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Inside Story for Friday, November 12, 2010

Your MCC Password

At MCC, password security policies exist to protect the privacy of our users and to adhere to required security guidelines. We are in the process of revising these policies in an effort to increase security via a process called password aging, in which a password expires after a certain amount of time.

Beginning on Jan. 10, 2011, all MCC users-staff, faculty and students-must have passwords that are less than 180 days old. If your password falls into this category, upon successful login you will be prompted to change it. More details will be announced soon.

MCC Distributes Hundreds of Bears to First Responders

Team Teddy Bear

Thanks to the donations of MCC students, staff and community members, hundreds of teddy bears have been distributed to local first responders through Team Teddy Bear, a partnership with Clear Channel's KGOR to provide the stuffed animals to children in emergency situations.

MCC delivered bears to first responders in both Fremont and Omaha. The teddy bears will be given children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents, helping them feel safe and calm in an emergency.

What's New at the Library

Find the latest books, DVDs and CDs at MCC libraries here.

Winter Coats Keep International Students Warm

Coat distribution

The International Enrollment Office is distributing winter coats to international students on Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment only.

The office started offering the service after realizing that many of MCC's international students are unaware of how harsh Nebraska winters can be. Coats collected months ago are now being distributed to students as the weather gets colder.

The office is still accepting donations of coats in all sizes, hats, scarves and paired gloves.

Contact the International Enrollment Office at (402) 457-2281 for more information.

Support Service-Learning by Ordering a Poinsettia

poinsettiasService-Learning is hosting a poinsettia sale to support service-learning projects and community events. All sales are online only at www.mccneb.edu/poinsettiasales. The last day to order is Dec. 1.

Pick up is at MCC locations only; there are no deliveries. Cost is $16 for an 8-inch poinsettia and $8 for a 6-inch poinsettia. Tax is included.

Dates and times for pickup:

  • Dec. 6: Sarpy Center Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: Fremont Area Center in front of the west gym, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7: Elkhorn Valley Campus Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: South Omaha Campus, Connector Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9: Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 136, 3-5:30 p.m.

Recognize Students with Service-Learning Certificates

If you instructed a class that participated in service-learning this fall, you can present certificates to your students and include the service hours on their transcripts. Email ktvandusen@mccneb.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 17, to receive certificates and log the service hours. In your email, include a class roster with first and last names, student identification numbers, and how many hours of service they participated in. The Service-Learning Office will complete the certificates and mail them to you for distribution among students.

Workshop Draws More Than 60 Regional Educators

More than 60 educators from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska gathered Nov. 5 at MCC to attend the American Association of Community College's one-day workshop on Service-Learning Projects Specific to the Community College Experience. The workshop featured veteran service-learning faculty from MCC in a variety of disciplines and classes: Culinary Arts, Political Science, Applied Technology, Early Childhood Education, Speech, Health and Human Services, Social Sciences, Personal Finance, Utility Line Technology and Information Technology. The workshop provided valuable strategies to help implement and institutionalize service-learning programs at the participants' organizations. The workshop had a specific focus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, ideas for other days of service and embracing diversity in the community through service-learning.

Featured speaker Jackie Lonning of Portland, Ore., is a former service-learning provider for the University of South Dakota. With hands-on activities, she described how to get organized and make service-learning part of classrooms and campuses in the Midwest. A highlight of the conference was a panel of experts who presented on immigration rights and responsibilities. The panel discussed myths and misnomers about the immigration process and how it relates to the students on our campuses. The panel explored the importance of tying service-learning projects to immigrant needs in our community.

This workshop was made possible by a grant from American Association of Community Colleges' Community Colleges national project, Broadening Horizons through Service-Learning, funded by the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with MCC.

Volunteers Help Bring Books to Children in Need

Thousands of brand new books await an owner, but before these treasures can be put to good use Service-Learning needs your help to sort and stack. On Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Service-Learning will host a book sort in a North Omaha warehouse. The sorted books will be delivered free of charge to area agencies and families in need.

Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. Unfortunately, for many Omaha families, books are an unaffordable luxury. Please join MCC Service-Learning as we work to get books in all Omaha homes. To volunteer or suggest a receiving agency, contact Elizabeth McPhail at (402) 457-2591 as soon as possible. There are 20 volunteer spaces available.

MCC Represented at Humanities Conference

Communications Instructor Charles Tichy represented MCC as a selected presenter at the Eastern Division Community College Humanities Association Convention Nov. 4-6 in Harford, Conn. As a presenter, Tichy spoke of his experience in constructing in-class debates as ways to foster research, critical thinking, debate and discussion among students in all academic areas. Representatives from more than 50 community colleges in a seven-state region attended the conference.

Student Jim Gold Turns Assignment into News Story

MCC Entrepreneur student Jim Gold took a Marketing for the Entrepreneur class lesson on writing a press release and put it in to action in a matter of days. The result? Immediate news coverage in the Omaha World-Herald on Nov. 2. 

As a disabled veteran, Gold realized he was not able to qualify for active duty discounts at a local merchant. He realized that in his business model, he wanted to reach out to all military personnel, active or not. His media pitch was timely, coinciding close to Veterans Day. As a result of his efforts, Gold reports that his telephone is ringing off the hook with interested customers and others who appreciate what he has done to bring attention to the subject. 

Training & Development: November Opportunities

For the complete listing of November Training & Development opportunities, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp

To enroll in a workshop, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518. All listed workshops are non-credit, term 10/SE.

Please 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 further information contact Marilyn Cotton at (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

MCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month with music, film and discussion around the theme Confronting Challenges that Face our Nation. View the full list of events here.

The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994.

Facts on Native Americans

80 percent
The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who have at least a high school diploma. Also, 16 percent obtained a bachelor's degree. In comparison, the overall population had 85 percent with a high school diploma and 28 percent with a bachelor's degree.

Number of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had a graduate or professional degree.

The number of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

View more facts about Native Americans here.

Electronic Recycling on Saturday

Creighton University and Lifespan Technology Recycling are sponsoring an electronics recycling event open to the entire Omaha metro community. They will accept computers, printers, scanners, keyboards and mice, cell phones, PDAs, calculators and most other consumer electronics free of charge. Televisions and computer monitors will be accepted at a nominal fee of $8 each.

Time: Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Creighton University - Lot 19 (25th and Cuming streets)

Discount on UFL Championship Game Tickets Available to MCC Staff

MCC faculty, staff and students can receive a group discount on UFL Championship Game tickets. Call the number on the flier and mention that you are with MCC. Call Tom Comstock with the Omaha Nighthawks with questions at (402) 403-3776.

Workshop Explores Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Through free Training and Development workshops, MCC's Sustainability Office is offering MCC staff the opportunity to learn about how sustainability fits into our lives.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles: TRDV-404N-01 (synonym 164715)
Learn about alternative fuels on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 6-9:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC, Room 120. This presentation will cover alternative fuels recognized by the EPA, including ethanol, bio-diesel, electric, hybrid electric, propane and natural gas. Learn how these fuels are produced, refined, and transported as well as economic implications for today's economy. Adjunct faculty will be reimbursed at the standard rate of $11/hour.

View the flier for more information.

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518. This workshop is noncredit, term 10/SE. Non-MCC employees can register by calling the Sustainability Office at (402) 738-4775.

Weekly Green Tip

Get your caffeine fix in an earth-friendly way. When you buy ground or whole-bean coffee, look for varieties with organic, Fair Trade, Bird Friendly or Rainforest Alliance certification seals. These labels represent coffee farms that practice sustainable agriculture to preserve or restore rain forest ecosystems. Just one household switching to certified coffee for a year is enough to protect 9,200 square feet of rain forest. If everyone in Seattle switched to certified coffees, a rain forest area the size of that city could be saved every year.

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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