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Cynthia Duncan (District 3), Ben Lashley (District 4) and Karen Knisley (District 5) are sworn in during the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting Wednesday night in North Platte. Lashley and Knisley are from North Platte. Duncan is from Broken Bow.
The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2014 Fall Term. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
Anselmo - Rebecca Rossenbach
Arapahoe - Christen Williamson
Arnold - Jami Andre, Hannah Magill
Axtell - Gabrielle Nickel
The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2014 Fall Term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Arapahoe - Kyla Monie
Benkelman - Raquel Ohrman
Brady - Valerie Most, Dakota Terry
Broken Bow - Jeffrey Frede
The McCook Community College office of Student Life is asking students to “channel their inner-cheerleader” as the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on North Platte Wednesday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Event Center.
In addition Wednesday will be YMCA youth basketball night, AmFirst Bank/PBL night and Sports Shoppe Night. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow at about 7:30 p.m.
The MCC student who displays the most MCC spirit will receive a $10 gift card.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students Bradley Hill (left) and Sofija Pejcic are paying for their international college experience in Nebraska this year in part thanks to the Dr. Jo Keeler International Student scholarship.
An eight-month $2.08 million renovation project at McCook Community College is not only bringing Brooks Hall an elevator for the first time, it also gives MCC the opportunity to upgrade the first floor cafeteria with $215,117 of new kitchen equipment and the remodeling of the lounge area.
Mike Janecek, automotive instructor, hooks up a clip car to a scanner Friday at North Platte Community College. The clip cars allow students in the automotive technology program to easily observe and practice skills they hear about in the classroom.
Don’t let their size fool you.
The cars parked in the automotive technology shop at North Platte Community College may be little, but the role they play in training students is huge.
Jared Daily, MPCC mathematics and physics instructor, and Matt Kellie, student, work on a Harley-Davidson hard saddlebag Wednesday. Redesigning the lock and hinge on the saddlebag so the lid doesn’t fall off is one of the projects students in the STEP program are working on.
It’s called “Strengthening Transitions into Engineering Programs,” otherwise known as STEP, and people around the country are reaping the benefits of it. Students are set up for success the minute they enroll.
“There are three major advantages of the STEP program,” said Jared Daily, a physics and engineering instructor at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. “First, STEP introduces students to engineering in a non-threatening and informative way. Second, students can complete many challenging courses with the support and guidance they need to succeed. Third, STEP students save a lot of money by starting out in community colleges.”
The program started in 2006 as the result of a partnership between Nebraska’s community colleges and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering.
Through STEP, prospective engineers can complete two years of core courses at one of the community colleges then transfer to UNL for a bachelor’s degree.
Daily and Roger Volentine, MPCC mathematics instructor, were chosen to represent Nebraska's community colleges and report on STEP to the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. The reports have been positive. A lot of that has to do with the gradual transition into university classes that STEP offers.
“Going to an engineering class at a big university is like getting dropped into a tank of ice water,” said Daily. “You’re thrown into the toughest classes with the smartest people, and that can be intimidating. The dropout rate in engineering is about 50 percent freshman year.”
Daily believes part of the problem is that students don’t always know what they’re getting into.
“At MPCC, we introduce students to engineering disciplines and the design process without the academic pressure of a university,” said Daily. “We’ve also developed a dual credit course where high school students can get a taste of engineering early on. It’s part of an Engineering Career Academy.”
One of the biggest benefits of STEP courses is that students learn in a small classroom setting with lots of hands-on and one-on-one instruction.
“We’ve been holding steady at six or seven kids in our main engineering class,” said Daily. “That’s compared to hundreds at a big university.”
Another benefit MPCC STEP students have is internships. So far, Daily has worked with students to land internships with the Nebraska Public Power District, the Omaha Public Power District, the Nebraska Department of Roads and the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center.
"Internships give students real-life experience that is not only an invaluable education, but also a springboard into careers and other opportunities,” said Daily. “Few, if any, freshmen and sophomores are given internships at universities."
Attending MPCC is also less expensive than attending a university.
“Most engineers take five to six years to get a bachelor’s degree, which amounts to $50,000-$100,000 minimum,” Daily said. “If they can get a couple years for $90 per credit - that’s a huge help."
Engineering books, which are usually close to the $300 range, are at most $75 at MPCC. Daily has also been working for years to develop courses that use free textbooks and online resources.
Presently, he teaches two physics courses, two engineering courses and two math courses that all use free textbooks and/or free online learning materials.
"I believe education should be affordable,” said Daily. “Students should not be denied opportunity because somebody is trying to make more money."
Matt Kellie, of North Platte, is one of the students currently enrolled in STEP at MPCC. He’s been impressed by the program.
“I signed up because I’ve always had an interest in math and science and had been looking at NPPD jobs,” said Kellie. “STEP is great because it gives me a head start on engineering courses before moving on to a university. It’s just a little bit of an edge.”
In an effort to increase the number of registered nurses in Nebraska with bachelor’s degrees, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing will provide early, guaranteed admission in the RN to BSN program for qualified students enrolled in associate degree nursing programs at the six community colleges in the state.
The intent of the Nebraska RN-BSN Collaborative is to encourage seamless transfer opportunities for students and enhance communication between the institutions. The agreement also is one strategy towards Nebraska’s goal of attaining 80 percent of registered nurses with BSN degrees, said Juliann Sebastian, dean of the UNMC College of Nursing.
“With an increased need for BSN qualified nurses, this partnership shows a commitment across the state of Nebraska to provide qualified nurses to our local hospitals and clinics,” said Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and North Platte Community College. “The community colleges are pleased to partner with UNMC on this venture that will be beneficial to students, colleges and employers.”
The six community colleges are: Central Community College, Kearney/Grand Island; Metro Community College, Omaha; Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte/McCook; Northeast Community College, Norfolk; Southeast Community College, Lincoln; and West Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity for students and will help boost the BSN pipeline in the state,” Sebastian said. “One of the most exciting things is each community college worked with our faculty to design the program in a way that will work optimally for students and strengthen opportunities for seamless progression from the associate to the baccalaureate degree.”
She said the program is streamlined and has been customized to meet the needs of registered nurses. Students at the community colleges still will have opportunities to apply for any UNMC nursing program of their choice, Sebastian said, but the agreement provides a unique early entry option for students who meet the qualifications.
Community college students approved for early admission will have completed at least one quarter of nursing coursework and have a minimum GPA of 3.25. Students will be admitted pending completion of the ADN program and attaining their registered nursing license.
The RN to BSN program requires 20 credit hours and is delivered online. An additional 11 credits are required and are met through documentation of professional and educational accomplishments.
The program is designed to bridge the gap between the credit hours students already have taken in their associate degree programs and what they need for a BSN. Flexibility of the program enables students to finish it full time in two semesters or part-time over three years.
Applications will be accepted in February 2015 for the semester that begins in August 2016. Guaranteed spaces will be made available at the beginning of each academic year for a select number of students.
Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, professor and associate dean for academic programs at the UNMC College of Nursing, said the RN to BSN program provides skills and knowledge in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, best practices, patient safety and quality improvement. It also provides education in population-based care.
According to a 2012 report by the Nebraska Center for Nursing, 48 percent of the 20,434 registered nurses working in Nebraska have earned a BSN. About 51 percent of nurses in the nation have a BSN degree, Stamler said.
Three instructors from Mid-Plains Community College have been selected as Excellence in Teaching recipients by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).
The full-time instructors are Nicole Kissinger and Anne Schmit, and the adjunct representative is Carla Long. It’s the first time MPCC has allowed adjunct faculty to be nominated.
“It is always wonderful when we can recognize the accomplishments of our faculty whether they are full-time or part-time,” said Jody Tomanek, area vice president for academic affairs and NPCC. “This particular award is based on nominations from the faculty, themselves, so to be selected is really a recognition by their peers as well.”
NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.
The three recipients from MPCC will be presented with awards at NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 23-26, in Austin, Texas.
They will receive a specially cast, pewter medallion, and their names, titles and college they represent will be included in a commemorative booklet.
“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Edward Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”
Created in 1978, NISOD is an organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.
NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the international conference and the excellence awards.
The first NISOD Excellence Award ceremony was in 1989. Response was so positive that NISOD launched what has become the largest gathering to recognize contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators and staff.
Rachel Bashor has been named Student Life’s newest team member. She will serve as the Area Student Activities Specialist/Administrative Assistant in McCook. She served in this capacity on an interim basis for part of the fall semester.
Ryan Purdy speaks during an all-campus meeting earlier this month. Sunday will mark the three-year anniversary of his presidency at MPCC.
It’s been almost three years since Ryan Purdy took over the helm as president of Mid-Plains Community College. Although relatively short in duration, his leadership has been accompanied by a tremendous amount of success.
“There were a lot of good systems in place when I stepped into the job,” Purdy said. “It was just a matter of expanding on the groundwork.”
Knitting, crocheting and beginning clothing construction are just a few of the fun, arts and crafts classes MPCC offers. Complete listings can be found through any MPCC campus.
Crochet For Geeks, Ballroom Dancing and Pesky Virus Removal, those are just a few of the classes that will be offered at Mid-Plains Community College this spring.
“We have classes geared toward anyone 15 or older,” said Angela Raby, area director of the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. “The focus is adult short courses, and there’s a blend of online and on the ground training opportunities.”
MCCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE is hosting the McCook Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connection, now through 9 a.m. today in McMillen 213. MCC officials are sharing what’s happening at the college and exchanging news about what’s going on around McCook. Coffee, and coffee cake are be served.
Administrators at Mid-Plains Community College issued a response Monday to President Barack Obama’s idea that tuition at community colleges should be free.
MPCC President Ryan Purdy said it’s too early to tell exactly what the proposal will mean for community colleges, but he does appreciate the national attention they are getting.
“It’s a great opportunity to identify community colleges as the way to bridge the gap in business, industrial and technical training,” said Purdy.
His concerns include the red tape and accountability that would accompany such an action and whether Nebraska’s community colleges are staffed to handle any mandated compliance requirements.
“Free sounds great if you’re a student,” said Purdy. “But, from the taxpayer standpoint, the cost may exceed the anticipated outcomes.”
He said tuition makes up 20-35 percent of the general fund budgets of community colleges statewide. According to Purdy, the tuition revenues that would have to be replaced by state and federal money would be in the tens of millions of dollars per year just for Nebraska alone.
Obama unveiled the proposal, known as America’s College Promise, on Friday, and the White House issued a press release about the matter.
“Today, more than ever, Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without having to take on decades of debt before they even embark on their career,” the press release reads.
The proposal is likened to a movement about a century ago to make high school widely available. The White House credits that movement to a rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, which drove decades of economic growth and prosperity.
“America thrived in the 20th century, in large part because we had the most educated workforce in the world,” the press release reads. “But, other nations have matched or exceeded the secret to our success.”
Success of the new proposal would require a team effort, according to the White House. Community colleges would have to strengthen their programs and increase the number of students who graduate, states would have to invest more in higher education and training and students would have to take responsibility for their education, earn good grades and stay on track to graduate.
The White House maintains that if all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit, and a full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year.
MPCC officials don’t believe attendance costs should ever be a deterrent to people taking college classes.
“Our Mid-Plains Community College system prides itself on its accessibility, and probably more importantly, its affordability,” said Chuck Salestrom, area associate vice president of public information and marketing for MPCC. “We have a wide variety of funding mechanisms in place to underwrite costs such as Pell Grants, scholarships and tuition waivers. If used correctly, a student can graduate here with little or no debt.”
Those interested in taking aviation classes will now be able to do so through Mid-Plains Community College via distance learning. The course is currently taught in Valentine.
“We look forward to offering this course in other areas,” said Jennie Nollette, Valentine extended campus coordinator. “We had interest in North Platte and Ogallala, so it seemed like a great time to get this started.”
Les Olsen will teach both a Basic Ground Training and an Advanced Ground Training class – each worth three credit hours. The classes are offered at the same time, so students will have to choose one or the other.
Basic Ground Training is for people interested in earning either a pilot’s certificate or a ground instructor certificate. Successful completion prepares students for a federal written exam.
Advanced Ground Training is for those wanting more than a basic knowledge of flight. The focus is advanced systems, instrument flight and complex aircraft operation. Completion qualifies the student for instrument flight written examinations.
The classes are scheduled for 7-10 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 27-May 12. The cost of each is $282. Registration can be done online at mpcc.edu, or by calling 402-376-8033.
It’s easier than ever to receive an education from North Platte Community College. That’s because NPCC is increasing the number of night classes it typically offers in an attempt to work around people’s busy lives.
“For the most part, Mid-Plains Community College is about the ‘As’ - accessibility and affordability,” said Chuck Salestrom, area associate vice president of public information and marketing for MPCC. “Classes, both academic transfer and technical, taught at night are a viable option to learning for the love of learning or the completion of a degree or certificate.”
A variety of night classes for academic credit are available. They include those in the accounting, arts, business, chemistry, computer science, education, medical laboratory and information technology fields among many others.
Emergency medical personnel have the chance to learn about patient assessment, airway management and ventilation, instructor training and emergency medical technician skills.
Fire prevention and investigation and Hazmat awareness and operations are some of the things discussed during fire science technology night classes.
Classes for the technical trades are also offered. They include training in refrigeration and air conditioning, automotive preventive maintenance and minor repair, welding and auto body painting and refinishing.
Introduction to coaching, power sculpting and prevention and care of athletic injuries are among the physical education classes featured.
Numerous hobby classes such as furniture upholstering, furniture repair and cabinet making are also available.
Many of the night classes start Jan. 12 and run through April or May. Sessions last approximately three hours.
Scholarships and tuition waivers may still be available for those who qualify, and people 62 or older can take advantage of a senior discount.
Registration can be done online at mpcc.edu, or by calling 800-658-4308 ext. 3774.
Mid-Plains Community College faculty participated in an On Course workshop Friday in North Platte. The course stressed student engagement, academic success and retention.
Instructors at Mid-Plains Community College received a crash course this week on empowering students to become active, responsible learners.
Faculty were required to participate in a one-day On Course professional development workshop with the goal of improving student engagement, academic success and retention.
The training happened at McCook Community College on Thursday and at North Platte Community College on Friday.
A professional truck driving course is being rolled out at Mid-Plains Community College this month. Classes begin Jan. 12.
“We are so excited to offer this course to meet area workforce development needs,” said Crystal Welch, area operations manager for the MPCC Center for the Enterprise. “This is a blended course with online classroom instruction. It provides flexibility to students who have full-time jobs, but want to explore a new career.”
The intensive eight-week program is designed for people without trucking experience who want to complete commercial driver’s license (CDL) training in as little time as possible.
It prepares students for a career in intrastate and interstate commerce. Training includes driving on city streets and rural roads as well as on two-lane highways and interstate systems.
Data Analysis has been named the continuing education Course of the Year for 2014 by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), the leading continuing education association in the country.
The continuing education unit at the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise offers a certificate in data analysis. The course is composed of three one-month online courses. Data analysis experts serve as instructors, providing frequent feedback and online discussion.
“Data analysis is a new 21st century skill for the workplace,” said William Draves, LERN president. “The interest in it from people in all sorts of occupations and fields zoomed this year. The vast majority taking courses in data analysis see it as part of their job - as one of the new skills they need to incorporate into their skill set.”
