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News@MCC for Tuesday, April 17, 2012

MCC launches EngageMCC.com

Do you have an idea-large or small-that could help shape the future of Metropolitan Community College? MCC is listening. Visit EngageMCC.com and share your ideas today!EngageMCC.com

MCC is proud to announce the launch of EngageMCC.com, an interactive virtual 'town hall' dedicated to the planning, programming and visioning process to help guide MCC's Master Plan. EngageMCC.com allows students, faculty and community members a creative and convenient way to share their ideas on how to improve the College. 

EngageMCC.com is currently engaging in conversations that relate to:

  • Academic synergies-What academic areas or disciplines within the college could work well together?
  • Industrial engagement-What ideas do users have to attract new industries to participate in MCC programs?
  • Interactive problem-based learning-What are the most memorable learning experiences users have had outside of the classroom?
  • Flexible spaces-What can MCC get rid of in the classroom?

This new public engagement platform allows a diverse audience of students and community members the ability to communicate with each other and the College. Anyone interested in shaping MCC's Master Plan can simply jump online from school, home or wherever they have Internet access to join in the EngageMCC.com discussion.

"We are always looking for new and more effective ways to interface with our community," said Randy Schmailzl, president of MCC. "EngageMCC.com is a great way to engage with people who do not typically attend planning sessions."

Sign up at EngageMCC.com and join the discussion!

Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference FREE for MCC students

On Friday, April 20, Metropolitan Community College will host the Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference, made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. The Conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, Building 22, Swanson Conference Center. The Conference is free for students currently enrolled at MCC, the University of Nebraska at Omaha or Creighton University who are studying entrepreneurship or tinkering around with an entrepreneurial or innovative idea.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the first-ever collegiate entrepreneur tour, will make a stop at the Conference to introduce young people to the opportunities that are available through entrepreneurship and help them explore ways that they can help drive the economy, create jobs for themselves and pursue their passions.

The EET includes keynotes, exhibits, workshops and question-and-answer sessions led by well-known local and national young entrepreneurs, including:

E.J. Carrion: Co-founded a tech startup, co-published a magazine, authored a hit book and was a successful rap artist. Today, he runs a leadership training company traveling the national circuit.

Chris Koerner: Recipient of Alabama's 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Currently, he is the CEO of Phone Restore.

Jefferson Meyer: Co-partner of Contemporary Analysis, a business started by UNO graduates who recently outgrew their basement office to now occupying three floors in their new Old Market location. 

Lorrie Williams: Graduate of Creighton University's HALO Institute who launched the successful Omaha-based full-service Interior Redesign company Fluff Your Stuff. 

Melissa Stephens: Owner of The Cordial Cherry and a recent winner of the Midland's Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award. Her educational path has crossed the doors of both MCC as a student and UNO as a teaching assistant. 

The EET, created by two 20-somethings, is organized by Empact and has held more than 400 events across 35 states since 2006. The tour has featured many of the country's top young entrepreneurs who have built or sold successful companies for more than $1 million before the age of 30.

Register for the Conference by midnight Wednesday, April 18 at http://extremetourmcc.eventbrite.com/.

Veterans career readiness workshop this Thursday

Attend the upcoming Veterans Career Readiness Workshop. The workshop will be facilitated by MCC's Career Services coordinator, Ayanna Boykins, and will take place on Thursday, April 19 at the South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 506, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public; however, the event is focused on assisting veterans and their family members with preparing for the job market. The goal of this event is to combat the high unemployment rate of our nation's veterans, service members and their spouses.

The workshop will cover important topics such as résumé building, interviewing skills and tips, professionalism and capitalizing on transferable skills. In addition, Boykins will dedicate the last hour to résumé critiques. Any student wishing to get their résumé critiqued should email a copy to aboykins@mccneb.edu at least one day prior to the workshop. 

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

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.

Learn to manage debt

Kappa Beta Delta, MCC's business honor society, is hosting a brown bag lunch on the topic of credit card management. Presenting will be Todd Sites, certified credit and H.U.D. counselor and training instructor with 35 years of experience with Credit Advisors. Sessions will be held at four MCC locations during the week of April 23.

