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Inside Story for Friday, May 08, 2009

Alumni Association

For the last several months an internal advisory committee, made up of committed MCC faculty and staff, has been working to establish the MCC Alumni Association. The committee has made great progress.  A logo has been created, membership criteria and benefits have been established, a dedicated phone line and email address have been set up and promotional materials are being produced - all in time for roll-out at graduation on May 9.

An Alumni Association booth will be set up at graduation where graduates will be able to sign up to join. Some of MCC's internal advisory committee members will be present and ready to assist with our alumni efforts.  A welcome packet containing alumni material and contact information will be provided to all participating graduates prior to the ceremony.

For more information, visit our Alumni Web page, www.mccneb.edu/foundation/alumni.asp, or contact Sarah Hayden at (402) 457-2348. New ideas and volunteers are always welcome.

Kappa Beta Delta Inducted 30 New Scholars

On Friday, May 1, 30 MCC scholars were inducted into Kappa Beta Delta (KBD), an honor society for Business majors. KBD members are held in high esteem for both their accomplishments as well as their trustworthiness. These students have proven their excellence through their studies and other personal traits. MCC vice president of Academic Affairs, David Ho, attended the event and said the ceremony was wonderful for students and their families.

Pictured above: MCC students at the KBD induction ceremony

MCC Success Stories

MCC has made an impact on many lives in different ways. MCC's Marketing and Public Relations Department is collecting success stories of students, community members, employees and graduates to learn about the uniqueness of their lives, their paths and their choices to come to MCC. To see some of these stories, visit www.mccneb.edu/businessandcommunity/successstories.asp. If you have a story you would like to share or know someone with a unique story, contact Katie Wortmann at 457-2278 or at kewortmann@mccneb.edu.

New Library Books and DVDs

View the May list of new books and DVDs available in the campus libraries.

Retirement Celebration for Sally Oswalt

A retirement celebration for Sally Oswalt, Student Services advisor, will be held Thursday, May 14, in the Gallery of Art and Design, Elkhorn Valley Campus. The event is 1:30-3:30 p.m. with remarks and a presentation at 2 p.m.  Join colleagues in celebrating Sally's 25 years of service to MCC. Contact Diana Kerwin-Kubr, director of Student Services, at 289-1416 or dkerwin@mccneb.edu with questions.

Omaha on Board Community Launch Event

On Sunday, May 3, the Omaha on Board community launch event will be held at Pump It Up,  960 S. 72nd St., 3-6 p.m. The event will feature free ice cream, fun and entertainment. This will be the first time the Omaha community can see and purchase the Omaha on Board game, the metro's very own real estate trading game celebrating and supporting the Omaha community. MCC is featured in the game. This event is open to the public.

Cinco de Mayo Parade

The Cinco de Mayo parade was held on Saturday, May 2. MCC was well represented at the event by students and staff from many campuses and departments. The College's participation in this event was a great way to connect MCC with the local community. Thank you to Maria Vazquez for coordinating the event.

Pictured above: MCC volunteers at the Cinco de Mayo parade

Upcoming MCC Events

Saturday, May 9             Nurses Pinning Ceremony
                                    Stockyard Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th St., 10 a.m.

                                    Graduation
                                    Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13       Book Discussion:  The Secret Life of Bees
                                   
Fort Omaha Campus, Library, Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, May 14          Community Forum: Healthcare for All
                                    Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

May 23-30                     Great Plains Theatre Conference
                                    Fort Omaha Campus, Bldgs. 7 and 10

CET Corner

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET).  CET is now offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees.

NEW!  Wellness Opportunities for Staff and Faculty:
Weight Watchers at Work Program
Tap into the power of group support right here at MCC. A weekly 30-45 minute meeting on site will create a community within our workforce that becomes our own supportive environment for healthy weight loss.

Interested?  Email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu or call 457-2517. A minimum number of employees must be enrolled to establish this unique 17 week program for our MCC Staff.  Contact us today!

