home Future Students Current Students Faculty and Staff Business and Community Online Courses
Inside Story - Past Issues

Inside Story for Monday, July 11, 2011

Heart of Metro Nomination Deadline for Summer Quarter TODAY

Today is the deadline for Summer Quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Find out more about the Heart of Metro Award and submit your nomination online at http://www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

IRS Raises Mileage Deduction

The Internal Revenue Service is increasing the tax deduction motorists can take for using private vehicles for business, a rare midyear move sparked by high gas prices.

Motorists who use their personal vehicles for business will now be able to deduct 55½ cents a mile from their taxable income, the agency announced. That's an increase of 4½ cents from the first six months of the year.

Individuals who own their own business can take advantage of this tax deduction.

Become a Mentor for Elementary School Children through Goal Buddies Program

The Goal Buddy program partners community members with disadvantaged youth in local elementary schools. The program needs volunteers from MCC to serve as these valuable mentors.

Winner's Circle Goal Buddies - Through the Partnership for Our Kids

WHAT: Community members serve as Goal Buddies for one to two classrooms in targeted elementary schools. A Goal Buddy visit includes going into a classroom, reading the goals with the students either in front of the whole class or in the hallway (depending on the age) and reinforcing the idea that they are winners. You can check out a typical visit here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Partnership4OurKids?ob=5#p/u/12/CTYAIfjfETs

WHERE: Volunteers from Metropolitan Community College have traditionally mentored kids at King Elementary (located only a few miles from the Fort Omaha Campus). 

WHEN: Time commitment is about one hour, once a month, for the whole school year. Each quarter, there are two classroom visits and one celebration (where the Goal Buddies award medals and give away prizes to students who made their goals).

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: There will be an informational session for those interested in participating on Monday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. in FOC 21 (Mule Barn), Room 101. Representatives from the organization will describe the program and answer questions.

For more information, visit http://www.partnershipforourkids.org/winnerscircle.shtml, or contact Aimee Haugan, akhaugan@mccneb.edu.

Public Affairs: Your Swag Headquarters

Are you in need of giveaways for events? Public Affairs has inventory in stock for giveaway items. If your department or program is in need, send an email to marketing@mccneb.edu requesting the item(s) you would like, the quantity and the fund-location-cost center to be charged. Note: Some items are in small quantities.

Is there something not on the list that you are interested in acquiring? Do you have an on-campus event coming up where you need something spectacular? Contact Public Affairs to discuss your needs at (402) 457-2414.

Items in Stock

  • Flat magnets with contact info and locations ($.24 each)
  • MCC pencils ($.10 each)
  • Bic pens ($.14 each)
  • Pens with highlighter ($.69)
  • Recycled coasters ($.37 per coaster)
  • Black Tote Bags with logo ($2.45 each)
  • Poly-Sling backpacks with logo ($1.35 each)
  • 20 oz. Cup2go tumbler ($3 each)
  • 16 oz. Insulated cup with straw ($3.50 each)
  • 16 oz. Stadium Cups ($.50)
  • Lanyards ($1 each)
  • Leather Portfolio ($14.95)
  • Lunch Boxes ($4.50 - Not many left)
  • Ceramic Coffee Mugs ($2.86 each)
  • T-shirts, available in either white or gray
    • S, M, L ($3.89)
    • XL, XXL ($4.89)

For Photos, Remember Consent and Release Form

When taking photos of MCC students and community members that may be published online or in print, remember to use the Consent and Release Form. This ensures that the College has legal permission to use the photos. Forms are kept on file in the Office of Public Affairs, FOC 30. For further clarification, contact the Office of Public Affairs, (402) 457-2414.

New at the Library

New books and DVDs are now available at the MCC libraries. View the full list here.

Training & Development Upcoming Workshops

Summer Cooking & Nutrition

Are you looking for more ways to entertain your guests this summer? Amanda Jochum, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian and Trained Wellness Coach, will provide us with many health tips for this summer. She will also discuss:

  • How to create a healthy, well-balanced picnic that's fun and easy to prepare
  • Easy summer snack ideas the whole family can make
  • Food safety tips to keep your party fun and safe
  • Delicious grilling recipes to take with you

Intended audience-all employees

TRDV 082N 01 (synonym 177792)
Tuesday, July 12
noon-1 p.m.
SOC-CON, Room 249

Just added:

Addressing Conflict with Style

Conflict is a natural part of life, and yet, it is something that many people are uncomfortable dealing with. In Addressing Conflict with Style, we will look at four basic styles and how each style responds to conflict. We will explore taking an assertive approach by addressing conflicts as they come up using a four-step process. Facilitator is Lori Smith, President of Capstone Coaching and Consulting Inc.

Intended audience-all employees

TRDV 088N 01 (synonym 178282)
Wednesday, July 27
8:30 a.m.-noon
SOC-CON, Room 250

Windows 7

This session will cover the basic aspects and features of Windows 7. Special attention will be paid to the specific differences between Windows XP and Windows 7. Topics covered include how to login/restart/shut down, change settings for my screen (background, screen saver and font size), search for files, use new icons or shortcuts not found on Windows XP, add a printer and delete a print job.

