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Wanted - a mascot to represent the North Platte Community College Knights athletic programs.
NPCC is seeking an extroverted individual with a certain degree of theatrical and dance skills to be the official mascot for the Knights. The individual must be motivated, with a strong desire to engage and entertain audiences while enhancing the college experience.
Nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College helped move patients/equipment into the new patient tower at Great Plains Health on Tuesday. Doing so gave them a chance to learn the layout of the new building. The students included:
Becca Faust, of North Platte, and Ashley Kautz, of Grant
The former Post Office and Federal Building at Fifth and Jeffers streets in North Platte was once home to the North Platte Junior College. The building sold in November of 1999.
Monday marked a special day in history for North Platte Community College. It represented 50 years since the college officially opened its doors on Aug. 31, 1965.
Mid-Plains Community College will decrease its local property tax asking by 4.88 percent.
The information was presented by MPCC Vice-President of Administrative Services Mike Steele to the MPCC Board of Governors on Wednesday night. It’s part of the proposed budget for MPCC for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Mid-Plains Community College will post the only increase in enrollments among the six community colleges in Nebraska for the 2014-15 academic year. That’s according to findings from a recent enrollment audit.
MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the Enrollment Audit reflected a .5 percent increase in Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) over the prior year's (2013-14) enrollments. FTE is formulated by dividing the total number of credits completed by 30 (representing a single student taking two semesters of 15 credits).
Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Joe Leamon, owner of JL Construction, Inc., and Dick Cappel, project organizer, stand in front of what will soon be a new boarding facility for the MPCC Rodeo Team. Construction on the building began this week.
Finding a place to keep horses just got a little bit easier for members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
A 20-foot by 100-foot pole barn was erected this week on the west end of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. When finished, it will provide 10 stalls with attached corrals.
North Platte Community College is giving students another opportunity to take a class in art history or ceramics this semester. Both will be offered as 12-week classes starting in September.
ARTS 2310 Art History I will be from 2-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21. It will be in Room 135 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. The class is worth three credit hours.
Mid-Plains Community College knows people are busy. That’s why it’s doing everything it can to make sure classes aren’t just affordable - they’re accessible, too.
Rich Docekal, MPCC adjunct instructor, Dr. Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Rose Holechek, MPCC adjunct instructor, pose for a photo during a recognition ceremony at MPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus. Docekal and Holechek were two of 72 adjunct instructors honored for their service to the college.
Classes start Monday at Mid-Plains Community College, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to register for the 2015 fall term.
MPCC offers a variety of classes to fit the needs of all students, whether they are seeking an associate degree, certificate or diploma, are wanting to brush up their job skills or are simply interested in learning a new hobby.
Obtaining an associate degree within 24 months is now a possibility for virtually everyone - thanks to the newest program offering from Mid-Plains Community College.
Students enrolled in MPCC’s Sunday College option will attend classes on Sunday afternoons and early evenings, starting Aug. 30. They will complete coursework online on their own time the rest of the week.
Auditions for North Platte Community College’s Select Choir will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
They will be in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. Those who try out are welcome to take songs to sing, but material will also be provided.
The countdown is on.
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action are about to take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.
The theater department at North Platte Community College will host auditions for the musical “Pippin” on Thursday, Aug. 27.
The auditions are open to everyone in the community, not just college students. They will be from 6-9 p.m. in Room 115, in the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. Ritch Galvan, NPCC theater instructor, said both large roles and small choral roles are available for all ages.
Mid-Plains Community College will welcome several new full-time faculty and staff members to its North Platte location this semester. They include Roger Fattig, Stephanie Seamann, Jimi Cole, Dr. Carla Long, Tara Naughtin, Hillary Sims, Michelle Sterling, Emily Geschwentner and Lyn Battreall.
Roger Fattig is the new first-year building construction instructor at MPCC. A Brady native, Fattig has been involved with construction his entire life.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy speaks during an all-campus meeting at North Platte Community College on Monday. NPCC employees who attended the meeting were introduced to new faculty and staff and were updated on the many accomplishments the college has had in recent months. Among other things, those included increased enrollment, progress toward a new campus at Valentine, the introduction of a new strategic plan, a gym remodel on South Campus and classroom upgrades on North Campus.
Paul Loomer is one of the lucky few. He’s spent a lifetime getting paid to do what he loves – being creative.
The former professional musician and artist retired in May after 34 years of teaching art classes at Broken Bow High School, and earlier this month, he was honored for 15-plus years of teaching art classes for Mid-Plains Community College.
Josh York is NPCC's new director of housing and student activities. He will live on the college's North Campus.
Students attending North Platte Community College this semester will be greeted by new staff in the housing and student life departments.
Josh York, formerly the assistant director of housing and student activities for NPCC, has been hired as the director of housing and student activities.
Four Mid-Plains Community College students will benefit from scholarships they received through the Sandhills Area Foundation.
They are Bobbie Mooney and Carolyn Petersen, of Valentine, Jessica Lovitt, of Mullen, and Shayna Kramer, of Whitman.
More money has been made available to help Nebraskans pursue a career in transportation, distribution, logistics and manufacturing.
Officials at the Nebraska Department of Labor office in North Platte were notified last week that the Job Driven National Emergency Grant has been extended throughout the Mid Plains Region.
From farm girl to licensed independent mental health practitioner - Shona Heim is a prime example of the success people can find in rural Nebraska.
Heim, who was raised on a farm just outside Champion, graduated from Chase County High School in Imperial in 1972. From there, she headed to the University of Wyoming in Laramie with intentions of pursuing a career in education.
Businesses searching for part-time help will have a chance to connect with potential employees Aug. 31 at North Platte Community College.
The Career Services and Student Life departments at the college will host a Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus.
Jan Knispel (Photo courtesy of Adamson Studio)
Jan Knispel always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She couldn’t help it really. As a child, growing up in Rapid City, S.D., she was heavily influenced by the teachers around her.
One of them was her mother, Marcella. Two others, Evelyn Dawson Park Lee, a drama teacher at Rapid City High School in the 1950s and ’60s, and Marilyn Reaser, Knispel’s English teacher, also had tremendous impact on her.
Five students represented the McCook Community College PBL chapter during the PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They were back row, left to right: Grant Moore, Andie Noltensmeier and Janelle Davis and front row, left to right: Whitney Goeman, Kendall Lienneman.
Mid-Plains Community College was well represented during the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill.
Theresea Reeves, a non-traditional student, receives guidance on a painting from McCook Community College Art Instructor Rick Johnson. Johnson was instrumental in helping to start an Associate of Fine Arts degree at MPCC.
Mid-Plains Community College has become the first community college in the state to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree.
The college received a letter Tuesday announcing approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the final step in the process.
Hundreds of items will be up for grabs during North Platte Community College’s annual surplus auction Saturday, Aug. 8. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until everything is sold.
Items will be set up in the alley behind the W.W. Wood Building, the main building on NPCC’s North Campus. There will be a preview Friday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Virgil Nelson speaks to fellow retirees during a breakfast and tours July 16 at NPCC. Pictured clockwise from left are: Boyd Gentry, Larry Smith, Nelson, Dr. Bill Hasemeyer and Patsy Smith.
