Arts Connect @ LCC

Arts Highlight of the Week: Join LCC-Historians at the Movies (#LCC-HATM) on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for the Coen brothers’ 1996 comic-thriller, “Fargo.” The event starts at 6 p.m. with introductions from co-hosts Dale Moler, LCC History professor, and Bonnie Sumbler, adjunct faculty in Digital Media, Audio and Cinema. We’ll watch the film together, then Dale and Bonnie will lead the discussion.

Frances McDormand’s good-natured, warm-hearted detective contrasted against the movie’s frigid Minnesota setting and dark humor make perfect viewing for a cold January evening. LCC-HATM is a monthly virtual series presented by the History Program. All LCC students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in watching and talking about films. Join the event on Webex.

Read more about these activities and all of LCC’s arts programs at Arts Connect @ LCC. LCC has an abundance of arts, and you’ll find it here all in one place!

Responding to active violence: Run. Hide. Fight.

Emergencies can catch you off guard, and without advance mental work to prepare, your untrained, automatic response might not serve you well. Learning and understanding expert recommendations on how to respond can help you react in the moment.
In the event of an active shooter or other violence, you should: RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. That means you should:

  • RUN if you are able. Get away from the shooter or assailant, by whatever means you can. Leave your belongings, and call 911 when you are in a safe location.
  • If you can’t run away safely, HIDE. Get out of the assailant’s view and stay very quiet. Lock and block the doors, close the blinds, turn off the lights and silence your phone. Stay hidden until you receive an all clear from law enforcement.
  • FIGHT as a last resort. Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the assailant, using makeshift weapons like chairs, books, fire extinguishers or scissors. Recruit others to ambush the assailant all at once, in an attempt to overwhelm and distract them.

In an emergency, LCC Public Safety and our local first responder partners will be on site as soon as possible; however, in the critical first moments of an emergency, you are responsible for your initial safety. Episodes of active violence often last only minutes, and your immediate response could be critical to your survival. Understanding recommended emergency actions is the first step to keeping yourself safe.
Run, hide, fight is the recommended response of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Keep it in mind not only when you are at work, but in any public space. Learn more from this video.
If you have any questions, please contact LCC Emergency Manager Carol Wolfinger at

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,, and perhaps you can help solve a mystery.

IMG #099 – One-on-One Discussion

IMG #099 - One-on-One Discussion

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 Tracie Feldpausch and Stephanie Dodge

This week, we’re applauding Stephanie Dodge and Tracie Feldpausch of the Payroll Department.

“Sometimes a round of applause is just not enough, and in this case, it should be a standing ovation,” Donald Wilske wrote in the award. “Stephanie and Tracie have worked on campus tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Regardless of bad weather, holidays, closed campus days, vacant positions in the department, computer issues and the additional stress of the pandemic, the employees of the college have been paid on time and accurately due to the commitment and diligence of Stephanie and Tracie. We all owe a debt of gratitude to these two outstanding employees.”

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

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All invited to pitch in on Strategic Plan discussions about innovation and competitiveness

Innovation is often found in the free flow of conversation among diverse members of the LCC community. Conversation and collaboration have brought forth many of the creative ideas that have made LCC great.

 For the Strategic Plan’s goals regarding innovation and competitiveness, we are bringing back an avenue of collaboration called the Innovation Exchange. The exchange will be goal-oriented and focused on specific issues the LCC community prioritized through last year’s Strategic Plan work:

  • The need to develop fast-track programs
  • The need to offer alternative course delivery format options within courses
  • The need to support community stakeholders with fast-track programs and alternative course delivery format options.

You may be reading these goals and think, “Well, this is a faculty thing and I am not faculty, so I’m moving on to the next article.” Don’t! Faculty cannot work in a silo. Delivering on these goals requires creative conversations among employees collegewide. We all have a huge diversity of expertise and connections to the community that we can bring to bear on the above three goals.

Here is the plan: We are scheduling events called “Collegewide Innovation Exchanges” to start our conversations. Innovation Exchanges will take place 1-3 p.m. on non-Academic Senate Fridays beginning Jan. 21 via Webex.

This Jan. 21 Collegewide Kickoff Innovation Exchanges (CKIE, pronounced “sky”) will be the forum to discuss how best to approach the above-listed goals, then create specific Program Innovation Exchanges (PIE, pronounced “pie” or “pi” or “π”). We are developing a web resource for Innovation Exchanges (WIE, pronounced “why”). So please come for some PIE in the CKIE at the first session, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 21. All faculty, staff and administrators are welcome!

The PIE Teams Workgroup includes Mindy Wilson, Cheryl Garayta, Bo Garcia, Megan Lin, Susan Jespen, Will Emerson, Mary Lewis and Benjamin Garrett.

Massage Therapy and Dental Hygiene partner to provide care for patients

Students from Massage Therapy will visit LCC’s Dental Hygiene clinic to provide hand massages to patients during routine teeth cleanings and care this semester. This partnership will provide better, more relaxing care to patients while giving students more opportunities to learn from one another and in different settings.
The partnership will take place 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 21, Feb. 25 and April 8. The Jan. 21 date is for LCC students only, but employees or community members can sign up to receive a teeth cleaning and massage on the February and April dates. Details and schedule of fees are available on the Dental Hygiene website. Please note: All potential patients must partake in a routine screening prior to care.

Upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion events: Jan. 17-21 is Racial Healing and Transformation Week

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Jan. 17-21 for a week of essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice. This Racial Healing and Transformation Week calls for deep listening, discussions, healing and celebration of our common humanity. Check out the calendar of events and get Webex links online.

Next week also brings our next Courageous Conversations event. In coordination with Racial Healing and Transformation Week, the event will focus on “Racial Healing – A Path to Racial Equity.” Join in noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Other upcoming events from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and LCC’s Cultural Awareness Committees include ongoing Mindful Mondays and recruitment to the Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) Institute. Get the details and meeting links online.

Graphic promoting Racial Healing Week at LCC, with the hashtag #HowWeHeal

LCC recognized by Michigan Secretary of State for improving voter turnout

During the 2020 election cycle, the Office of External Affairs created a collegewide coalition dedicated to increasing student voter registration and voter engagement across LCC campuses. This effort was done as part of the Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge and the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
The coalition produced promotional materials, held virtual events and otherwise facilitated voter registration and awareness through grassroots action and college communication channels, including the “Be Counted” campaign, which promoted student voter registration through November 2020.
The coalition’s efforts were successful, as LCC has been designated a Voter Friendly Campus for 2021-22 by the Voter Friendly Campus designation program. On Nov. 9, 2021, LCC was recognized by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as having the most improved voter turnout for a two-year institution in 2020.
In addition to Toni Glasscoe and Trisha Rothoff in External Affairs, the coalition included the following offices and personnel:

  • Office of Student Life (Patti Ayers)
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Tonya Bailey)
  • Office of Academic and Career Pathways (Gary King)
  • Marketing & Communications (Bruce Mackley)
  • Public Relations (Marilyn Twine, Andy Brent and Karen Tommasulo)
  • Political Science (Randy Watkins)

The Michigan Collegiate Voting Challenge is a nonpartisan competition between higher education institutions in Michigan with a commitment to increasing student voter participation and engagement on campuses across the state.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge envisions a more engaged and inclusive democracy. Through institutional engagement, direct student engagement and fostering a national higher education network, ALL IN strives for an electorate that mirrors our country’s makeup, and in which college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections.
Congratulations to all for their success in this important work!