According to Draves, the area of data analysis has emerged in just the last few years. Popularity-wise, it has replaced social media in business, the previously top trending course in continuing education.
LERN data shows that nationally more than 100 continuing education units in colleges and universities that didn’t provide data analysis last year now offer it.
“We have had all this data. Now we can do something with it,” says John Rutledge, who teaches a course in data analysis. “Data analysis is now an integral part of a business organization’s drive for efficiency. It can help increase income or decrease expenses. It also drives efficiency in the use of people’s time.”
LERN is the largest continuing education association in the nation, counting more than 1,100 educational institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada as members.
More information about Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise offerings, is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Hornung receives a plaque from Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Wednesday night during her final MPCC Board of Governors meeting. Hornung has served on the board for the past 29 years.
It was a good time to leave.
That’s how Jane Hornung felt about stepping away from the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors after 29 years of continuous service.
“I think the board is in a good place,” said Hornung, of Arnold. “I feel like I can leave them and they will behave themselves when I’m gone. The leadership at the college is stronger than it’s ever been.”
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy presents Pat Wood with a plaque Wednesday night. Wood was honored during a MPCC Board of Governors meeting for his time spent serving on the board. Other outgoing board members recognized included Jane Hornung, Glenda Hasenauer and David Lynch, who resigned earlier this year.
Members of the North Platte Community College Knights softball team stuff envelopes in the McDonald-Belton Building as part of an alumni mailing project. The mailing was the first of its kind. Updates about the college were sent to 14,000 McCook Community College and NPCC alumni.
Marge Kouba, nurse educator for Mid-Plains Community College, moves an enteral feeding pump Wednesday in the Health and Science Center. Kouba is retiring after nearly 40 years in the nursing profession.
She’s spent her life caring for others, now Marge Kouba is getting the chance to enjoy some time to herself.
“I think I wrote down Dec. 23 as my retirement date,” said Kouba, nurse educator at Mid-Plains Community College. “But, because of Christmas break, my last day will actually be Friday.”
Trevor Blake practices his nursing skills on a mannequin simulator Tuesday at the North Platte Community College Health and Science Center. He’s one of five men in the Mid-Plains Community College nursing program this year.
Who says nursing is only for girls? Trevor Blake doesn’t believe it is, and he’s out to prove the stereotype wrong.
Berva Arensdorf, area employment services coordinator for Mid-Plains Community College, proofreads a résumé Tuesday. It’s one of many ways staff at the MPCC Career Services Center prepare college students for life after graduation.
Not all college students know what they want to be after they graduate.
Narrowing down options and finding the best match for a particular personality can be challenging, which is where the Career Services Center at Mid-Plains Community College comes into play.
“If our students have gone through the technical preparation for a job, then I think we owe it to them to make sure they’re prepared for the application process,” said Berva Arensdorf, MPCC area employment services coordinator.
The Career Services Center is a comprehensive assessment and career planning resource available for free to students within MPCC’s 18-county service area.
“We offer formal workshops, but can also work with people on an individual basis whenever they need us,” said Arensdorf.
A variety of screening assessments are used to help students discover their strengths, interests, values and aptitudes. Data showing projected job outlooks, salaries, education requirements and training opportunities is also provided.
The Career Services Center walks students through every step of the job application process, from creating a cover letter and résumé to preparing for an interview.
“I always tell students there are some things they have complete control over,” said Arensdorf. “Résumés and cover letters can be error-free, but when it comes to interviews, those are a little bit harder to plan for. If there’s one thing we see on a regular basis, it’s a lack of interview preparation and understanding of how important practice is.”
Staff in the Career Services Center conduct mock interviews upon request. If distance is an issue, Arensdorf sets up practice interviews between students and qualified individuals closer to them.
“We teach job applicants what to wear to an interview, how to interact with employers, how to appear confident - basically everything from the opening handshake to the thank-you note at the end,” Arensdorf said.
The Career Services Center serves as a liaison between local employers and students. It maintains an electronic job posting system where businesses can advertise their openings online. It also assists in arranging field trips to employer sites and visits by potential employers to MPCC classrooms.
“It’s good community service for our college to reach out to local employers and ask if there’s something we can do for them,” said Arensdorf. “We don’t ever want to place students, but we do want them to be ready should an opportunity present itself.”
Those interested in receiving help with the job application process can contact the Career Services Center at email@example.com, or reach Arensdorf directly at 535-3619.
People searching for last minute Christmas gifts don’t have to look any farther than Mid-Plains Community College. MPCC is offering tuition gift certificates – an increasingly popular option that helps defray the cost of classes and other college-related expenses.
Becky White, of Paxton, and Sara Boyer, of North Platte, wrap gifts at the North Platte Police Department on Thursday as part of the Santa Cop program.
Sally Thalken waves to the crowd gathered in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium Tuesday night. Her retirement celebration was attended by her family, friends and former players.
It was an emotional night for Sally Thalken.
“I can’t believe this,” Thalken said looking around at the people crammed into the Knights VIP room. “I wasn’t prepared for all this, but isn’t it fun?”
When an English student at McCook Community College puts together information on a research paper these days, it’s more than “paper.”
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE hosted Santa’s Workshop recently on the MCC campus. More than 180 community members attended this annual event, sponsored by the MCC Office of Student Life. Admission to the event was one canned good item, which will be taken by MCC students to the McCook Food Pantry.
On Dec. 9 three McCook Community College students will present their “roly poly” research at MCC’s first Scientific Research Symposium, “The Biology of Terrestrial Isopods in Nebraska.”
A trio of sophomores jumped at that opportunity. They include: Amber Madigan, Peyton, Colo; Kyle Rowe, McCook; and Dorothy Schneider, Raleigh, N.C.
These MCC students will present the findings from their own scientific research on their experiments. The public is invited. It is set for 1 p.m. in the Weeth Theater on campus.
Sally Thalken is the winningest active coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
During her 34-year career as head volleyball coach at North Platte Community College, Thalken has had 921 wins and 610 losses, coached 12 All-Americans and led her team to nationals five times.
She has been named Region IX Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame. However, it’s not the athletic victories that stand out in her mind – it’s the personal ones.
Pam Burks hangs a wreath on the saddle that will be raffled to raise money for travel and other expenses incurred by the Mid-Plains Community College "Wranglers" rodeo team. The saddle is part of the Christmas decorations in the William F. Cody mansion at Scout's Rest Ranch.
Networking is a big part of what the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise does. Course offerings in everything from leadership and management training to customer service give the CFE the ability to influence as well as educate the communities it serves.
What role do community colleges play in rural development? A big one, if you ask Angela Raby.
Raby is the area director of the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise, the continuing education and community service division at Mid-Plains Community College.
Indianola native and MCC graduate Veronica Waddell has brought her award-winning graphic design, web-site savvy, and video production skills 'home.'
Jessica Epting, lead graphic designer, looks through a course catalog the Mid-Plains Community College Public Information Office won first place with in a communications contest. Epting also won a total of five individual awards.
The Mid-Plains Community College Public Information Office has been honored with multiple District 5 Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
Santa Claus is coming to McCook Community College for his annual workshop on campus.
This year’s festivities are set for Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the MCC Student Union and the price of admission is one canned good, to be donated to the McCook Food pantry.
Mid-Plains Community College is teaming up with other organizations across the country to promote #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2.
“It’s a simple idea,” said Carol Bodeen, the college’s area director of development. “#GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back.”
More students than ever will now have access to online courses and programs through Mid-Plains Community College.
MPCC officials received notice Nov. 18 from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) that the college has been accepted as a participant in the SARA initiative.
That makes it one of 11 postsecondary institutions in Nebraska that can offer classes to people residing outside the state. As of Monday morning, four out of six community colleges in Nebraska were approved, but none of the universities were.
