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Inside Story for Friday, February 06, 2009

Sustainability Committee Kick-Off Meeting Feb. 20

Faculty, students and staff will have the opportunity to begin the greening of our campus and classrooms at MCC's first Sustainability Committee meeting. The meeting is set for Friday, Feb. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at FOC Bldg. 7. All are welcome; RSVP to Bill Owen (bowen@mccneb.edu).

The Sustainability Committee will begin the process of greening MCC's campuses, classrooms and community partnerships. Those present at the meeting will have the opportunity to share what is already happening to be green, what opportunities MCC has to become more sustainable and how we can move forward together toward a green campus.

"Every faculty, staff and student has an important role to play in the greening of our campus, and this committee will provide a vehicle to move Metropolitan Community College forward as a leader in sustainability in the Omaha area," said sustainability consultant Daniel Lawse. "This committee will be the beginning of a journey toward sustainability for the College, the students and the community."

Join in helping make MCC a leader in, and example of, sustainability in the community.

MCC Joins the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

MCC faculty, staff and students now have access to sustainability resources for classrooms, campuses and student activities.

Recently, MCC joined AASHE — the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education — a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education.

As AASHE members, MCC has access to an array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration and professional development. In addition, anyone on campus can take advantage of the following:

  • Discounts - MCC staff and faculty are eligible for reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops and other AASHE-sponsored events and discounts on products and services offered through AASHE.
  • Professional Awards - AASHE administers a professional awards program to recognize outstanding efforts in advancing campus sustainability. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award is presented to institutions that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to sustainability. The Student Sustainability Achievement Award is given each year for superior work in campus sustainability by an undergraduate from a member institution.
  • Directories - AASHE maintains online directories of campus sustainability coordinators and other sustainability contacts at campuses that can directly benefit us.
  • Resource Center - AASHE has extensive online resources including assessment tools, fact sheets, publications, presentations, a policy databank and reports. Faculty and staff set up personal logins at www.aashe.org/members/memberlogin.php to access the locked resources.
  • Publicity and Recognition - AASHE publicizes and celebrates member achievements through its newsletters, web site and other communications. The Member Spotlight highlights sustainability efforts of individual campuses.
  • Authorized Use of Member Logo - The AASHE member logo can be used to emphasize MCC's commitment to sustainability. The logo may be used on signage, reports, brochures and other publicity and display materials.
  • Networking - AASHE events offer premier opportunities to connect with colleagues at regional, national and international levels to share resources and collaborate with others on projects and publications.
  • Professional Development - AASHE offers workshops and training at member campuses and interest groups to connect with others and share knowledge, ideas and resources.
  • Individual Consulting - AASHE offers individual phone and email consultation.
  • Governance - Members can participate in AASHE governance, committees and working groups.

Additionally, AASHE has the following resources:

  • AASHE Bulletin - A free weekly e-newsletter giving updates on the latest news, resources, opportunities and events related to sustainability.
  • AASHE Update - A bimonthly newsletter with information about activities, programs, new resources, special announcements and opportunities to get involved.
  • Annual Conference - An annual conference bringing together every sector of higher education as well as business, government and NGOs.
  • Campus Sustainability Perspectives - A blog featuring on-going conversations on news, opinions and ideas.

Questions about AASHE can be directed to info@aashe.org.

Deadline for Excellence in Teaching Awards

Today is the deadline for nominations for the 2009 Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards recognize 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.

Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. For the nomination form and specific criteria, visit www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp.

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

Marlin "The Magician" Briscoe Speaking at Black History Month Event

Native Omahan Marlin Briscoe, the NFL's first black starting quarterback, will share his story of success in spite of discrimination on and off the gridiron at a Black History Month event Monday, Feb. 9. John Beasley, on behalf of Congressman Lee Terry, and Vicki Quaites-Ferris, on behalf of Mayor Mike Fahey, will present awards to Briscoe.

The event is open to the public, and faculty and staff are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez (457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu).

Monday, Feb. 9
6:30-7:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Conference Center

Healthcare Forum Scheduled for Monday

MCC will be a co-host for a community forum, Is Health Care Reform within Our Reach, on Monday, Feb. 9. The forum will feature a local panel of experts discussing Nebraskans' struggle with skyrocketing premiums, the small businessperson's fight to remain competitive while providing benefits and the lack of access to health insurance resulting in mounting hospital bills.

The forum is open to the public, and faculty and staff are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Jennifer Piatt (438-8853 or jpiatt@neappleseed.org) or Annemarie Bailey Fowler (597-3100 or annemarie@opportunityatwork.org).

