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News@MCC for Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Deadline Approaches for Spring Quarter Registration

Spring Quarter beings 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.

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 me?

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). You will also need to dial the correct area code for all faxes.

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, (402) 457-2900.

Free CPR Training

MCC is partnering with Clarkson College to host a free mass CPR Training for the Omahans on Saturday, May 14. The event is for family and friends of all ages - MCC students are encouraged to attend. Registration for the event opens March 1.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Sessions: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (each training session takes approximately one hour)    

Audience: Group teams, family members and friends, boy and girl scouts, students looking for community service hours and more

Location: Clarkson College

Registration Line: (402) 552-2432 (registration opens March 1)

From Baa to Eye debuts at gallery

Yinghua Zhu, art instructor at UNL and a former Bemis artist-in-residence, will present From Baa to Eye at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design March 9-April 15 with an artist reception March 17 at 4 p.m. In a single installation piece that encompasses the entire gallery, Zhu addresses language barriers from her own experiences and perspective as an immigrant and non-native English speaker.

March Theatre Opportunities for MCC Students

Putnam County Spelling Bee
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.

On March 6, the Omaha Community Playhouse is hosting an Education Night for Nunsense, a musical comedy about a group of nuns who put on a talent show to raise money. Students are eligible for discounted tickets and a pre-show reception. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and the preshow party begins at 5:30 p.m. Students are eligible for a $15 ticket and reception which includes light hors d'oeuvres and beverages. 

If interested, contact Megan Karbowski at mkarbowski@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.

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.

The Good and the Bad about Radial Tires

As tire design technology has improved over the years with radial tires, vehicle traction on the road has improved along with a more comfortable ride. However, there is a downside to radial tires, which are the most common tires on the road today. Due to their excellent construction, they do have a few disadvantages.

  1. When one of the front tires is low on air pressure, there is very little change in how the car drives. This is because as the tire gets low on air pressure, there is very little change in the rolling resistance. There may be a slight drift or pull to the side of the low tire. If you don't notice this slight pull, you have no idea that your tire is low on air pressure. As the pressure gets lower and lower, typically you will start to notice a pull toward the side with the low tire.
  2. A radial tire that is low on air pressure causes the side wall to flex as it bulges out at the bottom. This generates heat, and the flexing overworks the tire construction. When a tire is really getting low on air pressure, the heat starts to increase, and before long, the tire starts to come apart. This is more common for a rear tire. It isn't uncommon to see a car on the shoulder of the road with a shredded rear tire-a result of too low of air pressure.

Weekly Green Tip

Don't use disposable stirrers. Just pour in your sugar and milk first and then add coffee. Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers, enough to make a giant straw statue - 20 times taller than the Statue of Liberty. - The Green Book

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