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News@MCC for Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Online Registration for Current Students Begins

Online registration for Spring and Summer begins Jan. 3 at 7:30 a.m. for current students with 50+ credit hours, and Jan. 5 at 7:30 a.m. for current students with less than 50 credit hours. General registration online, by phone and in person begins Jan. 12 at 7:30 a.m.

Financial Aid FAFSA Application Process Now Open

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms can be submitted starting on Jan. 1. MCC's school code is 004432 to have your information automatically sent to the school. Any student wishing to receive grants, work-study, loans, scholarships or veterans benefits must submit a FAFSA. Learn more... http://www.mccneb.edu/fa/

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. 

Changes to Wireless Connections at MCC

Starting Feb. 1, MCC will require users to use their MCC username and password to connect to the wireless networks at all MCC locations.

This encrypted connection will provide an important level of security for users. Students may have to change their wireless settings in order to connect to the Wireless_Guest network. For help connecting, contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

Sign up Now for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Event

MCC will host the 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.

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.

Students Earn Dean's List Distinction

Representing the Fall 2010 quarter, 3,417 students qualified for Metropolitan Community College's dean's list. View the full list here.

Get Creative with Old Phonebooks

After you get the updated version of your local phonebook, you don't have to throw the old one away. Check out these alternate uses:
Child Booster Seats: Cover a phone book with fabric remnants to quickly create a new booster seat for your child.
Window Wipes: They are perfect for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
Phone Book Step Aerobics: It might sound comical, but if you have more than one old phonebook in the cabinet, get a workout by stacking and stepping.
Mulch: Shred a few pages at a time; the shredded paper blocks weeds, and they're biodegradable.
Packaging Filler: Shipping something fragile? Stuff the box with phonebook pages.
Wax Paper Substitute: Separate baked goods or freezer items by placing a sheet in between them.
Not feeling creative? You can always recycle your old phonebooks. Less than 10 percent are currently recycled.

Find more ideas on the Daily Green blog.

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