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Inside Story for Monday, October 17, 2011

New Ask MCC Feature Launches on MCC Homepage

MCC's website has a new resource to help students, community members, staff and faculty find quick responses to their questions about MCC. On the right side of the homepage, click the Ask MCC button and type your inquiry in the form of a question. For example, users can type "How do I pay for my classes?" to be shown a list of payment options.

Ask MCC is in its beginning stages and will become more reliable and accurate the more it is used. Take a moment to use Ask MCC as a resource and rate the accuracy of the response provided.

If your department would like to suggest additional questions to be included in the program, you may email the questions and their accompanying answers to info@mccneb.edu.

Feel the Need to Succeed?

Invest in yourself by applying to the MCC Academy for Leadership. The MCC Academy for Leadership provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to effectively cultivate individual leadership abilities needed to successfully serve MCC and the community with distinction.

Submit applications beginning Nov. 20. Watch for more details in the Nov. 7 edition of the Inside Story.

Fall 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 them for the Heart of Metro Award. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 4. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.asp.

Live United: a Note from MCC Campaign Manager

Fellow Employees:

MCC's 2011 United Way Campaign begins Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 4. It is a time to unite and make our community stronger, safer and healthier for our families and neighbors. Your gift to this year's United Way Campaign will make our community a better place to live.

Please take time to pledge your support. A convenient way to pledge is online at www.mccneb.edu/UnitedWay/. It is easy to use-use your MCC login and password. If you prefer to make your pledge using a campaign pledge card rather than pledging online, contact Janice Rutledge, and she will send you a card. Make your pledge by Nov. 4, 2011. If you have questions contact Rutledge at (402) 457-2416. Thank you in advance for investing in improving lives and delivering results that matter.

Many Resources Available for Students

Right around mid-quarter, the panic hits. Students suddenly realize that unless they bring their grades up, they may not pass their classes. This can affect financial aid, self-confidence levels and their educational plan. It is important to know where to direct students should this happen. Fortunately, Academic Support offers services that students can turn to for help. Academic Support is comprised of libraries, Tutoring Services and the Academic Resource Centers. Additionally, students can turn to the Writing and Math centers and the INFO coursework assistants for support as well. Here are the services that students can utilize:

  • The MCC libraries provide research materials and instruction in support of the College's curriculum. Library staff are available to assist students with their research assignments and other reference questions. They help students navigate more than fifty research databases containing online books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Some students may be looking for one-on-one tutoring. Individual tutoring with a Tutoring Services Assistant in a specific subject such as Geography or French is available at MCC. To be eligible for this service, students need to be currently enrolled in the class for which they need assistance. A request form can be found online at www.mccneb.edu/tutorservices/tutorrequest.asp.
  • Assistance in basic skills of English, reading, writing, math, computer and study skills are offered through the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at all campuses and the Fremont Area and Sarpy centers.  ARC assistants can also help students with research, such as formatting resources in MLA or APA style and using the library databases to find information on a topic.
  • In addition, if students are struggling with writing, MCC's Writing Centers can offer assistance to support students. They offer a series of workshops throughout the quarter that address common issues, such as incorporating research, organization and revision. If students want an individual consultation, they can make an appointment at http://rich75.com/mccneb. Students will need to create an account with a password. They will then be able to access the schedule to reserve a half-hour or one-hour appointment with a Writing Center faculty member at the campus or center of their choice.
  • We are all aware that some students experience math anxiety, and MCC's Math Centers can be of help. The Math Centers are located near or within the ARCs and allow students to drop in for assistance in everything from basic math to statistics and calculus. Their extensive hours are convenient for both daytime and evening students.
  • MCC also offers help in Programming and INFO coursework as well. You can find an INFO Coursework Student Assistant in the ARCs who is ready to help students who are struggling in classes such as Java Programming and LINUX Operating System as well as basic INFO 1001 classes.

Mid-terms do not necessarily need to send students into panic mode if they know where they can turn for assistance. MCC employs many dedicated and patient tutors and assistants who are committed to helping students achieve their goals and challenge themselves to get the best grade possible.

Auto Students Need Practice Vehicles

Students in Introduction to Auto Service and Minor Repair are in need of some vehicles for hands-on learning. MCC employees whose cars need basic services such as fluid changes, hoses, belts, tire rotation and balance are encouraged to contact Joe Jerdon at jjerdon@mccneb.edu with the make, model and type of service needed.

Training and Development

Take advantage of employee training to improve your job skills, meet other MCC employees and explore other campuses/centers. After getting supervisor approval, register for workshops by going to WebAdvisor or by calling extension 8518. Questions? Contact Marilyn Cotten at mcotten@mccneb.edu.

