Monthly Archives: August 2021

TRiO program transitioning to ACCESS

LCC’s TRiO program is getting a new name and a new home. The program, which has served first-generation and disadvantaged students for more than 30 years, will now be known as Access to College and Careers with Excellence through Student Services, or ACCESS.
 
ACCESS will be housed within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This move out of Student Affairs better reflects the services offered, and connects involved students to a larger community of programs and events. Students will take part in a Summer Bridge experience, a cohort learning group, academic and professional mentoring, and more.
 
Current TRiO students do not need to reapply to become part of ACCESS, although we do ask that they update their application information. Applications are open to any admitted LCC student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and who demonstrates academic need. Priority will be given to students who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC); LGBTQ+; and/or first generation; and who are low-income and/or registered with LCC’s Center for Student Access.
 
The deadline for fall semester applications is Sept. 30. Please pass the word to students you know!
 
Like other ODI student programs, ACCESS will be physically located inside the new Cesar Chavez Learning Center, which is now in the A&S Building, Room 1313, in the space formerly occupied by the Learning Commons. It has been renovated and is ready to greet students!
 
The Learning Commons is now located in the redesigned TLC Building.
 
This is a new name and a new place for one of LCC’s longest-running student support programs, but it’s the same people and the same great atmosphere to support students in their academic and personal success.

Graphic promoting the ACCESS Program, featuring a laughing student and the words "ACCESS: Access to College and Careers with Excellence through Student Services"

Bill Motz retiring after more than 44 years at LCC

Bill Motz, a staple of the Business & Economics Department, will retire at the end of August. He joined LCC in 1977, and during his academic tenure, he helped to lead and guide the development of the Marketing Program. He served many years as the program faculty chair and helped countless students find internships.
 
In addition to his teaching, Motz has also advised one of the most successful clubs on campus, the American Marketing Association (AMA), for almost 40 years. Throughout his tenure, he has helped hundreds of LCC students gain real-world business experience and professional networking contacts. He also served many roles on the International Collegiate Chapters Council and received numerous awards for his service.
 
“Bill’s commitment and dedication to his students is unparalleled,” Business & Economics Department Director Jeremy Davis said. “There wasn’t a day that went by that he wasn’t trying to help out a student or colleague. You just knew that Bill was on campus and was eager and willing to provide advice, assistance, guidance or even a glass of Coke.”
 
Further, Motz has been a member of the Academic Advising team since the inception of centralized advising in 1994. He was one of the founding 40 faculty members of the team, who joined advising from around the college when LCC received a Title III grant to improve advising on campus. He had always advised in the Marketing program, but this was the opportunity for him to learn to advise more generally for all students.
 
“Bill has been such a valuable member of our team,” Lead Faculty Advisor Eva Menefee said. “He has given so much to the students he has met over the years. We miss him already!”
 
“It has been a real privilege working with Bill over the years and witnessing a true master and ultimate professional at work,” Associate Dean of the Center for Academic and Career Pathways Gary King said. “Bill, thanks for your unwavering commitment to the team and student success. As you enter this next chapter, please know that we deeply appreciate the profound legacy you have cemented here at LCC, the community and the countless student lives and their professions.”
 
Anyone who wishes to sign Motz’s retirement card can do so online.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding LCC’s response to COVID-19

What are LCC’s current safety requirements?
LCC has three key points of emphasis as we head into the fall semester:

  • All students, employees and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors at all LCC locations. This requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly encouraged when in a crowded setting.
  • We strongly encourage everyone to consider getting vaccinated, if you are medically able and have not already done so. Vaccines are free regardless of your insurance status, and are readily available. Find a location near you.
  • Stay home if you are sick, even if you have been vaccinated and even if you’re pretty sure it’s just a cold. Talk to your supervisor and do not hesitate to take advantage of the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank, but please do not put your co-workers at risk. Allow students who are ill to stay home.

In addition, as always, regular hand washing is encouraged.
 
Is physical distancing required?
Physical distancing is not currently required on LCC’s campus. It is recommended whenever possible, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.
 
Is LCC going to require vaccination for employees and/or students? [Answer updated Sept. 2, 2021]
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, LCC has worked to follow orders from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Local Health Departments, rules from Michigan Occupational Safety Health Administration (MIOSHA), and guidance from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In every step of our decision making, we strive to do what is best for the LCC community by prioritizing safety for all. “People First” has been our mantra since June 2020.

