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Inside Story for Friday, September 12, 2008

Employee Tuition Waiver Includes Community Education Courses

Gerry Baker and Tina Morgan coordinate the community education offerings at MCC. There are a variety of courses to consider as part of your lifelong learning opportunities. Community Education (noncredit) courses can be taken as a part of the employee and dependent tuition waiver process; see Procedure Memorandum VI-7. Note that there are some community education courses that are not eligible for MCC's employee/dependent tuition waiver, gift certificates, incentives or other promotional offers. If a discount is not allowed for a particular course, the exclusion will be noted in the description of the course. Check out the fall community education courses. 

Voicemail System Unavailability Planned

The voicemail system will be unavailable Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8 p.m. until approximately 2 a.m. to install a software upgrade that will fix inconsistent message waiting light notifications. Access to voicemail boxes will not be available nor will telephones transfer calls to the voicemail boxes until the system is operational at 2 a.m. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we repair this system. If you experience any voicemail message waiting light issues after this upgrade, contact the Help Desk for assistance at ext. 2900.

Register Now for Omaha Table Talk

Be a part of the next Omaha Table Talk on Oct. 2, 2008. Omaha Table Talk is a community event that brings people of different races and ethnic backgrounds together in a social setting to share thoughts, experiences and questions about culture and race in an effort to make Omaha a better community. Eight to ten people gather for dinner and conversation in numerous locations throughout the city. A trained facilitator paces the evening and ensures that everyone has the opportunity to be heard as the guests discuss the topic of the impact racial and cultural differences have on our lives. The registration deadline for the 2008 Omaha Table Talk is Sept. 12. Register online at www.omahatabletalk.com/register.aspx.

Postal Update Impact on MCC

The U.S. Postal Service is stepping up its efforts to reduce undeliverable-as-addressed mail. On Nov. 23, 2008, new Move Update standards for standard mail take effect. These standards provide options for customers to reduce the number of mail pieces that require forwarding or return or are treated as waste by periodically matching address records with customer-filed change of address orders. The Move Update standards include all standard mail (letters, flats, parcels and not flat-machinables) as well as automation-rate and presort-rate first-class mail. The new standards mean that beginning Nov. 23, mailers must use addresses on their mail pieces that were updated within the previous 95 days. The College is currently looking at how to implement these new standards. If you have questions on these upcoming Move Update changes or any other mailing related topic, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777.

Business Faculty Visit New Orleans for Association of Collegiate Business Schools & Programs Conference

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Dean of business Darly Hansen, accounting instructor Idalene Williams and chief instructional officer David Ho celebrate ACBSP's 20th anniversary.

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Accounting instructor Idalene Williams received the Outstanding Teacher Medallion in recognition of her selection as the recipient for the 5th district of ACBSP. This is a competitive award for instructional success as well as community involvement.  

CET Fall/Winter Offerings

The new CET Fall/Winter Training Catalog is now available online at www.mccneb.edu/cet/. Workshops begin as soon as Sept. 16. Don’t miss out on a chance to sign up for a variety of workshops such as Word 2007 Level I, Computer Basics, Managing Performance and Community Spanish. More than 130 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish are also available. New series of online courses will begin Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

Note: Due to lack of enrollment a number of Microsoft Office 2007 training classes have been cancelled. View the revised schedule for September through November. Remember, the Office 2007 workshop is required due to system upgrades that will take effect by the end of the year.

Contact Registration as soon as possible to sign up for these training sessions. Tuition waiver/remission is available for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the MCC Employee Tuition Waiver Form located on the Forms Bank. Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register should contact their dean to arrange for the cost center to be billed before registering. Deans should send the cost center billing information to Adam Smith so the adjunct and part-time temporaries will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Special Pricing for MCC Employees and Current Students for Omaha Performing Arts Events

MCC and Omaha Performing Arts are pleased to offer MCC students and employees high-quality entertainment with special pricing and seating arrangements for performances offered throughout the year. To use this service, you must be an MCC employee or currently enrolled student and have an active MCC network account. With this service, you may order tickets for family and friends as well. To take advantage of this offer, visit www.mccneb.edu/opa/.

Prior to ticket purchases, note:
• You will need your MCC network account information to log on to receive a password to the ticket purchase center.
• All tickets must be purchased online.
• MCC is not responsible for ticket sales or the collection of payment.
• All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
• You will receive your tickets at the billing address you provide no later than three weeks prior to the performance selected.
• A confirmation email will appear shortly after you place an order indicating that the order has been accepted.
• Ticket location is determined on a first-come, first-served basis by best available seating in the price range you have selected.

