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The Lookout | April 13, 2021

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 ‘Fall on the Mall’ informs students of University Center degrees

 ‘Fall on the Mall’ informs students of University Center degrees


Aaron Emerson
Staff Writer

LCC students were able to learn about the program offerings of the University Center while taking advantage of free cookies and coffee as part of an annual outreach program.

Held Wednesday, Oct. 7 outside of the Gannon Building, “Fall on the Mall” gave University Center staff the opportunity to bring awareness to the 20 different bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered through five universities.

University Center Director Patty Spagnuolo said the activity allowed the staff to inform students about the local programs.

“The more students that know about us, the more they tell their friends and more people realize it’s that easy to get a bachelor’s degree right here in downtown Lansing,” Spagnuolo said.

The University Center has been operating as an extension of Lansing Community College since 2008. Located next to main campus at 210 W. Shiawassee St., the center allows students to obtain degrees from Ferris State, Northwood, Siena Heights, University of Michigan-Flint and Western Michigan.

The main course of action at the University Center is its “3 Plus 1” program, where students take the first three years of a bachelor’s degree at LCC and finish out the last year at one of the five universities.

Graham Berke, a systems analyst at the University Center, said the programs are a cost-effective way to earn respected degrees from well-known universities.

“With rising tuition costs across the country, affording college is becoming more and more of an issue for students, so this just makes sense,” Berke said.

Berke said at least 600 students attended the event Oct. 7. One of those students, Bryan Smith, said “Fall on the Mall” helped him learn about some of his options.

“It helped me learn about all the comprehensive options the University Center actually has and what programs they have that match my needs,” Smith said. “I got a lot out of this.”

To find out more about the University Center, including specific degrees offered from the five universities, visit