2010 | Archives
Across the state and the country, MCC students, faculty and
alumni have been recognized for their outstanding
Student Shines at Economics
Business Transfer student Joseph Cocklin of Omaha received top
recognition from the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his academic
record and leadership potential. Cocklin was one of 30 students from
20 states to receive a Leaders of Promise scholarship.
Cocklin was also one of 12 finalists in the 2010 National
Economics Insider Symposium Contest. He and instructor Richard Carter
won a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to defend Cocklin's
economic proposals in front of the world's top economists. Cocklin
had the distinct opportunity of being the only finalist from a
two-year college. "It was really cool to be the only community college
student there, and the only student in his 30s," Cocklin said.
Instructor Brings History to Life
History Instructor Amy Forss was recognized for her ability to bring
history to life as the Nebraska Community College Association's
(NCCA) Faculty Award winner for excellence in teaching. During her
years as an instructor at MCC, Forss earned a reputation as a
creative, challenging instructor. She developed several online
courses, among them Introduction to Black History and Black Women in
America. In 2010, she developed an online course on China and a
three-week study abroad option.
Forss expects to receive her Ph.D. in African American History at
the University of Nebraska–Lincoln this December. She teaches
primarily at MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Sarpy Center.
Alumna Overcomes Obstacles
MCC alumna LaLinda Swanson received the NCCA's Distinguished Alumni
Award. Raised in a difficult home environment, Swanson dropped out of
high school just a few months prior to graduation and became a young
single mother. At 21, with no marketable skills and no support, she
began the process of receiving her high school diploma and enrolled
With the support of instructors, advisors and other students, she
earned an associate degree, three certificates and a job—and
the self-confidence to continue her education. "Without the impact or
influence of MCC, I would not be the person I am today," Swanson
said. "The community college environment made it possible for me to
meet them at their doors at my own individual level, and for me to be
transformed and developed as a whole person, one class at a time."