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Inside Story for Friday, October 09, 2009

Open Forums: College Smoking Policies

The College Council will be holding open forums to discuss the current College smoking procedures memorandum. To view the memorandum, visit www.mccneb.edu/procedures/IX-5_Smoking.pdf. All employees are invited to attend. The forums will be held at the following locations and times: 

Fort Omaha Campus - Monday, Oct. 19, 3-4:30 p.m., Bldg. 7
Elkhorn Valley Campus - Wednesday, Nov.  4, 2-3:30 p.m., Room 114
South Omaha Campus - Monday, Nov. 9, 2:30-4 p.m., Connector Building, Room 249

If you have questions about the forums, contact Katherine Holian at 457-2750 or kholian@mccneb.edu.

MCC Foundation Kicks Off Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

MCC is growing fast. The College has seen more than 15 percent increase in enrollment this fall, setting a new enrollment record of over 17,000 students. 

With the influx of students enrolling at MCC, new challenges have arisen. The MCC Foundation saw a 400 percent increase in the number of students applying for scholarships this past Spring quarter, and is expected to quadruple again this fall.

To help meet the growing demands of our students and community, the MCC Foundation kicked off the Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign this week. This campaign helps reinforce the culture of giving at MCC by encouraging faculty and staff to make a charitable contribution to memorial scholarships and program funds maintained by the College Foundation.

In these challenging economic times, our community is looking to MCC to help jump-start our local workforce and provide new career pathways for the jobs of tomorrow. By participating in this year's Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, you can change a family, a career and a life.

To participate in this year's Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, contact the MCC Foundation at 457-2346 or visit www.mccneb.edu/foundation to contribute online.

Great Plains Theatre Conference Offers City-Wide Auditions

The Great Plains Theatre Conference will begin compiling a casting database this fall that will be a free resource for all area nonprofit theatres.  A city-wide audition process will produce a working database with photos, résumés and video clips of actors' audition monologues. Auditions are scheduled Nov. 9-15 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7.  

Dates and Times:
Nov. 9-13             7-10 p.m.
Nov. 14-15          10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Actors should have two contrasting, one-minute monologues prepared. A few pieces will also be available for actors without monologues. A photographer will be available for actors without headshots. The auditions will be digitally recorded and available online to theatre companies and qualified directors.

To register for an audition, actors must submit a résumé in PDF format at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference/audition. The deadline for registration is Oct. 15.

For more information, contact Kevin Lawler, Creative Director for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, at kmlawler@mccneb.edu or 457-2485.

Financial Planning Seminar at MCC

How will you ensure your financial future? Financial success begins with education. Faculty and staff are invited to learn more about financial planning Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, at the South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 200. Visit with Certified Financial Planner Rhonda Heineman and Accredited Financial Counselor Lori Lothringer, Ph.D.  The seminar is free to attend.

MCC Health and Wellness Web Site

Preventing illnesses like seasonal flu and H1N1 from spreading is a top priority at MCC. To learn about helpful health and wellness tips, visit MCC's new Health and Wellness web site www.mccneb.edu/wellness/.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at MCC

MCC's Fort Omaha Campus and the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For your convenience, we are offering the ability to schedule your appointment online. Click here and enter sponsor code 68 or call (800) GIVE-LIFE ((800) 448-3543) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood and only a fraction of those actually donate. Help change a life, starting with your own. Schedule your appointment today. For more information, contact Charlene West, Blood Drive Coordinator, at 457-2208.

Einstein’s Café Opens at Elkhorn Valley Campus and Sarpy Center

Einstein's Café, the new food vendor at the Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Sarpy Center, is now open. Sarpy Center hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Elkhorn Valley hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Einstein's offers breakfast and lunch items, with grab-and-go options for evening students at the Elkhorn Valley Campus.

Service-Learning Partnered with Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Last summer,  Jim Grotrian, Vice President of Public Policy and Community Development, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, contacted MCC to design and construct  a portable kiosk to hold  information about Omaha at various cities' events and showcase MCC's faculty and student construction skills. This became a service-learning project for Construction Technology Instructor Trevor Secora's class. The money to construct the kiosk was provided by the Omaha Chamber's South Omaha Development Project grant.  The kiosk is now complete and will be located at visible locations in the study area at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce to further promote the South Omaha Development Project and serve as a receptacle for community surveys. 

