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Inside Story for Friday, July 09, 2010

New Books & DVDs

View the latest list of new books and DVDs available in the campus libraries.

Heart of Metro Nomination Deadline for Summer Quarter July 16

Friday, July 16 is the deadline for Summer quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy colleague for their outstanding contributions to the College? Submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro or to read more about the Heart of Metro Award.

Questions?  Contact Kay Friesen at kfriesen@mccneb.edu or 457-2878.

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, 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, July 9, by emailing Elizabeth McPhail, eamcphail1@mccneb.edu, making sure to include the student's name and ID number.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McPhail or Penny Boykins in the Service-Learning Office, 457-2608.

Rebates for ENERGY STAR Appliances

The Nebraska Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program began Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 8 a.m. View eligible products and rebate amounts are at www.neo.ne.gov/ARRA/appliancerebate.htm

Search among the 300+ registered sellers for those in your area offering rebates.  Once you make your purchase, sellers will provide you with a rebate claim for the product.  Simply, send that claim form and a copy of the sales receipt within 30 days to the processing center.  A check will be mailed to you in 6-8 weeks.
You will also be able to see up-to-the-minute availability of the amount of refunds remaining at the rebate website. Questions? Call toll-free (877)820-9192.  

Cooling Tips for Every Budget

Staying cool this summer does not have to mean cranking up the air conditioning and spending a lot of money. A typical household spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling. EPA's ENERGY STAR program has some low- to no-cost energy-saving tips to beat the heat and save money, too.


  • Program your thermostat to work around your family's summer schedule-set it a few degrees higher when no one is home so your cooling system is not cooling an empty house. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Check your HVAC system's air filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, change it; change the filter at least every three months. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool-wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room make sure to turn off the fan.
  • Close the curtains and shades before you leave your home to keep the sun's rays from overheating the interior of your home. If you can, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed windows to act as shade.


  • Remember to have your HVAC system serviced annually to ensure it is running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.
  • Swap out incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient lighting choices-ENERGY STAR qualified lighting not only uses less energy, it also produces about 75 percent less heat than incandescent lighting, so cooling bills will be reduced too.
  • Seal your ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home's duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements and garages).
  • Make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet your floors, walls and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

Medium- to Higher-Cost:

  • When buying a room air conditioning unit, look for one that has earned EPA's ENERGY STAR. If every room air conditioner in the United States were ENERGY STAR qualified, they would prevent 900 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually-equivalent to the emissions from 80,000 cars.
  • Add insulation to your attic to keep cool air in-if every American household did so, we would collectively save more than $1.8 billion in yearly energy costs.
  • Hire a contractor to seal and insulate the interior ductwork in your home (the ducts you cannot reach yourself). For help on choosing the right contractor, visit www.energystar.gov/homeimprovement.
  • If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned EPA's ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent.

For more information about keeping cool and comfortable while saving money this season, visit www.energystar.gov/heatcool.

Bicycle Safety

Here are some great bike safety tips for those recreational and commuting bicyclists among us. www.nationalbikeregistry.com/proplock.html

Collegewide Auction Set for August

The Collegewide Auction has been set for Saturday, Aug. 7, at FOC, Bldg. 25. Now is the time to look at any of your unwanted items to send to Central Stores for the Collegewide Auction. Follow this link to see the current auction items: www.mccneb.edu/auction/.

How to contribute items:
1. Fill out the Move, turn in, transfer of non microcomputer equipment form that can be found in the Forms Bank.
2. Send that form to Central Stores, which will schedule a time to pick up the items.
3. For questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

Omaha Running Club Sponsors Go Girl Run

The 13th Annual Go Girl Run is Sept. 6. To register for the women only 5K race, the women/children's one-mile run or the Kids Fun Run (half-mile or two-block race for boys and girls 12 or under), visit www.omaharun.org. The Omaha Running Club is sponsoring an 11-week running program with training aids and weekly workshops to help runners prepare for the race.

Proceeds benefit the Uta Halee Girls Village.

Sarpy Center Events

Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Summer Concert Series kicks off July 9 at the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library with Omaha cover band Shur Thing at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

Outdoor Movie Bee Movie at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Outdoor Movie Series heads to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library July 16 at 9:30 p.m. with Bee Movie. The movie is free and open to the public.

Weekly Green Tip

Farmer's market vs. supermarket: Try doing some of your shopping at a local farmer's market. If you can, walk or bike there. Of the total energy used in the United States per year, 4 percent is used to produce food, and between 10 and 13 percent is used to transport it. On average, U.S. supermarket food travels 1,500 to 2,500 miles before it reaches the family table. Buying local food can reduce the amount of petroleum consumed to transport your dinner by as much as 95 percent. - The Green Book

Comings and Goings

Todd Card                 FOC #21       457-2882
Tom Galus                                     457-2934
Aimee Haugen           FOC #21        457-2604
Heath Mello               FOC #21
Ambe White              FOC #21 

Separations                Last Day
Stephanie Emrich           7/8/10
Lucian Turco                  7/6/10
Douglas Watson             7/6/10

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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