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Inside Story for Friday, November 07, 2008

FYI Press Conference Scheduled for Monday

On Monday, Nov. 10 at the South Omaha Campus, MCC Board members will announce legislative efforts regarding the state community college funding formula. The current state aid funding formula for community colleges will have devastating effects on MCC, its students and local taxpayers. MCC leaders will explain the problems and address their legislative priorities to fight the decrease in funding. Look for updates on this issue in future issues of the Inside Story.

Employee Giving Campaign a Success

The MCC Foundation officially ended the 2008 annual employee giving campaign this past week with solid participation from across our seven campuses. This annual effort helped raise more than $24,000 for student support and scholarship funds from more than 140 employees. These results are a 100 percent increase in total participation and giving from last year.

The MCC Foundation would like to once again thank those employees who participated in this year’s campaign and look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Honor Our Nation's Veterans Next Week

Metropolitan Community College is proud to recognize our nation’s veterans from all branches of the service at the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center. A reception will follow the program.

This year’s program features a keynote from Glen Freeman, CMSgt Ret., U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s office. Freeman joined the Air Force in September 1955. During his military service, he served assignments in several foreign countries including Guam, Newfoundland, Korea, Japan, Republic of the Philippines and three one-year tours in Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Thailand). Freeman received many military decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat V (Valor) Device. He retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant (highest enlisted grade) in October 1985 after 30 years. He currently serves as a senior aide to a United States Senator as special assistant for military and veterans affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. Faculty are encouraged to attend with their classes or share the information with students so they may attend.

United Way Campaign Kicks Off

A note from MCC campaign chair

As chair of this year’s United Way campaign, I’m excited to share with you the three areas of focus for this year:

  • Education – helping children, teens and adults achieve their potential
  • Income – promoting financial stability and independence
  • Health – improving people’s physical and mental wellness

These initiatives are in-line with our daily work at Metropolitan Community College. Your gift to this year’s United Way campaign creates lasting change in our community. Your support will help keep valuable resources and services in our community and the availability of those resources and services for those in need. Please take time to pledge your support:

  • Complete and sign the Campaign Pledge Card
  • Direct your gift to one of the existing funds listed
  • Return the Campaign Card to Sheila O'Connor, Marketing and Public Relations, FOC 30 by Nov. 30

Thank you for caring enough to give, advocating for those who need help and volunteering to make a difference!


Sheila O'Connor

CET Corner

A new series of online courses begin Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. View more than 120+ online courses at http://www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

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. Remember, the Office 2007 workshop is required due to system upgrades that will take full effect by the end of the year. Listed below are the classes still available:

11/7 08/SE COMP 620N WI60 Fri. 9 a.m.–noon FOC 8 201

11/8 08/SE COMP 620N WI67 Sat. 9 a.m.–noon MAH 145

11/11 08/SE COMP 620N WI68 Tues. 1–4 p.m. MAH 145

11/14 08/SE COMP 620N WI61 Fri. 9 a.m.–noon FOC 8 201

11/19 08/SE COMP 620N WI59 Wed. 9 AM – Noon EVC 157

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.

Don’t miss out! Friday, Nov. 21 will be the last CPR class for 2008! Facilitated by MCC CPR-certified instructors, upon completion a Heartsaver First Aid Card will be issued to participants from the American Heart Association. Register today as classes without a minimum enrollment will be cancelled!

Friday Nov. 21, 8 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 104 08/SE_BSAD_750N_WM11

Phi Theta Kappa and Tri-Omega Host Benefit Dinner for Nebraska AIDS Project

On Dec. 1, MCC students groups Phi Theta Kappa and Tri-Omega host the annual benefit for the Nebraska AIDS Project’s Night of 1,000 Stars Gala. This year’s dinner, themed Bewitched, Bedazzled and Be Dancin’, begins with mocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., all at the Fort Omaha Campus Bldg 10, Room 136.

Tickets are available in Student Services or from jfauchier@mccneb.edu, (457-2465) or hbradman@mccneb.edu. You may reserve your tickets and pick them up at the door. Tickets are $20 for faculty, staff and the general public and $10 for students. Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Aids Project. Tickets for the Gala at Holiday Inn Central beginning at 9 p.m. the same night will be available at the dinner or by arrangement with Jenni Fauchier for no additional cost.

If you cannot attend, you’re encouraged to purchase one or more stars for $1 each. Stars will be posted in the dining room the night of the dinner, and proceeds will be included with the donation. Help us reach the goal of selling 1,000 stars! Purchase stars at Student Services or by contacting Jenni Fauchier or Lynn Bradman (checks, made out to Nebraska AIDS Project, can be campus mailed to them). Be sure to include your name.

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Reminder

The Phi Theta Kappa Induction is at 7 p.m. this evening at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center. All are invited to attend and celebrate these outstanding students.

Share the Holiday Spirit with International Students

Fall and Winter holidays are approaching! MCC hosts more than 300 international students from dozens of countries, and some of them have limited community ties during their study here. When the college and local businesses are closed for holiday recess, it can be a very lonely time. If you would like to invite a MCC student to a holiday gathering or other community activity that would help them learn more about U.S. culture and enjoy these special holidays, contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 457-2253.

Nominations Still Being Accepted for Diane Donelson Spirit Award

In 2005, the Board of Governors recognized Board member, Diane Donelson for her enduring leadership and dedication to Metropolitan Community College by creating the Diane Donelson Spirit Award. The criteria for selection of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award reflects the compassionate spirit of Donelson and is presented to MCC employees who model and exemplify these attributes.

Do you know a co-worker who exemplifies the compassionate spirit and leadership qualities of Donelson’s legacy? Nominations are currently being accepted for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award. Contact Kay Friesen at 457-2878 or email kfriesen@mccneb.edu for nomination guidelines. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Note from Charlene West

I would like to express my thanks to my wonderful MCC family since the passing of my husband, Michael. My family and I have been so blessed to have each of you as a part of our lives. The astounding expressions of support and sympathy have truly made this new path in our lives much easier to travel.

What's New at the Libraries

New additions

New Faces

Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson
Coordinator of Articulation & Special Programs
Fort Omaha Campus

Barry Anderson has a Master’s of Arts in Communication from the University of Nebraska–Omaha and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education and Music from Dana College. He was an assistant professor and student advisor at Midland Lutheran College and has worked at Dana College as director of college relations and marketing and as a marketing manager at UNO. Anderson is married, and his wife is a grade school teacher who specializes in reading. He has two sons; one is in graduate school at the University of Chicago, and the other is an undergraduate at Doane College. Anderson has written and recorded music for many stage plays and several television documentaries. He has been a Boy Scout leader for 16 years. He loves old movies and enjoys travel to historic places.

Ingrid Armstead

Ingrid Armstead
Academic Affairs Associate
Fort Omaha

Ingrid Armstead graduated from Langston University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Business. She has 16 years of administrative experience in the banking industry. Armstead has a very energetic daughter who she loves spending time with, as well as with her family and church friends. She is an Oklahoma Sooner fan and likes watching Sylvester and Tweety cartoons. She also enjoys collecting Tweety Bird figurines and reading.  

Clifton Pee

Clifton Pee
Director of Network Services
Fort Omaha Campus

Clifton Pee has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University and is in the process of completing his Master’s of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, also from Azusa. He is also pursuing a Master’s of Science in Negotiation from Creighton University. Pee served as information and media technology student services manager for nine years as well as a speech and debate team assistant coach and adjunct professor. Pee relocated to Omaha in August 2008 from the Los Angeles area. He has lived in California his entire life and just 18 months ago married his amazing wife, Noelle. He and his wife own two dogs and one cat.  

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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