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Inside Story for Friday, April 03, 2009

CDL Rodeo Event Tomorrow

MCC will hold the third annual student truck driving rodeo tomorrow, April 4, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Applied Technology Center located at 10407 State St., Omaha, Neb. This event is free and open to the public.

This MCC-sponsored competition is fun for competitors and spectators, featuring students performing driving maneuvers. The event also promotes safety and education that is vital to the transportation industry. Eligible competitors include Commercial Driver's License (CDL) students currently enrolled in a Nebraska training facility, Nebraska-trained CDL students with one to three months experience and Nebraska-trained CDL students with four to six months experience.

Staff Awarded for Service

On Thursday, April 2, Student Affairs held a staff in-service recognizing several staff members for their outstanding service and work.

The Silverstone Group provided three $100 awards. The Silverstone Group Student Affairs Staff Excellence Awards were awarded to Marian Kraft, Sally Oswalt and Kevin Throne. Joe Schaffner from Silverstone Group assisted with the presentation of the awards.

In addition, three staff members were awarded with Outstanding Service Certificates (Honorable Mention):  Rachael (Dani) Murphy, Carly Olson and Kryan Connor.

MCC Students Earn 26 First Place Gold Medals at State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference

Twenty-six MCC student participants won gold medals in their respective contests at the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Columbus, Neb.,  March 26-28. More than 900 students participated in 87 contests at the state level. MCC received 48 medals for first through third places. MCC received the Builders Award for the largest number of college students participating at the state sonference. Twenty-six students from MCC will continue on to Kansas City, M.O., June 22-26, as delegates and competitors at the 45th National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA. 

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in public schools, career and technical centers and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps each student to excel. This year SkillsUSA has more than 302,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs. SkillsUSA has served more than nine million members.

The first-place winners and their advisors:

3D Vis and Animation    
Angela Schirmer and Eileen Klein Advisor--John Knapp

Food and Beverage
Audra Yates
Advisor--Michael Roddey 

Commercial Baking
Jenn Bergman  
Advisor--Michael Roddey

Customer Service
Ameila Timms
Advisor--Michael Rodey

Culinary Arts
Brian Sullivan
Advisor--Michael Roddey

Jobs Skills Opening
Martin Janica    
Advisor-Michael Roddey

Job Interview
Dustin Wright
Advisor-Michael Roddey

Diesel Equipment
David Miller
Advisor--Luke Klingbeil

Job Skills Demonstration
Amy Timko
Advisor-Michael Roddey

Diesel Equipment
High School 
William Dukat
Advisor-Luke Klingbeil

Pablo Roman
Advisor--John Knapp 

TV (Video Production)
Mark Wegner and Gabriel Hedrick Advisor--Bob Mass

Residential Wiring
Tyler Jansen
Advisor--David Horst

Industrial Motor Controls High School
Ian Burns
Advisor-Geoff Horejs

Heating and Air Conditioning
James Alexander
Advisor-Bob Boyer

Residential Wiring High
School  Justin Keating
Advisory--John Berger

Architectural Drafting
Anna Larson
Advisor-John Knapp

Precision Machining
Leo Kochanowicz
Advisor--David Eledge

Industrial Motor Controls
Joe Collins
Advisor--Geoff Horejs

Automotive Refinishing
Anthony Lecuona
Advisor-Tom Price

Related Technical Math
Noe Guardo
Advisor-Luke Klingbeil

Save the Date: MCC Golf Tournament

MCC's Foundation is hosting a fundraising golf tournament on Friday, June 26, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Check future Inside Story editions for more information.

MCC Wins the IBM Innovation Award for Education Excellence

MCC was recently awarded the IBM Innovation Award for Education Excellence. The award highlights the new Data Center Management Program that is part of the Fremont project. The award presentation will be held on Sunday, April 26, during the opening session of COMMON's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Reno, N.V. As a 2009 winner, MCC will receive COMMON Membership through 2010, up to five complimentary registrations to COMMON's 2009 or 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition, one complimentary registration to COMMON's 2009 or 2010 IT Executive conference and feature articles in COMMON.CONNECT publication and in IBM Power Systems Magazine.

Training/Staff Development Initiative Update

The online survey results of the first phase of the College's training/staff development initiative are in with an outstanding response. 

Fifty-eight percent of staff shared their thoughts on what they think training/staff development could look like at MCC. To view the findings, visit www.mccneb.edu/ir/pdf/SurveySummary_03162009.pdf.

Phase two of the initiative will involve development and implementation of identified areas such as development of new employee orientation and the review of faculty development.

