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Inside Story for Friday, July 25, 2008

Renovations at South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building

If the South Omaha Campus had to write the standard back-to-school essay about what it did this summer, it's a good bet that the assignment would cover the remodeling of the Mahoney Building. So what has been going on in Mahoney? Project manager Jeff Gardner shared some of the highlights from the newly remodeled automotive technology area:

  • Three classrooms (301/301A, 317, 321) were completely refreshed with new paint and ceiling/structural joist cleanings. These rooms are now fitted with code-compliant floor thresholds and smoke- and vapor-proof  seals and astragals that prevent fumes from invading classrooms if an accidental spill of chemicals/volatile liquids occurs. In addition, room 301/301A had a wall removed, the ceiling grid repaired, new flooring set, new ceiling tiles installed and new electrical circuits installed to accommodate a brake lathe lab and the associated machinery. Room 321 received additional electrical circuits to accommodate valve grinding equipment and other machinery formerly located in a portion of room 309. Now both room 321 and 301 are ready for IT to transform them into technology classrooms to facilitate training of student auto technicians.
  • The original wheel alignment area, room 309A, has been returned to its prior function and purpose. The enclosing wall was removed, and the floor was cut, removed and replaced with a stronger, reinforced level concrete floor necessary to accommodate and support the Hunter alignment equipment previously installed at the far end of the room. The outside entries into the lab/shop area of Room 309 have been updated with three new fully-insulated and totally safety-equipped overhead doors. These doors each have a single pane oversized window that will allow someone standing inside the lab/shop area to clearly see anyone wishing to drive into the shop area. Vehicles driving into the lab/shop area will drive across a new thickened concrete approach pad that will drain water/run-off away from the building rather than into it. Two alignment racks were relocated to room 309 along with one rotary lift (vehicle hoist) piece to allow more working and movement space around it. All of the tire-mounting and wheel-balancing equipment was relocated to a defined area nearer the alignment centers to more efficiently teach and deal with all wheel-related issues. Furthermore, a myriad of minor changes can be seen in the installation of new air lines, new air hoses/reels, new electrical drop lights, upgraded overhead light fixtures for a brighter work area rearranged and reorganized work areas. All of this adds up to five additional automobile stalls where students can work and learn.
  • The changes to the interior of room 309 are remarkable and a collateral result of removing the enclosure walls of room 309A. A complete new paint job means it isn't an old Toyota racing striped garage any more! The chicken-wire and wood structure that served as the tool crib/parts room was removed; from now on, tools will be issued to students and parts or materials will be delivered and signed for through a pass-through window in an alcove just inside Room 317 on the lab/shop side of that room. Paying or public customers of the Auto Technology Lab/Shop will no longer walk through the actual lab areas but will approach room 317 from the interior hallway across from Room 316. This will save the College the potential liability of an injury resulting from a slip-and-fall or tripping over a tool, hose or other equipment. A cash-transactions/customer counter has been built in room 317 just inside the door. All the locks to room 317 have been changed with a limited-circulation key list to assure the security of the inventory and the cash-on-hand in the cash register.
  • The last significant change is the students' computer area(s). The social area that housed three computers, one printer and a small gathering area has been removed from the main floor area of room 309 and replaced with six wall-mounted, stand-up podiums for wireless computers with upgraded flat-screen displays and two wall-mounted, attached shelves for laser printers that can easily print-out the students' repair instructions, materials lists or other project/task related materials.

The date for completing the automotive technology face-lift is set for July 25.

SharePoint to Get August Upgrade

The SharePoint site http://sharepoint.mccneb.edu will be upgraded to a newer version of Windows SharePoint Services on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008.  It will be unavailable from approximately 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.  There are some significant differences between the old and new versions; perhaps the most obvious is the look of the web pages. Navigation remains similar for all users; administrators may see a few more differences, but none are insurmountable. If you are unfamiliar with the look and feel of the new version of SharePoint, visit http://staffshare. Training for faculty site administrators will be provided on Thursday, Aug. 28 during the instructional workday at the Sarpy Center. Further details will be provided in future emails and Inside Story updates.

Opportunities Abound for Accounting Careers

A recent Yahoo! Hotjobs article explored the boon of opportunities for accounting grads. It's more than booming numbers of accounting enrollments and degrees, the job market offers an increased number and variety of positions. The idea of sitting at a desk adding columns of numbers all day has been replaced with the idea of forensic accounting and fraud investigation. As an already stable occupation, new legislation and shifts in the financial field have added to the appeal of entering into accounting.

"There are pockets of good news in the economy, and it is great to know that MCC is well situated with an excellent accounting program," said dean of business Daryl Hansen. "The accounting faculty offers both online and on-campus learning opportunities. The program has transfer agreements with area colleges and universities." 

Learn more about MCC's accounting program online!

College Auctions Fast Approaching

The College will have two auctions this year, both taking place in August. With the renovations at the South Omaha Campus, the first auction will be on Friday, Aug.1, at 10:00 a.m in the South Omaha Campus former library. The second Collegewide auction will be Saturday, Aug. 23, at 9:00 a.m. at Fort Omaha Campus Bldg 25. 

Now is the time to identify any unwanted items that you would like go to auction. Fill out the Transfer of Equipment form and send the completed form to Central Stores to schedule a time to pick up the items. The items for auction will be set in the parking lot of building 25 on Thursday, Aug. 21. This will allow you time to view the items for auction. If you have any questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

Openings Available for First Aid/CPR Training

First Aid/CPR training dates for the fall have been determined, and registration is now open.  These morning or afternoon classes are facilitated by MCC's CPR-certified instructors, and upon completion, a Heartsaver First Aid Card will be issued to participants from the American Heart Association. View the First Aid/CPR training schedule and contact Registration as soon as possible to sign up. 

Tuition waiver/remission is available for First Aid/CPR for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the MCC Employee Tuition Waiver Form. Part-time temp employees who would like to register, call Donna Bell at 457-2566. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

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. CET has scheduled training classes at various dates, times and locations to assure all faculty needing training are accommodated.

New Faces


Wendy Olson
Director of Financial Aid
Fort Omaha Campus

Wendy Olson graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications. Her previous positions include lender relations manager, program reviewer/senior school policy analyst and financial aid associate director at Southeast Community College. Olson lives in Lincoln with her children who attend Lincoln Southwest High School. She is a member of Lincoln's Child Advocacy Center, a Leadership Lincoln alum and a board member of the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Professionals. Olson loves science fiction movies but does not wear costumes to conventions! She also has the cutest dog in the world, Ellie, a 4-year-old Boston Terrier.

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