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Inside Story for Friday, March 12, 2010

Master Plan Team Seeks Feedback

The Master Plan Update team would like to thank faculty that participated in the Master Planning input session March 8.  JJR presented an overview to all faculty and conducted two elective input sessions in the afternoon. The response to those input sessions was incredible, requiring some participants to stand as it was a full house.

During the input sessions JJR gathered valuable feedback and ideas to help shape the plan moving forward. To give input, visit the web site at www.mccneb.edu/masterplan. JJR will visit many MCC locations in April to gather additional feedback from faculty, staff and students.  Those dates and locations will be announced on the web site and in the Inside Story when they become available.

MCC Kicks Off Women's History Month

Insightful lectures and dramas bring to light a history rich with female leadership during MCC's month-long celebration, Writing Women Back into History.

Scheduled events include:


The End Is Nothing, the Road Is All.

A Jazz Interpretation of the Works of Willa Cather

Join Susie Thorne and her band for a musical journey through the life and times of Willa Cather. Thorne will walk through short vignettes taken from Willa Cather novels along with a more personal insight into the life of this American author. She credits the PBS American Masters documentary The Road Is All for its informative biography of Willa Cather and a source of information for this concert.

Wednesday, March 17

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107

The Metro Omaha Women's Business Center

A catalyst analysis of women in business indicated that women in 2008 accounted for 46.3 percent of the U.S. labor force and held 50.6 percent of management and professional jobs, but the numbers dropped off from there. Women were 15.7 percent of corporate officers in Fortune 500 companies, held 15.2 percent of those companies' board seats and were among 6.2 percent of top earners. Only 3 percent were CEOs. Join B.C. Clark, President and Executive Director, and learn how the Metro Omaha Women's Business Center endeavors to accelerate the success of women business owners and professional women by helping to create economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, March 24

11 a.m.-noon

South Omaha Campus, Conference Center


A Visit with Madame C.J. Walker

Joanna Maddox, B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Georgia and a touring artist with the National Women's History Project, presents a dramatization of Madam C.J. Walker, a woman who rose from the cotton fields to become the first black female millionaire. Walker made

her fortune by developing and marketing hair and skin products for black women around the world. MCC is offering this program with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council.

Tuesday, March 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107


Lavinia Dock: Public Health Nurse and Suffragist

Beth Furlong, Creighton University School of Nursing, presents a one-woman drama of Miss Lavinia Dock, one of the important nurse and society leaders during the 19th and 20th centuries. Dock was a public health nurse, nurse leader/writer/historian, social activist, labor organizer, suffragist and peace activist.

Thursday, April 1

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114

How to Request Software Purchases

The Software Review Committee has been reviewing all proposed software purchases/renewals since August 2003.  This process was developed in a continuing effort to be cost effective, support institutional effectiveness and provide software users with a solid support system.

When you need to purchase software, follow the procedure below:

 1.      After receiving approval from the cost center manager, a staff member requests a software purchase by completing and submitting one of the following online forms in the Forms Bank:

a.      Request to Purchase and Install New Software form for new purchases, or

b.      Request to Purchase Software Upgrades, Maintenance or Tech Support form for existing software.

2.      The request will be sent to the Software Review Committee for analysis.

3.      If the software request is non-supported/non-approved, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email.

4.      If the software request is approved by the Software Review Committee, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email. 

5.      Be sure to read the email; it will specify the next steps necessary to purchase the software.

For questions, email Vicki Spilker or call 457-2921.

Heart of Metro Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Heart of Metro Award.

 Criteria for the award

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years
  • Employees must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Lead change
    • Foster an inclusive workplace
    • Work smart
    • Respect diversity
    • Be service centered

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 16. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Online nominations may be submitted at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Recognize a deserving colleague today!

Welding Exhibition Features MCC staff

MCC staff and faculty members are participating in a first-ever exhibit of welded art by local women April 9-10 at the Bancroft Street Market Gallery, 10th and Bancroft streets. Sharon Boynton, Linda Hoagland, Hanne Kruse and Peggy Ritschel are featured artists.

The Women Who Weld show features the unveiling of a metal quilt art installation. Each participating artist created a square inspired by the theme Freedom to Move. The quilt squares will be auctioned opening night to benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Dystonia is a disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily.

The opening reception is Friday, April 9, 7-10 p.m., and the exhibition continues Saturday, April 10, noon-9 p.m.

Classes remain to renew first aid certification

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED

MCC staff who trained and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 need to renew their certificates, as they expire this year. Through April, Heartsaver classes will be the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. All classes are 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Bldg., Room 521.


March 26 - Enrollment deadline March 19

April 30 - Enrollment deadline April 23

Courses may be cancelled a week prior to their scheduled date if enrollment minimums are not met.

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

Weekly Green Tip

When boiling foods, keep the amount of water used to a minimum. Raising the temperature of excess water wastes energy.

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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