Monthly Archives: December 2021

All employees invited to participate in ‘Stay’ interviews beginning in January

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources invite you to participate in the inaugural “Stay” interview process. As a valued member of the LCC community, we are asking you to share your voice and perspective with us regarding why you continue to choose LCC as a place to work.
 
Anonymous surveys will be sent to all employees in early January 2022. Please watch your email for information and updates.
 
In addition to the emailed survey, the initiative includes four listening sessions that will be offered both virtually and in person. Two sessions will be facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources, and two by our consultant, Global Alliance Solutions. The sessions will take place on the Downtown and West campuses.
 
The findings of the surveys and focus groups will be shared publicly with the LCC community; however, responses will not include information that can identify individuals.
 
Below are the dates of the “Stay” interviews. Exact locations are still being determined.
 
Facilitated by Office of Diversity and Inclusion leadership and Human Resources:

  • Noon-2 p.m. Feb. 14, 2022
  • 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 15, 2022

Facilitated by Global Alliance Solutions [Note: No LCC administrators will be involved in facilitating these sessions]: 

  • 1-3 p.m. Feb. 24, 2022
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2022

We look to forward to your participation. Your voice matters!

Professional Activities Days schedule

Professional Activities Days will be held the week we return for the spring semester. All employees are welcome to take part! Kickoff week will consist of:

  • Jan. 3: Prep Day
  • Jan. 4: Prep Day
  • Jan. 5: Professional Activity Day (all virtual) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 pm., with lunch on your own. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Cia Verschelden, author of the book “Bandwidth Recovery.” Our LCC Library has Dr. Verschelden’s ebook available for free for all LCC employees to access.
  • Jan. 6: Professional Activity Day (all virtual) 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. This day will open with Teaching Online Symposium that will include several short presentation about tried and true strategies and tools for online teaching. Department meetings will also be held this day. Check with your department for more information.
  • Jan. 7: Prep Day

Important things to know about January 2022 Professional Activity Days:

  • Adjunct professors are required to attend PA day activities and will be paid for their participation.
  • Other adjunct faculty will be paid for attending PA day activities, provided their administrative supervisors approve their written requests. Questions about compensation may be directed to your administrative supervisor.
  • Specific questions regarding PA Days may be directed to the Center for Teaching Excellence at cte@star.lcc.edu
  • All sessions will take place virtually. Links and descriptions will be provided within the PA Days website, which will be made available Jan. 3, 2022, by email and on the CTE website.
  • Each day, there will be live Webex and pre-recorded sessions, and those will be clearly categorized on the website.

What about benefits? Spring 2022 tuition waiver reminder

Are you or your eligible spouse/dependents planning on using the Tuition Waiver benefit in spring 2022? Make sure to read through the “Tuition Waiver Employee Quick Steps” on the LCC Tuition Waiver webpage to ensure you have everything completed for the fast-approaching semester.
 
Important reminders:

  1. To secure your spot in a course, you must either pay in full for the course (reimbursement for tuition is issued after the waiver is applied) OR enroll in the “Employee-Sponsored Payment Plan.” Approved waiver credits start to be applied by Student Finance after the 50% refund period.
  2. Solely selecting the “Employee-Sponsored Payment Plan” does NOT guarantee approval and processing of your Tuition Waiver credits. You MUST also complete the applicable Tuition Waiver Request Form by the deadline to use your Tuition Waiver credits.

Please contact lcc-hr-benefits@star.lcc.edu with any Tuition Waiver questions.

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.

IMG #096 – LCC Individuals

IMG #096 - LCC Individuals

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

A few parking changes beginning after winter break

Beginning Jan. 3, 2022, LCC will no longer have parking available in the North Grand Ramp, or parking lots 2, 7 or 18. A few of our rented meters will also be unavailable. These spaces have been mostly vacant throughout the fall semester. Even with additional people coming to the Downtown Campus beginning in January, the college does not anticipate any parking shortages.

An updated parking map is now available on LCC’s parking webpage.

A round of Applause! for Kirby Parshall of Financial Services

This week, we’re applauding Kirby Parshall of Financial Services-PMBA.

