Monthly Archives: October 2020

Senators break into groups to brainstorm how to improve equity

Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey facilitated small discussions with the Academic Senate during its Oct. 23 meeting to contribute to the college’s Equity Action Plan. In their group discussions, senators addressed four questions:

  • How do we get faculty to fully support action that will eliminate inequities for students of color?
  • What do you believe is an indicator of student success, and how do we address the equity gap for students of color?
  • From your perspective, what are the barriers to implementing this initiative and how do we overcome these barriers?
  • How do we support faculty in implementing changes that better address inequalities?

Feedback from each group will be taken into account as the college develops its Equity Action Plan, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December. If you have feedback on these questions, please contact your Academic Senator.
Additionally, Director of Academic Quality Cheryl Garayta walked meeting attendees through the program review process. Program review is a three-semester process on a four-year cycle. She reminded senators program elimination is not a possible outcome of program review.
Further actions during the Senate meeting included:

  • Approval of changes to the Senate Operations Advisory & Review Committee charter, giving the committee an additional charge to “monitor the ongoing and proactive involvement of the Academic Senate in collegewide equity and student success initiatives.” It also added “at least one representative from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion” as a member of the committee.
  • A first read of proposed changes to Senate bylaws that govern online meetings. Senators will vote on the changes at their next meeting.
  • Approval of the Curriculum Committee’s recommendations, including a proposed new course, DTSC 200: Principles of Data Science, as well as revisions to COMM 280: Intercultural Communications; MATH 098: Support for Math 120 (fka Support for Math 121); MATH 109: Foundations of Algebra (fka Fast Track Algebra); MATH 120: College Algebra; MATH 126: Precalculus (fka Accelerated Pre-Calculus); MATH 151: Calculus I; MATH 152: Calculus II; and MATH 253: Calculus III. Further, proposed expedited course revisions were approved for ECON 201: Principles of Economics-Micro and ECON 202: Principles of Economics-Macro. These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.
  • Welcome to new senators Jim Luke, representing Business and Economics, and Kent Wieland, an administrator representing Arts & Sciences. Both Jim and Kent are filling vacancies on the Senate. The body’s next regular elections will be held in spring 2021.
  • Agreement to host some kind of virtual StarTalks during the January 2021 Professional Activity day. Those nominated last year will be contacted to see if they are still interested in presenting a message to campus. Senators hope it is safe to return to a face-to-face event in May 2021, focusing on the theme of “resilience.”

The Academic Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. All employees are welcome to attend or to make public comment. A Webex link for the meeting will be sent in the operations email on Monday, Nov. 2.

CIO Kevin Bubb retiring in January

Kevin Bubb is retiring after 12 years as LCC’s Chief Information Officer. His final day will be Jan. 29, 2021.

Kevin’s career has included 45 years in information technology. He began as an entry-level COBOL programmer for the Federal Reserve. Over the years, he advanced to systems analyst and manager positions, primarily at manufacturing firms like Fruehauf, ProCoil and Baxter Healthcare. Prior to joining LCC, he was the director of Enterprise Applications at Eastern Michigan University.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Teachable Moment podcast kicks off with Paul Schwartz

Check out the first Teachable Moment podcast with Dr. Robinson as he goes one-on-one with Paul Schwartz, LCC’s Director of Information Security. Teachable Moment is a 15-20 minute podcast-style program where President Steve Robinson interviews one member of the campus community who has prepared a single important idea or principle from their area of expertise. It’s a show about our people, the cool and interesting things they know, and how those ideas apply to daily life. Paul will teach us how to identify a phishing email, which is a type of scam that can lead to malware infection, credential theft, identity theft, institutional reputation loss, and possibly a front-page news story about “LCC’s Big Data Breach.”

Have your own teachable moment to share? You can apply to be a guest online!

Also, catch up on LCC Alumni Stories. The most recent guest was Siso Dhladhla, Marketing & Design Specialist for Downtown Lansing, Inc.

Free copies of Beyond the Book selections still available!

Get in some fall reading with free copies of the 2020-2021 Beyond the Book titles. Beyond the Book is a yearlong initiative focused on embracing diversity, equity and inclusion through reading. This year’s books are “We Should All be Feminists,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “There There,”  by Tommy Orange, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” by Caitlin Doughty, and “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin.
“There There” was distributed last year and is not currently available for pick-up. To get copies of the others, arrange a pick-up time at the Administration Building by emailing your name and book selection to Learn more about Beyond the Book online.

Tips for celebrating Halloween during the pandemic

Celebrate Halloween safely with these trick-or-treating tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer regularly.
  • Consider an in-home trick-or-treating game or treat hunt for your family. You can also hold an outdoor costume parade to allow everyone to show off their costumes.

Kids in costume should still wear a cloth mask. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask, but wearing both can pose breathing difficulties. Instead, make the cloth mask part of the costume. As always, masks should not be worn by children under the age of two or anyone who has trouble breathing.
Other outdoor Halloween- or fall-themed activities, like orchards and corn mazes, can be great options during the pandemic. Just be sure to wash your hands regularly, maintain physical distance and wear a mask.

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.

IMG #024 – White house sitting on current location of Dart Auditorium

IMG #024 - White house sitting on current location of Dart Auditorium

Learn more about the LCC Archives and learn what mysteries have been solved about images previously featured in The Star.

What about benefits? New ADN dental plan option

With this year’s open enrollment, employees eligible for ADN dental insurance will have an additional plan option. The current dental plan is staying the same as the Basic Plan. The new Premium Plan option has the following differences from the Basic Plan:

Premium Plan Basic Plan
100% coverage 90% coverage
$2,000 per covered individual $1,300 per covered individual
Orthodontic Services 50% coverage up to a $1,000 Lifetime Maximum per covered individual (up to age 19) Not covered

With the addition of this new Premium Plan, both plans will also be switching to a calendar year plan (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) starting in 2021. For more detailed information about each of the plans, please check out the detailed summaries below:

If an employee enrolls in the new Premium Plan during open enrollment, the effective date will be Jan. 1, 2021. Please see below for the monthly cost to enroll in the Premium Plan based upon your employee status and coverage level:

Coverage Level Full-Time Employee Part-Time Employee
Employee Only $6.83 per month $74.13 per month
Two Person $23.41 per month Not applicable
Family $32.13 per month Not applicable

Employees who do not wish to change from the Basic Plan will have their same coverage continued into the next plan year. The monthly cost of the Basic Plan has not changed.

As a reminder, open enrollment is Nov. 9-20. If you have any questions about open enrollment or the new dental Premium Plan, please email

A round of Applause! for Annescia Dillard and Jeremy O’Malley

This week, we’re applauding the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Annescia Dillard.

“Annescia’s work ethic and courtesy are very appreciated!” Megan Lin wrote in the award. “Thank you for all that you do!”

Applause also goes to the HHS Division’s Jeremy O’Malley.

“Jeremy has consistently gone above and beyond since March,” Jamia Dunckel wrote in the award. “He has spent countless hours making sure our community, division, faculty, programs and students have exactly what they need when they need it. HHS is lucky to have such a dedicated individual! Thank you!”

The HHS leadership team also submitted an award for Jeremy.

“The HHS leadership team would like to recognize Jeremy O’Malley’s continued hard work and dedication to the HHS Division along with all HHS students,” the team wrote. “Jeremy has been a staple for the division to ensure the building and face-to-face courses can run safely and smoothly for our faculty and students.”

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:

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.