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Inside Story for Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Now accepting Excellence in Teaching Awards nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 MCC Excellence in Teaching Awards. The MCC Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize full-time and adjunct faculty based on four criteria:

  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to learning
  • Relationships with students
  • Relationships with colleagues

The awards will be presented at the Spring Academic Affairs Awards Reception on Tuesday, March 6. Recipients will receive a certificate and will be invited to attend and represent MCC at the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference in Austin, Texas.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. The nomination form and specific criteria for the award can be found at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp.

If you have any questions, call Dave Ho at 402-457-2716.

Work through Public Affairs please

Everything we do as a College impacts what people think of us. From what takes place inside the classroom to what they see on our campuses from a simple handout to a recruitment campaign, it is all a reflection of our College's brand. Help us manage our brand with care so that MCC has a consistent, positive image and reputation. Work through the Public Affairs office if you are printing anything that includes the College logo, including flyers, T-shirts, mugs, handouts, etc. The Public Affairs office has select swag items in stock for you to use free of charge for prospective students. Swag items requested for incoming or current students will have a cost that varies depending on the item requested. Questions? Contact Kelly Carpenter, marketing assistant, at 402-457-2562.

Participate in the Preschool Health and Safety Fair

Service-Learning seeks faculty with classes interested in participating in the annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair scheduled for Friday, May 18 at the South Omaha Campus. The mission of the Preschool Health and Safety Fair is to prepare greater Omaha preschoolers and their families for healthcare experiences plus teach children how to stay healthy and safe.

Student participation in this event will fulfill any Service-Learning requirements: 4+ hours for Human Relations Skills or 6+ hours for other courses. Students can participate as individuals or groups and will be responsible for either developing a booth with a health or safety topic of their own or working at a booth that has already been developed (see the list below). If you are interested in having your students participate in this event, contact Jennie Tullos, service-learning assistant coordinator, at 402-457-2637. She can speak to your class about the event and help students begin planning booth ideas.

The 20+ booths in the Industrial Training Center, Room 120 will teach children in creative and interactive ways about a variety of health and safety topics including:

  • Disability awareness
  • Pet safety
  • Nutrition
  • Safe street crossing
  • 911 simulator
  • Song and dance
  • Story time
  • Sun safety

There will also be a clown, face painting and balloons.

Training and Development

Resolve to take charge of your professional development. Enhance your skills and build your confidence. Start now with these offerings:

MCC Foundation Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant Workshops
TRDV-139N-01 (synonym 180572), Thursday, Jan. 19, 6-8:30 p.m., SOC, Connector Building, Room 249
TRDV-139N-02 (synonym 180573), Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon, FOC, Building 1, Room 102  
TRDV-139N-03 (synonym 180574), Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon, SRP, Room 129

Do you have an idea for a new project to impact MCC student success? Do you want to learn how to get your project funded through a winning grant proposal? Hands-on workshops are offered to prepare you to build a competitive proposal for MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant funding. 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 Development office staff will walk you through the development of quality responses to key mini-grant components, providing tips for winning proposals. We will also offer comfortable opportunities for brainstorming and addressing participant concerns/questions. Upon workshop completion, the MCC Development office will provide you with the MCCF Inspiring Innovation mini-grant application and ongoing support in mini-grant proposal development. 

SharePoint 2010 - 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.

SharePoint 2010 - Using SharePoint
TRDV-121N-02 (synonym 180379) Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon, 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

Real-Life Health Strategies for Successful People - How to Do Just Enough to Get Great Results
TRDV-145N-01(synonym 181013) Tuesday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m.-noon, SOC, ITC, Room 123

Health advice abounds - but who has time to follow it? Make the most of your time and energy. Natalie Dowty, EdD, MPT, PT, has sifted through research and clinical experience and assembled simple but essential, user-friendly strategies that have a big impact on health. Join us as we explore the art and science of living well through everyday activities that deliver more gain with less pain.

 Participants will:

  • Explore the mind-body connection as it relates to stress and resiliency and how it can be used to enrich quality of life.
  • Learn strategies for pacing, self care, energy budgeting, mindfulness and exercise that help balance energy resources.
  • Receive basic concepts of movement mechanics, motor planning, training and detraining applied to activities of daily living.
  • Discuss movement strategies that can be integrated into daily activities to maximize wellness.

Workshop delivery includes demonstration, activity in chairs, lecture and discussion. Dowty is the president and founder of Integrative Wellness, Inc., Physical Therapy and Consulting, where she provides physical therapy services based on a mind-body wellness approach to rehabilitation and presentations in content areas related to stress management, mind-body wellness, health promotion, positive aging, personal empowerment and professional enrichment.

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.

We've saved 27.57 trees

MCC's printing efforts are making a positive impact on the environment. Below are the statistics for MCC's environmental printing impact from June 30, 2011, through Jan. 12, 2012. Way to go!


Chili Thursdays

Enjoy a hot bowl of chili and cornbread to support MCC's Tri-Omega Culinary Club and Service-Learning department. One bowl of chili and cornbread is $5 and will be served between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. (Vegetarian option available.) For additional information, call Penny Boykins, service-learning coordinator, at 402-457-2608.

Jan. 19
South Omaha Campus
Connector Building

Jan. 26
Fort Omaha Campus
Building 10

Feb. 2
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Art by Cassiday

Check out the artwork of MCC adjunct English instructor Bud Cassiday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Criss Library. The show, titled Art by Cassiday, will run until Tuesday, Feb. 14. Examples of Cassiday's work and more information about his career can be found at his website, artbycassiday.com. For more info on the Criss Library exhibit, contact Linda Riviera at 402-554-2640.

Bouncing back after the holidays

Suffering from post-holiday blues? Here are some tips, courtesy of the BestCare Employee Assistance Program, to help you recover.

HR updates

New Employees

Karen Hankins

Karen Hankins                                  
TRiO program secretary                                               
FOC, Building 5                 

Jeffrey Kempter
Jeffrey Kempter                              
custodial supervisor                                                      
SOC, Industrial Training Center               


Tammy Tyson–new name is Tammy Carlson


Jennifer Rose                                   

Green tip

Buy loose, unwrapped candy from the bin, if you can. Many candy wrappers contain chemicals that make them stain and water resistant, but also make them difficult to recycle.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Get out of the supermarket whenever you can." p. 33

MCC is making news

What's the latest and greatest? Check out the latest news releases issued by Public Affairs to find out.

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