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News@MCC for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Students invited to pick up free books today and tomorrow

It is March Book Madness at MCC. Students are invited to come pick out as many new, hardcover books as they wish. MCC's Service-Learning department will be distributing thousands of new hardcover books at various MCC locations. Here are the details:

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20
FOC, Building 10

Wednesday, March 21
EVC, Commons

Film & Lecture Series

You are invited to listen to author Penny Colman reveal the nitty-gritty details of how she wrote her latest book, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World: A Tell-All. Using examples from her book, Colman discusses her writerly decisions and illustrates how she does her in-depth research and crafts her page-turning writing style. She will also talk about her experiences as the picture researcher and photographer for her award-winning books.

Tuesday, March 27
6:30-8 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room 114

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

You are invited to the Career Closet workshop and fashion show

Metropolitan Community College's Career Services and Service-Learning areas invite you to a workshop and fashion show that will provide you with tips on how to look your best without breaking the bank. The workshop and a fashion show will be on Wednesday, March 28 on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 136 B-D.

Workshop, 9-11 a.m.
Brand new you: Wardrobe for the world of work

People say what you wear on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. Dress like a winner and the world will treat you like one! Improve your personal and professional image with tips from a professional image consultant.

Presenter: Mary Anne Vaccaro, design stylist and image consultant for Mary Anne Vaccaro Designs

Contact Indra Faison at isfaison@mccneb.edu or 402-738-4564 to register for the workshop.

Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

What you wear and how you look plays a critical role in positive first impressions. How can you build a professional wardrobe while living on a shoestring budget? Learn how to look your professional best without breaking the bank.

  • Fashions provided by the Service Learning Career Closet
  • Enjoy discounts at Einstein's Café

Moderators: Mary Anne Vaccaro and Bobby Loud, director of military and veteran support services

Contact Queen Tucker at ertucker@mccneb.edu with fashion show questions.

Auto Collision Technology Open House

Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend the Auto Collision Technology Open House on Saturday, March 31 at the Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.


8:30-10:30 a.m.
Student repair competition

10 a.m.-noon
Open house and auto show

11:30 a.m.
Student award presentation


About the day

  • Learn about MCC's Auto Collision Technology program
  • Tour the shop and paint booth
  • Meet current and former MCC students
  • Watch the student auto repair competition
  • Check out cars on exhibit
  • Win door prizes

Have an entrepreneurial or innovative endeavor that needs funding?

MCC students from any program of study enrolled in at least one credit course during the Spring 2012 quarter or that have completed at least three of the six courses in the ENTR prefix (ENTR 1050, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070 or 2090) are invited to apply for the Blue Sky Fund. This is a chance to receive a $100-$500 mini-grant that will allow recipients to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow a entrepreneurial or innovative endeavors during their course of study.

Interested and eligible candidates must submit a completed Blue Sky Fund application by Friday, March 31, 2012, at midnight. The application and additional details are available at http://www.mccneb.edu/entr/blueskyfund.asp. Email Heather Nelson, MCC entrepreneurship instructor, with questions. 

Film Streams and MCC are teaming up for one awesome event

Military personnel returning from deployment are confronted with numerous challenges in re-entering society. Effective partnerships with civilian and academic organizations must play a vital role in addressing these urgent and ongoing needs.

You are invited to Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St., on Wednesday, April 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. to view the 2012 Oscar-nominated movie Hell and Back Again and then participate in a panel discussion. The panel discussion moderator is Bonnie Bessler, Nebraska transition assistance advisor. Panelists include Matt Stevens, Student Veterans of America Chapter president, Metropolitan Community College; Paul Greenwell, At Ease program therapist, Lutheran Family Services; and Donna Higgins, OIF/OEF case manager, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ticket prices are $4.50 for members of Film Streams; $7 for students, military and educators; and $9 for general admission. This event is presented in collaboration with MCC's Career Services and Military and Veteran Support Services. Tickets need to be purchased or reserved prior to April 4 at Film Streams or online.

MCC student scholarship opportunities

MCC's Foundation is accepting applications for Summer and Fall quarter scholarships. All MCC new and current students can apply. The scholarship application system, Stars Online, allows students to manage their own information, apply for multiple scholarships and check award status from any computer.

Complete an application by April 18 >>

For scholarship questions, contact Lisa Stepanek, scholarship and administrative specialist, at lstepanek@mccneb.edu.

Student work shown at Omaha Film Festival

Eight students from MCC's Video and Audio Communications Arts (VACA) program made it to the big screen at the 7th Annual Omaha Film Festival, March 7-11.

Short films produced for classes or as independent projects were featured over three days during the Nebraska Shorts programs. Documentaries, comedies and westerns were included as students filled roles as producers, writers, directors, editors and cinematographers.

Current students and recent VACA graduates included Jordan Fountain, Matt Juhnke, Jesus Narvaez, Matt Patterson, Ken Revoy, Brian Roma, Rie Takeuchi and David Weiss.

Instructor Bob Maass said, "It's a thrill to see the high caliber work our students are producing. Each year the films get better. It's a great reflection on our program and their creativity."

Green tip

Tune up your air conditioner and you could save 220 pounds of carbon and $14 per year.-The Green Book

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