Monthly Archives: November 2021

Applications for OER awards due Dec. 1

Applications for the new round of Open Educational Resources awards are due Wednesday, Dec. 1.
OER are teaching, learning and research resources that are copyright-free (public domain) or have been released under an open license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix, retain and redistribute them. Examples of OER include open textbooks, videos, images, course modules, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, games, simulations, and other resources contained in digital media collections from around the world. 

The primary goal of LCC’s OER Award Program is to reduce educational costs for students by providing free or low-cost learning materials, available from day one of class and customizable to fit students’ learning needs. Spending less money on required learning materials is a step toward eliminating the barrier of high textbook costs and may enable students to stay on track with completing their courses and their chosen degrees or certificates. 
For complete details and to download the application, go to Research Guide for OER or email, or contact Center for Teaching Excellence OER Faculty Fellow Denise Warner at

Show us your holiday spirit!

All employees are welcome to post photos to the Experience #Starpower Holiday Spirit Padlet. The categories are winter, traditions, indoor décor, outdoor décor, family gatherings and food/drink.

How to participate:  

  1. Create your own Padlet account. Padlet is a sort of virtual bulletin board to gather and share ideas. If you have an account already, you can post using that account (this will help us see who posts pictures on our end). 
  2. View all the categories in the Holiday Spirit Padlet by scrolling to the right of the Padlet page. You may also need to scroll down to see all of the images. 
  3. Take photos and submit to a category of your choice. 
  4. Check back in to view your colleague’s photos and like your favorites! 

Note: Names will not be displayed above photos, and you may post as many photos as you like to the various categories. The Padlet is just for fun and all posts are subject to approval. Please keep posts non-political and work-appropriate.

Photos will be accepted through Jan. 7.

An elf on the shelf holding a plate of brownies with a sign that says Enjoy! love, Tock

StarCard now required to unlock Downtown Campus buildings

In case you missed the news: A StarCard is now required at most building doors on LCC’s Downtown Campus. StarCards are LCC’s official ID cards, and they are available to employees, students and alumni. At this time, we are not implementing this protocol at the West, East, Livingston or Mason Aviation sites.
This is a security change to protect our campus community. Employee StarCards kept the access you already had, and added new access to the Gannon Building, Arts & Sciences Building, Health and Human Services Building, TLC Building, Dart Auditorium, Mackinaw Building, AOF, and Washington Court Place, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. If you already have a StarCard, you do not need to do anything. If you do not have an employee StarCard, visit the AOF Building, room 108, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed.
Students have access to the following buildings at these days and times:

  • Gannon Building: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (main entrance near StarZone remains unlocked during these times)
  • Arts & Sciences Building: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (main entrance off the Mall remains unlocked during these times)
  • Health & Human Services Building: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday (the northwest doors facing the Administration Building remain unlocked during these times)
  • TLC Building: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday (main entrance off N. Capitol Avenue remains unlocked during these times)
  • Mackinaw Building: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (main entrance off N. Capitol Avenue remains unlocked during these times)

Students who need a card can go to and fill out the dynamic form. They will receive an email when their StarCard is ready for pick up. Alternately, students can stop by the StarZone, located in the
Gannon Building secondfloor, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays or 2-5 p.m. Thursdays. Cards are free, but there is a $15 replacement fee for students who lose theirs.
If you have any questions regarding employee StarCards, please contact Bethany Monroe-Bahl at

Early new hire paperwork submission alert – winter break 2021

Due to the shortened timeframe for processing new hire paperwork for employee and student positions before the winter break, Human Resources has made the following changes to the normal processing schedule:
New hires with a start date of Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, must have official offer letters and new hire paperwork submitted by 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.
Thank you for your assistance in adhering to this deadline. Questions can be directed to our Human Resources Department at or 517-483-1870.

Give back with LCC Cares, United Way and Red Cross donation drives

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, many of us are seeking meaningful ways to give back to our community and campus. Below are three opportunities to do so.

LCC Cares
At LCC, our students drive everything we do. They inspire us, they motivate us and they need our help. Your generosity powers LCC Cares to help students in need. In 2021, LCC Cares has provided more than $12,500 in immediate support to students.

Every $10 you donate purchases a meal for a hungry student or a bus pass to get to campus. Every $50 helps to pay for utilities that will be shut off or for textbooks that are just out of reach. Donate by payroll deduction or credit card today.

