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Inside Story for Friday, March 06, 2009

Mugshot Service-Learning Project

Eight students in Amy Forss' U.S. History II class at the Elkhorn Valley Campus teamed up with local artist Aubrey Nye for a service-learning project. Students were given a mugshot of a person arrested in Omaha between 1880 and 1890. Their ‘mission' was to research the pictured felon and learn more about their crime and if they were convicted. Several students not only found this information but also discovered what happened to their suspect in the years that followed their arrest.

One of the students, Alea Hall, researched her felon, Lizzie Freeman, at the Douglas County Courthouse. Hall learned that although Freeman "was charged with first degree murder, she was acquitted on temporary insanity charges." Hall discovered that Freeman's "husband had been openly cheating on her for over a year." Even though Freeman "shot him at close range twice, and he died two days later," the court dismissed the charges due to his infidelity.

Artist Aubrey Nye will copy the student's details onto the back of 20 graphite images she is creating from each mugshot. Nye hopes to have her collection exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.


Nominations for the Student Affairs Excellence Award Open

Do you work with a colleague in Student Affairs who you feel consistently exemplifies a positive attitude, provides outstanding service, provides leadership, focuses on students, works on special projects and uses creativity and initiative in performing duties? If so, nominate him/her for the Student Affairs Excellence Award. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. The selected employees will be honored at the Student Affairs Day event on April 2. Access the specific criteria and the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/studentaffairsnomination.asp. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

Questions? Contact Julie Langholdt at jlangholdt@mccneb.edu or 457-2201.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Six outstanding faculty were honored Wednesday, March 4 for their excellent work and dedication to the College; they received the Teaching Excellence Award.

The award recognizes full-time and adjunct faculty based on four criteria - professionalism, commitment to learning, relationships with students and relationships with colleagues. Recipients were nominated by any employee, student or community member.

MCC Teaching Excellence Award recipients received a certificate and were selected to attend and represent MCC at the 2010 NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Conference in Austin, Texas.

Pictured below are (L-R) Virgil David Martin, Interim President Randy Schmailzl, Marsha Senft, Elizabeth Brewer, Melissa Zimmer, Dr. Lorraine Duggin, Rick Sandvig

Excellence Awards

Elizabeth Brewer
Full-time faculty, Early Childhood Education

For her enduring professionalism, commitment to learning and dedication to students, Elizabeth Brewer earned this award. Brewer is a confident teacher that has a passion for life, and for that reason, she approaches tasks with a sense of challenge rather than routine. She is the kind of teacher that even if she doesn't have to, will go the distance to help students accomplish their goals. She cares about her students beyond the walls of the classroom and has the ability to bond with her students. Brewer loves to teach in a variety of ways to help each students learn in a comfortable style. One of her students commented that "she has encouraged us not to be afraid of outspoken people and to stand up for and follow our passion of teaching to the best of our ability".

Dr. Lorraine Duggin
Adjunct faculty, English-as-a-Second Language

For her devotion to helping students learn, dedication to MCC and love of teaching, Dr. Lorraine Duggin earned this award. Duggin is the most unselfish, caring, sharing individual that one could ever hope to meet. She absolutely delights in sharing her academic expertise in all areas, subject-related or otherwise. She constantly searches for workshops and conferences to attend in order to remain on the cutting edge of her profession. She creates an infectious type of enthusiasm that is transmitted to the students, propelling them forward in their learning. They recognize her interest in them and her desire to help them all succeed, and thus, sense her love of the creative process. Duggin is a wonderful, supportive colleague, who constantly puts others' needs before her own. She is truly an inspired and inspirational individual, who loves to share her experiences with other people.

Virgil David Martin
Adjunct faculty, English

For his commitment to students, desire to bring out the best writers possible and love for learning, Virgil David Martin earned this award. Over his career as a teacher, Martin has taught about as wide a variety of students in age, background and academic skills as one can imagine. He shows the breadth, patience, endurance and insight as a teacher who can adapt and bring his unique talents to whatever type of student he's teaching. Students trust him to guide them through difficult thinking and writing enough to eventually produce pieces that matter to them. Martin makes each individual student feel that he or she has a voice and something important to be said and heard. He makes students believe that there is something better within them that needs to brought out and shown to the world. He is a noteworthy model for any teacher.

Rick Sandvig
Full-time faculty, CDL-A/Truck Driving

For his personal dedication to the profession of truck driving, commitment to the education of students and passion for teaching and learning, Rick Sandvig earned this award. Sandvig's professionalism has allowed him to connect the program with other professionals and organizations. In addition to all the responsibilities of managing his program, he has involved himself in College activities, including the summer assessment academy, professional development opportunities and training. He exemplifies for his students and colleagues what lifelong learning really means. Sandvig wants his students to be successful and believes that good paying jobs are one large measure of that success. He personally assures each student that they will have every chance to be successful by counseling them and advising them about the requirements of the program. Sandvig has taken a lifetime of work and life experience and translated those into a successful program that literally changes people's lives.

Marsha Senft
Adjunct faculty, Reading & Learning Skills

For her dedication to the reading program, commitment to students and ability to share her experiences, Marsha Senft earned this award. Senft is knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and self-sufficient. She knows how to handle classroom and student issues, and she also knows when to seek advice in order to maintain College policies and department guidelines. She extends her knowledge and expertise in the area of reading into the community college level as she teaches MCC students. Senft is totally committed to helping students learn. Her ability to relate to her students is her greatest strength as a teacher. She is able to keep the balance between students having fun in class and students being serious learners. Senft's classroom expectations are high, and because of the relationships she builds with students, they strive to meet her expectations. She is a complete professional, and she works well with everyone at the college including advisors, counselors, ARC personnel and everyone with whom she interacts.

Melissa Zimmer
Full-time faculty, Reading & Learning Skills

For her dedication to students, commitment to learning and overall enthusiasm, Melissa Zimmer earned this award. Zimmer is a dedicated, responsible and reliable member of the Reading faculty. Her ethics are beyond reproach, and she treats everyone the way she would want to be treated. Everything about Zimmer, from her attitude, her strong sense of responsibility, the way she treats others, her manner of speaking, subject matter knowledge and knowledge of MCC, makes her the ultimate professional that every supervisor and every peer hopes to have as a team member. She knows that reading is one of the major keys to success in school and in life. She has dedicated herself to helping students become better readers. She is committed not only to student learning, but to her own learning and helping her colleagues learn as well. Zimmer's enthusiasm pushes all of her co-workers to be more creative and inventive.

Adjunct Faculty Service Awards

Awards were given out for quarters of service to adjunct faculty on March 4 at the Academic Affairs Awards Banquet.

20 quarters
Edward Abplanalp (PHIL)
Jono Anzalone (ECON)
Ana Axland (SPAN)
Ghafar Azimi (SCIE)
Howard Boardman (PSYC)
Arthur Brown, III (INFO)
Michael Buckley (ESLX)
Joseph Burns (PHOT)
Jennifer Euteneuer (MATH)
Jim Fields (ENGL)
Jaime Hackbart (ARTS)
James Krejci (ESLX)
Sadhana Malik (MATH)
Patricia Motika (ECON/FINA)
Troy Muller (ARTS)
David Pares (GEOG)
Natalie Randall (HMRL)
Toni Smith (ACCT)
Terry Tegeder (ACCT)
Barbara Turner (ENGL)
Craig Vance (ACCT)

40 quarters
Kenneth Bader (DESL)
George Barger (SOCI)
Lawrence Beck (ECON)
Timothy Costanzo (INFO)
Charles Howell (INFO)
Julie Langholdt (PSYC)
Susan Lawson (BSAD)
Linda Shirk (MATH)
Arlis Vargas (ESLX)

60 quarters
David Hoppe (SPCH)
Jared Ketner (CHEM)
Douglas Lassiter (BIOS)
Sharyn Leigh (INFO)
Michelle Oswald (ENGL)
Michael Smith (ACCT)

Professional Development Training

Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET). Currently CET has scheduled two Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED workshops and is accepting names of employees interested in attending additional workshops.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
CET and Public Safety have collaborated to provide two Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED courses in March to train Public Safety officers. There are still limited seats remaining in each session open to MCC staff on a first-come basis.

09/AP BSAD 750N WI03       March 19       9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.      SOC ITC, Room 104
09/AP BSAD 750N W123       March 26       9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.      SOC ITC, Room 104

Online Training
CET's noncredit online courses are also open to MCC staff as part of professional development training. More than 150 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish© are available. Register now. New series of the online courses being March 18 and April 15.

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 the $99 fee 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.

More workshops are being scheduled; however, a minimum of five participants is needed to conduct each workshop. To have your name added to the contact list for future training sessions, email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu.

Need for customized training for your division? If so, contact CET at 457- 2491.

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
Lisbeth Anderson, FOC 10, Student Services Assistant, 457-2684
Cindy Hawkswell, FOC 30, Payroll Technician, 457-2741
Jennifer Ingraham, FOC 30, Financial Aid Specialist, 457-2728
Denise Korb, FOC 30, Accounts Receivable Technician, 457-2486
Lavette Robinson, FOC 10, Student Services Assistant, 457-2684
Monica Tripp, SOC MAH, Faculty Secretary, 738-4618

Fallon Parks, Financial Aid Associate, FOC 30, 457-2721
Bobby Polk, SOC MAH, 738-4514
Silvia Santiago, Financial Aid Specialist, FOC 30, 457-2724

Separations, Last Day
Norma Jean Goble, 2/27/09
Eric Riveland, 2/27/09
Midhat Terzic, 2/27/09

New Faces


Monica Tripp
Faculty Secretary
South Omaha Campus

Monica Tripp graduated from MCC in February 2007 with an Associate Degree in Professional Studies. She has ten years experience in office/administrative assistant work. Tripp previously worked at the College and is glad to have the opportunity to return. She loves working with people, loves to laugh and loves to learn. Tripp also enjoys listening to music, singing, writing songs and watching her son play basketball.


Lisbeth Anderson
Student Services Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

Lisbeth Anderson worked for 13 years at a 911 center dispatching police, fire and rescue. She is a certified massage therapist and has two children. While serving in Iraq, Anderson's son was wounded and received an honorable medical discharge. Her hobbies include travel and gardening. While she was working at the 911 center, they filmed an episode about a life-saving call for the popular television show Rescue 911.


Lavette Robinson
Student Services Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

Lavette Robinson has been working part-time in MCC's Student Services for the past several months and is pursuing her Associate Degree in Human Services. Robinson has a nursing assistant and medication aide license and spent several years providing care and companionship to individuals in need. She also has experience as an administrative assistant. She is the mother of four very active boys ages 17, 14, 13 and 9 and owns two Chihuahuas. She enjoys reading, making people laugh and going camping with her children and their dogs. Robinson also enjoys salsa dancing and won first place in a competition in 2005.


Jennifer Ingraham
Financial Aid Specialist
Fort Omaha Campus

Jennifer Ingraham was a work-study student for two years and has worked part-time in MCC's Financial Aid Office for the past several years. She received her Associate in Culinary Arts and Management from MCC and worked at the Brick Hearth Café on the Fort Omaha Campus. Ingraham is an avid science fiction ‘geek' and loves sushi.

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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