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Inside Story for Monday, December 12, 2011

Self-service printing of your W-2 Forms

W-2 forms for all active faculty and staff (including student workers and work studys) can be viewed and printed through WebAdvisor. This will allow you to print and reprintyour W-2 forms at your own convenience. This is a secure way to deliver the forms, and should remove the on-going problems we've experienced with addresses, print and mail prep, and postal mishandling.  This also removes the potential for delays in delivery due to changes with the U.S. Postal Service.

You will need to log in to WebAdvisor and OPT IN to give your consent for the electronic delivery of your W-2. You are strongly encouraged to OPT IN now, but no later than Jan. 15, 2012 in order to insure the timely delivery of your W-2.  Anyone needing help with their WebAdvisor login should contact the Help Desk at ext. 2900.

After logging in to WebAdvisor, go to the Employees section, similar to how you'd get your Pay Advice. Select the option "W-2 Electronic Consent", then make sure that the button next to the first option, OPT IN is filled in. Then click on the SUBMIT button.  Here is what it will look like:


If you have any questions contact Payroll or Gary Kucera, financial management accountant grants/payroll, at ext. 2277.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day On Not a Day Off

Give your day off back to the community! Volunteer to participate in MCC's Martin Luther King Jr. day of service onMartin Luther Kin Jr.: A Day On not a Day Off Jan. 16. MCC students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to give 2-4 hours at community organizations throughout greater Omaha. To sign up, contact Queen Tucker (402-457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu) or Jennie Tullos (402-457-2637 or jtullos2@mccneb.edu) by Jan. 2. The first 100 volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt!

More than 30 organizations need help with a variety of projects from painting walls, to working with the elderly, to serving food or playing games and reading with children. Some of the agencies that have agreed to accept volunteers are: HELP Adult Services, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, Open Door Mission, Siena/Francis House, OneWorld Community Health Center and MCC's Books by the Busload book sorting.

Students needing to meet Service-Learning requirements for Human Relations and other courses may participate in this event to receive credit for their time of service. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites. There will be sites available in Omaha, Sarpy County, Blair, Elkhorn Valley and Fremont.

To donate a portion of your time on Monday, Jan. 16, or if you have any questions contact Queen Tucker (402)457-2813 ertucker@mccneb.edu or Jennie Tullos (402)457-2637 jtullos2@mccneb.edu in the Service-Learning office FOC Building 14 South.

A Day On Not a Day Off is organized by MCC's Service-Learning office and is part of a national day of service. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day website, www.mlkday.gov, encourages people to volunteer in the community to live King's teachings of "nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome" and lists ways to volunteer in your community.

Training & Development

Note: 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. Enroll through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231. All workshops are noncredit, Term 12/JA. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, at 402-457-2507 with questions.

Take Control of Holiday Stress
TRDV 133N 01 (synonym 180144)
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, EVC, Room 105
Facilitator: Rita Bartlett, MS, president, RESPONSE-ABILITY Resources Leadership Development & Life Skills Management Training

'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

Heartsaver First Aid
TRDV 030N 01 (synonym 180491)
Friday, Dec. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. , FOC, Building 10, Room 210
Facilitator: Kenny Estee, Omaha firefighter, paramedic and EMS instructor

This 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. You will receive an American Heart Association workbook in class. There is a half-hour lunch built into the program (on your own).

StrengthsFinderTM for Supervisors
TRDV 131N 01 (synonym 180138)
Thursday, Dec. 15, 1
-3 p.m., FOC, Building 22, Room 201D
Facilitators: Deanne Amato, certified life coach and coordinator of student success initiatives, and Julie Langholdt, dean of Fort Omaha Campus

This seminar will provide a description of strengths themes and how these themes impact one's behavior and interactions with others. It will also provide an understanding of working from a strengths perspective and provide insight into personal strengths and how to leverage for career and personal success. Prior to this seminar, you will take a 30-minute online StrengthsQuestTM assessment that will provide you with your top five talent themes. Registration will close Dec. 12 at noon to allow participants ample time to take the assessment and access results.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify top five talent themes
  • Understand characteristics of StrengthsFinderTM talent themes
  • Develop an understanding of how your talent themes impact the way you work and interact with others
  • Learn how teams can better work and interact with each other from a strengths perspective
  • Gain a better understanding on how talent themes can be leveraged at work
  • Learn how individual strengths can be perceived by others
  • Receive a step-by-step guide on how to communicate one-on-one with your staff regarding individual strength themes

Technology Offerings

SharePoint Modules-General Introduction
SharePoint 2010 is an incredible tool that can be utilized collegewide to manage projects, calendars, workflows, lists, contacts, tasks and so much more. It is a collaborative tool that can be used by individuals, teams, groups and entire departments. The training has been structured to include training for those who just need to use or access information on SharePoint sites and more detailed modularized training for those who need to develop/design SharePoint sites and content. Custom training is available for those who need training for specific project areas.

