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Inside Story for Friday, November 21, 2008

Help Plan the College's Future

Each and every College employee’s views are vital to the success of the College as a whole. As in any strong organization, the work of each person supports the work of another. Similarly, the thoughts and support of each employee are important as we continue to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our diverse community.

The Plan & Planning Work Group is currently working to energize and effectively tap the thinking and information resources of the College, including our people. Two major areas of emphasis are inclusiveness/communication and embracing the future. As a preparation for further and future discussions, we encourage you to think over these questions. Roundtable sessions will be held at each College location over the next few weeks to discuss question 3 in particular. Your thoughts will be collected and considered for current and future needs and improvements.

Roundtables will be held:

Wednesday, Dec. 3

  • 1 p.m., Applied Technology Center, Room 115 

Monday, Dec. 8

  • 10 a.m., South Omaha Campus, Connector, Room 249 
  • 2 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 115

Tuesday, Dec. 9

  • 2 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 122

Wednesday, Dec. 10

  • 9 a.m., Fremont Area Center, Room 202 
  • 10 a.m., Sarpy Center, Room 116 
  • 2 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 122 
  • 4 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 116

Thursday, Dec. 11

  • 10 a.m., South Omaha Campus, Connector, Room 249 
  • 4 p.m. South Omaha Campus, Connector, Room 249

Monday, Dec. 15

  • 9 a.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 7, Room 107 
  • 2 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 7, Room 107

Tuesday Dec. 16

  • 1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Connector, Room 249

Thursday, Dec. 18

  • 11 a.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 7, Room 107 
  • 4 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 7, Room 107 
  • 4 p.m., Fremont Area Center, Room 202 

Your individual thoughts on all the questions will be asked for at a later time as we move, collectively, further into the planning process for the future of MCC.

Newcomer Elected Faculty Ex Officio

The Faculty Ex Officio board member election was held on Monday, Nov. 17. Rich Newcomer, applied technology/utility line instructor, was elected to a two-year term as the Faculty Ex Officio board member. He will begin his appointment by attending the December Board of Governors meeting.

Note from MCC United Way Campaign Chair

Thank you to those who have already made their contribution to this year's United Way campaign. If you have not yet made your contribution, please consider doing so. 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 
  • 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!

Thanks,
Sheila O'Connor

Celebrating Service Learning

Last Friday, more than 50 MCC administrators, staff, community partners, clients, family members and friends gathered at the South Omaha Campus to celebrate the Home Repair Service Learning Class. During the fall quarter, instructor Dave Horst and his students have worked on homes in the community in need of repair, including building ramps for wheelchair accessibility and stairs to allow residents to easily move in and out of their homes. Homes were identified through a partnership with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, and construction materials were provided by a grant from the Omaha Community Foundation and the Midwest Consortium on Service Learning in Higher Education.

Horst was the master of ceremonies and introduced speakers David Ho (interim chief instructional officer), Penny Boykins (interim service learning coordinator), Crystal Rhoades (Board of Governors), Bill Sawyer (Chicago Lumber), Bill Owen (dean of applied technology), Sarah Gilbert (Omaha Community Foundation) and representatives from the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Two homeowners whose homes were renovated expressed their gratitude and how much it meant to be able to move around without asking for help.

Students Joseph Collins, Tyler Jansen, Jeff McGrath, David Lablanc and Nathan Hensley presented a PowerPoint of the class projects, and a video produced by Video III students Kyle Wickersham and Nichole Foster gave an account of the projects. Also present were electrical instructor John Berger, precision machining instructor David Eledge, math instructor Dean Marshall Math Instructor and electrical instructor Jeff Horejs; all participated in this service learning project.

Each student was presented with a certificate highlighting the number of hours of participation in the service learning class and a copy of the Nov. 8 Omaha World-Herald article on the class. The celebration ended with conversation over pizza, pasta and more.

A special thanks to Matt Gade for taking pictures at the event and Rob Schaecher from IDS for taping the celebration.

Mark Your Calendar: Employee Holiday Reception

Mark your calendars for the annual employee holiday reception scheduled for Wednesday, Dec.17 at the Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom (4920 S. 30th St.). The open house festive reception is from 1 to 5 p.m. Remarks, employee service awards and the Diane Donelson Spirit Award will be presented at 2 p.m.

Diane Donelson Spirit Award Nomination Deadline Approaches

Nominations for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The award was created to recognize an MCC employee who exemplifies the enduring spirit of Diane Donelson a long-time MCC Board of Governors member. There are many deserving employees who exhibit the criteria outlined in the award on a daily basis. Take the time to recognize and acknowledge their accomplishments and the spirit of their efforts today.

The award will be presented at the MCC Holiday Reception. Contact Kay Friesen at 457-2878 for submission information. .

