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Inside Story for Monday, March 05, 2012

You're invited to the Academic Support Commons open house

If you haven't seen the new Academic Support Commons at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, then now is your chance. The ASC includes the services of the Academic Resource Center, Library, Writing Center and Math Center all in one new and convenient location.

Stop by the EVC ASC on Wednesday, March 14 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are many new things to see since the renovations so stop by to visit with the staff, see all the changes and enjoy some refreshments in the Elkhorn Valley ASC.

Heart of Metro nominations now open

Nominations are now being accepted for the next Heart of Metro Award.

Award criteria

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years
  • Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Lead change
    • Foster an inclusive workplace
    • Work smart
    • Respect diversity
    • Be service centered

The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 26. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Complete the nomination form >>

Recognize a deserving colleague today.

Great Plains Theatre Conference announces play discussion group

The Great Plains Theatre Conference is pleased to announce the creation of a discussion group called The Dialogue.

The public is invited to join The Dialogue every other Monday night from 7-9 p.m. Local playwriting scholars will discuss plays written by the 2012 GPTC honored and featured playwrights Rebecca Gilman, Constance Congdon, Naomi Iizuka and Kira Obolensky.

The discussions will be held in FOC Building 13.


  • March 5, Kira Obolensky, Raskol
  • March 19, Naomi Iizuka, at the vanishing point
  • April 2, Constance Congdon, Tales of the Lost Formicans
  • April 16, Rebecca Gilman, The Crowd You're in With
  • April 30, Mac Wellman, Muazzez

You can purchase copies of these plays online or you can contact the GPTC office at 402-457-2618 for a loaned copy.

The first four plays listed above-Raskol, at the vanishing point, Tales of the Lost Formicans and The Crowd You're in With-will be performed at the GPTC PlayFest, a series of evening productions held in nontraditional spaces.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc/playFest2012.asp for more information. The 7th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference is scheduled for May 26-June 2, 2012, at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. Conference registration will begin later in March. Visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc for updates. The conference is supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Humanities Council.



Congratulations to adjunct faculty member Charles Tichy

Charles Tichy's paper titled "I Couldn't Find the Words...Still" was accepted as a breakout session for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development 34th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 27-30, 2012, in Austin, Texas.

"I was inspired by the theme of a song that was written by a former student of mine, who is now an attorney," said Tichy.

Tichy's paper emphasizes how important it is to have a broad enough vocabulary so that you may say what you need to say at the right moment.

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, March 5
Concordia High School
Stephanie Joneson

Wednesday, March 7
Mead High School
Stephanie Joneson

John Frost

Thursday, March 8
West Point-Beemer High
Stephanie Joneson

Marian High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Monday, March 12
Howells High School
Stephanie Joneson

Tuesday, March 13
Logan View Public School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Summer in the City
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Wednesday, March 14
Fort Calhoun High School
Stephanie Joneson

Plattsmouth High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Thursday, March 15
Benson High School Magnet
John Frost

Millard North High School Technical/Career Fair
Stephanie Joneson

Union Pacific Railroad Got Kids Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

My Future Career 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.

Celebrate John Mackiel's retirement

This is the last year John Mackiel will serve as superintendent for Omaha Public Schools. Come celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well during an open house reception on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Benson High School Magnet commons area.

Teams take home top awards at 2012 ICA High School Culinary Invitational

More than 130 high school students showcased their culinary arts skills at the seventh annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational on Feb. 24-25 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts.

Thirty-three teams competed for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals, 26 teams tested their knowledge in a knowledge bowl and four teams devised restaurant concepts in a management competition. Students represented the following high schools: Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Gross Catholic, Louisville, Milford, Millard Horizon, Missouri Valley, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Career Center, Omaha Central, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista, Papillion-La Vista South, Plattsmouth, Ralston and Roncalli Catholic.

Judges from postsecondary colleges and universities, local chefs and restaurateurs critiqued their work. Scholarships, gift certificates, medals and a trophy were presented during the awards program for the following: culinary, management and knowledge bowl competitions.

Culinary competition

First place: Roncalli Catholic High School - Homestyle chefs

Second place: Bellevue East High School - Beauty & the Beasts

Hospitality knowledge bowl

First place: Millard Horizon High School - Les Soeur

Second place: Omaha Career Center - Wake n' Bake

Management competition

First place: Papillion - La Vista South High School - El Toro Loco

Second place: Milford High School - Hot Habaneros

Best of beef: Missouri Valley High School - Raging Mermaids

Best of pork: Roncalli Catholic High School - Homestyle chefs

Best starter: Omaha Northwest High Magnet School - Cooking Compadres

Best main plate: Roncalli Catholic High School - Homestyle chefs

Best dessert: Tie between Millard Horizon High School - Sugar & Spice and Milford High School - The Neapolitans

Banner: Millard Horizon High School - Les Soeur
Principal/teacher culinary competition: Plattsmouth High School - Smok'n Hot Blue Devils

The Invitational is supported by MCC students, staff and faculty and by leaders in the food and hospitality industries. The event recognizes students for teamwork, excellence in culinary skills and knowledge about the industry. Additionally, it gives leaders in the industry the opportunity to interact with and evaluate future leaders.

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
Brian Wyssman
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police officer                                    
FOC Building 30              

Janice Moyer                                  
 IT architect

Michelle Rule                                    
health information technology instructor           

Kellie Clifford                                    

Green tip

If you purchase at-home hair color, you may be gentler on the environment by choosing semi- or demi-permanent dyes with plant-based pigments as opposed to permanent varieties with synthetic dyes.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not." p.23

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