Monthly Archives: January 2021

Nominate your colleagues for 2020-2021 Awards Showcase

Nominations are open for the 2020-2021 Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase! These exciting awards are designed to honor the hard work, innovation and dedication of you and your peers.
One person will be honored in each of these categories:

  • President’s Award (Outstanding Achievement Award)
  • Provost’s Award (Teaching Faculty of the Year)
  • Provost’s Award (Academic Professional of the Year)
  • Galaxy Award (Administrator of the Year)
  • Aurora Award (Diversity Excellence Award)
  • Superstar Award (Public Safety or Facilities Employee of the Year)
  • Eclipse Award (Safety Award)
  • Shining Star Award (Support Person of the Year)
  • Rock Star Award (Student Employee of the Year)
  • Rising Star Award (New Employee of the Year)
  • Giving Star Award (Philanthropic Award)

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments during a difficult 2020, you can submit your thoughtful nominations on the Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase webpage. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. Look for event details in a future edition of The Star.  
The awards are organized by the Experience #Starpower team, dedicated to creating an enjoyable and rewarding work atmosphere for all LCC employees.
Get more information and nominate a candidate online.
Don’t forget, you can recognize the smaller successes of your coworkers every day with Applause! Awards. Applause! Awards are featured in The Star and are shared with the person you are recognizing.

Board of Trustees swears in Thomas and Abood, elects new officers

Newly elected Trustee LaShunda Thomas and newly reelected Trustee Andrew Abood were sworn in during the Jan. 25 Board of Trustees meeting. Ingham County 30th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Wanda M. Stokes administered the oath of office.
Next, the Board unanimously elected officers who will serve two-year terms. Trustee Ryan Buck was elected chair, Trustee Angela Mathews vice chair, Trustee Robert Proctor treasurer and Trustee Lawrence Hidalgo Jr. secretary. Buck then appointed Proctor as chair of the Audit Committee and Hidalgo and Mathews as members, effective through December 2022. Trustees Buck and Mathews were assigned to serve on the Foundation Board. Trustee Proctor will continue to serve on the Michigan Community College Association Board of Directors and the Workforce Development Board. Assignments were also made to the local development authorities.  
In addition, trustees approved:

  • A one-time, $134,645 project with H&R Electrical Contractors to move a generator from the Downtown Campus and install it at the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center in Mason.
  • A Blanket Purchase Order with 911 Safety Equipment to rent self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and turnout gear for students in the Fire Academy. The contract costs $53,760 for one year, and includes two one-year options to renew.
  • A short-term license agreement between LCC and the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, allowing the Michigan State Police to temporarily store trailers and equipment needed for COVID-19 response at LCC’s hangar at the Capital Region International Airport.
  • An amendment to the Michigan New Jobs Training Program agreement with Partner Solutions for Schools, to increase the agreement amount to $517,918. The Michigan New Jobs Training Program is a state program that helps companies expand their workforce by offsetting training costs through state withholding diversions.
  • A Michigan New Jobs Training Agreement with Trilogy Management Services, not to exceed $200,000.
  • A parking area license agreement between LCC and George F. Eyde Family, LLC, allowing tenants of Capitol View Apartments and Village Green to park in LCC’s Lot 23 for 11 months, ending Dec. 31, 2021. The George F. Eyde Family, LLC, will license up to 53 parking spaces for a maximum amount paid of $26,800.
  • Stormwater Control Facility Maintenance Agreements between LCC and the city of Lansing for construction at the Gannon Parking Ramp and Parking Lot 23. These stormwater control agreements are part of the permitting process for any work within the city that impacts the stormwater system.

Trustees also agreed to suspend their bylaws regarding first read to approve revisions to the Board’s end statements to focus more clearly on results as opposed to activities or means. Similarly, they suspended the bylaws to immediately approve revisions to the college’s “Prohibited Sex- or Gender-Based Decimation, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct” policy to comply with new Title IX rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Board will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, via Webex. Log-in information will be sent to all employees in advance of that meeting. All are welcome to attend and/or make a public comment.