Neither MDHHS, MIOSHA, OSHA, CDC, local health departments nor the governor are currently recommending a vaccine mandate for institutions of higher education. For this reason, we are not, at this time, requiring a vaccine mandate.

While we are not instituting a vaccination mandate at this time, we are continually evolving as the situation evolves.

How do we make sure people who are sick do not come to campus?
This is a culture change, and we need your help! It takes every one of us making personal decisions to stay home for things we might have considered a minor, personal inconvenience in the past – a sore throat, a persistent cough.
 
It also requires faculty to allow students to stay home when they are sick, and supervisors to be flexible with employees. This pandemic requires all of us to be compassionate and understanding of people’s individual situations and comfort levels.
 
Please note, eligible reasons to use the college’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank were recently expanded to include an employee complying with our “Stay Home If You Are Sick” requirement. Learn more about the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank online.
 
What is the protocol if a student or employee who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19?
The individual who tested positive should isolate, following the definitions provided by the Ingham County Health Department.
 
If a student or employee tells you they have tested positive and they have been on campus within the past two days, please notify your supervisor. Those who are designated as “Program Safety Managers” – generally associate deans, program leads and department supervisors – will help to collect the information needed.
 
From there, LCC and the ICHD will work together to identify close contacts of the individual who tested positive, and those individuals will be notified. They will be asked to quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. If vaccinated, those who were in close contact with the individual who tested positive do not need to quarantine, but should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should be tested for COVID-19.
 
This guidance comes from the Ingham County Health Department. Learn more about the ICHD’s COVID-19 workplace guidance.
 
What would cause LCC to move back to stage 0 in its Resumption Stages?
We are currently in stage 3, but as the pandemic continues to change, we might move forward or backward in our stages. We can move back to stage 2 or 1 if necessary based on level of community spread, public health orders, and federal or state occupational safety and health rules.
 
We will move to stage 0 if a state or local public health order makes clear that all-virtual instruction and work is necessary to keep people safe.
 
Why is LCC requiring masks for people who are fully vaccinated?
This precaution is in keeping with LCC’s people-first approach to the pandemic, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.”

Is LCC concerned about the rapid spread of the Delta variant?
Of course! It was a key factor in reinstating our mask mandate. We rely on guidance and recommendations from public health experts at the federal, state and local level, and we will continue to watch the situation closely.

Who makes the college’s decisions regarding pandemic safety?
We have three key teams involved in pandemic decision-making.
 
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) are the senior administrators who oversee all college operations. Members include:

  • President
  • Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Senior Vice President of Business Operations
  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Associate Vice President for External Affairs and Development and K-12 Operations
  • Dean of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean of Health and Human Services
  • Dean of Technical Careers
  • Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Executive Director of Administrative Services
  • Executive Director of the Center for Data Science
  • Executive Director of Human Resources

 
The Executive Leadership Team meets on a biweekly basis, and as needed.
 
Incident Command Team
Long before the pandemic, LCC had an Incident Command Team who was responsible for responding to extreme weather, campus evacuations, drills, and any other potential emergency. LCC adheres to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a standardized approach to emergency management that was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Using this framework and terminology, LCC outlined its Incident Command Team.
 
The team is led by an Incident Commander. They direct the Command Staff, which includes a safety officer and public information officer, as well as the General Staff, which includes Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance units who are mobilized as needed. Each position includes multiple LCC employees who are trained to fill the role, which allows the Incident Command Team to run 24/7 if needed.
 
During the pandemic, we have also added representatives from our labor unions and from the Academic Senate to this team.
 
The Incident Command Team has met as often as daily and as rarely as monthly at various stages in the pandemic.
 
Business Resumption Review Committee
The Business Resumption Review Committee (BRRC) was formed in response to the pandemic. It was responsible for reviewing and approving Program Safety Plans, and for making many other decisions and recommendations regarding the resumption of on-campus operations. It meets weekly or biweekly, and membership includes:

  • Provost
  • Senior Vice President for Business Operations
  • Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Executive Director of Administrative Services
  • Director of Emergency Management
  • Director of Occupational/Environmental Safety and Health
  • Director of Risk Management & Legal Services
  • LCC Legal Counsel, as needed
  • Other subject-matter experts, as needed


What sources do those teams use to gather information?
Our guiding pillars are federal, state and local public health experts. Primarily, that means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Ingham County Health Department, and our other county health departments.
 
