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Inside Story for Monday, April 04, 2011

Mission Achievement Plan: MCC Needs Your Input

Budget requests are now being made for fiscal year 2011-12, and your input is needed. 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). Now is the time to give your input to your cost center manager.

What It Is, Part 5: Other Planning Documents
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; the even higher level of MAP, the Executive Summary MAP; and the foundational statements.

For this final part in this series of awareness articles, we will provide some insight into two other important planning documents, the Facilities Master Plan and the budget. The Facilities Master Plan is developed to provide a reasoned long-term vision of what infrastructure additions or improvements would best position MCC to advance our mission. The updated version of this plan can be found here. Work is ongoing to further define the plan's recommendations for the Fort Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses.

The budget is the part of MCC's MAP that allocates resources to best achieve the priorities of our mission achievement plan. A proposed budget is presented to the Board of Governors (BOG) in July each year. The 2010-11 proposed budget and supporting information (often referred to as the budget book) was given to the BOG last July and is available here. After public hearings are held on the proposed budget and needed amendments are made, a final budget is adopted at the September BOG meeting. The adopted budget for 2010-11, including budget book pages changed by amendments to the proposed budget, can be viewed here. Note that even though our fiscal year starts on July 1, the adopted budget for each year is not adopted until the September BOG meeting.

Hopefully, you have found this series of MAP awareness articles helpful. If you have questions on any aspect of MCC's mission achievement plan, contact Gordon Jensen.

Spring Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Spring quarter Heart of Metro Award.

Criteria for the Award

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years
  • Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Lead change
    • Foster an inclusive workplace
    • Work smart
    • Respect diversity
    • Be service-centered

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 25. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Recognize a deserving colleague today!

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 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.

Sage Student Bistro Serving Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Sage Student Bistro is now serving breakfast, 8-10 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Reservations are not required. Fine dining is offered Monday through Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made for parties as large as 12.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/bistro to view our menu options and to make reservations.

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.

MCC Students, Alumni Display Work in Women Who Weld

Women Who WeldCome see artwork by local MCC students and alumni at the second annual Walk with Fire: Women Who Weld event, April 8-9 at the Bancroft Art Gallery, 10th & Bancroft streets.

In 2010, the first annual Women Who Weld show was introduced by a group of students who wanted to showcase their projects. The show was nominated in 2010 by Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, a local arts group, as Best Group Show in Omaha. "The first exhibit was such a success and so fun, we felt it had to continue," said Melinda Eames, a Welding Technology student. "All of the people who attended were thrilled with the art and the atmosphere. It helped raise money and awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and was a tribute to the 12 talented artists in the show."

MCC has supported a nontraditional welding program for 15 years. The program prides itself in a creative and supportive environment that works to nurture lifelong learners. "Women Who Weld grew naturally from the program," Eames said. "Working in this medium-metal-is empowering".

The program got its start in 1996 when Peggy Ritshel, instructor and artist, approached the Welding Technology Program Director, Rex Stacey, with the suggestion that welding classes be offered to bring nontraditional students to the program. Students would be given the opportunity to learn the skills of welding and apply them to the community outside the typical welding job.

To participate in Women Who Weld, students have to attend two full-quarter classes, Welded Sculpture I and II. These classes teach the skills and techniques needed to create sculptures. The classes offer open labs for students to pursue their own projects with guidance and assistance from instructors. The labs create an environment that enables students to fabricate and produce a product of their own design.

For more information, contact Welding Instructor Sharon Boynton.

Register Now for the MCC Golf Outing

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. Make checks out to MCC Foundation. Checks will not be cashed until after May 23. 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

Gun Safety: Keeping Handguns Safe and Lawful and Out of the Wrong Hands

April 4-8 is Public Health Week. Join the National Safety Council for a free seminar on gun safety April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Greater Omaha Chapter location, 11620 M Circle.

The Douglas County Health Department, the National Safety Council Greater Omaha Chapter, the city of Omaha and the U.S. Attorney's Office have partnered to provide information to the public on how to keep concealable firearms safe, lawful and out of the wrong hands. 

This fast-paced and free seminar will provide guidance to handgun owners and users and individuals interested in a way to recognize and prevent issues associated with concealable firearms by keeping both the firearms and users safe and legal.

Attendees will leave with the information, tools and education they need about concealable firearms. Three experienced speakers will present on various topics focusing on gun ownership, use, safety and government efforts.

