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Inside Story for Friday, July 16, 2010

Advising Model Committee Seeks Feedback

The Advising Model Committee will be visiting various locations this summer to give brief presentations on the new proposed Advising Model. Find out more about the exciting changes and enhancements proposed in this new Advising Model and attend one of the following presentations.

In each presentation, committee members will give a brief description of the new Advising Model and how it will benefit students. The committee is looking forward to receiving feedback and answering questions during the forum. All presentations are open to the College community.

July 20
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 305, 1-2:30 p.m.

July 22
Fremont Area Center, 1-2:30 p.m., presentation includes a brief tour of renovated third floor

July 29
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 136D,  10-11:30 a.m.   

For more information, contact Robin Hixson at 457-2808 (FOC), Diana Kerwin-Kubr at 289-1416 (EVC) or Todd Hansen at 317-3001 (FAC).

College for Kids Program Moves to New Locations

College for Kids classes at the South Omaha Campus July 19-23 will now be held in the Mahoney building. Participants should enter through the north entrance.

Due to remodeling in Building 7, all Fort Omaha College for Kids classes will be in the Mule Barn (Building 21) July 26-30.

Reminder: Password Changes Headed Your Way

MCC staff with usernames starting with the letters A-D must change their passwords on July 20 or the first day you log in after that date. Start thinking about a new password now.

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, 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, as it contains only five letters, no numbers and all lowercase characters.  A better password might be Burgl3r, which includes a number, more characters and a capital letter.

Remember that your password is case sensitive so be aware of your CAPS lock key. 

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. 

NOTE:  If you receive email on your cell phone, you will have to change your password on it using the same password as your new network password.

Heart of Metro Nominations Due Today

Today, July 16, is the deadline for Summer quarter Heart of Metro nominations.  Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for his or her outstanding contributions to the College?

Read more about the award and submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Questions?  Contact Kay Friesen at kfriesen@mccneb.edu or 457-2878.

Computers, Satellite Dishes Among Collegewide Auction Items

Current items set to be auctioned at the Collegewide Auction, Aug. 7 at FOC Bldg. 25, are available for preview at www.mccneb.edu/auction/.

You can contribute your unwanted items to the auction, too. Here's how:

  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.

Open Enrollment Available for Dental Insurance

Open enrollment for Blue Cross and Blue Shield dental insurance only is available now through Sept. 30.  Employees may elect to change or add dependents to their dental coverage with a Sept. 1 effective date. 

Employees and/or dependents added to the BCBS dental plan during the open enrollment period are limited to Coverage A, Preventive and Diagnostic Dentistry only (exams, cleanings, x-rays) for the first 12 months. After the 12-month waiting period, the dental plan includes Coverage A (preventive and diagnostic), Coverage B (minor restorative) and Coverage C (major restorative).

For questions or to request a BCBS dental open enrollment form, contact Julie Nohrenberg in Human Resources, jnohrenberg@mccneb.edu or 457-2232.

Students Depart for Oaxaca, Mexico

Nine students led by Spanish faculty members Dallas Jurisevic and Marco Bravo began an 18-day study of Spanish and Oaxacan culture July 16. Students will live with host families and study Spanish at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca as well as share time with conversation partners and participate in cultural workshops such as salsa dancing, Oaxacan cuisine, Mexican cinema and weaving.  The group will also experience the Guelaguetza, a festival with representation of ethnic groups from seven regions, and travel to cultural sites such as Mitla, Monte Alban and San Bartolo Coyotepec.

This is the fourth year MCC faculty have led students to study in Oaxaca. Other faculty-led groups this summer have traveled to Rosebud, S.D., China and Ghana.  Culinary Arts students will depart for Thailand on Aug. 4.

Bee Movie Presented at Sarpy Center

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

Fair Brings Caregiver Resources to One Location

MCC's first Elder Fair will corral resources for seniors and caregivers at the South Omaha Campus ITC July 30. Workshops, free health screenings, prizes and more than 60 booths are among the fair's offerings. A description of all the free workshops is available at the Service-Learning website.

