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Inside Story for Monday, December 19, 2011

MCC closed for holiday recess

MCC is closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2. The College reopens Jan. 3. The next Inside Story will be sent Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Have you changed your voicemail greeting for the upcoming holidays?

As the holiday break approaches, it is time to set your voicemail to provide an alternate greeting for callers.

Examples of possible greetings include:

"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The College is closed for the holiday break. I will return on Jan. 3, 2012. Please leave a message after the tone."


"You have reached the desk of Jane at Metropolitan Community College. The college is closed for holiday break Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. I will be out of my office starting Dec. 19 and will return on Jan. 3. If you would like to leave a message, please do so after the tone."

The procedure to record an alternate greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box.
  2. Press 4 for setup options.
  3. Press 1 for greetings/call transfer.
  4. Press 1 for greetings.
  5. You will hear: "Your current greeting is the standard greeting... "
  6. The system plays your recorded greeting. You must LISTEN to this entire greeting before pressing any keys.
  7. Press 2 for alternate greeting.
  8. The system will play: "Your current greeting is the alternate greeting" and will play what you have recorded (if anything).
  9. If you are satisfied with this greeting, press * to exit; otherwise, follow the prompts to re-record.
  10. This automatically activates your alternate greeting.

You can contact the Help Desk at 402-457-2900 for assistance.

Remember: When you return from holiday break, change your voicemail back to your standard greeting.

The procedure to return to your standard greeting is:

  1. Access your voicemail box.
  2. Press 4 for setup options.
  3. Press 1 for greetings/call transfer.
  4. Press 1 for greetings.
  5. Press 2 to turn off your alternate greeting.
  6. Press * to exit.

Mileage reimbursement rate for 2012

The mileage reimbursement rate for 2012 for college related travel with a personal vehicle will remain at 55.5 cents per mile. This rate remains unchanged from the mid-year IRS adjustment that became effective July 1, 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.

Kappa Beta Delta inducts 27 students

Twenty-seven students were inducted into Kappa Beta Delta on Thursday, Dec. 15. Kappa Beta Delta, an international honor society founded June 1997, recognizes scholarshipKappa Beta Delta inducts 27 students and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees. Students are extended an invitation to join KBD if they are a business major and have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Student inductees:

Billy Joe Athay

Amber Leilani Dillard

Shelly R. Donnelly-Tovar

Richard A. Durand

Eduardo Gardea

Kimberly L. Haubrich

Jacob D. Hayden

Raymond Lee Hogan

Jackie Rae Jerrel

Roxy Ann Johnsen

Sarah Jane Nelson

Mohammed Halid Lassissi

Michelle Leah Oviatt

Peggy J. Pattavina

Linda K. Quistad

Stephen Paul Renne

Janet Deann Rosenquist

Amanda Jo Rummel

Demetria Lalita Sheard

Kris Elizabeth Smith

Amanda Eilleen Stoj

Vera Swank

Lori Beth Waring

Megan E. Wentz

Tabitha Lynn White

Crystal Marie Whitmore

Jaime Lynne Williams

Faculty inductee:
Thomas Adamson

Honorary inductees:
Kay Friesen

Sheryl M. Okash

Membership in KBD is the highest international recognition a business student can receive at a two-year institution that is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. These students have proven their excellence through their studies and other personal traits. MCC's Phi Chapter was chartered in November 1999. Advisors are Dr. Idalene Williams and Jane Joyce.

Emerging Leaders volunteering in the community

Emerging LeadersOn Dec. 6 and 10, MCC Emerging Leaders members and MCC staff and their families volunteered at the Open Door Mission helping to sort through donations of clothes, household items and food to help prepare for the holiday season. On Saturday, Dec. 10 some went to ConAgra's ice skating rink for some fun.

Emerging Leaders

Thank you to all that participated. Keep your eyes and ears open for next quarter's event happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in partnership with MCC's Service Learning department.

Student Veterans of America chapter president attends national conference

The MCC Student Veterans of America chapter was proud to attend the 4th Annual SVA National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., from Dec. 8-11. Representing MCC was SVA Chapter President Matt Stevens, who isStudent Veterans of America Chapter currently serving in the Iowa Army National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The conference theme was Combating Veteran Unemployment and featured a series of panels from hiring managers as well as a student veterans' career fair. The keynote address was delivered by Eric K. Shinseki, secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who reassured SVA student leaders of continued support for veterans' success through education and employment assistance. Other speakers included Kevin Schmiegel, vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Col. David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for Warrior and Family Support.

MCC's SVA chapter was chartered in September of this year and is currently seeking members. Interested military and veteran students should contact Robert Caldwell at 402-738-4771.

Pictured from the left: President Matt Stevens with Robert Caldwell, AmeriCorps VISTA, serving in Military and Veterans Support Services.

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.

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 class 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. The class is a perfect way to learn and practice new skills, plus enjoy tasting your finished product.

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

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.

MCC's Community Outreach team is pounding the pavement

MCC's three community outreach specialists, John Frost, Stephanie Joneson and Jennifer Winje-Diamant are out in the community recruiting students and spreading the word about all of the opportunities MCC offers. Here is where they've been:


Small Business Day at FOC Building 22


Financial aid information presentation and outreach session at OPPD's Fort Calhoun Station

Dec. 16

Met with school counselors at Omaha Northwest High Magnet School

Dec. 19

College Workshop Agenda at the Gateway Building

Your Donation Made a Difference!

The MCC Foundation and all the students and programs that will benefit from your donations are so grateful to our MCC community for their generosity this year. Thanks to you, the annual Faculty and Staff campaign broke records in number of donors and total amount raised! Over 190 employees contributed gifts to support our students and College totaling over $51,000!

There is still time to make a financial gift to the Foundation, if you haven't yet done so. 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.Listen to Nicole Greco, MCC student, express her appreciation to those who have donated to the Foundation.

You can download a pledge card or you may give online to participate. If you have any questions contact the Foundation at 402-457-2346.

Training & Development

Start the new year off right by resolving to participate in more professional development and wellness opportunities in 2012.  The Training & Development workshop page is updated regularly with new offerings. Please bookmark this page and return to it often to stay up-to-date on Training & Development opportunities. http://www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp

HR updates

New Employee

Anthony Brantley
Anthony Brantley                           
FOC Building 22                              


Jim Hess                           
Lead Programmer Analyst

Laura McMullan               
New name is Laura Matlak


Wess Hunt                         
Dec. 16, 2011                       

Weekly green tip

Cut back on wrapping waste by placing gifts in reusable bags or baskets. If you prefer traditional wrapping paper, try to find a brand with recycled content and then reuse any large pieces to wrap presents again next year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Americans produce an extra two billion pounds of garbage per week, much of which is gift packaging. If 40 percent of U.S. households reduced their holiday paper consumption by just two sheets this year, the savings could gift-wrap Manhattan Island.-The Green Book

Metro reads! Food Rules

"If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't." p. 41

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