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Inside Story for Friday, October 15, 2010

Career Services Works to Increase Accessibility of Resources

The Career Services staff is working to make career-related information more accessible to the MCC community by enhancing the website and providing more online resources. Individuals will still be able to receive one-on-one assistance to develop career decision-making skills, obtain labor market information and access to other career development tools-but now a more self-directed format will also be available. More updates to the website are still to come. To view the changes, visit www.mccneb.edu/careercenter.

Optimal Resume
Another exciting addition to the Career Services toolkit is career center management software. Optimal Resume is now available to the MCC community through Career Services. More than 600 colleges and universities, community colleges, career and technical colleges and trade schools use Optimal Resume nationwide. It offers an award-winning suite of online career tools to help job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills and develop a personal brand online. This platform of unique and helpful online modules will not only enhance the capabilities of Career Services but also faculty members. Optimal Resume is available to those with an MCC email address. Training opportunities to learn how to use Optimal Resume will be available soon. To explore Optimal Resume, visit mccneb.optimalresume.com/.

Career Services Presentations
Did you know that throughout the 2009-2010 academic year the Career Services staff facilitated more than 80 in-class presentations to students? Career Services staff are available to present on a wide array of topics. Let us know if you are interested in having us speak or prepare a panel/program in your classroom. For more information, call (402) 457-2331.

Candidates Sought for Ex-Officio Election

The Faculty Ex-Officio position was created by the MCC Board of Governors to enhance communication at the College. Serving as a non-voting faculty representative on the MCC Board of Governors, this individual provides updates at the monthly board meetings regarding faculty interests and issues. 

The Faculty Ex-Officio is an elected position with a two-year term of office ending Nov. 30 in even-numbered years.  To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time faculty position and be willing to commit to a two-year term of office. 

If you are interested in becoming more directly involved in College issues, consider registering as a candidate in the upcoming election. The deadline for declaring candidacy is Monday, Oct. 25.  Forms are available online at the election website.

If you have questions about the election or any of the election procedures, contact Maureen Moeglin, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, (402) 457-2236 or mmoeglin@mccneb.edu.

New Telephone Area Code

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has approved the addition of a new 531 area code to the geographic region served by the 402 area code. This change, called an area code overlay, was made to accommodate a continuing supply of telephone numbers. This change impacts all telephone company's customers but does not change any existing telephone numbers.

How will this affect you?
Because of the addition of the 531 Area Code, all customers within the 402/531 region will need to dial the correct Area Code followed by the 7-digit telephone number when dialing any local call.

When will MCC's telephone system change and how will it affect me?
The week of Oct. 11-15, all MCC telephone systems will be programmed to allow local 10-digit dialing. You may continue to dial 7 digits until Feb. 26, 2011, when it will become mandatory. After the programming is changed to allow 10-digit dialing, dialing only 7 digits will cause a pause/delay as the system waits to make sure you are not dialing the 3 remaining digits.

Currently all MCC telephone numbers will continue to use the 402 area code. As MCC continues to grow, we may need to add some 531 area code numbers.

Questions? Please contact the Help Desk, (402) 457-2900.

Fall Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Do you work with a colleague who you feel consistently demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered? If so, nominate them for the Heart of Metro Award. Nominations are being accepted through Thursday, Nov. 4. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Inclement Weather Policies

Inclement weather will be here soon. As a reminder, staff are responsible for checking one of the following to see if the College or individual campuses/centers are closed. Those include:

  • College website - www.mccneb.edu
  • College weather line - (402) 457-2499
  • Your individual College email inbox
  • Your individual College voicemail box
  • Local radio and television stations

In addition, all student email inboxes will receive notification.

Additional detailed information is available in the Inclement Weather Procedures Memorandum found at www.mccneb.edu/procedures/X-1_Inclement_Weather.pdf. For more information/questions, refer to your supervisor.

Encourage Students to Serve as Ambassadors

MCC is looking for student leaders to serve as Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors:

  • Give campus tours
  • Participate in student panels
  • Speak at events and outreach activities
  • Act as a greeter at events


  • At least a part-time MCC student
  • Have completed 24 credits hours at MCC
  • In good standing with MCC academically, financially and from a disciplinary standpoint
  • Must have own transportation

Interested students can complete an application here.

