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News@MCC for Tuesday, May 11, 2010

MCC Graduates Recognized

Congratulations to about 1,300 graduates who will receive certificates and degrees at MCC's graduation ceremony, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Civic Auditorium. View important information about the ceremony here.

Registration Open for Fall Quarter

Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7. Register for credit classes now via WebAdviser.

Memorial Day Recess

MCC will be closed Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.

Exhibition Showcases Student Work

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 were awarded for the best student work. View photos of the artists' reception here.

The exhibition 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.

Conference to Feature Award-Winning Performances

A series of seven readings and performances at venues throughout Omaha will highlight the work of top-notch playwrights at MCC's fifth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 29-June 5.  

David Lindsay-Abaire, recognized as the Conference's 2010 honored playwright, will present two works: Fuddy Meers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole. Other performances and readings include avant-garde work from New York and new works by top national writers.

The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Crime or Emergency by Sibyl Kempson
Performance with talkback following
Saturday, May 29, 9 p.m.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Weber Fine Arts Building
Cost: $10 

Waaxe's Law by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Sunday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Neihardt Sacred Hoop Prayer Garden
Cost: $10 

Mountain Head with Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Short plays with talkback following
Monday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
KANEKO, 11th and Jones streets
Cost: $10 

Turpentine Jake by James E. Hurd Jr. and Linda Bannister
Dramatic reading with talkback following
Tuesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Cost: $10 

The Writer's Voice with David Lindsay-Abaire, Constance Congdon and Erik Ehn
Reading and discussion of works
Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Cost: $10

Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance with talkback following
Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts
Cost: $15  

For more information on tickets and performances, visit the Great Plains Theatre Conference website at www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference or call the Omaha Community Playhouse, (402) 553-0800.

Competition Challenges Commuters to Use Alternative Transportation


The MetrO! Commuter Challenge 2010 invites Omahans to get around town without driving alone: by cycling, walking, carpooling or riding buses. Participants compete to see who can reduce the most single occupancy trips.

The challenge begins on May 17 and runs throu.gh Aug. 15. Carpool, ride your bike, take the bus, walk to work or combine these transportation options to compete. Explore new ways of getting around town while reducing your carbon footprint. Prizes may be awarded.

The competition is sponsored by Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Activate Omaha.

More information will be available as the contest approaches. Visit www.metrorideshare.org/en-US/ for more information.

Weekly Green Tip

Limit the use of paper napkins. Consumption adds up, especially among busy college students nabbing a quick bite between classes. Avoid grabbing a handful of napkins when one will do the trick.

MCC in the News

  • 'Live up your high school days, but do it right.' Advice from future MCC student Abraham Mora-Becerra to Bright Futures students, May 6, Omaha World-Herald
  • The Hot New College Degree: Green data center management, May 5, DWHS Official Blog
  • 'Mayor Announces Plans for Summer Jobs,' an MCC partnership with Urban League trains at-risk youth for jobs, May 4, WOWT
  • MCC Criminal Justice Student John Gardner Honored for Commitment to Community, May 6, Omaha World-Herald
  • From MCC to flowers, jewelry & prom: Former MCC student operates floral design company, April 26, Fremont Tribune
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