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Inside Story for Monday, September 26, 2011

SOC Area Blockages for Binational Health Week Health Fair

During the Health Fair on Oct. 8, areas of the Mahoney Building and surrounding parking lots will be blocked off to service the needs of the Health Fair and its participants. Here are the affected areas:

  • Mahoney Building classrooms 402-405 will need to use the north exit; the hallway and exit south of room 405 will be blocked off.
  • The south side back entrance to the Mahoney Building will be blocked; enter from the east instead.
  • Parking in the back of the Mahoney Building will be restricted to loading and unloading for participating Health Fair agencies; no students or staff should park here.
  • The east side of the Mahoney Building parking lot in the front of the campus will be roped off for the Omaha Fire Department's Smoke Trailer that will demonstrate fire safety for children. Campus police will assist with parking on the day of the Health Fair.

MCC is expecting more than 500 participants to the Health Fair. Please note that this may increase the noise level as well as traffic in the commons area and hallways. It is recommended that non-Health Fair individuals use the entrance closest to the automotive shop or the entrance by the northeast corner.

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.

New Standards of Academic Progress

MCC's goal is to encourage satisfactory progress throughout the quarters 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 linked 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.

Drug Free Schools Information

In compliance with the 1989 amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, as articulated in the U.S. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Part 86, all institutions of higher education (IHEs) are required to participate in drug and alcohol abuse prevention awareness programs. Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is required to be in compliance with Act and as such the attached documents are provided to all staff and students. View the linked documents for more information.

Questions About the Non-Standard Software Installation Process

Non-standard software is defined as any software not listed on the Standard Software Load website. If an office requires that non-standard software be installed on a College-owned computer, it is necessary to 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. This helps the College remain within the limits of the law and save money by issuing multiple-user licenses.

Why do I need to complete the Non-Standard Software Installation Request Form more than once?

  • 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 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

Training & Development

This week's offerings are listed below. For a complete list of workshops, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call ext 8518.

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.

Feeling Confident in Public Speaking

Course objectives:

  • Learn strategies for relaxing before a presentation
  • Create a focus for a successful presentation
  • Organize your presentation for ease of delivery
  • Use visuals to assist in delivery of your message
  • Learn the secret that all good presenters understand

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 054N 01 (synonym 179049)     W     Sept. 28     8:30-10 a.m.     SOC ITC Room 105

Facilitating Productive Meetings

Course objectives:

  • Learn the guidelines for a productive meeting
  • Encourage participation
  • Stay on task
  • Understand the obstacles to creative brainstorming
  • Use brainstorming productively
  • Achieve meeting objectives

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Marita Hahn, MCC adjunct

TRDV 055N 01 (synonym 179050)     W     Sept. 28     10:15-11:45 a.m.     SOC ITC Room 105

Healthy Dinner Club Beginning in October

Don't miss your chance to participate in the Healthy Dinner Club-the first online wellness program being offered by the EHA Wellness Program! During the month of October, participants will receive a health tip and healthy recipes each day in their MCC email inbox that will help them eat healthy, balanced dinners all month. If you decide to enroll in the online program, you will also receive a portion plate in your home mail, which will help you visualize healthy portion sizes. When you complete the program, you will have a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Check your MCC email inbox from Sept. 1 to access the link and your personal code to sign up. If you cannot find the email, visit www.ehawellness.org and click on EHA Wellness Code on the right-hand side to access your code.

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.

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

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. 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.

Thank You from Sheryl Agner

I wish to thank everyone who came to my rescue on Aug. 12, 2011, when I collapsed at work.

I had arrived for work just like I have in the past; however, I did not know this day was going to be different. Not even an hour into the day, I went into cardiac arrest. If not for the quick thinking of our staff and my coworkers-not to mention the quick arrival of the EMTs-I would not be here today. After having to be revived twice with an AED, I was rushed to Creighton Medical. According to my cardiologist Dr. Mohiuddin, medical statistics have shown that only five percent of people that go into cardiac arrest survive. I was one of the lucky ones! Again, thank you all for being a part of my life!

MCC Emerging Leaders Participate in Corporate Cup Run

MCC employees ran the 10K Corporate Cup race as part of the MCC Emerging Leaders team. Pictured from left to right, Greg Stachon (Campus Planning and Sustainability), Ryan Newton (Psychology Instructor), Shannon Snow (Executive Vice President's Office), Cathy Brown (Events), Susan Healy (Art History Instructor) and Michelle Peterson (Central Stores).

Ten Outstanding Young Omahans

For the past 78 years, the Omaha Jaycees has presented an award to Ten Outstanding Young Omahans who have exemplified the ideals of their communities and exhibited extraordinary leadership qualities. TOYO honors individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who show exemplary commitment to improving the community through selfless acts of kindness while excelling in their professional career. Take a moment to nominate someone you know for the TOYO Award today.

Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 10, 2011. To submit a nomination, visit www.omahajaycees.org and complete the online form.

If you have any questions regarding the 79th Annual TOYO Award or the nomination process, contact Nicole Seckman Jilek, Omaha Jaycees TOYO Director at (402) 392-1250 or njilek@akclaw.com.

Student Affairs Hosts Student Clubs and Organizations Fair

During the second week of Fall quarter, Student Affairs hosted the Student Clubs and Organization Fair to offer organizations the opportunity to promote their group, provide information and visit with potential student members. Thirteen organizations participated in the fair which was held at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses on three succeeding days.

Bobby Caldwell and Chris Urban with Military and Veterans Support Services participated in the fair to promote the newly developed Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization. Both agreed the fair was a great way to attract students who are interested in getting involved. "Over the three days, we were able to recruit 30 interested students to join SVA."

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.

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 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, 10:30 a.m.-noon
    Sarpy Center
    Room 138

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

Weekly Green Tip

Fill only those prescriptions you're sure you will use, and never flush unused or expired prescriptions down the toilet or drain. Pharmaceuticals in wastewater have been found to damage plants, fish and animals. Because so much medicine is wasted, if the average patient over age sixty-five who fills twenty-four prescriptions annually purchased only those drugs that would be fully consumed, he or she could save $70 per year at the pharmacy. From all patients, the amount of medication saved could fill a forty-five-foot-tall medicine bottle each year. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #11: "Avoid foods you see advertised on television." p. 25

Staff Directory Updates

Victoria Alapo        FOC Bldg. 10

Juli Bohnenkamp FOC Bldg. 10

Elizabeth Brewer  FOC Bldg. 10

Phyllis Brown         FOC Bldg. 10

Richard Carter       FOC Bldg. 10

Daphne Cook         Director of Student Services       FOC Bldg. 10         (402) 457-2808

Jahnie Dees            FOC Bldg. 10

Sam Dickson           FOC Bldg. 10

Bob Dresser           FOC Bldg. 10

Helen Fountain     FOC Bldg. 10

Tanis Herbert         FOC Bldg. 10

Darin Jensen          FOC Bldg. 10

Dawn Naumann   FOC Bldg. 10

Jerome Patten      FOC Bldg. 20

Rayka Rush             FOC Bldg. 10

Joy Schulz                FOC Bldg. 10

Kym Snelling          FOC Bldg. 10

Tammy Tyson        FOC Bldg. 10

Mary Umberger   FOC Bldg. 10

Cheryl Vossberg   FOC Bldg. 10

Jennifer Rose        FOC Bldg. 10                       (402) 457-2461

Daniel Sanders      SOC MHY                             (402) 738-4647

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