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International Relations Club Banquet

Thirty-six members and guests of the International Relations Club (IRC) gathered for an awards banquet on Friday evening, April 20th.  A passageway of balloons and flags of members' nations led to the private dining room in the Beltline Student Center.  MTC President Barry Russell extended congratulations to club members for their successful year, and described how they enrich the MTC student body.  Before the meal, blessings were asked with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Christian prayers.  

Antwan Phan, the after-dinner speaker, told of the joys and tribulations of being a transfer student at USC.  Helen Atuhaire-Abaine entertained the guests with a graceful Ugandan dance.

During the awards ceremony, Barry presented Leadership Certificates to 16 members of the club.  Thomasina Hughey, Program Director of Student Activities, presented Juan Francisco Bermudez with the All USA Academic Team Award because he was unable to attend the college's Honors Ceremony the previous evening.

The last presentation was to Jean Mahaffey, Vice President for Education, who was honored with the Friend of International Education Award given by the IRC and the MTC International Committee.  Patience Musingarimi, IRC President, and Dixon Durham, Chair of the International Committee, represented these organizations and related some of Dr. Mahaffey’s many achievements in the field of international education.

In addition to Barry, Jean, Thomasina and Dixon, other faculty and staff at the banquet were Dorothy Smith, Francisco Perez, Nancy Kreml, Vanessa Brown, Karlann Brenner, Laurie Cox, and Marilyn Morgan.

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Self-Paced Training Modules Available for MSOffice

College employees now can brush up their skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.  MTC recently purchased a suite of instructional modules that teach the Microsoft Office 2000 software applications.  This suite of training modules is online, password protected and available for use by any faculty, staff or enrolled student at MTC.

“This training would help anybody who uses these products,” explained Kelly Tribble, who helps coordinate curriculum for TLE.  “Each module has different levels, so even beginning users to the software can get benefit from it.”

To access the modules, go to www.midlandstech.com/seminars.

To begin using the training modules, users will need to download the Macromedia Authorware Web Player plug-in.  Instructions for doing this are on the Web page.  Tribble said it is likely most employees won’t already have the plug- in on their machine.

“Chances are you are not going to have it,” he said.  “It’s a fairly popular plug-in, but you won’t find it on machines that are mainly for office use.”

Employees are welcome to call the TLE office for help getting the plug- in. Once this has been downloaded and installed onto your system, you can simply click on the file cabinet and enter the following password information:

USERNAME: mtctrain

PASSWORD: train

Each module comes with a self-assessment feature that will help users determine their proficiency in any of the software.  The assessment, like the training, is designed to be used at any time from any place with Internet access.

“It’s all completely self-paced,” said Tribble.  The only thing you need is the username and password.”

If you have questions about the new training modules or would like help getting started, contact Kelly Tribble at tribblek@midlandstech.com. 

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Recent Surprise Tribute Brings Tears, Smile to Jean Mahaffey

Members of the Education Unit surprised Jean Mahaffey with an appreciation tribute on Friday, April 27.  More than 100 Education Unit faculty and staff attended the surprise party at the Big Apple.

Dr. Mahaffey’s surprise began when a white stretch limo collected her at the Academic Center and whisked her away to the Big Apple, where she was greeted by several minutes of cheering, applause and accolades from her faculty and staff.

“It was incredible,” said Susan Kaylor-Brown, Respiratory Care, who was among those on hand to greet Jean. “She had tears running down her cheeks, and a grin on her face that could split the sky wide open.”

Jean’s legendary deal-making with faculty was affectionately re-enacted with a skit called “Have I Got a Deal for You!,” played along the lines of the "Let's Make a Deal” television show. Current and former faculty and staff then roasted Jean with stories about her equipment foibles, the MTC daycare center, her amphibian phobia and her creative statistical analyses.

After a lengthy tribute, members of the Education Unit presented Jean with a trip to Sonoma Valley, California. Jean was given a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards at the Rodney Strong Winery, a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Healdsburg, California, and its wineries, three nights in a Victorian bed and breakfast inn, airline tickets, and generous spending money.

“She was so surprised by the whole event,” said Susan.  “It was really obvious that she was having a great time.”

Stan Frick, DVS faculty, toasted Jean on behalf of all those present. Jean told the faculty and staff that she began her community college career wanting to be an educational vice president because she believed that if she could touch the lives of 300 faculty and staff, she would be touching the lives of 10,000 students.  The outpouring from her colleagues is evidence that she has done all that and more.

“She has spent so much of her time over the years in service,” explained Susan.  “And it’s not been just the faculty who have been important to her, but the students and the entire college.”

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ADN Students Celebrate at Pinning Ceremony

The 2001 MTC Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 2 in the Koger Center for the Performing Arts.  Approximately 80 students were recognized during a ceremony that honored their academic achievements and the beginning of their nursing careers. 

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Three GraduatesMTC Graduation Ceremony is Today

The 2001 graduation ceremony will be held today, Monday, May 7 at the Carolina Coliseum on Assembly Street. Please plan to attend the ceremony and recognize our students’ determination, hard work and many achievements.

“It’s an accomplishment for anyone to graduate, but what really affects me is seeing the graduates who faced challenges and are now actually, finally graduating,” reflected Carolyn Gatlin. “These are the students you’ve gotten to know and you know also about the incredible difficulties they’ve overcome.  Graduation is a real celebration of their determination.”

The 2000-2001 MTC graduating class is the largest in the college’s history. Approximately 400 of the 1,723 graduates will participate in the commencement activities. Mayor Bob Coble will deliver the commencement address. Afterwards, the annual Faculty and Staff Reception at Seawell’s will offer an opportunity to socialize and reflect on the past year.

Schedule of graduation events:

  • 5:15 p.m.--Graduate Reception on the Coliseum Concourse

  • 7:00 p.m.--Commencement Ceremony - Robing in the Elephant Room

To get to the Faculty and Staff Reception, drive to Seawell's on Rosewood Drive (across from the State Fairground).  To get to Seawell's from Assembly Street, stay on Assembly until you come to the McDonald’s at Rosewood Drive.  Take a right; Seawell’s will be on the right.

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend. If you can assist with “behind the scenes” graduation activities, it’s not to late to call Carolyn Gatlin at ext. 7798.

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SC Tech Online LogoMTC Participates in the SC Technical Colleges Online Consortium

MTC is a member of the SC Technical Colleges Online Consortium. The Tech Online Consortium provides quick access to the entire statewide system of technical college online resources by breaking down the traditional barriers of time and distance.

