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Inside Story for Friday, October 22, 2010

Police Seek Assistance to Find Missing MCC Faculty Member

Police need your help in finding Karen Jenkins, an MCC Speech instructor missing since Oct. 17. Click here for more information.

Through Pilot Program, Students in Danger of Academic Probation Receive Support Services

This fall, the Student Success Committee, a Student Affairs group with input from Academic Affairs, launched an Early Alert pilot program. More than 640 MCC students were identified to receive early intervention with the intention of increasing their persistence towards their educational goal.

The 640 students had a GPA between 1.99 and 1.5 and had attempted more than 13.5 graded credit hours. Each student received an email and letter informing them they were in danger of being placed on Academic Probation. In order to register for courses in the upcoming quarter or future quarters, students were asked to contact an advisor or counselor who can re-examine their educational goal and encourage student support services to aid in their future success.

Each identified student was placed under an MCA (must contact advisor) hold, which will remain until a GPA of 2.0 or higher is reached plus one more quarter.

In preparation for the pilot, advisors and counselors attended an all-day training session to discuss the pilot and learn about best practices in helping students develop a plan of action and proper documentation.

The Student Success Committee will work with MIS to track these students and document outcomes for future improvements and adjustments.

MCC Holiday Hours

See the MCC Hours of Operation page for closing information prior to the holidays.

Your Donation Helps MCC Grow

By donating to the MCC Foundation, you can help support student scholarship, program growth and other College projects. Your financial support Your financial support benefits our students, our place of employment and our community.

The annual faculty and staff fundraising campaign is ongoing through October and November. Many staff members have already responded - during the first week of the campaign, the Foundation received more than $12,000 from 51 employees. Fourteen were first-time donors.

To use the payroll deduction option starting with the Nov. 15 pay date, turn in donor cards by Nov. 5.

Why donate? MCC staff members say it best in their own words:

"I believe if you truly value something, it's easy to invest money or time towards its importance.  I believe in MCC's mission and by making an annual contribution to the MCC Foundation, I am helping to shape the dreams of our students and future leaders.  I am making a shared investment towards their success.   In turn, that becomes an investment in the future Omaha." -  James Cloyd, Executive Director of the Applied Technology Center

"I whole-heartedly support the mission of the Foundation at MCC.  I believe that I have received many benefits from working for MCC, and therefore, I need to give back to MCC.  One way I do this is by giving to the Foundation for scholarships and for the TRIO program.  Education is so vital to success, and I feel that my donations are helping, in a small way, to make success a possibility for students." - Elizabeth Brewer, Early Childhood Education Instructor

For questions, contact the Foundation at (402) 457-2346.

Campaigns Begin for Student Advisory Council

Eleven Student Advisory Council/Ex-Officio candidates started campaigning Oct. 19 at MCC locations. Students will be able to vote electronically 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Nov. 2. Encourage students to vote, and direct them to more information at the Student Advisory Council/Ex-Officio web page.

Candidates Sought for Faculty 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.

Fall Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the Heart of Metro are now being accepted through Thursday, Nov. 4. The online form provides a user-friendly template to submit your nomination. Recipients will be recognized in an informal presentation if selected. Take the time today to nominate a deserving colleague for their exemplary efforts. To submit your nomination online, visit www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Mu Gamma Gamma Students Win Top Prizes

Criminal Justice studentsThe MCC chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association earned top awards in the regional conference in Olathe, Kan.

Mu Gamma Gamma is the MCC chapter of the national organization Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the professional fraternal organization for the American Criminal Justice Association. The group aims to improve criminal justice learning through educational activities, create professionalism in law enforcement, promote academic and public awareness of criminal justice and encourage high standards of conduct and training within the criminal justice field.Criminal Justice students
 
MCC's 27 Mu Gamma Gamma members participate in criminal justice-related activities, volunteer in the community and compete in regional and national LAE conferences.

At the regional conference, Mu Gamma Gamma competed in four competitions against 12 other chapters. The competition included academic testing, CSI, physical agility and firearms. Kenny Fisher placed second in academic competition, Heidi Moseman placed second in physical agility and Advisor Diane Sjuts placed third in physical agility.

