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News@MCC for Tuesday, February 02, 2010

From Your Student Ex-Officio

The following is a message from Joel Williams, MCC's Student Ex-Officio.


My name is Joel Williams and I am proud to be your Student Ex-Officio.

I would like to take a moment to explain what the Student Ex-Officio does. The Student Ex-Officio is the student body representative to the Board of Governors. I was elected to the Student Advisory Council by the students, and the Student Advisory Council elected me the Ex-Officio. The Student Advisory Council's job is to address concerns students have about the school such as policies, procedures or other general concerns.

If you would like to contact me or your Student Advisory Council Representative, our email addresses can be found at: http://www.mccneb.edu/studentexofficio/default.asp

Thank you for your time.


Joel Williams

Student Ex-Officio

Metropolitan Community College

Now Accepting Nominations for Excellent Teachers

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Metropolitan Community College Excellence in Teaching Awards. This award recognizes full-time and adjunct faculty based on four criteria:

  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Relationships with Students
  • Relationships with Colleagues

The awards will be presented at the Spring Academic Affairs Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 9. Recipients receive a certificate and will represent MCC at the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference in Austin, Texas.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 5. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Find the nomination form and specific criteria for the Teaching Award at www.mccneb.edu/academicaffairs/awards.asp.

For more information, contact Jody Tomanek at 457-2715.

Cookery Class Serves Breakfast, Lunch

Students in the A La Carte Cookery class are serving breakfast and lunch at JoJo's Sage Student Bistro two days a week: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Students in the class learn about working a kitchen line, and live guests offer valuable opportunities to hone students' skills and cookery techniques.

After arriving through ICA's main east entrance, guests proceed to the counter, place an order and take a number. Meals will be brought to tables as the food is ready. Only minimal table service will be offered.

Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted for a la carte breakfast or lunch. Reservations are not being accepted at this time.

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/culinary/bistro.asp.

Dialogue Begins to Update Facilities Master Plan

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help set the stage for future College growth. As a role model in higher education, it is MCC's responsibility to create a vision for the College that allows us to meet our mission of serving our community with distinction.

JJR visited Jan. 25-27 to kick off the planning process, which will run through July 2010. During the visit they met with the leadership groups from the College and the community and visited each of the locations. During the process, they will visit every five to six weeks, allowing ample opportunity for all faculty, staff, students and members of the community to get involved. 

Students are encouraged to leave feedback at any time, as all comments will be considered during the planning process. Sign up for the mailing list to stay informed about the project and opportunities to get involved. Visit the Facilities Master Plan Update web site: www.mccneb.edu/masterplan/default.asp.

Skilled Students Earn Top Nods

SkillsUSA is a national organization that supports the skill development of students in numerous career areas. Each year, MCC students prepare and compete regionally and nationally with others in their area interest, and each year, MCC students excel.

MCC has 42 students with 14 SkillsUSA faculty advisors this year in high school and college divisions. The 42 students will participate in 16 different contests at the state conference March 25-27 in Columbus, Neb. State winners will go on to the national competition. 

The top winners earn tuition scholarships. First-place winners at the state competition win a scholarship for 25 percent of their tuition. The top three winners at the national competition receive a 75 percent tuition scholarship, plus gifts from various vendors.

Last year, Erin Parisien was the only Nebraska SkillsUSA participant to win a gold medal at Nationals. Three students from MCC placed second nationally in Service-Learning. 

For more information, contact Carl Fielder at 738-4035.

MCC Celebrates Black History Month

When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public's attention important developments that merit emphasis. This year's national theme is The History of Black Economic Empowerment.

All events are free and open to the public. Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 457-2253 for more information.


Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Katrina Browne, producer and director, tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne's ancestors were Northerners. Video introduced and discussion led by Tommie Wilson, MCC Community Liaison.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114


African America

Written by Warren C. Bowles and performed by Mixed Blood Theatre Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

The unexpected and near-magical appearance of an African man leads a modern biracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the modern African diaspora and the immigrant experience, helping them to consider the greater topics of how to connect with and celebrate one's heritage.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

12:15-1:15 p.m.

