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Inside Story for Monday, August 15, 2011

Q Street Closure to Affect SOC Access

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m., Q Street will be restricted for both eastbound and westbound lanes from 26th Street to 27th Street. Traffic exiting US 75/Kennedy Freeway on Q Street will not be able to turn west to access the South Omaha Campus. Students and staff are stongly encouraged to use L Street as an alternate. These restrictions are due to bridge deck repair and will be in effect for 45 days.

FOC High-Voltage Preventative Maintenance

Facilities Management will be conducting Fort Omaha high-voltage preventative maintenance testing on Sunday, Aug. 28 after 5 p.m. There will be brief power outages associated with this work while testing the operation of automatic switch gear. Generator power will be online for FOC Bldg. 2 operations with no interruptions in building power service. Notify Ed Piatt at epiatt@mccneb.edu if your department has an unscheduled class or event planned during this time frame.

Public Safety Training Sessions

MCC's Police Department will be conducting active shooter training at multiple campuses this week. This scenario-based drill will include a loud popping sound that may be disruptive to work and classroom environments.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m.
    SOC Connector Building Room 236
  • Thursday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m.
    EVC Room 305
  • Friday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-noon
    FOC Bldg. 21 (Mule Barn)

Temporary ATC Closing

Due to electrical maintenance upgrades, the Applied Technology Center will be closed to the public from Monday, August 22 to Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Discounts for Afternoon Courses

When assisting students as they select classes, remember that a reduced rate is available during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for on-campus classes held Monday-Friday and starting between 3 and 4 p.m.

Team Teddy Bear

When all hope seems lost, you can make a child feel safe. MCC is near the end of its campaign with Clear Channel's Team Teddy Bear to provide local police, fire and rescue workers with teddy bears to hand out to children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents. Superhits 99.9 KGOR is spearheading the drive.

A simple gift of a teddy bear can assist children in handling the trauma of the situation and the long emotional recovery afterward. First responders are looking for new teddy bears, 12 inches or smaller. Bears will be given to the Douglas County Sheriff Department, the Omaha Fire Department and the Lydia House.

Donate your teddy bear gift at any Student Services location.

For Photos, Remember Consent and Release Form

When taking photos of MCC students and community members that may be published online or in print, remember to use the Consent and Release Form. This ensures that the College has legal permission to use the photos. Forms are kept on file in the Office of Public Affairs, FOC Bldg. 30. For further clarification, contact the Office of Public Affairs, (402) 457-2414.

Training and Development Upcoming Workshops

Training and Development Upcoming Workshops

Planning is underway for Fall quarter workshops providing employees with opportunities to enhance professional, leadership and supervisory skills; learn more about the inner workings of the College; increase awareness on wellness topics; and improve technology proficiencies.

Also coming this fall is online training. In an effort to promote sustainability and make training and development more accessible, an online option will be available.

Pursuing training and development gives employees the opportunity to learn, interact and engage.

The following workshops are open to INFO faculty (full-time and adjunct), INFO staff, IT staff, ARC staff and Library staff.


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 screen settings such as background (wallpaper), screen saver, font size; searching for files; new icons or short cuts not presently found on Windows XP; adding a printer; and how to delete a print job.

TRDV 071N 08 (synonym 178476)              T              Aug. 16 12:30-03:30 p.m.              SRP Room 225

TRDV 071N 09 (synonym 178477)              T              Aug. 16 04:00-07:00 p.m.              SRP Room 225

TRDV 071N 10 (synonym 178481)              T              Aug. 23 12:30-03:30 p.m.              SRP Room 225

TRDV 071N 11 (synonym 178482)              T              Aug. 23 04:00-07:00 p.m.              SRP 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.

TRDV 066N 08 (synonym 178478)              W            Aug. 17 02:00-05:00 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

TRDV 066N 09 (synonym 178479)              W            Aug. 17 05:30-08:30 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

TRDV 066N 10 (synonym 178484)              W            Aug. 24 02:00-05:00 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

TRDV 066N 11 (synonym 178485)              W            Aug. 24 05:30-08:30 p.m.              FOC Bldg. 8 Room 210

To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518.

Attending an activity during scheduled work hours requires supervisor approval. It is the employee's responsibility to obtain approval to attend a Training and Development event.

For more information, contact Marilyn Cotten, Coordinator, Training & Development, mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Helen Tanderup Retirement Reception

MCC Financial Aid Specialist Helen Tanderup has been with the College since April 14, 1988. The Financial Aid Office will be celebrating her service at a retirement reception on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in FOC Bldg. 10 Room 136.

Fort Omaha Campus to Host Honoring Our History World War I Gallery

Waddell & Reed invites you to tour the Honoring Our History World War I traveling gallery, a yearlong national tour honoring the men and women who served in World War I. Developed in partnership with the National World War I Museum and in celebration of Waddell & Reed's 75th anniversary, Honoring Our History commemorates the Great War from within a customized "big rig" truck. This extraordinary traveling gallery features a myriad of artifacts including weapons, tools, equipment and uniforms, a walk-through trench simulating the war environment, videos and audio tracks, news headlines and historical descriptors.

  • Admission is free
  • Donations gladly accepted
  • Receive a special Honoring Our History T-shirt with minimum $25 donation

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

General Crook House Museum, Fort Omaha Campus

MCC Employee Gets an Ace

Congratulations to Jerry Conway, Network Server Analyst, who shot a hole-in-one on the Par 3 #2 Hole at Papio Greens Golf Course in Papillion on Aug. 9, 2011. Great job, Jerry!

Weekly Green Tip

If you're planning to buy a new computer, consider getting a laptop or notepad instead of a desktop. Laptops require fewer materials and less energy to produce than desktops and use a fraction of the electricity to run. If you choose a laptop over a desktop, you'll save an average of 220 kilowatt-hours per year and about $20 on your annual electricity bill. If one in twenty-three households made its next computer purchase a laptop instead of a desktop, the energy saved could keep the lights on for every household in Silicon Valley. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

MCC's Metro Reads! book selection for 2011-2012 is Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan. The book offers straightforward, easy-to-use, everyday guidelines for eating to nudge readers down a healthier and happier path. Each week, the Inside Story will feature a food rule taken from the book.

For more information about Metro Reads!, click here.

Rule #36: "Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk." p. 79

HR Updates

New Employees

Karri Martin     Student Resource Specialist     FOC Bldg. 7     402-457-2484

Donald Thorson     Deputy Chief of Police/Assistant Director of Emergency Management
FOC Bldg. 30     402-457-2647

Separations        Last Day

Stephanie McGowan     8/12/11

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