MCC is a key partner with the Chamber on this important project. South Omaha is a vital part of the MCC community. A proactive approach to solicit feedback from the public and key stakeholders is important to the success of the service-learning project and for the future development of Omaha. "It was a pleasure to partner with MCC to provide a service-learning experience for students," said Grotrian.

Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

The sixth annual Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education was held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Sept. 23-25. This year's conference theme was Millennial Making a Difference. MCC  had several presentations at the conference. Tom Angle, MCC History Instructor and student Amanda McMurphy completed a service-learning project with the Douglas County Historical Society to preserve documents in the society's archives. MCC staff Pam Perry and Sheryl Haug completed a presentation on how to provide grant writing opportunities for students. The presentation is available to any faculty that would like for their students to learn basic grant writing techniques.

MCC Instructor Dave Horst and student Joe Collins discussed the MCC Cares service-learning program and the SkillsUSA State Championships. If you would like to visit the MCC Cares project with Horst and his students as they repair homes in our community, contact the Service-Learning Office at 457-2240. The class meets on Fridays unless the weather is inclement. Horst's class hopes to compete again in the 2010 Skills State USA Competition.

MCC Faculty Published in Nebraska Lawyer Magazine

MCC Faculty Eric Bremers was recently published in the Nebraska Lawyer magazineHis article covered the topic of buy-sell agreements in business, which is a binding contract between business owners that deals with the future ownership of a business. Bremers explains that a buy-sell agreement is one of the most important things attorneys can do for their business clients. Click here to view a full version PDF of Bremers' article.

Bremers teaches insurance classes in the Finance Program and tax classes for Entrepreneurship. 

MCC Photography Students Featured in Soho Photo Gallery

Two MCC photography students, Mandy Rice and John Simet, will have their work on display in Soho Photo's 5th Annual Alternative Process Show at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City. These students are among the 44 artists selected in the competition for exhibit.

Weekly Green Tip

Heat your home with the sun. Open your shades during the day in winter to let in the heat from the sun. Do not forget to close them at night to keep out the cold.

Contact Daniel Lawse, Coordinator of Sustainable Practices, at 738-4564 or djlawse@mccneb.edu for more green tips.

New Faces

Aimee Haugan, Recruiter, FOC, Bldg. 30

Ginny Stewart, Student Services Assistant, SOC, Connector Building

HR News

New Employees
Aimee Haugan     Recruiter                           FOC, Bldg. 30                    457-2604
Ginny Stewart     Student Services Assistant   SOC, Connector Building    738-4500

Changes
Deb La Hoda          FOC, Bldg. 5
Michelle Rule          FOC, Bldg. 8

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/.

October Deadline:  
Oct. 21 - Ed2Go Online Registration Deadline

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 Browyn Gaines, Certified Yoga Instructor.

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19, Noon-1 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, Room 249

Fast Defense Workshop
Fast Defense is back. This scenario-based, self-defense empowerment seminar allows participants to experience the adrenaline rush of a real confrontation in a controlled environment supervised by trained professionals. Training involves a step-by-step process of developing skills and confidence through group dynamics with 'success in stress' conditioning. Participants will repeatedly use their skills to assess danger, set boundaries and respond effectively to verbal and physical aggression and are able to fully exercise their skills by delivering full-force strikes to mock assailants in specifically designed protective equipment.

Monday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m., SOC, ITC, Conference Center

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
Learn to save a life. MCC staff who took training and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 must renew their certificates, as they will expire this year. Starting in January through April, Heartsaver classes will be held the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. Attendance at one of the following dates is required to earn certification.

Friday,  Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SOC, Mahoney Building, Room 521

Online
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 Oct. 21 and is open for enrollment until Oct. 27. 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.

Community Education Reminder to Employees

A Reminder for Employees
MCC employees are welcome to enroll in the noncredit classes advertised in the Community Education mailer, but there are some limitations:

1. Classes and workshops designated no reduced tuition with an asterisk may not be taken for tuition waiver.
2. Employees are permitted to enroll only on a space available basis when using tuition waiver. This means that the Community Education Department is required to monitor classes and to make sure the general public has first priority.
3. Classes and workshops where lab fees and supply fees are included in the tuition could be designated ineligible for tuition waiver.
4. It is important to submit the Employee Tuition Waiver form no later than ten days before class. This allows the Community Education Department to meet their requirement to allow the public first priority to enroll.

The Community Education Department also requests that employees show the courtesy of not dropping out with short notice for a class or workshop for which they have enrolled. Last minute drops do not allow the department time to call wait lists or to make changes with instructors. More importantly, do not be a no show for a class or workshop.

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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