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Inside Story for Friday, February 20, 2009

MCC Employees to Attend Applied Learning Conference

Nineteen MCC faculty and staff will attend the Fourth Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education. It is hosted by Missouri Western State University Feb. 20-21 in St. Joe, Mo.

Applied learning refers to student learning that occurs in non-traditional contexts on college and university campuses. Conference workshop opportunities include:

•Co-curricular programming
•Internships and practica
•Study abroad
•Undergraduate research
•Online courses

MCC Students Get Involved with Omaha Film Festival

The Omaha Film Festival, a nonprofit organization, is presenting the fourth annual festival Feb. 21-March 1 at the Great Escape Theatres (7440 Crown Point Ave.). Their mission is to encourage young filmmakers and to educate more people about independent films.

MCC students are participating in a service-learning project to help with the festival by distributing posters, taking tickets and other volunteer responsibilities. This gives the students an up close look at the world of filmmaking and film festivals. They will have the opportunity to watch films and meet writers, directors and actors associated with many of the films.

For more information about the Omaha Film Festival, visit www.omahafilmfestival.org.

Pictured are some of the students involved in this project: Richard Pelshaw, Brandon Price, Christina Hingorani, Jan Vierk (instructor), Karlee Coleman, John Willard, Patricia Sedlacek, Samantha Maine and Jay Schrad

Film Festival

Payday Lender

Article brief: For those readers who consider themselves conscientious investors, those who have avoided the tobacco and gaming stocks and instead embraced the eco-friendly green funds, now might be a good time to determine if you are in fact an innocent participant in the predatory lending industry via your employer's 401k or 403b plan.

To view this entire article by Lori Lothringer, MCC Management and Accounting instructor, visit http://www.mccneb.edu/financialplanning/pdf/payday_lenders_article_february_18.pdf.


Professional Development Training

Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET).  Currently CET has scheduled  Outlook 2007 workshops  and is accepting names of employees interested in attending an Excel 2007 workshop.

Outlook 2007
CET has developed a customized Outlook 2007 training workshop available to staff who require only the Outlook 2007 training.

09/JA COMP 820N WI22       Feb. 24        1-2:30 p.m.      SOC Mahoney, Room 131     
09/JA COMP 820N WI02       Feb. 25        2 -3:30 p.m.     EVC, Room 159            
09/JA COMP 820N WI23       Feb. 26        1-2:30 p.m.      SOC Mahoney, Room 131    
09/AP COMP 820N WI03       March 2       1-2:30 p.m.      FOC 8, Room 202     

To register, contact CET at 457-2491. Tuition waiver/remission is available for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the Employee Tuition Waiver Form. Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register should contact their dean's office to arrange for the cost center to be billed before registering. Deans should send cost center billing information to Adam Smith in FOC Bldg. 5 or by email at asmith102@mccneb.edu so the adjunct faculty and part-time temp employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Staff Development for Excel 2007
Want Excel 2007 training? In response to requests,  CET is now taking names of persons interested in an Excel 2007 course for staff development. In order to create such workshops, a minimum of five participants will be needed for each campus session. Anyone interested in adding their name to the Excel 2007 contact list should email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu and give their name, employee status (full-time, part-time regular, adjunct or part-time temp) and their course preferences as to campus location (FOC, SOC, EVC), day of the week (M-F)  and time (a.m. or p.m.).

Need for customized training for your division? If so, contact CET at 457-2491.

New Faces


Rogene Goble
Library Assistant
South Omaha Campus

Rogene Goble graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She worked for more than 12 years as an information specialist for the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colo. Goble grew up in South Omaha and graduated from South High. She recently returned to Omaha after living in Colorado for the past 20 years. Goble is looking forward to serving the students, faculty and surrounding community at the South Omaha Library. Her hobbies include listening to gospel music, rodeos, being outdoors, viewing wildlife and visiting hardware stores. Goble and her husband love weather spotting, which has occasionally included stormchasing!


Lori Sarandrea-Hill
Payroll Specialist
Fort Omaha Campus

Lori Sarandrea-Hill is excited about the opportunity to begin her career at MCC. She has many years of experience in accounting, payroll administration, benefit administration and customer service. She is especially happy to be back in an academic environment. Sarandrea-Hill is originally from upstate New York, but after living in Omaha for 24 years, she considers Nebraska her home but asks for forgiveness since she is not a diehard Husker fan! Rescuing animals has become a passion for Sarandrea-Hill. She has one dog, two cats and two birds (all rescued). She also volunteers as a foster parent with the Nebraska Humane Society and hopes to one day be able to adopt more animals in need when she has a bigger house. Sarandrea-Hill enjoys gardening, scrapbooking and traveling to see family whenever she can.


Christian Beaty
Welding Instructor
South Omaha Campus

Christian Beaty received his Associate Degree in Welding and Metallurgy from Southeast Community College. He also completed a four-year sheet metal apprenticeship from Local 3. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, remote control vehicles and bike riding. Beaty is active in Boy Scouts with his son and enjoys spending quality time with his family.

New Employees

Evelyn Melhorn         Student Services Assistant           SOC CON          738-4515

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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