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Inside Story for Friday, November 14, 2008


While the College has mechanisms in place to thwart spam and phishing attempts, some are still able to pass through filters. Email filters are evolving and getting stronger, but the spammers are getting more ingenious as well.

Remember, the College will not ask you for your username, password or any other personal information via email. You may receive an official looking email asking for this type of information, but it is a phishing attempt and should be deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders. Additional information on phishing can be found here

Information on Spoofing, another SPAM category that the College has seen recently can be viewed on MCC’s ITS web site in an article titled Email Spoofing.

MCC Launches Newspaper Readership Program

Beginning Oct. 6, Metropolitan Community College partnered with USA Today Education to implement the Collegiate Readership Program, putting the world of news and current events at students’ fingertips.

Monday through Friday throughout the 2008-09 academic year, copies of the USA Today and the Omaha World-Herald will be available at several MCC locations free of charge for students. This initiative intends to promote civic engagement on campus and broaden student awareness of current issue through newspaper access and readership. Student readership will be monitored throughout the year, and feedback from students will help determine the effectiveness of the program and its impact on the College. Resources are available to faculty to utilize this tool in the classroom across a variety of disciplines.

The newspapers are available at the Fort Omaha Campus (Bldg 10 and Bldg 30), South Omaha Campus (Connector Commons) and Elkhorn Valley Campus (Commons). Recycling bins are placed near the displays, and all unused newspapers are collected and recycled daily. The displays in use are open stand displays, but these will be replaced with card reader displays that distribute a paper after reading a valid MCC student ID card.

Budgeted and funded by student activities, the College only pays for the newspapers picked up at a discounted educational rate. To access academic resources or learn more about the program, visit www.usatodaycollege.com.

MCC Students, Instructor Compete at World Firefighter Challenge

This week, a team from the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department is putting their skills to the test at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Las Vegas. MCC is proud to support the team and to have contributed to the education of several members. Follow the team’s progress here; updates come daily! 

The team qualified for the challenge based on results from the August challenge held at Oakview Mall. The world challenge encourages firefighter fitness and demonstrates the profession’s rigors. Participants race head-to-head in full gear performing simulated real-life firefighting activities including climbing a five story tower, hoisting, chopping and dragging hoses and rescuing a life-size 175-lb dummy.

Interior Design Students Decorate General Crook House

 Crook Holiday Decor
In early November, Janet Ambrosek’s American Furniture and Antiques class helped decorate the parlor and reception area in the Crook House for the holidays. This is the second year her class has worked with the Crook House staff and assisted with the decoration of the two areas. The students are studying the history and design characteristics of the Victorian era in the American furniture and antiques class. “The students always have a good time, and the ladies of the guild serve lunch for those students able to stay for lunch,” Ambrosek said.

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

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Exam Results

Twenty-nine MCC students pitted wits with community college students across the country by taking the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) exam, and 12 students have been invited to take the Round 2 exam in February. The scores from MCC’s top five students will be sent to AMATYC nationals to compete for awards, including scholarships. Across North American, 187 community colleges took the Round 1 exam. There are 19 in the Central Region, and MCC is the only Nebraska college that offers this exam.

CET Corner

A new series of online courses began Nov. 12, but there’s still time for you to enroll. Registration is open until Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Here are a few of the more popular courses this month: 

  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2007 (new)  
  • Introduction to Peachtree Accounting 2009 (new)  
  • Achieving Top Search Engine Positions 
  • Creating Web Pages I & II QuickBooks 2008 

Learn more about these and more than 120 online courses at http://www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

The end of the year is rapidly approaching; if you have not yet been trained for Office 2007 contact Cheri Vossberg at 457-2517 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 classes still available:

  • 11/14 08/SE COMP 620N WI61 Fri. 9 a.m.–noon FOC 8 201 
  • 11/19 08/SE COMP 620N WI59 Wed. 9 a.m.–noon EVC 157 

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!

  • 11/21 08/SE BSAD 750N WM11 Fri. 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SOC ITC 104 
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.

Dean of Culinary Arts Receives Campus Impact Award

 CRD Award

On Nov. 6, Jim Trebbien, MCC Dean of Culinary Arts, received the Campus Impact Award for Outstanding Non-development Professional at the Council for Resource Development’s (CRD) national meeting in Washington, DC.

