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Inside Story for Friday, January 07, 2011

Reminder: Time to Change Your MCC Password

At MCC, password security policies exist to protect the privacy of our users and to adhere to required security guidelines. The College is in the process of revising these policies in an effort to increase security via a process called password aging - a process in which a password expires after a certain amount of time.

Beginning Jan. 10, 2011, all MCC users (staff, faculty and students) must have passwords that are less than 180 days old. If your password falls into this category, upon successful login, you will be prompted to change it.

Change your password when prompted.  Contact the MCC Help Desk if you are unsuccessful or experience technical difficulties. 

If you are on a College-owned computer, you may change your password at any time by pressing the Control-Alt-Delete keys at the same time and choosing the change your password option. You do not have to wait until your password has actually expired before you change it.

If you wait until your password has expired when you log in to your College-owned computer, you will receive a message stating that your password has expired and that you must change it. A dialogue box will pop up with entries for your old password, your new password and new password confirmation. Your old password should already be filled in for you and designated with the letter X. Enter your new password and then retype that same password for verification. The rules for your password include the following:

  • Your password must be a minimum of seven characters.
  • The password must contain a combination of letters and numbers and capitalization.
  • Your password must be unique. You cannot use the same password within a one-year period.
  • Do not use words included in a dictionary.

An example of an unacceptable password would be bugle (only five letters, no numbers, all lowercase and found in a dictionary). A better password might be Burgl3r. The letter E has been changed to the number 3, more characters have been added to meet the minimum of seven characters and it begins with a capital B.

Remember that your password is case-sensitive so be aware if your Caps Lock key is on.

After confirming your password, you will be logged onto your College-owned computer as normal. From then on, you need to use your new password. Password changes will be required every 180 days, and each time you will follow the same procedure as described above.

The Password Center is available online at all times; if you find that you cannot change your password using the Password Center, the Help Desk can assist you during regular Help Desk hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.).  If you have any other problems performing the password change, call the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900. 

Diane Donelson Spirit Award Nomination Deadline Approaches

Nominations for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The award was created to recognize an MCC employee who exemplifies the enduring spirit of Diane Donelson, a long-time MCC Board of Governors member.

There are many deserving employees who exhibit the criteria outlined in the award every day. Take the time today to recognize and acknowledge their accomplishments and the spirit of their efforts.

The award will be presented at the Employee Appreciation Reception scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2. Contact Kay Friesen at (402) 457-2878 for submission information or email kfriesen@mccneb.edu.

MCC Libraries Adds New Titles

Head on over to your local MCC library to check out the new books, DVDs and other media now available. See the full list here.

Beware of Phishing Attempts Masquerading as Official Email

Do not give your College user ID and password via email to anyone. The MCC Help Desk will not request your user ID and password via email. The Help Desk does not need this information.

Some U.S. colleges have been the victims of phishing attacks. Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by using an email that masquerades as an official or trustworthy entity. In the case of the college phishing attacks, employees or students received official looking emails asking for the user's College user ID and password. If you receive an official-looking email asking for this type of information, it is a phishing attempt and should be deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders.

To access the abuse folder:

  1. In Microsoft Outlook, click on the Go tab and select Folder List
  2. Expand Public Folders and then All Public Folders
  3. Drag and drop the email into the Abuse Mail folder

Items in this folder go to MCC's email administrators who use these emails to help block spam. Additional information on this phishing scheme can be found at www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

Changes to Wireless Connections at MCC

Starting Feb. 1, MCC will require students to use their MCC username and password to connect to the wireless networks at all MCC locations.

The change to an encrypted connection will provide an important level of security for users. Students may have to change their wireless settings in order to connect to the Wireless_Guest network. For help connecting, contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

Sign up Now: A Day On, Not a Day Off

A Day On, Not a Day OffGet ready 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.

Presentation Offers Students Tips on Email in the Workplace

Email Etiquette is a 30-40 minute PowerPoint presentation that teaches students how to professionally and effectively use email in the workplace. The presentation is designed to be discussion-based and highly interactive. To schedule a presentation in your class or learn more about the activity, contact Elizabeth at (402) 457-2591 or eamcphail1@mccneb.edu.  

