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Inside Story for Monday, February 20, 2012

This week: Come watch the ICA High School Culinary Invitational

You are invited to watch more than 130 high school students showcase their culinary arts skills at the annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational, Feb. 24-25 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. Nineteen teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals, presenting various plates and devising restaurant concepts. Learn more >>

Volunteer for the Million Meal March

MCC staff, faculty and students are encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Million Meal March packing event on Saturday, March 3 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. You can form a team or volunteer as an individual.

TEAM: Team of 12 will prepare and package meals for distribution to starving children and their families locally and worldwide. The goal is to pack one million meals in one day! Three-hundred thousand meals will stay in Omaha and the remaining meals will be sent to Haiti and Africa.

  • Shifts available: 8-10 a.m. OR Noon-2 p.m.
  • Have your team leader email Mary Rosenthal, public affairs administrative assistant, at mrosenthal6@mccneb.edu by Thursday, March 1 for directions on how to register your team.

INDIVIDUAL: Serve as a greeter, runner, coat checker, inside traffic controller or in another role.

  • Three to four hour shifts between 7 a.m.-3 p.m. You will be doing a lot of walking, but no heavy lifting.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in one of these roles email millionmealmarch@gmail.com.

Students encouraged to apply for the Blue Sky Fund

Spread the word! MCC students from any program of study actively enrolled in at least one credit course during the Spring 2012 quarter or prior MCC Entrepreneur program students having previously completed at least three of the six courses in the ENTR prefix (ENTR 1050, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070 or 2090) are invited to apply for the Blue Sky Fund. The $100-$500 mini-grant enables MCC students to present their entrepreneurial or innovative endeavors being worked on during their course of study to enable them to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow their ideas.

Interested and eligible candidates must submit a completed Blue Sky Fund application by Friday, March 31, 2012, at midnight. The application and additional details are available at http://www.mccneb.edu/entr/blueskyfund.asp. Email Heather Nelson, MCC entrepreneurship instructor, with questions. 

This mini-grant was awarded by MCC's Foundation as part of the Inspiring Innovation mini grants program. Faculty and staff apply for mini-grants that will assist with launching projects with mission-driven, student-focused outcomes.

Wanted: Community Ambassadors

Community Ambassadors set the tone for prospective students. They guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC. You will:

  • Speak/greet at events and outreach activities
  • Participate in student panels
  • Lead campus tours for prospective students
  • Attend outreach events such as high school visits and neighborhood association meetings
  • Participate in presentations and share your college experiences with others
  • Speak with prospective students that are considering going into your program or a similar program


  • At least a part-time MCC student and have an understanding of the campus and community culture
  • Have completed 12 credits hours at MCC
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • In good standing with MCC academically and financially
  • Reliable transportation
  • Works a minimum of 30 hours per quarter
  • Two quarter commitment
  • Positive attitude with peers, prospective students and general public

Pay: $250 stipend per quarter

Send the application to those students you think may be interested. Deadline to complete the application is Wednesday, Feb. 29.

New at the library

New books and DVDs are now available at the MCC libraries. Students, faculty and staff can now view the full catalog record, see if the item is checked in/out and submit an online request. View the full list >>

Scholarships available for student veterans

Student Veterans of America is proud to announce a new partnership with Google that will provide eight student veterans nationwide pursuing computer science or related degrees with a $10,000 scholarship each for the 2012-2013 academic year. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2012. Finalists will be notified by the end of April. Recipients will also be invited to attend a scholars' retreat at Google headquarters during the summer.

MCC's SVA chapter is asking faculty and staff to recommend any students that fit the criteria. Submit recommendations to Robert Caldwell at rcaldwell11@mccneb.edu.

Training and Development workshops

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 paper work 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. You will receive the PowerPoint prior to the workshop, which enables you to review the materials and bring questions to the workshop. In this format, you will learn from Business Office personnel and from each other. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informative, interactive workshop.

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

TRDV 116N 02 (synonym 182218) F Feb. 24 l 10:30-11:30 a.m. l SOC CON Room 249

Now That You've Got a Budget, How to Make Sense of These Numbers!

This hands-on session focuses on the key elements of reviewing an approved budget with an emphasis on currently available reporting and inquiry tools.

Learning objectives:

  1. Demystify MCC's general ledger account structure.
  2. Differentiate the tools available to users.
  3. Improve understanding of what accounting information is available for cost center managers from the Colleague system.
  4. Improve understanding of the roles of Business Office staff.

Intended audience-supervisors and cost center managers

Facilitator: Tom Wilson, director of accounting services

TRDV 132N 02 (synonym 191962) W Feb. 29 l 1-2 p.m. l FOC Building 10 Room 114

Use Your Body Better: From Ergonomics to Exercise

Need a boost? Learn simple but effective strategies to maximize your strength, vigor and efficiency in daily activities so you can feel better at the end of the day, the end of the week and the end of the decade! Learn how to reduce strain and make the most of everyday movement, including keyboarding, housework, deskwork and fitness activities. Wear comfortable work clothing. Join us for this fun and informative workshop!

Participants will:

  • Understand how appropriate posture and body mechanics can enhance health and productivity and slow the effects of aging.
  • Learn simple but effective ways to improve movement efficiency and prevent injury at work and at play.
  • Participate in gentle chair and "desktop" exercise activities designed to use at work to
    help relieve stress, improve health and enhance productivity.

Facilitator: Natalie Dowty, president and founder of Integrative Wellness, Inc., Physical Therapy and Consulting

TRDV 148N 01 (synonym 192041) T March 20 l 9:30 a.m. -noon l FOC Building 21 Room 101

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.

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/

Early undergraduate research at a community college

PresentationOver the past five years, MCC students have participated in two areas of research, cosmic ray detection and high-altitude ballooning. With an emphasis on inquiry, the students designed their own research questions, took the data, analyzed it and presented their results. The cosmic ray experiments took place mostly during Summer sessions, and the high-altitude ballooning was offered in a short workshop format spanning several weeks during the school year.

Kendra Sibbernsen, physics and astronomy instructor at MCC, recently presented the successes and challenges of offering early undergraduate research at a community college at a recent American Teachers of Physics meeting in California.

If anyone at MCC is seeking suggestions on how to set up early undergraduate research with their own students, email Sibbernsen.

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, Feb. 22
Ashland-Greenwood High School
Stephanie Joneson

Thursday, Feb. 23
Omaha North High Magnet School
John Frost

Fremont High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Lyons-Decatur High School
Stephanie Joneson

Friday, Feb. 24
Omaha North High Magnet School
John Frost

Saturday, Feb. 25
Omaha North High Magnet School
John Frost

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Magazine
John Frost

Monday, Feb. 27
Papillion-La Vista High School
John Frost

Wahoo High School
Stephanie Joneson

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Omaha Community Playhouse
Stephanie Joneson

Bellevue West High School
John Frost

Bennington High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Dodge High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Thursday, March 1
Blair High School
Stephanie Joneson

Saturday, March 3
2012 Generation and Scholarship Fundraiser, Talent Show and College Fair
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.

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.

HR updates

New employee
Benjamin Stevens
Benjamin Stevens                          
science lab assistant                    
FOC, Building 10                              

Bill Owen                                            
FOC, Building 30                              

Green tip

Receive your bills, make payments, and check your account balance online. Less than half of all U.S. households use online banking capabilities at their home. Instead, they waste time and energy driving and waiting in line for the bank teller.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals]."  p . 55

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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