Breathing is very important for obvious
reasons, but breathing health and awareness can affect more than we think. The
quality of our breathing can affect our sleep, mood, posture, weight,
concentration, activity and immune system. Check out the Breathing and Health
article, provided by our HMSA Employee Assistance Program, to learn about
breathing health and the following techniques to increase breathing awareness:
- Take a deep breath to get started. Tune into your breathing, and notice that when we put attention on something, it can begin to change.
- Breathe in and out through your nose.
- Slow your breathing down and extend your outbreath a little longer than your inbreath, gradually increasing that ratio. Slowing down the breath evokes the relaxation response and takes us out of flight or fight mode.
For more ways to improve your overall
well-being, call HMSA at 800-847-7240. It
is free and confidential. No time to talk? Visit your HMSA Employee Assistance Program website to see
This week, we’re applauding
Technical Careers’ Danielle LaFleur.
“A big round of applause goes to Danielle LaFleur, the Technical Careers
Operations Coordinator for the Technical Careers Division,” Mindy Ray
wrote in the award. “Dani wears many hats, including coordinating
all the hiring activities in the division, monitoring 30+ program
budgets and assisting all the programs wherever she is needed. She does
all this with humor and aplomb, and is a tremendous resource for
information and guidance. Even while working remotely, Dani has kept everyone
informed and updated on deadlines and work needed to be accomplished. We are
extremely fortunate to have Dani as an integral member of our team.”
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.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and
LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees are getting ready for fall! Check out all the
information about the new Cesar Chavez Learning Center and many of
the great groups available.
It has finally arrived. The end of July and,
along with it, the closing of Skype for Business.
To help with the transition to the new Webex app, we have published a series of
articles in The Star. Although the new Webex app is able to perform many of the
main functions of the Webex Meetings desktop app, the initial focus has been on
If you have not yet set up your Webex for messaging, now is the time to do it!
The Webex app will eventually become the only Webex you need, but for now, you
will still have the Webex Meetings Desktop app installed on your computer. This
is helpful if you teach in D2L, because the Webex Meetings Desktop app is what
automatically launches when you start a Webex for class or office hours.
Just like the Webex app, the default behavior of the Webex Meetings Desktop app
is to launch at system boot, when you log into your computer. To avoid having
meeting notifications from both apps popping up on your desktop, you can change the auto start feature of the Webex
Meetings Desktop app to not load automatically.
- Click on the gear icon at the top of the Webex Meetings Desktop app and select “Preferences.”
- Go to the “General” tab.
- Review the status of the check box for “Start Webex Meetings desktop app when Windows starts.” If it is checked, the app will automatically load.
- Choose your preference and click “Apply.”
- Close the “Preferences” window.
The next time you restart your computer, the
change will take effect. You can, of course, still launch the app manually as
These articles have provided a brief overview to get you started in the Webex
app, and the information in them will be combined into a 5Star Knowledge Base
article for your later review.
For now, you can find a detailed description of the Webex app in the “Webex Client” article in the 5Star Knowledge Base.
This article will give you a thorough explanation of installing the Webex app.
Be sure to review the “Webex Essentials” link included in the article as well.
If you have newly
installed the new Webex app, there is one very important final step in this
process. If you use Outlook – either the web or desktop app –
to schedule your Webex meetings, you will need to configure the Webex Scheduler
in the Outlook Web app. You can access the Outlook Web app by logging into
myLCC and clicking the Outlook Web link at the top of the myLCC window. Please
review the 5Star Knowledge Base article “Accessing Webex via Outlook
365” for information.
For more information about the new Webex, please watch the following videos.
The Downtown Campus Fitness Center and Weight
Room will close for construction beginning Monday, Aug. 9. They anticipate
reopening at the beginning of November.
The West Campus Fitness Center (M126) summer hours will remain the same: 6:30
a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6:30-11 a.m. Friday. Hours will extend
once the fall semester begins.
There is no fee to use the Fitness Center. Please observe the following safety
requirements to keep yourself and your peers healthy:
- Use hand sanitizer when entering the facility.
- Clean equipment before and after use.
- Avoid sharing equipment.
- Give each other space while exercising and using equipment.
- Please consider wearing a mask, in keeping with new CDC recommendations.
- Consider getting vaccinated, per CDC, MDHHS and MIOSHA recommendations, if you are able and have not yet done so.
- Do not come to campus if you are ill, even if you have been vaccinated.
There will be no towel or lock service at this
time. Please bring your own towel and lock to secure your personal items in the
locker rooms. Locker rooms will continue to be day use only.
Enrollment reports for summer 2021 and fall 2021 are now available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Data Science at email@example.com. Note: You need to be signed into the VPN to view the enrollment reports.
