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News@MCC for Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Drug Free Schools Information

In compliance with the 1989 Amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, as articulated in the U.S. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Part 86, all institutions of higher education are required to participate in drug and alcohol abuse prevention awareness programs. MCC is required to be in compliance with Act and as such the attached documents are provided to all staff and students. You may have previously received a paper copy of the information in the attached documents. The electronic version affords us the ability to send more information to faculty, staff and students as these attachments also contain links to other sites with drug prevention information.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

MCC Public Safety prepares the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Act. The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occur on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by MCC and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from MCC locations. The report also includes policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness

MCC Public Safety encourages all students to review the information regarding rape prevention and awareness at www.mccneb.edu/sharp.pdf. This information also contains tips for rape prevention, statistics and organizations outside of MCC for rape counseling options.

Destination: Graduation

Have you been attending college for a while? Wondering when you will be able to graduate? Are you sure you are taking the right classes for your degree? Do you have a lot of college credits and wonder if you are close to earning a degree? An academic advisor or counselor can help you find the answers to these and many other questions.

Whether you have just started your education at MCC or you have been here a while, knowing how to get to graduation is critical to your success. Academic advisors and counselors are here to help you figure out a plan that fits your needs.

You also have an invaluable tool at your fingertips—WebAdvisor. In the WebAdvisor for Student's menu there is a tool called Degree Audit/Program Evaluation. The degree audit will layout the required courses for your degree with the courses you have completed plugged right in. It is a personalized checklist. If you are thinking about changing your degree, there is a "what if" option to see how your classes would apply and what classes you would have remaining. Powerful tools to help you get to your destination.

If you think you are close to graduating, keep graduation application deadlines in mind. Visit www.mccneb.edu/graduation/ for details.

Make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor or counselor at your location. Appointments are scheduled by calling 402-457-2400.

InternNE

With the academic year in full swing, we here at MCC wanted to connect with you about an exciting opportunity to further your career education.

The state of Nebraska recently created a program that assists businesses to develop paid internships for community college students who are in their second year of school. InternNe.com is an internship website, operated through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development with the assistance of the AIM Institute, where you can post your résumé and apply for paid internships all across Nebraska.

This one-stop internship website not only provides you with a listing of paid internships, it also provides other career resources such as information about career fairs and job postings through CareerLink.

As you begin your final quarters at MCC, we want to be sure you have all the tools needed to find your next job as you begin your career. That is why MCC's Career Services Center is readily available to serve you with everything from résumé assistance and interviewing techniques to career planning and job searches.

So, as you begin to finalize your next career move, be sure to visit InternNe.com or stop at one of MCC's Career Services Centers to assist you in developing your career blueprint.

Scholarship Opportunity

Have you completed at least 45 college-level credits? Do you have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better? Are you working towards the completion of your associate degree or planning to transfer to a four-year college for a bachelor's degree?

You may be eligible to apply to be nominated by MCC for the following scholarships:

·         All USA Community College Academic Team Scholarship
www.ptk.org/become-a-member/scholarships/academic-teams

·         Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
www.jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/

 

We urge you to apply for nomination by MCC for these prestigious scholarship programs. Students who wish to be considered for nomination must contact Julie Langholdt, jlangholdt@mccneb.edu, for additional information.

Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in order to be considered for nomination. Do not delay if you are interested in being considered.

Calling MCC Military and Veteran Students to Participate in a Survey

MCC's Military and Veterans Support Services is inviting all MCC military and veteran students to share their thoughts about potential MCC services designed to benefit current military service members, veterans and their spouses/dependents.

A postcard went out to all MCC students identified as active military or veteran with a personalized survey code. Check your mail and participate in the survey.

If you have not received a postcard and are current military or a veteran, contact a Military and Veteran Support Services Specialist at (402) 738-4771 or (402) 738-4770.

