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College will doubly match all employee donations to COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank

The past few weeks’ COVID-19 surge has brought a sharp increase in the requests for hours from LCC’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank. The college created this bank in January 2021 to provide paid leave hours to employees who were absent due to a COVID-related reason and who did not have sufficient leave time to cover their pay for the absence. The college funded an initial 2,000 hours, and employees donated another 2,017 hours in mid-2021.

With the recent depletion, we are again opening up this leave bank for donations employees may wish to make. To ensure employees who are most affected by the ongoing impact of COVID-related lost work time will be paid, LCC will add an additional two hours to the bank for every hour donated by employees.

About 600 hours of leave time are currently available, and we anticipate, given recent rates of usage, we might deplete the bank within the next month. Therefore, we are seeking to replenish the hours in this leave bank through donations of employee sick leave time.

Each employee may donate up to 40 hours of their own sick leave time per fiscal year to the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank. While the donated hours cannot be returned to your individual leave bank, any excess hours not used at the time the CSLB is no longer needed will be returned to the various bargaining/non-bargaining sick leave banks on a pro-rata basis.

We have created a Dynamic Form for employees who would like to make a donation of leave time. Donations can be made any time through Feb. 28. You will need to log into the Dynamic Form with your LCC credentials. To check your current available sick leave balance, log into myLCC and select the Work tab. From there, you can select Employee Dashboard on the left side, under Employment Details.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration in donating time to your fellow employees.

Supporting the LCC mask requirement, and how to respond to non-compliance

To protect against the spread of COVID-19, everyone on LCC’s campus is required to wear a mask. Depending on your role and location, you might be the one to remind someone to comply with this directive. The college supports you in this endeavor and would like to offer some guidelines to help you navigate this. Student Compliance, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Human Resources and Public Safety have created the following suggestions.
 
First, don’t assume someone is choosing not to comply. If someone is late to a meeting or class, it can be easy to forget to put a mask back on. A friendly reminder may be all that is needed. If the person does not have a mask, offer them one. Masks are available in most departments and classrooms.
 
Accommodation
If the person states they have an accommodation, please proceed by having a conversation in private.
 
Do not ask or press them for a reason for their accommodation. For students, ask them for their Instructor Memo. If they do not have an Instructor Memo, email student.concerns@star.lcc.edu. For employees, if they say they have an accommodation, respect that. Let the person know because they are not wearing a mask, you will need to physically distance from them while you are in an LCC building. After talking with the employee, email employee.concern@lcc.edu, just noting the employee didn’t have a mask indoors on campus and stated they have an accommodation.
 
Student Compliance
Absent an approved accommodation to not wear a mask, if the student doesn’t comply at that point, continue to press in a non-judgmental way, stating consequences for choosing not to comply. Lastly, you can always get help from Public Safety if needed.
 
Here are some talking points for students, in escalating order:

  1. Try saying something like, “Hey, don’t forget to put your mask on indoors.”
  2. If the person does not put on a mask, you could say something like, “[Name], it is a requirement to wear a mask indoors. Please put on your mask, or unfortunately I’ll have to ask you to leave the building.”
  3. If this doesn’t work, try, “Your choices are to use your mask as required of us all, or to leave the building. If you choose neither of these options, I will be required to contact Public Safety to escort you out of the building.”

Most people are complying on their own, with very few reminders needed and even fewer issues arising from the requirement. The purpose of this message is to create a framework for consistent language and expectations across the college. 

Further information about de-escalation techniques will be available via a TMS training in the future.

For questions regarding student compliance issues, contact the Office for Student Compliance at lcc-osc@lcc.edu or 517-483-1261. For questions regarding employee issues, contact Sarah Velez (MAHE concerns) at sarah.velez@star.lcc.edu or Lisa Thomas (ESP, PTCTU, FOAP, FMA, AFT and non-bargaining concerns) at thomal32@star.lcc.edu.   

For questions regarding accommodations for students, contact the Center for Student Access at lccaccessibility@star.lcc.edu. For questions regarding accommodations for employees, contact Human Resources at 517-483-1870.

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Employees and students welcome to join in monthly LCC Spirit Days

Starting Feb. 2 and continuing on the first Wednesday of every month, you are invited to join the community in wearing your LCC spirit gear. Pull out your Welcome Week T-shirts, get your LCC mug in view on your Webex screen, or just wear some LCC blue. Whether you’re at home or on campus, please enjoy a monthly dose of spirit and community.

Is the LCC section of your closet looking a bit bare? You’ll be happy to hear our Purchasing Department, in partnership with Student Affairs and Marketing, continues to work with a vendor to create an online LCC merchandise store that will sell T-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and more. We hope to launch the store later this semester!

Board of Trustees continues its review of college policies

LCC’s Board of Trustees approved revisions to seven college policies during their Jan. 24 meeting. The policies are titled:

  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Employment of Relative – Nepotism
  • Evaluation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Severance
  • Staffing
  • Remote Work

You can review these policies in the Board of Trustees’ meeting materials.
 
In addition, trustees approved:

  • A $210,000 increase in the Blanket Purchase Order with the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (LEJATT) to support instruction for the college’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
  • A $3.6 million, five-year renewal of the Blanket Purchase Order for Oracle database products, which provide the foundation for the Ellucian Banner system.
  • A date change for the Board’s June 2022 meeting, to Tuesday, June 21, in honor of Juneteenth.

Trustees also held a first read for 2022-2023 course fees. They will vote on the fees at February’s meeting.
 
Brandy Johnson, the new president of the Michigan Community College Association, visited the trustees’ meeting. She just started in her new position after years in state government and at the Michigan College Access Network. She spoke of her commitment to advocating for all community colleges in Michigan.
 
The Board of Trustees will next meet 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Watch your email or visit the Board of Trustees website for details of the meeting.

StarCard required to unlock Downtown Campus buildings

Continuing a change made in the fall, a StarCard is 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 security measure is designed 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 lcc.edu/services/starcard and fill out the dynamic form. They will receive an email when their StarCard is ready for pick up. 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 monroeb@star.lcc.edu.

Tech Tip of the Week: Student-created video presentations using Kaltura in D2L

Do you have a Tech Tip you would like others to know? Submit your idea online.

Kaltura, LCC’s media service application, is available to all students to record and upload video presentations to D2L. Kaltura is useful tool for student projects that require a presentation. There are a number of Kaltura support resources available for students, including videos, how-to guides and a self-paced training in D2L. 

Did you know Students can use Kaltura to record and upload video presentations to D2L? Kaltura Support Resources - Videos - How To Guides - Training - Select the links below to learn more!

Kaltura how-to guides and videos:

Kaltura training for students:

Employees can also use Kaltura! Contact Media Services to request access to Kaltura through Media Space.

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

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 #100 – LCC Individuals

IMG #100 - LCC Individuals

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

A round of Applause! for ITS’ John Hendzel

This week, we’re applauding John Hendzel of Information Technology Services.

“John helped us set up seamless integration of Webex with the Library’s third-party research help appointment system,” Suzanne Bernsten, Ami Ewald and Suzanne Sawyer wrote in the award. “He met with us and walked us through the steps in the integration. As a result, it will be easier for students and employees to get research help from the Library.”

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: