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Inside Story for Friday, October 10, 2008

Instructor to Receive Academic Freedom Award

The Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) has unanimously decided to present one of this year’s two academic freedom awards to MCC philosophy instructor Dr. Frank Edler. AFCON is a coalition of Nebraska educational and literary organizations that have come together to promote academic freedom in Nebraska.

The award is being given to Edler “in recognition of his historical work on academic freedom and related matters at the University of Nebraska” and on his “present efforts to get the University to acknowledge and address its past.” Edler gave a presentation last June at the Nebraska State Historical Society on the 12 professors who were put on trial in 1918 on charges of disloyalty. He has also written to members of the current Board of Regents requesting that they rescind the 1918 decision. The award will be presented at AFCON’s annual membership meeting on November 15 at Beacon Hills in north Lincoln.

Legislative Candidate Forum Open to Public

Members of the community are invited to attend a public legislative candidate forum on October 16; Nebraska Legislative Candidates will have an opportunity to share their positions, and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. The forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Public Schools Board Room at 3215 Cuming St. (second floor).

Participating legislative candidates include: Senator Gail Kopplin (District 3), Heath Mello (District 5), Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan (District 5), Jeremy Nordquist (District 7), Senator Gwen Howard (District 9), Brenda Council (District 11), Tanya Cook (District 13), Senator Scott Lautenbaugh (District 18), Carl Lorenzen (District 18) and Senator Abbie Cornett (District 45). For more information contact Opportunity@Work at 597-3100 or info@opportunityatwork.org.

MCC Campuses Host American Red Cross Blood Drives

MCC students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to give the gift of life at three on-campus blood donations this month. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Red Cross is asking donors to assist in the fight against all cancers by donating blood. Cancer treatments often involve aggressive use of potent drugs, and blood transfusions help replenish healthy cells lost during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

  • South Omaha Campus: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon 
  • Fort Omaha Campus: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: Thursday, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To make your appointment, use the sign-up sheet available in each of these campus’ dean’s offices. You can also call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.


The end of the year is rapidly approaching; if you are a faculty member who has not yet been trained for Office 2007, contact your dean to arrange for training. A number of classes are still available in October and November (note: classes are not offered in December). View the revised schedule for details. Remember, the Office 2007 workshop is required due to system upgrades that will take full effect by the end of the year.

Contact Registration as soon as possible to sign up for these training sessions. Tuition waiver/remission is available for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the MCC Employee Tuition Waiver Form on the Forms Bank. Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register should contact their dean to arrange for the cost center to be billed before registering. Deans should send the cost center billing information to Adam Smith at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 5 so the adjunct and part-time temporary employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Did you know…CET also offers more than 130 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish®. A new series of online courses begin October 15!

Online Access to Payroll Information is Available

Did you know that if you have direct deposit of your paycheck, your pay advice is available to view and/or print using Web Advisor?

Each payday, rather than having to wait for delivery of your pay advice, you will have instant access to this information. The remittance advices will be kept online for a two-year period, providing long-term storage for your pay records. Web Advisor also includes leave and stipend information. In the near future, paper remittance advices will no longer be sent to you through the mail. If you currently do not wish to receive paper copies of your pay advice, call Human Resources at 457-2420.

Simply open Web Advisor;the Web Advisor page can be bookmarked on your favorites list for quick access in the future. You can also access Web Advisor through the Faculty and Staff Resource page on the MCC web site.

  • Click on the “Log In” tab at the top.
  • Log in using your College Network user login and password. 
  • Click on “Employees.” 
  • Click on “Pay Advices.” 
  • Click on the date you wish to view. 

If you have any questions regarding the electronic version of your pay advice, call Gary Kucera in Payroll at ext. 2277.


MCC is hosting a free seminar on post traumatic stress disorder for families of veterans and servicepersons today, October 10, at 6 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center. The presentation, Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Helping Families Understand, will be lead by Norm McCormick, an adjunct faculty member at MCC, licensed mental health practitioner, certified professional counselor and veteran of the Marines. The session will describe PTSD, identify warning signs, discuss the effects it has on families and share how and where to obtain help. No pre-registration is necessary for this free, public event.

Applied Technology Center Hosts I-CAR Fest 2008

Recently, the Applied Technology Center partnered with the I-CAR volunteer committee to host I-CAR Fest 2008. More than 240 students and several MCC faculty were in attendance for 12 I-CAR classes offered throughout the day.

“Everyone involved could not express enough the excitement about having Metropolitan Community College involved in this event. The opportunity for many shops to see the commitment that you are making in training potential shop technicians created an additional level of excitement,” said Tony Larry, State Farm estimatics team manager and chair of the I-CAR volunteer committee. I-CAR is an international, not-for-profit training organization that develops and delivers technical training programs to professionals in all areas of the collision industry.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees

Leanne Centretto, Accounts Receivable Technician, FOC Bldg 30, 457-2405
Richard Hart, Architectural Technology Instructor, EVC, 289-1373
Ekoue “Arsene” Kangni, ARC Educational Specialist, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2438
Douglas Sallee, Math Center Educational Specialist, SOC-CON, 738-4531
Amy Schieffer, Accounts Payable Technician, FOC Bldg 30, 457-2707
Gordon Sims Jr, Custodian, SOC, 738-4507
Yulia Vishnevskaya, Civil Engineering Technology Instructor, EVC, 289-1371


Scott Broady, FOC Bldg 1, 457-2736
Sarah Hayden, FOC Bldg 1, 457-2735 
Tina Pebley, Enrollment Associate, FOC Bldg 8 Room 207, 457-2641

Separations, Last Day

Steve Hansen, 9/30/08
Linda Hanes, 10/1/08
Roberta Eriksen-Witherspoon, 10/3/08
Patricia Weiss, 10/3/08 Tung Nguyen, 10/13/08
Jim Grotrian, 10/15/08

New Faces


Teresa Champion
Nursing Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Teresa Champion graduated from Clarkson College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She worked at Alegent Bergan Mercy Medical Center in the ICU for 11 years. She also worked eight years with the Douglas County Health Department. She’s currently working on her MSN degree and plans to apply for UNMC’s Nurse Practitioner Program. Champion grew up in midtown Omaha. She has been a volunteer youth basketball coach for the past six years, and her teams have had a winning record each year. Champion has an Australian Sheppard mix who is a very good watchdog and companion. She is involved in the Medical Reserve Corps and is trained in disaster preparedness and basic disaster life support. She really doesn’t have any free time, but when she does, she likes to watch the television show Army Wives.


Jose “Jo” Conceicao
Chemistry Instructor
South Omaha Campus

Jo Conceicao graduated with his Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has taught at the university level for eight years including St. Gregory’s University and Northwestern Oklahoma State. He encourages his students’ involvement in independent study projects, and his students like to call him Dr. Jo. Conceicao’s hobbies are photography and badminton. He also owns a Boxer named Cleo.


Richard Hart
Architectural Drafting and Design Instructor
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Richard Hart received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Planning from Washington University and his M.B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. He is a registered architect and is NCAR certified. Hart says if his professional education were a book, it would be titled, How to Make Money and Have Fun Doing Fine Art With or Without Toilets. He was raised on a ranch in southern Arizona — when it rains he wears a slicker designed for riding a horse and hums theme songs from Sam Peckenpah movies (The Wild Bunch). Hart also knows how to juggle.  


Jeba Inbarasu
Biology Instructor
South Omaha Campus

Jeba Inbarasu holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Biology, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education, a Master’s of Arts in Public Administration and an Master’s of Philosophy in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and just completed her Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix. She has taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs since 1987. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1998. Inbarasu volunteers in councils at her church and synod level and is passionate about helping young people in the community. She also serves as a Stephen Minister and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  


Craig Jacobus
EMS Paramedic Instructor
Fremont Area Center

Craig Jacobus earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Premedicine from Trinity Christian College, received paramedic training from Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., and has a Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine. He is the Western USA Prehospital Trauma Regional Coordinator and has authored books for EMS and trauma. Jacobus began working as an EMT and police officer in 1975. In 1977, he continued working as a paramedic for two fire departments in the south suburbs of Chicago. He served as a paramedic for 31 years and has been instructing for 29 years. He also was a physician in family and sports medicine for 20 years. Jacobus and his wife travel the U.S. speaking for EMS and trauma education. They enjoy cycling and both are active volunteer firefighters. He and his wife also enjoy their trips to the zoo with their three granddaughters.  


Ekoue “Arsene” Kangni
Academic Resource Center Educational Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

Arsene Kangni received two associate degrees from MCC: one in science and the other in management information systems. He has been working part-time for the College for the past two years as a computer lab assistant and in the Academic Resource Center. Kangni is originally from Togo (West Africa). He enjoys traveling the world and going on road trips with his friends. Kangni speaks four languages fluently and wants to try to learn a fifth language, Spanish.


Yuliya Vishnevskaya
Civil Engineering Technology Instructor
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Yuliya Vishnevskaya received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from St. Petersburg Mining University in Russia. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Vishnevskaya has taught at St. Petersburg Mining University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MCC. Her first job in the United States was a drafting lab technician at MCC, and she is happy to be back at MCC! She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and traveling. Vishnevskaya describes living in Russia as a “unique life experience.” Teaching part-time at MCC was her main hobby for the past 13 years; however, since it’s now her full-time occupation, she’ll have to find another hobby!


Brock Williams
Business Management Instructor
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Brock Williams received his Ph.D. in Management from Capella University in Minneapolis and his Master’s Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University. He taught full-time at MCC from 1999 to 2006 and continued as an adjunct faculty member for the past two years before returning to MCC as a full-time faculty member. Williams has also taught part-time for Iowa Western Community College and College of St. Marys. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years, was a business owner for seven years and has been teaching for more than 10 years. Williams has made four parachute jumps on four different continents.

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College’s open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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