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Inside Story for Monday, April 02, 2012

View the movie Hell and Back Again this Wednesday

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' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 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, seniors, military and educators; and $9 for general admission. This event is presented by Film Streams in collaboration with MCC's Career Services and Military and Veteran Support Services. Tickets can purchased or reserved prior to April 4 at Film Streams or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if space is available.

College for Kids/Teens enrollment open

Enrollment for College for Kids and College for Teens is open. The Fort Omaha Campus and the South Omaha Campus College for Kids program this year includes participation of some children who had not previously attended. Consequently, seats in classes will fill up more quickly than normal. It is suggested that you enroll your children in College for Kids now rather than waiting until July to register and enroll your children; classes may be filled early, don't miss your chance to register. College for Kids at the South Omaha Campus will be July 16-20; Fort Omaha Campus dates are July 23-27.

Green bikes return to FOC this week

MCC aims to get more students and staff cycling around campus with the Green Bike program, returning this week to the Fort Omaha Campus as a Green Bikefree, environmentally friendly and healthy service. Students and staff at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will have free access to ten bright green bikes to pedal among campus buildings.

The green bikes will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to get around the Fort Omaha Campus only. Riders can visit www.mccneb.edu/green/greenbikes.asp to access the bikes' lock combination. Bicycle helmets are available for check out at no cost to participants in the Green Bike program.

The Green Bike program is made possible through a partnership among MCC, Live Well Omaha, the Community Bike Shop and Green Street Cycles. The bikes were painted by students in MCC's Auto Collision Technology program.

A benefit for Nancy Zagozda

You are invited to a benefit for Nancy Zagozda, MCC faculty secretary at Sarpy Center. The donations will assist with her unexpected medical Nancy Zagozdaexpenses due to a massive stroke that left her unable to work, speak or move her right side.

The benefit is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 4-7 p.m. at VFW Post 8334, 5086 S. 136th St.

The suggested minimum donation is $10. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and drinks will be available. There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction. Live music will be provided by The Links.

Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo Bank under the "Gramma Z' Donation Fund (set up by her daughter, Amy Dow).

Contact April Winans,402-660-7321, or Jan Vierk, 402-850-6608, with questions or if you are interested in volunteering at the event.

Training & Development workshops

The Training and Development area offers programs that meet the job-related training and development needs of employees. Educational opportunities are provided to update job knowledge and skills. Several excellent workshops are scheduled this week. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call Registration at ext. 8518 (402-457-5231). (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.)


Your customers, your success

Improving customer service involves making a commitment to learning what our customer's needs and wants are and developing action plans that implement customer-friendly processes. This program has been designed to help you sharpen your customer service skills by reviewing:

  • The customer service experience
  • Who your customers are and what they need and want from you
  • The five practices that create outstanding customer experiences
  • Tips for dealing with difficult customers

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Caren Houlton, training and development consultant, Best Care, EAP

TRDV 141N 01 (synonym 192416) Tuesday, April 3 l 11 a.m.-noon l FOC 21 101


Resolving conflicts

Depending on your approach to them, workplace conflicts can be either invitations to disaster or precious opportunities for professional and organizational growth. This program teaches you to first recognize the signs and severity of work conflicts and then to apply the most effective communication and negotiation options available for turning them into win-win situations for all concerned.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Caren Houlton, training and development consultant, Best Care, EAP

TRDV 113N 01 (synonym 192427) Thursday, April 5 l 11 a.m.-noon l SOC ITC 101


diversity + inclusion = innovation

This interactive workshop examines cognitive diversity or diversity of thought. While it is often not included in conversations around diversity and inclusion, cognitive diversity is of increasing significance to our organization due to the integral role that it plays in decision-making, problem-solving and innovation. As innovation becomes increasingly critical for the success of our organization, we cannot afford to leave cognitive diversity out of conversation. This information-rich workshop will unpack the what, why and how of putting cognitive diversity to work for you.

Participants will:

  • have a clear and actionable definition and framework for understanding cognitive diversity
  • understand the role of cognitive diversity in driving the groups' or organizations' ability to share information, make meaning from information, make quality decisions, solve problems, innovate and utilize the talent that is available to them
  • understand how human nature and social dynamics can get in the way of capitalizing on cognitive diversity and what kind of action is required to offset these barriers

Intended audience-Supervisors

Facilitator: Joe Gerstandt, contributor, Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum

TRDV 149N 01 (synonym 192151) Friday, April 6 l 10 a.m.-noon l FOC ICA 201A

Getting to know you networking activity: tour the South Omaha Campus

Visit the South Omaha Campus on Friday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn about the career programs and gain knowledge about MCC. This networking activity also provides an opportunity to connect with fellow employees and participate in teambuilding.

