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Inside Story for Friday, June 12, 2009

LB340 and Coordinating Commission Study

The Nebraska Legislature recently passed LB340 directing the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) to work with the community colleges to explore the role and mission of the state's community colleges, the weighting of courses for reimbursement purposes, the role of the Nebraska Community College Association or a similar entity, membership in such an entity and coordination in the absence of such an entity. The CCPE is to report its findings to the Legislature on or before Dec. 15, 2009.

The study's findings are critical to the future of community colleges in Nebraska. The study will help assure community colleges are best positioned to serve Nebraska.

The Future of Nebraska Community Colleges web site, www.mccneb.edu\futureofnebraskacommunitycolleges, provides additional information about this effort.  The site will continue to evolve as the study progresses. Please direct people to the site for the most current information on the process.

MCC Collegewide Auction

The MCC Collegewide auction will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 25. If you have items, fill out the Transfer of Equipment form and send the completed form to Central Stores no later than Friday, July 17. MCC will then schedule a time to pick up your items. The auction proceeds go to the College general funds. If you have any questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

Study and Live in Rosebud, South, S.D.

MCC's first Study and Live in Rosebud, S.D. experience was held May 25-30. Ten MCC students traveled with Jenni Fauchier, Social Science faculty, and Janet McCarthy, Philosophy faculty, to study and practice Lakota culture. Led by Steven Tamayo, Sicangu Lakota, Traditional Arts instructor at Sinte Gleska University and consultant to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the students learned how to set their tipi camp, tan hides and create traditional crafts from the leather and received lectures from renown Lakota experts at Sinte Gleska University. Optional cultural ceremonies and activities included a sweat lodge and hand games. The group toured the Badlands, Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee.

Comments from Dawn Kanne, an MCC student, capture the emotion and energy of this experience:
"Wow, what a trip! I have never been on a trip like this, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have gone. So much information and not enough time! We met fascinating, wonderful people. The stories were captivating. The nights were freezing, but it was so worth it. I wanted so much more time with everyone. The people from MCC were an eclectic mix of every type of personality, and we all seemed to mesh quite well. It was truly an educational experience that I will treasure forever."

This class experience involved study topics related to sociology, philosophy, history, interior design and English. Students will receive credit in MCC classes taught by Fauchier, McCarthy and faculty who related their coursework to independent study topics.

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.

Community Forum: Healthcare for All

MCC will hold the second in a series of community forums entitled Healthcare for All. These community forums provide an opportunity for leaders and policymakers to hear from residents in the community and to engage their ideas as public policy and healthcare reform unfolds.

The community forum is Thursday, July 9, 6:30-8 p.m., MCC South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, room 119. The event is free and open to the public. 

Featured healthcare leaders at this forum:
Steve Martin
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska 

Dr. Keith J. Mueller
Professor and chair, Department of Health Services Research and Administration
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Emotional Health

Visit http://www.bestcareeap.org/downloads/June%20EAP%20Notes.pdf for tips about your emotional health from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

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/.

WELLNESS
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.

09/JU WELL 283N WI07  Wed, July 8-Aug. 12, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, 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.

09/JU WELL 034N WI07  TH, July 9-Aug. 13, Noon-12:45 p.m., SOC, Connector Bldg., Room 250

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 preparing the work group for success   

Tuesday, June 16, 1-5 p.m., FOC (Bldg. and room to be announced)

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

The leadership, communication and customer-focused workshops will be led by Jim May who has conducted 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
CET's noncredit online courses are 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 June 17, 2009. To learn more visit us at www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

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 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.

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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