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Inside Story for Monday, May 16, 2011

New at the Libraries

Guides on Photoshop, books on social media trends and handbooks on job searching are among the new books and DVDs at MCC libraries this May.

Nominations for the Student Affairs Excellence Award Open

Do you work with or know a colleague in Student Affairs who you feel consistently exemplifies a positive attitude, provides outstanding service, provides leadership, focuses on students, works on a special project and uses creativity and initiative in performing duties? If so, nominate him or her for the Student Affairs Excellence Award.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m. The selected employee(s) will be honored at the Student Affairs Day Event on June 17. Access the specific criteria and the online nomination form at here. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

MCC Launches Green Bike Program

green bikesMCC aims to get more students and staff biking around campus with the Green Bike Program, debuting May 17 at the Fort Omaha Campus as a free, environmentally friendly and healthy service.

The Green Bike Program debuts during national Bike to Work Week May 16-20, which encourages biking as a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way to get around. Students and staff at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will have free access to seven bright green bikes to pedal among campus buildings. Twenty-four new bike racks were installed on campus, and eight sharrows were painted on campus roads.

The program's official launch begins at noon on Tuesday, May 17, when college representatives, including Executive Vice President Jim Grotrian and Academic Affairs Vice President David Ho, will hop on the bikes for an inaugural pedal around the Parade Ground.

The green bikes will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to get around the Fort Omaha Campus only. Riders can visit www.mccneb.edu/green/greenbikes.asp to access the bikes' lock combination. Bicycle helmets are available for check out at no cost to participants in the Green Bike Program.

The Green Bike program is made possible through a partnership among MCC, Live Well Omaha, the Community Bike Shop and Green Street Cycles. The bikes were painted by students in MCC's Auto Collision Technology Program.

Kappa Beta Delta Induction

The Phi Chapter of the Kappa Beta Delta International Business honor society inducted 33 business students on May 3. The ceremony, which recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees, was held at the Institute for the Culinary Arts Swanson Conference center.

KBD Inductees 2011

Keynote speaker Josephine Jordan, General Director of Operative Services at Union Pacific Railroad, spoke on the theme, "Excellence: The Choice of Success for Leaders." Jordan encouraged the students to be a "STAR"-using Strategies and Tactics to Achieve Results-in their educational and professional pursuit of excellence. In addition, Jordan was also inducted as a Kappa Beta Delta honorary member. The business faculty inductees were Jane Joyce, Rita Kleeman and Bill Jefferson.

Students who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class are invited to join this highest international recognition a business student can receive at two-year institutions accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). By accepting membership in Kappa Beta Delta, students receive lifetime recognition for their outstanding academic achievements.

In keeping with the purpose of KBD to promote and encourage leadership skills, the officers and members conducted the majority of the program.

In addition to receiving a certificate, membership pin and KBD mug, the inductees will receive a one year subscription to Business Week. Dr. Idalene Williams is the advisor for Phi Chapter. A mock "passing of the guard" was held as Ed Napravnik will become the primary advisor, assisted by Jane Joyce, in the Fall. Williams has been the primary advisory since Phi Chapter's charter in November 1999.

All-Nebraska Academic Team Announces MCC Representatives

Seven MCC students were selected to represent the College on the All Nebraska Academic Team. Winners are selected on the basis of completed applications, written essays, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership and service to the college and the community. 

Elkhorn Valley Campus: Lyndsey Hinsley, Praise Setodji

Fort Omaha Campus: Kyle McMeans, Cindy Zimmerman

South Omaha Campus: Richard Gude

Online: Hassana Bathily, April Stierman

The All-Nebraska Academic Team program provides statewide recognition to outstanding two-year college students. The All-State Academic Team Program, launched in Mississippi and Missouri in 1994, offers the unique opportunity for each All-USA nominee and nominating institution from participating states to receive statewide recognition regardless of the nominee's ranking in the All-USA Academic Team competition. It is based on the national All-USA Academic Team program sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

MCC Student Wins Regional AMATYC Award

MCC student Tung Le has been named the top scorer on the American Math Association of Two-Year Colleges Math Exam. Le scored 30.5 in Round 1 and 17.0 in Round 2, the highest of any student in the Central Region, comprised of ten states and two Canadian provinces. This marks the first time MCC has had an award-winner in the competition.

Working Together to Achieve Something Great

Students in Alvin Motely's Human Relations course presented their end-of-quarter projects with a focus on working together with classmates of different cultures. Sisto Aldo, Jeritza Cortes, Esther Tatiana Fuentes Murillo, Norma Flores, Michael Plumb and Ada Yang used teamwork and communication to create a model house.

International House of People

Training and Development Workshops

Skill-building opportunities during the month of May include:

The FISH Philosophy: Catch the Energy

This fun, interactive and educational program is based on the "FISH" video, which chronicles the upbeat antics at the world famous Pikes Place Fish Market in Seattle, Wash. This wildly successful business champions four core concepts: Play, Make Their Day, Be There and Choose Your Attitude. It is about bringing your whole self to work and wanting to do your best work while you are there. Explore how you can incorporate this philosophy to create a strong team culture.