MCC Diversity Matters Lecture Series: Arc of Justice

On Thursday, April 2, MCC hosted Kevin Boyle, Ph.D., for a lecture on his book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age. Boyle's book won the National Book Award for non-fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Tolerance Book Award, the Society of Midland Authors Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The event was well attended and very informative. Watch for more from the MCC Diversity Matters Lecture Series in the future.

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MCCEA Read Across America 2009

The Open Door Mission/Lydia House received a special visit on March 5 from MCC Reading faculty. The faculty presented 92 new books to the mission to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Twenty additional books will be delivered to MCC's Single Parent Homemaker Services.

Reading faculty selected each book and personally delivered them to encourage parents to begin reading to their children at a young age. The books were purchased with annual funds donated by the Metropolitan Community College Education Association (MCCEA). The Read Across America campaign was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association. 

MCC's Reading faculty, Diane Hocevar, Teri Quick, Kathy Rieken-Thurber and Melissa Zimmer, explained that when children are exposed to reading at an early age, they are much more apt to become good readers and to begin building an effective reading vocabulary. They are also much more likely to enjoy reading. The faculty believe the community is deeply affected in numerous ways when children become good readers and experience success in the educational environment.

Community Forum: An Evening with Former State Senator Ernie Chambers

On Thursday, April 16, former state senator Ernie Chambers will speak at MCC. This is a unique opportunity to hear Chambers talk about his years in legislature and hear his continued passion for social justice, public policy and civic engagement.

Chambers served in the Nebraska Legislature representing the 11th District from 1971 through 2008 and holds the distinction of the longest tenure of any Nebraska state senator. Chambers is often recognized as one of the most outspoken individuals who has made his mark on Nebraska politics. He helped bring about district elections to help North Omaha residents get a greater voice in city government, Omaha Public Schools and Douglas County Commission offices.

The forum will be held at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7. The event is free and open to the public.

CPR Community Event

Five MCC adjunct and full time faculty assisted with a CPR event held in conjunction with Clarkson College last week. Along with the assistance of numerous other healthcare professionals, the event resulted in 681 people trained in CPR. The event ran very smoothly and was an undeniable success.

Donate Blood at MCC, 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:
• South Omaha Campus: Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (search by sponsor code: 69)
• Fort Omaha Campus: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (search by sponsor code: 68)
• Elkhorn Valley 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 MCC make its goal of collecting more than 100 units of blood this spring!

College Lineman Rodeo Needs Volunteers

The 7th Annual College Lineman Rodeo will be hosted by MCC 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 web site; 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 Excel 2003 to 2007 workshops and is accepting names of employees interested in attending additional workshops. 

 Excel 2003 to 2007
09/AP COMP 036N WI14       April 16        1-5 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 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 who is 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          6-9:30 p.m.           SOC, ITC, Room 119
09/AP BSAD 028N WI05        May 6           6- 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.

For more information about the workshops, visit www.signal88security.com/docs/FAST%20Defense%20Brochure.pdf.

Wilma Hjellum

Director of Financial Aid and Veteran Services
Fort Omaha Campus

Wilma Hjellum more than 20 years experience in higher education with the last 11 years as a director of financial aid.  She has a Bachelor's in Speech Communication from California State University and a Master's in Organizational Communication and Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls.  Hjellum has been in higher education in a variety of positions because she believes that education is the key to a better future for everyone. She tells us that she wanted to specialize in financial aid because she was a first generation college student that had a passion for helping students and families to fund their education.  Hjellum enjoys the outdoors.  She loves to garden to grow ingredients for homemade fresh salsa. She enjoys life in general and always looks for the positive side to unexpected life experiences.

James Jonas

South Omaha Campus

James Jonas holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. For the past three years, he has been working as a floor technician at Creighton University.  He is married, and his wife is from Mongolia; they have three children. Jonas served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988. He is a big Nebraska football fan and has attended two Orange Bowls, one Fiesta Bowl and the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Mark Jensen

Network Engineer
Fort Omaha Campus

Mark Jensen graduated from MCC in 1998 in Computer Program/Network Technologies. He has Cisco training and eight years of network administration.  Jensen has two children, a daughter at Creighton University and a 6-year-old son. Jensen has been married 15 years. Mark and his family have motorcycled to far away destinations for their vacations.  They were voted the motorcycle chapter's Family of the Year for 2009.

New Employees

David Bell        Public Safety Supervisor        FOC # 30          457-2316


Mary Sheltraw, last day 3/31/09
Eloise Stinton, last day 3/31/09
Buffi Union, last day 3/31/09

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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