“Basically, Tech Online serves as a clearinghouse for the Internet courses at all 16 technical colleges," noted Cheryl Cox, Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement.  “It’s a way of connecting students and courses that’s specifically set up to make this easy for students.  It also reduces duplication of course development and means that classes with low enrollment are less likely to be cancelled.” 

The goal of Tech Online is to provide seamless delivery of Internet courses to students in the SC Technical College System. All participating colleges retain their placement, admissions and prerequisite requirements, but Tech Online resolves such difficulties as residency requirements and different academic calendars.

“Tech Online is already a great option for our students.  If an MTC student needs a particular course that is full or not offered here when the student needs it, we should encourage them to look at the Tech Online offerings,” Cheryl remarked.  She also noted that students who take a Tech Online course are earning MTC credits, not transfer credits. 

SC Tech Online is currently being used in the pilot stage to deliver several of MTC’s Summer classes.  The system is still being perfected and significantly more classes will be offered in Fall 2001. Courses are asynchronous, meaning that students can log on at any time to complete assignments.  Students and instructors interact through e-mail, discussion Webs and chat rooms.

“Right now, we’re focusing on the classes that already have an online orientation, and that don’t require on-campus activities like labs.  This means we are already able to offer a lot of English, math and humanities classes,” Cheryl explained.  “Internet courses that require students to travel to our campus can participate, as long as the requirements are explained so that students can decide if they wish to travel.”

“All members of the SC Tech Online are members of a testing consortium, so if students have to go to campus to test, they can go to a local campus.  The ultimate goal of the consortium is to greatly expand our students’ access to the programs available at all of the technical colleges.”

For more information regarding SC Tech Online, you may go to sctechonline.org; follow the link on the distance learning page of the MTC Web site; contact Cheryl Cox at ext. 3561; or contact MTC's SC Tech Online liaison, Susan Houck, at ext 7610. As liaison, Susan helps our students enroll in classes at other technical colleges in the consortium and also coordinates with the liaisons at other technical colleges so that their students may take our courses.

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Vice President for Education SearchUpdate from the VPE Search Committee

The Vice President for Education Search Committee has now received 11 complete applications and 1 pending application.  In our next meetings, we will be carefully considering each of these applications.  We are trying hard to identify the best possible candidates to consider for the VPE position here at MTC. Thanks for the input that you gave us.  It has been a definite help to the committee.

Peggy McClure, Chair, VPE Search Committee

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Virus AlertMTC Virus Alert

We have received word that a new virus is on the loose and initial reports indicate it may spread rapidly.  Its subject is "Homepage," which may be somewhat deceptive and lead you to think it is a safe message, especially if you receive it from someone at MTC, another college or another state agency.

All users should review the information about this virus that has been posted on the MTC Virus Alert site at: http://inside.mid.tec.sc.us/status/VirusAlerts/VBSWGX.htm

The MTC Virus Alert Index is located at: http://inside.mid.tec.sc.us/status/ - VirusAlerts

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PencilAction Item:  Please Take the CHE FIPSE Grant Survey

CHE is administering a Web-based survey to collect information regarding the impact of Act 359 on the campuses of South Carolina’s 33 public institutions. This is the third and final year the survey will be administered.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. It is important to have information from the perspective of all sectors of higher education in South Carolina and from individuals at all levels within the institution. The survey is anonymous. No individual names will be collected and all individual data will be kept confidential.

The survey will be available on line through May 25th. It can be found on the Internet at: http://assess.usca.sc.edu/fipse/Survey2001.html

Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

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Kid at computerContinuing Education Will Offer Youth Computer Camps this Summer

This summer, the Computer Training Center of the Continuing Education Division will hold Youth Computer Camps at the Harbison Campus. Camp sessions are designed to prepare middle-school age children for the computer age and will focus on preparatory computer skills, including

  • Internet research

  • Word processing

  • Electronic spreadsheet analysis

  • Presentation graphics

  • Web page development

The Youth Computer Camp is open to rising 6th-9th graders and will be offered in half-day sessions. Morning sessions will meet Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon; the afternoon sessions will meet Monday through Friday, 12:30 - 4 p.m. The camp will be offered June 11-15 and July 9-13.  Tuition for a session is $125.

Space is limited and the deadlines for registration are June 7 and July 5. To register, call ext. 0432 or visit the registration office on the Harbison Campus. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Pitts at ext. 5244.

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CE Develops Customized Training for Siemens Diesel Systems Technology

Siemens Diesel Systems Technology, maker of fuel injectors for Ford diesel trucks, is partnering with Midlands Technical College to provide training for new employees. The Center for Leadership and Employee Development, part of MTC's Continuing Education Division, will begin providing 336 hours of technical instruction to four groups of new Siemens employees this July.

"An integral part of this program is the collaboration between the academic and continuing education sides of the college," explained Floyd Bowles, Program Coordinator in the Center.   "Siemens is very clear about what they want, which is a large scale, ongoing training program that allows articulation to academic programs of study."

Siemens' requirements have led to the development of short CE classes that are also modules of the credit classes.  The Center will provide instruction that is the equivalent of five credit courses normally offered through MTC's Education Division. The courses have been packaged into a 15-credit-hour academic CNC Operator Certificate.

The Center for Leadership and Employee Development will deliver 336 hours of instruction, in four-hour blocks, over 84 training days.  Areas of study will include manufacturing fundamentals, blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, precision measurements, basic mechanical principles, basic electricity, manufacturing processes, CNC programming, and quality control.

Breaking the credit courses into discrete modules has been key to the creation of the new certificate program. The use of modules allows the courses to be taught in small, stand-alone units at odd times and places, providing students with the flexibility they often need to pursue an academic degree while working full time. It also provides industry with the flexibility it needs to assist its employees with lifelong learning that can translate to credit hours.

"Collaboration between Continuing Education and the college's Education division has been key to this effort's success," Floyd commented.  "This is a good example of the college's ability to meet specific customer needs through cross-unit cooperation."  For more information, please contact Floyd Bowles at ext. 5203.

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Academic CenterEngaging Commuter Students: Redesigning Students – National Teleconference Broadcast to MTC on April 26

A teleconference, "Engaging Commuter Students: Redesigning Campuses for the Majority of America's College Students," was broadcast to the MTC Airport Campus on April 26.  Panelists included John N. Gardner, University of South Carolina; Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland, College Park; and George Kuh, Indiana University.

The teleconference panelists shared innovative strategies and highlighted the work of campuses nationwide that have designed curricular learning communities, built day care and commuter student centers, and organized every institutional structure to announce that commuting students matter.  For more information about the teleconference, contact  Dee Bostick at ext. 3239.

