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Inside Story for Monday, April 25, 2011

Heart of Metro: Nomination Deadline for Spring Quarter Today

Today is the deadline for Spring quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for his or her 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.

Join Discussion about the Facilities Master Plan and Active Use of the Parade Ground

During the month of May, there will be several opportunities for you to learn about the Facilities Master Plan Update and offer ideas about active uses of the Parade Ground that will be considered as the plan is implemented.

Facilitated by Omaha by Design, the Place Game Workshop is an organized way of brainstorming potential improvements to public spaces by listening to the people who use them. It was created by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Founded in 1975, PPS embraces the insights of William (Holly) White, a pioneer in understanding the way people use public spaces.

On May 6 and May 20, Omaha by Design will be conducting the Place Game Workshop at the Fort Omaha Campus on the Parade Ground. Bring your lunch to this 11 a.m.-1 p.m. workshop that begins in Bldg. 10, Room 120. Information gathered from the workshops will be used to help MCC administrators think about how to make the Parade Ground a more active space as the Facilities Master Plan is implemented.

In addition to the Place Game Workshop, you can learn about the recommendations in the Facilities Master Plan Update at several May Brown Bag Sessions. These sessions will include information regarding priorities as defined by the MCC Board of Governors and recommendations from JJR regarding the order of implementation. Sessions are from noon-1 p.m. at EVC (May 2), FOC (May 9), SOC (May 11) and Sarpy (May 13).

For more information regarding these sessions or to register, visit the Training and Development website.

Bistro Dining: Featuring Cuisine of Thomas Keller

Sage Student BistroICA students will take on the cuisine of award-winning American chef Thomas Keller this week at the Sage Student Bistro. On the student prix fixe menu: red gazpacho, seared scallops, rabbit and pan-seared ribeye.

A night at the Bistro gives students real-world experience in a restaurant environment. View the detailed menu on the Bistro website and stop by to support Culinary Arts students in this unique fine dining atmosphere.

The Sage Student Bistro is also serving á la carte breakfast, 8-10 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Reservations are not required. Enjoy quiche Lorrain or a Reuben sandwich-or choose your own savory plate from the breakfast menu and lunch menu.

SkillsUSA Students Take Home Awards

MCC students won more medals than all the other Nebraska colleges combined at the SkillsUSA state competition in Hastings April 14-16. Twenty-two MCC students will continue to nationals to represent MCC and Nebraska.

The medal count included:

  • 22 Gold Medals
  • 10 Silver Medals
  • 7 Bronze Medals
  • Total Medals: 39

Training and Development Workshops

Training and Development workshops are tuition-free and open to all MCC employees. Participation in training brings new ideas, strategies and positive energy to the workplace. The following workshops are open for registration:

  • TIAA-CREF Retirement Income Options
  • Feeling Confident in Public Speaking
  • Facilitating Productive Meetings
  • Delivering Outstanding Customer Care
  • Advising: Doing More ON Less
  • Fort Omaha Parade Grounds Place Game Workshops
  • Brown Bag Workshops: MCC Facilities Master Plan Informational Sessions

Just Added:

  • The FISH Philosophy: Catch the Energy

This fun, interactive and educational program is based on the FISH! video that chronicles the upbeat antics at the world famous Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Wash. This wildly successful business champions four core concepts: Play, Make Their Day, Be There and Choose Your Attitude. It is about bringing your whole self to work and wanting to do your best work while you are there. Explore how you can incorporate this philosophy to create a strong team culture.

For complete workshop information, 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 or call (402) 457-8518. All listed workshops are noncredit.

Student T-Shirt Art on Display in Mule Barn

The student members of AIGA-MCC, the professional association for design, hosted a T-shirt competition to promote their chapter. Entries are now on display at the Mule Barn, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 21.

The winning entry will be revealed at the Closing Reception April 30, 5-7 p.m. MCC students and employees are invited to attend. T-shirts will be on sale during the reception.

The display will then move to the Elkhorn Valley Campus Hallway Exhibit Area through May 21.

Homeless Among Us Art Show

MCC's Service-Learning department presents Homeless Among Us, a special presentation for community, students, faculty and staff on May 6 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Mule Barn, Bldg. 21.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • Musical Selections: Sienna Francis House Singers
  • 9-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Miss Colorado, Blair Griffith
  • 9:45-10 a.m. Break Musical Selections: Sienna Francis Singers
  • 10-11 a.m. Panel: Sienna Francis House Representatives
  • 11 a.m. Art Show Featuring Chris Leet and Jeremiah Neal

Call to make reservations for this event at (402) 457-2608.

A special thanks to the Sienna Francis House, UNMC, MCC's Eddith Buis' Art Class and MCC's Facilities Management staff for arranging/displaying art selections

Diversity Matters Series Explores Sustainability

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide for Saving the Planet One Step at a Time by Rogers and Kostigen

The Diversity Matters Book Series joins Metro Reads! to explore 12 aspects of habitat such as home, work and school, suggesting better lifestyle choices in each arena. Small adjustments in the way people consume and dispose of resources add up to significant and positive environmental effects.

