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Inside Story for Friday, October 17, 2008

MCC Veterans Day Celebration

Metropolitan Community College is proud to recognize our Nation’s Veterans from all branches of the service at its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center. A reception will follow the program. This year’s program features keynote Glen Freeman from United States Senator Chuck Hagel’s office and KETV’s Lt. Chuck McWilliams as the master of ceremonies. Papillion/La Vista Junior ROTC will conduct POW/MIA honors. The annual event is coordinated by Gary Sparks, full-time MCC faculty and Nebraska National Guard member. The celebration is designed for the community to honor veterans and their families. The event is free and open to the public. Faculty are encouraged to attend with their classes or share the information with students so they may attend.

Fight the Flu

Prevention is the best defense in fighting the flu! The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct a flu shot clinic Oct. 27 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Commons from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The clinic is open to faculty, staff, students, and families (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 the managed Medicare programs.

MCC Campuses Host American Red Cross Blood Drives

MCC students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to give the gift of life at three on-campus blood donations this month. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Red Cross is asking donors to assist in the fight against all cancers by donating blood. Cancer treatments often involve aggressive use of potent drugs, and blood transfusions help replenish healthy cells lost during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

  • South Omaha Campus: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon 
  • Fort Omaha Campus: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: Thursday, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To make your appointment, use the sign-up sheet available in each of these campus’ dean’s offices. You can also call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

FACULTY EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER REGISTRATION DEADLINE NEARS

The Faculty Ex Officio position was created to increase communication among the faculty, the Board of Governors and the college administration. As a faculty representative on the MCC Board of Governors, this individual provides updates at the monthly board meetings regarding faculty interests and issues.

The Faculty Ex Officio is an elected position with a two-year term of office ending Nov. 30 in the relevant even-numbered year. To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time, regular faculty position and be willing to commit to a two-year term of office. Once elected, the faculty member must remain actively employed as a full-time faculty member at MCC in order to remain eligible to serve.

The deadline for submitting an application for candidacy is Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Forms are available online at the election web site. For more information, visit the election web site or contact Maureen Moeglin, associate vice president of human resources at (402) 457-2236 or mmoeglin@mccneb.edu.

Updates from Corporate Education & Training

First Aid/CPR
First Aid/CPR training courses are now only available once a month. The last two classes scheduled for 2008 are listed below. Facilitated by MCC CPR-certified instructors, upon completion a Heartsaver First Aid Card will be issued to participants from the American Heart Association. Register today as classes without a minimum enrollment will be cancelled!

Friday Nov. 21, 8 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 104 08/SE_BSAD_750N_WM11

Friday Dec. 5, 8 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. South Omaha Campus, ITC Building Room 104 08/JA_BSAD_750N_WM13

Office 2007
The end of the year is rapidly approaching; if you are a faculty member who has not yet been trained for Office 2007, contact your dean to arrange for training. A number of classes are still available in October and November (classes are not offered in December). View the revised schedule for details. Remember, the Office 2007 workshop is required due to system upgrades that will take full effect by the end of the year. Please note: Nov. 3 is the last class to be held in Fremont and Nov. 8 is the last class to be held on a Saturday.

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 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 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 5 so the adjunct and part-time temporary employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Did you know…
CET also offers more than 130 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish®. A new series of online courses begin Nov. 12.

Entrepreneurship Student Finalist in Chamberís Big Idea

Entrepreneurship student Cynthia Jenkins was one of five people selected by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce as a finalist in the Big Idea Pitch Contest. Jenkins presented her business idea for a center in North Omaha for the prevention, education and treatment of stress-related disorders specifically for Black and Hispanic women to the Chamber for a $250 grant. While Jenkins did not ultimately win the contest, MCC congratulates her on her rank as a finalist.

In the Community: NAACP Celebration Recap

On October 9, the Omaha Branch of the NAACP celebrated 94 years of service at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The event began with a social hour and a formal program followed. Creighton president Rev. John Schlegel, S.J. was the keynote speaker, and special guest U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia brought poignant words of this country's past to more than 500 individuals in attendance.

