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News@MCC for Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote TODAY for Student Advisory Council

Be a Vote
Vote for your Student Advisory Council/Ex-Officio representatives online from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. today, Nov. 2. Your vote counts - got to the Student Advisory Council/Ex Officio website to submit your electronic ballot. Not sure who the candidates are? Short bios are on the website, too.

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.

Heart of Metro Nomination Deadline for Fall Quarter Nov. 4

Have you taken the opportunity to recognize a worthy instructor or staff member for their outstanding contributions to the College? Thursday, Nov. 4 is the deadline for Fall Quarter Heart of Metro nominations. Find out more about the Heart of Metro Award and submit your nomination online at http://www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

MCC Holiday Hours

See the MCC Hours of Operation page for closing information prior to the holidays.

MCC Mourns the Loss of Faculty Member

MCC released this statement on the death of Karen Jenkins, adjunct Speech instructor.

Workshop Explores 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. Visit the website for more information.

The Basics of Good Parenting Workshops

The Basics of Good Parenting is a free skill-building program for all parents in our community brought to you by the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The program content is based upon Common Sense Parenting® principles, a Boys Town® program. All sessions will be presented by Boys Town trained experts.

The parenting fundamentals sessions will be held at three different locations. All sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center (Room 120)
(2 classes will be held simultaneously at this location; one in Spanish, one in English)
Monday, Nov. 8-Health
Monday, Nov. 15-Family Time

Scott Conference Center at UNO-Aksarben Campus
6450 Pine St., Omaha
Tuesday, Nov. 2-School and Education
Tuesday, Nov. 9-Health
Tuesday, Nov. 16-Family Time

Fort Omaha Campus
Institute for Culinary Arts (Room 201 A)
Wednesday, Nov. 3-School and Education
Wednesday, Nov. 10-Health
Wednesday, Nov. 17-Family Time

Week 1: School and Education
When a parent is a part of their child's school life, their child does better. We will talk about how you can help your child succeed in school by creating a study routine and staying involved.

Week 2: Health
A child's health has a lot to do with their parents' habits. We will talk about how and why a parent should establish healthy routines for nutrition and sleep.

Week 3: Family Time
Turn off distractions, like TVs, cell phones and video games, and turn on family time. We will help parents learn how to plan for family time and how to build family relationships through conversation and praise.

  • Free parking is available onsite
  • No registration required
  • Participants can attend as many, or as few, programs as they wish
  • Child care is not available

For more information about the classes or the program in general, call the Peter Kiewit Foundation office at (402) 344-0137.

Metropolitan Community College Veterans Day Celebration

MCC is proud to recognize our nation's veterans from all branches of the service at its annual Veterans Day Celebration at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the South Omaha Campus, Industrial Training Center, Room 120. A reception will follow the program.

This year's program features Keynote Command Sergeant Major Eli Valenzuela. He is the 9th Nebraska State Command Sergeant Major who has the responsibility and accountability for the nearly 5,000 enlisted soldiers that comprise the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Papillion/La Vista Junior ROTC will conduct POW/MIA Honors and serve as the Color Guard. Gary Sparks, full-time MCC faculty and Nebraska Air National Guard member, will serve as this year's Master of Ceremonies.

The celebration is designed for the community to honor veterans and their families. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gary Sparks at gsparks@mccneb.edu.

Facts on Veterans and Veterans Day
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors living military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The Census Bureau offers interesting facts and statistics on our veterans.

MCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November marks Native American Heritage Month with music, film and discussion around the theme "Confronting Challenges that Face our Nation." Find a full listing of events here.

Mu Gamma Gamma Students Win Top Prizes

Mu Gamma Gamma

The MCC chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association earned top awards in the regional conference in Olathe, Kan.

Mu Gamma Gamma is the MCC chapter of the national organization Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the professional fraternal organization for the American Criminal Justice Association. The group aims to improve criminal justice learning through educational activities, create professionalism in law enforcement, promote academic and public awareness of criminal justice and encourage high standards of conduct and training within the criminal justice field.
MCC's 27 Mu Gamma Gamma members participate in criminal justice-related activities, volunteer in the community and compete in regional and national LAE conferences.

At the regional conference, Mu Gamma Gamma competed in four competitions against 12 other chapters. The competition included academic testing, CSI, physical agility and firearms. Kenny Fisher placed second in academic competition, Heidi Moseman placed second in physical agility and Advisor Diane Sjuts placed third in physical agility.

Business Student Earns National Recognition

MCC Business Transfer student Joseph Cocklin of Benson received top recognition from the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his academic record and leadership potential.

Cocklin received the GEICO Business Student Scholarship, which recognizes the two top scoring Phi Theta Kappa Leaders of Promise applicants who are declared business majors. The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in an associate degree program.

Cocklin was one of 30 students from 20 states to receive the scholarship recognition. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship. The program also provides opportunities and encourages students to assume leadership roles by participating in Phi Theta Kappa programs.

In addition to the Phi Theta Kappa honors, Cocklin was recognized earlier this year as a finalist in the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium Contest sponsored by Pearson Education. As one of 12 finalists, Cocklin and instructor Richard Carter of Bellevue won a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to defend Cocklin's ideas on how to better the health of the economy ideas in front of some of the world's top economists. Cocklin had the distinct opportunity of being the only finalist from a two-year college.

"It was really cool to be the only community college student there, and the only student in his 30s," Cocklin said.

After graduating from MCC in Spring 2011, Cocklin plans to pursue a Bachelor's in Business Economics and later a master's degree.

Custom Wheels Have Disadvantages

Depending on how a vehicle is to be used, manufacturers install specific tires and wheels. For a standard passenger car, tires have large sidewalls, 65 series to 70 series, to help provide a nice soft ride and to help cushion the impact of bumps and pot holes. For more high performance applications, tires used have a low profile, short sidewall, 30 series to 50 series. With these tires, cornering, braking and acceleration is the goal, and soft ride and comfort is less important.

When purchasing custom tires and rims, there is a price to pay, and it can hit the pocketbook in more ways than one. By installing low-profile tires in place of the soft, cushy tires, you lose in many ways:

  1. You lose ride quality. You will hear and feel the impact of bumps and pot holes.
  2. Changing factory wheels to custom wheels can change front-end geometry, which puts added stress and leverage on suspension and steering parts that they were not designed for.
  3. Hitting large pot holes and bumps can bend the lip of the wheel producing an air leak.
  4. These type of tires and wheels make aligning the front end difficult. The manufacturer designed and built the front end with specific geometry in mind for safe driving conditions. Changing to non-factory wheels and tires alters the design and can produce unsafe conditions.
  5. On really low profile tires, you can have a flat tire and not even know it. When running on a flat tire, you lose the ability to stop, turn and accelerate safely.

Green Tip

With winter quickly approaching and daylight saving time ending, the month of October is a time when preparing your home for lower temperatures and shorter days is key to saving energy and making a difference inside and outside our homes. In recognition of this important season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to share tips for how you-and your friends, family, and colleagues-can save even more energy at home and join the fight against climate change. Visit the website for more details.

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