The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Connector Hub Commons (first floor) with a brief welcome and review of the day's activities. View a map of the South Omaha Campus >> The campus tour includes the following areas: welding, construction, robotics, automotive, nursing, dental assisting, respiratory therapy and much more. A box lunch will be served as we hear more about the career programs offered at the South Omaha Campus. 

Don't miss out on this fun and informative tour. Register via WebAdvisor or by calling Registration at ext 8518 (402-457-5231). The course information is 12/AP TRDV 078N 01 (synonym 192573). If you need transportation from another campus to the South Campus contact your campus dean's office for use of the campus van. Be sure to get supervisor approval before registering.

Your tour leaders for the day will be Arlene Jordan, Stacey Ocander, Carl Fielder, Steve Lovett, Tammy Fisher, Connie Vaneske and Marilyn Cotten.

This activity is sponsored by the Participatory Work Environment team, fostering cooperation, communication and continuous improvement.

Blood drive at FOC

Plan to give blood on Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus.

At our last blood drive, MCC collected 13 pints of blood. Each pint of blood has the potential to save up to three lives, so we should give ourselves a pat on the back for making a huge difference for local hospital patients. At our next blood drive, we have set our goal to collect 20 pints. We can do it!

Most often, the number one reason people don't donate is because they've never been asked. Now you can't say that! We are asking all eligible donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give blood on April 23. To view available times and to schedule your donation appointment, CLICK HERE, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code 00968 or call 800-RedCross to schedule your blood donation appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome. All donors must bring your American Red Cross donor card or photo I.D. Don't forget to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids and eat a large meal 2-3 hours prior to donating blood.

Those who participate will check-in at Building 10 and then board the Bloodmobile bus.

For more information about the blood drive, contact Char West at cwest1@mccneb.edu or 402-457-2208.

Instructor's pastel drawings on display at Anderson O'Brien Fine Art Gallery

Drawings by MCC adjunct instructor Kristin Pluhacek are on display at Anderson O'Brien Fine Art Gallery in the Old Market through April 22. The pieces are based on ribbons: some bright, some dark, all swirling with energy and life.

Listen to the KXVO interview >>

Jim Grotrian receives Charleston-Ptak Distinguished Leadership Award for Planning Advocate

Jim Grotrian, MCC executive vice president, received the Charleston-Ptak Distinguished Leadership Award for Planning Advocate at the NebraskaJim Grotrian Planning Conference in Grand Island on March 28.

Shannon Snow, project coordinator, nominated Grotrian. The nomination stated, "Jim is a planner at heart, utilizing planning processes in nearly every aspect of his work. I have had the opportunity to work with him on community planning committees where he demonstrated his dedication to community participation and sound planning through his involvement and now as his employee where I have witnessed him implement planning as a way to help make decisions, perhaps none more notably than the creation of the Department of Campus Planning and Sustainability at MCC."

The award is given annually by the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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.

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, April 4
OmahaJobs.com Job Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Saturday, April 7
11th Annual Metro High School All Star Basketball Game
outreach@mccneb.edu

Wednesday, April 11
International Fair
John Frost

Thursday, April 12
Boys Town High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Friday, April 13
Senior Days at MCC EVC
Senior Days at MCC FOC
Senior Days at MCC SOC
outreach@mccneb.edu

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.

Which MCC do you work at?

If you choose to list your workplace on Facebook, make sure you link to the correct Metropolitan Community College.

HR update

New employees
Deborah Clark

Deborah Clark                                  
custodian                                           
FOC, Building 10                              
402-457-2407

Kelli Goeser

Kelli Goeser                                       
financial aid specialist                  
SOC, Connector Building                            
402-738-4503

Separations                                       
Josh McNeil                                       
3/24/12

Michael Shonka                               
3/30/12

Green tip

Consider installing a rain sensor to override your automatic sprinkler cycle during and after rain events. Depending on the local climate, your water consumption (and your water bill) could drop up to 30 percent per year.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Don't overlook the oily little fishes." p. 71

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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