Further, we use some of the metrics and charts provided by Covid Act Now. It’s a nonprofit that aggregates data from official state and county dashboards, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other sources to create usable dashboards that can help users understand COVID-19’s spread across the U.S. We’ve found it offers helpful tools to visualize data.

When will LCC resume further on-campus operations?
We don’t know yet. This fall, we’re offering a mix of face-to-face and online classes, and face-to-face and online student services. Many employees are working on a hybrid schedule, although there are plenty who are fully on-campus and plenty who are fully remote. We seek to be flexible.
 
But the pandemic continues to morph, and we continue to change our response to match what is needed. We are still using our Business Resumption Stages as an outline of what activities can be done on campus. Right now, the college is in stage 3, and we can move backward or forward depending on conditions like level of community spread, public health orders, and federal or state occupational safety and health rules.
 
The best way to keep up with LCC’s evolving response is to read your email, especially the weekly Star and operations emails. Those are the college’s official communication channels, and there’s no insider source for different information. However, if you have a question or concern, please ask your supervisor or email employee.concern@star.lcc.edu. We want to help!
 
I have a question you didn’t answer!
Please continue to email employee.concern@star.lcc.edu. We do monitor it and respond to inquiries, and it is a valuable source of information for our decision-makers about how our community is doing. We also seek to weave questions into our regular communications, so please read The Star and operations emails each week.
 
Finally, we encourage you to consider trying out our Employee Assistance Program if you feel like you would benefit from more support. It is completely free and confidential, and offers access to local, licensed counselors. It also offers legal and financial consultations.

Welcome Week continues with Party with the Prez

Welcome Week 2021 continues through the end of the week, including Thursday’s big event, Party with the Prez. The event is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Downtown Campus Mall. The party will be outdoors, and will include free food, live music, student giveaways and games. Employees are welcome to attend, and will receive one free food ticket beginning at noon, but are asked to remember that this is student-focused event. Get the details online.

Here are some photos from the first day of classes.

A student in the Arts & Sciences Building on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Students on the first day of classes, Thursday, Aug. 19.
Students on the first day of classes, Thursday, Aug. 19.

Strategic planning employee meeting to be held Aug. 27

The college will hold a virtual meeting to review progress on the strategic planning process before a draft 2021-2024 Strategic Plan is presented to the Board of Trustees in September. The meeting will be held 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, via Webex.
 
Join meeting
 
Friday, Aug 27, 2021 2:00 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 120 017 5178
Password: LCCStars
 
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 120 017 5178
 
More information about the Strategic Plan is available by visiting the “Strategic Directions” tab on myLCC. The page includes presentations and results from all the February strategic planning sessions as well as the Strategic Plan workgroup participant lists.

Early timesheet alert – Labor Day 2021

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Sept. 10 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.
 
Hours submitted for the pay period of Aug. 22-Sept. 4, for the pay date of Sept. 10, 2021 (BW19):

  • Timesheets are due 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, with PROJECTED HOURS for Sept. 3-4.
  • Please note timesheet entry capability will not be available after 10 a.m. It is important all employees and timekeepers have time entered.
  • Timesheet approvals need to be completed by 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3.
  • Timesheet adjustments are due no later than 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Early Faculty Pay System (FPS) processing alert – Labor Day 2021
Due to the shortened timeframe for processing the Sept. 10 pay, Payroll has had to make the following changes to the normal processing schedule.

  • Faculty Pay System (FPS) entries for the pay period of Aug. 22-Sept. 4, 2021 (BW19), must be completed and approved by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.
  • Payroll will process faculty hours on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Questions can be directed to our Payroll Department at FS-Payroll@lcc.edu or 517-483-1799.

New video introduces Curriculum Committee and processes

The Curriculum Committee has been asked many times “What is the Curriculum Committee?” and “What do they specifically do?” A new video, “Introduction to the Curriculum Committee,” was created to answer those questions and explain the purpose and processes of the Curriculum Committee.

The Curriculum Committee meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Anyone who wishes to attend may do so. Please contact your division representative or email LCC-CC-CC_Chair@star.lcc.edu to request a meeting invitation.

For additional information and forms, please see the Curriculum Committee webpage.