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Inside Story for Monday, February 06, 2012

Books by the Busload event offers free books

Spread the word! MCC is teaming up with Metro, Cargo Zone LLC, Mainfreight and the Literacy Center to give away thousands of books at its annual Books by the Busload event. Metro buses stuffed full of books will be parked at Westroads Mall (10000 California St., Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot), The Salvation Army Kroc Center (2825 Y St.) and Baker's (7312 N. 30th St.)  from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. The event is free and open to the public-just board the parked buses to pick up your free books for all ages. (Limit five books per person.)

Gaze into your sweetheart's eyes over dinner at MCC's Sage Bistro!

A limited number of reservations are still available Valentine's Day week, Monday through Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. Enjoy excellent student-prepared meals in this elegant setting. Choose from a set menu or from student Prix fixe four-course meals. Make your dinner reservations online today! The Bistro is located on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, Building 22. Get directions >> 

Training and Development

Check out the upcoming Training and Development workshops designed for MCC employees. Additional workshops are added regularly to this web page, www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp. Bookmark this page and check it often.

Business Office 101

Spend an hour with members of the Business Office as they answer questions regarding Business Office procedures and policies and why it is important to complete paperwork in its entirety. Focus on purchasing, guidelines, non-reimbursable items, P Cards, vendor payment, employee reimbursements, employee travel, non-employee payments and a little on Central Stores. Receive the PowerPoint prior to the workshop, which enables you to review the materials and bring questions to the workshop. Learn from Business Office personnel and from each other. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informative, interactive workshop.

Facilitators: Rich Hanneman, director of administrative management, and members of the Business Office

TRDV 116N 01 (synonym 181164) F Feb. 10 l Noon-1 p.m. l SOC CON Room 249

Excel: Effective Spreadsheet Construction, Formulas and Data Management 

Learn to use Excel more effectively in daily work by managing data and spreadsheets more effectively. For example, learn how to merge multiple spreadsheets, making data management easier to capture and present to others. Learn how to embed other files like Word into spreadsheets. 

Intended audience-for those who have completed Microsoft Office 2010 Upgrade training

Facilitator: John Miller, MCC adjunct instructor 

TRDV 146N 01 (synonym 181131) W Feb. 8 l 1:30-3:30 p.m. l SRP Room 225

SharePoint 2010: Building a Site

Learn how to build a SharePoint site as well as how to add subsites and pages. Learn how to customize the pages by adding web parts to a SharePoint site as well as modifying and deleting web parts.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct instructor

TRDV 136N 02 (synonym 180423) W Feb. 8 l 2-5 p.m. l FOC Building 8 Room 210

SharePoint 2010: Working with Document Libraries

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one document library. This module teaches how to create, modify and delete document libraries and all the tasks associated with document libraries.

  • Creating document library
  • 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 templates

 Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct instructor

TRDV 123N 02 (synonym 180385) W Feb. 15 l 2-5 p.m. l FOC Building 8 Room 210

SharePoint 2010: Working with Lists

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one list. Eexplore various types of lists including contacts, links and task lists. 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

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct instructor

TRDV 124N 02 (synonym 180388) W Feb. 22 l 9 a.m.-noon l FOC Building 8 Room 210

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.

Board of Governors presents Art Durand with 2011 Diane Donelson Spirit Award

Art DurandArt DurandThe 2011 Diane Donelson Spirit Award was presented to Arthur Durand, Social Sciences instructor, at the Jan. 24 MCC Board of Governors meeting. The award was established by the Board of Governors to recognize employees who exemplify a positive spirit in the face of adversity and the enduring qualities and compassionate spirit that Donelson, deceased Board of Governors member, exhibited in her interaction with others.

Durand has consistently been a positive and spirited supporter of students, the College and the community during his career at MCC.

Durand has worked for the College for 17 years. Prior to teaching at MCC, Durand served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years. He retired at Offutt Air Force Base as a colonel in 1995. Durand is the author of the acclaimed book Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story about Allied Prisoners of War in Europe. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history. He has been a featured guest on the History Channel, ESPN and Metro & More.  After teaching at MCC for only four years, Durand received the ConAgra Foods Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. In 2007, he was a recipient of the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop Award. 

"I am honored and grateful to have Art as a personal friend and colleague. Students are quick to acknowledge Art as one of their favorite and most erudite professors, often expressing their extreme luck at having shared a classroom with him...and they are correct," said one of Durand's coworkers. "We are all lucky to know Art Durand. Art Durand is truly deserving of the Diane Donelson Spirit Award."

Current full-time or adjunct faculty invited to apply to join the Institute for Cultural Connections team

The Institute for Cultural Connections is a student-centered, faculty-driven initiative to enrich education through culture benefiting MCC and our surrounding communities. The ICC supports cultural education by maintaining their cultural calendar, hosting a yearly culture camp for MCC faculty, supporting International and Intercultural Education programs at MCC and developing cultural activities for MCC courses, faculty and students. Interested faculty would work in partnership with other ICC members and faculty throughout the College to promote, enhance and develop cultural education at MCC.   

