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Inside Story for Monday, February 14, 2011

When Should Students Talk to an Academic Advisor?

Every degree-seeking student should plan to meet with an academic advisor early in their coursework at MCC. There are also some specific situations when it is especially important for students to see an advisor or counselor. 

The Advising and Enrollment Committee (AEC) (formerly the Advising Model Committee) is asking for your help in promoting a campaign to get the word out to all students about advising and when its important to schedule an advising appointment.  Here are some sample situations in which students should seek advice from an advising professional:

  • While planning their educational journey

  • Before selecting or changing their major

  • If they start struggling with their studies

  • If their GPA is lower than they want and especially if it drops below 2.0

  • If they have completed 70 or more credit hours

  • If they are thinking about dropping a class (especially important for students who receive financial assistance for college)

  • When discussing skill levels for classroom success

  • If they have questions about College policies and procedures or if they need helping navigating those processes

  • If they need information about services available for their success

  • Anytime they don't know who to turn to for assistance

Students can schedule an appointment to see an advisor or counselor at any Student Services office or by calling (402) 457-2400.

Feel free to refer students whenever you think they would benefit from the support provided by MCC's Academic Advisors/Counselors.

Questions about the work of the Admissions and Enrollment Committee can be directed to James Cloyd or Diana Kerwin-Kubr, committee co-chairs.

Communication Tips for Parents

This program is provided courtesy of the Best Care Employee Assistance Program. The College provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Best Care that offers confidential counseling and referral services for full-time and part-time regular employees and their spouses and children at no cost to the employee. Best Care counselors can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To schedule a confidential appointment, call (402) 354-8000 or (800) 666-8606. www.bestcareeap.org/downloads/February%202011%20EAP%20Notes.pdf

How Do I Request Software Purchases?

The Software Review Committee has been reviewing all proposed software purchases and renewals since August 2003. This process was developed in a continuing effort to be cost effective, support institutional effectiveness and provide software users with a solid support system.

Follow the procedure below:

  1. Staff/faculty member - after receiving approval from cost center manager, request the software purchase by completing and submitting one of these online forms in the Forms Bank:

    1. New Software Purchase and Install Request form for new purchases, or

    2. Software Maintenance or Tech Support Purchase Request form for existing software.

  2. The request will be sent to the Software Review Committee for analysis.

  3. If the software request is non-supported/non-approved, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email.

  4. If the software request is approved by the Software Review Committee, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email.

    1. Be sure to read the email; it will specify the next steps necessary to purchase the software.

Review and follow the above process when you need to purchase software. If you have any questions, email Vicki Spilker or call (402) 457-2921.

To Ensure a Continuing Supply of Telephone Numbers

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has approved the addition of a new 531 area code to the geographic region served by the 402 area code. This change, called an area code overlay, was made to accommodate a continuing supply of telephone numbers. This change impacts all telephone company's customers but does not change any existing telephone numbers.

How will this affect you?

Because of the addition of the 531 Area Code, all customers within the 402/531 region will need to dial the correct Area Code followed by the seven-digit telephone number when dialing any local call (ten digits).

When will MCC's telephone system change, and how will it affect me? Right now you can dial all ten digits from any MCC telephone. Starting Feb. 26, dialing with ten digits becomes mandatory for all phone calls. If you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will provide instructions on how to redial your call.

Today all MCC telephone numbers... Will continue to use the 402 area code. As MCC continues to grow, we may need to add some 531 area code numbers.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk at(402) 457-2900.

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

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

Training and Development

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. To stay up-to-date on Training & Development opportunities, go to http://www.mccneb.edu/trdv/default.asp.

To enroll in these workshops, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518. Workshops are non-credit, term 11/JA.

S.A.F.E. Defense Training

This safety workshop focuses on changing your behavior to protect yourself, and provides knowledge on risk and risk reduction. You will become familiar with general self-defense training methods. S.A.F.E. is an acronym for Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange. The instructors are experienced MCC campus police officers who are trained and certified to teach this copyrighted program.

This workshop is targeted to females. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

TRDV 037N 01 (synonym-165919) | F. Feb. 18 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. | EVC, Room 114

Get to the Point: Writing for Conciseness

Effective writing is concise with no unnecessary words. In this workshop, you will learn strategies for eliminating wordiness.

Instructor - Katie Stahlnecker, Writing Center Coordinator/English Instructor

Intended audience-All employees

TRDV 041N 01 (synonym-165967) | Thursday, Feb. 24 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | SOC-MHY-512

Building Effective Relationships

Building Effective Relationships provides a foundation for understanding yourself, understanding those who are different from you and identifying actions to improve relationships with others.

