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Inside Story for Friday, November 05, 2010

Your Gift...Their Future...Our Promise

You work at Metropolitan Community College because you believe in our mission-a mission that changes lives in positive, powerful ways every day. The MCC Foundation (MCCF) makes it easy for you to make a big difference for students through the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign. And don't worry, there's still time to contribute this year.

Your generous support to the MCC Foundation is funneled directly to the student support fund of your choosing. So, if you want to help a student pay for textbooks, you can direct your gift to that fund. If you want to offer support for tuition and fees, just let us know. At MCCF, any amount of support is welcome and goes a long way toward helping students achieve their goals.

Just listen to how support like yours gives hope, encouragement and power to MCC students:

I am amazed at the generosity shown again and again to MCC students. Your generosity has made a difference in helping me achieve my goals at MCC, and your assistance will continue to help other students attain their goals as well.

- Kimberly Taylor, scholarship recipient

Won't you please join your MCC friends and colleagues by helping MCC students in this meaningful way? You can download a pledge form here or donate online here. Calls and questions are always welcome at (402) 457-2346.

If you choose to use the payroll deduction option to make your gift and we receive your pledge card by Nov. 5, deductions will go into effect Nov. 15. For pledge cards received after Nov. 5, we will customize your payments accordingly.

Single Parent Club Seeks Hats, Coats and Mittens

It is that time of year where P.O.P.S., the Single Parent Club, does its annual hat, coat and mitten drive to assist those in need of winter gear. This drive has been successful in gathering hundreds of winter items during the past 10 years, and it is your support that makes this possible. Blue barrels will once again be placed at each of MCC locations to continue to provide this service to the community. The barrels will be monitored weekly, so there will be no disruptions at your location.

Your continued support is very much appreciated. If you have any questions about this project, contact Debbie La Hoda at (402) 457-2652, or Phyllis Brown, Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program Coordinator, at (402) 457-2319.

Barrels will be delivered to SRP, FOC, EVC and SOC this week. Items will be collected through Dec. 3. The agency or school that will receive the collections will be determined at the Nov. 12 P.O.P.S meeting.

United Way Needs Your Support

United Way of the Midlands

As we near Thanksgiving, it is a time to unite and make our community stronger, safer and healthier for our families and neighbors.  Your gift to this year's United Way Campaign will make our community a better place to live.

Please take time to pledge your support:

  • This year United Way is introducing a new and convenient way to pledge online. Use this link: www.mccneb.edu/UnitedWay. It's easy to use - use your MCC login and password.
  • If you prefer to make your pledge using a campaign pledge card rather than pledging online, contact Janice Rutledge at (402) 457-2416 for a pledge card.

Make your pledge by Nov. 26. For questions, contact Rutledge.

TRIO Thanks Instructors for Participation

The TRIO program extends its appreciation to all of the MCC instructors who completed Mid-Term Progress Reports. The reports serve as a wonderful retention tool to supplement TRIO program services through direct communication with instructors.

trioStudent participants are eager to hear the comments written by instructors regarding their strengths and weaknesses, and it allows the TRIO Advisors an insight into student behaviors in order to provide timely outreach to those students who are not attending classes or who are not utilizing their time wisely. It allows these first-generation college students an outlet to discuss communication barriers or other difficulties they are having at mid-term in hopes that intervention efforts can have a positive effect on the final outcome of the courses.

For students who are doing well, the reports serve as a tangible way reinforce their academic progress. The TRIO staff truly appreciates the time instructors take to complete the forms and looks forward to your cooperation next quarter.

Student participants sign a waiver for the program to receive these reports at MCC, which is kept in their confidential file in the TRIO office.

Nebraska's Entrepreneurship Program Educates Small Business Owners

MCC Entrepreneurship student Michela Wipf was recognized on the Nebraska Entrepreneur website for her efforts to grow her small photography business. Wipf is just one example of the Entrepreneurship Program's remarkable success since MCC launched the curriculum in 2006. Read more: Nebraska's Booming Entrepreneurship Program Educates Small Business Owners

Director Selected to Serve as TRIO State Representative

Tammy J. Tyson, Director of TRIO and Special Programs, was selected to serve as the at-large Nebraska representative on the TRIO Mo-Kan-Ne State Association Board for the 2011 year. Tyson will be sworn into office at the upcoming Regional TRIO conference (MAEOPP) held in Indianapolis Nov. 7-10.

SPOOKTOBER Event Brings Fall Fun to Students

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Seventy-five children enjoyed hayrack rides, pumpkin decorating, facepainting and more at the Service-Learning Office's first-ever SPOOKTOBER Fall Fun event. Students with disabilities from JP Lord, Madonna and Belleaire elementary schools participated in the event at Wenninghoff farm. A carnival was held in the Wenninghoff's barn, giving children plenty of opportunities to win fun prizes.

The featured event was the one-man play The Three Little Pigs and the Not So Bad Big Wolf with professional actor/educator Michael Wilhelm from The Rose Theatre. Spooktober fall funA fortune teller, behind a smoky mist, revealed students' futures. Wenninghoff's graciously donated their farm and the farm activities for the event.

More than 40 volunteers comprised of MCC staff, volunteer corps members and students from Phi Theta Kappa, Early Childhood Education and Human Relations made this day a success. SPOOKTOBER had additional support from Great Western Bank employees who made popcorn and served hotdogs.

