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News@MCC for Tuesday, June 05, 2012

MCC to offer courses at Bellevue University

MCC will offer approximately 16 day and evening courses at Bellevue University's main campus, 1000 Galvin Road South, beginning during MCC's Fall quarter (Sept. 4-Nov. 19).

"MCC is accessible. The College now has four locations in Sarpy County, providing Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista residents with a plethora of options for pursuing an associate degree, certificate or specialist diploma," said Randy Schmailzl, MCC president.

"Bellevue University is thrilled to partner with Metropolitan Community College so they can expand services to the residents of Bellevue and greater Sarpy County area," said Russ Lane, senior director of community partnerships for Bellevue University.

Additional Sarpy County MCC locations include the Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, Bellevue West High School, 1501 Thurston Ave., and Offutt Air Force Base.  

Calling all students from Dodge County

Are you from Dodge County? Are you registered for a 2012 Summer quarter class?!?  If so, read on!

Students from Dodge County registered for one of the ENTR prefix courses (ENTR 1050, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070 or 2090) being taught at either the Fremont Area Center OR online are eligible to apply for a $100 scholarship per ENTR class. This scholarship opportunity is made available through the State of Nebraska's Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act program. 

To apply:  Send Heather Nelson an email by midnight June 15 at hnelson@mccneb.edu identifying the following:

1.  Indicate that you are a student from Dodge County applying for the BECA Entrepreneurship scholarship.

2.  Provide your name, address, phone, email and MCC Student Identification number.

3.  Identify the entrepreneurship class or classes that you are actively registered for this quarter. State the full course prefix (ENTR), course number, course title and instructor's name. (Example:  ENTR 1050 Intro to Entrepreneurship with Heather Nelson)

4.  Submit a 100-300 word essay on your interest in taking an entrepreneurship course (or courses) and your goals (personal and/or business) for obtaining the learned content.  If you are taking multiple ENTR courses during one quarter; you only need to submit one email request and one essay.

There are multiple scholarships available for MCC entrepreneur students from Dodge County, so take the time to apply. Even if you have previously received this scholarship you can continue to apply for each future ENTR course taken during the 2012 Summer, Fall and Winter quarters.  

For questions, contact Heather Nelson at hnelson@mccneb.edu.  

Thank you to the State of Nebraska Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act for making this funding available to MCC Dodge County students. (Note: unfortunately, students, even if from Dodge County, taking a course at an Omaha-based campus location are not eligible.)

Film & Lecture Series: Lecture: You Can Tell When the Men Are Gone

You are invited to listen to Siobhan Fallon tell a gripping, straight-up, no-nonsense stories about American soldiers and their families. It is clear from her tender yet tough-minded first book You Know When the Men Are Gone that she knows this world very well. The reader need not look at Fallon's biography to guess that she, like her book's characters, has spent time living in Fort Hood, Texas, watching the effects of soldiers' leave-takings and homecomings on men and the wives they leave behind.

Tuesday, June 19
6:30-8 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC, Room 120

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

Recycling at MCC just got easier!

Recycling at MCC just got easier! Look for new blue stickers that read "RECYCLE" on MCC's recycling bins, making it easier to distinguish between the waste can and recycling bin. The waste and recycling bins are now placed side-by-side making it more convenient as well!


For more information on MCC's recycling efforts, visit MCC Recycling.

Wondering what goes in each? 


Paper Cardboard
Plastic bottle Plastic tray
Metal containers Gable-top cartons
  • Paper (newspaper, phone books, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, etc.)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics (soda & water bottles,  plastic containers)
  • Metal containers (soda cans, soup cans, other metal containers)
  • Gable-top cartons (milk, juice, coffee creamer)

Waste (landfill):  

Bag Glass bottle
Styrofoam Tissue
Wrapper Wrapper
  • Food or liquid
  • Food wrappers
  • Tissue or paper towel
  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Construction materials
  • Plastic bags 

Getting here is half the fun!

This is the first in a series of articles to educate students on all the ways to commute to and from and around MCC campuses and centers.

Transportation frequently asked questions

  • How can I save money on gas and still get to MCC?
    You could try carpooling, taking transit or ride a bicycle. You could take hybrid courses, which require fewer trips to campus, or online courses, which do not require coming to campus at all. All MCC campuses and centers have carpool parking and bicycle parking.
  • How can I carpool to MCC?
    Create a free account at www.MetroRideShare.org. With this noncommercial service, you can anonymously contact others that are interested in carpooling and going your way. If you work or study at MCC, you can specify Metropolitan Community College as your employer in your profile. This will not be shown to prospective carpoolers but will help the system rank your prospects.
  • Why are there green bicycles at the Fort Omaha Campus?
    The Green Bike Program is a program available to all students, faculty and staff on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. Ride the bikes around the Fort Omaha Campus for free and park them at any bicycle parking area on campus. Visit the Green Bikes page for details.
  • Can I ride my bicycle to MCC?
    All MCC campuses and centers welcome bicycles and offer secure bicycle parking. Activate Omaha offers information for cyclists, including a commuter map you could use to plan a safe route to MCC.
  • What transit/bus lines serve MCC?
    The Fort Omaha Campus is served by Metro Route 30, which connects to several routes at the North Omaha Transit Center at 30th Street and Ames Ave. The South Omaha Campus hosts the Metropolitan Community College Transit Center and is served by Routes 3, 7, 13, 34 and 48. Route 3 connects the North Omaha Transit Center (near Fort Omaha) to the South Omaha Campus. You can get schedule information from Google Transit and by contacting Metro Transit at 402-341-0800 or www.ometro.com.

    MCC credit students are eligible for a Pass to Class, a no-cost bus pass valid during the quarters they are enrolled.

Share your ideas at EngageMCC.com

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

EngageMCC.com is 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 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!

Summer graduation application deadline: Sunday, July 1

If you plan to graduate after Summer quarter (June 6-Aug. 15), you need to apply to graduate by Sunday, July 1. Applications are available online.

Weather and climate class visits KETV Channel 7

Weather and climate classMCC's weather and climate class, taught by Victoria Alapo, visited KETV Channel 7 on Thursday, May 10 to learn how meteorologist Tyson Pearsall predicts the weather. Weather and climate classThe hands-on field trip gave students the chance to see meteorology in action while gaining valuable knowledge of how various climatic computer models are used for making or predicting weather forecasts.

As an added bonus, students took a behind-the-scenes tour of the station and learned why the color green should not be worn in front of a green projecting screen. "One student virtually disappeared on TV while wearing neon green."

"Since the visit, students have commented that they now understand the weather report better when watching it on television-including the explanation of the processes that leads up to the forecast," said Alapo.

Lauritzen Gardens memberships

While the time to tiptoe through the tulips has passed, time to take advantage of special membership rates for Lauritzen Gardens has not. These reduced rates are available to MCC students and employees through June 15, 2012. Simply fill out the membership form and send it, with your payment, to the Gardens. If you have questions, contact Pat Smith, psmith@mccneb.edu or 402-738-4681.

Green tip

Turn down your thermostat at night. For each degree, you save about 1 percent on your heating costs and carbon emissions. If you turn down the heat in our home overnight or when no one is home-for arguments sake, half the day-by ten degrees, you can save about 10 percent.-The Green Book

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