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Inside Story for Monday, June 27, 2011

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Non-Standard Software Installation Process

Non-standard software is defined as any software not listed on the Standard Software Load website. If you want non-standard software installed on a College-owned computer, you must fill out and submit the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form. If the College needs to purchase the software before installation, complete the New Software Purchase and Install Form instead.  

Below are common questions asked about filling out the form more than once for any piece of software:

Why must I complete the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form at all?

  • The requested software is not on the College's standard software list.
  • The College may have available licenses to reissue.
  • It helps the College remain within the limits of the law.

Why do I need to complete the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form again?

  • The requested software is not on the College's standard software list; and
  • The software has been installed on your computer for more than one year; and
  • Your computer is being replaced due to the College's computer lifecycle plan; or
  • Your computer needs to be reimaged, replaced (hardware failure) or the hard drive needs to be replaced.

Again, WHY have I been asked to do it, even though I did it years ago?

  • Allows the College to manage unused or inappropriately assigned software and reallocate to departments/staff who have a need for the software
  • Allows expensive software to be utilized more efficiently and effectively
  • Provides accurate licensing information
  • Helps the College remain within the limits of the law

Fireworks Safety Tips from the National Safety Council

Fireworks are fun, especially when used safely and with a little bit of planning.

  1. Consider attending one of the many free public shows available.
  2. If you hold your own show, choose fireworks that are legal. (Anything you buy from a vendor in Nebraska will meet this requirement.)
  3. Choose fireworks that are age appropriate. Young kids should never handle any fireworks, including sparklers. Teens should be supervised.
  4. Don't allow running or horseplay by anyone near fireworks.
  5. Don't try to relight duds. Wait at least 20 minutes before handling; then soak in water before disposing of the dud.
  6. Plan your show to avoid having fireworks come down on people, houses and cars. Remember, the winds often changes direction.
  7. Have at the least a bucket of water available and a garden hose on and ready to go.
  8. Have a first aid kit nearby-just in case.
  9. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting fireworks.
  10. Wear close fitting clothes and sturdy shoes or sneakers.
  11. Use a "designated shooter" who is alcohol-free and wears safety glasses. Light one device at a time and keep a safe distance once a firework is lit.
  12. Never light fireworks in containers.

Remember to clean up when finished. For more information, visit www.SafeNebraska.org.

Reimbursement Vouchers Due by July 15

With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, remember to submit any outstanding reimbursement vouchers with appropriate receipts to the attention of Amy Schieffer in Accounts Payable. As per Procedures Memorandum VI-2, expenses occurring near the end of the fiscal year must be submitted by July 15 of the same year for consideration. Thank you for your assistance.

Volunteers Needed for Intertribal Powwow

The Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow has become one of the most recognized and popular powwows in Omaha. This celebration of Native American dance, music, traditional regalia, crafts and culture, sponsored by Metropolitan Community College free and open to the public, is a highlight for many families, groups and individuals in the surrounding community and region.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. On Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-7:30 p.m., we expect a larger crowd than ever and are excited about the guest performance of dancer Kevin Locke.

Powwow volunteers provide special services that make this event even more special. Volunteers interview audience members with evaluations, serve coffee/water, sell raffle tickets and drive the MCC shuttle for those who cannot or prefer not to walk from the parking lots. Assistance is needed in two-hour blocks from noon-8 p.m.

Those who would like to serve as volunteers should contact Salwa Fox, sfox11@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2266, or Tonya Arvin, tarvin@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2661.

Summer Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Do you work with a colleague who you feel consistently demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered?  If so, nominate him or her for the Heart of Metro Award.  Nominations are being accepted through Monday, July 11. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Student Affairs Excellence Awards Presented

The Student Affairs In-Service Day on June 17 included updates from College departments and the presentation of the annual Student Affairs Excellence Awards.

The morning concluded with the presentation of the annual Student Affairs Excellence Awards. This year's recipients are:
Daphne Cook,  Central Registration Supervisor
Susie McWhirter, Academic Advisor at EVC
Evelyn Melhorn, Student Service Assistant at SOC

Among department updates were Facilities' Stan Horrell and Greg Stachon, who shared facilities projects and renovations at MCC's various campuses and centers. Deputy Chief of Police Mark Sundermeier presented information about campus/center safety and the alert system and resources that help keep the college community secure, while President Randy Schmailzl spoke with the staff about updates on the budget, funding formula and other College topics. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dave Ho provided general descriptions of the various accreditation models and spoke of the process that the College will undertake as we work with the Higher Learning Commission toward the continuation of our accreditation.

