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Inside Story for Monday, February 07, 2011

Heart of Metro Nomination Deadline for Winter Quarter Is Friday

Friday is the deadline for Winter quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Find out more about the Heart of Metro Award and submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Beware of Phishing Attempts

If you receive an email that appears to have come from the College warning you that access to your email account is coming to an end, do not open or click on the link that is within the message. It is a phishing attempt to obtain your account/password information.

If you receive this message, please delete it. Remember, the Help Desk will never ask for your login/password information by email.

Faculty Open Forums

These informal forums are an opportunity for part-time and full-time faculty to discuss College topics of interest with President Randy Schmailzl. Plan to attend a session, or a portion of a session, that is convenient for your schedule.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Art Gallery
2:30-4 p.m.  

Friday, Feb. 11
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, Room 245
10-11:30 a.m.  

Thursday, Feb. 24
Sarpy Center, Room 212
3:30-5 p.m.  

Friday, Feb. 25
Applied Technology Center, Room 107
10-11:30 a.m.  

Monday, March 7
Fort Omaha Campus, Mule Barn (Bldg. 21), Atrium
3:30-5 p.m.  

Tuesday, March 8
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 512
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Training and 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. To stay up-to-date on Training & Development opportunities, go to http://www.mccneb.edu/trdv/default.asp.

To enroll in these workshops, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518. Workshops are non-credit, term 11/JA.

Heartsaver First Aid

The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively identify and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes of injury or illness, until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course provides basic training solutions for First Aid, Adult CPR, and AED actions. This can be taken for certification or recertification.

Participants will receive an American Heart Association workbook in class.

TRDV 030N 03 (synonym-165930) | F. Feb. 11 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (1/2 hr. lunch on your own) | SRP, Room 122

S.A.F.E. Defense Training

This safety workshop focuses on changing your behavior to protect yourself, and provides knowledge on risk and risk reduction. 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 experienced MCC campus police officers who are trained and certified to teach this copyrighted program.

This workshop is targeted to females. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

TRDV 037N 01 (synonym-165919) | F. Feb. 18 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. | EVC, Room 114

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. 

For further information contact:
Marilyn Cotten
Coordinator, Training & Development
FOC #4, 457-2507, mcotten@mccneb.edu

Design Students Receive AIGA Awards

The Show, hosted annually by AIGA Nebraska and the Professional Association for Design, exhibits the best in graphic design, photography and illustration produced in the region and includes entries from design professionals and students, featuring both published and unpublished work. 

Students receiving awards include:

Lakica Reed (illustration, Title: Clarity) and Adam Trabold (Crop Rocket identity system) 

Jeffrey Burgher (Moose Bros. logo), Jeffrey Burgher (infographic, Title: Telescopic Disfracture), Bren McIntosh Duvall (shopping bags, Title: Empty Bottle Brewing Co.), Bren McIntosh Duvall (Sugar Root Blues Bistro logo), Tiffany Hungerford (handbook, Title: Handbook for Tourist), Tiffany Hungerford (illustration, Title: The Vines), Ashley Maly (wine label, Title: Wine Pine) and Bobby Orsi (illustration, Title: Kabel)

Wii Bowlers Take Home Awards

Precious Davis

Jeremy Plumb (right)

Christina Moore

MCC's first-ever Wii Bowling Tournament at the South Omaha Campus was a great success. Forty-nine participants competed in the event on Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Commons Area of the Connector Building. Winning first place in the tournament was Precious Davis, second place went to Jeremy Plumb and the third place went to Christina Moore.

Books By the Busload Offers Free Books to Families

Books by the busload
MCC's Service-Learning department is teaming up with Metro transit to give away 12,000 books to community members at three locations in Omaha. The book giveaway will be Feb. 11 -12 and is free and open to the public - just board the parked buses to pick up your free books for all ages.

Urban League of NE,3040 Lake St.
Friday, Feb. 11, noon-6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Westroads Mall, 10000 California St. Exit 7, NE of Dick's Sporting Goods
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. front parking lot
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

February Theatre Opportunities for MCC

Quality original theatre will be offered to MCC faculty, students and staff this February.

Distant Music
Free tickets are available to MCC faculty, students and staff to the Thursday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. performance of Brigit St. Brigit's production of Distant Music by James McClindon. Distant Music was featured as a Mainstage reading in last summer's Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) and was presented by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre Company. GPTC is thrilled that MCC and the Conference play a part in nurturing these collaborations.

