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Inside Story for Monday, May 09, 2011

Nominations for the Student Affairs Excellence Award Open

Do you work with or know a colleague in Student Affairs who you feel consistently exemplifies a positive attitude, provides outstanding service, provides leadership, focuses on students, works on a special project and uses creativity and initiative in performing duties? If so, nominate him or her for the Student Affairs Excellence Award.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m. The selected employee(s) will be honored at the Student Affairs Day Event on June 17. Access the specific criteria and the online nomination form at here. The online form provides a user-friendly template that is aligned with the specified award criteria.

MCC Employees Qualify for Reduced-Rate Memberships at Lauritzen Gardens

Once again this year, MCC employees qualify for a Lauritzen Gardens membership at a reduced rate. This rate is available throughout the end of May. A membership provides unlimited visits to the garden throughout the year, a ten percent discount in the gift shop, reduced pricing on both child and adult education programs, the Seasons of Growth quarterly newsletter and invitations to members-only events.

After you have filled out the attached membership form and included payment, you can mail it directly to Lauritzen Gardens or send it through intercampus mail to Pat Smith, SOC CON, or via email to psmith@mccneb.edu. For questions, contact Smith at (402) 738-4681.

Public Affairs: Your Swag Headquarters

Are you in need of giveaways for events? Public Affairs has inventory in stock for giveaway items. If your department or program is in need, send an email to marketing@mccneb.edu requesting the item(s) you would like, the quantity and the fund-location-cost center to be charged. Note: Some items are in small quantities.

Is there something not on the list that you are interested in acquiring? Do you have an on-campus event coming up where you need something spectacular? Contact Public Affairs to discuss your needs at (402) 457-2414.

  • Flat magnets with contact info and locations ($.18 each)
  • MCC pencils ($.10 each)
  • Bic pens ($.14 each)
  • Pens with highlighter ($.69)
  • Recycled coasters ($.37 per coaster)
  • Black Tote Bags with logo ($2.45 each)
  • 20 oz. Cup2go tumbler ($3 each)
  • 16 oz. Insulated cup with straw ($3.50 each)
  • 16 oz. Stadium Cups ($.50)
  • Lanyards ($1 each)
  • Leather Portfolio ($14.95)
  • Lunch Boxes ($4.50)
  • Ceramic Coffee Mugs ($2.86 each)
  • T-shirts, available in either white or gray
    • S, M, L  ($3.89)
    • XL, XXL ($4.89)

SharePoint 2010... Coming Soon!

Over the course of the next year, the College will be migrating current Microsoft SharePoint sites to the latest Microsoft SharePoint version. We plan on taking all necessary precautions to ensure this happens with as little disruption of services as possible.

If you wish to have your current SharePoint 2007 site migrated to 2010, please contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900. Sites will be migrated on a first-come, first serve basis as part of the migration plan.

World Maps Installed at 3 MCC Campuses

MCC is expanding its global outlook with world maps installed in classrooms at three campuses.

World maps were a suggestion given at a March Faculty Forum meeting with MCC President Randy Schmailzl. World maps can assist instructors of various subjects and improve student learning. 

Geography instructor Victora Alapo worked with campus deans to determine the best type of maps to obtain. Maps featuring the minimally-distorted Winkel Tripel/Robinson Projection will soon be installed at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses.

Smartphone Privacy Tips

Pictures you have e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children. Smartphones leave a high-tech invisible trail using the same geotracking technology that enables the social website Foursquare and handheld map apps.

Easily-obtained software can translate geotagged photos, which have been uploaded to sites like Facebook or Photobucket, into maps showing exactly where the photo was taken. To avoid this, restrict which applications can access GPS marking or turn off location services altogether in your smartphone settings.

Learn more from this NBC report.

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. SOC (May 11) and Sarpy (May 13).

