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News@MCC for Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pass to Class Instructions

MCC offers free bus passes to MCC credit students via the Pass to Class program. Remember these easy instructions when using your bus vouchers to make sure they are returned to you.

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  1. Insert your Metro Area Transit (MAT) magnetic strip tickets into the Magnetic Fare Card Slot. The ticket will be returned to you after it is validated. Let the bus driver know if a transfer is needed.
  2. Do not insert your ticket into the Bill Insertion Slot or the Coin Token Insertion Cup because the ticket will not be returned.
  3. If you need assistance, ask the bus driver or visit MAT's website, www.metroareatransit.com.

To pick up your Pass to Class bus voucher, visit any MCC Student Services location.

Designated Carpool Parking Makes Debut

Carpool signsComing soon to an MCC location near you: preferred parking for carpoolers. Twelve stalls are now designated for carpoolers at South Omaha Campus, and each MCC location will see 6-12 carpooling stalls with the carpool designation in the coming weeks.

These designated areas are marked with "Car/Van Pool Preferred Parking" signs. The parking spots are available to both student and staff vehicles carrying two or more persons.

Carpooling helps ease MCC's limited parking and reduces emissions. If the average commuter carpooled every day, he or she would save 500 gallons of gasoline and 550 pounds of poisonous exhaust emissions every year. Commuters sharing a ride to work would be the equivalent of taking 67.5 million cars off the road - four times the number of new cars sold in the U.S. per year. (The Green Book)

To set up a carpool, visit the Metro Rideshare website.

International Students: Deadline Approaches for Insurance Payment

International student health insurance premiums for the entire 2010-11 academic year - covering Fall 2010, Winter 2010-11, Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 - must be paid before Sept. 7, 2010.

If you fail to make the entire payment by Sept. 7, 2010, your account will be placed on hold, and you will be dis-enrolled from your classes. Once you have been dis-enrolled, there is no guarantee that you will be able to re-enroll for the same classes.

It is very important this payment is made by the due date to prevent you from falling out of enrolled student status with Immigration Services.

Payment can be made at any campus Student Services or at the Business Office on the Fort Omaha Campus.

If you have any questions or need to update your contact information, call (402) 457-2281.

Elkhorn Valley Campus Begins Parking Expansion

Work began at the end of July to add 85 parking stalls at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The additional stalls will be located at the southeast side of the main parking lot. The project is slated for completion prior to Sept. 7 when Fall classes begin.

Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center

The La Vista Summer Concert Series returns to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library on Friday, Aug. 6, with Blue House and the Rent to Own Horns at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

Vote for Top Environment Omaha Ideas

On July 15, Environment Omaha launched www.passthepotatoes.com, a virtual town hall event that invites anyone to submit or vote on ideas to improve Omaha's sustainability. You can help improve Omaha by voting for MCC staff member Greg Stachon's idea or vote for another.

Ideas are sought in five Environment Omaha content areas, with Natural Environment as the first category. The voting period for this category runs from July 30 to Aug. 6.

Car Maintenance Tips and Tricks

MCC's Auto Technology Program offers a number of easy-to-use car maintenance tips and tricks. Here are a few:

Taking care of your car in today's world can be compared to the 19th century when your great-grandparents had to take care of their horses. Don't expect it to live very long when you beat it to death.

When it comes to cars, the old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" does not apply. Routine maintenance is required.

If the gas pedal sticks to the floor and will not return, put the transmission in neutral. Turn on your emergency flashers and pull off to the side of the road. Turn off the ignition as soon as you can. Make sure you know what each position of the ignition key does and which position locks the steering wheel.

Driving in the city is considered "severe driving conditions." Driving on interstate for long periods is considered "normal driving conditions." The oil in your engine needs to be changed more often when driving in "severe driving conditions".

Pay attention to the little things about your car. It is telling you how it feels. Turn off the radio once in awhile and listen.

Most cars have many lights on the dash; however, the basic four are: oil light, engine hot light, battery light and check engine light. Become familiar with their meanings.

Performing proper maintenance will help maintain your vehicle's resale value as well as keep your car running properly.  Regular maintenance is typically cheaper than making car payments.

Keep your car cleaned inside and out! The quality of the work performed by a technician is directly related to the cleanliness of your car.

Making weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual checks are absolutely essential for maintaining a healthy car.

Know the basics of car care. Then you can tell if you are being taken for a ride by a technician or shop.

If your engine has aluminum cylinder heads, you must avoid overheating the engine. It is very easy to produce engine damage due to excessive heat. Each time the engine runs too hot, the amount of damage increases.

In the past, people who worked on cars were referred to as mechanics. Because of the sophistication of today's cars, they are called technicians.

Ask lots of questions. An unqualified technician does not like to explain because he/she does not understand the problems and/or the solutions.

Green Tip

Try to flush just one less time per day, and you will save about 4.5 gallons of water - as much water as the average person in Africa uses for a whole day of drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning. -The Green Book

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