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Inside Story for Friday, September 04, 2009

Flu Season Operations Plan

The Flu Season Operations Plan provides information and directions to be followed when faculty, staff and/or students become ill.  Please review the plan thoroughly and help us maintain the safe continuity of College operations. View the Flu Season Operations Plan.

18th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

The 18th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1-7:30 p.m.  The event features dance, music, traditional crafts and food from Native American cultures.

The Pink Shawl Honor Dance will take place at 3:30 p.m. to honor breast cancer survivors, to show support and encouragement for those currently in treatment and in remembrance of those who have lost their battles with breast cancer. Women wearing special pink shawls are encouraged to participate in this demonstration of love and support. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the healing nature of this celebration.

Cassie Rhoads-Carroll, Elan Cunningham, Barbara Beauvois, Sandy Walker and Char West are creating pink shawls to be given to selected breast cancer survivors and family members to wear during the dance.

The Susan Koman Foundation will have an educational table at the Powwow. For additional information, contact Barbara Velazquez, Coordinator of International/Intercultural Education, at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 457-2253.

The Basics of the USPS Move Update Standards

Who: Anyone who sends presorted (discounted or bulk) mail; full rate mail does not apply.

What: Move Update is a standard of the Postal Service that requires mailers to update names on mail and lists that receive a discount. Any first class or standard mail address records must be cleansed every 95 days.

When: This has been in effect for several years for first class mail and went into effect for standard mail Nov. 23, 2008.

Why: There are many reasons to cleanse your lists, but these are a few of the main ones:

  • Sucessful mailings: If the list is clean, more of your mail will get delivered to the correct person and address. This will improve return on investment, response rates and overall customer satisfaction. 
  • Save money: This will save you money. Getting rid of bad names and addresses cuts down on unnecessary postage, handling and wasted resources. 
  • Environmentally responsible: Similar to saving money, you will not waste paper, resources, fuel, etc. 
  • Keep postage rates down: While it costs the mailer money due to time, resources, transportation and postage, it costs the Postal Service even more to process bad mail. In a recent year, the USPS handled 9.7 billion pieces of undeliverable-as-addressed mail at a cost of $1.85 billion. 

How: Bob Barnes (ext. 2777), Earlene Brittingham (ext. 2261) or Mary Kerl (ext. 2260) are trained to assist you in any questions you would have regarding Move Update. Earlene and Mary can update your mailing list by checking it against the National Change of Address (NCOA) to show any bad addresses. Then they correct the addresses and also check to make sure that person is at that address. The list must be in a spreadsheet form and can be emailed to Earlene or Mary. Once this process is completed, the list will be sent back to you to enable you to update your list. Doing this enables the College to take full advantage of any postal discounts we are entitled to.

College Calendar Input Needed

The Academic Affairs office seeks input from all MCC personnel regarding the 2010-11 academic calendar. Three drafts are located on the Academic Affairs web site at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/. Any feedback received will be used to create two final drafts, which will be forwarded to Academic Council. Once Academic Council has provided their feedback, one final draft will be forwarded to Cabinet and then finally to the Board of Governors for final approval.

Email any comments/suggestions regarding these drafts to Jody Tomanek at jtomanek@mccneb.edu. All comments and suggestions must be submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 9.

What’s New at MCC Campus Libraries

View a list of new additions to campus libraries.

2nd Annual Diversity Matters Book Series

The kick-off meeting for the 2nd Annual Diversity Matters Book Series will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the FOC Library. MCC students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend this event and participate in reading and discussing this year's featured books. Limited copies of the books are available at MCC libraries. Come to the book series to meet others who share a passion for reading and learn about opportunities to join discussions through SharePoint during the year.

Fall Quarter
Dying To Live - A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid by Mizue Aizeki and Joseph Nevins
A compelling account of U.S. immigration and border enforcement is told through the journey of one man who perished in California's Imperial Valley while trying to reunite with his wife and child in Los Angeles. At a time when Republicans and Democrats alike embrace increasingly militaristic border enforcement policies under the guise of security and local governments around the country are taking matters into their own hands, Dying to Live offers a timely confrontation to such prescriptions and puts a human face on the rapidly growing crisis.

