Monthly Archives: July 2021

Unsolved mysteries of the LCC Archives

We promise these aren’t mug shots, but they are more unsolved mysteries from the LCC Archives. Do you know any of these individuals? Even if you don’t remember their name, any information you can share is helpful, including their department, position or dates they might have been at LCC.

Send information, including the image #, to Linnea Knapp, Records Information Specialist, LCC-RIM@lcc.edu, and perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery.

IMG #068 – LCC individuals

Individual photos of unidentified LCC employees

Learn more about the LCC Archives and learn what mysteries have been solved about images previously featured in The Star.

What about benefits? New ‘quick steps’ for Tuition Waiver

Do you use or plan to use your LCC Tuition Waiver benefit? If so, check out the newly added “Tuition Waiver Employee Quick Steps” on the LCC Tuition Waiver webpage. These Quick Steps were created to help eligible employees and dependents more easily navigate their Tuition Waiver benefit by identifying the key steps in the process. With the fall semester approaching, be sure to check them out soon.

Some helpful settings to know in the new Webex, plus how to turn off Skype’s auto launch feature

As a reminder, Microsoft’s retirement of Skype for Business is only a week away. To help with the transition from Skype for Business to the new Webex app, we are publishing 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 focus of this series is on messaging.

This week’s article discusses linking with Outlook and turning off Skype for Business.

There are some settings in the Webex app you need to configure. Click on the Settings and Preferences icon in the upper left corner of the Webex app window. This icon is typically either your picture or your initials. Then, from the drop down menu, choose “Settings.”

The first setting links the Webex app to Outlook. This allows the Webex app to know what is on your Outlook calendar so you can schedule meetings through the app.

  • In the “Settings” window, click on “Outlook.”
  • Check the box next to “Connect Webex to Microsoft Outlook.”
  • There may be a message about linking Outlook to more than one app at a time. Since Skype is going away, it is OK to proceed.
  • Click “Save.”

Your Outlook calendar will sync with the Webex app now, although it is not an instant sync.

The next setting makes Outlook your scheduling app. The default option is to use the Webex app to schedule meetings. If you use the Outlook Web client, this default option will be good for you. However, if you use the desktop Outlook client (2016 or 2019), you can get the better scheduling experience of the full Outlook desktop client by choosing the Outlook option.

  • In the “Settings” window, click “Meetings.”
  • Near the top of the window, under “Schedule meetings,” click the “Microsoft Outlook” radio button.
  • Click “Save.”

Once you restart the Webex app, your Outlook desktop client will be used to schedule meetings.

There is another setting you may want to consider. This one is completely up to individual preferences.

  • In the “Settings” window, click on “Calling.”
  • Review the setting for “Answer calls with my video on.”
  • If this box is checked, every time you answer a call, your camera video will automatically be turned on, even for an audio call.
  • If you would like to have your call start with the camera off, uncheck this box.
  • Click “Save.”

With this setting, even if the call starts with the camera off, you have the option to turn it on during the call.
 
As the end of July approaches, you will no longer need “Skype for Business” to automatically launch when you log into Windows. You can tell the “Skype” app not to auto load.

Once in the “Skype for Business” app, click on the “Settings” gear near the top of the window. Click on the gear icon to open the “Options” window.

  • In the “Options” window, click on “Personal.”
  • There are two check boxes to clear here: “Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows,” and “Start the app in the foreground.”
  • After you uncheck both boxes, click “OK.”

The next time you restart your computer and log into Windows, the “Skype for Business” app will not automatically load. Microsoft has assured us that messages saved in your Outlook Conversation History will still be accessible there.

This article is a brief overview to get you started. For a detailed description of the Webex app, please read the “Webex Client” article in the 5Star Knowledge Base. This article will give you a detailed 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 for additional articles in The Star. You may also want to watch the following videos for a great overview of the new Webex.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

The Beyond the Book 2021-2022 books are here! Themes and books selected this year are:

  • Gender and Self Identity – “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football,” by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives – “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Accessibility and Advocacy – “Educated,” by Tara Westover
  • Diversity and Racial Equity – “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson

Dates, times and facilitators will be announced soon. You can pick up a physical copy of the books by emailing Laura Orta at ortal@lcc.edu and arranging a time, or you can borrow copies from the library in various formats.

Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include the next I.D.E.A.S. in Cinema event. Get the meeting links online.

Academic Senate holds summer meeting

The Academic Senate met July 16 to discuss proposed additions to the Michigan Educational Programs in Collaboration (MI-EPiC) Consortium. This statewide consortium allows community colleges to pool resources and students to collectively offer low-enrollment programs that have high overhead costs.
 
LCC was a founding member in 2009, and is now host to the shared Neurodiagnostic Technology program. In addition, LCC is a partner in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists programs. The consortium is currently exploring new programs in Sterile Processing, Surgical Technology, Radiography and Mammography. LCC is reviewing if and what role we will play in these new programs, with the understanding the consortium will move forward with or without LCC, HHS Dean Jan Karazim told the Senate.
 