Using SharePoint 2010
TRDV 121N 01 (synonym 180372), Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m. l SOC, ITC, Room 107
TRDV 121N 02 (synonym 180379), Wednesday, Jan. 25, l 9 a.m. -12 p.m. l FOC, Building 8, Room 210

Learn to use SharePoint 2010 in this introduction to the latest version of SharePoint. You 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

Working with Document Libraries
TRDV 123N 01 (synonym-180374), Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m. l SOC, ITC, Room 107

TRDV 123N 02 (synonym-180385), Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2-5 p.m. l FOC, Building 8, Room 210
Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one document library. This module will teach you to create, modify and delete document libraries and all the tasks associated with document libraries. 

  • Creating document libraries
  • Adding, editing and removing documents
  • Organizing items with folders
  • Working with documents
    • Uploading single and multiple documents
    • Document check in and out
  • Document library templates
    • Creating templates
    • Customizing template

Working with Lists
TRDV 124N 01 (synonym 180375), Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., FOC, Building 8, Room 210
TRDV 124N 02 (synonym 180388), Wednesday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., FOC, Building 8, Room 210

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one list. We will explore various types of lists including contacts, links and task lists. We will create, modify and delete various types of lists and all the items associated with them. 

  • Creating lists
    • Announcements
    • Links
    • Calendar
    • Contents
    • Tasks
    • Discussion boards
  • Adding, editing and deleting list items
  • Organizing items with folders
  • Working with list columns
  • Using list and column validation rules
  • Sorting and filtering lists

Building a Site
TRDV 136N 01 (synonym 180422), Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m., FOC, Building 8, Room 210

We will cover building a SharePoint site as well as adding sub-sites and pages. You will also learn how to customize the pages by adding web parts to a SharePoint site as well as modifying and deleting web parts.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

"The scholarships allowed me to completely change careers, to not have to look back and to move forward."  MCC's Foundation scholarships are making a difference in the lives of students, like Steve Durant, MCC graduate. Hear more about the impact the scholarship had on Durant's education >>

As the holiday season approaches, please consider a different way to approach gift giving. A donation to the Faculty and Staff Campaign provides a gift of education to help our students and academic areas. Your financial gift is another point of positive impact to what you do at the College every day

Please join your fellow colleagues and provide a gift today. You can download a pledge card or you may give online to participate. In order to start payroll deduction on Friday, Jan. 13, our office will need to receive your pledge card by Friday, Dec. 16. After Dec. 16, the deductions will be adjusted accordingly throughout the year.

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

Thank you to the 171 employees who have already responded. Your generosity has raised almost $44,000!

MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant workshops

Do you have an idea for a new project that would impact MCC student success? Do you want to learn how to get your project funded through a winning grant proposal? This 2.5-hour, hands-on workshop will prepare you to build a competitive proposal for MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant funding. Workshops will be on Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-8:30 p.m. at SOC, CON, Room 249, TRDV 139N 01 (synonym 180572); Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon, FOC, Building 1, Room 102, TRDV 139N 02 (synonym 180573); Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon, SRP, Room 129, TRDV 139N 03 (synonym 180574). Register for one of these workshops through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231.

MCCF seeks innovative projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to 1) instruction and learning or 2) services and supports. Grants will range from $500 to $3,000. MCC's Development office staff will walk you through the development of quality responses to key mini-grant components plus provide tips for winning proposals. The workshop will also offer opportunities for brainstorming and addressing participant concerns or questions. MCC staff and faculty who complete the 2.5-hour workshop will be provided the MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant application and ongoing support in mini-grant proposal development through MCC's Development office.

TRIO academic advisor awarded the Heart of Metro Award

Marty Martinez, TRIO academic advisor at the South Omaha Campus, was recently awarded the Heart of MetroMarty Martinex and Randy Schmailzl award.

Comments from nominators noted that his passion and joy is helping students succeed. His warm, engaging personality helps him connect to people and adds value to his work and relationships.

The level of dedication he brings to his job each day is phenomenal. He does everything possible for his students, oftentimes accomplishing the impossible on their behalf. His positive attitude and level of commitment is truly inspiring. He is a joy to all the staff here at South, and we are so lucky to have him. He truly exemplifies the Heart of Metro.

