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Inside Story for Friday, May 15, 2009

Go Green: Use Direct Deposit

Did you know that participating in direct deposit can save one pound of paper per employee per year? Did you know workers who use direct deposit save 30 percent more per month than those who use another method to store their cash?

May is Direct Deposit Month, which gives employees an opportunity to focus on saving some green for both the College and the environment. As postage rates continue to rise and environmental efforts skyrocket, it is a great time to focus on ways to cut unnecessary cost and paper usage. MCC offers direct deposit as an option for all MCC employees. If you would like to participate in the direct deposit option or if you have any questions about direct deposit, contact MCC's Payroll Department.

Great Plains Theater Conference

The fourth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is fast approaching. Scheduled for May 23-30 at the Fort Omaha Campus, the Conference will bring playwrights from across the United States to Omaha and MCC. Playwrights submitted their works for consideration for a reading in a play lab and received feedback from a panel of theatre professionals. A record 424 plays were submitted for consideration at the 2009 GPTC  from 46 states and six countries.

There are several opportunities for MCC employees to experience the learning that occurs at the Conference.

Play Labs                                    May 24-30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Play labs will run concurrently on each of these days. MCC employees are welcome to observe any of the more than 70 plays that will be read over this time period. If you are interested in attending any of the play labs, stop by the registration desk in the lobby of Bldg. 10 to pick up an MCC employee pass.  This pass will allow you to attend any of the daytime activities at no cost. The pass does not include lunch. The play lab schedule can be found at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

Masters Performance Series      May 26-29
The Masters Performance Series is an evening of dynamic theatre highlighting the works of the Conference's featured artists. Information on the Masters Performance Series can be found at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

The Omaha Community Playhouse will host performances on May 26 and 27 featuring playwrights Constance Congdon and Mac Wellman. The evenings will include staged readings of new works from each of the playwrights. Both Congdon and Wellman will provide talkback sessions following the performances.

Creighton University will host performances on May 28 and 29 at the Lied Education Center for the Arts. The work of Theresa Rebeck, the Conference's honored playwright, will be performed these evenings. May 28 will highlight several of Rebeck's short plays and May 29 will be a full production of Rebeck's Loose Knit.

Ticket vouchers are available to MCC employees to attend any of the evening performances. The ticket vouchers allow you to make reservations for any of the performances at no charge. If you are interested in obtaining a ticket voucher for evening performances, email theatreconference@mccneb.edu. Vouchers will be sent via intercampus mail and will include information on how to make reservations and pick up tickets.

The GPTC is a great opportunity for the College to put its best foot forward as it welcomes more than  400 guests to the Fort Omaha Campus and to the Omaha community. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference/.

Alumni News

Sign up to join the Alumni Association today! The MCC Alumni Association is an organization that involves MCC graduates, current students, friends, faculty and staff sharing of their time, talent and treasure.  

Help us get the word out! If you join during May 2009, you will receive charter member status with additional benefits. During the month of May, membership is only $10.00 for the first year. Visit the alumni web site, www.mccneb.edu/foundation/alumni.asp, and sign up at the link.

Students Learn Leadership Skills with Service-Learning Project

Social Science instructor Nancy Conrad's Social Sciences Leadership course participated in a service-learning project for the first time during the spring quarter. The students were divided into teams and were responsible for completing a grant application for monies funding their individual projects. The service-learning partner for this course was Brookstone Meadows Assisted Living in Elkhorn, Neb.  The following projects were completed with funding through grant approval from the Service-Learning Special Grant Funding:

  • Life story books
  • Bingo with residents
  • Employee appreciation celebration
  • Planting a living garden for residents
  • Set up email accounts and instruction for residents

The students completed their individual projects with a presentation to the class. Leadership skills and classroom learning were articulated in each individual project.

MCC Friends and Family Golf Scramble

MCC is hosting a friends and family golf scramble at The Knolls Golf Course on Friday, June 26. Check-in for the tournament is at noon and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. To register, complete the registration form and send it to Linda Hoagland, FOC, Bldg. 30, as specified on the form. If you have any questions, call Rick Sandvig at 763-5813.

Cinco de Mayo Trivia Contest

MCC's South Omaha Campus celebrated Cinco de Mayo by hosting a Latino trivia contest for students and staff. Upon completion of a Latino trivia questionnaire, participants' names were entered into a raffle drawing. The winning prize for students was a $50 bookstore gift certificate. Staff members were entered to win a colorful serape (cer-ra-pe), a long brightly colored shawl.

MCC student April Galang (pictured below) and MCC Financial Aid specialist Joseph Schmidt were the winners of the first annual Latino trivia contest. Felicitaciones or Congratulations!

Spring is Here! How to Make Exercise Fun

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has compiled some ideas to keep daily exercise fun. Follow the link for more information.


CET Corner

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

Fast DefenseTM Workshops:
"Last night's class was exhilarating and empowering," reported Shanda Clark in response to the May 6 Fast Defense Workshop.

Cheri Vossberg said, "We learned so much about how to avoid becoming a 'victim' by sharpening our awareness and avoidance skills, learning how to set boundaries and use assertive (not aggressive) body language.  In addition, actually getting to practice the simple combat methods made us all feel more confident that we could protect ourselves should we ever be in a situation where we needed to do so. With the current statistics that show 1 out of 3 women will be involved in an assault, this is really a course every woman should take!"

Albertha Schmid, who attended an earlier Fast Defense session, said, "I attended the Fast Defense workshop last month and would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to learn how to better protect themselves. This course is for both women and men and you learn simple yet valuable and effective skills. I was apprehensive about this workshop being too complicated, but it was not. You learn key words and movements. Another plus is that you actually practice and try the things you learn. And, since everyone is rooting and encouraging you every step of the way, you do not feel self-conscious."

See what these MCC employees are raving about! Register for the next session of Fast Defense:
09/JU BSAD 028N WI06      June 9, 6-9:30 p.m.     SOC, ITC, Room 11

Only nine seats remain in this session, so register early! Call Adam Smith at 457-2566.
Cancellations for this workshop must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Those registered but not in attendance will be personally responsible for paying the $65 course fee.

For more information on Fast Defense, visit www.signal88security.com/docs/FAST%20Defense%20Brochure.pdf.

NEW! Wellness Opportunities for Staff and Faculty:
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

Interested in Tai Chi sessions to be held on the Fort Omaha Campus? We have nearly enough for a class! Dates and times may differ from those for the South Omaha Campus.  Email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu if you are interested. 

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., SOC, Industrial Technology Center, Room 104

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 preparing the work group for success   

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

One more participant needed for each of the sessions below to meet the minimum number of five participants. 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

HR News

New Employee
Michelle Peterson     Central Stores Technician      FOC, Bldg. 30        457-2776

Andrea Padilla         Financial Aid Specialist           FOC, Bldg. 30        457-2330

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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