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Inside Story for Friday, August 20, 2010

Scheduled MCC Network Maintenance

IT Services will conduct maintenance and upgrade activities to network infrastructure and servers starting at noon on Sunday, August 22, and Sunday, August 29. We expect services to be restored by 5 p.m. on both days. This activity is part of the College's preventative maintenance and upgrade plan. Short-term interruptions of the following network services will occur during the afternoon hours for all campuses: 

  • Access to email and voicemail servers, including student email
  • Access to data storage and print servers
  • Access to MCC web servers, including ANGEL web servers
  • Seven-digit in and out dialing at FOC

If you have any difficulties accessing the network Aug. 23 or Aug. 30, try rebooting your computer. If that does not solve the problem, contact the Help Desk for assistance at 457-2900.

Support Youth As Winner's Circle Mentor

The Winner's Circle is a nonprofit organization that partners community corporations with local elementary schools. As a Goal Buddy with the Winner's Circle, you will visit with a group of elementary age children about once a month to discuss reading, math and citizenship goals. By serving as a positive role model, you support the importance of goal setting as a life skill.

MCC employees have volunteered for this program in the 2009-2010 school year, and we are looking for a few more Goal Buddies for the 2010-2011 school year. MCC's designated elementary school is King Elementary.

In 2009-2010, 22 Goal Buddies at King Elementary contributed to achievements including:

  • 92 percent of students made their math and reading goals
  • 78 percent of students were recognized for meeting their citizenship goal
  • 960 achievement medals were awarded to students over the four quarters
  • 65 classrooms earned a $50 Winner's Circle incentive check over the four quarters

The Winner's Circle Program works to improve the academic achievement and citizenship of students in participating elementary schools by:

•·         Encouraging and rewarding student achievement in reading, math and citizenship through a program of setting goals, celebrating and rewarding goal achievement

  • Promoting involvement in student education from parents and guardians
  • Promoting community and corporate involvement
  • Fostering school cohesiveness, identity, and pride

The program works by setting up several short-term goals with students over the course of the academic year. The process consists of an initial visit to set the goal, a follow-up visit and a celebration to recognize goals that are met; this process then repeats.

Initial Goal Buddy Visit Dates

Follow Up Goal Buddy Visit Dates

Winner's Circle Celebration Dates

Sept. 8

Sept. 29

Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

Nov. 10

Dec. 1

Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

Jan. 26

Feb. 16

March 30   at 6 p.m.

April 13


May 11 at 2 p.m.

All Goal Buddy Visits start at 9:30 a.m.

To learn more about this program, attend an informational session in the newly remodeled Mule Barn (FOC 21) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, Room 101.

Joanne Poppleton, Program Director for Winner's Circle, will be on hand to discuss expectations and benefits. Contact Aimee Haugan with questions at 457-2604.

Fair to Promote Student Clubs and Organizations

Are you an advisor of a student organization? Sign up for MCC's Student Organization Fair to get the word out about your organization.

Student Affairs is hosting the fair at MCC locations in September to offer organizations the opportunity to promote their group and provide information and the opportunity visit with potential student members. Your participation will help highlight the variety of opportunities and activities MCC offers to students.

The dates of the fair are:

  • Fort Omaha Campus: Monday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • South Omaha Campus: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sarpy Center: Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

To reserve a spot for your student organization, contact Kristin Hoesing, klhoesing2@mccneb.edu or 457-2732, or Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Dkerwin@mccneb.edu or 289-1416.

Training and Development at MCC

As we enter the 2010/11 Fall Quarter we would like to introduce you to the Training and Development Department (TRDV) at MCC.

The purpose of this department is to provide MCC employees with courses, programs and services that address training and development needs focused on enhancing and strengthening job related skills. Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator of Training and Development, is available to consult with employees and their supervisors to design and implement an action plan around achieving desired outcomes. Faculty Development will continue to be provided through IFEX. Collaboration between departments on training is encouraged.

training and development modules

For further information contact: Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator of Training and Development, FOC 4, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu

Fall Quarter Celebration Scheduled

Fall Quarter is fast approaching! The Fall Quarter Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center. The agenda for the day is lunch and conversation with an opportunity for full-time employees to interact with colleagues from across the campuses. The celebration also includes a fun and informative wellness seminar titled The Wellness Family Feud. The seminar is scheduled prior to and following lunch. Register for the one that best fits your schedule.

For employee convenience, First Student shuttle service has been scheduled from the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha campuses. Times with an asterisks (*) are scheduled for those choosing to attend the Wellness Family Feud session.

Elkhorn Valley Campus Transportation Schedule:

Pick Up Time at EVC

Departure Time from SOC to EVC

*9 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m.


*2:45 p.m.

Fort Omaha Campus Transportation Schedule:
Shuttle will leave the Fort Omaha Campus from in front of Bldg. 10

Pick Up Time at FOC 10

Departure Time from SOC to FOC

*9:20 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:15 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

*2:45 p.m.

