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News@MCC for Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Calling All Student Leaders

MCC invites students to participate in a Student Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Fort Omaha Campus Mule Barn (Bldg. 21). The conference, entitled Envision-Engage-Lead-Serve, addresses entrepreneurship, community action, personal confidence and career-seeking skills. Keynote speaker John O'Brien will relate technology to taking charge of one's education.

 To register, call 457-2591 or email eamcphail1@mccneb.edu. Lunch and Prizes will be provided. For more information, visit the Service-Learning website.

New Rent-A-Text Program Begins This Fall

Beginning this fall, MCC campus bookstores will be introducing a new textbook rental program to allow students to save upwards of 50 percent on many of textbooks. Through MCC's collaboration with bookstore partner Follett Higher Education Group, this new rental option will be available to students under the banner of Rent-a-Text.

 Offering rental textbooks through this program will:

Save students money. Rental can save students 50 percent or more on the cost of their textbooks.

Support strong learning and study habits. Students can continue to highlight and take notes in their rented textbooks.

Make it easier for students to get all their books when they need them. Students will be able to purchase, pick-up and return textbooks either in our campus stores or online and have numerous choices for payment, including being able to use their credit/debit cards and financial aid.

For more information, visit www.rent-a-text.com. Frequently asked questions about the program are available here.

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

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.

Metro Reads! Sustainable Book Selection: The Green Book

Kermit the Frog could not have been more wrong when he said, "It ain't easy being green." Learn what simple steps you can take at home and in the classroom to promote sustainable living. For your browsing pleasure, all academic departments will soon receive a complimentary copy of The Green Book. Faculty and staff interested in obtaining their own copy of the book can contact Teri Quick, 738-4655 or tquick@mccneb.edu. For more information on The Green Book, visit the Metro Reads! website.

Green Tip

If you routinely shower before work in the morning and then again after your evening visit to the gym, consider switching to a morning workout and showering just once a day. You'll save about 200 gallons of water for each shower you subtract from your schedule. Over the course of a year, you could save more than 30,000 gallons of water-enough to fill a 20-by-40-foot backyard swimming pool.

Save the Date: Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 18, 1-7:30 p.m., with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska's Native Americans. The event is free and open to the public.

What Does That Oil Light mean?

When the oil light comes on while driving, it means the engine is out of oil. When this light comes on, permanent engine damage has already occurred. In a matter of seconds, the engine starts to tear itself apart. Adding oil will not reverse the damage. Some models have an oil light on the dash which indicates the vehicle is low on oil. If your vehicle has both warning lights, you need to know which one tells you that the engine is out of oil. 

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