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News@MCC for Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MCC closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2

MCC is closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2. The College reopens Jan. 3. The next News@MCC will be sent Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Kappa Beta Delta inducts 27 students

Twenty-seven students were inducted into Kappa Beta Delta on Thursday, Dec. 15. Kappa Beta Delta, an international honor society founded June 1997, recognizes scholarshipKappa Beta Delta inducts 27 students and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees. Students are extended an invitation to join KBD if they are a business major and have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA. Check out more pictures of the induction ceremony on Facebook.

Student inductees:

Billy Joe Athay

Amber Leilani Dillard

Shelly R. Donnelly-Tovar

Richard A. Durand

Eduardo Gardea

Kimberly L. Haubrich

Jacob D. Hayden

Raymond Lee Hogan

Jackie Rae Jerrel

Roxy Ann Johnsen

Sarah Jane Nelson

Mohammed Halid Lassissi

Michelle Leah Oviatt

Peggy J. Pattavina

Linda K. Quistad

Stephen Paul Renne

Janet Deann Rosenquist

Amanda Jo Rummel

Demetria Lalita Sheard

Kris Elizabeth Smith

Amanda Eilleen Stoj

Vera Swank

Lori Beth Waring

Megan E. Wentz

Tabitha Lynn White

Crystal Marie Whitmore

Jaime Lynne Williams

Faculty inductee:
Thomas Adamson

Honorary inductees:
Kay Friesen

Sheryl M. Okash

Membership in KBD is the highest international recognition a business student can receive at a two-year institution that is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. These students have proven their excellence through their studies and other personal traits. MCC's Phi Chapter was chartered in November 1999. Advisors are Dr. Idalene Williams and Jane Joyce.

What you need to know about the FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms can be submitted starting on Jan. 1. Use MCC's school code, 004432, to have your information automatically sent to the school. The FAFSA is a single comprehensive form used for state, federal and institutional grants. While not exactly a picnic, it is also not that daunting a task. Remember, even if filed last year, the FAFSA form has to be renewed each year a student plans to seek financial assistance.

The sooner you file the FAFSA, the better. Some of the monies are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. MCC's priority deadline for campus based grants and federal work study is April 1. MCC's school code is 004432.

A few tips:

  • File online. Go to www.fafsa.gov (don't get it confused with www.fafsa.com).
  • Get a PIN (Person Identification Number). You can apply for a pin while completing your FAFSA or get it ahead of time at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will enable you to "sign" your form electronically.
  • Gather the necessary paperwork. Here's what you'll need:
    • Prior year's income information for the student, student's spouse or student's parent (if a dependent)
    • Prior year records of earned income (non-tax filers)
    • Prior year Social Security documentation
    • Prior year Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) documentation
    • Prior year child support documents (either paid or received)
    • Any other prior year untaxed income documentation (e.g., military housing allowance)
    • Current bank statement showing savings
    • Record of stocks, bonds, real estate or other investment values that are not part of a qualified retirement plan
    • School code. Metropolitan Community College's school code is 004432.
  • Don't wait until you complete your 2011 taxes. You can complete the FASFA with estimated numbers, but it is recommended, if you are able, to complete them early in the year. If you estimate, you will have to go back and update your information when it is complete. Remember: MCC's priority deadline is April 1.
  • List all household members. Be sure to include any dependent children if you provide half the support and claim them on your taxes even if they do not live with you. Count any babies about to make an appearance prior to the end of the year.
  • Don't inflate your wealth. Make sure you list your assets as of the date you're completing the FAFSA, not the end of the calendar year. Pay off any big expenses first, and if you're anticipating any windfalls, file the form before receiving them.
  • Double check. Common FAFSA mistakes include using nicknames instead of legal names; leaving fields blank (use a 0 if the question doesn't apply to you); not including yourself in the household size; not having parents and children sign before filing.

Once you file the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report with your official Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Financial Aid office determines need by simply subtracting your Expected Family Contribution from MCC's cost of attendance. MCC's Financial Aid and Veteran Financial Services office offers a financial aid package generally consisting of a combination of grant(s) (gift aid) and work-study employment (self-help aid) to eligible students with demonstrated need. Aid is awarded as part of the means for you to begin or continue your studies.

If you are unable to complete the electronic FAFSA, contact MCC's Financial Aid office at 402-457-2330 for assistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day On Not a Day Off

Give your day off back to the community! Volunteer to participate in MCC's Martin Luther King Jr. day of service on Jan. 16. MCC students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to give 2-4 hours at community organizations throughout greater Omaha. To sign up, contact Queen Tucker (402-457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu) or Jennie Tullos (402-457-2637 or jtullos2@mccneb.edu) by Jan. 2. The first 100 volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt!

More than 30 organizations need help with a variety of projects from painting walls, to working with the elderly, to serving food or playing games and reading with children. Some of the agencies that have agreed to accept volunteers are: HELP Adult Services, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, Open Door Mission, Siena/Francis House, OneWorld Community Health Center and MCC's Books by the Busload book sorting.

Students needing to meet Service-Learning requirements for Human Relations and other courses may participate in this event to receive credit for their time of service. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites. There will be sites available in Omaha, Sarpy County, Blair, Elkhorn Valley and Fremont.

To donate a portion of your time on Monday, Jan. 16, or if you have any questions contact Queen Tucker (402)457-2813 ertucker@mccneb.edu or Jennie Tullos (402)457-2637 jtullos2@mccneb.edu in the Service-Learning office FOC Building 14 South.

A Day On Not a Day Off is organized by MCC's Service-Learning office and is part of a national day of service. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day website, www.mlkday.gov, encourages people to volunteer in the community to live King's teachings of "nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome" and lists ways to volunteer in your community.

Holiday gifts ideas from ICA

Season with Sage Cookbook

Chocolate and Carmel Mouse Stacks

Butternut Squash and Bacon Canapés

Sound delicious? Purchase the Season with Sage cookbook for only $24.95 + tax, and you can enjoy these dishes or better yet, give the cookbook as a gift! Purchases can be made online or at the Sage Student Bistro, Category One Gifts & Gourmet, The Bookworm, Lo Sole Mio Italian Restaurant, Blue Sushi Sake Grill Old Market and Slattery Vintage Estates

The cookbook was created by the students and faculty at MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts in honor of their friend and fellow student, the late Brandon Thomas. All proceeds are donated to the Brandon Michael Thomas Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship at MCC. In his memory, his family created this scholarship and underwrote the printing for the cookbook.

Sage Student Bistro Gift Cards

Give the gift of food. Purchase a gift card to the Sage Student Bistro, located at MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts, Fort Omaha Campus, anytime from Dec. 12-22, Monday-Thursday, 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. Gift cards (available in increments of $5) can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You are also welcome to join us at any of the dates and times listed above for a delicious meal. Chef Oystein Solberg and the Fine Dining class would love to cook you dinner to celebrate the holidays. Reservations are appreciated and can be made at www.mccneb.edu/bistro

And don't forget you can always host your breakfast meetings at the Bistro. We would love to have small groups of 8-25 enjoy our student's egg cookery. Contact Chef Steve Bell at 402-457-2578 to make group breakfast reservations.

Everyday Extraordinaire Noncredit Classes

Give the gift of learning. Register yourself and a friend/family member for the class below-a great evening out and a perfect holiday gift. Learn from our award-winning faculty and industry professionals as they lead you through hands-on, fundamentally sound culinary lessons inside the state-of-the-art Metropolitan Utilities District demonstration theatre at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. The class is a perfect way to learn and practice new skills, plus enjoy tasting your finished product.

Register for the classe at www.mccneb.edu/ce/ or by calling 402-457-5231.

Classic Hearty Soups

COOK-103N-70 (synonym 179688)

Learn to prepare classic hearty soups for those cold winter days when a warm bowl of soup hits the spot. The instructor is MCC Chef Brian O'Malley. The class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $50.

Green tip

Cut back on wrapping waste by placing gifts in reusable bags or baskets. If you prefer traditional wrapping paper, try to find a brand with recycled content and then reuse any large pieces to wrap presents again next year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Americans produce an extra two billion pounds of garbage per week, much of which is gift packaging. If 40 percent of U.S. households reduced their holiday paper consumption by just two sheets this year, the savings could gift-wrap Manhattan Island.-The Green Book

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