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Inside Story for Monday, May 28, 2012

Welcome to MCC My Way Portal

Faculty and staff can now begin using our new My Way portal, an internal website that is your one-stop shop for day-to-day business at MCC. The portal provides single sign-on access by automatically logging into My Services (formerly known as WebAdvisor), your personal Microsoft Outlook calendar/web app and Colleague. Also available are task list, announcements, College news, events and team sites. Students will be granted access in the fall.

To log into the MCC My Way Portal

  1. Open a web browser
  2. Enter myway.mccneb.edu into the address bar of the browser
  3. Enter your user ID and password into the login box
    Note: this is the same login you use to log into computers on campus
  4. The MCC My Way portal page will appear

If you are unable to log into the portal, contact the Help Desk via email (helpdesk@mccneb.edu) or phone, 402-457-2900.                                              

Tell MCC

If you would like to provide feedback, click on the Tell MCC icon and enter your feedback information into the form and save the record. Your feedback will be reviewed the My Way Design Committee.

Note: The Portal is a work in process. Some pages that are now linked to the external website will move inside the portal as the conversion moves forward.

MCC to offer courses at Bellevue University

MCC will offer approximately 16 day and evening courses at Bellevue University's main campus, 1000 Galvin Road South, beginning during MCC's Fall quarter (Sept. 4-Nov. 19).

"MCC is accessible. The College now has four locations in Sarpy County, providing Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista residents with a plethora of options for pursuing an associate degree, certificate or specialist diploma," said Randy Schmailzl, MCC president.

"Bellevue University is thrilled to partner with Metropolitan Community College so they can expand services to the residents of Bellevue and greater Sarpy County area," said Russ Lane, senior director of community partnerships for Bellevue University.

Additional Sarpy County MCC locations include the Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, Bellevue West High School, 1501 Thurston Ave., and Offutt Air Force Base.  

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!

Faculty invited to nominate student leaders for MCC's Student Leadership Conference

MCC's Student Leadership Conference is an invitation only event scheduled for August 2012. Students recommended by faculty will be mailed a personalized invitation. Faculty can nominate student leaders by emailing student names and ID numbers to Jennie Tullos, service-learning assistant coordinator, by Friday, June 1. The goal is to have 200+ of MCC's finest student in attendance that represent a diverse cross-section of MCC and possess fundamental leadership qualities. More details about the conference will be provided online at a later date.

Tools for our MCC promotional arsenal

Did you know MCC has a YouTube channel? Check it out today! The first two videos posted are brand new. Make sure to use these videos to promote the College. Send them to prospective students. Be an ambassador for MCC!

293 days until the HLC visitors arrive!

Another week has passed, and the countdown continues. Today we will take a look at mission. Mission is the first criterion, and that should give you a good idea of its importance.

Criterion One: Mission

 The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.

A.    The institution's mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.

  1.  The mission statement is developed through a process suited to the nature and culture of the institution and is adopted by the governing board.
  2. The institution's academic programs, student support services and enrollment profile are consistent with its stated mission.
  3. The institution's planning and budgeting priorities align with and support the mission.

B.    The mission is articulated publicly.

  1. The institution clearly articulates its mission through one or more public documents, such as statements of purpose, vision, values, goals, plans or institutional priorities.
  2. The mission document or documents are current and explain the extent of the institution's emphasis on the various aspects of its mission, such as instruction, scholarship, research, application of research, creative works, clinical service, public service, economic development and religious or cultural purpose.
  3. The mission document or documents identify the nature, scope and intended constituents of the higher education programs and services the institution provides.

C.    The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.

  1. The institution addresses its role in a multicultural society.
  2. The institution's processes and activities reflect attention to human diversity as appropriate within its mission and for the constituencies it serves.

D.    The institution's mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

  1. Actions and decisions reflect an understanding that in its educational role the institution serves the public, not solely the institution, and thus entails a public obligation.
  2. The institution's educational responsibilities take primacy over other purposes, such as generating financial returns for investors, contributing to a related or parent organization or supporting external interests.
  3. The institution engages with its identified external constituencies and communities of interest and responds to their needs as its mission and capacity allow.

