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Inside Story for Friday, January 09, 2009

Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards recognizing full-time and adjunct faculty based on four criteria:

  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to learning 
  • Relationships with students 
  • Relationships with colleagues

The awards will be presented at the Spring Academic Affairs Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 4. Recipients will receive a certificate and will be selected to attend and represent MCC at the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference in Austin, Texas. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 6. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student,or community member. The nomination form and specific criteria for the Teaching Award is at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp. If you have questions, call Jody Tomanek at 457-2715.


Beginning with the Jan. 15 pay date, direct deposit pay advices will only be available using WebAdvisor. You can view and/or print your pay advice using WebAdvisor.

Each payday you will have instant access to your pay information. The remittance advices will be kept online for a two-year period, providing long-term storage for your pay records. WebAdvisor also includes leave and stipend information. Simply open WebAdvisor; the WebAdvisor page can be bookmarked on your favorites list for quick access in the future. You can also access WebAdvisor through the Faculty and Staff Resource page on the MCC web site.

• Click on the “Log In” tab at the top.
• Log in using your College network user login and password.
• Click on “Employees.” • Click on “Pay Advices.”
• Click on the date you wish to view.

If you have any questions regarding the electronic version of your pay advice, call Gary Kucera in Payroll at ext. 2277.

Save the Date: Applied Technology Rodeo

Mark your calendars for the Applied Technology Rodeo on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Watch and support MCC CDL and Utility Line students as they showcase their skills in this annual competition. This fun event promotes safety and education vital to these industries. For more information or to help with the event, contact Rick Sandvig at 763-5813. 

Community Education to Offer DUI Course

MCC’s Community Education has partnered with Midwest Court & Counseling Services in Lincoln to offer a class on a continuing basis for DUI (driving under the influence) first time offenders. Midwest Court currently has a contract with the City of Omaha to offer this class as an option that will erase the charge from a person’s record.

This program has been approved by Mary Wise and Randy Schmailzl and will begin January 10. The DUI class is different because it is ongoing, which means we have permanently reserved Room 247 in the Connector on Saturdays from 9 a.m to noon. The class is either ordered by a judge or suggested by a lawyer as a good faith gesture before going to court. The court can order either a 9-hour class (three sessions) or a 15-hour class (five sessions), and students may begin at any time during the quarter.

The classes will not be advertised in our noncredit mailer until the spring quarter, but the DUI classes begin Jan. 10, 2009. Course numbers for the ongoing classes are:

Alcohol/Drug Issues – Drinking and Driving
WELL-900N-70 9-Hr. SA 9-12:00P $ 85
WELL-901N-70 15-Hr. SA 9-12:00P $115

Two other classes will be offered in the spring and can also be court ordered or referred by a lawyer or counselor. The general public may also attend.

Coping with Anger
WELL-061N-01 W 6:30-7:45P 3/11-4/29 $85

Something For Nothing (Shoplifting)
WELL-062N-01 SA 9-5:00P 3/14 $85
WELL-062N-02 SA 9-5:00P 4/18 $85

Midwest Court is currently working with Southeast Community College and will offer the same program with them. If you have any questions or concerns, call Tina Morgan at 457-2542.

MCC Employees Support Food Bank and Heat Aid Fund

The Metropolitan Community College employee holiday reception was held on Dec. 17, 2008, at the Livestock Exchange Building. Donations were accepted for the Omaha Food Bank and the Heat Aid Fund. As a result, the Omaha Food Bank received 85 pounds of food items; the Heat Aid Fund received $246. Our community neighbors will directly benefit from the generosity of College employees.

CET Corner

The new CET Winter/Spring 2009 Training Solutions Catalog has arrived and is now available online at www.mccneb.edu/cet/. Corporate Education & Training is now customizing workshops to fit your department's professional development needs. Contact CET to schedule the workshop of your choice. More than 75 workshops are available. To view the list, click on the Customized Workshop link on the CET homepage. A minimum class size of five registrants is required.

Check out all the new online courses available for 2009! More than 151 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish® are available. Register now! A new series of online courses begin Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15, 2009. To register, contact CET at 457-2491.

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’s office to arrange for the cost center to be billed before registering. Deans should send the cost center billing information to Adam Smith at Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 5 so the adjunct and part-time temps will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Institute for Peace Annual seminar for community college faculty and administrators

The United States Institute of Peace is now accepting applications for its annual seminar for community college faculty and administrators — Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve — June 3-7, 2009, in Washington, DC. The Institute is an independent nonpartisan national institution established and funded by Congress. Its mission is to help prevent, manage and resolve violent conflicts by empowering others with knowledge, skills and resources, as well as through direct involvement in peace-building efforts. The seminar will give participants the opportunity to carefully examine the nature of international peace and security and how community colleges can relate this to their students and local communities.

Presenters will include leading authorities on global peace and conflict, as well as from the field of community college education. The application process is competitive. The Institute will cover the costs of lodging and contribute to travel and incidental expenses. Community college faculty and administrators from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds are urged to apply. The application can be found at www.usip.org/etc/domestic/seminars/ccfs.html. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2009.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees

Robert Boyer, Project Coordinator Applied Technology & Corporate Education & Training, ITC, TBA
David Klingforth, Testing Center Technician, CON, 738-4761
Jane Mulder, Faculty Secretary, MAH, 738-4094
Daniel Sanders, Science Lab Assistant, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2461

New Faces

Robert Boyer

Robert Boyer
Project Coordinator, Applied Technology and Corporate Education & Training
South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center

Robert Boyer has an Associate in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating from MCC. He served as a first grade stationary engineer for the City of Omaha and has 30 years experience in stationary engineer/HVAC/refrigeration and heating. Boyer has also been teaching part-time in MCC’s Industrial Maintenance Program since 1989. In his free time, he enjoys fishing with his family in the town of Ortonville, Minn., on Big Stone Lake.

Dave Klingforth

Dave Klingforth
Testing Technician
South Omaha Campus, Connector

David Klingforth graduated from MCC in 2004 with an Associate in Business Management and received his Bachelor’s in Studio Art from Bellevue University in 2006. After graduating from MCC, he worked as a part-time testing technician for three years and fell in love with the job. Klingforth retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service and then worked for seven years at Campbell Soup Company before going to Lucent Technologies. After being laid off from Lucent, he decided to get his college education. After he received his bachelor’s degree, Klingforth and his brother spent a year building a 20-foot by 32-foot pottery shop in his backyard.  

Jane Mulder

Jane Mulder
Faculty Secretary
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney

Jane Mulder has been co-owner of a window cleaning business for the past eight years. She was a para-professional for a child care referral service for two years and is currently an MCC student. Mulder has been happily married for 20 years and has three children — two sons, ages 18 and 9, and one daughter, age 15. She is very active at church and in her children’s schools. Mulder can be found most evenings and weekends at one of her children’s sporting events. What she enjoys most in her free time is perennial gardening during the spring and summer and reading, especially historical fiction.

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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