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Inside Story for Friday, September 18, 2009

2009 Career Services Presentations

During Fall and Winter 2009, MCC's Career Services will be hosting and co-sponsoring free workshops throughout the metropolitan area. 

The purpose of the series is to provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about available resources and skills enhancement and to network and work directly with professionals. Each month will feature an overarching theme with workshops facilitated by MCC staff/faculty, business leaders and community members. The monthly themes are as follows.

September: National Self-Awareness Month
October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
November: National Career Development Month
December: National Write a Business Plan Month

MCC students, staff, and faculty and members of the community are encouraged to attend the events. Brochures reflecting the dates, time and locations are available at the various campuses and centers or online at www.mccneb.edu/careercenter/default.asp.

No registration or reservation is required. The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ayanna Boykins at 738-4570 or aboykins@mccneb.edu.

Flu Vaccination Drives at MCC Locations

To help keep the MCC population healthy and flu-free, MCC has partnered the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) to host V Yourself vaccination events.

Elkhorn Valley Campus
Monday, Oct. 5      
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

South Omaha Campus                  
Tuesday, Oct. 6
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fort Omaha Campus                      
Wednesday, Oct. 7       
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fremont Area Center                    
Thursday, Oct. 8              
10 a.m.-noon   

Applied Technology Center
Thursday, Oct. 8
Noon-2 p.m.

Sarpy Center                     
Friday, Oct. 9
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The vaccines are available to students, faculty and staff, family members and the general public for $25. The vaccinations are considered eligible expenses under a PayFlex healthcare account. The events will be overseen and administered by the staff from the VNA, who are fully trained and certified in compliance with state regulations.

Encourage students and others to get vaccinated and help them to protect themselves and all those they come in contact with. To learn more about these V Yourself events, contact Sheila O'Connor at soconnor7@mccneb.edu or 457-2733.

Important Safety Information
Influenza vaccination may not prevent the disease in 100 percent of individuals. Persons should consult their healthcare provider to determine if they have a condition that precludes them from receiving the vaccine. All vaccines have side effects. The most common side effects of influenza vaccines include local reactions and mild general symptoms. Influenza vaccines are not currently approved for children under six months of age.

MCC Blood Drives

Fort Omaha Campus, Conference Center (sponsor code: 68)
Tuesday, Oct. 20
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

South Campus, Room 119 (sponsor code: 69)
Tuesday, Oct. 27
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Elkhorn Campus, Commons (sponsor code: 594)
Thursday, Oct. 29
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Random acts of kindness are small things that you can do to make a difference in the lives of friends, family and strangers. Donating blood is one of the most important things that you can do for a stranger. It's a pint of blood for you, but for another, it could be a life saved.

As Americans become increasingly mobile, you can feel good knowing that when you donate blood through the Red Cross you may be helping patients not only in your local community, but also your friends and family across the nation. Make an appointment today and change a life, starting with your own.

Visit www.givebloodgivelife.org to search by the above sponsor code to schedule your appointment or call (800) GiveLife. For questions about donation eligibility, call (800) GiveLife and speak to a donor consultant.

Construction Technology Students Make Benches for Powwow

Instructor Roger Miller and Construction Technology students created new benches for powwow dancers that will be used at the 18th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow tomorrow. 

Powwow Benches

MCC Student Wins Award for Video

On Sept. 11, MCC VACA student Lynn Sanchez was awarded a cash prize of $7,000 for producing two short videos for a contest sponsored by the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) and Omaha Women's Fund.  

The purpose of the videos is to raise public awareness about domestic violence. The theme of the videos stipulated by the contest was The Silence Stops Here.  The two short videos, 90 seconds and 30 seconds, will be posted on www.dvccomaha.org. The 30 second spot will be shown on local television as a public service announcement. The DVCC and Women's Fund sponsored the contest to help create marketing materials for a planned Family Justice Center, which is designed to provide victims of domestic violence a wide range of professional services in one location.

A call for contest proposals was sent to local schools and other video production students and professionals in May 2008.

Professional Development

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff through Corporate Education & Training (CET). CET is offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by MCC employees. View the latest workshops online via CET's MCC Professional Development link on the CET homepage at www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

Register today for our October workshops and online courses!


Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
The Heartsaver 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. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive an American Heart Association certificate.

Friday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SOC, ITC, Room 104  

New Rules, New Tools: What Web 2.0 Really Means for You
A timely and valuable look at what LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging can mean for you and your work, and how to make sure that you are capitalizing on the potential of Web 2.0.

Friday, Oct. 9, 1-4 p.m., FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 124

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 Oct. 21 and is open for enrollment until Oct. 27. To learn more visit us at www.mccneb.edu/cet/. To register, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

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 faculty attended the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and the Nebraska regional association (NEBMATYC) meeting.

Connie Buller, MCC Mathematics Instructor, accepted another two-year term as chair of the Placement and Assessment (PAC) Committee.

Darlene Hatcher, MCC Mathematics Instructor, was approved as the Central regional liaison for AMATYC's PAC. 

Mel Mays, MCC Mathematics Instructor,  is president-elect of NEBMATYC and has done presentations on his recent work with robotics. 

Frank Weidenfeller, MCC Mathematics Instructor,  will be making a national presentation at AMATYC in Las Vegas in November. He has presented there before, and is a past NEBMATYC Teaching Excellence winner. 

MCC's membership in the AMATYC math exam allows MCC students to compete nationally against other community colleges for scholarships and local prizes. The next contest will be Friday, Oct. 16. 

HR Updates

New Employees
Denise Botten                   Academic Resources Center Ed Assistant              FRC      317-3002
Tyler Busboom                  Custodian                                                          SOC     738-4507

David Reyes                       Offutt Center                    292-3129
                                         Bellevue Center                827-8508

Separations                                        Last Day
Karrie Hamby-Scott                        9/4/09
Anthony Boettger                           9/14/09

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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