In this interactive course, we will:

  • use the DiSC® assessment to help you learn more about your style, how your priorities influence your actions and what motivates and stresses you

  • explore your reactions to people who have different styles, identifying what challenges you with each style

  • help you better understand the people you work with

  • help you learn how to bridge the differences that exist between you and others

  • practice using the DiSC information to build more effective relationships at work

  • write an action plan for taking positive action in building more effective relationships

Each participant will be sent an access code to take the DiSC® assessment online prior to the class. The assessment needs to be completed by Monday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. so we can have a report ready for you to use in this session.

Facilitator - Lori M. Smith, Capstone Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

Intended audience-All employees

TRDV 043N 01 (synonym-174591) | Friday, Feb. 25 | 9:00 a.m.-noon | SRP, Room 129
(Registration will close on Monday, February 21st at noon.)

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 Cotten
Coordinator, Training & Development
FOC #4, 457-2507, mcotten@mccneb.edu

Math Exam

Round 2 of the AMATYC (American Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges) math exam was Friday, 11.

National results for Round 1: MCC is 12th out of 22 in the Central Region with 57.5 points; Tung Le of MCC is first in Central Region with 30.5 points. Nationally, MCC is not in the top 20, but we are tied for 142nd out of 199 community colleges. The Central Region includes Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Congratulations Tung Le; his teacher is Science instructor Kendra Sibbernsen at SOC. 

Round 2 is open to all students at MCC whether or not they are enrolled in a math class or or took part in Round 1. There is no charge to students - MCC is an institutional member of AMATYC.

Local Round 2 results will not be known until after March 11. The national results will not be available until late May. 

MCC Math centers have old tests and keys and will help students prepare. Visit www.amatyc.org for the student math league to find old exams and keys.

More Than 20,000 Books Distributed During Weekend Event

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Books by the Busload

More than 2,500 Omaha community members of all ages and reading levels boarded Metro transit buses this past weekend at Westroads Mall, the Kroc Center and the Urban League to take advantage of the weekend's free Books by the Busload event sponsored by Metropolitan Community College, Metro transit and Cargo Zone LLC.

The original 10,000 books designated to be distributed over two days quickly doubled in size when the success of Day One left each of the three buses with nothing but empty cardboard boxes. The Literacy Council staffed volunteers at each of the three locations to distribute information about services they provide free to the community. Steady lines at the Westroads location, resulted in a 15-minute browsing limit. At the end of day two, an estimated 20,000 books had been given away, leaving just a few remaining boxes to be given to the Kroc Center.

Lenny Stinton to Retire

Lenny Stinton, Automotive Technology Instructor, will retire at the end of Winter quarter after teaching 24 years at MCC. Stinton's plans for retirement include celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii, traveling and spending time with his family. A reception will be held in his honor on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m. At the South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 301. Come and wish Stinton well on his retirement.

Transmission Tips and Tricks

Here is a checklist to keep your automatic transmission working properly for many years:

  1. Don't allow the automatic transmission to up-shift during hard acceleration. This produces more than the normal amount of wear on the internal parts when shifting out of one gear into the next. To reduce the amount of internal wear and tear, let off the gas pedal about half way, which allows the transmission to complete the up-shift. Once the next gear has been completed, then you can nail the gas pedal to the floor.

  2. Change the fluid often. Car manufacturers provide a guide as to when the fluid needs to be changed. This guide does not take into account how you drive. If you're hard on a car, the fluid needs to be changed more often. Check with the dealer for service intervals.Monitor the level, color and smell.

  3. In most cars, the transmission fluid level is checked with the engine running at operating temperature on level ground.

  4. If the fluid changes from red to light brown, it is past due for a change. If the fluid is black, seek professional advice.

  5. Become accustomed to what normal fluid smells like. Burnt fluid stinks because internal parts have been allowed to get hot. If you're hard on a car, the fluid will change color and start to stink sooner.

  6. Don't assume that any old transmission fluid will work. There are many different types of automatic transmission fluid. You can cause shifting problems or worse by not using the correct one.

Watt Detector Program Can Save You Money

You can save energy and money by finding out how much your appliances cost to use. Omaha Public Library cardholders now can borrow watt detectors thanks to a partnership between OPPD and the Omaha Public Library. The watt detector will calculate how much the appliance costs to operate after plugging the watt detector into the wall and an appliance into the device.

To check out a watt detector, visit the Omaha Public Library catalog and search for the title "Watt Detector". From there click "Request Item," enter your card number and PIN and choose a location to pick it up. You can even pick up the watt detector at an MCC library.

Weekly Green Tip

Do your tax forms online. It's simpler, and you can file faster. More than 72 million tax returns are e-filed, 20 million from home computers. If every tax return were e-filed, it would save at least 660 million sheets of paper-stacked to equal more than 36,000 6-foot-tall IRS agents. - The Green Book

HR Updates


Barbara Wood                                   SOC MAH                           

Separations                                    Last Day

Joseph Schmidt                                2/2/11

Karen Turco                                      2/4/11

Rae Lynn Frogge                               2/8/11

MCC In the News

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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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