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Inside Story for Friday, April 24, 2009

MCC Emergency Notification System

Within the next week, students and employees will be receiving information related to an Emergency Notification System. Information will be sent to student home addresses and to full-time and part-time regular staff via the campus mail. Various departments within the College have been collaborating to develop an emergency notification system. The following notification methods will be used to provide an emergency alert message:

• MCC homepage
• MCC students via MCC student email
• MCC employees via MCC allstaff email
• MCC voicemail broadcast to all employees
• Digital signage on television monitors in commons areas
• Text messaging (information on how to sign up for this option will soon be available)
• Alert systems using audible and visual modes will be installed on campuses and centers 

Employees should work with their vice presidents to assure questions from students related to emergency notifications are answered.

Fort Omaha Campus Celebrated Earth Day on April 22, 2009

As part of MCC's effort to recognize and celebrate Earth Day 2009, recyclable grocery totes with the MCC logo were available at the Fort Omaha Campus. MCC and the Sonny Foster Library asked students, staff and faculty to share their ideas for sustainability efforts at MCC in exchange for a tote and Tootsie Rolls. Tootsie Rolls were selected because they are wrapped in paper and the water used to cool them in production is recycled. 

Pares Receives Positive Image of Nursing Award

MCC director of Nursing programs, Nancy Pares, has been nominated and will receive one of the Positive Image of Nursing Awards at the annual Nebraska Nurses Association breakfast on Saturday, April 25.

The award recognizes a nurse for the hard work and dedication displayed each day. Last year, more than 30 nurses were recognized from a dozen organizations in the Omaha metro area.

When asked to comment on Pares' unique qualities, MCC Health and Public Services dean Stacey Ocander said, "Her professionalism and passion for nursing reaches across all ethnicities, age groups, genders and disciplines. Nancy has that spark for life that provides for a safe and fun environment in which to learn." 

All Nebraska Academic Team Celebration

On Wednesday, April 22, a ceremony was held in Lincoln, Neb., to recognize the All-Nebraska Academic Team. A division of the All-USA Academic Team Scholarship Competition, the All-Nebraska Academic Team provides scholastic recognition of community college students saluting their academic achievement, leadership and service.

Eight MCC students were recognized: Ehite Allison, Patty Barone, Lula Bartee-Smith, Ilias Gibigaye, Amy Matt, Tina Richardson, Chantalle Vicich and Susan Wingfield. Wingfield was also recognized as a Coca-Cola Scholarship National Finalist and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. There was a statewide recognition ceremony followed by a reception which, was attended by students, family and friends, and College staff, faculty and administrators.  During the reception, the eight MCC students shared with the audience what it means to them to be attending MCC and recognized their mentors in achieving their academic success.

The Undergraduate Colloquium

The Undergraduate Colloquium is a celebration of excellent undergraduate writing that includes presentation to an audience of faculty, family, friends and peers. Any student who has written an excellent paper and has taken an English course in the last two years is invited to submit the paper to the Undergraduate Colloquium Committee. Three papers are selected for presentation.

MCC student Jasmine Maharisi wrote an essay, Reflections: Oaxaca, Mexico, that was selected for presentation at University of Nebraska-Omaha's (UNO) 2009 Undergraduate Colloquium. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, at UNO's Arts and Sciences Building, Room 306, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Save the Date: Fireside Chat

MCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Beta Pi Beta Chapter is hosting a Fireside Chat with mayoral candidates on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Conference Center.

Lauritzen Gardens’ Memberships Available

Throughout May, MCC  employees and students can purchase memberships to Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens at a reduced rate.  The Gardens are located at 100 Bancroft St. in the riverfront hills and cover more than 100 acres. In addition to strolling through the ever-changing gardens, members also have access to Kenefick Park and the Model Railroad Garden, as well as many special events and educational programs that occur throughout the year.  

If you are interested in a membership, fill out the membership application form that identifies various membership options and prices.  You can either send the form to Pat Smith at MCC's South Omaha Campus Connector Building or mail it directly to Lauritzen Gardens.  If you have questions, contact Smith at 738-4681.

Call for Volunteers: Cinco de Mayo Parade

Volunteers are needed as MCC representatives for the Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 2. Interested staff, faculty or student groups may contact Maria Vazquez for details at mvazquez@mccneb.edu or 738-4600.

Tenth Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

MCC, in collaboration with Omaha's Sister City in Xalapa, Mexico, will host the tenth annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at MCC's South Omaha Campus, Conference Center on Thursday, May 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

There will be a musical and dance presentation highlighting the origin, diversity and history of dance in Veracruz, Mexico. Lunch will be served by La Mesa Mexican Restaurant. Seating is limited and reservations will close when full or on April 30. There are no refunds after May 5.

General admission: $15 (HIST 002N 70)
MCC student: $8 (HIST 002N 71)
MCC employees are exempt from any discounts.

To register, call 457-5231. For large group registration or for more information, contact Barbara Velazuez at 457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

CET Corner

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET).  CET is now offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by employees.

Communication: Communicating and Listening (half-day workshop)
Associates learn to:
• Send and receive clear, accurate messages
• Actively listen to and understand what others say
• Manage internal and external distractions that interfere with communication
• Manage the nonverbal messages that they send and receive
• Match the appropriate method of communication to their messages

Creating a customer-focused workforce: Service Plus (full-day or two half-day workshops)
Creates service providers who:

• Think and act consistently to please students by putting them at the heart of MCC
• Create unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty
• Ensure repeat business from established students, increase word-of-mouth referrals for MCC and inspire loyalty in new students

Leadership and coaching skills: Coaching for Success (half-day workshop)
Helps leaders:

• Prepare staff to handle challenging situations and tasks with immediate success
• Expand the capabilities of work groups to give MCC a competitive edge
• Delegate with confidence in the work group's ability to assume new responsibilities
• Spend less time reacting to problems because of having prepared the work group for success

Facilitator Jim May has partnered nationally and internationally with organizations conducting training and facilitation in areas such as employee selection and retention, leadership skills, managing change, project management and Total Quality Management. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development from the Harvard Business School.

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. For a list of courses, visit http://www.mccneb.edu/cet

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 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 DefenseTM Workshop
CET and Public Safety have collaborated with Signal 88 Security to provide a FAST DEFENSETM workshop to MCC  full-time employees. 

The May 6 workshop is open to a limited number of full-time MCC employees on a first-come basis. Registered no-shows will personally be billed $65 for the class.

FAST DEFENSETM Workshop:
09/AP BSAD 028N WI05         May 6          6-9:30 p.m.           FOC, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Those interested in attending should register by April 29. To register, call Adam Smith at 457-2566.   

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

New Faces

Valentyna Johnson
Accounts Receivable Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Valentyna Johnson graduated in 1981 from the Technical School for Trade in Ukraine and has more than 20 years of accounting experience. Five years ago, she immigrated to the United States and started a completely new life. Because Johnson liked working as an accountant, she began taking accounting courses at MCC. She previously worked at Greater Omaha Express and Chief Industry Transportation, Inc., and is very proud to be working at MCC. Johnson considers her new job a wonderful mission to help students to receive their higher education. She has a son attending the University of Winnipeg in Canada. Johnson and her husband like to travel, and they have visited 16 states.

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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