They may be gone, but they haven’t been forgotten.
North Platte Community College retirees were celebrated July 16 with a breakfast and tours on the NPCC South Campus. The event was by invitation only. Approximately 20 people attended.
It’s a whole new world.
For many students, the start of college represents freedom, coming-of-age and new adventures. The key to maintaining a positive experience, according to two experts from Mid-Plains Community College, is a combination of preparation and common sense.
Heather Pucket, MPCC area advising coordinator, and Mindy Hope, MPCC area coordinator of recruiting and admissions, compiled the following list of tips to help new students navigate college life.
1. Get the paperwork out of the way
“Once that part is behind you, the rest is easy,” said Pucket.
The process begins with an application to college, followed by completion of standardized tests and submission of scholarship and Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
“If non-traditional students attended a previous college, they should have transcripts to reflect that,” said Pucket. “There’s no sense wasting time and money repeating courses.”
She noted that FAFSA forms can be submitted for free through the U.S. Department of Education website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/. There are other websites that will submit FAFSA forms for students, but they charge a fee.
“The paperwork part can sometimes seem overwhelming,” said Hope. “Our staff is always willing to help with those steps. All people have to do is contact the financial aid office at 535-3708, or visit us online at www.mpcc.edu/financial-aid for more information.”
2. Become acquainted with your surroundings
Both women recommended incoming students meet with an advisor and take a campus tour prior to starting classes. Tours are often handled through orientations or registration days.
Not only do those events give students a chance to become familiar with the campus and find their way around the buildings they will take classes in, but also, the events provide an opportunity for students to have questions answered.
“One of the most important things students can do is connect with an advisor,” said Pucket. “The sooner they can get in and see us, the better. That way we can start making an academic plan for them and point them toward classes that will benefit them in the long run.”
3. Know your resources
Orientation and registration days are also good ways to find out about campus resources such as tutoring, disability services or job placement.
“At MPCC, the Welcome Centers and Student Success Centers are great places to turn to for assistance with just about anything,” said Hope. “The college is full of people willing to help students who ask for it.”
Both she and Pucket agreed that is one challenge they see at the college – students don’t always want to ask for help.
“Andy Long [MPCC area vice president of student affairs and McCook Community College] often tells students at our Registration Days, ‘Don’t be afraid to fail,’ and that’s so true,” said Pucket. “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, and don’t get up and leave if you do. College is a safe place. If you fall, we’re here to help pick up the pieces and guide you back on track.”
4. Connect with the roomie
“Having a roommate can be one of the biggest benefits to living on campus,” said Hope. “It’s a chance to make a lifelong friend and also a chance to learn more about yourself. Part of that is being able to communicate, set boundaries and talk through things.”
Reaching out to an assigned roommate ahead of time provides an opportunity to bond and is a good way to compare notes on furnishings to avoid duplication.
The women are big advocates of students becoming involved in and trying new activities.
“Go to a sporting event even if you’re not part of those programs or living on campus,” said Hope. “Things like that create a sense of pride and camaraderie and are part of the overall college experience you don’t want to miss out on.”
Information about upcoming events can be found all over the MPCC campus – everywhere from bulletin boards and the Student Life Office to the college’s website and social media pages.
“I really encourage students not to just go back to their rooms when class is over,” said Hope. “I tell them, ‘Eat in the cafeteria; study in the library.’ Not only is it a good way to make friends, but it also discourages isolation and overthinking things. Everyone has the same questions and concerns you have, but if you’re not around them, you don’t hear them say it.”
6. Find balance
Engaging in campus activities can also help with another important aspect of college: finding balance.
“There has to be a balance,” Hope said. “While commitment to education is always top priority, it’s important to understand the value of socialization. Being involved in on-campus clubs, organizations and activities not only makes people more successful as students, but also increases their enjoyment of college and makes for a more well-rounded individual. It’s all about making connections and having a support system.”
7. Be accountable
While she believes in being open-minded, meeting new people and trying new things, Hope is also a proponent of knowing limits.
“Everyone is in charge of his or her own success,” said Hope.
She recommends students choose their friends wisely and be careful what they post on Facebook and other social media sites.
Employers often look at the social media accounts of job applicants. Photos of drinking and partying can make a lasting impression.
Hope also recommends that parents and students talk about their communication expectations before leaving for college. Each family has to find the right balance that provides both support and room to grow and become independent.
8. Who’s got the bill?
The freedom of college comes with financial responsibility. Living independently often forces people into learning how to manage their money and choose between wants and needs.
While all kinds of resources for doing that can be found online, Pucket said MPCC also offers both a personal finance class and a college success class that provide help on the subject.
More and more students are having to work while attending school, but studies show that working too many hours can have a negative impact on academic success.
“It is suggested that full-time students keep work schedules limited to 10-15 hours per week,” said Hope. “That way, they don’t overextend themselves. It’s important to realize that sacrifices made now will pay off later.”
9. Chill out
Let’s face it – even juggling part-time work, studying for finals and searching for a career after college is no piece of cake. But, it can be manageable – so can the stress that accompanies it.
“One of the most important things students can do to minimize stress is take care of themselves,” said Pucket. “The little things, like exercising, getting plenty of sleep at night and eating healthy food instead of junk are all good for physical health. As for emotional health, don’t panic and don’t overanalyze things.”
She and Hope believe making time for old hobbies as well as trying new things can bring anxiety levels down. Going for a walk or finding a quiet place to meditate can also be beneficial.
If the stress is education-related, math and writing labs are available at the college, and the Student Success Centers offer free tutoring, controlled study environments and career assessment and planning among many other services.
10. Get organized
“Organization is a key factor in reducing stress,” said Hope. “Don’t procrastinate and put projects off until the last minute. Stay on top of the daily workload, be aware of deadlines and create a game plan as far as things that are due.”
“Use your time wisely,” said Pucket. “Set aside time to go into a quiet area for purposeful studying.”
Hope couldn’t emphasize enough the importance of communicating with faculty.
“Our faculty is more than willing to visit with students about deadlines and things of that nature, but the students must be present in class,” said Hope. “If a student has been ill or unable to complete an assignment, it’s still better to be present and visit with the instructor than to skip class.”
More information to help students be better prepared for the world of college is available online at www.mpcc.edu.
The MPCC Rodeo Team was presented with six bucking chutes Thursday night. Those participating in the presentation were Steve Christy, Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee member, Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Rod Innes, chairman of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Nicolaus)
Rough stock riders on the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will be able to practice year-round thanks to the generosity of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee.
Representatives of the committee presented six bucking chutes to Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, during the first performance of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo on Thursday night in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Twenty-five graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program received their LPN pins Thursday. They were recognized during a ceremony at North Platte Community College.
Pictured back row, left to right are: Jonathan Rosenberg, Mariesha Brown, Shantel Barta and Kaylin Schultz, of North Platte; Rachel Zeigler, of Ainsworth; Katherine Nesi, of Valentine; Kimberly Starr, of McCook; Chelsey Shaul, of Ainsworth; Jeffery Walent, of Sargent; Rebecca Rossenbach, of Anselmo; Marti Turner, of Burwell and Heidi Kulp, of Arnold.
