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Inside Story for Friday, July 02, 2010

Enhancing Security by Changing Passwords

In an effort to increase the level of security to protect College resources, a periodic password change of your network login account is needed (see instructions below).  This procedure will be very familiar to anyone who has used the Colleague HP system and its password changing requirements. 

To begin this process, we have developed the following schedule. This schedule shows the day you will be required to initially change your password. Please be aware that the groupings are based on the first letter of your network login. For example, a user with an account name of jsmith would change his or her password on July 27.


A-D        July 20

E-H         July 22

I-K          July 27

L-O         July 29

P-S         Aug. 3

T-Z          Aug. 5

When you first login to your computer, you will receive a message stating that your password has expired and that you must change it. A dialogue box will pop up with entries for your old password, your new password and new password confirmation. Your old password should already be filled in for you and designated with the letter "x". Enter your new password and then retype that same password for verification. The rules for your password include the following:

1.    Your password must be a minimum of seven characters

2.    The password must contain a combination of letters and numbers and capitalization

3.    Your password must be unique; you cannot use the same password within a one year period

An example of an unacceptable password would be bugle (only 5 letters, no numbers and all lowercase).  A better password might be Burgl3r, which includes more characters, a number and a capital letter.

Remember that your password is case sensitive so be aware if your Caps Lock key is on or not. 

After confirming your password, you will be logged onto your computer as normal. From then on you need to use your new password. Password changes will be required every six months, and each time you will follow the same procedure as described above. Email notifications that your password is due to expire will be automatically sent 15 days, seven days and one day before password expiration. The email notification will not include any links and will not ask you for any information (see example below).

If you do not login on one of the days listed above, you will still be required to change your password. It will occur the first time you login after your scheduled day.

Any user who desires to change their password for any reason can do so regardless of their location.  The Password Center is available online at all times; if you find that you cannot change your password using the Password Center, the Help Desk can assist you during regular Help Desk hours. If you have any other problems performing the password change, call the Help Desk at 457-2900 for assistance. 

Regular Help Desk hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

For further instructions on changing your passwords, click on this link.

If at any time you have problems with your password, forget your password, your account is locked out or want to speak to someone, contact the Help Desk.  Be aware that you will be required to supply some personal information such as employee ID number, date of birth, home address or telephone number to confirm your identity. This is necessary to protect your account and the College. 

Example email:

example email

Students Serve Savory Breakfast, Lunch

The Institute for the Culinary Arts is open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Thursday in JoJo's Dining Room.  The ICA is located on the south end of the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 22.  The service and menu are a part of the student-driven experience. Customers order at the cash register, and their meal is brought to their table. A complete menu can be found by following this link at the bistro website.

Breakfast: 7:30-10 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
The evening bistro will reopen in the fall.

Staff Compete in Annual Golf Outing


Nearly 20 teams faced off at Pacific Springs Golf Course June 25 to benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

The top 2010 MCC Golf Scramble teams were:

First place
Dewayne Hogan
James Beatty
Duane Harris
Fred Cormaci

Second place
Chad Bartlett
David Bartlett
Phil Mair
Dan Bartlett

Third place
Rich Sandvig
Gary Peterson
John Killough
Rick Nelson

View the full list of results.

Shedding Light on Solar Energy

solar panels
About 20 MCC students received hands-on training on the installation and monitoring of solar panels, part of an increased focus in Nebraska on renewable energy resources.

Students in the Solar Electric Installation class, the only one of its kind in Nebraska, assembled photovoltaic solar collectors at Creighton University on June 25. Creighton is the future site of the largest array of solar panels in the state. The solar collectors the students assembled will be used on the construction trailer of Boyd-Jones, the general contractor for the $1.4 million Creighton University solar project.

The panel project is part of a federal effort to promote renewable energy. U.S. Senators Lee Terry and Ben Nelson have said solar energy - and solar energy experts - will help the country become more energy efficient and energy secure.

View more photos.

Project Bridge Offers a New Start at MCC

The mission of MCC's Project Bridge is to address the healthcare workforce crisis in the region by attracting, supporting, training and providing healthcare workforce opportunities to internationally trained healthcare workers who are currently underemployed or unemployed in the U.S. This is because their healthcare worker credentials are not accredited in the U.S. healthcare system.

Project Bridge provides a one-stop resource for the region's untapped healthcare workforce and guides these individuals toward the right credentials. For more information visit the Project Bridge website.

Collegewide Auction Set for August

The Collegewide Auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 7, at FOC Bldg. 25. Now is the time to look at any of your unwanted items to send to Central Stores for the Collegewide Auction.

How to contribute items:

  1. Fill out the Move, turn in, transfer of non microcomputer equipment form that can be found in the Forms Bank.
  2. Send that form to Central Stores, which will schedule a time to pick up the items.
  3. For questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

Have You Nominated a Colleague?

Nominations for the Heart of Metro are now being accepted through Friday, July 16. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the award criteria. 

Recipients will be recognized in an informal presentation if selected. Take time today to nominate a deserving colleague for his or her exemplary efforts. Visit the Heart of Metro website to submit your nomination online.

Nominate Students for Leadership Conference

The Service-Learning Office seeks outstanding student leaders to attend MCC's first Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at FOC. The conference, Envision-Engage-Lead-Serve, will include multiple speakers and breakout sessions on topics including entrepreneurship, community action, service-learning, career-seeking skills, overcoming life obstacles and international issues.