 Questions about transportation? Call Wade at 457-2875 or wfstandifer@mccneb.edu

The Wellness Family Feud, a New Training and Development Series

Register and participate in the first of a new collegewide training and development series. Come and join the fun at this enjoyable and educational seminar on wellness beyond nutrition and physical activity. You will enjoy seeing coworkers engage in a lively game of the Wellness Family Feud. Do not miss this opportunity to learn and laugh. Also, find out what's going on in workplace wellness programs throughout Omaha. Presenter Howie Halperin is Executive Director of the Wellness Councils of the Midlands (WELCOM) and has educated some of Nebraska's leading companies on the importance and adoption of healthier lifestyles.

For your convenience, this activity is scheduled prior to and following the Fall Quarter Celebration. To enroll in the morning or afternoon Family Feud seminar, visit webadvisor.mccneb.edu.

TRDV 005N 01          (163161)     T     Aug. 31       10-11:00 a.m.         SOC CON 249

TRDV 005N 02          (163162)     T     Aug. 31       1:30-2:30 p.m.        SOC CON 249

Note: Attending an activity during your scheduled work hours requires supervisor approval. It is your responsibility to obtain approval to attend a training and development event.

For more information about the wellness session, contact Marilyn Cotten, Training and Development Coordinator, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

2010 Rose Theater Drive Ends Sept. 15

The Rose Theater's annual membership drive - available to all MCC full-time and part-time employees - continues until Sept. 15. Memberships are $75 per family when purchased by Sept. 15.

See the flier for information about The Rose Theater's 2010-11 season and a description of member benefits.

If interested in a Rose Theater membership, contact The Rose or fill out and mail the membership application at the end of the flier to The Rose, 2001 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68102.

A membership packet and season brochure will be mailed to you.

For more information, contact Lindy Aleksiak at (402) 502-4625 or lindya@rosetheater.org.

Vote for MCC Study Abroad Photo

Oaxaca group

MCC's study abroad group in Oaxaca, Mexico, were photographed in the Oaxaca airport holding up a copy of the Omaha World-Herald. Your votes will help to get the picture published in the newspaper.

To vote for the photo, visit travelsnaps.omaha.com. Click on Vote Now, and then click on the Aug. 6-12 gallery of photos to vote for the MCC students. The photo is labeled with "Vacation Date: 08/02/2010" and "Location: Oaxaca, Mexico."


Young Professionals Accepting Applications for 2011 Board

Wanted: motivated volunteers who are ready to lead new initiatives, serve young professionals and work to build a vibrant community. Submit an application today to be part of the 2011 Young Professionals Board. This hands-on 15-member group of young leaders, ages 40 and under, is the governing body for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. They can be mailed or hand delivered to the Greater Omaha Chamber, Attn: Sarah Johnson, 1301 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102, or emailed to sjohnson@omahachamber.org. Candidates selected for the council will be notified by Friday, Nov. 5.
For additional information, contact Johnson at (402) 978-7945. You may also visit the Young Professionals website.

Save the Date: Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 18, 1-7:30 p.m., with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska's Native Americans. The event is free and open to the public.

Stahlnecker Selected as Heart of Metro Recipient


Congratulations to Katie Stahlnecker, English Instructor and Writing Center Coordinator, who was selected as the Summer Quarter Heart of Metro recipient.

Comments from her nominations included:

"I believe Katie Stahlnecker to be one of the most student-oriented instructors and leaders at Metro. Every decision she makes is always with students in mind. She works tirelessly effecting positive change and has made Metro's Writing Centers to be the envy of Writing Centers across the Midwest region."

"As a group, the staff at the Writing Center believe that Katie embodies what a good director is - organized, flexible, understanding, thorough and kind. We all are grateful to her for respecting, guiding and encouraging us through our work in the Writing Center and as people in our everyday lives."

"The Writing Center can be a tough, exhausting place to work, and Katie brings a fresh, positive attitude to EVERY exchange, be it with the consultants or the students. Katie is always thinking and wondering about how we can be better at what we do and when we do find creative solutions, she is fast to implement them."

"Katie is a solution-oriented person who doesn't waste time thinking about the difficulty of challenge; instead, she meets it head on and by so doing encourages a positive, results oriented, friendly atmosphere at the Writing Center. She encourages us to greet all those who enter the center and welcome them. This she understands is important since many students have never been to the center and they are uncertain about how it works. Katie reinforces the importance of making them feel comfortable."

"Katie is truly dedicated to helping students here at Metro. As director of the Writing Center, she coordinates a multi-campus learning support service into an accessible, welcoming and truly helpful space."

Perfume & Cologne

Try switching to a perfume or cologne that contains natural, pure botanical ingredients. Most conventional fragranced products contain chemicals derived from petroleum and are linked negatively to environmental health effects. Because 800 million pounds of these chemicals are used per year to make fragranced products, they are considered to be one of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. - The Green Book

HR Updates

Melissa Christiansen          Sarpy           537-3803

Separations                   Last Day
Monica Tripp                    8/13/10
Todd Card                       8/20/10
Aura Sewell                     8/20/10

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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