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A Wealth of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

Employee of the Year Awards Nominations Deadline

SURS Retirement Estimator

Professional Development

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Campus Events

3rd Annual Drag Show and Pride Conference

April Convocation Meeting

CCN Kickoff Event - Monday 11-1, Commons

CCN Update!

Earth Month 2014

Fox Valley Conference High School Art Exhibit

MCC Student Art Exhibit Submissions

Department/Division News

5th Tuesday All Faculty Meeting

April is Autism Awareness Month

CAPC Meeting - April 3, Room B166-167

Colleague Tip of the week

Course Under Development

Testing Center closed 4/2/14, 3 - 4 p.m.

Athletics

MCC PURPLE PRIDE THURSDAY - THIS WEEK'S WINNER

Retirees

MCC Retiree's Luncheon

Personal

Found Toyota Remote

Margaret Keehn's Avon Walk for Breat Cancer May 31-June 1

Peace Soup: Suspended Soup at Jersey Mike's

Thank You

HR News


A Wealth of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

Submitted By Anita Roewer   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: anroewer@mchenry.edu Phone: x8737

The SURS website contains a wealth of information personalized to your individual pension. Once you register on the site, you will be able to view:

  • Personalized current and previous years’ Benefit Summary Statements
  • Earnings History
  • Employment History
  • Service Credit
  • Earnings Contributions & Interest

You are also able to make demographic changes, view beneficiaries, and access many forms that will help you plan for your future.

Use the link below to connect to the SURS website. On the home page, click the button marked Member Login. If you’ve already established your credentials, enter your User Name and Password – if you haven’t, click the Registration Process button to create your access.

If you have any technical questions or concerns, please contact SURS directly at 1/800/ASK SURS (1/800/275-7877).

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Employee of the Year Awards Nominations Deadline

Submitted By Angelina Castillo   Begin Date: 4/9/2014
Email: acastillo@mchenry.edu Phone: x8738

It is that time of year again when we will nominate employees in the Classified, Professional, Administrator and Adjunct Faculty employee groups for MCC's Employee Recognition Awards. Beginning today, all employees including faculty, may submit nominations for employees in any of the categories listed above, for this special honor. Nominations may come from anyone inside or outside of an employees dept. and may acknowledge a person's work or project either within or beyond their specific job description. The recognition must be tied to at least one of the new  five strategic initiatives of the College: Strategic Initiative 1: Increase Student Engagement, Completion and Success. Strategic Initiative 2: Maintain the College's Financial Stability, and Expand Infrastructure and Technology to Establish State-of-the-Art Learning environments that Inspire Postsecondary Education and Career Development. Strategic Initiative 3: Ensure High-Quality Services and Learning Opportunities through a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Innovation and Accountability. Strategic Initiative 4: Engage in Partnerships That Enable MCC Students to Succeed in a Global Economy. Strategic Initiative 5: Attract, Develop and Retain Quality Instructors Who Are Outstanding Scholars/Teachers and Excellent, Diverse Staff Members Who Are Committed to the Mission of MCC.  Nominations must be submitted on the attached nomination form, placed in an envelope marked ERA-Confidential and dropped in the box outside of the Human Resources Office. Deadline for nominations is 4:30pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Electronic voting will take place the week of April 14, 2014.

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SURS Retirement Estimator

Submitted By Anita Roewer   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: anroewer@mchenry.edu Phone: x8737

Are you eligible to retire and contemplating retirement soon?

PA98-599 calls for a change in the effective rate of interest and actuarial factors used in SURS Money Purchase calculation.  As a result, you may experience a decrease in the benefit provided under SURS Money Purchase calculation if retiring on or after 7/1/14. SURS has completed programming of their Interim Benefit Estimator that will calculate estimates for any future date through 7/1/14.  It will allow you to compare your estimated monthly benefit before and after the Money Purchase changes go into effect on 7/1/14. 

For a quick comparison, first calculate an estimate with a retirement date prior to 7/1/14, such as 6/30/14. Then, calculate an estimate with a retirement date of 7/1/14. Compare the results.  If your estimated calculation for a date prior to 7/1/14 indicates that you are highest under SURS General Formula, you will not be impacted by the Money Purchase changes.

