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Inside Story for Friday, September 10, 2010

MCC Celebrates Adult Education and Family Literacy

MCC and the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) invite you to join them in celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Sept. 13-17.

At MCC, programs to boost adult education and literacy include GED, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Adult Education courses. About 7 percent of adults in Nebraska lack basic literacy; in 2008, MCC's Adult Education Department served about a quarter of students statewide who enrolled in basic education classes. About 2,000 students were served last year.

The need for adult education programs is great. According to the latest national survey of adults, more than 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals, and participate in their communities. Students' successes in programs like MCC's are directly related to economic self-sufficiency. Students need to upgrade their basic skills so they can be successful in their career field courses.

To recognize National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, students in GED and ESL classes will participate in tours of MCC libraries and academic resource centers and enter a textbook giveaway drawing to recognize. MCC will also be raising awareness about literacy by posting quick facts on twitter and facebook.

You can help a student succeed in his or her journey, too. The Adult Education Department seeks volunteers to serve as tutors or conversation partners. Volunteers help adults equip themselves for high school completion, employment or promotion on the job. They also help immigrants learn survival English. Ultimately, volunteers can help a student increase self-respect and dignity and improve family living standards.

For more information about becoming an Adult Education volunteer, call Tara Waln-Lewellyn at 457-2315 or e-mail twalnlewellyn@mccneb.edu.

Fair Features Student Clubs and Organizations

MCC offers a diversity of student life activities. Encourage students to see them all in one place at the Student Organization Fair. While they are discovering what MCC has to offer, they can enter to win a bookstore gift certificate.

The Student Organization Fair is at:

  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10: Monday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector: 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.

Questions? Contact Kristin Hoesing, klhoesing2@mccneb.edu or 457-2732, or Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Dkerwin@mccneb.edu or 289-1416.

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.Memberships are $75 per family when purchased by Sept. 15.

See brochure 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 attached membership application 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.

Team Teddy Bear Launches at MCC

bear logoWhen all hope seems lost, you can make a child feel safe. MCC is teaming up with Clear Channel's Team Teddy Bear to provide local police, fire and rescue workers with teddy bears to hand out to children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents. Superhits 99.9 KGOR is spearheading the drive.

A simple gift of a teddy bear can assist children in handling the trauma of the situation and the long emotional recovery afterward. First responders are looking for new teddy bears, 12 inches or smaller. Bears will be given to the Douglas County Sheriff Department, the Omaha Fire Department and the Lydia House.

Donate your teddy bear gift at any Student Services location.

Nominations for the Student Affairs Excellence Award Open

Do you work with a colleague in Student Affairs who consistently exemplifies a positive attitude, provides outstanding service, provides leadership, focuses on students, works on a special project and uses creativity and initiative in performing duties? If so, nominate him or her for the Student Affairs Excellence Award. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. The selected employees will be honored at the Student Affairs Day event on Sept. 24.

Access the specific criteria and the online nomination form here. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

Questions? Contact Julie Langholdt at jlangholdt@mccneb.edu or 457-2201.

Procedures Memoranda Debuts New Table of Contents

Having trouble finding what you need in the College's Procedures Memoranda (PM)? Can't find what you need to do if called for jury duty? How about questions regarding travel arrangements? The Procedures Memoranda Table of Contents has been redesigned to make it easy for you to find what you need. View it here: www.mccneb.edu/procedures. The new Table of Contents is divided into major categories including:

  • Board of Governors
  • College Property
  • Collegewide Procedures
  • Compensation/Benefits Procedures
  • Employee Relations and Employee Development
  • Employment Procedures
  • Information Technology
  • Student Procedures

Within each category, you can search for individual PMs by topic. Each PM is listed under at least one of the categories, and you can gain access to the most recent individual PM by clicking on the PM number. The search engine has also been enhanced with a larger vocabulary to help you find specific topics within all of the PMs.

For those of you who prefer the old way of searching alphabetically by the title of the PM, that option is still available to you by clicking on the Alphabetical Procedures Memoranda link near the top of the page.

If you have questions about the PMs in general, contact Katherine Holian at 457-2750.

S.A.F.E. Defense

S.A.F.E. Defense familiarizes participants with general self-defense training methods. This two-hour workshop is based upon the philosophy that removing the element of opportunity reduces the risk of attack, and that 90 percent of self-defense is mental preparedness. This safety class focuses on changing your behavior to protect yourself and provides knowledge on risk and risk abatement. You will become familiar with general self-defense training methods. S.A.F.E. is an acronym for Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange. The instructors are MCC Public Safety officers (experienced police officers) who are trained and certified to teach this copyrighted program. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

TRDV 009N 01 (synonym-163849) | T Oct. 5 | 10 a.m.-noon | SOC ITC Room 120
Limited to 25 participants.

All collegewide development offerings are listed on the Training & Development website: www.mccneb.edu/trdv.

New Employee Orientation

Welcome new employees! The Fall program will be held Friday, Oct. 8 for new employees (non-faculty) with start dates in July - September. Eligible employees will receive an invitation from College President, Randy Schmailzl. Prior to the orientation program, please review the new employee orientation web portal at resource.mccneb.edu/neo/.

Collegewide Development offerings are listed on the Training & Development website: www.mccneb.edu/trdv.

Save the Date: MCC Hosts Free Financial Planning Day

Omaha residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at an upcoming community event hosted by MCC on Saturday, Oct. 23 at two different locations. Financial Planning Day will feature experts from the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and highly qualified Certified Financial Planner professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents one-on-one to address important financial issues.