During the meeting, Provost Sally Welch asked for the Senate’s help in building positive culture change around some needs surfaced by the pandemic. As we return to more face-to-face work and courses, the college is asking employees and students to stay home when sick. For faculty, this means accepting students’ explanation that they cannot come to class because they are ill, even if an exam or project is scheduled. Many Senators expressed support of this “people-first” culture.
 
Welch also asked that faculty look at more ways to build “authentic assessment” into their curriculum. With the college continuing to offer many online classes, our online test proctoring services are overloaded. Authentic or performance-based assessments can take longer to design and require flexibility in standard syllabi, but they are often a better way to demonstrate learning and relieve some pressure on Testing Services, Welch said.
 
Beyond pandemic-related information, Welch provided the Senate with two updates on the college’s academic vision:

  • LCC’s Achieving the Dream steering committee has selected two projects as an initial focus, Provost Sally Welch told Senators. The team will work on an academic mapping project with the Lansing School District. Simultaneously, the team seeks to identify and remove barriers in the student lifecycle to make progress through LCC more equitable. Once these projects have a chance to get fully underway, the college plans to formally rejoin the national Achieving the Dream network in fall 2022.
  • Information gathering for the Academic Master Plan, a strategic document that focuses on the big picture of the college’s future academic programming, is underway. A subgroup of the Senate put together survey questions that will be sent to academic programs in September, with a goal to begin writing the plan in November.

Senators also approved the Curriculum Committee recommendations for expedited course revisions to DENT 148 – Dental Radiography, DENT 242 – Dental Hygiene III, DENT 176 – Dental Materials, NURS 242 – Professional Practice, as well as several CIMT course revisions and a change to LCC’s Michigan Transfer Agreement guidelines. These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.
 
The Senate will hold its first regular meeting of the academic year 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, via Webex. The Senate might explore a hybrid virtual/in-person meeting model later in the semester, but this first meeting will be virtual only.

Save the date for all-employee Fall Kick-off Party

In celebration of our slow return to a post-pandemic normal, the college is setting aside the usual Fall Kick-off format in favor of an employee party. Whether you’re full-time or part-time; faculty or staff; face-to-face, hybrid or remote, we want to see you! Save the date: We’re celebrating 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at West Campus.
 
The party will include games, free food from local food trucks, gifts, live music and a dunk tank featuring President Steve Robinson. We’ll also include a shortened version of our annual Service Awards, with the opportunity for all those recognized to “walk the blue carpet” and take photos.
 
It’s been a long pandemic. Come celebrate and socialize with co-workers you haven’t seen since March 2020.
 
Academic divisions will hold their usual division meetings separately. Watch for more information from your division.

New food options installed in TLC Building

Students and employees working and studying at the Downtown Campus now have expanded food options in the renovated TLC Building. The “Smart & Go” machines are up and running, and are available whenever the TLC Building is open.
 
The machines include a variety of beverages, snacks, sliders, wraps, salads and sandwiches. They are restocked every Tuesday and Thursday, or more often if needed, guaranteeing the food is fresh. The machines are located at the south end of the first floor, close to the N. Capitol Avenue entrance.
 
In the future, Continental will launch the “Continental Connect” app at Downtown Campus, allowing guests to pre-order for quick and easy pickup. We hope this will provide flexibility and convenience for our students and employees.

TLC Building's Smart & Go machines

More than 100 people gather to celebrate Dr. Robinson’s one-year anniversary

On Monday, LCC employees gathered with community leaders and the Robinson family to celebrate President Steve Robinson’s one-year anniversary as leader of the college.
 
Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey emceed the event, moving attendees through a trivia game, a video highlighting accomplishments from the past year, and a blooper video. In addition, the student group “Start Smart Band” performed the Jonathan Richman song “Roadrunner.” Numerous attendees or co-workers had a chance to record remarks, including two trustees, several LCC faculty, members of LCC’s Executive Leadership Team, multiple students and prominent members of the extended community, like Michigan State University’s president and the president of the Michigan Community College Association. Additionally, Dr. Robinson’s wife, children and stepmom were in attendance and all spoke in a video.

The college provided a commemorative gift, a model of a Rickenbacker 4003 bass guitar, made by the CNC machining team at West Campus. Engraved on the guitar is a John F. Kennedy quote, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
 
Dr. Robinson thanked everyone for their remarks and for attending, and reflected on LCC’s importance in his life.
 
“Lansing Community College changed my life twice,” he said. “In 1992, I had this lightning bolt moment here on campus, where I realized what I wanted to do with my life. It’s actually proof that internships work, because I had a teaching internship. I taught freshman composition here. Then, in 2020, Trustee Hidalgo called me on the phone and changed my life a second time, so that I had the great honor to return as president to what I think is the best community college in the country. It’s been an amazing year.”
 
If you missed the event, you can watch a recorded version on Dr. Robinson’s one-year anniversary webpage.

Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey, President Steve Robinson, and Dr. Robinson's family celebrate at Monday's event