If you are passionate about cultural education, check out the details at http://resource.mccneb.edu/icc/

Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offers free tax preparation

Tax season is here. This year, there are new opportunities for all right in our neighborhood!  The Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition is offering free quality tax preparation by certified volunteers. MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will serve as one of four sites in the Metro area. View the schedule of all sites and hours of service.

Last year, the Omaha EITC Coalition helped more than 6,000 families boost their income by letting them know about state and federal tax credits. Many people qualified to receive thousands of dollars in these credits. The EITC looks for every tax credit, offers free bank accounts and other financial services and delivers friendly service.

For more information, contact 2-1-1 for locations and times, email omahaeitc@cox.net or visit www.facebook.com/OmahaEITC.

Congratulations to 2012 MCC Academy for Leadership participants

MCC's 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. This inaugural class kicked off the ten-month cohort program at an orientation session on Friday, Jan. 2. Participants met with supervisors, Academy steering committee members, cabinet members and program facilitators at orientation. Participants continue to meet monthly through October in leadership sessions designed to further develop their potential to make a sustainable contribution to MCC and the community.

Academy for Leadership

Pictured from left:
Front row: Heather Nelson, Cindy Catherwood, Susie McWhirter, Ruth Schindler

Middle row: Neil Volker, Karen Rodgers, Charles Cogar, Fallon Parks, Molly Engdahl, Naomi Mardock

Back row: Daniel Lawse, Robert Ligon, Lisa Richards, Curtis Bryant, Andrea Padilla-Rosas

MCC student receives Purple Heart

On Friday, Jan. 27, Charley McGuire, an MCC diesel mechanic student, was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at the Engineer Maintenance Company on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. He earned the medal on Aug. 24, 2009, in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. Read more about this heroic student in a recent Omaha World-Herald article.

MCC helps maintain Lauritzen Garden tramcars

MCC recently partnered with Lauritzen Gardens to restore their weather-trodden tramcars. Patrick McKibbin and Tom Price, Auto Collision Technology instructors, incorporated the painting and reconditioning of the tramcars into the curriculum of their auto refinishing classes and, ultimately, supervised the project.

A total of seven tramcars were transported to MCC, where they were painted and reconditioned by a number of students at various levels within the Auto Collision Technology program.

"What a great opportunity for the students to participate in a project that goes beyond the classroom," said Bill Owen, associate vice president for academic affairs. The project offered hands-on experience in the students' chosen career field. They were able to practice their painting techniques and refine their skills in the shop. At the same time, the donation of services saved the gardens valuable budgetary dollars and helped to sustain Lauritzen Gardens as an important community resource.

Owen said "It is important to know that a community college connects to the area they serve. The students enjoyed the opportunity to see their work become a part of the community they live in and enjoy."

"Lauritzen Gardens is grateful for the assistance provided by the faculty and students at MCC and is proud to promote, leverage and help facilitate community collaborations and partnerships that benefit the gardens and broaden the horizons and possibilities for others," said Mia Jenkins, marketing director for Lauritzen Gardens.

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:

Monday, Feb. 6
Bellevue East High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Central City Public Schools
Stephanie Joneson

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Plattsmouth Middle School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Millard West High School
Stephanie Joneson

Friday, Feb. 10
Boys Town High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Monday, Feb. 13
Brownell Talbot
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Monday, Feb. 13
Benson High School
John Frost

Monday, Feb. 13
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Stephanie Joneson

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Missouri Valley High School
John Frost

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Archbishop Bergan High
Fremont Learning Center
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Omaha Central High School
John Frost

Thursday, Feb. 16
American Enterprises
John Frost

Thursday, Feb. 16
Nebraska Furniture Mart Educator Fair
Stephanie Joneson

Friday, Feb. 17
Gretna High School
Stephanie Joneson

Saturday, Feb. 18
Kidz Explore
Stephanie Joneson

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.

Thank you from Connie Galvin, academic affairs associate

I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and cards in sympathy of my mother's passing on January 21, 2012. It is very comforting to know that my MCC family is there for me. Thanks so much for all the support.

Connie Galvin and family, cgalvin1@mccneb.edu

Thank you from Mary Vogt, faculty secretary

I would like to thank my friends and coworkers who have been so thoughtful to me and my entire family during my father's illness and with his recent passing. Your thoughts, prayers, food, kind words, cards, hugs and memorials meant more to me than you will ever know. Thank you all so very much.

Mary Vogt, mvogt@mccneb.edu   

HR updates

New Employee
Lynn Hay

Lynn Hay                                             
catering/service manager                          
FOC Building 22                              

Penney Weyrauch                          
student affairs associate                            
FOC Building 7                              

Jerry Conway                                    

Julie Knickrehm                                 

Patti McQueen                                

Bryan Webber                                  

Green tip

Take advantage of getting your money back electronically from the IRS instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. About $135 billion in tax refunds still makes its way through the mail to individuals, which means the IRS has to stuff, print and mail from fifty-four million envelopes.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat animals that have themselves eaten well." p. 61

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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