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Inside Story for Monday, March 26, 2012

Nomination deadline is today

Today is the deadline for Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to nominate a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Find out more about the award and complete the nomination form >>

Career closet workshop and fashion show

MCC's Career Services and Service-Learning departments invite you to the Career Closet Workshop and Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 28 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 136 B-D.

Workshop, 9-11 a.m., Brand new you: Wardrobe for the world of work
People say what you wear on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. Dress like a winner and the world will treat you like one! Improve your personal and professional image with tips from a professional image consultant.

Presenter: Mary Anne Vaccaro, design stylist and image consultant for Mary Anne Vaccaro Designs

Contact Indra Faison at isfaison@mccneb.edu or 402-738-4564 to register for the workshop.

Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
What you wear and how you look plays a critical role in positive first impressions. How can you build a professional wardrobe while living on a shoestring budget? Learn how to look your professional best without breaking the bank.

Moderators: Mary Anne Vaccaro and Bobby Loud, director of military and veteran support services

  • Fashions provided by the Service-Learning Career Closet
  • Enjoy discounts at Einstein's Café

 Contact Queen Tucker at ertucker@mccneb.edu with fashion show questions.

Burritos for breakfast at FOC

Yum! Enjoy a breakfast burrito to support MCC's Tri-Omega Culinary Club and Service-Learning department. One breakfast burrito is $4 (including sales tax). The burritos will be delivered between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus.

Sausage burrito (herbed eggs, chorizo and pork sausages, jalapenos, green onions, potatoes, and Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses)

Veggie burrito (herbed eggs, green and red peppers, onions, green onions, potatoes, and Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses)

Submit your order with name, selection, quantity and FOC delivery location to Donna Rankin, ext. 2309 by March 30. 

Auto Collision Technology Open House

Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend the Auto Collision Technology Open House on Saturday, March 31 at the Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.


8:30-10:30 a.m.
Student repair competition

10 a.m.-noon
Open house and auto show

11:30 a.m.
Student award presentation


About the day

  • Learn about MCC's Auto Collision Technology program
  • Tour the shop and paint booth
  • Meet current and former MCC students
  • Watch the student auto repair competition
  • Check out cars on exhibit
  • Win door prizes

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.

Celebrating dignity, wellness, and community

MCC staff, faculty and students are invited to attend the 2012 first annual Exhibition of the Arts to benefit the Siena/Francis House homeless shelter. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the 906 Studio, 906 N. 16th St. Music, poetry, and art will be presented by the Siena/Francis House Artists In Recovery group. A panel discussion on homelessness and transformation will start at 7:30 p.m. Find out more >>

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps*VISTA members from MCC's Service Learning department are helping to coordinate this event.

Film Streams and MCC are teaming up for one awesome event

Military personnel returning from deployment are confronted with numerous challenges in re-entering society. Effective partnerships with civilian and academic organizations must play a vital role in addressing these urgent and ongoing needs.

You are invited to Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St., on Wednesday, April 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. to view the 2012 Oscar-nominated movie Hell and Back Again and then participate in a panel discussion. The panel discussion moderator is Bonnie Bessler, Nebraska transition assistance advisor. Panelists include Matt Stevens, Student Veterans of America Chapter president, Metropolitan Community College; Paul Greenwell, At Ease program therapist, Lutheran Family Services; and Donna Higgins, OIF/OEF case manager, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ticket prices are $4.50 for members of Film Streams; $7 for students, military and educators; and $9 for general admission. This event is presented in collaboration with MCC's Career Services and Military and Veteran Support Services. Tickets need to be purchased or reserved prior to April 4 at Film Streams or online.

MCC Environment (PACE) Climate Survey

An email was sent last week from the office of the president, Randy Schmailzl, to all full-time and part-time regular staff requesting the online PACE Climate Survey be completed. The survey is a collaborative project between the College and the National Initiative for Leadership & Institutional Effectiveness. The data gathered from the survey will assist MCC in planning for the future. If you have not completed the survey, it would be appreciated if you do so by the April 10 deadline. The survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete.

The subject of the email that you will receive is "Metropolitan Community College-PACE Survey." It will come from Nilie Team, nilie_team@ncsu.edu. All full-time and part-time regular staff should receive the email message.

If you did not receive the survey, contact Denise Jacobsen at 402-457-2429.

Military and Veteran Support Services seeks to identify military faculty and staff

Military and Veteran Support Services is attempting to identify military faculty and staff at MCC. Identifying military faculty and staff will allow MVSS to express MCC's appreciation of military service, as well as give military students the ability to connect with military faculty and staff that have shared the experience of military culture. If you are a military service member, veteran, spouse or dependent, fill out the form at http://www.mccneb.edu/mvss/staffsignup.asp.

