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Inside Story for Monday, March 12, 2012

Ride the bus to work

College employees are invited to join the members of the Omaha City Council in riding transit to work tomorrow, March 13, or later during March. Metro Transit service is available to FOC and SOC. Go to www.ometro.com or call 402-431-0800 for schedules and fares. You can also contact Curtis Bryant at x2853.

You're invited to the Academic Support Commons open house

If you haven't seen the new Academic Support Commons at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, then now is your chance. The ASC includes the services of the Academic Resource Center, Library, Writing Center and Math Center all in one new and convenient location.

Stop by the EVC ASC on Wednesday, March 14 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are many new things to see since the renovations so stop by to visit with the staff, see all the changes and enjoy some refreshments in the Elkhorn Valley ASC.

Staff and faculty invited to pick up free books

It is March Book Madness at MCC. Staff and faculty are invited to come pick out as many new, hardcover books as they wish. MCC's Service-Learning department will be distributing thousands of new hardcover books at various MCC locations. Here are the details:

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, March 19
SOC, Connector Building

Tuesday, March 20
FOC, Building 10

Wednesday, March 21
EVC, Commons

Fostering cooperation, communication and continuous improvement

The Participatory Work Environment  invites interested employees to attend the March 2012 meeting on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 22, Room 201D.

PWE was created to enhance communication and employee participation at MCC. The intent is to promote a work environment in which MCC employees approach information sharing and problem-solving through Collegewide teamwork.

Career closet workshop and fashion show

MCC's Career Services and Service-Learning departments invite you to the Career Closet Workshop and Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 28 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 136 B-D.

Workshop, 9-11 a.m., Brand new you: Wardrobe for the world of work
People say what you wear on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. Dress like a winner and the world will treat you like one! Improve your personal and professional image with tips from a professional image consultant.

Presenter: Mary Anne Vaccaro, design stylist and image consultant for Mary Anne Vaccaro Designs

Contact Indra Faison at isfaison@mccneb.edu or 402-738-4564 to register for the workshop.

Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
What you wear and how you look plays a critical role in positive first impressions. How can you build a professional wardrobe while living on a shoestring budget? Learn how to look your professional best without breaking the bank.

Moderators: Mary Anne Vaccaro and Bobby Loud, director of military and veteran support services

  • Fashions provided by the Service-Learning Career Closet
  • Enjoy discounts at Einstein's Café

 Contact Queen Tucker at ertucker@mccneb.edu with fashion show questions.

Film Streams and MCC are teaming up for one awesome event

Military personnel returning from deployment are confronted with numerous challenges in re-entering society. Effective partnerships with civilian and academic organizations must play a vital role in addressing these urgent and ongoing needs.

You are invited to Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St., on Wednesday, April 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. to view the 2012 Oscar-nominated movie Hell and Back Again and then participate in a panel discussion. The panel discussion moderator is Bonnie Bessler, Nebraska transition assistance advisor. Panelists include Matt Stevens, Student Veterans of America Chapter president, Metropolitan Community College; Paul Greenwell, At Ease program therapist, Lutheran Family Services; and Donna Higgins, OIF/OEF case manager, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ticket prices are $4.50 for members of Film Streams; $7 for students, military and educators; and $9 for general admission. This event is presented in collaboration with MCC's Career Services and Military and Veteran Support Services. Tickets need to be purchased or reserved prior to April 4 at Film Streams or online.

Heart of Metro nominations open

Do you work with a colleague who you feel consistently demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered? If so, nominate them for the Heart of Metro Award. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, March 26. Complete the nomination form >>

Training and Development

The following training opportunities are listed on the Training and Development workshop page. View complete course information >> Employees may enroll at no charge. Supervisor approval and registration instructions can also be found on the workshop page.

  • Use Your Body Better: From Ergonomics to Exercise
  • Courageous Conversations: How to Say Everything You Wish You Didn't Need to Say
  • Your Customers, Your Success
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • diversity + inclusion = innovation
  • Using SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint: Working with Document Libraries
  • SharePoint: Working with Lists

Military student needs addressed at Instructional Staff Development Day

Instructional Staff Development DayFaculty members were informed of the unique issues facing military students at the Instructional Staff Development Day on March 7. The Office of Military and Veteran Support Services invited a series of speakers to raise awareness of military student issues, including transitioning from military culture, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

One faculty member said the following of the training:

It was moving, enlightening, passionate and motivating. I had two young men last quarter that had recently returned from overseas. They were polar opposites, and I had the opportunity to talk extensively with both of them. I learned a great deal today and will strive to understand our military students with their educational needs and get them to the right people when they need help.

MVSS would like to thank faculty members for their engagement with the presentation as well as their dedication to serving military students.  Faculty members who learn of military students in their classes are encouraged to refer students to MVSS by emailing mvss@mccneb.edu or calling 402-738-4774.  Additional information on MVSS services can be found at www.mccneb.edu/mvss.

Panel participants from left to right: Paul Greenwell, At Ease Program Therapist; Teri Clark, Military OneSource; Travis Karr, Central Community College; Matt Stevens, MCC Student Veterans Chapter President; Peggy Reisher, Brain Injury Association of Nebraska.

Student work shown at Omaha Film Festival

Eight students from MCC's Video and Audio Communications Arts (VACA) program made it to the big screen at the 7th Annual Omaha Film Festival, March 7-11.

Short films produced for classes or as independent projects were featured over three days during the Nebraska Shorts programs. Documentaries, comedies and westerns were included as students filled roles as producers, writers, directors, editors and cinematographers.

Current students and recent VACA graduates included Jordan Fountain, Matt Juhnke, Jesus Narvaez, Matt Patterson, Ken Revoy, Brian Roma, Rie Takeuchi and David Weiss.

Instructor Bob Maass said, "It's a thrill to see the high caliber work our students are producing. Each year the films get better. It's a great reflection on our program and their creativity."

Green tip

Tune up your air conditioner and you could save 220 pounds of carbon and $14 per year.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat your colors." p. 57

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