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Inside Story for Friday, May 21, 2010

For the Right Price, A 1998 Ford Escort Could Be Yours

MCC is accepting bids for the sale of a red 1998 Ford Escort SE four-door sedan with 82,000 miles. Features include air conditioning, dual front air bags, power windows and cruise control.

The car was purchased as a salvaged vehicle by MCC. Students in the Auto Body program, under the supervision of Auto Collision instructors, restored the vehicle to its current excellent condition.

The minimum bid for this vehicle is $1,400. To receive photos of the vehicle, email rhanneman@mccneb.edu. To look at the Ford Escort in person, contact Sharon or Mary at 763-5800 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. The car is located at the Applied Technology Center, 104th and State streets in Omaha.

The Ford Escort will be sold as is with no warranties or guarantees.

Textbook Prices Now Online

Starting June 1, students will have access to textbook prices through the online class schedule. By simply clicking on the textbook icon adjacent to section information, they can view the title, price and other information on their textbooks.

Contact Rich Hanneman with questions at 457-2739.

New Grade Scanners En Route

New grade scanners will be installed College-wide during the break between Spring and Summer quarters. An initial supply of new answer sheets will also be provided. The new scanners are very easy to use and will come with a set of simple operating instructions. In-service training covering all the features of the new scanners will be provided during Fall quarter startup activities.  Questions? Contact the Campus Dean/Center Director at your location or Larry Lindberg, 457-1312.

Health Information Technology Program Receives Approval

The Coordinating Commission for Post Secondary Education has approved a new program of study, Health Information Technology (HITP). Beginning this Fall, MCC will offer online classes supported, in part by a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is for incumbent workers currently employed in the fields of information technology or healthcare.  When more specifics are known about the application process, an announcement will be posted on the MCC homepage.

Have You Nominated a Student Leader?

The Service-Learning Office seeks outstanding student leaders to attend MCC's first Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at FOC. The conference, entitled "Envision-Engage-Lead-Serve," will include multiple speakers and breakout sessions on topics including entrepreneurship, community action, service-learning, career-seeking skills, overcoming life obstacles and international issues.

Students will be invited to the event based on faculty and staff nominations. Nominate outstanding student leaders by Friday, June 4, by emailing Elizabeth McPhail, eamcphail1@mccneb.edu, with the student's name and ID number.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McPhail or Penny Boykins in the Service-Learning Office.

Dave Golda Receives Heart of Metro Award


The Heart of Metro Award recognizes MCC employees for their outstanding contributions to the College, students and community. Dave Golda, Elkhorn Valley Campus Building and Grounds Manager, received the award for the Spring quarter. Fellow MCC employees had this to say about Dave:

"Many times I shook his hand and just said 'Dave, thanks for everything you are doing for our College.' We need more people like Dave as an example to be followed in order to make the world better."

"He seems to have a supernatural ability to accept people and to serve them. While most of us fall into habits of complaining, it's hard to imagine Dave doing that. He is one of the most consistently kind, even-tempered and service-oriented people I've ever met!"

"Dave believes that his job is to make the rest of our jobs easier by doing his own job. He never complains about having to do even the smallest task when there are many other things that need to be done. In my 2.5 years as a full-time employee and eight years as an adjunct I have never worked with anyone that has such a good attitude towards his own job and those around him. Dave Golda is the Heart of Metro."

Hike to Help Refugees Donates Howard Buffett Book to MCC Library

bookFrom left to right: Kym Smith, MCC service-learning student; Phyllis Gosier, MCC library assistant; Mary L. Umberger, MCC faculty; and Noelle Diggins, MCC service-learning Student.   

Hike to Help Refugees, a service-learning organization, donated Howard Buffett's latest book, Fragile:  The Human Condition, to MCC libraries in appreciation for the work that MCC students, staff and the MCC Foundation have done to promote the local nonprofit organization. Hike to Help Refugees raises money for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees through a small electronics recycling program and an annual fundraising hike. By partnering with MCC's service-learning program, Hike to Help Refugees has involved more than 50 MCC students in its work over the past two years. 

Most recently, the MCC Foundation supported Hike to Help Refugees at a fundraiser that featured Howard Buffett, who works with refugees around the world through the United Nations World Food Programme. The MCC table seated former refugees who are students at the College, as well as current service-learning students who are working with Hike to Help Refugees. 

