Monthly Archives: September 2021

All employees invited to climate survey meeting this week

The college is hosting a second informational meetings about results of our Higher Education Survey of Employee Engagement (HESEE) this week. We conducted this anonymous survey in March and April 2021. All employees were invited to participate, and 675 of you did. Thank you for your feedback!
The meeting will include a question and answer session, and is open to all employees. It will be held 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29.

HESEE provides the college with scores for 12 different categories, or “constructs,” that drive organizational performance and engagement. The scores for the constructs are then averaged together to provide an overall score. A score of 350 or higher is considered the goal, and scores greater than 400 are indicative of a highly engaged workforce. The construct scores are also used to steer the college toward areas for further analysis and concentrated effort. We use the scores, in part, to select and prioritize the projects that drive our Strategic Plan.

LCC has improved considerably since our first use of this survey, with an improvement in our overall score from 346 in 2014 to a respectable 382 in 2021. Our highest scores relate to workplace, supervision and information systems.

Although the college has improved some construct scores to the ideal 400 range, there is still plenty of work to be done. The construct scores related to pay, benefits and internal communication have improved considerably since 2014, but remain our lowest scores and require some additional attention.

You can read our entire executive summary online. It includes more information about how the 12 constructs are defined, as well as a breakdown of responses to each question.

Arts Connect @ LCC

Discover all the arts at LCC through a brand new openlcc site called Arts Connect @ LCC. This site gathers LCC’s wealth of arts under one roof, so it’s easy to make connections with performing, visual, media and literary arts and artists. Entries will be updated regularly and will include programs and events led by LCC’s arts and humanities programs and other academic departments, as well as programming with an arts component presented by other college areas, such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The site was created through the Center for Teaching Excellence by Melissa Kaplan, who curates the site, and Benjamin Garrett, who handles WordPress programming.
Connect to the arts at Arts Connect @ LCC!

DANCE Lansing in the Gannon Commons in 2019

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,, and perhaps you can help solve a mystery.

IMGs #080, 081, 082 – Registration

IMGs #080 - Registration
IMGs #081 - Registration
IMGs #082 - Registration

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

What about benefits? Switch on to being more present

Our HMSA Employee Assistance Program is offering a free, on-demand online seminar called “Switch on to Being More Present.” This seminar will cover how to discover the key to being more present and actively take the time to digitally disconnect to spend quality time with those around you. Check out the seminar flyer to learn more.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Call HMSA at 800-847-7240. It is free and confidential. No time to talk? Visit your HMSA Employee Assistance Program website to see additional resources.
Username: hmsa
Password: myresource

A round of Applause! for Student Affairs employees

This week, we’re applauding employees in the Student Affairs Division.

“Thank you to all Student Affairs employees for everything you do for students!” Ronda Miller wrote in the award. “Everyone has been working so hard through the changing rhythms of the fall semester rush and hybrid work schedules. I especially want to shout our StarZone staff, who are out front every day with a positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond to help students, both face-to-face and remotely.”

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:

Important Consumer Information now available online

There are many laws and regulations in place to protect the integrity of a student’s education and also to protect members of the college community. The college is required, by law, to provide these messages for your benefit and protection of enrolled students, prospective students, employees and the public. Please take a few minutes to review the Consumer Information webpage for important information such as:

  • Financial Assistance Information
  • Information for Students with Disabilities
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Student Retention Information
  • Contact List of College Offices You May Find Helpful
  • Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • And more

The college is required to share this information as a part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.
If you need assistance obtaining the information listed or you would like a paper copy, contact the Office of Compliance at 517-483-5298 or Be sure to check out the information you need to know!

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events

Join other employees and students at the new Mindful Mondays series. Take part in a 20-minute virtual meditation with Amalia Gonzales to reduce stress, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and increase self-awareness.

Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include a Wymin’s Collective meeting, an info session on becoming an Equity Leader for Inclusion, SafeZone training and more. Learn more and get all the meeting links online.

LCC employee becomes new East Lansing Fire Department chief

An LCC faculty member with 30 years of service was named chief of the East Lansing Fire Department this week. Dawn Carson teaches in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program. In her full-time career, Carson has been a member of the East Lansing Fire Department for the past 27 years, advancing to the rank of deputy chief.

In June 2021, Deputy Chief Carson was promoted to Interim Fire Chief following the retirement of then-Chief Randy Talifarro. Effective Sept. 20, the interim title was removed, and Chief Carson now leads the second largest fire department within the mid-Michigan region. She is the department’s first female chief.

In addition to her earned degrees, Chief Carson completed her EMT education in 1989, paramedic in 1994, and EMS instructor/coordinator in 1996. She is also a graduate of LCC’s Fire Academy. She has maintained State of Michigan paramedic and instructor/coordinator licensure since completing this education. She has had a tremendous influence on fellow LCC faculty members and countless students throughout her EMS Program teaching career.

The East Lansing and MSU communities are fortunate to have Chief Carson leading their fire department.