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Inside Story for Monday, June 06, 2011

Participatory Work Environment: Fostering Cooperation, Communication and Continuous Improvement

The Participatory Work Environment (PWE) group was formed to create ways to enhance communication and employee participation at MCC. The group membership is a combination of the existing College Council and employees representing each cabinet member's area.

PWE members have been working to solidify ways to move forward in achieving their goals. The purpose of Participatory Work Environment is to foster cooperation, communication and continuous improvement. The intent is to promote a work environment in which MCC employees approach information sharing and problem solving through College-wide teamwork.

The PWE group will be sponsoring a variety of activities designed to meet these goals. The first activity is a networking activity titled "Getting to Know You" and is described in today's Inside Story . Future activities are in the planning stage. Periodic updates will be provided through the Inside Story.

The current PWE membership: Robert Barnes, Marilyn Cotten, Liliana Cox, Georgia Culliver, Tamara Fisher, Robin Hixson, David Ho, Gordon Jensen, Steven Lovett, Robert Maass, Richard Newcomer, Pete Ormandy, Kathy Rieken-Thurber, Albertha Schmid, Shannon Snow, Connie Vaneske, Marty Vaughan and Mary Wise.

Getting to Know You Networking Activity

Visit the ATC and the WCTC (Washington County Technology Center in Blair) June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn about MCC and the career programs located at the centers. Network with fellow employees and participate in building teamwork.

Participants will board a bus at Fort Omaha Campus at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Fort Omaha at 1 p.m. Board the bus at the west entrance of the Mule Barn, Bldg. 21.

8:30  a.m.- Fort Omaha Campus

9 a.m.- Applied Technology Center

11:30 a.m.-WCC, lunch provided

1  p.m.- Fort Omaha Campus

Forty openings available on a first come, first serve bsis. Register for this activity by using Course Number TRDV 078N01 (synonym 177635). Be sure to check with your supervisor before signing up.

Networking activity leaders: Bob Barnes, Marilyn Cotten, Tamara Fisher, Robin Hixson, Connie Vaneske, Rich Newcomer and Albertha Schmid.

This activity is being sponsored by the Participatory Work Environment (PWE) team.

Student Organization Food Drive Supports Open Door Mission, Food Bank

The Campus Crusade for Christ (a.k.a. The Blaze) Student Organization recently concluded a successful Food Drive at the Fort Omaha Campus. Large bins full of non-perishable items were donated to both the Open Door Mission and the Food Bank. Students were also awarded certificates from the Service Learning Department showing their number of volunteer hours since the beginning of the Spring quarter.

On May 19, the Open Door Mission came to FOC to help collect a portion of the items that had been donated by MCC students, faculty and staff. The students and faculty/staff advisors of The Blaze wish to thank everyone who helped to make the Food Drive a big success.

 Advisors of The Blaze Student Organization at Fort Omaha Campus include: Victoria Alapo, Geography Instructor; Simone White, Student and Learning Support Services Assistant; and Gail L. Johnson, Faculty Secretary, Area Learning ACAD Affairs.

New at the Library

Topics among this month's new materials available at the MCC Library are homeland security, early childhood education and sustainable building materials. A complete list is available here.

Public Safety Corner

MCC's Public Safety department reminds you to be safe and courteous while driving.

Those of us who have years of driving experience generally have also experienced making a mistake on the road. But one careless act may provoke, however unreasonably, the ire of another driver.

No one has to be the victim of road rage. Such incidents may escalate to dangerous levels, so here are some pointers to avoid becoming a victim of a road rage incident:

  • Do not engage the other driver. If you feel you are a target, slow down and safely put some distance between you and the driver-or take an exit. If the situation continues, try to get the license plate of the vehicle, and when safe to do so dial 911 with the plate number, description of vehicle and direction of travel.
  • Do not make eye contact or use hand gestures. This may escalate the situation and simply make matters worse.
  • Obey the rules of the road. Do not tailgate or try to get even. Use your turn signals and move to the slow lane so that faster traffic may drive on.
  • Be a courteous driver. It pays to be nice!

- Road Rage: How to avoid becoming a victim, 24 Aug 10, Road Warrior, Pressdemocrat.Com

Six Honored at National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development

Congratulations to the three full time and three adjunct faculty members who were selected as the recipients of the 2011 NISOD Excellence Awards, presented at the International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence which took place in Austin, Texas from May 29-June 1, 2011.

  • Charles Cogar, Adjunct Instructor, Photography
  • Amy Forss, Instructor, History/Human Relations
  • Robert Gronstal, Instructor, Accounting
  • Terry Gutierrez, Adjunct Instructor, Legal Studies
  • Darlene Hatcher, Instructor, Mathematics
  • Chris Tarr, Adjunct Instructor, Reading

Also attending the conference was Communications Adjunct Instructor Charles Tichy. As a presenter, Tichy spoke of his experience in constructing in-class debates as ways to foster research, critical thinking and debate among students in all academic areas.

MCC and UNO Complete Five-Year STEM Collaboration

Metropolitan Community College and University of Nebraska - Omaha were featured in the Spring 2011 article of Science Educator, outlining their cooperation to increase the numbers of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The article was co-authored by Bradley Morisson, Dean of Math and Natural Sciences. The full article is available here.

Training and Development Workshops

No need to put your professional development on hold during the summer. Check the Training and Development web page regularly for skill enhancement opportunities at www.mccneb.edu/trdv/default.asp.

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 instruction is for certification and re-certification. Participants will receive an American Heart Association workbook in class. Lunch is on your own.

Instructor: Adam Hill.

TRDV 030N 01 (Synonym 177730)
Thursday,  June 9
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. SOC-ITC, Room 123

Work and Life: Managing the Delicate Balance

Get up...feed and walk the dog...wake the kids and get them off to school...put in a full day at work...pick up the kids from soccer practice...come home...microwave dinner...clean up...help the kids with their homework...catch up on some laundry...walk the dog (again)...spend a few minutes with your spouse before you both tumble into unconsciousness. If this resembles a typical day for you, then welcome to 21st Century America.

Maintaining one's health and sanity in these trying times depends on delicately balancing the competing demands of home and work. It's not easy, but this light-hearted program helps you to challenge yourself to define what is important to you, identify and accept your limitations and utilize your resources for maximum effectiveness.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this workshop; a microwave is available.

Facilitator: Caren Houlton, LCSW, Consultant, Best Care EAP.
TRDV 080N 01 (Synonym 177763)
Tuesday, June 28
FOC 21, Room 105

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518. Workshops are noncredit.

Please 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.

For further information contact: Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator, Training and Development, (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Green Tip of the Week

Unfortunately, golf loses about as many players as it attracts each year. So if you're a golf novice and are planning to buy new clubs, start off with just a half set of irons. As you improve your swing, you can add to your set. But if you decide golf isn't your game, you'll have spent only a fraction of the resources in the end. If 50 percent of new golfers bought only a half set of clubs, the materials saved could rebuild the Seattle Space Needle every year. - The Green Book

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