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Inside Story for Thursday, December 23, 2010

College Closed for Holiday Break

MCC is closed for winter holiday Dec. 24-Jan. 2. The college reopens Jan. 3. Happy holidays from the Office of Public Affairs!

MCC Security: Phishing Attempts

Do not give your College user ID and password via email to anyone. The MCC Help Desk will not request your user ID and password via email. The Help Desk does not need this information.

Some U.S. colleges have been the victims of phishing attacks. Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by using an email that masquerades as an official or trustworthy entity. In the case of the college phishing attacks, employees or students received official looking emails asking for the user's College user ID and password. If you receive an official-looking email asking for this type of information, it is a phishing attempt and should be deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders.

To access the abuse folder:

  1. In Microsoft Outlook, click on the Go tab and select Folder List
  2. Expand Public Folders, and then All Public Folders
  3. Drag and drop the email into the Abuse Mail folder.

Items in this folder go to MCC's email administrators who use these emails to help block spam. Additional information on this phishing scheme can be found at www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

Have You Changed Your Voicemail Greeting?

As the holiday break approaches, it is time to set your voicemail to provide an alternate greeting for callers.

Examples of possible greetings include:

"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The College is closed for the holiday break. I will return on Jan. 3, 2011. Please leave a message after the tone."


"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The college is closed for holiday break Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. I will be out of my office starting Dec. 20 and will return on Jan. 3. If you would like to leave a message, please do so after the tone."

The procedure to record an alternate greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box.
  2. Press 4 for Setup options
  3. Press 1 for Greetings/Call transfer
  4. Press 1 for Greetings
  5. You will hear: "Your current greeting is the standard greeting... "
  6. The system plays your recorded greeting. You must LISTEN to this entire greeting before pressing any keys.
  7. Press 2 for Alternate Greeting
  8. The system will play: "Your current greeting is the alternate greeting" and will play what you have recorded (if anything).
  9. If you are satisfied with this greeting, press * to exit. Otherwise, follow the prompts to re-record.
  10. This automatically activates your alternate greeting.

You can contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900 for assistance.

Remember: When you return from holiday break, change your voicemail back to your standard greeting.

The procedure to return to your standard greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box
  2. Press 4 for Setup Options
  3. Press 1 for Greetings/Call Transfer
  4. Press 1 for Greetings
  5. Press 2 to turn off your Alternate Greeting
  6. Press * to exit

Changing Your MCC Password

At MCC, password security policies exist to protect the privacy of users and to adhere to required security guidelines. The College is 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 Jan. 10, 2011, all MCC users (staff, faculty and students) must have passwords that are fewer than 180 days old. If your password exceeds this timeframe, upon successful login, you will be prompted to change it.

Change your password when prompted. Contact the MCC Help Desk if you are unsuccessful or experience technical difficulties.

If you are on a College-owned computer, you may change your password at any time by pressing the Control-Alt-Delete keys at the same time and choosing the change your password option. You do not have to wait until your password has actually expired before you can change it.

If you wait until your password has expired when you login to a College-owned computer, you will receive a message stating that your password has expired and that you must change it. A dialogue box will pop up with entries for your old password, your new password and new password confirmation. Your old password should already be filled in for you and designated with the letter "x". Enter your new password and then retype that same password for verification. The rules for your password include the following:

1. Your password must be a minimum of seven characters.
2. The password must contain a combination of letters and numbers and capitalization.
3. Your password must be unique; you cannot use the same password within a one year period.
4. Do not use words included in a dictionary.

An example of an unacceptable password would be bugle (only five letters, no numbers, all lowercase and found in a dictionary). A better password might be Burgl3r

Remember that your password is case-sensitive, so be aware if your CAPS lock key is on.

After confirming your password, you will be logged onto the College-owned computer as normal. From then on, you need to use your new password. Password changes will be required every 180 days. Each time you will follow the same procedure as described above.

Any user who desires to change their password for any reason can do so regardless of their location. The Password Center is available online at all times; if you find that you cannot change your password using the Password Center, the Help Desk can assist you during regular Help Desk hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.). If you have any other problems performing the password change, call the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.         

City Procedures during Winter Weather

City of Omaha Snow Plan and Winter Operation Procedures offer guidelines on parking, mailboxes, sidewalks and shoveling during winter weather. View the brochure for a full explanation.

Employee Giving Hits Record Total

The spirit of giving was in the air at MCC during the annual faculty and staff campaign. More than 200 employees dug deep into their hearts and pockets to raise more than $46,000 in cash and pledges - the largest employee giving total in MCC Foundation history. Each and every gift will make a difference to our students and our programs. The impact of your gifts is another reason to celebrate this holiday season. We are so grateful for your support and dedication. Thank you from the MCC Foundation staff.

Save the Date: A Day On, Not a Day Off

Save the date for MCC's third annual A Day On, Not a Day Off service event to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

While all MCC locations are closed that day, students, staff and community members can give back to the community at several agencies, including the North/South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, Habitat ReStore, Open Door Mission, Douglas County Community Health Center and The Kroc Center. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites.

To donate a portion of your time on Jan. 17, contact Kyle at the Service-Learning Office, (402) 457-2606 or Ktvandusen@mccneb.edu. The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeved shirt to wear the service event.

Weekly Green Tip

Cut back on wrapping waste by placing gifts in reusable bags or baskets. If you prefer traditional wrapping paper, try to find a brand with recycled content and then reuse any large pieces to wrap presents again next year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Americans produce an extra 2 billion pounds of garbage per week, much of which is gift packaging. If 40 percent of U.S. households reduced their holiday paper consumption by just two sheets this year, the savings could gift-wrap Manhattan Island.

HR Updates

New Employees
Karen Schmidt
Karen Schmidt          Accounting Associate        FOC 30                (402) 457-2730

Separations                                        Last Day
William (Bill) Pulte                                 12/22/10
Fred Stovall                                          12/23/10
Tyisha Wagner                                      12/23/10

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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