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News@MCC for Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Want to attend MCC's 3rd Annual Student Leadership Conference?

MCC's 3rd Annual Student Leadership Conference is an invitation-only event scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Institute for the Culinary Arts, Building 22. In the last two years, the Conference has hosted more than 400 of our College's finest student leaders, recognizing their outstanding leadership abilities and drive to complete community service, as well as providing them with resources and connections for future success in leadership development. 

The Conference is an amazing opportunity to meet students and faculty, hear phenomenal speakers talk about leadership and have a great time (lunch included)!

Students who would like to participate in the Conference can recommend themselves by calling 402-457-2637 or emailing jtullos2@mccneb.edu by Friday, Aug.10. Include your name, student ID number and a brief statement on why you would like to participate in this event.

Bioretention gardens installed on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus

Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with the city of Omaha's Stormwater Program, has installed two bioretention gardens surrounded by native and adapted landscaping on its Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, between Building 30 and the horticulture greenhouse.

The project, funded by the city of Omaha and the Nebraska Forest Service's Waterwise Program, demonstrates effective stormwater management in a sustainable way by retaining water temporarily, allowing it to infiltrate into the existing soils, and allowing the natural capabilities of native plant life to use and soak up the water to reduce the demand on Omaha's sewer lines. 

The area serves as a teaching garden for MCC's Horticulture program and a tool to educate the community and students on managing stormwater runoff.

The bioretention gardens are designed to intercept and hold runoff from surrounding parking areas. The retained water is designed to drain down within 24-48 hours through infiltration into the existing soils and slowly releasing it into the storm sewer through an underdrain, a pipe below the surface to ensure it drains down. This helps to alleviate peak discharges, the huge rush of water during rain events, of stormwater runoff, relieving pressure on downstream environments and sewer systems. The shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses in and around the gardens, planted by a summer horticulture class, have deep roots that will help to increase infiltration and filter pollutants within the gardens, resulting in both stormwater quality and quantity benefits. This project improves MCC's stormwater quality and quantity by managing rain where it lands rather than treating it like a waste product and piping it away as fast as possible.

New books and DVDs at the libraries

Check out the latest acquisitions at the MCC libraries.

EVC bookstore updated hours

Beginning Friday, Aug. 31 and running through Sunday, Sept. 9, the Elkhorn Valley Campus bookstore has revised business hours.

Friday, Aug. 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m.?

Saturday, Sept. 1?

Closed?

Sunday, Sept. 2

Closed?

Monday, Sept. 3?

Closed?

Tuesday, Sept. 4?

7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.?

Wednesday, Sept. 5?

7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6

7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.?

Friday, Sept. 7?

8 a.m.-5 p.m.?

Saturday, Sept. 8?

8 a.m.-noon?

Sunday, Sept. 9?

Closed?

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, the bookstore resumes normal operating hours.

Visit the AAS Display Garden

The AAS Display Garden at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus (north of building 27A) is co-sponsored by the Horticulture Department and the Omaha Men's Garden Club.  You are welcome to explore the display garden and speak with members of the Garden Club at an open house on Sunday, Sept. 9, Noon-2 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

If you would like information on the All-America Selection Organization, check out the website

Questions? Call Ralph Peppard at 402-344-4450.?

Students study abroad in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

study abroad - thailandEight MCC students and two faculty departed for a culinary/social science-focused study abroad in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand on July 25. Follow chefs Tim O'Donnell and Lorraine Howard as their experiences develop on the Study Abroad SE Asia Facebook site: www.facebook.com/StudyAbroadMCC.?

Changes in Metro bus services

Effective Monday, Aug. 20, Metro bus service express route 92 will include:

  • Morning rush hour: One additional trip with no departure time changes to the three existing trips. The new trip departs:

o    Village Point Park and Ride (175th and Burke) at 6:30 a.m.

o    First National Bank Park and Ride at 6:40 a.m.

  • Evening rush hour: Two additional trips and four minute later departure times for the two existing trips. The new times from 16th and Dodge are:

o    4:16 p.m.

o    4:46 p.m.

o    5:16 p.m.

o    5:46 p.m.

Also, service from the North Omaha Transit Center to downtown will be eliminated due to extremely light ridership. Alternative routes passengers can ride to transfer to express route 92 include:

  • Morning westbound

o    Route 18 - Transfer at 74th and Dodge

o    Route 24 - Transfer at 24th and Dodge

o    Route 30 - get off at Turner Blvd., transfer at 33rd and Dodge

  • Evening eastbound
    •  Reverse routing from express route 92 to route 18, 24 or 30
 
 
 
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