Monthly Archives: July 2021

A round of Applause! for Danielle LaFleur of Technical Careers

This week, we’re applauding Technical Careers’ Danielle LaFleur.

“A big round of applause goes to Danielle LaFleur, the Technical Careers Operations Coordinator for the Technical Careers Division,” Mindy Ray wrote in the award. “Dani wears many hats, including coordinating all the hiring activities in the division, monitoring 30+ program budgets and assisting all the programs wherever she is needed. She does all this with humor and aplomb, and is a tremendous resource for information and guidance. Even while working remotely, Dani has kept everyone informed and updated on deadlines and work needed to be accomplished. We are extremely fortunate to have Dani as an integral member of our team.”

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.

Final tips to launch you into using the Webex app for messaging

It has finally arrived. The end of July and, along with it, the closing of Skype for Business.

To help with the transition to the new Webex app, we have published a series of articles in The Star. Although the new Webex app is able to perform many of the main functions of the Webex Meetings desktop app, the initial focus has been on messaging.

If you have not yet set up your Webex for messaging, now is the time to do it!

The Webex app will eventually become the only Webex you need, but for now, you will still have the Webex Meetings Desktop app installed on your computer. This is helpful if you teach in D2L, because the Webex Meetings Desktop app is what automatically launches when you start a Webex for class or office hours.

Just like the Webex app, the default behavior of the Webex Meetings Desktop app is to launch at system boot, when you log into your computer. To avoid having meeting notifications from both apps popping up on your desktop, you can change the auto start feature of the Webex Meetings Desktop app to not load automatically.

  • Click on the gear icon at the top of the Webex Meetings Desktop app and select “Preferences.”
  • Go to the “General” tab.
  • Review the status of the check box for “Start Webex Meetings desktop app when Windows starts.” If it is checked, the app will automatically load.
  • Choose your preference and click “Apply.”
  • Close the “Preferences” window.

The next time you restart your computer, the change will take effect. You can, of course, still launch the app manually as needed.

These articles have provided a brief overview to get you started in the Webex app, and the information in them will be combined into a 5Star Knowledge Base article for your later review.

For now, you can find a detailed description of the Webex app in the “Webex Client” article in the 5Star Knowledge Base. This article will give you a thorough explanation of installing the Webex app. Be sure to review the “Webex Essentials” link included in the article as well.
 
If you have newly installed the new Webex app, there is one very important final step in this process. If you use Outlook – either the web or desktop app – to schedule your Webex meetings, you will need to configure the Webex Scheduler in the Outlook Web app. You can access the Outlook Web app by logging into myLCC and clicking the Outlook Web link at the top of the myLCC window. Please review the 5Star Knowledge Base article “Accessing Webex via Outlook 365” for information.
 
For more information about the new Webex, please watch the following videos.

Downtown Campus Fitness Center and Weight Room closing for construction

The Downtown Campus Fitness Center and Weight Room will close for construction beginning Monday, Aug. 9. They anticipate reopening at the beginning of November.
 
The West Campus Fitness Center (M126) summer hours will remain the same: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6:30-11 a.m. Friday. Hours will extend once the fall semester begins.

There is no fee to use the Fitness Center. Please observe the following safety requirements to keep yourself and your peers healthy:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering the facility.
  • Clean equipment before and after use.
  • Avoid sharing equipment.
  • Give each other space while exercising and using equipment.
  • Please consider wearing a mask, in keeping with new CDC recommendations.
  • Consider getting vaccinated, per CDC, MDHHS and MIOSHA recommendations, if you are able and have not yet done so.
  • Do not come to campus if you are ill, even if you have been vaccinated.

There will be no towel or lock service at this time. Please bring your own towel and lock to secure your personal items in the locker rooms. Locker rooms will continue to be day use only.

LCC forgives four years of student debt

Students are getting a fresh start in time for the fall semester. The college is forgiving student debt from fall 2017 through spring 2021, giving students a chance to pick up where they left off in their education.
 
LCC is using federal funding to forgive outstanding account balances for the past four years. This includes recalling eligible accounts from collection. The funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the 2021 American Rescue Plan.
 
The goal of the program is to, first and foremost, give our students a break during an incredibly difficult time. We also hope students will use the opportunity to re-enroll and complete their degree or certificate at LCC.
 
Please note: Due to the nature of our federal funding, this is a one-time program. Students are responsible for full payment for all future semesters, either through financial aid, payment plans or full payment. Student who do not have sufficient financial aid must sign up for a payment plan or pay in full, or they will be dropped from their classes.
 
Learn more about this program at LCC Fresh Start.

Volunteers needed for Welcome Week

Face-to-face Welcome Week is back! Give our students a great start to the year by volunteering to assist with parking, wayfinding or shuttling on the golf cart. This year’s Welcome Week is Aug. 19-27. There will be events or food at all LCC locations, but volunteers are needed only for the Downtown Campus.
 
Sign up to volunteer using SignUp Genius:

Please check with your supervisor to be sure you can be gone from your regular work station at the times you’ve selected! Once you have signed up, please add the shift to your calendar.
 
