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Inside Story for Friday, August 06, 2010

Students Explore Thai Cuisine

Chefs Janet Mar and Tim O'Donnell began a study abroad experience with 14 culinary arts students in Thailand today. Students will study of Thai cuisine and culture through exploration and research at area markets, restaurants, Buddhist temples, palaces, ancient ruins, wineries and classes at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. The majority of the 12-day experience will be spent in Bangkok, but the group will also experience traveling through rural areas, including a night safari at Khao Yai National Park and an opportunity to enjoy the ocean at Sai Kaew Beach Resort.

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/.

Seeking Opinions on Alternative Transportation

Douglas County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative works to make Douglas County a healthier and more active place to live. Your input will contribute to a foundation of knowledge to make the city an even better place.

Take a 2-minute survey and share your opinions about cycling and walking in Omaha. Your input will help the initiative to address the state of alternative forms of transportation in Omaha.

Elder Fair Reports Packed House

More than 200 people visited MCC's first-ever Elder Fair on July 30 to gather resources on senior care and caregiving, participate in workshops and receive free health screenings.

The fair featured a full house with 59 vendor booths. Nearly 100 people visited the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus - the most ever in a four-hour period, according to Wellness Bus coordinators. Attendees overwhelming left satisfied with their experience; surveys collected from 184 participants showed more than 90 percent were satisfied with the event and would return for a future, similar event.

For more details, view photos from the event or visit the Service-Learning website. View WOWT's website for video coverage of the event.

Student Becomes Finalist in Economics Competition

Joe Cocklin
Joe Cocklin met with noted Colombia University economist Glenn Hubbard.

Student Joe Cocklin represented MCC in Washington, D.C. as a finalist in the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium Contest. Cocklin was the only student from a community college chosen as a finalist for his outstanding entry on how to better the health of the economy.

As one of the 12 finalists, Cocklin and instructor Richard Carter won a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to defend his ideas in front of some of the world's top economists. Cocklin wrote his paper on the economic impacts of immigration and unlawful immigration.

The contest was sponsored by Pearson Education.

Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center

The La Vista Summer Concert Series returns to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library on Friday, Aug. 6, with Blue House and the Rent to Own Horns at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

Save Our Seabirds

A group of students in an Introduction to Sociology class have organized a drive for materials to aid the Gulf Coast in cleanup efforts. Items collected will go to Save Our Seabirds, based in Sarasota, Fla. Items collected will be used in efforts related to Gulf Coast cleanup and beyond, as the organization is always working to keep birds in the Gulf region safe.

The drive will be through Aug. 16. Drop off items at the barrels near the front doors at MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus.

 Items needed include:   

  • AA & AAA Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Heavy duty latex gloves
  • Scotch brand scrubbies
  • Paper towels
  • WD40
  • Rags
  • Towels
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Zip ties
  • Bungee cords
  • Sand paper
  • Mr. Clean cleaner
  • 409
  • Clorox wipes
  • Crayons

Weekly Green Tip

Aveda offers a program to recycle plastic bottle caps, and Lisa Stepanek has already started the process! If you or your department is interested in this recycling opportunity, contact Stepanek at 457-2772. More information is available at Aveda's website.  Note that this a departmental effort, not a campuswide initiative.

MCC in the News

HR Updates

Changes

Gordon Bennett                                                                   Fremont             317-3016

Carmen Boston            Records Assistant                              FOC 30               457-2358

Curtis Bryant               Online Course Administrator

Janee Pannkuk             HIT Health Consortia Project Director

Michelle Rule                                                                        Fremont              317-3018

Internal Job Postings

INTERNAL ONLY - Must be receiving a paycheck from Metropolitan Community College.

POLICE OFFICER-Recruitment 2010079
AREA WIDE
FULL-TIME

Responsible for the safety and protection of MCC students, employees, visitors, and property.  Respond to incidents such as emergencies, disturbances, natural disasters and accidents and has the authority under Nebraska state statute to make arrests, conduct criminal investigations, and respond to emergency situations.  Works with other law enforcement agencies that have concurrent jurisdiction on MCC property as necessary and appropriate.   

QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED plus one year full time job-related experience (physical security, law enforcement) required. Associate's degree preferred.  Equivalent combination of education and/or work experience considered. Current certification or ability to be certified in American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR and First Aid.  Must be at least 21years of age at the time of hire and be qualified to carry a firearm and other law enforcement tools as directed by Police Department policy and in compliance with the city, federal and state laws. Must have a valid driver's license & insurability to operate College vehicles and pass a medical exam. Current Nebraska Law Enforcement certificate or ability to obtain one at the next scheduled NLETC class with openings.  Numerous positions on various shifts and locations. Hiring process includes a background check, which may include a Nebraska State Patrol check to obtain State Deputy State Commission.  Official transcripts required at the time of hire.

A completed application is required; cover letter, resume and transcripts preferred. For guaranteed consideration, application materials must be received by Sunday, August 22, 2010.

  

INTERNAL ONLY - Must be receiving a paycheck from Metropolitan Community College.

POLICE SERGEANT- Recruitment 2010080
AREA WIDE
FULL-TIME

Responsible for the performance of supervisory and professional police work on an assigned shift through the enforcement of state laws and College rules/regulations to protect life and property and ensure the maintenance of law and order throughout the College community.  Also responsible for performing all essential functions and possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a Police Officer.   QUALIFICATIONS: Associate's degree plus five years full time job-related experience (physical security, law enforcement) required.  Equivalent combination of education and/or work experience considered. Current certification or ability to be certified in American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR and First Aid.  Must be at least 21years of age at the time of hire and have a valid driver's license & insurability to operate College vehicles and pass a medical exam. Current Nebraska Law Enforcement certificate or ability to obtain one at the next scheduled NLETC class with openings.  Numerous positions on various shifts and locations. Hiring process includes a background check, which may include a Nebraska State Patrol check to obtain State Deputy State Commission.  Official transcripts required at the time of hire.

A completed application is required; cover letter, resume and transcripts preferred. For guaranteed consideration, application materials must be received by Sunday, August 22, 2010.

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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