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Inside Story for Friday, October 01, 2010

College Calendar Input Needed

The Academic Affairs office seeks input from all MCC personnel regarding the 2011-12 academic calendar. Three drafts are located on the Academic Affairs website at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs. Any feedback received will be used to create two final drafts, which will be forwarded to Academic Council. Once Academic Council has provided their feedback, one final draft will be forwarded to Cabinet and then finally to the Board of Governors for final approval.

Email any comments or suggestions regarding these drafts to Dave Ho at dho@mccneb.edu. All comments and suggestions must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 7.

Bistro Now Open for Breakfast, Lunch

The student-driven Sage Bistro is now open for Breakfast and Lunch Service in JoJo's Dining Room in the Institute for the Culinary Arts.  Breakfast is served 8-10 a.m. and lunch service is offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday- Thursday.  Visit the bistro website for more information and a menu.

MCC Hosts Free Financial Planning Day

Omaha residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at an upcoming community event.  Financial Planning Day will feature experts from the Financial Planning Association® and highly qualified Certified Financial PlannerTM professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents one-on-one to address important financial issues

The event will be hosted by Metropolitan Community College on Saturday, Oct. 23, at two different locations.  The morning event from 9 am to 12 noon is located at Metropolitan Community College's Elkhorn Valley Campus, and the afternoon session from 1 to 4 pm, South Omaha Campus Street at the Industrial Training Center, Room 120. English to Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus.

The event will feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics, including:  Financial Starter Kit, Young Adults & Money, Life Planning, Surviving Job Loss, Spending Plan 101, and Investing Basics. Additionally, financial planners will be able to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on budgeting, getting out of debt, income taxes, dealing with mortgage foreclosures, paying for college, estate planning and insurance, among many other topics.  The advice will be offered on a "no strings attached" basis and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services.

"Unfortunately today, there are thousands of Americans who need trusted financial advice, but they don't think they make enough money to have a financial planner. Actually, most of us need an objective, third party professional opinion; from someone who can help us achieve the strongest financial future out of the resources we have," said Rhonda Heineman, CFP®, President, FPA of Nebraska. 

The event is being organized in partnership with FPA of Nebraska as part of a national Financial Planning Days initiative created by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  The collaboration is a first-of-its kind effort involving city governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide united in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to communities throughout the U.S. Locally, the community partners involved in planning the Omaha event are: Metropolitan Community College, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch, the Mayor's office, United Way of the Midlands, Creighton University, and Nebraska Financial Planners Association of Nebraska.

TO PARTICIPATE:  Metro Omaha Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public.  Free online registration for the Metro Omaha Financial Planning Day is available at www.financialplanningdays.org/omaha. Walk-ins are also welcome.

About CFP Board

The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® certificants and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 61,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States. For more about CFP Board, visit www.CFP.net or call 800-487-1497.

About FPA

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who need, support and deliver professional financial planning. FPA demonstrates and supports a professional commitment to education and a client-centered financial planning process. Based in Denver, Colo., FPA has 95 chapters throughout the country representing tens of thousands of members involved in all facets of providing financial planning services. Working in alliance with academic leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations, FPA is the community that fosters the value of financial planning and advances the financial planning profession. For more information about FPA, visit www.FPAnet.org or call 800-322-4237.

About Foundation for Financial Planning

The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need.  The Foundation funds programs that provide pro bono financial planning, and connect volunteers through the involvement of the financial planning and services community.  The Foundation strives to help people who are underserved by the market, in need of financial guidance, or in a financial crisis. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of all Americans through access to pro bono financial planning and financial life skills education to provide those at all socio-economic levels with the knowledge to control their financial lives and opportunities to obtain unbiased financial advice in time of crisis and disaster. For more information about the Foundation for Financial Planning, visit www.foundation-finplan.org.

About The U.S. Conference of Mayors

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,204 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. More information about the Conference is available at www.usmayors.org.

What to Do Regarding Job Inquiries

Have you ever taken a call from an individual asking about MCC jobs? HR has the following tips.

If a person calls inquiring about jobs, let the caller know that all position vacancies are posted on the web and the link is provided to the caller: www.mccnebjobs.com. If individuals have problems using the online application software, HR staff are available to answer questions at 457-2420.

If an individual wants to visit HR in person, HR will give such walk-in traffic an instruction sheet.

If an individual has specific questions, HR can point him or her in the right direction. One common question is on adjunct faculty openings. A response regarding adjunct faculty openings could be this:

Thank you for your interest in Metropolitan Community College. For more information about the qualifications for part time instructors and to complete our online application, visit our website at www.mccnebjobs.com.   Applications for part-time credit instructors are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, the need to hire additional instructors varies from quarter to quarter. Applications are reviewed periodically, as needed.  Individuals selected for further consideration will be contacted via telephone or email by the hiring department.

