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Inside Story for Friday, August 29, 2008

Input Needed for 2009-10 College Calendar

The Academic Affairs Office seeks input from all MCC personnel regarding the 2009-10 academic calendar. Three drafts are located on the Academic Affairs web site.

Any feedback received will be used to create two final drafts, which will be forwarded to Academic Council. Once feedback from Academic Council is received, one final draft will be forwarded to Cabinet and then finally to the Board of Governors for final approval.

Email any comments/suggestions regarding these drafts to Jody Tomanek jtomanek@mccneb.edu by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Student Organization Advisor Contact Update Required

With the start of the new academic year, many of our student organizations are getting back into the swing of things. If you serve as the advisor for any student organization, activity or club, send your current phone number and email address along with the name of the organization you advise to raschindler@mccneb.edu. If you do not send this information, you and the members of your group risk missing out on valuable information and opportunities.

All-American Society Display Garden on Fort Omaha Campus

The Horticulture Department and the Men's Garden Club of Omaha jointly sponsor an All-American Society Display Garden on the Fort Omaha Campus next to the greenhouse, one of only three display gardens in Nebraska. The garden displays those annuals selected for all-American designation for the past five years and those being released for 2009. 

There will be a free open house at the garden Sept. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. Garden club members will be present to answer any questions. For more information on the All-American Selection organization, visit their web site

Exciting Updates from the Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office has been extremely busy gearing up for this new academic year, but they've managed to make some great things happen for MCC students. This week, more than 130 students who are enrolled but were not awarded financial aid were sent letters notifying them of their status. In the past, these students would have had to get all the way through our awarding process (several weeks) only to be notified they needed to begin a student loan application process because their Estimated Family Contribution was too high for grants. The awarding process for this particular group of students now has been sped up to get loan funds to them ASAP! 

Even better, the loan application link to apply for student loans to attend MCC directs students to an online loan application process. Now the lender of the student's choice will begin alerting MCC's Financial Aid Office much earlier in the aid process. This process is not only speedy and efficient, it can begin at any time the student chooses. With this specific change, MCC will be communicating with students much earlier in the process for all their aid options.

Note that although students will apply for student loans immediately via the web, they will still be required to fulfill federal and MCC requirements before MCC can approve the disbursement. Always remember, MCC would never encourage a student to borrow if they don't need to.

Personal Publication Opportunities in Local Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire is a monthly regional journal of public policy and the arts. They aspire to become the progressive voice of the Great Plains by providing engaging, thoughtful and bipartisan discourse on political matters, as well as compelling analyses and critiques of the arts and humanities. Samples of past issues are available on their web site, and if you are interested in learning more or how to submit an article or review, go to www.prairiefirenewspaper.com.

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