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Accessibility every day

Do you make a habit of using the “Check Accessibility” option within Microsoft Office every time you create a new document? Making documents accessible is easiest when you take the steps into account during creation. Simple things, like adding alternative text to images, using an easily readable font and hyperlinking email addresses, make a significant difference in your document readability for someone with low vision or blindness. It is every LCC employee’s responsibility to ensure the content we are creating every day is accessible to all consumers.

Not sure where to start? Did you know that LCC offers on-demand accessibility tips and tricks? Accessibility guidelines are available to all LCC employees.

Additionally, many LCC employees were given the opportunity to enrolled in the LinkedIn “inLearning” virtual training during spring 2020. If you have an inLearning account, there are many popular online, on-demand training options. Here are a couple suggestions to get you started:

If you are interested in setting up a LinkedIn inLearning account, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 517-483-1680 to request access.

Are you more of a hands-on learner, or do you just have one specific question regarding a document you’re working on? The Center for Teaching Excellence and eLearning have staff available for one-on-one help!

For more information, visit LCC’s Accessibility Initiative, take the TMS course “Accessibility at LCC: Putting the Pieces Together” or email the ACQA team at ACQA@star.lcc.edu.

Choosing Health! hosting a Halloween poker walk

Get moving and enjoy a break while trying your hand at a round of Halloween “poker.” Grab a few coworkers – groups of four are desirable but not necessary – and take a walk. Every time you complete a lap, you’ll pick up a card. Best poker hand wins!
 
All employees and students are invited to participate. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Small prizes might be given for the best costume.                       
 
The event will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, outside the HHS north entrance. You can join anytime in that timeframe. The event will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. If the weather is terrible, the event will move inside the HHS Building.
 
For more information, contact klingem2@lcc.edu.

Arts Connect @ LCC

Arts Highlight of the Week: The Black History Awareness Virtual Film Series features the third episode of “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America,” called “Our Founding Chefs.” It delves into the powerful influence of the renowned enslaved chefs of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Read more about these events and all of LCC’s arts programs at Arts Connect @ LCC. This new openlcc site gathers LCC’s wealth of arts under one roof so it’s easy to make connections with performing, visual, media and literary arts. Find programs and events led by LCC’s arts and humanities programs and other academic departments, as well as programming with an arts component presented by other college areas such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Connect to the arts at Arts Connect @ LCC

Tech Tip of the Week: Banner Admin Pages tab navigation shortcut

There is a keyboard shortcut to quickly navigate to different tabs on a page you are viewing in Banner Admin Pages. This tip is a little tricky, but can prove quite useful once you get the hang of it. It should work on any Banner Admin Pages with multiple tabs.
 
First, you need to be on a page in Banner Admin Pages that has multiple tabs. In this example, we have a page with four tabs. The shortcut command CNTL+SHIFT+{tab #} will take you to the tab you specify.

Screenshot of Banner Admin Pages showing four tabs

For example:

  1. Start in the key block and enter your search criteria.
  2. Use the Next Section Button (or use the keyboard shortcut Alt+PageDown) to populate the page and move your cursor into the tabs section. Note: This is the tricky part, which is to make sure your cursor is in the tab section.
  3. To navigate to the Section Enrollment Information tab, press CNTL+SHIFT+2. To navigate to the Meeting Times and Instructor tab, press CNTL+SHIFT+3. To navigate to the Section Preferences tab, press CNTL+SHIFT+4. To navigate back to the Course Section Information tab, press CNTL+SHIFT+1.

Note: The numbers in the screenshot were added for illustration purposes only. They will not display in Banner.

To explore other Tech Tips, visit our Tech Tips 5Star Knowledge Category. Have a Tech Tip you would like to share? Submit your idea online.

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 #086 – Taking a Break?

IMG #086 - Taking a Break?

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

What about benefits? New dental insurance rates for 2022

LCC’s Benefits Open Enrollment is quickly approaching! This year, Open Enrollment will be Nov. 1-12. With the start of the 2022 calendar year, we will have some new dental insurance premium rates. The ADN dental insurance premiums will increase from the 2021 rates for any full-time employee enrolled in the Premium Plan. The remaining dental premiums have not changed.
 
In preparation for Open Enrollment, please check out the 2022 employee dental insurance monthly costs below:
 
Basic Plan

Coverage Level Full-Time Employee (No changes) Part-Time Employee (No changes)
Employee Only $0 per month $67.30 per month
Two-Person $0 per month Not applicable
Family $0 per month Not applicable

Premium Plan

Coverage Level Full-Time Employee (New Rates!) Part-Time Employee (No changes)
Employee Only $14.59 per month $74.13 per month
Two-Person $32.91 per month Not applicable
Family $39.50 per month Not applicable

Be on the lookout for more communications in the coming weeks describing your eligible options, changes you can make to your current benefits and how to make your changes in the online PlanSource Benefits Portal during this upcoming Open Enrollment period. If you have questions related to your benefits and Open Enrollment, please email LCC-HR-Benefits@star.lcc.edu.

A round of Applause! for BCI’s Marti Campbell

This week, we’re applauding Marti Campbell of the Business & Community Institute.

“Responding to a need to take over a BCI client, Marti’s excellent service has made an uncertain pathway smooth,” Terrence King wrote in the award. “The work has surfaced unexpected challenges, but Marti continues to champion these challenges with overwhelming support and efficiency. Our customer is pleased and BCI is better because of Marti Campbell.”

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.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Phishing

Phishing scams are based on cyber criminals sending messages or emails trying to trick recipients into providing valuable data, such as login credentials for your bank account, social network, work account or cloud storage. There is usually a sense of urgency to get you to throw common sense out the window.
 
Phish emails often contain a “camouflaged” link or attachment. They look innocent, but the link sends users to malware infested websites that immediately infect your computer or ask for your network credentials. Similarly, a phish attachment is malware disguised as an important PDF or work document. Once you open the attachment, the malware infects your computer with ransomware. Users should never enter a password included in the same email as the attachment – don’t let your curiosity rule you!
 
The biggest red flag on all these scams is the sender’s email address; always check to see who sent you an email. Most scams originate from outside our network (like from Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo). Legitimate communication from LCC comes from the lcc.edu domain (although this can also be spoofed, so be careful). Remember, it’s OK to open emails and read them, but never open attachments or click on links unless you were expecting the email or are confident it is legitimate.
 
When you receive emails from an unknown or suspicious sender, please send them to the LCC Help Desk at lcc1@lcc.edu. We’ll double-check them for validity, and we’ll do it very quickly!
 
If you have questions or would like further information, contact ITS Director of Information Security Paul Schwartz at schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Upcoming in the CTE

Professional Activity Days Call for Proposals now open 
Do you have something you would like to share or present to your colleagues? Call for Proposals for the January Professional Activity Days are now open! Please submit your proposals using this form. The proposal deadline is Friday, Nov. 5.  

See presentations from previous PA days.

Upcoming Workshops
GTD: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 
Presented by Ed Kabara   
6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Online

The Peter MacFadden Memorial Lecture on Language
Facilitated by Susan Serafin-Jess  
2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Online

Getting Started with h5p: Hands-on Workshop  
Presented by Susan Jepsen
2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Online

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.