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Inside Story for Friday, April 16, 2010

Heart of Metro Nominations Due Today

Today, Friday, April 16, is the deadline for Heart of Metro nominations for the Spring quarter. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Submit your nomination online.

Questions? Contact Kay Friesen, kfriesen@mccneb.edu or 457-2878.

Facilities Master Plan Team Announces Location Visits

Hundreds of students, community members and staff members have taken the Facilities Master Plan survey. Have you? There's still time to submit your input. The Employee Survey will be available through April.

MCC will host Community Meetings on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC and Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center. Help shape education in your community by participating.

Location Visits
JJR will be visiting the commons areas to solicit feedback from students, faculty and staff during the following times:

Monday, April 26
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sarpy Center and South Omaha Campus

Tuesday, April 27
Noon-1 p.m.
Applied Technology Center, Elkhorn Valley Campus and Fort Omaha Campus

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help MCC set the stage for future college growth. As an employee, your input and involvement will be critical to the success of the plan. Visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan for more information.

How Do I 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.

To request software, follow the procedure below:

  1. Staff members: After receiving approval from the cost center manager, request software purchase by completing and submitting one of these online forms in the Forms Bank:
    1. Request to Purchase and Install New Software form for new purchases, or
    2. 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. 
    1. Be sure to read the email; it will specify the next steps necessary to purchase the software.

Review and follow the above process when you need to purchase software.  If you have any questions, email Vicki Spilker or call 457-2921.

Magazine Scam Alert

MCC's Public Safety Office has been alerted to a scam involving door-to-door magazine sellers in Omaha and Fremont

According to reports from Omaha and Fremont residents, the door-to-door magazine sellers claim to be MCC students fundraising for a trip or other activity, said Mark Sundermeier, MCC Assistant Director of Public Safety.

Community members should be aware that MCC is not associated with any door-to-door fundraising activities.

MCC Public Safety suggests that residents who are approached by salespeople claiming to have ties with MCC report the incident to the police by dialing 911.

Dance, Music Performances Draw Diverse Crowd

Digeridoo playerAfrican dancer

About 1,500 people attended MCC's 21st Annual International Fair on April 14 at South Omaha Campus.

Students from Druid Hill Elementary School, Beveridge Magnet Middle School and McMillan Magnet Middle School participated.

MCC is 'Walking into Wellness'

Employees really stepped up to the challenge! MCC's 8-Week Team Walking Challenge includes 41 teams with a 323 participants. Armed with pedometers provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, team members will track their steps each day during the eight-week period from April 1 through May 31, as well other physical activities that can be converted into steps.

Team captains will record their teams' average number of steps per day and will tally their teams' final results for incentive purposes. At the end of the eight-week challenge, prizes (courtesy of BCBS, WELCOM) will be awarded based on the teams' ability to reach pre-established goals.   

When you see someone strutting by you on the sidewalk or swiftly passing you in the hallway, be sure to ask how many steps they've taken that day!

Team Name                                                                                           Team Captain

•1.      And Two From South                                                                    Glen Ross

•2.      The Babes                                                                                   Debbie Flower

•3.      Boys of Company C-SHEEPDOGS                                                  Emery Bashus

•4.      Country Club Cruisers                                                                  Tom McDonnell

•5.      The Fantastic 5                                                                             Lynn Smith

•6.      Fantastic Four From Five                                                                Jahnie Bartlett

•7.      Foot Loose and Fat Free                                                                 Bridget Murphy

•8.      Getting' Fit                                                                                    Bernadine Cutsor

•9.      GFY Walkers                                                                                 Brandi Carter

•10.  The Happy Hoofers                                                                          Denise Bolten

•11.  High Steppers                                                                                 Deb Holst

•12.  Hot to Trot                                                                                      Sharon Smith

•13.  HR Puff-n-Stuff                                                                                Karla Stoltenberg

•14.  INFO Walking Team                                                                         Jamie Bridgham

