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Inside Story for Monday, August 01, 2011

Campus Planning and Sustainability Department Formed

The College has moved from the planning to the implementation stage of the Facilities Master Plan-a guide that will help MCC manage physical space requirements over the next ten years. To assist with the execution of the plan, the Department of Campus Planning and Sustainability has been created. The new department includes sustainable practice initiatives, building construction management, communication with employees about campus planning efforts, energy use management and workplace health and safety.

The new department will include familiar MCC faces: Stan Horrell will serve as the Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability, and Daniel Lawse will serve as Assistant Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability. Additionally, Greg Stachon will assist the department as Records Drawing Coordinator. Robert Nirenberg and Jerome Patten will also join the team.

Patten, Coordinator for Workplace Health and Safety, comes to MCC from Cargill where he worked in a similar position. He will be responsible for ensuring that MCC provides a safe environment for our students and employees. He brings with him extensive industry knowledge that will assist our faculty in developing safety plans that are not only applicable in the classroom but also in the real world. He will be working with faculty and staff at all locations to ensure that safety precautions are utilized system-wide.

Nirenberg, Energy Management Systems Coordinator, will join MCC on Aug. 15. He comes from Control Services where he worked as an Energy Management Technician. He will help coordinate all efforts at the College in working with our current Energy Management System. This is a monitoring and control system for all of the buildings at MCC. Nirenberg will assist in helping the College analyze energy usage patterns and make recommendations for future changes to allow savings in energy expenditures. Nirenberg has an extensive background in engineering controls and system programming for the software packages utilized by the College.

Phishing Attempt Notification

There has been an attempt to steal employee information under an email guise purporting to be connected with the Educators Health Alliance through Blue Cross Blue Shield. The specific email address on the From: line was "Andrew Kraynak [mailto:aKraynak@sage-quest.com]" The subject line was "Reconnecting with Educators Health Alliance." This is a fraudulent email and should either be moved to the Public Folders Abuse Mail folder or deleted. Remember, you should think twice before responding to any email requesting personal information.

Best practices for defending against phishing:

  • Beware of verification emails that ask you to verify account information or identity.
  • Beware of emails with grammar and spelling errors. Any organization that values its brand would obviously not permit this type of communication.
  • Beware of urgency; phishing schemes are frequently urgent in tone and action.
  • While some fraudulent emails are easy to detect, others are very sophisticated and detailed in their deception including brand logos. Never click a link within the email, instead go directly to the organization's website.

Team Teddy Bear Launches at MCC

When all hope seems lost, you can make a child feel safe. MCC is near the end of its campaign with Clear Channel's Team Teddy Bear to provide local police, fire and rescue workers with teddy bears to hand out to children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents. Superhits 99.9 KGOR is spearheading the drive.

A simple gift of a teddy bear can assist children in handling the trauma of the situation and the long emotional recovery afterward. First responders are looking for new teddy bears, 12 inches or smaller. Bears will be given to the Douglas County Sheriff Department, the Omaha Fire Department and the Lydia House.

Just a few more weeks are left to donate your teddy bear gift at any Student Services location. Donate today.

Student Represents MCC in Morocco

MCC student Doni Klein, who logged her first international experience studying with MCC in China last summer, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Morocco this summer. The Omaha North High School graduate is blogging about her experience as part of her scholarship requirements at etemorocco.tumblr.com. Engage with Klein by leaving a comment or question on her blog.

Study Abroad Program Prompts Student to Live Green

MCC student Micaila Ruiz participated in MCC's Study & Live in Playa Sámara, Costa Rica program. Ruiz noted the ecological perspectives of the country - including its impressive effort to become carbon neutral by 2021. Ruiz felt she should try the same in her life here in Omaha and is setting up a blog and encouraging students and staff to follow her journey, knowing that it will give her more reason to succeed. Read and comment on Ruiz' blog at carbonconsciousme.blogspot.com.

Scholarships Awarded to Offutt Military Students, Available for Spouses

On July 22, four MCC students were awarded the BEPAC (Base Education Planning and Advisory Committee) Scholarship at Offutt AFB to assist in furthering their education. The scholarship is available to all non-military spouses of active duty, guard/ reserve, and retired military who are stationed or reside in the Offutt AFB community. A combination of merit and need is considered in selecting the scholarship recipients.

The scholarships will be presented at the Day of Remembrance event on Monday, September 12,at the South Omaha Campus from 1-3 p.m.

For more information, please contact Bobby Loud, Director of Military and Veterans Support Services.

Service-Learning Offers Poverty Simulations

Are you looking for something new for your class for the Summer or Fall Quarters? Here is an opportunity to provide more diversity topics in your courses! 

Americorps*VISTAs from the Service-Learning Office will come into any class and provide an hour-long poverty simulation. This lesson is a great way to teach diversity, especially economic diversity.

We have performed this for a variety of disciplines, including Human Relations, Education, Financial Planning, Business, Nursing and the Industrial and Commercial Trades. The goal is to help students understand poverty, even if they have never experienced it; but they may work or live with people in different financial situations. Some students acknowledge that many Americans are just one pay check away from living in poverty and this exercise taught them the importance of budgeting.

