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Inside Story for Monday, May 23, 2011

2011 Great Plains Theatre Conference Is Almost Here!

This year's Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is better than ever with play readings and panel discussions each day at the Swanson Conference Center and five great evening performances in locations across the city. The weeklong Conference kicks off Saturday. Check out the GPTC website for all the details.

MCC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend daytime PlayLabs and PlayFest evening performances at no cost.

You can drop into any of the daytime PlayLabs without a reservation. PlayLabs feature more than 35 top plays selected from 430 scripts submitted for readings at this year's conference. PlayLabs are readings directed and performed by both local and national artists. All PlayLabs take place in the Swanson Conference Center in the Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA) at the Fort Omaha Campus. 

The daytime conference also features daily lunch panels with national theatre artists. Lunch is available for $10, payable at the Conference Information Center located in the first floor lobby of the ICA.

For the PlayFest evening performances you must call the box office to make a reservation. When you call, make sure to let them know your affiliation with MCC and bring your employee I.D. to show the box office at the event. The box office number is (402) 457-2822. Don't wait to reserve your space - seating is limited and the nights do sell out.

To view the list of the 2011 GPTC evening PlayFest events, click here. Additional tickets may be purchased at a cost of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Come celebrate the stories of our time while watching our great local and national theatre artists present dozens of new American plays.

MCC’s Green Bikes Are Ready for Riders

MCC aims to get more students and staff biking around campus with the Green Bike Program now at the Fort Omaha Campus as a free, environmentally friendly and healthy way to get around campus.

Students and staff at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus 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 green bikes are 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 from the Library 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.

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 here. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

KBD Sponsors Open Communication Forum

The MCC Phi Chapter of Kappa Beta Delta recently sponsored panel discussions on Direct, Effective Communication: What is effective communication, Why it is important and Who benefits? The forums were held May 9-12, at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses and the Sarpy Center. About 100 students attended the panels at the various locations. Additional topics initiated by students and discussed included the appropriate use of social media, job interviews and face-to-face communication.

Thanks go out to the panel members who led discussions: Ayanna Boykins, Career Center Coordinator; Sue Clark, Director of Benefits and Compensation; Georgia Culliver, Speech Instructor; Molly Engdahl, Academic Counselor; Jane Franklin, Dean of Social Sciences; Stephanie McGowan, Academic Counselor; Cindy Stover, Speech Instructor; Charles Tichy, Adjunct Instructor; and Mary Umberger, Speech Instructor. Also taking part were KBD Advisors Idalene Williams, Accounting Instructor; Ed Napravnik, Accounting Instructor/Moderator; and Jane Joyce, Adjunct Management and Economics Instructor/Moderator.

Kappa Beta Delta is an International Honor Society for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which encourages, celebrates and rewards scholarship and accomplishment of business students enrolled in associate degree programs at two-year colleges.

MCC Donates Measuring Assessment Tools to Bellevue West High School

Two years ago, MCC discovered that students were having trouble understanding fractions and how to read a ruler. MCC Industrial and Commercial Trades Instructor David Eledge had the solution: a tool that has endless combinations of measuring examples and could be used in all departments (math, trades, art, ESL and others) for instruction. Together with a measuring tape, the Measuring Assessment Tool is a powerful tool to help students learn math and measuring.

On May 10, Eledge and John Vyhlidal with Tri-V Tool & Mfg./Omaha Area Director of Dream It! Do It! presented 15 tools and tape measures to Bellevue West High School.

Principal Kevin Rohlfs and Bellevue West Senior Taylor Sidzyik accepted the tools. Sidzyik is also a Dream It! Do It! intern who made the tools at Tri-V Tool & Mfg. He learned how to use the machine that creates the tool during his internship.

The Skilled and Technical Sciences Department at Bellevue West plans to use the tools in all of their introductory classes.

Spring Cleaning

The MCC IT staff would like to remind you that your Spring cleaning chores don't end with yard work and wardrobe adjustments. This is a great time to do some housekeeping with your emails, files, and folders storage.

First, remember that your Outlook mailbox needs regular maintenance. You should delete emails that you don't want or need from your Inbox and Sent Items folders. Delete out-of-date contacts from your contacts folder. Remember to empty your Deleted Items folder as a last step in this process. If you have questions regarding maintaining your mailbox, contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

Take a few minutes to review the content of your department's H: drive and your employee U: drive. Remove any data files that are no longer in use. Also remove any video, music and pictures that are not work-related.  Simply delete them and remember to empty your Recycle Bin when you are finished.

Data stored on the network, including your department's H: drive and your employee U: drive is backed up nightly and generally can be recovered for three months. Performing regular maintenance on your email and shared network drives helps to better utilize the storage and backup needs of the College.   

Carl Fielder Named SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

Director of Career Education Carl Fielder was named SkillsUSA Nebraska Advisor of the Year at the SkillsUSA state competition April 14-16.

This is the first time SkillsUSA Nebraska has given an advisor of the year award. Greg Stahr, SkillsUSA Nebraska State Director, said Fielder "is the essence of an outstanding advisor that gives all to this organization. He really believes in SkillsUSA and what it can do for our youth. He has personally seen transformation in student achievement by being part of this organization."

MCC SkillsUSA students will be representing the College at the National SkillsUSA competition in June.

Training and Development Workshops

Skill-building opportunities during the month of May include the following workshops:

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

Work on a large document that has already been created. 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 Bldg. 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.

Customized training for your team is available by contacting: Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator, Training and Development, (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Retirement Reception for Paul Evans on May 24

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 Marshall, Taylor, Schenck and Lindberg 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.

Internal-Only Job Posting: Must Be Receiving a Paycheck from MCC




Responsible for the safety and protection of MCC students, employees, visitors and property. Respond to incidents such as emergencies, disturbances, natural disasters and accidents and has the authority under Nebraska state statute to make arrests, conduct criminal investigations and respond to emergency situations. Works with other law enforcement agencies that have concurrent jurisdiction on MCC property as necessary and appropriate.  QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED plus one year full-time job-related experience (physical security, law enforcement) required. Associate degree preferred. Current Nebraska Law Enforcement certification required.  Equivalent combination of education and/or work experience considered. Must be receiving a paycheck from Metropolitan Community College. Current certification or ability to be certified in American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR and First Aid. Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire and be qualified to carry a firearm and other law enforcement tools as directed by Police Department policy and in compliance with city, federal and state laws. Must have a valid driver's license and insurability to operate College vehicles and pass a medical exam. Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. but is subject to change. Hiring process includes a background check. Official transcripts/certifications required at the time of hire.

A completed application is required; cover letter, résumé, certification and transcripts preferred. For guaranteed consideration, application materials must be received by Saturday, June 5, 2011.

Green Tip of the Week

Fit your garden hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle in order to prevent waste when the water is turned on and the hose is not being used. You'll save up to 6.5 gallons per minute. If just 10 percent of U.S. households attached shut-off nozzles to their hoses and the average reduction in hose usage was just 30 seconds per week, the water saved would fill more than 128,000 bathtubs every day. - The Green Book

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