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StarScapes Student Showcase: April 20-21

StarScapes is a brilliant showcase of innovative and creative works produced by LCC students. The third annual StarScapes is April 20 & 21 in the Gannon Building; stop by anytime between 10am and 7pm to check out more than 100 student projects! Full presentation schedule and details here:

LCC Performing Arts presents: Front Page News

LCC Performing Arts presents Front Page News dance concert April 8-10 in Dart Auditorium, celebrating headline stories that have shaken the world and captured the public’s imagination. Performed by a 20-member company, the concert features choreography in a variety of styles including jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and tap. Director Vickie Diebold said, “Breaking stories – both good and bad – have influenced and transformed our lives through newspapers since they were first produced in 1690. Whether in print or online, newspapers have adapted and changed with the times to continue to inform the public about important events at home and around the world.” In addition to Diebold, choreographers include Dance faculty Elzbieta Alabuszew-Kutek and Lauren Mudry, LCC Dance alumni Jim McEwan, Angela Rich, Lisa Whiting-Dobson, and Shannon Simon, and current students Amanda Green and Channon McRae. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday April 10. Admission is free with donations for the Dance Scholarship Fund suggested.

MOTORTOWN opening March 18 in the Black Box Theatre

LCC Theatre presents MOTORTOWN, Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ complex and provocative look at the human costs of war, directed by Andy Callis. It is a powerful and challenging play, violent and disturbing, for adult audiences only. Performances are 8 p.m. March 18-19 and 25-26 in the Black Box Theatre. Immediately following the March 18th opening performance will be a talkback with the cast, director, and Andrew Cosgrove, LCC’s Director of Veteran and Military Affairs, and Laura E. Swanson, LCC alumnus and MSU graduate who is directing “Break The Chain,” a documentary about human trafficking. MOTORTOWN follows Danny upon his return his deployment in Basra to Dagenham, England – the “motortown” of the title. Rejected by an old flame and lured by a shady dealer, Danny is damaged and damages in turn on a brutal road trip through a landscape littered with class and racial animosity, consumption and abandonment, imprisonment and escape. The cast of LCC students and alumni give fierce and brave performances featuring Michael Boxleitner as Danny, Heath Sartorius as Lee (Danny’s brother), Anna Raymo as Marley (Danny’s former girlfriend), Hunter Folleth as Tom (a gun dealer), Todd Heywood as Paul (a dealer of other sorts), Hannah Janelle Price as Jade (a young teen), and Jesse Frawley and Hannah Feuka (married couple Justin and Helen). Admission is $10 ($5 students) at the door.

Call for Proposals: MI-ACE Women’s Network Conference

The Michigan ACE Women’s Network is accepting proposals for presentations and posters for the June 6-7 conference at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the State Capitol.

The conference theme is “Make a Difference: Move the Needle in Michigan.”

Click here for details and a submission form. The deadline for submissions is March 18.

The conference is hosted by Oakland University. Registration opens March 1, 2016.

If you have any questions about the conference before submitting a proposal, please contact LCC Institutional Representatives Patty Spagnuolo ( or Payal Ravani (

Free File Tax Briefing

Please join Congressman Mike Bishop and community leaders for the MI Free File public briefing and demonstration to highlight Free File – a public-private partnership between the federal and state governments and tax software industry that provides FREE online federal and state income tax preparation and e-filing services for lower and moderate income Michigan taxpayers.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 22 at 1:00pm
WHERE: Arts & Sciences 315 (computer lab)

Please RSVP to John Borrelli at or call 304-216-6599

Click here to view the flyer and share with others.

Darwin Day 2016

Celebrate the extraordinary life and teachings of Charles Darwin at LCC on Thursday, Feb. 11! Unique Darwin-focused exhibits will center on “Life on the Beagle” including food samples, Evolutionary Diversity, Beaks as Tools, and more. Visit for info.

Grammy-Nominee Betty Joplin Performs at LCC on Jan. 31

Don’t miss a special free concert this Sunday to celebrate Black History Month featuring Grammy-nominee Betty Joplin and the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet. The concert begins at 4 p.m. in Dart Auditorium.

Betty Joplin’s career as singer and pianist has taken her around the world: she toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington, performed with Arthur Prysock, and has been compared to Aretha Franklin, who herself requested Betty to perform more than once. Betty started singing in church when she was seven; some years later her soulful jazz stylings earned her a Grammy nomination for “This Guy’s In Love With You.” Last year, she was honored with a tribute from the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan and was a Lansing JazzFest favorite. A mid-Michigan resident, she performed in downtown Lansing at The Garage jazz and blues club for many years, and has released two CDs: “Blinded by Love” and “Visions of The Moment.”

The Faculty Jazz Quartet includes LCC professors Dennis Therrian (piano), Jon Gewirtz (saxophone), Mike Daniels (drums), and sitting in on bass, special guest Terry Newman, himself a teacher (Flint School of Performing Arts) who tours and is a regular on the Latin music scene. The Quartet, formed in 2007, performs at LCC and throughout the community. Their first CD, “No Vacancy,” was released in 2011.

LCC Women’s Network Kickoff

The newly formed LCC Women’s Network is an LCC Chapter of the American Council on Education Michigan Women’s Network (MI-ACE). It strives to connect the women of Lansing Community College with each other and the resources that will help them reach their professional goals. Please join us for the inaugural event! Learn more and RSVP here: