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Inside Story for Monday, April 30, 2012

Check out the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Judge's selections and award-winning work from MCC's Visual Arts program are featured in the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition April 27-May 20 at the Gallery of Art and Design at EVC. The exhibit will be on display Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. The show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, sculpture, digital video and more.

Eighty-one students submitted more than 160 pieces of work for consideration for the show. Joel Damon, curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts UNDERGROUND, and Matthew Sontheimer, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the department of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, selected 43 pieces from 37 student artists to be included.

Scholarships of up to $750 were awarded for the best student work at an April 27 opening reception and awards ceremony.

Best of Show, $750
John Farrell Ryan, Electronic Imaging and Media Arts

Second place, $500
Amy Miller, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Third place, $250
Justine Olson, Professional Health Studies-General Health

The Metropolitan Visual Arts scholarship, $150

Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Jake Fyfe, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Honorable mentions, $100
Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Andrew Carl Atkinson, Associate in Arts

Alicia Goodrich, Interior Design

Dana Hanten, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Alaina Hickman, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Greg Hollins, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Jessica Kinsell, Photography Student-General Commercial

Janel McCan, Associate in Arts

Dale Pinkelman, Video/Audio Communication Arts

Lisa Ranney-Arellano, Associate in Arts

Brian Roma, Video/Audio Communication Arts

Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest, May 27-June 1

The 7th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by MCC, announces GPTC PlayFest-an evening theatre festival to be held in culturally unique locations across Omaha. The festival features plays by five of the country's great theatre artists using a vibrant combination of local and national theatre talent, including sets designed by local visual artists and live music performed by local musicians.

The evenings are free and open to the public. For mature audiences only.

Seating is limited; for guaranteed seating, reservations are encouraged. Reservations begin May 1 at noon.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc for more information about PlayFest and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

322 days until the HLC visitors arrive!

On March 18, 2013, a team of evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission will be visiting MCC in conjunction with our request to be reaccredited.

Accreditation is very important to MCC students for two very important reasons.

One, in order for our students to participate in federal student aid grants (e.g., Pell Grants), federal student aid loans and federal student aid work-study programs, MCC must be accredited. Millions and millions of dollars presently available to our students require MCC to be accredited by the HLC.

Two, as our students and graduates matriculate to other colleges and universities, they will want their MCC credits to transfer to their new institutions. One of the most important factors that other institutions will use in determining the transferability of MCC credits is accreditation by a regional accrediting agency.  For MCC, that would be our accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States.

What is required for accreditation?

MCC needs to demonstrate that we are striving to continuously improve our institution, and we need to meet the five standards (criteria) set forth by the HLC.

To demonstrate that we are striving to continuously improve our institution, we will showcase several ongoing projects at the College, including:

  • The newly instituted adjunct faculty institute
  • The Gateway to College program
  • E-advising
  • Developmental math modules

The five criteria for accreditation include the following:

  • Mission
    • The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.
      • The institution's mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
      • The mission is articulated publicly.
      • The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
      • The institution's mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.
  • Integrity: Ethical and responsible conduct
    • The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
      • The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty and staff.
      • The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control and accreditation relationships.
      • The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.
      • The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
      • The institution ensures that faculty, students and staff acquire, discover and apply knowledge responsibly.
  • Teaching and learning: Quality, resources and support
    • The institution provides high-quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
      • The institution's degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
      • The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.
      • The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
      • The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
      • The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.
  • Teaching and learning: Evaluation and improvement
    • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
      • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.
      • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning and achievement of learning goals.
      • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.
  • Resources, planning and institutional effectiveness
    • The institution's resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
      • The institution's resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
      • The institution's governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
      • The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
      • The institution works systematically to improve its performance.

How can you assist us?

All of you are assisting us each and every day by doing all that you do for the College. For those of you who would like to get more involved with the accreditation process, we could use some assistance in locating data that exists and supports each of the five criteria and in writing the narrative that must be sent to the HLC by Feb. 1, 2013.

If you are interested, let us know by May 7. You can email Dave Ho if you are interested. Let him know which criterion interests you.

If you would like to see more information about the criteria for accreditation, view The New Criteria for Accreditation booklet.

Position announcement: Dean of enrollment services


In order to apply, applicant must be receiving a paycheck from MCC

Dean of enrollment services

Fort Omaha Campus
Full-time position

Reporting to the executive vice president, this individual serves as the senior enrollment officer with principal responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive enrollment plan consistent with MCC's strategic mission. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and administrative support for Financial Aid, Community Outreach (recruitment), the Call Center and all other enrollment processes. In collaboration with College leadership, establishes enrollment goals based on strategic analysis of student success, program specific and institutional capacity, market research and geo-demographic data. Develops successful strategies to meet these enrollment goals. Develops and implements, in conjunction with other offices, the strategic enrollment and outreach plan for the College, applying generally accepted, best-practice enrollment concepts. Plans and implements systematic evaluations of all personnel, programs and projects within Enrollment Services; actively participates in system audits,professional accreditation studies and other College evaluation processes; and ensures the institution's conformance with applicable regulatory and licensing standards.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree plus five years of prior work experience in higher education at the director level or above required. Equivalent combination of education and experience considered. Knowledge of regulatory, professional and ethical guidelines in enrollment and financial aid. Ability to utilize critical-thinking techniques, exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality.

Must have a valid driver's license and insurability to drive College-owned vehicles. Hiring process includes a background check unless one has been done in the previous 12 months. Position is contingent upon MCC Board of Governors approval.

Complete an application online. Required attachments: cover letter and résumé. Preferred attachments: copies of academic transcripts. To be guaranteed consideration, application materials must be attached to your application file by Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Share your ideas at EngageMCC.com

Do you have an idea-large or small-that could help shape the future of MCC? Visit EngageMCC.com and share your ideas today!EngageMCC.com

EngageMCC.com is an interactive virtual 'town hall' dedicated to the planning, programming and visioning process to help guide MCC's Master Plan. EngageMCC.com allows students, faculty and community members a creative and convenient way to share their ideas on how to improve the College. 

EngageMCC.com is currently engaging in conversations that relate to:

  • Academic synergies-What academic areas or disciplines within the college could work well together?
  • Industrial engagement-What ideas do users have to attract new industries to participate in MCC programs?
  • Interactive problem-based learning-What are the most memorable learning experiences users have had outside of the classroom?
  • Flexible spaces-What can MCC get rid of in the classroom?

This public engagement platform allows a diverse audience of students and community members the ability to communicate with each other and the College. Anyone interested in shaping MCC's Master Plan can simply jump online from school, home or wherever they have Internet access to join in the EngageMCC.com discussion.

"We are always looking for new and more effective ways to interface with our community," said Randy Schmailzl, president of MCC. "EngageMCC.com is a great way to engage with people who do not typically attend planning sessions."

Sign up at EngageMCC.com and join the discussion!

Bicycle Commuter Challenge

MCC is again invited to have a team in the Activate Omaha Bicycle Commuter Challenge. This year, it starts Tuesday, May 1 and is part of the National Bike Challenge sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. It is a chance to track bicycle commutes to MCC online, score points, win prizes and earn recognition for MCC.

If you commute to MCC by bicycle or are thinking of trying, contact Curtis Bryant at 402-457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu for details.

Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention

Phi Theta Kappa advisors Georgia Culliver, Kojo Allen and Ryan Newton traveled with PTK leaders Mary Strohl, Dillon Katskee, Jeff Patterson, Stephen Renne and Alex Schweitzer to the annual PTK Convention in Nashville, Tenn., April 11-15. The SOC and EVC chapters earned five-star recognition for their involvement with the organization. 

