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News@MCC for Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Get Involved! Student Organization Fair is This Week

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:

  • 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.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

The MCC Foundation scholarships for Winter quarter are now available. You can manage your scholarships through MCC's online scholarship application system. Manage your own information, apply for multiple scholarships and check your award status from any computer.

Dates to remember:

  • Student applications are due Oct. 18, 2010.
  • Students will be notified by the end of December 2010.

To view resources for the Stars Online scholarship application process and to fill out scholarship applications, visit the website and download a copy of the Stars Online 2010 FAQ.

For scholarship questions, contact Lisa Stepanek, Scholarship and Administrative Specialist, at lstepanek@mccneb.edu or 457-2772.

Fight the Flu at Flu Shot Clinic

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct a flu shot clinic at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses the first week of October. The clinic is open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

Vaccines available include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties. The immunizations are covered 100 percent for BCBS members; for non-members and other health care plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash or check. The flu mist will be available for $30.

  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 lobby: Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Lower Commons: Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-noon

Gateway to College Seeks Students for Winter Quarter

Metropolitan Community College is seeking high school dropouts who are ready to reengage in education. Through Gateway to College, students ages 16-20 who have dropped out - or are on the verge of dropping out - from an Omaha Public School can earn their diploma while simultaneously earning college credit.

If you know a student who qualifies, encourage him or her to register for an information session. Call 457-2746 for more information, or visit www.mccneb.edu/gtc. Information sessions are being held through October.

Gulf Coast Cleanup Efforts Continue

This month, migratory birds began their long trek from Canada's breeding grounds to the Gulf Coast, which is the wintering ground for many waterfowl. With oil still on the surface and submerged in the Gulf, there is no way to predict where it will go or what damage it may do. The risk to the Gulf's coastal wetlands is extremely high if a tropical storm surge laden with crude oil rushes into the wetlands flooding extensive areas of vegetated marsh.

To respond to this crisis, MCC students are again organizing a drive for materials to aid the Gulf Coast in cleanup efforts. Items collected will go to Save Our Seabirds, based in Sarasota, Fla. Items collected will be used in efforts related to Gulf Coast cleanup and beyond, as the organization is always working to keep birds in the Gulf region safe.

The drive will be through September 30. Drop off items at the barrels near the front doors at MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus.

 Items needed include:   

  • AA & AAA Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Heavy duty latex gloves
  • Scotch brand scrubbies
  • Paper towels
  • WD40
  • Rags
  • Towels
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Zip ties
  • Bungee cords
  • Sand paper
  • Mr. Clean cleaner
  • 409
  • Clorox wipes
  • Crayons

Paintings Explore Middle America

The Situation Hesitates

The Gallery of Art and Design at the Elkhorn Valley Campus presents The Situation Hesitates, featuring the works of artist Lori Larusso, now until Oct. 8. A reception will be held Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Larusso's paintings portray representations of generic and stereotypical middle America, reminding viewers of the culture society maintains on a daily basis through every action. "Very often, our ideals are a reflection of the way we wish things were, rather than a product of the way we actually experience them," Larusso says in her artist's statement. "I find this conflict to be in direct connection to the representational image."

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

MCC Celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

MCC's celebration of Hispanic/Latino heritage continues with a series of free lectures.  

Lecture: Take Me to Havana: The Changing State of U.S.-Cuba Relations After the Castros
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10
Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-noon
457-2253
www.mccneb.edu/intercultural
University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D., discusses U.S.-Cuba relations including information on congressional action to end the travel ban.

Lecture: Quality of Life for Latinos in Great Plains Communities
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Sept. 29, noon-1 p.m.
457-2253
www.mccneb.edu/intercultural
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Miguel A. Carranza, Ph.D., explores the status of Latino immigrants in predominantly white communities. Are Latino immigrants integrated or are they isolated from the mainstream?

Preschool Health and Safety Fair on Oct. 8

MCC's Second Annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair will help preschool-aged children learn about healthy lifestyles and safe living practices. The free fair is Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus.

Sustainable Agriculture Listening Session

MCC will co-host the first urban and rural agriculture listening sessions Sept. 24 to help advance profitable, environmentally sound farming systems that are good for communities, part of the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

Input received at the session, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Institute of the Culinary Arts, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway, will guide future USDA and North Central Region (NCR)-SARE policies, programs and outreach. Additional sessions will take place Sept. 23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office in Lincoln and Sept. 24 at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

The public is invited, especially anti-hunger and food justice advocates, educators, nonprofit organizations, concerned citizens, students, government officials, farmers, ranchers, grocers, chefs, workers, food processors and distributors. Discussion topics could include new production, processing, distribution, food safety and security and health information. These discussions will help guide future USDA and NCR-SARE policies, outreach, research, and programs.

The listening sessions are free and open to the public. The sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
    Contact: Gary Bergman, gbergman@unlnotes.unl.edu, (402) 441-7180
  • Sept. 24, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Iowa Western Community College
    Contact: Bahia Barry, bahia.barry@rcdnet.net, (712) 482-3029
  • Sept. 24, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College
    Contact: Jen Valandra, jvalandra@mccneb.edu, (402) 457-2555

For more information and to participate, register online at www.mccneb.edu/sareusda or call (402) 457-2241.

Harvest Reception
Following the Omaha session, Metropolitan Community College's Institute for the Culinary Arts will host a $10 Harvest Reception, 6-8 p.m., featuring local foods prepared by students. Preregistration is required. The reception is open to the public. Register online at www.mccneb.edu/sareusda or call (402) 457-2241.

Weekly Green Tip

Recycle your cellular phone. Donate your phone to a charity or sell it to a third-party recycler. You can often take a tax deduction for the phone's value or get hard money for it from a recycler. Less than 1 percent of cell phones are currently recycled, and there are 500 million used cell phones not being used in the United States alone! - The Green Book

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