Training & Development: Brown Bag Lunch and Learn - Media Boot Camp

Join us for the first of a series of monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Learns designed around fun, information and food. Meet and mingle with other employees, enjoy your home-packed lunch and learn more about MCC from a presenter who will provide an overview of his/her department.

Sheila O'Connor, Executive Director of Public Affairs, will share an overview of the Public Affairs office which includes media relations, writing, editing, graphic design, marketing, advertising and outreach services. O'Connor's presentation will include guidelines for working with the media as a representative of MCC and to better help staff with their marketing and communication needs.

All employees are welcome to attend.

Course number: TRDV 013N 01 (synonym 164543)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Noon-1 p.m.
FOC 21, Room 105

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518. This workshop is noncredit, term 10/SE.

Through Art, Exploring the Role of Women in Haiti

Haitian artMCC's Department of Visual Arts presents Mothers, Merchants and Mambos at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design Oct. 19-Nov. 9. The show features Haitian art that reflects the way women are valued in Haitian society and how women have inspired a variety of Haitian artists.

Under the direction of instructor Tricia Hollins, Mothers, Merchants and Mambos runs Oct. 19-Nov. 9, with gallery hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. An opening reception will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus; Bill Bollendorf, Director of Galerie Macondo in Pittsburgh, Penn., will speak from 4-6 p.m. Bollendorf will show his photographs of Haitian women in their crucial roles of caregivers, engines of the economy, priestesses and more as Haiti emerges from a series of devastating natural disasters.

The Institute for Cultural Connections (ICC) has created a resource website with articles and video clips to support the exhibition. In addition, the ICC is hosting a panel discussion, Women in Haiti: Before and After the Quake - History, Culture, Creativity and Health, on Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building, Room 503.

For more information on the exhibit and ICC resources or to visit MCC's cultural calendar, visit the ICC website.

All events are free and open to the public.

Free Financial Advice Available at Financial Planning Day

If you're wrestling with money problems, a dose of professional is on the way. MCC staff, students and community members are invited to receive free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the upcoming Financial Planning Day on Oct. 23 at two MCC locations. The idea is to provide guidance to communities and individuals who may be struggling with financial crises such as debt or unemployment in the downturn.

Certified experts from the Financial Planning Association will be working with individuals one-on-one at the Elkhorn Valley Campus from 9 a.m.-noon and the South Omaha Campus ITC from 1-4 p.m. English-to-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus.

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.

The event will feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics including: financial starter kit, young adults and 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.

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. For more information, view the flier.

MCC Instructor Performing in 'Footloose'

Footloose is playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse this weekend - and MCC continuing education instructor Rob Tiedgen will be part of the show. The final shows with tickets still available are Oct. 15 and 16 and 7:30 p.m.

To save a few dollars, take advantage of the Playhouse's Twilight Tickets. If you order the day of show after noon, tickets are half price - meaning you'll pay $20 and $12 for tickets that are usually $40 and $24. Cash or check only.

For more information, call (402) 553-0800. Or contact Rob Tiedgen at CountryRobT@aol.com or (402) 681-9546.

Creighton Seeks African American Women for Vitamin D Study

Premenopausal African American women between the ages of 25 and 45 are needed for a Creighton University study on vitamin D. There is strong and growing evidence that adequate vitamin D consumption can help prevent a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Study participants will receive free bone-density scans, blood pressure and blood glucose checks, dietary analysis, calcium supplements (if needed) and a monetary stipend.

People get vitamin D from sunlight, certain foods and fortified foods and supplements; however, most Americans do not get enough of the vitamin. African Americans are at particular risk, because the high melanin content in darker skin reduces the skin's ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. Studies also show that African Americans consume a lower amount of the vitamin from food than other ethnic groups.

To be eligible for the Creighton study, women should not be taking estrogen (other than birth control pills) and should not be pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the study.

For more information, call Tanette at the Bone Metabolism Unit, (402) 280-4198, or view the flier.

MCC's Amy Forss Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Amy Forss

MCC History Instructor Amy Forss was recognized for her ability to bring history to life as the Nebraska Community College Association's (NCCA) faculty award winner for excellence in teaching.

