Monthly Archives: October 2020

A round of Applause! for Anita Lees and Michael Tuell

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.

In the news

Press clips for the week include:

How to prevent phishing scams

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 you!

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 lcc1@lcc.edu. 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 schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Show us your Halloween costume!

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 masks! 
 
How to participate:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Dress up in your costume, take photos, and submit to a category of your choice.
  4. 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.

We Shall Overcome: Join LCC’s first virtual choir event!

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 finals week.

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 quickly.

If you are interested, please contact Jon at tenbrinj@star.lcc.edu. 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!

Reminder: Do you use a personal computer for work? Be sure to transition from VPN to VDI by Monday

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 schwarp1@lcc.edu.

College introducing new applicant tracking system on Monday

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 the posting.

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 change.

College seeking panelists for Transgender Awareness Week community discussion

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 ingrama5@lcc.edu to get started. 

More details about the week’s full schedule of events will be coming soon!

Faculty and staff invited to Reading with the Historians

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!