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Inside Story for Monday, April 09, 2012

MCC launches EngageMCC.com

Do you have an idea-large or small-that could help shape the future of Metropolitan Community College? MCC is listening. Visit EngageMCC.com and share your ideas today!EngageMCC.com

MCC is proud to announce the launch of EngageMCC.com, an interactive virtual 'town hall' dedicated to the planning, programming and visioning process to help guide MCC's Master Plan. EngageMCC.com allows students, faculty and community members a creative and convenient way to share their ideas on how to improve the College. 

EngageMCC.com is currently engaging in conversations that relate to:

  • Academic synergies-What academic areas or disciplines within the college could work well together?
  • Industrial engagement-What ideas do users have to attract new industries to participate in MCC programs?
  • Interactive problem-based learning-What are the most memorable learning experiences users have had outside of the classroom?
  • Flexible spaces-What can MCC get rid of in the classroom?

This new public engagement platform allows a diverse audience of students and community members the ability to communicate with each other and the College. Anyone interested in shaping MCC's Master Plan can simply jump online from school, home or wherever they have Internet access to join in the EngageMCC.com discussion.

"We are always looking for new and more effective ways to interface with our community," said Randy Schmailzl, president of MCC. "EngageMCC.com is a great way to engage with people who do not typically attend planning sessions."

Sign up at EngageMCC.com and join the discussion!

Women Who Weld Art Exhibit

"Sparks of Imagination" will fly at the third annual Women Who Weld Art Exhibit. The exhibit, organized by local metal sculpture artist Melinda Eames, not only helps raise money and awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation but is also a tribute to the ten talented artists in the show. One of the artist that exhibits in the Women Who Weld Art Exhibit suffers from Dystonia.

"Those who find a way to live with this disorder inspire us to create art that tells a story of passion and strength," said Eames. "Working in this medium is empowering."

This year's theme, "Sparks of Imagination," is not only a reference to welding and creativity, but also a reference to the hope that comes from extensive research and treatments that can 'spark' the brain activity in a person suffering from Dystonia.

Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. The mission of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is to advance research for more treatments and ultimately a cure, to promote awareness and education and to support the needs and well-being of affected individuals and families.

Each participating artist will contribute a sculptural piece to be auctioned off to benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. The auction is open to the public and will occur at the opening artists' reception on Friday, April 13, 7-10 p.m. at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St. The show continues on Saturday, April 14-Sunday, April 15 and Saturday, April 21-Sunday, April 22. Exhibit hours on Saturday are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Art on exhibit is created by MCC students and faculty who have taken metal sculpture classes.

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.


  • 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.



Students to present their entrepreneurial or innovative business concepts in 2 minutes or less

You are invited to an MCC student quick pitch contest at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114. Students will have two minutes maximum to present their entrepreneurial or innovative business concepts to a panel of judges using only their voices. No technology or props of any kind will be allowed. Students will have a maximum of one minute following their pitch to address questions from the panel of judges. 

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Additionally, the first and second place winners will advance to the regional contest event to take place Friday, April 20 at the Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference to represent MCC in the College division and have a chance to win a $1,500 gift card to Best Buy. Find out more about the Heartland Student Entrepreneur Conference >>

Students interested in participating in the contest need to register by midnight on Monday, April 16 by sending the below information to entrcompetition@mccneb.edu:

  • Name, phone and email address
  • Business name being pitched (or quick summary of the business concept being developed) 

First: MCC scholarship for 9.0 credit hours + will represent MCC at regional quick pitch at the April 20 Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference
Second: MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours + will represent MCC at regional quick pitch at the April 20 Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference
Third: MCC scholarship for 4.5 credit hours

Aiming to be a Tree Campus USA

MCC's Campus Planning and Sustainability, Facilities and the Horticulture departments are working toward making the Fort Omaha Campus an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees and engage the student population in the service-learning opportunities related to urban forestry efforts.

Below are the five standards that MCC's Fort Omaha Campus must meet in order to become a Tree Campus USA.

