This week, we’re applauding
Anita Lees of Enterprise Systems.
“Anita was extremely helpful in directing me in setting up important
information in the Applications Manager system,” McKenzie Firstbrook wrote
in the award. “This process enabled us to resolve old issues that
prevented us from being able to assist students quickly and effectively. Her
patience, knowledge and timely responses made the lenghty process painless. She
even created a document with specific instructions and worked with me to modify
the document, which was above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you, Anita!
The User Services team in the Library appreciates you!”
Applause also goes to Michael Tuell of eLearning.
“Mike went above and beyond the call of duty in assisting me and my
students in streamlining my D2L courses,” Veronica Balcarcel wrote in
the award. “We faced unfamiliar challenges but he remained patient
and positive while looking for solutions. I very much appreciate his hard work
and prompt responses!”
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.
Press clips for the week include:
October is National Cyber
Security Awareness Month! You can celebrate the month by learning how to
prevent phishing scams. Phishing involves cyber criminals sending emails trying
to trick you into providing valuable and sensitive data, such as login credentials for a
bank account, social network, work account or cloud storage. They usually build
a sense of urgency to get you to throw common sense out the window.
For example, at LCC we’ve seen criminals send an email with an encrypted
attachment to a victim that only says “Password is 5412.” The ambiguous email
implies you should open the attachment and enter the password to get the
information. The attachment is malware disguised as an important pdf or work
document. Once you open the attachment and enter the password, the malware
infects your computer with ransomware. You should never enter a password
included in the same email as the attachment – don’t let your curiosity rule
The biggest red flag on all these scams is the sender’s email address. Always
check to see if an email originated from outside our network, such as from
hotmail.com, gmail.com or yahoo.com. Legitimate communication from LCC comes
from the lcc.edu domain (although this can also be spoofed). Remember, it’s OK
to open emails and read them, but never open attachments or click any links
unless you were expecting the email or are confident it is legitimate.
When you receive emails from an unknown sender and/or that appear suspicious,
please send them to the LCC Help Desk at email@example.com. We’ll double-check them for
validity, and we’ll do it quickly! If you have questions or would like further
information, contact the ITS Director of Information Security, Paul Schwartz,
at 517-483-5264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All employees are welcome to dress up in their
costumes and post a photo to the Experience #Starpower Halloween Costume Contest Padlet. The
costume categories are all in the family, a Very Brady Halloween, pets,
celebrity look-alike, going it alone, funniest, do it yourself, make-up art and
How to participate:
- Create your own Padlet account. Padlet is a sort of virtual bulletin board to gather and share ideas. If you have an account already, you can post using that account (this will help us see who posts pictures on our end).
- View all the categories in the Halloween Costume Contest Padlet by scrolling to the right of the Padlet page. You may also need to scroll down to see all of the images.
- Dress up in your costume, take photos, and submit to a category of your choice.
- Check back in to view your colleague’s photos and like your favorites! You can only “like” a photo once, but you can “like” as many as you want! We will announce the winning photos for each category at the end of the contest, based on the most “likes.”
Note: Names will not be displayed above photos, and you may post as many costume photos as you would like to the various categories. Group costumes are welcome! The contest is just for fun and all posts are subject to approval. Please keep posts non-political and work-appropriate.
Photos will be accepted until Nov. 6.
You are invited to
participate in LCC’s first virtual choir event! LCC faculty, staff and
students are all welcome to lend their voices in singing “We Shall Overcome” as
a sign of unity, determination and hope.
Led by Music Program faculty chair Dr. Jonathan Ten Brink, the virtual choir
event will combine up to 40 submissions into a single performance to be released in December, during
You do not need to be a professional singer to participate! You’ll receive the
music and a video of somebody singing your part so you can sing along. All you
need to do is get comfortable with the music and then record a video of
yourself singing along (using headphones) from the comfort of your own home.
Our editing team will take all the individual voices and videos and put them
together into a cohesive group performance. While you’ll be recording alone,
you’ll be performing with dozens.
From Jon: “Sure, we all hate hearing our own voices, but you’ll be joining with
others and won’t stand out, I promise!”
If you haven’t seen a virtual choir project, check out this example
of a pretty ambitious one, featuring more than 17,000 singers from
nearly 130 countries. We’re not looking for those kinds of numbers this
time around! To keep it manageable, the first 40 people to submit a video will
be included. There may be a future opportunity to participate if it fills up
If you are interested, please contact Jon at email@example.com.
Please share this information with your students, too. Videos need to be
received by Nov. 16 to be included.
This has been a tough year with some big hurdles to stability, success and
community. Despite all the obstacles that have come our way, we as an LCC
community will persevere, overcome and thrive!
Enrollment reports for fall 2020 and spring 2021 are now available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Data Science at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Fall at 517-483-1953. Note: You need to be signed into the VPN to view the enrollment reports.
If you use a personal
computer to connect to LCC using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you will need
to transition to a virtual desktop (otherwise known as VDI) by Monday, Nov. 2.
If you are using a LCC-issued computer, no action is needed. Further
information can be found online.
Employees who lack an LCC-issued computer and would like to access network
drives (H:, N:, and others), office printers, or on-campus applications while
working off campus can now access LCC resources through a virtual desktop
on their personal computers. A virtual desktop doesn’t take the place of your
computer. It’s a tool that allows you secure, remote access to LCC’s network
for certain computer activities. The virtual desktop behaves exactly like any
other application running on your desktop and can be minimized or shrunk,
allowing multitasking between other applications and the virtual desktop.
Even with a VDI in place, some computer activities are still better performed
using your computer’s browser (e.g., Chrome, Edge) than they are using a
virtual desktop, since virtual desktops add some latency that causes issues
with webcams and virtual phones.
Further information about VDIs can be found in the 5Star Service Center. If you have any questions,
please contact Paul Schwartz, Director of Information Security, at email@example.com.
LCC Human Resources is
pleased to announce the transition to a
NEW applicant tracking system to improve the applicant and
hiring committee experience.
The new system will be available through PageUp starting Monday, Nov. 2. If you
are considering posting positions in the near future or have postings in the
approval process, HR strongly encourages you to wait until Nov. 2 to complete
On Nov. 2, HR will have two training workshops to introduce regular users to
the new system. Shortly after these workshops, the recorded training session
and materials will be available for users who cannot attend the live sessions.
Additional training sessions will be scheduled during the next couple months to
provide training, as needed. Additional information about
training availability will be sent in the near future.
The applicant tracking system module in Cornerstone will be unavailable
beginning 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Prior to this date, HR will assist hiring managers
who have existing postings in the hiring process. Please note, the Cornerstone
Learning Management and Performance modules will not be affected by this
Nov. 13-19 is Transgender
Awareness Week, and LCC is hosting several events to celebrate. One event is
called “LCC Community Discussion: Hot Topics in the Transmosphere.” We are
still looking for people to join the discussion as a panelist! If you are a
trans student, employee or community member, or a trans-adjacent person like a
spouse or family member, we are looking for you! If interested, send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
More details about the week’s full schedule of events will be coming soon!
Join LCC’s History Department in reading and
discussing the work of Heather Ann Thompson – “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and
Its Legacy” – throughout the year. To learn about the book, please watch
Heather Ann Thompson on “Blood in the Water” at the 2016 Miami Book Fair.
The group will meet 2-3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
- Nov. 4 – Introduction and Chapter 1
- Dec. 2 – Chapter 2
Register on the calendar event at lcc.edu/historymatters. Webex information will be
shared with registrants prior to meeting time. All are welcome!