For more information, contact HR at 457-2420.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Information

Metropolitan Community College Public Safety encourages all staff and students to review the information regarding rape prevention and awareness at the following website http://www.mccneb.edu/sharp.pdf.  This information also contains tips for rape prevention, statistics and existing organizations outside of MCC for rape counseling options. 

Drug-Free Schools Information

In compliance with the 1989 Amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, as articulated in the U.S. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Part 86, all institutions of higher education (IHE's) are required to participate in drug and alcohol abuse prevention awareness programs. MCC is required to be in compliance with Act and as such the attached documents are provided to all staff and students. You may have previously received a paper copy of the information in the attached documents. The electronic version affords us the ability to send more information to faculty, staff and students as these attachments also contain links to other sites with drug prevention information.

Availability of the 2010 Annual Security Report

Metropolitan Community College Public Safety prepares the Annual Security Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by MCC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from MCC campus locations. The report also includes policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters. The full text of the report can be located on our website at www.mccneb.edu/publicsafety/ASR2010.pdf.

Register Today for Omaha Table Talk

MCC employees and students are invited to participate in Omaha Table Talk 2010, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The annual Omaha Table Talk dinner invites participants to engage in an evening of facilitated dialogue with 8 to 12 guests of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In host locations at homes or community sites, participants share their thoughts on race and diversity based on their own values, beliefs and experiences. Now in its sixth year, Omaha Table Talk's mission is to bring citizens of the community together to build social bridges. There is no cost to participate. The College is pleased to host three community sites for this annual city-site event.

To participate or learn more about Omaha Table Talk, visit www.omahatabletalk.com. You must register by Oct. 1 to participate.

Fight the Flu at Flu Shot Clinic

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct a flu shot clinic at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses the first week of October. The clinic is open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

Vaccines available include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties.

  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 lobby: Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Lower Commons: Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-noon

The immunizations are covered 100 percent for BCBS members. Bring your member card with you to the clinic. For non-members and other health care plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash or check. The flu mist will be available for $30. Claim forms for traditional Medicare will be available at the flu shot clinics.

Blue Cross Blue Shield members should complete claim forms prior to arriving for the vaccination.

For questions, contact Wade Standifer at 457-2875 or wfstandifer@mccneb.edu

Training & Development

This program is designed to contribute to the professional growth and development of MCC employees by providing educational services and opportunities through workshops, group activities and online resources.

Five Focus Areas of Training & Development are:

  • New Employee Orientation
  • Departmental Customized Training
  • Technology Training
  • Leadership Development
  • College-Wide Development Offerings

To stay up-to-date on Training & Development opportunities, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv.

Seats are still available in the following October workshops:

S.A.F.E. Defense
TRDV 009N 01 (synonym-163849)
Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
SOC, ITC Room 120

Network Navigation
TRDV 010N 01 (synonym-164069)
Oct. 15, 1-4 p.m.
SRP Room 220

Emergency Preparedness and Incident Management
TRDV 008N 01 (synonym-163794)
Oct. 22, 8-noon
SOC, Connector Room 249

Excel Features, Advanced
TRDV 011N 01    (synonym-164184)
Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 114

For complete course descriptions, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp

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.

To enroll, visit webadvisor.mccneb.edu or call 457-8518. All listed workshops are non-credit, term 10/SE. For more information, contact Marilyn Cotten, Training & Development Coordinator, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Film and Media Conference Kicks Off Oct. 1

The film and video work of high school students, college students and amateurs will be recognized at the 5th Annual Elkhorn Valley/BEA D 7 Film and Media Conference, Oct. 1-2 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The conference accepts entries in several categories that are judged by industry professionals. Student and amateur filmmakers gather in an informal setting to attend panels, workshops, share ideas and techniques. The event is sponsored by MCC and the Broadcast Education Association District. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Robert Maass, Photography Instructor, 289-1437; or Tom McDonnell, Dean of Languages and Visual Arts, 289-1331.

View the schedule here.

Preschool Health and Safety Fair on Oct. 8

MCC's Second Annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair will help preschool-aged children learn about healthy lifestyles and safe living practices. The free fair is Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus.

Office of Public Affairs Recognized at Regional Conference

The 2010 National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 5 Conference was held Sept. 26-28 in Kansas City, Mo. Metropolitan Community College's office of Public Affairs received three awards.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges. As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. The state of Nebraska is part of District 5 as well as Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

The awards MCC received included:
Marketing projects

  • Gold Medallion of Excellence for Brochure/Flyer Series for the Information Technology program folder. Judges commented on the standout color and easily navigable information of this marketing piece for the IT program. The design allows for easy updates and the size is conducive for use as a hand out at events or mailing.
  • Gold Medallion of Excellence for College Catalog for the 2010-11 College Catalog. Judges commented on the navigable layout and the combination of a print and CD version. For sustainability purposes, the number of printed copies were reduced; information is available via a print version and a CD version.
  • Bronze Medallion of Merit Award for Brochure/Flyer Series for the Project Bridge identity and collateral materials. Judges commented on the nifty look and colors that drew attention to a "neat program."
  • Sheila O'ConnorPublic Affairs Executive Director Sheila O'Connor received the NCMPR District 5 Communicator of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership in Community College Marketing. NCMPR's Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a marketing, public relations or communications professional at a two-year college for exceptional leadership and ability in the area of college communications and marketing. O'Connor said her goal is to provide transparency in the marketing, branding and imaging of the College. She strives to promote a consistent message regarding the College.

