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Candidates for the Faculty Ex Officio

 

Carol A. Cleaver

Business & Human Services Department

 

College Activities/Community Involvement:

Since my hire date in February 2012, I have had the pleasure to

serve as online lead faculty for Business Law & Legal Studies       courses, faculty member of the Paralegal Advisory Committee, and faculty advisor for the Student Paralegal Association.  I am the current Academic Council representative for the Business & Human Services Department.  Also, I have been invited to participate in several College committees on various issues. 
I participated in the 2012 & 2014 summer curriculum and assessment academies and currently, I am co-developing a new Career Certificate in Immigration Law, Policy, and Procedure.  In winter 2014, I expect to complete a mini-grant proposal for a "Lunch and Law" college and community education series.

 

Community service plays an important role in my professional and personal development.  I have held various leadership and member positions in not-for-profit organizations that work for the benefit of students and the community, especially, the Latino community.  Presently I serve as a director for the Omaha South High School Alumni Association and ex-officio director of Latinas Unidas.  I was recently appointed by the Nebraska Supreme Court to serve on the Court's Minority Justice Committee.  An active member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, I frequently present educational seminars on various legal topics to community groups, attorneys, professional groups, and college students.  In 2013, I served on a committee to organize the first Hispanic Lawyer's section in the Nebraska State Bar Association.

 

Why I am running & what qualifies me for this office:

My academic and professional experiences make me an ideal candidate for this position.  A MCC alumnus, I continued my education at the University of Nebraska of Omaha and Creighton University School of Law.  Before coming to MCC in 2012, I taught paralegal and law courses at College of Saint Mary, Creighton Law School, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City.  I have a unique understanding of MCC as student, faculty, and community stakeholder.  A change agent, I do not accept the way things are as the way things should be. New state leadership will create new and important issues affecting the College and community.  Faculty need a representative who will participate in Board of Governors agenda items and work with the Board of Governors in the spirit of shared governance.  Familiar with MCCs three-pronged approach to sustainability and the MAP, I have the discipline and determination needed to investigate important issues affecting faculty, students, and academic programs and also, the skills needed to effectively present that information to the BOG.  I believe I have the experience and enthusiasm needed to represent MCC faculty in this important position.

 

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Al Cox

Automotive Department

 

College Activities/Community Involvement:

Automotive Department Coordinator, SOC iPad Facilitator, Textbook Task force, MCC Ecology Club Director, Team Based Learning presentor

 

Why I am running & what qualifies me for this office:

I came on board with the college in 1986 as an Adjunct instructor while working full time in the automotive field during the day.  In 2011, I made the leap into a fulltime position and I have never looked back.  During this journey I have met some amazing people and quickly discovered I am surrounded by people that care. One of the promisies I made to myself when I came on board was to make a positive difference, or get out of the way.  Another promise I made is when approached by someone, I am either going to help them or find someone that could.  Turning my back on anyone is never an option.  Filling this position is another way to help the people around me succeed.  Thank you for considering me.

 

 

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Cindy Cusick

Human Services Department

 

 College Activities/Community Involvement:

My current college activities include working through the PETS training sessions.  I have a special interest in the cultural diversity programs, both individually and with student involvement.  With this interest, I attend every event that my schedule will allow and can see the benefit of all faculty sharing in this experience.  My interactions with a variety of faculty and MCC staff is an integral part of my job.  Community involvement includes: foster respite care provider, National Association of Social Workers, State China Painters Association and volunteering for my local community.

 

Why I am running & what qualifies me for this office:

For over 25 years I was a very dedicated adjunct instructor for MCC. Throughout the Adjunct experience, I have seen MCC go through a variety of changes.  These changes are both educational and experiential giving me a holistic view of the college.  In 2012, I was hired as full time faculty fullfilling my life long desire to educate.  The Ex Officio position lends me an opportunity to enhance faculty , student and college communication and growth.  My proven commitment and dedication to the college qualifies me to represent the faculty. My energy and confidence in working with people will provide an "open door" to all people wishing to discuss their thoughts and ideas.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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