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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 03, 2012

See you at Film Streams tomorrow night

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' Ruth Sokolof Theater, 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, seniors, military and educators; and $9 for general admission. This event is presented by Film Streams in collaboration with MCC's Career Services and Military and Veteran Support Services. Tickets can purchased or reserved prior to April 4 at Film Streams or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if space is available.

Registration now open for College 4 Kids and College 4 Teens

MCC's College 4 Kids program offers week-long summer classes at locations in Omaha and surrounding areas for kids ages 3-11. The classes offer an affordable option for education with topics like drawing, acting, music and cooking. Check out the College 4 Kids schedule and register >>

MCC's College 4 Teens program offers older youth ages 12-15 a variety of enrichment classes such as Photoshop basics and animation, beginning guitar, sailing basics and Web page game design. Check out the College 4 Teens schedule and register >>

Both programs give children and youth exposure to the lifelong educational opportunities that MCC offers. While some classes are offered at MCC locations, others are offered at elementary schools in Omaha, Blair, Gretna and Bennington.

For more information on the programs, visit www.mccneb.edu/ce or call 402-457-2542.

Don't miss the Community Resource Fair

MCC is hosting the Community Resource Fair to offer students one convenient place to connect with available community resources including:

  • Women's Center for Advancement (formerly YWCA Omaha)
  • Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Family Housing Advisory Services
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Nebraska
  • The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
    • Only at Fort Omaha Campus and South Omaha Campus
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Counseling Center
    • Only at Elkhorn Valley Campus

Wednesday, April 11
Fort Omaha Campus
30th and Fort streets, Building 10
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17
South Omaha Campus
S. 27th and Q streets, Connector Building 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
Elkhorn Valley Campus
N. 204th St. and West Dodge Road
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Green bikes return to FOC this week

MCC aims to get more students and staff cycling around campus with the Green Bike program, returning this week to the Fort Omaha Campus as a Green Bikefree, environmentally friendly and healthy service. Students and staff at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will have free access to ten bright green bikes to pedal among campus buildings.

The green bikes will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to get around the Fort Omaha Campus only. Riders can visit www.mccneb.edu/green/greenbikes.asp to access the bikes' lock combination. Bicycle helmets are available for check out at no cost to participants in the Green Bike program.

The Green Bike program is made possible through a partnership among MCC, Live Well Omaha, the Community Bike Shop and Green Street Cycles. The bikes were painted by students in MCC's Auto Collision Technology program.

Scholarship opportunities: apply by April 18

MCC's Foundation is accepting applications for Summer and Fall quarter scholarships. All new and current MCC 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.

Register now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 1 at the Pacific Springs Golf Club, 16810 Harney St. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

You can register as a single and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament. Prizes and mulligans will be available the day of the tournament.

Register by Friday, May 18 >>

Proceeds benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Participate in intramural sports at UNO

MCC students can participate in a variety of intramural sports at UNO, including flag football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. View the intramural schedule.

Students interested in participating need to visit any MCC Student Services location to register and pay a $10 fee. This will allow them to participate in all UNO intramurals offered per UNO semester. The student then takes their registration receipt and student ID to UNO's HPER Building, Room 104F to register.

Students may also participate in UNO's Outdoor Venture Center programs such as hiking, canoe trips and outdoor workshops. Cost per activity varies. UNO Campus Recreation staff visit the MCC locations throughout the year to answer questions and sign up participants.

Wondering about using UNO's workout facilities? The charge is $7 per day for an MCC student to use UNO's workout facilities, and they must be accompanied by a UNO student.

Winter quarter Dean's List

Congratulations to the more than 3,100 students who made the Winter quarter Dean's List!

Are you enrolled in the Culinary Arts or Hospitality program?

One MCC student currently enrolled in MCC's Culinary Arts or Hospitality programs has the chance to win a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Omaha Steaks to be administered as part of the 2012 James Beard Foundation. Apply at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard/.

Call for actors, directors and technical staff

The Great Plains Theatre Conference, presented by Metropolitan Community College, has opened a call for area actors, technical staff and directors who would like to participate in this year's 7th Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 26-June 2. There are 30 PlayLabs and five MainStage readings to cast, as well as five PlayFest plays.

More than 250 artists will be used during the week of the conference. This is a unique opportunity to meet and work with top playwrights, directors, actors and theatre professionals from around the country.

For more information or to complete a call form, visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc, call 402-457-2618 or email theatreconference@mccneb.edu. You are required to submit your photo (preferably a headshot) and a theatre résumé and/or brief personal biography (150 words or less). Forms will be accepted until the conference begins.

Need your transcripts?

Transcript request information is available online. For additional information, contact Records at 402-457-2353.

New books and DVDs

New books and DVDs are now available at the MCC libraries. Students, faculty and staff can now view the full catalog record, see if the item is checked in/out and submit an online request. This month there are numerous streaming videos that can be viewed from any computer with Internet access. An MCC username and password are required for off-campus access. View the full list >>

Aiming to be a Tree Campus USA

MCC's Campus Planning and Sustainability, Facilities and the Horticulture departments are working toward making the Fort Omaha Campus an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees and engage the student population in the service-learning opportunities related to urban forestry efforts.

Below are the five standards that MCC's Fort Omaha Campus must meet in order to become a Tree Campus USA.

  1. Form a Tree Advisory Committee comprised of members representing the diverse audience of those with a stake in campus trees that meets regularly.
  2. Develop a Campus Tree Care Plan that sets guidance for planting, maintaining and removing trees.
  3. Create a Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures; the annual work plan must be documented.
  4. Observe Arbor Day. This year it is on April 27. This provides an opportunity to educate the campus community to the benefits of the trees on their campus property and in the community. This year, MCC Facilities will plant a Lacebark pine tree with the help of Horticulture students on April 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. The tree will be planted in the vicinity of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. This tree will replace one that was removed during the construction of the ICA in 2009.
  5. Complete a service-learning project. The service-learning project acts as an engagement tool for the student population and benefits the College. MCC has decided to work toward completing a Fort Omaha Campus tree inventory. Horticulture students will document and Campus Planning and Sustainability will map the trees into its GIS basemap. The information will then be available for future education, facilities and planning purposes.

MCC will officially be named a Tree Campus USA when these standards are met within a given year. Continue reading News@MCC for updates on our progress!

Severe weather awareness

If you are on campus during a severe weather emergency, it is important to know where to take cover. Familiarize yourself with the information in MCC's Emergency Procedures Handbook. And remember, storm shelter areas are interior locations with limited window/glass exposure and are identified with the TORNADO symbol. 

Green tip

Consider installing a rain sensor to override your automatic sprinkler cycle during and after rain events. Depending on the local climate, your water consumption (and your water bill) could drop up to 30 percent per year.-The Green Book

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