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.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Lori Smith, Capstone Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

TRDV 088N 01 (synonym 179001)   W            Oct. 19   8:30 a.m.-noon   EVC Room 114


Mealtimes Made Easy

Do you struggle to put together a nutritious and easy meal for yourself or your family? Is it the dinner hour and you have no idea what you will make? If so, then this health and wellness workshop is for you. Your Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum will discuss:

  • The benefits of meal planning and rediscovering the importance of family mealtimes
  • How to plan simple and nutritious meals for a family of any size
  • How Hy-Vee HealthyBites menu suggestions can help you plan weekly meals

Also, receive recipes and a four-week menu planner.

Intended audience: all employees

Facilitator: Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum

TRDV 104N 01 (synonym 179010)   W            Oct. 19   Noon-1 p.m.        SRP Room 222


MCC Service-Learning Community Project: Busing and Growing in Historic South Omaha

Participants will network, ride a Metro bus together from SOC to historic South 24th St., see the results of a Service-Learning project and return by bus within an hour. MCC instructor Donna Rankin will show off beautiful planters on five blocks of S. 24th St. that recently were maintained by Service-Learning volunteers. Bring your lunch to this fun and informative workshop.

Objectives: Learn about MCC community collaboration in historic South Omaha and network with MCC colleagues on a Metro bus.

Outcomes: Greater familiarity with MCC community involvement and the Metro bus system.

Target audience: all employees

TRDV 126N 01 (synonym 179770)   TH           Oct. 20   11:15 a.m-12:15p.m.        SOC Connector Transit Center (south side of Connector)


Heartsaver First Aid

The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively identify and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes of injury or illness until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course provides basic training solutions for first aid, adult CPR and AED actions. Participants will receive an American Heart Association workbook in class.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Kenny Estee, Omaha Firefighter, Paramedic and EMS instructor

TRDV 030N 02 (synonym 179031)   F              Oct. 21   8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.          SOC Connector Room 249


Using SharePoint 2010

Learn to use SharePoint 2010 in this introduction to the latest version of SharePoint. Participants will become familiar with the SharePoint interface, how to create and delete alerts, upload and download documents and other files and learn to use calendars in SharePoint.

  • Getting familiar with the SharePoint interface
    • Site actions
    • Site hierarchy (breadcrumbs)
    • Right-side navigation
    • Viewing site content
  • Create and delete alerts
  • Upload and download documents
  • Use calendars
  • List of most utilized SharePoint sites at MCC
  • Options for additional SharePoint training

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct

TRDV 121N 03 (synonym 179800)   TH           Oct. 27   2-5 p.m.               SOC ITC Room 107

600+ Attend Binational Health Fair

On Oct. 8, the Binational Health Fair provided health screenings for 661 people from our community and another 119 children enjoyed toys, food and entertainment. This would not have been possible without the hard work of our colleagues in facilities at the South Omaha Campus, the staff who volunteered their time, 168 students and faculty from the Health and Public Services area who dedicated hours of their time and talents to ensure a quality experience for participants, the wonderful marketing materials designed and displayed by the folks in Marketing and Public Relations and the support of our administrative team.

My deepest heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your dedication to meeting the needs of those in our community.  May you know what an impact and difference you have made in their lives. As one participant shared, "This is the first time in 18 years that I have had any medical attention and care. Today you made me feel human again."  Thank you all so very much.

- Stacey Ocander, Dean of Health and Public Services

Ponca Festival in Washington D.C. features MCC and the Great Plains Theatre Conference

On Oct. 7-8, representatives from MCC and the Great Plains Theatre Conference traveled to The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., to participate in We Are a People: The Ponca Journey, a two-day festival celebrating the history and culture of the Ponca Nation of Nebraska. The festival featured drumming and dance, play readings, a film screening and panel discussions.

In 1879, a full 75 years before the Supreme Court issued its monumental decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Ponca chief Standing Bear stood up, extended his hand and made a speech: "This hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be of the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made us both." Standing Bear's argument convinced the federal judge to declare for the first time in the nation's history that Native Americans are "persons" under federal law, a declaration that contradicted decades of Indian policy.