Donate. Educate. Elevate.
United Way
Our annual Capital Area United Way workplace campaign runs Nov. 22-Dec. 10. LCC is pleased to partner with United Way to support the Lansing community in need. You can donate via the LCC employee online giving page.
We will offer an open-ended giving option again this year. If you select this option, your gift will automatically renew each year until you change it. Payroll deduction will occur January through December 2022 unless the open-ended giving option is selected.
For questions, or to request an electronic pledge form, contact Nikki Cogswell in Human Resources at 517-483-1869 or, or Merry Donn at United Way at or 517-203-5018.
American Red Cross
From disasters, heroes emerge. With generosity and compassion, heroes offer a helping hand in times of crisis. By choosing to support the American Red Cross, you become a hero to those in need.
LCC has a long tradition of supporting the Red Cross by sponsoring blood drives on campus. This year, faculty and staff can also choose to support the Red Cross through financial contributions. Although gifts can be made year round on the Red Cross website, LCC’s Red Cross campaign will run Nov. 22-Dec. 10.

Visit the American Red Cross website to donate now with a debit or credit card. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

Tech Tip of the Week: Format Painter can keep on giving

Do you have a Tech Tip you are thankful for? Submit your idea online.

The Format Painter in Microsoft programs like Word and PowerPoint is a fast and effective way to copy and quickly apply the same formatting – such as color, font style and size, and border style – to multiple pieces of text or graphics. The Format Painter lets you copy all the formatting from one object and apply it to another one – think of it as copying and pasting for formatting. Check 5Star for more information about how to use the Format Painter.

Today’s tip is a simple way to apply the Format Painter to difference sections.

If you click on the Format Painter once, it will copy and paste the selected format to the desired location once. If you double click the Format Painter, it will hold the selected format you copied so you can paste it to multiple locations. To end the copy, you can press Escape or click on Format Painter again.

Prefer to watch the Tech Tip? Check out the new ‘Tech Tok’ video version of this article!

To explore this and other Tech Tips, visit our Tech Tips 5Star Knowledge Category.

Video explains Curriculum Committee’s purpose and processes

The Curriculum Committee has been asked many times “What is the Curriculum Committee?” and “What do they specifically do?” A 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 to request a meeting invitation.

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

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 #091 and 092 – LCC Concepts Center

IMGs #091 and 092 - LCC Concepts Center
IMGs #091 and 092 - LCC Concepts Center

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

Upcoming in the CTE

Upcoming workshops
Getting Started with H5P: Hands-on Workshop
Facilitated by Susan Jepsen
Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, via Webex
Link to Join

Lecture Capture 101
Facilitated by Justus Rohlfs
10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, via Webex
Link to Join
Call for CTE spring 2022 workshop proposals
Do you have a topic you are interested in presenting to your colleagues?
The Center for Teaching Excellence is currently preparing its workshop calendar for spring semester 2022. We encourage you to submit your workshop ideas on a variety of topics, such as teaching and learning strategies, instructional technology, and innovative trends. To submit your proposal, please complete the Workshop Proposal Form. If you have any questions, please contact the CTE at 517-483-1680.
Proposal deadline: Friday, Dec. 17

Lilly Conference spring 2022 registrations
The online Lilly Online Conference will be held synchronously April 6-27, and asynchronously through June 2022. If you would like to be considered for one of the free registrations, please complete this form by Jan. 31, 2022. For more information, visit the conference website.
All faculty are welcome to stop by the Center for Teaching Excellence to receive instructional technology support, exchange ideas with colleagues or simply enjoy a complimentary hot beverage.

A round of Applause! for Sam Bite of K-12 operations

This week, we’re doubly applauding Sam Bite of K-12 operations.

“Sam is such a wonderful addition to the K-12 Ops team! She has taken on so many new projects and roles in the department and has learned everything very quickly,” Andrea Tarry wrote in the award. “Her work is detailed and thorough, she is always happy to help out, and is a team player. I am most appreciative of her willingness to help out with any area, whether it’s organizing swag, ordering supplies, scrubbing spreadsheets, checking in students at events or editing documents. Thank you, Sam, for all your hard work!”

“Sam does an amazing job supporting the K-12 Operations Department. She joined our office last spring and quickly learned about the many programs overseen by our department,” Leah Melichar wrote in the award. “She keeps us organized and our projects moving forward. For example, she led the planning efforts for our virtual Coalition for College and Career Readiness Summit in October. She is always enthusiastic to help, whether it’s a student calling about dual enrollment or a colleague who needs help with a task.”

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.