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Brett RavenBrett Raven Earns EOM Award for April 2001

From our classrooms to the Commission meetings to our broadcast classes, MTC’s video production specialists are constantly working to meet the college’s needs. Brett Raven, of the Instructional Delivery Unit, has been selected as the Employee of the Month for April 2001, in recognition of his excellent work, high standards and unfailing sense of commitment to student and faculty needs.

“I love my job,” said Brett, “and I’m truly honored to receive this award.  I work with a great group of people, and I really enjoy how we all cooperate as a team to get the job done right.”

When asked what he’s working on right now, Brett said that he’s preparing for the Summer semester classes that start next week.  This involves getting the satellite class openings ready and checking satellite links.  “I enjoy the variety of duties for my job, from shooting and editing video to developing our intranet site.”

Helen Kingkade, Brett’s nominator, had the following praise: “It's always a pleasure to work with the video production crew at MTC. They are helpful, thoughtful and friendly--and very student oriented.  Brett Raven sets a splendid example . . . .  [he] has helped create wonderful teaching tools for distance education courses (including history and English classes). I have seen him work for hours on projects to achieve the desired results.”

“In fact,” Helen continued, “Brett is so conscientious that he even served as a double – complete with trench coat and hat – for a student in our ‘Safe Mistake’ acting class video.  That’s proof that he really will go all out to make a production work!”

“It was a real coup when we managed to hire Brett, because of all his experience at SC ETV,” noted Barbara Mooneyhan, Director of Instructional Delivery.  Since then, Barbara commented, Brett’s job has greatly expanded but he always keeps pace with the new technologies, such as compressed video.

Both Helen and Barbara agree that Brett’s easy, courteous manners never fail, even in very stressful situations.  “He is always balanced and maintains his sense of humor,” said Barbara, while Helen noted “He is truly a pleasure to work with.”

Congratulations, Brett!

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Dr. Barry RussellPresident’s Report

The President’s Report for college activities during April and early May was presented to the MTC Commission at its May 16 meeting. As always, the President’s Report contains the Executive Report, Educational Activities, Faculty and Staff Information, Student Activities, College Relations and Technology Report. To select a specific section, click on that title; otherwise, click here for the President’s Report.

Executive Report

  • Midlands Technical College’s Graduation was held on May 7 at the Carolina Coliseum. Approximately 430 students participated in the ceremony and Mayor Bob Coble presented the keynote address.

  • More than 140 students were recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2001 Student Honors Ceremony. Over 400 family members, faculty and staff attended the event.

  • On May 2, the Midlands Technical College Commission hosted a Legislative Appreciation lunch in the Blatt Building on the State House grounds for members of the House and Senate in Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties.

  • At the South Carolina Technical College Presidents’ Council annual planning meeting held in April, President Russell was elected as Chair of the Presidents’ Council. He will begin his term on July 1, 2001.

  • Dr. Russell’s activities included:

    • Participating as a judge for the Midlands Technical College Speakers’ Showcase

    • Visiting the Michelin plant manager with Vann Gunter

    • Meeting with Dr. Ronald Epps, Richland School District I Superintendent

    • Attending a meeting of the Central Carolina Workforce Alliance

    • Attending a reception hosted by the Information Technology Council of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

    • Attending a reception hosted by Richland County Council to honor commission and committee members and leaders of neighborhood organizations

    • Attending a reception hosted by Governor Jim Hodges and Secretary of Commerce Charles Way to honor the SC Ambassadors for Economic Development

    • Attending the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Board meeting

    • Hosting the SC Women in Higher Education Executive Board and Advisory Board meeting

    • Participating in several college events, including the Honors Ceremony, the International Relations Club Spring Banquet, the drama and theater classes presentations, the ADN Pinning Ceremony and Graduation

    • Attending the 29th annual Irmo High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Group’s Awards banquet

    • Participating in the SC Technical College Presidents Council Annual Planning Retreat

    • Meeting with Dr. William C. Dillard, Superintendent of Fairfield County Schools

    • Participating in several conference calls with members of the Executive Committee and the full Presidents Council regarding the budget and lottery

    • Attending a Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance meeting

    • Hosting a tour of MTC’s new Allied Health building on Airport Campus for the president of Lexington Medical Center

    • Participating in the Columbia Chamber’s 2001 Intra-Regional Visit entitled “Re-Tooling for the New Economy”

Educational Activities

  • The Legal Assisting Program held a luncheon for the Lambda Epsilon Chi members at New Orleans restaurant on April 26.

  • The MET 231 - Machine Design class presented the results of their design projects on April 30.

  • The Associate Degree Nursing Program held its pinning ceremony for 40 students at the Koger Center on May 2.

  • The Radiology Technology Program held its pinning ceremony for 12 students at Richland Memorial Hospital on May 1.

  • MTC All USA nominees Juan Bermudez’ and Greg Taylor were among those recognized as members of the SC Technical College State Academics Team at the Phi Theta Kappa All USA Recognition Ceremony held at the State House. The purpose of the All USA Today Academic Team Program is to recognize the scholarly achievements of students throughout the country enrolled in community, technical and junior colleges.

  • Center for Adult Learners and Job Training staff attended the America’s Workforce System (AWS) training session conducted at the S.C. Employment Security Commission. AWS is a computerized system for providing services to Midlands Workforce Center clients.

  • Campus Life coordinated Advanced Connections Customer Service Training. Ten MTC associates completed the five-hour training program. “Advanced Connections” is a customer training program that focuses on relationships, employee satisfaction and student retention.

  • The Counseling/Disability Resource Center hosted two teleconferences. The teleconferences focused on psychological disabilities on campus and Web accessibility.

Faculty and Staff Information

  • Jean Mahaffey attended the second of a four-part course leading to a certificate in Economic Development from the College of Charleston.

  • The Medical Laboratory Technology Program and the Dental Assisting Program held Advisory Committee meetings in April.

  • Rick Bailey, Math Department Chair, traveled to Orangeburg to attend a National Science Foundation “Fastlane” workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation.

  • Alan Grier and Greg Lee traveled to Greenville Tech to tour the Airplane Maintenance Program on April 18.

  • Alan Grier attended the Engineering and Industrial Technology Alliance meeting at Heyward Career Center’s Siemens Lab on April 24.

  • Ron Drayton served as a site visitor for an Institutional Self Study in Houston, Texas April 9 - 12.

  • Ron Drayton attended a College Prep Train the Trainer conference in Myrtle Beach on April 19-21.