Volunteers are asked to wear a Welcome Week T-shirt shirt during each shift, to help identify you to students. Each volunteer will receive up to two T-shirts, depending on the number of shifts worked. Shirts will be handed out at the volunteer trainings. If you attend the training virtually, you will receive your shirts during your first shift.
 
All volunteers must attend at least one training.

  • Golf cart training: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, on the Mall
  • All other volunteers: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the Grand River Room and via Webex. Webex meeting number is 120 730 6271 and the password is “welcome.”
  • All other volunteers: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Grand River Room and via Webex. Webex meeting number is 120 037 6798 and the password is “welcome.’

Please contact Conference Services Manager, Kelly Hekler, at heklerk1@lcc.edu with any questions.

LCC strongly encourages masking, in keeping with new CDC guidelines

The college is strongly encouraging vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors, matching the “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People” put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.
 
While Ingham County and surrounding areas are not currently in an area of “substantial or high transmission” for COVID-19, local cases are rapidly trending upward. LCC continues to seek a proactive, people-first response to the pandemic, and is encouraging masking for everyone.
 
The CDC considers masks to be a low-cost, highly effective intervention, and we encourage our community to wear one in indoor settings where others are present. Masks are especially recommended for the unvaccinated and for those who are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, as well as those living with anyone who is unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at increased risk of severe disease.
 
We continue to follow updates from our federal, local and state health experts, and we will reintroduce safety measures if needed, up to and including mask mandates on campus.
 
As of today, LCC is strongly encouraging masks.
 
For more information, please read through the CDC’s new guidance.

Supervisors of student employees: Employment eligibility

As a reminder to supervisors and hiring managers, please note the following student employment eligibility requirements for the end of the summer semester and beginning of the fall semester. Please share this information with your respective student staff and department colleagues as needed.
 
End of summer semester, if the student is enrolled summer but will not meet the upcoming fall semester enrollment requirement:

  • The student’s last work date must be on or before Aug. 18.

End of summer semester, if the student is enrolled summer and will meet the upcoming fall semester enrollment requirement:

  • The student is eligible to work during the break between their summer course end date and fall semester start date of Aug. 19.

New student staff hires beginning fall semester, if student is not enrolled summer but will meet the fall semester enrollment requirement:

  • A student who meets the fall semester enrollment requirement, but not the summer semester enrollment requirement, may begin working as early as Aug. 22, assuming the hired/rehired student’s been approved to work and successfully completes New Employee Orientation (NEO), per HR approval.

Fall semester payroll deductions:

  • Students will remain eligible for the FICA exemption during the time after summer courses end, from Aug. 10-18, as long as the fall enrollment requirements are met.
  • Credit requirements for the summer and fall semesters must be met in order to maintain exemption from FICA and MPSERS. Failure to do so will result in automatic enrollment and payroll withholdings.
  • Students with a first date worked prior to July 2, 2018, who are registered for at least 6.0 credits in summer semester and 12.0 credits in the fall semester will not be required to pay into MPSERS during the timeframe the student is enrolled and actively attending class.
  • Students with a first date worked on or after July 2, 2018, are not eligible to participate in MPSERS.

Questions related to deductions, withholdings, FICA and/or MPSERS rules should be directed to the Payroll main office at FS-Payroll@star.lcc.edu or 517-483-1799. Questions pertaining to minimum enrollment/attendance requirements, student eligibility status and start/end work dates may be sent to the Student Employment Coordinator in Financial Aid at FS-FA-Student-Employment@star.lcc.edu.

Reminders about fall semester payment plans and tuition waiver benefits

Students can now sign up for fall semester payment plans. Due dates to sign up for a plan or pay in full are based on registration date.

  • Register May 10-July 25 = Due Aug. 2
  • Register July 26-Aug. 1 = Due Aug. 9
  • Register Aug. 2-8 = Due Aug. 16
  • Register Aug. 9 or later = Due Aug. 23
  • Register late = Due within one business day

Students who have authorized financial aid, but not enough to cover the balance due, will need to:

  • Pay any difference in full; or,
  • Enroll in a payment plan to conveniently budget payments. To sign up, students should log into Banner Self-Service and select “Student Finance/TouchNet.” Failure to sign up or pay in full could result in students getting dropped from their courses.

Employees who use their tuition waiver benefit for themselves or a dependent student must complete two steps:

  1. Pay in full or sign up for the “employee sponsored” payment plan; and,
  2. Fill out the tuition waiver form prior to the start date of the requested course(s)

Approved tuition waiver request forms will be processed by Student Finance starting after the 50% refund date, and the tuition portion will be refunded to the student’s account. Fees are not covered by the tuition waiver benefit.
 
As a reminder, LCC no longer requires students with full and verified financial aid to sign up for payment plans. That requirement ended last fall to help eliminate student confusion.
 
Another recent change in the payment plan process: Students can be dropped from part-of-term courses after the official start of the semester. The college runs periodic drops of students who register for late-start or part-of-term courses after the last published due date and drop, and then never follow through to pay their bill. Students in this situation will receive multiple emails, robo calls and personal outreach prior to any drop. This closes a loophole that allowed some students to avoid paying their bill.
 
Visit the LCC Payments webpage for detailed payment plan information.