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Inside Story for Friday, August 15, 2008

Email scams continue: Viruses and Phishing

While the college has mechanisms in place to thwart spam and phishing attempts, some are still able to pass through filters. Email filters are evolving and getting stronger, but the spammers are getting more ingenious as well.

The following passage from http://antivirus.about.com seems appropriate to this discussion as we are not in a unique position when it comes to dealing with these issues.

"The College is receiving malicious SPAM that requests the recipient to update one program or another. The links contained in the email or on web sites point to various locations many of which attempt to trick the visitor into downloading and running a bogus viewer or Flash update (for example, video.exe, watch.exe, get_flash_update.exe). If they do, they then become the latest victim of the botnet, their machine now becoming yet another computer used to attack others. And the cycle continues...

Break the chain by being smart. Get your news from reputable sources, don't follow links received unexpectedly, and don't accept files from websites you aren't intimately familiar with. Remember that up to 90% or greater of all email is spam and a good portion of that spam has malicious intent."

On phishing, remember the college or your financial institution will not ask you for your username, password, or any other personal information via email. You may receive an official looking email asking for this type of information but it is a phishing attempt and should be reported to your bank for their security department to track down. This type of activity is on the rise. Additional information on phishing can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

Building the MCC Brand

The Marketing and Public Relations Office's mission is to assist the College in meeting its goals through comprehensive and strategic marketing and public relations efforts. We work to build and maintain the College brand and promote the College's departments, internally and externally, through our work. Here are some everyday tips on helping keep the College brand strong and consistent:

  • Metropolitan Community College has grown considerably in many ways since the days of "Metro Tech". To convey who we are now, use MCC in all printed/written materials when abbreviating the full name (rather than using "Metro").
  • Our logo is a huge part of our identity, and it should never be altered in shape, proportion or contents. To get a logo in color and/or black and white, call 457-2414 and a logo will be emailed to you ASAP.
  • While every writer has their own style, every institution has one voice. To help keep MCC's voice, spelling and grammar consistent, utilize the online style guide maintained by the Marketing and Public Relations Office.  

To contact Marketing and Public Relations, call (402) 457-2414.  

Reminder! Upgrade Date for SharePoint

The SharePoint site at http://sharepoint.mccneb.edu will be upgraded to a newer version of Windows SharePoint Services on Wednesday, Aug. 20. It will be unavailable from 7 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. 

Training for faculty site administrators will be provided on Thursday, Aug. 28 during the Instructional Workday at the South Omaha Campus. Please register for one of these sessions if you wish to attend.

2- 3 p.m.

COMM 151 N01

Staff Share:  New Version of SharePoint

MAH, 222

Vicki Spilker, Jamie Bridgham

5- 6 p.m.

COMM 151 N02

Staff Share:  New Version of SharePoint

MAH, 222

Vicki Spilker, Jamie Bridgham

Volunteers Needed for 17th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

Volunteers are still needed for the Powwow on Sept. 20, 2008, on the Parade Ground of the Fort Omaha Campus. MCC's intercultural/international education office is looking for adult volunteers for the following shifts:

1-3 p.m. Raffle ticket sales
2-4 p.m. Interview evaluations
3-5 p.m. Coffee and water servers
4-6 p.m. Shuttle van drivers
5-7 p.m. Raffle ticket sales

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Rae Lynn Frogge at 457-2266.

New Faces


Ray Gourley
Elkhorn Campus

Ray Gourley will soon receive his Associate Degree in Photography from MCC and is also working on a degree in video and business.  He worked for a small company as a painter for 20 years. When he made the choice to start taking classes at MCC, Gourley never thought he would apply for a job at the College, but he's glad he did! His passion is photography, but in his spare time he enjoys swimming at the local heath club and long distance cycling. He also likes combining photography and cycling into scenic cross-country rides.

Staff Directory Updates

Aura Renaud: new name, Aura Sewell

Separations, Last Day
Steve Gronstal, 8/15/08
Becky Nicks, 8/15/08
Rebecca Loewens, 8/15/08

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