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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Scholarship Applications for Summer 2011 due April 18

MCC's Foundation is accepting applications for summer scholarships until April 18. To apply, visit the MCC Foundation website.

Students: Nominate an Outstanding MCC Employee

Nominations are now being accepted for the Spring quarter Heart of Metro Award. If you are a student, staff member or community member, you can nominate an outstanding MCC employee or this award.

Criteria for the Award

  • Employees may be full- or part-time
  • Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
  • Employees are eligible for the award every three years
  • Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:
    • Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Lead change
    • Foster an inclusive workplace
    • Work smart
    • Respect diversity
    • Be service-centered

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 25. Submit your nomination online at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Sage Student Bistro Serving Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Sage Student Bistro is now serving A La Carte breakfast, 8-10 a.m., and lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Reservations are not required.

Fine dining is offered Monday through Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made for parties as large as 12.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/bistro to view our menu options and to make reservations.

Exploring Creativity through Continuing Education

Creativity abounds in art and jewelry classes, part of MCC's continuing education opportunities for lifelong learners. Learn more about MCC's noncredit classes for personal enrichment and what it means to be a lifelong learner with our video feature on noncredit art classes.

Registration Now Open for College 4 Kids

College 4 KidsMCC's College 4 Kids program offers week-long summer classes at locations in Omaha and surrounding areas in June and July for kids ages 3-11. The classes offer an affordable option for summer education with topics like cooking, weather and robots that excite kids' imaginations.

For more than 25 years, College 4 Kids (ages 3-11) has mixed fun and learning in classes that feature science experiments, dancing, math games or babysitting basics, among others. The College 4 Teens program (ages 12-15) offers older youth a peek at different careers with classes on interior design, creating a commercial, starting a business or honing computer skills.

Both programs give children and youth exposure to the lifelong educational opportunities that MCC offers. While some classes are offered at MCC locations, others are offered at elementary schools in Omaha, Blair, Gretna and Bennington. Coordinators strive to keep costs low and pass the savings on to families. About half of the program's teachers are new each year, helping keep the classes fresh.

Registration for summer 2011 is now open. Last year, about 3,000 youth and teens signed up for the affordable classes; register early to guarantee a spot.

For more information on the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/ce or call (402) 457-2542.

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.

Industrial Training Center Hosts Open House

ITC open house

Join MCC faculty and students for tours, educational demonstrations and food at the South Omaha Campus Industrial Training Center on April 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The open house event will showcase MCC's programs in Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Welding and more. The event is free and open to the public.

A Celebration of International Culture

International FairMusic, dance and cuisine will bring global flavor to South Omaha Campus during MCC's annual International Fair on April 7, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The schedule includes:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Digeridoo Performance by Robert Dunne
  • 11 a.m.: Fashion Show led by Salwa Fox, Bahrain
  • 11:30 a.m.: Traditional dance from Nepal by Sami Vasistha
  • Noon: The Living Roots of Music by Lauren Pelon, 2001 Artist of the Year Award from Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council
  • 1:15 p.m.: Alborada, Andean Latin-American Show
  • 2:15 p.m.: Tribal-Style Belly Dance by Bedouin Star Ethnic Dance Studio
  • 3:15 p.m.: Santour Music from Iran by Hadi Poustchi
  • 4 p.m.: Fashion Show led by Salwa Fox, Bahrain
  • 4:30 p.m.: Traditional Dances from the Philippines by Filipino-American Organization of Metro Omaha
  • 5:30 p.m.: Piano Classics in America by David 'Fingers' Jefferson
  • 6 p.m.: Kokyo Taiko (Japanese drum)
  • 6:30 p.m.: O'Connell's Bridge (Irish music)

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this arts event through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information, visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org.

MCC Students, Alumni Display Work in Women Who Weld

Come see artwork by local MCC students and alumni at the second annual Walk with Fire: Women Who Weld event, April 8-9 at the Bancroft Art Gallery, 10th & Bancroft streets.

In 2010, the first annual Women Who Weld show was introduced by a group of students who wanted to showcase their projects. The show was nominated in 2010 by Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, a local arts group, as Best Group Show in Omaha. "The first exhibit was such a success and so fun, we felt it had to continue," said Melinda Eames, a Welding Technology student. "All of the people who attended were thrilled with the art and the atmosphere. It helped raise money and awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and was a tribute to the 12 talented artists in the show."

MCC has supported a nontraditional welding program for 15 years. The program prides itself in a creative and supportive environment that works to nurture lifelong learners. "Women Who Weld grew naturally from the program," Eames said. "Working in this medium-metal-is empowering".

The program got its start in 1996 when Peggy Ritshel, instructor and artist, approached the Welding Technology Program Director, Rex Stacey, with the suggestion that welding classes be offered to bring nontraditional students to the program. Students would be given the opportunity to learn the skills of welding and apply them to the community outside the typical welding job.

To participate in Women Who Weld, students have to attend two full-quarter classes, Welded Sculpture I and II. These classes teach the skills and techniques needed to create sculptures. The classes offer open labs for students to pursue their own projects with guidance and assistance from instructors. The labs create an environment that enables students to fabricate and produce a product of their own design.

For more information, contact Welding Instructor Sharon Boynton.

Register Now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. at the Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St.

You can register as a single, and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $70 per player or $280 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament.

Send your check and registration form no later than Monday, May 23. Make checks out to MCC Foundation. Checks will not be cashed until after May 23. The proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

To register, contact:

Linda Hoagland
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 457-2403; lhoagland@mccneb.edu

Get Ready MCC - Omaha Now Recycles Juice Boxes, Cartons

recyclable cartonsMCC is now recycling juice boxes and cartons! Omaha has added gable-top and aseptic food cartons to its recyclables list - and that means you can now recycle your milk cartons, juice boxes or soup cartons in any MCC recycling container.

Gable-top cartons are containers that you will find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and hold products such as milk, cream, fresh juice and egg substitutes.

Aseptic cartons are containers that are shelf-stable, meaning they have a long shelf life and don't require refrigeration prior to opening, and hold products such as soup, broth, wine, soy milk, juice and milk.

You can recycle either carton at MCC - just toss the carton in your single-stream recycling container.

To learn more about carton food containers, click here for a FAQ: www.wasteline.org/graphics/brochure/crtn_faq.pdf.

And don't forget to recycle all the other recyclables found throughout your house. Click here to go to Omaha's recycling page and review what you can recycle: www.omaharecycles.com.  

Weekly Green Tip

Some project gas prices to rise above $4 per gallon in the not-too-distant future. With gas prices rising, now is a great time to start investigating transportation alternatives.
 
Metro Rideshare provides easy, online registration and matches you with others living in your area who are taking a similar route to work. Visit www.metrorideshare.org to find or start a carpool. While there, calculate how much you could save by carpooling, biking or utilizing public transportation.

Visit www.ometro.com for information on public transportation options.

And don't forget: Carpool parking spaces are available at FOC, SOC, ATC and SRP for drivers carrying one or more passengers. -Office of Sustainable Practices

 
 
 
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