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Inside Story for Friday, October 16, 2009

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather has arrived unseasonably early. As a reminder, staff are responsible for checking one of the options to see if the College or individual campuses/centers are closed.  Those include:

• College web site - www.mccneb.edu
• College Weather Line - (402) 457-2499
• Your individual College email
• Your individual College voicemail
• Local radio and television stations

In addition, all student emails will receive notification.

Additional detailed information is available in the Inclement Weather Procedures Memorandum found at www.mccneb.edu/procedures/X-1_Inclement_Weather.pdf. If you have questions, ask your supervisor. 

MCC Foundation's Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign Enters Second Week

It is week two of the MCC Foundation's Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, and with your help, the MCC Foundation is making strides to address the serious need for scholarship funding that currently faces MCC's students.

Just as the difficult economy has increased the need for scholarship funds, growing enrollments have placed stresses on our capital resources. Not only do we need to renovate and enhance existing structures and consider new building possibilities, we also need to create welcoming learning environments befitting an institution of higher education of MCC's stature. That is why the updated facilities master plan will also include a Master Plan for Art-one of the many projects you can support through this year's Campaign.

The new MCC Master Plan for Art is a key initiative that combines academic departments with the greater Omaha art community in enhancing both the campuses and the public's connection to MCC.

Katherine Holian, Executive Vice President's Projects Coordinator, has already given to this year's Campaign and shared the following words. "In addition to giving towards my favorite scholarship fund, this year I chose to make a contribution to the MCC Master Plan for Art to help fund a community sculpture outside of the Institute for the Culinary Arts. The sculpture selected, Enrichment Path by Matthew Placzek, represents the lifelong quality-learning environment that promotes student success.  Beyond the educational significance of the sculpture itself, what my gift to the MCC Master Plan for Arts says is that is that MCC has reached a new level, not only as an institution, but as a community leader."

Whether you designate to the MCC Master Plan for Arts or the MCC General Scholarship Fund, your contribution makes an impact not only in our students' lives, but also makes an impact on the community. For more information, please visit http://www.mccneb.edu/waystogive/employeegiving.asp or call 457-2346.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MCC Participates in Disability Awareness Month

Congress designates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities and highlight specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed.

MCC offers Disability Employment Awareness Month programming developed by Disabilities Support Services, Career Services and International/Intercultural Education staff during this month.

On Oct. 8, Deb Eppenbaugh, Academic Counselor, led a panel who shared their diverse talents and provided insight to the complex and emerging concerns of professionals with disabilities. Mitch Arnold, CEO and President of Preferred Partners; Cathleen Edmondson, Nurse Case Manager for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom; Beth Ellsworth, Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and Robert Newman, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, offered experiences and thoughtful advice to students, staff and community members at the Fort Omaha Campus.

A Note of Thanks from Beverly Talbott

"My husband John and I would like to thank our extended MCC friends for their help and assistance when my mother suddenly passed away. We would especially like to thank the MCC libraries for their prayers and support and efforts to ensure I would have nothing to worry about while I was gone, and Candi Otterpohl for her help in quickly finding a substitute teacher for my husband while he was gone. It is during difficult times like this your friends mean so much to you. Thanks MCC!" - Beverly Talbott

MCC Student's Family Honored at Heartland Family Service Celebration

The Ehite Allison family will be honored at the Heartland Family Service celebration, Salute to Families, sponsored by Cox Communications on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. The family was chosen because of their success through challenging times. As honorees, they help to promote strong family life in the community. Ehite Allison is an MCC student and a part-time MCC employee.

Weekly Green Tip

Winter Heating Advice
Check your furnace filter monthly and change as necessary (at least every three months) for energy efficiency.

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

New Harmonies Exhibit Comes to Omaha

Love's Jazz and Art Center, 24th and Lake Sts., will host the Smithsonian Institute touring exhibition, New Harmonies-Celebrating American Roots Music, Oct. 18-Dec. 31, 2009.

New Harmonies is a partnership between state humanities councils and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The partnership is known as Museum on Main Street, and it serves communities through a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artists profiles. New Harmonies explores the distinct cultural identities of gospel, country, blues and other forms of roots music as they record the history of the American people and set the foundation for many musical genres appreciated worldwide today. Music in the museum will go beyond the Smithsonian exhibition to include local companion exhibits on Omaha's pioneering early bands and jazz musicians, as well as live performances featuring local roots music throughout the exhibition duration.

For more information, call (402) 502-5291.

Big O! Show a Great Success

MCC participated in the Big O! Show on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Qwest Center. As a Chamber member, MCC hosts a booth each year in an effort to keep our name on the top of everyone' s mind when it comes to education and to network and connect with the community. This year MCC had four squares filled to the brim with information about the College and staff to answer questions and meet with community members.

Lori Lothringer, Director/Faculty, Financial Planning Program, was a featured speaker at the event. Her presentation, Old Rules...New Economy: Applying the Financial Values of Our Grandparents to Ensure Economic Success, focused on the past, present and future in regards to education and healthcare systems, consumer debt, the workplace and retirement. T o compliment her presentation, two program alum, Jason Christo, CFP® (MetLife) and Lance Jones, CFP® (Sigma Planning Corp), joined her and were on hand at the booth to discuss the value of financial education and the importance of working with credentialed professionals.

Heather Nelson, Faculty, Entrepreneurship and a rotation of adjunct faculty and students highlighted the fast-growing Entrepreneurship Program and built upon the presence Nelson established as a presenter at last year's Big O! Show.

As an exciting addition to this year's presence, Academic Advisors were on hand in the afternoon to provide on-site advising and course registration. Corporate Education & Training, Recruiting, Alumni, Academic Deans and Marketing and Public Relations rounded out the team.

Community members stopped by with accolades for the College and had questions answered on topics ranging from how to enter to College to Pass to Class to becoming an adjunct faculty member.

All of these pieces made the show a big success, and a big thanks goes out to all who helped make this happen behind-the-scenes and in front.

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                            

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
*Note: Late registration open until Oct. 25

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 and going 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

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.

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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