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Inside Story for Friday, July 11, 2008

EVC Red Cross Blood Drive Successful

The Elkhorn Valley Campus sponsored a blood drive for the American Red Cross on July 1, resulting in a total of 23 pints collected. Because a pint of whole blood can be used by up to three patients, this blood drive will touch nearly 70 individuals. Thanks to all who contributed to the activity.

Openings Available for First Aid/CPR Training

There are still openings for First Aid/CPR training in July and August (classes will be offered in the fall; dates to come). These morning or afternoon classes are facilitated by MCC's CPR-certified instructors, and upon completion, a Heartsaver First Aid Card will be issued to participants from the American Heart Association. View the First Aid/CPR training schedule and contact Registration as soon as possible to sign up. 

Tuition waiver/remission is available for First Aid/CPR for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the MCC Employee Tuition Waiver Form. Part-time temp employees who would like to register, call Donna Bell at 457-2566. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

Adjunct Faculty Member Passes Away

MCC adjunct faculty member H. Michael Loy died on July 5 after a battle with leukemia. Loy was on leave from MCC where he taught theatre in the Passport Program. He was involved with the Great Plains Theatre Conference each of the years.  

Fremont Area Center Hosting Blood Drive

The Fremont Area Center is hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, August 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Room 207. For an appointment, visit www.GIVEbloodGIVElife.org, call 721-2507 or stop by Student Services at the Fremont Area Center. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

For the best donation experience, eat a good meal 2-3 hours before you donate, drink plenty of water and get a good night's sleep.

Instructors please note under no circumstances can extra credit be given only to students who donate blood. Extra credit can be offered to students who donate blood or otherwise generally assist with the blood drive. There are many ways to assist with a blood drive, so please contact Sarah Murphy if you would like to offer extra credit. We want to ensure that we have true volunteers rather than those being enticed to donate. If you have any questions, contact Sarah at 317-3003.

Phi Theta Kappa Collects Book Donations for Africa


The Elkhorn Valley Campus Phi Theta Kappa chapter hosted a book drive in connection with Better World Books earlier this summer. Better World Books is a nonprofit organization that supports literacy locally, nationally and around the world. An impressive 500 books filled 26 boxes to be shipped to Better World Books the last week in June. Thank you to all of the staff, faculty and students that participated in the drive.

MCC Students Place at SkillsUSA Leadership National Competition in Kansas City

Dina Miller (far right in white shirt) is awarded a silver medal at the June SkillsUSA national competition.


Fifteen students from Metropolitan Community College were in Kansas City in June as delegates and competitors at the 44th National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA. 

During their stay, the students participated as voting delegates for their state, elected national officers, conducted the business of the organization, met with business and industry representatives, heard from government officials and had fun, too.

More than 5,000 students competed in more than 87 occupational and leadership skill areas in the SkillsUSA championship on June 26. In order to compete at nationals, SkillsUSA students must have won their state competition, which was held in March.

The state of Nebraska received five medals in the competition of which four were awarded to Metropolitan Community College students. Dina Miller (advisor Michael Roddy) won a silver medal in food and beverage. Mark Wegner and Gabriel Hedrick (advisor Bob Maass) each won bronze medals in AV (video production). High school Career Academy student David Miller (advisor Luke Klingbeil) won a bronze medal in diesel technology.

Other students competing were: Angela Schirmer and Chris Seefeld  (advisor John Knapp) in 3D vis and animation; Lauren Melhus (advisor Michael Roddey ) in commercial baking; Mario Ochoa (advisor Michael Roddey) in culinary arts; Andrew Cuva (advisor Darrell Bush) in automotive service high school; Tim Gatewood and Leo Kochanowicz (advisor David Elledge) in cabinet making; Josh Matson and Tyler Jansen (advisor John Berger) in high school and college residential wiring; Brandy Boyer (advisor Geoff Horejs) in industrial motor controls; and Pablo Roman (advisor John Knapp) in extemporaneous speaking.

Support Nebraska Humane Society with Pug Club Cookbook

The Omaha Pug Club is raising funds for the Nebraska Humane Society with a cookbook called Pugs in the Kitchen. The cookbook costs $10 with all proceeds going to the Nebraska Humane Society. 

If you are interested in purchasing one of these cookbooks, contact Diana Ormandy (291-4050) or visit the Humane Society at 90th & Fort streets on July 26. The Pug Club will be conducting a bake sale as well as selling raffle tickets and cookbooks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Nebraska Humane Society events, visit www.nehumanesociety.org.

Staff Directory Updates

New Employees
Tammy Tyson, director of TRIO and special programs, FOC Bldg 5, 457-2567
Wendy Olson, director of financial aid, FOC Bldg 30, 457-2723

Adrian Lewandowski, FOC Bldg 10, 457-2685, fax: 457-2788
Molly Engdahl, EVC, 289-1316, fax: 289-1398
New fax for South Omaha Campus Library is 444-6644

Separations, Date
Jonathan Torrey, June 28, 2008

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