  1. Form a Tree Advisory Committee comprised of members representing the diverse audience of those with a stake in campus trees that meets regularly.
  2. Develop a Campus Tree Care Plan that sets guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees.
  3. Create a Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures; the annual work plan must be documented.
  4. Observe Arbor Day. This year it is on April 27. This provides an opportunity to educate the campus community to the benefits of the trees on their campus property and in the community. This year, MCC Facilities will plant a Lacebark pine tree with the help of Horticulture students on April 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. The tree will be planted in the vicinity of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. This tree will replace one that was removed during the construction of the ICA in 2009.
  5. Complete a service-learning project. The service-learning project acts as an engagement tool for the student population and benefits the College. MCC has decided to work toward completing a Fort Omaha Campus tree inventory. Horticulture students will document and Campus Planning and Sustainability will map the trees into its GIS basemap. The information will then be available for future education, facilities and planning purposes.

MCC will officially be named a Tree Campus USA when these standards are met within a given year. Continue reading News@MCC for updates on our progress!

Spread the word: Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference FREE for MCC students

On Friday, April 20, Metropolitan Community College will host the Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference, made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. The Conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, Building 22, Swanson Conference Center. The Conference is free for students currently enrolled at MCC, the University of Nebraska at Omaha or Creighton University who are studying entrepreneurship or tinkering around with an entrepreneurial or innovative idea.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the first-ever collegiate entrepreneur tour, will make a stop at the Conference to introduce young people to the opportunities that are available through entrepreneurship and help them explore ways that they can help drive the economy, create jobs for themselves and pursue their passions.

The EET includes keynotes, exhibits, workshops and question-and-answer sessions led by well-known local and national young entrepreneurs, including:

E.J. Carrion: Co-founded a tech startup, co-published a magazine, authored a hit book and was a successful rap artist. Today, he runs a leadership training company traveling the national circuit.

Chris Koerner: Recipient of Alabama's 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Currently, he is the CEO of Phone Restore.

Jefferson Meyer: Co-partner of Contemporary Analysis, a business started by UNO graduates who recently outgrew their basement office to now occupying three floors in their new Old Market location. 

Lorrie Williams: Graduate of Creighton University's HALO Institute who launched the successful Omaha-based full-service Interior Redesign company Fluff Your Stuff. 

Melissa Stephens: Owner of The Cordial Cherry and a recent winner of the Midland's Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award. Her educational path has crossed the doors of both MCC as a student and UNO as a teaching assistant. 

The EET, created by two 20-somethings, is organized by Empact and has held more than 400 events across 35 states since 2006. The tour has featured many of the country's top young entrepreneurs who have built or sold successful companies for more than $1 million before the age of 30.

Register for the Conference by midnight Wednesday, April 18 at http://extremetourmcc.eventbrite.com/.

Former Kansas poet laureate to visit MCC

Denise Low, former Kansas poet laureate (2007-2009), will participate in two events during her visit to the College on Monday, April 30.

Event 1
7 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, Room 222 (Writing Center)

The Writers' Club is sponsoring a reading by Low. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Low, visit http://www.thebackwaterspress.org/our-authors/denise-low/ and http://deniselow.com/.

Event 2
Monday, April 30
Noon-1:55 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114

Low will visit two classes at the EVC before her reading. She will discuss an excerpt from her book Natural Theologies: Essay about Literature of the New Middle West and lead the group in a writing activity. This event is free and open to the public.  

For more information about these events, contact Brett Mertins, English faculty at 402-289-1367 or bmertins@mccneb.edu. You can also visit the Writers' Club website.

Register now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 1 at the Pacific Springs Golf Club, 16810 Harney St. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

You can register as a single and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament. Prizes and mulligans will be available the day of the tournament.

Register by Friday, May 18 >>

Proceeds benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Faculty invited to nominate student leaders for MCC's Student Leadership Conference

MCC's Student Leadership Conference is an invitation only event scheduled for August 2012. Students recommended by faculty will be mailed a personalized invitation. Faculty can nominate student leaders by emailing student names and ID numbers to Jennie Tullos, service-learning assistant coordinator, by Friday, June 1. The goal is to have 200+ of MCC's finest student in attendance that represent a diverse cross-section of MCC and possess fundamental leadership qualities. More details about the conference will be provided online at a later date.