The 2008 Freedom Banquet theme was Unity through Diversity, and the event certainly lived it. Several businesses, individuals and youth were recognized during the event. Kathy J. Trotter (mentor coordinator in MCC's TRiO Program) and Stephen B. Jackson each received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award. Other awards presented include Community Service Award (Wells Fargo Company), Corporation of the Year Award (UPS Company), Small Business of the Year (Omaha Economic Development Corporation), Nonprofit of the Year (United Way of the Midlands) and Youth Award (Creighton University student Analise Harris).

The local NAACP branch and their supporters believe they were successful in assuring that the activities of the local branch will continue. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.

From Human Resources:

The following information is being provided to MCC employees courtesy of the Human Resources Office:

TIAA-CREF TELEPHONE COUNSELING CENTERS
“At this tumultuous time in our financial markets, please know that TIAA-CREF is here to help with expanded customer service, analysis and advice.

The ongoing declines in the markets have led to a surge of inquiries from participants to our telephone counseling centers and we are taking as much time as needed to address callers' concerns. We also are committed to returning calls that come into our offices the same day we receive them; furthermore, we are extending our normal hours of operation each day and on the weekends to proactively reach out to concerned individuals. In times like these, it is more important than ever that participants are able to speak with a retirement-plan professional who can help them ensure that their plans are appropriately constructed to meet their long-term goals.

We are here to help meet your needs with products from a company with the highest ratings for financial strength and stability; personalized advice from advisers compensated with salary and incentives, not sales commissions; and annuities that offer guaranteed lifetime income.*

We also offer information to help participants make sound investment decisions in this challenging time. This includes:

  • Video from TIAA-CREF's CEO, Roger Ferguson, about keeping the long view 
  • Guidance from our chief investment strategist
  • Performance data, commentary and analysis about the markets and events in the financial sector. 

Please do not hesitate to contact a TIAA-CREF counselor at 1-800-842-2776 if there is anything we can do to help meet your needs.

--TIAA-CREF | Financial Services for the Greater Good”

Fidelity Seeks to Protect Money Market Fund Investments through Participation in U.S. Treasury Department Temporary Guarantee Program
“The U.S. Treasury Department recently established the Temporary Guarantee Program for Money Market Funds. Under the program, the U.S. Treasury will guarantee the share price of any publicly offered eligible money market mutual fund that applies for and pays a fee to participate in the program including those in defined contribution plans. The coverage would apply only to investments held in participating money market funds as of the close of business on September 19, 2008. For more information about the program, please access the Treasury Department’s website at www.ustreas.gov.

Fidelity and the Trustees believe that it is in the interests of our fund shareholders to participate in the program. While it is highly unlikely that the insurance will be needed for any of our funds, we expect the program to reassure our investors that your money market funds will continue to provide safety and liquidity for your cash investments.

Our funds continue to invest in money market securities of high quality, and you will continue to have full access to your investments at any time. Most importantly, we have been proactive in keeping our money market funds safe and in protecting the $1.00 net asset value (NAV), which has always been our #1 objective in managing these funds.

Below are some additional details of the Treasury Department program: Under the program, coverage is provided for amounts held in participating money market funds as of the close of business on September 19, 2008. Your holdings in a participating money market fund as of September 19, 2008, represent the maximum amount of assets eligible for reimbursement under the program. Any increase in the number of shares held in an account after the close of business on September 19, 2008, will not be guaranteed. If the number of shares held in the account fluctuates over the period, you will be covered for either the number of shares held as of the close of business on September 19, 2008, or the current amount, whichever is less.

  • The guarantee will be triggered only if a participating fund liquidates its assets as a result of its net asset value falling below $0.995, commonly referred to as “breaking the buck.” The Treasury Department states that, in the event that a participating fund breaks the buck and liquidates, a guarantee payment should be made to you, the investor, through your fund within approximately 30 days, subject to possible extensions at the discretion of the Treasury. 
  • The program is designed to address temporary dislocations in credit markets. It will exist for an initial three-month term (ending December 18, 2008), after which the Secretary of the Treasury will review the need and terms for extending the program. 
  • While the program protects your accounts, each money market fund makes the decision to sign up for the program. You cannot sign up for the program individually. 
For answers to frequently asked questions regarding Fidelity’s money market fund holdings, please click here or contact Fidelity at 800-343-0860.”

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College’s open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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