  • Rochelle Daniels, Procurement Manager, was selected to serve as the South Carolina Technical Colleges’ representative for the Southeast Datatel Users Group. Her task is to encourage conference participation for the technical colleges and seek presenters.

  • David Hammond, Bookstore Manager, successfully completed the National Association of College Stores “Certified Store Professional” (CSP) requirements. The CSP designation is earned through experience and involvement in the collegiate retail market.

  • Ron Dooley, Assistant Vice President for Student Development Services; David Long, Director of Upward Bound; and Joy Jones, Director of Gear Up Programming, represented MTC at the South Carolina Gear Up Conference entitled “Building Collaborations with South Carolina State and Local GEAR UP Partnerships and TRIO Programs.” The conference was sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and hosted by MTC. The mission of Gear Up is to significantly increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) staff attended the SC Employers Council Workshop and Awards Luncheon.

  • Sharon Harriott, Program Director, Center for Adult Learners, presided over the National Governing Board Spring Meeting of WOMEN WORK held in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Harriott is the national President of WOMEN WORK.

  • David Long, Upward Bound Director, was elected Vice President of the South Carolina Council for Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SCCEOPP) at the organization’s Spring Conference.

  • Stacey Brown, Student Support Services, conducted a presentation entitled “Scholarship Packets that Get $$$” at the South Carolina Council for Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SCCEOPP) Spring Conference.

  • Sharon Harriott and Rosalyn Higgins, Center for Adult Learners/Job Training, attended the SC WOMEN WORK Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Student Activities

  • The MTC Upward Bound (UB) Program conducted an orientation for perspective new UB participants and their parents. More than 40 students and their parents attended the session.

  • One of MTC’s Educational Talent Search participants has been selected for the Claflin University Upward Bound Math and Science Center’s Summer 2001 PRISM Program. PRISM (Pursuing Rewards In Science and Mathematics) is a six-week residential program that increases participants’ knowledge base in science and mathematics, strengthens their computer skills, and sharpens their analytical reasoning ability.

  • Cecil Barnes, Director of the Advisement/Scheduling Center, met with the International Student Committee to discuss academic advisement of International and ESL students.

College Relations

  • The Public Affairs Office has redesigned the college's Intranet Home Page. The new home page features timely news articles and features on college events that are updated daily.

  • The Recruitment and Community Outreach staff conducted visits to seven area high schools to administer the on-site admissions program. Staff are conducting extensive follow-up to contact students who participated in the program but have not applied for college admissions.

  • Recruiting staff provided general college and admissions information to 400 high school students during the month. Presentations range from classroom visits, “Lunch with MTC,” and other high school programs.

  • Recruiting staff participated in Health Medical Career Day held at Palmetto Health- Richland Memorial Hospital Campus. College information was given to approximately 50 middle school students from Richland District 1.

  • Tamiko Mckie, Community Outreach, planned and implemented a program for the Black Data Processing Association Parent’s Action Team.

  • The MTC Scholarship Committee met on April 2 to determine the MTC Foundation’s scholarship award winners.

  • The first MTC Foundation Oversight Committee meeting for the Major Gifts Campaign was held this month. The campaign is now underway. Co-chairs for the Leadership Awareness committee of Major Gifts Campaign were selected and a comprehensive Leadership Awareness prospect list was formalized.

  • The CEO and other representatives of Lexington Medical Center met with President Russell and other college staff to tour the new facility and discuss opportunities for future partnerships.

  • Finance and Accounting is now live on the Colleague Student System Module for Accounts Receivable and Cash Receipts.

  • Auxiliary Services hosted the following activities during the month of April:

    • The Nurse Aid Competency Evaluation Services Testing on April 7.

    • Primerica Training Seminar on April 7.

    • Cisco Systems Regional Academy Meeting on April 11.

    • The South Carolina State Auditor’s Office Teleconference on April 18.

    • The South Carolina Trucking Association Seminar on April 21.

    • The South Carolina State University Rural Transit Assistance Program Meeting on April 21.

  • Dr. Russell and Sandi Oliver, Vice President for Student Development Services, met with Colonel Christopher Campbell, Director of the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Program at the University of South Carolina, to explore the possibility of establishing a joint AFROTC program between MTC and USC. If implemented, it would provide qualified MTC students with access to AFROTC training and scholarships at USC.

  • MTC Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Financial Aid staff met with representatives from Cyril B. Busbee Middle School and Communities in Schools of the Midlands, to revise and extend the Memorandum of Understanding for the America Counts initiative at Busbee Middle School. America Counts seeks to place federal work study college students as tutors and mentors for students in grades K-9.

  • Sharon Harriott and Hope Hall, Job Training, met with representatives from the Governor’s Office-Continuum of Care, the Department of Social Services Managed Treatment Center and the Columbia Job Service Office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss recruitment and service delivery for the MTC Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Older Youth Program. Sharon and Hope also represented MTC at the Midlands WIA Youth Council meeting.

  • Jean Westmoreland, Coordinator of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Programs, represented MTC at the Midlands Workforce Investment Board (WIB) One Stop Center Committee meeting.

  • Brad Kaufman, a USC graduate student enrolled in the Student Personnel Services Program, is doing a practicum with MTC Educational Talent Search.

  • Sarah Trice, Job Placement, facilitated a resume writing workshop as part of the Midlands Workforce One Stop “Train the Trainer” series.

  • Linda Wyatt, Director of Student Assessment, completed documentation for MTC to serve as a site for computerized College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.

  • The MTC TRIO Programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services) completed and submitted interim performance reports for grant continuation to the US Department of Education.

  • Bill Sandy, Advisement/Scheduling Center, created a FERPA Intranet Web page for college faculty and staff use. The FERPA Web page is located on the newly created Student Development Services Intranet Web site.

  • The MTC Task Force on Student Web Orientation has completed an initial prototype for an interactive CD-ROM and Internet orientation. The orientation can be used in a CD-ROM-only format if Web access is not available. The new orientation format will be available for student use by mid-June. Linda Wyatt chairs the Task Force, and the principal design team includes Joe Chinnes and Holly Dawkins of Advancement, and Henny Holder of IRM.

  • Mary Molusky and Gary Bishop presented WorkKeys and KeyTrain at the Central Carolina Workforce Development Alliance. 

  • The DHEC Bureau of Nurse Aide Certification has approved Continuing Education’s Nurse Aide Training Program for another two years. This program has operated successfully for more than a decade to staff nursing homes, doctors' offices and hospitals with qualified entry-level nurse assistants.

  • Floyd Bowles and Barrie Kirk spoke to the Northeast Human Resources Association regarding Continuing Education training.

