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Inside Story for Monday, November 14, 2011

MCC's VP for Equity and Diversity Receives TRiO Achiever Award

MCC Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity Cynthia K. Gooch, Ph.D., was one of three 2011 Cynthia K. GoochTRiO Achiever Awardees at this month's 2011 Mid-America Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) Professional Conference. "I am humbled, excited and honored to be chosen," said Gooch. This public recognition of outstanding former TRiO participants is an opportunity to congratulate alumni on their success. "This award is a source of pride for me because it is evidence that TRiO continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of first-generation and low-income students throughout the MAEOPP region and the United States." Gooch is a TRiO alumna from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Student Support Services project.

Gooch earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Master's in Family and Mental Health Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia and a Bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarly interests include equity, retention and access in postsecondary education for groups that have been historically discriminated against, disenfranchised and marginalized.

The history of TRiO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these federal programs. Over the years, the TRiO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance.

MCC's TRiO program is Student Support Services. Over 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies offer TRiO Programs in America. TRiO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants.

MAEOPP is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit consortium of professionals with the specific purpose of leveling the playing field of educational opportunity for first-generation, low-income and disabled students. MAEOPP is the representative professional body for colleges, universities and agencies that host federally funded TRiO educational opportunity programs within ten states in the Midwest. Formally established in 1975, MAEOPP advocates on behalf of those persons least likely to enroll in and obtain a college degree at our nation's higher education institutions and is a member organization of the internationally recognized Council of Opportunity in Education.

MCC Records Associate Receives Certificate of Appreciation

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services surprised Judy Boyles, records associate for MCC, by presenting her with a certificate of appreciation on Monday, Nov. 7, at FOC.

Boyles received the award in recognition of the exemplary customer service and support she provides to OPM-FIS when responding to their requests for applicant educational history information.
Jeff Smith and Judy Boyles

"You don't know how much this means to me," said Boyles. "This award is such an honor, and I am grateful I was nominated."

"I cannot thank Boyles enough for the hard work, dedication and commitment she displayed when assisting my agents and for keeping our country and national security assets safe," said Jeff Smith, special agent in charge of the Omaha field office. "I am comforted knowing that we have such a valuable partner at Metropolitan Community College."

OPM-FIS is responsible for conducting security clearances and suitability investigations for more than 100 federal agencies to ensure that those granted access to our nation's secrets are of the highest loyalty and integrity.

Time to Celebrate: Al Motley Is Retiring!

After serving as Human Relations Skills and Sociology Instructor for the past 15 years, Al Motley will retire from MCC at the end of the Fall quarter. Using a combination of humor and his own innate interpersonal skills, Motley has taught thousands of MCC students the secrets of successful workplace interactions. In 2004, Motley received the ConAgra Foods Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of his success as an instructor.

Motley is a cherished colleague and friend to all. We will miss his positive attitude and passion for teaching. Join us for cake and punch on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in SOC's Mahoney Building, Room 510, as we celebrate Motley's new journey in life!

MCC's Emerging Leaders Launches Conversations Series

MCC's Emerging Leaders launched the Conversations Series on Oct. 25 at EVC with Executive Vice President Jim Grotrian. The series provided Emerging Leaders the opportunity to hear about an MCC executive administrator's career progression and leadership style.

Emerging Leaders is looking forward to hosting the second Conversations Series in March at FOC featuring the Vice President of Technology and Administrative Services Mary Wise. If you would like more information on this meeting or would like to get involved with Emerging Leaders, contact Melissa Christiansen, testing technician.

The mission of Emerging Leaders is to promote the engagement, professional development and advancement of early- to mid-level career College employees.

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

Please join your fellow colleagues with a gift to the Foundation. Your donation to the Faculty and Staff Campaign helps our students in a very meaningful way than how you already impact their life with the work you do every day at the College. The financial support students receive through scholarships and student support funds can be for many of them, whether or not they are able to continue with their education. The financial support that academic programs receive through the program growth funds are the opportunities to purchase that one specialty equipment piece that an academic area is needing or to implement an innovative idea into curriculum. 

