Every day Stars keep the community healthy, safe, connected, and moving forward. It’s what we like to call #starpower and this region was built on it. Tell us how you’re using your #starpower for good or how Lansing Community College, its staff and its students impact your life.

LCC Welcomes Ernst Floeter

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(Courtesy Photo)

Lansing Community College is proud to welcome one of its most experienced Stars back to campus!

Ernst Floeter was a German prisoner of war in America. He is a former LCC student, professional photographer, and Grand Ledge resident. Mr. Floeter recently published a book about his experiences as a war prisoner.

To read more about him, click here.

Event details:
Ernst Floeter will speak about his book and answer questions from attendees.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10:00am at LCC Dart Auditorium
Free and open to the public

For more information, please contact:
Michele Londo at hortonm@lcc.edu or 517.483.1185

National Immigrant Welcoming Week 2014

Lansing Community College is proud to be a Greater Lansing destination hosting several activities for National Immigrant Welcoming Week. The schedule for September 15-19 is as follows. All events take place in the CENTRE for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building.

Display/Exhibits All Week:
-Map: “Where in the world are you (or your ancestors) from?”
-Story Wall: “What’s your favorite family tradition? What culture is it from?”

Tuesday 9/16:
-Immigrant Stories Video shown at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm with discussion to follow
-Immigrant Nation Story Hub: Record your own immigrant story from 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 9/17:
-Diversity Reception hosted by the LUCERO Program from 1pm-3pm

Thursday 9/18:
-Immigrant story interviews with Rachel Hudson from 1pm-3pm - come and share your story! It can be about you or a family member.
-Immigrant Stories Video shown at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm with discussion to follow
-Immigrant Nation Story Hub: Record your own immigrant story from 3pm-6pm

All events take place in the CENTRE for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building. Free and open to the public!

9/11 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at LCC

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Yesterday, LCC Police and Fire Academy students participated in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” that raises money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Last year, LCC Fire Academy Instructor Tom Rousch lost his battle with ALS. The LCC Police and Fire Academies accepted the challenge to raise money in his honor.

In honor of the first responders who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 thirteen years ago, students also donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the Local Fallen Law Enforcement Foundation (MICOPS).

Thanks to Home Depot for donating the buckets, and to everyone who participated in the challenge! #starpower at its finest.

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LCC Staff Receives Award of Excellence

Benita Duncan has delighted LCC’s campus for more than 20 years. A graduate of Howard University, Benita was appointed by the LCC Board of Trustees to serve as the administrative assistant to the Board in April 2006.

Next month, she’s being honored at the 45th Annual Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Chicago! Benita will receive the 2014 Central Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award for exemplary service to the school, and will contend for honors from the ACCT on the national level.

"Benita has continuously stepped up to support the challenges and initiatives that LCC leadership has undertaken in recent years," said Larry Meyer, chairman of the LCC Board of Trustees. "She is well-deserving of recognition for her professionalism and commitment to excellence in furthering LCC’s mission."

Congratulations Benita, and thanks for sharing your #starpower in the LCC community!

Welcome Week 2014 Kicks Off

Welcome back, Stars!

Student Life has a full slate of Welcome Week events planned for you. Swing by LCC’s Main Campus September 2-4 and learn about some fantastic resources you can take advantage of this year.

Tuesday, September 2
-Secretary of State Mobile Office: A chance to skip that line at a normal SoS office! The Michigan Secretary of State will be on-site at LCC offering full-service to students and visitors; register to vote, renew your license, and more.
-Also Occurring: Distracted Driving Simulator

Wednesday, September 3
-Campus Resource Fair: Want to get involved in extra-curricular activities? Stop by and check out the wide range of organizations on campus, including the International Club, American Marketing Association, Native American Student Alliance, Women’s Resource & Returning Adult Program, and many more.
-Also Occurring: Campus Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, September 4
-Spirit Day: Show your LCC pride = Get free stuff. Come by the Student Life Open House and spin the Prize Wheel! Lots of goodies up for grabs for anyone sporting LCC gear. Don’t have any? Head over to Phil’s, the new spirit shop located in the StarZone!
-Also Occurring: #TBT Contest

More info on all Welcome Week activities can be found here. See you there!

Mark’s Gourmet Dogs draws on #starpower for reality show win

Mark McGee always knew every dog has its day. He just never guessed his day would air on national television.

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As the winner of the 2014 Food Network’s Food Court Wars, McGee and his wife Krysta were awarded a year of rent-free space to expand their mobile hot dog cart operation to a fully-equipped restaurant in the Lansing Mall.

While many people learned of the success of Mark’s Gourmet Dogs through the reality TV show, McGee says his path was charted years before when he took his first business class at Lansing Community College.

"I started at LCC with the idea of starting a hot dog cart," says McGee who had struggled through layoffs and diminished job prospects during the Great Recession. "LCC gave me the knowledge I needed to start a business. It was awesome. And it worked."

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Student battles tremendous loss to build a strong future

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Jonathon Owens II has been telling stories ever since he can remember. His parents encouraged him to write. So did his teachers. Even his church enlisted him to create multi-media presentations. Today, Owens is on his way to study mass communications and screenwriting at Clark Atlanta University, thanks to the additional support he received at Lansing Community College.

Owens says his educational path wasn’t easy and grew harder when his mother died during his senior year in high school. He says he struggled so much with math and with academic focus that he thought he would fail.

"My advisers told me to be positive and to push through it," he says. "And my math teacher helped me work out a plan for me to graduate."

When Owens set his sights on attending college out-of-state, his father advised him to stay put and try college life at LCC. Owens listened and enrolled at the Lansing campus. He also sought out LCC’s HBCU program—a long-standing partnership between LCC and the Historically Black Colleges and University organization that helps eligible students transfer to a historically black school after two years of comprehensive study.

"All the staff in the LCC-HBCU program were very positive and wanted to do all they could to make my transition and college life comfortable," says Owens. "Everyone was down to earth and always there to provide resources that helped."

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LCC Radio 89.7FM creates Music in the Park in Grand Ledge

LCC Radio is teaming up with Grand Ledge Downtown Development Authority to create Music in the Park.

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There are four more chances to head over to Maypole Park in Grand Ledge and hear free live music from artists across Michigan every Thursday through the end of August.

This concert series features a variety of artists from crowd favorites such as Global Village, Three Men & a Tenor, and Toppermost; to first-time performers such as Soulstice and Those Delta Rhythm Kings!

Join the hundreds of people that show up every Thursday for this free event! To view the complete list of artists, visit Grand Ledge Music in the Park.