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Inside Story for Friday, March 19, 2010

MCC Staff Member Serves Injured Haitians

Todd Card visits children in a Haitian orphanage.

Todd Card's supplies were common enough in America: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, saline, bandages and antibiotics.

But in post-earthquake Haiti, what he carried was vital. Card, a recruiter at Metropolitan Community College, and a team of 11 medical professionals from Omaha Rapid Response visited Haiti Feb. 7-17 to treat patients injured in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island Jan. 12.

The group wasn't there to provide critical medical attention; rather, their goal was to provide care for minor cuts and scrapes, diarrhea, dehydration, allergies, and more- problems that become critical for Haitians without access to clean food and water. The group set up temporary clinics in towns and camps and made home visits to injured patients. They also delivered food supplies.

Card, moved by the suffering following the earthquake, jumped at the chance to use his Emergency Medical Technician training and join the Omaha Rapid Response team.

"In your mind you always think, 'This is terrible. I wish there was something to do about that,'" he said. "Then the email came, and I thought it was something I could do."

The group also spent time in the rural town of Gonaives, where Omaha Rapid Response had worked prior to the earthquake. Although not affected by the earthquake itself, the town has become the home of thousands of people displaced by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

Card hopes to join the team again as it continues to help those in need in Haiti. Although he took heart from the visible presence of many aid organizations in Haiti, "there's so much more that needs to be done."

"I think it's hard for us to really grasp the reality of people not eating, or a shanty made up of four tree limbs and a sheet on top," he said. "But people need to understand it is very real, and it's right next door."

Viewing the Cosmos Through a Camera

A DSLR captures a cosmic ray.

MCC physics instructor Kendra Sibbernsen peers into the mysteries of space through the electronics of a digital camera.

The astronomy buff discovered a way to photograph cosmic rays-high-energy particles from space that bombard the earth in all directions. Showers of the particles fall to Earth when the rays strike the atmosphere. "The cosmic rays are hitting us right now," she explains.

Sibbernsen captures cosmic rays by removing the lens, leaving on the body cap and opening her DSLR shutter for five to ten minutes. The camera records images of very small, white dots and streaks-the telltale signs of a cosmic ray. In the past, astronomers would use unwieldy, expensive equipment to capture this celestial phenomenon, but Sibbernsen hopes that digital cameras will make astrophysics accessible to anyone with access to a DSLR, including students.

Sibbernsen was awarded a travel grant from NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium to take her cosmic rays experience to the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting Feb. 12-17 in Washington, D.C. She talked about how digitally captured cosmic rays might be used in the classroom.

One idea would challenge advanced astronomy students to examine the levels they record of cosmic rays indoors, outdoors, with or without light or at different altitudes.

"It gets them thinking about responses that are unusual or unexpected, and that's exciting," Sibbernsen said.

Non-Standard Software Installation on College Computers

Non-standard software is defined as any software not identified as standard-load software and routinely installed on all College-owned computers. For a current list of the standard-load software, visit www.mccneb.edu/its/standardload.asp.

If you would like non-standard software installed on a College-owned computer, you must fill out and submit the Request to Install Non-Standard Software Form. If the College needs to purchase the software before installation, complete the Request to Purchase and Install New Software Form instead.  Allow up to three weeks from the time the software is received for the software to be installed. This lead time is necessary to ensure the software is compatible with MCC's existing standard-load software and accomplish the installation.

Completion of the form prior to installation will help ensure the College remains in compliance with all software licensing agreements and minimize any liability.

Memberships Available for Henry Doorly Zoo

Henry Doorly Zoo's Madagascar exhibit opens this spring. This expedition to Madagascar does not require special travel arrangements or shots, and admission to the zoo provides your passport. You will be able to see the fish, reptiles, small mammals and the lemurs that are unique to this area.

Your Henry Doorly Zoo membership will provide unlimited access to this new area-as well as all the other exhibits the zoo offers.

If interested in acquiring a membership, fill out this membership form and return it to Pat Smith via campus mail to the Connector Building at South Omaha Campus. 

This year, membership costs $78 if the form is submitted by Friday, April 2.  Though it is an increase from last year, note that a membership has paid for itself once a family of four makes only two visits. To pay by check, attach it to the form; to use a credit card for payment, be sure to sign the form. Also, indicate your campus and building in order to return the membership to you by campus mail.  

After the spring membership drive ends April 6, the membership price increases to $88, and the memberships are only available directly from the zoo.

For questions, contact Pat Smith at 738-4681 or psmith@mccneb.edu.

Coat donations help make winter a little easier

Please donate coats flier

The International Enrollment Office and Service-Learning department are looking for coat donations to aid international students who might not be prepared for harsh Nebraska winters.

The coat drive will be March 17-April 14. Drop off winter coats at the International Office, FOC 30, Room 120A, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Employee Professional Development

Only One Class Left to Renew First Aid Certificate
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. Classes are with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor.

Friday, April 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Bldg., Room 521
Enrollment deadline is April 23.

The course may be cancelled a week prior to the scheduled date if enrollment minimums are not met.

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

Energize the Body and Calm the Mind with Yoga
Lunchtime Yoga Section # 10/AP PDEV 001N WI04 with Browyn Gaines, instructor, will be Apr. 8-May 13, noon-1 p.m. at SOC CON 249. Register for this professional development course by emailing Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu (with a CC to your supervisor) including MCC ID number, employment status (FT, PT, ADJT, TEMP). If the status is not FT or PT Regular, include the cost center that will pay for the course.

Noncredit Online Courses Available
CET's noncredit online courses are also open to MCC staff as part of professional development training.  More than 150 online courses are available in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish.  A new series of online courses began March 17 but is open for enrollment until March 23.

MCC Seeks IFEX Coordinator

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INSTITUTE FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE (IFEX) COORDINATOR
PART-TIME TEMPORARY
AREA WIDE 

Coordinate all faculty development offerings for full and part time MCC faculty. Serve as the primary college and community contact for the IFEX faculty team.  Communicate offerings to the faculty and college-wide community.  Work in partnership with other IFEX faculty members and faculty members throughout Metro to develop and market workshop offerings.  Provide leadership in coordinating and managing both student and faculty learning community activities and cohort learning initiatives.  Responsible for development and oversight of two annual Instructional Staff Development Days, assistance with New Faculty Institute and PETS workshops, learning community activities and communication of faculty development offerings.  QUALIFICATIONS: Position is open to current full-time or adjunct faculty able to make a two-year commitment to perform duties at a .50 FTE level (15-20 hours per week during the academic year). Experiences with faculty development, learning community coordination, and strong organizational skills are preferred. Work weeks and hours to be determined and may require occasional evenings and weekends.

A completed application and resume required. To be guaranteed consideration, application materials must be received Sunday, April 2, 2010.

Complete an application online at www.mccnebjobs.com or completed online at the Human Resources Office at the Fort Omaha Campus located at North 30th & Fort Streets, Building #32, Omaha, Nebraska 68111. Office hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications can also be completed online at the Fort Omaha Campus Library (457-2306), Elkhorn Valley Campus Library (289-1206), and the South Omaha Campus Career Center (738-4555). Please contact them to verify the hours of operation.  

Weekly Green Tip

Keep your freezer full - the more items inside, the less the freezer has to work. Check door seals to make sure they are tight, keep in a cool location and label food items for quick identification.

HR Updates

New Employees

Gary Griffin                   Student Resources Specialist                FOC 30               457-2484

Kyle Kinney                   Student Resources Specialist                FOC 30               457-2482

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin

Kyle Kinney

Kyle Kinney

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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