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Inside Story for Friday, October 08, 2010

Fall Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Fall Quarter Heart of Metro 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 Thursday, Nov. 4. 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!

New Areas Strengthen Literacy, Academic Skills

Changes finalized this summer will enable MCC to better serve students in basic skills and academic foundation courses.

Two departments have replaced Learning Design and Support: Literacy and Workplace Skills, headed by Academic Dean Sue Raftery, and Foundations for Academic Success and Community Services, headed by new Academic Dean Ken Jones.

Literacy and Workplace Skills includes Adult Education and GED courses, noncredit ESL courses, Transition Education Center (TREC) and workplace skills courses. Academic Success and Community Services includes ESL credit courses, Reading and Learning Skills, Human Services courses and Early Childhood Education.

The changes will allow MCC to provide close support to students at a pre-college level and help them attain the skills necessary to be successful in college-level coursework and in the workforce.

First Day of Class Keeps MCC's Phones Ringing

On the first day of class, it takes the combined work of many departments to answer an influx of calls to ensure student needs are met. More than 1,600 calls were fielded by Financial Aid, Central Registration and Call Center Advising on Sept. 7, the first day of Fall quarter. Meanwhile, the Call Center itself answered more than 1,800 additional calls that day.

Although the term call center paints a picture of dozens of employees answering endless calls, MCC's Call Center is actually staffed by just three friendly operators: Atalaya Cannon, Donna Monahan and Carly Olson. Together with departments at several MCC locations, they promote the college mission of student advancement and opportunity by providing accurate information to assist students on a daily basis.

New Books, DVDs at Libraries

View the latest list of new books and DVDs available in the campus libraries here.

New Telephone Area Code

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has approved the addition of a new 531 area code to the geographic region served by the 402 area code. This change, called an area code overlay, was made to accommodate a continuing supply of telephone numbers. This change impacts all telephone company's customers but does not change any existing telephone numbers.

How will this affect you?

Because of the addition of the 531 Area Code, all customers within the 402/531 region will need to dial the correct Area Code followed by the 7-digit telephone number when dialing any local call.

When will MCC's telephone system change and how will it affect me?

The week of Oct. 11-15, all MCC telephone systems will be programmed to allow local 10 digit dialing. You may continue to dial 7 digits until Feb. 26, 2011, when it will become mandatory.  After the programming is changed to allow 10-digit dialing, dialing only 7 digits will cause a pause/delay as the system waits to make sure you are not dialing the 3 remaining digits.

Currently all MCC telephone numbers will continue to use the 402 area code. As MCC continues to grow, we may need to add some 531 area code numbers.

Questions? Please contact the Help Desk, (402) 457-2900.

Inclement Weather Policies

Inclement weather will be here soon. As a reminder, staff are responsible for checking one of the following to see if the College or individual campuses/centers are closed. Those include:

  • College website - www.mccneb.edu
  • College weather line - 457-2499
  • Your individual College email inbox
  • Your individual College voicemail box
  • Local radio and television stations

In addition, all student email inboxes will receive notification.

Additional detailed information is available in the Inclement Weather Procedures Memorandum found at www.mccneb.edu/procedures/X-1_Inclement_Weather.pdf. For more information/questions, refer to your supervisor.

Important Information for MCC_Guest Wireless Network Users

MCC provides access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff via wireless networks. The College's MCC_Guest wireless network is provided to enhance the student college experience at MCC. However, MCC does not guarantee wireless connectivity to MCC_Guest network as the capacity can become saturated. At this time, the capacity is being monitored and will be enhanced when possible.

If a student is unable to connect to MCC_Guest, report this to the Help Desk at 457-2900 and direct the student to the multiple computer workstations designated for student use. These workstations are located in the Academic Resource Centers, libraries and some Student Services areas.

For additional information on MCC's Wireless Networks, visit MCC's Wireless Networking - Polices and Instructions website at www.mccneb.edu/helpdesk/index.asp?Theme=1.

How to Start a Marketing Project through Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs serves as the internal and external communications gateway for MCC, offering media relations, writing, editing, graphic design, marketing, advertising and outreach services. The office will act as a liaison between the College, the media and the general public and work to build awareness of and pride in MCC and its people, programs, research, teaching and events.

Through a college-wide public relations effort, Public Affairs will help the College forge mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and organizations vital to our growth and development.

MCC's Office of Public Affairs is here to assist other departments in creating marketing and public relations plans and collateral materials along with presentations and outreach opportunities that help execute the College's strategic plan, as well as convey specific department messages and services.

To better help MCC staff with their marketing and communication needs, see guidelines for initiating and average timelines for completing projects (below). These timelines are based on typical turnarounds with one-person project leads from the requesting department obtaining all appropriate approvals at the proper stages.

Initiating a Project
When requesting a marketing project, provide the following information to Public Affairs at marketing@mccneb.edu.