As part of the festival, MCC and the Great Plains Theatre Conference presented two staged reading of Mary Kathryn Nagle's play Waaxe's Law-a dramatic re-enactment of the Trial of Chief Standing Bear previously performed for the Conference at the MCC Fort Omaha Campus in May 2010. Actors at the Smithsonian performance included a delegation from Omaha as well as Louis Headman, an honored elder of the Southern Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma-one of only five people alive today fluent in the Ponca language. The reading was directed by D. Scott Glasser, University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Theatre. Prior to the performance, a reception was held that included welcoming remarks from U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The festival also included the East Coast premiere of Standing Bear's Footsteps, a 60-minute documentary by Nebraska Educational Television that incorporates oral histories, rare photographs and contemporary interviews with members of the Ponca Nation to recount the historic trial of the famous Ponca chief. Parts of the documentary were filmed at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. In addition, Ponca Chief Portraits, an art exhibit of the 1877 delegation to Washington created by Janice Rockwell, was on exhibit during the festival. The exhibit was previously on display at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus in collaboration with the Douglas County Historical Society.

As part of the closing ceremony, MCC was recognized for its contributions to the festival. The Ponca Tribe recognized Katie Cameron and Steve Bross, and Mary Kathryn Nagle and Kevin Lawler were presented with honorary memberships to the Ponca tribe.

 

Sombrero Day at SOC

MCC employees at the South Omaha Campus celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct 15.) with a Sombrero Day.

Student Ex-Officio Elected

Dylan Richards was elected as MCC's Student Ex-Offico on Oct. 7, 2011.

10th Annual Ron Sailors Culinary Scholarship Extravaganza

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011
6-10 p.m.
Live music, so much food
Tickets $45 per person

Chef Ron Sailors was the first student in the Chef Apprentice Program at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at MCC. Sailors was energetic, a great student, a change of career student and a good friend. He was very involved in the College and in the community. He died at the young age of 40, very unexpectedly, 11 years ago. A group of chefs in the Omaha area have arranged a scholarship event at the Omaha Press Club every year since in honor of Sailors.

The Press Club has great ambiance and wonderful view at night. Last year the event donated $7,000 to the MCC Foundation for scholarships. Many politicians, community leaders, MCC employees, students, as well as past coworkers of Sailors attend the event. Many invite their friends and enjoy the evening as a social or even business occasion.  

To purchase tickets, email Jim Trebbien (jtrebbien@mccneb.edu). Take or organize a group of employees, friends or coworkers and enjoy a great assortment of outstanding food. 

Technology Tip #23: Shiny Happy Emails

For many educators, computers in the classroom mean an increase in communication thanks to email. Communication with colleagues, parents and others has been made simpler through the effective use of email. In this Technology Tip, Information Technology Services wants to review some basic guidelines for good email communication. Many of these suggested guidelines are from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in Minnesota. You can check out their website for additional information: www.remc7.k12.mi.us/oaisd/standards/standards.email.etiquette.html.

  1. The need to know basis for email: Avoid sending a message to a group unless every member of that group actually needs the information you are presenting. Also, when replying to a large group email, only use the Reply to All button if everyone on the group list needs to know your reply. (HINT: they usually do not.)
  2. No surprises please: Use the Subject line to let people know what your email is about. Using a good subject line also helps people organize and find your email later.
  3. DON'T SHOUT AT ME: Using all capital letters in an email is understood to be the same as shouting.
  4. There are no secrets: Keep in mind that you are a representative of an organization when you answer email at work. Every email you send using your work account could be classified as a public record. If you do not want your slightly off-color happy birthday email to your cousin in Alaska to be published in the local newspaper, do not send it using your work email account.
  5. Never email when angry or emotional:  Once you send an email message, you cannot take it back. Before you send a fiery response to that parent who just insulted your mother, take a breath, relax and think it through. Here is a rule of thumb: Never email anything to someone that you would not be willing to tell them in person, in a public place, while being scrutinized by 50 newspaper reporters who routinely criticize people in your profession.
  6. Check your email regularly: Once you get used to it, you will find email to be a very effective communication tool. But it only works when we all participate. Check your email regularly.

Weekly Green Tip

Share your popcorn when you're at the movies instead of buying multiple cartons or bags. You'll save money and packaging. Americans today consume seventeen billion quarts of popcorn each year (54 quarts per person), 30 percent of which are eaten at movie theaters, sporting events, entertainment arenas, amusement parks and other recreational centers. If half the people shared their popcorn at these events, we could save the paper packaging for more than 2.5 billion quart-size servings. - The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #5: "Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients." p.13

HR Updates

New Employee


Lindsay Neemann   Campus Planning & Sustainability Specialist    FOC 14N    TBA

CHANGES

Sarah Dobel           new name   Sarah Staroska

Stan Horrell            FOC 14N

Daniel Lawse          FOC 14N

Robert Nirenberg    FOC 14N

Jerome Patten        FOC 14N

SEPARATIONS       LAST DAY

Michaela Krug          10/14/11

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