Conversation Table Offers Spanish, English Speakers Language Practice

MCC's Mesa de Intercambio provides an informal way for native Spanish and English speakers to learn from each other through conversation. Stop by every Tuesday during Winter quarter from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the South Omaha Campus Commons Area to practice your English or Spanish conversation skills in a fun and informal setting.

This event is sponsored by Service-Learning. Questions? Contact Elizabeth McPhail at (402) 457-2591 or eamcphail1@mccneb.edu.

Encourage Students to Attend Transfer Week

Recruiters from 22 area colleges and universities will visit four MCC locations during MCC's annual Transfer Week Jan. 10-13.

MCC's Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses and the Sarpy Center will host representatives from public and private colleges and universities from throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

"About 9,000 MCC students have chosen degree tracks that will take them to a four-year school to finish a bachelor's degree. This is a great way for four-year colleges to reach them," said Barry Anderson, Coordinator of Articulation and Special Programs.

This event is free and open to the public. Encourage your students to attend the event. A full schedule of events is available here: www.mccneb.edu/insidestory/images/!2011/010710/transferweek.pdf.

Help Save the Day by Donating Blood

Down the street and across the country there are patients in need of lifesaving blood. You can be a lifesaver and make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood. Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others.

When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, that single act can turn heartbreak into hope for patients and their families. Schedule an appointment to donate blood. 

Upcoming blood drive:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-noon, Fort Omaha Campus, Bloodmobile near Bldg. 10, (Sponsor Code: 68)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Conference Center, (Sponsor Code: 69)
  • Monday, Jan. 31, 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, 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.

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.

Save the Date: MCC Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for MCC's Golf Outing on Friday, June 3 at Pacific Springs Golf Course. Check future editions of the Inside Story for more information.

Free Classes Address Green Healthcare, Home Repairs

sustainability logoThrough free Training and Development workshops, MCC's Office of Sustainable Practice is offering MCC employees and the community the opportunity to learn about how sustainability fits into our lives. Register for the following workshops at (402) 457-5231. 

Green Healthcare (TRDV 408N)
Friday, Jan. 14
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, ITC, Room 120

This workshop introduces the principles of sustainability, from historical development to current paradigms. Participants will be introduced to the basics of green healthcare. Clear, actionable steps will be offered, such as establishing toxic-free buildings. Literacy around local environmental health issues - including pharmaceuticals in the environment and the practice of safe, effective, precaution-based medicine - will be discussed. Participants will engage in experiential learning exercises involving strategies for promoting sustainable healthcare. 

Building Science: The 3 R's (Repairs, Renovations and Retrofits) (IFEX 001N)
Thursday, Jan. 27-Fri., Jan. 28
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Room 201C

The Three R's is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to repair, renovate and retrofit existing buildings. Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and indoor air quality) and show you how to apply them to the repair and retrofit of existing buildings. All building types will be covered: residential, commercial and institutional.

Green Tip

You can lower your exposure to pesticides by 90 percent just by choosing organic varieties of certain fruits and vegetables. If just 1 percent of the nation's farmlands converted to organic (nonchemical) agricultural systems, it would remove 26 million pounds of pesticides per year from the food we eat and from the environment. If you buy organic, you'll encourage this type of farming. - The Green Book

With Auto-Start Systems, It's Often Luck of the Draw

It never fails: Just when you get your car back from the repair shop, you discover that the remote auto-start system has stopped working. You took your car in for a coolant leak, and the next morning when you hit the remote to start your car, it doesn't work.

With this latest development, you automatically conjure up thoughts of a botched repair job for the coolant leak. As with any repair, there is always a possibility that the technician did forget to reconnect something - but in this case it was just the luck-of-the-draw. The auto-start system malfunctioned at just the wrong time. When taking the car back to have the system fixed, the service manager has to convince you that the two systems are totally unrelated and the technician was not at fault. As human nature dictates, it is common for the customer to always feel that the technician did something wrong.

So, what do you do? Find a shop that you trust and stick with them. Staying with a repair shop allows you and the business to develop a relationship. If there is a problem with one of their repairs, the shop will be more than willing to make it right. If you just happened to experience a situation of "luck-of-the-draw," your relationship will weather the storm. 

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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