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Inside Story for Monday, October 24, 2011

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

Nominations for the Heart of Metro Award are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 4. The online form provides a user-friendly template to submit your nomination. Recipients will be recognized in an informal presentation if selected. Take the time today to nominate a deserving colleague for their exemplary efforts. To submit your nomination online, visit www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.asp.

Beware of Phishing Attempts Masquerading as Official Email

Do not give your College user ID and password via email to anyone. The MCC Help Desk will not request your user ID and password via email. The Help Desk does not need this information.

Some U.S. colleges have been the victims of phishing attacks. Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by using an email that masquerades as an official or trustworthy entity. In the case of the College phishing attacks, employees or students received official looking emails asking for the user's College user ID and password. If you receive an official-looking email asking for this type of information, it is a phishing attempt and should be deleted or dropped into the Abuse Mail folder found in Public Folders.

To access the abuse folder:

  1. In Microsoft Outlook, click on the Go tab and select Folder List
  2. Expand Public Folders and then All Public Folders
  3. Drag and drop the email into the Abuse Mail folder

Items in this folder go to MCC's email administrators who use these emails to help block spam. Additional information on this phishing scheme can be found at www.securityfocus.com/news/11504.

Writing Center Launches Blog

MCC's Writing Center is excited to announce the launch of their new blog focusing on writing improvement geared toward students and faculty. Katie Stahlnecker, the director of the Writing Centers, said the Writing Center Underground blog is a site that contains tips, information, ideas and discussion about writing.

"Our goal in developing this blog is not only to offer another writing resource for students but also to provide for faculty a way to incorporate social media into their curriculum," Stahlnecker said. "There are many ways to incorporate our blog into classroom curriculum, and we hope instructors will try it out and see how it can best serve their needs."

The Faculty link on the website will share some ideas on how instructors could utilize the blog, including:

  • Have students visit the blog weekly and post comments to engage in writing discussions
  • Ask students to come to class ready to discuss the weekly post
  • Post questions to the blog; ask students to find a weekly post that piques their interest and pose a question to the blog
  • Write short response papers on any of the posts or discussions
  • Offer their writing (creative or academic) to be shared on the blog

The first blog post titled First Drafts and Second Thoughts addresses students' anxieties about the writing process and hopes to open a discussion on the revision process that is often foreign to new college students. Elizabeth Mack, Writing Center consultant and creator of the blog, said there will be blog posts at least once a week, and she plans on increasing posts to two to three times per week as users increase. MCC Writing Center consultants and English instructors will be invited to share posts.

Another goal is to showcase students' writings and publicize events such as the Writing Center workshops and Teacher Talks, as well as the quarterly Writing Center Reading Series.

The Writing Center Underground blog can be accessed at writingcenterunderground.wordpress.com.

Toys for Tots Returns to MCC

The U.S. Marine Corps have distributed boxes to various MCC locations to collect new, unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots program now through December. Find out more information at www.omaha-ne.toysfortots.org/.

You may find the boxes at the following campuses and centers:

  • Applied Technology Center
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 8 (Library)
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Building
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus
  • Sarpy Center

The U.S. Marines will pick up the boxes during the week of Dec. 19.

Nominations for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award Now Being Accepted

In honor of deceased Board of Governors member Diane Donelson, MCC's Board of Governors adopted a resolution to establish an award for MCC employees. The Diane Donelson Spirit Award was established to recognize employees who exemplify a positive spirit in the face of adversity and the enduring qualities and compassionate spirit that Donelson exhibited in her interaction with others.

Nominations are now being accepted for this award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 14.

If you know someone who meets the criteria for the award, nominations must be submitted in writing to Kay Friesen, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 18 or via email to kfriesen@mccneb.edu.

Discount Tickets to 2011–12 Omaha Performing Arts Productions

As a member of the MCC community, MCC employees and currently enrolled students have the opportunity to purchase discount tickets to the Omaha Performing Arts. If you are looking for an evening out with family or someone special or perhaps an unusual holiday gift, consider accessing the site to look for an event.

