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Inside Story for Friday, May 01, 2009

MCC Emergency Notification System

MCC is committed to providing a safe college environment for students and employees. As part of the Emergency Notification System plan, MCC students and staff can now enroll to participate in the MCCEMERGENCY text messaging alert system. To enroll, visit WebAdvisor at http://webadvisor.mccneb.edu and login using your MCC user name and password. Once you are logged in, click Employees, and select the MCC Emergency Text Message Phone Number link under the User Account category. Enter your cellular phone number and click Submit.

Text messages will only be sent when there is a catastrophic event. The College will not use text messaging for weather alerts. Employees should work with their vice presidents to assure questions from students related to emergency notifications are answered.

MCC Security: Phishing Attempts

The MCC Help Desk will not request your user ID and password via email. The Help Desk does not need this information. Do not give your College user ID and password via email to anyone. You may receive an official looking email asking for this type of information, but it is a phishing attempt and should be deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders. Additional information on phishing can be found at www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

MCC Security: Theft Prevention

A procedure memorandum on Identity Theft Prevention was approved by the Board of Governors on April 28. The procedure memorandum can be found at  www.mccneb.edu/procedures/X-30_Identity_Theft_Red_Flag_Program.pdf.

MCC has prepared this new procedure to make sure it is in compliance with the Red Flags Rule, the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation concerning identity theft prevention programs.  All non-financial institutions that offer and maintain accounts for consumers are required to have an identity theft prevention program in place and approved by their governing body by May 1, 2009.

Although the risk of identity theft is low at MCC, implementation of a prevention program is in the best interest of our students, employees and others.  Dave Koebel, college business officer, will chair the committee that is responsible for the identity theft prevention program at MCC and will review and update the Procedure Memorandum at least annually. The committee members will include other key positions at MCC that need to be involved with identity theft prevention. Send any concerns or suggestions you may have to the email alias IdentityTheftPrevention@mccneb.edu or submit your name if you would like to be involved with this effort.

Additional information can be found at the National Association of College & University Business Officer's (NACUBO) web site www.nacubo.org/x10808.xml  and www.nacubo.org/x10848.xml.  To view a tutorial, visit www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/multimedia/interactive/infosecurity/index.html.

May is Meth Prevention Month: Attend Meth 360 Educational Program

MCC invites community members, students, faculty, staff, mental health professionals, prevention specialists, substance abuse treatment professionals and law enforcement to attend Meth 360TM. The course will be held Tuesday, May 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Conference Center.

Meth360TM is a community education program that unites law enforcement and prevention and treatment professionals together to educate the community about meth. The program was developed by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America with the intention for individuals to learn more about the dangers associated with meth, as well as to take action against meth in their communities.

Applied Technology Faculty Articles Published

David Eledge, Industrial Commercial Trades faculty and precision machining expert, contributed to an article in Machining Magazine. Eledge responded to an article that gave incomplete information on the more difficult elements of squaring or tramming the mill head. Eledge enlightened readers on how he teaches this exacting skill to his students. His contribution appears under Constructive Criticism.

Lenny Stinton, Automotive faculty, appeared as the featured expert in Omaha Living Magazine auto section. Stinton contributed to an article titled Computers Under the Hood. Stinton's years of expertise and experience are well-reflected in the article.

Scott Robinson Receives Excellence in GIS Education Award

Scott C. Robinson, adjunct Geography instructor, received the Excellence in GIS Education Award at the 2009 Nebraska Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Symposium. The event, held April 21-23 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney, Neb., is a conference held by the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association, a non-profit organization comprised of geospatial professionals from the public, private and academic sectors. Robinson also presented at the conference in a session called Geospatial Technology in Education, about his experience teaching online courses. Robinson, who is disabled with a severe hearing impairment, is entering into his 30th year as a geospatial professional.

Upcoming MCC Events

Friday, May 1                2009 Student Visual Art Exhibit
                                   Elkhorn Valley Campus, Gallery
                                   Opening Reception, 4:30-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6        Metropolitan Outloud
                                   Elkhorn Valley Campus, Gallery, Noon-2 p.m.
                                   Music and student readings from the Metropolitan Literary Magazine

Saturday, May 9            Nurses Pinning Ceremony
                                   Stockyard Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th St., 10 a.m.

                                   Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13       Book Discussion:  The Secret Life of Bees
Fort Omaha Campus, Library, Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, May 14           Community Forum: Healthcare for All
                                     Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

May 23-30                      Great Plains Theatre Conference
                                     Fort Omaha Campus, Bldgs. 7 and 10

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 South Omaha Campus, Connector Building or mail it directly to Lauritzen Gardens.  If you have questions, contact Smith at 738-4681.

Omaha on Board Community Launch Event

On Sunday, May 3, the Omaha on Board community launch event will be held at Pump It Up,  960 S. 72nd  St., from 3-6 p.m. The event will feature free bouncing, ice cream and fun and entertainment. This will be the first time the Omaha community can see and purchase the Omaha on Board game, the metro's very own real estate trading game celebrating and supporting the Omaha community. MCC is featured in the game. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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-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. 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 MCC employees.

NEW! Wellness Opportunities for Staff and Faculty:
Tai Chi for Well-Being
Enjoy gentle Tai Chi movements that improve balance, reduce stress and enhance flexibility. Discover how good you can feel in this class designed for all fitness levels. Angie Walker, certified Tai Chi instructor, invites you to experience the increased sense of well-being that Tai Chi provides.

Wednesday, July 8-Aug. 12, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

Lunchtime Yoga
Energize your body, calm your mind and free your spirit with the ancient practice of yoga. Suitable for all fitness levels, this class will be led by Angie Walker, certified yoga instructor with more than 12 years teaching experience. All are welcome to enjoy the many benefits of  mind-body exercise!

Thursday, July 9-Aug. 13, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

New! Professional Development Workshop:
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

Tuesday, June 16, 1-5 p.m., FOC, Bldg. and Room TBA

Additional workshops listed below are being scheduled. A minimum of five participants are needed in each workshop. To register, request customized training or have your name added to the contact list for future training sessions, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu

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

Trainer 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.

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.

Only one seat left!  Fast DefenseTM Workshop
This tuition-free workshop will be held on May 6 at Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107. Registered no-shows will personally be billed $65 for the class.

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

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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