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Inside Story for Monday, February 28, 2011

Your Input Is Encouraged

All employees have unique insights on their area's needs and what MCC can do to improve. Now is a good time to share thoughts with your cost center manager on what priorities and budget items should be considered in MCC's 2011-12 fiscal year mission achievement plan (MAP).

The MAP's general purpose is to be the map that documents how we can best move towards our desired destination (mission achievement). Over the next few weeks, the Inside Story will include tidbits about the MAP and how your input matters. Keep checking the Inside Story for more information.

Mark Your Calendars: 2011 Commencement

MCC's annual graduation commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave.

All full-time faculty, administrators and professional staff are encouraged to participate. There is no need for additional volunteers to assist with the 2011 graduation ceremony.

Cap and Gown Procedures for Faculty/Staff

'Keeper' caps and gowns are designed to be used multiple times. It is our intention that faculty and staff 'keep' and use their caps and gowns at future MCC graduations. In 2010, faculty and staff placed an order with their respective campus bookstore and picked up their 'keeper' cap and gown prior to graduation. This was a tremendous success and very convenient for everyone. This year, we will continue with the same procedure.

In preparation for this year's graduation, you need to do complete one of the following options:

  • Send an email to rhanneman@mccneb.edu with the following information: I have my 'keeper' cap and gown or my own gown and will be participating in graduation.
  • Place an order for a 'keeper' cap and gown following the steps below.

How to Order a Cap and Gown

Place orders by March 1. Pick up cap and gown by May 6 at noon. To place an order:

  1. Go to MCC Forms Bank: www.mccneb.edu/formsbank/instructions.asp?idnum=24
  2. Type the information requested on form
  3. Print and send via intercampus mail or fax to:
    • Bookstore                           Intercampus Mail           Fax #
    • Elkhorn Valley Campus          EVC                                  (402) 289-0896
    • Fort Omaha Campus              FOC Bldg. 10                     (402) 451-8392
    • South Omaha Campus           SOC CON                           (402) 733-7676
    • Sarpy Center                        SRP                                   (402) 537-3845

Or scan and send via email to:

Applied Technology Center: Direct orders to Fort Omaha Campus Bookstore.

Fremont Area Center: Direct orders to Elkhorn Valley Campus Bookstore.

If you have any questions, call (402) 457-2739 or email rhanneman@mccneb.edu.

Questions about the Non-Standard Software Installation Process

Non-standard software is defined as any software not listed on the Standard Software Load website. If you want non-standard software installed on a College-owned computer, you must fill out and submit the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form. If the College needs to purchase the software before installation, complete the New Software Purchase and Install Form instead.  

Below are common questions asked about filling out the form more than once for any piece of software:

Why must I complete the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form at all?

  • The requested software is not on the College's standard software list
  • The College may have available licenses to reissue
  • Helps the College remain within the limits of the law

Why do I need to complete the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form again?

  • The requested software is not on the College's standard software list and
  • The software has been installed on your computer for more than one year and
  • Your computer is being replaced due to the College's computer lifecycle plan or
  • Your computer needs to be reimaged, replaced (hardware failure) or the hard drive needs to be replaced.

Why have I been asked to do it even though I did it years ago?

  • Allows the College to manage unused or inappropriately assigned software to departments/staff who have a need for the software
  • Allows expensive software to be utilized more efficiently and effectively
  • Provides accurate licensing information
  • Helps the College remain within the limits of the law

Save the Date: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

The 2011 Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership Annual conference will be on Friday, April 8, at Grace University in Omaha. The theme for the conference is Critical Tasks for Higher Education Leaders. If you are interested in attending, email Julie Langholdt at jlangholdt@mccneb.edu.

Free CPR Training

Clarkson College is holding its annual free CPR Training for the City of Omaha on Saturday, May 14. The event is for family and friends of all ages-event coordinators encourage MCC staff to attend. Registration for the event opens March 1.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Sessions: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (each training session takes approximately one hour)    
Audience: Group teams, family members and friends, boy and girl scouts, students looking for community service hours and more
Location: Clarkson College
Registration Line: (402) 552-2432 (registration opens March 1)

Training and Development Workshops

Enhance your work skills by participating in Training and Development workshops. These workshops are offered at no cost to you or your respective cost center. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-5231. All listed workshops are non-credit, term 11/JA.

Everyday Professionalism
Everyday professionalism can be as simple as remembering basic etiquette, like saying please and thank you. The niceties that establish who we are also enhance individual performance, teamwork, morale and, ultimately, business results. This program introduces ten common blunders leading to business inefficiencies and reintroduces the following key components: character, positive attitude, competency and conduct. Intended audience: all employees

Feel free to bring your lunch to this workshop-a microwave is just down the hall.

TRDV 044N 01 (synonym 174776)
Thursday, March 3
Noon-1 p.m.
FOC 21, Room 101

Merging Productivity and Conflict Resolution for Better Working Relationships
Do you ever run out of time or wish you had more time? Do you ever experience conflict because of not having enough time? If so, this workshop is for you. Join Concord Center trainer Sonia Keffer as she helps you explore your relationship to time. She will share practical tips on how to manage the time we have each day in order to accomplish what is on our to-do lists and even some of the things that are not. We will further explore why conflict happens and how you can successfully deal with conflict situations. We will also explore:

  • 11 time management tips
  • How to delegate effectively
  • The root causes of conflict
  • Approaches to dissolving conflict in personal and professional relationships/situations

Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 042N 01 (synonym 165997)
Friday, March 4
8:30-11:30 a.m.
FOC 5, Room 204

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 more information, contact Marilyn Cotton, Coordinator, Training and Development, at (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Littler Retirement Reception Today

Jan Littler, Assistant Director of Records, will be honored at a reception today, Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m., in the Mule Barn Atrium, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 21.

Prior to working at MCC, Littler was a K-12 instructor for several Nebraska school districts. From 1976-1998 she was an academic advisor, an instructional assistant to the communication and reading departments, an adjunct faculty member and writing center staffer. In 1998, Littler moved to her current position as Assistant Director of Records.

Littler's accomplishments over the years include being part of the charter group for the Tech Prep program and implementation of WebAdvisor for faculty. She is a member of NACRAO and AACRAO, state and national admissions and registrar's organizations, and served on the NACRAO board as Vice President for Communications from 2002-2004.

You are invited to come and wish Littler well on her retirement.

The Good and the Bad about Radial Tires

As tire design technology has improved over the years with radial tires, vehicle traction on the road has improved along with a more comfortable ride. However, there is a downside to radial tires, which are the most common tires on the road today. Due to their excellent construction, they do have a few disadvantages.

  1. When one of the front tires is low on air pressure, there is very little change in how the car drives. This is because as the tire gets low on air pressure, there is very little change in the rolling resistance. There may be a slight drift or pull to the side of the low tire. If you don't notice this slight pull, you have no idea that your tire is low on air pressure. As the pressure gets lower and lower, typically you will start to notice a pull toward the side with the low tire.
  2. A radial tire that is low on air pressure causes the side wall to flex as it bulges out at the bottom. This generates heat, and the flexing overworks the tire construction. When a tire is really getting low on air pressure, the heat starts to increase, and before long, the tire starts to come apart. This is more common for a rear tire. It isn't uncommon to see a car on the shoulder of the road with a shredded rear tire-a result of too low of air pressure.

Weekly Green Tip

Don't use disposable stirrers. Just pour in your sugar and milk first and then add coffee. Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers, enough to make a giant straw statue - 20 times taller than the Statue of Liberty. - The Green Book

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