Area high school students won first place trophies and three free hours of classes at the Mid-Plains Community College’s “E-Day” competition held on the McCook Community College campus.MPCC.
Rodney Rawson, of Norwalk, Calif., studies in the fireplace area of the North Platte Community College McDonald-Belton Building. He is working his way toward an Associate of Applied Science degree thanks to a Bridge Grant Program.
It was just what he needed.
When Rodney Rawson signed up for a Bridge Grant Program through Mid-Plains Community College, he got more than he bargained for - namely a sense of direction.
“I was just kind of floating around before,” Rawson said. “I was going to college, but only taking random classes that interested me.”
The McCook Community College Women’s Basketball team looks to stay perfect at home this weekend.
The Lady Indians (5-3 overall, 5-0 at home) open Region IX play today, against Trinidad State JC at 5 p.m. and on Saturday against Otero JC at 2 p.m. Both these game will be played at the Peter & Dolores Events Center
MORE THAN 50 area high school students are on the McCook Community College campus today for the Mid-Plains Community College “E-Day” Entrepreneurship competition.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy accepts two checks from Larry Linstrom, Nebraska Public Power District board member, and Misty Robertson, Wells Fargo Bank market president.
The presentation was made during a MPCC Board of Governors meeting Wednesday night.
The total of the checks was $15,600, which will be split equally between McCook Community College and North Platte Community College.
The money was raised during the Wells Fargo Nebraska Open golf tournament in September. It was the 23rd year NPPD coordinated the tournament and put a portion of the proceeds toward MPCC student scholarships.
NPPD has contributed a total of $251,310 worth of scholarship money to MPCC over the years.
Jim Schneider is Mid-Plains Community College’s 2014 Alumni of the Year. He was recognized by the Nebraska Community College Association following nomination by Ryan Purdy, MPCC president and members of MPCC’s cabinet.
More than 100 high school students are on the McCook Community College campus for the fall Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Leadership Conference.
Sen. Tom Hansen takes time out from legislative duties to have his picture taken with Erin Mitchell, a member of the North Platte Community College PBL chapter. Mitchell was honored in Lincoln on Monday for placing second in a national PBL word processing competition.
Three Mid-Plains Community College students have been named Phi Beta Lambda national award winners. They were recognized Monday at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln.
Sarah Thelen is a finish carpenter in Omaha. She got her training at North Platte Community College.
Sarah Thelen is used to having people tell her she can’t do things because she’s a woman. The criticism doesn’t break her spirit – it motivates her to push harder.
“I don’t hear the comments much from my generation – it’s older generations and usually homeowners,” said Thelen. “I don’t listen to it. It just makes me want to prove them wrong.”
Thelen, a Burwell native, is a finish carpenter for high-end homes in Omaha. She installs handrails and spiral staircases and builds custom furniture, mantles, benches and cabinets.
McCook Community College is hosting three pre-Thanksgiving events aimed at high school students, with two this week and one next week. On Wednesday, MCC Family and Consumer Sciences Department hosts the District 11 Fall Leadership Conference of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The McCook Community College Business Department will host Mid-Plains Community College’s annual E-Day competition Friday at the Peter and Delores Graff Events Center on campus. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, MCC hosts the McCook High School Basketball Jamboree.
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor, works with student, Vinh Tran, Thursday at North Platte Community College. Kemp said the demand for skilled HVACR technicians is tremendous.
It’s a small investment for such a large return.
“Students that go through this program and want a job – have a job,” said Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor at North Platte Community College.
Kemp teaches a rigorous 11-month course that prepare students for skilled positions installing and servicing heating and cooling systems as well as commercial refrigeration units.
Classes include elements from electrical, welding, mechanics and building and construction trades. Kemp focuses on hands-on learning and makes sure his students receive real world experience by working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
“He’s the best teacher I’ve ever had,” said Vinh Tran, a student originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam who now lives in North Platte. “He takes care of his students.”
Tran said he decided to pursue an HVACR career because of the potential to earn a lot of money.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries for HVACR technicians vary by location and the type of equipment worked on.
The Bureau reports that in 2010, those in the top 10 percent earned more than $66,930. The median salary was $42,530.
And, there’s a demand for the work.
“It’s insatiable,” said Kemp. “Nationwide there’s a shortage of HVACR technicians. A lot of it has to do with the fact that so many of the current technicians are reaching retirement age.”
Kemp said some of the more commonly recognized contractors in North Platte got their start at NPCC. They include Todd Bissell, owner of AJ Sheet Metal, Jim Schneider, owner of Knobel Refrigeration, Brian Lusk, owner of Lusk Heating and Air Conditioning and Duane Norman, owner of Norman Refrigeration.
Many of those businessmen are people Kemp turns to when trying to line up an internship, a requirement for students in the HVACR program.
“They’re always in need of skilled technicians,” Kemp said of the contractors.
Vinh Tran, a student at North Platte Community College, works on a project Thursday at the north campus. Tran is learning about heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration because of the potential that exists to earn a lot of money with a HVACR career.
Over past decade, Kemp has taught students from Scottsbluff, Sidney, Ashland, Fremont and every Nebraska town in between. One even traveled to NPCC from Texas.
“The ages vary,” Kemp said. “Some are right out of high school, and others are in their late 40s or early 50s. A lot of them have four-year degrees, but no job. Several years ago, when the economy tanked, there were quite a few business people looking for other careers. Many came to me.”
Mid-Plains Community College is one of five colleges in Nebraska that offers a HVACR program. It’s the only one west of Kearney.
“We’ve had recommendations from industry officials,” Kemp said. “A smaller class size is one of the big benefits to our program. I would definitely recommend a career in HVACR because of all the potential that’s out there. It’s year-round work, and it can definitely be a lifelong profession.”
Gail Knott is the new director of outreach for Mid-Plains Community College. Knott, who has been the Ogallala extended campus coordinator for the past 14 years, will begin work at North Platte Community College on Dec. 1.
Knott will oversee operations at the four MPCC extended campuses and will be based out of Room 100B in the W.W. Wood Building on the north campus of NPCC.
“I’m really excited and am looking forward to the challenge,” Knott said. “I’ve done this for a while, and it will be nice to bridge the extended campus and the main campus and take that responsibility to the next level. It’s especially exciting with Valentine going through the development and construction of getting its new campus facility. ”
According to Michael Steele, vice president of administrative services for MPCC, Knott brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the outreach director position.
College officials will begin the process of replacing the Ogallala extended campus coordinator position in the near future.
Registration is now open for winterim session classes at Mid-Plains Community College.
All are online. They are targeted at current students who want to complete a class quickly and students attending other schools who need a specific class for their degree.
Classes begin Dec. 15 and continue through Jan. 9.
BIOS 2990, “The Structures of Life,” is an overview of proteins as building blocks of life and the technology of protein discovery. It will be offered by Sara Morris, biology science instructor.
BSAD 1010, “Personal and Professional Development,” taught by Jean Condon, is a 3 credit hour class and is the equivalent of 45 classroom hours. It puts a special emphasis on relating image and social awareness to job success. It also covers on-the-job situations of problem-solving, time management, goal setting, business etiquette, listening skills, work groups and the relationship between productivity and job attitude. There will be a major focus on developing productive work ethics. This class is designed for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business.
BSAD 1090, “The Job Application Process,” is a 1 credit hour class that equates to 15 classroom hours. Instruction designed to provide all students with the tools and skills to design an effective job search campaign. Topics will include methods of finding a job, resume preparation, development of customized application letters, interview techniques and preparation of follow-up communications. The student will utilize word processing skills. The class is taught by Berva Arensdorf.
