Monthly Archives: August 2021

Call for proposals for Take a Stand! Sit In!

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for presentations on issues related to justice, race or equity for the fall 2021 Take a Stand! Sit In! event. It is inspired by the Scholar Strike Initiative and LCC’s previous Take A Stand! Sit In! events.
 
Presentations that reflect your passion on a subject, engage our LCC community in activities or discussions, and promote a greater degree of clarity on a contemporary issue are encouraged. Take A Stand! Sit In! offers a platform for others to “sit in” if you are willing to “take a stand.”
 
This fall’s event will be virtual on Nov. 22-23, with plans to include 10 sessions showcasing the LCC community and featured local artists. This reflects our commitment to incorporating community and creative voices into these learning conversations. If you are unable to participate personally, please consider having your students attend one or more sessions as an assignment or extra credit. The sessions will last 60 to 90 minutes.
 
For the proposal form, go to the Take A Stand! Sit In! website. The proposal process is designed to be straightforward, and asks for your contact information, short biography, session title, a brief description of your session and initial thoughts about engaging the audience during your presentation. Proposal submissions are due by Friday, Sept. 10.
 
If you would like more information or have questions, please reach out to Brad Hicks at hicksb7@star.lcc.edu.

Reorganization brings three employees into Center for Student Support

The Center for Student Support is happy to welcome three phenomenal people to our team. Student Affairs recently went through a minor reorganization, and we are thrilled to welcome Curlada Eure-Harris of Counseling, Patti Ayers of Student Life and Larry Hook of The Lookout to the team. For those who have not met them, take a moment to read through their brief biographies below. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome to our team!
 
Curlada Eure-Harris
Curlada Eure-Harris is a product of Curt’s love for Admara. She hyphenates her last name, using her father’s family name and that of her deceased husband and their three children. As a transplant from the Philadelphia area, she enjoys Michigan’s Great Lakes over the Atlantic Ocean. Her professional and personal philosophy is that we are 99.99% genetically the same, one human race on earth, each having a contribution to make to humanity.
 
Eure-Harris brings a variety of ongoing formal and informal educational input to her work. She believes community college is the place within higher education where one has access to a combination of social reality and personal opportunity. She is, among other things, a loved caregiver of family pets, a dance performer on the Wharton’s stage, a dabbler in a variety of languages, a dedicated fresh foodie, and, for our LCC students, a licensed professional of integrative holistic counseling and therapy.
 
Larry Hook
Larry Hook has been the adviser of The Lookout for the past 17 years. His duties include hiring staff, teaching them how to write journalistically and helping them to produce a college newspaper. The Lookout has won many awards during Hook’s tenure as adviser, including Michigan Press Association’s “Newspaper of the Year” three times.
 
Hook is a graduate of Lansing Catholic Central High School and Michigan State University, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He spent nine years as editor in chief of The Leslie Local Independent newspaper and four years as an editor for Lansing Community Newspapers. He also worked for 12 years as a freelance reporter for MLive.
 
A fan of professional sports, Hook has coached a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, bowling and soccer. In his spare time, Hook enjoys playing softball, bowling, collecting baseball cards, watching movies and playing pinball. He has a collection of 11 pinball machines and five arcade video games.
 
Patti Ayers
Patti Ayers is the departmental administrator for Student Life. She began her career at LCC as a student employee and later gained experience working in the offices of Accessibility Services and Financial Aid before joining Student Life in 1993. In her current role as Student Life coordinator, she oversees registered student organizations, the Student Leadership Academy, department student events and activities, and serves as the college’s student ombudsperson.
 
Ayers is an alumnae of LCC, holds a B.A. in multidisciplinary studies from Siena Heights University, and is faculty certified as an instructor for Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies curriculum. In addition to her work in Student Life, Ayers enjoys golfing and loves the outdoors, cooking and music.

Testing Services hours and updates

Testing Services in-semester service hours will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7. In-semester Testing Services hours for the fall semester will be:

  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

*On all days, the last test is administered an hour prior to close.
 
Update on exam coversheets
Faculty will notice that the creation process for exam coversheets has changed slightly. Thank you to Charlie Benson and Chad Lycos from ITS for all of their hard work in revising the coversheet creation process. The link to create exam coversheets will still be located in the same place, within the myLCC Work tab, under Employee eToolbox – Faculty Services. The steps to create will also remain similar to the past version, with some additional functionality for extended time allowances and editing information.
 
Please contact Testing Services at 517-267-5500 or lcc_online_testing@lcc.edu if you have any questions about creating coversheets.  

