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News@MCC for Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MCC Wishes You a Pleasant Holiday Season

Metropolitan Community College is closed for winter holiday Dec. 24-Jan. 2. The College reopens Jan. 3.

Deadlines and Important Dates Now on WebAdvisor

View academic, deadline and crucial dates when you log into WebAdvisor and click on Student Information Calendar under the heading Communication.  Access to a variety of college calendars, including this new one, is available via MCC's homepage by clicking on the Calendars link.

Changing Your MCC Password

At MCC, password security policies exist to protect the privacy of users and to adhere to required security guidelines. The College is in the process of revising these policies in an effort to increase security via a process called password aging, in which a password expires after a certain amount of time.

Beginning Jan. 10, 2011, all MCC users (staff, faculty and students) must have passwords that are fewer than 180 days old.  If your password falls into this category, upon successful login you will be prompted to change it.

Change your password when prompted.  Contact the MCC Help Desk if you are unsuccessful or experience technical difficulties. 

If you are on a College-owned computer, you may change your password at any time by pressing the Control-Alt-Delete keys at the same time and choosing the change your password option.  You do not have to wait until your password has actually expired before you can change it.

If you wait until your password has expired when you login to a College-owned computer, you will receive a message stating that your password has expired and that you must change it.  A dialogue box will pop up with entries for your old password, your new password and new password confirmation.  Your old password should already be filled in for you and designated with the letter "x".  Enter your new password and then retype that same password for verification.  The rules for your password include the following:

1.   Your password must be a minimum of 7 characters
2.   The password MUST contain a combination of letters and numbers AND capitalization
3.   Your password must be unique; i.e. you cannot use the same password within a one year period
4.   Do not use words included in a dictionary

An example of an unacceptable password would be bugle (only 5 letters, no numbers, all lowercase and found in a dictionary).  A better password might be Burgl3r

Remember that your password is case-sensitive, so be aware if your CAPS lock key is on. 

After confirming your password, you will be logged onto the College-owned computer as normal.  From then on, you need to use your new password.  Password changes will be required every 180 days. Each time you will follow the same procedure as described above. 

Any user who desires to change their password for any reason can do so regardless of their location.  The Password Center is available online at all times; if you find that you cannot change your password using the Password Center, the Help Desk can assist you during regular Help Desk hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.).  If you have any other problems performing the password change, call the Help Desk at 402-457-2900. 

City Procedures during Winter Weather

City of Omaha Snow Plan and Winter Operation Procedures offer guidelines on parking, mailboxes, sidewalks and shoveling during winter weather. View the brochure for a full explanation.

Online Registration for Current Students Begins Jan. 3

Online registration for Spring and Summer begins Jan. 3 for current students with 50+ credit hours and Jan. 5 for current students with less than 50 credit hours. General registration online, by phone and in person begins Jan. 12.

Save the Date: A Day On, Not a Day Off

Save the date for MCC's third annual A Day On, Not a Day Off service event to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

While all MCC locations are closed that day, students, staff and community members can give back to the community at several agencies, including the North/South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, Habitat ReStore, Open Door Mission, Douglas County Community Health Center and The Kroc Center. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites.

To donate a portion of your time on Jan. 17, contact Kyle at the Service-Learning Office, (402) 457-2606 or Ktvandusen@mccneb.edu. The first 100 registrants will receive a free long-sleeved shirt to wear the service event.

Career Closet Hosts First Annual Fashion Show

Career Closet Fashion Show

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Last Tuesday at the Fort Omaha Campus, POPS and Service-Learning successfully showcased The Career Closet's fashionable and free clothing. The music was bumpin' as MCC students, staff and faculty strutted down the runway in work-appropriate clothing. "The purpose of the fashion show was to let students know what's available to them, so we can get the clothes to people who can use the assistance," said Queen Tucker, Coordinator of The Career Closet.  Visit the Service-Learning webpage for more information on The Career Closet.

Photography Club Exhibits Work at Mule Barn

Members of the MCC Photo Club are exhibiting their work in the recently renovated Mule Barn at the Fort Omaha Campus. The show takes place throughout January.

The MCC Photo Club provides students with the opportunity to expand their photographic horizons through visiting artist lectures, workshops, informal critiques and group photographic exhibitions. This current selection of student work, purposely shown without a theme, showcases works from students' personal photographic pursuits.

Winter Quarter Event Features Marc the Musician

Amplify presents Marc the Musician at Elkhorn Valley Campus on Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., in Room 114. View the flier for more information.

Hints on Heater Problems

If you are experiencing heater problems this winter, here are probable causes:

Problem: Little or no heat

Most common causes: Plugged heater core; low coolant in the radiator; the blend door inside the dash is out of adjustment or broken; hot water shut off valve is stuck in the off position

Problem: Inside windshield condensation with defrost setting

Most common cause: Leaking heater core. Condensation on the inside of the windshield when the heat is set to defrost is the first sign of a leaking heater core. As the leak gets worse, the amount of moisture or condensation on the windshield increases. As the leak increases, the carpet on the passenger side will become soaked. When the matting under the carpet becomes soaked, the metal floor boards will rust out.

Green Tip

Cut back on wrapping waste by placing gifts in reusable bags or baskets. If you prefer traditional wrapping paper, try to find a brand with recycled content and then reuse any large pieces to wrap presents again next year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Americans produce an extra 2 billion pounds of garbage per week, much of which is gift packaging. If 40 percent of U.S. households reduced their holiday paper consumption by just two sheets this year, the savings could gift-wrap Manhattan Island.

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