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Inside Story for Friday, June 06, 2008

Update to Requests for Group College Tours

The Group Tour Committee has established an online group tour request form that is currently available. This form can be used by anyone - internally or externally - to capture the necessary details associated with a group tour of any MCC location. Feel free to share this link with anyone you feel may benefit from knowing about it.

When the form has been submitted, it will land in the shared recruitment inbox, and the request will be forwarded to the appropriate Dean/Director of the campus/center that has been specified.

NOTE: There is a separate and different individual tour request that Becky Nicks manages for those who want to come visit in a one-on-one format. This process is a bit different than a group tour.

Find out the Latest on College Construction

A new web page just launched with information about current College construction projects, specifically the expansion on the Fort Omaha Campus including the new entrance and the Institute for the Culinary Arts and Alumni Conference Center. Updates on future projects will also be available at this page. Information includes project visions, renderings and images, construction updates and a live web cam. Bookmark the site and visit regularly for all the info on MCC's growth!

South Omaha Development Project Meeting

Nearly 100 government, civic, business and community leaders and residents attended an informational meeting regarding the South Omaha Development Project at the South Omaha Campus Thursday morning.

David Brown, Chamber President, recapped the work completed so far and provided an outline for the future. The project, started in February 2008, identified three areas of interest: community infrastructure and foundation, quality of life and development opportunities. Next steps include fundraising, a request for proposal process, selecting a consultant and beginning study, and the completion of the study and implementation scheduled for summer 2009.

The South Omaha Development Project is a commitment of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Latino Center of the Midlands, business leaders, the South Omaha community and elected officials to develop a strategy that would result in significant increased business investments in South Omaha. The final plan will be the framework within which the South Omaha entrepreneurial spirit and energy  will propel economic investment that complements the history and heritage of the community. For more information, visit www.projectsouthomaha.org

Douglas County Historical Society Event This Week at the Crook House

On June 8, the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will host a showing of the popular 1970s 12 Old Home bread commercials at the General Crook House at 2 p.m. The talk is free for DCHS members and included with the usual admission/donation for the public to attend and tour the Crook House. For more information about the DCHS, visit www.omahahistory.org.

Faculty Recognition

Business instructor Idalene Williams received the ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and will be honored at the 2008 ACBSP annual conference in New Orleans this summer. Williams was selected for her outstanding leadership and service in business education.

Culinary chef instructor Brian O'Malley received an award for Best Magazine Column at the Omaha Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition.

New Faces


Kristen Lagerstam
Library Assistant
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Kristen Lagerstam received her Master's of Library and Information Science Degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She grew up in the quad cities area and worked at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa, as an information/reference desk library clerk.  She married her husband Bryan in June 2005 and recently moved to Omaha where he began his new position as an associate pastor at a local church. Lagerstam's favorite hobbies are writing and reading, particularly humor and the classics. She likes to write fiction and wrote a humor column for a local paper when she was a teenager.

 ramona  Ramona Perkins
Student Services Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

 Ramona Perkins will be graduating this year from Metropolitan Community College with a Business Transfer Degree. She plans to attend Bellevue University to complete her bachelor's degree. Perkins worked part-time at the College in Disability Support Services and Student Services while attending classes. She has three children and one wonderful grandson. Perkins loves to cook, and others love it when she cooks! She also enjoys watching Paula Dean on the Food Network Channel. Perkins derives great pleasure out of surprising people and finds joy in helping others feel good about themselves.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Kristen Lagerstam, Library Services Assistant, EVC, 289-1322
Sheena Parks, Student Services Assistant, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2713
Ramona Perkins, Student Services Assistant, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2713

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