TRDV 070N 01 (synonym 177175)
Tuesday, May 17
11 a.m.-noon
FOC 21, Room 101


Excel 2007: Beyond the Basics

Using Excel but want to learn more? We will begin with a review of creating, copying and pasting formulas. Spreadsheet linking will also be reviewed. We will move on to charts and lists (databases):

  • Creating, modifying and enhancing charts
  • Creating, sorting and filtering lists

Intended audience-all employees. Facilitator-Bonnie Nelson.

TRDV 074N 02 (synonym 177371)
Friday, May 20
9 a.m.-noon
SOC, MHY, Room 205


Fort Omaha Parade Grounds Place Game Workshop

Facilitated by Omaha By Design, The Place Game workshop is an organized way of brainstorming potential improvements to public spaces by listening to the people who use them. It was created by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Bring your lunch to this workshop that begins in Bldg. 10, Room 120. Information gathered will be used to help MCC Administrators think about how to make the parade ground a more active space as the Facilities Master Plan is implemented.

TRDV 063N 02 (synonym 177026)
 Friday, May 20
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
FOC 10, Room 120


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Power Talking and Assertive Communication

Do you want to be more assertive in your style of communicating? What gets in the way? The words you choose and how you approach encounters with others, determine your thoughts, your actions and how others might perceive you. Your behavior is directly related to your communication skills and the quality of your assertiveness. Are you using language that is weak and powerless? Do you find it hard to gain attention, respect and the cooperation of others? Do you say what you mean and get what you want? POWER language can help you add impact to everything you say, while developing a more assertive, honest style of communicating. Join us as we:

  • Explore the role of language in shaping thoughts, actions and the perception of others
  • Examine personal communication styles, how others might perceive you (it may be different than you intend) and how to more effectively communicate with other styles
  • Become aware of personal use of language and the message given
  • Identify language that gets respect and results
  • Define communication as passive, assertive and aggressive
  • Acquire key words to replace ineffective speech habits with positive, results-oriented communication
  • Develop communication skills designed to be strong and assertive, while sensitive and respectful of others
  • Practice new skills in becoming a more assertive communicator

Intended audience: all employees. Facilitator-Rita Bartlett, President, RESPONSE-ABILITY Resources.

TRDV 076N 01 (synonym 177452)
Tuesday, May 24
9 a.m.-noon
SOC, MHY, Room 208


Word 2007: Creating and Managing Large Documents

We will work on a large document that has already been created. We will learn to place graphics; insert references; insert a table of contents; create and use section breaks; insert page numbering; create an index; insert footnotes; and insert revision marks.

Intended audience-all employees. Facilitator-Bonnie Nelson.

TRDV 075N 02 (synonym 177372)
Wednesday, May 25
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
FOC 10, Room 114

Please 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 (402) 457-8518. All listed workshops are noncredit.

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

Retirement Reception for Paul Evans

A reception is being held for Paul Evans, Biology Instructor, who is retiring at the end of the quarter. The event is planned for Tuesday, May 24, 3-5 p.m. at the Crook House. There will be a short program at 3:30 p.m. Evans has completed 37 academic years at MCC (146 quarters). Join us to show our appreciation and wish him well.

Retirement Reception for Dean Marshall, Bob Schenck, Daryl Taylor, Larry Lindberg on May 25

The end of Spring quarter will mark the retirement of four long-term Elkhorn Valley Campus employees.

Dean Marshall, Math instructor, has taught mathematics for 45 years. In addition to 12 years at MCC, Marshall taught for 33 years at the middle school and high school level. In retirement Marshall and his wife plan to enjoy traveling, reading, listening to music, gardening, bicycle riding and spending time with their three children and six grandchildren.

Daryl Taylor, English and Speech instructor, has taught for a total of 42 years. He has worked at MCC full-time for 17 years in addition to serving as a MCC adjunct instructor for seven years. Prior to joining MCC, Taylor worked for 25 years at Ralston High School as an instructor and English department chair. In retirement, Taylor and his wife are moving to the Ouachita mountains of Arkansas to enjoy golf, travel, nature, volunteer work and aging gracefully.

Bob Schenck joined MCC as a full-time English instructor in 1980. Prior to his work at MCC, Schenck taught English for 12 years at Upper Iowa College in Fayette, Iowa. In retirement Schenck will enjoy time with his seven grandchildren: Dylan, Katy, Emma, Marlena, Leo, Anabella and Rex.

Larry Lindberg joined MCC in 1975 and has served in a variety of administrative positions over the last 35-plus years, working at the Southwest (MCC's first location, a leased warehouse at 132nd and I St), Fort Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses. In retirement Lindberg plans to enjoy a family cabin on the Platte River, hobbies and two new grandsons.

All are invited to a Retirement Reception to recognize and thank Dean, Daryl, Bob and Larry for their years of service to MCC. The reception will be held Wednesday, May 25, in the Elkhorn Valley Campus Student Commons. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with remarks at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Green Tip of the Week

Keeping your tires fully inflated could improve your gas mileage by around 3 percent. It also makes your tires last longer. The average American, who drives 12,000 miles per year, could save about 16 gallons of gasoline annually just by maintaining his or her tires at the proper pressure. - The Green Book

HR Updates

New Employees

Angela Araya                     ARC Educational Assistant            SOC-CON             (402) 738-4537

Sonia Carbonell                 Student Services Assistant           EVC                        (402) 289-1200

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