Forss' outstanding contributions in teaching were lauded at the NCCA annual meeting Oct. 5-6 in Scottsbluff. During her years as an instructor at MCC, Forss has earned a reputation as a creative, challenging instructor. Her accomplishments include developing several online courses, among them Introduction to Black History and Black Women in America. In 2010, she developed the online course Traditional and Modern China. The course includes a three-week study abroad option in China, a first at MCC.

Among her many areas of involvement at MCC, Forss led the MCC Diversity Council for two years as chairwoman. Under her leadership, the Council forged new relationships with local universities and regional community colleges as MCC worked to improve its intercultural and international perspectives. A respected expert in her field, Forss' work has been featured in the Omaha Star, The Reader, Today's Omaha Woman and Heritage of the Great Plains

Originally from New York, Forss earned a Bachelor's of General Studies and Master's in History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education at Peru State College. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in African American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this December. Forss teaches primarily at MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Sarpy Center.

Diesel and Truck Driving Program Receives Top Award

Diesel and Truck Driving award

On Oct. 8, MCC's Diesel and Truck Driving Program was awarded the Outstanding Technical Program Award for Region 5 of the American Technical Education Association. The award recognizes a program that provides industry-responsive training with documentation of program excellence. In five years, MCC's Diesel and Truck Driving program has grown from being a new program in borrowed space to a regional award winner.

The success of this program is owed to Donald Gilliland, Luke Klingbeil and Rick Sandvig, the faculty members who started the program and kept it growing and advancing. Three key adjuncts, Rick Childers, David Labs and David Weyler, played significant roles in achieving the award.

The Diesel Advisory committee is chaired by Karen Phillips, Human Resources Manager and Safety Director for Cornhusker International Trucks. Phillips and the committee have met monthly for several years to support MCC's program and our students through donations, scholarships and placement opportunities. The committee's work contributed strongly to the achievement of this award. Dr. Carl Fielder, Director of Career Education, nominated the program for the award, and Pam Perry, Coordinator of Grants and Innovative Planning, compiled all of the information and wrote the nomination narratives.

The program is now eligible to receive the national award for outstanding technical program in March 2011.

The 2011 Region 5 Conference the American Technical Education Association will be hosted by Metropolitan Community College on Oct. 6-7, 2011. Mark your calendars and plan to be part of the regional event that showcases many of our career and technical programs. Bill Owen, Dean for Applied Technology, would like to thank everyone who contributed to the achievement of this award and to the continued success of each of our programs.

Out and About

As part of coordinating the College's community outreach efforts, the Office of Public Affairs will be highlighting key events where MCC will be engaged in reaching out to our diverse, four-county service area. Recent activities include:

Buy the Big O! Show, Oct. 13: MCC was well-represented at Omaha's annual business tradeshow, highlighting our sustainability education initiatives, Entrepreneurship program and continuing education opportunities.

Nebraska School Counseling Academy, Oct. 14-15: This regional professional development conference is providing MCC the ability to reach out and build individual relationships with hundreds of high school counselors in Nebraska and Iowa.

Southeast Community College Fair, Oct. 17: MCC is hosting a booth to provide general enrollment and outreach material at this annual college fair in Lincoln.

University of Nebraska at Omaha College Fair, Oct. 31: This annual UNO college fair provides a unique opportunity for MCC to provide information to existing UNO students and high schools students about more than 100 program options available at MCC locations.

MCC's outreach team will also be visiting the following high schools through the remainder of month of October: Fremont High School, Gretna High School, Heartland High School, Ashland-Greenwood High School, Arlington High School, Bennington High School, Omaha Bryan High School, Elmwood-Murdoch High School, Logan View High School, Omaha North High School, West Point High School and Millard West High School.

The MCC Office of Public Affairs is also working with Campus Deans and Student Services staff in hosting numerous group campus tours throughout October and November. If you are interest in assisting with campus tours, email  outreach@mccneb.edu.

Lastly, if you have any community events that you'd like to see MCC at, forward your event information to outreach@mccneb.edu.

Weekly Green Tip

Share your popcorn when you're at the movies instead of buying multiple cartons or bags. You'll save money and packaging. Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popcorn each year (54 quarts per person), 30 percent of which are eaten at movie theaters, sporting events, entertainment arenas, amusement parks and other recreational centers. If half the people shared their popcorn at these events, we could save the paper packaging for more than 2.5 billion quart-size servings. - The Green Book

HR Updates


Carly Olson             Academic Affairs Associate             FOC 9        457-2360

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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