South Omaha Campus, Conference Center

African-American Children in Foster Care...A Closer Look

Skip Robinson, Director of Community Relations and Player Development for the Milwaukee Bucks, formerly a foster care child, shares his experience in addition to a panel of community professionals who will share their views and roles on foster care and its affect on African Americans. Co-sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Thursday, Feb. 18

6:30-8 p.m.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Tax Help for International Students

Learn how to file your taxes and help others

Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

South Omaha Campus

Connector Bldg., Room 208

Free pizza and drinks for participants

All international students holding F, J or M visas are required to file income tax documents.

You are required to file if you were present in the United States anytime during the year 2009. Even if you did not work, you must submit a form to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Tax training will be provided by the Internal Revenue Service. If you complete this training, you will be an official income tax volunteer and will be prepared to help other international students.

Even if you do not attend the workshop, volunteers at MCC can help you complete your required tax forms. For help completing taxes, contact Barbara Velazquez at 457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu. Free tax assistance will be available from the end of February until April 15, 2010. Please bring with you the following items: tax forms completed last year, passport, income forms from work, scholarships, etc.

Math Exam Puts Students to the Test

MCC will host the second round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) math exam on Friday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m. at the Fort Omaha, Elkhorn Valley and South Omaha campus testing centers. Top-scoring test takers will win prizes such as a $50 Follett Bookstore gift card or Burger King gift cards.

Any MCC student can participate in Round 2 even if he or she did not participate in Round 1 or is not enrolled in a math class. Officials do recommend that students have passed beginning algebra.

This year, students can prepare for the exam with copies of past exams available at MCC math centers.

National rules require that each participating community college offer the exam on the same day, at the same time, on all campuses. MCC is the only community college in the state of Nebraska that hosts the exam. 

FANN Club: Financial Aid News & Notes

FANN Club: Financial Aid News & Notes

Welcome to the FANN Club, a monthly source for news and notes for financial aid applicants.

You will find important date reminders and other relevant news regarding funding sources and other opportunities.

For key financial aid dates, check out the Financial Aid Calendar Information.

February reminders:

  • Get your tax information organized
    • Plan on doing your taxes early to meet the new priority deadline of April 1
  • MCC Foundation Scholarship Application             
  • You must file a FAFSA every year
    • If you need assistance in completing a FAFSA, stop by any Financial Aid Office location. Check the days and hours of operation for the office near you.
  • Check the web site regularly for additional outside scholarship opportunities

Program Explores Chinese History

Traditional and Modern China (May 20-June 3, application due Feb. 28)

Students will marvel at the mix of historical and modern China through a tour of the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Qu Fu, Xi´an and Beijing. Experience modern urban planning; Chinese gardens; a silk factory; Confucius Temple, Mansion and Forest; ruins of the Banpo village; the Great Mosque of Xi´an; the Terracotta Soldiers; Big Goose Pagoda; Shanxi History Museum; The Great Wall; and Olympic Park including the Bird Nest, Water Cube and more.

This course, HIST 1070 AB - Traditional and Modern China Abroad (4.5 credit hours), has no prerequisites.

For more information about the course and cost, contact Amy Forss, MCC History Instructor, at (402) 289-1273 or aforss@mccneb.edu.

MCC offers several study abroad courses coordinated through MCC´s Office of International/Intercultural Education. For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at (402) 457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Weekly Green Tip

  • Send a card made of recycled paper or send an e-card. Or better yet, tell that special someone that you care-in person.
  • Make your bouquet sustainable. Look for flowers with the Veriflora seal, meaning the stems were grown with attention to sustainability and fair labor practices.
  • Consider going for fair-trade, organic chocolates. Organic versions are gentler on the environment and worker health than their conventional counterparts. Many are available in the health food sections of local supermarkets. For ideas: www.newdream.org/marketplace/cocoa.php
  • Look for eco-friendly jewelry and gifts. For ideas: www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/valentines-day-47021401
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