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Inside Story for Friday, November 20, 2009

Nominations for the 2009 Diane Donelson Spirit Award Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2009 Diane Donelson Spirit Award Now Being Accepted
In honor of deceased Board of Governors member, Diane Donelson, the MCC Board of Governors adopted a resolution to establish an award for MCC employees. The Diane Donelson Spirit Award was established to recognize employees who exemplify the enduring qualities and compassionate spirit that Donelson exhibited in her interaction with others.

Nominations are now being accepted for this award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Dec. 14. The fourth Diane Donelson Spirit Award will be presented at the employee holiday reception scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts.

If you know someone who meets the criteria for the award, nominations must be submitted in writing to Kay Friesen, FOC, Bldg. 18 or via email to kfriesen@mccneb.edu. The nomination should include the following information:

Nominee name
MCC mailing address
Telephone number
Email address

Specifically address in the nomination:
1. The reason you have nominated this person for the award.
2. Address how the person specifically meets the criteria of the award. 
Include specific examples for each criteria. 

Specific criteria for the award:
• Positive spirit in the face of adversity
• Unwavering commitment to building relationships
• Compassion for others
• Leadership and dedication to MCC

Pass to Class - Free bus pass for students to get to and from class

MCC and MAT are ready to start the second quarter of the Pass to Class program. All MCC credit students can pick up a MAT bus pass at any Student Services starting Nov. 23. The bus cards are valid for one quarter; they will no longer work after the last day of class of each quarter. Faculty and staff are encouraged to help promote this pilot program to students both in an effort to help students' access to MCC classes and promote environmental sustainability with ridesharing. For more information on the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/mat.

2009 Heartland Latino Leadership Award Goes to Barbara Velazquez

Friday, Nov. 13, Barbara Velazquez received the inaugural award for the Latino Partner of the Year category. This category recognizes an individual or group that is non-Latino for their involvement with and contribution to the quality of life for Latino/a Hispanics and the community as a whole. The nomination stated, "The many persons within the College and community who have had the opportunity to work with Barbara immediately discover her love of culture and her passion for assisting others in understanding and appreciating culture and ethnicity. Her actions clearly demonstrate her desire to promote involvement of Latino/a Hispanics, to improve services and opportunities, to develop ways to meet challenges and take down barriers and to be seen as a role model impacting the lives and education of many."

Congratulations to Barbara.

Blood Drive Thank You

During MCC's recent blood drives, a total of 57 units of blood at all three campuses (22 - Elkhorn, 21 - South, 14 - Fort) were collected, potentially helping up to 171 patients.

Thank you from Judy Gouldsmith

I want to thank my MCC family for your kind and caring expressions of sympathy upon the passing of my mother. Your love and support is appreciated more than you know at this difficult time.

Judy Gouldsmith

Sociology Instructor is Published

Stanley Struble, an Adjunct Instructor in the Sociology Department, recently had a feature article and accompanying photographs published in the Fall Issue (Vol. 17, No. 1 - Fall 2009) of the magazine The Lincoln Highway Forum. The Lincoln Highway Forum is published by the nonprofit Lincoln Highway Association. The Lincoln Highway was America's first trans-continental highway that ran from New York to San Francisco. It ran by Boys Town on what is now Dodge St., and there is still an extant section of brick in very good repair just south of the old town in Elkhorn.  

Toys for Tots

The mission of the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. All MCC locations will have Toys for Tots drop boxes now until Dec. 12.

Live United: United Way Campaign

A note from the United Way MCC Campaign Manager

Fellow Employees:

As we near Thanksgiving, it is a time to unite and make our community stronger, safer and healthier for our families and neighbors. 

Your gift to this year's United Way Campaign will make our community a better place to live.

Take time to pledge your support:
• Complete and sign the campaign pledge card.
• If you would like to designate all or  part of your contribution, complete the campaign pledge card here and the campaign designation form here and here

Return the campaign card and/or designation form to Janice Rutledge, Technology & Administrative Services, FOC 3 no later than  Nov. 25.  For more information, contact 457-2416 or jrutledge@mccneb.edu.


MCC Speech Students Help Elementary Students

Georgia Culliver's Fall quarter speech course initiated a service-learning project with Miller Park Elementary School by helping students with a speech project. As one student said, "I think  this experience is important to help us be able to take something that we are not familiar with and embrace it. I will use this experience to the maximum experience. I feel very lucky to be in Mrs. Culliver's Speech class."

The elementary school children, according their teacher, exceeded OPS district guidelines for their speech project.  The MCC students made more than six visits to  Miller Park to work with the students. 


MCC Cares Wrap-Up

MCC Cares wrapped up the Fall 2009 quarter on Nov. 12 with a celebratory luncheon at the South Omaha Campus ITC. The event was attended by MCC administrators, staff, community partners and friends all who have supported the program and the students throughout the quarter. This term, the class built two ramps for clients of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging and did one home weatherization project. 

Students shared reflections about the projects they performed this quarter. The students were presented with a certificate highlighting the number of hours they participated in service-learning throughout the quarter. More than 350 service hours were provided to the community and MCC.

A special thanks to Dave Horst for continuing to offer this course and providing visibility for MCC in the community.

MCC Cares

Weekly Green Tip: Program Your Thermostat

Make your programmable thermostat work for you:  in winter, set it to 'sweater temperature'-65°-68°-when you are home, 'blanket temperature'-55°-58°-when you are sleeping. Keep it even lower when you are gone or out of town.

Employee Updates

New Employees
Virginia "Susan" Healy         Humanities/Art History Instructor       EVC                    289-1342
Kevin Lawler                       Creative Director, GPTC                   FOC, Bldg. 17      457-2485
Douglas Watson                  Coordinator of Financial Aid               SOC, CON          738-4614

Fred Strohl                FOC, Bldg. 10          457-2407

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Virginia "Susan" Healy          Humanities/Art History Instructor           EVC  


Kevin Lawler                        Creative Director, GPTC                       FOC, Bldg. 17    


Douglas Watson                    Coordinator of Financial Aid                  SOC,CON      


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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