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Inside Story for Monday, January 09, 2012

Time to celebrate: Jerry Conway is retiring!

Jerry Conway, network server analyst, will retire at the end of January. Join us for a potluck celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. You are welcome to bring a food item.

We've got money to turn your idea into reality

MCC's Foundation is giving grants that range from $500 to $3,000 to faculty and staff that have an idea for a new project that would impact MCC student success. Faculty and staff are invited to apply for mini-grants to launch projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to:

  1. College access, readiness and enrollment
  2. Career preparedness and advancement
  3. Program completion and transfer
  4. Personal and professional enrichment

Proposals may fall within either of two categories:

  1. Instruction and learning
  2. Services and supports

Applications are due by Monday, April 2. If you are interested in applying, you must first attend the MCCF Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant Workshop on one of the following dates:

TRDV 139N 01 (synonym 180572), Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-8:30 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, Room 249
TRDV 139N 02 (synonym 180573), Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon, FOC, Building 1, Room 102  
TRDV 139N 03 (synonym 180574), Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon, SRP, Room 129

Find more information about this workshop. Register through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231. Direct questions to Laura Gorynski, grant development and management facilitator, at 402-457-2787.

Solar training facility under construction on Fort Omaha Campus

A 20'x30' solar training facility is under construction on the Fort Omaha Campus. This facility, the first of its kind in Nebraska, is being added to the current greenhouse building. The expected completion date is early February. The facility is vital to the emerging sustainability program; it provides a:

  

  • safe, real-world work area for Horticulture, sustainability and solar students to learn and practice new technologies and explore ideas
  • lab area for practicums and funded studies for innovative ideas
  • facility to demonstrate conservation building practices and solar technology
  • resource for collection of research data that can be shared with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University
  • additional work and storage space for Horticulture equipment

Facility highlights include:

  • roof for mounting solar air, water and electric collectors
  • solar electric system capable of suppling the needs of the room
  • solar hot water system with radiant floor heat to condition the space
  • back-up systems for heating tied to solar systems
  • solar warm air system for space heating
  • solar garage door for space heating
  • LED and other energy-efficient lighting
  • passive solar windows for heating
  • monitoring system for tracking thermal performance
  • weather station to track solar insulation, temperature and other weather data
  • multiple heating and cooling systems for demonstration, student use and observation including water source heat pump, split systems and model cooling tower
  • basic multi-function facilities suitable for workshop, training, research and development

 For additional information on the facility, contact Michal Shonka, project coordinator, sustainable energy technology, at 402-738-4536.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day On Not a Day Off

Give your day off back to the community! Volunteer to participate in MCC's Martin Luther King Jr. day of service onMartin Luther Kin Jr.: A Day On not a Day Off Jan. 16. MCC students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to give 2-4 hours at community organizations throughout greater Omaha. To sign up, contact Queen Tucker (402-457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu) or Jennie Tullos (402-457-2637 or jtullos2@mccneb.edu) by Jan. 11. The first 100 volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt!

More than 30 organizations need help with a variety of projects from painting walls, to working with the elderly, to serving food or playing games and reading with children. Some of the agencies that have agreed to accept volunteers are: HELP Adult Services, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, Open Door Mission, Siena/Francis House, OneWorld Community Health Center and MCC's Books by the Busload book sorting.

Students needing to meet Service-Learning requirements for Human Relations and other courses may participate in this event to receive credit for their time of service. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites. There will be sites available in Omaha, Sarpy County, Blair, Elkhorn Valley and Fremont.

To donate a portion of your time on Monday, Jan. 16, or if you have any questions contact Queen Tucker (402)457-2813 ertucker@mccneb.edu or Jennie Tullos (402)457-2637 jtullos2@mccneb.edu in the Service-Learning office FOC Building 14 South.

A Day On Not a Day Off is organized by MCC's Service-Learning office and is part of a national day of service. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day website, www.mlkday.gov, encourages people to volunteer in the community to live King's teachings of "nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome" and lists ways to volunteer in your community.

Wanted: automobiles with electrical problems

MCC's AUTT 1220 electrical class is looking for electrical problems. Specifically, automobiles having issues with electric windows, seats, locks, lights, air bags, starting and charging systems. (No check engine lights.) Let the class fix your issue for a $10 fee. Learn more and complete the application form. Email the completed form or questions to Joe Jerdon, Automotive Technology instructor, by Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Training and Development

Resolve to take charge of your professional development to enhance your skills and build your confidence. Start now with these offerings:

MCC Foundation Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant Workshops
TRDV 139N 01 (synonym-180572), Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-8:30 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, Room 249
TRDV 139N 02 (synonym-180573), Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30-noon, FOC, Building 1, Room 102   
TRDV 139N 03 (synonym-180574), Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30-noon, SRP, Room 129

Do you have an idea for a new project to impact MCC student success? Do you want to learn how to get your project funded through a winning grant proposal? Hands-on workshops are offered to prepare you to build a competitive proposal for MCCF Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant funding. MCCF seeks innovative projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to 1) instruction and learning or 2) services and supports. Grants will range from $500-$3,000. MCC Development Office staff will walk you through the development of quality responses to key mini-grant components, providing tips for winning proposals. We will also offer comfortable opportunities for brainstorming and addressing participant concerns/questions. Upon workshop completion, the MCC Development Office will provide you with the MCCF Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant application and ongoing support in Mini-Grant proposal development. 


