Monthly Archives: April 2021

D2L helping link students to LCC resources

Students can access many LCC resources and departments from the “My Home Page” of D2L. The “LCC Help Links” menu connects students with academic advising, academic success coaches, counseling, the Center for Student Access and more. eLearning promoted this section of D2L to all students this week, helping to maintain or rebuild connections after a long period of mostly remote learning.

Screenshot of the LCC Help Links menu, with text overlaid that says Did you Know? Check out the LCC Help Links menu today. You can access many LCC resources and departments right from the My Home page of D2L.

Reminders about coming to campus during the pandemic

Thirteen months into the pandemic, many employees either work on campus regularly or have come in once or twice for various needs. If you need to come to campus at any point, here are some reminders about the process:
 
1. Talk to your supervisor first! Employees cannot come to campus unless they have been approved for regular work by a Program Safety Plan or for a one-off need by their Executive Leadership Team member.
 
2. On the day(s) you are coming in, fill out a daily health screening. Remember to wear a face mask and maintain appropriate physical distancing while you are here.
 
3. If you begin to feel ill or test positive for COVID-19 within two days of being on campus, you need to immediately notify your supervisor and employeeconcerns@star.lcc.edu. LCC is legally required to notify the local health department as well as anyone who was working in the area when you were on campus. Your name and health information will not be shared, except as required with the health department and those LCC employees involved in the notification process.
 
4. If needed and approved, please use the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank to cover your time away while you recover. The bank is available to all employees, including student employees, who have 250 hours or less accrued in all their leave banks.

Graphic showing a phone, a face covering, and two people physically distancing.

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 #055 – Bill Motz and Others

IMG #055 - Bill Motz and Others

A round of Applause! for Scott Nigoff of Tech Careers

This week, we’re applauding Scott Nigoff of the Technical Careers Division Office.

“As part of our commitment to student success during the pandemic, Scott Nigoff, operations support for Technical Careers, created a confidential space where students are able to meet with CRS staff virtually,” Cathy Wilhm wrote in the award. “With the computer lab and student services areas at West Campus closed, Scott jumped into action. He located a classroom, set up tables for sign-in sheets, obtained the appropriate cleaning supplies for before and after use, and coordinated the computer set-up with the PC Techs. Because the computer did not have a camera or microphone, Scott also worked with AV Services to obtain these items and get them installed. He also coordinated the Public Safety opening and closing times as well as the cleaning of the classroom to safely maintain the space. Now, students are able to meet virtually with CRS during two four-hour blocks each week while at West Campus. This is important because there is not consistent cell phone coverage and not all students have phones with the capabilities to upload the meeting app. To further support the students at West Campus, Scott also worked with the PC Techs to set up a printer and copy station in the main hallway. This now allows our students the ability to print and make copies to continue helping with their academic success. Scott also worked with our Greeter Desk staff in communicating the new services now available to the students. Well done, Scott!”

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:

Control your records before they control you

Controlling your documents – a.k.a. the retention, disposal, organization and handling of records and non-record materials – can and should be done in the normal course of business and in compliance with LCC’s policies and guidelines. It should be built into processes and procedures your department follows.
 
You don’t have to wait until RIM Month to take action because … and this is exciting … you can control the records beast every day of the year (excluding weekends, vacation days, sick days and college holidays).
 
Here’s how:

  • Set (and follow) RIM-related procedures. Write down procedures your department will follow throughout the year. Examples include file naming standards, folder structure, scanning guidelines and format requirements. Communicate these procedures to your department so you’re all on the same page.
  • Decide which tasks should be done annually. Disposal of paper records, deleting digital items, weeding out files or shifting materials in file cabinets are all tasks that can be done once a year. Make a plan for completing these tasks each year, making sure to decide when during the year they will be done and who will be responsible for completing them.
  • Review the LCC Retention Schedules. Becoming familiar with document categories and retention periods will help in your everyday decisions about whether or not to keep something. It can also save time if you come across boxes of documents or if you realize your paper files or your shared drives are too full and something must be done.

But Wait, There’s More!
In the 5Star Knowledge Base article Records and Information Management Policies, Guidelines & Recommendations, you’ll find a number of RIM resources, including the “Information Disposal Guide and Decision Tree,” the “Paper Records Storage Guide” and guidelines for scanning records. All these resources, as well as the resources and information in the other RIM Knowledge Base articles, can help you figure out the best way to control your records.
 
For questions about RIM or to ask for more help controlling your records, contact Records Information Specialist Linnea Knapp at LCC-RIM@lcc.edu.

Performing Arts students create ‘What’s Next?’ film

Performing Arts students and faculty created an original film reflecting on recovery from the year that was and embracing the not-so-new normal. Created under the direction of theatre faculty Mark Colson, the collection of short films provides a variety of performance techniques and film stylings. 
 
The film is about 40 minutes long and premiered on the LCC Theatre, Music and Dance Facebook page on April 16. You can watch it on Facebook or the LCC website anytime.