CRD is the national affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges that works with resource development professionals (foundation and grants managers) around the country. Each year CRD recognizes one individual who works outside of development most of their time but whose efforts have led to significant support for the College.

Trebbien was nominated by the MCC Development Office in recognition of his efforts to raise funds for the new Institute for the Culinary Arts and Alumni Conference Center. The major gift campaign built on the foundation laid by Trebbien’s many years of relationship building in the industry and community and culminated in a gift of $1.2 million from the Pegler Family Foundation.

“Fundraising is the end result of spending time within the community, encouraging involvement in the college. This award was the result of a lot of work, by a lot of people, at the college. Pat Crisler, Katherine Holian, Randy Schmailzl, Lisa Tooker, Kevin Newlin, Patty Trebbien and Brian O’Malley all have a long history of building community involvement in The Institute for the Culinary Arts and are all a part of this award,” Trebbien said.

CRD also presented Metropolitan Community College the 2008 Development Partner of the Year award in recognition of the College community’s work in support of Trebbien and the staff at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. Lisa Bradley and Pat Crisler from the MCC Foundation and Development Office accepted the award on behalf of MCC.

MCC Hosts CCHA Conference

Nov. 13 and 14, Metropolitan Community College is hosting the Community College Humanities Association’s central division conference for the first time. The conference — themed The Humanities at Center Stage — features a number of distinguished keynote speakers including Michael Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University and author of numerous works in cultural studies, disability rights, and higher education; Janet L. Farber, director of the Phillip Schrager Collection of Contemporary Art, author of several essays and articles on Jun Kaneko and frequent contributor to City Weekly and Review Magazine; and Hal France, former artistic director of Opera Omaha and founding director of the KANEKO Art Center in Omaha. Community college faculty and administrators from eight Midwestern states will present sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops on many aspects of the humanities. The Community College Humanities Association is the only national organization that exclusively serves to strengthen the humanities in the nation's community colleges.

Reminder: Items Still Needed for Single Parents Conference

The hosts of the ninth annual Single Parents Conference (Nov. 21 at South Omaha Campus) are asking for unused items for children age 0-5. These items will be used as gifts or door prizes for conference participants while they are educated in responsible parenting. Smaller items that fit in a campus mail envelope can be sent to Single Parent/Homemaker Coordinator Phyllis Brown, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 5. A TRiO/SPH staff member can arrange to pick larger items up from your office; call 457-2318 for pick-up or with any questions. Items will be accepted until Nov. 17.

Service Learning Faculty and Counselor Present at National NCSD Conference

MCC service learning faculty Dave Horst and Teri Quick and academic counselor Stephanie Searson presented at the National Council on Student Development (NCSD) Conference in Albany, New York on Nov. 3.

Their presentation, Using Service Learning to Enhance Student Learning, explained the concept of service learning and how valuable that experience can be to future employers. The faculty shared their experiences incorporating service learning into the classroom in their very different disciplines. The presentation was well received, and many attendees stayed afterward to talk to the MCC group about starting service learning projects at their own colleges.

New Faces

Stacey Newsom Kerr

Stacy Newsom Kerr
Academic Resource Center Educational Assistant
Sarpy County Center

Stacy Newsom Kerr holds a Master’s Degree in Medieval History from the University of Southern California and has a California secondary education social science teaching credential. She just moved to Omaha from Napa, Calif., where she taught tenth grade world history and geography at a technology-based high school. Kerr plans to travel to San Francisco over the holiday break to see her family and will also be going to New York City to attend the American Historical Association’s Annual Conference. She owns three cats, one of which brought home two mice and three snakes just in the last week!

Joy Wineinger

Joy Wineinger
Payroll Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Joy Wineinger has 23 years of bookkeeping experience from her previous employment with Pioneer Uniforms. She has a son, daughter and two grandsons who are 6 years old and 7 months old. Wineinger and her husband live north of Glenwood, Iowa, where they enjoy watching the wildlife that lives in their backyard. She teaches seventh and eighth grade Sunday school and spends as much time with her grandsons as possible. Wineinger occasionally goes deer and turkey hunting with her husband.  

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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