The Student Support Services team, Sheryl Jouvenat, Juli Bohnenkamp and Ann Wills, also provided an overview of their various resources and contacts. A highlight of their presentation was a description of the new Learning Commons at Elkhorn.  Contact any one of them if to request a copy of their slideshow presentation.

Training and Development Workshops

No need to put your professional development on hold during the summer. Check the Training and Development website regularly for skill enhancement opportunities.

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 (a) define what is important to you, (b) identify and accept your limitations and (c) 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
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
FOC 21, Room 105

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

A summer series has been developed to help you select, work toward and maintain healthy lifestyle choices. Amanda Jochum, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian and Trained Wellness Coach, will facilitate the following workshops. Bring your lunch and learn tips for a healthier you.

  • Healthy Eating on the Go
  • Summer Cooking and Nutrition
  • Eat Well, Exercise Well
  • Eating to Lose Weight and Maintain Your Healthy Weight

Visit Training and Development for complete information.

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.

Graphic Design Exhibition at the EVC Gallery of Art and Design July 15

Design excellence results from creativity, inspiration, skill, experience, intuition and discipline. AIGA Nebraska and MCC are proud to present excellence in design through the 31st Annual 365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition. The 125 selections in this exhibition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy used in the marketplace in 2009. As such, they are part of the AIGA Design Archives, an interactive, visual database of exemplary design. The physical artifacts are maintained in the AIGA National Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum.

Opening Reception

Friday, July 15, 2011

6:30-9 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design

Exhibition on display July 15-Aug. 12

Gallery Hours (2011 Summer quarter)

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday: gallery closed

Admission: The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more info about AIGA Nebraska, visit www.nebraska.aiga.org.

Diversity Matters Book Series: Dreaming in Hindi

MCC's Third Annual Diversity Matters Book Series hosts its summer book discussion on Thursday, July 7,  noon to 1 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus coffee shop. Pam Franks, R.N., B.S.N., from Embrace the Nations, will lead a discussion of the book Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. In a lionhearted attempt to shed her past-years of numbing jobs at glossy magazines and two life-threatening bouts with cancer-Katherine Russell Rich voyaged to India to learn Hindi, a language with one word, kal, for "yesterday" and "tomorrow." Fortified with neuroscience and laced with humor, Dreaming in Hindi is a crash course in emotional agility in an understanding too deep for words.

Participation is free and open to the public. Limited copies of the book area available for check-out at MCC libraries. Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2253 for more information.

Save the Date: Annual College Auction

The annual College auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 25. If you have any College items that you need to place on the auction, fill out the Move Transfer of Non-Micro computer form located on the Forms Bank. If you have any questions, email Bob Barnes at rbarnes@mccneb.edu or call (402) 457-2777 or (402) 457-2300.

Host a High School Exchange Student

Take a leap of faith this year and open your heart and your home to a Youth for Understanding high school exchange student for the 2011-2012 school year through the organization Youth for Understanding.  You provide a place to live, three meals a day, encouragement, guidance and love to your new exchange son/daughter. The students come with their own spending money, health insurance and the commitment to live according to the rules and values of your family and of Youth for Understanding.

Students arrive in August 2011 and spend 11 months until June 2012 with your family.  It is a typical family living experience-NOT a tourist/travel opportunity.  Families come in all shapes and sizes, with and without children of all ages. Your student and family will be supported by Youth for Understanding representatives. Students can share a room with a host sibling.

For detailed information on these kids (AND MORE) and to see if hosting might be right for you, contact Pam Hennings at (888) 360-9110 ext. 6108 or phennings@yfu.org. For a sample of students, view the flyer.

MCC to Host Health Fair for Bi-National Health Week

MCC was awarded $500 for the 2011 Bi-National Health Week (Oct. 4-8) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Region VII Office of Minority Health. Led by the Mexican Consulate of Omaha and in partnership with various community agencies (including One World Health Centers, Alegent Health, UNMC and ConAgra), the Health Fair events will be hosted by MCC at the South Omaha Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Bi-National Health Week is an annual week of health education and screenings for underserved Latino communities with the purpose of improving health awareness and literacy. Funds will help cover MCC's costs for supplies and materials needed to provide health education and screenings. This event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Green Tip

If you can, send a text message or email from a handheld device or cell phone instead of from a computer, especially quick, one-line notes. You'll save yourself time and conserve energy. Compared to sending a text message, emailing and text messaging from a computer uses more than 30 times the electricity per message. - The Green Book

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