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News@MCC for Tuesday, February 16, 2010

T-shirt Designs Wanted for Graffiti Clean Up Event

MCC's Service-Learning Office is seeking students' creative T-shirt designs for an upcoming Graffiti Clean-Up event in South Omaha.

Students can submit designs by March 15 via email to pboykins@mccneb.edu or to the Service-Learning Office, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 5, Room 215. Black and white designs are preferred, though students can also submit ideas with limited color.

The winner will be selected by a committee and announced by April 1. He or she also will be recognized at the Graffiti Clean Up event.

The Graffiti Clean Up event will be Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will meet at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center and travel into the community from there. In case of rain, the event will be postponed until May 8.

For more information, call 457-2608.

Pass to Class a Success

The Pass to Class pilot program, initiated last fall at MCC, has received encouraging reviews. This program partners MCC with Metro Area Transit (MAT) to provide quarterly bus passes to MCC credit students.

The passes are valid while MCC is in session and can be used to travel to and from MCC locations and for other education-related purposes along established MAT routes. The program was initiated to increase students' access to classes, decrease MCC's parking congestion and increase MAT ridership. Another goal is to help reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips and thereby decrease emissions.

For more information about the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/mat/.

Environmental Advocate Majora Carter Discusses Green Communities


Join MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter for a discussion on her work in urban revitalization and green communities. Carter´s career has taken her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. She has been instrumental in creating riverfront parks, building green roofs, working to remove poorly planned highways in favor of positive economic development and implementing a green-collar job and placement system effectively seeding a community with a skilled workforce that has both a personal and economic stake in their urban development.

Tickets to the lecture are free for MCC students. To reserve tickets, call (402) 980-9850.

Save the Date for the Latino Empowerment Conference


Bellevue University is hosting a Latino Empowerment Conference Friday, April 16, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at their Margre H. Durham Student Center. The conference theme is A Focus on Higher Education and will include motivational speakers, a fashion show, refreshment and prizes.

Explore Culture, Language or Culinary Arts in Ghana, Mexico and Thailand

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.

Sociology and Culture of Ghana, West Africa (June 6-20, application due March 5)

Often labeled Africa for beginners, Ghana welcomes people the same way the sun grabs hold of you the second after you step outside. With the geographic blessing of hundreds of kilometers of coast shared by beautiful beaches, ruined European forts and the battered shacks of lively fishing villages, your study of Ghanian culture will be rich and fascinating in this 12-day study abroad experience.

For more information about SOCI 2060 - Sociology and Culture of Ghana (4.5 credit hours), contact Kojo Allen, Social Science Instructor, (402)  457-2836 or kallen@mccneb.edu.


Study and Live in Oaxaca, Mexico (July 16-Aug. 2, application due March 1)

Study Spanish language and culture in Oaxaca, Mexico. Visit Monte Alban, Mitla, San Bartolo Coyotepec and the Guelaguetza Festival. Participate in three hours of Spanish instruction at the

Instituto Cultural Oaxaca plus one hour of Spanish conversation each day.

This course, SPAN 1810/2810 - Spanish Study Abroad (7.5 credit hours), has a prerequisite of SPAN 1110 (Elementary Spanish I) or equivalent. 

For more information about the course and cost, contact Barbara Velazquez, International/Intercultural Education Coordinator, (402) 457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.


Explore Culinary Arts in Thailand (Aug. 4-17, application is due by March 1)

A country of scenic diversity and ancient traditions, of tranquil temples and modern urban excitement, Thailand has an independent history going back more than seven centuries. Join MCC in Thailand to see a variety of cultural influences blended into a unique and memorable Thai experience.

This course, CHRM 2900 - International Cuisine (6.0 credit hours), has a prerequisite of CHRM 1030 (Culinary Foundations).

For more information about the course and cost, contact Chef Tim O'Donnell, Culinary Arts Instructor, (402) 457-2467 or tjodonell@mccneb.edu.

Financial Aid

The spring 2009-2010 Foundation and Private scholarship application period is now open. 

Access the "Stars Online" application system at scholarships.mccneb.edu/stars/. Using Stars Online you can manage your information, apply for multiple scholarships and check your award status from any computer with Internet Explorer 6.0* or higher.

Please use the Stars Online 2010 Frequently Asked Question page created for you. The FAQ contains questions, answers and screen shots for the Stars Online application process. Find the PDF at www.mccneb.edu/scholarships/.

Dates to remember:
Student applications due March 16, 2010
Students will be notified by the end of April 2010

For scholarship questions contact Lisa Stepanek, Development Associate/Scholarship Coordinator at lstepanek@mccneb.edu or 457-2772 .


*Mac users can download ies4osx to use Stars Online. Find the link to ies4osx at http://www.mccneb.edu/scholarships/.

Weekly Green Tip

Make one day a week car-free. This doesn't mean you can't go anywhere, but if you do, use your walking shoes, ride a bike or hop on the bus.

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