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Inside Story for Monday, June 20, 2011

Reimbursement Vouchers Due by July 15th

With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, remember to submit any outstanding reimbursement vouchers with appropriate receipts to the attention of Amy Schieffer in Accounts Payable. As per Procedures Memorandum VI-2, expenses occurring near the end of the fiscal year must be submitted by July 15 of the same year for consideration. Thank you for your assistance.

Volunteers Needed for Intertribal Powwow

The Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow has become one of the most recognized and popular powwows in Omaha. This celebration of Native American dance, music, traditional regalia, crafts and culture, sponsored by Metropolitan Community College, free and open to the public, is a highlight for many families, groups and individuals in the surrounding community and region.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. On Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-7:30 p.m., we expect a larger crowd than ever and are excited about the guest performance of dancer Kevin Locke.

Powwow volunteers provide special services that make this event even more special. Volunteers interview audience members with evaluations, serve coffee/water, sell raffle tickets and drive the MCC shuttle for those who cannot or prefer not to walk from the parking lots. Assistance is needed in two-hour blocks from noon to 8 p.m.

Those who would like to serve as volunteers should contact Salwa Fox, sfox11@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2266, or Tonya Arvin, tarvin@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2661.

Summer Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Summer Quarter Heart of Metro 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, July 11. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Online nominations may be submitted at: http://www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Recognize a deserving colleague today!

Vote for MCC in the Omaha World Herald’s Travel Snaps Gallery

MCC students who participated in the Costa Rica study abroad trip are featured on the Omaha World-Herald's Travel Snaps site, and you can vote for the students to help the photo be published. Vote for the photo on the website in the June 17-23 gallery. The students are pictured in front of the Arenal Volcano.

MCC Students Study Abroad

Since the end of Spring Quarter, MCC's faculty-led Credit Courses Abroad have taken students to China, Costa Rica and Ghana.

Faculty members Edie Sample and Ryan Newton led students on a historical review of China through Shanghai, Tai'an City, Qu Fu and Beijing. Dr. Art Durand provided history lessons for ten students prior to their departure to China.  A picture story of their experiences can be found here.

Katie Twit, Enrique Brodsky and Dallas Jurisevic led ten students to Playa Sámara, Costa Rica, to study Spanish language at the Intercultura Spanish Language School and learn about Costa Rican culture while living with host families in the rural coastal village.  Weekend excursions to Baldi (hot springs), Arenal Lake, an active volcano and the Monte Verde Cloud Forest Reserve complemented the daily activities in Playa Sámara. Several students spent an evening at the turtle watch where they observed sea turtles laying their eggs.

Cynthia Gooch and Kojo Allen led five students to Ghana, West Africa, to explore its history and multicultural issues.  The trip included service-learning activities with area schools, a visit to a university, the market and the Dubois Center in the capitol city of Accra and extensive travel through rural Ghana to explore drumming, basket and kente weaving, batik, a monkey sanctuary, the Akosombo Dam, tropical gardens, museums, handicraft villages and Cape Coaste Castle.

Interested in study abroad options for the future? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2253 or view www.mccneb.edu/studyabroad.

Legendary Custom Painter Visits ATC

Jon Kosmoski, founder of the House of Kolor and a legend in the world of custom auto paint, toured the Applied Technology Center June 1-2 . What he found were state-of-the-art paint booths featuring the latest technology and emerging trends - at a community college. That's unique, he said: "Better than the norm."

Kosmoski joined students and auto body technicians to share insight gathered during his 50 years as a technician, custom painter and founder of the House of Kolor custom coating products. The 74-year-old got started in the business because he was fascinated by the "mystery of fixing dents." "When you're working on a car, you get to see the results of a day's work," he said. "You took something damaged and made it look good again."

Later, he started painting Honda motorcycles at a time when grey was the standard color. His fascination with custom painting grew from there. His desire for the best product led him to develop his own series of products under the House of Kolor name.

Kosmoski's workshops at ATC included an instructional lecture and significant hands-on time to test out techniques and trends. Kosmoski noted that capable, trained students are needed in the industry.

"We absolutely need technicians to work on cars," he said.

