Monthly Archives: September 2021

Testing Services updates Saturday hours for fall

Testing Services is adjusting its Saturday hours for the remainder of the fall semester to better align staffing coverage with when exams are needed. Beginning in October, Testing Services will be open one Saturday per month. This change comes after the first month of the semester allowed the area to analyze testing volume and review examination coversheets and testing windows.

Open Saturdays will be Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. These dates are now reflected on Testing Services’ webpage.

Senate brainstorms proactive ideas to move LCC forward

Academic Senators met in small groups during their Sept. 24 meeting to discuss ideas to improve the college’s long-term trajectory. President Jon Tenbrink encouraged senators to incorporate these ideas into their answers to the Academic Master Plan survey, and to submit them to the Senate to discover ideas and themes the Senate might like to work toward as a body. Specific questions senators discussed included:

  • What is your main area of concern for LCC moving forward in the next 5-10 years? What are potential roadblocks to success that you see?
  • What is one thing that LCC does that could use more financial support to make a bigger impact?
  • Is there a capital improvement that needs to be made to improve student success? If there is more than one, rank them in order of importance/need.

Also, senators discussed results from the Sept. 10 meeting’s small group discussion, focused on communication with constituents. Many discussion groups agreed that making Senate information a standing item at department or program meetings was a good way to facilitate two-way communication. President Tenbrink also encouraged senators to communicate with one another to discuss possible ideas and better understand constituents’ needs.
 
Other business included:

  • Welcoming returning Student Senator Amalia Gonzales and introducing new Student Senator Summer Gilliam.
  • Encouragement from Vice President Tamara McDiarmid and Business Analyst for Degree Works Zachary Foster to take the Degree Works training in the TMS. Completing the training provides administrative privileges within Degree Works, allowing faculty to better access the system and assist students. To access the training, sign into myLCC and select “Talent Management System” within the Work tab.
  • Updates from three standing committees: the Budget Committee, Student Advisory Committee and Senate Operations Advisory and Review (SOAR) Committee.
  • Approving the Curriculum Committee recommendations for course revisions to ENGL 098, CITN 245, CITN 253, CITN 256, BUSN 118, PSYC 200, SOCL 120, as well as new/revised non-credit courses NCAS 102, 103, 104 and 105. These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.

The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, via Webex. All employees are invited to attend. A link to the meeting will be included in the operations email on Monday, Oct. 4.

LCC awaiting more info on federal vaccination mandate

LCC is watching for more information on the forthcoming federal vaccination mandate announced by President Joe Biden on Sept. 9. His plan states the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will implement an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis.
 
The college is waiting for more information from OSHA about this forthcoming rule, but do not yet have an estimate of when that information will be released. As soon as we know more, we will let all employees know via operations emails, The Star and/or other communication methods.

LCC conducting all-college evacuation drills in October

Throughout the next month, the college will be holding building evacuation drills for all employees, students and guests at every campus and location. These drills are an important aspect of emergency preparedness and are a requirement under the Jeanne Clery Act. Everyone who is on campus at the time of the drill is required to participate.
 
The exact time of the drills will not be announced in advance, but you can expect them to begin sometime in these ranges:

  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Livingston County Center
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at LCC East
  • 10:30-11 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Mason Aviation Maintenance Technology Center
  • 8:45-9:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at West Campus
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Downtown Campus

The drills will begin with a public address announcement, followed by an LCC Emergency Alert (using our RAVE system) to your email, desk phone and cell phone if you have signed up to receive messages on your cell. The PA and LCC Emergency Alert messages will clearly indicate the evacuation is only a drill, and not a real emergency.
 
When you receive these messages, please proceed out of your building and wait outside, 50-100 feet from the doors, until you receive the “all clear” message. Do not leave campus, and do not clog the building entry and exits. If anyone in your area requires assistance in evacuating, please help them as you are able. Members of the Building Emergency Response Team, or BERT, will be sweeping the buildings and can also help. Faculty who are teaching at the time of the drill are asked to encourage students to leave the building.
 