Utility Line Technician Students Host Rodeo

Students in the Utility Line Technician Program will show off their skills in the MCC Utility Linemans' Rodeo on Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public. Join students as they demonstrate their skills one last time before entering their internships.

Elder Fair Provides Free Resources

MCC is sponsoring an Elder Fair July 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus. The free event offers resources and workshops to seniors and caregivers. More than 50 organizations will provide information. The Walgreens Wellness Bus will provide free health screenings.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/elderfair.

Workshops Bring Playwrights, Public Together

Local and national playwrights will present readings of 47 new scripts as part of MCC's fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference. The selected scripts represent the top-rated works among a pool of more than 300 plays submitted for consideration for the annual event.

The daytime readings, part of the conference's playlab series, will be May 29-June 5 at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. The playlabs aim to help artists with the development of their scripts. All playlabs are free and open to the public.

Following each reading, a panel of master artists will discuss the plays and invite comments from the audience. The master artists include both local and national theater professionals who will lead workshops and group panels during the conference.

The artist-led workshops aim to enhance playwriting and acting skills and are open to the public. Workshops are $15 for the public and free for MCC students and employees.

For a full schedule of conference events, visit www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

Evening Performance Tickets Free for MCC Employees

A series of seven readings and performances at venues throughout Omaha will highlight the work of top-notch playwrights at MCC's fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 29-June 5. 

David Lindsay-Abaire, recognized as the Conference's 2010 honored playwright, will present two works: Fuddy Meers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole. Other performances and readings include avant-garde work from New York and new works by top national writers.

The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council.

Ticket vouchers are free for MCC students and employees. Email theatreconference@mccneb.edu  to request ticket vouchers.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Crime or Emergency by Sibyl Kempson
Performance with talkback following
Saturday, May 29, 9 p.m.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building
Cost: $10 

Waaxe's Law by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Sunday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden
Cost: $10 

Mountain Head with Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Short plays with talkback following
Monday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
KANEKO, 11th and Jones streets
Cost: $10 

Turpentine Jake by James E. Hurd Jr. and Linda Bannister
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Tuesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, Mainstage Theatre
Cost: $10 

The Writer's Voice with David Lindsay-Abaire, Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Reading and discussion of works
Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard Drew Theatre
Cost: $10

Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

For more information on tickets and performances, visit the Great Plains Theatre Conference website at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference or call the Omaha Community Playhouse, (402) 553-0800.

Competition Challenges Commuters to Use Alternative Transportation

logoThe MetrO! Commuter Challenge 2010 invites Omahans to get around town without driving alone: by cycling, walking, carpooling or riding buses. Participants compete to see who can reduce the most single occupancy trips.

The challenge begins on May 17 and runs through Aug. 15. Carpool, ride your bike, take the bus, walk to work or combine these transportation options to compete. Explore new ways of getting around town while reducing our carbon footprint. Prizes may be awarded.

The competition is sponsored by Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Activate Omaha. More information will be available as the contest approaches. Visit www.metrorideshare.org/en-US/ for more information.

Weekly Green Tip

Weekly Green Tip
It's farmers' market time again. Here are some great reasons to visit a farmers' market.

  • Find foods not available in a grocery store.
  • Enjoy fresh sweet corn. Fresh from the field means fantastic flavor!
  • Purchase a pretty plant indigenous to Nebraska.
  • Meet with a master gardener.
  • Have fun with your family and friends. Many farmers' markets feature special events, such as cooking demonstrations, music, festivals and more.
  • Get really fresh food that didn't travel long distances to reach you. Freshly picked produce not only tastes better, it keeps longer too.
  • Buy a beautiful bouquet of locally grown flowers.
  • Get to know your farmer. Ask questions about how the food was grown, how to cook it and more.
  • Support your local economy. If every household in Nebraska spent $10 weekly on Nebraska-produced food, $7,008,800 would stay in the local economy EACH week. That's $30,371,466 every month and over $364,457,600 per year! (Source: 2006 US Census Bureau, based on 700,880 occupied living units.)

For more tips and recipe ideas, view the pdf.

MCC in the News

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees

Cathy Heffernan             Associate Dean of Academic Affairs                  FOC 30           457-2715

Michael Rains                 Custodian                                                       EVC                289-6312

Abbas Zebary                 Custodian                                                      EVC                289-6312

Separations               Last Day

Glen Adams                  5/14/10

Stephanie Kracl             5/14/10

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Cathy Heffernan


Michael Rains 


Abbas Zebary  


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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