Join us by making a gift today. Your generous gift to the fund of your choosing directly transforms the lives of our students, College and community. You can download a pledge card or you may give online to participate. To make a gift through payroll deduction, our office will need to receive your pledge card by Friday, Dec. 16. Listen to Jennifer Meives, MCC nursing student, explain how she benefited from a Foundation scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at 402-457-2346.

Thank you to all who have already responded to the faculty and staff campaign. The Foundation received over 60 pledges during the campaign's first week!

Student Printing Changes Effective Dec. 2

Beginning Winter quarter 2011, registered students will receive free print credit of $10 approximately one week before the date of their first class. People not registered for classes will have to pay for printing and copying. Contact the Help Desk at 402-457-2900 with questions or refer to the information below.

MCC Printing Frequently Asked Questions

Why is printing no longer free?

The massive amount of waste in recent years has continued to grow. Thousands of pages of abandoned prints are left in printers and recycle bins annually. MCC is committed to environmental sustainability.

What are alternatives to paying for printing?

You can save documents, library database search results, course notes, etc. to your USB disk drive or email them to yourself. You can then print them on your own printer, if you need to do so. The other alternative is to write citation lists and transcribe course notes.

How much does printing cost?

The cost is $0.05 per page for black and white (single-sided or duplex). This does not include specialized areas where large-format printing exists, such as Visual Arts where printing costs vary and are based on size and resolution.

Do students continue to receive free print credit each quarter?

Yes, registered students will continue to receive $10 at the beginning of each quarter.

When will I receive the free print credit?

Students registered for a quarter will receive $10 free print credit approximately one week before the date of their first class. Students who register late for classes will receive their credit within 1-2 days of registration. Only registered students receive the free print credit. If you have not received your print credit by the date of your first class, contact the Help Desk at 402-457-2900.

What happens to my free print credit at the end of the quarter?

If you have not used the entire $10 free print credit, it will be removed from your account. Free print credit does not carry over to other quarters. If you are registered for the following quarter, you will receive the new print credit deposit approximately one week before the date of your first class.

Is there a discount for duplex printing?

Yes, the second side of the duplex print is free.

Can I just make a copy by putting coins into the copier?

Yes, some Canon printer/copiers also accept coins and bills directly to allow you to make a copy quickly. These devices are located in:

  • FOC Bldg. 10 hallway
  • FOC Bldg. 8 Library
  • SOC CON Copy Center Room 159
  • EVC hallway
  • SRP hallway west side of Student Services
  • FRC hallway outside 216B

Can I get a refund for the money that I have added to my print account but have not used?

The money remains in your print account until you use all of it; there is no refund. Your print account remains active as long as you have an MCC user account.

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. 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.

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!

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

Take Control of HOLIDAY STRESS
TRDV 133N 01(synonym 180144)
W, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, EVC, Room 114

'Tis the season to be _________. You fill in the blank. Do the holidays find you feeling jolly as you deck the hall with boughs of holly? Or does "Ba-humbug" become an all too familiar guest during your holiday preparations? The holidays are times of comfort and joy, but they can also be very stressful. And those very people and things that bring you that comfort and joy are also often responsible for the stress. Managing stress during the holidays is not only important to enjoying the season, it is also vital to your health.

Course objectives:

  • Define stress
  • Understand the causes of stress
  • Identify stress signals
  • Examine the differences between positive and negative stress
  • Identify healthy vs. unhealthy coping techniques for managing and reducing holiday stress
  • Explore methods to manage professional and personal responsibilities during the busy holiday season
  • Identify ways to care for yourself during the holidays and take control of potential holiday-related depression
  • Recognize ways to help manage holiday stress in children
  • Examine the role of relaxation in healthy holiday stress management

Facilitator: Rita Bartlett MS, president, RESPONSE-ABILITY Resources Leadership Development and Life Skills Management Training

MCC Academy for Leadership

Invest in yourself by applying for 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. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, with questions.