•15.  Mahoney Hot Mama's                                                                       Jacquie Woods

•16.  The One-Ten Wanna-Bees                                                                Marcia Molle

•17.  The Meanderers                                                                               Jake Link

•18.  Pac-Man                                                                                          Jennifer Ingraham

•19.  Rigorous Racers                                                                               Ruth Schindler

•20.  Sister Jane and the CONverts I                                                          Jane Smith

•21.  Sister Jane and the CONverts II                                                        Jane Smith

•22.  SOC-It-To-Em's                                                                               Marsha Reed

•23.  Step Sistas                                                                                      Vicki Spilker

•24.  Sole Mates                                                                                      Colleen Hernandez

•25.  Soul Steppers                                                                                  Cynthia Gooch

•26.  Sole Stompers                                                                                 Sheila O'Connor

•27.  South Omaha Step-by-Step Walkers                                                  Joe Schmidt

•28.  Team Green                                                                                    Laura Thayer-Mencke

•29.  The Trekking Terps                                                                          Tina Work

•30.  TRIO Steppers                                                                                 Debbie LaHoda

•31.  The 12 STEPS Program                                                                     James Kuester

•32.  Valley Walkers                                                                                 Chris Tarr

•33.  Walk-n-Talk                                                                                     Marilyn Cotten

•34.  Walking Stiffs                                                                                   Gary Kucera

•35.  Wicked Walkers of the West                                                               Janet McCarthy

•36.  Wii Not Fit                                                                                         Burt Cantell

•37.  Wacky Wacka Wackas                                                                       Karen Rodgers

•38.  We Like To Move It, Move It                                                               LeAnn Stover

•39.  Wonder Walkers                                                                               Laura McMullan

•40.  WTF (Walking to Fitness)                                                                    Daniel Lawse

•41.  YWCAW! (Yes We Can and Will)                                                          Melinda Classen

Walking into Wellness at MCC in 2010

The following Wellness Connection newsletter is provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska.  To view the spring wellness newsletter, click: www.bluehealthadvantagene.com/_docs/WellnessConnection_Spring_2010.pdf

Find more health and wellness tips online at www.bcbsne.com/members.

Celebrate Earth Day: Wear Green, Reduce Your Footprint

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Show your support for the Earth by wearing green on Thursday, April 22, as MCC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Discover how big your footprint is at activity stands at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses and Sarpy and Fremont Area centers. Students and staff are invited to stop by and 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.

Recycle Small Electronics at MCC to Help Refugees

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Do you have old, small electronics taking up drawer space?  Bring them to a recycle drop box on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, in the South Omaha Campus Connector or Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 102. 

The following items will be accepted: laptops, cell phones, PDAs, iPods or MP3 players, video games and video game consoles, digital cameras, DVDs and inkjet or laser cartridges. Not accepted: televisions or desktop monitors.

Proceeds from this recycling project, through Recycle4Refugees, will go to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the only organization with an international mandate to protect refugees. UNHCR estimates there are about 32 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the world, 80 percent of whom are women and children.

In one easy act, you can help keep small electronics out of landfills, help refugees around the world and clean up clutter.

MCC to Host Golf Outing

Golf poster

MCC is hosting a golf scramble on Friday, June 25, at Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St. Registration is $60 per person or $240 per four-person team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a burger buffet following the tournament.

You can register as a single and be placed on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. For information, contact Linda Hoagland, 457-2403 or lhoagland@mccneb.edu.

Proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Send your check and registration form no later than Tuesday, June 15. Checks will not be cashed until after June 15.

Free Community CPR Training

Free CPR training sessions will be Saturday, April 24, at Clarkson College at 41st and Dodge streets. Sessions will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

To register by phone, call 552-2432.    

Omaha Chamber Unveils South Omaha Master Plan

Check out the vision for South Omaha as the Greater Omaha Chamber unveils the South Omaha Development Project Master Plan.  Community meetings are free and open to the public.




