Monthly Archives: June 2021

College receives financial reporting award

LCC’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, has qualified for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

According to the GFOA, the certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. LCC’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. This marks the 12th consecutive year the college has received this award.

Congratulations and thank you to all employees involved in this work!

MBS changes name

MBS is now known as Barnes & Noble College. This is only a name change, and does not change our bookstore, book vouchers or process. We are in the process of updating LCC’s website so references to MBS will indicate Barnes & Noble College (formerly MBS).

College piloting first-day textbook access in D2L

The college is piloting a new model of textbook delivery in the fall 2021 semester. The program, called First Day inclusive access, is designed to guarantee all students have access to course materials from the first day of class. The First Day inclusive access model places all textbooks and materials digitally in D2L, providing first-day access. In addition to this early access, students can highlight, annotate, bookmark and more from inside D2L.

Faculty also have additional, helpful tools within D2L. First Day inclusive access includes a faculty dashboard with information like which students have accessed the text, total student usage and more.

The student cost for inclusive access digital textbooks is less than for traditional textbooks. Students can opt out of the program if they prefer to get their book elsewhere, but that is generally more expensive. Students who do not opt out will have the cost charged directly to their student account, meaning they can pay using their financial aid, payment plan or online payment on their account.

Please note: Faculty do NOT need to change their textbook for this program. Most books are available for First Day inclusive access, and classes with First Day inclusive access will automatically be enrolled if we scale up to full-college participation. If the book for a particular course is not available within First Day inclusive access, students can purchase the text through the bookstore as they normally would. Courses with customized textbooks may also be able to participate in inclusive access. Barnes & Noble College (formerly called MBS) will work with publishers of customized textbooks.

If everything goes well with the pilot this fall, the college plans to roll out First Day inclusive access for all courses in spring 2022. For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions provided by Barnes & Noble College. More LCC-specific information will roll out as we work through the pilot.

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 #064 – Early Board of Trustees

IMG #064 - Early Board of Trustees

What about benefits? How to stop sugar cravings

Sugar can be very addictive and can be a contributing factor to many common health issues today, such as obesity and diabetes. The brain’s need for a reward can fuel the cravings we get for sugar. If you struggle with overeating sugary foods, our HMSA Employee Assistance Program has provided a list of helpful ways to stop the cravings:

  • Keep junk foods out of the house.
  • Drink water.
  • Eat fresh fruit. Having a piece of fruit can satisfy sugar cravings for some.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid excess stress.
  • Eat healthy foods, and don’t allow yourself to get too hungry between meals.

Try a one-month challenge by eliminating all added sugars from your diet, and then add back in only those that you missed.
Are unhealthy eating habits 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

A round of Applause! for Purchasing’s Brittney Villarreal

This week, we’re applauding Brittney Villarreal of Purchasing.

“As our Purchasing Coordinator, Brittney has been instrumental in ensuring the smooth continuity of our operation during our time out of our facility and after our subsequent return last June,” Mark Bathurst wrote in the award. “Her friendly demeanor, exceptional patience, willingness to help in any way, and mastery of policies and procedures allows us to provide seamless delivery of course content to our students, ensuring compliance with FAA regulations with respect to availability of training materials and consumables. Brittney’s proactive approach in managing our purchases has ensured all deadlines are met and vendors have all required information to respond to purchase orders or request for proposals. Brittney is a pleasure to work with and everyone in the Aviation program greatly appreciates all she does for us.”

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.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

The Black Student Union is recruiting employees interested in serving as an advisor for the student organization. An information session will be held in July. If you’re potentially interested, please email Robin Moore at or Jonathan Rosewood at

Upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include a Men About Progress/Brother to Brother meeting with featured speaker Darnell Z. Blackburn, and the virtual Summer Impact program. Get the meeting links online.

Full list of Experience Starpower Awards Showcase nominees

Beyond the 10 people we are able to honor at this year’s Experience Starpower Awards Showcase, more than 50 deserving colleagues were nominated. Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for your service!

Nominees include: Andy Lindeman, Sally Welch, Seleana Samuel, Shon’ta Dwyer, Becky Zuniga, Anthony Greenburg, Matt Boeve, Holly Schaeffer, Brian Bishop, Jon Ten Brink, Shannon Scott, Sid Mosley, Connie Smith, Danya Thomsen, Dawn Cousino, Kelly Ellis, Linda Hamlin, Mara Fisher, Mari Croze, Mindy Ray, Sarah Garcia-Linz, Tim Baker, Jonathan Rosewood, LCC History Program, Nina Favor, Angie Butterwick, Erin Matesich, Jeremy O’Malley, Karen Rohlman, Kathy Smith, Monica Torres, Penny Tucker, Scott Nigoff, Wyn Wilson, Steve Kimball, Amalia Gonzales, Skye Rivett, Leah Bloomquist, Tonya Bailey, Fire Academy Faculty and Lazarius Lane.