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Inside Story for Monday, September 19, 2011

Binational Health Week Health Fair at SOC

As part of Binational Health Week and in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate, MCC and close to 40 community partners are hosting a health fair at the South Omaha Campus in the Mahoney Building Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and all students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. The fair will include flu shot vaccinations and screenings for vision, dental, hearing, HIV/STD, children's lead levels, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).

BCBS Preventive Benefits and Immunization Services Expanded

Effective September 2011, the Educators Health Alliance (EHA) Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) health plan participants and their covered family members are eligible to receive vaccinations for the flu, shingles and pneumococcal disease at local pharmacies by simply presenting your BCBS ID card to a participating pharmacy. This service provides convenient access to certain vaccines that can improve you and your family's health and wellness. For more information and a list of participating pharmacies, visit www.nebraskablue.com/member-services/pharmacy-tools/van.

In addition, the EHA BCBSNE plan has expanded preventive benefits as part of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) legislation passed in 2010. Many preventive care services are now paid by BCBSNE at 100 percent of the allowable charge when participants use BCBSNE network providers, subject to age, gender and frequency guidelines. Also, there is no longer a dollar maximum for any preventive service. For more information on preventive care and a chart outlining new preventive care benefits, visit www.nebraskablue.com/member-services/healthy-living/preventive-care.

If you have any questions, contact the BCBSNE Customer Service Center at (877) 721-2583.

Getting to Know You Networking Activity

Sept. 23, 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

What: Visit the Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Fremont Area Center, learn about the career programs and gain knowledge about MCC. Network with fellow employees and participate in building teamwork.

Time: 7:45 a.m. - Bus loads at South Omaha Campus ITC

8 a.m. - Depart for Elkhorn Valley Campus

8:30 a.m. - Arrive at Elkhorn Valley Campus

11 a.m. - Leave Elkhorn Valley Campus for Fremont Area Center

11:30 a.m. - Arrive at Fremont Area Center, have lunch in Fremont

1 p.m. - Leave Fremont Area Center

2 p.m. - Arrive at South Omaha Campus ITC

Seats available: 40 openings available, first come, first serve. Register for this activity by using course term 11/SE, course # TRDV 099N 01 (synonym 178886). Be sure to check with your supervisor before signing up.

This activity is being sponsored by the Participatory Work Environment (PWE) team, fostering cooperation, communication and continuous improvement.

PWE and Campus Networking Activity Leaders: Marilyn Cotten, Robin Hixson, Bob Maass, Bill Owen, Linda Milton, Tom McDonnell, Jeannie Hansen, Todd Hansen, Lisa Richards, Adam Dienst-Scott

New Printing Management Solution

August marked the transition from Print Manager Plus to PaperCut. There have been no changes to the existing printing limitations for students and non-students. The PaperCut client must be left running in order to print any documents.

You may have noticed the PaperCut client user inquiry tool on your desktop. Be sure to log into your exclusive webpage to see the information provided. The link is in the lower right hand side of the client window.

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

New Standards of Academic Progress

MCC's goal is to encourage satisfactory progress throughout the terms of each student's academic journey. The College's academic progress policy establishes specific standards that must be met by all students enrolled in credit courses at the College. Beginning in 2011 Fall quarter, the College will utilize new standards of academic progress. To review the new policy, visit www.mccneb.edu/catalog/academicinformation.asp.

If a student is not making academic progress, the College may limit enrollment and course selection, if considered necessary. If a student is on probation after an academic suspension or dismissal, the College may establish other special conditions under which the student may enroll, including regular meetings with counselors and advisors, enrollment in developmental courses, participation in career development activities and completion of assessment tests.

Questions? Call (402) 457-2400 to connect with an academic advisor or counselor.

NOTE: Students receiving financial aid also must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients. For more information, check with a financial aid office or see the Financial Aid section in the College catalog.

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled at MCC Campuses

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct flu shot clinics at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses the last week of September. The clinics are open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

The vaccine will include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties. The immunizations are covered 100 percent for Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) members. Bring your member card with you to the clinic. For non-members and other healthcare plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash, check or credit card. The flu mist will be available for $30.

Dates and times:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-noon
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Building Lower Commons: Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 Lobby: Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Complete the consent form and bring it with you. Each person receiving an immunization must complete a form. Note that there is an insurance section (Section 2) on the form; if you are not using BCBS, leave this section blank.