Speakers
Marty Conboy, Chief Prosecutor, Omaha City Prosecutor's Office
Conboy speaks to the city's ordinances on purchase and ownership of handguns and other weapons, Omaha's open carry ordinance concerning handguns and Nebraska's Concealed Carry law. He will discuss the types of cases his office prosecutes and what citizens can do to acquire and stay legal regarding the weapons they may own and use.

Ray Fidone, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Director of Operations for Nebraska
Fidone will bring information on the Project Safe Neighborhoods Presidential Program, how it impacts Omaha, what citizens can do to stop gun violence and potential gun violence and information on federal gun laws and penalties. He will also provide statistics on local gun seizures and arrests.

Sgt. Jake Ritonya, Omaha Police Department
Ritonya will bring information on safe gun handling, use and storage as well as what to do if you or your child finds a weapon. This informative presentation will provide demonstrations with real weapons that have been made safe for classroom use. Knowing how to handle, hold and store a weapon properly is a key element to gun safety.

Training and Development Workshops

Training & Development workshops offer a range of professional growth opportunities in April-there is something for everyone!

Improving Your Writing Skills
Do you want to improve your written communication? This workshop is your guide to:

  • Analyze how you write and what you write
  • Know when to use an outline
  • Create sentences that are complete and correctly punctuated
  • Create paragraphs that center on a topic sentence
  • Write paragraphs that flow sequentially
  • Proofread your work
  • Avoid common errors
  • Find answers to questions you have about writing

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 052N 01 (synonym 176705)
Friday, April 8
1-2 p.m.
SRP, Room 129

Using Organizational Skills to Reduce Stress
In this workshop, we will review basic organizational skills and how these skills can reduce our stress levels.

  • Understand the effect of stress and how to handle it
  • Organize the flow of information
  • Organize your desk, schedule and tasks
  • Create a prioritized list
  • Manage projects
  • Set boundaries for ourselves
  • Be more productive

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 051N 01 (synonym 176683)
Friday, April 15
11 a.m.-noon
SOC CON, Room 247

Diversity: You Can't Be Successful Without It!
"The real death of America will come when everyone is alike." - James T. Ellison
America has always been a diverse nation, especially since the turn of the 21st century. Savvy organizations know this and leverage the diversity of their employees to exceed the expectations of their increasingly varied customer/student bases. This one-hour program will:

  • Make the business case for diversity
  • Clarify the two critical dimensions of diversity
  • Identify those aspects of human nature that get in the way of organizations making the most of employee diversity
  • Provide tips for neutralizing some of the more troubling effects of the abovementioned components

TRDV 050N 01 (synonym 176133)
Friday, April 15
Noon-1 p.m.
SOC CON, Room 249

Making Communication Skills Work for You
Attend this workshop to learn to communicate more effectively. Techniques for improving your communication skills are:

  • Learning the essence of active listening
  • Becoming aware of the obstacles to good listening
  • Understanding strategies for being a good communicator
  • Creating a philosophy for your communication

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 053N 01 (synonym 176896)
Wednesday, April 20
1-2:30 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 21, Room 105

Introduction to Psycho-Geometrics-a Strategy for Teamwork
Identify your personal communication style based on the selection of one of five geometric shapes. Each shape describes a personal style reflecting the way you communicate with others, deal with stress and make decisions. In this workshop we will:

  • Learn the Psycho-Geometric philosophy
  • Discover your preferred working style
  • Become aware of other working styles
  • Use Psycho-Geometrics as a strategy to encourage teamwork
  • Learn to flex to meet your objectives

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 057N 01 (synonym 176905)
Wednesday, April 20
3-4:30 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 21, Room 105

  

TIAA-CREF Retirement Income Options
Developing a sound financial strategy for retirement can make a big difference. If you are nearing retirement, you and your spouse or significant other are welcome to attend this presentation to review your options and get answers to some important questions: When can I retire? Am I saving enough for retirement? What income options best fit my situation? Topics will include:

  • Evaluating your retirement income needs
  • Techniques to help keep your retirement strategy on target
  • How to identify retirement savings gaps
  • Sources of retirement income
  • TIAA-CREF retirement income options: lifetime income, systematic withdrawal and other options
  • Importance of examining your asset allocation
  • Taxes: how they may affect your retirement
  • Helpful web tools and individual retirement counseling options

Facilitator is Jason Miller, TIAA-CREF Consultant, Individual Client Services. Sandwiches provided courtesy of TIAA-CREF.

