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Inside Story for Monday, April 23, 2012

Position announcement: Dean of enrollment services


In order to apply, applicant must be receiving a paycheck from MCC

Dean of enrollment services

Fort Omaha Campus
Full-time position

Reporting to the executive vice president, this individual serves as the senior enrollment officer with principal responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive enrollment plan consistent with MCC's strategic mission. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and administrative support for Financial Aid, Community Outreach (recruitment), the Call Center and all other enrollment processes. In collaboration with College leadership, establishes enrollment goals based on strategic analysis of student success, program specific and institutional capacity, market research and geo-demographic data. Develops successful strategies to meet these enrollment goals. Develops and implements, in conjunction with other offices, the strategic enrollment and outreach plan for the College, applying generally accepted, best-practice enrollment concepts. Plans and implements systematic evaluations of all personnel, programs and projects within Enrollment Services; actively participates in system audits,professional accreditation studies and other College evaluation processes; and ensures the institution's conformance with applicable regulatory and licensing standards.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree plus five years of prior work experience in higher education at the director level or above required. Equivalent combination of education and experience considered. Knowledge of regulatory, professional and ethical guidelines in enrollment and financial aid. Ability to utilize critical-thinking techniques, exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality.

Must have a valid driver's license and insurability to drive College-owned vehicles. Hiring process includes a background check unless one has been done in the previous 12 months. Position is contingent upon MCC Board of Governors approval.

Complete an application online. Required attachments: cover letter and résumé. Preferred attachments: copies of academic transcripts. To be guaranteed consideration, application materials must be attached to your application file by Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Learn to manage debt

Kappa Beta Delta, MCC's business honor society, is hosting a brown bag lunch on the topic of credit card management. Presenting will be Todd Sites, certified credit and H.U.D. counselor and training instructor with 35 years of experience with Credit Advisors. Sessions will be held at four MCC locations during the week of April 23.

Bring your lunch and come to be informed. Everyone is invited; drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Idalene Williams, 402-457-2669, or Jane Joyce, 402-332-5214.

  • April 23, Noon-1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 136B and 136C (near the cafeteria)
  • April 24, Noon-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 501
  • April 25, Noon-1 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114
  • April 26, Noon-1 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 129

Check out the flyer >>

Volunteers needed to test new portal, MCC My Way

The MCC Portal Implementation team is looking for 100 volunteers to help test the upcoming portal. The portal is a SharePoint-based intranet system geared toward personalization, improved communication and coordination. Volunteers will be given early access to the Portal (early May) and will be expected to provide feedback of any problems they encounter as well as suggested improvements.

If you would like to volunteer, email Earlene Brittingham.

The Portal will be available to all employees beginning May 29 and rolled out to students at a later date.

Don't miss the Community Resource Fair

MCC is hosting the Community Resource Fair to offer students one convenient place to connect with available community resources including:

  • Women's Center for Advancement (formerly YWCA Omaha)
  • Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Family Housing Advisory Services
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska
  • The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
    • Only at Fort Omaha Campus and South Omaha Campus
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Counseling Center
    • Only at Elkhorn Valley Campus

Wednesday, April 25
Elkhorn Valley Campus
N. 204th St. and West Dodge Road
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate Arbor Day with MCC

Join us! MCC Facilities will plant a Lacebark pine tree with the help of Horticulture students on April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. The tree is being planted to observe Arbor Day. It will be planted east of theTree Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus. This tree will replace one that was removed during the construction of the ICA in 2009. Contact Greg Stachon, drawing records coordinator, Campus Planning and Sustainability, at 402-457-2621 or gjstachon@mccneb.edu for more details.

When taking photos, remember consent and release form

When taking photos of MCC students and community members that may be published online or in print, remember to use either the individual or the group Consent and Release Form. This ensures that the College has legal permission to use the photos. Once forms are completed, send to the Office of Public Affairs, FOC 30. For further clarification, call 402-457-2414. If you would like to schedule a professional photographer for an event, contact Kelly Carpenter, marketing assistant, at 402-457-2562. Also, if you are in need of College imagery, contact Carpenter.