PTK Annual ConventionFrom left: Georgia Culliver (SOC advisor, speech instructor), Dillon Katskee (SOC vice president of leadership), Kojo Allen (SOC advisor, psychology/sociology instructor), Jeff Patterson (EVC president), Stephen Renne (EVC vice president of scholarship), Mary Strohl (SOC president), Alex Schweitzer (EVC secretary), Ryan Newton (EVC advisor, psychology instructor). 

Arbor Day Celebration was a tree planting success

MCC Facilities, with the help of more than 25 Horticulture students, planted a Lacebark pine tree on April 26 in observance of Arbor Day. The tree was planted east of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on FOC. This tree replaced one that was removed during the construction of the ICA in 2009. Thank you to Jim Grotrian, executive vice president; William Forsee, MCC board of governors member; and Jim Trebbien, dean of culinary arts, hospitality and horticulture, for participating in the event.

Arbor DayFrom left: Greg Stachon, records drawing coordinator, William Forsee, board of governors member, Todd Morrissey, horticulture instructor, Jim Trebbien, dean of culinary arts, hospitality and horticulture, Jim Grotrian, executive vice president

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Staff and faculty invited to view MCC student-written one-act plays to tour

MCC's Theatre program is proud to announce the production of two student-written one-act plays created and developed during MCC's Fall quarter Playwriting One class.

"Stair Lift" by Brigid Amos deals with a housing conflict between an adult daughter and her aging mother. "Negatives" by Richard Corum examines the nature of friendship in times of crisis.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Thursday, May 3
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8
South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Room, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

Nancy Zagozda benefit

Nancy Zagozda

Approximately 300 people attended the hamburger and hot dog feed, catered by Nique's Coffee and Snacks, at the Sarpy Center on Saturday, April 21. The feed, headed by April Winans, academic advisor at the Sarpy Center, was organized to raise money for Nancy Zagozda, longtime MCC faculty secretary. Zagozda suffered a debilitating stroke in January, and through rehabilitation care Zagozda has received and her own hard work, she has improved and was able to attend the benefit held at the Millard VFW Club.

The event also included a bake sale, a silent auction and live music performed by The Links, Jim Link, Mary Link and Diana Sapp.

Family members, church members and MCC faculty/staff spent the afternoon visiting with Zagozda and enjoying the music, food, desserts and one-of-a-kind items at the silent auction.

 "A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who contributed, worked and attended the benefit," said Winans. "It was a real coming together of a lot of people who really care about Nancy. It really was a community effort showing how much we love Nancy."

MCC's Community Outreach team is pounding the pavement

John Frost, Stephanie Joneson and Jennifer Winje-Diamant, MCC's community outreach specialists, recruit new students and connect with area high school counselors at weekly high school visits, career fairs, conferences and community events.

Here is where they are headed in the next two weeks:
Tuesday, May 1
Kids Can Luncheon

Thursday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
John Frost

Friday, May 4
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Saturday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
John Frost

Tuesday, May 8
Omaha Housing Authority Employment Fair
Stephanie Joneson

Wednesday, May 9
King Science & Technology Magnet Center Career Fair
John Frost

Millard South High School
Stephanie Joneson

Friday, May 11
Bryan Community Focus Program Wellness Fair
John Frost

Saturday, May 12
Universally Human Youth Outreach Festival
Stephanie Joneson

If you would like to promote your program of study at one of these upcoming events, contact the outreach specialist assigned to that event. Also, do not forget, if you are meeting with or giving a tour to a prospective student or have a community visit scheduled, please contact one of the outreach specialists for guidance.

Recoveco visits the South Omaha Campus

RecovercoThe Omaha Sister Cities Association hosted the mayor of Xalapa, Mexico, and her delegation April 20-24. During the visit, the musical group Recoveco, part of the delegation, played classical and contemporary music at SOC.

Green tip

Turn off you outside lights when they're not needed. If possible, use timers or motion sensors. The average household spends about $13 per year per 100-watt bulb on electricity.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Buy your snacks at the farmer's market." p. 35

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