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Inside Story for Friday, February 05, 2010

Facilities Master Plan Update

Paulien and Associates Inc. is working with JJR on the Facilities Master Plan Update to examine the College's space needs and external factors that will affect its strategic planning. Paulien has focused on academic and facilities-related studies in higher education for 30 years at more than 425 colleges and universities in 41 states.

Paulien will utilize data and staff interviews to develop long-range goals and objectives for MCC.

Environmental scanning will help MCC identify and respond to emerging internal and external situations. This component is underway and will include data analysis, community-needs analysis and a peer institution analysis. This will help MCC determine, justify and plan for future enrollment demands.

Paulien will also conduct a space needs assessment by gathering course enrollment, student, staff, research and facilities data. They will use this information to develop a set of space requirements for making critical facility decisions. 

Paulien will be interviewing faculty and staff the week of Feb. 22 and will present their findings from the environmental scanning phase to the Leadership Groups. These findings will be available on the Facilities Master Plan Update web site

To find out more about the Facilities Master Plan Update, visit the web site, where you can leave comments, sign up for the mailing list or email MasterPlan@mccneb.edu.

Tips from the Mailing Center

  • Separate campus mail from mail needing to be metered. This will ensure that campus mail is not sent to USPS wasting College funds.
  • All campus mail should include the recipient's name with the department and campus location such as FOC. Mail to SOC should use ITC, CON or MAH depending on the destination at SOC. Mail to FOC should use a building number depending on the destination.
  • Campus mail should be placed in intercampus envelopes whenever possible. 
  • The clasp on envelopes tears the metering machine.  If need to use this type of envelope, tape over the clasp.
  • Fold down all flaps on envelopes.
  • If you have boxes to send, contact the Mail Center at 457-2301 before the 9 a.m. pickup. 
  • Mail delivering starts with FOC, then CON, ITC, MAH, Sarpy, EVC, ATC then back to FOC for the afternoon run.
  • Outgoing mail must be to Central Stores, Bldg. 25, no later than 3 p.m. This will ensure there is time to meter before the 3:30 p.m. pickup.
  • To mail more than 100 pieces, fill out the Mailing Request form located in the Forms Bank.
  • The lower right part of an envelope needs to be clear so that a barcode can be placed on the envelope.

Questions? Call the Mail Center at 457-2301 or Bob Barnes at 457-2777.


Omaha Theatre Ballet's The Rainforest Tickets Available

Complimentary tickets are available to MCC employees for several upcoming performances of The Rainforest. The production is at The Rose Performing Arts for Children and Families, 20th and Farnam streets. 

Available dates and times are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Email wfstandifer@mccneb.edu for tickets. Indicate the date and number of tickets needed.

The Rainforest

"Experience the awe-inspiring Amazon Rainforest through a fascinating new production by the Omaha Theater Ballet! A giant anteater will be your guide through this action-packed look at the colorful scenery and inhabitants of this powerfully beautiful and perilously fragile world. Vibrant choreography and stunning sets will captivate you. From spectacular butterflies soaring through the air to energetic monkeys foraging for food, this intriguing ballet is like nothing you've ever seen before!"

Poverty Simulation Brings Diversity Topics to Classroom

AmeriCorps VISTA members from the Service-Learning Office are offering to provide an hour-long poverty simulation in any class. This lesson is a great way to teach diversity, especially economic diversity.

VISTA members have performed the simulation for a variety of disciplines, including human relations, education, financial planning, business, nursing and the industrial and commercial trades. Many students feel like poverty is a situation they never experience but will work or live with people in different financial situations. Some students acknowledge that many Americans are just one paycheck away from living in poverty, and this exercise teaches them the importance of budgeting. Students in Nancy Conrad's Education class commented that the simulation was eye-opening, and "everyone who takes multi-cultural classes should do it."

The simulation has three parts:

Part 1: We ask about thoughts and stereotypes about people living in poverty, and then we present facts about poverty. We have been collecting statistics about poverty in Omaha and Nebraska to be more applicable to students' experiences. National statistics are also available.

Part 2: Students pull a person card that tells them who they are, whether they have children and how they are employed. A job card gives them their salary. Other handouts show transportation costs and housing options. Then we ask the students to write a budget for a month and look at three different months. For example, what will participants do in July, when children are not in school? Or December, with more expensive utilities and holidays?

Part 3: After budgeting for three months, students discuss what was learned.

To include a simulation in your Spring class or for more information, call Bridget Murphy at 457-2834 in the Service-Learning Office or email bmurphy6@mccneb.edu.

Pass to Class

Early reviews indicate that the Pass to Class pilot program is a success. This program partners MCC with Metro Area Transit (MAT) to provide quarterly bus passes to MCC credit students.