Middle row left to right are: Anessa Kivett, of Hershey; Samantha Parrett and Sophie Schreiber, of North Platte; Brooke Piester, of Gothenburg; Courtney Hallett, of North Platte; Stephenie Nelson, of Stapleton; Tasha Schroder, of North Platte; Staci Dack and Katelyn Rabas, of McCook; Daile Coleman, of Bassett; Brittany Dowse, of Sargent; Chandra Bitterman and Kelsey Hauser, of Broken Bow.
Front row left to right are MPCC nursing instructors: Addie Robinson, Marina Makovicka, Brett Niemeth, Nicole Kissinger, Lana Albrecht-Watson and Kathy Harrison.
Automotive technology will be one of the programs explained during an open house Aug. 5 at the MPCC Broken Bow Extended Campus. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information about high-demand jobs in applied technology and the training needed to get them will be presented next week in Broken Bow.
The world will be a bit more caring starting on Thursday.
That’s when 24 graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will receive their LPN pins, signifying the start of a lifetime of serving others.
Rowdy Moon, of Sargent, competes in the bareback riding at the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. Moon will compete on the MPCC Rodeo Team this fall.
Mid-Plains Community College was well represented at the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo. The event, which ran from July 12-18, was in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Eight of the contestants are enrolled at MPCC for the upcoming fall semester and have signed letters of intent to be on the MPCC Rodeo Team.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will launch a free Youth ATV Training on Aug. 1 at the North Platte Community College North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive in North Platte.
There are two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Classes will be divided by age group, 6-9 and 10-16. Six students from each age group will be allowed in each session.
Four Mid-Plains Community College employees were recognized with a surprise awards ceremony Tuesday.
They just thought they were attending a luncheon, until they were greeted by about 45 of their friends, family members and co-workers at the North Platte Community College South Campus cafeteria.
Alex Broadfoot, of McCook, explains the process he went through to build an elevator. His classmates voted his final project as their favorite.
Finals week was a fun one for students in the electrical technology program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
MPCC’s first-ever alumni newsletter was sent to over 12,000 people in early June. The goal is to send out two mailings each year.
The Alumni Office, a part of the Development Department at Mid-Plains Community College, has made great strides this past year in connecting and building relationships with former students.
“We really want to reach out to our alumni,” said Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development. “We want them to know that we remember them and care about what’s going on in their lives.”
One of the highest demand professions in the nation is also proving to be one of the most overlooked.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all other occupations.
A Wallace woman will be a step ahead of many of her classmates when she begins taking courses at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. this fall.
That’s because Mickayla Sheets already has 26 credit hours behind her as the result of a dual credit partnership between Mid-Plains Community College and Wallace High School.
The Mid-Plains Community College raffle car will be on display at Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, 1615 E. Fourth St., on July 7. The public is invited to view it and purchase raffle tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan is being raffled by the North Platte Community College Foundation. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
A final round of summer classes will be offered at Mid-Plains Community College prior to the start of the fall semester. They are:
This wide belt sander is just one of many new pieces of equipment that will be used this fall by the MPCC building construction department.
Building construction students at Mid-Plains Community College will start the fall semester with some of the most advanced equipment on the market.
Much of the machinery is already set up in the building construction shop in the W.W. Wood Building on NPCC’s North Campus. Each piece is designed for safety and ease of use, including a wide belt sander for precision sanding.
There’s a familiar face, but new game plan in store for the building construction program at North Platte Community College.
Roger Fattig has been hired as a full-time first-year building construction instructor. He takes over for Jack Daniels who resigned in 2014.
The MPCC Cowboy Kickball team, back row, left to right: Carol Garrison, Lauri Rogers, Wendy Schramm, Carol Bodeen, Pam Burks, Josh York, Michael Driskell and Chris Turner. Front row, left to right: Nicole Kissinger, Ethan Elliott, Rachel York, Janelle Higgins, Emma Elliott and Dustin Elliott.
A new event at NEBRASKAland Days raised about $250 for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team on Wednesday night.
A total of 10 teams competed in Cowboy Kickball at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. The MPCC Wrangler Booster Club had one of them. It lost 15-10 to a team from Great Plains Health, but the college came out a winner anyway at the end of the day.
Nursing is one of many programs featured on new interactive DVDs produced by the MPCC public information, marketing and development office. The DVDs are designed to inform potential students about offerings at the college.
High school students undecided about the career path they want to take could find help in a new tool released by Mid-Plains Community College.
Jason Bush, of Ogallala, works with copper tubing at North Platte Community College earlier this spring. High school students are invited to attend a Registration Day on Thursday to learn more about the technical programs NPCC has to offer.
High school students will get an in-depth look at technical programs during a Registration Day on Thursday at the North Platte Community College North Campus.
Seven MPCC instructors are the recipients of BEST awards. The instructors are, back row left to right: Ann Reichle, Janet Stalder, Kathleen McCune, Angie Chittick and Cathy Nutt. Front row left to right: Jean Condon and Lorrie Mowry.
Seven business instructors from Mid-Plains Community College have been honored with Belong, Excel, Study and Travel awards by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Through a partnership with McCook Community College and area business sponsors, the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition, accepted a record number of 37 applicants. From those, 15 were selected to compete in the Spring Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition. Those semi-finalists received a scholarship (valued at $282) to attend, for free, the on-line Entrepreneurship Business Plan writing class offered through Mid-Plains Community College during the 2015 spring semester.
Joni Qualm, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015, crowns Emily Taylor on Wednesday night, as Lauren Heaton, Miss Rodeo America 2015, prepares the sash. The coronation was during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
A Battle Creek woman has been crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016. Emily Taylor, 24, received the title Wednesday night during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Taytum Dickman is Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2015. The Elwood woman was crowned Wednesday morning at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Jenna Langer, 17, of Superior, was named first-runner up and will fulfill the duties of queen if Dickman is unable to do so.
An additional Try It Out Tuesday class is being offered this summer just in time for the Keith County Fair. “Decorating Cupcakes” is planned for 9-11 a.m. July 28 at the Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Extended Campus. Mary Faesser, food superintendent for the Keith County Fair static exhibits, said the timing couldn’t be better.
“Fair exhibits are entered July 29 - the day after the class,” Faesser said. “Whether your child wants to enter [the cupcakes] in the fair, or just take them home for the family to enjoy, the class is going to be fun.”
She will help participants, ages 5 and older, decorate a dozen cupcakes during the two-hour class. They will learn a variety of creative techniques.
Those already enrolled in 4-H Foods can enter their cupcakes in the Decorated Cupcakes category at the fair. Those who are not entered in 4-H, but would like to enter their cupcakes in the competition, can enter the Open Class division. The Keith County Fair will be July 27 through Aug. 2. Entries will be accepted from noon until 4 p.m. July 29.
The Try It Out Tuesday program is a new, educational and fun learning program offered by the Ogallala Extended Campus every Tuesday during June and July. Additional information about the cupcake decorating class is available by contacting the college at (308) 284-9830 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. A kick-off is planned from 9 a.m. to noon during the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car Display in Memorial Park.