  • Vann Gunter, Andrea Haddock, Floyd Bowles and Barrie Kirk met with MRI (who runs the Center for Quality at Eastern Michigan University) and Siemens to talk about partnering with them to open a Quality Center at Midlands Technical College.

  • Amelia Smith ran another very successful Administrative Professional’s Conference with 535 participants.

  • Richard McConnell, Floyd Bowles and Barrie Kirk met with the SC Budget and Control Board to discuss partnering with them to run a Weatherization program for the Southeast region at their new State Training Center.

Technology Report

  • The Instructional Delivery Unit videotaped the Honors Ceremony on April 19, the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 2 at the Koger Center and Graduation at the Carolina Coliseum on May 7.

  • Henry Pearson and David Surber worked all semester shooting and editing various videos showcasing students of Helen Kingkade’s “Acting for Camera” class. The videos were a big hit when they premiered at the Humanities Showcase on Wednesday, April 25.

  • Joe Chinnes and Bob Vargas digitized more than 200 slides, which constitute the entire collection of Matthew Brady’s photographs from the Civil War, for History 201.

  • Interactive Network

    • Classes :  ITP 205 (4 classes); ITP 207 (4 classes); ITP 203 (4 classes); ITP 106 (5 classes); and Vet Tech (7 classes)

    • Meetings:  SC Tech Online; CSSO Executive Committee Meeting; Dental Hygiene; IE Coordinators Meeting; and Development Ed Peer Group

  • Satellite Network

    • Classes :  PHM 114 (7 classes); PHM 109 (4 classes); HIM 135 (7 classes); HIM 137 (4 classes); and HIM 216 (7 classes)

    • Receiving classes:  MUSC (2 classes); USC Spartanburg (3 classes); and Clemson (23 classes)

    • Teleconferences:  Psychological Disabilities on Campus; Legislation and Regulations (record only); Web Accessibility to those with Functional Impairments; State Auditors Office; Engaging Community Students; and Business of Distance Education (record only)

  • Media Services Center impressions for April was 326,270

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Employee of the YearEOY Nominations Are Now Open

Once again, it’s time to recognize your colleagues' hard work and dedication.  Please take a few minutes to nominate coworkers in any of the four categories of Employees of the Year for 2001.  Listed below are the different categories, the coordinator and the selection group:

  • Administrative Support Staff of the Year:  Coordinator is Sandra Sumpter, HRM Director, Airport Campus, ext. 3251.  Nominee is selected by a committee appointed by Executive Council from all areas of the college.

  • Administrator of the Year:  Coordinator is Bridget McCormick, President’s Office, Beltline Campus Ext. 7602.  Nominee is selected by Executive Council.

  • Faculty of the Year:  Coordinator is Douglas Capps, Faculty Council Chair, English Department, Airport Campus, ext. 3256.  Nominee is selected by Faculty Council.

  • Support Staff of the Year:  Coordinator is Teresa Conelly, Staff Council Chair, HRM, Airport Campus, ext. 3558.  Nominee is selected by Staff Council.

Guidelines and forms for nominating your colleagues are available as PDF files or Word files (below), or you can contact the coordinator listed above to request paper guidelines and forms.  If you are not certain in which category your nominee belongs, please contact Alfreda Evans, in HRM, at extension 3253.

  • Administrative Support Staff of the Year (PDF or Word)

  • Administrator of the Year (PDF or Word)

  • Faculty of the Year (PDF or Word)

  • Support Staff of the Year (PDF or Word)

The deadline for submitting forms to the appropriate coordinators is Wednesday, June 6, 2001.  Winners will be announced at Fall Inservice on Monday, August 13, 2001.  If you have any questions about the process, please call Bridget McCormick in the President’s Office at extension 7602.

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MTC Commission Report

Commission ReportAt the May Commission meeting, three motions were approved:

  • To increase the base tuition rate for fiscal year 2001-2002 from $54 to $71 per credit hour;

  • To approve the fiscal year 2001-2002 budget; and

  • To authorize MTC to enter into a contractual agreement with the SC Department of Revenue to collect debts through the Governmental Enterprise Accounts Receivable (GEAR) Collections program.

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Robert C.  LentzRobert Lentz Is New Chair of the MTC Commission

Robert C. Lentz, who has served on the MTC Commission for more than five years, was unanimously elected as the next chair of the Commission at the May Commission meeting. Before serving on the Commission, Lentz served on the MTC Foundation Board for 10 years, including two years as chair. Lentz will succeed Ellie H. Heustess, Jr., who has ably served as Commission chair for the past two years.  Also elected at the meeting were Pete Sercer, vice chair; James Smith, secretary; and Robert Dozier, treasurer.  All terms will become effective at the Commission meeting on July 18.

“I am honored to be elected as the Commission’s next chair,” noted Lentz. “I am enthusiastic about the many opportunities we have for Midlands Technical College and I do not take this responsibility lightly. We must continue to work hard in order to enjoy the future success that we seek. On behalf of the entire Commission, thank you for your dedication and commitment to greatness.”

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MTC AmbassadorsCall for Ambassadors

Plans are underway to select MTC’s 2001-2002 Ambassadors.  The MTC Ambassador Assembly is a highly competitive student honor group that represents the college in a variety of outreach and public relations activities.  The criteria include academic achievement, honesty, leadership potential, and interest in community and outreach activities.  Other activities for this student organization include contributing to the college’s recruiting and outreach efforts, visiting area high schools, and assisting in various college-wide activities.

If you would like to nominate deserving students to this prestigious organization, please do so by sending their names to Chris Porter.  The deadline for nominations is May 30th.

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Janet WalkerJanet Walker Recognized as Top Nonexempt Employee for SDS

Janet Walker has been selected as the Student Development Services 2000-2001 Nonexempt Employee of the Year. She provides technical support to the job placement staff, which includes troubleshooting software, hardware, data communication systems and office automation equipment. She capably installs the software and trains staff on the various applications of both software and hardware. She designs and prepares flyers, bulletins and PowerPoint presentations as needed. She provides students, employers, faculty and staff with job placement/career information. She is responsible for maintaining, updating and distributing all job opportunities listed with the office. She assists in the organization and implementation of special events such as career days, job fests and college transfer days. She manages the daily operations of the job placement office, supervises student staff and supports the team in any way needed. She is truly a "jack of all trades."

