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Inside Story for Friday, December 17, 2010

Nominations for the 2011 Diane Donelson Spirit Award Now Being Accepted

On Nov. 22, 2005, MCC's Board of Governors passed a resolution creating the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area would like to recognize Board member, Diane Donelson, for her enduring leadership and dedication to Metropolitan Community College;

WHEREAS,  the Board of Governors specifically recognizes Ms. Donelson for the positive spirit she has exemplified in the face of adverse circumstances and her unwavering commitment to building relationships with colleagues, with employees and within the community.   Ms. Donelson has touched many lives through acts of kindness and maintaining a positive spirit in all of her endeavors.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area does hereby approve and authorize the establishment of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the criteria for selection of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award be established to reflect the compassionate spirit of Ms. Donelson and be presented to Metropolitan Community College employees who model and exemplify these attributes.

Do you know a co-worker who exemplifies the compassionate spirit and leadership qualities of Ms. Donelson's legacy?

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.  Contact Kay Friesen at 457-2878 or kfriesen@mccneb.edu for nomination guidelines.  Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Changing Your Voicemail for Winter Recess

As the holiday break approaches, it is time to set your voicemail to provide an alternate greeting for callers.

Examples of possible greetings include:

"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The College is closed for the holiday break. I will return on Jan. 3, 2011. Please leave a message after the tone."


"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The college is closed for holiday break Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. I will be out of my office starting Dec. 20 and will return on Jan. 3. If you would like to leave a message, please do so after the tone."

The procedure to record an alternate greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box.
  2. Press 4 for Setup options
  3. Press 1 for Greetings/Call transfer
  4. Press 1 for Greetings
  5. You will hear: "Your current greeting is the standard greeting... "
  6. The system plays your recorded greeting. You must LISTEN to this entire greeting before pressing any keys.
  7. Press 2 for Alternate Greeting
  8. The system will play: "Your current greeting is the alternate greeting" and will play what you have recorded (if anything).
  9. If you are satisfied with this greeting, press * to exit. Otherwise, follow the prompts to re-record.
  10. This automatically activates your alternate greeting.

You can contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900 for assistance.

Remember: When you return from holiday break, change your voicemail back to your standard greeting.

The procedure to return to your standard greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box
  2. Press 4 for Setup Options
  3. Press 1 for Greetings/Call Transfer
  4. Press 1 for Greetings
  5. Press 2 to turn off your Alternate Greeting
  6. Press * to exit

Save the Date: Employee Appreciation Reception Scheduled for Feb. 2

Mark your calendars! The annual employee appreciation reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1-4:30 p.m. Look for details in upcoming editions of the Inside Story in January. This annual event provides an avenue to recognize the service of employees, to present the Diane Donelson Spirit Award and to provide an opportunity for employees to network with colleagues.

The annual service awards program celebrates employees' commitment to MCC. Employees holding a full- or part-time regular position are recognized for their service following the completion of five years of service and at each five-year interval thereafter. Those individuals who reached their fifth, tenth, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th or 35th employment anniversary on or before Dec. 31, 2010, will be honored. Human Resources will contact honorees to provide additional information about the program.

Save the Date: A Day On, Not a Day Off

Save the date for MCC's third annual A Day On, Not a Day Off service event to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

While all MCC locations are closed that day, students, staff and community members can give back to the community at several agencies, including the North/South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, Habitat ReStore, Open Door Mission, Douglas County Community Health Center and The Kroc Center. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites.

To donate a portion of your time on Jan. 17, contact Kyle at the Service-Learning Office, (402) 457-2606 or Ktvandusen@mccneb.edu. The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeved shirt to wear the service event.

Service-Learning Distributes More than 6,000 Books for the Holidays

Book sorting

With the help of Central Stores staff members Bob Barnes, Randy Erye and Dan Stalnaker, the Service-Learning Office successfully distributed more than 6,000 new books to area agencies and families for the holidays. The books were delivered to Central Stores three weeks ago after MCC students helped sort the books on Nov. 20. Receiving organizations included Liberty Elementary School, Literacy Center for the Midlands, Building Bright Futures, Catholic Charities, Uta Halee and Lutheran Family Services. The Service-Learning Office hopes to continue its book sorting and distribution efforts into the New Year. Check the Service-Learning webpage and calendar periodically for book distribution updates.

Career Closet Hosts First Annual Fashion Show

Career Closet Fashion Show

Career Closet Fashion Show Career Closet Fashion Show

Last Tuesday at the Fort Omaha Campus, POPS and Service-Learning successfully showcased The Career Closet's fashionable and free clothing. The music was bumpin' as MCC students, staff and faculty strutted down the runway in work-appropriate clothing. "The purpose of the fashion show was to let students know what's available to them, so we can get the clothes to people who can use the assistance," said Queen Tucker, Coordinator of The Career Closet. Marty Martinez showed off his DJ skills, while Bobby Loud announced and described the models' attire. A special thanks to the all of the MCC models. Visit the Service-Learning webpage for more information on The Career Closet.

Photography Club Exhibits Work at Mule Barn

Members of the MCC Photo Club are exhibiting their work in the recently renovated Mule Barn at the Fort Omaha Campus. The show takes place throughout January.

The MCC Photo Club provides students with the opportunity to expand their photographic horizons through visiting artist lectures, workshops, informal critiques and group photographic exhibitions. This current selection of student work, purposely shown without a theme, showcases works from students' personal photographic pursuits.

Get Creative with Old Phonebooks

After you get the updated version of your local phonebook, you don't have to throw the old one away. Check out these alternate uses:
Child Booster Seats: Cover a phone book with fabric remnants to quickly create a new booster seat for your child.
Window Wipes: They are perfect for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
Phone Book Step Aerobics: It might sound comical, but if you have more than one old phonebook in the cabinet, get a workout by stacking and stepping.
Mulch: Shred a few pages at a time; the shredded paper blocks weeds, and they're biodegradable.
Packaging Filler: Shipping something fragile? Stuff the box with phonebook pages.
Wax Paper Substitute: Separate baked goods or freezer items by placing a sheet in between them.
Not feeling creative? You can always recycle your old phonebooks. Less than 10 percent are currently recycled.

Find more ideas on the Daily Green blog.

Hints on Heater Problems

If you are experiencing heater problems this winter, here are probable causes:

Problem: Little or no heat
Most common causes: Plugged heater core; low coolant in the radiator; the blend door inside the dash is out of adjustment or broken; hot water shut off valve is stuck in the off position

Problem: Inside windshield condensation with defrost setting
Most common cause: Leaking heater core. Condensation on the inside of the windshield when the heat is set to defrost is the first sign of a leaking heater core. As the leak gets worse, the amount of moisture or condensation on the windshield increases. As the leak increases, the carpet on the passenger side will become soaked. When the matting under the carpet becomes soaked, the metal floor boards will rust out.

MCC in the News

MCC in the News

HR Updates

New Employees
Kathy Trotter

Kathy Trotter   TRIO Retention Specialist     FOC 10    (402) 457-2651

Tonya Arvin         Administrative Assistant Special Projects       FOC 30      (402) 457-2661
Jahnie Bartlett      is now Jahnie Dees
Tamara Schutt      is now Tamara Fisher

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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