This week, we’re applauding
Trisha Rothoff of External Affairs, Development & K-12
“Trisha is a gem, and I think the whole community should know!”
Alyssa Turcsak wrote in the award. “Even from our first interactions
during my interview, Trisha communicates in a way that immediately draws you
in. Her humor, kindness and efficiency are her strengths. Starting a new
role during a pandemic can be challenging, but Trisha has supported my
onboarding process and helped me to feel supported, welcomed and educated in my
resources. Thank you for welcoming me to the LCC family, Trisha – and for ALL
of the work you do for our school and community. You are radiant (like a star,
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.
This is your final week to nominate your
colleagues for the 2020-2021 Experience #Starpower Awards Showcase! These
awards are designed to honor the hard work, innovation and dedication of you
and your peers. Nominations are due by Feb. 28.
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.
The awards are organized by the Experience #Starpower team, dedicated to
creating an enjoyable and rewarding work atmosphere for all LCC employees.
Don’t forget, you can also recognize the successes of your coworkers every day
with Applause! Awards.
Applause! Awards are featured in The Star and shared with the person you are
This space is open to all LCC students, staff and faculty who
want to support a communal space for discussion, networking, mentorship,
and the sharing of experiences of Black faculty, students and staff. We
hope to see you there and also encourage you to invite your colleagues or
classmates who would benefit from this space!
Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s
Cultural Awareness Committees include Beyond the Book Circle Discussions, a Men
About Progress Meeting, Suelta el Microfono/Drop the Mic Social Media Contest
to promote Cesar Chavez Day, and more. Get the meeting links online.
StarZone – Student Services will remain open
with modified hours during spring break, March 8-14, to support students
who need assistance. The modified hours when departments are closed
provides time for staff development, collaboration, training and other tasks.
If you are working with a student who needs support during spring break outside
the hours detailed below, please contact a representative from the appropriate
department. We want to accommodate students’ needs!
Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon
Friday: Service areas closed
Director of Enterprise Systems Bill Garlick
has accepted the role of LCC’s chief information officer. He will replace Kevin Bubb, who retired earlier this month.
Garlick brings 23 years of experience in higher education information
technology to the position. He joined LCC in 2008 from Eastern Michigan
University, and became LCC’s director of Enterprise Systems in 2016. Garlick
earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University
and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Siena Heights
Applications Systems Analyst Kellee Goff will take over as the interim director
of Enterprise Systems.
Please join the college in welcoming Bill and Kellee to their new roles!
Business & Economics Department Director Jeremy Davis will appear on Food Network’s “Easter Basket Challenge” in March. The show pits seven bakers against one another as they bake whimsical treats and fulfill entertaining challenges inspired by Easter classics.
Davis first appeared on Food Network last year, winning “Girl Scout Cookie Championship” with his tasty, Samoa-flavored recreation of the Mackinac Bridge. In addition to his work at LCC, Davis runs a home bakery called “Designed by Daddy Custom Cakery.”
Easter Basket Challenge premieres 10 p.m. Monday, March 1, on Food Network.
After we wrap up our strategic planning
February Fridays tomorrow, the college will turn its attention to reviewing all
Step 1: Reviewing
feedback and holding follow-up meeting
Information from every February Friday brainstorming group, the community
listening forums and the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox will be compiled
and summarized. A summary will be provided at the Strategic Planning Follow-Up
Meeting from 3-5 p.m. March 25. That meeting is open to all employees. Meeting
details are below:
Step 2: Strategic
After the Strategic Planning Follow-Up Meeting, we will build our Strategic
Planning Workgroups for each of the plan’s six focus areas. These workgroups
will include tri-leads – ideally a member of the Executive Leadership Team, an
Academic Senator, and a non-management employee – as well as up to seven other
employees. The Center for Data Science and Financial Services will also
designate an employee to participate on each workgroup as needed.
You can express your interest in joining (with supervisory approval) and/or
serving as a tri-lead by emailing email@example.com. Please include your
preferred focus area(s) in your email. Because of the 10-person limit for each
workgroup, we might not be able to accommodate all requests for participation.
Workgroups will meet during April and May to formulate goals based on the
summary information provided at the Strategic Planning Follow-Up Meeting. They
will develop a project charter for each project proposed to meet the goals,
outcomes and key performance indicators of the focus area. The product of this
work will be submitted for inclusion within the Strategic Plan document
presented to the Board of Trustees in September 2021 for a first read.
Step 3: Strategic
Once the new Strategic Plan is approved by the Board of Trustees, the tri-leads
will be expected to participate on the Strategic Planning Team that will meet
periodically to make sure identified projects are implemented. This will
Project implementation work
Completion of quarterly reports
Tri-leads will also be expected to periodically
present updated information regarding the focus area to the LCC community,
including the Board of Trustees and senior leadership (as requested).
All general workgroup participants who are not one of the tri-leads will be
welcome (but not required) to volunteer their time to work on a Strategic
As a reminder, you have until the end of day on Friday, March 12, to send any
ideas or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails to volunteer
to join the workgroups or serve as a tri-lead can be sent to that same address
through close of business on March 31.