BSAD 2070, “Risk Management for Events and Sports,” is a 3 credit hour class. Students will learn to recognize potential risks in special and sporting events and to prioritize those risks for action and minimization. Practical strategies to manage risks of people, property and reputation are stressed. Students will also learn how to comply with legal regulations such as permitting, insurance, vendor contracts, federal laws, state laws and local laws as they pertain to events. Fire codes, handicap compliance and security considerations when dealing with minors are also examined. Marcus Garstecki is the instructor.
PHED 1810, “Drugs and Sports,” is a 2 credit hour class and the equivalent of 30 classroom hours. The course is as an introduction to the roles that drugs play in modern day sports. The class will cover performance enhancing drugs, as well as the effects of prescription drugs, narcotics, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, tobacco and nutritional supplements used to enhance an athlete’s performance. The class will study the science of each classification of drug, all social and ethical issues that arise with the topic of drugs and sports and cover the testing agencies, methods and reporting of drug use in sports. The instructor is Jon Olsen.
POLS 1000, “American Government and Politics,” is a 3 credit hour class that examines the organization and operation of the U.S. government. It includes a brief survey of historical foundations along with a strong emphasis on current political events and public policy. The class will be taught by Doug Clouatre.
SOCI 1530, “Introduction to Sociology,” is worth 3 credit hours. It’s an analysis of society, including the development of the social system, group formations and types of social organizations and the basic elements affecting those classifications. Allen Settles is the instructor.
ARTS 1210 “Art Appreciation” is a 3 credit hour class. It’s an overview of the language, process and history of the visual arts and artists of both past and contemporary society. The class is designed for non-art majors.
For more information or to register, call (308) 535-3774 in North Platte or (308) 345-8102 in McCook.
With the deadline less than three weeks away for the “new and improved” business Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition, contest organizers are encouraging business owners of all ages to solidify their business dreams by taking the first step to fill out the simple application form.
Angela Raby, area director of the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise, and Fran Hagler, administrative assistant, unpack copies of “STARTUP NP” Tuesday at North Platte Community College. The resource guide offers tips for starting a small business in or around North Platte.
The “STARTUP NP” small business guide is now available. The booklet offers information about creating a small business in or around North Platte. It also highlights local resources for both potential and current entrepreneurs.
Business placement, financing options, continuing education, accountant selection and legal consultation are some of the many topics covered. Local entrepreneurs also share their stories and insights into starting a business in North Platte.
The publication is the result of a partnership among the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation, Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise, Nebraska Business Development Center, Nebraska Department of Labor and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
Representatives from those organizations, along with other community stakeholders, participated in the Entrepreneurial Community Activation Process facilitated by the UNL Extension last year.
ECAP, as the program is otherwise known, helps communities understand their unique characteristics, assets and potential opportunities so they can support innovation and entrepreneurship.
“At the ECAP meeting, we discovered North Platte and the surrounding area needed to build visibility for the existing entrepreneurial culture and really provide a greater sense of place for entrepreneurship,” said Angela Raby, area director of the Center for Enterprise. “Basically, the idea is to remove the silo mentality from all resource providers and offer a unified approach in supporting area start-ups.”
The booklet was funded in part by a $2,000 grant from the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.
The first copies were handed out at a North Platte Chamber banquet Nov. 6. Additional copies will be available at the partnering organizations and will also be distributed to area businesses and high schools.
“We believe that no matter how young or old you are, or how long you have lived in the area, there’s information in this book that can assist small business development,” said Clarine Eickhoff, STARTUP NP committee member and manager of the Platte River Mall. “It is just as important for employees to connect with the information as it is for potential business owners. People may not know they will own a business next year or the year after. It is important to make sure the connections are available when the time is right, and continuing to connect the resources to the people is key in the longevity of a business.”
A digital format can be found online at www.startupnp.com/guide.
For more information, contact the Center for Enterprise at 535-3678.
The Mid-Plains Community College Center For Enterprise Kid’s Academy is offering “Van Gogh and Sunflowers” Friday from 1-4 p.m. in room 213 of McMillen Hall on the McCook Community College campus.
People listen to representatives from Microsoft and Certiport Tuesday in North Platte. Mid-Plains Community College is one of six community colleges and 40 Nebraska high schools participating in the Nebraska Microsoft IT Initiative.
The program provides the opportunity to earn certification in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The skills learned are important tools to have in today's workplace.
Nebraska Distance Learning Association members joined Gov. Dave Heineman for a proclamation signing, during which Nov. 10-14 was declared Nebraska Distance Learning Week. They were Gordon Roethemeyer, Mary Lister, Laura Huntimer, Mike Irwin, Al Steckelberg, Heineman and Linda Dickeson.
Gov. Dave Heineman has proclaimed Nov. 10-14 as Nebraska Distance Learning Week. In doing so, he has drawn attention to a progressive form of education, gaining speed around the state because of its success rate, accessibility, flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
The benefits are nothing new to Mid-Plains Community College. Officials there have been touting the advantages of distance learning for years.
“Distance learning has been around in some form or another since the mid ’90s,” said Mary Lister, area Blackboard coordinator. “Basically, it’s an Internet connection between two or more locations.”
At one of the sites, there is an instructor leading the course. That teacher can be seen and heard by students in other classrooms, sometimes hundreds of miles away, thanks to video chat capabilities.
“It used to be we could only offer distance learning in up to three locations,” Lister said. “Now, we can provide services to eight or more thanks to the type of connection we use and the Internet speed we have.”
Abby Kurtzer, of Haxtun, Colo., takes part in a distance learning class Monday at North Platte Community College. This week is Nebraska Distance Learning Week.
MPCC offered 426 distance learning courses and served more than 3,100 students during the 2013-14 school year. Of those courses, 390 were dual credit, meaning high school students had the opportunity to take them and earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.
“Our youngest daughter graduated from high school with 19 credit hours,” Lister said. “Because she played volleyball, having some of the classes out of the way helped lighten her load during sports season.”
Lister estimated that about 95 percent of the dual credit courses taken via distance learning will transfer to other colleges and universities. They include: college algebra, art appreciation, critical thinking, expository writing and public speaking.
The types of students that take distance learning courses following high school graduation vary. Many are nursing hopefuls from rural areas.
“We have one student right now who is a stay-at-home dad with six kids –the oldest of which is in second grade,” said Lister. “He also has a set of twins and a set of triplets. When they lay down for naps, that’s when he jumps online and works on assignments.”
According to Lister, MPCC can offer distance learning almost anywhere in Nebraska.
“We’ve been to Shelton High School, Pleasanton High School and Southern Valley Schools at Oxford,” Lister said. “We take math classes to Ovid, Colo. If there’s a student out there that needs a class – we’ll make an effort to make it available to them.”
So what’s next for distance learning? It appears the sky is the limit.
“It’s hard to say because technology is ever-changing,” Lister said. “One thing I do know is that there’s no end to distance learning. It’s definitely here to stay.”
One of America’s oldest art groups has selected McCook as a location to showcase a select group of juried watercolor work from artists throughout the world.
Mid-Plains Community College officials have received word that Sally Thalken, NPCC Women’s Head Volleyball coach, submitted her intent to resign her position as NPCC’s Head Women’s Volleyball coach.
Her resignation will be effective Nov. 30, 2014 to allow the college ample time to conduct a search for her replacement and allow volleyball recruiting to continue effectively.
Sally further indicated that while she will step away from her coaching duties, she will remain as the college’s assistant athletic director, Mathematics & Science Division Chair and Physical Education instructor.
In her letter to NPCC Athletic Director Kevin O’Connor, Sally stated, “Thirty-four years ago I was given a tremendous opportunity to coach for the college and have coached nearly 1,800 volleyball and basketball games during my tenure. I feel grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the friendships made during my career.”
“Sally is truly a quality person and we’ll miss her courtside,” said Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC’s Area Vice-President of Academic Affairs. “Her coaching record, her Volleyball Hall of Fame recognition and the many successes of her former players speak for themselves. “We’re all grateful that she will remain in our classroom and on campus.”