This year, the North Platte Community College Foundation will raffle a 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, it is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
The 19th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival will consist of a who’s who of nationally acclaimed narrators and musicians. The festival will begin Friday and continue through Saturday in McCook. The featured presenters include:
(Photo by Susan Wilson)
Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Harley tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
He began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. Harley uses songs and stories to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life.
A new website is making it easier than ever for people to determine whether credits will transfer from one college or university to another.
Transfer Nebraska was developed by the University of Nebraska in collaboration with the Nebraska State College System and the Nebraska Community College Association.
The website, http://transfer.nebraska.edu/, offers a convenient one-stop shop for researching course transferability between Nebraska’s public higher education institutions.
Jean Condon, business and technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College, has been selected to receive a Service Award from the Nebraska State Business Education Association.
She was honored with a wooden clock during the Nebraska Career Education Conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney on June 3.
Because of a recent flurry of signups officials at McCook Community College are adding a second bus for Friday, June 12's “History’s Mystery” tour of the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp. It’s all part of the Buffalo Commons Storytelling weekend
Summer Kid’s Academy classes at McCook Community College continue this week. Last week students enjoued a SCUBA adventure on campus. This week it's "Fun at the Dam" for (8-14 years of age) Tuesday, June 9.
Mid-Plains Community College won a burger contest in Broken Bow on Thursday. The winning entry was created by Kaci Johnson, Broken Bow Extended Campus coordinator.
Sandwiched between halves of a soft toasted bun, the Custer County 50/50 Burger was topped with smoked cheddar and Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, crisp iceberg lettuce and a zesty barbecue mayonnaise sauce.
Some of the best storytellers in the nation will be in McCook next week for the 19th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival. All activities are open to the public. Many of them are free.
Jean Condon holds a 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year award from the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska. She was honored during a luncheon Wednesday at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
Recipients of the award are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of career and technical education through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community, according to Murleen Bellinger, ACTEN executive director.
Bullfighter Rowdy Moon puts his skills to the test helping a hung up bull rider. Moon is being sponsored this year by Mid-Plains Community College. (Photo courtesy of JJJ Photo)
Snorting bulls, cheering crowds – it’s all part of a day’s work for Sargent cowboy Rowdy Moon. Moon, 18, is one of the most recent additions to the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
He will start classes at MPCC in the fall and compete on the team as a bareback rider. However, his true passion pits him against a meaner sort of animal.
Kaile Jacobson, of Makawao, Hawaii, competes in breakaway roping in Dickinson, N.D. in May. Jacobson is a member of the MPCC Rodeo Team. The horse she is riding was named “Horse of the Year,” for the Great Plains Region by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. (Photo courtesy of Annika Plummer Photography)
He might be famous, but it hasn’t gone to his head.
In fact, “Mater,” as he’s known on the rodeo circuit, couldn’t care less about his new regional title, or the glory that accompanies it – just as long as he’s fed on time.
Nicole Kissinger, Anne Schmit and Carla Long, instructors from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, were honored at an annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence last week in Austin, Texas.
All three were selected as Excellence in Teaching recipients by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). They each received a specially-cast, pewter medallion and inclusion in a commemorative booklet.
NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.
Vance Hardenbergh, environmental services maintenance technician for Great Plains Health, demonstrates spot removal Wednesday at North Platte Community College. Twenty-six custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel from towns such as Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Chappell, Loomis and McCook participated in the Professional Services Training offered by the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Specialty cleaning, chemical safety, floor finishes and coatings and care and use of tools and equipment were among the topics discussed.
Numerous summer classes will start this month at Mid-Plains Community College. On-campus, online and distance learning courses are available, making it easier and more convenient than ever to pursue a postsecondary education.
The majority of the classes are six to eight-weeks long, allowing students to rack up credit hours in a short amount of time.
Donna Pucket can’t remember her life without music. It was a constant during her childhood in South Dakota and became an obsession fueled by time.
The reality seems somewhat odd, considering Pucket’s parents weren’t overly musical. Her mother was too busy raising four children to have much time for anything else. Her father played the saxophone some, but as a school superintendent, his focus was education.
The Try It Out Tuesday classes offered for Ogallala and area youth through Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Extended Campus will start June 2.
In its second year, the program aims to provide educational and fun learning experiences for youth during the summer. Classes are offered on Tuesdays in June and July.
At the Wednesday night Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, the Board approved the addition of a third year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) to President Ryan Purdy’s existing three-year rolling contract.
According to the terms, the President shall devote his full time, skill, labor and attention to his duties and be compensated as follows:
Jean Condon has been named the 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.
Condon is a business office technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and serves as the area division chair for the college’s Business and Technology division.
Condon was selected for the award based on excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education.
Custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel will have the chance to brush up their skills thanks to Professional Services Training offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. The seminar is scheduled for June 2-3.
“This training will help develop employee skills to make facilities more efficient, attractive, secure and compliant with rules and regulations,” said Crystal Welch, area operations manager for the CFE.
Two free courses designed to explain the ins and outs of taxes are being offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Both are taught by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, and both require pre-registration.
Sales Tax Seminar
The Sales Tax Seminar covers the basics of Nebraska sales and use tax - information that not only benefits professionals, but also the general public.
Karen and Terry Waite love spending time outdoors with their granddaughter, Cambria Mann. Waite raised three children while working full-time and advancing her education in the nursing profession.
It was either be a nurse or join the railroad.
Those were the options Karen Waite, of North Platte, contemplated as a senior in high school. Looking back, she’s glad she made the choice she did.
All-terrain vehicle training will be offered through Mid-Plains Community College thanks to a more than $24,000 grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The college received notification of the award Monday.
The money, a total of $24,143, will be administered through the North Platte Community College Foundation. It will be used to fund a Rural Youth Operator Safety Training program, which will provide hands-on, ATV training to people ages 6-16 involved in agriculture production.
Spring 2015 President’s List
The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2015 Spring Term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Spring 2015 Dean’s List
The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2015 Spring Term at Mid-Plains Community College. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
An employee at Mid-Plains Community College has been recognized for her penmanship. Sharon Brown, of North Platte, received an honorable mention in the 25th annual Nebraska Handwriting Contest, which promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.
A long-time McCook Community Colege science and math teacher -- Jim Hall -- was named the 2015 winner of the Gene A. Budig Outstanding Faculty Award.
Twenty-seven Mid-Plains Community College students were recognized with Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday at the North Platte Community College South Campus.
Back row, left to right, they are: Kristyn Clapp, of Culbertson; Jami Comer, of North Platte; Lori Schanou, of North Platte; Tasia Stumpf, of Ogallala; Savannah Higdon, of North Platte; Sarah Riddell, of North Platte; Jennell McGee, of Ogallala; Taylor Dunn, of Cozad; Merry Sedlacek, of North Platte; Nicole Miller, of North Platte.
Electrical technology will be one of the programs explained during an open house May 12 at the MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus. The event is scheduled for 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Extended Campus will host an applied technology open house from 5:15-6:30 p.m. May 12.
On hand to provide information, including program cost and job opportunities, as well as demonstrate equipment, will be representatives from the college’s welding; auto body; automotive technology; diesel technology; electrical technology; building construction and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration programs.
Recycling will be one of many topics studied this summer in an online ecology and environment class offered by NPCC. The class begins June 8.
