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News@MCC for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Preparing Your Educational Plan

With Winter quarter registration already started for current students, have you thought about what classes you want or need to take? Now is the time to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor or counselor to discuss your educational plans. Advisors and counselors are here to help students consider options, plan for future quarters, consider transfer options and set goals.

Schedule your appointment today by stopping in any Student Services or by calling (402) 457-2705.

New Standards of Academic Progress

MCC's goal is to encourage satisfactory progress throughout the quarters of each student's academic journey. The College's academic progress policy establishes specific standards that must be met by all students enrolled in credit courses at the College. Beginning in the 2011 Fall quarter, the College will utilize new standards of academic progress. To review the policy, visit www.mccneb.edu/catalog/academicinformation.asp.

If a student is not making academic progress, the College may limit enrollment and course selection, if considered necessary. If a student is on probation after an academic suspension or dismissal, the College may establish other special conditions under which the student may enroll, including regular meetings with counselors and advisors, enrollment in developmental courses, participation in career development activities and completion of assessment tests.

Questions? Call (402) 457-2400 to connect with an academic advisor or counselor.

Note: Students receiving financial aid also must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients. For more information, check with a financial aid office or see the Financial Aid section of the catalog.

New Printing Management Solution

August marked the transition from Print Manager Plus to PaperCut. There have been no changes to the existing printing limitations for students and non-students. The PaperCut client must be left running if you want to print anything.

You may have noticed the PaperCut client user inquiry tool on your desktop. Be sure to log into your exclusive webpage to see the information provided. The link is in the lower right-hand side of the client window.

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk at (402) 457-2900.

Take a Stroll around the FOC All-American Display Garden

The All-American Selections display garden is a cooperative project between MCC and the Men's Garden Club of Omaha. It gives gardeners a preview of the newest selections from the upcoming planting catalog and a sampling of the selections from previous years. Come take a tour at the Fort Omaha Campus north of Bldg. 29.

All are welcome to tour the garden. In the mailbox at the gate is a guest register in a red binder and a guide map to the varieties. To quantify the level of service being provided to the community, the Men's Garden Club would appreciate guests to record the date and the number of people visiting.

SOC Area Blockages for Binational Health Week Health Fair

During the Health Fair on Oct. 8, areas of the Mahoney Building and surrounding parking lots will be blocked off to service the needs of the Health Fair and its participants. Here are the affected areas:

  • Mahoney Building classrooms 402-405 will need to use the north exit; the hallway and exit south of room 405 will be blocked off.
  • The south side back entrance to the Mahoney Building will be blocked; enter from the east instead.
  • Parking in the back of the Mahoney Building will be restricted to loading and unloading for participating Health Fair agencies; no students or staff should park here.
  • The east side of the Mahoney Building parking lot in the front of the campus will be roped off for the Omaha Fire Department’s Smoke Trailer that will demonstrate fire safety for children. Campus police will assist with parking on the day of the Health Fair.

MCC is expected more than 500 participants to the Health Fair. Please note that this may increase the noise level as well as traffic in the commons area and hallways. It is recommended that non-Health Fair individuals use the entrance closest to the automotive shop or the entrance by the northeast corner.

Students Qualify for the Summer Quarter Dean's List

Representing the Summer 2011 quarter, 2,258 students qualified for MCC’s dean’s list.

MCC Accounting Student Receives AGA Scholarship Award

On Sept. 15, Demtria L. Sheard received the AGA annual scholarship for an accounting major in an award reception held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Mammel Hall. The Association of Governmental Accountants (AGA) awards a scholarship of $250 each year to an MCC accounting major who has completed the first year of the accounting program of study. The scholarship recipient is determined by a committee of accounting faculty from nominations of advanced accounting students.

Sheard stated, in response to the committee's notification of the award, "I can't express how grateful I am. I'm not used to people thinking of me and extending a hand or a word of encouragement to help me along the way. I have been through a lot of things in my life, and I thank God for the few (people) He has allowed me to encounter to keep inspiring me and encouraging me to achieve my goals."

20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

MCC celebrates Native American cultures Sept. 24 with the annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. The outdoor celebration honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, storytelling and foods of Nebraska’s Native Americans.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the event flyer.

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled at MCC Campuses

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct flu shot clinics at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses the last week of September. The clinics are open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

The vaccine will include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties. The immunizations are covered 100 percent for Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) members. Bring your member card with you to the clinic. For non-members and other healthcare plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash, check or credit card. The flu mist will be available for $30.

Dates and times:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Sept. 26, 10 a.m.–noon
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Building Lower Commons: Sept. 28, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 Lobby: Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–noon

Complete the consent form and bring it with you. Each person receiving an immunization must complete a form. Note that there is an insurance section (Section 2) on the form; if you are not using BCBS, leave this section blank.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: The Power of Latina/o Memoirs

Joy Castro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English and Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, demonstrates how writing can be used as a tool for empowerment. Castro's literary scholarship focuses on experimental women writers of the 20th century.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
10:30 a.m.–noon
Sarpy Center
Room 138

Film & Lecture Series: Video: Crossing Borders

Follow four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and in the process of discovering "the other," discover themselves. Confronting complex implications of the supposed "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged bring individuals closer to each other, and the relationships that develop disarm hidden stereotypes.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
12:15–1:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room 114

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Peruvian Retablos Workshop

Renowned Peruvian artist Claudio Jimenez Quispe demonstrates his art, the ultimate expression of the Andes of Peru. The retablo, a colored box of various dimensions, represents the traditional customs, myths and legends and always has a story and a message.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
10 a.m.–noon
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room 106

Binational Health Week Health Fair at SOC

As part of Binational Health Week and in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate, MCC and close to 40 community partners are hosting a health fair at the South Omaha Campus in the Mahoney Building Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and all students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. The fair will include flu shot vaccinations and screenings for vision, dental, hearing, HIV/STD, children's lead levels, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).

Weekly Green Tip

If you have the option, choose your meat at the butcher counter and purchase only as much as you know you'll use. You'll reduce food waste, save money and conserve resources. The average person wastes over 22 pounds of edible store-bought meat each year. Give that it takes five pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to make one pound of beef, that's more than one hundred pounds of wasted grain and 55,000 gallons of wasted water per person. If all households decreased their beef purchases by just one pound per year, 250 billion gallons of water would be saved. It would take five days for this amount of water to pour over Niagara Falls. - The Green Book

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