According to Dr. Tomanek, plans are being formulated for the college to host a formal public celebration to honor Coach Thalken sometime in the very near future.
“We will be announcing our plans as soon as we have them in place,” she added.
Tasia Stumpf, of Ogallala, and her mother-in-law, Lisa Behrends, of Grant, practice nursing skills on a mannequin Friday at the North Platte Community College Health and Science Center. Both were named MPCC Student Nurses of the Month for October.
There’s no easy way to become a registered nurse. It takes hard work, patience and dedication – something Lisa Behrends, of Grant, and Tasia Stumpf, of Ogallala, have learned firsthand.
Unlike many students, however, Behrends and Stumpf had a support system in place long before they signed up for their first classes. That’s because for them nursing school is a family affair.
“Tasia is my daughter-in-law,” said Behrends. “She married my son, Jesse, so I call and ask her nursing questions all the time.”
Stumpf is a year ahead of Behrends with her studies. She started her prerequisites in the fall of 2008, and enrolled in the RN program at Mid-Plains Community College last year. Behrends began her prerequisites in 2010 and entered the RN program at MPCC this year.
They didn’t decide to take the course together, it’s just something that happened. Both have histories in the medical profession.
“I’ve been working as a certified nursing assistant and medical aid at a nursing home in Grant and at the Grant Medical Clinic,” Behrends said. “Right now, I fill in as needed, but am primarily focused on school.”
Stumpf has been employed at the Ogallala Community Hospital since she was 18. Her initial intentions weren’t to become a nurse.
“I wanted to be a cop, but had a son when I was 19,” said Stumpf. “My life took a different path. I started at the hospital doing dietary work, then moved on to medical records, then to the front desk, and now I fill in as a medical assistant as needed. I will be full-time after I finish school.”
Both women took advantage of the online prerequisite classes MPCC offers as well as MPCC’s extended campus in Ogallala.
Now that they are in the RN program, Stumpf drives to North Platte for classes three days a week, and Behrends is on the road four days a week.
“It’s really not that far,” Stumpf said. “If it weren’t for MPCC, my husband and I would’ve had to have moved so I could go to nursing school. That’s hard to do when you have three kids.”
As it is, Stumpf will graduate in May of 2015, and Behrends will graduate in May of 2016. Both want to end up in rural hospitals.
“I can’t wait to work with people again,” said Behrends. “That’s what I miss about going to school – the constant interaction with patients.”
Stumpf loves the personal aspect to nursing as well.
“I just like taking care of people and helping them feel better,” Stumpf said. “I’m looking forward to being done, but am really enjoying my time at MPCC, too. The teachers are excellent and so is the curriculum. It’s tough, but I know I’ll be prepared for anything after I graduate.”
Students and faculty from the Mid-Plains Community College nursing program gather around Cindy Lovette, administrative assistant, Wednesday at the North Platte Community College Health and Science Center.
MPCC students in the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association and the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska, as well as those at distance learning sites, raised $380 during an annual bake sale Oct. 29.
Every year, they donate the proceeds to charity. This year, they opted to give the money to Lovette to help her with medical expenses incurred from multiple personal and health-related issues.
The students presented Lovette with the funds on Wednesday. They waited for her in a classroom then surprised her with balloons full of money.
The following individuals have been recognized as student nurses of the month at Mid-Plains Community College. They are: Sarah Cardenas, first-year Associate Degree Nursing, of North Platte, and Kaylin Hinton, Licensed Practical Nursing, of North Platte, both student nurses for September. Shantel Barta, LPN, of North Platte, and Lisa Behrends, first-year ADN, of Grant, were student nurses for October. They are joined by Kathy Harrison, director of nursing.
Elena Ramos, second-year ADN, of North Platte, Kathy Harrison, director of nursing, Tasia Stumpf, second-year ADN, of Ogallala, pose for a picture. Ramos was the Mid-Plains Community College Student Nurse of the Month for September, and Stumpf was the Student Nurse for October.
Sally Thalken has been named a 2014 Woman of Achievement in the field of education. Thalken is an instructor and volleyball coach for North Platte Community College.
She was one of seven people honored Oct. 30 at the annual Women of Achievement luncheon at the Quality Inn and Suites.
The North Platte Telegraph and NebraskaLand National Bank co-sponsor the event to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
“That was as big of a surprise as any I have received over the years,” Thalken said of the recognition. “When you think about all the women in North Platte involved in education – it’s pretty awesome to be nominated and selected to represent that group. It truly is an honor.”
Thalken was nominated by NPCC administrators, faculty, staff and students based upon her knowledge, experience and accomplishments.
“As a health and physical education teacher, Sally brings real life experiences to her classes and uses practical illustrations to reach students,” her nomination letter reads. “Many of her student athletes have gone on to become successful teachers, coaches and administrators in Nebraska schools.”
Thalken has scored high across the board in student evaluations. She consistently receives high marks in the areas of communication, concern about academic progress and student motivation.
“There are a lot of women in education in North Platte who make huge differences in students’ lives,” Thalken said. “I believe that I have, and that I will continue to do so. At the same time, it’s pretty humbling to be recognized for it and to be in the midst of the other women of achievement.”
Thalken has looked up to many of the women previously honored in the education category. Those include Marilyn McGahan, former vice president of NPCC, and Dr. Midge Mougey, longtime principal for the North Platte Public Schools.
“They have definitely made an impression and a difference in my life, and I’m sure many other lives,” Thalken said. “We just do what we do because we enjoy it – not for the recognition.”
Thalken has taught secondary and post-secondary education for 40 years, and has been the area chair of the Mid-Plains Community College mathematics and science division for eight years.
Her services have been called upon to mentor new faculty and evaluate adjunct faculty. She has also been involved with strategic planning, accreditation, academic quality improvement, instructional leadership, instructional services and hiring at MPCC.
Thalken was instrumental in the development of a Pre-Athletic Training and Exercise Science program for MPCC. She is a member of the National Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association and MPCC Education Association.
As for athletics, Thalken is the winningest active coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association with a career record of 921 wins.
Thalken was on the NJCAA volleyball committee and chaired the NJCAA tennis committee. She also served as NJCAA Region IX women’s secretary, assistant women’s regional director and was women’s regional director for eight years.
She has been named Region IX Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame.
BALLROOM DANCERS took the “stage” recently at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on the McCook Community College campus. The dancers were part of the fall Ballroom Dancing Class through the Center For Enterprise and was so popular another class is being planned for the spring semester.
Deadline Friday to register for E-Day competition
Registration deadline is Friday for Mid-Plains Community College’s annual E-day business plan competition.
The McCook Community College Business Department will host Mid-Plains Community College’s annual E-Day competition to be held Nov. 21 at the Peter and Delores Graff Events Center on campus.
Marla Sanders is a member of WOW, but is not a designated WOW Team member. However, ever since we started placing the Fruity Fun Day baskets outside of the mailboxes in True Hall, she has been more than willing to help us out. She monitors the basket to make sure it is filled, puts leftovers in the refrigerator in the Physical Resources area, and puts them out the next day. She recently offered to store the basket in her area so we don’t have to transport it back and forth each month. And at times, she even makes suggestions as to what goes well and what doesn’t.
Fruity Fun Day is one of WOW’s most popular offerings to MPCC employees. The WOW Team appreciates all she does and we consider her our “honorary WOW Team member.” We feel she provides the team, and anyone enjoying Fruity Fun Day, exemplary internal customer service… Please consider her for the YOU ROCK! Award.
I would like to add that she has been more than accommodating with helping me schedule rooms/spaces and helping me work through issues. I too appreciate her help with Fruity Fun day in McCook. Marla is truly a team player- she rocks!
