Monthly Archives: February 2021

A round of Applause! for Trisha Rothoff

This week, we’re applauding Trisha Rothoff of External Affairs, Development & K-12 Operations. 

“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, get it?)!”

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.

Experience #Starpower Award nominations due this weekend

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 recognizing.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

Join us for the next Soul Food Friday and learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The fun begins at noon Friday, Feb. 26.

What is a Historically Black College or University? Are you an alumnus of an HBCU? Join us as we celebrate the impact of and pride for HBCUs. Come reppin’ your favorite school!

Join meeting

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 hours during spring break

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

Bill Garlick selected as next chief information officer

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 University.
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 appearing on Food Network again in March

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.

Jeremy Davis on Food Network's Easter Basket Challenge

Next steps for college’s Strategic Plan process

After we wrap up our strategic planning February Fridays tomorrow, the college will turn its attention to reviewing all feedback.
Step 1: Reviewing feedback and holding follow-up meeting
Information from every February Friday brainstorming group, the community listening forums and the 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:
Join meeting
Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 2:50 pm | 2 hours 10 minutes | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 120 446 1805
Password: Planning
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 120 446 1805
YouTube Live option for overflow
Step 2: Strategic Planning Workgroups
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 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 Planning Teams
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 involve:

  • Data collection
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • 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 Planning Team.

Feedback? Questions? Volunteers?
As a reminder, you have until the end of day on Friday, March 12, to send any ideas or feedback to 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.