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Inside Story for Monday, May 02, 2011

Food Drive to Help Those in Need

The student organization Campus Crusade for Christ (a.k.a The Blaze) is currently organizing a Food Drive at the Fort Omaha Campus. The items collected will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank and the Open Door Mission. The students are using this opportunity to make a difference in the community by supporting those in need. View more details on the student-created flyer.

Students would appreciate support from MCC faculty and staff for this community project. Place donated canned goods or nonperishable food items into blue bins currently located in the lobby of FOC Bldg. 10. The blue bins will be there until May 24, the end of Spring quarter. Even though the quarter was already halfway through before they came up with the idea, the students felt there was still time to make a difference.

Students will also receive service-learning credits for their efforts.

For more information, call (402) 457-2243 or email voalapo@mccneb.edu.

Call for Volunteers: Cinco de Mayo Parade

MCC is participating in Omaha's annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on May 7 at 10 a.m. If you would like to volunteer to walk on behalf of the College, contact Arlene Jordan at (402) 738- 4600. If you would like an MCC shirt, provide your size.

MCC's Barbara Velazquez will serve as one of the grand marshals for Cinco de Mayo. Watch the parade from 10 a.m.-noon between 24th and B streets and 24th and O streets.

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 ides 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.

Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

MCC students and staff who ride bicycles to class can now sign up for the Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge! Sponsored by Activate Omaha, this is a friendly competition to see which employers and organizations log the most bicycle-commuter miles between May 1 and Oct. 1. More than 1,000 people around Omaha already are registered.

Participants ride as much or as little as they like and record their commutes each week on a website.

Sign up for the challenge yourself and encourage MCC students to register as well. To register, students should use their MCC student email address (ends with "mccnebraska.net").

Those new to bicycle commuting should check out Activate Omaha's cycling resources and the website IRideDouglasCounty.org. For more information, contact MCC team captain Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or Julie Harris at Activate Omaha at jharris@activateomaha.org.

Free CPR Training at Clarkson College

 MCC is partnering with the American Heart Association and Clarkson College to provide Free Adult/Child CPR training on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clarkson College, 42nd & Dodge streets. Training is open to all ages, individuals or families wanting to learn the lifesaving skill of CPR. Sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes. Those interested should pre-register by calling (402) 552-2432 or visiting clarksoncollege.edu.

KBD Sponsors Communication Forums

Kappa Beta Delta (KBD), the academic honorary for Business and Accounting Students, will be hosting four lunch-time discussion forums addressing the Importance of direct, effective communication. The times and locations are as follows:

  • Monday, May 9, South Omaha Campus Library, Meeting Room A, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 136 B-D, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11, Sarpy Center, Room 138, 11:30 a.m.-a 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12, Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 307, Noon-1 p.m.

Learning about what effective communication is, why it is important and who benefits is an important topic for all of us to learn about. KBD invites all faculty, staff and students to attend one of the forums.

Kappa Beta Delta Hosts Leadership Event

You are cordially invited to attend the Phi Chapter Kappa Beta Delta Induction Ceremony Excellence: The Choice of Success for Leaders, featuring speaker Josephine Jordan, General Director of Operating Services for Union Pacific Railroad.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
5 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 22
Swanson Conference Center, Room 201
Reception to follow

RSVP to Gail Johnson, gljohnson@mccneb.edu.

The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise

The Institute for Cultural Connections is pleased to support the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Seminar program May 2-6. The theme for this year's presentations is The Democratization of Information. Guest lectures will be delivered via DVD from NPR's national security correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, Somalian human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and research executive and author Mike Dover. If you have a class that would benefit from these topics, contact Jim Van Arsdall for screening information.

The Democratization of Information in an Age of Terror
Dina Temple-Raston
May 3, 2 p.m.
Omaha South Campus, Mahoney, Room 511

Branding, and the Customer-Controlled Market
Mike Dover
May 2, 2 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, Room 209

The Democratization of Information and Human Rights

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
May 2, noon
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110
May 5, 2 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney, Room 511

Homeless Among Us Art Show

homeless among usShedding a light on homelessness in our community

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

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.

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

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:

  • Advising: Doing More ON Less
  • Fort Omaha Parade Grounds Place Game Workshops
  • The FISH Philosophy: Catch the Energy
  • Brown Bag Workshops: MCC Facilities Master Plan Informational Sessions

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.

Weekly Green Tip

Instead of tying a ribbon on your Mother's Day gifts this year, garnish them with recyclable paper bows (natural-fiber raffia), dried flowers or a reusable scarf. If two out of three households conserved an arm's length of ribbon, the amount saved could tie a bow around the earth. - The Green Book

Recent Grants

MCC was awarded several Perkins Mini Grants for its training efforts.

  • A $540 grant for career-based safety training and certification for ESL students.
  • A $3,880 grant to expand the pilot Transition Education Center (TrEC) at the South Omaha Campus. The grant provides the license for the reading series in two career areas (health and construction) and a workplace-focused math tutorial component that covers all six career areas.
  • A $10,000 grant to support 20 MCC faculty members as they embed entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation/creativity into an array of skill teaching areas through partner collaboration with peer entrepreneurship program faculty and area entrepreneurs.

HR Updates

New Employees

Stephanie Albers
Stephanie Albers             Disability Support Services Counselor     FOC 10                 (402) 457-2766


Kojo Allen           Mahoney            (402) 738-4727

Deb Lahoda        FOC 10

Donna Rankin    FOC 14S

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