Monthly Archives: November 2020

Join Experience #Starpower and Human Resources in healthy conversations

Experience #Starpower and Human Resources’ Organizational Development have teamed up to offer a series of health-focused presentations in December.
Each week’s presentation will be different. The goal of these short, 30-minute discussions is to offer information and support to all employees on a variety of topics. There will even be Q&A time so you can ask specific questions of our subject-matter experts.
Mindfulness at Work
Presented by Mari Croze

  • 3-3:30 p.m. Dec. 9
  • 9-9:30 a.m. Dec. 10
  • 12:30-1 p.m. Dec. 11

What You Need to Know About FMLA and ADA
Presented by Mary Stroebel

  • 10-10:30 a.m. Dec. 14
  • 3-3:30 p.m. Dec. 15
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Dec. 17

Register for these sessions via the TMS. You will receive a confirmation and invitation to attend the Webex meeting shortly before your session begins.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

LCC is hosting an informational session for the new Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) group. The meeting will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. The group seeks to inspire, support and empower women by offering educational opportunities for development of knowledge and leadership skills, building of professional and personal connections, promoting the presence of professional women, and fostering mentoring relationships.

Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include Beyond the Book Circle Discussions and Soul Food Fridays. Get the meeting links online.

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 #035 – Staff in computer lab

IMG #035 - Staff in computer lab

Weekly Webex: Webex Meetings

In this pre-Thanksgiving edition of Weekly Webex, event technology specialist Patrick Butcher explains Webex Meetings.

What is a Webex Meeting?
A Webex Meeting is a video conference where all participants have the ability to turn on their camera and microphone, and to share content. Meetings also include the ability to create polls and use breakout rooms. Other types of Webex video conferences are Webex Events, which support large-scale sessions, and Webex Trainings, which are designed for highly interactive sessions.

For information on online classes using Webex in D2L, please refer to the resources available through eLearning.

How do you schedule a Webex Meeting?
There are a few options, depending on which interface of Webex you are using.

1. Using the portal
Once connected to your control hub dashboard, you will be presented with a page that looks like the screenshot below. To open the meeting scheduler, click the grey Schedule button.

Screenshot of the Webex portal pae, showing the gray Schedule button

Alternatively, clicking the Meetings tab on the left side will take you to the meetings page. The meetings page will show upcoming Webex meetings you are hosting or have been invited to. The schedule button on the Meetings page will take you to the same scheduler as the one on your Webex dashboard.

Webex has published a video that covers some of this, but it’s almost a year old and the information is incomplete. Your meeting scheduler will look different from the one in this Webex YouTube video.

Newer features not covered in the video include cohost options, automatic recording, enabling breakout sessions as well as being able to require attendee registration. This is a brief video that talks about Breakout Rooms.

2. Using the Cisco Webex Meetings desktop application and productivity tools
Many LCC employees already have this software installed on their computer. If you do not yet have the desktop application, you can download it from the LCC Webex portal. You might also need to download and install the Cisco Webex Productivity Tools plugin, available on the portal.

Schedule a meeting with the Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop app
Click the Schedule button, this will by default open a new calendar invite.

Screenshot of Webex desktop, showing the gray Schedule button

Schedule a meeting with Outlook
Click the Schedule Meeting button. Outlook will open a new calendar invite to fill in.

Clicking the Meet Now button will start a meeting in your personal room.

Screenshot of Webex in Outlook, showing the Meet Now and Schedule Meeting buttons

Both of these methods will enable you to use your Outlook scheduling assistant to figure out when individuals are available.

Important: If you schedule a meeting using Outlook, you can only edit the meeting in Outlook. The meeting will appear in your Meetings list on your Webex site, but you will not be able to change any details of the meeting.

For more information on these features and more, visit the Webex Help Center. Webex also has a YouTube Channel with interesting content that may be useful to you.

A round of Applause! for Izaak Uptegraft, Chris Arseneau, Justin Coakley and Harris Priller

This week, we’re applauding the team who helped Laura Cottrell when she had problems with her computer. First up, Izaak Uptegraft of the Help Desk.

“My laptop was invaded by a virus. After getting it back from the PC Techs, I called the Help Desk for assistance in getting my laptop up to speed,” Laura wrote in the award. “Izaak answered my call for help. The information he provided got me back to work in an efficient and timely manner. Thank you, Izaak, for your patience and knowledge. You really made my day!”

Applause also goes to Chris Arseneau of Network and Telecom.

“My IP Communicator needed to be reloaded onto my laptop after having it scrubbed for viruses,” Laura wrote. “Chris was instrumental in getting this done in a timely manner. Thanks, Chris, for taking the time to get my phone installed and working properly. I really appreciate the knowledge and patience you provided in my hour of need.”

Finally, applause goes to PC Techs Justin Coakley and Harris Priller. 

“My laptop was targeted again by viruses/malware. PC Techs Justin Coakley and Harris Priller came to my rescue,” Laura wrote. “This was a very bad time for my laptop to get sick. However, they scrubbed it and got it back to me in perfect condition. Their knowledge and patience allowed me to get back to work when time was at a premium. Thanks, guys – I owe you chocolate!