Janet is always positive, polite and courteous to those she comes in contact with. She makes each person feel as if they are the most important person in the world. She graciously shares of her time, gifts and abilities, both on and off campus. She is an encourager and she often provides an encouraging, word, note and/or treat that will uplift you in a moment. She has a wonderful sense of humor and her laughter is contagious. She is very creative and looks out for the team. The team would be incomplete without her. She can be counted on to get the job done and always goes above and beyond the task at hand. One way to describe her is that she is simply "a blessing."

Janet is an ambassador for the college. Whether she is ringing bells with the Salvation Army for Staff Council or representing the college at the State Fair, she has a kind word for all. She represents Job Placement at the Business Expo, Career Day, College Transfer Day and the annual Job Fest. She has assisted with the graduation reception and honors ceremony, and greeted students at the beginning of late registration lines. You may find her setting up, serving refreshments or cleaning up after an event. She has designed a program cover and T-shirt logo for the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers. She worked with MIL and the post office to design a new, more efficient graduate placement evaluation survey to meet all the postal and college requirements for mailings. She currently serves on the professional development committee. No job is too big or too small for Janet!

She is consistently continuing her professional development through attending workshops, seminars and online training. She also takes course on her own personal time. She has taken the latest editions of Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Publisher, Internet, etc.  She has participated in: conflict resolution; troubleshooting/maintaining PCs; creating compelling presentations in PowerPoint; managing multiple priorities/deadlines; mistake-free grammar; designing eye-catching brochures; self-discipline and emotional control.  Her love for learning and curiosity has helped identify new, better and more efficient methods of operation.

In addition to all these activities, Janet is very active in her church and teaches the children there. She has been involved in all sorts of fund-raisers for Sandy Run Community Center and always gives back to the community, including donating blood to the American Red Cross!

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U.S. FlagHappy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a secular holiday created to honor and pay our respect for fallen soldiers. It is a day to visit the gravesites of loved ones and ancestors and place flowers by their headstones. Flags are flown at half-staff until noon and small flags are placed by the graves.

Many people take advantage of a three-day weekend and travel to beaches, lakes or up to the mountains with their families. Parades, barbecues and picnics are traditional as well. Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer.

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day. Both the North and South had been placing flowers on the graves of loved ones who perished in the American Civil War. The casualties of this war were high - 498,332 lives. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, Commander-in-Chief of Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11, which officially proclaimed Decoration Day. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, however, the South decided to honor their dead on a different day up until World War I. In 1882, the holiday's name was changed to Memorial Day and in 1971 the day was declared a national holiday.

Slightly adapted from “Memorial Day at Web Holidays.” www.web-holidays.com/memorial/ (May 25, 2001)

Other Web sites of interest are:

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Carol PowerCarol Power Named SDS Exempt Employee of the Year for 2000-2001

Carol Power has been selected as the Student Development Services Exempt 2000-2001 Employee of the Year. She has a college-wide reputation of being an academic advising expert. After years of updating the MTC Advisement Manual, she has most of it memorized. Advisors throughout the college regularly call on her for advising information. She developed several of the modules in the advising training program for new advisors and has led several advisement training sessions. She strives to keep her knowledge of other college services up-to-date so that she can properly refer students to the appropriate offices when needed.

Carol consistently receives high ratings on student evaluations, which is the ultimate test of her effectiveness as an advisor. She always goes the extra mile when advising students, ensuring they have all the information they need to be successful. She demonstrates team sprit by creating support materials on her own for the Advisement Centers and Scheduling Centers on both campuses.

Carol is a multitalented advisor. In addition to her excellent advising skills, she is also very knowledgeable about computer-related issues. She puts those skills to use both within the Advisement and Scheduling Center and in other departments. She is responsible for converting the paper advisement manual to the current online version. Representatives from other departments regularly call on her for assistance with computer or Internet questions.

Carol participates in professional development activities both as a presenter and as a recipient. She participates in the college-sponsored activities offered at each MTC in-service and, she has co-led an in-service session on academic advising.

Carol is an active member of Eastminister Presbyterian Church and regularly participates in church-sponsored community outreach programs.

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Computer Training Center Offers Cutting-Edge IT Certification Testing System

On Memorial Day, Continuing Education (CE) hosted a successful Sales Meeting that helped inform college associates about the full range of CE programs.  Among the many new and ongoing initiatives discussed at the Sales Meeting was MTC’s recent agreement to provide Information Technology (IT) certification exams using the VUE testing system. VUE’s advanced Internet-based system administers IT exams for leading IT certification programs such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and others.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with VUE,” said Susan Brown, Director of the Computer Training Center. “VUE’s testing system is among the most powerful available. Its breakthrough technology and passion for service will allow us to provide even greater service for our customers.”

Among the technological advances of the VUE system is the ability of exam candidates to register and reschedule their exams at the testing site, on the Web or via a VUE call center, all in real time via the Internet. “VUE’s technology gives us unparalleled control and flexibility over our ability to provide testing services,” added Brown. “We will be much freer to experiment with testing hours and number of testing stations. Everyone wins.”

The growing list of IT certification exams accessible through the VUE system is delivered directly from the exam sponsors. Test results are quickly transmitted back, ensuring the candidate’s certification status is promptly updated. VUE states, “Same exams … just better technology and even better service.”

Scott Allison, Director of Marketing at VUE, said, “VUE is proud to welcome The Computer Training Center of Midlands Technical College to the rapidly growing global network of VUE Authorized Test Centers, providing students with another opportunity to participate in a positive, rewarding test experience.”

VUE (http://www.vue.com/) is the electronic testing service of NCS Pearson, a subsidiary of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO). From operation centers in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, India and China, VUE provides a variety of services to the IT testing industry.

The MTC Continuing Education program is one of the largest of its kind among two-year colleges in the state, serving more than 30,000 residents annually.  Last year, MTC Continuing Education provided training for more than 100 area businesses and industries.  For additional information about the VUE testing system, please contact Barbara Streeter at ext. 5253.

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ETS Car WashDirty Cars Become Ticket to Nation’s Capital for ETS Students

To help raise money for the MTC Educational Talent Search program to visit to Washington, DC and New York City, the program’s students and staff will be washing cars on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the K-Mart on Charleston Highway.

“We’d like to take 20 of our program’s participants to the Washington DC area, the New York area and North Carolina,” said Joyce Austin.  “We’ll be staying on a number of college campuses and touring various points of interest.”

Joyce said the group’s plans include seeing some cultural areas of New York City, including Harlem.  In the nation’s capital, they even hope to visit with a member of Congress.

The ETS program provides counseling services to 1,000 middle school and high school students who are highly motivated to go on to some form of education after they complete high school. ETS services are intended to help participants complete secondary school and to become enrolled in post-secondary education programs offered through colleges, universities, and trade or technical schools.

