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News@MCC for Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Students: Information on Copyrighted Materials

To comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Metropolitan Community College must provide you with information about illegal distribution of copyrighted materials and the penalties for such activity.

Metropolitan Community College intends that everyone at the College adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Act. The College does not tolerate the illegal use or reproduction of copyrighted materials in any form.

Copyrighted materials may include

  • articles, books and other texts in paper and electronic form
  • photos, images
  • sculpture, architecture
  • music, movies, television shows
  • games, software and other media materials.

Under Fair Use Guidelines, portions of some copyrighted materials may be used briefly within an academic term for educational purposes, such as to complete assignments. However, they may not be free to copy or keep indefinitely without payment, license and/or permission from the copyright holder. To do so may be a copyright infringement.

Illegal peer to peer (P2P) file sharing of copyrighted material on college networks is a focus of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This file sharing includes uploading, downloading, reproducing and distributing music, movies and TV shows. MCC wants you to be aware that to curb such activities, our networks use bandwidth shaping and traffic monitoring devices to both track and limit high bandwidth users.

Students who willfully disregard the MCC copyright policy may be in violation of the Academic Honesty policy, the Student Code of Conduct, Procedures Memoranda V-4 on Student Conduct and Discipline and PM X-15 on Acceptable Use of Information Technology and Resources. Violators may be subject not only to sanctions and disciplinary action from the College, but also to civil and criminal penalties.

To avoid copyright violations

  • Do not copy and paste large blocks of unattributed text into assignments, including papers, presentations and websites. Document your work using quotes, paraphrases and/or summaries with proper notes and bibliographies.
  • Do not burn and distribute copies of music, movies or other media you have purchased.
  • Do not share copyrighted files, media or software through P2P technology without proper authorization from the copyright holder.

MCC recommends that if you would like to obtain and keep a copyrighted item, you should verify that it is free to use, or you should purchase your own copy from a legitimate vendor. Each item must be evaluated individually to determine copyright status and acceptable use. If you are in doubt about an item, assume that it is copyrighted until you can verify otherwise.

For more information on copyright, visit the MCC library website at www.mccneb.edu/library or ask a library staff person.

Summer Graduation Applications Due July 1

Applications are online for associate degrees, certificates of achievement and specialist diplomas at www.mccneb.edu/graduation. After submitting the application, meet with an Academic Advisor or Counselor for a review. A non-refundable $25 fee is required for each degree or certificate; there is no fee for a specialist diploma.

Visit the graduation information website for more information.

Nominate an MCC Employee for Heart of Metro Award

MCC seeks your nominations to recognize an outstanding MCC employee with the Heart of Metro Award. The deadline to nominate full- or part-time employees is July 16.

Criteria for the Award

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years

Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Lead change
  • Foster an inclusive workplace
  • Work smart
  • Respect diversity
  • Be service-centered

The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 16. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member.  Online nominations may be submitted at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Program Offers High School Dropouts a Path to Diploma

MCC's Gateway to College program gives high school dropouts ages 16-20 the opportunity to earn their diploma while also earning college credits. If you know an individual who has dropped out of high school in Omaha Public Schools, talk to him or her about this chance to reengage in education. Gateway to College is now accepting applications for Fall 2010. Learn more at: www.mccneb.edu/gtc/.

Students Prepare for National Contest


MCC Auto Collision students will represent MCC in the SkillsUSA National Contest in Kansas City June 24. Travis Callan, pictured above preparing a truck for painting, participated in SkillsUSA this spring against other state contestants and won the college division of Automotive Refinising. Student Andy Bowser will be participating in the high school division of Collision Repair Technology at the same conference. 

MCC Students in Ghana

Ghana group

Led by Cynthia Gooch and Kojo Allen, five MCC students departed for Ghana, West Africa, on June 8.  The students studied sociological and cultural aspects of Ghana as they explored sites in Accra, the capitol city, and rural areas of Ghana. The 14-day trip included interactions with a local university and visits to many sites including a street school education program, The Dubois Centre, a Kente weaving village, Wli waterfall, Akosombo Dam, Menhya Palace Museum, Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park and Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. MCC students gave presentations to a rural school in Atsiekpoe and participated in a batik workshop.

Panel Discussions Part of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Join MCC for programming related to Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 457.2253.

PFLAG/GLSEN Diversity Panel
Wednesday, June 23
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Rooms 136 B & C

Gain a better understanding of the community PFLAG/GLSEN serves through panel discussion. 

The mission of PFLAG-Omaha (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is "to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity."

The mission of GLSEN-Omaha (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) "strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

The PFLAG/GLSEN Speakers Bureau offers presentations and panels to "educate people about the realities of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay people by countering stereotypes and negative images in a non-confrontational style."

GLBT PANEL:  Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Policy Discussion
Friday, June 25
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Rooms 136 B & C

Signed by former president Bill Clinton in 1993, the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces because "it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." Join in a discussion of current efforts to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Vacation Tip: Close the curtains or shades when you leave home

Depending on the season, keeping your curtains closed will insulate heat or keep your home cool. These steps could help you reduce your energy needs by up to 25 percent. If every home in America closed the curtains when it was sunny in the summer or cold in the winter, we'd save as much energy as Japan uses over the same amount of time. -The Green Book

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