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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Deadline is April 30 to Submit 'Green' Poetry, Prose


MCC's literary magazine, The Metropolitan, 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 website.

Still Time to Enter 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.

A New Way to 'Like' MCC

MCC has revamped its Facebook page to give students a new tool to connect with the MCC community. The page features updates on recent news, events, photos, videos and more - while also offering people  who 'like' MCC a place to start discussions, share photos, post wall comments and interact.

If you tweet, keep up with MCC via the MCC Twitter feed.

MCC Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Month

A book discussion, dance performances, lectures and more are part of MCC's celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Month.

Book Discussion
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman
Thursday, April 29
3:30-4:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus Library, Conference Room A

Indian Classical Dance Workshop and Demonstration
Monday, May 3
11 a.m.-noon
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Doing Business with China
Thursday, May 6
6:30-8 p.m.
South Omaha Campus Library, Conference Rooms A & B

The Naga Tribe of Northeast India
Wednesday, May 12
11 a.m.-noon
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 217

Exhibition Showcases Student Work

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The top student work from MCC's Visual Arts Program will be featured in the 10th Annual Student Art Exhibition, April 29-May 19, at the Gallery of Art and Design on the Elkhorn Valley Campus.

One hundred students submitted more than 200 pieces of work for consideration; local artists selected 47 pieces from 40 student artists to be included in the exhibition. The annual show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, jewelry, sculpture, digital video and more.

Scholarships of up to $750 will be awarded for the best student work.

An opening reception is scheduled for April 29, 5-7 p.m. Scholarship winners will be announced at the reception. The event is free and open to the public.

The Gallery of Art and Design is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. when classes are in session.

Youth Concert to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

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Three talented young strings players will help raise money for Haiti relief efforts at the Help for Haiti concert April 30, 7-9 p.m., at North High Magnet School, 4410 N. 36th St.

Twelve-year-olds Mira and Adé Williams and 18-year-old Ayanna Williams of SugarStrings have thrilled audiences with exuberant performance at events including Macy's Flower Show, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will join the Omaha-based Darryl White Band at the fundraising event.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, contact Fred Conley at (402) 707-8915 or fconley@daviscompanies.com.

Championship Tests Students' Truck Driving Skills

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL) students will perform challenging driving maneuvers while promoting safety and education at the fourth annual student truck driving championship on May 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center, 104th and State streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarpy Center Hosts Community Arts Festival

The La Vista Public Library in the Sarpy Center will feature chalk art, martial arts, face-painting, chainsaw art, storytelling, dance and more as part of the Community Arts Festival on May 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The fair also features works from local artists and local vendors. The event is free and open to the public.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Features Music, Lecture

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MCC celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 4, noon-1:30 p.m. with a lecture by journalist and immigrant Valeria Veronica Fernandez Perrone who has written extensively on U.S. immigration issues. The event features a performance by Mariachi Zapata and lunch from La Mesa Mexican Restaurant. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for MCC students. For more information, call 457-2253.

Fair Offers Free Health Screening

Various agencies will offer free health information and screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, high cholesterol and prostate cancer on May 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Connector Building at the MCC Health Fair. Representatives from Creighton University, the Douglas County Health Department, the Diabetes Education Center, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition, the American Red Cross and the Charles Drew Health Center will be on site to answer health questions.

Private rooms are available for health screenings. The fair is free and open to the public.

International Students: Get Involved in Food Feast

International students are invited to participate in the May 7 International Food Feast, a gathering of the mind, body, soul and great food. Visit the website for more information on how to get involved.

May Day Baskets to Brighten Nursing Homes

The Service-Learning Office, with help from Horticulture, Culinary Arts and the Health and Human Services areas will be delivering 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 assemble the baskets, call Queen Esther Tucker at 457-2813

Student Life, Organizations & Clubs

Campus Crusade for Christ will be meeting at the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha Campuses this Spring. View the flyer for times and dates.

MCC in the News

Weekly Green Tip

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Buy used clothing. Lots of students do this to save money, but it is also a great thing to do for the environment. Reusing clothes decreases the use of resources to make clothing and puts a dent in the problem of worldwide sweatshops.

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