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News@MCC for Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Stay Informed with MCC's Emergency Notification System

MCC is committed to providing a safe college environment for students. In the event of an emergency, the College will use the following notification methods to provide an emergency alert message:

  • MCC homepage
  • MCC students via MCC student email
  • Digital signage on television monitors in commons areas
  • Text messaging. To use this option, students can enroll through WebAdvisor at no charge; however, the user is responsible for purchasing standard text messaging through their cell phone provider
  • Alerts systems with audible and visual alerts at MCC locations

You are encouraged to contact MCC Public Safety when needed. Contact Public Safety by phone at:

  • General line for all campuses and centers: 457-2222
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: 289-1218
  • Fort Omaha Campus: 457-2313
  • South Omaha Campus: 738-4569

Get Involved! Fair Features Student Clubs and Organizations

MCC offers a diversity of student life activities. See them all in one place at the Student Organization Fair at an MCC location near you. While you're discovering what MCC has to offer, don't forget to enter to win a bookstore gift certificate.

Check out the Student Organization Fair at:

  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10: Monday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sarpy Center: Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Questions? Contact Kristin Hoesing, klhoesing2@mccneb.edu or 457-2732, or Diana Kerwin-Kubr, Dkerwin@mccneb.edu or 289-1416.

Tuition Discount Offered for Afternoon Classes

MCC offers a reduced tuition rate during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for on-campus classes held Monday-Friday and starting between 3-4 p.m. Reduced rates for residents and non-residents are available here.

Win Free Copy of The Green Book

green bookStop by any MCC bookstore until Sept. 17 to enter to win a free copy of The Green Book, the Metro Reads! Sustainable living selection for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Green Book is all about what simple steps you can take to help save our planet.

To enter, look for The Green Book display in your campus bookstore.

About the book
The Green Book establishes 12 aspects of our habitat - such as home, work and school - and suggests better lifestyle choices in each arena. Small adjustments in the way we consume and dispose of resources add up to significant and positive environment effects. Read more at www.readthegreenbook.com.

About the program
Metro Reads! brings members of the MCC community together around a common book during the academic year. Everyone at MCC is encouraged to become a part of MCC's largest Learning Community-Metro Reads! All MCC campus libraries will have copies of the Metro Reads! book available for individual check-out.

Make Your Voice Heard Through Student Advisory Council

Join elected students from across the College to share your perspectives with MCC administration. The Student Advisory Council meets monthly; more information is on the website. Keep an eye on your student mail in the coming weeks for more information on the November elections.

Team Teddy Bear Launches at MCC

logoWhen all hope seems lost, you can make a child feel safe. MCC is teaming up with Clear Channel's Team Teddy Bear to provide local police, fire and rescue workers with teddy bears to hand out to children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents. Superhits 99.9 KGOR is spearheading the drive.

A simple gift of a teddy bear can assist children in handling the trauma of the situation and the long emotional recovery afterward. First responders are looking for new teddy bears, 12 inches or smaller.

Donate your teddy bear gift at any Student Services location.

Pass to Class Revs Up for Fall Quarter

Pass to Class bus passes are available once again for all MCC credit students this Fall. You can pick up your Fall quarter passes at any point in the quarter at any MCC Student Services. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Pass to Class bus passes are available to all students enrolled in credit courses.
  • Passes are free for the first pass distributed to each student; replacement passes are $25 each.

MOBY Riders

  • Students with disabilities and who require MOBY services may also pick up passes at Student Services.
  • Before 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 Metro (formerly MAT) for certification before a pass can be issued.

End of Quarter Deactivation

  • Monday, Nov. 22: Fall quarter passes will be deactivated at midnight on the final day of Fall classes.

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.

Feel the Heartbeat of the Native American Community

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.

Explore Community Through 'The Plus One Project'

Each of us has a story to tell, and each of our stories has value. The plus one project: a creative approach to building community between now and 9.11.11, is an interactive workshop focused on this idea. Taking place nine years after the galvanizing events of Sept. 11, 2001, its central theme is the addition of each of our voices, stories and actions to the process of creating a community that works for all.

As we approach the ten-year anniversary of what we refer to simply as "9/11", we have a powerful opportunity to use this global context to reconsider the idea of community on a very local, very personal level.

the plus one project
Saturday, Sept. 11, 1- 4:30 p.m.
UNO - CPACS building, Creative Commons
registration is required - group size limited
Register at theplusoneproject.eventbrite.com/

Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Omaha Serves, the City of Omaha's community service initiative, is currently seeking individuals who are passionate about community service to apply for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. 

AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve full-time through Omaha Serves and will work to increase volunteer efforts in Omaha by assisting local organizations to plan, develop and implement sustainable volunteer programs.  The VISTAs will work in the following priority service areas: at-risk youth, neighborhood restoration and nonprofit capacity building. 

The VISTAs will receive a modest living allowance and will be asked to make a one-year commitment. 

Visit www.cityofomaha.org/mayor/component/wordpress/omaha-serves for more details. Application materials are due Sept. 15.

Questions? Contact Kirsten Case-Penrod at 444-5034 or kcase.penrod@ci.omaha.ne.us.

Weekly Green Tip

Use fewer plastic bags. U.S. households dispose of nearly 100 billion plastic bags annually, millions of which end up littering the environment and harming endangered marine animals. By reducing plastic bag consumption by just two bags per week, you will throw away at least 100 fewer bags per year. If tied together handle to handle, these plastic bags would make a rope long enough to wrap around the earth more than 126 times. ­- The Green Book

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