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Inside Story for Friday, May 22, 2009

Great Plains Theater Conference

The fourth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) starts tomorrow and runs through May 30. The Conference will bring playwrights from across the United States to Omaha and MCC. Playwrights submitted their works for consideration for a reading in a play lab and received feedback from a panel of theatre professionals. A record 424 plays from 46 states and six countries were submitted for consideration.

There are several opportunities for MCC employees to experience the learning that occurs at the Conference.

Play Labs                             May 24-30                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Play labs will run concurrently on each of these days. MCC employees are welcome to observe any of the more than 70 plays that will be read during this time period. If you are interested in attending any of the play labs, stop by the registration desk in the lobby of Bldg. 10 to pick up an MCC employee pass.  This pass will allow you to attend any of the daytime activities at no cost. The pass does not include lunch. The play lab schedule can be found at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

Masters Performance Series      May 26-29
The Masters Performance Series are evenings of dynamic theatre highlighting the works of the Conference's featured artists. Information on the Masters Performance Series can be found at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

The Omaha Community Playhouse will host performances on May 26 and 27 featuring playwrights Constance Congdon and Mac Wellman. The evenings will include staged readings of new works from each of the playwrights. Both Congdon and Wellman will provide talkback sessions following the performances.

Creighton University will host performances on May 28 and 29 at the Lied Education Center for the Arts. The work of Theresa Rebeck, the Conference's honored playwright, will be performed these evenings. May 28 will highlight several of Rebeck's short plays, and May 29 will be a full production of Rebeck's Loose Knit.

Ticket vouchers are available for MCC employees to attend any of the evening performances. The ticket vouchers allow you to make reservations for any of the performances at no charge. If you are interested in obtaining a ticket voucher for evening performances, email theatreconference@mccneb.edu. Vouchers will be sent via intercampus mail and will include information on how to make reservations and pick up tickets.

The GPTC is a great opportunity for the College to put its best foot forward as it welcomes more than  400 guests to the Fort Omaha Campus and to the Omaha community. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference/.

Retirement Celebration for Alice Cullen

Join coworkers and friends to wish Alice Cullen, MCC Registration supervisor, a fond farewell after 22 years of service at MCC. A reception will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 2, Room 205.

Cullen began working at MCC part-time in Registration. She has been in the Call Center ever since switching to a full-time position at the College. Cullen has seven children and nine grandchildren, with one more on the way. She will be far from retiring in the traditional sense, as she will keep herself busy with family and many activities. Thank you, Alice, for your years of service to the College.

Thank You from Sally Oswalt

"I would like to express my sincere 'thanks' to everyone that attended my retirement party. I was very overwhelmed and touched by all your kind words. I'm also grateful to everyone for their emails, cards and best wishes.  Working for MCC has been a wonderful journey, and I'll treasure all the friendships I've made the past 25 years." - Sally Oswalt, MCC retiree, Elkhorn Valley Campus Student Services

MCC Friends and Family Golf Scramble

MCC is hosting a friends and family golf scramble at The Knolls Golf Course on Friday, June 26. Check-in for the tournament is at noon and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. To register, complete the registration form and send it to Linda Hoagland, FOC, Bldg. 30. If you have any questions, call Rick Sandvig at 763-5813.

CET Corner

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff through Corporate Education & Training (CET). CET is now offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees. View the latest workshops online via CET's new MCC Professional  Development link on the CET homepage at www.mccneb.edu/cet/. This site will be updated frequently with news about Professional Development, current workshops and workshops to be scheduled.

Fast DefenseTM Workshops:
Register for the next session of Fast Defense:

09/JU BSAD 028N WI06         June 9, 6-9:30 p.m.        SOC, ITC, Room 119

Only eight seats remain in this session, so register early. Call Adam Smith at 457-2566.
Cancellations for this workshop must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Those registered but not in attendance will be personally responsible for paying the $65 course fee.

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

NEW! Wellness Opportunities for Staff and Faculty:
Tai Chi for Well-Being (09/JU WELL 283N WI07)
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.

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

Interested in Tai Chi sessions to be held on the Fort Omaha Campus? We have nearly enough for a class! Dates and times may differ from those for the South Omaha Campus.  Email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu if you are interested. 

Lunchtime Yoga (09/JU WELL 034N WI07)
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!

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

Heart Saver First Aid CPR/AED (09/JU BSAD 750N WI06)
This Heart Saver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively identify and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes of injury or illness until emergency medical service personnel arrive.  The course provides basic training solutions for First Aid, Adult CPR and AED actions.

Friday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., SOC, Industrial Technology Center, Room 104

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 to be announced)

One more participant needed for each of the sessions below to meet the minimum number of five participants. 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.

New Faces

Michelle Peterson
Central Stores Technician
Fort Omaha Campus

Michelle Peterson comes to MCC from a career as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She is currently working on her Associate Degree in Business Management at MCC. Peterson was born in the small town of Joliet, Ill., located outside of Chicago. She has lived in Omaha since 1989. She is a single mother of a very bright and adorable ten-year-old daughter with whom she loves to go camping and fishing. In her free time, Peterson enjoys a relaxing round of golf.

HR News

New Employee
Melissa Gray    Veteran Services/Financial Aid Clerk (PT)   SOC, Mahoney Bldg.

Separations                          Last Day
Dalanya Bowman                     May 22
Elizabeth Clifford                      May 15

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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