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Inside Story for Friday, June 20, 2008

World Refugee Day at Benson High School

The Refugee Task Force is putting on a World Refugee Day celebration at Benson High School (5120 Maple Street) Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day's events include:

10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

  • Parade of flags
  • Opening remarks
  • Refugee performances
  • Local refugees presentation
  • Karen Dancers

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch/Carnival

11:30 a.m. Educational Panels

  • Darfur
  • Refugee Stories

12:30 p.m. Educational Panels

  • Sponsoring
  • Addressing Mental Health Issues
  • Refugee Stories

1:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

2 p.m. Fashion Show/Dance/Educational Presentation

2:30 p.m. Athletic Events
Volleyball, soccer and races

For more information, contact Jeff Vandenberg at (402) 346-6100 or jvandenberg@lfsneb.org.

Volunteers Needed at 17th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

The 17th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow will be held on Saturday, September 20, 1-7:30 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus.

Volunteers are needed for the following activities from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

  • Providing water and coffee to dancers
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Driving a van to shuttle audience members from the event to various on-campus parking lots
  • Interviewing vendors and audience members for evaluations

If you are interested in volunteering at this year's event, contact Rae Lynn Frogge at 457-2266 and provide your time available (minimum time requested is a 2-hour period) and list the best way to reach you for confirmation.

Fort Omaha Campus Facility Updates

Facilities Management is currently measuring all buildings on the Fort Omaha Campus to update floor plan books. The current books are out-of-date and several dimensions have been found to be inaccurate. In addition, square footage and usage have to be reported to the state of Nebraska so anytime there are changes, including the measurements, the database with the State needs to be revised. Public Safety is also in the process of updating current floor plans to reflect storm shelter locations and fire egress maps for all buildings. 

Give Blood, Help Save Lives and Meet Your Favorite Alternative Music Bands

American Red Cross partners with Music Saves Lives to host second Omaha metro blood drives and offer free backstage passes to The Vans Warped Tour

Music fans won't have to wait in line for a chance at a backstage pass to The Vans Warped Tour this summer if they're willing to help save lives and give blood to the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross and Music Saves Lives (MSL) are partnering to help increase blood donations this spring and summer by offering blood donors at participating blood drives a free VIP backstage pass to The Vans Warped Tour.

The second MSL concert blood drive in the Omaha metro will be on Thursday, June 26th at the Westside Community Conference Center and will feature a free concert by Little Brazil, Brad Hoshaw, Honeybee and Bartlett. The concert is sponsored by Lifenine Productions, 89.7 The River and Wells Fargo.

Collecting blood during the summer months is often more difficult than during other times of the year. Colleges, universities and high schools, where up to 20 percent of the Red Cross' blood donations come from, are not in session. By partnering with MSL, the American Red Cross is providing these important blood donors a unique opportunity to help save lives by donating blood again during the spring and summer months and get VIP backstage access to their favorite Vans Warped Tour bands.

WHAT: Music Saves Lives Concert Series and Blood Drive
WHEN: Thursday, June 26th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Westside Community Conference Center, 3534 S. 108th St. Omaha, NE 68144

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees

Lance Criswell Custodian FOC 10 457-2407


Aura Renaud 738-4506 
Karen Tomasek 738-4506
Carol White 738-4506

New Faces

  Sheena Parks 

Sheena Parks
Student Services Assistant
Fort Omaha Campus

Sheena Parks received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Bellevue University and her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Iowa Western Community College. She is currently working on her Master's in Public Administration. Parks is a wife and a mother of one child. She loves to work in an environment with lots of people. Parks loves to sing, read and write music. She also enjoys the outdoors, and likes to run and workout.

 Alexandra Winter

Alexandra Winter
Nursing Instructor
Fort Omaha Campus

Alexandra Winter received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Regis University in Denver, Colo. She has been an adjunct nursing instructor at MCC since spring 2007 and has ten years of clinical nursing experience in behavioral health. She lives in Papillion with her husband and two sons, Noah, age 3, and Austin, who is 3 months old. Winter is a world traveler and has been to many interesting places including the Amazon, Egypt, Thailand, Africa and Iran.

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