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Inside Story for Monday, November 21, 2011

MCC Will Be Closed Nov. 24-27

All MCC offices will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. This includes Student Services, Academic Resource Centers, Libraries, Central Registration and the Call Center. During the break students can access the online WebAdvisor for registration, to their check schedules and to make payments.

Your Gift...Their Future...Our Promise

A donation to the Faculty and Staff Campaign provides scholarships and support that help our students financially and help academic areas to enhance or expand their programs.  

Please join your fellow colleagues and provide a gift today. You can download a pledge card or you may give online to participate. In order to start payroll deduction on Jan. 13, our office will need to receive your pledge card by Dec. 16. After Dec. 16, the deductions will be adjusted accordingly throughout the year.

If you have any questions, contact the Foundation at 402-457-2346.

Thank you to all who have already responded to the faculty and staff campaign.

Listen to Richard Hart, architectural drafting and design instructor, explain why he gives to the Foundation.

MCC Academy for Leadership

Invest in yourself by applying for the MCC Academy for Leadership. The MCC Academy for Leadership provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively cultivate individual leadership abilities needed to successfully serve MCC and the community with distinction.

The MCC Academy for Leadership is a ten-month cohort program, meeting one day a month at various locations throughout MCC's four-county service area. Each month, participants will investigate leadership and their role as a leader, gain knowledge around the inner workings and culture of MCC and get a broad view of MCC and the College's role in the community.

Selected participants will:

  • Understand and define MCC's organizational culture
  • Discover inner-potential and build self-confidence
  • Develop trust and respect for abilities and potential
  • Examine leadership styles and how to adapt to alternative styles
  • Learn to nurture leadership skills needed to lead MCC into the future
  • Complete a capstone project

The MCC Academy for Leadership is open to full-time employees who have worked a minimum of two years at the College. The pdf application and additional details about this exciting opportunity are available online. Application deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, with questions.

MCC Staff Is Making a Difference This Thanksgiving

Thanks to the generosity of MCC staff, 14 families will have food on their tables this Thanksgiving. Staff from the Dean's Office for Health and Public Services, faculty offices 513 and 517, Student Services andThanksgiving Dinner Bags MJ Java employees stuffed 14 Thanksgiving dinner bags for Together, Inc. The bags include a $15 turkey voucher, instant potatoes, stuffing, gravy, three cans of vegetables, yams, cranberries, marshmallows, pie crust or pie crust mix and pie filling. Together, Inc. plans to serve 650 families this year. This is the second year MCC staff has stuffed dinner bags for Together, Inc. Last year, staff stuffed nine bags.

Return U.S. Postal Service Equipment

Are you using a U.S. Postal Service tray to stow away items around the house? If so, it is time to return it to the owner.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 26, postal inspectors will resume their efforts to recover missing and stolen mail transport equipment (MTE) and prosecute offenders. The resumption of criminal enforcement comes after the USPS offered a two-week amnesty period, encouraging anyone who was in possession of Postal Service equipment to return it-no questions asked.

"Theft of postal equipment is a federal crime. Replacing missing equipment last year cost the Postal Service $50 million-money that it can ill afford," said Guy Cottrell, chief postal inspector. USPS says previous efforts to recover MTE and prosecute offenders have been successful.

In 2008, postal inspectors launched the Equipment Recovery Project, an effort to return MTE that leaked out of the Postal Service network. Since then, postal inspectors have recovered almost 200,000 pieces of MTE, including pallets, trays and tubs, worth more than $4 million.

HR Updates

New Employees

Brandon Strain
Brandon Strain                                 
Police Officer                                                                                    
FOC Building 30

Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams                            
Library Assistant                                                                              
SOC CON            

Leanne Craft                                     

Christopher Lantz                           

Weekly Green Tip

When you replace your holiday lights, you can save significant money and energy by choosing LED types. Three one-hundred-light strands of LED bulbs running for five hours every day between Thanksgiving and New Year's will use on average only 3 kilowatt-hours-an energy cost of only thirty cents. -The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

"Try not to eat alone." p. 129

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