Intended audience-INFO faculty (fulltime and adjunct); INFO staff; IT staff; ARC staff; Library staff

TRDV 071N 04 (synonym 177818)
Thursday, July 14
1:30-4:30 p.m.
SRP, Room 225
TRDV 071N 05 (synonym 177819)
Thursday, July 14
5:30-8:30 p.m.
SRP, Room 225

Office 2010 Upgrade

Come learn new options and possibilities with Office 2010! The focus of this class is to prepare Office 2007 users for integration to Office 2010. We will cover basic differences in Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Topics to be covered include the File menu (brought back by popular demand), the new and improved Print Preview and the new options and relocations of features on the Ribbons in each application.

Intended audience-INFO faculty-fulltime and adjunct; INFO staff; IT staff; ARC staff; Library staff

TRDV 066N 05 (synonym 177842)
Thursday, July 21
1:30-4:30 p.m.
FOC 8, Room 210

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 ext. 8518. All listed workshops are noncredit.

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

Upcoming Grants

$9,600 from the Douglas County Visitor's Improvement Fund will support the 20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The powwow showcases traditional and contemporary Native American cultures representing a diverse array of tribal nations from across Nebraska and the United States. The free powwow will be Saturday, September 24, 1-7:30 p.m.

MCC Student Brings Home Nebraska’s Only Gold Medal at SkillsUSA

Dan Murphy, Metropolitan Community College Applied Technology student, was the only Nebraskan to win a Gold Medal at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Contest in Kansas City. Murphy participated in Telecommunications/Cabling. This contest competition tests to worldwide industry standards for data and voice communications, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. The contest stresses safety and working effectively in group environments as well as customer service skills.

Murphy is pictured with faculty advisor John Berger (far left), judge Richard Booth (right) and faculty advisor Dave Horst (far right). His other advisor not pictured is adjunct instructor Marty Perkins. In the other photo, Murphy (in white hat) works on his project.


Other Top Ten MCC Placements:

  • Silver
    • Lane Cerney and Tayler Howell, Television/Video Production. Faculty advisor Bob Maass.
  • Bronze
    • Chris Waszgis, Residential Wiring. Faculty advisor John Berger.
  • Fourth Place
    • Elise DeMaranville, Zach Pechacek, Mike Walding and Andrew Wike, College/Technical TeamWorks. Faculty advisors Dave Horst and Trevor Secora.
  • Sixth Place
    • Theresa Gase and Christain Sundquist, College/Technical Mechatronics. Faculty advisor Geoff Horejs.
  • Seventh Place
    • Richard Jensen, College/Technical Industrial Motor Control. Faculty advisor Geoff Horejs.
  • Ninth Place
    • Jordan Johanek, College/Technical Photography. Faculty Advisor Bob Maass.

Graphic Design Exhibition at the EVC Gallery of Art and Design July 15

Design excellence results from creativity, inspiration, skill, experience, intuition and discipline. AIGA Nebraska and MCC are proud to present excellence in design through the 31st Annual 365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition. The 125 selections in this exhibition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy used in the marketplace in 2009. As such, they are part of the AIGA Design Archives, an interactive, visual database of exemplary design. The physical artifacts are maintained in the AIGA National Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum.

Opening Reception

Friday, July 15, 2011

6:30-9 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design

Exhibition on display July 15-Aug. 12

Gallery Hours (2011 Summer quarter)

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday: gallery closed

Admission: The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more info about AIGA Nebraska, visit www.nebraska.aiga.org.

July 21 Guest Speaker for our Campuses and Student Affairs Division

Charlie L. Nutt, Ed.D., National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Executive Director will visit with Student Affairs teams on Thursday, July 21 to address the topic of enhancing student success.

A full bio may be found at www.nacada.ksu.edu/aboutnacada/staff/charlie.htm.

This is a no-cost opportunity for both employees and their departments. Student Affairs staff may go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518 to enroll.  

Course Name: Advising as Teaching
Section: TRDV 086N 01 (Synonym 178203)
Intended Audience: Advisors and Counselors
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: SOC Library Conference Room

Course Name: Supporting Student Success
Section: TRDV 087N 01 (Synonym 178206)
Intended Audience: All Student Affairs Support Staff
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: FOC, Bldg. 22, ICA Swanson Conference Center, Room 201 B

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.

Discover Biking with Activate Omaha

Activate Omaha is holding the free program "Discover Biking around Omaha" tomorrow, July 12, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Library Conference Room B. The program will cover bicycle safety and places to see while cycling in Omaha.

HR Updates

New Employee

Jennifer Winje-Diamant                                Community Outreach Specialist                 FOC #30               402-457-2882

Weekly Green Tip

Before hauling away broken tree limbs and branches from last night's storm, consider breaking them down for use as firewood or creating wood chips for landscaping.

MCC Is Making News

What's the latest and greatest? Check out the latest news releases issued by Public Affairs to find out.


View past issues of The Inside Story.

Contact The Inside Story

To contact The Inside Story or suggest a story idea, email istory@mccneb.edu.

Contact Us