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News@MCC for Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Deadline Approaches for Spring Quarter Registration

Spring Quarter begins March 9 - have you registered for your classes? The deadline to register for Spring online classes is March 8, 2011. There is no late registration for online classes. While you're at it, you can register for Summer Quarter classes, too. Search for your options here and register online using WebAdvisor.

When Should I Talk to an Academic Advisor?

Every degree-seeking student should plan to meet with an academic advisor early in their coursework at MCC. There are also some specific situations when it is especially important for students to see an advisor or counselor. 

Here are some sample situations in which you should seek advice from an advisor:

  • While planning your educational journey
  • Before selecting or changing your major
  • If you start struggling with your studies
  • If your GPA is lower than you want and especially if it drops below 2.0
  • If you have completed 70 or more credit hours
  • If you are thinking about dropping a class (especially important for students who receive financial assistance for college)
  • When discussing skill levels for classroom success
  • If you have questions about College policies and procedures or if you need helping navigating those processes
  • If you need information about services available for their success
  • Anytime you don't know who to turn to for assistance

Students can schedule an appointment to see an advisor or counselor at any Student Services office or by calling (402) 457-2400.

To Ensure a Continuing Supply of Telephone Numbers

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) has approved the addition of a new 531 area code to the geographic region served by the 402 area code. This change, called an area code overlay, was made to accommodate a continuing supply of telephone numbers. This change impacts all telephone company's customers but does not change any existing telephone numbers.

How will this affect you?

Because of the addition of the 531 Area Code, all customers within the 402/531 region will need to dial the correct Area Code followed by the seven-digit telephone number when dialing any local call (ten digits).

When will MCC's telephone system change, and how will it affect me? Right now you can dial all ten digits from any MCC telephone. Starting Feb. 26, dialing with ten digits becomes mandatory for all phone calls. If you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will provide instructions on how to redial your call.

Today all MCC telephone numbers... Will continue to use the 402 area code. As MCC continues to grow, we may need to add some 531 area code numbers.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

New Books/DVDs Available at Libraries

From software manuals to books for pleasure reading to DVDs, MCC's libraries have dozens of new titles. For a listing, click here.

Expand Your World with Study Abroad

Studying abroad is often a defining moment in education that changes one's life. After studying abroad, global perspectives, enhanced language proficiency and greater cultural competency can help to create a more attractive resume and contribute at a higher level professionally and as a community member.

Because Metropolitan Community Collge values the opportunities offered by study abroad to help students develop skills and provide experiences that a classroom setting is not likely to provide, several Credit Courses Abroad are offered for your consideration. Designed for those who desire a relatively short academic experience abroad led by experienced faculty and staff, participants tend to develop global competencies and interests that equip them for future independent academic experiences abroad. MCC offers study abroad opportunities in China, Costa Rica and Ghana in 2011. Learn more at the study abroad website.

Beware of Phishing Attempts

If you receive an email that appears to have come from the College warning you that access to your email account is coming to an end, do not open or click on the link that is within the message. It is a phishing attempt to obtain your account/password information.

If you receive this message, please delete it. Remember, the Help Desk will never ask for your login/password information by email.

Design Students Receive AIGA Awards

The Show, hosted annually by AIGA Nebraska and the Professional Association for Design, exhibits the best in graphic design, photography and illustration produced in the region and includes entries from design professionals and students, featuring both published and unpublished work. 

Students receiving awards include:

Lakica Reed (illustration, Title: Clarity) and Adam Trabold (Crop Rocket identity system) 

Jeffrey Burgher (Moose Bros. logo), Jeffrey Burgher (infographic, Title: Telescopic Disfracture), Bren McIntosh Duvall (shopping bags, Title: Empty Bottle Brewing Co.), Bren McIntosh Duvall (Sugar Root Blues Bistro logo), Tiffany Hungerford (handbook, Title: Handbook for Tourist), Tiffany Hungerford (illustration, Title: The Vines), Ashley Maly (wine label, Title: Wine Pine) and Bobby Orsi (illustration, Title: Kabel)

Wii Bowlers Take Home Awards

MCC's first-ever Wii Bowling Tournament at the South Omaha Campus was a great success. Forty-nine participants competed in the event on Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Commons Area of the Connector Building. Winning first place in the tournament was Precious Davis, second place went to Jeremy Plumb and the third place went to Christina Moore.

