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News@MCC for Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Pick up your cap and gown before May 4

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 (or your student ID number) and your photo ID 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.

Check out the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Judge's selections and award-winning work from MCC's Visual Arts program are featured in the 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition until May 20 at the Gallery of Art and Design at EVC. The exhibit will be on display Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. The show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, sculpture, digital video and more.

Eighty-one students submitted more than 160 pieces of work for consideration for the show. Joel Damon, curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts UNDERGROUND, and Matthew Sontheimer, assistant professor of painting and drawing in the department of art and art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, selected 43 pieces from 37 student artists to be included.

Scholarships of up to $750 were awarded for the best student work at an April 27 opening reception and awards ceremony.

Best of Show, $750
John Farrell Ryan, Electronic Imaging and Media Arts

Second place, $500
Amy Miller, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Third place, $250
Justine Olson, Professional Health Studies-General Health

The Metropolitan Visual Arts scholarship, $150

Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Jake Fyfe, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Honorable mentions, $100
Kari Sagal Allgire, Photography-General Commercial

Andrew Carl Atkinson, Associate in Arts

Alicia Goodrich, Interior Design

Dana Hanten, Graphic Communication Arts and Design

Alaina Hickman, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Greg Hollins, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer

Jessica Kinsell, Photography Student-General Commercial

Janel McCan, Associate in Arts

Dale Pinkelman, Video/Audio Communication Arts

Lisa Ranney-Arellano, Associate in Arts

Brian Roma, Video/Audio Communication Arts

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.

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series: VIDEO: White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

You are invited to watch White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Wednesday, May 9, 2:30-3:45 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Library Conference Rooms A-B.

Detailing the human costs of atomic warfare, this HBO documentary film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki stands as a powerful warning that with enough present-day nuclear weapons worldwide to equal 400,000 Hiroshimas, we cannot afford to forget what happened on those two days in 1945.

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

Check out other upcoming Film & Lecture Series events >>

Summer quarter tuition is due Monday, May 7

You can pay your tuition by:

  • Logging in to WebAdvisor to pay online.
  • Stopping by Student Services cashiering.
  • Mailing a check or money order to Metropolitan Community College, Attn: Student Accounts, P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777.
  • Calling Student Accounts at 402-457-2405.
  • Setting up a FACTS Payment Plan at www.mccneb.edu/currentstudents/facts.asp.

Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest, May 27-June 1

The 7th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by MCC, announces GPTC PlayFest-an evening theatre festival to be held in culturally unique locations across Omaha. The festival features plays by five of the country's great theatre artists using a vibrant combination of local and national theatre talent, including sets designed by local visual artists and live music performed by local musicians.

The evenings are free and open to the public. For mature audiences only.

Seating is limited; for guaranteed seating, reservations are encouraged. Reservations begin May 1 at noon.

Visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc for more information about PlayFest and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Student entrepreneurs win big at Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference

Contests, prizes and a visit from the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour highlighted the inaugural HeartlandHeartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference Student Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, April 20, hosted by Metropolitan Community College and sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

More than 100 students from MCC, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, plus students from area middle and high schools attended the Conference. The morning was filled with inspirational testimonials from EJ Carrion, co-founder of Student Success Academy and co-author of Ignite Your Dreams: How to Build and Accelerate Your Life as a Top-Notch Student, and Chris Koerner, Alabama's Young Entrepreneur of the Year and CEO of Phone Restore. The afternoon offered students entrepreneurship and business planning workshops, a big idea essay contest, a quick pitch contest and a question-and-answer panel with successful local entrepreneurs. Panelists included Jefferson Meyer, co-partner of Contemporary Analysis, Lorrie Williams, president and interior designer at Fluff Your Stuff, and Melissa Stephens, owner of The Cordial Cherry.

The Big Idea Essay contest invited students to craft a 300-word essay showing their passion for entrepreneurship by summarizing their big idea to be their own boss, an entrepreneurial-minded employee or the next great innovator. 

Big idea essay winners
First place: Linda Williams, Metropolitan Community College, $100 Best Buy gift card
Second place: Alex Duperval, Metropolitan Community College, $50 Best Buy gift card
Third place: Josephine Neddo, Metropolitan Community College, $20 Best Buy gift card

During the quick pitch contest students gave a 2-minute pitch to the panel detailing their innovative idea. They then answered questions from the panel.