Save the Date for Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference

The Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference will be Friday, April 17, 2009 at Union College in Lincoln. The theme for the 2009 conference is Women's Leadership in Turbulent Times. Contact Julie Langholdt if you would like registration materials sent to you once they are available.

Software Review Committee Develops Process for Software Purchases/Renewals

The Software Review Committee has been reviewing all proposed software purchases/renewals since August 2003. This process was developed in a continuing effort to be cost effective, support institutional effectiveness and provide software users with a solid support system.

The current procedure is defined below:

  1. Staff member, after receiving approval from cost center manager, requests software purchase by completing and submitting one of these online forms in the Forms BankRequest to Purchase and Install New Software form for new purchases, or Request to Purchase Software Upgrades, Maintenance or Tech Support form for existing software. 
  2. The request will be sent to the Software Review Committee for analysis. 
  3. If the software request is non-supported/non-approved, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email. 
  4. If the software request is approved by the Software Review Committee, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email. Be sure to read the email; it will specify the next steps necessary to purchase the software. 
Review and follow the above process when you need to purchase software. If you have any questions, contact Vicki Spilker at 457-2921.

Giving Opportunities at the College

This holiday season, MCC is supporting several giving opportunities open to staff, faculty and students to give back to the community.

  • Toys for Tots: The Marine Corp Reserve sponsors this effort to collect new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 15. The drive will continue until Dec. 12. (EVC, SOC, SRP and FOC) 
  • Food Drive: Locations will be collecting canned or nonperishable food items for needy families in the our local communities. Food donations will be accepted until Dec, 18. (ATC, EVC, SOC, SRP and FOC) 
  • Coat, Hat and Mitten Drive: MCC's Single Parent Homemaker Program is sponsoring this collection of winter clothing. This drive will continue through the second week in January. (EVC, FOC, SOC and SRP) 
  • Diaper Drive: Each location will be collecting disposable diapers and wipes for the Lydia House; last year, MCC’s generosity helped collect nearly half a million diapers for abused and homeless mothers. This drive is during the month of December. (ATC, BC, EVC, FOC, FRC, SOC and SRP)

Finals Stress Relief at the Applied Technology Center

 Relaxing with golf at ATC

At the Applied Technology Center, Diesel Technology students grabbed a granola bar and relieved a little a pre-finals stress by hitting a few golf balls. The students enjoyed a little healthy competition by seeing who could putt more balls in the hole with the same number of attempts.

Above, students Jacob Pettit, William Adams, Andrew Carritt and Brett Nebbia take some time to relax with the activity. 

New Faces

Gary La Breck Jr

Gary LaBreck, Jr.
Telecommunications Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Gary LaBreck, Jr. has an associate degree from Vatterott College and more than 17 years experience in IT/telecommunications systems. He was born and raised in Omaha. LaBreck and his wife, Michelle, have been married 17 years and have two sons: Tyler, age 13 and Drew, age 11. Their family pet is a poodle mix named Cooper. LaBreck was the state wrestling champion in 1987 and traveled to Mexico and China to compete on U.S. National Wrestling Team. He enjoys coaching, playing golf, attending his sons’ activities and taking his wife on motorcycle tours of local and state parks.

Nathan Tebo

Nathan Tebo
MIS Library Specialist
Fort Omaha Campus

Nathan Tebo attended Gateway Electronics for four years and has two Associate Degrees in System Analysis and Technology. He is in the process of completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Systems and Network Administration from Bellevue University. Tebo has lived in Niobrara, Neb., and Phoenix but has lived in Omaha the majority of his life. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for four years. They own two dogs, Maggie and Rielly, and four cats, CallieAnn, May, Jewels and Muffin. Tebo likes action movies and martial arts, and his hobbies include weightlifting, networking and video gaming. His favorite games are Gears of War 2 and Bad Company. 

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Christine Conn, Custodian, SOC, 738-4507
Gary LaBreck, Telecommunications Technician, FOC Bldg 2, 457-2933
Jason Rohmeyer, General Maintenance Engineer, SOC, 738-4507
Nathan Tebo, MIS Library Specialist, FOC Bldg 2, 457-2635

Changes
Barry Anderson, 457-2743
Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Director of Student Services, EVC, 289-1416
Laura McMullan, ARC Educational Assistant, Sarpy, 538-3865
Jacquelyne Palma, new name: Jacquelyne Woods

Separations, Last Day
Joyce Smith, 10/31/08
Maria Smith, 11/07/08 R
Russ Lane, 11/14/08
Stacia Payne, 11/24/08
Suzanne Mathers, 11/18/08
Sheena Parks, 11/20/08
Virginia Koerselman, 11/20/08
Elizabeth Anderson, 11/21/08

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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