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Inside Story for Friday, August 27, 2010

Stay Informed with MCC's Emergency Notification System

MCC is committed to providing a safe college environment for students and employees. In the event of an emergency, the College will use the following notification methods to provide an emergency alert message:

  • MCC homepage
  • MCC students via MCC student email
  • MCC employees via all-staff email
  • Digital signage on television monitors in commons areas
  • Text messaging. To use this option, students and employees can enroll through WebAdvisor at no charge; however, the user is responsible for purchasing standard text messaging through their cell phone provider.
  • Alerts systems with audible and visual alerts at MCC locations

You are encouraged to contact MCC Public Safety when needed. Contact Public Safety by phone at:

  • General line for all campuses and centers: 457-2222
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: 289-1218
  • Fort Omaha Campus: 457-2313
  • South Omaha Campus: 738-4569

Training and Development at MCC

Starting this Fall quarter, the new Training and Development Department (TRDV) at MCC will provide MCC employees with courses, programs and services that address training and development needs focused on enhancing and strengthening job-related skills

Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator of Training and Development, is available to consult with employees and their supervisors to design and implement an action plan around achieving desired outcomes. Faculty development will continue to be provided through IFEX. Collaboration between departments on training is encouraged.

training diagram

For more information contact Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator of Training and Development, FOC 4, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Nominations for the Student Affairs Excellence Award Open

Do you work with a colleague in Student Affairs who consistently exemplifies a positive attitude, provides outstanding service, provides leadership, focuses on students, works on a special project and uses creativity and initiative in performing duties? If so, nominate him or her for the Student Affairs Excellence Award. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. The selected employees will be honored at the Student Affairs Day Event on Sept. 24.  

Access the specific criteria and the online nomination form here. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

Questions? Contact Julie Langholdt at jlangholdt@mccneb.edu or 457-2201.

Pass to Class: What to Know for Fall Quarter

pass to class logoWith the transition from summer into fall, students will once again be excited to pick up their Pass to Class bus passes for the upcoming Fall quarter.

Distribution Date for Fall:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31. Students attending the Student Leadership Conference may pick up their new passes.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1: Students enrolled in Fall quarter may begin picking up their new passes.

End of Fall Quarter Deactivation:

  • Monday, Nov. 22: Passes belonging to students enrolled in courses for the Fall quarter will be deactivated at midnight on the final day of Fall classes.

Pass to Class Overview:

  • Pass to Class passes are made available to students at all Student Services counters.
  • Student Services staff record each student's identification number and the corresponding bus pass number in Colleague.
  • If transferring passes from one Student Services location to another, contact Daniel Lawse at 738-4564 with the identification numbers of the passes transferred.
  • If your Student Services location is running low on passes and you are unable to acquire passes from another location, contact Daniel Lawse at 738-4564.
  • Pass to Class bus passes are available to all students enrolled in credit courses.
  • These passes are free of charge for the first pass distributed to each student and $25 for each replacement pass.
  • Guidelines regarding this replacement fee and other user restrictions are outlined in the student agreement, which must be signed by each student upon pass issuance.

MOBY Riders

  • Students with disabilities and who require MOBY services may also pick up their passes at Student Services counters.
  • Before these MOBY passes can be distributed, students must confirm current MOBY rider certification by showing their MOBY identification with ID number.
  • Students who may be MOBY eligible but who have not yet been certified must first contact Metro (formerly MAT) for certification before a pass can be issued.
  • When issuing MOBY Pass to Class passes, Student Services staff should record student ID numbers and corresponding pass numbers in Colleague.
  • Staff then contact Melinda Classen immediately to ensure timely activation of all MOBY passes issued.
  • MOBY riders must follow normal MOBY guidelines for requesting prearranged transportation services and must identify themselves as Metro MOBY riders when making these arrangements.

Non-Working Passes

  • If the student brings back a non-working pass, check to make sure this is the same pass that was issued to the student during the current quarter.
  • Double-check the student is still enrolled. If the student dropped classes, MCC contacts Metro to deactivate the pass.
  • Record the non-working pass and shred or destroy the non-working returned pass.
  • When a student returns an original pass that does not work, there is no fee.

Contact Daniel Lawse (djlawse@mccneb.edu) or Laura Roush in the Office of Sustainable Practices with any questions regarding the Pass to Class bus passes.

Scheduled MCC Network Maintenance

IT Services will conduct maintenance and upgrade activities to network infrastructure and servers starting at noon on Sunday, Aug. 29. Services should be restored by 5 p.m. This activity is part of the College's preventative maintenance and upgrade plan. Short-term interruptions of the following network services will occur during the afternoon hours for all campuses:

 a. Access to email and voicemail servers, including student email

b. Access to data storage and print servers

c. Access to MCC web servers, including ANGEL web servers

d. Seven-digit in and out dialing at FOC

If you have any difficulties accessing the network Aug. 30, try rebooting your computer. If that does not solve the problem, contact the Help Desk for assistance at 457-2900.

