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Inside Story for Friday, January 30, 2009

MCC Art and Photography Instructors Display Work

In addition to teaching MCC students and enlightening them to what it takes to be great artists and photographers, many MCC instructors find time to perfect their own art and display in various shows in the region. Below is a list of a few places they are showing.

Dana Fritz and Larry Gawel: Lux Center for the Arts (2601 N. 48th St., Lincoln)

Sheila Talbitzer: The Project Room (1416 O St., Lincoln)

Jim Butkus: Modern Arts Midwest (800 P St. #300, Lincoln)

Matel Rokke: So-Oh Fine Art (137 S. 9th St., Lincoln)

Kimberly Thomas: curated a show at Tugboat Gallery (116 N. 14th St., second story, Lincoln)

The Metro Photo Club: 720 O St.(Lincoln)

Natalie Linstrom and Sheila Talbitzer: The Project Room (1416 O St., Lincoln)

Peggy Reinecke: Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls

Becky Hermann: Wayne State College

Tuition Discount for High School Students

At the Board of Governors meeting on January 27, the Board approved a 50 percent credit tuition discount beginning Spring quarter for all Nebraska resident high school students attending MCC.

 MCC's Board of Governors recently voted to expand the tuition discount to all resident high school students in order to encourage postsecondary enrollment. This is an expansion of MCC's previous discount for high school students attending MCC under an approved early entry program. The discount  applies through the academic quarter immediately following the student's anticipated high school graduation date. For example, if a student's graduation is in May, he/she would be eligible for the discount in the summer quarter. This discount will not apply to any fees.

 The College has found from programs like this that the acquisition of college-level courses during the high school years encourages further education and training after graduation. MCC expects the enhancement to these students' lives will pay significant dividends to society in later years. Most financial aid, including all federal financial aid, is not available to assist high school students to pay for college-level courses. These students are often the most in need of furthering their education. For more information, contact Dr. Arthur Rich at 457-2681 or Connie Eichhorn at 457-2343 or visit www.mccneb.edu\secondarypartnerships.

Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards. The Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes 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 NISOD (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. Find the nomination form and specific criteria for the Excellence in Teaching Awards at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp.

If you have questions, call Jody Tomanek at 457-2715.

Office 2007 Workshop Feb. 6

CET has had several inquiries about scheduling an Office 2007 training session for new employees and staff members who were unable to take part in the workshops held in 2008. If you have not yet been trained for Office 2007, register today.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009         09/JA COMP 620N WI02                1-4 p.m.              SOC MAH 145

Need First Aid/CPR?

One more Heartsaver First Aid, CPR/AED course is in the works to be held at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. Anyone interested in having their name added to our registration standby list for this course should email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu or call 457-2517.

Schedule Courses to Meet Your Needs

If staff development training dates don't work for you...contact CET! CET can schedule additional sections for Office 2007, Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED or other specialized department training as needed. There must be a minimum of 5 participants to schedule such 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 (www.mccneb.edu/formsbank/instructions.asp). 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 or email asmith102@mccneb.edu so the adjunct and part-time temporaries will not be billed. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum (www.mccneb.edu/procedures/VI-7_Tuition_Waiver.pdf) for more information.

Files and Backing Them Up: Clarification

If you leave files that are normally stored on the network open on your computer, it prevents them from being successfully backed up at night. IT needs your help to avoid file backup failures and potential data loss.

When you leave your computer at the end of the day, make sure to restart your computer to the login screen. This helps ensure that any files you have stored on the network are backed up successfully during the night. 

The Help Desk Does Not Need User ID and Passwords

The Help Desk does not need your User ID and password and will not request them via email. Do not give away your college user ID and password via email to anyone, ever.

Remember, the College will not ask you for your username, 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 www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

New Alert

Valentine's Day emails may contain links that will download a bot Trojan onto your computer. Do not open any such email until you have confirmed that the sender is someone you know and did actually send it to you.

