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Inside Story for Friday, December 05, 2008


MCC employees have recently received emails requesting they provide their account information or risk having their email accounts closed. This scam is known as phishing. The requested information looked similar to the following:

  • User Name:
  • Password:
  • Alternate e-mail:

If you responded to this request, then your MCC network and email accounts are compromised. Immediately go to the MCC Password Center and change your password. If you have any difficulty doing so, call the Help Desk at 457-2900.

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.

Remember, the College will not ask you for your user name, 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 deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders. Additional information on phishing can be found at http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

Information on spoofing, another spam category that the College has seen recently, can be viewed on MCC’s ITS web site in the article on E-mail Spoofing

MCC Sponsors Diaper Drive as a Drop Spot

Imagine if your budget was so tight that you could only afford one package of diapers until payday. Imagine being forced to choose to buy diapers or food for your baby. In Omaha, thousands of abused and homeless women are forced to make this choice every day. The Lydia House, a branch of the Omaha Open Door Mission, shelters between 80 and 100 homeless children each night. Of those, more than 40 are in diapers.

The Channel 94.1 December Diaper Drive collects diapers of all sizes for the children at The Lydia House. MCC has once again agreed to be a diaper drop spot sponsor. This year’s Diaper Drive will last only four days, kicking off with a live radio remote at the Sarpy Center on Thursday, Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m. Appropriately marked donation bins will be at each MCC location to collect diapers and wipes. Note that the public will be utilizing MCC’s convenient locations to drop off their donations. Your generosity will not only help reach the goal of 500,000 diapers, it will help the women, children and families of our community.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Katie Wortmann at ext. 2278.

Other MCC Supported Giving Opportunities:

  • Toys for Tots: The Marine Corp Reserve sponsors this effort to collect new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 15. The drive will continue until Dec. 12. (EVC, SOC, SRP and FOC) 
  • Food Drive: Locations will be collecting canned or nonperishable food items for needy families in our local communities. Food donations will be accepted until Dec. 18 (ATC, EVC, SOC, SRP and FOC) and go to the Omaha Food Bank. 
  • Coat, Hat and Mitten Drive: MCC's Single Parent Homemaker Program is sponsoring this collection of winter clothing. This drive will continue through the second week in January. (EVC, FOC, SOC and SRP)

Note from United Way Campaign Chair Sheila O'Connor

Thank you for your support of this year's United Way campaign. Your support will help keep valuable resources and services in our community and the availability of those resources and services for those in need. Thank you for caring enough to give and advocating for those who need help.

New Faces

 Michael Bierman

Michael Bierman
Information Technology Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Michael Bierman has his Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from Buena Vista University. He worked at QCI as a software consultant for three and a half years doing web development to solve business needs. Bierman grew up in northwest Iowa on a farm. He attended a small high school and private university. He and his wife were married in 2005, and they had their first bundle of joy this year! He loves camping, golfing, traveling and doing volunteer work.

 Christine Conn

Christine Conn
South Omaha Campus

Christine Conn attended the University of Nebraska–Omaha for a year and a half. She also has more than three years of custodial experience. In her free time, she enjoys cooking.

 Joanne Garvey

Jo Anne Garvey
Culinary Arts Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Jo Anne Garvey received her Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management from the College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind. She also has an Associate Degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from the Culinary Specialty Ivy Technical School in Indianapolis. In 1983, Garvey worked at the LaVarsene Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and served as an apprentice chef through the American Culinary Federation. She and her husband, Mark, have four children ages 11, 13, 18 and 24. They also own five rescue dogs. Garvey enjoys gardening, bicycling, working with the dog rescue group, camping and the arts. She loves the outdoors and all its beauty. She has always enjoyed cooking and cooking for others. She said her love of cooking started with an Easy Bake Oven when she was only 5 years old — ever since, she knew she wanted to be a chef!

Jason Rohmeyer 

Jason Rohmeyer
Building Maintenance Engineer
South Omaha Campus

Jason Rohmeyer has 21 years experience in heating and air conditioning and is a third grade engineer. He was a boiler technician in the U.S. Navy and received a Good Conduct and National Defense Medal during his years of service. Rohmeyer has a 5-year-old son also named Jason. He and his son enjoy going bowling and playing baseball. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and is a big Kansas City Chiefs and Husker fan!

Michelle Rule 

Michelle Rule
Health Information and Management Systems Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Michelle Rule is a certified medical transcriptionist and has been an adjunct instructor at MCC since 2004. She and her husband have two children, ages 9 and 7. They enjoy outdoor activities and spending time as a family. She and her husband were married 10 years ago this month on a beach in Jamaica.

 Annie Spencer

Annie Spencer
Student and Learning Support Services Assistant
South Omaha Campus

Annie Spencer has an Associate Degree in Professional Studies from MCC and an Associate Degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Iowa Western Community College. She has been an instructional assistant in the South Omaha Campus Academic Resource Center for the past four years and also tutors occasionally. Spencer was born in Montreal, Ontario, Canada, and became an American citizen in 2004. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, gardening and ice skating, as well as reading, sewing, cooking and studying languages.

 Traci Warren

Traci Warren
Nursing Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Traci Warren graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Nebraska–Omaha in 1999 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College in 2003. Currently she is enrolled at Bellevue University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Individual/Community Counseling. Warren worked as a nurse at Children’s Hospital emergency room, Nebraska Health Connection and the Douglas County Mental Health Center. She considers herself to be an eternal optimist and always tries to look at life as being “half full.”

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Michael Bierman, Information Technology Instructor, FOC Bldg 8, 457-2322
Jo Anne Garvey , Culinary Arts Instructor, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2547
Michelle Rule, Health Information Management Systems Instructor, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2664
Annie Spencer, Student Learning Support Services Assistant-PT, SOC, 738-4740

Nick Behrens, EVC, 289-1309
David Budin, HVAC Engineer/Energy Management Engineer
Kathryn Sutko, new name: Kathryn Twit

Separations, Last Day
Susan Clifton, 11/21/08
Anita Rodriguez , 11/21/08

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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