Students Participate in Foot Search

On Oct. 9, students in the criminal justice club Mu Gamma Gamma and EVC Criminal Justice students participated in a foot search for Jennifer Andersen by Rick's Boat House in Omaha. Andersen's car was found by Rick's Boathouse in March 2010.

Criminal Justice Instructor Diane Sjuts was approached by the family's private detective who asked if the criminal justice club would assist in the foot search. The purpose of the criminal justice club is performing civil service work. After approximately six hours of searching, unfortunately, no clues were found regarding Andersen's disappearance.

After the search was ended, Andersen's mother thanked the club and EVC Criminal Justice students for their work. She said the search had helped the family cope with her daughter's disappearance because volunteers who did not even Andersen were willing to give up their time.

Anyone with any information regarding Jennifer can contact Kristal Baker, Private Detective, at (402) 639-6544. KETV reported on the story here.

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

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. 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.

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.

For more information, contact Marilyn Cotten, FOC 4, (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

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. 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.

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.

The Basics of Good Parenting Workshops

The Basics of Good Parenting is a free skill-building program for all parents in our community brought to you by the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The program content is based upon Common Sense Parenting® principles, a Boys Town® program. All sessions will be presented by Boys Town trained experts.

The parenting fundamentals sessions will be held at three different locations. All sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center (Room 120)
(2 classes will be held simultaneously at this location; one in Spanish, one in English)
Monday, Nov. 1-School and Education
Monday, Nov. 8-Health
Monday, Nov. 15-Family Time

Scott Conference Center at UNO-Aksarben Campus
6450 Pine St., Omaha
Tuesday, Nov. 2-School and Education
Tuesday, Nov. 9-Health
Tuesday, Nov. 16-Family Time

Fort Omaha Campus
Institute for Culinary Arts (Room 201 A)
Wednesday, Nov. 3-School and Education
Wednesday, Nov. 10-Health
Wednesday, Nov. 17-Family Time

Week 1: School and Education
When a parent is a part of their child's school life, their child does better. We will talk about how you can help your child succeed in school by creating a study routine and staying involved.

Week 2: Health
A child's health has a lot to do with their parents' habits. We will talk about how and why a parent should establish healthy routines for nutrition and sleep.

Week 3: Family Time
Turn off distractions, like TVs, cell phones and video games, and turn on family time. We will help parents learn how to plan for family time and how to build family relationships through conversation and praise.

  • Free parking is available onsite
  • No registration required
  • Participants can attend as many, or as few, programs as they wish
  • Child care is not available

For more information about the classes or the program in general, call the Peter Kiewit Foundation office at (402) 344-0137.

Metropolitan Community College Veterans Day Celebration

MCC is proud to recognize our nation's veterans from all branches of the service at its annual Veterans Day Celebration at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 120. A reception will follow the program.

This year's program features Keynote Command Sergeant Major Eli Valenzuela. He is the 9th Nebraska State Command Sergeant Major who has the responsibility and accountability for the nearly 5,000 enlisted soldiers that comprise the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Papillion/La Vista Junior ROTC will conduct POW/MIA Honors and serve as the Color Guard. Gary Sparks, full-time MCC faculty and Nebraska Air National Guard member, will serve as this year's Master of Ceremonies.

The celebration is designed for the community to honor veterans and their families. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gary Sparks at gsparks@mccneb.edu.

Museum Hosts Day of the Dead Exhibit

El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St., celebrates the Day of the Dead with prints from Carlos Cortez. The exhibition open Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 20. A gallery talk will be Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. with workshops Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 from noon-1 p.m.

Register in advance by email at info@elmuseolatino.org or by calling El Museo Latino at (402) 731-1137.

Exhibitions also on view include:

Now through Oct. 31: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964, A Smithsonian Institution Exhibition

Now through Nov. 30: Agustin Victor Casasola, Bi-Centennial of the Independence of Mexico and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution

Regular museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 1-5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Conversations Conference on Nebraska Environment and Sustainability

Conversations flier

Join the first Conversations Conference on Nebraska Environment and Sustainability Nov. 2 at Creighton University's Harper Center in Omaha.

The Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities is partnering with four institutions of higher learning - Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Central Community College and Western Nebraska Community College - across the state of Nebraska to raise the level of discourse on achieving sustainability for Nebraska. Each conference will focus on five critical resources: water, land, food, energy and materials.

Helping initiate the conversation are five resource specialists:

Jim Goeke, Research Hydrologist and Professor with UNL's Conservation and Survey Division, on Water.
Sandra Scofield, Director of the Nebraska Rural Initiative, on Land.
Jim Crandall, Associate Director of UNL's Nebraska Cooperative Development Center, on Food.
Daniel Lawse, Sustainability Coordinator with Metropolitan Community College, on Energy.
Debra Hansen, Architect with Davis Design, on Materials.

Register now and jump into the conversation. Register online at www.nslw.org/conversations_registration.html or visit the website for more detail www.nslw.org/conversations.html.

Weekly Green Tip

To create a unique and eco-friendly Halloween costume, raid your closet, check out thrift stores or sift through recycling bin. It's easy on your pocketbook - and easy on the environment. Find more eco-friendly Halloween ideas here. As an added bonus, Halloween-goers who utilize Goodwill for their costumes and props can enter to win a contest for Goodwill gift cards.

Custom Wheels Have Disadvantages

Depending on how a vehicle is to be used, manufacturers install specific tires and wheels. For a standard passenger car, tires have large sidewalls, 65 series to 70 series, to help provide a nice soft ride and to help cushion the impact of bumps and pot holes. For more high performance applications, tires used have a low profile, short sidewall, 30 series to 50 series. With these tires, cornering, braking and acceleration is the goal, and soft ride and comfort is less important.

When purchasing custom tires and rims, there is a price to pay, and it can hit the pocketbook in more ways than one. By installing low-profile tires in place of the soft, cushy tires, you lose in many ways:

  1. You lose ride quality. You will hear and feel the impact of bumps and pot holes.
  2. Changing factory wheels to custom wheels can change front-end geometry, which puts added stress and leverage on suspension and steering parts that they were not designed for.
  3. Hitting large pot holes and bumps can bend the lip of the wheel producing an air leak.
  4. These type of tires and wheels make aligning the front end difficult. The manufacturer designed and built the front end with specific geometry in mind for safe driving conditions. Changing to non-factory wheels and tires alters the design and can produce unsafe conditions.
  5. On really low profile tires, you can have a flat tire and not even know it. When running on a flat tire, you lose the ability to stop, turn and accelerate safely.

TIAA-CREF Introduces Online Community for Those Planning Retirement

Myretirement.org is a private online community where participants can share ideas and seek guidance to help bring visions of retirement to life. Members share ideas, information and solutions with others facing similar choices through online discussions with peers. Discover helpful information on retirement planning, lifestyles, health care, budgeting, volunteering, caring for aging parents, where to live and more. The site is easy to navigate and you can tailor your profile to reflect your goals and interests to help you connect with like-minded participants.

By using the online Message Board, participants can discuss and share information on a variety of topics including: friends and family, health and fitness, learning and interests, redefining retirement, travel and relocation, volunteering and social activism, and work and money. All discussions on myretirement.org are generated exclusively by participants in the process of determining what retirement means for them. TIAA-CREF Insight is the only area of the site that contains helpful third-party articles, research and information.

To join this unique online community:

  1. Visit www.myretirement.org
  2. Click the "signing up here" link
  3. Enter promotional code "benefit"
  4. Complete the registration form

IMPORTANT: The site is provided for participants to share ideas and information. Comments may be made by the Community Manager, and participants will be distinguishable from each other. Comments are made without any requirement of professional or business qualifications or expertise. Selling and advertising are not permitted by anyone on the site. This is not a site for broker-dealers, investment advisors, or their employees or agents.

TIAA does not verify, correct or endorse any comments for substance or content. You should not consider any comments posted on the site to be a description or explanation of TIAA products or services or otherwise attributable to TIAA. Click here to read the code of conduct in its entirety. Learn how TIAA-CREF is committed to keeping your personal information secure.

HR Updates

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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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