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Inside Story for Monday, May 14, 2012

Mourning the loss of Arthur A. Durand

We are mourning the loss of MCC employee, Arthur A. Durand. Art, as he was known to his coworkers, had been employed at the College since November 1994 as a full-time history instructor. For many years, Art served as an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. We extend our sympathy to Art's family and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, May 18 1-9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.:  

Brian P. Harvey Funeral Home
306 N 7th St.
Plattsmouth, NE 68048

Services will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m.:

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
2311 Fairview Road
Bellevue, NE 68123

Durand's family has requested that donations go to the  Wounded Warrior Program or to the  MCC Foundation, Social Sciences fund (Beth Nimmo scholarhip).

Jim Wolfe, information technology instructor, is retiring after 13 years of full-time teaching

Jim Wolfe, information technology instructor, is retiring after 13 years of full-time teaching. Wolfe came to MCC after teaching 23 years in the Ralston Public School System. His adjunct teaching at MCC includes teaching classes in Electronics, Graphic Arts and Leadership Training. Wolfe's accomplishments also include authoring a book, and during his retirement, he plans on finishing a second book on coal mining and starting a third book about his experiences during his military service days. His interests also include traveling, photography, and spending time with his family. Join us for a reception at EVC on Monday, May 21 from 2-4 p.m., in the Video Studio, Room 339.

Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest, May 27-June 1

The 7th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by MCC, announces GPTC PlayFest-an evening theatre festival to be held in culturally unique locations across Omaha. The festival features plays by five of the country's great theatre artists using a vibrant combination of local and national theatre talent, including sets designed by local visual artists and live music performed by local musicians.

The evenings are free and open to the public. For mature audiences only.

Seating is limited; for guaranteed seating, reservations are encouraged.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc for more information about PlayFest and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Check out the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Judge's selections and award-winning work from MCC's Visual Arts program are featured in the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition until May 20 at the Gallery of Art and Design at EVC. The exhibit will be on display Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. The show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, sculpture, digital video and more.

Eighty-one students submitted more than 160 pieces of work for consideration for the show. Joel Damon, curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts UNDERGROUND, and Matthew Sontheimer, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the department of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, selected 43 pieces from 37 student artists to be included.

Scholarships of up to $750 were awarded for the best student work at an April 27 opening reception and awards ceremony.

Best of Show, $750
John Farrell Ryan, Electronic Imaging and Media Arts

Second place, $500
Amy Miller, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Third place, $250
Justine Olson, Professional Health Studies-General Health

The Metropolitan Visual Arts scholarship, $150

Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Jake Fyfe, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Honorable mentions, $100
Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Andrew Carl Atkinson, Associate in Arts

Alicia Goodrich, Interior Design

Dana Hanten, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Alaina Hickman, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Greg Hollins, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Jessica Kinsell, Photography Student-General Commercial

Janel McCan, Associate in Arts

Dale Pinkelman, Video/Audio Communication Arts

Lisa Ranney-Arellano, Associate in Arts

Brian Roma, Video/Audio Communication Arts

Dave Horst top state advisor

Dave Horst, Applied Technology faculty member, was awarded the State Advisor of the Year at theDave Horst SkillsUSA Nebraska Championships in April. Horst has been a member of SkillsUSA for 11 years and has been the advisor of several winners at the state level and has been co-advisor of two National SkillsUSA winners in electrical and table communications/cabling. He has advised three second place teams for three consecutive years in service-learning.

Dave Horst, John Berger and Trevor Secora were the advisors of Team Works; this team had four students compete to build a simulation building. The team consisted of a plumber, carpenter, electrician and mason. Last year, this team won first at state and fourth at nationals. The judges were very impressed with the skill level of these students. The other colleges competing were Wayne State College, Milford and Midwest community colleges.

MCC students brought home 19 gold medals and 14 silver and bronze.  students and instructors going over plans the night before the contest.

First place students and their advisors are listed below.