MCC Success Stories

MCC has made an impact on a lot of lives in different ways. MCC's Marketing and Public Relations Department has been collecting success stories of students, community members, employees and graduates to learn about the uniqueness of their lives, their paths and their choices to come to MCC. To see these stories, visit www.mccneb.edu/businessandcommunity/successstories.asp. If you have a story you'd like to share or know someone with a unique story, call 457-2278 or email kewortmann@mccneb.edu.

MAPPing Workgroup Introduced

A workgroup comprised of employees from key areas throughout the College has been brought together to help facilitate strategic planning and continued evaluation of operation of the College through a Mission Achievement Planning Process (MAPP).

 The objective of the workgroup is to facilitate communication concerning the College's functions, projects and outcomes analyses. This communication will help answer three important questions: 1) What is MCC's desired destination? (future thinking) 2) Where are we now?  (outcomes analysis) 3) How do we best get from here to there? (planning)

 The members include:

  • Academic Affairs
    • Daryl Hansen
    • Jody Tomanek (backup)
  • Business Office
    • Brenda Schumacher
    • Rich Hanneman (backup)
  • CET
    • Marilyn Cotten
    • Jeff Berg (backup)
  • Communications
    • Sheila O'Connor
  • Development
    • Lisa Bradley
  • Facilities
    • Stan Horrell
    • Bernie Sedlacek (backup)
  • Faculty
    • Mike Flesch
    • David Ho (backup)
  • Faculty Ex Officio
    • Rich Newcomer
  • President & Executive VP Area
    • Jim Thibodeau
  • Public Safety
    • Dave Friend
  • Student Affairs
    • Julie Langholdt
    • Arthur Rich (backup)
  • Student Ex Officio
    • Paul Stewart
  • Tech & Administrative Services
    • Carolyn Seymour
    • Jeannie Plambeck (backup)

 The support team includes:

  • Jamie Bridgham
  • Marcel Erkens
  • Mick Gahan
  • Linda Hoagland
  • Gordon Jensen
  • Brooke LaFarr

Your Thoughts Are Important in Planning for the Future

The College needs your thoughts on how to best serve students and our community. The Your Thoughts Are Important survey is a living document that will help guide identification of planning and budget initiatives.

You are invited to give input through individual and department/area responses. Log on to the MAPPing staffshare site at http://staffshare.mccneb.edu/mapping and select the Your Thoughts Are Important! (Input) link. The survey will be open throughout the year, but you are highly encouraged to provide initial input by February 13; this input will help cost center managers identify priorities to include in their 2009-10 budget requests.

Future plans include creating other input opportunities for employees and to expand the system to allow input from students and external stakeholders.

New Faces

Becky Boyer
Library Assistant
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Becky Boyer received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) with a major in Library Science. She worked in UNO's library for three years as a student worker and completed a practicum at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. Boyer was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School. She participated in forensics (the speech team) at UNO for four years, which helped her excel in speech, writing and public speaking. Boyer thinks working in a library is not only educational but a lot of fun, and she's looking forward to working with MCC's faculty, staff and patrons at Elkhorn's library. Boyer's hobbies are rock collecting and reading, and she has a large collection of books.
Daniel Lugo
Adult Education Office Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

Daniel Lugo graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in International Studies and Education. He worked with Omaha Public Schools in English-as-as-Second-Language and dual language and translated and interpreted for faculty, students and immigrant families. Lugo is a first generation college student and a Goodrich Scholarship Program Scholar. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and knowledgeable in various Asian languages and dialects. He enjoys multicultural and ethnic activities such as MCC's annual PowWow and Vietnamese New Year and is passionate about learning about other languages and cultures. Daniel enjoys swimming, soccer, basketball, martial arts, meditation and dancing. He also likes inter-cultural and inter-racial movies and books.

Employee Updates

New Employees
Marty Martinez                  Academic Advisor               SOC CON            
Connie Stewart                 Enrollment Specialist           FOC #30             

Marsha Reed                    SOC CON                            738-4603
Silvia Santiago                 FOC #30                              457-2724

Separations                   Last Day
Kevin Newlin                    1/30/09

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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