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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MCC Seeks Your Input on Outstanding Employees

Do you know an outstanding MCC employee? MCC is seeking nominations from students, employees and community members for the Spring quarter Heart of Metro Award.

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.

Your Help Is Needed to Launch MCC Bike Share Program

The Sustainability Committee is seeking volunteers to help assemble bicycles on Wednesday, April 20 from 3-6 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. at 525 N. 33rd St. in Omaha. The bicycles will be for faculty, staff and student use at FOC when MCC launches its Green Bikes Program on May 17.

By creating the bike share program, MCC hopes to improve traffic safety, mobility, wellness and sustainability. Modeled after UNO's successful Bike Share program, bicycle routes on FOC streets will be marked with sharrows, and bicycles and bicycle parking will be available to faculty, staff and students for trips across campus.

The program is a community effort. A generous grant from Live Well Omaha will provide the sharrows and bike racks, and the Community Bike Project is providing parts and some labor. Patrick McKibbin's Auto Collision Technology students painted the bicycle frames lime green, and Greenstreet Cycles has partnered with MCC to repair the bikes as needed.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Join MCC to Promote Alternative Transportation, Healthy Living

Public health leaders wish to recognize MCC’s efforts to promote bus ridership and bicycling through the Pass to Class and Green Bikes programs next week. MCC students, faculty, and staff are invited to represent MCC at the Rally for a Healthy City on Wednesday, April 27, 11-11:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Civic Center at 1819 Farnam St. The rally is sponsored by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

At 11:35, participants will be invited to join the Walk @ Work through downtown.

Would YOU like to attend? If interested, please contact Curtis Bryant at 402-457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Campus Dining: Bistro Offers Savory Breakfast, Lunch

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.

View the breakfast menu and lunch menu on the Bistro website, and stop by to support Culinary Arts students as they learn in a real-world restaurant environment.

Summer Camp for Kids Mixes Fun, Learning

Are you looking for an affordable summer camp option for your children? MCC'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.

MCC Hosts Cinco de Mayo Festivities

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, MCC will host motivator and poet Carlos Ojeda Jr. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center on Friday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event includes lunch by La Mesa Mexican Restaurant and musical entertainment by Mariachi Luna y Sol. Registration is required; cost is $15 for general admission and $8 for MCC students. Call (402) 457-5231 to register.

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

Sign Up Now for Mass CPR Training

MCC is partnering with Clarkson College to provide a free, mass CPR training event on Saturday, May 14 in Clarkson College's Howard Hall.

This is a unique opportunity for you, your family and friends to receive life saving, hands-on CPR training by American Heart Association (AHA) certified instructors. The event caters to all ages-grandchildren, grandparents and anyone in between are encouraged to participate.

All attendees will receive a wallet-size CPR attendance card.

This is an unfunded event, dependent upon volunteers who have first-hand knowledge and experience how bystander CPR can make a difference in saving a life. To help fund the educational materials, we have raffle tickets available to purchase for $2 each.

Raffle items include:

•1.       Walmart-two separate $50 gift cards

•2.       Hy-Vee-two separate $25 gift cards

•3.       Village Inn-$25 gift card

•4.       One first aid kit

•5.       Clarkson Tower Gift Shop-$25 gift card (donated by the Clarkson Service League)

•6.       Cornerstone Gift Shop-one gift item (donated by UNMC)

•7.       Additional raffle ticket items-to be announced

If you are interested in attending, contact Liz Svatos at (402) 552-3038 or svatos@clarksoncollege.edu.

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Turn Heartbreak into Hope

Down the street and across the country, there are patients in need of lifesaving blood. You can be a lifesaver and make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood at MCC in April and May. Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others.

When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, that single act can turn heartbreak into hope for patients and their families. Schedule an appointment to donate blood.

Upcoming blood drive:

  • Tuesday, April 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bloodmobile near Bldg. 10 (Sponsor Code: 68)
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Student Commons (Sponsor Code: 594)
  • Tuesday, May 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC Room 119 (Sponsor Code: 69)

To view available times and to schedule your donation appointment, click here, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code listed above or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements or call the above 800 number.

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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