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Inside Story for Monday, March 28, 2011

Mission Achievement Plan: MCC Needs Your Input

As an employee, you have unique insights to share 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). Budget requests will primarily be entered during the month of April so convey your ideas sooner rather than later.

What It Is, Part 4: Foundational Statements
MCC's MAP is comprised of several planning documents, including foundational statements (mission statement, overall strategies and primary priorities), the Executive Summary MAP, Area and Cost Center MAPs, the Facilities Master Plan and the budget. In previous weeks, we learned about the most local MAP, the Cost Center MAP; the next level of MAP, the Area MAP; and the even higher level of MAP, the Executive Summary MAP.

This week, the focus is on the Foundational Statements page. The Mission Statement conveys our purpose for existing, which is to serve our community. The service area for each of Nebraska's six community colleges is assigned by state statute; MCC's service area includes the four counties of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington. State statute also establishes the general roles of a community college and therefore heavily influences what is listed as deliverables in the mission statement. The Overall Strategies provide the high-level vision of how we will plan to maximize mission achievement. MCC's ability to advance each of these six strategies is fundamentally key to being the best we can be. The Primary Priorities statement recognizes that it is the success of faculty and staff that determines the success of MCC. Too often strategic plans focus only on new initiatives and forget to communicate the high priority of the ongoing operations that allow the institution to function. Hopefully, this statement clearly communicates that what you do for MCC is the most important priority.

You can explore MCC's Foundational Statements here, as well as view the Executive Summary MAP. Employees can also access all Area and Cost Center MAPs using the link at the bottom of this view. Note that the current fiscal year Area and Cost Center MAPs are under 2011. MCC's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Stay tuned in future Inside Story editions for more about MCC's mission achievement plan.

New Professional Development Program at MCC

A new professional development program has been implemented for all MCC employees. This program is designed to contribute to the professional growth and development of MCC employees by providing educational services and opportunities through a variety of delivery options.

In order to best serve the professional development needs of all MCC employees, three areas are collaborating to provide comprehensive learning opportunities. The three areas of the MCC professional development program are: Training and Development (TRDV), with Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator; Institute for Faculty Excellence (IFEX), with Teri Quick, Coordinator; and Instructional Design Services (IDST), with John McAdam, Coordinator. TRDV focuses on training and development for staff, IFEX focuses on faculty development and IDST focuses on classroom technology training for faculty. Although each area has a different focus, all employees may take courses offered from any of the three areas. This team approach to professional development provides a comprehensive format of offerings for all college employees.

The goal of the new program is to offer training and development offerings on a regular, ongoing basis. Offerings are posted in the Inside Story weekly and are also promoted through email. Employees need to register for any courses they wish to take. There is no longer any tuition remission form that needs to be filled out. Registering for the professional development courses helps presenters know how many handouts to prepare, and it helps employees because they have a record of the courses they have attended. This record is only seen by the employee, but it can be beneficial as part of the faculty portfolio or employee annual evaluation.

All MCC employees are encouraged to take advantage of the professional development offerings now being offered by the College. To see the latest offerings, watch the Inside Story and check out the following websites:

MCC Commissions Greenhouse Solar Hot Water System

solarMCC will commission the new greenhouse solar hot water system - the first of its kind in the state - on April 1 at the FOC greenhouse. The purpose of the solar system is to assist with heating the greenhouse during the winter and to provide heat for bedding plant growing tables.

MCC is the first community college nationwide to implement this kind of greenhouse solar system. The greenhouse was selected as a demonstration site because it provides multiple types of heating uses and can demonstrate an energy cost savings. The technology of the solar demonstration system is readily transferable to greenhouses and hot houses across the state for bedding plants and vegetable crops, thereby impacting the economies of rural Nebraska. Students will have access to the system for installation seminars as they disassemble and re-assemble various components of the system.

The funding for the solar installation was provided by a grant from the Nebraska Energy Office.

The April 1 commissioning event includes a tour of the solar system and concludes with the bimonthly meeting of the Nebraska Solar Energy Society, which will be hosted at the FOC Institute for the Culinary Arts. The Nebraska Solar Energy Society supports the expansion of solar technology with public education programs.

The solar tour of the greenhouse begins at 6 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public. The buffet dinner follows at 7 p.m. and costs $15. Register for the dinner by contacting Gary Boe at focuseg@cox.net or (402) 321-2797.

For more information about the solar tour, contact Michael Shonka, (402) 590-5900.

2011 Zoo Memberships for MCC Staff

The Henry Doorly Zoo has made two important changes in its 2011 memberships. Now, IMAX admission is free for members. Additionally, the zoo has created tiered membership categories.

Individual ($50): Admits the listed member only.

Military pass ($50): Available only to active duty personnel. Available only at the Henry Doorly Zoo or the Offutt AFB Community Center.

Dual ($75): Admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest.

Grandparent ($89): Admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to six grandchildren. Price increases to $99 after March 31.

Household ($89): Admits both listed owners or one listed owner and one guest and up to six children at the owner's address. Price increases to $99 after March 31.

With either the Household or the Military memberships, one babysitter or nanny can be added for an additional $20.

If you are interested in membership, contact Pat Smith at psmith@mccneb.edu or (402) 738-4681.

Women's History Month: Our History Is Our Strength

MCC Celebrates Women's History Month with a series of lectures and other programming. See the full list of activities here.