Quick pitch winners (by panel)
College division: Keith Fix, University of Nebraska at Omaha, $1,500 Best Buy gift card
High school: Paul Fox, Omaha Home School Learning Center, $500 Best Buy gift card, plus an MCC scholarship
Middle school: Aaron Fox, Omaha Home School Learning Center, $250 Best Buy gift card, plus an MCC scholarship

Quick pitch winners (audience vote)
Most innovative idea: Keith Fix, University of Nebraska at Omaha, $100 Best Buy gift card
Most marketable idea: Ryan Underwood, Metropolitan Community College, $100 Best Buy gift card
Fan-favorite presentation:  Shanda Fugan, Omaha Home School Learning Center, $100 Best Buy gift card

Photo: Panel of judges with EJ Carrion. View more photos >>

MCC's Blue Sky Fund Mini-Grant program fuels success of six student entrepreneurs

Blue Sky FundSix Metropolitan Community College students are one step closer to fulfilling their entrepreneurship dreams! Each student received a $100-$500 Blue Sky Fund mini-grant to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow an entrepreneurial or innovative endeavors during their course of study at MCC. In total, $2,900 was awarded to students by a panel of judges during the recent and first-ever, Heartland Student Entrepreneurship Conference, hosted by MCC at their Fort Omaha Campus.

 "The Fund supports MCC's mission to promote and support entrepreneurial aspirations by its students across the entire curriculum of study and move students from "thinking" or "learning" stages to actual implementation," said Heather Nelson, MCC entrepreneurship program manager and instructor. 

There were a total of 36 applicants for the Fund. Out of those applicants, 12 were invited to the Conference to pitch their idea, in-person, to a panel of judges. In shark-tank-style, the invited finalists presented their ideas in less than three minutes and spent an additional two minutes answering questions from a panel of judges.  The six winning students were chosen on the spot.

Winners were Ariann Anderson, interior design, $500; CharDale Barnes, entrepreneurship, $500, David Bryan, culinary, $500; Laela Williams, entrepreneurship, $475, Daniel Hayes, business, $496.83; and Ryan Underwood, entrepreneurship, $500.

The Fund was open to any MCC student from any program of study actively enrolled in at least 1 for-credit course during the Spring 2012 Quarter OR for prior MCC Entrepreneur Program students having previously completed at least three of the six courses in the ENTR prefix.

The Fund was made possible by grant funding support awarded to MCC's Entrepreneurship Program through the MCC Foundation.

Photo: Winning MCC students with the panel of judges.

From left: Heather Nelson, MCC entrepreneurship program manager and instructor, Ryan Underwood, CharDale Barnes, Daniel Hayes, Daryl Hansen, MCC dean of business, Carol Russell, MCC Foundation Board member, Barbara Foster, Lead Business Development Specialist, Small Business Administration, Winsley Durand, senior director of recruitment, Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, Laela Williams, Ariann Anderson, David Bryan.

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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 >>

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.

Celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander Month

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Month. Join MCC in celebrating with lectures, videos and dramatic presentations. Check out what's scheduled >>

Arbor Day Celebration was a tree planting success

MCC Facilities, with the help of more than 25 Horticulture students, planted a Lacebark pine tree on April 26 in observance of Arbor Day. The tree was planted east of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on FOC. This tree replaced one that was removed during the construction of the ICA in 2009. Thank you to Jim Grotrian, executive vice president; William Forsee, MCC board of governors member; and Jim Trebbien, dean of culinary arts, hospitality and horticulture, for participating in the event.

Arbor DayFrom left: Greg Stachon, records drawing coordinator, William Forsee, board of governors member, Todd Morrissey, horticulture instructor, Jim Trebbien, dean of culinary arts, hospitality and horticulture, Jim Grotrian, executive vice president

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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/.

Discount tickets to Omaha Performing Arts available

Current MCC students can purchase discount tickets to Omaha Performing Arts productions. Visit www.eventusher.com to browse upcoming productions. Use the password METROCC to login.

Green tip

Turn off you outside lights when they're not needed. If possible, use timers or motion sensors. The average household spends about $13 per year per 100-watt bulb on electricity.-The Green Book

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