The passes are valid while MCC is in session and can be used to travel to and from MCC locations and for other education-related purposes along established MAT routes. The program was initiated to increase students' access to classes, decrease MCC's parking congestion and increase MAT ridership. Another goal is to help reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips and thereby decrease emissions.

For more information about the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/mat/.


Suprenant Receives Entertainment Award

Susan Suprenant, Dean of Communications and Humanities, received a 2010 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for best new, original or local script for knives out. From the performance company ætherplough, co-founded by Suprenant, knives out is constructed of equal parts ancient Greek tragedy, noir thriller, reality TV and postmodern dance. It was performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts last summer.

H1N1 Vaccinations Available

MCC will be a site for public H1N1 vaccination clinics now until March 31. The Visiting Nurses Association in partnership with the Douglas County Health Department will be administering vaccines to the public at the locations and times below. There is no cost for the vaccines. If interested, employees and families are welcome take advantage of the convenient location.

Vaccination clinic dates/times and locations:

Location                                                         Time

SOC, Connector Building, Commons Area           Tuesdays, Noon-4 p.m.

                                                                       Thursdays, 2-6 p.m.

FOC, Bldg. 10, Commons Area                           Mondays, Noon-4 p.m.

                                                                       Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m.

EVC, Commons Area (by main entrance)             Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
                                                                        Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A Day On, Not A Day Off

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, A Day On, Not a Day Off put 175 students, faculty and staff in the community volunteering to provide elderly care, paint, provide child care, serve food, set up a food pantry and stock and sort clothing. Twenty community agencies hosted the volunteers such as: the Kroc Center, Open Door Mission, Mission for All Nations, Florence Home, Boys and Girls Club, VODEC, Habitat Re-Store and YMCA/YWCA.

This event was organized by the Service-Learning Office and coordinated by Kyle VanDusen of AmeriCorps VISTA. This is the project's second year, and based on its success the Service-Learning department is planning an MCC Day of Service in April or May.

Service-Learning Office Hosts Reception

On Jan. 21, MCC's Service-Learning Office coordinated a Musical Recognition Reception for its volunteers and community agencies as a way to give thanks for their continued cooperation. Daniel Davis, a 20-year-old violinist from South Carolina, provided fantastic musical entertainment. More than 100 participants including members of community agencies, faculty, students and staff had the opportunity to interact and enjoy a restful event. This event was coordinated by Queen Esther Tucker, Student Volunteer Coordinator, and Barb Fields, Administrative Assistant. The Service-Learning Office and the Volunteer Corps have organized more than 6,000 of service hours since last February with more than 150 different community agencies.

Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development is available to MCC employees through Corporate Education & Training (CET). The following workshops are designed to keep you up-to-date on all the latest features of Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Outlook and Excel. Instructor Bonnie Nelson engages learners to improve comprehension, confidence and job performance.

Word and Outlook 2007 Employee Workshop

If you have good computer literacy skills but want to improve, join this hands-on workshop focused on the interface and features of Microsoft Word and Outlook. Instructor Bonnie Nelson will help you work through any Word and Outlook challenges you bring to class. Participants should have basic knowledge of these Microsoft Office applications.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 114

PDEV 003N WI02

Friday, Feb. 19

8:00 a.m.-noon

Microsoft Excel 2007 Employee Workshop

If you have good computer literacy skills but see room for improvement, join this hands-on workshop as focused on the interface and features of Excel 2007. Instructor Bonnie Nelson will help you work through any Excel challenges you bring to class. Participants should have basic knowledge of 2003 or 2007 Excel applications.

South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Bldg., Room 205

PDEV 004N WI02

Friday, Feb. 26

8:00 a.m.-noon

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop.

Weekly Green Tip

Go green for Valentine's Day.

  • Send a card made of recycled paper or send an e-card. Or better yet, tell that special someone that you care-in person.
  • Make your bouquet sustainable. Look for flowers with the Veriflora seal, meaning the stems were grown with attention to sustainability and fair labor practices.
  • Consider going for fair-trade, organic chocolates. Organic versions are gentler on the environment and worker health than their conventional counterparts. Many are available in the health food sections of local supermarkets. For ideas, visit www.newdream.org/marketplace/cocoa.php
  • Look for eco-friendly jewelry and gifts. For ideas, visit www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/valentines-day-47021401

Staff Updates

New Employees

Pamela Gilmore          Student Services Assistant                  FOC #10          457-2686

Robert Medrano          Central Registration Clerk                   FOC # 02         457-5231

Janee Pannkuk           Transition Coordinator, P*3 Grant        FOC # 08         TBA

Stacia Payne              Central Registration Clerk                   FOC # 02         457-5231

Separations                                        Last Day

Pamela Lewis-Rodriguez                        Feb. 3

Tamara Tsvid                                       Feb. 3

Val Rosenbaum                                    Feb. 5

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Pamela Gilmore

Robert Medrano

Janee Pannkuk

Stacia Payne

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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