Monthly Archives: June 2021

Students can now apply for federal grants worth $1,000

Federal grants are now available to help students pay for pandemic expenses. The money comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provided money to colleges across the country to help students during the pandemic.

To apply, students should fill out this form by July 9. A FAFSA is not required to apply, but students must be a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen who is eligible for federal financial aid. Dual enrolled and High School Degree Completion Initiative Program students are also not eligible.

Students can use the grant to cover educational costs like tuition, fees, housing, books, supplies and transportation as well as emergency costs due to the ongoing pandemic like food, technology, health care, mental health care or child care.

Funds will be sent directly to students according to their established refund preference, which is the quickest way to receive a refund.

Earlier this month, LCC automatically sent these grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need through the FAFSA. Students who already received the summer semester grant are not eligible for additional funding at this time. However, students who received similar funding during the spring semester are eligible and encouraged to apply again.

LCC in process of reviewing new MIOSHA rules

The college is reviewing new rules released by MIOSHA on June 22, and anticipates adjusting our safety procedures accordingly. In the meantime, please continue following all existing Safety Plans, including completing daily health screenings, maintaining physical distance, and wearing a mask if you are not fully vaccinated.

Keep checking the Monday operations email and the Thursday Star for more information in the next few weeks.

Board of Trustees approves 2021-2022 budget

LCC’s Board of Trustees approved a $129 million budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 during their June 21 meeting.
 
The budget process was complicated this year by uncertainty over state appropriations, as the state has not yet approved its budget for next year. However, the college’s best projection estimates state appropriations will equal nearly $35 million. Other large sources of college revenue are property taxes as well as tuition and fees, estimated to bring in nearly $47 million and nearly $44 million, respectively.
 
The college’s largest expense is salaries and benefits, which is projected to equal about 68.5% of all General Fund expenses in 2021-2022. Services and supplies account for another 15.2%.
 
The June 21 meeting began with a moment of silence for LCC’s founding president, Dr. Philip J. Gannon, who passed away earlier in June.
 
Trustees then spent several hours reviewing and discussing the college’s recent Public Safety review. The college engaged external auditing firm Baker Tilly as one component of our self-reflection during this national moment of reckoning with institutionalized racism broadly and in law enforcement specifically. Dr. Robinson discussed the results of the review in a May blog post. The chair thanked the college for the audit, and the Public Safety officers for their work. Trustees asked several questions about the audit’s conclusions and discussed a possible 90-day moratorium on the Public Safety Division issuing civil moving infractions, but ultimately voted against that proposal.
 
In addition, trustees approved:

  • Assignment of a lease for 10 hangars at the Mason Jewett Airport from the Kenneth Baker Shelton Jr. Trust. LCC currently rents two of those hangars, and accepting the assignment will eliminate the need to pay rent on those hangars as well as provide the college with eight additional hangars that draw rent from third parties.
  • Revisions to nine college policies on Student and Instruction.
  • Amendments to the Michigan New Jobs Training Agreements with MWC and Spartan Fire Chassis to increase the agreement amount to $450,000 and $513,000, respectively.
  • An agreement with the City of Lansing to provide a temporary parking solution for students and employees during the 2021-2022 academic year, while construction of the new Gannon parking ramp is underway. In total, the agreement will cost about $587,000 and will provide the college with about 516 additional parking spaces. Look for more information about parking for the 2021-2022 academic year in future issues of The Star.
  • A total of $102,000 for three-year parking lot lease agreements with Central Free Methodist Church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Walk In Truth Ministries. The college leased these surface lots prior to 2020-2021, but did not renew them during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in-person class offerings increase, these leases are again necessary to support student parking.
  • Ratification of the LCC-PTCTU labor contract agreement, effective through June 30, 2023.
  • A revision to the college policy on Veterans In-State Tuition to ensure LCC complies with the new in-state tuition mandate for all students using eligible GI Bill benefits, in accordance with a recently passed federal law.