After the simulation for Nancy Conrad's Education class students said "the simulation was eye opening" and "everyone who takes multi-cultural classes should do it."

The simulation is divided into parts:

Part 1: Students are asked about thoughts/stereotypes about people living in poverty. Then, facts on poverty are presented. The Service-Learning Office has been collecting current statistics about poverty that focus on Omaha and in Nebraska, making the simulation so that it is more applicable to their experiences. National statistics are also available, according to the instructor's preference.

Part 2: Students participate in the actual simulation. Students pull a "person" card that describes who they are, whether they have children and how they are employed. Then they pull a job card states a salary. Other handouts show transportation costs and housing options. Students then are asked to write a budget for three months, including months with extra expenses, like July (summer child care) or December (more costly utilities, holiday gifts).

Part 3: Students participate in a class discussion on what they learned.

The Service-Learning Office can gear the simulation to specifically fit the outline and activities of several course disciplines.

Click here to see the PowerPoint (Omaha)

Click here to see the PowerPoint (Fremont)

Poverty Simulation Reflection

To include a simulation in your classes this quarter, or if you need more information, contact Jennie Tullos at (402) 457-2637 or jtullos2@mccneb.edu.

Training and Development Upcoming Workshops

Taking time out to professionally or personally develop can be energizing and refreshing. The energy and sense of fulfillment can carry positively into your job and personal life. Participating in Training and Development also provides networking opportunities - a chance to meet new people. Reap the benefits; register today!

College-Wide Development Offerings

Eating to Lose Weight & Maintain Your Healthy Weight

Are you struggling to find the right balance of how to eat healthy to lose weight? Or are you looking for ways to maintain your healthy weight? If so, join Amanda as she helps us find the right "balance" to healthier living. She will provide these tips:

  • How much you should be eating from carbs, fats and protein
  • The differences between sugars
  • Why fiber is helpful
  • Quick and easy breakfast solutions
  • "Portion Distortion" awareness

TRDV 084N 01 (synonym 177794)
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Noon-1 p.m.
Sarpy, Room 129

Technology Training

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, font size) search for files, use new icons or short cuts not presently found on Windows XP, add a printer and delete a print job.

Intended audience-INFO faculty (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff, Library staff

TRDV 071N 07 (synonym 177821)
Saturday, Aug. 6
9 a.m.-noon
Sarpy, 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 (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff, Library staff

TRDV 066N 06 (synonym 177843)
Thursday, Aug. 4
5:30-8:30 p.m.
FOC 8, Room 210
TRDV 066N 07 (synonym 177845)
Wednesday, Aug. 10
9 a.m.-noon
FOC 8, Room 210

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.

Customized Training: Training can be customized to meet the specific needs of your team and scheduled when and where it is convenient for your team to meet. Contact Marilyn Cotten at (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu to schedule a customized training workshop.

Second Annual Elder Fair

MCC hosts its second annual Elder and Caregiver Resource Fair on Friday, Aug. 5, to provide health and living resources for adults 50 years and older and their caregivers. The free fair will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at MCC's South Omaha Campus Conference Center, located at 27th and Q streets. Learn more at the Elder and Caregiver Resource Fair website: http://www.mccneb.edu/servicelearning/elderfair.asp.

Save the Date: Annual College Auction

The annual College auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6, 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.

Safety Wire

An introduction from MCC's new Safety and Health Coordinator, Jerome Patten.


My name is Jerome Patten. I am excited to be a part of the MCC Team as your new Safety and Health Coordinator. I am looking forward to working together to create a safe working environment. Our journey will be fun and rewarding. My commitment to you is to foster a zero-injury culture. I will help to identify and mitigate hazards as well as create sustainable processes. What I desire most from you is your commitment to safety and health. Our collective commitment will enable all those within MCC to go home in the same condition they arrived. I will be based out of the Fort Omaha Campus and will travel to all other primary locations on a regular basis. I look forward to meeting all of you soon.

Please do not hesitate to give me a call or email me should you have questions or wish to discuss something. I am here as your resource! Periodically, I will send out safety and health information through The Inside Story.


Jerome Patten

(402) 457-2508


Weekly Green Tip

Instead of buying a synthetic nylon sponge, consider using a completely natural and biodegradable loofah or a plain reusable washcloth. Since nylon is made from petroleum and can't be recycled, you'll conserve the energy used to make it, as well as the environmental cost of disposing of it. If one in fifty Americans used a sustainable alternative to the nylon puff, it would save a sponge big enough to sop up almost a million-square-foot flood of water. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

MCC's Metro Reads! Book selection for 2011-2012 is Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan. The book offers straightforward, easy-to-use, everyday guidelines for eating to nudge readers down a healthier and happier path. Each week, Inside Story will feature a food rule taken from the book.

For more information about Metro Reads!, click here.

Rule #14: Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature. -p. 31

HR Updates

New Employee

Katie Collins      Network Engineer       FOC 2     (402) 457-2924

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