The morning event from 9 a.m.-noon is located at MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus, and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m., at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 120. English-to-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus.

The event will feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics, including: financial starter kit, young adults and money, life planning, surviving job loss, spending plan 101 and investing basics. Additionally, financial planners will be able to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on budgeting, getting out of debt, income taxes, dealing with mortgage foreclosures, paying for college, estate planning and insurance, among many other topics. The advice will be offered on a "no strings attached" basis, and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services.

The event is being organized in partnership with FPA of Nebraska as part of a national Financial Planning Days initiative created by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The collaboration is a first-of-its kind effort involving city governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide united in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to communities throughout the U.S. Locally, the community partners involved in planning the Omaha event are: MCC, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch, the Mayor's office, United Way of the Midlands, Creighton University, and Nebraska Financial Planners Association of Nebraska.

Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Register online for the Financial Planning Day at www.financialplanningdays.org/omaha. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Omaha Stamp Show Sept. 12

Centennial of the Boy Scouts will be the theme of the free Omaha Stamp Show 2010. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at MCC's South Omaha Campus. At 1 p.m., the president of the China Philatelic Society will give a program. Boy Scout Sam Wesely, from Troop 110 in North Bend, Neb., designed the show cachet and will attend. For more information, visit www.omahaphilatelicsociety.org.

Feel the Heartbeat of the Native American Community at 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.

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19th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow,            Saturday, September 18, 2010, 1-7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College, Historic Fort            Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets, Omaha, Nebraska. Free and open to the public.
Reigning Powwow princess Ruby Wright,             Ponca/Otoe

Chris Grezlik, Ho-Chunk

Arena Director
Dale Parker, Omaha

Head Man Dancer
Dedric Thomas, Santee Sioux

Head Lady Dancer
Thelma White Water, Ho-Chunk

Head Lady Special Applique
Open to all; prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Host Northern Drum
Native Soul Drum, Lower Brule, S.D.

Host Southern Drum
Yellow Hammer, Ponca and Otoe Nations of Oklahoma, Ponca City, Okla.

Princess crown created by
Mona Buffalo Calf, Ho-Chunk

Made possible with the support of Nebraska Arts Council through funds from the Nebraska             Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts. www.nebraskaartscouncil.org

Funded in part by a
North Omaha Historical Grant

For more information, contact:
402-457-2253   |   800-228-9553 ext. 2253
bvelazquez@mccneb.edu   |   www.mccneb.edu/intercultural
Metropolitan Community College
402.457.2400 | www.mccneb.edu

2010 MCC Student Leadership Conference a Success

Student Leadership Conference discussionStudent Leadership Conference with Ben Gray

The 2010 MCC Student Leadership Conference was a sensation! In front of about 80 students, John O'Brien, president of North Hennepin Community College, delivered an informative and comedic keynote address on the importance of getting involved in the MCC learning community. In addition to O'Brien, the conference featured speakers including Omaha City Council Member Ben Gray and Former Miss Oklahoma Taylor Treat; MCC employees Ayanna Boykins, Heather Nelson and Deanne Amato also participated.  Students learned how to balance family, work and school. They learned the importance of being passionate and motivated and learned how to build personal confidence.

Leadership to me is...Throughout the conference, students had an opportunity to post their thoughts and comments on Twitter, Facebook, and discussion posters. They were pleased and honored MCC employees took the time to nominate them. One student posted, "Thanks very much to whomever allowed me to come to this wonderful conference! I am learning so much here. And plan to become a wonderful leader within my community." MCC students Edward Suprenant, Mercedes Sanchez, Perry Lindsey and Ekeoma Ekeh put their leadership skills into action as they presented the guest speakers throughout the day. MCC student Amy Standing organized an information table for Student Advisory Council to get more MCC students involved in the organization.  

Attendees also had 25 opportunities to win prizes and gift cards from the raffle. One hundred percent of the students said they would recommend the conference to others.

A special thanks to Service-Learning, Student Affairs, Marketing, ICA and the MCC students and employees that made this event possible. 
Student Leadership Conference discussion

What Does the Battery Light Mean?

When the battery light comes on, it does not mean the battery has failed. It means the charging system has a problem. In most cases, the alternator has stopped working. When this light comes on, turn off all accessories like the radio, air conditioning, rear defogger and blower motor. Why? The car is operating on battery power only. It will not take long before the battery is dead, and the engine will stop running and will not restart.

Weekly Green Tip

Avoid crayons made from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Instead, try using crayons made from soybean oil, which have the benefit of being nontoxic. America is the largest producer of soybeans in the world. From this we could produce well over one trillion crayons - without tapping oil supplies.

Markers can contain harsh chemicals (evidenced by their strong smell). Because toxic chemicals can leak into the groundwater from the landfills where they are disposed, it is better to use markers that are water based and have nontoxic ink with refillable heads. - The Green Book

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees

Eric Brown
Eric Brown
HVAC Engineer 
FOC 20                457-2784

Dawn Goodsell
Dawn Goodsell
Health Information Management Instructor
FOC 10                457-2633

Susan Jowdy
Susan Jowdy
Academic Affairs Associate 
FOC 30                457-2450

Patricia Addison               FOC 7
Connie Eichhorn              FOC 7
Gary Griffin                     FOC 7
Kyle Kinney                     FOC 7
Ruth Schindler                 FOC 7
Peggy Swanson               FOC 7

Separations                  Last Day
Andrea Adame                 9/10/10

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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