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Inside Story for Friday, April 23, 2010

Program Helps At-Risk Youth Plan for College

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Eighth-grade students from Norris Middle School visited the Elkhorn Valley Campus, Thursday, April 8, to participate in hands-on learning activities in the science and audio/visual labs. The Norris-MCC partnership is aimed at helping at-risk youth start planning for college.

About 20 Norris students meet twice a month at an MCC location from January to May. Students tour MCC locations, meet with MCC students, speak with community leaders and think about their future in high school and college. They work with a team of MCC staff members and talk about how to budget for college; what job opportunities expect with a high school diploma, associate degree or bachelor's degree; and what opportunities they will have in high school to start working toward college.

MCC hopes that exposure to higher education today will give the youth choices and ideas on preparing for college in the future. The students will visit the Sarpy Center on May 13 and finish the semester at the South Omaha Campus on May 27.

Facilities Master Plan Team Announces Location Visits

Hundreds of students, community members and staff members have taken the Facilities Master Plan survey. Have you? There is still time to submit your input. The Employee Survey will be available through April.

MCC will host Community Meetings on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC and Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center. Help shape education in your community by participating.

JJR will be visiting the commons areas to solicit feedback from students, faculty and staff during the following times:

Monday, April 26
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sarpy Center and South Omaha Campus

Tuesday, April 27
Noon-1 p.m.
Applied Technology Center, Elkhorn Valley Campus and Fort Omaha Campus

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help MCC set the stage for future college growth. As an employee, your input and involvement will be critical to the success of the plan. Visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan for more information.

Free Community CPR Training

Free CPR training sessions will be Saturday, April 24, at Clarkson College at 41st and Dodge streets. Sessions will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

To register by phone, call 552-2432.    

MCC to Host Golf Outing

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MCC is hosting a golf scramble on Friday, June 25, at Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St. Registration is $60 per person or $240 per four-person team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a burger buffet following the tournament.

You can register as a single and be placed on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. For information, contact Linda Hoagland, 457-2403 or lhoagland@mccneb.edu.

Proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

Send your check and registration form no later than Tuesday, June 15. Checks will not be cashed until after June 15.

Exhibition Showcases Student Work

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The top student work from MCC's Visual Arts Program will be featured in the 10th Annual Student Art Exhibition, April 29-May 19, at the Gallery of Art and Design on the Elkhorn Valley Campus.

One hundred students submitted more than 200 pieces of work for consideration; local artists selected 47 pieces from 40 student artists to be included in the exhibition. The annual show includes paintings, watercolors, photography, jewelry, sculpture, digital video and more.

Scholarships of up to $750 will be awarded for the best student work.

An opening reception is scheduled for April 29, 5-7 p.m. Scholarship winners will be announced at the reception. The event is free and open to the public.

The Gallery of Art and Design is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. when classes are in session.

MCC Staff to Walk in Cinco de Mayo Parade

A group from the South Omaha Campus will be walking in the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. To join the group, contact Terry Doyle, 738-4627, or Arlene Jordan, 738-4600. T-shirts will be available to those participating.

Youth Concert To Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

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Three talented young strings players will help raise money for Haiti relief efforts at the Help For Haiti concert April 30, 7-9 p.m., at North High Magnet School, 4410 N. 36th St.

Twelve-year-olds Mira and Adé Williams and 18-year-old Ayanna Williams of SugarStrings have thrilled audiences with exuberant performance at events including Macy's Flower Show, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will join the Omaha-based Darryl White Band at the fundraising event.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, contact Fred Conley at (402) 707-8915 or fconley@daviscompanies.com.

Fair Offers Free Health Screening

The MCC Health Program is sponsoring a Health Fair on May 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Connector Building. This fair is open to all MCC students, staff and faculty and community members who wish to receive free health screens. Agencies including Creighton University, Douglas County Health Department, the Diabetes Education Center, MOTAC smoking cessation, the American Red Cross and Charles Drew will be present. To protect the privacy of those wishing to receive STD/HIV screens, private rooms have been reserved. Rotella's Bakery has donated bread for this event, and Hy-Vee at 35th and L Streets will provide a dietician to discuss healthy meal planning.

Graffiti Clean Up Event Kicks Off Saturday

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The Service-Learning Office and the Neighborhood Center, with the expertise of MCC Board of Governors Chairwoman Crystal Rhoades, have been busy planning the MCC Graffiti Day on Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers have scanned the South Omaha area, identified the graffiti areas with GPS handheld devices and mapped those areas by streets. On Saturday, volunteer participants will receive a map showing what areas they will be responsible to canvas and clean up. 

Metro Area Transit has donated the use of two of their new buses to pick up students at the Fort Omaha Campus and take them to the South Omaha Campus for the kickoff. Students and families can use they own cars to get to their sites, or the city busses will take them to their street assignment.

Thousands of graffiti sites have been scanned, and MCC volunteers will be doing their best to remove as much as possible in their assigned areas.

More than 160 students, faculty and staff, their family members and the Board of Governors have joined in this effort. MCC is excited about the level of participation and looks forward to making a difference in the South Omaha Campus community.

Key partners for this event are: Orsi Pizza, Hy-Vee, MAT, the City Of Omaha Mayor's Office and the Parks and Recreation Department, the Neighborhood Center, and MCC students, faculty and staff.

EcoStores Nebraska Resource Conservation Workshops

sustainability logoLearn how your home or business can be part of the new green economy. EcoStores Nebraska, in cooperation with Metropolitan Community College, is offering three cutting-edge workshops on making our buildings more economical and ecological:

Deconstruction and Construction Waste Reduction
Friday, May 21, 9 a.m.-noon
Informs and inspires property owners, landlords, builders and citizens in general on strategies to recycle and reuse materials where possible and deconstruct rather than demolish buildings.

Retrofitting Buildings for Efficiency
Friday, May 21, 1-4 p.m.
Informs and inspires homeowners, business owners and citizens in general to retrofit buildings for greater energy and resource efficiency

Auditing Buildings for Energy Efficiency
Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.-noon
Begins training for neighborhood-based energy auditors to identify resource conservation measures that provide the greatest economic and environmental benefits

Registration is $20 for each workshop or $49 for all three workshops. Seating is limited. Register by calling Central Registration, 457-5231.

All workshops will be held at the South Omaha Campus Connector Building, Room 249.

Recent Grants

  • A $5,000 grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council supports travel costs for featured artists and panelists at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

MCC in the News

Weekly Green Tip

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Use microwave ovens when possible because they use less energy and require shorter cooking times than conventional ovens. And in the summer, they have the additional advantage of producing less heat in the kitchen.

Do you have a green tip to share with your MCC colleagues? Submit ideas to djlawse@mccneb.edu.

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College's open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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