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Inside Story for Friday, May 07, 2010

Questions About the Non-Standard Software Installation Process

Non-standard software is defined as any software not identified as standard-load software and routinely installed on all College-owned computers. To have non-standard software installed on a College-owned computer, you must fill out and submit the Request to Install Non-Standard Software Form. If the College needs to purchase the software before installation, complete the Request to Purchase and Install New Software Form instead.  

In some cases, you may need to complete the Request to Install Non-Standard Software Form again.

There are two situations that require you to fill out the form again:

  • Your computer is being replaced due to the College's computer lifecycle plan or
  • Your computer needs to be reimaged, replaced (hardware failure) or the hard drive needs to be replaced.

In those situations, complete the Request to Install Non-Standard Software Form when:

  • The requested software is not on the College's standard software list and
  • The software has been installed for more than one year on your computer that is slated for replacement.

Even if you did it years ago, the College asks you to request non-standard software because:

  • It allows the College to manage unused or inappropriately assigned software to departments/staff who have a need for the software.
  • It allows expensive software to be utilized more efficiently and effectively.
  • It provides accurate licensing information.
  • It keeps the College legal.

About MCC's Call Center

MCC's Call Center provides a one-stop shop and first point of contact for people wanting to learn more about MCC. Calls to MCC's switchboard—via 457-2400 and (800) 228-9553—are fielded by the Call Center operators, who redirect calls to the appropriate individual. The operators-Atalaya Cannon, Donna Monaghan and Carly Olson-also set appointments for the Academic Advisors.

Registration, on the other hand, assists students with registration. Whereas calls coming to the Call Center are redirected to another location, calls entering the Registration queue generally terminate at Registration. Registration clerks register students for classes, in addition to directing students to whom they need to speak to if the student needs additional services.

In 2009, the Call Center handled more than 139,000 calls. That is about the same number of calls as Financial Aid, Registration and Advising combined.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Notice of Privacy Practices

The purpose of the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices is to ensure protected health information of College personnel and covered dependents is used or disclosed only for its intended purpose as permitted by law. To comply with the privacy practices, the College is required to provide a reminder of the privacy notice once every three years.

To review or obtain a copy of the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices for the College-sponsored benefits plans that provide health benefits, visit the Human Resources website.

For further HIPAA Privacy guidelines, refer to the College Procedures Memorandum VI-35

MCC Staff Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

parade

metro bug

Twenty-seven staff members and their families participated in the May 1 Cinco de Mayo parade accompanied by the Metro Bug. View more photos of the event here.

Free Humanity in War Class Offered

To celebrate World Red Cross Day, the Red Cross is offering a free class, Humanity in War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law, on Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th St. View the flyer for more information.

MCC Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Month

Dance performances, lectures and more are part of MCC's celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Month.

The Naga Tribe of Northeast India
Wednesday, May 12
11 a.m.-noon
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 217

Exhibition Showcases Student Work

One hundred students submitted more than 200 pieces of work for consideration; local artists selected 47 pieces from 40 student artists to be included in the exhibition. The annual show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, jewelry, sculpture, digital video and more.

Scholarships of up to $750 were awarded for the best student work. View photos of the artists' reception here.

The event is free and open to the public. The Gallery of Art and Design is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. when classes are in session.

Free Course Focuses on Dalai Lama's Ethics

dalai lamaEthics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama is the focus of a ten-week course exploring the foundation of ethics, the ethical individual and the ethical society. The free course follows The Dalai Lama Foundation Official Study Guide.

Class begins Wednesday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. at Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 308.

To register for this noncredit course, call 457-5231 with course number WELL 083N 01.

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/servicelearning.

Conference to Feature Award-Winning Performances

A series of seven readings and performances at venues throughout Omaha will highlight the work of top-notch playwrights at MCC's fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 29-June 5. 

david lindsay-abaireDavid Lindsay-Abaire, recognized as the Conference's 2010 honored playwright, will present two works: Fuddy Meers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole. Other performances and readings include avant-garde work from New York and new works by top national writers.

The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Crime or Emergency by Sibyl Kempson
Performance with talkback following
Saturday, May 29, 9 p.m.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building
Cost: $10 

Waaxe's Law by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Sunday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden
Cost: $10 

Mountain Head with Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Short plays with talkback following
Monday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
KANEKO, 11th and Jones streets
Cost: $10 

Turpentine Jake by James E. Hurd Jr. and Linda Bannister
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Tuesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Cost: $10 

The Writer's Voice with David Lindsay-Abaire, Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Reading and discussion of works
Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Cost: $10

Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

For more information on tickets and performances, visit the Great Plains Theatre Conference website at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference or call the Omaha Community Playhouse, (402) 553-0800.

MCC Students Receive Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarships

Congratulations to MCC students Sheila Cornett and Kim Stuhr, recipients of the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation Scholarship. The renewable scholarship, awarded based on financial need, provides up to $3,200 in tuition assistance and $400 for textbooks to attend any state college in Nebraska. Both students plan to continue their education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Wrote Cornett: "...Continuing my education is very important to me, and because of this scholarship, I can now pursue my goal without the additional financial burden on my family. Metro has been such a great school to help me transition back into college ... I wouldn't be going to UNO if it weren't for the opportunities Metro provides."

Wrote Stuhr: "I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for this gift that I have received."

Competition Challenges Commuters to Use Alternative Transportation

The MetrO! Commuter Challenge 2010 invites Omahans to get around town without driving alone: by cycling, walking, carpooling or riding buses. Participants compete to see who can reduce the most single occupancy trips.

The challenge begins on May 17 and runs through August 15. logoCarpool, ride your bike, take the bus, walk to work or combine these transportation options to compete. Explore new ways of getting around town while reducing our carbon footprint. Prizes may be awarded.

The competition is sponsored by Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Activate Omaha.

More information will be available as the contest approaches. Visit www.metrorideshare.org/en-US/ for more information.

Outdoor Activity? Bring a Bag for Trash

"When I am fishing I try to leave the area cleaner. Take a couple of store plastic bags. Tote out cans, plastic wrap,  bottles, fish line and anything that can harm water quality, lake critters or other fisherman. Most areas have a refuse container for such material." - from instructor Bob Hladik

Do you have a green tip to share with your MCC colleagues? Submit ideas to djlawse@mccneb.edu.

MCC in the News

  • 'Live up your high school days, but do it right.' Advice from future MCC student Abraham Mora-Becerra to Bright Futures students, May 6, Omaha World-Herald
  • The Hot New College Degree: Green data center management, May 5, DWHS Official Blog
  • 'Mayor Announces Plans for Summer Jobs,' an MCC partnership with Urban League trains at-risk youth for jobs, May 4, WOWT
  • MCC Criminal Justice Student John Gardner Honored for Commitment to Community, May 6, Omaha World-Herald

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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