Monthly Archives: February 2021

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, LCC-RIM@lcc.edu, 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 #045 – Staff outside lunch event

IMG #045 - Staff outside lunch event

What about benefits? Form 1095-C mailing

As a large employer, LCC is required each tax season to provide Form 1095-C to all employees who had offers of health coverage and enrollment in that coverage for the previous taxable year. The 1095-C displays months you were offered coverage, months you and any eligible dependents were enrolled in coverage, and the minimum cost to be enrolled in coverage (which could be different than what you actually pay to be enrolled).

If you were offered medical coverage through LCC in the taxable year 2020, you will receive your 1095-C in the mail to your home address on file with Human Resources. Please be on the lookout for this mailing to arrive in the coming days. As a reminder, the 1095-C is not required to file your 2020 federal income tax returns.

If you have any questions, please contact your HR Benefits team at lcc-hr-benefits@star.lcc.edu.

Faculty and staff Inclusion Advocacy Training is this week

Training is this Tuesday, Feb. 23 9:30-11:30 a.m. The college is looking for employees interested in serving as Inclusion Advocates to enhance equity, validity and diversity in the college’s hiring processes. Inclusion Advocates are faculty, staff and students who are trained as search and selection process advisors. They serve as a formalized part of the hiring process and help committee members and hiring leaders in search and screening activities.

If you can’t make this week, training will be offered again 3-5 pm on March 30.

Email Margo Whalen at whalenm2@star.lcc.edu if interested in attending. She will forward the Webex link.

A round of Applause! for Nikki Cogswell and Patrick Harrison

This week, we’re applauding Nikki Cogswell of Human Resources.

“Nikki is very accommodating and demonstrates on a regular basis a willingness to help others within and outside of Human Resources,” Anita Evans wrote in the award. “Recently, a department needed assistance to complete a process. This was brought to Nikki’s attention and, without complaining that it wasn’t her job, she offered to follow up with the respective department and walk them through the process. It is truly a pleasure working with Nikki!”

Applause also goes to Patrick Harrison of Human Resources.

“I don’t know how I would have accomplished some of my tasks over the past few months without Patrick,” Mara Fisher wrote in the award. “He is knowledgeable and so willing to explain and teach, even when it is not the most convenient time for him. Thank you for your patience and your helpful nature!”

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:

Annual Security Report revised to include policy edit

Today, LCC released the revised 2020 Annual Security Report. The report is to comply with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 (Clery Act). The report is required by federal law and is our good-faith effort to ensure you are aware of your surroundings and have the information you need to keep yourself safe.

The data reflected in the 2020 Annual Security Report was revised due to the fact that, on Jan. 25, 2021, the LCC Board of Trustees approved a policy revision of “Prohibited Sex or Gender Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct” policy (consistent with Title IX rules).  No data in the report has changed. Only the policy has been revised.

The Annual Security Reports contain statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus, on non-campus buildings, on properties owned or controlled by the college, and on public property within or adjacent to campuses of the college. The reports also include college policy statements concerning campus security: crime prevention, reporting of crimes, timely warnings, emergency response and evacuation, alcohol, drug use and sexual offenses.

The Annual Security Report is available on the Public Safety website. Written copies of the reports are available upon request at LCC Police and Public Safety office, located in the Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave., Room 2110, in Lansing. 

Our Office of Police and Public Safety is here to ensure the safety of everyone on LCC campuses. You can reach them at 517-483-1800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Public Safety strives to enhance the quality of life on campus by building relationships, strengthening stewardship, and working collaboratively within our diverse community to reduce crime, enforce laws, preserve peace, and provide for a safe environment. We encourage you to read the entire report and use the information to help protect yourself, your classmates and your colleagues.

Senators discuss transparency, governance and the future of Academic Senate

At the Academic Senate’s Feb. 12 meeting, Senate President Monica Del Castillo and LCC President Steve Robinson both spoke about a renewed commitment to collaboration and transparency.
 