Registration is limited to 80 participants. Spouses/significant others who would like to participate must register.

TRDV 049N 01 (synonym 175893)
Tuesday, April 26
6-7 p.m.
FOC, ICA, Room 201B

Feeling Confident in Public Speaking
Do you have butterflies in your stomach when you are speaking in public or giving professional presentations? Do you convey a confident, self-assured tone when you present? Learn relaxation and organizational strategies to get your thoughts across in a calm, impressive manner.

Course objectives:

  • Learn strategies for relaxing before a presentation
  • Create a focus for a successful presentation
  • Organize your presentation for ease of delivery
  • Use visuals to assist in delivery of your message
  • Learn the secret that all good presenters understand

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 054N 01 (synonym 175900)
Wednesday, April 27
1-2:30 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 21, Room 405

Facilitating Productive Meetings

Learn to lead successful meetings, leaving participants energized and ready to take on the day. To help make your meetings productive and meaningful, we'll discuss the following tips:

  • Learning the guidelines for a productive meeting
  • Encouraging participation
  • Staying on task
  • Understanding the obstacles to creative brainstorming
  • Using brainstorming productively
  • Achieving meeting objectives

The workshop facilitator is Marita Hahn. Intended audience: all employees

TRDV 055N 01 (synonym 176903)
Wednesday, April 27
3-4:30 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 21, Room 105

NOTE: 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. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call ext. 8518. All listed workshops are noncredit, term 11/AP.

For further information contact Marilyn Cotten, Training & Development Coordinator, (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Free Sustainability Workshop Examines Local Food Systems

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

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.

IFEX 004N 01
Tuesday, April 5
1-4 p.m.
FOC, ICA, Room 201C

Weekly Green Tip: A Wealth of Sustainability Resources, at Your Fingertips

AASHERecently, MCC renewed its membership to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education.

The Office of Sustainable Practices would like to share some of the benefits of AASHE membership. As members, everyone at MCC has access to AASHE's online resources and opportunities for networking, information sharing and professional development.

Online Resources
AASHE's online Resource Center includes best practices, campus profiles, how-to guides, discussion forums and other resources. For example, AASHE provides access to syllabi for courses that incorporate sustainability into the areas of ethics, philosophy, anthropology, business, sociology, law, health, geography, psychology and many more.

Individual Member Accounts
Anyone at MCC can create their own account to access member-only pages on AASHE's website. To create an individual account, go to create member account.

AASHE Bulletin
The AASHE Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter with the latest campus sustainability news, resources, opportunities and events.

Professional Development
AASHE holds or co-sponsors workshops, webinars and conference calls throughout the year. As members, MCC receives discounts on all AASHE events.

Discussion Forums
Anyone with an individual website account can participate in AASHE's Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums to share ideas and best practices and to find answers to questions on topics related to sustainability and higher education.

For those of us always looking for ways to incorporate sustainability into our work, AASHE will prove a valuable resource. If you find AASHE resources useful and are able to incorporate what you've learned into your classroom or routine, the Office of Sustainable Practices would love to hear about it!

Out and About in the Community

As part of coordinating the College's community outreach efforts, the MCC Office of Public Affairs will be highlighting key events where MCC will be engaged in reaching out to our diverse, four-county service area. Over the next few weeks MCC will be connecting at:

FCCLA State Leadership Conference, April 4: MCC is hosting an outreach booth to provide enrollment and program material at this annual high school conference.

Lincoln College Fair, April 5: This annual Lincoln High School college fair provides a unique opportunity for MCC to provide information to high school students from Lincoln Public Schools about the more than 100 programs available at our campuses.

FBLA State Leadership Conference, April 7-8: This statewide annual high school conference provides a strategic opportunity for MCC to provide information to high school students on the business-focused program options available at our campuses.

MCC's outreach team will also be visiting the following high schools through the remainder of month of April: Blair High School, Omaha Burke High School, Douglas County West High School, Papillion-La Vista South High School, Concordia High School, Gretna High School, Boys Town High School, Lyons-Decatur High School, Fremont High School, Omaha Blackburn High School, Scribner-Snyder High School, North Bend High School and Millard West High School.

The Office of Public Affairs is also working with Campus Deans and Student Services staff in hosting numerous group campus tours throughout October and November. If you are interested in assisting with campus tours, email us at outreach@mccneb.edu.

Lastly, if you have any community events that you'd like to see MCC at, forward your event information to outreach@mccneb.edu.

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