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Inside Story for Friday, January 29, 2010

Cookery Class Serves Breakfast, Lunch

Students in the A La Carte Cookery class are serving breakfast and lunch at JoJo's Sage Student Bistro two days a week: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Students in the class learn about working a kitchen line, and live guests offer valuable opportunities to hone students' skills and cookery techniques.

After arriving through ICA's main east entrance, guests proceed to the counter, place an order and take a number. Meals will be brought to tables as the food is ready. Only minimal table service will be offered.

Only cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted for a la carte breakfast or lunch. The ICA cannot charge the meal to a specific cost center. Reservations are not being accepted at this time.

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/culinary/bistro.asp.

Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards. This award recognizes 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 receive a certificate and will represent MCC at the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference in Austin, Texas.

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.

For more information, contact Jody Tomanek at 457-2715.

Lawler Receives Entertainment Award

Kevin Lawler, Creative Director for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, won a 2010 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for best dramatic director for the play Stones in His Pockets. The comedy, written by Marie Jones, tells the story of a rural town in Ireland being overrun by a Hollywood film crew. The play completed its Omaha Community Playhouse run in fall 2008.

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 dates/times and locations:

Location                                                         Time

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.

Heart of Metro Award Returns

For seasoned employees, the Heart of Metro Award may sound familiar. Thanks to the work of the Academic Council, the Heart of Metro Award is back, providing a great opportunity to recognize MCC employees for their outstanding contributions to the College, students and community.

Nominations for the Heart of Metro Award open next week.  

Criteria for the award:

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years

Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Lead change
  • Foster an inclusive workplace
  • Work smart
  • Respect diversity
  • Be service centered

Be thinking of a deserving colleague to nominate and watch for more information next week.

Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development
Employee Professional Development training is available to MCC staff through Corporate Education & Training (CET). CET is now offering workshops to address areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees. View the latest workshops online at  www.mccneb.edu/cet/mccprofdev.asp. More than 150 noncredit online courses are offered in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish. To learn more, visit www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

Employee Professional Development Registration Process

To register for Employee Professional Development training (PDEV course prefix), an email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu 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

Fund-location number to be charged if not a regular employee (00-0-00000).

If your dependent is taking a class, include their name, relationship and date of birth in addition to the above information. Not all classes will be eligible for dependent participation.

Should an employee not be approved to attend the class by his or her supervisor, the supervisor must reply to all with formal disapproval of registration.

A confirmation email will be sent to you when you are registered and, if needed, when you are un-enrolled from a class. Your supervisor will also be copied.

Deadlines for registration will be three business days before the start date.

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

Calling All 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.

Haiti Relief Donations Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief

People who give to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti can claim these donations on the tax return they are completing this season, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 return qualify for this special tax relief provision enacted Jan. 22. Only cash contributions made to these charities after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible. This includes contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card.

Taxpayers can benefit from their donations almost immediately by filing their 2009 returns early, filing electronically and choosing direct deposit. Refunds take as few as ten days and can be directly deposited into a savings, checking or brokerage account, or used to purchase Series I U.S. savings bonds.

For more information, visit the IRS web site: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218678,00.html?portlet=7

Weekly Green Tip

Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.

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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