PTK Honors Seminar Series

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, the EVC 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. View more information on each speaker. If faculty would like to use the DVDs in their classroom, arrangements can be made with Molly Engdahl, academic counselor, at 402-289-1316. Contact Engdahl with additional questions.

Poinsettia Sale

PoinsettiaNothing says happy holidays like a beautiful poinsettia! Purchase poinsettias from MCC's Service-Learning program. All proceeds support service-learning projects and community events. One 6-inch pot (5-6 blooms) is $10.70 and three 8-inch pots (9-15 blooms) are $17.05. Price includes tax. Purchase your poinsettia by Tuesday, Nov. 22. You can pick up your plant at the specified locations and times below. (Delivery available for orders of ten or more.)

  • Dec. 5, FRC, in front of Student Services, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or SRP, in front of Student Services, 3-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, EVC Commons, 3-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 7, SOC CON Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 8, FOC Building 14S, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9, FOC Building 14S, 9-11:30 a.m.

Sales are final, and all orders must be picked up on date selected on the form. No exceptions. Poinsettias will be checked for quality prior to pick up.

If you have any questions, contact Jennie Tullos, service-learning assistant coordinator, at 402-457-2637 or Penny Boykins, service-learning coordinator, at 402-457-2608.

Mentee to Mentor

To say Ean Garrett, PLES coordinator for MCC's equity and diversity office, is successful is an understatement. His journey of success started as a seventh grader participating in ProPal Plus, a past MCC long-term mentoring program for at-risk youth. He spent one Saturday a month with a mentor at FOC laying the foundation for his very bright future. After graduating high school, this first-generation college student received the Sally Mae American Dream Scholarship to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor's in Legal Communication and Political Science. Then he was awarded the Baird Holm Diversity Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law. He received his juris doctor degree in May. He plans to sit for the bar exam on Feb. 28.

The road to Garrett's success was paved with valuable internships and an impactful mentor. His internships ranged from studying Islamic banking and finance law in Dubai to working for a family court judge in Broward County, Fla. His mentor, James F. Waller, is senior director of academic affairs for Friendship Schools in Washington, D.C.

What does the future hold for Garrett? An internship in Congressman Lee Terry's Washington, D.C., office in April. The possibility of joining the Peace Corps. The desire to learn a second language. And the hope to one day own his own business. Oh and of course, continuing to do the thing that helped fuel his success, mentor.

Weather and Climate Class Visits KETV Channel 7

Weather and Climate ClassMCC's weather and climate class, taught by Victoria Alapo, visited KETV Channel 7 on Tuesday Nov. 1, to learn how Meteorologist Bill Randby predicts the weather. The hands-on field trip gave students the chance to see meteorology in action while gaining valuable knowledge of how various climatic computer models are used for making or predicting weather forecasts.

Weather and Climate Class"Since the visit, students have commented that they now understand the weather report better when watching it on television-including the explanation of the processes that leads up to the forecast," said Alapo.

As an added bonus, students took a behind-the-scenes tour of the station and learned why the color green should not be worn in front of a green projecting screen. "One student virtually disappeared on TV while wearing neon green."

Thank You from TRiO

TRiO would like to thank all of the instructors who completed and returned the TRiO Mid-Term Academic Report for their participants.

"We had a wonderful response and could not provide this service without faculty participation," said Tammy Tyson, director of TRiO and special programs. "This is a valuable way for TRiO to benchmark with students their accomplishments or discuss behavioral changes they may need to make in order to succeed in the current quarter."

Weekly Green Tip

Try to take public transportation. If all American who take transit to work drove alone, they would fill a nine-lane freeway from Boston to Los Angeles. Fewer cars on the road also significantly reduces commuting time. People spend an average of thirty-six hours-nearly five full workdays-in traffic delays per year. - The Green Book

Check out information on the cost of commuting>>

Metro Reads! Food Rules

"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." p.7

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