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Inside Story for Friday, June 18, 2010

Collegewide Auction Set for August

The Collegewide Auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 7, at FOC Bldg. 25. Now is the time to look at any of your unwanted items to send to Central Stores for the Collegewide Auction.

How to Contribute Items:

  1. Fill out the Move, turn in, transfer of non microcomputer equipment form that can be found in the Forms Bank.
  2. Send that form to Central Stores, which will schedule a time to pick up the items.
  3. For questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

Improving Service to Callers

In an effort to reduce the number of multiple transfers, advise the Call Center of changes in your department that might affect to where the Call Center transfers incoming calls. Additionally, if a program or event is expected to generate phone calls to the College, make the Call Center aware of the program and where to direct any related calls. Often, visitors' first point of contact with MCC is the Call Center. With your help, the Call Center can better serve the College and those visitors. Contact the Call Center at callcenter@mccneb.edu.

Heart of Metro Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Summer quarter 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

Employee 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, July 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!

Auto Collision Program Receives NATEF Certification

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) recently recertified MCC's Auto Collision Program for another five years. The purpose of the Collision Repair and Finish Technician Training Certification Program is to improve the quality of training at the secondary and postsecondary levels. NATEF does not endorse specific curricular materials nor provide instruction; it does, however, set standards for the content of instruction, which includes tasks, tools and equipment, hours and instructor qualifications. 

The four collision repair and refinish areas that were certified were:

  • Structural analysis and damage repair
  • Non-structural analysis and damage repair (body components)
  • Mechanical and electrical components
  • Painting and refinishing

NATEF assigned an on-site evaluation team leader from Kirksville Technical Center in Kirksville, Mo., to work with two local Automotive Collision industry leaders to evaluate and observe the MCC's program. 

From the NATEF Foundation:  "We commend you and your staff for maintaining your program's standards and continuing to meet the industry's requirements. The explosion in automotive technology makes your high-quality automotive training program more valuable than ever."

Students Prepare for National Contest


MCC Auto Collision students will represent MCC in the SkillsUSA National Contest in Kansas City June 24. Travis Callan, pictured above preparing a truck for painting, participated in SkillsUSA this spring against other state contestants and won the college division of Automotive Refinising. Student Andy Bowser will be participating in the high school division of Collision Repair Technology at the same conference. 

Nominate Students for Leadership Conference

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, July 9, by emailing Elizabeth McPhail, eamcphail1@mccneb.edu, making sure to include the student's name and ID number.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McPhail or Penny Boykins in the Service-Learning Office, 457-2608.

Registration Info for CNG Conversion Class

MCC will host a workshop on compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle conversion June 28-July 1 at the South Omaha Campus. 

The conversion training will be provided by Nick Wagoner, a CSA Fuel System Inspector affiliated with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. Wagoner has more than 20 years of experience providing training to CNG fleets across the country. The workshop includes instruction on converting a Chevy van to operate on compressed natural gas.

Class space is limited. Contact Adam Smith, 457-2566, to register to participate.

  • Course Title:  Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion
  • Course #:  10/JU BSAD 102N WP06
  • Dates:  June 28 -July 1
  • Location:  SOC Automotive Shop
  • Contact Hours:  32 Hours
  • Cost:  $469 per person

MCC Students in Ghana


Led by Cynthia Gooch and Kojo Allen, five MCC students departed for Ghana, West Africa, on June 8.  The students will explore sites in Accra, the capitol city, and rural areas of Ghana as they study sociological and cultural aspects of Ghana. The 14-day trip includes interactions with a local university and visits to many sites including a street school education program, The Dubois Centre, a Kente weaving village, Wli waterfall, Akosombo Dam, Menhya Palace Museum, Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. MCC students will give presentations to a rural school in Atsiekpoe and participation in a batik workshop.

Watch for more pictures and information upon the groups return later in the month.

Thank You from the Jacobsen Family

Thank You from the Family

From Denise Jacobsen:

My family and I wish to thank everyone for the sympathy and condolences expressed during the recent death of our mother.

Thank you again for thinking of our family.

From the Family of Rosemary Jacobsen

Panel Discussions Part of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Join MCC for programming related to Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 457.2253.

PFLAG/GLSEN Diversity Panel
Wednesday, June 23
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Cafeteria Conference Rooms 136 B & C

Gain a better understanding of the community PFLAG/GLSEN serves through panel discussion. 

The mission of PFLAG-Omaha (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is "to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity."

The mission of GLSEN-Omaha (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) "strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

The PFLAG/GLSEN Speakers Bureau offers presentations and panels to "educate people about the realities of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay people by countering stereotypes and negative images in a non-confrontational style."

GLBT PANEL:  Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Policy Discussion
Friday, June 25
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Cafeteria Conference Rooms 136 B & C

Signed by former president Bill Clinton in 1993, the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces because "it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." Join in a discussion of current efforts to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Elder Fair Provides Free Resources

Omaha boasts many excellent resources for seniors and their caregivers, but often, individuals are not sure what resources are out there-or what they and loved ones need to know to plan for their older years.

MCC will bring these resources together at its first Elder Fair, July 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus. The fair features 50 booths from organizations and businesses relevant to adults ages 50 and older. Medical organizations, including the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus, will provide health information and free health screenings. Additionally, organizations including MCC will offer free workshops on topics such as caregiving, spirituality and aging, Alzheimer's warning signs, nutrition, the new healthcare law, computer basics and more.

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

Weekly Green Tip

Vacation Tip: Close the curtains or shades when you leave home. Depending on the season, keeping your curtains closed will insulate heat or keep your home cool. These steps could help you reduce your energy needs by up to 25 percent. If every home in America closed the curtains when it was sunny in the summer or cold in the winter, we'd save as much energy as Japan uses over the same amount of time. -The Green Book

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