Questions about this service, contact Deidra Knaus, group sales coordinator at the Omaha Performing Arts  or Albertha Schmid at 457-2203.

Fight the Flu: Prevention is the Best Defense

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct a flu shot clinic at the South Omaha Campus, Connector Lower Commons on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 10 Commons on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The clinic is open to faculty, staff, students and family members age 13 and above. The cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash or check. A receipt will be provided for insurance/spending account reimbursement if authorized by that carrier. The Visiting Nurse Association will only bill traditional Medicare and not managed Medicare programs.

Welcome Week at Bellevue Center

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Staff from the Bellevue Center participated in Welcome Week activities at Bellevue West High School last week. Holly Scarpello, on-site facilitator at Bellevue West, and Robin Nosworthy, academic advisor, greeted students with a smile and a cookie, provided directions, answered questions and gave students the new student handbook.  

Partnership with Bellevue University

MCC has a standing agreement with Bellevue University that creates an avenue for MCC students to transfer MCC associate degrees to Bellevue University to earn bachelor’s degrees. Bellevue University has specifically assigned a strategic community college account manager, Angela Olesen, to act as a liaison between MCC and Bellevue University in order to build strong relationships with MCC students and staff and help them achieve professional and personal education goals. Angela can be reached at 800-756-7920 ext. 7253.

What's New at MCC Libraries?

See a list of new releases and check out the happenings at all MCC library locations. 

SHARE YOUR RECIPES WITH MCC COOKBOOK

Do you have an award-winning banana bread recipe? Is Grandma known for her red velvet cake? Are you always asked for recipes when you bring food to events? Well, here is your chance to see your name in print! MCC is creating a new recipe book by employees and for employees just in time for the holidays. All MCC employees are asked to contribute as many wonderful recipes as desired to make this project a success.

Recipes should be submitted online by the following steps:
• Visit http://typensave.com/
• Contributor login: (your name as you want it to appear in the cookbook)
• Group login: metro
• Password: metro

A price or date of availability for the cookbooks has yet to be determined. Contact Pamela Rodriguez at ext. 1416 with any questions or concerns.

New Faces

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Ben Carlson
Automotive Lab Technician
South Omaha Campus

Ben Carlson has an A.A.S. from Southeast Community College where he majored in the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program. He has nine years of automotive experience, and in 2001and 2002, he achieved his ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician certification. He is a native of Omaha, an R/C enthusiast and outdoorsman and likes making furniture.

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James Marx
Veterans Services Specialist
South Omaha Campus

James Marx is in the last stage of getting his B.A. from Bellevue University. His professional education and experiences include advance leadership, Drill Sergeant School and Air Borne School. Marx retired from the Army after 28 years of service. He has been married for 27 years and has three children. His favorite place is Sham El Shiek, Egypt.  

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Adam Smith
Operations Coordinator
Fort Omaha Campus

Adam Smith took classes at Nebraska College of Business, which is now called Kaplan University. He brings many areas of knowledge with him to his new position at MCC. He has worked in finances, sales, customer service, security and law enforcement. In his free time, he loves playing volleyball and doing landscaping.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Curtis Bryant, Online Course Support Technician, FOC Bldg 17, 457-2853
Ben Carlson, Automotive Lab Technician, SOC, 738-4694
Teresa Champion, Nursing Instructor, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2457
Jose "Jo" Conceicao, Chemistry Instructor, MAH, 738-4729
Liliana Cox, Business Management Instructor, MAH, 738-4637
Jeba Inbarasu, Biology Instructor, MAH, 738-4680
Craig Jacobus, EMS Paramedic Instructor, FRC, 317-3004
Zaher Kmail, Mathematics Instructor, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2426
James Marx, Veteran Services Specialist , MAH, 738-4619
Pamela Perry, Grant Development & Mgmt Facilitator, FOC Bldg 1, 457-2760
Brenda Porter, Project Director, P-3 Project, FOC Bldg 8, 457-2840, SD 9/8/08
Trevor Secora, Construction Technology Instructor, ATC, 763-5819
Adam Smith, Operations Coordinator, FOC Bldg 5, 457-2566
Yulya Vishnevskaya, Civil Engineering Technology Instructor, EVC, 289-1371, SD 9/15/08
Josephine Wandel, Legal Assistant Instructor, MAH, 738-4697
H. Brock Williams, Business Management Instructor, EVC, 289-1353
James Wolf, Graphic Arts Instructor, EVC, 289-1333

Changes
Patricia Conrad, Mathematics Instructor, MAH, 738-4698
David Ho, Chief Instructional Officer/Management Instructor, FOC Bldg 30, 457-2716
James Trebbien Dean of Culinary Arts, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2527

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