Training and Development Workshops

Training and Development Workshops

No need to put your professional development on hold during the summer. Check the Training and Development website regularly for skill enhancement opportunities.

Work and Life: Managing the Delicate Balance

Get up...feed and walk the dog...wake the kids and get them off to school...put in a full day at work...pick up the kids from soccer practice...come home...microwave dinner...clean up...help the kids with their homework...catch up on some laundry...walk the dog (again)...spend a few minutes with your spouse before you both tumble into unconsciousness. If this resembles a typical day for you, then welcome to 21st century America.

Maintaining one's health and sanity in these trying times depends on delicately balancing the competing demands of home and work. It's not easy, but this light-hearted program helps you to challenge yourself to (a) define what is important to you, (b) identify and accept your limitations and (c) utilize your resources for maximum effectiveness.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this workshop-a microwave is available.

Facilitator: Caren Houlton LCSW, Consultant, Best Care EAP
TRDV 080N 01 (Synonym 177763)
Tuesday, June 28
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
FOC 21, Room 105

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518.

A summer series has been developed to help you select, work toward and maintain healthy lifestyle choices. Amanda Jochum, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian and Trained Wellness Coach, will facilitate the following workshops. Bring your lunch and learn tips for a healthier you.

  • Healthy Eating on the Go
  • Summer Cooking and Nutrition
  • Eat Well, Exercise Well
  • Eating to Lose Weight and Maintain Your Healthy Weight

Visit Training and Development for complete information.

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.

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

Diversity Matters Book Series: Dreaming in Hindi

MCC's Third Annual Diversity Matters Book Series hosts its summer book discussion on Thursday, July 7,  noon to 1 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus coffee shop. Pam Franks, R.N., B.S.N., from Embrace the Nations, will lead a discussion of the book Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. In a lionhearted attempt to shed her past - years of numbing jobs at glossy magazines and two life-threatening bouts with cancer - Katherine Russell Rich voyaged to India to learn Hindi, a language with one word, kal, for "yesterday" and "tomorrow." Fortified with neuroscience and laced with humor, Dreaming in Hindi is a crash course in emotional agility in an understanding too deep for words.

Participation is free and open to the public. Limited copies of the book area available for check-out at MCC libraries. Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2253 for more information.

Save the Date: Annual College Auction

The annual College auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 25. If you have any College items that you need to place on the auction, fill out the Move Transfer of Non Micro computer form located on the Forms Bank. If you have any questions, email Bob Barnes at rbarnes@mccneb.edu or call (402) 457-2777 or (402) 457-2300.

MCC to Host Health Fair for Bi-National Health Week

MCC was awarded $500 for the 2011 Bi-National Health Week (Oct. 4-8) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Region VII Office of Minority Health. Led by the Mexican Consulate of Omaha and in partnership with various community agencies (including One World Health Centers, Alegent Health, UNMC and ConAgra), the Health Fair events will be hosted by MCC at the South Omaha Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Bi-National Health Week is an annual week of health education and screenings for underserved Latino communities with the purpose of improving health awareness and literacy. Funds will help cover MCC's costs for supplies and materials needed to provide health education and screenings. This event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Green Tip

Keep your head out of the refrigerator and the door closed! The refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance, and opening the refrigerator door accounts for between $30 and $60 of a typical family's electricity bill each year. The amount of energy saved in a year by more efficient refrigerator usage could be enough to light every house in the United States for more than four and a half months straight. - The Green Book

HR Updates

New Employees

Robert Carpenter              General Maintenance Worker                                 FOC 22  (402) 457-2252

Cynthia Perez                  Adult Education Office Assistant                               FOC 9    (402) 457-2656

Greg Tillman       FOC #20               457-2534

Separations                                     Last Day

Michael Biermann                                5/27/11

Cecilia Casper                                      6/3/11

Paul Evans                                          5/26/11

Larry Lindberg                                     5/31/11

Dean Marshall                                     5/26/11

Rebecca Orsini                                    5/26/11

Robert Schenck                                  5/26/11

Daryl Taylor                                        5/26/11

Yvonne Wayne                                   5/31/11

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