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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Have You Entered to 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 about 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.

MCC Needs Your Input at Community Meetings

Help shape your education. Students are invited to participate in two Community Meetings on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center and Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center.

The meetings will help MCC develop its Facilities Master Plan, which provides the blueprint for future College growth. To sign up for the project email list or to leave a comment for the project team, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan.

Career Closet Now Open

The Career Closet at the Fort Omaha Campus offers free clothing for students needing to dress to impress for a job interview. The closet is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Queen Esther Tucker at 457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu.

Metropolitan Contest Seeks Green Writers


MCC's literary magazine will award at least two $50 tuition prizes for the top student writings - including plays, essays, reports, stories, speeches, poetry and more - that address some aspect of sustainable practices. Deadline is April 30. Submitting a piece is easy; find out more about the contest at the Metropolitan web site.

How Big is Your Footprint? MCC Celebrates Earth Day, April 22

Find out how big your footprint is on Thursday, April 22, as MCC celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with activity stands set up at several MCC locations including the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses and Sarpy and Fremont Area centers. Students are invited to stop by to gauge their impact on the environment by calculating individual carbon footprint scores. Learn what a carbon footprint is and what simple steps you can take to reduce the size of your footprint.

Take steps now to reduce your footprint and remember to wear green on Earth Day, April 22.

Recycle Electronics on Earth Day

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Do you have old small electronics taking up drawer space?  Bring them to campus with you on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, and drop them off at a recycling box at the South Omaha or Fort Omaha campuses. 

The following items will be accepted:  laptops, cell phones, PDAs, iPods or MP3 players, video games and video game consoles, digital cameras, DVDs and inkjet or laser cartridges. Not accepted: televisions or desktop monitors.

Proceeds from this recycling project will go to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the only organization with an international mandate to protect refugees. UNHCR estimates there are about 32 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the world, 80 percent of whom are women and children.

In one easy act, you can help keep small electronics out of landfills, help refugees around the world and clean up clutter.

Fair Celebrates World Cultures


MCC's International Fair on April 14 features food and entertainment from around the world. The event, at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Highlights include West African dance,  Indian classical dance, Australian Digeridoo music, a fashion show, a barber shop quartet, Latin American and Spanish dance and a drama exploring the hijab traditionally worn by Muslim women. View the full schedule for more information.

Free Community CPR Training

Free CPR training sessions will be Saturday, April 24, at Clarkson College at 41st and Dodge streets. Sessions will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

To register by phone, call 552-2432.    

Volunteers Needed to Remove South Omaha Graffiti

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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.

Bus transportation will be available from Fort Omaha Campus to the job site. Pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off will be at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Kyle Van Dusen, 457-2606 or ktvandusen@mccneb.edu. For more information, visit the Service-Learning web site.

MCC to Host Golf Outing

MCC is hosting a golf scramble on Friday, June 25, at Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St. Registration is $60 per person or $240 per four-person team.

To register, contact Linda Hoagland, 457-2403 or lhoagland@mccneb.edu.

Proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Brighten the Day for Nursing Home Residents

The Service-Learning Office, with help from Horticulture, Culinary Arts and the Health and Human Services areas, will deliver May Day baskets to eight area nursing homes on Friday, April 30. Baskets will be assembled Thursday, April 29.

Culinary Arts is baking cookies for the baskets, Horticulture is contributing the plants and the Service-Learning Office will be putting the baskets together. Health and Human Services students and other volunteers will be delivering the May Day baskets.

To deliver or help put the baskets together, call Queen Esther Tucker at 457-2813

17 SkillsUSA Students Qualify for National Conference

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Seventeen students won gold medals at the state SkillsUSA conference in Columbus, Neb., earning spots at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 21-25.

More than 800 students participated in 87 different contests at the state conference March 25-27. MCC college and high school students who won first place in their respective contests and qualified for the national conference include: Michael Weigner, Andy Bowser, Sabina Maharjan, Erin Parisien, Michael Bebout, Mike Walding, Ben Johnson, Mackenzie Frei, Bob Kasel, Daniel Kessell, Chris Waszig, Zachary Pechacek, Jacob Craven and Travis Callan. Bridget Murphy, Elise DeMaranville and Justine Heatley, pictured above, also won first place.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupation students in public schools, career and technical centers and two-year colleges. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. This year, SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs. SkillsUSA has served more than nine million members.

At the SkillsUSA national conference, more than 5,000 students will compete in more than 87 occupational and leadership skill areas. Students participate as voting delegates for their state, elect their national officers, conduct the business of their organization, meet with business and industry representatives and hear from government officials.

MCC Students Recognized for Academic Excellence

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Seven MCC students were recognized at the 2010 All-Nebraska Academic Team ceremony March 31 at the state capitol in Lincoln: Colton Hegge, Cynthia Watts, Terri Booth, John Baker, Amber Johnson, Sherrie Porter and Kimberly Stuhr.

The All-Nebraska Academic Team program provides statewide recognition to outstanding two-year college students. It is based on the national All-USA Academic Team program sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.

To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. Winners are selected on the basis of completed applications, written essays, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership and service to the college and the community. Each Nebraska college president was encouraged to nominate two students per location to the team.

The All-State Academic Team Program offers the unique opportunity for each All-USA nominee and nominating institution from participating states to receive statewide recognition regardless of the nominee's ranking in the All-USA Academic Team competition.

3,000 MCC Students Qualify for Dean's List

More than 3,000 MCC students qualified for the Dean's List for Winter 2009. View the full list online.

Go Paperless

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Conserve resources and eliminate the delivery of Yellow or Dex directories to your home. Yellowpagesoptout.com shows you how. Enter your zip code to get a list of directories distributed in your area, then visit the appropriate web sites to opt out of receiving directories.  

Do you have a green tip to share with fellow MCC students? Email your tips to istory@mccneb.edu.

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