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Inside Story for Monday, September 12, 2011

MCC Receives Largest Perkins Grant to Date

MCC received approval notification from the Nebraska Department of Education regarding the College's 2011-12 Perkins Grant Application. MCC's Perkins Grant award is $1,035,209.00-MCC's largest Perkins grant award to date. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant is a federal grant administered through the Nebraska Department of Education. 

MCC's Perkins Grant goals support career education across the College through program and equipment funding, including secondary-postsecondary, alignment projects, career education curriculum development, staff and faculty professional development, specialized services for persons pursuing nontraditional employment and support services for those experiencing barriers to educational success.

To learn more about MCC's Perkins Grant application, visit www.mccneb.edu/grants/perkins or contact Scott Broady at sbroady@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2736.

Getting to Know You Networking Activity

Sept. 23, 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

What: Visit the Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Fremont Area Center, learn about the career programs and gain knowledge about MCC. Network with fellow employees and participate in building teamwork.

Time: 7:45 a.m. - Bus loads at South Omaha Campus ITC

8 a.m. - Depart for Elkhorn Valley Campus

8:30 a.m. - Arrive at Elkhorn Valley Campus

11 a.m. - Leave Elkhorn Valley Campus for Fremont Area Center

11:30 a.m. - Arrive at Fremont Area Center, have lunch in Fremont

1 p.m. - Leave Fremont Area Center

2 p.m. - Arrive at South Omaha Campus ITC

Seats available: 40 openings available, first come, first serve. Register for this activity by using course term 11/SE, course # TRDV 099N 01 (synonym  178886). Be sure to check with your supervisor before signing up.

This activity is being sponsored by the Participatory Work Environment (PWE) team, fostering cooperation, communication and continuous improvement.

PWE and Campus Networking Activity Leaders: Marilyn Cotten, Robin Hixson, Bob Maass, Bill Owen, Linda Milton, Tom McDonnell, Jeannie Hansen, Todd Hansen, Lisa Richards, Adam Dienst-Scott

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled at MCC Campuses

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct flu shot clinics at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses the last week of September. The clinics are open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

The vaccine will include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties. The immunizations are covered 100 percent for Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) members. Bring your member card with you to the clinic. For non-members and other healthcare plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash, check or credit card. The flu mist will be available for $30.

Dates and times:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-noon
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Building Lower Commons: Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 Lobby: Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Complete the consent form and bring it with you. Each person receiving an immunization must complete a form. Note that there is an insurance section (Section 2) on the form; if you are not using BCBS, leave this section blank.

MCCF Inspiring Innovation Grants for MCC Faculty/Staff

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation (MCCF) is providing a new opportunity for MCC faculty and staff: MCCF will be requesting proposals for Inspiring Innovation mini-grants, seeking innovative solutions for priority College challenges. The mini-grant competition will be open to all MCC staff and faculty-full-time, part-time and adjunct. Requests for proposals will seek innovative projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to 1) instruction and learning or 2) services and support. Grant awards will range from $500 to $3,000, with an application process designed to be welcoming to those new to grant development. To be eligible to apply for the mini-grants, staff and faculty must first participate in one three-hour, hands-on grant development workshop. The grant workshop will be held at the following times:

  • Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Sarpy Center, Room 212
  • Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 224
  • Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 153

Participants will leave the workshop with a grant application form and the know-how to build a competitive proposal. Proposals will be due Dec. 1, with Dec. 22 grant award announcements and Jan. 1, 2012, project start dates. For more information on the mini-grants and the grant workshops, contact the MCC Development Office at Grants@mccneb.edu.

Training and Development

Take a look at these upcoming workshops designed to increase your skills and knowledge, meet and network with colleagues and give you the opportunity to visit other campuses/centers. All workshops are registration-ready. Choose the offerings that interest you, obtain approval to attend from your supervisor and then enroll via WebAdvisor or by calling Registration at (402) 457-5231. Walk-ins are welcome, though pre-registering helps greatly with program planning. Direct questions to Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator, Training & Development, mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Brown Bag Workshop - Community Feedback

Join our September Brown Bag Lunch workshop featuring Marv LeRoy, Vice President of the Clements Group, a national consulting firm that specializes in community college philanthropy. Over the past year and a half, during the largest period of enrollment growth in our history, MCC has taken a hard look at what our communities need from us and how those needs compare to current resources. The resulting Master Plan lays out a framework for responsible growth, focused on addressing critical space needs, building community partnerships and creating space for innovation and centers of excellence.

To advance this ambitious plan, we will need to engage community support like never before. Bring your "brown bag" lunch and learn what community members are telling us about their interest in and support for MCC's efforts. Marv LeRoy will share the findings from a series of key informant interviews from around our four-county area. Hear what others are saying about the good work we do at MCC and learn how community colleges across the country are engaging their communities to advance their mission.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marv LeRoy, Vice President of the Clements Group

TRDV 103N 01 (synonym 178997)              T              Sept. 13                Noon-1 p.m. FOC Bldg. 21, Room 106

Network Navigation

This hands-on workshop provides instruction and exercises in:

  • Creating new folders on the U:drive and organizing existing documents into these folders
  • Moving and copying documents from U:drive, one folder to another
  • Changing views of the documents on U:drive
  • Creating shortcuts on the desktop to access folders and files on the U:drive
  • Network password
  • Connecting to a printer
  • Disk clean-up as a scheduled task

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct

TRDV 010N 01 (synonym 179013)              TH           Sept. 15                2-5 p.m.              SOC ITC, Room 107