Banner 9 paystub system malfunction

Banner system malfunctions were discovered on the Banner 9 paystub dated Dec. 31, 2020. These malfunctions included year-to-date totals not calculating properly and the earnings/deductions information not appearing on the Banner 9 paystub. After consulting with our software company, LCC was directed to remove the year-to-date calculations from the paystubs. 
To overcome these software hurdles, we have found the following solutions:

  • You may calculate your YTD totals by accessing the Banner 9 Employee Dashboard, click on ‘Earnings’, click on ‘Earnings by Date Range’ or ‘Earnings by Position’.
  • You can access a complete version of the Dec. 31, 2020, paystub using the Banner 8 Employee Self Service Site
  • An informational guide has been created to show all of the features offered to employees on the Banner 9 Employee Dashboard.

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

New Employee Assistance Program provides free access to counseling

LCC rang in the new year with a new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides all employees with free counseling, legal and financial consultations, and online resources.
Our new EAP, called Health Management Systems of America (HMSA), is headquartered in Detroit and provides service to more than 1,800 schools and companies nationwide. It will provide short-term counseling and referral services designed to help employees, their spouses and their dependents with personal, family, job or addiction concerns. The new EAP offers:

  • A helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year
  • Referrals to local, licensed professionals for free counseling
  • Legal and financial consultations
  • Work-life website with online resources

As always, all EAP services are free and confidential under HIPAA.
We hope this new EAP provider will better meet the needs of employees. The change in providers is based on employee feedback that asked for more. If you are currently using our old EAP, called FEI, you will be able to continue working with them until your service is complete.

To learn more about our new EAP, please read this flyer or log in to the website with username hmsa and password myresource. You can also watch this short HMSA presentation from our open enrollment series.

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 #041 – Hall of Fame display in Dart Auditorium

IMG #041 - Hall of Fame display in Dart Auditorium

What about benefits? Save on closing costs with Quicken Loans

As an LCC employee, you can take advantage of a special VIP offer through Quicken Loans, saving up to $2,000 on closing costs when you buy a new home or refinance your current mortgage. Plus, when you share this offer with friends and family, they are eligible as well.
The Quicken Loans team will help guide you through the mortgage process to ensure you get the home loan that fits your family and your budget. Quicken Loans also services the majority of its loans, which means all the great service from the dedicated VIP team does not stop at closing – it continues throughout the life of your loan.
If you would like to take advantage of savings through Quicken Loans, visit our dedicated LCC Quicken Loans website or call 888-444-3545.

A round of Applause! for Kristy Derosia and Paul Schwartz

This week, we’re applauding ITS’ Paul Schwartz and Public Safety’s Kristy Derosia.

“The jetpack I have been dependent on for maintaining all of my online access to classes, email, Webex meetings with students, etc. hit a glitch. It finally became impossible to do these tasks with any efficiency to make it through exam week,” Holly Schaeffer wrote in the award. “Not only did Paul facilitate the replacement, but when another glitch in its shipment occurred, Paul and Kristy Derosia coordinated to deliver it to my home. I am grateful to have so many to support us; it really does take a village to run a virtual classroom. Thank you, Paul and Kristy.”

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

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eLearning Live! and virtual office hours scheduled for semester

All employees are welcome to the eLearing Live! sessions this spring. Topics and dates are:

  • Engaging Students in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2
  • Quiz Building Tips in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • Making Course Materials Accessible with Ally in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
  • Providing Feedback in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
  • User Statistics in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 30
  • Intelligent Agents in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13
  • Helpful Tools in D2L – Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 27

In addition, eLearning is offering NEW virtual office hours from 1-2:30 p.m. on the following Fridays. The same Meeting Room link can be used for all sessions.

  • Friday, Jan. 22
  • Friday, Feb. 5
  • Friday, Feb. 19
  • Friday, March 5
  • Friday, March 19
  • Friday, April 2
  • Friday, April 16
  • Friday, April 30

LinkedIn Learning licenses available to employees

The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering all employees the opportunity to take advantage of LinkedIn Learning, a training site that offers thousands of professionally produced instructional videos. Subjects include web design, MS office skills, educational software, coding, business topics, photography and much more. Visit LinkedIn Learning and click on any course to preview it. Please note: LinkedIn Learning is best viewed in Chrome.

The license allows up to 100 users at a time to have complete access to the entire LinkedIn Learning library. Users will have access to LinkedIn Learning beginning January 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021.

The CTE administers access on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is granted for a period of 12 months and may be renewed as demand allows. At the end of each access period, all participants are asked to complete a brief survey.

To request access, email the CTE’s Laura Cottrell at by Jan. 29. Please include your full name, your user name (TUID) and your department in the email request.