Students will be invited to the event based on faculty and staff nominations. Nominate outstanding student leaders by Friday, July 9, by emailing Elizabeth McPhail, eamcphail1@mccneb.edu, making sure to include the student's name and ID number.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McPhail or Penny Boykins in the Service-Learning Office, 457-2608.

Julie Langholdt Graduates from Leadership Academy

On June 18, Julie Langholdt, Dean of the Fort Omaha Campus, graduated from the Academy for Leadership and Development after successfully completing the program requirements. The Academy for Leadership and Development is a program developed by the Chair Academy, a division of the Maricopa Community College District, in Mesa, Ariz., for the purpose of advancing organizational leadership and provides succession planning for leaders in postsecondary institutions.

The Academy is a yearlong program that includes an initial week of on-site training; a practicum experience involving implementation of an individualized professional development plan focusing on the application of skills learned during training; a mentor and coaching program; and a final week of on-site training consisting of additional leadership issues. Some of the topics covered include: building effective work times, managing conflict productively, facilitating and celebrating strengths, leading and managing changes and valuing diversity.

Student Wins Gold at SkillUSA National Competition

Six years ago Metropolitan Community College did not have an electrical program. Today, it boasts the top student in the nation in Residential Wiring.  Chris Waszgis received a gold medal June 24 at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Waszgis, Electrical student of John Berger and Dave Horst, previously won the top award in college-level Residential Wiring  in Nebraska at the regional competition in Columbus, Neb.

Waszgis, pictured above with Berger, competed against students from 50 states and four territories.

MCC also received four second-place silver medals in Community Service/Service-Learning and Medical Math.

skillsusa winners

Winners in Community Service/Service-Learning were Bridget Murphy, Justine Heatley and Elise DeMaranville, pictured with advisor Dave Horst. The group presented a display book of service-learning activities and gave a presentation before judges.

Erin Parisien was awarded a silver medal in Medical Math. Parisien also was MCC's first-ever gold medal winner in CPR and First Aid last year. Parisien's advisors were Peggy Dean and Peter Landmark.

More than 320,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually across the nation. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high performance workers in public careers and technical program. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. 

Seventeen MCC students participated in the national event. Of the 12 medals that went to Nebraska schools, five were won by MCC students.

Students who won medals at nationals receive a one-year full-tuition scholarship to MCC.

Book Discussion: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Diversity Matters Book Series continues this summer with a discussion of Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Thursday, July 8, noon-1 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. Set during the peak of World War II, this novel tells the story of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation and embodies warmth, friendship and the best of the human spirit.

Concerts, Movies at Sarpy Center

Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Summer Concert Series kicks off July 9 at the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library with Omaha cover band Shur Thing at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

Outdoor Movie Bee Movie at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Outdoor Movie Series heads to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library July 16 at 9:30 p.m. with Bee Movie. The movie is free and open to the public.

Omaha Running Club Sponsors Go Girl Run

The 13th Annual Go Girl Run is Sept. 6. To register for the women's only 5K race, the women/children's one-mile run or the Kids Fun Run (half-mile or two-block race for boys and girls 12 or under), visit www.omaharun.org. The Omaha Running Club is sponsoring an 11-week running program with training aids and weekly workshops to help runners prepare for the race.

Proceeds benefit the Uta Halee Girls Village.

Summer Travel Trips

As you get ready to travel-even if it is a short trip like the Fourth of July weekend-don't forget to take these few easy steps at home before you leave:

  • Turn up your thermostat to 85 degrees (unless you are leaving pets at home, of course). Experts agree that the energy saved from turning your thermostat up in the summer while you're away is greater than the energy used to cool your house back down after you return.
  • Close window blinds and shades to block out the sun's heat. It's amazing how much indoor heat simply comes from the heat of the sun though the windows. Most ENERGY STAR qualified windows reduce the heat gain into your home more than typical windows do, without reducing the visible light. You get the light you need without the uncomfortable heat.
  • Aside from those one or two lights that you may want to leave on for safety, make sure everything else is turned off-all lights, ceiling fans, the alarm on your radio and other small appliances.
  • Perhaps the best thing you can do to save energy this summer is to choose hotels that have earned EPA's ENERGY STAR label. These hotels listed use at least 35 percent less energy and emit at least 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than other hotels, making a stay with them a carbon-saving experience. For more tips on bringing your green on the road, visit EPA's press releases.

Weekly Green Tip

Paper napkins: Try to use fewer paper napkins. Each American consumes an average of 2,200 two-ply napkins per year or just over six napkins per day. If each worker used just one fewer napkin per day, it would save about 150 million of them from the trash - enough to provide a napkin to every person who eats a hot dog on July 4. - The Green Book

MCC in the News

MCC in the News

  • 'Job Fair Exceeds Organizers Expectations,' June 29, KPTM [video]
  • 'Omaha's War on Crime: A Job Fair Offers Hope,' June 29, KMTV [story] and KMTV [video]
  • 'County to Help Fund New MCC Training Center,' June 25, Blair Enterprise
  • 'Tech Job Market Continues to Expand as Advancements Develop in Industry,' featuring MCC health IT program, June 25, Midlands Business Journal

HR Updates

New Employees

Thomas Galus
 Tom Galus                         
IT Analyst                                  FOC 4                        TBA

Christopher Lantz
Christopher Lantz                     
Library Assistant                       SOC-CON                  738-4506

Marian Kraft                              SOC-CON                     738-4614

Separations                            Last Day
Lisbeth Anderson                       6/28/10

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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