  • Fund, location, cost center, cost center manager and department paying for the project
  • Quantity needed
  • Copy (preferred version is electronic in Microsoft Word without tables)
  • Concept ideas (optional)
  • 4-5 adjectives describing the tone of the project (e.g., bold, fun, serious)
  • Deadline
  • Budget (if known)
  • Mailing list (if applicable; provide in Microsoft Access or Excel)
  • Notification if the project must be able to be printed on campus

Average Timelines Production

  • The majority of projects (flyers, signs, trifold brochures, postcards, invitations, posters) require two weeks for production after copy is received, one week for communication with the client and revisions and the appropriate print and mailing times as noted below. This time period may take longer depending on the scope and quantity of changes; it is important to have accurate copy and information at the start of a project.
  • Larger projects or those requiring purchases from outside vendors require special timelines. These projects include large brochures; booklets; print, radio and web ads; T-shirts; and multi-piece projects. Contact us for details, specialized timelines and cost estimates for these types of projects.
  • Note: These timelines are averages based on the availability of designers. During periods of heavy project loads, timelines may need to be extended.

Printing on campus

  • Allow 2-3 days for printing at Duplicating. If you want paper other than standard copier paper (20-lb white bond), you must provide it or arrange a fund transfer with Public Affairs for the department's specialty stock. Note that Public Affairs does not maintain large quantities or selection of specialty papers.

Printing off campus

  • Allow 1-3 weeks for printing at an outside printer, depending on the scope and size of the project. Outside printers are selected through a quotation process with a minimum of three vendors, which is handled by Public Affairs.


  • Allow 2-3 days for an outside printer to inkjet mailing information. Mailing lists must come as an Access document or Excel spreadsheet. The list must be ready when the final draft of a project is approved. It is the responsibility of the department ordering the piece to provide a print-ready spreadsheet.
  • Mailing lists must be through NCOA scrubbing by MIS. Contact Earlene Brittingham for this task.
  • Allow 1-2 days for a first-class piece to arrive at its destination after being mailed. If you would like your piece to be mailed first-class, you must provide a check for the amount of postage for the printer before the piece is mailed.
  • Allow 3-5 days for a piece using the standard pre-sort nonprofit permit to arrive at its destination after being mailed. Pieces may arrive earlier than this depending on their destination. Bob Barnes should be notified of the number and type of pieces that will mailed out through the permit so sufficient funds will be in the permit.
  • Allow 3-5 days for a piece sent at a flat rate. Flat rates cover all pieces that use large envelopes or pieces with one dimension greater than 6.125" high, 11.5" long or 0.25" thick.

Outreach Services

Community Outreach supports internal and external events such as campus tours, external groups, high school visits and presentations at clubs and organizations. This office leads the comprehensive collateral materials for the College, giveaways and promotional items.

Above all, Public Affairs will foster an environment of open and honest communication aimed at building trust and credibility with the College's key internal and external stakeholders. If you have any questions, call 457-2414 or outreach@mccneb.edu, or stop by FOC 30, Room 238.

Training & Development

This program is designed to contribute to the professional growth and development of MCC employees by providing educational services and opportunities through workshops, group activities and online resources.

Five Focus Areas of Training & Development are:

  • New Employee Orientation
  • Departmental Customized Training
  • Technology Training
  • Leadership Development
  • College-Wide Development Offerings

To stay up-to-date on Training & Development opportunities, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv.

Seats are still available in the following October workshops: 

Network Navigation
TRDV 010N 01 (synonym 164069)
Oct. 15, 1-4 p.m.
Sarpy Center, Room 220

Emergency Preparedness and Incident Management
TRDV 008N 01 (synonym 163794)
Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-noon
SOC, Connector Room 249

Excel Features, Advanced
TRDV 011N 01    (synonym 164184)
Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 114

For complete course descriptions, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp.

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.

To enroll, visit webadvisor.mccneb.edu or call 457-8518. All listed workshops are noncredit, term 10/SE. For more information, contact Marilyn Cotten, Training & Development Coordinator, 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

MCC Swears in 7 Police Officers

MCC's Public Safety division swore in seven police officers Oct. 1 at the Fort Omaha Campus.

The officers, who have all served MCC for at least a year, are among the first sworn police officers who will serve the College's campuses and centers in four counties. The Public Safety division is dedicated to providing a safe environment that enhances students' learning experiences at MCC.

MCC Chief of Police David Friend said the officers' transition from public safety officers to police officers will enable Public Safety to better serve the nearly 50,000 students who attend MCC annually.

MCC's Public Safety division is comprised of 21 public safety officers including nine police officers. The department is responsible for providing security for students at MCC's seven locations, responding to medical and fire emergencies, responding to traffic accidents and enforcing campus rules and regulations, among other services.

You can reach Public Safety 24/7 at 457-2222.

Math Skills Earn Prizes at AMATYC Math Exam

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) math exam is coming up on Friday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses. Any MCC student can take this challenging, multiple choice math exam and earn the chance to win state-wide or national prizes or scholarships.

The exam is free to take. Prizes for the top scorers are courtesy of Follett Bookstores.

