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Inside Story for Friday, December 03, 2010

Master Plan Update

In September, the MCC Board of Governors adopted the Updated Master Plan for Campuses and Centers. The planning process for this was conducted by JJR and provides some 30,000-foot recommendations regarding the direction MCC should take in the next 5-10 years related to facility development. MCC has hired JJR and BCDM to come back and help staff and faculty to dive into the 10,000-foot view of the Updated Master Plan for Campuses and Centers, specifically at the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha campuses. This is as an opportunity to have an additional conversation regarding the plan's recommendations in an effort to identify opportunities and future campus needs while providing some cost estimates that will be needed for both fundraising and physical development.

A working committee has been developed to represent the areas most affected by the Facilities Master Plan Update during this second planning phase. The committee will participate in all aspects of the implementation, plan including a workshop JJR and BCDM will be hosting with a larger group of MCC stakeholders on Dec. 8 and 9. If you have ideas about the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan Update or ideas about the future of MCC, contact one of the working committee members listed below. For more information on the Facilities Master Plan Update, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan.

Working Committee
Ingrid Berlin
Pat Crisler
Larry Lindberg
Tom McDonnell
Bill Owen
Shannon Snow

Continuing Education Launches 'Refer a Friend' Program

MCC's Continuing Education Department continues to grow and enhance programming. They are exploring avenues to spread the word and are asking for your help by referring five friends to Continuing Education! Ask them to visit www.mccneb.edu/ce/promo. Your friends will be asked who referred them. MCC faculty and staff with five referrals (excluding immediate family members) or more will receive a small gift. View more information here.

For the Right Price, a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Utility Could Be Yours

MCC is accepting bids for the sale of a gray 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Utility with approximately 31,500 miles. The car was purchased as a salvaged vehicle by MCC. Students in the Auto Collision Program, under the supervision of Auto Collision instructors, restored the vehicle to its current excellent condition.

The minimum bid for this vehicle is $7,200. To view photos of the vehicle, email rhanneman@mccneb.edu. To look at the Ford Explorer in person, contact Sharon or Mary at (402) 763-5800 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. The car is located at the Applied Technology Center.

The Ford Explorer will be sold as is with no warranties or guarantees.

Advising Update: How Do Students Get Started at MCC?

In Spring 2009, the Advising Model Research Committee was formed and included members from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Technology and Administrative Services. After more than a year of research and discussion, this committee recommended the adoption of a learning-centered advising model. The Advising Model Research Committee has been renamed the Advising Model Committee (AMC). The purpose of the AMC is to collaborate with departments across the College in implementing practices and processes that support learning-centered advising.

One goal of advising is to coach all students to become self-sufficient partners in their educational pathway. Many students coming to MCC for the first time are computer-savvy and want to use online services in their educational endeavors as they do in the rest of their lives. Enhancing access to online services for those students will result in improved access to one-on-one advising for students who need additional assistance.

Included in implementing this initiative is improving the technology students can utilize in controlling their educational path at MCC. It also recommends the development of a process for new students that directs them to the MCC website to get started.

The first step in getting started is gathering directory information and other data necessary to sort students appropriately while ensuring students' access to and knowledge of the variety of services for which they may be eligible or they may require.

The recommended process would require the student to self-enter the data via a new student electronic intake. Most students would move on to the new student orientation program (which is also currently in development). The student would then receive detailed information on his/her next step in the process for first-time registration (based on the information they initially provide to the College). Students would receive instructions, specific for them, regarding their next steps, which may include:

  • Assessment testing
  • Official transcripts if they are degree-seeking
  • Scheduling an advising appointment
  • Online tutorials
  • Financial aid
  • Disability Support Services
  • Registration for class

By helping students find the right track at the very beginning, advising services will be available to all students at the level they require to succeed at MCC. Advising is tailored to students' specific needs.

Previous articles regarding Advising at MCC are available here. Contact the AMC members at amc@mccneb.edu.

AMATYC Exam-Takers Earn Prizes

The AMATYC Math Exam Round 1 is now complete. Seventeen students took the exam, with top students earning prizes donated by Pearson and Cengage.

Round 2 will be Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Both Round 1 test-takers and new test-takers are welcome to take the Round 2 test. NEBMATYC state prizes will be awarded. AMATYC itself offers both individual and team awards at the state, regional and national level.

Encourage your students to take this free exam on Feb.11, offered at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses and Sarpy Center testing centers.

For more information, including copies of previous exams and keys, visit www.amatyc.org.

New at the Library

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

Students to Walk the Runway in Career-Ready Clothing

Service-Learning's first-ever Career Closet Fashion Show Dec. 7 gives students a chance to shop for free, lightly used interview or work attire. MCC students will model career-worthy looks pulled from the Career Closet at FOC Bldg. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. Visit the website for more information.


Service-Learning Needs Winter Coats

The International Office and Service-Learning are in need of winter coats for MCC students. Many are unprepared for Omaha winters. As you get ready for the holidays and clean out your closets, donate winter items to the MCC Career Closet to be distributed to students. We need gloves, boots, hats, scarves, coats and mittens. We also need men's clothing: jackets, slacks, shirts, belts and shoes. Clothing and accessories suitable for holiday attire can also be donated.

Donate items where it is convenient for you. If you need a tax receipt, bring donations to the Service-Learning Office, FOC Bldg. 5. You can also drop off donations after Dec. 3 in plastic bins at MCC locations and in FOC Bldg. 30 mailroom.