Father Greg Boyle to Speak at MCC

Greg Boyle
As a priest working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Father Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

Tattoos on the Heart is a breathtaking series of parables distilled from his 20 years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar who shops at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of love. From 10-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter, we benefit from Boyle's wonderful, hard-earned wisdom. Inspired by faith and applicable to anyone, these personal, unflinching stories are full of surprising revelations and observations of the community in which Boyle works and of the many lives he has helped save.

Two activities are scheduled for Feb. 24. Both are free and open to the public. 

Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Consultation with community stakeholders engaged in intervention, prevention and workforce development efforts
Creighton University Harper Center, Rooms 3023 A-B 

Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Community lecture and book signing
MCC South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center, Room 120

February Theatre Opportunities for MCC

Quality original theatre will be offered to MCC faculty, students and staff this February.

MCC is co-sponsoring another public play reading with the Omaha Community Playhouse in its Howard Drew Theatre: Asylum, a new play by former MCC student Beth Kahl Parriott. The reading is Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all and followed by a talk-back with the playwright.

Coming in March
On Friday, March 4, the Omaha Community Playhouse is holding College Night for their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tickets will be $18 (a discount of $6) for college students with a student ID. A pre-show party for this group will include appetizers and open bar for an additional $5. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 (a week before the general public has access) for the 6:30 p.m. party and 7:30 p.m. show.

Contact Scott Working at saworking@mccneb.edu for details on any of these events.

Great Plains Theatre Conference Internships

The Great Plains Theatre Conference at MCC is excited to announce full- and part-time professional internship opportunities in the following areas:

  • Arts Administration
  • Development
  • Web and Video Tech
  • Event Management

Interns are vital staff positions and provide an opportunity for hands-on learning while actively contributing to this nationally recognized theatre conference. GPTC interns will work directly with department managers and staff, receiving practical experience and leadership opportunities managing specific conference responsibilities. All GPTC internships are unpaid. College credit may be arranged with an academic institution for student interns, and housing may be available.

For further information or to fill out an application, visit www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference.  Questions about these internships may be directed to Kevin Lawler, Producing Artistic Director of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, kmlawler@mccneb.edu or 402-457-2485.

Transmission Tips and Tricks

Here is a checklist to keep your automatic transmission working properly for many years:

  1. Don't allow the automatic transmission to up-shift during hard acceleration. This produces more than the normal amount of wear on the internal parts when shifting out of one gear into the next. To reduce the amount of internal wear and tear, let off the gas pedal about half way, which allows the transmission to complete the up-shift. Once the next gear has been completed, then you can nail the gas pedal to the floor.
  2. Change the fluid often. Car manufacturers provide a guide as to when the fluid needs to be changed. This guide does not take into account how you drive. If you're hard on a car, the fluid needs to be changed more often. Check with the dealer for service intervals.Monitor the level, color and smell.
  3. In most cars, the transmission fluid level is checked with the engine running at operating temperature on level ground.
  4. If the fluid changes from red to light brown, it is past due for a change. If the fluid is black, seek professional advice.
  5. Become accustomed to what normal fluid smells like. Burnt fluid stinks because internal parts have been allowed to get hot. If you're hard on a car, the fluid will change color and start to stink sooner.
  6. Don't assume that any old transmission fluid will work. There are many different types of automatic transmission fluid. You can cause shifting problems or worse by not using the correct one.

Watt Detector Program Can Save You Money

You can save energy and money by finding out how much your appliances cost to use. Omaha Public Library cardholders now can borrow watt detectors thanks to a partnership between OPPD and the Omaha Public Library. The watt detector will calculate how much the appliance costs to operate after plugging the watt detector into the wall and an appliance into the device.

To check out a watt detector, visit the Omaha Public Library catalog and search for the title "Watt Detector". From there click "Request Item," enter your card number and PIN and choose a location to pick it up. You can even pick up the watt detector at an MCC library.

Weekly Green Tip

Do your tax forms online. It's simpler, and you can file faster. More than 72 million tax returns are e-filed, 20 million from home computers. If every tax return were e-filed, it would save at least 660 million sheets of paper-stacked to equal more than 36,000 6-foot-tall IRS agents. - The Green Book

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