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Inside Story for Monday, April 11, 2011

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Turn Heartbreak into Hope

Down the street and across the country, there are patients in need of lifesaving blood. You can be a lifesaver and make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood at MCC in April and May. Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others.

When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, that single act can turn heartbreak into hope for patients and their families. Schedule an appointment to donate blood.

Upcoming blood drive: 

  • Tuesday, April 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bloodmobile near Bldg. 10 (Sponsor Code: 68)
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Student Commons (Sponsor Code: 594)
  • Tuesday, May 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC Room 119 (Sponsor Code: 69)

To view available times and to schedule your donation appointment, click here, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code listed above or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements or call the above 800 number.

Spring Lilies for Sale

MCC's Horticulture program will be selling lilies on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, at the Fort Omaha Campus ICA, Bldg. 22. Lilies will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per plant. Get a jumpstart on spring with a beautiful lily. Contact Addie Kinghorn or Todd Morrissey for more information.

Represent MCC in the Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

Bike Omaha ChallengeMCC employees that ride bicycles to work can sign up for the Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge. Sponsored by Activate Omaha, this friendly competition challenges employers to log the most bicycle-commuter miles between May 1 and October 1. More than 1,000 people around Omaha already are registered.

Participants ride as much or as little as they like and record their commutes each week on the website.

Those new to bicycle commuting should check out Activate Omaha's cycling resources and the website IRideDouglasCounty.org. For more information, contact MCC team captain Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or Julie Harris at Activate Omaha at jharris@activateomaha.org.

Spring Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Do you work with a colleague who you feel consistently demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered? If so, nominate him or her for the Heart of Metro Award. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, April 25. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Sign Up Now for Mass CPR Training

MCC is partnering with Clarkson College to provide a free, mass CPR training event on Saturday, May 14 in Clarkson College's Howard Hall.

This is a unique opportunity for you, your family and friends to receive life saving, hands-on CPR training by American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructors. The event caters to all ages-grandchildren, grandparents and anyone in between are encouraged to participate.

All attendees will receive a wallet-size CPR attendance card.

This is an unfunded event, dependent upon volunteers who have first-hand knowledge and experience how bystander CPR can make a difference in saving a life. To help fund the educational materials, we have raffle tickets available to purchase for $2 each.

Raffle items include:

  • Walmart-two separate $50 gift cards
  • Hy-Vee-two separate $25 gift cards
  • Village Inn-$25 gift card
  • One first aid kit
  • Clarkson Tower Gift Shop-$25 gift card (donated by the Clarkson Service League)
  • Cornerstone Gift Shop-one gift item (donated by UNMC)
  • Additional raffle ticket items-to be announced

If you are interested in attending, contact Liz Svatos at (402) 552-3038 or svatos@clarksoncollege.edu.

Exploring Creativity through Continuing Education

Creativity abounds in art and jewelry classes, part of MCC's continuing education opportunities for lifelong learners. Learn more about MCC's noncredit classes for personal enrichment and what it means to be a lifelong learner with our video feature on noncredit art classes.

Registration Now Open for College 4 Kids

College 4 KidsMCC's College 4 Kids program offers week-long summer classes at locations in Omaha and surrounding areas in June and July for kids ages 3-11. The classes offer an affordable option for summer education with topics like cooking, weather and robots that excite kids' imaginations.

For more than 25 years, College 4 Kids (ages 3-11) has mixed fun and learning in classes that feature science experiments, dancing, math games or babysitting basics, among others. The College 4 Teens program (ages 12-15) offers older youth a peek at different careers with classes on interior design, creating a commercial, starting a business or honing computer skills.

Both programs give children and youth exposure to the lifelong educational opportunities that MCC offers. While some classes are offered at MCC locations, others are offered at elementary schools in Omaha, Blair, Gretna and Bennington. Coordinators strive to keep costs low and pass the savings on to families. About half of the program's teachers are new each year, helping keep the classes fresh.

Registration for summer 2011 is now open. Last year, about 3,000 youth and teens signed up for the affordable classes; register early to guarantee a spot.

For more information on the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/ce or call (402) 457-2542.

Training and Development Workshops

Training and Development offers a range of professional growth opportunities for employees. Workshops include:

  • Using Organizational Skills to Reduce Stress
  • Diversity: You Can't Be Successful Without It!
  • Making Communication Skills Work for You
  • Introduction to Psycho-Geometrics - a Strategy for Teamwork
  • TIAA-CREF Retirement Income Options
  • Feeling Confident in Public Speaking
  • Facilitating Productive Meetings
  • Delivering Outstanding Customer Care
  • Advising: Doing More ON Less
  • Fort Omaha Parade Grounds Place Game Workshop
  • Excel Basics

For complete information, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/default.asp.

MCC Hosts NEBMATYC conference

MCC hosted the Nebraska Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEBMATYC) conference April 8 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. Math instructors from Nebraska's community colleges took part in presentations from national speakers and toured the Culinary Arts facility.

MCC Photo Club to Show Work at Bancroft Gallery

The MCC photo club presents Alt Process, Low Tech, an exhibition of alternative process, pinhole and plastic camera images April 15-17 at the Bancroft Street Market Gallery.

An opening reception will be held April 15, 7-10 p.m., with live music by Kat Smith. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 16, with a cyanotype workshop from 1-3 p.m. that is free and open to the public. A closing reception brunch will be held April 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Weekly Green Tip

For flower beds and gardens, use drip irrigation or soaker hoses instead of regular sprinklers. You can save up to 70 percent of the water you would typically use because evaporation will be minimal and only the base of the plants will be receiving water as opposed to the leaves and foliage. - The Green Book

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