“This is a great opportunity for college employees to help support a worthy college program," explained Joyce.  “These children are from low-income families.  Many of them are the first generation in their family to attend college.  I know without this program, most would never have the opportunity to take a trip like this.”

Anyone may make a donation in advance by prepurchasing a car wash ticket ($3.00 suggested minimum).  Simply call extension 822-3628 or stop by the ETS office in Saluda Hall 157.

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Web Site Great Source for TLE Information

Check out the Teaching and Learning Web site at http://inside.midlandstech.com/tle.  Some of the information you will find is free training offered to faculty and staff; faculty resources such as the faculty manual and Webct help; forms for requesting professional and curriculum development funding; and skill assessment forms so that faculty and staff can customize their training sessions.

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May Gives More Than 30 Employees Reason to Celebrate

Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. Her name related to a Latin word that means increase or growth.

Cheers to all our colleagues with May birthdays:

05/01    

Keith Quigley

05/03

Linda Ackerman

05/05

Steve Roberson

05/06

Claudia Crawford

05/06

Darlene Thomas

05/06

Ruth Gilbert

05/08

Ginny Aylward

05/09

Janice Stoudemire

05/09

Terry Hatcher

05/10

Janice Jake

05/12

Hamed Javed

05/12

Betty Bryant

05/12

John Morris

05/13

Carolyn Gatlin

05/15

Jackie O'Neal

05/18

Rick Bailey

05/22

Tommy Hampton

05/23

Alfreda Evans

05/24

Kari Beaty

05/24

Stacey Price

05/24

Lloyd Pilkington

05/25

Celeste Barclay

05/25

Minnie Thompson

05/25

John White

05/26

Nelly Clay

05/26

Laddie Gray

05/26

Karen Baldwin

05/27

Barbara Cartwright

05/27

Karen Valasquez

05/29

Richard Stoudemire

05/30

Richard Sauls

05/30

Patricia Flowers

05/30

Thomasina Hughey

05/31

Rick Corbett

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MTC Instructor Visits Local High School, Discusses Networking Opportunities

Ben Poston, instructor in MTC's regional Cisco Networking Academy, recently conducted an annual monitoring visit of Brookland-Cayce High School's Cisco Academy, one of several local Cisco academies that Midlands oversees.  The visit included speaking to students about college and work opportunities in the networking field.  Additionally, Poston and a group of MTC students who are about to graduate with their Cisco-based "Routing and Network Configuration" certificates, attended the April meeting of the Columbia Cisco Users Group meeting at the Adam's Mark.

In a move to prepare students for good jobs in the 21st century, Midlands Technical College began its role as a regional Cisco Networking Academy last year. MTC has been working closely with area high schools to create programs that certify high school and college students in the design, building and maintenance of computer networks.

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“Reaching Adult Learners” Telecast to Air Thursday

The broadcast “Reaching Adult Learners In New Ways” will be held in LET 110 on May 3, 2001, 3:30pm-5:30pm.  All those interested in this topic are invited to attend.  Note that this telecast will be videotaped and will be available for later viewing.

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Employees Welcome to Suggest New Publications for MTC Libraries

The library staff relies on the input of college employees to help keep its collections updated. Over the next couple of weeks, the library will be considering new journal and magazine subscriptions for the upcoming year.

College employees who have particular publications in mind should notify Clay Couch by May 15. Requests may be made by e-mail, campus mail, or with the Periodicals Request form on the library's website (located at http://www.midlandstech.com/library/journalreq.html).

Please check the MTC Library Periodicals Collection page (http://www.midlandstech.com/library/serials.htm) to see the college’s current subscriptions.

If you have submitted a periodicals request over the past year, your suggestion need not be resent as it is already under consideration.

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Mahaffey Honored with Friend of International Education Award

At the International Relations Club Banquet, Jean Mahaffey received the following tribute when presented the first Friend of International Education Award.  The award was presented by Patience Musingarimi, President of the International Relations Club, and Dixon Durham, Chair of the MTC International Committee.  Jean was honored for her many achievements in the field of international education and her longstanding commitment to expanding knowledge and awareness of different cultures.

“The International Relations Club and the International Committee have chosen Dr. Jean Mahaffey, Vice President for Education, as the first recipient of the Friend of International Education Award.  Jean is a leader and true visionary in the field of international education.  More than a decade ago, she saw the impact that the information revolution would have on education.  Our small world was becoming a miniscule world.  Faculty and students would be facing new challenges.  She understood that people who will become successful must not only know how to make voyages in cyberspace, but be able to relate well to people in other cultures.  We should not simply tolerate other cultures but come to appreciate them.  She also understood that for students to be prepared her faculty would have to become more educated. 

Through her efforts, MTC gained a grant of $5,000 from the SC Commission on Higher Education.  This money enabled the college to provide substantial professional development opportunities.  It bought books and video materials for faculty members to read and view to educate themselves about Latin American, African, and Asian cultures.  These instructors then compiled a comprehensive and annotated bibliography of these materials.  This bibliography was published, and it gave others on the faculty pedagogical methodologies to incorporate these resources in their own classes. 

The woman we honor tonight was one of the founders of the South Carolina International Education Consortium – an organization that pools the resources of the colleges in the State Tech System.  Through a US State Department grant, faculty members at MTC were given released time to develop model lesson plans to achieve global perspectives in a variety of disciplines, from business marketing and management, to literature, languages, history, religion, philosophy, sociology, economics, and psychology – an ambitious attempt to achieve international education in many parts of the curriculum. 

Our honoree has supported the development of new courses for our students, including Asian literature, comparative religion, international business, East Asia civilization, Latin American civilization, world geography, and world literature.  She has encouraged the expansion of foreign language offerings.  And most recently, she has given the leadership to provide a curriculum in ESL, English as a Second Language.  This curriculum will enable people in the Midlands to improve their employment opportunities.

She has sponsored faculty research in international topics and has encouraged faculty members to make presentations on global education at regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Mahaffey, because of the many professional development opportunities you have provided to the faculty, the educational opportunities for students at MTC have been enlarged and their lives enriched.  Your leadership has been a blessing to the college, the faculty, and the student body.  We thank you for this fine work and present to you the first Friend of International Education Award.”

