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Inside Story for Friday, December 04, 2009

Pass to Class

MCC's Pass to Class, a pilot program with Metro Area Transit (MAT) to encourage bus ridership with MCC students and reduce parking congestion on campus, has begun for Winter quarter. With Pass to Class, all MCC credit students can pick up their no-cost MAT bus pass valid for the Winter quarter that allows for rides to and from MCC locations that are on existing MAT routes and for other education-related purposes. The passes can be picked up at any Student Services. The passes are valid while MCC is in session and will no longer work after the last day of class for the quarter.

For more information on the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/mat.

Nominations for Diane Donelson Spirit Award Now Being Accepted

On Nov. 22, 2005, MCC's Board of Governors passed a resolution creating the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area would like to recognize Board member, Diane Donelson, for her enduring leadership and dedication to Metropolitan Community College;

WHEREAS,  the Board of Governors specifically recognizes Ms. Donelson for the positive spirit she has exemplified in the face of adverse circumstances and her unwavering commitment to building relationships with colleagues, with employees and within the community.   Ms. Donelson has touched many lives through acts of kindness and maintaining a positive spirit in all of her endeavors.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area does hereby approve and authorize the establishment of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the criteria for selection of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award be established to reflect the compassionate spirit of Ms. Donelson and be presented to Metropolitan Community College employees who model and exemplify these attributes.

Do you know a co-worker who exemplifies the compassionate spirit and leadership qualities of Donelson's legacy? Nominations are currently being accepted for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.  Contact Kay Friesen at 457-2878 or email kfriesen@mccneb.edu for nomination guidelines.  The deadline is Monday, Dec. 14.

MCC Notebook: An Online Forum About Teaching and Learning

To provide Academic Affairs faculty and administrators a way to discuss topics of teaching and learning outside of the College's email system, Academic Council has created a SharePoint site called MCC Notebook.

The MCC Notebook forum's purpose is to promote thoughtful, provocative and constructive dialogue about teaching and learning among all MCC faculty, academic deans and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Although many topics will be addressed in this forum, it is not intended primarily to handle complaints; the forum especially invites discourse that addresses:

  • how we use various teaching methods, techniques and tools to accomplish goals and objectives;
  • how national trends and stories in higher education apply to MCC; and
  • how we can improve the teaching and learning environment at MCC.

Different from the online Faculty Forum of a few years ago, the MCC Notebook starter discussion categories include WX and FX, sustainability and teaching tips. Faculty will be able to add topics as needed.

To access the forum and read content, visit http://staffshare.mccneb.edu/mccnotebook/default.aspx. To post and contribute content, click the Sign In link in the upper-right-hand corner. If you are off campus, sign in using mccnet\yourusername and the password that you use to access email. Take a minute to review the rationale and guidelines for posting. For help with the site, consult the site directions and help or contact Cindy Catherwood at 738-4683 or cchurchill@mccneb.edu.

Upcoming information sessions about MCC Notebook:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:30-6 p.m. SOC, Connector Building., Room 206
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 11:30-noon FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 122

Library Open House

The campus libraries are hosting their annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by for refreshments and some holiday cheer.

MCC and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Will Host Naturalization Information Sessions

Wednesday, Dec. 16, representatives from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will host two sessions at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center on citizenship naturalization. The presentation covers what the naturalization process is, how to apply for U.S. citizenship, the requirements for naturalization and the new naturalization test.

The sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet privately with a USCIS official to ask questions.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or ext. 2253.

Vicki Rodgers, Enrollment/Records Specialist, to Retire

Vicki Rodgers began working at MCC May 24, 1976. She saw an ad for a part-time temporary job at the College. She applied, got the job, liked the position so much that after four weeks, applied for the full-time position and has been here ever since.

During her time here, Rodgers has served on various committees, been part of the negotiating team for the start-up of the ESP Bargaining Unit and was key to the centralization of the Records Department. Her proudest moment at MCC came when she found an uncashed money order that had kept a student from receiving her diploma; Rodgers was the key person in rectifying this situation.

Rodger's favorite memory is seeing how much the College has grown. "I have had the opportunity to grow and change with the College. I went from having a high school diploma to several associate degrees and then going on to UNO to earn my bachelor's degree."

After she retires at the end of December, Rodgers plans to stay on at MCC part-time and garden, sort through her books and CDs and hopefully travel.

Join Rodgers for her retirement reception Monday, Dec. 14, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30, Room 124.

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.

Note from MCC United Way Campaign Manager

Thank you to those who contributed to this year's United Way campaign. Your gift to the United Way campaign creates lasting change in our community. Your support will help keep valuable resources and services in our community for those in need.

Thank you for caring enough to give, advocating for those who need help.
Janice Rutledge

MCC Sponsors Channel 94.1 Diaper Drive

MCC is teaming up with Channel 94.1 for the annual Diaper Drive. Community members are encouraged to donate diapers and wipes at Nobbies on 120th and Center, Dec. 18-20. MCC will be donating the semi-truck to be filled and driver for the fundraiser. All donations go to the Lydia House, a branch of the Open Door Mission, to be distributed to needy mothers with infants.

Weekly Green Tip

Self-cleaning ovens are a great convenience, but they accomplish their tasks by heating to very high temperatures and burn off spilled or accumulated food.  So use them only when the oven really needs the cleaning, once a month or so.  And do it right after use so it is preheated for the cleaning cycle.

Employee Professional Development Registration Process

Employee Professional Development Workshop (designated with a "PDEV" course prefix) registration process is as follows:

  1. Send an email to Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu  in Corporate Education & Training (CET) with a copy to your supervisor. The following information must be included in your email:
    • Your ID #
    • Workshop name/number
    • Employee status (F/T regular, P/T regular, temp, adjunct)
    • Job title
    • Cost center number to be charged if not a regular employee (00-0-00000)
    • If your dependent is taking one of these classes, you need to include their name, relationship and date of birth in addition to the first four items. (Note that not all of the classes will be eligible for dependent participation.)
  2. Should an employee not be approved to attend the class by their supervisor, the supervisor must do a 'Reply To All' with formal disapproval of registration.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to you when you are registered, and, if needed, when you are disenrolled from a class.  Your supervisor will also be copied.
  4. Deadlines for registration will be three business days before the start date.

If you are unable to attend the class or need to cancel you must send an email to Adam Smith and copy your supervisor immediately. If your absence from the class is due to an illness and you are unable to get to your email, call Smith at 457-2566. A no show without proper advance notification (no later than day prior to class) will be expensed to the appropriate cost center.

Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development training is available to MCC staff through Corporate Education & Training (CET). CET is now offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees. View the latest workshops online at  www.mccneb.edu/cet/mccprofdev.asp. CET offers noncredit online courses that 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. To learn more, visit www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

Call for Workshop Ideas

Do you have a Professional Development workshop idea designed to support employees in performing their daily duties?  Send your idea to Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu today.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees

Akouete D'Almeida  Custodian  SOC  738-4507
Susan Ely  English Instructor  SOC CON  738-4708
Stephanie Kracl  Testing Center Technician  EVC  289-1279
Mary Walsh  Financial Aid Specialist  SOC CON  TBA
Yvonne Wayne  Financial Aid Specialist  SOC CON  TBA

MCC welcomes the following new employees:

Akouete D’Almeida

Akouete D'Almeida

 Susan Ely
Susan Ely
English Instructor

Stephanie Kracl

Stephanie Kracl
Testing Center Technician

Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh
Financial Aid Specialist

Yvonne Wayne

Yvonne Wayne
Financial Aid Specialist

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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