Bring your lunch and come to be informed. Everyone is invited; drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Idalene Williams, 402-457-2669, or Jane Joyce, 402-332-5214.

  • April 23, Noon-1 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 136B and 136C (near the cafeteria)
  • April 24, Noon-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 501
  • April 25, Noon-1 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114
  • April 26, Noon-1 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 129

Check out the flyer >>

Former Kansas poet laureate to visit MCC

Denise Low, former Kansas poet laureate (2007-2009), will participate in two events during her visit to the College on Monday, April 30.

Event 1
7 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, Room 222 (Writing Center)

The Writers' Club is sponsoring a reading by Low. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Low, visit http://www.thebackwaterspress.org/our-authors/denise-low/ and http://deniselow.com/.

Event 2
Monday, April 30
Noon-1:55 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114

Low will visit two classes at the EVC before her reading. She will discuss an excerpt from her book Natural Theologies: Essay about Literature of the New Middle West and lead the group in a writing activity. This event is free and open to the public.  

For more information about these events, contact Brett Mertins, English faculty at 402-289-1367 or bmertins@mccneb.edu. You can also visit the Writers' Club website.

MCC to host sixth annual student truck driving championship

Metropolitan Community College will host the sixth annual Student Truck Driving Championship on Saturday, April 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MCC's Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St.

The competition challenges more than 20 Nebraska and western Iowa community college truck driving students to demonstrate their truck driving and vehicle inspection skills. It is a valuable learning experience for the students, a nail-biter for their instructors and promotes safety and education, two vital components of the transportation industry. Participating schools include Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact MCC truck driving instructor Rick Sandvig at 402-763-5813 or Darryl Partner, diesel technology instructor, at 402-763-5822.

Apply for scholarships by April 30

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 30 >>

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

Gowns for the Commencement Ceremony now available for pickup for approved graduates

If you have applied for and been approved to graduate, and plan on participating in the Friday, May 11 Commencement Ceremony, take your cap and gown pickup card to any MCC campus bookstore before May 4. If you do not plan to participate in the Ceremony, click on the Regrets Form link at www.mccneb.edu/graduation.

Military Employment and Resource Fair

MCC is teaming up with OmahaJobs.com to host the Military Employment and Resource Fair on Thursday, May 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at MCC's South Omaha Campus! This free event is open to the public. Bring your résumé and dress for success. Expect dozens of employers hiring for a wide array of jobs.

If you don't have time to stop by the South Omaha Campus, no problem! A drive-thru job fair is available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at MCC's Sarpy Center, Elkhorn Valley Campus and the Fort Omaha Campus.  Drive up and receive a bag from all participating employers. OR check out the online Virtual Job Fair at OmahaJobs.com. Click on the rectangle ad to view the job fair collateral.

Find out more >>

View student-written one-act plays to tour

MCC's Theatre program is proud to announce the production of two student-written one-act plays created and developed during MCC's Fall quarter Playwriting One class.

"Stair Lift" by Brigid Amos deals with a housing conflict between an adult daughter and her aging mother. "Negatives" by Richard Corum examines the nature of friendship in times of crisis.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Thursday, May 3
Elkhorn Valley Campus, Room 114, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8
South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Room, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22, 7 p.m.

Welcome community ambassadors

Two community ambassadors have joined forces with MCC's Community Outreach team! The ambassadors will guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC.

Laela Williams
Williams is a business management major at MCC. She participates in MCC's CEO program. She and her husband currently run a mobile food cart business. She attributes the business plan they use for the business to the great education she receives at MCC.

Xavier Shiu
Shiu is an MCC CollegeNOW! student. He is currently home schooled. He hopes to complete his associate degree at MCC and then enroll at a four-year institution and study bio-medical engineering. 

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.

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!

Green tip

Clean your dryer lint screen, and don't overload the dryer. You'll have up to 5 percent on your electricity bill. If everyone did it, we'd save the energy equivalent of 350 million gallons of gasoline per year.-The Green Book

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