To use the estimator, log onto the SURS website using the member login button, click Benefit Estimator and follow the instructions.

More information is attached, direct from the SURS website.

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Professional Development


Upcoming Workshops

Submitted By khayhurst   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: provdev@mchenry.edu Phone: 479-7768

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ? Albert Einstein

How about putting some SPRING into your step and walking through the doors of Professional Development.  We have plenty to offer you if you just give us a chance.

April 2nd begins with the Academic Advising Summit at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Yoga starts again on April 2nd, Chair Yoga on April 3rd, and there is a pension reform webinar on Friday.

April 7th starts our Monday Madness series with Outlook on this months agenda.

Just Added: April 21st 12:00 noon (Disney for Higher Ed: Customer Services that Attracts and Retains Students)  Register, Bring your lunch, and enjoy!

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Upcoming Workshops

Submitted By khayhurst   Begin Date: 4/10/2014
Email: profdev@mchenry.edu Phone: 815-479-7768

Newly added workshops are now on the calendar.  Enroll in Microsoft Office Project this week, or begin Chair Yoga.   Learn how to use the iPad in your Classroom....Much, Much, More

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Campus Events


3rd Annual Drag Show and Pride Conference

Submitted By Em Rademaker   Begin Date: 4/11/2014
Email: erademaker@mchenry.edu Phone: 8772

Looking for some weekend fun? Stop by the 3rd Annual Mr and Miss Drag Show tonight, April 11th at 7 pm in the Luecht Conference Center. The show features professional drag queens and kings with performances by MCC students, faculty, and staff. All proceeds support the MCC Pride Club and LGBTQ scholarship.

An LGBTQ Pride Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in the Commons area, Building B. The theme of the conference is “Pride: The Changing Perspective of the LGBTQA Community.” The event is open to the public and is free of charge to students, staff and faculty of MCC. The keynote presentation will begin at 9 a.m. featuring Chicken Lips, who will present "Laugh As Though Your Life Depended On It: Raise morale, ignite energy, improve health.” This duo acting/comedy team of Dave Johnson and Bob Wells will present a fresh perspective on how positive attitudes and inclusive humor will influence workplace atmosphere, productivity, team trust and everybody’s health. Chicken Lips will also facilitate two breakouts sessions. Chicken Lips is part of the World Humor Organization. The Pride Conference will feature more than 14 educational breakouts sessions. Presenters will include Patty Dillon of Equality Illinois, Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Media Group, Toni Weaver of PFLAG, several faculty members from MCC and community guests. In addition, several informational booths will be available, along with a resource table from the Center on Halsted.  Online registration is available beginning March 10 at www.mchenry.edu/pride. 

Proceeds will benefit the MCC Pride Club and a scholarship for the LGBTQ student population.  For more information, contact Em Rademaker at (815) 455-8772.

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April Convocation Meeting

Submitted By Renee   Begin Date: 4/9/2014
Email: rdemetzensky@mchenry.edu Phone: 7820

If you missed the last Convocation meeting it's not too late to become a part of our team.  We hope to see you at the April meeting! 

Thursday, April 10

10:00am - 11:00am

Room A117

There is still time to join in the fun!

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CCN Kickoff Event - Monday 11-1, Commons

Submitted By Kim Hankins   Begin Date: 4/3/2014
Email: khankins@mchenry.edu Phone: x8778

Come join the CCN Team - Michelle, Heather, Svetlana, Amanda, Sharon and Kim in kicking off the Campus Conservation National (CCN) energy reduction competition!  Look for us at a table on Monday in the commons area between 11-1.  Sign the pledge, get a bookmark and learn some ways you can reduce your energy use in the office and at home!

This will also be a good chance for you to pick up your door hangar or key board card!  More info on that in Friday's e-news. 

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CCN Update!

Submitted By Kim Hankins   Begin Date: 4/4/2014
Email: khankins@mchenry.edu Phone: x8778

Sometime on Friday or Monday, you will all receive either a keyboard card or a door knob hanger.  These are for you to use during our CCN Competition as a reminder and to tell others you are saving energy!!  Simply place the card on your keyboard or door hanger on your door when you step away from your desk and turn off your lights and monitor.  By using this, your colleagues will know you are

                                      “...here today, just not hogging energy!”

