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News@MCC for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Take an MCC Survey, Win a $200 Bookstore Gift Card

Tell us your thoughts on MCC and enter to win a $200, $100 or $50 bookstore gift card. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete, and your answers will be kept confidential. Your input is critical as MCC updates its Facilities Master Plan, which will set the stage for future College growth.

To enter to win a bookstore gift card, simply leave your name and contact information at the beginning of the survey. Three winners will receive a $200, $100 or $50 bookstore gift card. Winners will be announced in May via News@MCC.

You are also invited to participate in two Community Meetings on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC and Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center. Additionally, consulting firm JJR will be visiting each MCC location to gather your feedback. These dates and times will be on the web site when determined.

To sign up for the project email list or to leave a comment for the project team, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan.

Register Now for Summer Quarter

Summer quarter registration is open for five- and ten-week sessions. Classes begin June 6.

Forward Your MCC Email in a Few Easy Steps

If you prefer to read your MCC email from another account, follow these steps to set up automatic forwarding. You can identify an email address to forward your messages to and choose to retain the message in your mailbox or automatically delete the message when forwarded.

To automatically forward email:

1.       Go to https://mail.mccneb.edu/zimbra/.

2.       Log in with your MCC username and password. (This is the same username and password you use to log in on an MCC computer.)

3.       Use the Preferences > Mail tab. Scroll down to the Receiving Messages section.

4.       Type a complete forwarding address in the "When a message arrives: Forward a copy to" field.

5.       If you want to automatically delete the email from your account, enable "Don't keep a local copy of messages."

Mural Project Seeks Student Artists

The Benson Mural Project has announced its 2010 Call for Artists competition. The call, open to high school and college students, seeks proposals for murals that celebrate and convey the "essence of Benson." Selected students will be paired with accomplished community artists who will partner with and mentor the students toward the completion of the mural project. The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 12. For more information, call (402) 554-4010.

Learn more at www.bensonbeat.com/.

Career Closet Opens April 1

The Service-Learning Office will open its Career Closet April 1 at the Fort Omaha Campus. The closet offers a variety of business and business casual clothing for students with upcoming job interviews.

The Career Closet is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Queen Esther Tucker  at (402) 457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu.

Preparing for Severe Weather

With springtime here, it's time to start preparing for the severe weather season. Here are a few tips to keep in mind in the coming months.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. A tornado warning means there has been a confirmed sighting or radar-reported presence of a tornado. The warning is the most serious condition and usually results during a watch period.

Alertus brand emergency alert beacons are installed at every MCC location.  The beacons will be used to alert staff, students and visitors when a tornado warning has been issued. If a tornado warning has been issued, all classroom instruction should cease until the All Clear message is sent via the beacons.

Storm shelter areas are interior locations with limited window/glass exposures and are identified with the tornado symbols. Each MCC location has designated storm shelter areas.

Procedures if you are indoors:

•·         Go immediately to the shelter areas indicated in each building

•·         Do not pull the fire alarm

•·         Stay away from windows and glass

•·         Stay in your shelter area until the storm has passed and you are advised that it is safe to leave the building or return to classrooms or offices

If you are outside:

•·         If possible, get inside a building at once

•·         If you cannot get to a shelter, lie in a ditch or low-lying area and use your hands to cover your head

•·         Be aware of the potential for flying debris and flooding and stay away from glass, small buildings and fencing

•·         If you are in a vehicle, get out and into a building or, if there is no time, lie in a ditch or other low-lying area

Mayan Lit, Women Leaders Explored in Women's History Month

Mayan Lit, Women Leaders Explored in Women's History Month

The first black female millionaire, a suffragist and Mayan authors are the focus of three Women's History Month events.

A Visit with Madame C.J. Walker
Joanna Maddox, B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Georgia and a touring artist with the National Women's History Project, presents a dramatization of Madam C.J. Walker, a woman who rose from the cotton fields to become the first black female millionaire. Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing hair and skin products for black women around the world.
Tuesday, March 30 
12:30-1:30 p.m. 
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107 

Lavinia Dock: Public Health Nurse and Suffragist
Beth Furlong, Creighton University School of Nursing, presents a one-woman drama of Miss Lavinia Dock, one of the important nurse and society leaders during the 19th and 20th centuries. Dock was a public health nurse, nurse leader/writer/historian, social activist, labor organizer, suffragist and peace activist.
Thursday, April 1 
12:15-1:15 p.m. 
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114 

Feminism across Warfare, Borders and Timelines: Mayan Women's Literary Expression
Join Ann Sittig, Ph.D., Shasta College, and Marta Florinda González Dieguez, Q'anjobal Maya from Soloma, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, in an overview of contemporary Mayan literary expression. Excerpts by Rigoberta Menchú, Maya Cu, Calixta Gabriel Xiquín, Juana Batzibal Tujal, Emma Delfina Chirix García and the Grupo de Mujeres Mayas Kaqla show how contemporary Guatemalan Mayan women writers are searching out the published page to voice their message, weaving texts around the topics of feminism, resistance, peace and identity.
Thursday, April 1 
6:30-8 p.m. 
South Omaha Campus, Conference Center

Documentary Explores Hip-Hop and Masculinity

Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a lifelong hip-hop fan, focuses on the gender politics of hip-hop in a riveting documentary that tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today's hip-hop culture.

Documentary: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Wednesday, April 7
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Volunteers Needed to Remove South Omaha Graffiti

The MCC Service-Learning Office is hosting Get UR Good On... Again! on Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to remove graffiti in South Omaha.

MCC students, faculty and staff are invited to join this effort. The first 100 students, faculty and staff to sign up to volunteer will receive a free T-shirt with a winning design by an MCC student.

There is still time to submit T-shirt designs for the event. Submit designs by 5 p.m. on April 1 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 will be recognized at the event.

To sign up to volunteer, contact the Service-Learning Office and connect with Kyle, (402) 457-2606 or Ktvandusen@mccneb.edu, or Bridget, (402) 457-2834.

Be Green, Wear Green on Earth Day

Green looks great on everyone, and with St. Patrick's day behind us, here is one more opportunity to sport the green. MCC's Office of Sustainable Practices encourages all students, faculty and staff to show their support for the environment by wearing green on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Look for Earth Day activities April 22 at participating MCC locations.

 
 
 
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