Student Organization Fair a Success

During the second week of fall quarter, Student Affairs hosted the Student Clubs and Organization Fair to offer organizations the opportunity to promote their group, provide information and visit with potential student members. Thirteen organizations participated in the fair, which was held at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses on three succeeding days.

Bobby Caldwell and Chris Urban with Military and Veterans Support Services participated in the fair to promote the newly developed Student Veterans of America organization. Both agreed the fair was a great way to attract students who are interested in getting involved. "Over the three days we were able to recruit 30 interested students to join SVA."

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Tres Vidas

Tres Vidas is a chamber music theatre work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble and written by Chilean writer Marjorie Agosin. Tres Vidas includes images of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's dramatic visual work, passages from Rufina Amaya's heartfelt testimony about the ravages of Civil War in El Salvador and excerpts from the passionate poetry of Argentine artist Alfonsina Storni.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
10 a.m.-noon
South Omaha Campus
ITC Room 120

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Panel: Education Abroad—Estilo Latino

Explore opportunities to study abroad in Spain and Latin America. Practice Latin dance with Marcos Mora from the South Omaha Arts Institute.

Thursday, Oct. 6
10 a.m.-noon
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10, Room 136B-C

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Video: Discovering Dominga

Learn how a young Iowa housewife discovered she is a survivor of one of the most horrific massacres in Guatemalan history committed in 1982 against Maya Indian villagers who resisted a dam project funded by the World Bank. The film follows her remarkable journey of transformation and discovery as she returns to Guatemala in search of her heritage and ultimately joins efforts to bring the perpetrators of the massacre to justice and to promote peace and reconciliation in her native country. Dominga Sic will be present to introduce the documentary and share her story in person.

Thursday, Oct. 6

6:15-8 p.m.

South Omaha Campus

ITC Room 120

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month: Panel: Elders Speak

Jose Garcia, Executive Director of the Mexican American Historical Society, moderates a panel of area elders who share their experiences and contributions within Omaha's Hispanic and Latino communities. Garcia will share information about StoryCorps Historias, an initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the United States.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
10:30 a.m.-noon
Sarpy Center
Room 138

Documentary: Out in America

Join Metro Spectrum Alliance, MCC's GLBTQ+Allies group, for a showing of Two Cats Productions' documentary Out in America. Out in America movingly chronicles the hopes, struggles, fears and gratitude of a diverse array of members from the contemporary GLBTQ community.

Thursday, Oct. 13
6 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10 Room 110

Green Home Tour

The 2011 Green Home Tour and Expo will highlight the benefits of sustainable design within both individual homes and the larger community. The expo provides Omaha residents a chance to meet with green product vendors and listen to presentations on a range of green topics, including MCC's urban farming, green living and bicycle maintenance and repair noncredit workshops. Home Tour passes may be purchased at The Harper Center, Creighton University, on the day of the event. Shuttle services will be provided for the home tour, or you can join the organized cyclists' tour.

Saturday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m.

For more information, visit greenomahacoalition.org.

Tony: Lose All. Gain Everything.

Sponsored by MCC Service-Learning

Invisible Children representatives are coming to MCC to share their newest documentary, Tony, which documents the life of a young Ugandan and follows the past eight years of his life that have been marked by violence from rebel groups like the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the Invisible Children roadies.

Wednesday, Oct. 19
12:30-2:30 p.m
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 22
Swanson Conference Center

Former Spanish Student Presenting at European Studies Conference

Ann Woolard, a former Spanish student at MCC, will present her original literary work La poesía de Don Quijote como una ventana en el alma de Cervantes at the European Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Woolard recently finished her B.A. and is currently studying Spanish as a graduate student at UNO.

Weekly Green Tip

Use a ceramic mug for your coffee. Americans use more than fourteen billion paper cups every year, enough to circle the world fifty-five times. The Styrofoam kind will stay on the planet for nine generations, enough time for your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandkids to be born. - The Green Book

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