If you don’t get one on Friday from one of the CCN Team members, then please plan to stop by the CCN Kickoff event in the commons on Monday, 11-1pm and pick one up there.  If that doesn’t work, call the Sustainability Center, x7765. 

Competition starts Monday April 7!  Good luck, have fun, and win some great prizes!

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Earth Month 2014

Submitted By Kim Hankins   Begin Date: 4/5/2014
Email: Khankins@mchenry.edu Phone: x8778

As some of you know, Earth Day is April 22, 2014.  Here at the Sustainability Center, we like to celebrate all month long and we have some really wonderful things planned both on and off campus.  Attached is a two page sheet with everything going on but here are the on campus highlights for the week of April 7th!  Please check the attached document for a full list including the community events. 

April 7, 11-1pm, Commons - Kick off for Campus Conservation Nationals contest.  Come sign an energy conservation pledge, get a bookmark and a cookie!

April 9m 12-1pm, B166-167 - Lunch and Learn with MCC Geology instructor Kate Kramer

  • Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us” This talk presents the most recent research on the causes and effects of climate change and offers strategies to help understand why and how scientists have come to this conclusion.  

 

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Fox Valley Conference High School Art Exhibit

Submitted By Sandra Lang   Begin Date: 4/5/2014
Email: slang@mchenry.edu Phone: 815-455-8785

The annual Fox Valley Conference High School Art Exhibit is on display from April 3 - 17, 2014 in Epping Gallery, artspace144 and the display cases in the Art hallway. Participating high schools are:

Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown, Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Hampshire, Huntley, Harry D.Jacobs, McHenry East, McHenry West, Prairie Ridge, Woodstock and Woodstock North.

A reception for event will be held in the MCC gym on Friday, April 11, from 6 - 8 pm.

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MCC Student Art Exhibit Submissions

Submitted By Sandra Lang   Begin Date: 4/10/2014
Email: slang@mchenry.edu Phone: 815-455-8785

Thursday, April 10 is the last day for MCC students enrolled in CREDIT ART COURSES to submit entries for the MCC Student Art Exhibit. Please go to www.mchenry.edu/artgallery for information or students can pick up the prospectus, Entry Card and Ryan Long Award forms in the art office in A-144. Entries will be accepted from 10am - 3 pm in Room A-144. Judging will take place on Friday, April 11. The exhibit runs from April 30 - June 6, 2014 in Gallery One and Gallery Two and the reception will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:15 pm in the MCC Library outside of Gallery One.

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Department/Division News


5th Tuesday All Faculty Meeting

Submitted By Linda Christopher   Begin Date: 4/3/2014
Email: lchristopher@mchenry.edu Phone: Ext. 7547

The 5th Tuesday All Faculty Meeting with Tony Miksa will be held in the Luecht Conference Center on Tuesday, April 29 from 2:30-4pm.

 

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Submitted By Bev Albright   Begin Date: 4/8/2014
Email: balbright@mchenry.edu Phone: 8676

More ASD facts:

  • Almost half of the children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are estimated to have average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85). 
  • Statistics vary in terms of race.  Almost 1 in 63 white children were identified on the autism spectrum, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children.  

We would like to share 2 very informative videos with you over the next few weeks. The first, Autism “Awareness” – Ten Things You Should Know, was produced by a young man just 3 months after his autism diagnosis.  He addresses what it’s like to be on the autism spectrum and how to interact with someone on the spectrum.  There is a lot of great information pact into this 5 minute video.

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CAPC Meeting - April 3, Room B166-167

Submitted By Linda Christopher   Begin Date: 4/3/2014
Email: lchristopher@mchenry.edu Phone: Ext. 7547

The April 3rd CAPC meeting will be held in Room B166-167, from 2:35-4pm.

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Colleague Tip of the week

Submitted By Marianne Gren Devenny   Begin Date: 4/5/2014
Email: mdevenny@mchenry.edu Phone: 8716

If you are in Colleague and want to pull up the last person or course section that you were in.

Use the at symbol - '@' and the most recent record you were in will come up.  You can enter '@' in the person search (in the upper left hand corner) or in the LookUp dialogue box that appears when you enter a Form.

Colleague is fun.

