Monthly Archives: May 2021

A round of Applause! for Jahmallia Forde and Dawn Hardin

This week, we’re applauding Jahmallia Forde of the Cesar Chavez Learning Center.

“Jahmallia has been a tremendous asset to the Cesar Chavez Learning Center from her very first day,” Sandra Etherly-Johnson wrote in the award. “As a student leader, Jahmallia has demonstrated professionalism in every aspect of her role. She created a welcoming environment in the CCLC’s virtual space by designing event flyers, PowerPoint slides and the music shared daily in the Center. Her ability to take the lead with administrative support and keep the virtual space open for guests is superlative. We were fortunate to have Jahmallia in the CCLC, and wish her all the best in her endeavors as she moves on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M in the fall.”

Applause also goes to Dawn Hardin of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

“Dawn’s remarkable abilities have made the MATH 106 ORT full scheduled lecture a success for students,” Rebecca Lesmez wrote in the award. “Her knowledge in recommending LCC resources – such as computers, calculators, copying and internet services, as well as tutoring services, success coaches, TRiO and other academically supportive programs – benefits students for their entire stay at LCC. She also encourages students to seek counseling services, academic advising, and to use the Help Desk and internet technicians at LCC. By sharing personal stories, she allows students to recognize what they’re learning in this class has application to everyday circumstances.

“Her courtesy is shown by addressing students by name, asking if they’re feeling well, and politely responding to student questions. Dawn’s reminders to students that all answers, even ‘incorrect’ ones, benefit their classmates encourages students to respond even when uncertain.

“Overall, her good-humored, gentle nature and calm dissemination of information while holding high expectations of students has proven successful for students this semester. I hope I have the opportunity to continue to serve as an embedded tutor in her class. On behalf of your students as well as myself, thank you, Dawn, for helping students begin their LCC success in your class.”

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.

LCC updates mask rules to match State of Michigan

All LCC employees must continue to mask up while working in LCC buildings, even after the state’s new “Gatherings and Mask Order” goes into effect on June 1, 2021.

As a workplace, LCC must remain in compliance with the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA). To remain compliant, the college will continue requiring face masks of all employees.

We also are required to continue enforcing other health and safety measures for employees, including:

  • Physical distancing;
  • Daily health screenings; and,
  • Exposure notifications.

MIOSHA’s rules are currently set to expire Oct. 14, 2021, although the agency could revise the rules prior to that date or extend them beyond.

Our students and visitors, however, are not subject to MIOSHA’s rules. Beginning June 1, 2021, fully vaccinated students and visitors will be allowed to enter LCC buildings without a face covering. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students and visitors are required to continue to mask up.

Please note: Many courses, including many in Health and Human Services, will continue to require masks or other personal protective equipment of all students as part of standard health care operating procedures.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so! Vaccines are free, regardless of your insurance status, and they are often available without an appointment. Visit the State of Michigan’s vaccination website to find a location near you.

Who to contact for media inquiries and social media assistance

As you might have heard, Public Relations Director Marilyn Twine left LCC last week to pursue another opportunity, and we wish her well. The college hopes to conduct a search for a new director of Public Relations in the near future. In the meantime, if you receive any media inquiries, please direct them to Janaya Royal, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Business Operations.
To request social media, please contact Marketing Director Bruce Mackley. To request a press release, please contact Internal Communications Coordinator Karen Tommasulo.
Thank you for your assistance in maintaining the college’s consistent voice and brand by working with the designated contacts.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events – Summer Impact 2021

Help us promote the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Summer Impact 2021 – a Virtual High School Summer Experience Program.
This program is intended for incoming 11th and 12th grade local high school students and recent high school graduates, particularly students from under-served communities, such as African American, Latino, Indigenous, students in the foster system, immigrant and refugee, LGBTQIA+, or first-generation college students.
The Summer Impact Program aims to help students increase their knowledge and skills in diversity, equity and inclusion while building a bridge between what they are learning in high school and their future college and employment success. These will be highly interactive virtual sessions. Participants who complete all four Summer Impact sessions will receive a Digital Badge Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion.
Participating students can expect to:

  • Gain skills needed to succeed in college or employment
  • Discover how to navigate the college experience
  • Enjoy an opportunity to make connections with college students, faculty and experts
  • Discover how to become an advocate for inclusion
  • Learn about services available at LCC

Students can register to participate and receive more information for this free, virtual event. Email the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or call 517-483-9804 with questions.

Baseball and softball teams honored with MCCAA awards

LCC’s softball and baseball teams earned numerous recognitions from this year’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association season-capping awards. Of particular note, LCC’s Baseball Coach Jordan Keur was named Coach of the Year. Keur is in his third year as head coach of the Stars.
“It’s been a tremendous privilege to coach this group of guys,” Keur said. “Being named Coach of the Year is an incredible honor, and I’m very appreciative of it. However, that award isn’t possible without the players. I just want to thank them again for everything they did for our program this year.”
In addition, first baseman Hunter Lay was named both Baseball Player of the Year and Baseball Freshman of the Year.
The baseball team finished their season 47-3. In the MCCAA Eastern Conference, players Hunter Lay, George Ferguson, Mark Connelly, Robert Cavin and Benjamin Riffe received highest honors as First Team All-Conference. Players Ethan Collick, Andrew Carson, Mitchell White and Noah Baragar were named Second Team All-Conference, and players Blake McRae, Drew Henig, Craig Palidar, Manny Garza, Chase Bessard and Brendan Ham received honorable mentions.
The softball team finished their season 32-11. In the MCCAA Western Conference, players Megan Mann, Kara Mahoney, Jordan Deibel and Alexa Jakus received highest honors as First Team All-Conference. Player Jada Walton also received an honorable mention.
Congratulations, all!

Hunter Lay of LCC moves to catch a throw during the first game of their NJCAA Region XII Baseball Championship series with Kellogg Community College Friday May 21, 2021.

Center for Student Support names new associate dean

The Center for Student Support is welcoming back former LCC employee Felipe Lopez Sustaita as its new associate dean. Lopez Sustaita served as LCC’s LUCERO coordinator and academic advisor until 2016, before leaving the college to become the Executive Director of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan. He also has experience as a relief client service specialist at Community Mental Health Bridges Crisis Unit.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University as well as a Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University.

All employees invited to LCC Budget Workshop with Board of Trustees

LCC will host Budget Workshops to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget with the Board of Trustees and interested employees.
The event will be repeated three times to accommodate different schedules. All sessions will be held via Webex. Click the link below for your preferred time to access the session.

President Steve Robinson, the Board of Trustees and members of the Executive Leadership Team will be present. Please note there is no public comment at this event. If you would like to make a comment regarding the budget, you can do so during the public hearing on the budget, which will be held just prior to the Monday, June 21, Board of Trustees meeting. Details regarding that session will be emailed to all employees in June.

LCC hires new chief of police

Daryl Gaines will serve as LCC’s new Chief of Police, effective Monday, May 31. Chief Gaines joins us from the Baltimore Police Department, where he gained 20 years of experience as patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and major. In addition to his proven leadership and professional experience, Chief Gaines brings a strong focus on and commitment to community outreach and relationship building.

He holds a degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University in Florida, and has completed numerous other trainings and certifications.