I would STRONGLY agree with the nomination for Marla Sanders! However, not just for the fruit baskets but for SOOO many other things she does and continues to do for the college. My personal nomination for Marla would be 3 pages long and could never be condensed into one paragraph. She jumps into help at a moment’s notice for any department when needed without any complaint and still manages to maintain her busy schedule without fail. Her time and dedication to the college go WAY beyond a You Rock Award but at a very minimum, I believe she is more than deserving and I can guarantee it is a sentiment shared by the rest of the campus!
Thanks, Marla for all your hard work and outstanding internal customer service! YOU ROCK!
If you know of someone deserving of a YOU ROCK award, please fill out the attached nomination form and send to: InternalCustomerServiceTeam@mpcc.edu
The McCook Area Sertoma Club presented the McCook College Foundation the final installment, a check for $4,800 in what was a four-year, $22,700 commitment to provide state-of-the-art, assisted-listening technology in the main gymnasium of the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.
McCook Community College’s annual Halloween trick-or-treat on campus is set for Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by MCC students and the MCC Vice-President’s office.
The McCook Community College Music Department has a (mostly) Halloween-themed concert Thursday at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus at 7 p.m.
McCook Community College volleyball players celebrate Tuesday night's emotion win over North Platte Community College on Pink-Out Night and Sophomore night. MCC won in straight sets 25-21, 25-21, 25-21,
Past and present members of MCC's Phi Theta Kappa staff the raffle table, one of several fund-raising efforts aimed at the Pink-Out event to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention. Officers include (from left) Amber Hilker, Past President Brian Calvin, and Andrea Miller.
MCC Sophomore Sheri Singhateh (No. 8) elevates for a kill shot in Tuesday's game as teammates Destanie Micklich (No. 1), Miranda Holliday (No. 11) and Ashley Carrera (No. 9) look on.
The MCC Volleyball team wore pink warm-up shirts before Tuesday's final home game.
A list of upcoming events at McCook Community College
As a high school student living in Little Rock, Ark., nobody ever asked Chris Swasta to join any breast cancer-related efforts despite his life being affected by the disease. This year artwork he created is a center-piece in McCook Community College’s Pink-Out volleyball game, set for Tuesday at the Pete and Dolores Graff Events Center.
M cCook Community College unveiled new signage Wednesdaysignifying a name change for the Pete and Dolores Graff Events Center.
WITH NO CLASSES FRIDAY at McCook Community College because most of the staff was in North Platte for Fall Enrichment, the Lady Indian volleyball and basketball teams spent quality time together with a group Yoga workout followed by a friendly volleyball match
Auditions for McCook Community College’s presentation of the Charles Dickens classic are set for Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. at the Weeth Theater on the MCC campus.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students in Summer Dickinson’s (second from left) short story/poetry class browsed some of the artwork on display at the Wrightstone Art Gallery on campus.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE faculty, staff, students and MCC family members (top photo) joined forces for a strong showing of blue in Saturday’s Heritage Day parade in downtown McCook.
A 32-student contingent of Lexington High School seniors visited Mid-Plains Community College campuses in North Platte and McCook Wednesday.
Play begins Oct. 1 in Kelley Park for McCook Community College’s Intramural 2-person best shot disk golf league. It continues on Wednesday nights for four weeks.
Learn from published author and McCook native, Nicole Koetter, the different methods and processes of publishing a book from the original idea to the finished product. Class meets Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-9 p.m., in McMillen Hall 213. Class fee is $25.
Phi Theta Kappa members from nine colleges will be on hand this weekend as McCook Community College hosts the 2014 Nebraska/Wyoming fall Regional Conference. Students will come from Casper, Gillette and Cheyenne in Wyoming and Grand Island, Columbus, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk and MCC in Nebraska.
McCook Community College students from five countries have joined the International Club and are learning the geography of Nebraska up close: All five are athletes who will travel across the state and the region.
The McCook Community College Lady Indian Volleyball team has its longest homestand of the season 7 p.m. games Thursday and Friday and a 1 p.m. contest Saturday.
MCC Sophomore JASON LIGHTALL won the annual Brooks Hall Ping Pong Tournament
MORE THAN 200 pre-school and grade school students from the area had the chance to view and touch zoo animals Friday as part of the Mid-Plains Center For Enterprise Kid’s Academy
Resident Hall life at McCook Community College is off to a great start according to Assistant Kellen Fernetti, thanks in part to students serving as resident assistants and the start of Intramural activities Sunday.
The Mid-Plains Community College Enrollment Management team has announced Brandon Pritchett and Ben Greer as student advisors filling the vacancy created with the July retirement of long-time advisor Rick Michaelsen.
A 9/11-themed play "The Guys" is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theater in McCook. All proceeds will be used to help the McCook Fire Department buy new equipment.
Between games at the McCook Community College Invitational Saturday, Eight-year old Caleb Ray Nilus of Omaha, was introduced to the crowd assembled. He is Weston’s eight-year-old nephew and the tournament was a benefit fundraiser for him and his family. MCC officials planned just a simple introduction, but Caleb turned it into something more poignant.
Enterprise Kids Academy starts Sept. 12 when Scottsbluff Zoo brings animals to MCC campus for presentation on animal body coverings.
Meet some of the new staff and faculty at MCC
After one week of classes at McCook Community College, preliminary numbers show increases in enrollment, credit hours, and housing.
McCook Community College Vice President Andy Long, said when the college was open for a full day of classes Aug. 26 MCC had 412 full-time students, an increase of 13 from the same day a year ago. There were also 290 part-time students, up from 274 a year ago. Students this semester are taking 332 more credit hours with full-time equivalency numbers up 5.84 percent over a year ago.
In Brooks Hall, officials are reporting 136 of the 142 assigned beds are taken, or about 96 percent. In addition, all 12 of the positions offered in the third session of MCC’s Accelerated Paramedic Training (EMT) are filled as are their housing slots.
McCook Community College Production of ‘The Guys’ a 911-themed tribute play about firefighters -- and a fundraiser for local firefighters -- will be staged at the Fox Theater on Sept. 11.
McCook Community College Vice President Andy Long (upper left) puts on his disco jacket and vintage afro to greet students to the retro-themed new student orientation Monday on campus. Freshman Jessica Rivera (upper right photo, standing left) of Las Vegas, Nevada meets new roommate, Mackenzie Bilger, a freshman from Boisie, Idaho during move-in day Saturday. During Monday’s orientation activities (lower right photo) students were divided into several smaller groups and completed various tasks aimed at familiarizing students with campus facilities and services like those in von Riesen library here, as well as faculty advising sessions. Interspersed through out the day were games (lower right photo) and prizes. Here Freshman Jasmine Pemble defeats Dillon Budd in the finals of the balloon race in which students blew up balloons and used expelled air to propel six plastic cups across the table. Fall term classes begin tonight,
For the first time in more than a decade, when classes start Monday at Mid-Plains Community, students will no longer be attending Nebraska’s Smallest Community College.
MCC looking for “friends’ to help students move in
When McCook Community College students move into Brooks Hall Saturday, college officials are hoping to debut a group of community volunteers to welcome new students and help move them in.
The first appearance of “Friends of the College” will gather when students check-in to Brooks Hall between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and help students carry boxes, luggage, and dorm living items to their new rooms.
“If anyone is looking for something to do Saturday, we’re looking for individuals, families or even groups who can be on hand to help greet our new students,” MCC Vice President Andy Long.
The president said in his first year as campus president he has come into contact with numerous individual around the community who say they may not be in any position to support the college and its foundation financially, but if there were a way to donate manpower they’d be glad to help. Long said Saturday’s move-in seemed to be a great way to start what he’s calling the “Friends of the College” campaign.
“A lot of people know what a milestone event it is when someone heads off to college,” Long said. “I’ve had people ask me ‘is there anything I can do that doesn’t involve opening up my checkbook’ and on Saturday there will be an opportunity for community members to help our students – especially our incoming freshmen – feel welcome to their new home.”
