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Inside Story for Friday, March 27, 2009

Legacy of Leadership Award

Kathy J. Trotter, MCC mentor coordinator II-PTT, is receiving the Legacy of Leadership award for work in education at the second annual National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. luncheon on April 16, 2009. This summit honors five women in the areas of education, leadership development, economic empowerment, health and political advocacy. Congratulations on this great achievement.

MCC Retirees

After many years of service and dedication with MCC, Mary Sheltraw and Eloise Stinton are retiring from MCC's payroll department. Both ladies are looking forward to traveling, visiting family and relaxing in retirement. Mary and Eloise agree that they will miss the people at MCC the most, especially the great team in payroll. Mary has been with MCC since July of 1985 and Eloise since May of 1995. Their last day of employment will be Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Donate Blood at Metropolitan Community College, Help Make a Difference

Nearly five million people need blood transfusions each year; giving blood is an easy way to help ensure blood is available for these patients in need. Blood transfusions are needed for the treatment of many diseases and conditions and for surgeries. The stability of our nation's blood supply is in the hands of healthy, volunteer blood donors who give generously for others in need. 

Give the gift of life by donating blood in honor of National Donate Life Month and join a family of blood donors across the nation. You could change a life, starting with your own. Visit www.givebloodgivelife.org or call 1-800-GiveLife to schedule your donation appointment at:

• Metropolitan Community College South Campus: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.(search by sponsor code: 69)
• Metropolitan Community College Fort Campus: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (search by sponsor code: 68)
• Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Campus: Thursday, May 7, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (search by sponsor code: 594)

Thank you in advance for being a part of helping Metropolitan Community College make its goal of collecting over 100 units of blood this spring!

Novel Published for MCC Professor of Sociology

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Stanley Struble is currently an adjunct Professor of Sociology at MCC. His background is in anthropology and archaeology and he used to live in Mexico. Consequently, his novels are all set in Mexico and are based on actual historical events. Struble's mystery-suspense novels, Filth Eater and Sins of the Jaguar, were published in 2001 and 2003. They received critical praise from print media and notable individuals.

Struble's most recent novel, Xibalba, was recently published by one of the most prestigious publishers in Spain. The company will begin selling rights to other countries this December at the Guadalajara Book Fair. Struble hopes to have his novel ready for publication in the United States very soon.

MCC Cares Service-Learning Project

The spring quarter brings MCC instructor Dave Horst's service-learning class back to life as it begins its cooperation with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Horst and his students select home improvement projects that provide elderly or handicapped individuals access in or out of their homes with new decks, ramps or improvements to the interior of their homes. This spring quarter, the projects are funded by a $2,500 grant received from the Timberland Company.

MCC Cares has a cross interdisciplinary service-learning project involving math, video classes, culinary arts and horticulture. Each offers a special contribution to the success of the program. The culinary arts department is selecting, preparing and delivering the food to the student workers and the families. Students participating in MCC Cares are members of Skills USA.

MCC Cares

Community Forum: An Evening with Former State Senator Ernie Chambers

On Thursday, April 16, the College will host a community forum with former State Senator Ernie Chambers. Chambers will talk about some of the highlights and challenges of his career as well as opportunities for civic engagement and social justice. A moderated discussion will follow his remarks within a question and answer forum.

The forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7.

Earnie Chambers

Save the Date: Mayoral Debate

A moderated mayoral debate will take place on April 14 at 6 p.m.  at the TAC building located on 33rd and Cumming St., Omaha.  Watch for more information about this event.

Leadership Bellevue Selects Class of 2009

Leadership Bellevue is a 10-month course that runs from January through November and includes sessions focusing on community leadership (city, county and state government), economic development, education, team building and issues pertaining to Offutt Air Force Base. Nominations for the class take place in the fall. This year, MCC's Bobby Loud, executive director of the Bellevue Center, is among 12 others selected to be in the Class of 2009. Congratulations to Loud on this great honor.

College Lineman Rodeo Needs Volunteers

The 7th Annual College Lineman Rodeo will be hosted by Metropolitan Community College on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Participants from community colleges across the nation have been invited to participate. Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

• Score Keepers - Need a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
• Test Proxies - Need knowledge of testing on the Quia website. No utility line knowledge needed.
• Registration - Need to greet incoming participants, review a checklist and accept registration fees.
• Announcers - Need to make several announcements throughout the rodeo and need someone to handle the microphone.

All volunteers will receive an official rodeo T-shirt and a free meal. To volunteer, contact Rich Newcomer at (402) 763-5811 or rnewcomer@mccneb.edu

Professional Development

Professional Development Training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET).  Currently, CET has scheduled Outlook 2007 and Excel 2003 to 2007 workshops and is accepting names of employees interested in attending additional workshops. 

Outlook 2007
09/AP COMP  820N WI13            March 31         1-2:30 p.m.     FOC, Bldg. 8, Room 201

Excel 2003 to 2007
09/AP COMP 036N WI04             April 3            1-5:00 p.m.      MHY Room 205
09/AP COMP 036N WI14             April 16          1-5:00 p.m.      FOC, Bldg. 8, Room 202   

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. A new series of online courses begins on March 18 (deadline to register is Tuesday, March 31) and April 15.

To register, contact CET at (402) 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 to 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? Contact CET at (402) 457-2491.

Fast Defense Workshops

CET and Public Safety have collaborated with Signal 88 Security to provide two FAST DEFENSETM workshops to MCC  full-time employees. 

The initial FAST DEFENSETM workshops will be offered tuition-free to a limited number of MCC participants on a first-come basis. The following requirements apply for these college-sponsored, tuition-free, self-defense workshops:
• Open only to full-time MCC employees
• Offered only weekday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
• A minimum of 10 participants are needed in order to conduct each session
Anyone registered to attend and is a no-show will personally be billed $65 for the class. 

The FAST DEFENSETM workshops are scheduled as follows:
09/AP BSAD 028N WI04     April 7           6 to 9:30 p.m.              ITC Room 119
09/AP BSAD 028N WI05     May 6            6 to 9:30 p.m.              FOC, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Those interested in attending the SOC workshop should register by April 3. Those interested in attending the FOC workshop should register by April 29. To register, call Adam Smith at (402) 457-2566.   

A maximum of 50 MCC full-time employees will be accepted for these two college-sponsored, tuition-free workshops. If the response to these tuition-free workshops is greater than the availability, a contact list will be created for future workshops. Contact Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu to have your name entered on the contact list.

Future FAST DEFENSETM Workshops
Future workshops may be scheduled when a minimum of 10 interested participants are identified. These sessions will be open to all MCC employees and their family members ages 13 and up. (Children under age 16 must attend with a parent.) Full-time and part-time regular employees may complete an Employee Tuition Waiver Form to participate. Family members will each be invoiced $65 for the workshop.

Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register for future workshops should contact their dean's office to arrange for the cost center to be billed the $65 fee before registering. Deans should send cost center billing information to Adam Smith in FOC Bldg. 5 or by email to 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.

To access more information about the workshops, visit

New Faces

New Faces

Megan Steele
Public Relations Specialist
Fort Omaha Campus

Megan Steele graduated from Creighton University in 2007 with her Bachelor's of Arts in Communications Studies. She was previously employed at MSI Systems Integrators as a Marketing Communications Associate. Steele and her husband, A.J., are newlyweds and were married in August 2008. She was born and raised in Omaha. Steele and her husband have no children as of yet, but they do have a Miniature Schnauzer puppy named Gozer. She loves to travel, scrapbook and shop. Steele is also a huge Husker football fan!

New Employees

Wilma Hjellum     Director, Financial Aid & Veteran Services  FOC, Bldg. 30  457-2723
James Jonas        Custodian                                               SOC               738-4507
Mark Jensen        IT Network Engineer Technician                FOC, Bldg. 2    457-2939


Lan Huynh                FOC, Bldg. 4              457-2928
Jef Parker                FOC, Bldg. 4              457-2934


Daniel Lugo          Last Day 3/23/09

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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