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Inside Story for Friday, July 18, 2008

Faculty Switch to Office 2007

Beginning with the fall quarter, faculty should anticipate using Office 2007 on computers in all classrooms and faculty office spaces. You need to be prepared for this before you enter your classrooms and offices. If you are a faculty member who has not yet been trained for Office 2007, contact your dean to arrange for training.

Summer Enrollment Sets Record

MCC summer enrollment broke the College's summer quarter record for enrollment headcount and for enrolled credit hours with a headcount of 9,937 and 78,428.5 credit hours. This is a more than 5 percent increase in headcount and more than 8 percent increase in credit hours as compared to summer 2007.

"Metropolitan Community College continues to expand its summer class offerings so not only current MCC students but students coming home for the summer can enjoy the educational value of MCC," said interim president Randy Schmailzl.

Online enrollment continues to grow with a total of 24,824 online credit hours for summer 2008, an increase of more than 23 percent over summer 2007. MCC also experienced a 12 percent increase in the amount of full-time students this summer.

Tips for Carpooling and Using MetrO! Rideshare

MCC is a partner with MetrO! Rideshare, a free, quick and secure service that connects commuters throughout the metropolitan Omaha region who are interested in carpooling.  As the number of total registered users con­tinues to climb, users should expect to see their num­ber of matches increase; however, if you are having trouble finding a match, there are some quick steps to take that may help increase matches:

  • Allow for more variance in commute start and end times.
  • Limit gender and smoking preferences less.
  • Increase the mileage for the distance that the user is willing to drive to pick up and drop off a car­pooler.

All of these preferences can be found on My Page to the right of the page at www.MetroRideshare.org; click the edit button to change pref­erences. The web site will be able to provide more matches with less stringent preferences.

Community Education to Offer New Program Nationwide

MCC's Community Education is launching a nationwide program through a partnership with Elderhostel. This Elderhostel Adventure program will take place in September 2009 and will be promoted nationwide through Elderhostel. The program description is:

All aboard for Omaha, Nebraska!  Join railroad and photography buffs from around the world for in-depth tours and study of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the largest railroad in the world. On our guided tour of its new headquarters, you'll experience railroad history from 1862 when the UPRR was chartered by the U.S. Congress to the impressive industry giant it is today.

Guided by UPRR employees, retirees, history and photography experts, some of the tours 'whistle stops' include: the official UPRR Archive Museum and the world's largest active Heritage Fleet, where 65 antique business, passenger and dining railcars are maintained. Photograph the UPRR's largest engines including the famous Centennial Diesel and Big Boy Steam Engine. Tour the historic art deco Union Depot with its UPRR train cars and life size talking brass sculptures of World War II soldiers and passengers.

Photographers will delight in the overnight tour to North Platte, Neb. with stops along the way to watch and photograph UPRR's triple track and its 130 per day trains. At Bailey Yard's new Golden Spike observation tower, view the world's largest reclassification yard with its 260 miles of track covering 2,850 acres. See the famous WW2 Canteen Depot artifacts and view actual footage of 6 million troops traveling between 1941-1946, receiving free food from the community.

For more information, contact Community Education at 457-2620.

Share Your Expertise at a Chamber Academy

Share your subject-matter expertise, increase your bottom line and get in front of potential clients by presenting a Chamber Academy session. The deadline for presentation proposals is August 15. Chamber Academy offers members the chance to teach as well as to learn with two-hour sessions focused on topics designed to help members grow their businesses. If you are interested in sharing your subject-matter expertise, submit a proposal to present a seminar on Wednesdays from 8-10 a.m.

Presentation topics include:

  • Sales/Marketing (marketing basics, building and maintaining a diverse customer base, writing a news release/making media contacts, selling skills and strategies, networking skills)
  • Management/Leadership(interpersonal communication skills, retaining and motivating employees, creating a positive work culture, time management, developing a business plan and partnerships)
  • Professional Development (professional image and influence, presentation skills)

For more information and details on presenter responsibilities, contact the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce at 346-5000 or info@omahachamber.org.

New Faces


Tammy Tyson
Director of TRIO and Special Services
Fort Omaha Campus

Tammy Tyson has her Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Wayne State College. She was assistant director of residence life and a retention specialist and mentor coordinator for TRIO at Wayne State College and a survival skills coordinator for the YWCA in Lincoln. Tyson has three active children: Chloe, Jack and Ethan. Her family is in the process of moving to Omaha from Wayne, Neb. Tyson is married to her college sweetheart. She is a Nebraska native and a proud Swede raised by a first generation Swedish-American. Tyson loves writing, drawing and painting. She served on the Board of Directors for the Wayne Community Theater and has done some acting but is more comfortable working on sets. She loves beaches, oceans and warm weather and had a chance to travel to the Virgin Islands with her husband.

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