Tai Chi for Well-Being (09/JU WELL 283N WI07)
Enjoy gentle Tai Chi movements that improve balance, reduce stress and enhance flexibility. Discover how good you can feel in this class designed for all fitness levels. Angie Walker, certified Tai Chi instructor, invites you to experience the increased sense of well-being that Tai Chi provides.

Every Wednesday, July 8-Aug. 12, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

Lunchtime Yoga (09/JU WELL 034N WI07)
Energize your body, calm your mind and free your spirit with the ancient practice of yoga. Suitable for all fitness levels, this class will be led by Angie Walker, certified yoga instructor with more than 12 years teaching experience. All are welcome to enjoy the many benefits of  mind-body exercise!

Every Thursday, July 9-Aug. 13, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

Heart Saver First Aid CPR/AED (09/JU BSAD 750N WI06)
This Heart Saver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively identify and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes of injury or illness until emergency medical service personnel arrive.  The course provides basic training solutions for First Aid, Adult CPR and AED actions.

Friday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Industrial Technology Center, Room 104

New! Professional Development Workshop:

Leadership and coaching skills: Coaching for Success (half-day workshop)
Helps leaders:
· Prepare staff to handle challenging situations and tasks with immediate success
· Expand the capabilities of work groups to give MCC a competitive edge
· Delegate with confidence in the work group's ability to assume new responsibilities
· Spend less time reacting to problems because of having prepared the work group for success   

Tuesday, June 16, 1-5 p.m., FOC, Bldg. and Room to be announced

Additional workshops listed below are being scheduled. A minimum of five participants are needed in each workshop. To register, request customized training or have your name added to the contact list for future training sessions, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

Communication: Communicating and Listening (half-day workshop)
Associates learn to:
· Send and receive clear, accurate messages
· Actively listen to and understand what others say
· Manage internal and external distractions that interfere with communication
· Manage the nonverbal messages that they send and receive
· Match the appropriate method of communication to their messages 

Creating a customer-focused workforce: Service Plus (full-day or two half-day workshops)
Creates service providers who:
· Think and act consistently to please students by putting them at the heart of MCC
· Create unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty
· Ensure repeat business from established students, increase word-of-mouth referrals for MCC  
  and inspire loyalty in new students

Trainer Jim May has partnered nationally and internationally with organizations conducting training and facilitation in areas such as employee selection and retention, leadership skills, managing change, project management and Total Quality Management. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development from the Harvard Business School.

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.

New Faces

Mark Winheim
General Maintance Engineer
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Mark Winheim graduated with his Associate Degree in Heating and Cooling Technology from MCC. He is an Omaha native and graduated from Benson High School. Winheim was an Eagle Scout and enjoys cooking.  He is currently looking for a Jack Russell Terrier to adopt and take on long walks. 

Mark Sundermeier
Assistant Public Safety Director
Fort Omaha Campus

Mark Sundermeier graduated from Creighton University in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Sociology. He joined the Omaha Police Department in 1983, working in a variety of positions until retiring as deputy chief in 2009. Sundermeier graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2007 and spent six years as a volunteer reserve deputy sheriff for Douglas County. He also started the Omaha Police bike patrol. Sundermeier was born in New York but raised in Omaha. He is married and has four children and three grandchildren. Sundermeier once guarded Richard Simmons when he made an appearance in Omaha, as well as Willie Nelson, and says Willie Nelson was much cooler to guard!

HR News

New Employees
David Sedivy             Math Center Educational Specialist      SRP                537-3853
Mark Sundermeier     Assistant Director of Public Safety       FOC #30         457-2647
Mark Winheim           General Maintenance Engineer             EVC               289-1207

Changes
Marian Kraft              Assistant Director of Financial Aid          FOC #30       457-2742
Robin Nosworthy        Director of Student Services                 FOC #10       457-2808
Jeanette Reynolds      Financial Aid Specialist                         FOC #30       457-2728

Separations  
Stacy Newsom-Kerr    Last day, May 7, 2009

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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