2010 Student Affairs Staff Excellence Awards

More than 100 MCC Student Affairs staff members from all locations met at the Fort Omaha Campus Sept. 24 to connect with fellow colleagues and hear about initiatives that touch and affect every area of the College.

President Randy Schmailzl thanked staff for their service to students and successfully accommodating MCC's record enrollment. Attendees participated in breakout sessions on the advising model, accreditation, secondary partnerships, safety and security, master plan and international affairs.

The 2010 Student Affairs Staff Excellence Awards were presented to:

  • Stephanie McGowan, Academic Counselor at SOC
  • Lavette Robinson, Student Services Assistant at FOC
  • Ruth Schindler, Administrative Assistant, Gateway to College
  • Neil Volker, Academic Advisor, Sarpy County Center

MCC Receives Community Star Award from Partners for Meth Prevention

The MCC Marketing Department was awarded a Quarterly Community Partner Community Star Award from Partners for Meth Prevention (PMP).

The Community Star Awards were created by PMP to honor community and coalition partners who have dedicated their time, passion and energy for education, prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. 

 As part of its relationship with Partners for Meth Prevention, Public Affairs created a membership brochure to assist the program's efforts to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families who are affected by substance abuse and addiction. The office also fostered meth awareness through promotion of the Diversity Matters Book Series selection of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction. MCC hosted the community education program Meth 360 in May 2009.

Deb Lahoda, TRiO advisor, accepted the award on behalf of MCC at the Sept. 28 at the quarterly awards ceremony.

MCC Swears in Police Officers

MCC's Public Safety division swore in seven police officers today at the Fort Omaha Campus. The officers, who have all served MCC for at least a year, are among the first sworn police officers who will serve the College's campuses and centers in four counties. The Public Safety division is dedicated to providing a safe environment that enhances students' learning experience at MCC.

MCC Chief of Police David Friend said the officers' transition from public safety officers to police officers will enable Public Safety to better serve the nearly 50,000 students who attend MCC annually.

"This is the foundation of community policing - these officers know the community, the students, faculty and staff," Friend said. "Each officer looks forward to offering an additional level of service." 

The officers include: Sgt. Ronald J. Beatty of Elkhorn, Officer Emery L. Bashus of Plattsmouth, Sgt. Dave A. Bell of Gretna, Officer Matthew J. Kowalewski of Omaha, Sgt. Kurt W. Denker of Omaha, Officer Joshua J. McNeil of Council Bluffs, and Sgt. Roy D. Scott of Elkhorn.

MCC's Public Safety division is comprised of 21 public safety officers including nine police officers. The department is responsible for providing security for students at MCC's seven locations, responding to medical and fire emergencies, responding to traffic accidents and enforcing campus rules and regulations, among other services.

Weekly Green Tip

Pampering Fido the green way: The next time your canine or feline friend needs a new bed, look for one that is filled with recycled fiber. If just one in every 20 dog owners purchased a bed made from recycled materials, the fiber savings would total nearly 3,200 tons and fill 400 garbage trucks. - The Green Book

HR Updates

New Employees

Gary Chambers
Gary Chambers              Police Officer Trainee          FOC 30        457-2313

Matthew Kowalewski
Matthew Kowalewski        Police Officer                       EVC            289-1218

Brad Marshall
Jon "Brad" Marshall          Police Officer Trainee           FOC 30        457-2313

Joshua McNeil
Joshua McNeil                  Police Officer                         SOC            738-4569

Jeremy Wright
Jeremy Wright                 Bright Start Transition Specialist         FOC 7        457-2543


Emery Bashus                  Police Officer                   FOC 30                457-2313

Ronald Beatty                  Police Sergeant                 FOC 30                457-2744

David Bell                        Police Sergeant                 SOC                    738-4577

Lisa Bradley                    Coordinator of Annual Giving   

Donald Clark                    Police Officer Trainee        FOC 30                457-2313

Kurt Denker                     Police Sergeant                 FOC 30                457-2632

David Friend                    Police Chief/Director of Emergency Management

Harold Loveless                Police Officer Trainee         SOC                    738-4569

Evelyn Melhorn                                                                                   738-4603

Pamela Perry                   Coordinator of Grants and Innovative Planning

Roy Scott                         Police Sergeant                  EVC                    289-1311

Elijah Simmons                 Police Officer Trainee           FOC 30               457-2313

Mark Sundermeier             Deputy Chief of Police/Assistant Director of Emergency Management

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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