A friendly reminder: The drill cannot end until people are out of the buildings. The quicker everyone exits, the quicker the drill will be done.
 
This will be a building evacuation drill only, not a fire drill. Therefore, elevators will still work and doors will not automatically lock.
 
Remember, evacuation is one of the five key emergency responses LCC asks all employees to know how to handle. This is a good opportunity for us to practice our response as a college community.

Employees exit the Administration Building during the 2019 evacuation drills.

Voter registration drive happening at Downtown Campus Sept. 30

The city of Lansing will be outside the Arts & Sciences Building 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today, Sept. 30, to promote voter registration. National Voter Registration Day is this week, and it’s a great opportunity for students, employees and community members to easily register to vote.
 
You can also complete your voter registration online at michigan.gov/vote. The website contains an abundance of voting information, like how to find your polling place, how to apply for an absentee ballot, how to find out what is on the ballot and more.

Flu shot clinic to be held Oct. 13 on Downtown Campus

All employees, family members and students are invited to get their annual flu shot in the HHS Building on Oct. 13. In addition to best practices like washing your hands and minimizing time around others who are ill, flu shots are one of the most effective preventative measures against the flu.

Shots are free with most insurance plans, as long as you bring your insurance card. Without insurance, shots are $5 for Employee Development Fund (EDF) members and $25 for anyone else. Payment can be made with exact cash or check. Credit card payments cannot be accepted. 

To help the process run smoothly, please fill out the flu shot history and consent form prior to the event. 

The clinic will be held 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the HHS Building, room 201. If you cannot attend that day, flu shots are available at many local pharmacies, or you can talk to your doctor. Learn more about the flu vaccine and read the FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The event is sponsored by EDF and the Choosing Health! committee at LCC.

All employees invited to C3R Summit about preparing students on the autism spectrum for college

Please join us for the Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) Summit on Oct. 14. This virtual summit will be held on WebEx from 6-7:30 p.m. It will focus on the Ready for Launch workshop developed by the C3R Student Transition Team. Ready for Launch helped prepare students on the autism spectrum for their transition from high school to LCC.

Attendees registered prior to noon Oct. 1 will receive a pre-event package, which will include summit materials and a special treat. Registration will be open until the start of the event, but a package delivery cannot be guaranteed for later registrations.

We hope to see you there!

Introducing Tech Tip of the Week

Have you ever had a moment where someone is sharing their screen and you see them do something you had no idea you could do in that program? Something that gives you that “Aha!” feeling and now you can’t wait to use that new trick? Where you feel one of your system tasks are forever changed for the better because of one little tip?
 
The systems we use to manage our daily tasks at work and home are consistently improving. These improvements are all around us and it is hard to keep up. Today, we are launching a new standing article in The Star to highlight these little technical tips, titled “Tech Tip of the Week.” These are small tips that some of us may use and take for granted, but could give others that “Aha!” moment and make their daily tasks easier.
 
We have a short list of some tips that we plan to share over the next few weeks, such as:

  • Excel – How to transpose data in excel
  • Excel – How to perform text to columns or format a delimited file
  • Outlook – How to quickly take an email and schedule it as a task or calendar entry
  • Microsoft – How to add the email shortcut to your Quick Access Email
  • WebEx – How to mute alerts in your WebEx meeting
  • Banner – Shortcut to populate the current date in date fields

Each article will have a short description to highlight the Tech Tip of the Week and will link you to a more detailed article in our 5Star Knowledge Database. We have dedicated a Knowledge Base category for Tech Tips, so these tips can continue to be accessed after they are published.

Screenshot showing the new Tech Tips section in the 5Star Knowledge Base

Do you have a technical tip or shortcut you use? We want to hear from you to help us grow this knowledge database and highlight it to share with others. You can submit your idea for Tech Tip of the Week online.
 
You can also access the Tech Tip submission form at any time from the 5Star Service Center home page.

Screenshot of 5Star homepage, showing the "Submit to Tech Tips" box