Encourage students to register to take the exam at any Testing Center - some walk-in students may be accommodated as well on the test day. The math on the exam is below the level of calculus. In fact, past winners have been enrolled in intermediate algebra. The exam problems are difficult; it is extremely rare for any student in who takes the test nationwide to answer all 20 multiple choice questions in the one-hour time limit. For detailed rules, visit www.amatyc.org/SML/index.htm.

Encourage Students to Serve as Ambassadors

 MCC is looking for student leaders to serve as Student Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors:

  • Give campus tours
  • Participate in student panels
  • Speak at events and outreach activities
  • Act as a greeter at events


  • At least a part-time MCC student
  • Have completed 24 credits hours at MCC
  • In good standing with MCC academically, financially and from a disciplinary standpoint
  • Must have own transportation

Interested students can complete an application here.

Free Financial Advice Available at Financial Planning Day

MCC staff, students and community members are invited to receive free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the upcoming Financial Planning Day on Oct. 23 at two MCC locations.

Certified experts from the Financial Planning Association will be working with individuals one-on-one at the Elkhorn Valley Campus from 9 a.m.-noon and the South Omaha Campus ITC from 1-4 p.m. English-to-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus. View the flier here.

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.

"Unfortunately today, there are thousands of Americans who need trusted financial advice, but they don't think they make enough money to have a financial planner. Actually, most of us need an objective, third party professional opinion; from someone who can help us achieve the strongest financial future out of the resources we have," said Rhonda Heineman, CFP®, President, FPA of Nebraska.

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.

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

Help Save the Day by Donating Blood

Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others. The American Red Cross will be at MCC locations the week Oct. 12-19 for blood donations.

Upcoming blood drive schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC Room 120 (Sponsor Code: 69)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 50 (Sponsor Code: 2262)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 (Sponsor Code: 68)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Student Commons (Sponsor Code: 594)

To view available times and to schedule your donation appointment, click here or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code listed above or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements or call the above 800 number.

Through Art, Exploring the Role of Women in Haiti

Haitian artMCC's Institute for Cultural Connections (ICC) presents Mothers, Merchants and Mambos at the Gallery of Art and Design at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The show features Haitian art that reflects the way women are valued in Haitian society and also how women have inspired a variety of Haitian artists.

Mothers, Merchants and Mambos runs Oct. 19-Nov. 9, with gallery hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus; Bill Bollendorf, Director of Galerie Macondo in Pittsburgh, Penn., will speak from 4-6 p.m. Bollendorf will show his photographs of Haitian women in their crucial roles of caregivers, engines of the economy, priestesses and more as Haiti emerges from a series of devastating natural disasters.

The ICC has created a resource website for faculty to use as they prepare their students for visiting the exhibit. Articles and video clips are available here. A panel discussion, Women in Haiti: Before and After the Quake - History, Culture, Creativity and Health, will be Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus.

For more information on the exhibit or the ICC resources or to visit the cultural calendar, visit the ICC website.

All events are free and open to the public.

What to Know About Auto-Start Systems

Think twice about installing an after-market auto-start security system in your car. If the system malfunctions or the system connected to it has a problem, finding a shop to work on it may be difficult. It is common for the shop that installed the system to toss the instructions and wiring diagram when they are done. So, when your car won't start or has other problems associated with the auto-start system, the shop's hands are tied because they have no information about the system - no directions, no manual and no wiring diagram.

Memorial Park Event to Bring Climate Change Awareness on 10-10-10

The organization 350.org is sponsoring an international day of climate action on Oct. 10. Join the event at Memorial Park on Oct. 15, 3-5:30 p.m. to show your support for renewable energy. View the flier here.

Ride a bike, walk or take public transportation to Memorial Park for a photo shoot at 3 p.m. to demonstrate alternative, non-polluting ways to get around Omaha. Then bike or walk over to UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building to participate in an interactive session, "One Word: Plastics," with Dr. David Corbin as part of UNO's 10-10-10 free conference on new media. Find the entire event schedule at omaha10.com/event-details.
David E. Corbin, Professor of Health Education at UNO, will talk about how our view of plastics has morphed from promise to concern as we become awash in plastics and other often single-use products. Participants will be asked to join in a Global Work Party to create their own "teach-in" on plastics. Bring used plastic bags, plastics from electronic devices, used plastic straws, old CDs and DVDs and other plastics to illustrate our conspicuous consumption. Small groups will create their own mini-artwork for a show-and-tell. Dancers, photographers, fashion designers, techies, actors, artists and creative people of all types are welcome. The session will be videotaped and edited into a video for YouTube and TeacherTube.

350.org is an organization whose goal is to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
For more information, visit www.350.org/map#/map/41.254006/-95.999258/9.

Weekly Green Tip

Every little bit counts, including power strips. Turn off your power strips when they're not in use. The average American household continuously leaks about 50 watts of electricity. Eliminating that trickle would save $1 billion a year in wasted electricity.

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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