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Inside Story for Monday, July 18, 2011

Colleague System Updates

Management Information Services is scheduling two updates to the Colleague system.

The first, an update to the Colleague eCommerce system is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Colleague (including WebAdvisor) will be unavailable during that time but will be available again starting at 8 a.m.

Four days later, on Sunday, July 24, we will convert the Colleague system to a new server. This is a lengthy process and will take most of the day. You should expect Colleague (including WebAdvisor) to be down from 8 a.m. to 2p.m.

Please contact MIS at (402) 457-2258 if you have any questions.

Clarification Regarding IRS Mileage Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2011, the mileage reimbursement rate for College related travel with a personal vehicle is 55 1/2 cents per mile. If you are reimbursed by the College for travel expenses, you are not entitled to take a deduction with the IRS.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Open Door Mission is seeking volunteers for current professionals to conduct mock interviews with students of diverse backgrounds and career aspirations. Mock interviews will take place Thursday, July 28 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lydia House, 2706 N. 21st St. East in Omaha. For more information, contact Noelle Pee at npee@opendoormission.org or (402) 829-1549.

Training and Development Upcoming Workshops

Taking time out to professionally or personally develop can be energizing and refreshing. The energy and sense of fulfillment can carry positively into your job and personal life. Participating in Training and Development also provides networking opportunities - a chance to meet new people. Reap the benefits; register today!

College-Wide Development Offerings

Eat Well, Exercise Well

Did you know that eating right alone will prevent you from reaching your overall health goals? It's true! It's important that we combine healthy eating with a healthy exercise program. Amanda will provide you with the following tips to help you achieve your health goals:

  • Six Benefits of Regular Exercise
  • Components of Physical Activity
  • Target Heart Rate recommendations
  • MyPlate guidelines

TRDV 083N 01 (synonym 177793)

Wednesday, July 27
Noon-1 p.m.
EVC, Room 306

Eating to Lose Weight & Maintain Your Healthy Weight

Are you struggling to find the right balance of how to eat healthy to lose weight? Or are you looking for ways to maintain your healthy weight? If so, join Amanda as she helps us find the right "balance" to healthier living. She will provide these tips:

  • How much you should be eating from carbs, fats and protein
  • The differences between sugars
  • Why fiber is helpful
  • Quick and easy breakfast solutions
  • "Portion Distortion" awareness

TRDV 084N 01 (synonym 177794)
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Noon-1 p.m.
Sarpy, Room 129

Addressing Conflict with Style

Conflict is a natural part of life, and yet it is something that many people are uncomfortable dealing with. In Addressing Conflict with Style, we will look at four basic styles and how each style responds to conflict. We will explore taking an assertive approach by addressing conflicts as they come up using a four-step process. Facilitator is Lori Smith, President of Capstone Coaching and Consulting Inc.

Intended audience-all employees

TRDV 088N 01 (synonym 178282)
Wednesday, July 27
8:30 a.m.-noon
SOC-CON, Room 250

Technology Training

Windows 7

This session will cover the basic aspects and features of Windows 7. Special attention will be paid to the specific differences between Windows XP and Windows 7. Topics covered include how to login/restart/shut down, change settings for my screen (background, screen saver, font size) search for files, use new icons or short uts not presently found on Windows XP, add a printer and  delete a print job.

Intended audience-INFO faculty (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff, Library staff

TRDV 071N 06 (synonym 177820)
Thursday, July 28
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Sarpy, Room 225

TRDV 071N 07 (synonym 177821)
Saturday, Aug. 6
9 a.m.-noon
Sarpy, Room 225

Office 2010 Upgrade

Come learn new options and possibilities with Office 2010! The focus of this class is to prepare Office 2007 users for integration to Office 2010. We will cover basic differences in Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Topics to be covered include the File menu (brought back by popular demand), the new and improved Print Preview and the new options and relocations of features on the Ribbons in each application.

Intended audience-INFO faculty (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff, Library staff

TRDV 066N 05 (synonym 177842)
Thursday, July 21
1:30-4:30 p.m.
FOC 8, Room 210

TRDV 066N 06 (synonym 177843)
Thursday, Aug. 4
5:30-8:30 p.m.
FOC 8, Room 210

TRDV 066N 07 (synonym 177845)
Wednesday, Aug. 10
9 a.m.-noon
FOC 8, Room 210

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.

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call ext. 8518. All listed workshops are noncredit.

Customized Training: Training can be customized to meet the specific needs of your team and scheduled when and where it is convenient for your team to meet. Contact Marilyn Cotten at (402) 457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu to schedule a customized training workshop.

Emerging Leaders to Host Open House

Emerging Leaders is hosting an open house "Meet and Greet Networking Lunch" on Tuesday, July 26, noon-1 p.m. at each of the main campuses. Campus and Academic Deans are invited to meet and get to know the Emerging Leaders in an informal and causal environment. So, bring your lunch and join us for conversation and networking in FOC Mule Barn Room 102, SOC Mahoney Room 517A and EVC Room 307.

Emerging Leaders is an MCC organization dedicated to early and mid-career MCC employees. The group's Mission, Vision and Areas of Focus are:

Mission: The mission of Emerging Leaders is to promote the engagement, professional development, and advancement of early- to mid-level college employees.

Vision: MCC Emerging Leaders envision a college in which every emerging leader has the tools necessary to become engaged, motivated and responsible individuals dedicated to the betterment of MCC and its service area.

Areas of Focus: Health/Wellness; Professional Development; Networking/Communication; Participation; Community Involvement

If you would like to learn more about Emerging Leaders or this networking event, contact Greg Stachon or Melissa Christiansen.

Product Stewardship: Business and the Environment

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join WasteCap Nebraska as Green Ambassador Tyson James presents Product Stewardship. Learn how manufacturers and retailers can increase recycling, reduce waste and identify other uses for the many consumer products that make their way to Nebraska's landfills, all while increasing profitability.

Thursday, July 28, noon-1 p.m.

South Omaha Campus, Public Library Conference Room B

July 21 Guest Speaker for our Campuses and Student Affairs Division

Charlie L. Nutt, Ed.D., National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Executive Director will visit with Student Affairs teams on Thursday, July 21, to address the topic of enhancing student success.

A full bio may be found at www.nacada.ksu.edu/aboutnacada/staff/charlie.htm.

This is a no-cost opportunity for both employees and their departments. Student Affairs staff may go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-8518 to enroll.

Course Name: Advising as Teaching
Section: TRDV 086N 01 (Synonym 178203)
Intended Audience: Advisors and Counselors
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: SOC Library Conference Room

Course Name: Supporting Student Success
Section: TRDV 087N 01 (Synonym 178206)
Intended Audience: All Student Affairs Support Staff
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: FOC, Bldg. 22, ICA Swanson Conference Center, Room 201 B

Save the Date: Annual College Auction

The annual College auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6,  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.

Weekly Green Tip

Washing your car in a commercial car wash is better for the environment than doing it yourself. Commercial car washes not only use significantly less water per wash-up to 100 gallons less-but they often recycle and reuse rinse water. If every American who currently washes a vehicle at home chose instead to go to a professional car wash-just once-up to 8.7 billion gallons of water could be saved, and some 12 billion gallons of soapy polluted water could be diverted from the country's rivers, lakes and streams.

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