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

Noncredit Gardening Classes Grow Lifelong Learners

MCC lifelong learner Roger Flannery shares his experiences from garden and landscaping noncredit classes at MCC. In the garden, he says, he's discovered a hobby that provides relaxation and joy - and a way to give back to his community. "MCC is the best place that I know of to keep yourself up with what's new," he says. "There's so many classes that you cannot NOT find something of interest through the continuing ed program."

Retirement Reception for Paul Evans

A reception is being held for Paul Evans, Biology Instructor, who is retiring at the end of the quarter. The event is planned for Tuesday, May 24, 3-5 p.m. at the Crook House. There will be a short program at 3:30 p.m. Evans has completed 37 academic years at MCC (146 quarters). Join us to show our appreciation and wish him well.

Training and Development Workshops

Training and Development workshops are tuition-free and open to all MCC employees. Participation in training gives you, the employee, the opportunity to develop career and professional needs and goals. The following workshops are open for registration:

  • Fort Omaha Parade Grounds Place Game Workshop
  • The FISH Philosophy: Catch the Energy
  • Brown Bag Workshops: MCC Facilities Master Plan Informational Sessions

Just added:

Excel 2007: Beyond the Basics

Using Microsoft Excel but want to learn more? We will begin with a review of creating, copying and pasting formulas. Spreadsheet linking will also be reviewed. We will move on to charts and lists (databases):

  • Creating, modifying and enhancing charts
  • Creating, sorting and filtering lists

TRDV 074N 02 (synonym 177371)
Friday,  May 20, 9 a.m.-noon
SOC, MHY, Room 205

Word 2007: Creating and Managing Large Documents

We will work on a large document that has already been created. We will learn to place graphics; insert references; insert a table of contents; create and use section breaks; insert page numbering; create an index; insert footnotes; and insert revision marks.

TRDV 075N 02 (synonym 177372)
Wednesday, May 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
FOC, Bldg. 10, Room 114

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.

To discuss customized training for your team, contact:
Marilyn Cotten
Coordinator, Training & Development
FOC 4, (402) 457-2507, mcotten@mccneb.edu.

MCC Represented at Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo
MCC employees represented the College with stand-out T-shirts and the MCC bug at the Cinco de Mayo parade May 7.  MCC's Barbara Velazquez served as one of the grand marshals for Cinco de Mayo.

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:

  • 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.

MCC Celebrates Asian/Pacific Islander Month with Vincent Who?

MCC Presents Vincent Who?, the winner of the 2009 Media Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, with a discussion led by producer Curtis Chin on Thursday, May 12, 2:15-4 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110.

In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, "it's because of you $*!$ that we're out of work." When the judge fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement.

This documentary, inspired by a series of townhalls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th Anniversary of the case, features interviews with key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2253 for more information.

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

MCC Presents 11th Annual Student Art Exhibition

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

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

Call for Volunteers: Green Bike Assembly

The Sustainability Committee is seeking volunteers to help assemble bicycles on Wednesday, May 11, 6-9 p.m. at 525 N. 33rd St. in Omaha. The bicycles will be for faculty, staff and student use at FOC when MCC launches its Green Bikes Program on May 17.

By creating the bike share program, MCC hopes to improve traffic safety, mobility, wellness and sustainability. Modeled after UNO's successful Bike Share program, bicycle routes on FOC streets will be marked with sharrows, and bicycles and bicycle parking will be available to faculty, staff and students for trips across campus.

The program is a community effort. A generous grant from Live Well Omaha will provide the sharrows and bike racks, and the Community Bike Project is providing parts and some labor. Patrick McKibbin's Auto Collision Technology students painted the bicycle frames lime green, and Greenstreet Cycles has partnered with MCC to repair the bikes as needed.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Green Tip of the Week

If you have the choice, buy soda from the fountain in a paper cup instead of from a can or plastic bottle. You'll reduce the amount of aluminum cans and plastic bottles that are wasted. More paper (48 percent) is recycled and recovered to make new products than aluminum soda cans (43.9 percent) or plastic soda bottles (25 percent). - The Green Book

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