Book discussion: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-noon, South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Room B 
Facilitators: Edward Leahy, Director, Omaha EITC Coalition

Winter Quarter
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction by David Sheff
Sheff's story tells of his teenage son's addiction to meth in this real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the family's gradual emergence into hope.

Book discussion:  Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Library
Facilitators: James Cloyd, Executive Director of the Applied Technology Center, and Christi Cloyd MS, LMHP, LADC-Mental Health/Addictions Therapist (both are members of Partners for Meth Prevention)

Spring Quarter
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman  
When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, Calif., a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents were part of a large Hmong community, traditionally close-knit and less amenable to assimilation. Lia's pediatricians cleaved just as strongly to another tradition, that of Western medicine. Lia's story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.

Book discussion: Thursday, April 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Room A
Facilitator: A'Jamal Byndon, Community Organizer and Adjunct Social Science Faculty at MCC and UNO

Summer Quarter
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton received a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. So began a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation and of a society as extraordinary as its name.  Set during the peak of World War II, this novel embodies warmth, friendship and the best of the human spirit.

Book discussion:  Thursday, July 8, Noon-1 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Library
Facilitator: Sana Amoura-Patterson, MCC English/Speech Faculty.

For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez, Coordinator of International/Intercultural Education at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402)457-2253.

Keep Omaha Beautiful

Go Green! Recycle used cell phones, iPods and more in marked recycling boxes around MCC Campuses and be assured they will be recycled in the proper manner. Visit www.keepomahabeautiful.org to learn more about the organization.

Weekly Green Tip

Avoid high speeds while driving. Driving above 60 mph, your gas mileage drops rapidly.

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/.

What Web 2.0 Really Means for You
A timely and valuable look at what LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging can mean for you and your work and how to make sure that you are capitalizing on the potential of Web 2.0.

Friday, Oct. 9, 1-4 p.m., FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 124

Five Steps to Diffusing an Angry Customer
This workshop will make the participants feel confident in working effectively with angry customers. Participants will learn techniques for handling upset customers as well as how to diffuse a negative situation. The program will help the participants assertively meet the needs of high-risk customers while doing so in a respectful and courteous manner. 

Friday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, Room 250

Service Plus® (two half-day workshops)
With Service Plus® and its management support components, we offer a top-down, organization-wide approach to creating unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty. This program builds a culture where service providers know how to give exceptional service and leaders are committed to putting customer needs at the heart of their decisions around systems, processes and behaviors.

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

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.

New Faces

The format for MCC New Faces is changing, beginning with this issue of The Inside Story.
MCC welcomes the following new employees:

Liliana Cox

Business Instructor, South Omaha Campus

Joyce Fisher
Chemistry Instructor, Elkhorn Valley Campus

Cheryl Hartwell

Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor/Medication Aide, Fremont Area Center

Kristin Hoesing
Assistant Director of Enrollment, Fort Omaha Campus

Darin Jensen
English Instructor, Fort Omaha Campus

Chad Jorgensen
English Instructor, South Omaha Campus

Naomi Mardock
English-as-a-Second-Language Instructor, South Omaha Campus

Andrew Raschid
Culinary Arts Instructor, Fort Omaha Campus

Michelle Rerucha
Geography Instructor, South Omaha Campus

Nanci Stephenson
Interior Design Instructor, Elkhorn Valley Campus

David Wilhelm
Business Management Instructor, Fort Omaha Campus

HR News

Erin Olson            SOC, Mahoney                  738-4788
Stacy Ocander      SOC, Mahoney                  738-4789
Lorette Teal          SOC, Mahoney                  738-4792
Tina Pebley          SOC, Mahoney                  738-4791
John Mckinstra                                             289-1308

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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