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News@MCC for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Summer Quarter Heart of Metro Award. Students, staff and community members can nominate outstanding employees for the award. If you know an MCC staffer who demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered, nominate him or her for the Heart of Metro Award.  Nominations are being accepted through Monday, July 11. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Summer Quarter Deadline for 2011 Graduation

The summer quarter deadline to apply for graduation is July 1, 2011.  Visit MCC's graduation webpage for details.

For-Profit Colleges Pose Questions

High cost and student debt vary greatly between for-profits and public colleges. Learn the facts on for-profit colleges and how MCC is different.

Fireworks Safety Tips from the National Safety Council

Fireworks are fun, especially when used safely and with a little bit of planning.

  1. Consider attending one of the many free public shows available.
  2. If you hold your own show, choose fireworks that are legal. (Anything you buy from a vendor in Nebraska will meet this requirement.)
  3. Choose fireworks that are age appropriate. Young kids should never handle any fireworks, including sparklers. Teens should be supervised.
  4. Don't allow running or horseplay by anyone near fireworks.
  5. Don't try to relight duds. Wait at least 20 minutes before handling; then soak in water before disposing of the dud.
  6. Plan your show to avoid having fireworks come down on people, houses and cars. Remember, the winds often changes direction.
  7. Have at the least a bucket of water available and a garden hose on and ready to go.
  8. Have a first aid kit nearby-just in case.
  9. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting fireworks.
  10. Wear close fitting clothes and sturdy shoes or sneakers.
  11. Use a "designated shooter" who is alcohol-free and wears safety glasses. Light one device at a time and keep a safe distance once a firework is lit.
  12. Never light fireworks in containers.

Remember to clean up when finished. For more information, visit www.SafeNebraska.org.

Graphic Design Exhibition at the EVC Gallery of Art and Design July 15

AIGA Annual Design Exhibition

Design excellence results from creativity, inspiration, skill, experience, intuition and discipline. AIGA Nebraska and MCC are proud to present excellence in design through the 31st Annual 365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition. The 125 selections in this exhibition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy used in the marketplace in 2009. As such, they are part of the AIGA Design Archives, an interactive, visual database of exemplary design. The physical artifacts are maintained in the AIGA National Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum.

Opening Reception
Friday, July 15, 2011
6:30-9 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design

Exhibition on display July 15-Aug. 12
Gallery Hours (2011 Summer quarter)
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: gallery closed

Admission: The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more info about AIGA Nebraska, visit www.nebraska.aiga.org.

Elder & Caregiver Resource Fair

Free workshops and resources will be available at MCC's second Elder and Caregiver Resource Fair, Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets. The event offers health and living resources for adults 50 years and older and their caregivers.

Diversity Matters Book Series: 'Dreaming in Hindi'

MCC's Third Annual Diversity Matters Book Series hosts its summer book discussion on Thursday, July 7,  noon to 1 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus coffee shop. Pam Franks, R.N., B.S.N., from Embrace the Nations, will lead a discussion of the book Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich. In a lionhearted attempt to shed her past-years of numbing jobs at glossy magazines and two life-threatening bouts with cancer-Katherine Russell Rich voyaged to India to learn Hindi, a language with one word, kal, for "yesterday" and "tomorrow." Fortified with neuroscience and laced with humor, Dreaming in Hindi is a crash course in emotional agility in an understanding too deep for words.

Participation is free and open to the public. Limited copies of the book area available for check-out at MCC libraries. Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2253 for more information.

Study Abroad Opportunity in Korea

The "Teach and Learn in Korea" (TaLK) Program is a study abroad opportunity that is open to both undergraduate students and recent college graduates.

The TaLK Program funds 300 TaLK Scholars each semester to teach conversational English in rural Korean elementary schools. The program provides a one-month orientation for the TaLK Scholars in addition to round-trip airfare, a settling-in allowance, a monthly living stipend of approximately $1,300, health insurance and organized trips to historical locations in Korea.

This is a unique type of study abroad opportunity that can provide international experience for students with financial need who might not otherwise be able to go overseas.

Applications must be submitted by June for the term beginning in August 2011 and by December for the term beginning in February 2012. For more information, visit the the TaLK Program website: http://www.talk.go.kr.  Additional information for the program is available via e-mail request to talkkoreapr@gmail.com.

Auto Zone: Air Conditioning Basics

During these hotter months, these tips on checking up on your car's air conditioning can help you determine if your system is working correctly.

To get an idea if your car's A/C system is performing as designed, complete some basic checks on your own with a small dial temperature gauge. Performance of the A/C system depends on a few factors, and some variances in temperature can be expected. You can determine whether the A/C system is functioning as designed or whether something is amiss by considering the following:

  1. The temperature output of the air in the center duct varies with engine speed. There are only two speeds to consider when diagnosing: stop-and-go traffic and highway speeds. With stop-and-go traffic, the air temperature of the center duct will range from 45 to 55 degrees. With highway speeds, the temperature will be more stable, between 40 to 45 degrees. So, if the temperature of the air coming out of the center duct is above 45 degrees, the system needs to be checked.
  2. As ambient air temperatures increase and as the car gets more direct sun light, the air coming out of the center duct will also increase in temperature. On a day when ambient air reaches 110 degrees, it is normal for the temperature of the air inside your car to be warmer than normal.
  3. The third variable is humidity, which is a huge factor that affects the performance of the A/C system. As humidity increases, the ability of the A/C system to cool the incoming air is more difficult because it has more heat to remove as well as more moisture. This results in an increase in the temperature of the air coming out of the center duct. However, by selecting the "recirculate" feature on the A/C control, you can reduce the stress on the system because it is easier to cool the already cooler and dehumidified air already inside the car. This makes it easier for the system to keep the temperature inside the car cool-even when it is blistering hot outside.

Weekly Green Tip

If you can, send a text message or email from a handheld device or cell phone instead of from a computer, especially quick, one-line notes. You'll save yourself time and conserve energy. Compared to sending a text message, emailing and text messaging from a computer uses more than 30 times the electricity per message. - The Green Book

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