If you have questions or concerns, contact MVSS at 402-738-4774 or mvss@mccneb.edu.

New books and DVDs

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. This month there are numerous streaming videos that can be viewed from any computer with Internet access. An MCC username and password are required for off-campus access. View the full list >>

ITS commends Darlene Hatcher for being alert and stopping a phone phisher in his tracks

Darlene Hatcher, mathematics instructor, received a phone call from a caller who identified himself as Mike from NERDI Technical Team. The caller told Darlene that their error report tool was showing more than a 1,000 errors from her. He wanted Darlene to open up Internet Explorer so he could assist her with her issues. Darlene noticed the caller id showed a non-local number, and she promptly refused his request, stopping him in his tracks. Thank you Darlene for being alert and keeping MCC computers and the network safe! Additional information for protecting your computer and finances from phisher's can be found at the National Consumer League's Internet Fraud Watch.

Academic Affairs Day Celebration

This year, 41 full-time and 106 adjunct faculty were recognized at the Academic Affairs Awards Reception on March 6 for their outstanding service to the College. MCC is proud of our dedicated faculty who help make it possible to serve the thousands of students each quarter. Full time faculty awards are represented by years of service and adjunct faculty are recognized by quarters of service. We congratulate the following faculty members who have reached a milestone:

5 years/20 quarters  
Allan Albert (PSYC)

Victoria O. Alapo (GEOG)

Kojo Allen (SOCI)

Sjon F. Ashby (ENGL)

John Berger (ELTR)

Enrique Brodsky (SPAN)

Phyllis Ann Brown (CRIM)

Jeffrey S. Buck (BSAD)

Donald Cassidy (ENGL)

Mary Cerra (ENGL)

Jerry Coleman (INCT)

Justin Cooley (HLTH)

Michael L. Galloway (HIST)

Daniel Gazinski (CNST)

Julie Godberson (BIOS)

Zergun Gonlubol (MATH)

Ruthanne Grimsley (INFO)

Ralph Grippin (PSYC)

Carlos Guerrero (ARTS)

Michael Hagel (GCAD)

Eric R. Hager (PHIL

Richard L. Hart (ARCH)

Barbara Hauptman (CRIM)

Schonda Rena' Herbert (BSAD)

Paul Hoffman (SPCH

Anna Holdsworth (BIOS

Matt Holst (ELAP)

Geoffrey J. Horejs (INCT)

Andrew Horst (INCT

Tammy Jackson (PSYC)

William Jefferson (ACCT)

Dwight Jowdy (BSAD/ECON)

Erin Eileen Joy (ENGL)

Jane Joyce (BSAD/ECON)

Barbara A. Kantor-Saxer (INFO)

Peter E. Kennedy III (PHIL)

Preston Kingsbury (BSAD)

Rita Kleeman (ACCT)

Thomas D. Lafontaine (HITP)

Laura F. LaMarr (SOCI)

Robert Ligon (CRIM)

Jennifer Lindner (PSYC)

Steve Lovett (ENGL)

Lisa Marron (ACCT)

Carolyn D. Cotton (HIMS)

Yvonne Crockett (RDLS)

Cynthia S. Cronick (DENT)

Dennis M. Curtis (PSYC)

Munavvar Dadajanova (GERM)

Peggy Dean (HLTH)

Catherine DeBuse (PHOT)

Kevin F. Duffy (BSAD/FINA)

Larry Duncan (HMSV)

Kenneth Flint (ENGL)

Helen Fountain (ENGL)

Chuck French (WELD)

Debra Martin (MATH)

Eileen McKinstra (ENGL)

Stephen Miles (ELAP)

John Miller (SPCH)

Michelle Missel (SOCI)

Deborah Murphy (ARTS)

Heather M. Nelson, ENTR)

Steven Nichols (BSAD)

Regina Otte (ACCT)

Frederick Petrides (PSYC)

Bobby B. Polk (CRIM)

Tera Reelfs (MATH/RDLS)

Lisa Richardson (ECED)

Kathryn Rieken-Thurber (RDLS)

Timothy J. Riley (ENGL)

Matel Rokke (PHOT)

Kim Rush (ENGL)

Joanne Sanders (HLTH)

Joseph Scahill (HIST)

Marsha Senft (RDLS)

Frank Shimerdla (ENGL)

Diane Sjuts (CRIM)

Amanda Smith (ENGL)

Richard Smith (SLIS)

Kymberly Snelling (ENGL)

Christopher Sparks (FINA)

Malinda Stanley (HIMS/HITP)

Sheryl Thomas (ENGL)