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:

College making progress on preferred name and pronoun initiative, Academic Senate hears

LCC now has an automated system to allow students to choose their preferred name in many forward-facing systems the college uses. The preferred name will appear in D2L for classwork as well as in the customer relationship management system (CRM) used by many support areas to manage student contacts. ITS Director of Enterprise Systems Bill Garlick provided these updates at the Academic Senate’s Nov. 20 meeting. The preferred name and pronoun project began with a suggestion in Academic Senate.
Interested students should fill out the “Preferred Name Change Form,” located on the Registrar’s website. Please note: Banner records will not display the change at this time because many records in Banner are required to use legal names. We plan, in the future, to be able to display the preferred name in Banner wherever a legal name is not absolutely required. Only one preferred name form can be submitted per semester, and the college reserves the right to deny preferred names for reasons including but not limited to those that are inappropriate or discriminatory.
During the meeting, Senator Vernon Mesler provided his colleagues with an update on how the Welding Program has adapted to COVID-19 and hybrid learning. Like many Technical Careers and HHS programs, Welding has offered some face-to-face instruction since the summer. However, Mesler said the program has also gotten creative in developing videos to teach students hands-on skills through demonstration. While it has been a steep learning curve, Mesler said the videos have been going well and the program plans to continue using them to supplement learning even once regular face-to-face instruction safely resumes.
The Senate also reviewed a draft application for faculty, staff and administrators interested in serving on the college’s Achieving the Dream steering committee. The Senate recommended in October that the college engage in the national student success network, and LCC is now beginning to build an overarching steering committee to keep track of the progress of work groups around the college. Senators recommended recruiting faculty and staff representatives from a diverse range of disciplines and areas of the college, developing a broad communication that explains Achieving the Dream and its components in detail, and addressing the need to manage full-time faculty workload and compensate part-time faculty participation. More information about the application will be coming soon.
Senators discussed the appropriateness of the Curriculum Committee’s involvement in ensuring different sections of the same course are grading using similar assessments. Most agreed that decisions about assessment needed to be left to programs, and that the level of uniformity needed between sections could vary based on discipline.
Finally, Senators approved the Curriculum Committee’s recommendations:

  • Course revisions to DANC 100: Intro to Dance Technique, LEGL 210: Litigation Procedures, THEA 141: Acting I-Contemporary, THEA 143: Stage Voice for the Actor, THEA 173: Movement for the Actor, THEA 210: Theatre History, THEA 233: Studio Theatre Performance III, and THEA 240: Acting-Shakespeare
  • Expedited course revisions to THEA 110: Introduction to Theatre, ANTH 270: Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 271: Medical Anthropology, ANTH 275: Physical Anthro & Archaeology, BUSN 118: Introduction to Business, INSU 110: Personal Insurance, INSU 175: Intro to Financial Advising, INSU 250: Claims and Underwriting, INSU 285: Insurance Agency Operations, and SIGN 161: American Sign Language I
  • A revised course revision to MATH 105: Mathematical Literacy

These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.

The Academic Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4. 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. 30.

Give back with LCC Cares, United Way and Red Cross donation drives

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are seeking meaningful ways to give back to our campus and community. Below are three opportunities to do so.

LCC Cares

At LCC, our students drive everything we do. Students inspire and motivate us, and they need our help. Your generosity powers LCC Cares to help students in need. In 2020, LCC Cares provided more than $25,000 in immediate support to students in need.

Every $10 you donate purchases a meal for a student. Every $50 helps pay for utilities that will be shut off, or textbooks that would otherwise be out of reach. Donate by payroll deduction or credit card today.

Donate. Educate. Elevate.

United Way

Our annual Capital Area United Way workplace campaign begins today, Nov. 25, and ends Dec. 11. LCC is pleased to partner with United Way to support the Lansing community in need. You can donate via the LCC employee online giving page.

Your payroll deduction will occur January through December 2021 unless the open-ended giving option is selected. If you select the open-ended giving option, your gift will automatically renew each year until you change it.

For questions, or to request an electronic pledge form, contact Nikki Cogswell in Human Resources at 517-483-1869 or, or Merry Donn at United Way at 517-203-5018 or

American Red Cross

From disasters, heroes emerge. With generosity and compassion, they offer a helping hand in times of crisis. By choosing to support the American Red Cross, you become a hero to those in need.

LCC has a long tradition of supporting the Red Cross by sponsoring blood drives on campus. This year, employees can also choose to support the Red Cross through financial contributions. Although gifts can be made all year on the Red Cross website, LCC’s Red Cross campaign runs Nov. 25-Dec. 11.

Visit the American Red Cross website to donate now with a debit or credit card. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

All employees welcome to use LCC Webex account to connect with loved ones this weekend

Many of us are facing the prospect of a virtual Thanksgiving. All employees are encouraged to use their LCC computer and Webex account to video chat with family and friends. Information Technology Services and Human Resources have both approved this use of LCC equipment and technology.

We know a computer screen doesn’t feel the same as an in-person dinner, but please use your LCC supplies to make the holiday a little bit easier.

What about benefits? Exclusive Dell holiday sales

As an LCC employee, you have access to exclusive member offers and insider sales through Dell. Starting Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, Dell is offering great savings on top computers and more. Check out our LCC Dell Member Site to shop and take advantage of these exclusive member savings!

  • On Thanksgiving, Nov. 26: Hourly doorbusters launch from 1-10 p.m.
  • On Black Friday, Nov. 27: Hourly doorbusters launch from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • On Cyber Monday, Nov. 30: Standing offers start at 6 a.m.
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