Public Invited to Share Ideas for Omaha's Transportation Network

Omaha's transportation plan for our region will greatly affect how MCC's students, faculty and staff get to and from MCC locations. Share your perspective on transportation for our community at the City of Omaha Planning Department's public meeting to kick off Omaha's update to the Transportation Master Plan.

Similar to the process to update the City's Downtown Master Plan in 2009, the process will start with a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., at 6:30 p.m. The Federal Transit Administration's Regional Administrator, Mokhtee Ahmad, will be in attendance.

Mayor Jim Suttle will kick off the meeting followed by presentations from the City of Omaha Planning Department and the project's consultant, AECOM.  The kickoff will include an overview of the planning process, followed by small group discussions to share ideas and determine the public's vision for the future of transportation in Omaha.  The Transportation Master Plan covers all transportation modes, including automobile, transit, freight, air, bicycle and pedestrian.

The Transportation Master Plan update will focus on public input, including the formation of a citizen stakeholder committee after the November kickoff. The Planning Department will seek representatives from across the community to participate in the year-long process as a member of the committee. 

The City's current Transportation Master Plan was approved by the Omaha City Council in 1997.  The costs of the Transportation Master Plan update are fully covered by a grant awarded to the Douglas County Health Department entitled Communities Putting Prevention to Work from the Centers for Disease Control.  More information about the grant can be obtained by contacting the Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Omaha. 

The City has recently updated its Master Plan with the Downtown Master Plan.  In addition, the environmental element to the Master Plan (Environment Omaha) is currently in progress. 

Save on Tickets for Christmas Carol

The Omaha Community Playhouse offers nonprofit organizations - including MCC - a discount on tickets to its annual A Christmas Carol production. Nonprofit Nites are Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Adults attend for $25 (save $10); students for $18 (save $6). Advanced reservations are required by Nov. 12. Call (402) 553-4890 ext. 147 to purchase tickets. Mention Nonprofit Nite to receive the discount.

Enjoy the 35th year of this annual Omaha holiday tradition featuring the Playhouse's incredible scenery, beautiful costumes, and melodious music. Witness the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge andfeel the spirit of the season in your heart! This production is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

A Christmas Carol runs 2 1/2 hours including one 15-minute intermission. Tickets are subject to availability. This offer is not valid on previous purchases and may not be combined with other offers. Offer expires Nov. 29, 2010.

For more information, visit www.omahaplayhouse.org.

Metropolitan Community College Veterans Day Celebration

MCC is proud to recognize our nation's veterans from all branches of the service at its annual Veterans Day Celebration at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 120. A reception will follow the program.

This year's program features keynote speaker Command Sergeant Major Eli Valenzuela. He is the 9th Nebraska State Command Sergeant Major who has the responsibility and accountability for the nearly 5,000 enlisted soldiers that comprise the Nebraska Army National Guard.

The celebration is designed for the community to honor veterans and their families. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gary Sparks at gsparks@mccneb.edu.

Workshop Explores Sustainable Business Practices

Learning How Teaching OthersThrough free Training and Development workshops, MCC's Sustainability Office is offering MCC staff the opportunity to learn about how sustainability fits into our lives.

Sustainable Business Practices: TRDV-403N-01 (synonym 164714)
Learn about sustainable business practices on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2-5:45 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus Institute for the Culinary Arts, Room 201 E-F. This presentation will cover the systems thinking principles of The Natural Step (TNS) as they are applied to sustainable business practices. TNS is an internationally recognized organization that has developed a science-based systems framework for making sustainable decisions in a strategic way. In addition, Julie Diegel, Coordinator for the Take-It-Back Nebraska program, will present The Economic Impact of Product Stewardship in Nebraska describing the potential for environmental and economic benefits when producers, retailers and consumers share responsibility for the life-cycle of consumer products.

View the flier for more information.

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518. This workshop is noncredit, term 10/SE. Non-MCC employees can register by calling the Sustainability Office at (402) 738-4775.

Weekly Green Tip

Want to save 5 to 10 percent on your heating bill? Turn down that thermostat and throw on a sweater. It's good for the environment, too. If every home in America turned the dial, we could save more than $10 billion per year in energy costs, enough to provide a year's worth of gasoline, electricity and natural gas to every person in Iowa.

By setting your home and office heating systems just a few degrees lower, you'll save a sizable amount of energy. A light long-sleeved sweater is generally worth about 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy sweater adds about 4 degrees.

You can save big. Most households shell out 50 to 70 percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling, reports the Department of Energy. Yet, for every degree you lower the thermostat, you'll save between 1 percent and 3 percent of your heating bill. An money-saving technique: Turn down your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees before you go to bed at night, and then turn it up again in the morning when the coffee is brewing. By doing this, you will save 5 to 10 percent of your heating bill each month.

Back in the heady green days of Jimmy Carter's presidency, the former peanut farmer made headlines by turning down the White House thermostat and donning a sweater to stay warm. Still, many of us continue to overheat our homes because we don't like the idea of sensing a chill, or we just don't think about putting on another layer. But when the air starts to turn cool, remember that the natural cycle is to get your warmer clothes out of storage and layer up.

HR Updates

New Employee 

Janice Moyer
Janice Moyer                   Network Security Engineer             FOC 2         (402) 457-2925

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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