Questions? Contact Queen Tucker, (402) 457-2813, or Elizabeth McPhail, (402) 457-2591.

Commitment to Family

Stovall family
On Nov. 18, Fred Stovall and his wife Mary received the Commitment to Family Award as part of Heartland Family Service's annual Salute to Families. Fred is a custodian at MCC, and Mary is a long-time employee of Walmart, where she is captain of the Volunteer Team. Read more about the Stovalls and other recognized families here.

City of Omaha Transportation Master Plan Seeks Input

The City of Omaha kicked off the Transportation Master Plan last month with its first meeting. Learn more about the master plan, upcoming meetings and how you can get involved here.

Training & Development

Dec. 6-10 is Employee Learning Week. One way you can get involved is by enrolling in a Training & Development workshop. What better way to increase your skills and abilities while interacting with other College employees? Workshops can be viewed at hwww.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp. Enroll today! Your cost center will not be charged and tuition waiver completion is not required.

Workshops Explore Renewable Energy and Green Healthcare

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

Introduction to Renewable Energy: TRDV-407N-01 (synonym 165199)

Discover renewable energy on Friday, Dec. 17, 8-4:30 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Room 201A. Clay Sterling, Education Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), will discuss solar electric (photovoltaics), solar thermal and small wind systems. Learn what renewable energy is, what it can do and how it can be used to provide an alternative to traditional electrical and heating needs.sustainability logo

Green Healthcare: TRDV-408N-01 (synonym 165201)

Learn about green healthcare on Friday, Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, ITC, Room 120. This presentation will introduce healthcare professionals to the basics of reducing environmental footprints of medical clinics, reducing unused pharmaceuticals and promoting sustainable prevention and wellness. Dr. Joel Kreisberg, founder of the Teleosis Institute, will discuss clear, actionable steps for professionals, including nurses and clinical practitioners, to incorporate sustainable practices into clinical medicine - supporting the health of patients, the community and the environment.

Adjunct faculty will be reimbursed at the standard rate of $11/hour for these workshops.

To enroll, call (402) 457-5231. These workshops are noncredit, term 10/SE. Non-MCC employees can register by calling the Sustainability Office at (402) 738-4775.

Weekly Green Tip

Artificial tree:
Many experts believe artificial trees actually have a greater negative environmental impact when all aspects of their life cycle are considered. Although artificial trees are potentially endlessly reusable, they are usually made from nonrenewable PVC plastic, contain trace amounts of lead and tend to be discarded after only six holiday seasons.

Real tree:
Approximately 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in North America each year, according to the U.S. EPA. Luckily, about 93 percent of those trees are recycled through more than 4,000 available recycling programs.

The Verdict?
So what's the final word? Real trees top our charts for holiday adornment. Even though they might shed needles on your floor, the investment in a U.S.-based product, the carbon-neutral nature of their production and their ease of recycling make them a clear winner. If just 10 percent of households planning to purchase a new artificial tree this year purchased a natural one instead, 44 million pounds of non-biodegradable materials could be conserved and diverted from landfills.

Compiled from Earth911.com and The Green Book

Maintenance a Requirement for ABS Brakes

Most cars made today have ABS (Antilock Brakes System). It is a feature that is added to the existing hydraulic brakes. ABS is not a separate brake system. The brake system for stopping the car has a master cylinder, calipers, brake pads, brake shoes, rotors, drums and hydraulic lines. ABS adds components to this system that allows a computer to operate the brakes to stop the car, thus preventing the brakes from locking up. Locking up the brakes means losing control of the car - sending the vehicle into the nearest car, light pole or guardrail. Before ABS, you had to pump the brake pedal to avoid locking up the brakes, but today's cars with ABS detect when one or more wheels slow down too much or too fast during braking, and the system automatically takes over. The computer takes control of the braking, so you can concentrate on steering.

In order for the ABS system to function correctly, general maintenance is required. The interval for when the brake fluid needs to be changed may vary by manufacture but as a general rule, flushing out the old brake fluid should be done every two years. Brake fluid left in too long can cause problems, as brake fluid deteriorates with age. With age, a varnish-like substance builds up inside the hydraulic system and coats everything. Inside of the actuator - the hydraulic component the computer uses to operate the brakes during ABS action - there are hydraulic valves. Since actuators don't do much most of the time, there is plenty of time for the deposits of varnish to coat the valves. Then, when the ABS system is called on to help stop the car on ice and snow, the valves stick. The next thing you notice is the ABS light on the dash, meaning the system stopped working.

Recent Grants

  • A $5,057 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council for the 2011 Great Plains Theatre Conference.
  • A $4,604 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council for the 2011 International Fair.

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees

Beth Augustyn
Beth Augustyn
Hospitality Instructor                              FOC 22           (402) 457-2577

Chasity Gulley
Chasity Gulley         
Adult Education Office Assistant-PT           FOC 9            (402) 457-2642

Colleen Morrissey
Colleen Morrissey
IT Specialist I                                         SOC MAH       (402) 738-2940

John Whalen
John Whalen
Criminal Justice Instructor                        SOC MAH      (402) 738-4629

Carol Widman
Carol Widman
Health Information Mgmt. Systems Instructor     FOC 10  (402) 457-2426

Naomi Greelis-Mattos                                     (402) 457-2732
Teri Quick                      FOC 9                      (402) 457-2297
Kathy Rieken-Thurber     SOC CON                (402) 738-4655
Laura Wilson                                                 (402) 457-2787

Separations          Last Day
Rebecca Connor      11/30/10
Elijah Simmons        11/23/10

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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