Excel 2010 Tips and Tricks in Utilizing Multiple Sheet Tabs for Data
TRDV 142N 01 (synonym-180748), Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1:30-4:30 p.m., EVC, Room 131

You will learn how to use Sheet Tabs more effectively.  You will learn to link Sheets together including data with formulas to pull data from one sheet to another.  Most importantly, you will learn the advantages of using Summary Sheets for your Excel spreadsheets. Class geared towards those who have completed MS Office 2010 upgrade training.


SharePoint-Working with Lists
TRDV 124N 01 (synonym 180375), Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., FOC, Building 8, Room 210

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one list. We will explore various types of lists including contacts, links and task lists. We will create, modify and delete various types of lists and all the items associated with them. 

  • Creating lists
  • Announcements
  • Links
  • Calendar
  • Contents
  • Tasks
  • Discussion boards
  • Adding, editing and deleting list items
  • Organizing items with folders
  • Working with list columns
  • Using list and column validation rules
  • Sorting and filtering lists

SharePoint-Building a Site
TRDV 136N 01 (synonym 180422), Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m., FOC, Building 8, Room 210

We will cover building a SharePoint site as well as adding sub-sites and pages. You will also learn how to customize the pages by adding web parts to a SharePoint site as well as modifying and deleting web parts.


SharePoint 2010-Using SharePoint
TRDV 121N 02 (synonym-180379) Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon, FOC, Building 8, Room 210

Learn to use SharePoint 2010 in this introduction to the latest version of SharePoint.  You will become familiar with the SharePoint interface, how to create and delete Alerts, upload and download documents and other files and learn to use Calendars in SharePoint.

  • Getting Familiar with the SharePoint Interface
    • Site Actions
    • Site Hierarchy (Breadcrumbs)
    • Right side Navigation
    • Viewing Site Content
  • Create and Delete Alerts
  • Upload and download documents
  • Use Calendars
  • List of most utilized SharePoint sites at Metro
  • Options for additional SharePoint training

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. Enroll through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231. All workshops are noncredit, Term 12/JA. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, at 402-457-2507 with questions.

View new faculty member work

Make plans to check out the Played show anytime from Jan. 11-March 5 at the Gallery of Art and Design at EVC. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or on Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This show features work from new full-time faculty members Adam Dienst-Scott (photography) and Anne Burton (art). There is a reception Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.Played

Self-service printing of your W-2 forms

W-2 forms for all active faculty and staff (including student workers and work studys) can be viewed and printed through WebAdvisor. This will allow you to print and reprintyour W-2 forms at your own convenience. This is a secure way to deliver the forms, and should remove the on-going problems we've experienced with addresses, print and mail prep, and postal mishandling.  This also removes the potential for delays in delivery due to changes with the U.S. Postal Service.

You will need to log in to WebAdvisor and OPT IN to give your consent for the electronic delivery of your W-2. You are strongly encouraged to OPT IN now, but no later than Jan. 15, 2012 in order to insure the timely delivery of your W-2.  Anyone needing help with their WebAdvisor login should contact the Help Desk at ext. 2900.

After logging in to WebAdvisor, go to the Employees section, similar to how you'd get your Pay Advice. Select the option "W-2 Electronic Consent", then make sure that the button next to the first option, OPT IN is filled in. Then click on the SUBMIT button.  Here is what it will look like:

 W-2















If you have any questions contact Payroll or Gary Kucera, financial management accountant grants/payroll, at ext. 2277.

HR updates

New Employees

Nathaniel Bates                               
journeyman electrician                                
FOC, Building 20                              
402-457-2535


Christi Bowman

Christi Bowman                               
academic assistant                                        
FOC, Building 10                              
402-457-2705

Chace Brisby

Chace Brisby                                     
graphic designer                                            
FOC, Building 30                              
402-457-2873


Kyran Connor

Kyran Connor                                   
academic assistant                                        
SOC, Connector Building       
402-738-4515

Gary Duyanen

Gary Duyanen                                  
graphic designer                                            
FOC, Building30                              
402-457-2347


Susan Montz

Susan Montz                                     
science lab assistant                                    
EVC                                       
TBA


Joyce Mortensen

Joyce Mortensen                            
academic advisor                                           
SOC, Connector Building                            
402-738-4639


Greg Pejsar

Greg Pejsar                                       
photography lab technician                      
EVC                                       
402-289-1237

Erin Vik

Erin Vik                                                
general manager, ICA                                  
FOC, Building 22                              
402-457-2586

HR updates

New Employees

Nathaniel Bates                               
journeyman electrician                                
FOC, Building 20                              
402-457-2535


Christi Bowman

Christi Bowman                               
academic assistant                                        
FOC, Building 10                              
402-457-2705

Chace Brisby

Chace Brisby                                     
graphic designer                                            
FOC, Building 30                              
402-457-2873


Kyran Connor

Kyran Connor                                   
academic assistant                                        
SOC, Connector Building       
402-738-4515

Gary Duyanen

Gary Duyanen                                  
graphic designer                                            
FOC, Building30                              
402-457-2347


Susan Montz

Susan Montz                                     
science lab assistant                                    
EVC                                       
TBA


Joyce Mortensen

Joyce Mortensen                            
academic advisor                                           
SOC, Connector Building                            
402-738-4639


Greg Pejsar

Greg Pejsar                                       
photography lab technician                      
EVC                                       
402-289-1237

Erin Vik

Erin Vik                                                
general manager, ICA                                  
FOC, Building 22                              
402-457-2586

Green tip

Try purchasing a pet leash or collar that is made from organic canvas materials instead of nylon. Nylon production emits nitrous oxide-a type of greenhouse gas associated with global warming. If every dog in the United States eventually received a replacement leash made of organize fibers instead of nylon, it would prevent the release of as much greenhouse gases as 250,000 households produce each year.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Avoid food products that make health claims." p.19

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