Employees can now pick up Fall Kick-Off T-shirts

Everyone gets a T-shirt! Any employees who were unable to pick up their new LCC T-shirt at this year’s Fall Kick-Off Party can grab one beginning Monday, Aug. 30, in the Administration Building.   

T-shirt pick-up will be available 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in ADM 105, on the first floor of the Administration Building, through Oct. 1. (No pickup on Sept. 3, the Friday before Labor Day.) Please bring your StarCard to the Administration Building to gain access to the lobby, and a number to call will be posted at the front desk. 

As a reminder, each employee receives one T-shirt. If you have questions, please call 517-483-1855.  

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.

IMGs #073, 074, 075 and 076 – Cooking class

IMG #073 - Cooking class
IMG #074 - Cooking class
IMG #075 - Cooking class
IMG #076 - Cooking class

LCC Foundation needs your help awarding scholarships

Join the LCC Foundation and other community members to help review applications and award scholarships to LCC students.

Because of the unprecedented disruption of the pandemic, we know more students than ever need a scholarship to realize their dreams at LCC. This fall, the Foundation is, for the first time ever, conducting a second scholarship application for LCC students. 

The Foundation expects to receive hundreds of applications from amazing students who want to change their lives. When you review their applications, you help us make sure deserving and qualified students receive the support they need to succeed at LCC. Sign up today!

This special scholarship reviewing period will be Sept. 13-23. The Foundation expects each reviewer to receive between 10 and 20 applications to review. They have an updated scoring rubric and online training to assist you as you review the applications.

What about benefits? A week of healthy, easy school lunches

As students return to school, many parents are getting back into the groove of packing lunches for their kids each day. A Healthier Michigan has provided some great ideas for snacks and lunches to keep kids healthy and energized for learning.
 
Healthy Snacks

  • Apple slices and nut butter
  • Unsalted trail mix
  • Smoothies, to incorporate calcium, fruits and veggies
  • Fruit and yogurt
  • Whole wheat toast with nut butter and bananas
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Veggie and hummus pinwheels

Balanced Lunches

  • Healthier Lunchable – English muffin pizzas with marinara, veggies, cheese and a side fruit, with milk
  • Taco Tuesday – Two-ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken with veggies, cheese and street tacos and a side fruit, with milk
  • Mediterranean Wrap – Whole wheat pita with grilled chicken and veggies and a side fruit, with milk.
  • Stuffed Cucumber Bites – Cucumbers filled with tuna salad or flavored tuna packs with pasta salad and fruit skewers, with milk
  • Mexican Pinwheels – A vegetarian wrap filled with veggies and black beans, with a side of salsa for dip. Served with mixed fruit and milk

Check out the article “A Week of Healthy, Easy School Lunches” for more helpful details and pictures. Also visit A Healthier Michigan for other helpful articles on how to get and stay healthy.

A round of Applause! for HHS’ Linda Koning

This week, we’re applauding Linda Koning of the Health and Human Services Division.

“When the LCC campus quickly transitioned to a remote work environment in March 2020, Linda Koning became the keeper of the HHS office plants left behind,” Susan McEwan wrote in the award. “As the time away from the physical office workspace grew, Linda’s office space became a greenhouse, where she watered and cared for the lonely plants, keeping them well-nourished until the time when HHS employees returned to the Downtown Campus. All of the plants in Linda’s care survived and are looking forward to greeting HHS building occupants upon their return to campus. HHS sends its appreciation to the ‘plant whisperer,’ a.k.a. Linda Koning.”

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.

In the news

Press clips for the week include:

Grand Avenue Market opens Sept. 14

Continental Services will open Grand Avenue Market in the Gannon Commons on Sept. 14. Einstein Bros. Bagels and Subway will not be open during the fall semester.
 
In addition, the TLC Building’s new “Smart & Go” machines are up and running. 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, keeping the food fresh. The machines are located at the south end of the first floor, close to the N. Capitol Avenue entrance. During the fall semester, they are available 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
 
Continental also plans to offer the “Continental Connect” app for Downtown and West campuses. This app, available for Apple and Android, allows employees and students to pre-order food for quick and easy pickup. At the Downtown Campus, people will be able to pick up their orders within 15 minutes of ordering, between 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Due to the drive from downtown to West Campus, Continental will set up two delivery time slots, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. More details about this app are coming soon.
 
LCC West, East, Livingston and Mason offer beverages, snacks and some microwave items within vending machines.
 
If you have any questions about food services this fall, please email Cynthia Rooker at rookerc@star.lcc.edu.

Overhead view of the Gannon Commons during lunch