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News@MCC for Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge

If you bicycle to campus, sign up for for the Bike Omaha Commuter Challenge! Sponsored by Activate Omaha, this is a friendly competition to see which employers and organizations log the most bicycle-commuter miles between May 1 and Oct. 1. More than 1,000 people around Omaha already are registered.

Participants ride as much or as little as they like and record their commutes each week on a website. To register, use your MCC student email address (ends with "mccnebraska.net").

Those new to bicycle commuting should check out Activate Omaha's cycling resources and the website IRideDouglasCounty.org. For more information, contact MCC team captain Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or Julie Harris at Activate Omaha at jharris@activateomaha.org.

Food Drive to Help Those in Need

The student organization Campus Crusade for Christ (a.k.a The Blaze) is currently organizing a Food Drive at the Fort Omaha Campus. The items collected will be donated to the Omaha Food Bank and the Open Door Mission. The students are using this opportunity to make a difference in the community by supporting those in need. View more details on the student-created flyer.

Students would appreciate support from MCC faculty and staff for this community project. Place donated canned goods or nonperishable food items into blue bins currently located in the lobby of FOC Bldg. 10. The blue bins will be there until May 24, the end of Spring quarter. Even though the quarter was already halfway through before they came up with the idea, the students felt there was still time to make a difference.

For more information, call (402) 457-2243 or email voalapo@mccneb.edu.

Free CPR Training at Clarkson College

MCC is partnering with the American Heart Association and Clarkson College to provide Free Adult/Child CPR training on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clarkson College, 42nd & Dodge streets. Training is open to all ages, individuals or families wanting to learn the lifesaving skill of CPR. Sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes. Those interested should pre-register by calling (402) 552-2432 or visiting clarksoncollege.edu.

KBD Sponsors Communication Forums

Kappa Beta Delta (KBD), the academic honorary for Business and Accounting Students, will be hosting four lunch-time discussion forums addressing the Importance of direct, effective communication. The times and locations are as follows:

  • Monday, May 9, South Omaha Campus Library, Meeting Room A, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10, Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 136 B-D, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11, Sarpy Center, Room 138, 11:30 a.m.-a 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12, Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 307, Noon-1 p.m.

Learning about what effective communication is, why it is important and who benefits is an important topic for all of us to learn about. KBD invites all faculty, staff and students to attend one of the forums.

Homeless Among Us Art Show

homeless among usShedding a light on homelessness in our community

MCC's Service-Learning department presents Homeless Among Us, a special presentation for community, students, faculty and staff on May 6 at the Fort Omaha Campus, Mule Barn, Bldg. 21.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • Musical Selections: Sienna Francis House Singers
  • 9-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Miss Colorado, Blair Griffith
  • 9:45-10 a.m. Break Musical Selections: Sienna Francis Singers
  • 10-11 a.m. Panel: Sienna Francis House Representatives
  • 11 a.m. Art Show Featuring Chris Leet and Jeremiah Neal

Call to make reservations for this event at (402) 457-2608.

A special thanks to the Sienna Francis House, UNMC, MCC's Eddith Buis' Art Class and MCC's Facilities Management staff for arranging/displaying art selections

  

About Blair Griffith

Miss Colorado 2011 Blair Griffith made national headlines this year after coming forward with her current situation. Griffith is homeless. She and her mother were evicted from their home just one month following her crowning. Griffith shared her story in an effort to prove that no matter one's situation, they can achieve their goals.

Griffith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from The Art Institute of Colorado where she received her Bachelor's in Fashion Retail Management. Griffith maintained a 3.8 GPA and was accepted into the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society.

Griffith's goal is to become a fashion consultant, focusing on sales, public relations and developing brand strategies for local fashion designers. When she is not doing something fashion related, Griffith is dedicated to helping women live a healthy and positive lifestyle. She hopes to bring attention to problems with heart disease, as her mother, Bonita, is a heart attack survivor, and she wants to express the importance of eating healthy, exercising and incorporating a positive attitude.

With the help of numerous sponsors, Griffith will compete live on NBC Television for the coveted title of Miss USA on June 19.

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.

The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise

The Institute for Cultural Connections is pleased to support the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Seminar program May 2-6. The theme for this year's presentations is The Democratization of Information. Guest lectures will be delivered via DVD from NPR's national security correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, Somalian human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and research executive and author Mike Dover. If you have a class that would benefit from these topics, contact Jim Van Arsdall for screening information.

The Democratization of Information in an Age of Terror
Dina Temple-Raston
May 3, 2 p.m.
Omaha South Campus, Mahoney, Room 511

Branding, and the Customer-Controlled Market
Mike Dover
May 2, 2 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, Room 209

The Democratization of Information and Human Rights

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
May 2, noon
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 110
and
May 5, 2 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Mahoney, Room 511

MCC Presents 11th Annual Student Art Exhibition

MCC presents the 11th annual Student Art Exhibition with at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design. The exhibit will be on display until May 21. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

The jurors this year are Lincoln artists Bill Graham and Peggy Gomez.

Bill Graham is Co-Director of Paralax Space, an exhibition space in Lincoln that is devoted to thematic presentations of contemporary artistic production in a variety of media. He has a B.A. in Horticulture and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Temple University. Graham is a painter, a stained glass artist and a kindergarten teacher in Lincoln.

Peggy Gomez opened Gomez Art Supply in Lincoln in August 2003 and has built a loyal customer base by offering quality products for the visual artist. An artist herself, Gomez is knowledgeable in the products she sells and offers firsthand advice to her patrons. With the opening of Tugboat Gallery in 2005, Gomez has expanded her commitment to the local art scene by giving artists a venue to exhibit their works and see firsthand the works of others. Her move to 14th and O streets in 2006 solidified her presence in downtown Lincoln and has since helped to shape the second floor of the Parrish Building into a new center for arts and culture in the capitol.

In addition to showcasing student artwork, this year's reception will feature refreshments catered by Mark's Bistro of Dundee.

For more information about the MCC Student Art Competition, visit www.mccneb.edu/competition or call the Visual Arts Department, (402) 289-1331.

SkillsUSA Students Take Home Awards

MCC students won more medals than all the other Nebraska colleges combined at the SkillsUSA state competition in Hastings April 14-16. Twenty-two MCC students will continue to nationals to represent MCC and Nebraska.

The medal count included:

  • 22 Gold Medals
  • 10 Silver Medals
  • 7 Bronze Medals
  • Total Medals: 39

View the full list of winner here.

Green Tip

Instead of tying a ribbon on your Mother's Day gifts this year, garnish them with recyclable paper bows (natural-fiber raffia), dried flowers or a reusable scarf. If two out of three households conserved an arm's length of ribbon, the amount saved could tie a bow around the earth. - The Green Book

 
 
 
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