MCCF Inspiring Innovation Grants for MCC Faculty/Staff

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation (MCCF) is providing a new opportunity for MCC faculty and staff: MCCF will be requesting proposals for Inspiring Innovation mini-grants, seeking innovative solutions for priority College challenges. The mini-grant competition will be open to all MCC staff and faculty-full-time, part-time and adjunct. Requests for proposals will seek innovative projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to 1) instruction and learning or 2) services and support. Grant awards will range from $500 to $3,000, with an application process designed to be welcoming to those new to grant development. To be eligible to apply for the mini-grants, staff and faculty must first participate in one three-hour, hands-on grant development workshop. The grant workshop will be held at the following times:

  • Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Sarpy Center, Room 212
  • Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 224
  • Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 153

Participants will leave the workshop with a grant application form and the know-how to build a competitive proposal. Proposals will be due Dec. 1, with Dec. 22 grant award announcements and Jan. 1, 2012, project start dates. For more information on the mini-grants and the grant workshops, contact the MCC Development Office at Grants@mccneb.edu.

Fort Omaha Campus Display Garden

The All-America Selections display garden next to the greenhouses is now available for review. This plot is a cooperative project of the College and the Men's Garden Club of Omaha. It gives gardeners a preview of the newest AAS selections (to be in the catalogs for planting in 2012) and a sampling of the selections from previous years, plus other varieties of interest.

All are welcome to tour the garden.

In the mailbox at the gate is a guest register in a red binder and a guide map to the varieties. To quantify the level of service being provided to the community, the Men's Garden Club would appreciate guests to record the date and the number of people visiting.

Note: If groups who toured the garden during the summer wish to record their visit, back-dated registrations are also accepted.

Training and Development

Heart Health

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, and it is a great time to learn how to take the best care of your heart. 

High blood cholesterol affects more than 65 million Americans and is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum will discuss these points with you:

  • The most important risk factors for heart disease and stroke
  • Recommended blood pressure and cholesterol goals
  • Heart-healthy cooking tips and recipes

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum

TRDV 105N 01 (synonym 179026)   W       Sept. 21        Noon-1 p.m.  EVC Room 114


Enhancing Your Customer Service Skills

Course objectives:

  • Understanding the cost of the lost customer
  • Recognizing the diversity of today's customer
  • Learning about the little things that attract and keep customers
  • Communicating effectively with customers
  • Identifying and avoiding the pet peeves of customers
  • Understanding the emotional element in customer service
  • Becoming aware of the emerging trends in customer service
  • Understanding the types of customers
  • Using collaboration in working with the difficult customer

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 100N 01 (synonym 179002)   W       Sept. 21        1-2 p.m.       FOC Bldg. 21 Room 102


Applying the Attributes of Telephone Etiquette

Course objectives:

  • Understanding the heart of customer service in using the telephone
  • Using a positive phone attitude
  • Answering with professionalism
  • Varying the voice to better hold listener attention
  • Handling the difficult calls
  • Keeping callers on track
  • Taking messages cheerfully and accurately
  • Planning outgoing calls for efficiency
  • Knowing how to end the conversation politely
  • Creating effective voicemail messages

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 101N 01 (synonym 179005)   W       Sept. 21        2:30-3:30 p.m.        FOC Bldg. 21 Room 102


MCCF Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant Workshop

Do you have an idea for a new project to impact MCC student success? Do you want to learn how to get your project funded through a winning grant proposal? This three-hour hands-on workshop will prepare you to build a competitive proposal for MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant funding-seeking innovative projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to 1) instruction and learning or 2) Sservices and supports-ranging from $500-$3000. MCC Development Office staff will walk you through the development of quality responses to key mini-grant components, providing tips for winning proposals. The workshop will also offer comfortable opportunities for brainstorming, identifying partnership opportunities and addressing participant concerns or questions. MCC staff and faculty who complete the three-hour workshop will be provided the MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant application and ongoing support in mini-grant proposal development through the MCC Development Office and the new MCC Grants Learning Community. (Register for one workshop).

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: MCC Development Office Staff

TRDV 108N 01 (synonym 179034)   F        Sept. 23        9 a.m.-noon   SRP Room 212

To view a complete list of Fall quarter Training & Development offerings, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp.

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.

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

Wellness Programs Offered for Full- and Part-Time Employees

Last year, MCC faculty and staff took advantage of various online wellness activities offered by the Educators Health Alliance (EHA) Wellness Program supported by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska. In the coming weeks, the EHA Wellness Program will begin promoting the new online education programs for 2011-12, focusing on different aspects of your health. The free, bi-monthly programs are strictly voluntary and intended to help MCC's employees lead healthier, more productive lives.

MCC is pleased to announce that part-time employees are eligible to participate in the EHA Wellness Program this year. Interested part-time temporary employees and adjunct faculty may email Julie Nohrenberg in Human Resources, jnohrenberg@mccneb.edu, to enroll.

