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Inside Story for Monday, October 31, 2011

Save Student Aid: A Message from President Schmailzl

Here at MCC, almost 13,000 students receive federal financial aid in some form or another. Almost 10,000 receive Pell Grants, and this number has been growing each year. Below is a condensed version of a message from the National Association for Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) sent to our college on Oct. 25, 2011.

We are at a turning point on federal student aid funding. Because of our nation's historic economic downturn, we've already seen $30 billion cut from our federal student aid programs. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, has until Nov. 23 to come up with a plan to reduce the nation's debt. Federal student aid could very well be on the chopping block and students need your voice to defend the programs that grant access to postsecondary education.

As you know, this is an incredibly challenging time for students all over the country, including those you serve on a daily basis. The recession has driven more students back to campus to improve their skills and job prospects, and a lot of those students have higher economic needs. Meanwhile, federal and state governments have cut back their support. It is critical to preserve what financial aid is still available for deserving students so they can better qualify for the jobs that will help our economy grow.

You see evidence of these situations everyday on your college campus. But Super Committee members and other members of Congress need to hear more-and they need to hear it from as many people as possible.

That's why the Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of national higher education organizations representing thousands of campuses and millions of presidents, students, faculty and administrators has organized a campaign to Save Student Aid. The campaign will reach to out to all campus constituencies, encouraging grassroots involvement. As one of the founding members of the Alliance, NASFAA encourages you to join us in this campaign.

As the Super Committee's deadline nears, we need your help. Please sign our statement of support, expressing the opinion that for our country's short- and long-term economic health, student aid funding must be preserved. This is a simple and easy step to make your voice heard.

If you're interested in getting more involved after you've signed on, you'll see other options for actions you can take by visiting NASFAA's Save Student Aid Facebook campaign.

As you can see, decisions are being made in Washington that will have far-reaching effects on students all over the country, including here at MCC.

Education serves everyone, and it is critically important that we continue to make it accessible for all.

I urge you to join the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors, myself, others in the MCC community and others throughout the United States in saying to our legislators that further cuts in aid to education will hurt all of us and should not occur. This can be a powerful message, and it is as simple as clicking on the link above and signing the statement of support.

Help us send the message to Washington that cutting student aid to higher education is a bad idea not only for students but for all citizens of the United States.

Randy Schmailzl

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.

Nominations for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award Are Now Being Accepted

On Nov. 22, 2005, MCC's Board of Governors passed a resolution creating the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area would like to recognize Board member, Diane Donelson, for her enduring leadership and dedication to Metropolitan Community College;

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors specifically recognizes Ms. Donelson for the positive spirit she has exemplified in the face of adverse circumstances and her unwavering commitment to building relationships with colleagues, with employees and within the community. Ms. Donelson has touched many lives through acts of kindness and maintaining a positive spirit in all of her endeavors.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College area does hereby approve and authorize the establishment of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the criteria for selection of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award be established to reflect the compassionate spirit of Ms. Donelson and be presented to Metropolitan Community College employees who model and exemplify these attributes.

Do you know a co-worker who exemplifies the compassionate spirit and leadership qualities of Donelson's legacy?

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award. Contact Kay Friesen at (402) 457-2878 or email kfriesen@mccneb.edu for nomination guidelines. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 14.

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:

Resolving Conflicts
Depending on your approach to them, workplace conflicts can be either invitations to disaster or precious opportunities for professional and organizational growth. This program teaches you to first recognize the signs and severity of work conflicts and then to apply the most effective communication and negotiation options available for turning them into win-win situations for all concerned. Bring your "brown bag" lunch to this informative workshop.

