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News@MCC for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ask MCC!

MCC's website has a new resource to help students, community members, staff and faculty find quick responses to their questions about MCC. On the right side of the homepage, click the Ask MCC button and type your inquiry in the form of a question. For example, users can type "How do I pay for my classes?" to be shown a list of payment options.

Ask MCC is in its beginning stages and will become more reliable and accurate the more it is used. Take a moment to use Ask MCC as a resource and rate the accuracy of the response provided.

Scholarships Available

The October 2011 Foundation and private scholarships are now available. To download the application guide, check out other resources or go to the Stars Online Application System, visit www.mccneb.edu/scholarships.

Dates to Remember
The student application deadline is Nov. 7, 2011.
Students will be notified the first part of December.

For scholarship questions, contact Lisa Stepanek, Scholarships and Administrative Specialist, at lstepanek@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2772.

Fall Quarter Heart of Metro Nominations Now Open

Do you know a faculty or staff member who you feel consistently demonstrates a positive attitude, leads change, fosters an inclusive workplace, works smart, respects diversity and is service-centered? If so, nominate them for the Heart of Metro Award. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 4. Access the online nomination form at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Dylan Richards Elected Student Ex-Officio

Dylan Richards will represent the MCC student body during the 2011-12 academic year as Student Ex-Officio. The Student Ex-Officio:

  • is elected by the Student Advisory Council (SAC) to represent the student wide body
  • attends monthly Board of Governors meetings
  • sits with the Board of Governors to offer a report and participate in discussions of agenda items

Richards is a Liberal Arts Academic Transfer major and is representing the Elkhorn Valley Campus. He says he ran for SAC "because I am good at problem-solving and communicating with people. I am great with responsibility and will fairly represent EVC's student body." He will also fairly represent the study body as a whole during his time with the Board of Governors.

For more information on the officers, visit www.mccneb.edu/studentexofficio.

A Message from the Academic Support Outreach Committee

Right around mid-quarter, the panic hits. Students suddenly realize that unless they bring their grades up, they may not pass their classes. This can affect financial aid, self-confidence levels and their educational plan. It is important to know where to direct students should this happen. Fortunately, Academic Support offers services that students can turn to for help. Academic Support is comprised of libraries, Tutoring Services and the Academic Resource Centers. Additionally, students can turn to the Writing and Math centers and the INFO coursework assistants for support as well.

Here are the services that students can utilize:

  • The MCC libraries provide research materials and instruction in support of the College’s curriculum. Library staff are available to assist students with their research assignments and other reference questions. They help students navigate more than 50 research databases containing online books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Some students may be looking for one-on-one tutoring. Individual tutoring with a Tutoring Services Assistant in a specific subject such as Geography or French is available at MCC. To be eligible for this service, students need to be currently enrolled in the class for which they need assistance. A request form can be found online at www.mccneb.edu/tutorservices/tutorrequest.asp.
  • Assistance in basic skills of English, reading, writing, math, computer and study skills are offered through the Academic Resource Centers (ARC) at all campuses and the Fremont Area and Sarpy centers. ARC assistants can also help students with research, such as formatting resources in MLA or APA style and using the library databases to find information on a topic.
  • In addition, if students are struggling with writing, MCC's Writing Centers can offer assistance to support students. They offer a series of workshops throughout the quarter that address common issues, such as incorporating research, organization and revision. If students want an individual consultation, they can make an appointment at http://rich75.com/mccneb. Students will need to create an account with a password. They will then be able to access the schedule to reserve a half-hour or one-hour appointment with a Writing Center faculty member at the campus or center of their choice.
  • We are all aware that some students experience math anxiety, and MCC's Math Centers can be of help. The Math Centers are located near or within the Academic Resource Centers and allow students to drop in for assistance in everything from basic math to statistics and calculus. Their extensive hours are convenient for both daytime and evening students.
  • MCC also offers help in programming and INFO coursework as well. You can find an INFO Coursework Student Assistant in the Academic Resource Centers who is ready to help students who are struggling in classes such as Java Programming and LINUX Operating Systems as well as basic INFO 1001 classes.

Mid-terms do not necessarily need to send students into panic mode if they know where they can turn for assistance. MCC employs many dedicated and patient tutors and assistants who are committed to helping students achieve their goals and challenge themselves to get the best grade possible.

Real Hope to Grow Your Business Right Now

All students interested in business and entrepreneurship are invited to attend the Chamber YOUniversity's session geared toward learning the latest in marketing trends, branding, customer loyalty and financing business growth. The session includes speakers, lunch and program materials and costs $25 for MCC students.

Thursday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Midland University
900 N. Clarkson Fremont, Neb.

For more information, visit www.fremontne.org or call (402) 721-2641.

Film & Lecture Series: Lecture: Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Focus on Poverty

Disability rights advocate Susanne Grace Butte, M.S., reviews the poverty rate, living conditions and relative lack of power held by people living on Social Security, SSI and SSDI. Join her to explore the cost of services vs. the gains for "providers."

Friday, Oct. 28
9-10 a.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 22 Room 201A

Film & Lecture Series: Lakota Traditions

Join Carol Iron Rope Herrera to learn from her extensive experiences with children and families, using Lakota traditions to explore thinking patterns and worldview, customary behaviors and cultural values that determine behaviors. Oral traditions will be shared with an emphasis on maintaining language and sovereignty within the U.S. government.

Tuesday, Nov. 1
10:30 a.m.-noon
South Omaha Campus
ITC Room 120

12th Annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Expo

MCC students are welcomed to attend the 12th Annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Expo at a discounted rate. The conference focuses on maximizing Latino leadership and cultivating community power. For students showing a valid MCC ID card, the cost of the conference is $50. Regular registration is $150.

Register online at www.heartlandlatino.org.

Friday, Nov. 4
Conference – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Awards gala – 6-9 p.m.
Entertainment – 9 p.m.
Embassy Suites, La Vista

Learn more…

Weekly Green Tip

Share your popcorn when you're at the movies instead of buying multiple cartons or bags. You'll save money and packaging. Americans today consume seventeen billion quarts of popcorn each year (fifty-four quarters per person), 30 percent of which are eaten at movie theaters, sporting events, entertainment arenas, amusement parks, and other recreational centers. If half the people shared their popcorn at these events, we could save the paper packaging for more than 2.5 billion quart-size servings. - The Green Book

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