Heart Health

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, and it is a great time to learn how to take the best care of your heart! High blood cholesterol affects more than 65 million Americans and is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum will discuss these points with you:

  • The most important risk factors for heart disease and stroke
  • Recommended blood pressure and cholesterol goals
  • Heart-healthy cooking tips and recipes

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Hy-Vee dietitian, Amanda Jochum

TRDV 105N 01 (synonym 179026)              W            Sept. 21                Noon-1 p.m.     EVC Room 114

Enhancing your Customer Service Skills

Course objectives:

  • Understanding the cost of the lost customer
  • Recognizing the diversity of today's customer
  • Learning about the little things that attract and keep customers
  • Communicating effectively with customers
  • Identifying and avoiding the pet peeves of customers
  • Understanding the emotional element in customer service
  • Becoming aware of the emerging trends in customer service
  • Understanding the types of customers
  • Using collaboration in working with the difficult customer

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 100N 01 (synonym 179002)              W            Sept. 21                1-2 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 21, Room 102

Applying the Attributes of Telephone Etiquette

Course objectives:

  • Understanding the heart of customer service in using the telephone
  • Using a positive phone attitude
  • Answering with professionalism
  • Varying the voice to better hold listener attention
  • Handling the difficult calls
  • Keeping callers on track
  • Taking messages cheerfully and accurately
  • Planning outgoing calls for efficiency
  • Knowing how to end the conversation politely
  • Creating effective voicemail messages

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 101N 01 (synonym 179005)              W            Sept 21 2:30-3:30 p.m.  FOC Bldg. 21 Room 102

For a complete list of Fall Training and Development workshops, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp.

Wellness Programs Offered for Full- and Part-Time Employees

Last year, MCC faculty and staff took advantage of various online wellness activities offered by the Educators Health Alliance (EHA) Wellness Program supported by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska. In the coming weeks, the EHA Wellness Program will begin promoting the new online education programs for 2011-12, focusing on different aspects of your health. The free, bi-monthly programs are strictly voluntary and intended to help MCC's employees lead healthier, more productive lives.

MCC is pleased to announce that part-time employees are eligible to participate in the EHA Wellness Program this year. Interested part-time temporary employees and adjunct faculty may email Julie Nohrenberg in Human Resources, jnohrenberg@mccneb.edu, to enroll.

The online EHA Wellness Programs are based on simple solutions you can incorporate into your everyday life. And it is easy! All full- and part-time regular employees (as well as adjunct faculty and part-time temporary staff members who choose to enroll by emailing Julie) will receive an email each month from the EHA Wellness Team inviting you to participate. Simply follow the link if you elect to participate in that month's online program. If you complete the monthly program, your name is entered in a gift card prize drawing. (Note: If at any time you no longer wish to receive EHA Wellness Program emails, simply email info@ehawellnessprogram.org and ask for your name to be removed.)

This year's EHA Wellness Programs include:

  • October 2011: Healthy Dinner Club
  • December 2011: Flab on Fire
  • February 2012: Laughter, the Best Medicine
  • April 2012: Ironman Hawaii Fitness Challenge
  • June 2012: Skin You're In
  • August 2012: Train Your Brain

Questions? Contact info@ehawellnessprogram.org or check out the EHA Wellness Newsletter.

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.

Transportation Planning Meeting

The city of Omaha is updating its Transportation Master Plan and is seeking public comment on what the plan's top priorities should be. Transportation planning affects everyone living in the Omaha metro. To have a voice in the city's transportation priorities, attend the following public meeting:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
UNO Scott Conference Center (6450 Pine St.)

Since parking at the Scott Conference Center can be scarce, Metro city buses will chauffer people from Westroads and Crossroads Malls. At Westroads, the special bus will depart from Dick's Sporting Goods at 5:40 p.m. At Crossroads, it will leave from the northwest parking garage at 5:50 p.m. The bus will return you to the mall after the meeting ends. The fare is only $1 each way.

There will also be organized bicycle rides to the meeting.

For more information about the meeting, see:

Or contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

20th Annual Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 24 with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska's Native Americans.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the event flyer.

Studio Stories: Works on Paper by James Freeman

Now through Sunday, Sept. 25
Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.
www.hotshopsartcenter.com, (402) 342-6452

Omaha-based metal and glass sculptor Susan Woodford celebrates "surviving robbery, vandalism and a great loss" exhibiting her new work in the Nicholas Street Gallery. The MCC Welding instructor's rich and poignant large pieces are her "translation of the current perceptions of the human condition within our society ... with each piece I concentrate on the light, the non-verbal emotion I am trying to convey, and enjoy the happy mistakes."

Seasoned local artist James Freeman, known for his botanical abstractions and grid-based collages turns emotive, exhibiting paintings and drawings of goofy toys, puppets and dolls, in the 1301 Gallery. The large, colorful paintings, intensely rendered chalk pastels and mysterious graphite line drawings of macabre figures are said by the artist to represent his working interior dialogue as he creates-"frustration, happiness, anger, confusion, global goofiness..."

Weekly Green Tip

You can create an improved envelope of insulation around your home by building with materials that reduce drafts and by sealing cracks and gaps that permit air and moisture exchanges. This could reduce your heating and cooling costs by about 2,250 kilowatt-hours of energy and $180 per year. If every new home were built with a tightly insulated envelope, the energy savings would equate to more than doubling the fuel efficiency of the 210,000 postal vehicles that deliver the U.S. mail. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #12: "Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle." p. 27

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