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Inside Story for Friday, July 23, 2010

Elkhorn Valley Campus Begins Parking Expansion

Work begins at the end of July to add 85 parking stalls at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The additional stalls will be located at the southeast side of the main parking lot. The project is slated for completion prior to Sept. 7, when Fall classes begin.

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.

Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center

The La Vista Summer Concert Series returns to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library on Friday, July 23, with Omaha band On the Fritz at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

Free Health Screenings Available at Elder Fair

MCC's first Elder Fair will corral resources for seniors, caregivers and adults ages 50 and up at the South Omaha Campus ITC July 30. Health screenings through the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus are available at no cost for individuals of any age.

Workshops; prizes including a digital camera, cell phone and gift cards; and more than 60 booths are among the fair's offerings. A description of 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. 

New Solar Electric Installation Class Offered in August

A new section of ELTR 2900 is now open for enrollment. This special topics course on Solar Electric Installation offers hands-on work experience at Creighton University. Instructor Michael Shonka will cover solar applications and installation techniques. Additional topics will include installation safety and best practices.

This is a one-day, one-credit course held Friday, Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Consider attending the workshop, and forward this information to students who may be interested. Register online at www.mccneb.edu or call at 457-5231. Direct additional questions to Michael Shonka at mshonka@qwest.net.

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.

Weekly Green Tip

Cut your grass so it is two inches high and leave the clippings in the lawn. You'll spend less time mowing and raking, and you won't have to water your lawn as much. Forty percent of water in summer is allocated to outdoor usage when rates are highest. Also, less lawn care usually means using fewer chemicals that will leach into runoff water and damage local fish and bird habitats.

Also, try to use your sprinklers in early morning or evening. The average lawn needs only about one hour of watering per week. The irrigation of U.S. lawns and landscapes claims an estimated 7.9 billion gallons of water a day- a volume that would fill fourteen billion six-packs of beer. -The Green Book

HR Updates

New Employees
lauri cook
Lauri Cook             Faculty secretary                             SOC-MAH                            738-4618

marilyn potter
Marilyn Potter         Faculty secretary                             SOC-MAH                            738-4006

Changes
Diane Goods Collins                        SOC MAH                            738-4586
Susan Raftery                                 SOC MAH                            738-4585
Susann Suprenant                           FOC 9                                 457-2368
Jacquie Wood                                  FOC 9                                 457-2366

Separations                                  Last Day
Evelia Gutierrez                               7/22/10
Brandon Strain                                7/15/10
Katie Wortmann                               7/23/10

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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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