The online EHA Wellness Programs are based on simple solutions you can incorporate into your everyday life. And it is easy! All full- and part-time regular employees (as well as adjunct faculty and part-time temporary staff members who choose to enroll by emailing Julie) will receive an email each month from the EHA Wellness Team inviting you to participate. Simply follow the link if you elect to participate in that month's online program. If you complete the monthly program, your name is entered in a gift card prize drawing. (Note: If at any time you no longer wish to receive EHA Wellness Program emails, simply email info@ehawellnessprogram.org and ask for your name to be removed.)

This year's EHA Wellness Programs include:

October 2011: Healthy Dinner Club

December 2011: Flab on Fire

February 2012: Laughter, the Best Medicine

April 2012: Ironman Hawaii Fitness Challenge

June 2012: Skin You're In

August 2012: Train Your Brain

Questions? Contact info@ehawellnessprogram.org or check out the EHA Wellness Newsletter.

MCC Accounting Student receives AGA Scholarship Award

Sept. 15, Demetria L. Sheard received the Association of Governmental Accountants (AGA) annual scholarship for an accounting major in an award reception held at UNO's Mammel Hall. The AGA awards a scholarship of $250 each year to an MCC Accounting major who has completed the first year of the Accounting program of study. The scholarship recipient is determined by a committee of Accounting faculty from nominations of advanced Accounting students.

Sheard stated, in response to the Committee's notification of the award, "I can't express how grateful I am. I'm not used to people thinking of me and extending a hand or a word of encouragement to help me along the way." "I have been through a lot of things in my life, and I thank God for the few (people) He has allowed me to encounter to keep inspiring me and encouraging me to achieve my goals."

Dr. Idalene Williams and Bob Gronstal are MCC faculty shown with Sheard.

20th Annual Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 24 with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska's Native Americans.

The event is free and open to the public.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Dancer registration

1 p.m. Welcome, Opening prayer, Grand entry, Flag song, Intertribal dancing begins

2-4 p.m. Children's crafts led by Ursula Aldrich, Oglala Lakota

3-3:45 p.m. Special presentation, Kevin Locke, Hunkpapa Band of Lakota Sioux and Anishinabe hoop dancer, indigenous Northern Plains flute player, traditional storyteller, recording artist and educator

4:15 p.m. Recognition of past Powwow princesses

4:30 p.m. Princess contest, Therese St. Cyr, Ho-Chunk, Head Princess Judge

5-6 p.m. Study circle by Kevin Locke

7 p.m. Grand finale, Closing prayer, Retreat of colors

Omaha Table Talk Signature Event

The Omaha Table Talk Signature Event is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2011. Omaha Table Talk is a local, nonprofit organization promoting an open dialogue about race and ethnicity.  Over dinner, participants will have the opportunity to discuss differences and similarities, develop new friendships and appreciate the gifts we each bring to the table. All discussions are facilitated by Omaha Table Talk volunteers.

To learn more about Omaha Table Talk, view a video PSA about the organization.


MCC is pleased to participate in this city-wide event as a host site at three of our campus locations.

The event is free to all participants. For more information and to register online, MCC employees can visit www.omahatabletalk.com. Register by Oct. 3, 2011.

MCC Adjunct Faculty Shows at Hot Shops Gallery

Now through Sunday, Sept. 25
Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.
www.hotshopsartcenter.com, (402) 342-6452

Omaha-based metal and glass sculptor Susan Woodford celebrates "surviving robbery, vandalism and a great loss" exhibiting her new work at the Hot Shops Art Center Gallery. The MCC Welding instructor's rich and poignant large pieces are her "translation of the current perceptions of the human condition within our society ... with each piece I concentrate on the light, the non-verbal emotion I am trying to convey, and enjoy the happy mistakes."

MCC Celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Metropolitan Community College will offer a number of cultural events from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month.

The Power of Latina/o Memoirs
Joy Castro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English and Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, demonstrates how writing can be used as a tool for empowerment. Castro's literary scholarship focuses on experimental women writers of the 20th century.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Sarpy Center, Room 138

See a complete listing of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month events.

Weekly Green Tip

If you have the option, choose your meat at the butcher counter and purchase only as much as you know you'll use. You'll reduce food waste, save money and conserve resources. The average person wastes over 22 pounds of edible store-bought meat each year. Give that it takes five pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to make one pound of beef, that's more than one hundred pounds of wasted grain and 55,000 gallons of wasted water per person. If all households decreased their beef purchases by just one pound per year, 250 billion gallons of water would be saved. It would take five days for this amount of water to pour over Niagara Falls. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #60: "Treat treats as treats." p. 131

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