full-time clerical support staff – 30 minutes

March 2021

  • See a Penny – assigned to all non-faculty – 15 minutes
  • Confidentiality Training – 10 minutes

April 2021

  • Performance Management – 15 minutes

May 2021

  • No courses assigned

Courses are assigned to all employees, except as noted. Newly hired employees are assigned courses based upon their role at the college. If a newly hired employee has completed a course that is later reassigned to them through the annual plan (within 90 days of the first completion), the employee should contact the Help Desk at 517-483-5221 or to request having the new assignment removed.
This plan is subject to change.