Students interested in studying nature will have the perfect opportunity to do so this summer. Sara Morris, biology instructor at North Platte Community College, plans to offer BIOS 1210: Ecology/Environment beginning June 8.
This week will be one of celebration at Mid-Plains Community College. Every final puts students one step closer to summer break, and for some, a step closer to earning a college degree, diploma or certificate.
Their hard work, dedication and perseverance will be recognized Friday at both McCook Community College and North Platte Community College.
Second-year building construction students from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte were among those who attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for a new Nebraskaland Days office at the Wild West Arena. The students built the facility.
Fourteen area high school students were recognized during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. They are, back row left to right: Abby Werkmeister, Maywood; Joslyn Burke, Sutherland; Kevin Tobias, Lexington; Luke Walz, Stapleton; David Trierweiler, North Platte, and Jacob Whisenhunt, Maxwell. Front row, left to right: Autumn Hild, Brady; Hannah Hays, North Platte; Bethany Vinton, Mullen; Kelsey Higgins, Valentine; Mickayla Sheets, Wallace; Hailey Maline, Gothenburg, Megan Trierweiler, North Platte.
Everyone has a story - all choose how they write it.
That was the message of Mike Jacobson during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
One visit with Amy Taft and it’s easy to see why she was selected as the 2015 spring commencement student speaker for North Platte Community College.
Her name consistently appears on either the Dean’s List or the President’s List. She is involved in numerous campus activities, including peer tutoring, choir, Phi Theta Kappa and Drama Club - the latter two as club president.
It’s a brief moment, but it signifies a huge step on the pathway to nursing.
A total of 27 Mid-Plains Community College students will receive Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday during a special ceremony planned for noon at the North Platte Community College South Campus McDonald-Belton Theater.
Didn’t have time to take that introductory accounting class you wanted to this semester? No problem. It and many others will be available through Mid-Plains Community College in the coming weeks.
Numerous courses will be provided online or through distance learning in addition to those offered in a classroom setting. Registration can be done by calling 535-3774.
The upcoming classes include:
Sara Morris, biology instructor, helps a student, Taylor Hill, adjust water temperature for a DNA experiment at North Platte Community College.
Sara Morris never intended to become a teacher. Now, after more than 50 years in the profession and facing her third retirement, she can’t imagine life any other way.
Cpl. Season Trevino and detention officer Tracy Wofford instruct NPCC students Jessica Jarvis and Shelby Clark to take off their jewelry in the Lincoln County Detention Center on Wednesday. The students visited the jail as part of a class project. ?
Two softball players from North Platte Community College got a look at “life on the inside” Wednesday afternoon. Shelby Clark and Jessica Jarvis visited the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center as part of a role reversal project for a human communications class.
McCook Community College's Dakota Terry and Jason Lighthall won academic athlete of the year honors recently while the MCC softball team compiled a team grade-point average of 3.48 to win the award for MCC's Academic Athletic Team of the Year.
Tina Walker, Mid-Plains Community College Area Director of the Learning Resource Center, was named the 2014-2015 winner of the award for MCC Professional Achievement in Student Support.
McCook Community College Art Instructor Rick Johnson –has been named the winner of the 2014-2015 MCC Faculty Achievement in Student Success Award.
MCC students named top in their divisions
McCook Community College honored four students this years as the top students in the fields of Business and Technology; Science and Math; Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Services; and applied technology.
Outstanding students in their academic division included: Molly Hannon, Kassidy Gillen, Jamee Stewart and Jimmy Hickert.
These students were selected as their respective divisions’ outstanding student based upon their academic achievement, their participation in division activities and activities during their attendance while completing their education at MCC.
Molly Hannon -- Outstanding Student in the Business and Business Technology Division.
“This student is an amazing young lady, a truly dedicated student and an outstanding athlete,” said her nomination letter.
“She exemplifies leadership by actively participating in class activities and volunteering for leadership roles in group projects.”
“Molly submits high-quality work and has a positive attitude which radiates enthusiasm in the classroom,” said another nomination. “She is a team player and a creative problem-solver. She is quick to recognize the needs of her classmates, and often steps up and mentors those who are struggling.”
Hannon was cited for being “skilled at looking at topics from multiple points of view, and mediating group discussions.”
“She always wears a smile and is a delight to have in class.”
Kassidy Gillen -- Outstanding Student in the Mathematics and Science Division
“Kassidy has been a dependable and conscientious student,” said her nomination letter. “She has had no apparent academic weaknesses. She demonstrated an ability to get along with her peers and to be a leader among her peers in the laboratory portion of our classes.”
The letter went on to say that Gillen demonstrated “an intellectual curiosity as she pursued resources in and outside our class.”
Gillen was noted for her work in Microbiology, Nutrition and Human Anatomy as well as Physiology I and II.
“Kassidy is extremely self-motivated and committed to receiving a quality education while she is at MCC. I can only encourage Kassidy in her pursuit of her future in nursing education.”
“Kassidy is an excellent student who always has a smile on her face and a pleasant greeting when you meet her,” said another letter, “Kassidy will do well in whatever she pursues in her profession!”
Jamee Stewart-- Outstanding Student in the Humanities, Human Services and Social Sciences Division.
“Jamee’s work ethic is exceptional and is one of the many characteristics that define her as an outstanding student. Her work is meticulous and always completed on time. As a person she is friendly, courteous, and respectful of her instructors and fellow students. She is destined for great success,” said her nomination letter.
“Jamee is one of the most outstanding students I’ve had in the 20 years I’ve taught here” the letter said. “She has the second highest grade in my Introduction to Sociology class during that time. In addition to being highly intelligent, she is also sociable, with a great smile and many friends.
“I don’t nominate students for this award very often because few qualify but Jamee certainly does and I recommend her for this division award without reservation!”
Jimmy Hickert -- Outstanding Student in the Applied Technologies Division –
Jimmy Hickert was cited for his strong desire to become a great welder. During the first semester, Jimmy put in extra hours welding every week while remaining “very engaged” and with a positive attitude, according to his letter of nomination.
In addition Hickert has taken a job welding for Schaffert Manufacturing, and has “done a great job with positive feedback.”
“He is the kind of student whose efforts will help the welding program grow its relationship with local employers and well as provide a positive name to Mid-Plains Community College and the students that we develop,” the letter went on to say.
Two McCook Community College sophomores claimed Vice President’s Awards at Honors Convocation Thursday. Andrea Miller, Culbertson, won the Vice President’s Award. Brittany Broomfield, McCook, won the Vice President of Student Services Award.
Samantha Zirnig has been named “Student of the Month” for April by the North Platte Community College Business Department.
Zirnig was born and raised in North Platte and is a 1999 graduate of North Platte High School. She is married to Justin Zirnig.
‘Random knock on the door’ led Kathy Dernovich to EMS career
During the fall of 1981, Kathy Dernovich was a stay-at-home mother of three. A stranger knocked on the door of their Culbertson home and changed the trajectory of her life forever.
“Ed Oberg was knocking on doors looking for people to join a group of Culbertson residents who wanted to learn emergency medical training,” Dernovich recalls.
