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Inside Story for Friday, September 26, 2008

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather will be here soon. As a reminder, staff are responsible for checking one of the alternatives to see if the College or individual campuses/centers are closed. Those include:

• College web site www.mccneb.edu
• College Weather Line 457-2499
• Your individual College email inbox
• Your individual College voicemail
• Local radio and television stations

In addition, all student email inboxes will receive notification. Additional detailed information is available in the Inclement Weather Procedures Memorandum. If you have questions, please ask your supervisor.

Farewell Reception Planned for Vice President of External Relations Jim Grotrian

Jim Grotrian, vice president of external relations, has accepted a position at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce as vice president of public policy and community development and will begin his new position on October 20. Grotrian has been at MCC for the past 13 years serving in various administrative positions. There will be a farewell reception hosted by the MCC Foundation on Thursday, October 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. Bldg 7 of the Fort Omaha Campus. A brief program will begin at 4 p.m. Join us in thanking Jim Grotrian for his years of service and dedication to MCC and to wish him well in his new endeavor.

Marketing Protocol for Projects

MCC’s Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) department is here as a tool to assist other departments in creating marketing and public relations plans and collateral materials that help execute the College’s strategic plan, as well as convey specific department messages and services.

Over the past three years, the MPR department has grown, as have the projects. During 2005-06, MPR handled 176 internal marketing projects; during 2007-08 that number rose to 467. To date, 226 projects have been started and/or completed for the 2008-09 year. These projects include running the annual quarterly enrollment campaigns with postcards, print ads, radio ads and web ads; special events advertising such as capital campaign, diversity events, Restore Omaha, etc.; and program-specific support through brochures, logos, postcards, ads and other collateral material.

To better help MCC staff with their marketing needs, see MPR’s guidelines for initiating and average timelines for completing projects (below). These timelines are based on typical turnarounds with one person project leads from the requesting department obtaining all appropriate approvals at the proper stages.

Initiating a Project
When requesting a marketing project, provide the following information:

  • Fund, location, cost center, cost center manager and department paying for the project
  • Quantity needed
  • Copy (preferred version is electronic in Microsoft Word without tables)
  • Concept ideas (optional)
  • 4-5 adjectives describing the tone of the project (e.g., bold, fun, serious)
  • Deadline
  • Budget (if known)
  • Mailing list (if applicable; provide in Microsoft Access or Excel)
  • Notification if the project must be able to be printed on campus

Average Timelines Production

  • The majority of projects (flyers, signs, trifold brochures, postcards, invitations, posters) require two weeks for production after copy is received, one week for communication with the client and revisions and the appropriate print and mailing times as noted below. This time period may take longer depending on the scope and quantity of changes; it is important to have accurate copy and information at the start of a project.
  • Larger projects or those requiring purchases from outside vendors require special timelines. These projects include large brochures; booklets; print, radio and web ads; T-shirts; and multi-piece projects. Contact us for details, specialized timelines and cost estimates for these types of projects.

Printing on campus

  • Allow 2-3 days for printing at Duplicating. If you want paper other than standard copier paper (20lb white bond), you must provide it or arrange a fund transfer with MPR for the department’s specialty stock. Note that MPR does not maintain large quantities or selection of specialty papers.

Printing off campus

  • Allow 1-3 weeks for printing at an outside printer, depending on the scope and size of the project. Outside printers are selected through a quotation process with a minimum of three vendors, which is handled by MPR.


  • Allow 2-3 days for an outside printer to inkjet mailing information. Mailing lists must come as an Access document or Excel spreadsheet. The list must be ready when the final draft of a project is approved. It is the responsibility of the department ordering the piece to provide a print-ready spreadsheet.
  • Allow 1-2 days for a first-class piece to arrive at its destination after being mailed. If you would like your piece to be mailed first-class, you must provide a check for the amount of postage for the printer before the piece is mailed.
  • Allow 3-5 days for a piece using the standard pre-sort nonprofit permit to arrive at its destination after being mailed. Pieces may arrive earlier than this depending on their destination. Bob Barnes should be notified of the number and type of pieces that will mailed out through the permit so sufficient funds will be in the permit.
  • Allow 3-5 days for a piece sent at a flat rate. Flat rates cover all pieces that use large envelopes or pieces with one dimension greater than 6.125” high, 11.5” long or 0.25” thick.

