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Inside Story for Friday, August 08, 2008

Volunteers Needed for 17th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

Volunteers are still needed for the Powwow on Sept. 20, 2008, on the Parade Ground of the Fort Omaha Campus. MCC's intercultural/international education office is looking for adult volunteers for the following shifts:

1-3 p.m. Raffle ticket sales
2-4 p.m. Interview evaluations
3-5 p.m. Coffee and water servers
4-6 p.m. Shuttle van drivers
5-7 p.m. Raffle ticket sales

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Rae Lynn Frogge at 457-2266.

General College Business Cards Available Through Marketing/PR Office

Working a trade show? Attending a conference? If you ever find yourself and your department scratching out specific info on your business cards to give out either general College phone numbers and email or for another department or individual, you may benefit from using general info business cards.


These cards will be provided in sets of 50 courtesy of the Marketing/PR Office on a trial basis. To order these for your department, have your cost center manager contact Sheila O'Connor at 457-2733.

Crisler Selected for 31st Class of Leadership Omaha

Associate vice president of development Pat Crisler has been selected for the 31st class of Leadership Omaha, a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce program to develop leadership traits in participants.

"Throughout the course of my ten years at the college, I have had numerous opportunities to work with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce on projects that benefited the community overall. It has been a pleasure during that time to watch the Leadership Omaha classes come together to learn about and gain an appreciation for the issues that affect all of us," Crisler said. "Not only is the Leadership Omaha program edifying for the participants, it also positively impacts others through the projects the different LO teams take on each year."

The Leadership Omaha curriculum focuses on community trusteeship, leadership styles and community awareness through monthly educational seminars and ongoing interaction with business and civic figures. The program offers perspectives on many different issues and encourages communication between class members and with other leaders in the Omaha area. Crisler's Leadership Omaha journey will begin on Sept. 21 with a retreat and will come to an end with a graduation luncheon on June 11, 2009.

"As an ambassador for the College, I look forward to sharing information about the students, faculty and staff that will help others gain a better understanding about the key role MCC plays in the region and state," she said.

MCC Students Studying Abroad in Mexico


The Guelaguetza is one of the most important festivals of the year in Oaxaca. The meaning of Guelaguetza is "giving", and from ancient times on, Zapotec Indigenous from all regions of Oaxaca come as proud representatives for this dance festival. Once meant as a time for sacrifice to celebrate the corn god, today the festival still focuses on the giving of gifts. Instead of sacrifices to the corn god, dancers now throw the gifts from their region into the audience and present a gift to the honored officials presiding at the festival.

Seven MCC students departed for Oaxaca, Mexico, with MCC Spanish instructor Kathryn Sutko and CPT instructor Jonathan Jones on July 26. In Oaxaca, they are studying the Spanish language and Oaxacan culture at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. Each day they take Spanish language classes, share living quarters and meals with host families and participate in cultural workshops.

"Things are going well here; all of the students are enjoying their experiences at the Institute," Jones reported from Mexico. "Personally, I like Oaxaca. My host home has two other students from places other than MCC staying here as well. Any student that comes here has the opportunity to meet others from all over the United States. We have classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and often go out for dinner afterwards. The most helpful aspect is hearing the instructors teach only in Spanish. It forces me to listen and understand the language."

MCC Fast Facts

Enjoy and share these fast facts about Metropolitan Community College!

  • MCC has the most diverse student body of Nebraska community colleges with a total minority student population of more than 21 percent.
  • MCC's enrollment has grown steadily over the past 30 years, from 2,000 students in 1974 to more than 15,000 credit students each quarter.
  • More than 29 percent of MCC students are first generation college students.

From the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education:

  • More than 32 percent of Nebraska college students attend community colleges.
  • Since 1996, the Nebraska community college system has seen a 21 percent increase in enrollment with more than 60 percent of students 24 years old or younger.

Faculty Switch to Office 2007

Beginning with the fall quarter, faculty should anticipate using Office 2007 on computers in all classrooms and faculty office spaces. You need to be prepared for this before you enter your classrooms and offices. If you are a faculty member who has not yet been trained for Office 2007, contact your dean to arrange for training. CET has scheduled training classes at various dates, times and locations to assure all faculty needing training are accommodated.

Phi Theta Kappa Holds Leadership Training

PTK advisors
Elkhorn Valley Campus Phi Theta Kappa advisors.

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisors from Elkhorn Valley Campus hosted a Leadership Training Day at Elkhorn on August 2 for all PTK members. The day was filled with fabulous food, great discussions, hands-on activities and opportunities for personal and professional growth. All PTK members at MCC were invited.

"We are very impressed by this year's leadership in PTK. Our students will represent MCC and PTK well," said Jim Wolfe, MCT/CPT instructor.

The leadership styles of great people such as General Patton, JFK and Martin Luther King were discussed. The day was a snippet of a class taught by Wolfe entitled HMRL 1050 Leadership: Training and Skill Development.

Advisors Molly Engdahl, Pamela Rodriguez and Jim Wolfe were elated with the turnout. Rodriguez noted that there was representation from other campuses as well.

"That gave us a great opportunity to plan the upcoming year as a collective team. A lot of great ideas came out of the working lunch that day," she said.

Share Your Expertise at a Chamber Academy

Share your subject-matter expertise, increase your bottom line and get in front of potential clients by presenting a Chamber Academy session. The deadline for presentation proposals is August 15. Chamber Academy offers members the chance to teach as well as to learn with two-hour sessions focused on topics designed to help members grow their businesses. If you are interested in sharing your subject-matter expertise, submit a proposal to present a seminar on Wednesdays from 8-10 a.m.

Presentation topics include:

  • Sales/Marketing (marketing basics, building and maintaining a diverse customer base, writing a news release/making media contacts, selling skills and strategies, networking skills)
  • Management/Leadership(interpersonal communication skills, retaining and motivating employees, creating a positive work culture, time management, developing a business plan and partnerships)
  • Professional Development (professional image and influence, presentation skills)

For more information and details on presenter responsibilities, contact the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce at 346-5000 or info@omahachamber.org.

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Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Thomas McDonnell, dean of languages and visual arts, EVC, 289-1331
Arthur Rich, vice president of campuses and student affairs, FOC Bldg 30, 457-2681  

Separations, Last Day
Potso Mahlangeni-Byndon, 8/6/08
Evelyn Mooberry, 8/8/08

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