“With three kids, what really perked my interest was thinking ‘Wow, one night a week, for three hours, participating in training other than potty training,’” she said. “I remember I even had to ask Ed to explain what being an EMT entailed and if Culbertson even had an ambulance.”
A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for Kathy and for retiring history instructor Chet DeVaughn. The public is encouraged to attend.
MCC’s Chet DeVaughn retiring after 43 years as teach, coach
Chet DeVaughn’s teaching career follows a path of doing what made the most sense, but it’s also been a career he calls extremely rewarding. He’s retiring from McCook Community College this year.
A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for DeVaughn and Kathy Dernovich. The public is encouraged to attend.
Mid-Plains Community College is one of four community colleges chosen as a semifinalist in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to draw attention to education leaders, teachers, top employers and students across the U.S. who promote or exemplify readiness for college and careers.
Top honors announced at MCC for students, instructors, staff
Thirty-seven McCook Community College students were inducted into The Eta Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Thursday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Event Center.
Members of the NPCC select choir practice in the McDonald-Belton Theater on Tuesday. They will be part of a year-end concert April 30.
North Platte Community College will round out the spring semester with a cultural experience. The music department has planned an “end of the year” concert for 7:30 p.m. April 30 in the McDonald-Belton Theater.
The event will be accompanied by an art show featuring the work of approximately 32 NPCC art students. Both activities are free and open to the public.
MEMBERS OF THE McCook Community College play “Proof” which opens Friday on campus include Ethan Poore (left) and Allison Priddy. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee at the Weeth theater in Tipton Hall on campus.
MCC's 'Proof' opens Friday on campus
The McCook Community College production of David Auburn’s award-winning “Proof” comes to the MCC stage this weekend.
The play, directed by MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle, opens with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
“I just think it’s a wonderful script that turns the focus on family dynamics and trust while delving into the fine line between genius and mental illness,” Grizzle said.
“Proof” is the story of a young woman named Catherine, played by McCook High School senior Allison Priddy. She is the daughter of Robert, (Don Harpst) a brilliant mathematician, who misplaces both his brilliance and his sanity in his later years. Catherine, a budding mathematician herself, must give up her schooling and her most creatively productive years in order to take care of her father.
The play opens with Robert -- who has just died -- and Catherine, conversing with his ghost. She wonders if she may have inherited his tendency toward madness. Robert had first shown signs of madness in his mid-twenties. Catherine just turned 25. Her suspicions seem confirmed when sister Claire (played by Kyla Monie) and Robert's protégé, Hal, (Ethan Poore) begin to treat her as if she is mentally unstable.
“Ultinately, Catherine has to confront who she is,” Grizzle said.
Priddy, who plans to attend MCC after graduation, said the role of Catherine has required her acting to dig to a deeper level than she’s ever had to before.
“It took me awhile to understand Catherine and her world,” Priddy said.
“This story deals with some serious family issues,” Harpst said. “It has more ‘real-world issues than most plays so it’s given us all much deeper challenges intellectually. I just love the dynamics of the father/daughter relationship in this play.”
Poore, who plays one of Robert’s former math students, said he likes how once you get into the story there are many ways to interpret the things Catherine and Robert say to each other.
Kyla Monie plays the estranged daughter “Claire” who comes to Chicago for her father’s funeral and tries to reconcile with her estranged sister.
“It’s so much different than what you might see on stage at a typical community play or even a school play,” she said. “You’ve got one daughter who makes many sacrifices to stays home in Chicago and look after her father and then you have my character Claire, who thinks she has all the answers even though she lives in New York.”
“There are some serious issues like mental illness and caring for family members but the dialogue is real, sometimes even funny.” Priddy said. “I think all-in-all it’s a very entertaining story.”
“Proof” won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play and was made into a movie by the same name staring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Grizzle said the play does have mild adult language and while it is a serious play he believes there are enough amusing moments -- and an intriguing mystery -- to keep the story balanced and the audience entertained.
Seven finalists in the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition are set to make their final pitches this Friday for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money to develop or expand their business.
Rowan Gordan, house manager of the Nebraska Youth Center, speaks to a social work class at North Platte Community College on April 16. She was one of several presenters talking to the class about her career.
Students in Tonya Townsend’s Intro to Social Work class had the chance to learn from professionals in the field April 16 at North Platte Community College.
Townsend, who is herself a nationally certified school psychologist, invited a social worker; youth care specialists and a behavior consultant to speak to her class about their jobs. All are from North Platte.
Pat Smith sprays off his ’55 Thunderbird. Smith did mechanical work and rebuilt wrecked vehicles for a second income most of his life.
They’re not your traditional college students. They’re grandfathers. Their hair is tinged with silver, and their eyes are crinkled with years of smiles and laughter, experience and wisdom.
All have spent their lives in North Platte, and all are Union Pacific Railroad retirees. Some have known each other for years, while others were only recently adopted into the group.
Each has a passion for restoring old vehicles and a desire to live each day to the fullest. They fit right in at North Platte Community College.
Erin Mitchell, Ricki Reason, Anna Watts and Gina Poncelet competed at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They are Phi Beta Lambda students from North Platte Community College.
Four North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were among those competing at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They were Erin Mitchell and Ricki Reason, both of North Platte, Gina Poncelet, of Gering, and Anna Watts of Ogallala.
Mid-Plains Community College is rolling out a new program that will allow people to earn information technology (IT) certificates by taking online courses. Classes will be available starting in the fall of 2015.
“We wanted to target those individuals interested in gaining a knowledge of computer science, but who work all day and aren’t able to be on campus,” said Emmanuel Luke, IT instructor at North Platte Community College. “Taking classes online is often easier for them.”
Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development; Joe and Dorothy Conger; Danielle Schiel; Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Ryan Purdy, MPCC president, face the crowd during an Honors Convocation Thursday at NPCC. The Congers donated the first-ever Joe and Dorothy Conger Single Mom Scholarship to Schiel.
Outstanding students, faculty and staff were recognized Thursday during the seventh annual Honors Convocation at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College is accepting scholarships from farm bureaus within its 18-county service area.
In Lincoln County that includes the Kent Boyer Memorial Scholarship administered by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation. The Lincoln County Farm Bureau also awards two $500 scholarships to applicants based on financial need.
Chelsey Shaul has been named as a Mid-Plains Community College “Student Nurse of the Month” for March. Shaul is a licensed practical nursing student from the Valentine Extended Campus.
Dalton Simants, of Gothenburg, has been named “Business Student of the Month” at North Platte Community College. His parents are Scott and Becky Simants.
Dalton graduated from Brady High School in 2014, and is currently studying business entrepreneurship at NPCC. His expected college graduation date is May of 2016.
“I chose NPCC because it was affordable, and I could get the degree that I wanted,” said Dalton. “Also, I can keep my job while attending school because I’m not that far away.”
Dalton’s future plans include mechanical work and returning to his family’s farm. He has also tossed around the idea of opening a mechanics shop.
His instructors know he will do great no matter what path he chooses.
“Dalton is currently in my Introduction to Accounting class and is a very enjoyable student to teach,” said Ann Reichle, accounting instructor. “He has a good business mind combined with a consistent work ethic that will serve him well in his future plans.”
When not in class, Dalton enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.
