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Inside Story for Monday, August 22, 2011

New Process for Student Enrollment Verification Requests

Records would like to announce that, beginning with the 2011 Fall quarter, most enrollment verification requests (proof of enrollment) will be processed electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).

The NSC is a nonprofit organization that services schools and employers by providing verification of degree and enrollment status.

This service allows instant 24/7 confirmation of enrollment and degree verification requests from health and auto insurers, employers and employment agencies, credit grantors, travel companies, computer hardware and software vendors and other organizations.

Additional information for students and staff will be distributed to Student Services offices at all campuses and centers before the beginning of the Fall quarter.

FOC High-Voltage Preventative Maintenance

Facilities Management will be conducting Fort Omaha Campus high-voltage preventative maintenance testing on Sunday, Aug. 28 after 5 p.m. There will be brief power outages associated with this work while testing the operation of automatic switch gear. Generator power will be online for FOC Bldg. 2 operations with no interruptions in building power service. Notify Ed Piatt at epiatt@mccneb.edu if your department has an unscheduled class or event planned during this time frame.

Q Street Closure Affecting SOC Access

Q Street is currently restricted for both eastbound and westbound lanes from 26th Street to 27th Street. Traffic exiting US 75/Kennedy Freeway on Q Street will not be able to turn west to access the South Omaha Campus. Students and staff are encouraged to use L Street as an alternate.

Temporary ATC Closing

Due to electrical maintenance upgrades, the Applied Technology Center will be closed to the public from Monday, Aug. 22 to Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

Discounts for Afternoon Courses

When assisting students as they select classes, remember that a reduced rate is available during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for on-campus classes held Monday-Friday and starting between 3 and 4 p.m.

Training and Development Upcoming Workshops

Planning is underway for Fall quarter workshops providing employees with opportunities to enhance professional, leadership and supervisory skills; learn more about the inner workings of the College; increase awareness on wellness topics; and improve technology proficiencies.

Also coming this fall is online training. In an effort to promote sustainability and make training and development more accessible, an online option will be available.

Pursuing training and development gives employees the opportunity to learn, interact and engage.

The following workshops are open to INFO faculty (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff and Library staff.


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 screen settings such as background (wallpaper), screen saver, font size; searching for files; new icons or short cuts not presently found on Windows XP; adding a printer; and how to delete a print job.

TRDV 071N 10 (synonym 178481)              T              Aug. 23 12:30-03:30 p.m.              SRP Room 225

TRDV 071N 11 (synonym 178482)              T              Aug. 23 04:00-07:00 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.

TRDV 066N 10 (synonym 178484)              W            Aug. 24 02:00-05:00 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

TRDV 066N 11 (synonym 178485)              W            Aug. 24 05:30-08:30 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518.

Attending an activity during scheduled work hours requires supervisor approval. It is the employee's responsibility to obtain approval to attend a Training and Development event.

For more information, contact Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator, Training & Development, mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Helen Tanderup Retirement Reception

MCC Financial Aid Specialist Helen Tanderup has been with the College since April 14, 1988. The Financial Aid Office will be celebrating her service at a retirement reception on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in FOC Bldg. 10 Room 136.

Fair to Promote Student Clubs and Organizations

Are you a faculty/staff advisor of a student organization? Sign up for MCC's Student Organization Fair to get the word out about your organization and attract new members.

Student Affairs is hosting the fair at MCC locations in September to offer organizations the opportunity to promote their group, provide information and visit with potential student members. Your participation will help highlight the variety of opportunities and activities MCC offers to students.

The dates of the fair are:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 - Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector  - Thursday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

To reserve a spot for your student organization, contact Deanne at damato@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2522 or Diana at dkerwin@mccneb.edu or (402) 289-1416.

Student Leadership Conference

Thursday, Sept. 1, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

Institute of Culinary Arts, Swanson Conference Center

Do you know a student that possesses stellar leadership qualities? Nominate them for the Student Leadership Conference! The mission of the Conference is to recognize students who exhibit leadership qualities in and outside of the classroom by having faculty nominate them for this conference which helps to inspire students to develop in their leadership skills and knowledge. Students who attend are encouraged to discover the possibilities for their futures through leadership development. Students are asked to RSVP. If a student interested in attending who did not get an invite, they may contact the Service-Learning Office jtullos2@mccneb.edu or 402-457-2637 to request one. We will not turn away any students who wish to develop their leadership skills.

2011 MCC/BU Golf Scramble

Thirty-six golfers enjoyed an afternoon at Fontenelle Hills Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 19 for the second annual MCC/Bellevue University (BU) Golf Scramble.

First place went to Rick Sandvig (MCC) and Kristina Carlson (BU) with a score of 37.

The high score went to Jason Gerlt and Larry Garnett (BU). It is important to note that this was the high score on a card that was submitted. It was discovered later there may have been a higher score attained in the tournament. Officials were investigating with no updates available at press time.

Congratulations to individual winners:

                Hole 1 - Longest Drive in Fairway: Leslie Martin (MCC)

                Hole 2 - Longest Putt: Sheila O'Connor (MCC)

                Hole 3 - Closest to Pin in One: Rick Sandvig (MCC)

                Hole 4 - Longest Putt Made: Michelle Nekduda (BU)

                Hole 6 - Longest Putt Made: Ingrid Berlin (MCC)

                Hole 7 - Closest to Pin in One: Judi Gabel (MCC)

                Hole 8 - Longest Drive in Fairway to on Green: Dean McDermott (MCC)

                Hole 9 - Closest to Pin in One: Arthur Rich (MCC)

Additional guests joined the group for dinner and prize distribution. MCC President Randy Schmailzl and BU President Mary Hawkins organized the tournament as a way for employees to connect outside of the office. Thanks to Mike Kolker and Russ Lane (BU) and the staff at Fontenelle Hills for organizing the tournament.

To view photos from Friday's tournament, visit the MCC/BU golf tournament gallery.

Wilhelm Represents MCC at CFP Board Conference

David Wilhelm, Finance Instructor, attended the Certified Financial Planning board conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12. The theme of the conference was Preparing Future Financial Planners: Innovations in Curriculum and Instruction. MCC was one of only three community colleges represented at the conference, which included a special focus on innovative methods of teaching within registered programs.

Pictured left to right: Kevin R. Keller, CEO of CFP Board and David Wilhelm.

Weekly Green Tip

Request automatic deposits for your paychecks. Not only will you get your money faster, but you'll reduce the time and fuel you spend to go to the bank. More than seven billion checks are written annually that could be replaced by automated deposits. If everyone who was eligible for an automatic deposit opted for it, it would save about $65 billion in fuel costs and lost time expense - and enough paper checks for everyone in the world. - 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, the Inside Story will feature a food rule taken from the book.

For more information about Metro Reads!, click here.

Rule #7: "Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce." p.17

HR Updates

Linda Banks        Financial Aid Specialist   SOC CON             402-738-4641

Leanne Craft      Financial Aid Specialist   SOC CON             402-738-4642

Robert Nirenberg            Energy Management Systems Coordinator          FOC Bldg. 20       TBA


Jennifer Ingraham           FOC Bldg. 30       402-457-2731

Separations        Last Day

Robert Branch   8/17/11

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