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Inside Story for Friday, January 22, 2010

Bistro Offers Breakfast, Lunch Options

JoJo’s Sage Student Bistro in the Institute for the Culinary Arts building is now open for breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30—10 a.m. and 11 a.m— 1:30 p.m. A few of the a la carte menu offerings include: crepes, eggs Benedict, grilled salmon tartine, mac ‘n’ cheese gratin and a variety of salads. The bistro is open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 6—8 p.m. For a full menu, visit http://www.mccneb.edu/mpr/pdfs/a_la_carte_menu_wi09.pdf

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.

Dialogue Begins to Update Facilities Master Plan

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help set the stage for future College growth. As a role model in higher education, it is MCC’s responsibility to create a vision for the College that allows us to meet our mission of serving our community with distinction. JJR will be visiting the MCC Fort Omaha Campus to kick off the study Jan. 25–27. In addition to touring all locations, they will be meeting with the Board of Governors, the Community Advisory Committee and the College Advisory Committee.

You will be represented by the following people serving on the College Advisory Committee:

• Kandyce Arnold, faculty

• Shanda Clark President’s Office

• James Cloyd, Student Services

• Pat Crisler, Development

• Bob Gronstal, faculty

• Michelle Hackney, Facilities Management

• Hanne Kruse, Event Services

• Larry Lindberg, Student Services

• Candi Otterpohl, Academic Affairs

• Sue Raftery, Academic Affairs

• Janice Rutledge, Administrative Services

• Jodie Snider, Information Technology

There will be opportunities for everyone to provide feedback and become involved in the process. If you are interested in being on the project mailing list, contact Shannon Snow at smsnow@mccneb.edu.

Enrolling in Noncredit Classes

The Community Education Department reminds us that 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 discount with an asterisk may not be taken for tuition reimbursement.

2. Employees are permitted to enroll on a space available basis only when using tuition reimbursement. This means that the Community Education Department is required to monitor classes and to make sure the public has first priority.

3. Classes and workshops where lab fees and supply fees are included in the tuition can be designated ineligible for tuition reimbursement.

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 of allowing the public first priority to enroll.

Once registered, employees wanting to drop classes are asked to do so in a timely manner. Dropping a class on short notice does not allow enough time to call individuals who are on a wait list or to make changes with instructors. Do not be a no show for a class or workshop; when an employee enrolls but does not come to class, others are prevented from enjoying an educational opportunity.

H1N1 Vaccinations Available

MCC will be a site for public H1N1 vaccination clinics now until March 31. The Visiting Nurses Association in partnership with the Douglas County Health Department will be administering vaccines to the public at the locations and times below. There is no cost for the vaccines. If interested, employees and families are welcome take advantage of the convenient location.

Vaccination clinic location and dates/times:

SOC, Connector Building, Commons Area: Tuesdays, Noon–4 p.m. Thursdays, 2–6 p.m.

FOC, Bldg. 10, Commons Area: Mondays, Noon–4 p.m. Wednesdays, 2–6 p.m.

EVC, Commons Area (by main entrance): Fridays, 3–6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Now Accepting Excellence in Teaching Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 MCC Excellence in Teaching Awards. The MCC Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize full-time and adjunct faculty based on four criteria:

  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to learning
  • Relationships with students
  • Relationships with colleagues

The awards will be presented at the Spring Academic Affairs Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 9. Recipients will receive a certificate and will be selected to attend and represent MCC at the 2011 NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Conference in Austin, Texas. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 5. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member.

Find the nomination form and specific criteria for the Teaching Award at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp. If you have questions, call Jody Tomanek at 457-2715.

Supporting Haiti Relief Efforts

Red Cross

On Jan. 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.

You can help people affected by disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti. Click here for more information. Donate to the American Red Cross

New Training Opportunities for MCC Staff and Faculty

View award-winning training videos when you need them right from your desktop. Choose from dozens of real-world scenario videos that will help you successfully deal with daily workplace challenges. Each full-length vSTREAM video is 22-24 minutes and is offered in the following areas:

  • Integrity and Compliance
  • High Performance Workforce
  • Inclusion and Respect
  • Personal Effectiveness

For topics available, visit www.mccneb.edu/cet. To register, e-mail Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED

MCC staff who trained and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 need to renew their certificates, as they expire this year. From January through April, Heartsaver classes will be the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. All classes are 9 a.m.—1:30 p.m., South Omaha Campus, MHY Bldg, Room 521.


  • Jan. 29
  • Feb. 26
  • March 26
  • April 30

The Jan. 29 section will be canceled on Tuesday, Jan. 26 unless the minimum enrollment is met.

Lunchtime Yoga is being scheduled again at the South Omaha Campus on Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m. To register, contact Cheri Vossberg at 457-2517 or e-mail clvossberg@mccneb.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Efficient Use of Your Dishwasher

Wash only full loads. Don’t rinse; scrape food from dishes before loading. Air dry instead of using drying cycle. Check the filter for food particles. Use the shortest cycle possible.

Staff Updates

New Employees

Jefferson Brewer             Custodian                                FOC 10           457-2407
Travis Krause                 Custodian                                 FOC 10           457-2407
Christopher Newman       Custodian                                 FOC 10           457-2407
Krystal Overmyer            Public Relations Specialist          FOC 30           457-2876

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Jefferson Brewer


Travis Krause


Christopher Newman


Krystal Overmyer


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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