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Inside Story for Monday, January 23, 2012

Three innovative faculty/staff projects receive grants from MCC's Foundation

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, MCC's Foundation awarded the first-ever Inspiring Innovation mini grants to three faculty/staff projects during a reception at the Sage Student Bistro. The $3,000 grants will launch projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes.

MCC's president, Randy Schmailzl, plus numerous MCC staff and MCCF Board members were in attendance.


Great Plains Theatre Conference MainStage play publishing and video Mini grant
The Great Plains Theatre Conference will publish and videotape the readings of the five MainStage plays and use them to directly benefit students and faculty in MCC's Theatre program. The publication will become the textbook used in a variety of classes, meeting the demand for fresh, contemporary works.

Award accepted by Catherine Brown, event services assistant. "This grant will connect MCC's fantastic theatre arts program with the annual Great Plains Theatre Conference," said Brown. "There is a need for text books that include fresh, contemporary plays. I am excited that we will be able to meet that need."

Math assessment tool Mini grant
This measuring aid can be used in a variety of classes to help students improve their ability to accurately read a ruler, understand fractions and prepare them to meet the basic needs of industry. Funds will purchase additional tool kits to meet the growing demand.

Award accepted by David Eledge, industrial and commercial trades instructor. "This measuring aid is unique because it will be made by students for students. An MCC student will intern at a local manufacturer where they will assist with making this tool," said Eledge. "I am proud of the fact that I was able to work with MCC's math department to produce this tool, which is now in high demand."

Entrepreneur blue sky fund Mini grant
This fund will enable MCC students from any program area access to small funding between $100 to $500 to enable them to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow an entrepreneurial or innovative endeavor.

Award accepted by Heather Nelson, business instructor. "This grant money will help students start, sustain or grow an entrepreneur endeavor," said Nelson. "This is the catalyst student's need to implement an idea."

The next round of grant applications are now being accepted!
Faculty and staff are invited to apply for mini-grants to launch projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes related to: 1. instruction and learning 2. services and supports

Applications are due by Monday, April 2. If you are interested in applying, you must first attend the MCCF Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grant Workshop on Friday, Jan. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon, EVC, Room 114. This is the last workshop available so act now!

Register through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231. Direct questions to Laura Gorynski, grant development and management facilitator, at 402-457-2787.

Excellence in Teaching Awards nominations due Feb. 3

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.

Inform students

Did you know MCC sends an e-newsletter to all current students twice a month? If you have information you would like to get out to students, email it to istory@mccneb.edu.

MCC's Community Outreach team is pounding the pavement

John Frost, Stephanie Joneson and Jennifer Winje-Diamant, MCC's community outreach specialists, recruit new students and connect with area high school counselors at weekly high school visits, career fairs, conferences and community events.

Here is where they are headed in the next two weeks:
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Northwest High School
John Frost

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Omaha Street School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Friday, Feb. 3
Ralston High School
John Frost

If you would like to promote your program of study at one of these upcoming events, contact the outreach specialist assigned to that event. Also, do not forget, if you are meeting with or giving a tour to a prospective student or have a community visit scheduled, please contact one of the outreach specialists for guidance.

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. 26
Fort Omaha Campus
Building 10

Feb. 2
Elkhorn Valley Campus

Postage rates increase

On Jan. 22, the U.S. Postal Service® implemented a postage rate increase for all mail classes including First Class Mail®, Priority Mail and Express Mail along with many special services.

Summary of the 2012 USPS postage rate increase:

  • First Class letters (1 oz.) increased by one cent to $0.45 from $0.44. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • First Class flats (1 oz.) increased by two cents to $0.90 from $0.88. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • Postcard rates increased by three cents to $0.32 from $0.29
  • Priority Mail retail rates increased by an average of 3.2 percent and will start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
  • Express Mail retail rates increased by an average of 4.4 percent and will start at $12.95 (previously at $12.85)
  • Parcel Post rates start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
  • Media Mail rates start at $2.47 (previously at $2.41)

Find out more online.

HR updates

New Employee
Derek Peterson
Derek Peterson                               
inventory management system specialist                           
FOC, Building 22                              


Judy Baker                                         

Karin Galindo                                  

Matthew Martin                             

Green tip

Tune up your furnace and you could save 335 pounds of carbon per year. For gas, you could save 252 pounds per year.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat mostly plants, especially leaves." p. 51

MCC is making news

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