Trustees also approved several routine Purchase Orders and Blanket Purchase Orders, including:

  • $825,000 for campus-wide repeater design, equipment and installation, to ensure emergency responders can communicate throughout campus.
  • A combined $50,000 increase in the Blanket Purchase Orders with Dee Cramer and Limbach Company for campus-wide sheet metal maintenance services.
  • A $400,582 Purchase Order to procure Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi access points, supporting hardware and licensing that will expand wireless network services across campus. This purchase will be funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).
  • A $147,880 Purchase Order to procure Hewlett Packard Enterprise server and storage equipment for the college’s data recovery infrastructure.
  • A $742,500 three-year Blanket Purchase Order with Zayo to serve as the college’s internet service provider. The contract includes two, one-year options to extend.
  • A $165,600 three-year renewal of the Blanket Purchase Order with Brainfuse to provide 24/7 online tutoring to students.
  • A $321,317 three-year renewal of the Blanket Purchase Order with Innovative Interfaces for maintenance and support of the Sierra Library Services Platform, which supports the LCC Library’s integrated library system.

The Board also conducted a first read for revisions to six college policies covering Student and Instruction as well as nine policies covering Finance. The revisions will be voted on at the September meeting.
 
The Board of Trustees will next meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 20. Watch your email or visit the Board of Trustees website for details of the meeting.

‘Pedal with the Prez’ rides next week

Get moving this summer with Pedal with the Prez!

The ride will take place on Wednesday, June 23. Riders will begin and end at LCC’s Downtown Campus, at the Granger Clock Tower. The group takes off at 7 p.m. The ride will be slow, safe and social, progressing through downtown areas and Old Town Lansing. Pedal with the President is just a nice time to get on your bike and go for a fun ride.

This is a ride, not a race so please make sure to ride at a rate that is appropriate to your training and health level. Helmets are required for all riders.

State launching text campaign to encourage vaccination

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Protect Michigan Commission are launching a new text messaging program to share COVID-19 vaccine information and encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated.

The text messaging program will reach 1 million people across Michigan, with a focus on high vulnerability communities and areas with low COVID-19 vaccination coverage. Texts will ask individuals about their plans around vaccination and link them to vaccination sites in their area.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from the state’s vaccination website.

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 #062 – Helicopter at Aviation Center

IMG #062 - Helicopter at Aviation Center

What about benefits? Building healthy and happy relationships

Our HMSA Employee Assistance Program is offering a free online seminar on “Building Healthy and Happy Relationships,” starting June 15. This seminar will cover how to identify the ways to build and maintain healthy relationships as well as the process of setting boundaries. Check out the seminar flyer to learn more.
 
Are some of your relationships negatively 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.

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  • Password: myresource

A round of Applause! for Athletics coaches

This week, we’re applauding James Robinson of Athletics.

“James Robinson is the cross country/track coach for LCC,” Nichole Waters wrote in the award. “Jim spends an incredible amount of time recruiting and promoting LCC’s athletic and academic advantages to student athletes. As a result, Jim is able to put together extremely competitive teams year after year. He is a great communicator and always advocates and highlights his student athletes’ accomplishments. Through his efforts, Jim has certainly enhanced the environment within the Athletics Department and at LCC. He is deserving of this recognition.”

Applause also goes to Marc Kibby of Athletics.

“I am please to recognize Marc Kibby for his outstanding service to the Athletics Department and his efforts serving as the women’s softball head coach,” Waters wrote. “Coaching at this level is more than showing up to coach weekly games and is not a seasonal job. The amount of time and preparation coaches spend to prepare for the season is incredible. Marc has shown commitment to LCC through his recruiting efforts and fielding a team that is highly competitive year after year. Further, Marc is an excellent advocate for students, while stressing the importance academic success with his team. He goes the extra mile to make sure the student athletes have a memorable and positive experience at LCC.”

Applause also goes to Jordan Keur of Athletics.

“Supporting the Athletic Department, I am in awe of what coaches do to provide a positive, memorable experience for student athletes at LCC,” Waters wrote. “Jordan has managed the baseball team though a challenging year with dignity and grace, while staying positive and upbeat. He has kept the team focused on playing solid baseball and managed to put together a string of wins that is impressive in any year, but more so when having to navigate COVID challenges. What is behind the winning season is Jordan’s work ethic and the amount of preparation that goes into each practice and game. The team has responded to his positive energy and has earned the No. 1 ranking in JUCO D II baseball and a conference championship. Jordan is an outstanding representative of LCC and role model for our student athletes. For these reasons, I am pleased to nominate Jordan for this recognition.”

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.