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News@MCC for Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Campaign Begins for Student Advisory Council

Elections for MCC's Student Advisory Council are Nov. 2. Get ready to vote and find out who is running to represent your campus. Take a look at candidate biographies here.

Be a Student Ambassador at MCC

MCC's Student Ambassadors are leaders who speak at events and outreach activities, participate in student panels and give campus tours. Join the Outreach team as a Student Ambassador.


  • At least a part-time MCC student
  • Have completed 24 credits hours at MCC
  • In good standing with MCC academically, financially and from a disciplinary standpoint
  • Must have own transportation

Complete an application here.

Fall Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Open

If you know an MCC employee who demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, respects diversity and is service-centered, nominate him or her for the Heart of Metro 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 Thursday, Nov. 4. Nominations may be submitted by any student, employee or community member. Online nominations may be submitted here.

Inclement Weather Policies

Inclement weather will be here soon. As a reminder, students are responsible for checking one of the following to see if the College or individual campuses/centers are closed. Those include:

  • College website - www.mccneb.edu
  • College weather line - (402) 457-2499
  • Your individual College email inbox
  • Local radio and television stations

Career Services Works to Increase Accessibility of Resources

Career Services is working to make career-related information more accessible to the MCC community by enhancing the website and providing more online resources. Individuals will still be able to receive one-on-one assistance to develop career decision-making skills, obtain labor market information and access other career development tools-but now a more self-directed format will also be available. Visit www.mccneb.edu/careercenter for more information on these updates.

Optimal Resume
Another exciting addition to the Career Services toolkit is career center management software through Optimal Resume. More than 600 colleges and universities, community colleges, career and technical colleges and trade schools use Optimal Resume nationwide. The award-winning suite of online career tools will help job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills and develop a personal brand online. Optimal Resume is available to those with an MCC email address. To explore Optimal Resume, visit mccneb.optimalresume.com/.

Disability Employment Awareness Month: Video & Discussion-Emmanuel's Gift

If you are born with a disability in Ghana, West Africa, you may be poisoned, left to die by your family or hidden in a room. Of the 20 million people in Ghana, 2 million are disabled. This is the story of one man whose mission and purpose is to change all of that forever.

Oct. 21, 6:15-8 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110

Main Street Entrepreneur's Fair

Entrepreneurs affiliated with Nebraska Self-Employment Services and The Abilities Fund show how they launched their businesses, explain products and services and display a selection of products available for purchase. The Assistive Technology Partnership will also host a store front displaying state-of-the-art assistive technology and adaptive solutions that help level the playing (and working) field for individuals with disabilities.

Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building

Study in China Outreach Sessions

Learn about MCC's study abroad program in China. Students will marvel at the mix of historical and modern China through a tour of the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Qu Fu, Xian and Beijing. Experience modern urban planning; Chinese gardens; a silk factory; Confucius Temple, Mansion and Forest; ruins of the Banpo village; the Terracotta Soldiers; Big Goose Pagoda; Shanghai Museum and The Great Wall.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 7, Room 106
Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 305
Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-noon

Sarpy Center, Room 226
Oct. 28, 9:30-10 a.m.

South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 102
Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, contact Barbara Velazquez at bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2253.

5th Annual Diversity Matters Lecture Series: Bill Bollendorf

Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus, room 114

Bill Bollendorf, Director of Galerie Macondo, will show his photographs of Haitian women in their crucial roles of caregivers, engines of the economy, priestesses and more as Haiti emerges from a series of devastating natural disasters. Bollendorf s photographs have been featured in exhibits and catalogs worldwide, including the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, The Afrika Museum in Holland and The Musee du Montparnasse in Paris. His photographs were featured in Raw Vision magazine (Winter 2008). He has visited Haiti more than 50 times since 1974, speaks Kreyol fluently and has many close relationships with Haitian artists, dealers and collectors.

There is an accompanying art exhibit of Haitian Artwork on loan fromt he Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa, in the MCC Gallery of Art and Design Oct. 19-Nov. 9.

Through Art, Exploring the Role of Women in Haiti

Haitian artMCC's Department of Visual Arts presents Mothers, Merchants and Mambos at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design Oct. 19-Nov. 9. An opening reception will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus; Bill Bollendorf, Director of Galerie Macondo in Pittsburgh, Penn., will speak from 4-6 p.m. The show features Haitian art that reflects the way women are valued in Haitian society and how women have inspired a variety of Haitian artists.

The Institute for Cultural Connections (ICC) has created a resource website with articles and video clips to support the exhibition. In addition, the ICC is hosting a panel discussion, Women in Haiti: Before and After the Quake - History, Culture, Creativity and Health, on Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building, Room 503.

For more information on the exhibit and ICC resources or to visit MCC's cultural calendar, visit the ICC website.

All events are free and open to the public.

Free Financial Advice Available at Financial Planning Day

If you're wrestling with money problems, a dose of professional is on the way. MCC students and community members are invited to receive free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the upcoming Financial Planning Day on Oct. 23 at two MCC locations. The idea is to provide guidance to communities and individuals who may be struggling with financial crises such as debt or unemployment in the downturn.

Certified experts from the Financial Planning Association will be working with individuals one-on-one at the Elkhorn Valley Campus from 9 a.m.-noon and the South Omaha Campus ITC from 1-4 p.m. English-to-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus.

The advice will be offered on a no strings attached basis, and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services.

The event will feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics including: financial starter kit, young adults and money, life planning, surviving job loss, spending plan 101 and investing basics. Additionally, financial planners will be able to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on budgeting, getting out of debt, income taxes, dealing with mortgage foreclosures, paying for college, estate planning and insurance, among many other topics.

Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Free online registration for the Metro Omaha Financial Planning Day is available at www.financialplanningdays.org/omaha. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, view the flier.

Workshop Sheds Light on Service-Learning at Community College

MCC's Service-Learning Office invites students, staff and the MCC community to learn about service-learning at community colleges across the Midwest. The day-long workshop Service Projects Specific to the Community College Experience will be Nov. 5. Learn more here.

Auto Zone

Think twice about installing an after-market auto-start security system in your car. If the system malfunctions or the system connected to it has a problem, finding a shop to work on it may be difficult. It is common for the shop that installed the system to toss the instructions and wiring diagram when they are done. So, when your car won't start or has other problems associated with the auto-start system, the shop's hands are tied because they have no information about the system - no directions, no manual and no wiring diagram.

Weekly Green Tip

Share your popcorn when you're at the movies instead of buying multiple cartons or bags. You'll save money and packaging. Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popcorn each year (54 quarts per person), 30 percent of which are eaten at movie theaters, sporting events, entertainment arenas, amusement parks and other recreational centers. If half the people shared their popcorn at these events, we could save the paper packaging for more than 2.5 billion quart-size servings. - The Green Book

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