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Inside Story for Friday, May 30, 2008

BOG Approves Tuition Increase For 2008-09

At the May 20 meeting, the MCC Board of Governors approved a $2 increase in the per quarter credit hour tuition for the 2008-09 academic year. Tuition for residents will be $43 per quarter credit hour; non-resident tuition increased $3 to $64.50 per quarter credit hour. The College's facility fees did not increase.

With this in mind, a full year's tuition with fees and books/supplies at MCC is approximately only $3,300 while the national average for a full year at a public four-year institution is $6,185 and the average for a private nonprofit four-year institution is $22,218.

Network Maintenance Schedule for June 1

IT Services will conduct maintenance and upgrade activities to network servers starting at noon on Sunday, June 1, 2008. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. Sunday. This activity is part of the ITS quarter break preventative maintenance and upgrade plan. Short-term interruptions of the following network services will occur: access to email and voicemail servers (not to include Student Email), access to data storage and print servers and access to MCC web servers.

If you have any difficulties accessing the network Monday morning, June 2, 2008, try rebooting your computer. If that doesn't clear the problem, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

MCC Welding Students Assist with Lauritzen Garden Project

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Two applied technology students, Ruben Martinez and Adam Oberdorfer, contributed to a recent project at Lauritzen Garden. They did iron work and welding, which included parts of the framework and the giant stems of a flower installation. You can see their handiwork at Lauritzen Gardens during regular hours.  

South Omaha Development Project Planning Meeting is June 5

In 2007, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce began discussions with a variety of community leaders and enlisted the Latino Center of the Midlands to help facilitate the development process. In early 2008, a series of meetings were held at the MCC's South Omaha Campus with business and community leaders. This dialogue ascertained the level of interest in conducting a study and resulting project implementation for South Omaha. About 70 leaders and representatives from business and community-based organizations as well as city officials attended these meetings. Information about demographics, community attributes and potential study boundaries were discussed. A decision was made to proceed with fundraising for the South Omaha study and a three-year implementation plan.

A meeting to summarize the process, present the study area boundaries and review the project's timeline for the rest of the year will be held on June 5, 9-11 a.m. at MCC's South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 119. Those who share an interest in the development of this vibrant and culturally significant sector of Omaha are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jolie at (402) 978-7920.

Reminder: Marketing and Public Relations Survey Still Open!

A survey link was emailed  this week to learn about internal communications. Please take a few moments to complete the brief online survey and contribute to the efforts of the Marketing and Public Relations Office. Your completely anonymous responses will be used to assist the department in bringing you the information you want in the way it works for you. 

Great Plains Theatre Conference Coming to a Triumphant Conclusion

Since May 24, the Fort Omaha Campus has been abuzz with activity and theatre enthusiasts from around the nation. The Gala on May 31 on the Parade Ground recognizes honored playwright Doug Wright with the Great Plains Playwright Award, a video tribute and the presentation of the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Fort Omaha Film Conference awards.

Thanks to all who have helped make this year's conferences successful!

New Faces


Tim O'Donnell
Culinary Arts Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Tim O'Donnell received his Bachelor's of Science in Culinary Arts (summa cum laude) from Johnson & Wales University.  He is an ACF Certified Executive Chef and studied Asian Cuisine in Bangkok and Singapore. His work experience has taken him to various parts of the world, including the three-star restaurant Le Neptune Mandarin Oriental in Geneva, Switzerland and the four-star Aubergine's in Paris, France. O'Donnell was also executive chef at Shores Country Club in Delaware and a chef instructor at Connecticut Culinary Institute. His first job was a diver at the Miami Seaquarium, and he paid his way through college as a commercial spear fisherman. O'Donnell is also a licensed pilot, scuba instructor, published photographer and a 200-ton ship's master (captain).


Summer Hours Program Reminder

Summer hours for designated personnel will begin the week of June 2and will extend through the week of August 18. During this period, the College will be open on Friday afternoons.  Office and department unit coverage is essential - phones need to be answered and walk-in traffic served. However, the manner in which this coverage is provided will be up to each office/department. Employees are asked to cooperate with one another to provide Friday afternoon coverage, and to partner as needed with other departments to assist in providing regular services.

Many employees will alternate Friday afternoon coverage and work four 9-hour days (Monday-Thursday) and one 4-hour day (Friday). For those who work this schedule, please remember that for the week of June 30 - July 4, which includes the Independence Day holiday, 8-hour shifts can be worked Monday-Thursday. Full-time regular employees will be paid 8 hours of holiday for the Independence Day holiday (Friday, July 4) resulting in a 40-hour holiday week. Note:  Part-time regular employees will receive pro-rated holiday pay in accordance with their normal work schedule.

If you have any questions about the summer hours program, please contact Maureen Moeglin (mmoeglin@mccneb.edu or 457-2236).

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