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Inside Story for Friday, January 08, 2010

Stage Is Set for Future College Growth

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help MCC set the stage for future college growth. The outcomes of the plan will include environmental scanning, academic plan review, facility assessment, analysis of campuses and centers and determination of space needs including an academic space utilization analysis. The planning process will begin with a consultant visit Jan. 25-27 and conclude with a final presentation in June.

As a faculty or staff member at MCC, your input and involvement in this process will be critical to the success of the plan. We can only create a document that meets the needs of the college by understanding the needs of the departments and individuals that work in them. Your comments, ideas and suggestions will be used to create a plan that is more than a vision but an implementable guide for growth.

JJR is a full-service, multi-disciplined planning and design firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. As part of the SmithGroup, they offer the full array of comprehensive planning and design skills including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering and environmental science. As an integrated planning practice, JJR is recognized as one of the leading campus planning/design firms in the United States. Having worked on more than 200 campuses, they have a dedicated group of professionals focused exclusively on institutions of higher education.

JJR will serve as the primary consultant for this Master Planning Process. They have assembled a team of sub-consultants that will bring additional assets to the process including Pauline, BCDM, Alvine Engineering and Ehrhart Griffin & Associates. 

Stay tuned for more information regarding how to get involved. If you have questions or would like to be added to the project information email list, contact Shannon Snow at smsnow@mccneb.edu.

What’s New in the Library

The MCC libraries have a new list of books and DVDs available here.

MCC Supports Research

MCC provides guidance for the use of our students and employees as participants in research projects through the Human Participants Research Policy, Index No. X26. Adherence to the policy demonstrates that the College encourages and supports research as systematic investigations that are designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. 

Any research that involves human participants must comply with federal regulations and conform to basic ethical principles. MCC's policy applies to all research projects where our students and/or employees are research or test participants. The policy does not apply to evaluation or classroom activities that are part of an organized curriculum. Responsibility for coordinating human subject research requests resides with the Center for Learning, Effectiveness, Assessment and Research (CLEAR) Office. 

Researchers requesting to use MCC students and/or employees as subjects must submit a Research Approval Request Form for Review of Human Participants Research form available through the CLEAR Office, the Institutional Research web site or found on the College's Forms Bank. Researchers working through an accrediting educational institution with an established human subject policy may submit a copy of the institution's application and support documents in addition to completing MCC's application. A Human Participants Research Review Committee consisting of the CLEAR Coordinator, a representative from the Office of Institutional Research, a vice president and others as appropriate will review all applications and approve or deny requests.

H1N1 Shots Available

An H1N1 shot clinic will be held for MCC faculty and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 505, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 14, 4:30-7 p.m. There is no charge for the shots. For more information, contact Stacey Ocander at slocander@mccneb.edu or 738-4789.

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New Nebraska Law Allows Continuation of Group Health Coverage for Children to Age 30

On Jan. 1, 2010, a new Nebraska law (Neb. Stat. 44-7,103) went into effect that allows continuation of group health coverage for dependent children to age 30. This new law applies to employer-sponsored group health policies.

Who is eligible? A subscriber employee may elect to continue coverage for a dependent to age 30 if the dependent ceases to be a full-time student or reaches an age which exceeds the specified age at which coverage ceases under the plan. The child must remain financially dependent on the subscriber employee and be covered as a dependent under the plan as of Jan. 1, 2010, in order to be eligible for the continuation coverage. 

This law allows for continuation coverage only. If a dependent is dropped from the policy (or lost eligibility prior to Jan. 1, 2010) and later wants to elect coverage pursuant to this law, there is no right to elect coverage at that time.

Is there an additional cost for the coverage? Yes. The subscriber employee must pay an additional premium equal to that of a single adult under the plan. Employers are not required to make any premium contribution for this coverage, so the subscriber will be responsible for coordinating the additional premium with the employer. The additional premium is approximately $500 per month.

How is coverage elected? The subscriber employee must contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and request an election form. The election form must be completed and returned to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska no sooner than 31 days prior to or later than 31 days after the date on which the dependent would otherwise lose coverage.

Who do I contact for further information? The Blue Cross and Blue Shield customer service telephone number is (402) 390-1855 or Julie Nohrenberg, (402) 457-2232.

Get Discounted UNO Hockey Tickets for Feb. 5 Sellout Game

Join the UNO Mavericks Feb. 5 to create the first hockey sellout at Qwest Center Omaha. The Mavericks will take on conference rival Ohio State at 7:35 p.m. Purchase your tickets by Jan. 29 and receive a special discounted rate of $12 per ticket-a savings of $6 per ticket.

To purchase your tickets,

1. Visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=uno&o=322131&g=63
2. Click Find Tickets
3. Enter METRO as the offer code and then click the verify button
4. In the Create an Account box enter your email address to sign up
5. Fill in your information to complete the registration process
6. Select how many tickets you would like and select Best Available
7. Click continue
8. A list of your tickets will appear and then click continue
9. Enter your billing information, payment information and submit order
10. Print your tickets and bring them with you to Qwest Center Omaha

Jan. 18–A Day On, Not a Day Off

MCC's second annual A Day On, Not A Day Off community service day will be held Monday, Jan. 18. While all MCC locations are closed, the College will be sending volunteers into the community to volunteer on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Some participating community agencies include the North and South Omaha Boys Club, Habitat ReStore, Open Door Mission, Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home and One World Community Health Center. Services will include assistance in office work, painting, childcare and socializing with the elderly.

To donate a portion of your time on Jan. 18 to A Day On, Not A Day Off, contact the Service-Learning Office and ask to speak with Kyle 457-2606 or Barbara 457-2240 or email ktvandusen@mccneb.edu.  Times of service will vary at the sites.

Everyone must register. The first 100 registrations will receive an MLK long-sleeved T-shirt to wear at your assigned site.  Some t-shirt sizes are limited, so register early.

Please volunteer in your community on MLK Day. The need is great, and the reward greater!

Recycling Christmas Tree and Other Holiday Materials

Christmas trees are not collected as part of Omaha's garbage collection. To dispose of your tree following the holiday, you will need to take it to one of the Christmas tree collection sites.  Refer to www.wasteline.org for a listing of collection sites.  Collection sites will close on Jan. 12, 2010. You may choose to keep your tree secured in your yard until yard waste collection resumes the first full week of April 2010.

Holiday entertaining and gift giving produces many things that are recyclable.  Refer to www.omaharecycles.com for details. 

For issues related to your solid waste collection, call 444-5238 (24 hr).  For general information refer to www.wasteline.org.

Save $2,700 Per Year by Carpooling

People are often surprised to find out just how much they can save by carpooling. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that commuters can save over $2,700 per year by carpooling five days a week  with an average one-way commute of just ten miles.

Visit www.MetroRideshare.org to calculate your potential carpool savings based on your individual  commute.

Employee Updates

New Employees
Scott Dorothy              IT Analyst                                            FOC 4                    457-2934
Gregory Stachon          Records Drawing Coordinator                FOC 20                  457-2621
Peggy Swanson            Director, Gateway to College Program   FOC 30                  457-2600

Melissa Christiansen      Testing Technician           SOC, Connector building          738-4659
Stephanie Searson         new name                      Stephanie McGowan

MCC Welcomes the Following Employees

Scott Dorothy 


Gregory Stachon       


Peggy Swanson 


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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