Register Now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. at the Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St.

You can register as a single, and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $70 per player or $280 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament. 

Send your check and registration form no later than Monday, May 23. Checks will not be cashed until after May 23. Make checks payable to MCC Foundation. The proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

To register, contact:

Linda Hoagland
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 457-2403; lhoagland@mccneb.edu

GPTC Receives Chief Standing Bear Award

The Great Plains Theatre Conference received the 2011 Chief Standing Bear Organizational Award for its production of Waaxe's Law. The Great Plains Theatre Conference presented the play at the 2010 conference. Waaxe's Law is the dramatic retelling of the heartbreaking trial of Chief Standing Bear in Omaha, Neb., in 1879, during which Judge Elmer became the first judge to declare Native Americans to be "persons" under federal law. 

The award will be presented at the Chief Standing Bear Commemoration Celebration in Lincoln on May 20.

Langholdt Receives PTK Administrator Award

Julie Langholdt has been nominated for Distinguished College Administrator of the Year. College administrators, nominated by their Phi Theta Kappa chapter, are selected for this award based on outstanding support of their PTK chapter over several years.

Langholdt will be honored at Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention April 7-9 in Seattle, Wash. She will receive the award at a luncheon of her peers, including college presidents, at the annual conference.

Gooch Elected to Women's Fund Board

The Women's Fund has announced its new officers and board members. Cynthia Gooch was one of six new members who have been elected to three-year terms with the Women's Fund of Greater Omaha's Board of Directors. The Women's Fund of Omaha examines women's issues and tries to provide informed support for initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls.

Volunteers Needed to Assemble Bicycles

The Sustainability Committee is seeking volunteers to help assemble bicycles for use at FOC.

To improve traffic safety, mobility, wellness and sustainability, MCC will begin a bike-sharing program at FOC this spring. Modeled after UNO's successful Bike Share program, bicycle routes on FOC streets will be marked with sharrows, and bicycles and bicycle parking will be available to faculty, staff and students for trips across campus.

The program is a community effort. A generous grant from Live Well Omaha will pay for the sharrows and bike racks and the Community Bike Project is providing parts and some labor. Instructor Patrick McKibbin's Auto Collision students painted the bicycle frames lime green, and Greenstreet Cycles has agreed to repair the bikes at no charge.

MCC and Community Bike Project volunteers will assemble the bicycles at 525 N. 33rd St. in Omaha in shifts on three Wednesdays: March 30, April 6 and April 13 from 3-6 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. each day.

To make this project a success, your help is needed to assemble bikes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Get Ready MCC - Omaha Now Recycles Juice Boxes, Cartons

cartonsNow that Omaha is recycling gable-top and aseptic food cartons, you can recycle your milk cartons, juice boxes or soup cartons at work with MCC's single-stream recycling containers or at home through Omaha's curbside and drop-off recycling program.

Gable-top cartons are containers that you will find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and hold products such as milk, cream, fresh juice and egg substitutes.

Aseptic cartons are containers that are shelf-stable, meaning they have a long shelf life and don't require refrigeration prior to opening, and hold products such as soup, broth, wine, soy milk, juice and milk.

You can recycle either carton type at MCC - just toss the carton in your single-stream recycling container.

To learn more about carton food containers, click here for a FAQ: www.wasteline.org/graphics/brochure/crtn_faq.pdf.

And don't forget to recycle all the other recyclables found throughout your house. Click here to go to Omaha's recycling page and review what you can recycle: www.omaharecycles.com

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Lawse at djlawse@mccneb.edu.

Free Sustainability Workshop Examines Local Food System

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. Staff and faculty can register for the following workshop at (402) 457-5231.

Local Food Systems - IFEX 004N 01

Most supermarket produce travels thousands of miles before purchased by consumers, hence the 3,000-mile salad. In this workshop, Shannon Moncure from the Nebraska Food Cooperative will explain the specifics of food systems, how they work and why they are important. Join us and explore the local production, processing, distribution and consumption of food in Omaha.

Tuesday, April 5
1-4 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Room 201C

Weekly Green Tip

Some experts project gas prices to rise above $4 per gallon in the not-too-distant future. With gas prices rising, now is a great time to start investigating transportation alternatives.
Metro Rideshare provides easy, online registration and matches you with others living in your area who are taking a similar route to work. Visit www.metrorideshare.org to find or start a carpool. While there, calculate how much you could save by carpooling, biking or utilizing public transportation.

Visit www.ometro.com for information on public transportation options.

And don't forget: Carpool parking spaces are available at FOC, SOC, ATC and SRP for drivers carrying one or more passengers. -Office of Sustainable Practices

Recent Grants

  • Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow: MCC received a $2,500 gift from Cox Communications to help support the 2011 powwow.

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees

Jennifer Blegen
Jennifer Blegen
ARC Educational Assistant                FOC 10    (402) 457-2226

Gabrielle Conley
Gabrielle Conley
Central Registration Clerk                FOC 2      (402) 457-2351

Kalie Davis
Kalie Davis
Campus/Center Services Assistant    ATC        (402) 763-5801

Albertha Schmid             Assistant Director of Records      FOC 30  (402) 457-2354

Jennifer Ingraham          SOC CON

Separations        Last Day
Jan Littler              3/15/11

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