Fall Quarter Celebration Scheduled

Fall Quarter is fast approaching! The Fall Quarter Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31, 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, First Student shuttle service has been scheduled from the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha campuses. Times with an asterisks (*) 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 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m.


*2:45 p.m.

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 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:15 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

*2:45 p.m.

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

Register Today for The Wellness Family Feud, a New Training and Development Series

Register and participate in the first of a new collegewide 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 coworkers engage in a lively game of the Wellness Family Feud. Do not 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.

Register today. No tuition waiver is required.

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, visit webadvisor.mccneb.edu.

TRDV 005N 01 (163161)      T       Aug. 31    10-11 a.m.       SOC CON 249   Availability of seating limited to 60

TRDV 005N 02 (163162)      T       Aug. 31    1:30-2:30 p.m.  SOC CON 249   Availability of seating limited to 60

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

Fair to Promote Student Clubs and Organizations

Are you an advisor 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, or Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Dkerwin@mccneb.edu or 289-1416.

Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Omaha Serves, the City of Omaha's community service initiative, is currently seeking individuals who are passionate about community service to apply for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. 

AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve full-time through Omaha Serves and will work to increase volunteer efforts in Omaha by assisting local organizations to plan, develop and implement sustainable volunteer programs.  The VISTAs will work in the following priority service areas: at-risk youth, neighborhood restoration and non-profit capacity building. 

The VISTAs will receive a modest living allowance and will be asked to make a one-year commitment. 

Pass along the information to someone you know who might be interested and visit www.cityofomaha.org/mayor/component/wordpress/omaha-serves for more details. Application materials are due Sept. 15.

Questions? Contact Kirsten Case-Penrod at 444-5034 or kcase.penrod@ci.omaha.ne.us.

Save the Date: Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 18, 1-7:30 p.m., with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska's Native Americans. The event is free and open to the public.

Instructor Represents MCC in Hawaii

Forss in Hawaii
History Instructor Amy Forss met with Pearl Harbor and National Park Ranger Chief Historian Daniel Martinez at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.

MCC History instructor Amy Forss represented MCC at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) workshop Legacies of the Pacific War in Oahu, Hawaii, July 31-Aug. 6.

Forss was chosen along with 24 other American historians to meet with 15 international historians at Pearl Harbor to discuss World War II and the current reconciliation between Japan and America. The conference included a private U.S. Navy tour of Pearl Harbor, the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and the U.S.S. Utah Memorial. Attendees also met veterans of Pearl Harbor Day, individuals who experienced the Japanese internment camps and a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

Forss learned about the bombing of Pearl Harbor from an American and Japanese viewpoint and enjoyed interacting with other historians from America, Japan, the Marshall Islands, Australia and China.

Weekly Green Tip

sustainability logoImproper disposal of batteries can result in the deterioration of battery casings and the leaking of toxic materials into our landfills. Stay charged about sustainability at MCC and turn in expired or dead single-use and rechargeable batteries to any MCC Public Safety office. Batteries can also be recycled for free at any Omaha-area Batteries Plus location.

From the Board of Governors

The MCC Board of Governors appointed Linda McDermitt as its District 1 representative through 2012.

linda mcdermittMcDermitt's appointment follows the departure of Patrick Leahy, who served as the District 1 representative on the Board of Governors for almost 10 years. McDermitt said a desire to contribute to future community development led her to apply for the vacancy. "I will serve with all my experience, heart and love for our community," she said.

McDermitt is the owner of the insurance and financial planning businesses Financial Services and Fricke & Associates Inc. She is a member of various community service and business organizations. During her term, McDermitt hopes to expand MCC's outreach among high school students and promote MCC among small businesses, particularly among women small business owners. She graduated from the National College of Business in Rapid City, S.D.

"Metropolitan Community College is a great place for the enhancement of small business," McDermitt said at the Aug. 24 meeting. "Small business women are constantly needing to retool their skills in leadership and new technology."

Other items approved at the August meeting included:

  • Minutes of the June 27, 2010, Board of Governors meeting and Aug. 18, 2010, Board of Governors workshop.
  • Appointments and resignations.
  • Appointment of Board of Governors representative Jim Nekuda as the Ex-Officio Member of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation Board.

The MCC Board of Governors represents five districts, with one member at large. The board governs the College, sets policy, approves the budget and sets the local College tax levy.

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees

Sheryl Jouvenat
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Separations                   Last Day
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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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