“Kirby is a SharePoint guru!” Patrick Harrison wrote in the award. “On a short timeline, with only a basic outline of what was needed, he put together extremely professional looking and functional sites to host the Strategic Plan project work for several different projects. These sites will give the project teams a dedicated area to collaborate and share information, as well as track and report on the progress of the work. Nice work!”

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.

LCC welcomes David Yeomans II back as occupational safety director

LCC’s emergency management team grew by one when David Yeomans II rejoined the college this month. Yeomans previously served as our occupational/environmental, safety and health director for a year earlier in the pandemic, and we are delighted to have him back on the team.

Prior to his time at LCC, Yeomans served in various roles related to health, safety and environment at companies like Waste Management, Barnes Aerospace and Green Peak Innovations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as numerous training certificates from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Welcome back, David!

College celebrates December graduates

During the past few weeks, LCC celebrated graduates of our Nursing Program, Fire Academy and Mid-Michigan Police Academy. Congratulations to our newest alumni!

LCC's Fire Academy Graduation on Dec. 17
LCC’s Fire Academy graduation on Dec. 17
Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony Tuesday December 14

LCC’s Nursing Program pinning ceremony on Dec. 14
LCC's Police Academy graduation on Dec. 10

LCC’s Police Academy graduation on Dec. 10

Additional FAQs related to increasing on-campus operations

By now, all employees should know whether their position fits into the primary remote or primary face-to-face category. Under LCC’s increasing on-campus operations, which begin Jan. 3, 2022, staff, administrators and non-teaching faculty were all assigned one of the categories based on their job description.

All employees and supervisors should have had a conversation regarding which category the employee’s position fits into as well as what hours and days the employee will be expected to work on campus.

If you have not yet had this conversation with your supervisor, please contact them! Supervisors, if you have not yet had this conversation with each of your employees, please do so as soon as possible.

LCC will consider accommodations based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For more information regarding the process for applying for an accommodation or leave under these acts, please review the Human Resources Leaves and Accommodations webpage.

Below is a follow-up FAQ based on the most common questions we received in the employee.concern@star.lcc.edu inbox since the Dec. 10 all-employee meeting. The recording for that meeting is now available on our Internal Strategic Directions webpage, by scrolling down to the video player at the bottom of the 2021 section. A full transcript of President Steve Robinson’s portion of the meeting can be found on his blog

If you have any further questions, please talk to your supervisor or Executive Leadership Team (ELT) member, or email employee.concern@star.lcc.edu. Human Resources actively monitors this email account and responds to all inquiries.

Why is the college doing this now, while the pandemic is still going on?
The pandemic certainly remains an issue, and we will continue to align all campus activity with national, state and local health guidelines. However, all restrictions related to working conditions and public meetings have been lifted in Michigan. We began bringing some employees back on campus as early as April 2020, and that process has slowly built since that time. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes if and when the situation dictates.

Are we going to require employees to get vaccinated or require weekly COVID-19 testing for employees? What about students?
A federal court recently lifted the stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard that requires 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 be tested on a weekly basis. The college began working on the information technology systems and other necessary logistics to support implementation when the Emergency Temporary Standard was announced in the fall, and that work is continuing. We are developing plans to meet the pending Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ETS requirements, which we expect to be published sometime after the first of the year.

Some student-athletes are seasonally tested for COVID-19 based on guidelines from the NJCAA. Otherwise, there are no current plans to require students to be vaccinated. The college will continue to encourage the LCC community to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

How do we track COVID-19 cases on campus? How are we handling direct exposure on campus?
COVID-19 exposures are tracked per national, state and local health guidelines and as outlined in the LCC Communicable Disease Response and Communications Plan for COVID-19. The plan is updated if and when the guidance from health authorities change. Employees can find the most recent copy of the plan online.

What is the plan for ensuring physical distancing within offices and classrooms? What are the requirements for wearing masks while working in cubicle areas?
Current national, state and local health authority guidance related to COVID-19 prevention does not include physical distancing. However, the college will continue to encourage the LCC community to physically distance whenever practicable and to follow the most recent national, state and local guidance related to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are several building and ground projects taking place on campus. Therefore, we may not be able to modify work areas at this time. If your workplace does not allow physical distancing, please contact your supervisor to request alternate arrangements via scheduling or worksite location change (example: move to a conference room or different building). If for some reason you are not able to make arrangements with your supervisor, contact your ELT member.