Del Castillo said she has heard from colleagues a resounding need for relationship repair and growth, and the need for culture change. She said she hopes to lead the Senate in more small group work and less divisive discussion.
 
Robinson was invited to address the Senate following a meeting with Del Castillo and Provost Sally Welch. He said he heard in that meeting about a feeling that faculty are unvalued, unheard and disenfranchised, and he affirmed his dedication to collaboration, shared governance and open conversation. He said he hoped his actions in the past six months have demonstrated his commitment to extensively and authentically engaging the Academic Senate and all employees.
 
Senators then broke into small groups to discuss how they feel about the current direction of the Senate and what they hope for its long-term future. Senate leaders collected feedback and will develop proposed action items based on the information.
 
Student Senators Mackenzie Caksackkar and Amalia Gonzales also addressed the Senate to ask for the addition of a chat box or virtual assistant on LCC’s website, as well as a more intuitive search function and navigation. Caksackkar also emphasized the importance of Brainfuse and encouraged further promotion of the on-demand tutoring service.
 
In addition, senators reviewed some bylaws revisions, received an update on the membership of the budget team, learned more about progress on the Guided Pathways milestones, and heard about Blue, the college’s new course evaluation survey that is replacing IDEA (see separate article, titled “New course evaluation system goes into effect this semester”).
 
Finally, senators approved the Curriculum Committee’s recommendations for course revisions to MKTG 210 – Marketing on the Internet. That recommendation now goes to the provost for approval.
 
The Academic Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 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, Feb. 22.

2020 electronic W-2s available

2020 electronic W-2s are complete and available to employees via Banner Self-Service. The process to view and print the electronic version is simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Log on to LCC Employee Dashboard.
  • Select Taxes.
  • Select W-2 Wage and Tax Statement.
  • Click on the Help button. You will see the W-2 “Instructions to Employee” and IRS W-2 code descriptions.
  • Select the appropriate year you would like to view (2020).
  • Click on the Display button.
  • Click on the Printable W-2 button.
  • In order to print your W-2 in Banner Self-Service, you must enter your pin number. If you do not know your pin number, please contact the Help Desk at 517-483-5221.

2020 paper W-2s were printed and mailed by the end of January. Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery.
 
Duplicate W-2s
IRS regulations require Lansing Community College to provide each employee with one electronic or paper copy of their W-2. For employees who have not given electronic consent, your mailed W-2 is LCC’s one required copy. If you require duplicate copies, you can log into Banner Self-Service, consent to electronic delivery, and print any desired duplicate copies. The Payroll Department cannot provide reprints.
 
Active employees may reprint a current or prior year W-2 at any time, day or night, by accessing Banner Self-Service and following the steps listed above.
 
Employees have to give their consent to receive their W-2 in electronic format. The process for requesting the electronic version is quick and easy. Just follow these steps:

  • Log on to LCC Employee Dashboard.
  • Select Taxes.
  • Select the Electronic Regulatory Consent option.
  • Check the Consent to Receive W-2 Electronically box.
  • Click on the Submit button.
  • You will not receive a confirmation that your selection has been received. To confirm your selection, go back into the Electronic W-2 Consent option and make sure there is a checkmark in the boxes.

Former employees may request a reprint of a current or prior year W-2 by contacting the Payroll Department at 517-483-1799 and paying a $5 fee on the LCC Marketplace. Upon receipt of request and payment, a reprint will be provided.
 
For additional information, contact the Payroll office at FS-Payroll@lcc.edu or 517-483-1799.

We Shall Overcome: Raising Our Voices Together premieres Feb. 24

We Shall Overcome: Raising Our Voices Together is a multi-genre arts and humanities program exploring the themes of this classic protest song as we as individuals and society work to overcome many enormous challenges. The program will feature a variety of art forms, including a new arrangement of the song “We Shall Overcome,” famous speeches of civil rights activists performed by LCC Theatre students, poems written around the theme through LCC’s Community-Generated Poetry Project, and perspectives from members of the LCC community.

Visit the We Shall Overcome website for details. The virtual premiere is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.