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Inside Story for Friday, November 06, 2009

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

Toys for Tots

The mission of the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. All MCC locations will have Toys for Tots drop boxes now until Dec. 12.

MCC Veterans Day Celebration

MCC is proud to recognize the nation's veterans from all branches of the service at its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov.11, 11 a.m.-noon at the South Omaha Campus, ITC, Conference Room. A reception will follow the program.

The celebration is designed for MCC employees and the community to honor veterans and their families. MCC employees are welcome to attend and faculty are encouraged to attend with their classes or share the information with students so they may attend. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's program features keynote speaker Command Chief Master Sgt Teresa Clark, 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard. Papillion/La Vista Junior ROTC will conduct POW/MIA Honors. Gary Sparks, full-time MCC faculty and Nebraska National Guard member, has coordinated MCC's event each year and will serve as this year's Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, contact Gary Sparks at gsparks@mccneb.edu.

Got a Plan? Financial Planning Seminar

Attend this financial planning seminar to learn more about general personal finance, saving and investing, budgeting, financing a major purchase or life event and tax, insurance and estate planning. Rhonda Heineman, MCC Financial Planning Program alumni and Certified Financial PlannerTM, will discuss the importance of working with credentialed professionals who are qualified to implement and monitor long-range plans supporting retirement, estate and tax objectives. This session is sponsored by the MCC Financial Planning Program, Financial Planning Association of Nebraska and the La Vista Public Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
7-9 p.m.
MCC Sarpy Center

For more information, contact Lori Lothringer at 537-3830 or llothringer@mccneb.edu.

Time to Consider Your Federal withholding

Employees are reminded that changes to Federal tax withholding mandated by the Making Work Pay Tax Credit may have an adverse effect on your personal tax situation. The federal tax changes took effect with the March 15, 2009, pay check. In most cases, take-home pay increases would have resulted as part of the adoption of the new tax tables.

Generally, the amount of the credit is $400 per individual or $800 for a married working couple.  The credit phases out for individuals with adjusted gross income in excess of $75,000, or couples with an adjusted gross income in excess of $150,000 and is in effect for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. 

 The employees who are most likely affected are:
•Employees who have multiple employers
•Employees who are married with both parties working
•Employees who are also receiving social security benefits
•Employees who can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer

Employees are encouraged to discuss this with their personal tax advisor or to use the online withholding calculator available at www.irs.gov for guidance. If you need to adjust your withholding, file a new W4 form with Payroll.

Timecard Due Dates

With holiday breaks approaching, timecard deadlines will be different than usual. The final three timecard due dates for 2009 are Nov.13, Dec. 2 and Dec. 11.

Contact payroll with any questions.

Live United: United Way Campaign

Fellow Employees:

As we near Thanksgiving, it is a time to unite and make our community stronger, safer and healthier for our families and neighbors. 

Your gift to this year's United Way Campaign will make our community a better place to live.

Take time to pledge your support:
•Complete and sign the campaign pledge card.
•If you would like to designate all or  part of your contribution, complete the campaign pledge card here and the campaign designation form here and here

Return the campaign card and/or designation form to Janice Rutledge, Technology & Administrative Services, FOC 3 no later than  Nov. 25.  For more information, contact 457-2416 or jrutledge@mccneb.edu.

MCC Students Creating Nesting Platform for Owls

Fifteen members of Tim Bowling's Utility Line Construction class completed a service-learning project for Raptor Recovery of Nebraska erecting a new nesting platform for Great Horned Owls and Red-Tailed Hawks on ground donated by the Papio-Missouri Natural Resource District south of 72nd and Q Sts. on Nov. 5. The students put up a 50' utility pole and on the top was a wooden platform built by the students for owls and hawks in the area. This new nest is located in a naturally wooded area and is a perfect spot for small birds and other animals to find refuge from the city.

Raptor Recovery of Nebraska invited brought a horned owl to the raising of the new platform nest. Betsy Finch and Denise Lewis from Raptor Recovery were instrumental in partnering with Bowling and his students. This partnership provided a great opportunity for students  to utilize their classroom skills on a project that provided a valuable service to the community and our feathered friends.



Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development
Employee 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/.

Workshop Topic Ideas Needed!
Do you have a great idea for a workshop? Send your idea to Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu today.

November Registration Deadlines:
Nov. 17-Ed2Go Online

Start the New Year Right - Learn to Save a Life!
Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
Learn to save a life. MCC staff who took training and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 must renew their certificates, as they will expire this year. Starting in January and going through April, Heartsaver classes will be held the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. Attendance at one of the following dates is required to earn certification.

Friday,  Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SOC, Mahoney Building, Room 521

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 Nov. 11 and is open for enrollment until Nov. 17.

To learn more visit, www.mccneb.edu/cet/.

To register, view the New Employee Professional Development Registration Process.

New Employee Professional Development Registration Process

Registering for your noncredit CET professional development workshop is now much easier.  The completion of a tuition waiver form is no longer required with the new, streamlined process-just an email is necessary. CET noncredit workshops that are supported by this process will be designated with a PDEV course prefix. A tuition waiver form will still be required for MCC credit classroom/online courses and Community Education noncredit workshops. Registration process improvements for these courses will be available in the future. 

The new CET employee professional development workshop registration process is as follows:

1. Send an email to Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu  in CET with a copy to your supervisor. The following information must be included in your email:
a. Your ID #
b. Workshop name/number
c. Employee status (F/T, P/T Regular, P/T Temp, Adjunct)
d. Job title
e. Cost center number to be charged if not a regular employee (00-0-00000)
f. If your dependent is taking one of these classes, you need to include their name, relationship and date of birth in addition to steps A-D.  (Note that not all of the classes will be eligible for dependent participation.)

2. Should an employee not be approved to attend the class by their supervisor, the supervisor must do a 'Reply to All' with formal disapproval of registration.

3. A confirmation email will be sent to you when you are registered and, if needed, when you are disenrolled from a class. Your supervisor will also be copied.

4. Deadlines for registration will be three business days before the start date.

5. If you are unable to attend the class or need to cancel, you must send an email to Adam Smith and copy your supervisor immediately. If your absence from the class is due to an illness and you are unable to get to your email, call Adam Smith at 457-2566.  A no show without proper advance notification (no later than one day prior to class) will be expensed to the appropriate cost center.

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Daphne Cook             FOC, Bldg. 2             Central Registration Supervisor


Michelle Rainey           FOC, Bldg. 2              Academic Advisor


Kim Schuchmann        EVC                          Academic Advisor


Sharon Smith             ATC                         Campus/Center Services Assistant


Employee Updates

New Employees
Sharon Smith             Campus/Center Services Assistant                  ATC   763-5801

Lisbeth Anderson       Faculty Secretary                                            MAH   738-4006
Wally Luksa               Classroom and Event Technology Specialist

Separations                Last Day
Judy Garreans             11/6/09
Orlando Stubblefield     10/23/09

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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