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Inside Story for Friday, October 29, 2010

MCC Mourns the Loss of Faculty Member

MCC released this statement on the death of Karen Jenkins, adjunct Speech instructor.

Faculty Ex-Officio Candidates Announced

The campaign for Faculty Ex-Officio to the College Board of Governors is now underway. Candidates for the Faculty Ex-Officio position are: 

  • Amy Forss, Social Sciences (History) instructor
  • Steve Lovett, English instructor

Information about the candidates is posted on the Ex-Officio Election website.

Election day is Monday, Nov. 15. Full-time faculty members are eligible to vote for the Faculty Ex-Officio member. Voting will be conducted via the web. Information about the voting procedure will be sent to faculty prior to the election.

Encourage Students to Vote Nov. 2

Be a Vote

MCC students will be able to electronically vote for Student Advisory Council/Ex-Officio representatives from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Nov. 2. Direct students to vote at the Student Advisory Council/Ex Officio web page.

Heart of Metro Nomination Deadline for Fall Quarter Nov. 4

Next Thursday, Nov. 4 is the deadline for Fall quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Find out more about the Heart of Metro Award and submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

TRIO Program Ends Coupon Drive

The TRIO program appreciates staff efforts to collect coupons for students during the past several months. At this time, TRIO is no longer collecting coupons.

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 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.

Workshop Explores Service-Learning at Community Colleges

Workshop Explores Service-Learning at Community Colleges
MCC's Service-Learning Office invites students, staff and the MCC community to learn about service-learning at community colleges across the Midwest. The day-long workshop, Service Projects Specific to the Community College Experience, will be Nov. 5. Visit the website for more information.

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.

MCC 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 speaker 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.

Facts on Veterans and Veterans Day
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors living military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The Census Bureau offers interesting facts and statistics on our veterans.

MCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month with music, film and discussion on the theme Confronting Challenges that Face our Nation. Find a full listing of events here.

At Auto Shop, Be Prepared to Describe Details

When getting an intermittent problem repaired, make sure you can describe exactly what is happening when your car malfunctions. The technician may not be able to replicate the problem because of how YOU drive the car. You may have to take him/her on a road test to demonstrate the problem. Most shops will charge labor for test-driving a car when trying to diagnose a problem they can't replicate. The more details you have on what you are doing when the car malfunctions, the easier it is to solve the problem.

Green Tip

With winter quickly approaching and daylight saving time ending, the month of October is a time when preparing your home for lower temperatures and shorter days is key to saving energy and making a difference inside and outside our homes. In recognition of this important season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to share with you Halloween tips for how you-and your friends, family, and colleagues-can save even more energy at home and join the fight against climate change. Visit the website for more details.

Board of Governors Update

The MCC Board of Governors approved the recommendation for the distribution of state aid dollars among the six community college areas at its Oct. 26 meeting. The resolution, proposed by the Nebraska Community College Association CEO Council for the 2011-2013 state budget biennium, distributes 26.51 percent of community college state aid to MCC, a projected total of $23 million.

"On behalf of the Board, the College community and the taxpayers of our service area, I want to commend President Randy Schmailzl for his diligence and perseverance during this process," said Board Chairwoman Crystal Rhoades. "Randy's commitment to defend the equitable distribution of tax dollars goes above and beyond the call of duty."

The following agenda items were also approved:

  • Minutes of Sept. 14, 2010, Board of Governors meeting.
  • Appointments and resignations.
  • Resolution approving the recommendation of approving acceptance of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Cooperative Agreement. The $1.5 million will support workforce development training related to soil remediation and lead-based exterior paint stabilization.
  • Accepted resignation from board member Jim Nekuda, who represents District 5. Nekuda's resignation was effective Oct. 19, 2010.

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.

HR Updates

New Employees

Ellen Freeman
Ellen Freeman
Kitchen/Lab Manager               FOC 22               457-2551

Naomi Greelis-Mattos
Naomi Greelis-Mattos
Academic Advisor-Call Center International         FOC 10               457-2680

Michael Shonka
Michael Shonka
Project Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Tech     SOC-ITC                738-4536

Separations                     Last Day
Gary Chambers                 10/24/10

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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