Save the Date: Omaha Stamp Show

Metropolitan Community College will host the 2010 Omaha Stamp Show Sept. 11-12 at the South Omaha Campus. Bring in your collections for a free evaluation. View the flier for more information.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The Dos and Don'ts of Car Maintenance

MCC's Auto Technology Program offers a number of easy-to-use car maintenance tips and tricks.

The Dos and Don'ts of Car Maintenance

1.         Don't ignore small noises. 

Pay attention to all of the noises from the moment you start the engine until you shut it off.  Some noises are normal, but some could indicate a serious problem. Drive with the radio turned off once in awhile so you can listen to the engine.

2.         Don't diagnose your own problem.               

Tell your technician what your car is doing - that is, tell him or her the symptoms. Don't say what you want done when dealing with specific problems. Some shops will do what you ask, but it may not repair what's wrong with the car. 

3.         Don't be intimidated.

Since you are the paying customer, ask questions until you understand what is being done to your car. If necessary, call upon a friend or family member to make sure you understand what is being done to your car. 

4.         Do build a relationship with a quality repair shop.  

Find a repair shop close to home that you trust and then patronize that shop. Repair shops rely on word-of-mouth for their business.  Most repair shops can't afford to advertise, so once you've built a relationship, they will be more willing to work with you when you have a repeat problem.  

5.         Do believe your technician.

A reputable shop will not lie to you.  A quality shop may be more expensive, but when you have a problem, the shop will stand behind the work.

6.         Do know exactly what your car is doing that you feel needs repaired.

Know exactly what you do to make your car malfunction or act up.  The technician may not be able to duplicate the problem because of how you drive the car.  You may have to take him/her along on a road test to demonstrate the problem.

 7.        Do keep your foot off the clutch pedal when sitting at a stop light.

A car with a manual transmission should be in neutral at a stoplight. This is achieved by not stepping on the clutch pedal. In other words, the clutch should not be engaged at this time. Stepping on the clutch pedal engages the clutch which actually puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the thrust bearings that hold the crankshaft in place inside the bottom end of the engine and creates wear to both the crankshaft and the bearings. Thus, in order to reduce the amount of wear on the crankshaft and thrust bearings, put the transmission in neutral and take your foot off of the clutch pedal.

8.         Don't trust your car to a friend that isn't a bona fide technician.

Making repairs on today's cars in no easy task.  It requires lots of training, experience and expensive equipment to make an accurate diagnosis.  Without those factors, your friend may be making nothing more than a calculated guess as to what's wrong-at your expense.

Submit, Vote for Top Environment Omaha Ideas

On July 15, Environment Omaha launched www.passthepotatoes.com, a virtual town hall event that invites anyone to submit or vote on ideas to improve Omaha's sustainability. You can help improve Omaha by voting for MCC staff member Greg Stachon's idea - or submit your own.

Ideas are sought in five Environment Omaha content areas, with Natural Environment as the first category. Users can submit ideas on how to preserve and enhance Omaha's natural environment from July 15 to July 29. The voting period for this content area will run from July 30 to Aug. 6.

Greg Stachon, MCC Records Drawing Coordinator, submitted an idea called Protect the Papio. "The idea is to protect the Papillion Creek  from development," Stachon said. "A new 200-feet-wide by 3-mile-long park would be dedicated along an undeveloped section of the creek. The park would reduce flooding potential, protect wildlife and act as an amenity for all."

A panel of local experts convened by Omaha by Design will review the top ideas generated in each content area for potential implementation. Pending available funding, the goal is to implement one citizen-inspired project in Omaha within the next calendar year.

Weekly Green Tip

Travel: For airline check in, try self-service and use print-at-home tickets.

Self-check-in saves the airlines $1 billion per year, and you save time in the ticket line. Fifty-nine percent of people check in through the airline's main counter, which takes an average of 19 minutes; 18 percent use a self-check-in kiosk, which averages 8 minutes; 10 percent use check-in at curbside, which averages 13 minutes; and 5 percent of passengers obtain their boarding pass through the Internet, which lets them go straight to the security checkpoint. Moreover, printing your tickets at home means you can print on recycled paper. Cardboard passes handed out at the gate are almost always more difficult to recycle because of the ink used and, in some cases, the magnetic strips placed on the back.

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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