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Inside Story for Friday, April 09, 2010

Have You Completed Your Master Plan Survey?

As an employee, your input and involvement will be critical to the success of the updated master plan. Send your feedback and ideas for MCC by taking the short Employee Survey. You are also invited to attend a Community Meeting on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC or Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center. Additionally, JJR will be visiting each location during their next visit. Those dates and times will be posted on the web site when available.

Many of you have already been involved in the planning process, and we look forward to more of you joining in the planning.

For more information or to leave a comment for the project team, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan.

Fair Celebrates World Cultures


MCC's International Fair on April 14 will feature food and entertainment from around the world. The event, at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Highlights include West African dance,  Indian classical dance, Australian Digeridoo music, a fashion show, a barber shop quartet, Latin American and Spanish dance and a drama exploring the hijab traditionally worn by Muslim women.

For more information, check out the full schedule.

17 SkillsUSA Students Qualify for National Conference

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Seventeen students won gold medals at the state SkillsUSA conference in Columbus, Neb., earning spots at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 21-25.

More than 800 students participated in 87 different contests at the state conference March 25-27. MCC college and high school students who won first place in their respective contests and qualified for the national conference include: Michael Weigner, Andy Bowser, Sabina Maharjan, Erin Parisien, Michael Bebout, Mike Walding, Ben Johnson, Mackenzie Frei, Bob Kasel, Daniel Kessell, Chris Waszig, Zachary Pechacek, Jacob Craven and Travis Callan. Bridget Murphy, Elise DeMaranville and Justine Heatley, pictured above, also won first place.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in public schools, career and technical centers and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. This year, SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs. SkillsUSA has served more than nine million members.

At the SkillsUSA national conference, more than 5,000 students will compete in more than 87 occupational and leadership skill areas. Students participate as voting delegates for their state, elect their national officers, conduct the business of their organization, meet with business and industry representatives and hear from government officials.

MCC Students Recognized for Academic Excellence

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On March 31, the 2010 All-Nebraska Academic Team was recognized at a ceremony at the state capitol in Lincoln. Seven MCC students were recognized: Colton Hegge, Cynthia Watts, Terri Booth, John Baker, Amber Johnson, Sherrie Porter and Kimberly Stuhr.

The All-Nebraska Academic Team program provides statewide recognition to outstanding two-year college students. It is based on the national All-USA Academic Team program sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. Winners are selected on the basis of completed applications, written essays, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership and service to the college and the community. Each Nebraska college president was encouraged to nominate two students per location to the team.

The All-State Academic Team Program offers the unique opportunity for each All-USA nominee and nominating institution from participating states to receive statewide recognition regardless of the nominee's ranking in the All-USA Academic Team competition.

How Big is Your Footprint? MCC Celebrates Earth Day, April 22


Find out how big your footprint is on Thursday, April 22, as MCC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with activity stands set up at several MCC locations including the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by to gauge their impact on the environment by calculating individual carbon footprint scores. Learn what a carbon footprint is and what simple steps you can take to reduce the size of your footprint.

Take steps now to reduce your footprint and remember to wear green on Earth Day, April 22.

MCC Artists Featured in Welding Exhibit

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.

Give Blood, Give Life

The Fort Omaha Campus is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 7, Room 107. Sign up for your life-saving appointment at www.givebloodgivelife.org and search by sponsor code 68, or call (800)-GiveLife.

 For more information, contact Charlene West, cwest1@cccneb.edu or 457-2208.

Volunteers Needed to Remove South Omaha Graffiti

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The MCC Service-Learning Office is hosting Get UR Good On... Again! on Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to remove graffiti in South Omaha.

MCC students, faculty and staff are invited to join this effort. The first 100 students, faculty and staff to sign up to volunteer will receive a free T-shirt with a winning design by MCC art student Vince Powell.

Bus transportation will be available from Fort Omaha Campus to the job site. Pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off will be at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Kyle Van Dusen, 457-2606 or ktvandusen@mccneb.edu. For more information, visit the Service-Learning web site.

International Enrollment Office Seeks Winter Coats

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

The coat drive ends April 14. Donations after that date will be accepted by the Career Closet. Drop off winter coats at the International Office, FOC 30, Room 120A, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Employee Professional Development

New! Spanish for Requesting Personal Information and Data
This comprehensive Spanish-language program provides immediate access to functional language skills for non-Spanish-speaking individuals who need to acquire specific personal information and data from Spanish-speakers. The language component utilizes phonetic encoding to address the most important Spanish commands, questions and phrases pertinent to daily interactions. No prior knowledge of Spanish necessary.

Friday, April 23-May 28, 2-4 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 116A
Registration deadline April 20. 

Microsoft Access (2007) for the Workplace
This course with instructor Bonnie Nelson will introduce you to the Access 2007 database terminology and environment. You will learn basic components of a database. You will create and use tables, simple queries, forms and reports. The interrelationships among each of these components will become clearer.

April 26, 8 a.m.-noon
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 114
Registration deadline April 21. 

If there is enough interest, an Access session can also be scheduled on another MCC campus or at SOC on either May 20 or 27. Contact Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu.

Only One Class Until Fall Quarter 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 will be with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor.

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

Courses may be canceled 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.

Energize your body, calm your mind with yoga
Register for the professional development course Lunchtime Yoga with instructor Browyn Gaines by emailing Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu with a CC to your supervisor. Include MCC ID#, employment status (FT, PT, ADJT, TEMP) and if you are not a FT or PT Regular employee, include the cost center that will pay for the course. 

Fridays, April 16-May 21, noon-1 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 216
Registration deadline April 13
Section: PDEV 001N W134 (10/AP)

Weekly Green Tip

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Use microwave ovens when possible because they use less energy and require shorter cooking times than conventional ovens. And in the summer, they have the additional advantage of producing less heat in the kitchen.

Do you have a green tip to share with your MCC colleagues? Submit ideas to djlawse@mccneb.edu.

HR Updates

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Mary Bemore                                        April 9, 2010

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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