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Inside Story for Friday, August 13, 2010

Fair to Promote Student Clubs and Organizations

Are you an adviser of a student organization? Sign up for MCC's Student Organization Fair to get the word out about your organization.

Student Affairs is hosting the fair at MCC locations in September to offer organizations the opportunity to promote their group and provide information and the opportunity visit with potential student members. Your participation will help highlight the variety of opportunities and activities MCC offers to students.

The dates of the fair are:

  • Fort Omaha Campus: Monday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • South Omaha Campus: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sarpy Center: Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

To reserve a spot for your student organization, contact Kristin Hoesing, klhoesing2@mccneb.edu or 457-2732, and Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Dkerwin@mccneb.edu or 289-1416.

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

Fall Quarter Celebration Scheduled

Fall Quarter is fast approaching! The Fall Quarter Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center. The agenda for the day is lunch and conversation with an opportunity for full-time employees to interact with colleagues from across the campuses.  The celebration also includes a fun and informative wellness seminar titled The Wellness Family Feud. The seminar is scheduled prior to and following lunch. Register for the one that best fits your schedule.

For employee convenience, shuttle service has been scheduled from the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha campuses. Times with an * are scheduled for those choosing to attend the Wellness Family Feud session.

Elkhorn Valley Campus Transportation Schedule:

Pick Up Time at EVC

Departure Time from SOC to EVC

*9:00 AM

11:15 AM

10:30 AM

12:45 PM

12:00 PM

*2:45 PM

Fort Omaha Campus Transportation Schedule:
Shuttle will leave the Fort Omaha Campus from in front of Bldg. 10

Pick Up Time at FOC 10

Departure Time from SOC to FOC

*9:20 AM

11:15 AM

10:30 AM

12:15 PM

11:45 PM

1:15 PM

12:45 PM

*2:45 PM

Questions about transportation?  Call Wade at 457-2875 or wfstandifer@mccneb.edu

The Wellness Family Feud: A New Training and Development Series
Register and participate in the first of a new college-wide training and development series. Come and join the fun at this enjoyable and educational seminar on wellness beyond nutrition and physical activity. You will enjoy seeing co-workers engage in a lively game of the Wellness Family Feud. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and laugh. Also, find out what's going on in workplace wellness programs throughout Omaha. Presenter Howie Halperin is Executive Director of the Wellness Councils of the Midlands (WELCOM) and has educated some of Nebraska's leading companies on the importance and adoption of healthier lifestyles.

For your convenience, this activity is scheduled prior to and following the Fall Quarter Celebration. To enroll in the morning or afternoon Family Feud seminar, go to http://webadvisor.mccneb.edu/.

TRDV 005N 01   (163161)          T          Aug. 31       10-11 a.m.         SOC-CON-249

TRDV 005N 02   (163162)          T          Aug. 31       1:30-2:30 p.m.    SOC-CON-249

Please note: Attending an activity during your scheduled work hours requires supervisor approval. It is your responsibility to obtain approval to attend a Training and Development event.

For further information about the wellness session contact Marilyn Cotten, Training and Development Coordinator, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

In Memory of Brandon Michael Thomas

A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Brandon Michael Thomas, a 21-year-old MCC Culinary Arts student who passed away July 12 after injuries suffered in a motorcycle-car collision. Donations are being accepted for the Brandon Thomas Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund at the MCC Foundation Fort Omaha Campus, Box 3777, Omaha, Neb., 68103-0777 or online at www.mccneb.edu/foundation.  

Young Professionals Accepting Applications for 2011 Board

Wanted: motivated volunteers who are ready to lead new initiatives, serve young professionals and work to build a vibrant community. Submit an application today to be part of the 2011 Young Professionals board. This hands-on 15-member group of young leaders, ages 40 and under, is the governing body for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. They can be mailed or hand delivered to the Greater Omaha Chamber, Attn: Sarah Johnson, 1301 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102, or e-mailed to sjohnson@omahachamber.org. Candidates selected for the council will be notified by Friday, Nov. 5.
For additional information, contact Johnson at (402) 978-7945. You may also visit the Young Professionals Web site.

Metro Reads! Sustainable Book Selection: The Green Book

Kermit the Frog could not have been more wrong when he said, "It ain't easy being green." Learn what simple steps you can take at home and in the classroom to promote sustainable living. For your browsing pleasure, all academic departments will soon receive a complimentary copy of The Green Book. Faculty and staff interested in obtaining their own copy of the book can contact Teri Quick, 738-4655 or tquick@mccneb.edu. For more information on The Green Book, visit the Metro Reads! website.

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

If you routinely shower before work in the morning and then again after your evening visit to the gym, consider switching to a morning workout and showering just once a day. You'll save about 200 gallons of water for each shower you subtract from your schedule. Over the course of a year, you could save more than 30,000 gallons of water-enough to fill a 20-by-40-foot backyard swimming pool.

What Does That Oil Light Mean?

When the oil light comes on while driving, it means the engine is out of oil. When this light comes on, permanent engine damage has already occurred. In a matter of seconds, the engine starts to tear itself apart. Adding oil will not reverse the damage. Some models have an oil light on the dash which indicates the vehicle is low on oil. If your vehicle has both warning lights, you need to know which one tells you that the engine is out of oil. 

2010 Personal Finance Institute

Finance Institute

Finance Instructor David Wilhelm and MCC graduate Rhonda Heineman, President of the Certified Financial Planning Association of Nebraska, gave presentations at the 2010 Personal Finance Institute at Wayne State College on July 22. Forty-four secondary and postsecondary teachers of business, social studies and family and consumer teachers attended. Eighty percent of the teachers passed the WISE (Working in Support of Education) certification exam that was offered at the conclusion of the institute. Participants also earned graduate college credit for their work in developing or revising Personal Finance curriculum for use in their high school or community.  The institute was sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, Metropolitan Community College and other supporting agencies and companies.

Recent Grants

  • $47,535 grant from the Department of Education and the Perkins Innovation Grant Award Program: This grant will fund the Process Operations Technology Initiative (PROT-I) to build MCC's capacity to train technicians for industries in Washington County and other locations. Key industry partners include the Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant, as well as, an array of agricultural-based industries located near Blair. Through PROT-I, MCC will train students in emerging technologies, leading to employment in a new generation of agricultural processing and energy production systems that will fuel Nebraska's economy into the future. PROT-I will create steam system training, develop nuclear energy curriculum and establish a dual credit option for high school students through the Power Plant Operations Career Academy. Contact Bob Boyer (738-4030) or Scott Broady (457-2736) for more information.

HR Updates

New Employees
Jay Harrold
Jay Harrold                          Storeroom Coordinator                 FOC 22               457-2579

Kelly Carpenter                 FOC 30
Rae Lynn Frogge                FOC 30               457-2752

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