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Inside Story for Friday, October 23, 2009

MCC Offers H1N1 Nasal Mist Vaccine

MCC will offer the H1N1 nasal mist vaccine on Wednesday Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 505. The nasal mist vaccine is for individuals between 2-49 years of age and healthy with no chronic illness.

The vaccine is free and on a drop-in basis. 

MCC TRIO Program Students Attended Kansas City Leadership Conference

Ten MCC TRIO Program students attended an adult leadership conference in Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 16-18. The conference was sponsored by the TRIO tri-state organization, Mo-Kan-Ne. The purpose of the conference is to provide TRIO Program college students with information and experiences to strengthen their leadership skills. Participants took part in various conference sessions, had the chance to interact with 120 students from 14 other colleges from the tri-state area and enjoyed the Country Club Plaza area.

The MCC TRIO Program is a grant-funded program that serves first generation/low-income college students and is paired with the Perkins Single Parent Displaced Homemaker Program to assist single pregnant or parenting students as well as non-parenting students.

MCC Success Stories

MCC has made an impact on many lives in different ways. MCC's Marketing and Public Relations Department is collecting success stories of students, community members, employees and graduates to learn about the uniqueness of their lives, their paths and their choices to come to MCC.

To view the videos of the new and previous success stories, visit www.mccneb.edu/businessandcommunity/successstories.asp. If you have a story you would like to share or know someone with a unique story, contact Katie Wortmann at 457-2278 or at kewortmann@mccneb.edu.

MCC Reported Largest Turnout for AMATYC Math Exam

MCC held the first round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) math exam on Friday, Oct. 16. A record 61 students took the exam: 19 students at the Fort Omaha Campus, 19 students at the Elkhorn Valley Campus and 23 students at the South Omaha Campus Testing Centers. Round two of the AMATYC exam is planned for Friday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m.

National rules require that each participating community college offer the exam on the same day, at the same time, on all campuses. MCC is the only community college in the state of Nebraska that hosts the exam. Students must be currently enrolled in at least one class at MCC to take the exam. 

Preschool Health and Safety Fair

The first annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair, sponsored by MCC's Service-Learning Office and The Department of Health and Public Safety, was held Friday, Oct. 16.  Bridget Murphy, AmeriCorps*Vista, headed up the event with the help of Nancy Pares' nursing students and Nancy Conrad's future teachers. Loretta Teal, Project Coordinator, Health and Public Safety Department, provided assistance and guidance at all levels in the planning and execution of this event.

This service-learning opportunity had an outstanding turnout of city-wide preschoolers and area agencies. Nearly 225 preschoolers participated in the fair. A highlight for the students was the appearance of the Omaha Police Department's McGruff representing stranger danger. McGruff was portrayed by Ed Bickels, an MCC student,  who greeted the students at the busses and as the they entered the ITC with high fives and handshakes. Cynthia Watts, disguised as the Pink Elephant from the poison center, enchanted the students with the hugs, dancing and information on household items that could hurt them.

Participants were able to see inside the fire truck from the Omaha Fire Department and the Offutt Smoke House. Each preschooler received a brightly colored backpack when they entered and received goodies from each of the booths including healthy snacks. There were 20 booths with activities for each of the individual children to participate, such as proper street crossing, Humane Society's pet safety, Children Physicians' proper hand washing  and dental health education. An x-ray machine and 911 simulator were highlights as well. Children participants were fingerprinted for child IDs from State Farm.

Weekly Green Tip

Use area rugs and cozy socks to keep your feet warmer and your thermostat lower during winter months.

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

New Faces

Russell Lane Sr., Sarpy Center

HR News

New Employees
Russell Lane Sr.               Sarpy Center Services Assistant, Sarpy Center, 537-3843

Melissa Jakub                   Melissa Christiansen
Wally Luksa                      FOC, Bldg. 17, 457-2868

John Bro                           10/15/09
Megan Steele                    10/23/09

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 Registration Deadlines:
Oct. 28 - Fast Defense

Fast Defense Workshop
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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