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Inside Story for Thursday, July 03, 2008


The College is closed July 4 for Independence Day.

South Omaha Campus Library Grand Opening on July 12

Join MCC and Omaha Public Libraries to celebrate the grand opening of the new joint library at the South Omaha Campus. The ribbon cutting will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by free fun activities for the family including storytelling, video games, dance groups, crafts, tours and refreshments. The activities last until 2 p.m.

College Auctions Scheduled for August

The College will have two auctions this year. With the renovations that will take place at the South Omaha Campus, the first auction will be on Friday, August 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the South Omaha Campus's former library. The second Collegewide auction will be Saturday August 23 at Fort Omaha Campus Bldg 25 starting at 9:00 a.m.

 Now is the time to decide on any unwanted items to go to auction.  Fill out the Transfer of Equipment form found in the Forms Bank and send the completed form to Central Stores to schedule a time to pick up the items. The auction items will be set in the parking lot of Fort Omaha Campus Bldg 25 on Thursday August 21. This will allow time to view the items for auction. If you have any questions, contact Bob Barnes at 457-2777 or Central Stores at 457-2300.

International/Intercultural Education Programming Reaches Large Audience

More than 10,000 people attended Metropolitan Community College's international/intercultural programming during the 2007-2008 academic year, including the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, International Fair and Vietnamese New Year. MCC's international/intercultural education focuses on providing topics to enhance curriculum, service to diverse populations, leadership development and general knowledge on current social topics.

"The collaborations with campus and community individuals and groups have created a quality product that is demonstrated in attendance numbers and positive evaluations," said Barbara Velazquez, coordinator of international/intercultural education. "International/Intercultural Education programming at Metropolitan Community College has always involved the talents and interests of many faculty, staff, students and community members who contribute to the programming in many ways.  MCC faculty generously share their class time by bringing students to the events to enhance theories and topics studied in class."

An estimated 4,000 people attended last year's Dream of Eagles event, and about 3,000 attended the 16th annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. 

MCC Takes Part in Offutt Mall Opening

mall opening
Twaina Carpenter, academic assistant at MCC Offutt Center, provides info on MCC at
the BX Mall opening.

The new BX Shopping mall opened on Friday, June 13 on Offutt Air Force base. The weekend event included a series of different activities attended by several hundred people. Metropolitan Community College was one of the several base education schools that participated in setting up informational tables inside of the new BX



Fort Omaha Turns 140!

On July 13, the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will commemorate the 140th anniversary of Fort Omaha. The Crook House will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature attractions reminiscent of a Sunday afternoon in 1879 (the year the Crook House was completed). A 2 p.m. illustrated talk by Jeff Barnes will focus on the Forts of the Northern Plains including Fort Omaha. The event is free for DCHS members, and admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for ages 6-12.

New Faces


Lance Criswell
Fort Omaha Campus

 Lance Criswell served in the United States Navy for eight years. He is currently a stylist at a beauty and barber boutique. Criswell enjoys cooking delicious, succulent foods almost as much as he likes eating them. He also enjoys his equisetic guitar and his Nike Air Force 1 shoes.


Sherry McLochlin
Line Cook
Fort Omaha Campus

Sherry McLochlin has her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada and her Master's of Arts in Organizational Management. She also received her A.A.S. at the Community College of the Air Force. McLochlin is a former HR professional who came to culinary school as a hobby and found her true passion in life.  She has two children (Audrey, 6 and Jared, 4). She is currently cooking for MCC's BrickHearth Café. She has traveled all over Europe, parts of Africa, Central America and Australia and looking forward to the next trip.  McLochlin is a Culinary Team Nebraska member, 2007-2008.

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