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Course Under Development

Submitted By lchristopher@mchenry.edu   Begin Date: 4/8/2014
Email: cderscheid@mchenry.edu Phone: Ext. 8535

Topics in Journalism covers a variety of specific areas of study in the journalism field. Topics vary from semester to semester and offerings are listed in the current course schedule. Students may enroll in this course under different topics, earning a total of 12 credit hours.

For more information, please contact Craig Derscheid or Toni Countryman.

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Testing Center closed 4/2/14, 3 - 4 p.m.

Submitted By Amy Haller   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: ahaller@mchenry.edu Phone: 8768

The Testing Center will be closed on Wednesday, 4/2/14 from 3 - 4 p.m. for a department meeting.

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Athletics


MCC PURPLE PRIDE THURSDAY - THIS WEEK'S WINNER

Submitted By Jared Wacker   Begin Date: 4/5/2014
Email: jwacker@mchenry.edu Phone: 815-455-8543

Congratulations to Barb Dworak, Coordinator of Contract Training, as this week's employee winner of the MCC Athletics-sponsored, Purple Pride Contest. Barb just happened to be in the right place at the right time, at Shah Center, on April 3rd. She was observed, by the Secret Purple Pride Employee Finder, wearing purple for the weekly MCC Employee Purple Pride Thursday contest. Ms. Dworak will select an official MCC Scots logo t-shirt, an MCC Athletics Logo purple and gold pen/stylus or an Athletics logo promotional sports ball as the prize. You could be the next winner so don't forget to show your school pride and dress for success on PURPLE PRIDE THURSDAY, throughout the school year! GO SCOTS!

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Retirees


MCC Retiree's Luncheon

Submitted By ohbuster95@yahoo.com   Begin Date: 4/3/2014
Email: ohbuster95@yahoo.com Phone:

The next MCC Retiree's luncheon will be Tuesday April 8th at 12:00 noon Village Squire, Crystal Lake. Email ohbuster95@yahoo.com to confirm your intended presence. 

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Personal


Found Toyota Remote

Submitted By Scott Sosnowski   Begin Date: 4/3/2014
Email: ssosnowski@mchenry.edu Phone: 8733

Within the last few weeks, a female staff member advised me she lost her Toyota Remote Key Fob.  I forgot who it was but, I have found a Toyota Key Fob.  Contact me to identify it.

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Margaret Keehn's Avon Walk for Breat Cancer May 31-June 1

Submitted By Margaret Keehn   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: mkeehn@mchenry.edu Phone: 7528

An estimated 40,000 women will die from the breast cancer.  Breast cancer takes another life every 14 minutes. Another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes. An estimated three million women are living with breast cancer. One million of them don't yet know it.

With the donations raised, the Avon Foundation will provide support and resources for women and men affected by this terrible disease. This will help so many people in our own community and throughout the country.

It is faster and easier than ever to support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer — you can make a donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. Whatever you can give will help! I truly appreciate your support. 

 

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Peace Soup: Suspended Soup at Jersey Mike's

Submitted By Mark Waters   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: mwaters@mchenry.edu Phone: x8946

Throughout April, as part of a Comp 2 student service project, Jersey Mike’s Subs will be participating in the Suspended Food movement. When you visit the Crystal Lake or Lake in the Hills Jersey Mike’s stores, you can purchase a cup of soup to “suspend.” What that means is you can buy a cup of soup that will help someone in need.  At the end of April, Jersey Mike’s will be providing your suspended soups for the homeless through Pioneer Center.  (They will also be ladling out all your grooviness.) 

Peace to all our MCC soup sisters and brothers.  (And Bono says, hi.)


Check out the link to our Facebook page--There's a picture of some soup. 

 

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Thank You

Submitted By Carolyn LeMay-Strass   Begin Date: 4/2/2014
Email: clemay@mchenry.edu Phone: 815-455-8732

Many Thanks to those of you who offered up prayers of good wishes, calls and cards during my recovery while off work this past month.  I fell on the ice on our driveway and fractured my left shoulder and chipped my large tuberosity bone.  I am back to work this week and am healing well after lots of in-home therapy.  Now will begin physical therapy for arm strengthening beginning this week for 4-6 weeks.

Thanks again, to my MCC family for your support and well wishes.

 

 

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