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Inside Story for Friday, May 14, 2010

Nominate Students for Leadership Conference

The Service-Learning Office seeks outstanding student leaders to attend MCC's first Student Leadership Conference, Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at FOC. The conference, entitled "Envision-Engage-Lead-Serve," will include multiple speakers and breakout sessions on topics including entrepreneurship, community action, service-learning, career-seeking skills, overcoming life obstacles and international issues.

Students will be invited to the event based on faculty and staff nominations. Nominate outstanding student leaders by Friday, June 4, by emailing Elizabeth McPhail, eamcphail1@mccneb.edu, with the student's name and ID number.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McPhail or Penny Boykins in the Service-Learning Office.

Lauritzen Gardens Memberships Available

MCC employees qualify for a Lauritzen Gardens membership at a reduced rate.  This rate is available throughout the remainder of May.  A membership provides unlimited visits to the garden throughout the year, a ten percent discount in the gift shop, reduced pricing on both child and adult education programs, the Seasons of Growth quarterly newsletter and invitations to members-only events. This year, individuals who become members by June 15, 2010, will also receive a free one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens or a one-year extension on an existing subscription.

After you have filled out the attached membership form and included payment, you can mail it directly to Lauritzen Gardens or send it through intercampus mail to Pat Smith, SOC CON.  For questions, contact Smith at 738-4681.

New at the Library

New books and DVDs are now available at the MCC libraries.

Elder Fair Provides Free Resources

MCC is sponsoring an Elder Fair July 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus. The free event offers resources and workshops to seniors and caregivers. More than 50 organizations will provide information. The Walgreens Wellness Bus will provide free health screenings.

For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/elderfair.

Students Share May Day with Elderly

may day deliver

About 20 MCC students and staff celebrated May Day on April 30 at Omaha elder care facilities. Students delivered 200 May Baskets to eight area facilities, each basket filled with a marigold, cookie and other goodies.

Residents responded with gratitude for the simple gesture. Residents at St. Joe's Villa even accompanied the volunteers in a hallway parade as they delivered May Day cheer. Days later, a man whose wife received a basket in the Alzheimer's Unit contacted the Service-Learning Office later to express his appreciation.

Utility Line Technician Students Host Rodeo

Students in the Utility Line Technician Program will show off their skills in the MCC Utility Lineman's Rodeo on Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public. Join students as they demonstrate their skills one last time before entering their internships.

Conference to Feature Award-Winning Performances

A series of seven readings and performances at venues throughout Omaha will highlight the work of top-notch playwrights at MCC's fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 29-June 5.  

David Lindsay-Abaire, recognized as the Conference's 2010 honored playwright, will present two works: Fuddy Meers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole. Other performances and readings include avant-garde work from New York and new works by top national writers.

The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council.

Ticket vouchers are free for MCC students staff members. Email theatreconference@mccneb.edu  to request ticket vouchers.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Crime or Emergency by Sibyl Kempson
Performance with talkback following
Saturday, May 29, 9 p.m.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building
Cost: $10 

Waaxe's Law by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Sunday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden
Cost: $10 

Mountain Head with Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Short plays with talkback following
Monday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
KANEKO, 11th and Jones streets
Cost: $10 

Turpentine Jake by James E. Hurd Jr. and Linda Bannister
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Tuesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, Mainstage Theatre
Cost: $10 

The Writer's Voice with David Lindsay-Abaire, Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Reading and discussion of works
Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, Howard Drew Theatre
Cost: $10

Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

For more information on tickets and performances, visit the Great Plains Theatre Conference website at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference or call the Omaha Community Playhouse, (402) 553-0800.

MCC to Host Golf Outing

MCC is hosting a golf scramble on Friday, June 25, at Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St. Registration is $60 per person or $240 per four-person team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a burger buffet following the tournament.

You can register as a single and be placed on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. For information, contact Linda Hoagland, 457-2403 or lhoagland@mccneb.edu.

Proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Return your check, made out to MCC Foundation, and completed registration form no later than Tuesday, June 15. Checks will not be cashed until after June 15.

Competition Challenges Commuters to Use Alternative Transportation

The MetrO! Commuter Challenge 2010 invites Omahans to get around town without driving alone: by cycling, walking, carpooling or riding buses. Participants compete to see who can reduce the most single occupancy trips.

The challenge begins on May 17 and runs through Aug. 15. Carpool, ride your bike, take the bus, walk to work or combine these transportation options to compete. Explore new ways of getting around town while reducing our carbon footprint. Prizes may be awarded.

The competition is sponsored by Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Activate Omaha.

More information will be available as the contest approaches. Visit www.metrorideshare.org/en-US/ for more information.

Weekly Green Tip

Neutralize carpet odors with baking soda. Unlike specialty carpet deodorizers, which contain perfumes that can be respiratory irritants, baking powder is all-natural. Lightly dust the carpet with baking powder, let sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum.

Library Assistant Karen Tomasek to Retire

After 21 years of service at MCC, South Omaha Campus's Library Assistant Karen Tomasek will retire on May 27.  A reception in her honor will be held on Monday, May 24, 1-3 p.m. at the South Omaha Library.  Join us in wishing her well in her retirement.  

Educational Consultant JoAnn Santage to Retire

South Campus Academic Resource Center Educational Consultant JoAnn Santage will retire from MCC at the end of May. Join us to wish her well in her retirement at at her retirement reception, Tuesday, May 25, 1-3 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Academic Resource Center, Room 214.

MCC in the News

MCC in the News

  • Straight-A 8th graders - the next green data center managers, 'Students take part in Scavenger Hunts,' May 6, Fremont Tribune
  • MCC graduate helps Somali Bantu refugees, 'Tailoring a culture to find work,' May 10, Omaha World-Herald
  • Job fair planned for felons, May 14, WOWT

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College's open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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