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Inside Story for Friday, March 20, 2009

Metropolitan Community College Issues Forum with Hal Daub, Jim Suttle and Jim Vokal

Sit in on a moderated forum with MCC leaders and mayoral and city council candidates. This issues forum will be an opportunity to discuss the community college funding formula and its impact on the community, students and educational opportunities for the greater Omaha area.

Monday, March 30
4-5:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7

Phi Theta Kappa Satellite Seminar Series Workshops

Friday, March 27
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 305

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and MCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapters invite faculty and staff to attend the Satellite Seminar Series The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges and Consequences. This is a series of four lectures presented by renowned speakers. Immediately following each broadcasted lecture, MCC faculty will lead participants in a brief group discussion.

All faculty, students, staff and community members are invited to attend all sessions of interest.  Light snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Lessons from Abroad: Opportunities in a Borderless World
9-10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of Doctors Without Borders

Pathways Out of Poverty Through Green Collar Jobs: The Role of Scholarship in Improving Quality of Life for Urban Residents
10:30 a.m.-noon
Presenter: Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes, professor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University

The Geography of Bliss
12:30-2 p.m.
Presenter: Eric Weiner, veteran foreign correspondent and co-recipient of the Peabody Award

Archeological Evidence for the Origins of Affluence
2-3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Michael Galaty, associate professor of Anthropology at Millsaps College and director of the Shala Valley Project

College Calendars Easier to Access

There is now a link to the Daily Events Calendar on the College Calendars and Events web page making it easier to access the details of what is happening on campus.


The Daily Events Calendar links to a detailed listing of daily collegewide events. This is the best place to look to find out when and where a scheduled meeting will take place, the time of a tutoring session or when a visitor is scheduled to be on campus.

Marketing Protocol for Projects

MCC's Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) department is here as a tool to assist other departments in creating marketing and public relations plans and collateral materials that help execute the College's strategic plan, as well as convey specific department messages and services.

For the past several years, the MPR department has grown, as have the projects. During 2005-06, MPR handled 176 internal marketing projects; during 2007-08 that number rose to 467. To date, 551 projects have been started and/or completed for the 2008-09 year. These projects include running the annual quarterly enrollment campaigns with postcards, print ads, radio ads, TV ads and web ads; special events advertising such as capital campaign, diversity events, Restore Omaha, etc.; and program-specific support through brochures, logos, postcards, ads and other collateral material.

To better help MCC staff with their marketing needs, see MPR's guidelines for initiating and average timelines for completing projects (below). These timelines are based on typical turnarounds with one-person project leads from the requesting department obtaining all appropriate approvals at the proper stages.

Initiating a Project
When requesting a marketing project, provide the following information:

  • Fund, location, cost center, cost center manager and department paying for the project
  • Quantity needed
  • Copy (preferred version is electronic in Microsoft Word without tables)
  • Concept ideas (optional)
  • 4-5 adjectives describing the tone of the project (e.g., bold, fun, serious)
  • Deadline
  • Budget (if known)
  • Mailing list (if applicable, provide in Microsoft Access or Excel) - mailing lists must be NCOA certified through MIS
  • Notification if the project must be able to be printed on campus

Average Timelines
The majority of projects (flyers, signs, trifold brochures, postcards, invitations, posters) require two weeks for production after copy is received, one week for communication with the client and revisions and the appropriate print and mailing times as noted below. This time period may take longer depending on the scope and quantity of changes; it is important to have accurate copy and information at the start of a project.

Larger projects or those requiring purchases from outside vendors require special timelines. These projects include large brochures; booklets; print, radio and web ads; T-shirts; and multi-piece projects. Contact us for details, specialized timelines and cost estimates for these types of projects.

Printing on campus
Allow 2-3 days for printing at Duplicating. If you want paper other than standard copier paper (20 lb text white bond), you must provide it or arrange a fund transfer with MPR for the department's specialty stock. Note that MPR does not maintain large quantities or selection of specialty papers.

Printing off campus
Allow 1-3 weeks for printing at an outside printer, depending on the scope and size of the project. Outside printers are selected through a quotation process with a minimum of three vendors, which is handled by MPR.

