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News@MCC for Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Three Students Win Drawing for Bookstore Gift Cards

More than 750 MCC students submitted their thoughts on MCC's future via the Facilities Master Plan Survey. Three lucky students took home bookstore gift certificates of $200, $100 or $50: Matt Hawkins, Vanessa Nunes and Lindsay McKim.

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

For the Right Price, 1998 Ford Escort Could Be Yours

MCC is accepting bids for the sale of a red 1998 Ford Escort SE four-door sedan with 82,000 miles. Features include air conditioning, dual front air bags, power windows and cruise control.

The car was purchased as a salvaged vehicle by MCC. Students in the Auto Collision Program, under the supervision of Auto Collision instructors, restored the vehicle to its current excellent condition.

The minimum bid for this vehicle is $1,400. To receive photos of the vehicle, email rhanneman@mccneb.edu. To look at the Ford Escort in person, contact Sharon or Mary at 763-5800 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. The car is located at the Applied Technology Center, 104th and State streets in Omaha.

The Ford Escort will be sold as is with no warranties or guarantees.

Textbook Prices Available Online June 1

Starting June 1, the online class schedule will include textbook price information. Simply click on the textbook icon adjacent to section information to view the textbooks' title, price and other information.

Contact Rich Hanneman with questions at 457-2739.

Calling All Written, Visual Work for MCC's Literary Magazine

Submit your academic and creative writings, photography and artwork to The Metropolitan: A Magazine of Student Writing. The top entries will be awarded tuition credits of up to 13.5 credit hours. Deadline for submissions is May 31.

Visit the website for submissions guidelines and forms. 

Theater Conference Kicks Off Saturday

2009 GPTC performance

The Great Plains Theatre Conference offers a free opportunity for students to pick the brains of top local and national playwrights, hone their acting or writing skills or simply enjoy readings and performances of award-winning and emerging work.

The Conference begins Saturday and honors featured playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. For a full schedule of conference events, visit www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.

Email theatreconference@mccneb.edu  to request ticket vouchers.

Hike to Help Refugees Donates Howard Buffett Book to MCC Library


From left to right: Kym Smith, MCC service-learning student; Phyllis Gosier, MCC Library Assistant; Mary L. Umberger, MCC faculty; and Noelle Diggins, MCC service-learning student.   

Hike to Help Refugees, a service-learning organization, donated Howard Buffett's latest book, Fragile:  The Human Condition, to MCC libraries in appreciation for the work that MCC students, staff and the MCC Foundation have done to promote the local nonprofit organization. Hike to Help Refugees raises money for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees through a small electronics recycling program and an annual fundraising hike. By partnering with MCC's service-learning program, Hike to Help Refugees has involved more than 50 MCC students in its work over the past two years. 

Most recently, the MCC Foundation supported Hike to Help Refugees at a fundraiser that featured Howard Buffett, who works with refugees around the world through the United Nations World Food Programme. The MCC table seated former refugees who are students at the College, as well as current service-learning students who are working with Hike to Help Refugees. 

Students Host Game Night

MCC Business Management students worked with Papillion's WEL-Life assisted living facility to put on an event for residents on May 15 and organize opportunities to volunteer on various projects. Students spent two months planning a game night that included poker, craps and other games; residents played for prizes. Students have also opted to help improve the facility by helping out in the garden and other areas.

The event was an opportunity for Business Management students to get hands-on experience working as a team and managing important events and situations. View photos of the event here.

Highlighting MCC's Sustainability Resources

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Looking for credit courses that incorporate sustainability?  Ways to help MCC's sustainability efforts? The newly launched Sustainability Website has key information on MCC's plan to work toward a better environment for future generations - as well as ways you can help.

Green Tip

It's farmers' market time again. Here are some great reasons to visit a farmers' market.

  • Find foods not available in a grocery store.
  • Enjoy fresh sweet corn. Fresh from the field means fantastic flavor!
  • Purchase a pretty plant indigenous to Nebraska.
  • Have fun with your family and friends. Many farmers' markets feature special events, such as cooking demonstrations, music, festivals and more.
  • Get really fresh food that didn't travel long distances to reach you. Freshly picked produce not only tastes better, it keeps longer too.
  • Buy a beautiful bouquet of locally grown flowers.
  • Get to know your farmer. Ask questions about how the food was grown, how to cook it and more.
  • Support your local economy. If every household in Nebraska spent $10 weekly on Nebraska-produced food, $7,008,800 would stay in the local economy EACH week. That's $30,371,466 every month and more than $364,457,600 per year! (Source: 2006 US Census Bureau, based on 700,880 occupied living units.)

For more tips and recipe ideas, view the pdf.

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