Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Lookout earns first place in MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest

The Lookout earned 13 awards, including Newspaper of the Year, in the 2020 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The announcement came March 25 during a virtual press conference via Zoom.
A total of 20 newspapers competed in the college MPA competition, with 746 total entries presented. The Lookout competed in Division 3 of the competition, for newspapers published less than weekly. The Lookout was published every two weeks during the 2019-20 school year.
The Lookout competed against several two-year colleges in the competition, including Washtenaw Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft College, Monroe County Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.
“It is more important than ever to recognize and encourage good, impactful journalism,” said Joanne Williams, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at Olivet College and MCPA president. “That is what our college newspapers are doing, and with support and recognition from contests and professionals in the field, that will continue. Our experienced faculty and advisers will see to it as well.”

In addition to the Newspaper of the Year award, The Lookout staff earned the following honors:

  • Best Photographer: First place, Julie Newell
  • Column, Humorous or Serious: Third place, Kari Eastway, “An essential worker”
  • Feature Photo: First place, Julie Newell, “Lansing Lights Up”
  • Feature Story: Second place, Shauna Stocken, “Artist addresses his message with signs”
  • Feature Story: Third place, Robin Morales, “The incredible life of a rock’n’roller”
  • Front Page Design: First place, Bayelee Hodge, “Balancing Work and Play”
  • Front Page Design: Third place, Bayelee Hodge, “Lansing Lights Up”
  • Non-Front Page Design: First place, Shauna Stocken, “Get Zapped!”
  • Non-Front Page Design: Third place, Bayelee Hodge and Julie Newell, “Lights, Camera, Action”
  • Cartoon (open class): Third place, Alex Riley, “King Bob”
  • Sports Photo: First place, Julie Newell, “Rim Rocker”
  • Sports Photo: Second place, Julie Newell, “Photo Finish”

Congratulations to everyone at The Lookout!

Documentary available to all employees depicts first-generation students’ struggles to reach college

All employees and students now have on-demand access to the Emmy-nominated documentary “Personal Statement.” The moving film follows three high school seniors as they struggle to get themselves and their friends to college. It provides a unique and intimate look at the barriers faced by first-generation college students nationwide.
The full documentary is available on LCC’s MediaSpace. You can also watch a trailer online.
Thank you to Marc Smyth, Gary King and everyone involved in making this film available to our campus community!

Promotional art for Personal Statement, an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary film

Submit your LCC Peeps diorama entry by Friday!

Celebrate spring with the Experience #Starpower Peeps diorama contest.
If you haven’t seen the dioramas before, the goal is to build an interesting, creative, funny or clever scene using Peeps marshmallow candy. Visit the Experience #Starpower webpage to see prior years’ submissions. In the past, your team would be made up of work friends; this year, you can include home coworkers or create an amazing solo diorama.
You can use as many packages of Peeps as you’d like. You can also use any other materials you want – just don’t abuse LCC resources, and check with your supervisor if you aren’t sure. Start with a box (a paper box works particularly well) and build from there. Please keep your entries work appropriate.
Be sure to submit the photo of your completed diorama and the names of your team members to that same address by Friday, April 2. Winners will be announced in The Star soon after.

All-employee climate survey now live

LCC’s all-employee climate survey is live! Check your email for your personal invitation from the Institute for Organizational Excellence, email address The subject line is “Survey of Employee Engagement.”
We last conducted a climate survey in 2017, and results of that survey directly drove decisions across the college. We anticipate more improvements in our work culture based on this year’s survey. A summary of our 2021 results will be shared with all employees in The Star in the summer and again in the fall.
You have about three weeks left to complete the survey, and it typically takes 30 minutes or less. Your participation is entirely confidential. You can complete the survey on- or off-campus, and you are encouraged to complete it during your work time.
Thank you for your participation!

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 #051 – Working in an office

IMG #051 - Working in an office

What about benefits? Using digital health apps for wellness

Digital health apps for wellness can help people stay motivated, feel engaged and see real progress over time. Some helpful features of health apps include providing information, planning and goal setting, reminding, giving feedback, entering data, and educating or training. Try a health app and see if it engages you! Our HMSA Employee Assistance Program has provided a list of popular and effective smart phone apps for you to try:

  • MapMyWalk
  • Yoga Studio
  • Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout
  • Lose It!
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Headspace
  • Calm

Is stress impacting your overall well-being? Call HMSA at 800-847-7240. It is free and confidential. No time to talk? Visit our HMSA Employee Assistance Program website to see additional resources.

  • Username: hmsa
  • Password: myresource

Reminder – Take a Stand! Sit In! proposals due March 31

Faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for presentations on issues related to justice, race or equity for the spring 2021 Take a Stand! Sit In! event. It is inspired by the Scholar Strike Initiative and LCC’s Take a Stand! Sit In! event from last semester. Presentations that reflect your passion on a subject, engage our LCC community in participatory activities or discussions, and promote a greater degree of clarity on a contemporary issue are encouraged. Take a Stand! Sit In! offers a platform for others to Sit In if you are willing to Take a Stand.

The virtual event is April 19-20, and will include eight sessions showcasing LCC faculty and local artists. This reflects our commitment to incorporating community and creative voices into these learning conversations. If you cannot participate personally, consider having your students attend one or more sessions. For questions and more information, contact Brad Hicks at

Submit your proposal with your name, department, email, working title, brief description of a topic (100 words), materials and your initial thoughts about participatory engagement during your presentation to Anne Heutsche at by Wednesday, March 31.

A round of Applause! for Rob Edwards, Justus Rohlfs, Brock Elsesser and Dave Wasinger

This week, we’re applauding Dave Wasinger, Brock Elsesser, Justus Rohlfs and Rob Edwards of Media Services.

“From time to time, I get to work on projects that showcase the many great things LCC has to offer – to our students, our community, and our faculty and staff. When these projects turn out well, it is largely due to the talent, creativity and seamless efficiency of our Media Services team, and specifically Dave, Justus, Brock and Rob,” Layne Ingram wrote in the award. “Over the years, they have done incredible work, but over the past seven or so months, I have asked for them to stretch in a number of ways by doing things we’ve never done, in unbelievable circumstances. Each time, they’ve risen to the occasion and come together to create masterful work. They are phenomenal at what they do and bring to life visually and audibly what a spectacular, opportunity-filled place LCC is. I’m thankful and proud to work with each of you. I appreciate what you do for me and what you do for the college. You are all amazing to work with: You meet impossible deadlines, think outside the box for solutions, and always produce high-quality, top-notch work. Just wanted to thank you for being the best.”

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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