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News@MCC for Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Student Advisory Council Representatives Take Office

MCC's newly elected 2010-11 Student Advisory Council (SAC) will meet on Dec. 3 to elect the Board of Governors Student Ex-Officio. Learn more about your representatives and their role here.

MCC Distributes Hundreds of Bears to First Responders

Team Teddy Bear

Thanks to the donations of MCC students, staff and community members, hundreds of teddy bears have been distributed to local first responders through Team Teddy Bear, a partnership with Clear Channel's KGOR to provide the stuffed animals to children in emergency situations.

MCC delivered bears to first responders in both Fremont and Omaha. The teddy bears will be given children involved in fires, accidents and other incidents, helping them feel safe and calm in an emergency.

New Books and CDs at MCC Libraries

Find a list of the latest books, DVDs and CDs at MCC libraries here.

Single Parent Club Seeks Hats, Coats and Mittens

Positive Opportunities for Parenting Solo (P.O.P.S.), the Single Parent Club, is gathering hats, coats and mittens for those in need of winter gear. Blue donation barrels will be at each MCC location until Dec. 3.

This drive has been successful in gathering hundreds of winter items during the past 10 years, and it is your support that makes this possible. If you have any questions about this project, contact Debbie La Hoda at (402) 457-2652, or Phyllis Brown, Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program Coordinator, at (402) 457-2319.

The agency or school that will receive the collections will be determined at the Nov. 12 P.O.P.S meeting.

Volunteers Needed to Bring Books to Children in Need

Thousands of brand new books await an owner, but before these treasures can be put to good use Service-Learning needs your help to sort and stack. On Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Service-Learning will host a book sort in a North Omaha warehouse. The sorted books will be delivered free of charge to area agencies and families in need.

Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. Unfortunately, for many Omaha families, books are an unaffordable luxury. Please join MCC Service-Learning as we work to get books in all Omaha homes. To volunteer or suggest a receiving agency, contact Elizabeth McPhail at (402) 457-2591 as soon as possible. There are 20 volunteer spaces available.

Support Service-Learning by Ordering a Poinsettia

Service-Learning is hosting a poinsettia sale to support service-learning projects and community events. All sales are online only at www.mccneb.edu/poinsettiasales. The last day to order is Dec. 1.poinsettias

Pick up is at MCC locations only; there are no deliveries. Cost is $16 for an 8-inch poinsettia and $8 for a 6-inch poinsettia. Tax is included.

Dates and times for pickup:

  • Dec. 6: Sarpy Center Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: Fremont Area Center in front of the west gym, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7: Elkhorn Valley Campus Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 8: South Omaha Campus, Connector Commons, 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9: Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 136, 3-5:30 p.m.

Discount on UFL Championship Game Tickets Available to MCC Students

MCC students can receive a group discount on UFL Championship Game tickets. Call the number on the flier and say that you are with MCC. Call Tom Comstock with the Omaha Nighthawks with questions at (402) 403-3776.

Green Tip

Want to save 5 to 10 percent on your heating bill? Turn down that thermostat and throw on a sweater. It's good for the environment, too. If every home in America turned the dial, we could save more than $10 billion per year in energy costs, enough to provide a year's worth of gasoline, electricity and natural gas to every person in Iowa.sustainability logo

By setting your home and office heating systems just a few degrees lower, you'll save a sizable amount of energy. A light long-sleeved sweater is generally worth about 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy sweater adds about 4 degrees.

You can save big. Most households shell out 50 to 70 percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling, reports the Department of Energy. Yet, for every degree you lower the thermostat, you'll save between 1 percent and 3 percent of your heating bill. An money-saving technique: Turn down your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees before you go to bed at night, and then turn it up again in the morning when the coffee is brewing. By doing this, you will save 5 to 10 percent of your heating bill each month.

Back in the heady green days of Jimmy Carter's presidency, the former peanut farmer made headlines by turning down the White House thermostat and donning a sweater to stay warm. Still, many of us continue to overheat our homes because we don't like the idea of sensing a chill, or we just don't think about putting on another layer. But when the air starts to turn cool, remember that the natural cycle is to get your warmer clothes out of storage and layer up.

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