Paula C. Tribulato (ESLX)

Hansi Trites (SOCI)

Fred Wigington (SPCH)

Bettie Williams (BSAD)

10 years/40 quarters  

William V. Beshlian (INFO)

Cindy M. Brison (CHRM)

Joseph Childers (MUSC)

Martha Graham DeJung (MATH)

Mansel L. Guerin (INFO)

Gary Horenkamp (HMRL)

Patrick Hughes (WORK)

Rose S. Hunte (HMRL/SOCI)

Lan Huynh (INFO)

Matthew Krezenski (HIST)

Leslie Kwasnieski (BIOS)

Link Luff (INCT)

James McCarthy (BSAD)

Chanin Monestero (MATH)

Richard Newcomer (UTIL)
Candice Otterpohl (INFO)

Kristin Pluhacek (ARTS)

Thomas Ronsick (RESP)

Thomas Shanahan (HVAC)

Beth Sittig (GERM)

Anna R. Sitzman (SPAN)

Vicki Sodermark (HLTH)

Cindy Stover (SPCH)

Ann Tschetter (ENGL)

Melissa Zimmer (RDLS)

15 years/60 quarters  

Jeanette Kaye Benak (LAWS)

William D. Bowers (INFO)

Donald A. Carlson (BSAD/HMRL)

Ann W. Crawford (ESLX)

LeRoy N. Edwards (HMSV)

Terry K. Gutierrez (BSAD/LAWS)

Tania Kuisma (INFO)

Patsy Mader-Sabra (SPAN)

Norman A. McCormack (HMSV)

Herman B. Pearson (HIST)

Peggy Reinecke (EIMA)

Colleen Richardson (ENGL)

James Shaul (PHIL)

Gloria Jean Sorey (POLS)

Gary Sparks (INFO)

Jay Tremont (ACCT)

Dan Witt (MATH)

20 years/80 quarters

Thomas R. Adamson (ACCT/BSAD)

Rebecca Hermann (EIMA)

Peg Johnson (ACCT)

John Knapp (ARCH)

Lori Lothringer (ECON/FINA

Marcia Molle' (MATH)

Dwain Pedersen (MATH)

Rebecca Rhoads (FREN)

Michael Rush (HMSV)

George H. Toline (MATH)

25 years/100 quarters
Robert Dresser (HMSV)
Lee Mayhan (BSAD/ECON)
Jerry Moss (RESP)

30 years
Jenni Fauchier (PSYC/SOCI)
Jane Keller (MATH)

35 years
Kathryn A. Halverson-Rigatuso (ECED)
Patricia M. Smith (ENGL)

Metropolitan Community College's Excellence in Teaching Awards were also presented to full-time and adjunct who exemplify professionalism, commitment to learning, relationships with students and relationships with colleagues. Recipients will have the opportunity to represent MCC at the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference. This year the excellence in teaching awards were presented to Bev Forsberg (Information Technology), Brian O'Malley (Culinary Arts), Diane Sjuts (Criminal Justice), Darlene Coffey (Information Technology) and Gary Evans (Reading and Learning Skills).

Beverly Forsberg
Information Technology      

 Beverly Forsberg

Brian O'Malley
Culinary Arts        

Brian O'Malley

Diane Sjuts
Criminal Justice                      

 Diane Sjuts

Darlene Coffey
Information Technology      

 Darlene Coffey

Gary Evans
Reading and Learning Skills

 Gary Evans

MCC's Assessment of Student Learning individual and group awards are designed to recognize both an individual faculty member and a group whose efforts have significantly contributed to departmental, program or prefix assessment activities. This year the Assessment of Student Learning individual award was presented to Peg Johnson (Accounting). The Assessment of Student Learning group award was presented to the Reading and Learning Skills Program faculty, comprised of Diane Hocevar, Teri Quick, Kathy Rieken-Thurber and Melissa Zimmer.

Individual Award               

Peg Johnson


Peg Johnson

Pictured left to right: Executive VP Jim Grotrian, Board chair Steve Brock, Board member Linda McDermitt and Peg Johnson.

Group Award

Reading and Learning Skills Program faculty
Diane Hocevar, Teri Quick, Kathy Rieken-Thurber, Melissa Zimmer


Reading and Learning Skills Program Faculty

Pictured left to right: Board chair Steve Brock, Executive VP Jim Grotrian, Kathy Rieken-Thurber, Board member Linda McDermitt, Melissa Zimmer, Teri Quick and Diane Hocevar.

Green tip

Stay on paths when you tour or hike. In delicate habitats, vegetation destruction and rock slides can easily be caused by the trampling of too many people.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"If you have the space, buy a freezer."  p. 63

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