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Inside Story for Friday, March 13, 2009

Funding Formula Updates via Web Page

There have been many questions recently about the funding formula and MCC's expulsion from the Nebraska Community College Association and what it means for students. To provide a resource for answers and updates on these areas, a web page has been set up. Visit www.mccneb.edu/businessandcommunity/fundingformulaupdate.asp or click on the link from the home page.

Refer students, staff and community members to this page when they have questions. There is also information regarding campaigning your local senator in support of legislative bill 340, a bill that requires  an efficiency study of the community college system no later than Dec. 15.

For more information, contact Director of Marketing and Public Relations Sheila O'Connor at 457-2733 or soconnor7@mccneb.edu.

New Stimulus Package Evident in Today’s Paycheck

President Obama's stimulus package has arrived. The stimulus includes a tax credit that will come as a few additional dollars in your paycheck beginning March 15.

The new credit for tax year 2009 is 6.2 percent of a taxpayer's earned income, with a maximum credit of $400 for working individuals and $800 for married filing jointly. The credit phases out for taxpayers with adjusted gross income between $75,000 and $95,000 for single filers or between $150,000 and $190,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Reminder - Remote Access to MCC Staff Email

Remote access to MCC staff and faculty email accounts using POP3 and IMAP connections will be discontinued March 15. This is needed to better protect the College email system from less secure remote access methods.

This action will not affect your ability to access College email through Outlook Web Access. It only affects remote access using the POP3 and IMAP protocols. This could include home PCs, laptops and cellular devices.

Additionally, cell phone access to MCC staff and faculty email requires the submittal of a TAF as outlined in the February 27 Inside Story article titled Remote Access to MCC staff Email System located at www.mccneb.edu/insidestory/viewarchive.asp?issue=2009-02-27. Effective March 30, staff and faculty who have not requested access by submitting the TAF form will not be able to access their MCC email via cell phone.

2009 Zoo Drive

Henry Doorly Zoo's annual membership drive is going on now until April 3. Promising a "new view of the zoo," this year's addition is Skyfari, an open-air chairlift that travels from the Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion to Pachyderm Hill. 

Besides this new addition, a Henry Doorly Zoo membership provides unlimited access to all the other sites the zoo offers, as well as discounted admission to the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari at I-80 and Exit 426.

If you're interested in getting a membership, contact Pat Smith for a membership form and return it to her in the SOC Connector, room 233 via campus mail. (Ignore the note at the bottom of the form that says it should be mailed directly to the zoo.)

Membership this year costs $73 if your membership form is received by Friday, April 3. To pay by check, attach a check - payable to Henry Doorly Zoo - to the form; to pay by credit card, fill out requested information and be sure to sign the form. Also, indicate the campus and building in which you work so you can receive your membership by campus mail.  

After the spring membership drive ends, the membership price increases to $83 and memberships are only available directly from the zoo.

If you have questions, call Pat Smith at 738-4681.

MCC Students Participate in Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect is a daylong ‘one-stop shop' event for people experiencing homelessness. Last year MCC was the only nursing program with students participating. There were about eight nursing students there from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving vaccinations, drawing blood for hepatitis screening and guiding the participants through the stations. There were about 200 people who came through the vaccination station. The students had a great experience in communication and compassion for the homeless of Omaha.

This year there are several Nursing Programs from the metro area collaborating to identify how to improve the lives of these unfortunate individuals.

Justice for Our Neighbors: Immigration Symposium

The Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON): Immigration Symposium is being held Saturday, March 28, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 7020 Cass St. in Omaha 

Who are our neighbors?

• The spouse of a 9/11 victim left stranded in the middle of her immigration process.
• A hard-working immigrant whose money has gone to pay for worthless legal advice from unscrupulous practitioners.
• A former client who comes with a donation to help the next folks at the door and say thank you.
• A grandmother who cares for her preschool grandchildren who have escaped terror and death in their war-torn home country.
• An abused wife whose U.S. citizen husband refuses her access to their child and threatens to get her deported.
• A homeless Iranian man granted the right to remain in the United States.
• A 16-year-old Venezuelan girl receiving vital medical treatment not available in her country.

Learn more about our neighbors at JFON's Immigration Symposium.

JFON is a mission program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and is supported by the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR initiated JFON in 1999 in response to increasingly complex immigration regulations. All JFON attorneys are licensed professionals with access to a national network of dedicated immigration law professionals. This event is sponsored by Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska.

MCC Photography Students Place in National Competition

MCC photography students, Trisha Platzer and Michele Fuller, placed as finalists in Photographer's Forum magazine's 29th Annual Student Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA.

More than 4,000 students participated from the United States, Canada and around the world. Judges for the contest included photography instructors Rob Winner, Brooks Institute of Photography, and Peter Glendinning, Michigan State University, as well as curator of photography Karen Sinsheimer, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Images awarded first through fourth place will be published in the May/Summer 2009 issue of Photographer's Forum magazine.

Professional Development Training

Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET). Currently CET has scheduled Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED and Outlook 2007 workshops and is accepting names of employees interested in attending additional workshops.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
CET and Public Safety have collaborated to provide two Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED courses in March to train Public Safety officers. There are still limited seats remaining in each session open to MCC staff on a first-come basis.

09/AP BSAD 750N WI03                March 19             9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.              SOC ITC, Room 104
09/AP BSAD 750N W123                March 26             9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.              SOC ITC, Room 104

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

09/AP COMP 820N WI13                 March 31             1-2:30 p.m.        FOC 8, Room 201

Online Training
CET's noncredit online courses are also open to MCC staff as part of professional development training. More than 150 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish© are available. Register now. New series of the online courses being March 18 and April 15.

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 the $99 fee 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.

More workshops are being scheduled; however, a minimum of five participants is needed to conduct each workshop. To have your name added to the contact list for future training sessions, email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu.

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

New Faces


Denise Korb
Accounts Receivable Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Denise Korb worked as a hotel night auditor for 16 years at the Hampton Inn. She also was a revenue auditor at Harrah's Casino for more than two years and worked in the Qwest Center cash room for five years. Korb received an associate degree from Omaha College of Health Careers in Veterinary Technology but decided to go in another direction. She moved to Council Bluffs two years ago from North Omaha while working at Harrah's Casino and is now working at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, just two minutes from where she used to live. Since 1980, Korb has worked for businesses that were open 24/7, 365 days a year, and her schedule always included weekends; Korb explains it will be nice to have a schedule like ‘normal' people 


Jean Phelan
Nursing Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Jean Phelan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University and received her Master of Science from DePaul University in Chicago. Phelan is originally from South Sioux City, Neb., and grew up as the only girl with five brothers. After she graduated from Creighton, she lived in Chicago for 10 years. Phelan also spent four months backpacking through Europe. She owns two dogs - a German Shepherd named Zoe and a Chow mix named Sam. Her dogs keep her very busy, and she enjoys taking them on walks. Phelan is a huge movie buff and has seen nearly every movie that has come out and knows all of the actors. 


Cindy Hawkswell
Payroll Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Cindy Hawkswell worked for several years in sales and customer service in the retail and hospitality industries, and then was promoted into an entry-level human resources role, which proved to be a good fit for her. Over a nine-year period, Hawkswell was placed in roles with increased responsibility throughout HR and payroll. A few months ago, Hawkswell and her family relocated to Bellevue, Neb. from sunny southern California and are enjoying the change of the seasons. Hawkswell has a dog named Loki, a Korean Jindo. Loki loves having a yard to run in and has even adapted well to the snow!

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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