Monday, Feb. 9
7-9 p.m.
OPS Board Room (second floor)
3215 Cuming St.

Outstanding Service-Learning Educator Comes to Omaha

January 16 more than 20 faculty and staff attended a workshop featuring Ed Zlotkowski on civic engagement and service learning on UNO's campus. The workshop focused on best practices in service learning, broadening views on civic engagement and students as colleagues in the learning process. A presentation was also held on the sustainability of service learning on area campuses.

MCC is part of the Metro Coalition with Creighton University, Clarkson College, Grace University, Nebraska Methodist College, College of St. Mary, Iowa Western Community College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, as well as part of the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in High Education that includes 28 institutions in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

The goal of service learning at MCC is to support real life learning outside the two sides of the book and four walls of the classroom. The classes allow our community to help educate our students and provide them with hands-on experiences as they prepare for the world of work.

For more information on service learning at MCC, visit www.mccneb.edu/servicelearning.

Help MCC Plan for the Future by Participating in Survey

Continue sharing your ideas and thoughts in improving MCC and looking to the future. Log on to http://staffshare.mccneb.edu/mapping to share your ideas; initial thoughts will be collected the afternoon of Feb. 13 to share with cost center managers as they begin identifying priorities for their 2009-10 budget requests.

The survey will be open throughout the year for employees to provide additional thoughts and suggestions. The MAPPing Workgroup and cost center managers will review these follow-up thoughts periodically throughout the year and continue working with these ideas.

Register Today…New Series Begins Wednesday, Feb. 18

More than 160 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 begins Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15.

What's Hot...

  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS3 (new)
  • Administrative Assistant Fundamentals and Applications
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep
  • Creating Web Pages I and II
  • QuickBooks 2008

To register, contact CET at 457-2491. Tuition waiver/remission is available for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the Employee Tuition Waiver Form. 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 cost center billing information to Adam Smith in FOC Bldg. 5 or by email at asmith102@mccneb.edu so the adjunct faculty and part-time temp employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Outlook 2007 Training

As employees have requested CET provide a specialized training for Outlook 2007 only out of the Office 2007 suite, CET has listened to the suggestions and begun work on specialized workshops. Anyone interested should contact Cheri Vossberg (457-2566 or clvossberg@mccneb.edu) to be added to the Outlook 2007 contact list for future courses.

Non-Standard Software Installation on College Computers

If you want non-standard software installed on a College-owned computer, you must fill out and submit the Request to Install Non-Standard Software Form. Non-standard software is defined as any software not identified as standard-load software and routinely installed on all College-owned computers. For a current list of the standard-load software, visit www.mccneb.edu/its/standardload.asp. Completion of the form prior to installation will help ensure the College remains in compliance with all software licensing agreements and minimize any liability.

If the College needs to purchase the software before installation, complete the Request to Purchase and Install New Software Form. Allow up to three weeks from the time the software is received for the software to be installed. This lead time is necessary to ensure the software is compatible with our existing standard load and complete the installation.

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Roy Scott, EVC, Public Safety Supervisor, 289-1311

Changes
Connie Stewart, 457-2344
Marty Martinez, 738-4098

New Faces
Marty MartinezMarty Martinez
Academic Advisor
South Omaha Campus

Marty Martinez has a Bachelor's of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a Master's of Science in Education from Peru State. He is originally from North Platte but grew up in South Omaha and graduated from Omaha South High School. Martinez previously served as an academic specialist with Goodwill's Youth Build Omaha Program. He enjoys athletics and working out. Martinez is active in the South Omaha community and assists with Cinco de Mayo and Christ Child Athletics. He's looking forward to working at MCC's South Omaha Campus in the neighborhood where he grew up.

Connie StewartConnie Stewart
Enrollment Specialist
Fort Omaha Campus

Connie Stewart has many years experience as an administrative assistant and in staff support positions in behavioral health, education and for the state of Nebraska. She and her husband enjoy family time with their two daughters and son-in-law and their two-year-old ‘grand dog', a Jack Russell Terrier named Charlie.

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Roy ScottRoy Scott
Public Safety Supervisor
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Roy Scott has 27 years law enforcement experience with the Elkhorn Police Department and 23 years experience in a supervisory position as Sgt. Chief. He also served for two years with the City of Omaha Police Department. Scott has lived in Elkhorn for 31 years. He has six children ranging from 17 to 36 years old and six grandchildren ages 4 to 15. He loves to spend time with his son and ride his Harley.

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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