There are a limited number of free tickets to the performance. Contact Scott Working at saworking@mccneb.edu by Feb. 7 to reserve your seat. Distant Music runs through Feb. 19 at the Downtown Space in the Old Market, 614 S. 11th St., just south of Upstream Brewing Co.


Playwrighting Workshop
On Saturday, Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m., playwright James McClindon will offer a free workshop on playwriting in the Mule Barn (Bldg. 21) at FOC. The workshop, entitled Approaches to Playwriting and Dialogue, is open to anyone and will include an overview of the different approaches to writing a play, an analysis of building meaning through effective dialogue and a writing exercise in which participants write the first draft of a ten-minute play before the workshop ends. McClindon is a Boston-based award-winning playwright with more than 13 plays and productions all over the country, including Distant Music playing at the Downtown Space in the Old Market through Feb. 19.

On Friday, Feb. 11, MCC is sponsoring a production of Rattlesnake, written and performed by John Hardy. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Institute for the Culinary Arts. Rattlesnake is an energetic full-length play with more than a dozen characters all played by a single actor - the author, John Hardy. Admission is free for all MCC faculty, students and staff; general admission is $10 at the door.

A true theatrical jack-of-all-trades, Hardy has directed more than 100 professional productions, written 15 plays and acted in many great roles, most recently as George in a national tour of Of Mice and Men. A talk-back with Hardy will follow the performance.

MCC is co-sponsoring another public play reading with the Omaha Community Playhouse in its Howard Drew Theatre: Asylum, a new play by former MCC student Beth Kahl Parriott. The reading is Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all and followed by a talk-back with the playwright.

Coming in March
On Friday, March 4, the Omaha Community Playhouse is holding College Night for their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tickets will be $18 (a discount of $6) for college students with a student ID. A pre-show party for this group will include appetizers and open bar for an additional $5. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 (a week before the general public has access) for the 6:30 p.m. party and 7:30 p.m. show.

Contact Scott Working at saworking@mccneb.edu for details on any of these events.

Black History Month Kicks Off at MCC

A lecture on great African American quilters kicks off a month of activities to celebrate black history. See the full schedule here.

Father Greg Boyle to Speak at MCC

Greg Boyle
As a priest working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Father Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

Tattoos on the Heart is a breathtaking series of parables distilled from his 20 years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar who shops at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of love. From 10-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter, we benefit from Boyle's wonderful, hard-earned wisdom. Inspired by faith and applicable to anyone, these personal, unflinching stories are full of surprising revelations and observations of the community in which Boyle works and of the many lives he has helped save.

Two activities are scheduled for Feb. 24. Both are free and open to the public. 

Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Consultation with community stakeholders engaged in intervention, prevention and workforce development efforts
Creighton University Harper Center, Rooms 3023 A-B 

Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Community lecture and book signing
MCC South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center, Room 120

Learn to Compost at Home at Free Workshop

Through free Training and Development workshops, MCC's Office of Sustainable Practice is offering MCC staff the opportunity to learn about how sustainability fits into our lives. Staff and faculty can register for the following workshops at (402) 457-5231.

Introductions to Composting and Permaculture (IFEX 002N)
Wednesday, Feb. 9
1-4 p.m.
FOC 29, Room 103

Urban Environment Specialist Bobbi Holm will discuss the how and why of home composting with a tiny bit of the chemistry and biology of the process thrown in. Participants will also take a quick look at the City of Omaha's composting process, as well as the results of landfills.

Following the introduction to composting, Agricultural Specialist Chris Combs will present an introduction to permaculture. Learn the principles and ethics of using natural ecological patterns to maximize the effect of your home landscaping while reducing the time and labor you commit. Examples of permaculture designs and Omaha-specific strategies will be presented.

Weekly Green Tip

Use the library or buy secondhand books. Consider sharing the ones you have with friends or donating them rather than throwing them away. About 3 billion new books are sold per year, requiring 400,000 trees to be chopped down. - The Green Book

HR Updates

New Employees
Lee Lozo
Lee Lozo
Police Officer     FOC 30  (402) 457-2313 

Patrick Nichols   FOC 10  (402) 457-2370

Separations                     Last Day
Joseph Schmidt                  2/2/11
Karen Turco                       2/4/11

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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