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Inside Story for Monday, April 16, 2012

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

Tuesday, April 17
South Omaha Campus
S. 27th and Q streets, Connector Building 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Veterans career readiness workshop this Thursday

Military and Veteran Support Services is asking all faculty and staff to tell veteran students to attend the upcoming Veterans Career Readiness Workshop. The workshop will be facilitated by MCC's Career Services coordinator, Ayanna Boykins, and will take place on Thursday, April 19 at the South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 506, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public; however, the event is focused on assisting veterans and their family members with preparing for the job market. The goal of this event is to combat the high unemployment rate of our nation's veterans, service members and their spouses.

The workshop will cover important topics such as résumé building, interviewing skills and tips, professionalism and capitalizing on transferable skills. In addition, Boykins will dedicate the last hour to résumé critiques. Any student wishing to get their résumé critiqued should email a copy to aboykins@mccneb.edu at least one day prior to the workshop. 

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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 3
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8
South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Room, 7 p.m.

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.

Training & Development

Check out these April training programs. For training and development updates, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/.

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

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. 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.

Welcome community ambassadors

Two community ambassadors have joined forces with MCC's Community Outreach team! The ambassadors will guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC.

Laela Williams
Williams is a business management major at MCC. She participates in MCC's CEO program. She and her husband currently run a mobile food cart business. She attributes the business plan they use for the business to the great education she receives at MCC.

Xavier Shiu
Shiu is an MCC CollegeNOW! student. He is currently home schooled. He hopes to complete his associate degree at MCC and then enroll at a four-year institution and study bio-medical engineering. 

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 18
Lewis Central High School
John Frost

Thursday, April 19
Bryan Senior High School, Second Annual Career and Occupational Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Friday, April 20
Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference
Stephanie Joneson

Senior Days at EVC and FOC

Thomas Jefferson High School College Fair
John Frost

Blackburn Job Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Monday, April 23
Lincoln Southeast High School College Fair
Stephanie Joneson

Completely Kids Family Night
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Tuesday, April 24
Millard North High School
Stephanie Joneson

Burke High School Spring College Fair
Jennifer Winje-Diamant

Wednesday, April 25
Norris Middle School Career Fair
John Frost

Thursday, April 26
Elkhorn South High School
Stephanie Joneson

King Elementary Family Health Fair
John Frost

Friday, April 27
Senior Days at SOC
John Frost

Concordia Jr./Sr. High School
Stephanie Joneson

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.

20 phrases you can replace with one word

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Green tip

Clean your dryer lint screen, and don't overload the dryer. You'll have up to 5 percent on your electricity bill. If everyone did it, we'd save the energy equivalent of 350 million gallons of gasoline per year.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Eat well-grown food from healthy soil." p. 67

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