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Inside Story for Friday, May 29, 2009

IRS Changes Affecting Your PayFlex Card

The IRS has issued additional rules specifying where PayFlex Cards can be used beginning July 1, 2009. Review the PayFlex document and learn how these changes may affect you.

MCC College-Wide Auction

The MCC College-wide auction will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 25. If you have items to donate, fill out the Transfer of Equipment form and send the completed form to Central Stores no later than Friday, July 17. MCC will then schedule a time to pick up your donated items. The auction proceeds go to the College general funds. If you have any questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

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. If you have any questions, call Rick Sandvig at 763-5813.

Alumni Association Membership

Sign up to join the Alumni Association today! In order to take advantage of the Charter Member status with additional benefits, payments must be received by May 30, 2009. Thank you for your support!

Mail checks to:
Metropolitan Community College Foundation
Alumni Association
FOC #1
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103

You can join online and make your payment through PayPal at www.mccneb.edu/foundation/alumni.asp.

Thank You from Carol A. White

"Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers during my sister's recent illness and passing. Your heartfelt, reassuring care and concern have been a source of strength and comfort during this difficult time. Your emails, cards and gifts not only serve as a remembrance and celebration of the times spent with my sister, but also serve as a reminder of the incredible people I work with here at MCC. Many thanks for your expressions of condolence."
- Carol A. White, Library Services/Records Management specialist

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. View the latest workshops online via CET's new MCC Professional  Development link on the CET homepage at www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

SAFETY
Fast DefenseTM Workshop
09/JU BSAD 028N WI06      June 9, 6-9:30 p.m.     SOC, ITC, Room 11

Only seven seats remain, 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.

Fast DefenseTM Workshop Testimonials
"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."

Albertha Schmid 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."

WELLNESS
Tai Chi for Well-Being - 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.

NEW! 09/JU WELL 283N WI06  T/TH,  June 9-July 16, 1-2 p.m. FOC, Bldg. 7, Room 109
09/JU WELL 283N WI07  Wed, July 8-Aug. 12, Noon-12:45 p.m. SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

Lunchtime Yoga - 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!

09/JU WELL 034N WI07  TH, July 9-Aug. 13, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

Heart Saver First Aid CPR/AED - 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.

09/JU BSAD 750N WI06  FR, June 12, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., SOC-ITC, Room 104

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

The Leadership, Communication and Customer-Focused workshops will be led by Jim May who has conducted 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 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.

HR News

New Employee
Kristin Engel          Nursing instructor       FOC, Bldg. 10      457-2664

Changes
Andrea Padilla        Sarpy Center                  537-3836
Melissa Gray          SOC, Connector Bldg.      738-4616
Jamie Bridgham      FOC, Bldg. 8                   457-2763

Separations          Last Day
Liliana Cox              5/22
Alice Cullen             5/29
Sally Oswalt            5/29
Gary Smith             5/20
Bernie Sojka           5/29
Freddie Travis         5/26

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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