Allow 2-3 days for an outside printer to inkjet mailing information. Mailing lists must come as an Access document or Excel spreadsheet and be NCOA certified. The list must be ready when the final draft of a project is approved. It is the responsibility of the department ordering the piece to provide a print-ready spreadsheet.

Allow 1-2 days for a first-class piece to arrive at its destination after being mailed. If you would like your piece to be mailed first-class, you must provide a check for the amount of postage for the printer before the piece is mailed.

Allow 3-5 days for a piece using the standard pre-sort nonprofit permit to arrive at its destination after being mailed. Pieces may arrive earlier than this depending on their destination. Bob Barnes should be notified of the number and type of pieces that will mailed out through the permit so sufficient funds will be in the permit.

Allow 3-5 days for a piece sent at a flat rate. Flat rates cover all pieces that use large envelopes or pieces with one dimension greater than 6.125" high, 11.5" long or 0.25" thick.

MPR is here to support the College and departments within it. If you have any questions, call 457-2414 or stop by FOC 30, Room 238.

From Valorie Smith

Me and my family would like to express our heartfelt, deep appreciation and thanks for the lovely floral arrangements, cards and kind words of sympathy that were sent in regards to the recent passing of my dad. The floral arrangements not only expressed to the family your caring, support and understanding, but it was also a great example of the beauty and fragility of life. It meant so much to us knowing that you took time out of your schedules to be concerned and that your thoughts were with us during our time of grief. It is the thoughtfulness of friends such as you that help give us strength in the days ahead as we think of and miss my dad.

Thank you so much.
From the Family of Henry Campbell, Jr.

New Organization: Volunteer Corp

The Service-Learning Office is looking for A Few Good Men. Well, not just men, but all individuals who want to be part of a great movement at MCC - The Volunteer Corp. The organization is a newly formulated student/faculty organization  through Student Services and Service-Learning Office that will focus on the volunteer needs of community agencies and business.

The Volunteer Corp is already very involved in the community. MCC volunteers have been placed at health clinics, schools, day cares, offices and one day events. The time varies on the volunteer request. The Corp currently consists of 80 students and five faculty members and is excited for many more to join in the effort.

If you are interested in joining, sign up in the Service-Learning Office, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 5, Room 217 or contact Penny Boykins, Barbara Fields, Sheryl Haug or Queen Esther Tucker at (402) 457-2606.

Coursework Involving Online Components

Here is an update as to where we are in terms of creating and offering courses that involve students completing some or all of their coursework via the Internet using the ANGEL software management system.

Thanks to the involvement of many faculty, deans and Instructional Design Services staff, we have quality learning opportunities for students to engage in as they progress through online components.

Online Courses
All coursework and testing is completed online. Students communicate with fellow students and receive guidance from the instructors via the Internet using a standard web browser. Students log on to ANGEL course software to access the online courses.

Hybrid Courses
Coursework and testing is completed via both face-to-face (on campus) and online components.  Hybrid courses are being created for courses in the career/technical programs as they address particular strategic curricular and lab needs. Online activities prepare the students for the on-campus learning experiences. Students log on to ANGEL course software to access the online component. 

Note that blended courses no longer exist and have, in several cases, been replaced with hybrid courses.

Angel-Enhanced On-Campus Courses
ANGEL-enhanced courses are campus course sections that use the ANGEL software management system to provide students with online resources and activities. ANGEL components do not substitute for scheduled on-campus class time but complement the traditional materials and classroom interaction. Students are expected to use the ANGEL tools; however, instructors will accommodate students whose skills and technology access may be limited.

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,  Outlook 2007 and Excel 2003 to 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 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

Excel 2007
Seats are still available for an update session for Excel 2007. This session is being offered on the South Omaha Campus.

09/AP COMP 036N WI04          April 3          1- 5 p.m.         SOC MAH, Room 205

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. A new series of the online courses begins April 15.

To register, contact CET at (402) 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 to 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 (402) 457-2491.

New Employee

Megan Steele, FOC 30, Public Relations Specialist, 457-2876

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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