MPR is here to support the College and departments within it. If you have any questions, call 457-2414 or stop by FOC 30, Room 238.

MCC Offers Presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Mark you calendars for a staff development presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 10, Room 110. The presentation will focus on the warning signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects on students in learning environments. The instructor will be Norman A. McCormack, MS, MPA, an MCC adjunct faculty member. He has written several articles for publications such as the Vet Center VOICE, International Journal of the Addictions and American Mental Health Counselors Association Journal. McCormack served with United States Marine Corps.

Anyone in the College community that interacts with students is invited to participate in this session and can register using course number 08/SE BSAD 801N WI09. Questions should be directed to Diana Kerwin-Kubr at 827-8502 or Terry Casey at 738-4607.

Critical Shortage of Medical Transcriptionists

A medical transcriptionist (MT) is a person who converts dictated medical information into a written text document that can be printed or retained as an electronic record of a patient’s medical care. MTs today are skilled medical-language specialists; their work documents patient care and helps facilitate the delivery of healthcare services.

A study done this year by a research team from Bentley College in Massachusetts shows a dwindling available medical transcription workforce in the booming healthcare documentation market. According to Peter Preziosi, Ph.D., CAE, AHDI/MTIA chief executive officer, there is a grave shortage of qualified medical transcriptionists and few in the pipeline to replace an aging workforce. U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that growth in this profession is faster than average, which means we can expect to see at least a 15-20 percent increase in workforce needs in the future.

Metropolitan Community College’s Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) Department offers a comprehensive medical transcription training program. Many local employers who have hired our graduates say they prefer individuals from MCC’s program because they exhibit superior skills compared to graduates of other programs. If you are interested in learning more about a career in medical transcription or know someone who is, contact Jan Hess, HIMS coordinator, or Michelle Rule, HIMS transcription instructor.

Public Safety to Repeat Presentation on Campus Safety/Crime Prevention

For anyone who missed it this spring, Public Safety will repeat their presentation on Campus Safety/Crime Prevention at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Room 114 of the Elkhorn Valley Campus. While this is open and relevant to all MCC employees, it is scheduled in the evening so adjunct faculty may attend. Topics covered will be general safety tips as well as a 22-minute video entitled Shots Fired - When Lightning Strikes. Total presentation time is 45 minutes, including time for Q & A session.

Third Thursday Jazz Returns for Another Swingin’ Year

Third Thursday Jazz returns at the Fort Omaha Campus for the 2008-09 academic year. This student activity takes place in Bldg 10, near the Brick Hearth Café the third Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is intended for all to enjoy a change of pace from the usual dining room chatter and hurriedness. The remainder of Third Thursday Jazz dates and performers is below. If you have any questions, contact Charlene West, campus assistant, at 457-2208.

  • October 16 Stan Baumann
  • November 20 Marco Mora 
  • December 18 George Walker 
  • January 15 Michael Murphy 
  • February 19 George Walker 
  • March 19 Marcos Mora 
  • April 16 Annette Murrell 
  • May 21 Greg Hand 
  • June 18 Orville Johnson 
  • July 16 Jamel McNair

CET Presents 2008 Nursing Seminar

Healthcare professionals shouldn’t miss out! Attend MCC Corporate Education & Training’s Nursing Seminar on October 16. The seminar will help you to recognize burnout, explore career transition options, make ethical decisions and provide better perioperative care. Attendees will also earn 3 contact hours. To register, call 457-5231 and ask for course BSAD-014N-WS01. Payment of $65 is due at the time of registration.

Career Center Presentations for 2008-09

The MCC Career Centers are proud to announce the series of presentations for the 2008-09 academic year. These presentations cover a wide variety of topics ranging from Job Search 101, How to Use an Online Career Center, Social Networking and Generations in the Workplace. Celebrating monthly themes, the presentations are tied to careers and workplace issues. For example, November is National Career Development Month, so one of the presentations is entitled The Fork in the Road: Deciding on a Career Pathway.