Sunday, April 18

noon-2 p.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe
5005 S. 23rd St.
Church Social Hall

Spanish and English open house and luncheon

Tuesday, April 20

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Community College
South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center Conference Center

Spanish and English open house and community showcase

For more information about the South Omaha Development Project or to get involved, contact Karen Mavropoulos, Project Coordinator, at 978-7929.

MCC Staff to Walk in Cinco de Mayo Parade

A group from the South Omaha Campus will be walking in the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. To join the group, contact Terry Doyle, 738-4627, or Arlene Jordan, 402-738-4600. T- shirts will be available to those participating.

Youth Concert to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

SugarStrings band

Three talented young strings players will help raise money for Haiti relief efforts at the Help for Haiti concert April 30, 7-9 p.m., at North High Magnet School, 4410 N. 36th St.

Twelve-year-olds Mira and Adé Williams and 18-year-old Ayanna Williams of SugarStrings have thrilled audiences with exuberant performance at events including Macy's Flower Show, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will join the Omaha-based Darryl White Band at the fundraising event.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, contact Fred Conley at (402) 707-8915 or fconley@daviscompanies.com.

Volunteers Needed to Remove South Omaha Graffiti

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.

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.

Vazquez Receives Public Service Award

On Friday, April 9, Maria Vazquez, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, received the 2010 University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Services (CPACS)  Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Vazquez was one of ten alumni recipients who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the public good.

MCC Leaders Recognized for Service

Service Award with First Lady

Two MCC leaders received the 2010 First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Award. MCC student Esther "Queen" Tucker, who serves as Volunteer Coordinator through the AmeriCorps program, was recognized in the student leader category by Nebraska's First Lady, Sally Ganem. Crystal Rhoads, Chair of the MCC Board of Governors, was recognized in the adult leader category.

Tucker was recognized for her leadership in strengthening MCC's Service-Learning Office and creating the 200-member Volunteer Corps. Rhoades, Assistant Executive Director for the Neighborhood Center, was recognized for supporting and empowering neighborhood leaders to find solutions to crime, safety, housing and health issues.

Trimpey Reelected Vice President of Education Association

Dental Assisting Instructor Joan Trimpey was reelected Vice President of the Higher Education Academy District of the Nebraska State Education Association. This district includes all six community colleges, all Nebraska state colleges and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Membership in the district is diverse, representing classified staff, paraprofessionals and faculty.

Employee Professional Development

New! Excel Formulas, Functions and Charts
This course is for those who have basic Excel skills and want to improve their formula and function skills. Charting dates and modifying charts will also be covered. Bring any specific questions or problems and they will be covered if time permits.

Friday, May 21, 1-5 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 114
Registration deadline: May 18

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

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.

MCC in the News

MCC in the News

Recent Grants

  • A $730,000 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department through 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will train 150 unemployed or underemployed adults as health information technology professionals. For more information, view the MCC press release; or take a look at KETV's coverage of the grant.
  • A $64,010 grant from the Sherwood Foundation will fund a full-time specialist to work with OPS Bright Start Program students and increase early college enrollment
  • A $40,870 grant will offer Command Spanish training to 250 OPS staff members.
  • A $3,976 from the Nebraska Arts Council via the Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts supported the 2010 International Fair.
  • A $1,150 grant from NASA/UNO provided a hands-on workshop for instructor with Dr. Richard Komp, expert in solar power and energy.
  • $5,000 from the Nebraska Humanities Council will fund ten Humanities Scholars who are participating in the Great Plains Theatre Conference.
  • $750 from the Nebraska Arts Council funded A visit with Madam CJ Walker, a performance by Joanna Maddox portraying Walker, the first black female millionaire.
  • $1,000 from NASA/UNO provided for physics instructor Kendra Sibbernsen's travel and presentation on capturing cosmic rays with digital SLR cameras at the American Physical Society national conference.

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.

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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