Regarding masks: Employees should wear a mask when in the presence of others, except when eating. If you have an office or enclosed cubicle (four walls of any height), you can take off your mask when alone in your office or cubicle. Those who supervise employees who work in cubicle areas will be asked to create work schedules that accommodate physical distancing and provide opportunities for employees to work in conference rooms, other vacant offices and other buildings whenever possible.

Will supervisors require meetings to be conducted in a conference room, face-to-face?
Face-to-face meetings are not required. However, when/if face-to-face meetings are scheduled, physical distancing should take place, when practicable. Several conference rooms have equipment that supports hybrid meetings. Employees who are not comfortable attending face-to-face meetings should be provided with the opportunity to attend virtually.

Is each employee responsible for cleaning their own area upon returning to campus, or is there a cleaning service?
Buildings are cleaned by a professional cleaning service. Classrooms are cleaned daily. Restrooms and common spaces are cleaned on a nightly basis. High-traffic restrooms are cleaned twice a day. A process is in place to provide a deep clean if the college is made aware of possible COVID-19 exposure.

Employees are expected to sanitize common equipment and their own workspaces as needed while they are onsite. The college provides each division, by request, COVID-19 consumables, including sanitizing wipes for these areas. These items can be ordered by division designees through 5Star.

What will parking look like with the Gannon Ramp still under construction?
The parking pass mailed to you in the fall – or the ramp access card you received in the fall – remains good in the spring. We anticipate having enough parking capacity, even without the ramp. If you have not been coming to campus, please reference our parking website and map.

Can we get information on air exchange rates in each building and if any upgrades have been made?
The college’s HVAC systems meet or exceed current regulatory standards. Using Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund dollars, the college will be upgrading HVAC systems to include filtration in most facilities over the course of the next two years.

What was the number of classes offered face-to-face before the pandemic and what is the goal for offering face-to-face in the near future?
In prior years, offerings were around 70-80% face-to-face and 20-30% online. In the future, offerings will provide students with options, including online, online hybrid, online real-time and face-to-face. This means we expect offerings to be closer to 60% face-to-face and 40% online.

What if an employee does not agree with their classification as primary remote or primary face-to-face?
Temporary employee categories were determined by the ELT member who provides executive leadership over a particular department or division. While an appeal process does not exist, employees are encouraged to talk to their supervisor about why their job function was placed in a particular category. Questions can also be addressed to the appropriate ELT member.

If an employee is scheduled to work face-to-face, but is feeling ill, can they work remotely?
No one should come to campus when ill, even if it is not COVID-19 related. Employees may request authorization to work remotely when they are ill but still able to perform their work remotely. Employees are also encouraged to take care of themselves and use available personal, sick, vacation and COVID-19 leave bank hours to support those efforts.

Will consideration be given to employees with childcare or eldercare concerns?
The college will be flexible with employees who have childcare and eldercare concerns. Requests of this nature may be made through the employee’s supervisor or ELT member. If further guidance is needed, the employee or supervisor/ELT member may contact employee.concerns@star.lcc.edu. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and any special arrangements are subject to supervisor and ELT approval.

How is our enrollment doing compared to other community colleges in the midst of the pandemic?
Recently, the National Student Clearinghouse updated their enrollment trends for higher education to include the total average decline nationally since fall 2019. Community colleges remain the hardest hit by enrollment declines during COVID-19, with an average enrollment decline of 14.8% from fall 2019-fall 2021. LCC has experienced a similar decline during this time period, and is currently down 14.2%.

Is LCC prepared for the possibility that many employees will leave if forced to return?
LCC has made every effort to create an environment where employees and the larger LCC community are safe to work, learn and visit. Employees always have a choice in where they decide to work. We hope all of our current employees will continue to choose to work at LCC, regardless of whether their role is primary face-to-face or primary remote.