MCC to host sixth annual student truck driving championship

Metropolitan Community College will host the sixth annual Student Truck Driving Championship on Saturday, April 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MCC's Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.

The competition challenges more than 20 Nebraska and western Iowa community college truck driving tudents to demonstrate their truck driving and vehicle inspection skills. It is a valuable learning experience for the students, a nail-biter for their instructors and promotes safety and education, two vital components of the transportation industry. Participating schools include Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact MCC truck driving instructor Rick Sandvig at 402-763-5813 or Darryl Partner, diesel technology instructor, at 402-763-5822.

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.

Great Plains Theatre Conference play discussion group

The public is invited to join The Dialogue on Monday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. Local playwriting scholars will discuss Mac Wellman's Muazzez.  The discussion will be held in FOC Building 13.

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

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.



The Douglas County Historical Society presents Waaxe's Law

Join the Douglas County Historical Society as it presents Mary Kathryn Nagle's play Waaxe's Law on Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. at MCC's ICA. The dramatic retelling of the plight of the Ponca culminates in the courtroom of Judge Elmer Dundy when Ponca Chief Standing Bear is declared a "person" within the meaning of the law. The program is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Attorneys may earn two CLE credits by attending. Find out more and make your reservation >>

Staff and faculty invited to a staged reading of Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman

A staged reading of Boy Gets Girl, a play written by Pulitzer prize-nominated playwright Rebecca Gilman, will be presented by MCC's Great Plains Theatre Conference StageWrite Initiative. The reading, directed by Lara Marsh, will be on Monday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The reading will be followed by a moderated panel discussion between the audience, cast members and two guest panelists from the Omaha Police Department: Sgt. Kim Retzlaff, Domestic Violence Unit and Bridget Fitzpatrick, crime prevention specialist. The reading is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

With this reading, the GPTC will introduce the community to one of Gilman's remarkable plays and provide a glimpse of the breadth of work to be presented at the upcoming GPTC. This event is part of the GPTC StageWrite Women's Initiative, created to bring awareness to women in theatre and raise funds to celebrate the goals and achievements of women playwrights. The StageWrite Women's Initiative is a year-round project bringing together women playwrights and their supporters both locally and nationally to recognize and impact the imbalance between male and female playwrights who are being produced in the United States.  

Boy Gets Girl uses the story of what happens when a blind date turns into a living nightmare to examine stalking, sexism and the nature of the idea of romantic pursuit. The main character, Theresa Bedell, is a smart, successful woman in her 30s who writes for an upscale literary magazine. She is utterly devoted to her work and struggles with relationships. When Theresa goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship-but the man thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes to one of fear and fury when he starts to menace her and those around her.

In brilliantly delineating the kind of terror a woman in full control of her life feels when everything around her suddenly seems to be a threat, Gilman probes the dark side of relationships with the rich insight and compelling characterizations that have distinguished her earlier plays and made her one of the most exciting playwrights working today. 

Gilman is the honored playwright for the 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference. The 7th annual GPTC is scheduled for May 26-June 2 at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. More information is available at www.mccneb.edu/gptc, www.Facebook.com/GreatPlainsTheatreConference and www.Twitter.com/GreatPlainsTC.The Conference is supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Humanities Council.

Gilman is an associate artist at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

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.

Military Employment and Resource Fair

MCC is teaming up with OmahaJobs.com to host the Military Employment and Resource Fair on Thursday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at MCC's South Omaha Campus! This free event is open to the public. Bring your résumé and dress for success. Expect dozens of employers hiring for a wide array of jobs.

If you don't have time to stop by the South Omaha Campus, no problem! A drive-thru job fair is available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at MCC's Sarpy Center, Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Fort Omaha Campus.  Drive up and receive a bag from all participating employers. OR check out the online Virtual Job Fair at OmahaJobs.com. Click on the rectangle ad to view the job fair collateral.

