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Inside Story for Monday, November 07, 2011

Nomination Deadline for Spirit Award is Nov. 14

Do you know an MCC employee who exemplifies a positive spirit in the face of adversity? Nominate that person for the Diane Donelson Spirit Award by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. The award was created to recognize an employee who exemplifies a positive spirit in the face of adversity and embodies the enduring qualities and compassionate spirit that Donelson exhibited in her interaction with others.

There are many deserving employees who exhibit the criteria outlined in the award on a daily basis. Take the time to recognize and acknowledge their accomplishments and the spirit of their efforts.

Contact Kay Friesen, director of special events, at 402-457-2878 for submission information or email kfriesen@mccneb.edu.

MCC Veterans Day Celebration

MCC is proud to recognize our nation's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 10–11 a.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 120. This year's program features keynote speaker Chief Master Sgt. Gary F. Sparks, the state human resource advisor for the Nebraska Air National Guard and MCC faculty member. As advisor for the Nebraska Air National Guard, he advises the assistant adjutant, air and adjutant general, Nebraska on issues regarding force development, force management, diversity and mentoring.  The Papillion-La Vista Junior ROTC will conduct POW/MIA Honors.  Stuart Stofferalm, Nebraska National Guard member, will serve as this year's master of ceremonies.

The celebration is designed for the community to honor veterans and their families. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program.

For more information, contact Gary Sparks, MCT instructor.

PTK Honors Seminar Series

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Elkhorn Valley Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will sponsor the PTK Honors Seminar Series. The seminar will focus on the study topic "The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise" and includes DVD presentations from three renowned speakers. All seminars are in Room 214 at EVC.

  • 2–3 p.m. "Branding and the Customer"
    Market Researcher and Author Mike Dover
  • 3–4 p.m. "The Democratization of Information in an Age of Terror"
    National Public Radio Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston
  • 4–5 p.m. "The Democratization of Information and Human Rights"
    Human Rights Activist Ayaan Hirsi Al

Staff, faculty and students are invited to attend. If faculty would like to use the DVDs in their classroom, arrangements can be made with Molly Engdahl, academic counselor, at 402-289-1316. View more information on each speaker.

Contact Engdahl with additional questions.

Your Gift...Their Future...Our Promise

You work at MCC because you believe in our mission—a mission that impacts lives in positive and powerful ways. The MCC Foundation makes it easy for you to make a big difference for students through the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign.

Your generous support to the MCCF is funneled directly to the fund of your choosing. For example, if you want to help a student pay for textbooks or tuition, you can direct your gift to that fund. If you want to offer support for academic programs, your gift will be directed to the appropriate growth fund. Any amount of support is welcome. Our gifts make a powerful impact on our students, our community and MCC.

Please consider making a gift today. You can download a pledge card or give online to participate. Simple payroll deductions can also be arranged, allowing you to give throughout the year. Together, our generosity will continue to advance opportunities for our students who work hard and strive for success. Listen to Connie Eichhorn, director of secondary partnerships, explain why she chose to support MCCF.

How do I join the family of MCC givers?

  • Complete and sign the pledge card.
  • Return the pledge card to the Foundation at FOC Building 1 by Dec. 16, 2011.
  • You may direct your gift to one of the listed existing scholarships and funds or call 402-457-2346 to set up a new one.

MCC Academy for Leadership

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 at WebAdvisor or call ext. 8518. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, with questions.

This week's learning opportunities:

MCC Academy for Leadership

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.

The MCC Academy for Leadership is a ten-month cohort program, meeting one day a month at various locations throughout MCC's four-county service area.  Each month, participants will investigate leadership and their role as a leader, gain knowledge around the inner workings and culture of MCC, and  get a broad view of MCC and the College's role in the community.

Selected participants will:

  • Understand and define MCC's organizational culture
  • Discover inner-potential and build self-confidence
  • Develop trust and respect for abilities and potential
  •  Examine leadership styles and how to adapt to alternative styles
  • Learn to nurture leadership skills needed to lead MCC into the future
  • Complete a capstone project

The MCC Academy for Leadership is open to full-time employees who have worked a minimum of two years at the College.  The pdf application and additional details about this exciting opportunity are available online.

Workshops Help Keep You on Track with Professional Objectives

The following workshops can help you stay on track with your professional and personal objectives. Enroll using WebAdvisor or call 402-457-5231, ext. 8518. Walk-ins are always welcome, but pre-registration is preferred.

Resolving Conflicts
TRDV 113N 01 (synonym-179058)
T, Nov. 8, noon–1 p.m.,  FOC Bldg. 21, Room 101

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.

Facilitator: Best Care EAP Professional Consultant

Motivational DNATM
TRDV 129N 01 (synonym-180025)
W, Nov. 16,  1–2:30 p.m., FOC Bldg. 21, Room 105

Have you ever wondered why some people are incredibly motivated, while others struggle to get moving? The answer to this question lies in the unique motivational style of each person. Through a quick online assessment, taken by more than 10,000 people worldwide, you will learn your individual motivational style that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Take the online assessment at: http://www.getmotivatedbook.com/Test.aspx  and bring your results to this powerful workshop to learn what motivates you and de-motivates you. You will receive Quick-Start Tips to give your goals a jumpstart. Understanding and using your Motivational DNATM will fuel your efforts and help make your goals a reality. 

Facilitator: Deanne Amato, certified life coach and coordinator of student success initiatives

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

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.  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 PowerPoint, including photos, clip art and videos.

Facilitator: Jacqueline Manna, MCC adjunct

Healthy Up Your Holidays
TRDV 102N 01 (synonym-178999)
W, Nov. 16, Noon–1 p.m., SRP, Room 222

Do you love all the holiday goodies but hate the added inches to your waistline? If so, do not miss 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!

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.

Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, at 402-457-2507 with questions.

HR Updates

New Employees
John Frost
John Frost
Community Outreach Specialist                                
FOC Bldg. 30              

Susan Hart
Susan Hart
Public Relations Specialist                                            
FOC Bldg. 30              

Christine Saitta Ostler
Christine Saitta Ostler
Academic Counselor                                                      
SOC CON            

John Stratton
John Stratton
Veteran Services/Financial Aid Specialist              
SOC CON            

Daniel Sanders                                 
Science Lab Coordinator                                              
SOC MHY           

Did You Know...

Public Affairs maintains an online marketing and public relations style guide? Check it out for information writing guidelines (AP style), MCC logo usage, photography consent forms and numerous useful editing references.

Weekly Green Tip

Try to buy more environmentally friendly stocks and products. There are more than two hundred mutual funds that are socially and environmentally conscious. -The Green Book

Metro Reads! Food Rules

Rule #17: "Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans." P. 37

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