Congratulations Marty!

Poinsettia sale Dec. 12-14

PoinsettiaMCC's Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias (4-5 blooms) for $7 each. Cash or check only. Price includes tax. Stop by the Horticulture greenhouse (Fort Omaha Campus, Building 27A) anytime between noon and 4 p.m. on Dec. 12-14 to pick up your beautiful plant. If you would like more than one plant, call 402-457-2631 to make pick-up arrangements.

Order your holiday pies and cookies from the Institute for the Culinary Arts

Yum! Let the students of the ICA do the cooking. Get a pecan or pumpkin pie for $12 each or a dozen assorted cookies for $6. Place your order by Dec. 17 online. Pick up your goodies from the ICA on Dec. 21-22 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Holiday gifts ideas

Season with Sage Cookbook

Chocolate and Carmel Mouse Stacks

Butternut Squash and Bacon Canapés

Sound delicious? Purchase the Season with Sage cookbook for only $24.95 + tax, and you can enjoy these dishes or better yet, give the cookbook as a gift! Purchases can be made online or at the Sage Student Bistro, Category One Gifts & Gourmet, The Bookworm, Lo Sole Mio Italian Restaurant, Blue Sushi Sake Grill Old Market and Slattery Vintage Estates

The cookbook was created by the students and faculty at MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts in honor of their friend and fellow student, the late Brandon Thomas. All proceeds are donated to the Brandon Michael Thomas Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship at MCC. In his memory, his family created this scholarship and underwrote the printing for the cookbook.

Sage Student Bistro Gift Cards

Give the gift of food. Purchase a gift card to the Sage Student Bistro, located at MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts, Fort Omaha Campus, anytime from Dec. 12-22, Monday-Thursday, 
8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. Gift cards (available in increments of $5) can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You are also welcome to join us at any of the dates and times listed above for a delicious meal. Chef Oystein Solberg and the Fine Dining class would love to cook you dinner to celebrate the holidays. Reservations are appreciated and can be made at www.mccneb.edu/bistro

And don't forget you can always host your breakfast meetings at the Bistro. We would love to have small groups of 8-25 enjoy our student's egg cookery. Contact Chef Steve Bell at 402-457-2578 to make group breakfast reservations.

Everyday Extraordinaire Noncredit Classes

Give the gift of learning. Register yourself and a friend/family member for the classes below-a great evening out and a perfect holiday gift. Learn from our award-winning faculty and industry professionals as they lead you through hands-on, fundamentally sound culinary lessons inside the state-of-the-art Metropolitan Utilities District demonstration theatre at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. These classes are a perfect way to learn and practice new skills, plus enjoy tasting your finished product.

Register for the classes at www.mccneb.edu/ce/ or by calling 402-457-5231.

Holiday Hors D'oeuvres

COOK-102N-70 (synonym 179685) 

Make your holiday gatherings a culinary delight this year. Learn to prepare and sample unique appetizers. The instructor is MCC Chef Brian O'Malley. The class will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $50.

Classic Hearty Soups

COOK-103N-70 (synonym 179688)

Learn to prepare classic hearty soups for those cold winter days when a warm bowl of soup hits the spot. The instructor is MCC Chef Brian O'Malley. The class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $50.

HR updates

New Employee

 Ramona Dowding

Ramona Dowding
Transition Read Right Coordinator                        

All employees below are now at FOC Building 5.

Victoria Alapo                                                   

Juli Bohnenkamp                                            

Elizabeth Brewer                                             

Phyllis Brown                                                    

Richard Carter                                                  

Jahnie Dees  

Jules DeSalvo                                                   

Sam Dickson                                                      

Bob Dresser                                                      

Helen Fountain                                                

Dora "Amanda" Gerding                              

Tanis Herbert                                                    

Darin Jensen                                                     

Dawn Naumann                                              

Jerome Patten                                                 

Rayka Rush                                                        

Joy Schulz  

Kym Snelling                                                         

Tammy Tyson                                                   

Mary Umberger                                              

Cheryl Vossberg 

Kym Snelling                               

Weekly green tip

Gift cards, concert tickets, restaurant certificates, and movie vouchers can be great alternatives to heavily packaged and wrapped holiday presents. If you buy these items online, you'll not only save between five and ten pounds of packaging waste, you'll also reduce the time, stress, and energy associated with traffic, crowds, and long checkout lines. If 50 percent of households replaced just two packaged presents with gifts that could slide inside an envelope, fifty million pounds or more of waste could be saved.-The Green Book

Metro reads! Food Rules

"Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients." p.15

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