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Inside Story for Friday, August 21, 2009

Strategic Planning Update

As enrollment continues to grow, so do the overall needs of the College. One tool the College utilizes to prepare for future needs is the Mission Achievement Plan (MAP), available online at  http://www.mccneb.edu/strategicplan/default.asp. Points of interest include the Foundational Statements, Executive Summary and the specific plans for your area and cost center. Area and cost center MAPs can be found at the link provided in Section III. The continued success of the College is contingent upon the success of these plans and the efforts of each of us. If you have questions, please visit with your with your cost center manger.

Look for future communication and activities to enhance our understanding of the evolving Mission Achievement Planning Process (MAPPing) and the resulting MAP. 

Fall Quarter Celebration

The Fall Quarter Celebration is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center. Lunch and conversation will provide an opportunity for full-time employees to interact with colleagues from across MCC's locations.

For employee convenience, a shuttle service will be available from the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha Campuses provided by First Student.

• The Elkhorn Valley Campus will have one round-trip bus picking up employees at the front entrance of EVC at 10:45 a.m. and loading for return at 12:30 p.m.
• The Fort Omaha Campus will have a number of scheduled shuttle trips picking up employees at the front of Bldg. 10 at 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. The shuttle will leave the South Omaha Campus and return at noon, 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Contact Wade Standifer with questions about transportation at 457-2875.

ITS Maintenance Notifications

Scheduled COX Maintenance
Cox Communications will be rebuilding all College circuits (phone and data) Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 1-6 a.m. All circuits will be down at varying times as they are rebuilt. All College network and telephony services will be down during this period.

Scheduled MCC Network Maintenance
IT Services will conduct maintenance and upgrade activities to network servers starting at noon on Sunday, Aug. 23. Services are expected to be restored by Sunday at 6 p.m. This activity is part of the ITS preventative maintenance and upgrade plan. Short-term interruptions of the following network services will occur:

• Access to email and voicemail servers, not to include student email
• Access to data storage and print servers
• Access to MCC web servers

If you have difficulties accessing the network Monday morning, Aug. 24, try rebooting your computer. If you continue to experience problems, contact the Help Desk for assistance at 457-2900.

MCC Alumni Association Membership Drive

Interact with students, reconnect with retirees and graduates, network with colleagues and the community and show your pride in and commitment to MCC by joining the MCC Alumni Association.

The MCC Alumni Association will be holding its fall membership drive Sept. 8-Oct. 8 at all MCC locations.  By becoming a new member this fall, you will receive a small gift to show we appreciate your support.

All current students, MCC graduates, employees and community supporters are encouraged to join. You can choose from three MCC Alumni Association memberships: student membership (currently taking 9+ credit hours) for $10, graduate membership for $20 or friends of MCC membership for $30. Membership benefits include a bi-annual alumni newsletter, access to career services and invitations to alumni networking events.

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/foundation/alumni.asp.

Printing at the College

An average tree produces about 8,333.3 sheets of paper. In 2007, the College consumed 318 trees and in 2008, 507 trees. To date in 2009, the College consumed approximately 330 trees.

For the past year, a group of College staff and faculty has been looking at ways to reduce printing costs. As one small step towards sustainability, all College printers that can be set to print double-sided (duplex) will be set to duplex as the default. The affected printers will be mostly the Konica Minolta copier/printers. Student-use printers implemented this change on Monday, Aug. 17.  Staff/faculty printers will apply the change on Friday, Aug. 28.

If a document needs to be printed on one side only, the setting can be changed temporarily. For assistance or questions, directions can be found at http://kb.mccneb.edu/questions.php?questionid=67 or contact the Help Desk at 457-2900. Other suggestions to reduce printing can be found at http://kb.mccneb.edu/questions.php?questionid=3

Observing Ramadan in the Classroom

MCC faculty and staff are encouraged to recognize that students may be observing Ramadan during the beginning of the Fall quarter. Please understand if students or guests to the College do not participate in functions involving food and drink during this time.

Celebrated during the ninth month of Islamic calendar, the fast is observed each day from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam, the Islamic belief requiring that Muslims perform five central duties in order to strengthen their faith. While Islam has two major sects, the Sunnis and the Shiites, all Muslims aim to realize these five pillars in their lifetime.

All American Selection (AAS) Garden Display

The AAS Display Garden open house will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m., at the Fort Omaha Campus, behind Bldg. 30. Members of the Men's Garden Club of Omaha will be available to answer questions.

The AAS Display Garden is maintained on the Fort Omaha Campus by the Men's Garden Club of Omaha. The plants featured in the garden are selected by the AAS organization as being the best new annual plants offered over the previous five years, and those that are selected to be released for 2010.

Weekly Green Tip

Reduce heat in the kitchen. Grill out and minimize baking during the hottest part of the day.

CET Corner

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff through Corporate Education & Training (CET). CET is offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees. View the latest workshops online via CET's MCC Professional Development link on the CET homepage at www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

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

 09/SE BSAD 050N WI09      Friday, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2  1-5 p.m., FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 124

CET's noncredit online courses are 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 online courses begins Sept. 16 and is open for enrollment until Sept 22. To learn more visit us at www.mccneb.edu/cet/. To register, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

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.

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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