Nebraska college and university students in need of a general physics class will have the opportunity to complete one via distance learning.
Mid-Plains Community College will offer PHYS 1410: General Physics I this summer. It will be taught by Jared Daily, a physics and engineering instructor at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College has announced its "Nursing Students of the Month" for the spring semester. Pictured are those from the second-year Associate Degree Nursing program at MPCC. They include: front row, left to right: Sarah Riddell, Merry Sedlacek, Holly Barrett and Jami Comer. Middle row: Tasia Stumpf, Nicole Miller, Kristin Clapp. Back row: Justina Snider and Elana Ramos.
Bitterman Walent Rossenbach
Three licensed practical nursing students at the Broken Bow Extended Campus have been named “Nursing Student of the Month” by the Mid-Plains Community College Nursing Faculty. They are: Chandra Bitterman, who received the title for January, Becky Rossenbach, Nursing Student of the Month for April, and Jeffrey Walent, the May honoree.
McCook Community College sophomores Andrea Miller and Amber Madigan were recently honored for being named as MCC’s representatives of USA Today’s All-USA Community College Academic Team.
North Platte Community College students hold candles during an Alpha Beta Theta induction ceremony. Alpha Beta Theta is a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is the only club at NPCC that is strictly academic.
Nils Koch, a German exchange student attending North Platte Community College, stands in front of the White House. He recently returned from a congressional internship in Washington, D.C.
Ask Nils Koch about a typical day in a congressional office, and he can tell you. In fact, he has a better understanding of the inner-workings of the U.S. government than most Americans – despite the fact that he’s from Germany.
“I couldn’t be a congressman,” said Koch. “They are so busy. It’s too much for me.”
Children at McDonald Elementary react to a science show conducted by the North Platte Community College STEM Club on April 7. The club, advised by Jared Daily, NPCC physics and engineering instructor, performs science shows every year for local elementary schools and youth groups. The college students also participated in "Science Night" on Friday at Jefferson Elementary.
More than 250 area art students were on the McCook Community College campus Friday for the annual paint-in and art exhibition.
Students from Norton Community High School placed first in the paint-in competition, Hitchcock County was second, Chase County third and a team from McCook received honorable mention.
Thomas Hoxmeier of Southern Valley High School received the “Best of Show” award with his piece “Thursday Matinee.”
Alleyah Evans, a student at North Platte Community College, sings in front her classmates Wednesday in preparation for an April 16 recital.
There will be a spring vocal and piano recital April 16 at North Platte Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mid-Plains Community College Broken Bow Extended Campus has announced a new series of traditional and online classes. It includes:
“Intro to QuickBooks”
Participants will learn how to track a company’s transactions and finances with a single, intuitive and easy-to-use software program.
They will have the option of either using laptops preinstalled with QuickBooks, or using their own laptops. The class will be taught with QB 2015.
The class will be from 6-9 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, April 19-May 3. The class is worth one credit hour. Ann Reichle is the instructor.
“Spring Planting and Gardening Tips”
This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate how to pair annuals and perennials to create customized planters and flower beds. People can use their own planters. The class will be at the Custer County Garden Center, 500 Thelma St., in Broken Bow.
The fee is $10. That does not include the cost of materials, which will have to be purchased separately at the Garden Center. The class is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 20.
“Simply Social: Eating Well and Wise with Social Media”
Participants will learn to use Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets to improve nutrition, find delicious and easy recipes and sharpen food preparation skills while debunking common food myths and misdirected claims.
The class is available at 8-9 a.m. and at 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 22. People can choose which session they want to attend. The fee is $10, and the instructor is Jessye Goertz.
“Introduction to Golf”
This course is designed to introduce students to golf. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental etiquette, skill techniques, rules and history of the leisure sport. Golfing will be done both individually and as part of a group.
The one credit hour class is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 14 through May 12. The instructor is Kaci Johnson.
“Commercial Driver’s License”
The 15-hour course prepares drivers for basic CDL written tests. Topics covered include: general knowledge, pre-trip inspections, air brakes, combination vehicles and safe transport of cargo.
Students will have the opportunity to add an hour and a half of driving time for an additional cost, but must indicate during registration that they want the option.
The class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17, with optional drive time planned for April 18. The fee is $165, and the instructor is Dennis Holtz.
“Nebraska Boating Safety”
The Nebraska Boating Safety course is required for all power boat operators at least 14 years of age, or born after Dec. 31, 1985. That includes operators of personal watercraft and all power boats. Students must attend all hours of class time to be certified.
The test out option requires advanced online study. More information is available at boatsafenebraska.org. The free class will be taught by a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission official. It will be from 2-5 p.m. April 26.
Pre-registration is required for all the classes. To sign up, call (308) 872-5259.
MEMBERS OF THE McCOOK Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed at the state leadership conference in Kearney.
McCook Community College hosted the Mid-Plains Community College Tech Exploration Day which included hands-on demonstrations and displays from the instructors in Building Construction, Auto Body, Automotive, Electrical, Diesel, Welding and HVAC.
Elizabeth Haag, Ben Sinclair, Angela Demilt, Hannah Magill, Sara Savage, Soliel Atenza and Nadyne Crumly
Students from two public speaking classes at North Platte Community College were recognized with awards this week.
Sarah Magill and Ben Sinclair won the bi-annual Word Speeches Competition at the college. Whitney Edwards and Angela Demilt placed second.
The McCook Community College women’s basketball team will hold a garage sale Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 906 Norris Avenue in McCook with the event serving as a fundraiser for the Lady Indians program.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students in the Accelerated Paramedic class recently finished 12 weeks of training on campus. This 12-week program is designed to provide the required classroom training and education to develop competent Paramedics. The accelerated version of the paramedic training consolidates the didactic training in which the students attend class 40 contact hours per week for 12 weeks.
The Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center will host art students from nearly two dozen area high schools Friday when the McCook Community College Art Department stages its annual paint-in competition.
Linda Morris was presented with a “You Rock” award Monday by NPCC staff. Pictured from left to right are: Cindy Odean, Gail Knott, Linda Morris and April Fager.
Linda Morris is North Platte Community College’s newest “You Rock” award winner. The honor is given to NPCC employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service.
Morris is a part-time administrative assistant for NPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus (OEC). She was nominated by Gail Knott, area director of outreach for Mid-Plains Community College.
A total of 29 new members will be inducted into the North Platte Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society on Sunday. The Alpha Beta Theta Chapter is the only club on campus that is strictly academic.
The inductees were sent invitation letters earlier this year encouraging them to join PTK. Selection was based upon grade point average.
According to Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the Alpha Beta Theta Chapter, inductees must have a 3.5 GPA to begin with and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA. Students who qualify must apply for membership and pay a lifetime fee.
Aryn Meisinger and Valerie Most serve soup at the NPCC Volleyball Team – Sophomores table Thursday night at the Souper Bowl Cook-Off. Their table ultimately won the title of “Best Soup.”
About $900 was raised from the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday night at the Quality Inn and Suites. North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
A total of 11 teams cooked and served their best concoctions in an attempt to win the titles of “Best Soup” and “Best Décor.”
Emma Petersen and Sam Roessler take a stroll in one of the scenes from “The Good Doctor.” Bea Webster and Ryan Carey also star in the comedy, which the North Platte Community College Theater Department will present April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.