Book Discussion: Facilitator: Daniel Lawse, MCC Coordinator of Sustainability
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Noon-1 p.m. South Omaha Campus
Library Conference Rooms A & B

MCC Presents 11th Annual Student Art Exhibition

MCC presents the 11th annual Student Art Exhibition with an opening event on Friday, April 29, 5-7 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design. The exhibit will be on display April 30-May 21. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

A highlight of the April 29 celebration will be the announcement of award winners. This year's awards include:

  • $750 Scholarship-1st Place
  • $500 Scholarship-2nd Place
  • $250 Scholarship-3rd Place
  • Ten $100 Scholarships-Honorable Mentions
  • The Metropolitan Visual Arts Scholarship: $150 and publication as cover art for MCC's literary magazine
  • $500 in Purchase Awards, funded by MCC Foundation Visual Arts Growth Fund 

The jurors this year are Lincoln artists Bill Graham and Peggy Gomez.

Bill Graham is Co-Director of Paralax Space, an exhibition space in Lincoln that is devoted to thematic presentations of contemporary artistic production in a variety of media. He has a B.A. in Horticulture and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Temple University. Graham is a painter, a stained glass artist and a kindergarten teacher in Lincoln.

Peggy Gomez opened Gomez Art Supply in Lincoln in August 2003 and has built a loyal customer base by offering quality products for the visual artist. An artist herself, Gomez is knowledgeable in the products she sells and offers firsthand advice to her patrons. With the opening of Tugboat Gallery in 2005, Gomez has expanded her commitment to the local art scene by giving artists a venue to exhibit their works and see firsthand the works of others. Her move to 14th and O streets in 2006 solidified her presence in downtown Lincoln and has since helped to shape the second floor of the Parrish Building into a new center for arts and culture in the capitol.

In addition to showcasing student artwork, this year's reception will feature refreshments catered by Mark's Bistro of Dundee.

For more information about the MCC Student Art Competition, visit www.mccneb.edu/competition or call the Visual Arts Department, (402) 289-1331.

MCC Hosts Cinco de Mayo Festivities

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, MCC will host motivator and poet Carlos Ojeda Jr. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center on Friday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event includes lunch by La Mesa Mexican Restaurant and musical entertainment by Mariachi Luna y Sol. Registration is required; cost is $15 for general admission and $8 for MCC students. Call (402) 457-5231 to register.

On Saturday, May 7, MCC's Barbara Velazquez will serve as one of the grand marshals for Cinco de Mayo Parade in South Omaha. Watch the parade from 10 a.m.-noon between 24th and B streets and 24th and O streets.

Register Now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. at the Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St.

You can register as a single, and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $70 per player or $280 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament.

Send your check and registration form no later than Monday, May 23. Make checks out to MCC Foundation. Checks will not be cashed until after May 23. The proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

To register, contact:

Linda Hoagland
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 457-2403; lhoagland@mccneb.edu

5th Annual Student Truck Driving Championship

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) students will perform challenging driving maneuvers while promoting safety and education at the fifth annual student truck driving championship on April 30 at the Applied Technology Center, 104th and State streets.

Eligible to compete are CDL students currently enrolled in a Nebraska training facility and Nebraska-trained CDL students with one to six months' experience. Volunteers are also needed to run the event.

For more information, contact Rick Sandvig, rsandvig@mccneb.edu or (402) 763-5813.

Represent MCC at the Rally for a Healthy City

Public health leaders wish to recognize MCC's efforts to promote bus ridership and bicycling through the Pass to Class and Green Bikes programs next week. MCC students, faculty and staff are invited to represent MCC at the Rally for a Healthy City on Wednesday, April 27, 11-11:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Civic Center, 1819 Farnam St. The rally is sponsored by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

At 11:35 a.m., participants will be invited to join the Walk @ Work through downtown.

Would you like to attend? If interested, contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Recent Grants

Recent Grants

  • $102,550 from the Sherwood Foundation for the Level I and II Command Spanish Literacy Program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Omaha Public Schools (OPS) school years. MCC has offered Command Spanish® Level 1 training to 353 OPS staff at 19 different sites. The grant will provide Level II training to help teachers advance their Spanish language and cultural knowledge to use in their work with students and in communicating with their Spanish-speaking parents and families. 
  • $86,200 from the Sherwood Foundation for Read Right programming. Read Right® instruction is a technology-based, tutor-supported system resulting in much faster reading skill attainment than with conventional methods. MCC will launch Read Right® as part of MCC Adult Education.
  • $5,000 from the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) for the 2011 Great Plains Theatre Conference. The grant funds will provide honoraria and airfare for scholars Constance Congdon, Mac Wellman, Lee Wochner, Thomas Riccio, Sibyl Kempson, Colby Kuhlman, Kip Fagan and Bostin Christopher.

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