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News@MCC for Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Pass to Class Procedures for Summer Quarter

With the start of Summer quarter, it's time once again for students to pick up their free Pass to Class bus vouchers.

Distribution dates for Summer sessions:

  • Now: Students enrolled in the first five-week or the ten-week summer session can pick up their new passes.
  • Tuesday, July 6: Students enrolled in the second five-week session who were not enrolled in the first five-week session may pick up their passes starting July 6.

End of Summer quarter deactivation:

  • Monday, July 12: Passes for students enrolled only in the first five-week session will be deactivated on the last day of this session.
  • Monday, Aug. 16: Passes for students enrolled in courses for the second five-week or the entire ten-week sessions will be deactivated on the final day of Summer classes.
  • Passes will not work between the Summer and Fall quarters.

Pass to Class overview:

  • Pass to Class passes are available to current credit students at all Student Services counters.
  • These passes are free of charge for the first pass distributed to each student and $25 for each replacement pass.
  • Guidelines regarding this replacement fee and other user restrictions are outlined in the student agreement, which must be signed by each student upon pass issuance.

MOBY riders:

  • Students with disabilities and who require MOBY services may also pick up their passes at Student Services.
  • Before these MOBY passes can be distributed, students must confirm current MOBY rider certification by showing their MOBY identification with ID number.
  • Students who may be MOBY eligible but who have not yet been certified must first contact MAT for certification before a pass can be issued.
  • MOBY riders must follow normal MOBY guidelines for requesting prearranged transportation services and must identify themselves as MCC MOBY riders when making these arrangements.

Criminal Justice Department Explores Real World of CSI

Approximately 26 Criminal Justice students and staff experienced the real world of CSI and police officer training May 19 during two field trips. The first took students to tour the Omaha Police Training Academy, and the second revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the Douglas County Sheriff's Crime Investigation Office in Omaha.

Officer Gray, supervisor of the Omaha Police Training Academy, conducted the tour at the Omaha Police Academy. TV shows about law enforcement misinform viewers on the frequency of shootings involving police. "In the real world, an officer may never shoot anyone," Gray said, who has never in his 15 years with the Omaha Police Department (OPD). "A few officers who have shot someone resulting in a death have had emotional difficulties. Some police officers have even resigned as a result of taking a life."

Gray said six women serve on the OPD police force, and while the department actively recruits African-American female officers, there are few such officers currently serving. Brenda Smith, an MCC Criminal Justice faculty member, was the first African-American female officer to be hired by OPD.

"Identifying with the profession negatively instead of as a time-honored profession that offers great benefits and a decent salary prevents many from pursuing a career in law enforcement," Smith said. "Law enforcement officers should begin interacting with the African-American community while they are still young and before they have had a chance to acquire a criminal record or lack the physical abilities required as a police officer."

As with law enforcement, the real world of CSI is not as glamorous as TV crime shows often portray. Students had an opportunity to speak with two crime scene investigators and learn about the tools of their trade and the challenges and rewards of their profession. Shannon Tysor and Angie Olson, crime scene investigators for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, provided a demonstration that CSI crime show fans would love. A dried, blood-stained T-shirt was sprayed with the chemical luminol in a darkened room. The blood spots on the shirt appeared as a florescent blue. Tysor then sprayed a board with bleach to show what would happen when luminol was used to determine if blood was present. This time the florescent blue showed as long streaks indicating the blood had been cleaned using bleach.

Olson described a typical work day. "You can't leave evidence until the next day or until it's convenient for you to finish," she said. Crime investigators are often required to work past their shift in order to finish their job.

"The part I enjoy most is finding answers to questions that help solve a crime. That's the most rewarding part of my job," Tysor said.

While some students were undecided as to their specific career field, others are working toward becoming police officers or juvenile or probation officers.

Summer field trips have already been planned, said Chuck Fairbanks, MCC instructor and a retired sheriff. Field trips of this nature are offered regularly to criminal justice students.

Textbook Prices Now Posted to Online Class Schedule

Checking textbook prices is one easy click away thanks to changes to the online student schedule. By simply clicking on the textbook icon adjacent to section information, students can view the title, new and used prices and other information on their textbooks.

Herb Garden Stimulates the Senses

herb gardenNew garden beds at the Sage Student Bistro entice guests to smell, taste and touch as part of their dining experience while also serving as a resource for culinary arts classes. The beds on the Bistro patio include tomatoes, Thai peppers, Malabar spinach, pineapple sage and aromatic herbs including lavender, rosemary, thyme and basil.

The evening Bistro is closed until Fall quarter but opens June 21 for breakfast and lunch.

Career Closet Offers Free Service to MCC Students

Do you need an outfit to land a job?  MCC's Career Closet can help. MCC has free career clothing available for both female  and male students. To use this service, set up an appointment through the Service-Learning Office and Esther Tucker, 457.2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu. This service is sponsored by Service-Learning and Student Services.

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 $1,500, adjusted due to additional radiator work put into the vehicle. 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.

MCC Student Publishes First Book of Poetry

Business student Frank S. O'Neal has published his first compilation of poetry and drawings: Fireside Chats: A Surrealist's View of the World. Through his poetry, O'Neal brings together his experiences, friends and foes, different cultures and different times. The book represents the first published work from Love's Jazz & Arts Center and is part of its mission to support African American artists and artforms. For more information, visit www.frankoneal.com/.

Recycling Goes Single-Stream at SOC

recycle bin
Starting Summer quarter, single-stream recycling bins will be placed next to garbage receptacles at MCC's South Omaha Campus common areas. Single-stream means you can throw your plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, used paper, and other recyclables all in one bin.

Help MCC reduce its impact on the environment by controlling where your garbage goes.

Stay tuned for future single-stream recycling bins at FOC and EVC.

Weekly Green Tip

 Use and refill a single water bottle, thermos or canteen when you travel. The average person in the U.S. drinks eight ounces of bottled water per day. Considering that plastic is derived from petroleum, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to satisfy America's demand for bottled water. If this oil were converted to gasoline, the total could fuel 500,000 station wagons to take their families on coast-to-coast trips. - The Green Book, by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

MCC in the News

Advice from Great Plains Theatre Conference playwright David Lindsey-Abaire: 'Put yourself out there', May 25, Omaha World-Herald

[Video] 'Omaha Women Tackles Energy Bar Market,' MCC culinary arts student has secret recipe for athlete's granola, May 27, KPTM

'Help for low-income students' through MCC program, June 3, Omaha World-Herald

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