It’s an easy step that could save someone’s life.
That’s how Amanda Koubek, account manager for the American Red Cross, feels about donating blood during an upcoming drive April 13 at North Platte Community College.
The collection is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the student lounge on NPCC’s North Campus. Appointments can be made by calling or texting 563-260-4115, and walk-ins are also welcome.
The founder of Life CONsequences will speak at North Platte Community College. Ethan Fisher spent three years in prison for vehicular homicide – an experience that convinced him to turn his life around.
The NPCC Student Life Department will bring him to the McDonald-Belton Theater on April 20 to share his story and talk about the choices that led him to a life as a convicted felon. The title of his presentation is, “Good Saturday Night = Lifetime of Compromised Dreams.”
It’s about to get messy. A total of 11 teams are signed up to compete in the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday at the Quality Inn and Suites.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
While most McCook Community College students spent spring break away from campus, a small group of students spent it with campus Vice President Andy Long in Texas.
It was all part of the MCC Leadership class and included stops in Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Their stops included AT&T Stadium, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas; the Alamo and Historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio; Sea World and the beaches of Corpus Christi.
Marco Pascolo, of Italy, works on a project in a physics lab at North Platte Community College on Monday. Pascolo will transfer to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the fall to study electrical engineering and play basketball.
Statistics in a new report are no surprise to administrators at Mid-Plains Community College. In fact, the information reinforces what they’ve known all along - more students are earning college degrees than traditional data indicates, and MPCC has a hand in it.
North Platte Community College student Marco Pascolo, Emilee McCurdy, a sophomore at Eustis-Farnam High School, and NPCC student Matt Kellie, measure the speed of light using a chocolate bar and microwave oven Monday morning at NPCC.
Pascolo and Kellie are studying relativity in a physics class taught by Jared Daily, NPCC physics/engineering instructor. McCurdy, who is thinking about pursuing chemical engineering, got the chance to sit in on a physics lab with the men as part of a college tour.
Elizabeth Benjamin has resigned from the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors. Ryan Purdy, president of Mid-Plains Community College, received notice of the resignation, which goes into effect immediately.
In her message to the rest of the MPCC Board, Benjamin said, “Louie, Ted, Mike, Garry, Kent and Ernie - it was my honor to serve with you these last 10 years. And to Ben, Jo, Cindy and Karen, I hope that you enjoy your tenure on the Board as I did.”
A Music Talent Scholarship Audition Day has been scheduled for April 18 at North Platte Community College. It will be on the South Campus in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building, according to Elizabeth Peters, music instructor.
“We want to give prospective students a day where they can showcase their talents with a vocal and/or instrumental solo performance in addition to doing a short interview,” said Peters. “We are inviting current NPCC students who want to either receive or renew a scholarship to audition as well.”
Auditions can be scheduled by contacting Peters at email@example.com or 308-535-3755.
More than 300 girls attended the Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at NPCC on Thursday. They got a first-hand look at careers in science, math and other non-traditional fields.
Banker, paramedic, chiropractor, photographer – the careers were all on the table Thursday during the annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference.
MPCC Leadership Class students take a break from sightseeing at SeaWorld. Back row left to right: Chandler Wagner, Vince Lyons, Brooke Ruggles, Katelyn Kinne, Emilene Sides, Amanda Dreher, Sam Harper, Colton Daily and Zackary Wright. Front row left to right: Kyla Monie, Hannah Goss, Valerie Most, Aryn Meisinger.
Wednesday’s cloudy skies and cool temperatures were a snap back to reality for four students from North Platte Community College.
That’s because the weather was much warmer in the place they were the day before - San Antonio, Texas.
Jared and Packer Daily got an aerial view of the North Platte Community College South Campus during a plane ride with Dr. Roger Simpson. Jared is a mathematics and physics instructor at the college.
A father and son from North Platte are taking their relationship to new heights thanks to an aviation class offered by Mid-Plains Community College.
Jared and Packer Daily are enrolled in Basic Ground Training, a course for people wanting either pilot or ground instructor certification. Taught by Les Olsen in Valentine, the distance learning class prepares students for the federal private pilot written exam.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Arts and Crafts:
“Oil Painting - Sunset,” – Participants will create a 16-inch by 20-inch sunset oil painting. Instructor Pam Cullen will provide guidance about color mixing, composition and values. All supplies are included in the $70 cost. A discount is available to Creativity Unlimited Arts Council members.
Brian and Judy Lusk, of North Platte, enjoy a scuba diving trip to Roatán Honduras. A scuba diving class will be offered at NPCC on Tuesday.
Scuba diving in Nebraska? It happens more than most people realize, according to Deland Humpherys.
He would know. The North Platte man has been diving for about nine years, four of which he has taught scuba classes.
“It all started with a mid-life crisis,” said Humpherys. “My wife and I had always wanted to scuba dive, so in 2006, we decided to try it. We started out with Jim Wiezorek, owner of Watersports Unlimited in North Platte, and had so much fun that I went to Honduras and got my instructor certification.”
Cutline: Angela Buesing, of Gothenburg, prepares to take a job skills assessment test Monday at MPCC in North Platte. The college has been selected to receive a Career Preparedness Award.
Mid-Plains Community College has been named as a Career Preparedness Award recipient by the Nebraska ACT State Organization.
The honor makes MPCC Nebraska’s community college representative in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
11-year old Abbee Terry throws out the first pitch Thursday at Purple Day activities for McCook Community College softball and baseball games.
Carra Johnson searches for parts in the Automotive Technology Department at MPCC on Thursday. She’s learning what it would be like to operate a parts store.
There’s more to working in an automotive shop than grease and gears.
Students find that out first-hand when they enroll in the Automotive Technology Program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
Sherry Mihel, former area student advisor for MPCC, helps student Kelsey Medina, of Ogallala, during a previous Advising/Financial Aid Day. A similar event is scheduled at the Ogallala Extended Campus on April 8.
Mid-Plains Community College is making it easy for people to sign up for classes at its extended campus locations. Four Advising/Financial Aid Days are scheduled at Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.
MPCC advising, financial aid, records and registration staff will travel to each site to make sure both new and returning students are as prepared as they can be to start summer/fall classes.
McCook Community College students Dakota Terry and Brittany Broomfield were interviewed by NTV-Kearney News reporter Jon Jankowski today in conjunction with MCC’s “Purple Out Day” and “Team Abbee.” The news feature will air tonight either on the 6.m., 10 p.m. newscasts, or both. The MCC baseball team will wear purple today to honor Abbee Terry, 11, who suffers from epilepsy. Abbee will throw out the first pitch for the 5 p.m. softball game against North Platte. Purple Day will feature a number of activities aimed at raising epilepsy awareness, including signed items from several MCC and NPCC teams.
Students from Hitchcock County, Dundy County-Stratton and Sutherland claimed top team academic honors Wednesday at the Inter-high Day scholastic competition at McCook Community College. Here are the results:
Mid-Plains Community College will have a hand in increasing the number of shop and industrial technology teachers in Nebraska.
That’s thanks to a new partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present the comedy, “The Good Doctor,” April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.