Students are getting a fresh start in time for
the fall semester. The college is forgiving student debt from fall 2017 through
spring 2021, giving students a chance to pick up where they left off in their
LCC is using federal funding to forgive outstanding account balances for the
past four years. This includes recalling eligible accounts from collection. The
funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III),
authorized by the 2021 American Rescue Plan.
The goal of the program is to, first and foremost, give our students a break during
an incredibly difficult time. We also hope students will use the opportunity to
re-enroll and complete their degree or certificate at LCC.
Please note: Due to the nature of our federal funding, this is a one-time
program. Students are responsible for full payment for all future semesters,
either through financial aid, payment plans or full payment. Student who do not
have sufficient financial aid must sign up for a payment plan or pay in full,
or they will be dropped from their classes.
Learn more about this program at LCC Fresh Start.
Face-to-face Welcome Week is back! Give our
students a great start to the year by volunteering to assist with parking,
wayfinding or shuttling on the golf cart. This year’s Welcome Week is Aug.
19-27. There will be events or food at all LCC locations, but volunteers are
needed only for the Downtown Campus.
Sign up to volunteer using SignUp Genius:
Please check with your supervisor to be sure
you can be gone from your regular work station at the times you’ve selected!
Once you have signed up, please add the shift to your calendar.
Volunteers are asked to wear a Welcome Week T-shirt shirt during each shift, to
help identify you to students. Each volunteer will receive up to two
T-shirts, depending on the number of shifts worked. Shirts will be handed out
at the volunteer trainings. If you attend the training virtually, you will
receive your shirts during your first shift.
All volunteers must attend at least one training.
- Golf cart training: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, on the Mall
- All other volunteers: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, in the Grand River Room and via Webex. Webex meeting number is 120 730 6271 and the password is “welcome.”
- All other volunteers: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Grand River Room and via Webex. Webex meeting number is 120 037 6798 and the password is “welcome.’
Please contact Conference Services Manager,
Kelly Hekler, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The college is strongly encouraging vaccinated
and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors, matching the “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated
People” put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on
While Ingham County and surrounding areas are not currently in an area of “substantial or high transmission” for COVID-19,
local cases are rapidly trending upward. LCC continues to seek a proactive,
people-first response to the pandemic, and is encouraging masking for
The CDC considers masks to be a low-cost, highly effective intervention, and we
encourage our community to wear one in indoor settings where others are
present. Masks are especially recommended for the unvaccinated and for those
who are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, as well as
those living with anyone who is unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at increased
risk of severe disease.
We continue to follow updates from our federal, local and state health experts,
and we will reintroduce safety measures if needed, up to and including mask
mandates on campus.
As of today, LCC is strongly encouraging masks.
For more information, please read through the CDC’s new guidance.
As a reminder to supervisors and hiring
managers, please note the following student employment eligibility requirements
for the end of the summer semester and beginning of the fall semester. Please
share this information with your respective student staff and department
colleagues as needed.
End of summer semester, if the student is enrolled summer but will not meet the
upcoming fall semester enrollment requirement:
- The student’s last work date must be on or before Aug. 18.
End of summer semester, if the student is
enrolled summer and will meet the upcoming fall semester enrollment
- The student is eligible to work during the break between their summer course end date and fall semester start date of Aug. 19.
New student staff hires beginning fall
semester, if student is not enrolled summer but will meet the fall semester
- A student who meets the fall semester enrollment requirement, but not the summer semester enrollment requirement, may begin working as early as Aug. 22, assuming the hired/rehired student’s been approved to work and successfully completes New Employee Orientation (NEO), per HR approval.
Fall semester payroll deductions:
- Students will remain eligible for the FICA exemption during the time after summer courses end, from Aug. 10-18, as long as the fall enrollment requirements are met.
- Credit requirements for the summer and fall semesters must be met in order to maintain exemption from FICA and MPSERS. Failure to do so will result in automatic enrollment and payroll withholdings.
- Students with a first date worked prior to July 2, 2018, who are registered for at least 6.0 credits in summer semester and 12.0 credits in the fall semester will not be required to pay into MPSERS during the timeframe the student is enrolled and actively attending class.
- Students with a first date worked on or after July 2, 2018, are not eligible to participate in MPSERS.
Questions related to deductions, withholdings,
FICA and/or MPSERS rules should be directed to the Payroll main office at FS-Payroll@star.lcc.edu
or 517-483-1799. Questions pertaining to minimum enrollment/attendance
requirements, student eligibility status and start/end work dates may be sent
to the Student Employment Coordinator in Financial Aid at FS-FA-Student-Employment@star.lcc.edu.