Intended audience – all employees
Facilitator: Best Care EAP Professional Consultant

TRDV 113N 01
(synonym 179058)
T Nov. 8 Noon–1 p.m. FOC Bldg. 21 Room 101

Prezi Frenzy—Why All the Frenzy about Prezi?
Why all the frenzy and buzz about Prezi? Because it is PowerPoint on steroids! Prezi is the latest, greatest and easiest way to make presentations. It is a free, cloud-based presentation software that is accessible from anywhere there is Internet access. Prezi is simple to learn and use, and Prezi presentations make PowerPoints look like they came from the dark ages. Come to this session to see a demonstration followed by a hands-on workshop to get you started making your first Prezi. You will leave the workshop with a created Prezi presentation. Bring your ideas for a presentation and/or a Power Point, including photos, clip art and videos.

Intended audience – all employees
Facilitator: Jacqueline Manna, MCC adjunct faculty

TRDV 128N 01
(synonym 179966)
W Nov. 9 1–3 p.m. SOC MHY Room 204

Healthy Up Your Holidays
Do you love all the holiday goodies but hate the added inches to your waistline? If so, do not miss out on this health workshop. Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum will discuss:

  • Calorie-saving substitutes for your baked goods
  • How to add fiber to your favorite desserts to fill you up
  • Ideas on how to survive the holiday get-togethers
  • Quick, easy holiday recipes that your family will love

Jochum will also be making a healthy, delicious holiday dessert for you to sample.

Intended audience – all employees
Facilitator: Hy-Vee dietitian Amanda Jochum

TRDV 102N 01
(synonym 178999)
W Nov. 16 Noon–1 p.m. SRP Room 222

Native American Heritage Month Events

MCC is hosting several events recognizing Native American Heritage Month. Find a list of all of the events at www.mccneb.edu/publicaffairs/html/native_american_month_2011.html.

MCC Visual Arts Faculty New Work on Display

New work created by MCC Visual Arts faculty Tricia Hollins and Lee Murray from their recent sabbaticals will be featured in the MCC Gallery of Art and Design. The show opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 and runs through Monday, Dec. 19. The opening reception will be Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Gallery of Art and Design, Elkhorn Valley Campus.
art show flyer

Veteran's Celebrating Education Week

MCC is participating in Veteran's Celebrating Education Week with multiple events. Visit the South Omaha Campus Nov. 7–10 and take part.

Nov. 7
Military Kitchen Trailer Unit
Get a free hot dog and chips with a student i.d.
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mahoney Building parking lot

Nov. 8
Civilian Support Team Disaster Relief Demonstrations
See demonstrations every hour on the hour in areas of disaster relief provided by the Army National Guard in partnership with Metropolitan Community College's Criminal Justice, Health, Information Technology and Science programs.
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Mahoney Building parking lot

Responding to Brain Injuries in Veterans Returning from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
(registration required)

Nov. 9
Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Needs of Veterans Return from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom
8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
(registration required)

Nov. 10
Veteran's Celebration Day
Join Metropolitan Community College in recognizing military veterans. CMSgt. Gary F. Sparks, Nebraska Air National Guard member and MCC instructor, will present the keynote address.
10–11 a.m.
Industrial Training Center, Room 120

For more information on Veteran's Celebrating Education Week, visit www.mccneb.edu/publicaffairs/html/veterans_education_week_2011.html.

Financial Literacy Fair

As part of Money Smart Week, TRiO is hosting a Financial Literacy Fair. Agencies, businesses and instructors will provide financial literacy information and handouts on services provided. Money Smart Week is a public awareness initiative of the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a nonprofit created to help Nebraskans of all ages improve their level of financial literacy.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10, Commons

Wednesday, Nov. 9
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
Connector Building, Commons

Weekly Green Tip

Dust your light bulbs and change them-to compact fluorescent-only when they burn out. You'll increase energy efficiency and light output, and because electricity production generates pollution, you'll also help promote cleaner air. If every American home changed out just five regular light fixtures or the bulbs in them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent ones, we'd keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of our air-equal to the emissions of eight million cards. That's $6 billion in energy savings for Americans. -The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #1: "Eat food.[Not]…highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists…" p.5

HR Updates


Holly Wagenblast (402) 738-4672        
Kelly Stokes (402) 457-2752   FOC Bldg. 30    

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