Office of Military and Veteran Support Services hosts Military Employment and Resource Fair

With the veteran unemployment rate well above the national average, Military and Veteran Support Military Employment and Resource FairServices partnered with MCC Career Services, OmahaJobs.com and the U.S. Army to host a Military Employment and Resource Fair on May 17 for National Military Appreciation Month. The goal of the event was to bring job opportunities and community support information to service members and their families. 

More than 800 individuals attended the traditional fair at the South Omaha Campus, while 300 chose a more convenient option by obtaining a bag of employment information through a drive-thru fair at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Sarpy Center or Elkhorn Valley Campus. At the traditional fair, LSW Strategies presented veteran employability training sessions toMilitary Employment and Resource Fair provide veterans with tips to maximize their military experience in the job market. The U.S. Army provided bags to job-seekers and also displayed a vehicle showcasing a new focus on science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to the 40 employers with current job openings, 20 military support resources were on hand to share information. 

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:

Friday, June 1
Nebraska on Wheels bus tour
outreach@mccneb.edu

Saturday, June 2
10th annual Safety Awareness Fitness & Education event
John Frost

Wednesday, June 6
OmahaJobs.com Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Thursday, June 7
Welcome Week
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Friday, June 8
Summer Works
outreach@mccneb.edu

Saturday, June 9
Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame/College Fair
John Frost

Monday, June 11
NOW Bus Tour
outreach@mccneb.edu

Tuesday, June 12
NOW Bus Tour
outreach@mccneb.edu

Burke Summer School College visit
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Abide Network/Bridge Church Block Party
John Frost

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.

Paintings of MCC art instructor on exhibit

Tricia Hollins, MCC art instructor, is having an art exhibit with local artist Betsy Kinnick at the Hot Shops, 1301 Nicholas St., during the month of June. The free opening reception is on Friday, June 1, 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public.

Hot Shops is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Betsy Kinnick's pastels and collages have been inspired by Brian Swimme's Universe Story and her desire to pay tribute to her mother Jean Kinnick (1926-2009). She invited Hollins to enter into an artistic dialogue about family and memory by including paintings she has done over the past few years. 

HR updates

New employees

Janice Rowe
Janice Rowe                                   
information technology instructor                         
FOC, Building 8
402-457-2664

Gary Gilbody
Gary Gilbody                                     
information technology instructor                                                         
FOC, Building 8                              
402-457-2641

Ellen Jacobs
Ellen Jacobs                                       
health information management systems instructor                     
FOC, Building 8                              
402-457-2673

Mark McLaughlin
Mark McLaughlin                            
MCC Express educational specialist                                                         
MXS                                      
402-738-4056

Changes

Patrick Boyle
402-738-4058

Antonio Cantu                                  
MCC Express educational specialist                                                         
MXS                      
402-738-4057

Donald Clark 
SOC                       
402-738-4569

Kevin Hansen 
MXS                      
402-738-4061

Teresa Ramirez-Cherko  
402-738-4059

Laura Rosso         
FOC, Building 30
402-457-2313

Jack Washburn   
EVC                       
402-289-1218

Amy Schieffer  
new name Amy Scott

Separations 
Robert Baker                                    
5/25/12

Mary Bennett                                   
5/25/12

Eric Bremers                                      
5/25/12 

Elizabeth Brewer                             
5/25/12

Mary Leidy                                         
5/25/12

Jacqueline Scoones                        
5/25/12

Daniel Sautter                                  
5/15/12

James Wolfe                                     
5/25/12

Green tip

Bring your own workout towel instead of using the one that your gym provides. You'll not only reduce your exposure to harsh detergents, bleaches, and other disinfectants, but you'll help save water and energy as well. If just 1 percent of fitness club members in the United States were to start bringing their own workout towels, four thousand  fewer loads of laundry would have to be washed per day-an annual savings of more than thirty-six million gallons of water.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Sweeten and salt your food yourself." p. 75

MCC is making news

What's the latest and greatest? Check out the latest news releases issued by Public Affairs to find out.

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