Using MCC's webpage on Eventusher, you will find the events you may choose from including, Blue Man Group, Fiddler on the Roof, CATS, Chris Botti and many more. Many of these productions are at a discounted price and are available for immediate purchase.

Check out the exciting line-up on www.eventusher.com/. You will need to enter a password to access this site. The password can be found on MCC's webpage under Discount Tickets to Omaha Performing Arts or by visiting www.mccneb.edu/opa/.

Below are a few reminders regarding how this partnership works.

To use this service, you must be an MCC employee or currently enrolled student and have an active MCC network account. With this service, you may order tickets for family and friends as well. Prior to ticket purchases, note:

  • You will need your MCC network account information to log on to receive a password to the ticket purchase center.
  • All tickets must be purchased online.
  • MCC is not responsible for ticket sales or the collection of payment.
  • All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
  • You will receive your tickets at the billing address you provide no later than three weeks prior to the performance selected.
  • A confirmation email will appear shortly after you place an order indicating that the order has been accepted.
  • Ticket location is determined on a first come, first serve basis by best available seating in the price range you have selected.

Questions may be directed to Rita Eyerly at (402) 457-2203 or reyerly@mccneb.edu.

Missing Beadwork from Intertribal Powwow

A participant in the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 24 has contacted MCC's Public Safety department in search of some missing items. If you or anyone in your department has recovered a black leather bag containing moccasins and beadwork, contact Public Safety at (402) 457-2222.

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.

Here are this week's learning opportunities:

Netiquette and Social Media Communication
The purpose of this workshop is to instruct faculty and staff on proper internet communication strategies. Instruction includes several ways to improve online written communication, including:

  • How to utilize proper email etiquette, including appropriate introduction, body and closures of email messages
  • Avoiding misinterpretation of online communication
  • Ways to properly utilize social media, such as Facebook or blogs, to build professional platform

Participation in this workshop will help you to improve all forms of written electronic communication.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Elizabeth Mack, freelance writer and MCC and UNO adjunct

TRDV 106N 02 (synonym 179029)    F              Oct. 28   10:30 a.m.-noon SOC CON 209


Writing for Publication

The purpose of this workshop is to instruct faculty and staff on how to shepherd a writing project through the publication process. All phases of the publishing process will be covered, including:

  • How to generate publishable ideas
  • How to target appropriate markets
  • Finding academic journals in your discipline
  • How to package and submit articles for optimum results

Join instructor, Elizabeth Mack, as she teaches us how to submit our written work for publication.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Elizabeth Mack, freelance writer and MCC and UNO adjunct

TRDV 107N 02 (synonym 179030)    F              Oct. 28   1-3 p.m.                SOC CON 206


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 107

Williams Honored for Service

The Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP Region 5) meeting was held Sept. 29-30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event was hosted by Kirkwood Community College, where attendees toured the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, the largest teaching facility of its kind at a community college. MCC Accounting Instructor Idalene Williams was honored for her service as president of Region 5, 2010-11.

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 and 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. 

TRiO’s Money Smart Week

TRiO will celebrate Money Smart Week by sponsoring a Financial Literacy Fair at two campus locations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, commons and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, commons.

Agencies, businesses and instructors are being invited to provide financial literacy information/handouts on services provided. Sales pitches and/or commercial marketing are strictly prohibited. For additional information, visit www.moneysmartnebraska.org/get-involved/.

Engage Omaha Looking for Input on Transportation

EngageOmaha.com, a site dedicated to sharing ideas for the betterment of the city of Omaha, is looking for ideas on how to expand transportation options within the city. To join the conversation or submit an idea, visit www.engageomaha.com.

Weekly Green Tip

Ditch your answering machine and use voice mail instead. Answering machines guzzle energy 24/7. When they stop functioning, they become hazardous waste in the nation's landfills. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were eventually replaced by voice mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt-hours. The reduction in air pollution related to this decrease in energy use would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year. -The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #18: "Don't ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap." p. 39

HR Updates

New Employees

Jerry Anderson                    Central Stores Technician       FOC Bldg. 25         (402) 457-2782

Changes
Lindsay Neemann                     (402) 457-2598

Separations                          Last Day
Akeem Banister                       10/20/11

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