Community involvement was key in this project. Some of the business and community leaders involved with the project represent organizations including Midland Lutheran College, Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, Habitat for Humanity and Talent Anarchy. These community partners bring excitement and expertise to the different topics discussed in the upcoming presentations. All presentations are open to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. No registration is required and there is no cost associated with the presentations. The presentations are offered at various convenient MCC locations. For more information call 738-4555 or 738-4604. A schedule of events is available at the Career Center web site

Hispanic Latino Heritage Month Continues at MCC

 students learn dance

Marcos Mora from the South Omaha Arts Institute led students and community members to Explore Latin America through Music and Dance on September 24 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. Mora showed videos describing the origin of salsa in Africa and demonstrated salsa, bachata and meringue from the Caribbean. Audience members practiced the dance styles and used some of the instruments commonly used in Latino music.

Celebrate the rich dances, music, cuisine, hospitality, and languages of Spanish and Latin American Societies on September 26 (see below). On September 29, from noon to 1 p.m., Elvira Garcia, Ph.D., a native of Paraguay, explores the customs and cultures of her native country, one of only two land-locked countries in South America in an event at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114. All events are free and open to the public.

Latino and Spanish Heritage Dance and Celebration

The Organization of Latino Activities (OLA) Invites you to a Latino and Spanish Heritage Dance and Celebration today, Sept. 26 in the Elkhorn Valley Campus Commons. This event is free to all MCC students, faculty, staff and administrators and continues the celebration of the richness of cultural diversity with the rich dances, music, cuisines, hospitality and languages of Latin American and Spanish societies/cultures.

• 5-6 p.m. Organizational meetings
• 6-8 p.m. Learn bachata, cumbia, merengue, salsa and tango from Dr. Julio C. Caycedo.
• 8-10:30 p.m. Latino American/Spanish music (DJ Sonido Lagarto), dancing, food and door prizes

The event is sponsored by the Student Organization of Dance Activities, Solidarity for Humanity and the International Club.

Constitution Day Celebrated at Sarpy Center

student at constitution day

Sarpy Center students celebrated Constitution Day on September 17 with cookies and pocket constitutions. Students participated in several activities designed to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution, its history and relevance.

New Faces


Tom McDonnell
Dean of Languages and Visual Arts
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Tom McDonnell graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and received his Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University. He taught mass communication and speech courses full-time at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., from 1990-2008, and was a program director for mass communication from 2000-2008. McDonnell is married and owns a four-legged child, a Cairn terrier named Maisie (like Toto from the Wizard of Oz). He and his wife enjoy going to auctions and antique shows. His wife looks for linens and vintage clothing, while he looks for toy trains and old radios.


 Brenda Porter
Director of P3 Project
Fort Omaha Campus

Brenda Porter graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Psychology and Education. She also completed courses toward a doctoral degree at Iowa State. Her professional experience includes 28 years at Western Iowa Tech Community College in both direct services to students and administrative leadership roles. More recently, Porter worked with the Educational Management & Grant Seeking Company writing and editing federal grants for colleges. She has also served as an external evaluator for grant-funded programs and as a panel reader for the U.S. Dept. of Education. Porter and her husband have one son and three daughters and three grandchildren with one on the way! Her spare time is spent working in the family business rehabilitating properties. She enjoys golfing, gardening, spending time with her grandkids and family members and collecting and restoring antiques.


Arthur Rich
Vice President of Campuses and Student Affairs
Fort Omaha Campus

A Boston native, Arthur Rich previously served on the Board of Directors of the Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., and has professional experience at Florida State University, Salem-Teikyo University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Edison Community College and Iowa Wesleyan College. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Northeastern University in Boston and his master’s of science and Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University. Rich formerly played hockey and lacrosse. He enjoys long-distance motorcycle touring, golf, watching college athletics, the Food Network (Alton Brown is his favorite chef) and cooking. He has three cats: Miss Elizabeth, Leopold and the Little Black Kitty.

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