Architectural drafting
Student: Alexander Hrdy
Advisor: John Knapp

Automotive technician (high school division)
Student: William Bertelsen
Advisor: Darrell Bush

Auto collision
Student: Seth Erdman
Advisors: Tom Price, Pat McKibbinTeam Works

Cabinet making
Student: Jason Seckman
Advisor: Trevor Secora

Computer maintenance
Student: Michael Weigner
No advisor

Diesel technology (college division)
Student: Raylee Hahn
Advisor: Luke Klingbeil

Diesel technology (high school division)
Student: Shawn Vincent
Advisor: Don Gilland

Industrial motor control
Student: Richard Jensen
Advisor: Geoff Horejs

Students: Andy Nosavan and Eric Yowell
Advisor: Geoff Horejs

Mechanical drafting and design
Student: Anna Larson
Advisor: Dave Lueders

Residential wiring
Students: Brent Jackson, John Berger
Advisor: Dave Horst

Team Works
Students: Andrew Wike, Zach Pechacek, Don Shandra, Elise DeMaranville
Advisors: Dave Horst, John Berger, Trevor Secora

TV production
Students: Borin Chep and Michael Huenniger
Advisor: Bob Maass

Student: Michael Miller
Advisors: Jason Hill and Chris Beaty

Other faculty with teams placing in the top three were David Eledge, Chris Beaty, Al Cox and Joe Jerdon. These students will receive a one-quarter MCC scholarship. They also qualified for and will compete at the SkillsUSA National Championships, June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Those who place in the top three at nationals receive an additional three-quarter MCC scholarship.  

Contact Carl Fielder, director of career education, at 402-738-4035 for more information on times students are competing.

Buffalo Robe Project

MCC's Foundation has been awarded $4,635 from the Nebraska Humanities Council for the Winter Count Buffalo Robe Project. This cross-disciplinary project will engage MCC students enrolled in various summer courses in creating a traditional Native American winter count to tell the fascinating history of MCC's Fort Omaha Campus and its role in the 1879 landmark human rights trial of Chief Standing Bear. The buffalo hide was gifted to MCC in 2011 by artist and professor Steve Tamayo to commemorate the 20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. Tamayo will return to MCC to help lead this project with art history instructor Susan Healy. Artist Therman Statom is also involved in the project-working with Tamayo on complementary programming for youth in the community. Statom will also commission the glass case to display the buffalo hide on campus once it is complete.

For questions or to register for the courses listed below, contact Art History instructor Susan Healy at 402-289-1342.

ARTS 2900: Art of the Americas
June 7-Aug. 14
Tuesday/Thursday, 9-11 a.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
4.5 credit hours
scholarships available

Winter Counts, Fort Omaha History and Traditional Art of the Northern Plains Indians
Workshops for educators
July 11, 18, 25
Wednesday, 9-11 a.m.
Fort Omaha Campus

Traditional Art of the Northern Plains Indians
Youth workshop
July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Tuesday/Thursday, Noon-3 p.m.
Therman Statom Studios

Share your ideas at EngageMCC.com

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

EngageMCC.com is 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 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!

Staff and faculty invited to view MCC student-written one-act plays to tour

MCC's Theatre program is proud to announce the production of two student-written one-act plays created and developed during MCC's Fall quarter Playwriting One class.

"Stair Lift" by Brigid Amos deals with a housing conflict between an adult daughter and her aging mother. "Negatives" by Richard Corum examines the nature of friendship in times of crisis.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Friday, May 18
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

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.

308 days until the HLC visitors arrive!

Another week has passed, and the countdown continues! The team of evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission will arrive on March 18, 2013. As we said in an earlier Inside Story article, MCC will be submitting a written report by Feb. 1, 2013, to HLC showing them how we satisfy each of the five criteria required for our reaccreditation.

To give you a sense of what we need to show the HLC, we will share with you the requirements of each criterion over the next several issues of the Inside Story. Today, we will tackle criterion three. Happy reading!

What does the HLC want to know about criterion three: Teaching and learning: Quality, resources and support?

The institution provides high-quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

 A.    The institution's degree programs are appropriate to higher education.

  1. Courses and programs are current and require levels of performance by students appropriate to the degree or certificate awarded.
  2. The institution articulates and differentiates learning goals for its undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, post-graduate and certificate programs.
  3. The institution's program quality and learning goals are consistent across all modes of delivery and all locations (on the main campus, at additional locations, by distance delivery, as dual credit, through contractual or consortial arrangements or any other modality).