Find out more >>

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.

Training & Development workshops

There are still seats available in the following workshops. Register today!

I couldn't find the words...still

A wise old communications professor once told his students, the words that you use in front of an audience represent you-no one else in that room. One's choice of vocabulary is one concept but also having a wide variety of words is still another concept imperative in communication skills, in written and especially spoken discourse. Stephen Lucas in his text The Art of Public Speaking states, "Words are the tools of a speaker's craft" (Lucas, 294). This thought is true for all levels of speaking: large audiences, small groups and even one-on-one conversations. Whether it is a prepared manuscript, extempore, impromptu or especially a mere conversation, how many times have you not been able to find the right words? Adjunct faculty member Charles Tichy provides suggestions for us when we just cannot find the words.

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's 34th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. 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.

Tichy will share this presentation with staff and faculty prior to the conference. Join us as we learn how to protect ourselves from verbal blunders.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Charles Tichy, MCC adjunct faculty

TRDV 158N 01 (synonym 193858) Thursday, April 26 l 11 a.m.-noon l SOC MHY 506

Thrive! Stress strategies that work

Do not face another stressful day without this workshop. Thrive in the flow of life's ups and
downs with these simple but powerful techniques based on brain science. Thriving in the world today takes specific skills and strategies not generally taught in schools. Come get the scoop and improve the quality of your health, work and life.

Workshop delivery includes demonstration, activity in chairs, lecture and discussion.

Participants will:
1. Understand the basic psycho-physiology of stress and of resiliency strategies based in
recent brain research.
2. Discuss how to implement four key techniques that empower participants to move beyond surviving stress to thriving.
3. Receive a list of 20 strategies designed to allow each participant to find ideas that work well for them.

Intended audience-all employees

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

TRDV 159N 01 (synonym 194025) Tuesday, May 8 l 9:30 a.m.-noon l FOC 21 101

SharePoint 2010: Working with lists

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

SharePoint 2010: Creating a site

Cover building a SharePoint site as well as adding sub-sites and pages. Learn how to customize the pages by adding, modifying and deleting web parts on a SharePoint site.

Intended audience-all employees

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct faculty

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

Note: 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. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, at 402-457-2507 with questions.

HR updates

New employees

Ryan Logemann
Ryan Logemann                               
maintenance mechanic                               
FOC, Building 20              

Cindy Richter
Cindy Richter                                    
programmer analyst/ERP                            
FOC, Building 2              

Jack Washburn
Jack Washburn                                 
police officer                                                    
FOC, Building 30              

Teresa Ramirez-Cherko                 3/30/12
Johnny Byrd                                  4/13/12
Pamela Woodfork                          4/19/12
Chih-Yuan Wang                            4/19/12

Michelle Rerucha    new name     Michelle Todd

MCC's Emerging Leaders out and about in the community

Emerging LeadersThis weekend, members of MCC's Emerging Leaders ran in the 10K Race for Heart in downtown Omaha to support the Heart Ministry Center of North Omaha.   Pictured from left to right: Greg Stachon, Antonio Tiller and Ryan Newton

Thank you from Hope Mite, purchasing technician

We would like to thank everyone for the part you shared in comforting our family in our mother's passing on April 4, 2012. Whether it was by phone call, kind words of encouragement, sympathy cards or prayers,it is so great to know that our MCC family was there for us!

Green tip

Look for helmets made from materials that can eventually be reused or recycled and you'll help reduce the volume of nonbiodegradable landfill waste. If one in twenty U.S. children who ride bicycles used helmets made from recyclable materials, 175,000 pounds of bicycle helmets could be saved from landfills every year. If this material were formed into one giant helmet, it would cover the entire half-mile racetrack and infield of Bristol Motor Speedway.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Stop eating before you're full." p. 103

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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