Check out what's happening in Training and Development

SharePoint 2010 is an incredible tool that can be utilized college-wide to manage projects, calendars, workflows, lists, contacts, tasks and so much more. It is a collaborative tool that can be used by individuals, teams, groups and entire departments. The training has been structured to include training for those who just need to use or access information on SharePoint sites and more detailed modularized training for those who need to develop/design SharePoint sites and content. 

Using SharePoint 2010

Learn to use SharePoint 2010 in this introduction to the latest version of SharePoint. Participants will become familiar with the SharePoint interface and learn how to create and delete alerts, upload and download documents and other files and use calendars in SharePoint. 

  • Getting familiar with the SharePoint interface
    • Site actions
    • Site hierarchy (breadcrumbs)
    • Right-side navigation
    • Viewing site content
  • Create and delete alerts
  • Upload and download documents
  • Use calendars
  • List of most utilized SharePoint sites at MCC
  • Options for additional SharePoint training

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator:Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct

TRDV 121N 03 (synonym 192403) Thursday, April 12 l 9 a.m.-noon l SOC ITC 107

TRDV 121N 04 (synonym 192408) Thursday, May 10  l 2-5 p.m. l FOC 008 210

SharePoint: Working with Document Libraries

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one document library. This module will teach you 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

TRDV 123N 02 (synonym 192405) Thursday, April 19 l 9 a.m.-noon l SOC ITC 107

TRDV 123N 03 (synonym 192409) Thursday, May 17 l 2-5 p.m. l FOC 008 210

SharePoint: Working with Lists

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

TRDV 124N 02 (synonym 192407) Thursday, April 26 l 2-5 p.m. l SOC ITC 107

TRDV 124N 03 (synonym 192410) Wednesday, May 23 l 2-5 p.m. l FOC 008 210

SharePoint: Creating a Site

We will cover building a SharePoint site as well as adding sub-sites and pages. Learn how to customize the pages by adding web parts to a SharePoint site and modifing and deleting web parts.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC Adjunct

TRDV 136N 01 (synonym 193740) Wednesday, April 25 l 2:15-5:15 p.m. l FOC 008 210

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. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call Registration at ext. 8518. All listed workshops are noncredit.

For further information, contact Marilyn Cotton, coordinator, Training & Development, 402-457-2507 or mcotten@mccneb.edu.

MVSS 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.

MVSS and Career Services present Veteran Service Awards at Film Streams Event

Last Wednesday, MCC's Military and Veteran Support Services and Career Services departments teamed up with Film Streams to show the 2012 Oscar-Veterans Services Awardsnominated movie Hell and Back Again. The screening was followed by a panel discussion that featured representatives from MCC, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the At-Ease program of Lutheran Family Services. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness among community members on the challenges military personnel face when re-entering society after deployment.

Prior to the screening, MCC presented two Veterans Service Awards to outstanding community members for their work within the Omaha community and dedication to our nation's veterans. Dr. Mary J. Clinkscale was awarded for her work and leadership in honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and Dr. Bishop Nelson G. Turner was acknowledged for his endless work as the presiding Bishop of the Apostolic Pentecostal Churches Inc., as well as his extraordinary service during the Korean War.

The event received enormous participation from audience members. The theatre was near capacity and spectators were engaged with questions and comments during the post-screening panel discussion. In addition, the panel discussion was recorded by Omaha Public Radio, KIOS 91.5 FM and will be broadcast on their noon forum in the coming months.

Photo from left to right: Bobby Loud, director of MVSS; Ayanna Boykins, coordinator of Career Services; Dr. Bishop Nelson G. Turner, award recipient; Dr. Mary J. Clinkscale; award recipient.

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 >>

Green tip

Turn of your office lights if natural light from the sun is available. You'll get less eye fatigue due to glare. Seventeen percent of the energy used for lighting is wasted when offices are left vacant or lights are unnecessarily turned on in a sunlit room. The wasted energy is enough to drive a car to Jupiter.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacteria or fungi." p. 73

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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