B.    The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.

  1. The general education program is appropriate to the mission, educational offerings and degree levels of the institution.
  2. The institution articulates the purposes, content and intended learning outcomes of its undergraduate general education requirements. The program of general education is grounded in a philosophy or framework developed by the institution or adopted from an established framework. It imparts broad knowledge and intellectual concepts to students and develops skills and attitudes that the institution believes every college-educated person should possess.
  3. Every degree program offered by the institution engages students in collecting, analyzing and communicating information; in mastering modes of inquiry or creative work; and in developing skills adaptable to changing environments.
  4. The education offered by the institution recognizes the human and cultural diversity of the world in which students live and work.
  5. The faculty and students contribute to scholarship, creative work and the discovery of knowledge to the extent appropriate to their programs and the institution's mission.

C.    The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.

  1. The institution has sufficient numbers and continuity of faculty members to carry out both the classroom and the non-classroom roles of faculty, including oversight of the curriculum and expectations for student performance, establishment of academic credentials for instructional staff and involvement in assessment of student learning.
  2. All instructors are appropriately credentialed, including those in dual credit, contractual and consortial programs.
  3. Instructors are evaluated regularly in accordance with established institutional policies and procedures.
  4. The institution has processes and resources for assuring that instructors are current in their disciplines and adept in their teaching roles; it supports their professional development.
  5. Instructors are accessible for student inquiry.
  6. Staff members providing student support services, such as tutoring, financial aid advising, academic advising and co-curricular activities, are appropriately qualified, trained and supported in their professional development.

D.    The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

  1. The institution provides student support services suited to the needs of its student populations.
  2. The institution provides for learning support and preparatory instruction to address the academic needs of its students. It has a process for directing entering students to courses and programs for which the students are adequately prepared.
  3. The institution provides academic advising suited to its programs and the needs of its students.
  4. The institution provides to students and instructors the infrastructure and resources necessary to support effective teaching and learning (technological infrastructure, scientific laboratories, libraries, performance spaces, clinical practice sites, museum collections) as appropriate to the institution's offerings.
  5. The institution provides to students guidance in the effective use of research and information resources.

E.    The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

  1. Co-curricular programs are suited to the institution's mission and contribute to the educational experience of its students.
  2. The institution demonstrates any claims it makes about contributions to its students' educational experience by virtue of aspects of its mission, such as research, community engagement, service learning, religious or spiritual purpose and economic development.

Next week, we will share with you the requirements of criterion four: Teaching and learning: Evaluation and improvement. Stay tuned . . .

How do I request software purchases?

The Software Review Committee has been reviewing all proposed software purchases and renewals since August 2003. This process was developed in a continuing effort to be cost effective, support institutional effectiveness and provide software users with a solid support system.

Follow the procedure below:

  1. Staff/faculty member, after receiving approval from cost center manager, requests software purchase by completing and submitting one of these online forms in the Forms Bank:
    1. Software - New Software Purchase and Installation Request form for new purchases or
    2. Software - Maintenance or Tech Support Purchase Request form for existing software.
  2. The request will be sent to the Software Review Committee for analysis.
  3. If the software request is non-supported/non-approved, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email.
  4. If the software request is approved by the Software Review Committee, the requestor and cost center manager will be notified by email. 
    1. Be sure to read the email; it will specify the next steps necessary to purchase the software.

Review and follow the above process when you need to purchase software. If you have any questions, email Vicki Spilker or call 402-457-2921.

Recycled cartridges

Office Depot will take back all used cartridges for our printers and copiers regardless of the brand. 

When your copier or printer cartridges are exhausted, place the used cartridge back in its box and give to the Office Depot driver for return.  

Refrain from placing used cartridges in recycling bins. Thank you for your cooperation.

Welcome another community ambassador

One more community ambassador has joined forces with MCC's Community Outreach team! He will guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC. James Bagwell is currently a liberal arts/sciences student and a Phi Theta Kappa member. His years of customer service and acting, radio and comedy experience will serve him well as helps to recruit new MCC students. He hopes to "help others get a head start on their education at MCC."

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, May 14
Fourth grade tour, Miller Park

Junior Day at Dorchester Public School
John Frost

Wednesday, May 16

Summer quest
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Monday, May 21
Blackburn High School
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Tuesday, May 22
Blackburn High School graduation
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Friday, May 25
Plattsmouth High School

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.

HR updates

New Employee
Angela Ingalise
Angela Ingalise                                 
network server analyst                               
FOC, Building 2              

Tara Waln-Lewellyn                       

Green tip

Unplug your appliances, where possible, when you leave home. Residential consumers in the United States spend more than $5 billion annually on standby power alone-about 5 percent of all electricity consumed in the country.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat sweet foods as you find them in nature." p. 77

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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