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College gathers student opinions with ‘Food for Thought’ luncheon

College gathers student opinions  with ‘Food for Thought’ luncheon

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

About 50 students enjoyed pizza and refreshments Feb. 11 as they voiced their opinions about LCC during a “Food For Thought” discussion in the A & S Building.

LCC Associate Vice President of Engaged Learning Michael Nealon hosted the discussion.

“The executive leadership team is very interested in trying to get input and feedback from our entire community,” Nealon said. “Students are the reason why any of us are at Lansing Community College, so your voice is the voice that we need to listen to.

The Food for Thought discussion is a part of a strategic planning initiative across campus.

Students, staff and faculty are being asked what the college’s strengths are and what the college needs to improve on to move forward.

The hour-long discussion was recorded. Footage from the event could eventually air as part of a short film shown around campus.

Positive responses from students included praising student services such as the TRIO program, Lucero, counseling and tutoring, as well as student development classes.

Areas of concerns voiced by students included the unreliability of the campus’ Wi-Fi system, parking and associated fees, the lack of sufficient disability interpreters on campus and textbook fees.

Nealon was gracious to answer the students’ questions. He even encouraged students to contact him through email, as well as meeting with him personally to share their concerns.

Student Life Organizer Josh West was among those who attended the event.

“I think the Food for Thought discussion went very well,” West said. “We had lots of students that were willing to share their opinion and experiences.

“All in all I would say we received some really great feedback on what we are doing well and what we need some work on.”

The Feb. 11 “Food For Thought” session was the first of two hosted by LCC. A second session took place Feb. 12.

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