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MTC Survivor Kits designed to help students, employees

Know a student who is facing difficult exams?  A colleague seeking a new type of licensure?  Someone writing a thesis or dissertation?  Or anyone who's having a hard time making it?  Show your care, support and concern by sending them a survival kit!  Basic and deluxe kits are available, tailored to your recipient.  Great for:

  • Parents (Mother's Day or Father's Day, especially)

  • Students studying for exams

  • Medical students or law students taking boards or in rotations or internships

  • Those taking CPA exams, real estate exams, MCATs or LSATs, comprehensive exams, or preparing theses or dissertations 

  • Teachers who are grading all of those exams

We also do appreciation boxes for:

  • Parents (Mother's Day or Father's Day, especially)

  • Secretaries / administrative assistants

  • Bosses / employers / coworkers

  • Pastors

  • Friends

The basic kits cost $15; deluxe kits cost $25.  Proceeds support MTC GEAR UP, a program for middle school students in the midlands of South Carolina.

To order, e-mail Diane Carr or call 822-3444 or 822-3074.  We can fill any order placed at least one week in advance; if you have less time than that, contact us anyway and we'll let you know what we can do.

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Inactivity Timeout on Colleague

The Colleague system is now using an inactivity timeout which will terminate a user's session if the terminal remains idle for 45 minutes.  This inactivity timeout is similar to the timeout used on the PRSIS and PRFRS systems.  The timeout is used for two reasons - licensing and security.  The college pays a fee for each simultaneous session that connects to the system, and there is a limit to the number of licenses that can be in use at one time.  The timeout allows licenses that are idle to be returned to the pool for others to use.  For security reasons, when leaving a workstation for a meeting, lunch, the end of the day, or other extended periods, users should log out of the system.  The timeout helps ensure user sessions are secure after extended periods if a user forgets to log out.

If your session remains idle for 45 minutes, the system will close your session and display the following message:  “Your Unidata session has terminated prematurely.  FrontView is forced to logout.”

Users can click on the OK button in the message window to clear the message.  At this point, the session has been disconnected from the system.  If this message appears, the user will need to log back into Colleague.

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Reporting of Work Related Injuries/Accidents

Effective Immediately:

Please take notice of the change for reporting work related injuries:

  1. Notify your supervisor when a work related injury or accident occurs.

  2. Notify campus security to report injuries and accidents to obtain an Accident report.

  3. Contact Karen Price in Human Resource Management to receive a first report of injury form.

The first report of injury form must be completed even if medical attention is not needed.  For additional information, please contact Karen Price, ext. 3254.

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Thank You

“To my Midlands Tech Family:

My family and I wish to thank all of you for your loving support and the many cards and flowers sent during the recent death of my son to cancer.

It gives you such a wonderful feeling to know that so many of your co-workers care.

Again, thank you MTC for being there.”

Lavone Wilson and family

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New address developed for employees to submit college information to College News on the MTC Intranet

Articles for submission to the daily College News may be submitted via e-mail to collegenews@midlandstech.com

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Reminder About Use of MTC Mailing Address and Service

Please be reminded that MTC Policy and Procedures 6.1 (Mail Services) states that the college's mailing address and service shall not be used for personal or unauthorized use.  As a convenience and service to college employees and students, however, correctly stamped outgoing (personal) mail may be handled through the mail service.

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Request for Employee of the Month nominationsEmployee of the Month Nominations Due Friday, May 25

Honor your colleagues by nominating them for Employee of the Month.  It only takes a few minutes to fill out the nomination form, and they might win fame (an interview in College News), fortune (cash and dinner tickets) and a reserved parking spot.

Nominations for the May Employee of the Month will be due by close of business on Friday, May 25.  Please take a few minutes to fill out an online nomination form.  If you have any questions or if you prefer a hard copy of the form, please contact Holly Dawkins at ext. 3363.

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Telephone Numbers for Jean Mahaffey and Gina Mounfield

As you all know, Jean Mahaffey has left the position of Vice President for Education.  She will retain her extension (3286) when she returns to the classroom in the Fall.

Gina Mounfield, Department Chair for Information Systems Technology and Interim Vice President for Education, can be reached on Airport at 3599 as Interim Vice President for Education, and at Beltline at 7692 as Department Chair.

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Remembering Rita Rivers

“Those of you who know Rita and me realize the friendship and sisterly love that we shared.  Your overwhelming support and love has been a true blessing for us.

As the cards, visits and calls came in, Rita just couldn’t believe so many of you cared so deeply.  Without you, I could not have sustained the strength I needed to watch as she slipped away.

God has blessed us through friends like you.  Everyday is a gift and every memory a treasure.  God bless you.”

-- Carolyn Rhodes

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Tuition Rates for 2001-2002

The 2001-2002 tuition rates approved by the MTC Commission at its May 2001 meeting are outlined below.

Full-time students (12 or more credit hours) per semester:

  Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties residents

$850

  Residents of other South Carolina counties

$1,063

  Nonresidents of South Carolina

$2,550

Part-time students (fewer than 12 credit hours) per credit hour:

  Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties residents

$71

  Residents of other South Carolina counties

$89

  Nonresidents of South Carolina

$213

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Drop In

Jeannette Ballanco, with the Central Midlands Tech Prep School-to-Work Partnership, is moving at the end of May. There will be a drop-in farewell at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland St., on Friday, May 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please drop by and join us for refreshments and to thank Jeannette for all her hard work over the past several years.

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Virus Hoax Alert

A known virus hoax, referred to as the SULFNBK.EXE hoax, is apparently making the rounds. IRM was notified of this "virus" and found the hoax documented on the McAfee and Norton Anti-Virus web sites.

The hoax instructs users to look for a file called SULFNBK.EXE. On practically all PCs running Windows, this program SHOULD exist. This program is a Windows utility used to restore long file names and is expected to be on all Windows systems. When most users look for this file, they WILL typically find it and naturally assume they've been infected.

The virus hoax message mentions that "virus software" cannot detect it. Based on the fact that the SULFNBK.EXE file has not been infected, there is no virus to detect, so virus software will not identify it as infected.

The Anti-Virus sites do mention that it is possible for some viruses to attach themselves to an executable (.exe) file; however, no known virus attacks the SULFNBK.EXE file (yet). If such a virus were developed to target the SULFNBK.EXE program specifically or at random, that program could become infected.

Refer to the following links to read more about this hoax:

Related Links:

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Pre Health Advisement for Summer and Fall 2001

The Pre-Health Studies Advisement Office has moved from SA 112 to AC 302. The phone number is still 822-3068.

Advisement Office hours for summer 2001 are

  • Mondays -- 1-6 p.m.

  • Tuesdays -- 3-8 p.m.

  • Wednesdays -- 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

  • Thursdays -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pre-Health Advisement for Fall Semester 2001 will begin immediately and end on August 2, 2001.

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