This year college officials say Brooks Hall will be full with 140 students.
Saturday’s move-in will be coordinated by Julia Bauer in the MCC Office of Student Life. Anyone interested in helping volunteer for Saturday’s event should contact her at 345-8108. Brooks Hall staff members Kellen Fernetti and Scott Weston, along with Brooks Hall resident assistants will also assist in the move-in.
Long said down the road he would hope that “Friends of The College” would be available to help with other volunteer manpower needs, like the hosting of athletic tournaments.
Students are set to kick of the 2014-2015 year with Orientation Day Monday from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The theme for this year is Retro/Disco Orientation.
“Our mission is to help these students feel welcome and familiarize them with as many people and services as we can in one day, as well as help them get to know one another,” said Kelly Rippen, Mid-Plains Community College Area Dean of Enrollment Management.
A student lunch and business/organization fair is set for 11:35-12:30 on campus with afternoon orientation sessions from 12:35-3:15 p.m.
Classes at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations are set to begin Aug. 25, but there is still time to register for the Fall 2014 term. Whether you are interested in updating your computer skills, improving your golf game, or taking the classes you need for your associate’s degree, MPCC is the place that can make it happen.
Fall Term classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25, at all MPCC locations.
It should be noted that daytime classes at the main campuses in McCook and North Platte will not take place on Aug. 25 due to New Student Orientation, however evening classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later will take place as scheduled.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program had their pinning ceremony Thursday at North Platte Community College. Graduates include Hannah Magill of Broken Bow; Ellie Edson, Kayla Pethoud and Karri Stapp of Cozad; Anna McDaniel of Crookston; April Hickman of Dunning; Ashley Kautz of Grant; Rhea Hernandez, Theresa Rydalch and Marie Sahm of McCook; Becky Carson-Fitzgerald, Kayla Dotson, Melissa Gore, Ronda Haumann, Paula Konruff, Amber Simcox, Kassandra Stahl, Kristi Vierya and Chelsea Worth of North Platte; Brandy McConnell of Sutherland; Pacanda Carfield of Trenton; and Sarah Arnold, Holly Hockenbary and Anna Maas of Valentine.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will have their informal pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on North Platte Community College’s South Campus.
MCC Students: Veronica Waddell and Grant Moore, Ashley Noltensmeier captured top 5 awards at national business competition. (Courtesy photo)
MCC’s PBL students garner national honors
Competing against almost 2,000 students from across the nation, McCook Community College brought home four more top 10 awards in core business skills. This is the third year in a row MCC students have placed in the top four.
Rick Michaelsen, after 45 years in education, announced his retirement Friday after spending the past 23 years as a student advisor at McCook Community College.
David Pedersen, attorney for Mid-Plains Community College, administers the Oath of Office to Jo Etta Brown of Brule after she was selected as the MPCC Board of Governor’s District 2 representative Wednesday evening. Brown will complete the term of former board member David Lynch.
Instructor Jamie Mockry leads a group of future bakers in the McCook Community College Creative Kids Campus class, 1-2-3- cupcakes. Students in the third through fifth grade spent part of the morning Wednesday learning to bake and decorate cupcakes – and most importantly, they got to take their creations home when the class was done.
McCook Community College is holding auditions Sunday for a special 911-themed performance of the highly acclaimed play “The Guys” to be performed Sept. 11 at the Fox Theater in McCook.
Time is running out for Mid-Plains Community College’s Bridge Grant Program in the Medical Office Certificate program.
Faculty and staff at North Platte Community College prepare to give a Canteen-style greeting to participants of the NOW (Nebraska on Wheels) bus tour Wednesday at the college.
Six Mid-Plains Community College instructors were among those honored with BEST – Belong, Excel, Study and Travel – awards during the Nebraska Department of Education’s Nebraska Career Education Conference held recently in Kearney. Those who received awards were (left to right, standing) Jean Condon, Angie Chittick, Janet Stalder, Kathy McCune, (seated) Cathy Nutt and Lorrie Mowry.
STUDENTS spent part of their Wednesday morning creating a greenhouse garden as part of McCook Community College’s Creative Kids Campus Wednesday’s in June.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.9 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the President’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.5– 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
Mid-Plains Community College Nurse Educator and Health Occupations Division Chair Marina Makovicka and McCook Community College Graphic Design Instructor Becky Meyers were honored with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) excellence award at the 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held May 25-28 in Austin, Texas.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club officially became full-fledged college athletic team after a vote by the MPCC Board of Governors at their April meeting.
In memory of Dundy County residents Jim and Marjorie Reisher, the family has established a scholarship fund at Mid-Plains Community College designed to benefit current or prior residents of Dundy County or current/former students in the Dundy County-Stratton school system.
Mid-Plains Community College Area Technology Specialists Farra Morgan and Matthew Schranz have been working in recent weeks to upgrade distance learning classrooms at the college with digital technology, thanks in part to an $118,000 funding partnership with the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.
Numerous four, six, and eight week classes are set to begin in June at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations and online.
When Comstock’s Tyler Viers joined the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team last July, the young bull rider was expected to do great things. Those expectations were realized recently when Viers was named the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2014 Great Plains Region Champion Bull Rider.
A statewide agreement on the transfer of college-level credit courses was recently re-signed by representatives from 27 Nebraska colleges and universities including Mid-Plains Community College.
Rob Bogardus named 2014 Gene A. Budig Outstandign Faculty Award Winner at MCC
Carmen Sizer of Ogallala celebrates receiving her nursing pin during the Mid-Plains Community College Associate Degree Nursing pinning ceremony Friday at North Platte Community College. Sizer was one of 22 graduates from the program this year. Other graduates are Lisa Shimmin of Gothenburg; Susan Maucher of Hayes Center; Rebecca Gray of Maywood; Melissa Ebert and Tina Messersmith of McCook; Rawnie Barnes of Mullen; Kaleia Alberts, Erica Bargell, Makayla Bell, Amber Berliner, Donna Bielicki, Trista Borg, Shawna Coen, Whitney Gayman, Karrie Hanna, Kaitlyn Jensen, Brandi Obermeier and Lisa Rosenof of North Platte; Stefanie Schrack of Ogallala; Kathryn Hays of Phillipsburg, Kan.; and Autumn Jerred of Springview.
Jamie Peters, Mid-Plains Community College Area HR Specialist/Wellness Coordinator, presents nurse educator Lana Albrecht-Watson with a “You Rock” award for exemplary internal customer service on May 8. According to the nomination letter, Albrecht-Watson recently took over running the LPN program in a co-worker’s absence. “Lana is always willing to help anyone. She is the first to pick up the pieces and get the chaos worked through. She keeps a smile on her face while coordinating all the extra duties. She has helped me out too many times to count.”
Robin Rankin, Area Director of Adult Education/ADA, presents Cheyenne Swanson of McCook with an award for earning outstanding General Educational Development (GED) test scores during Mid-Plains Community College’s GED, Adult Education (AE) and English Language (EL) Recognition ceremony Tuesday evening. The ceremony honored GED completers and select AE and EL students for dedication toward achieving their personal goals.
Those who are unable to attend Mid-Plains Community College’s commencement and ADN nurses pinning ceremonies in McCook and North Platte this Friday, May 9, will be able to view them live on the Internet.
Mid-Plains Community College students in the Associate Degree Nursing program will have a pinning ceremony at noon on Friday, May 9, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
Spring commencement ceremonies at McCook Community College and North Platte Community College will take place Friday, May 9. The ceremony at MCC will take place at 10 a.m. in the MCC Events Center. The NPCC ceremony will be at 3 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at the South Campus.
From his early childhood, Senko Pecarevic of Santa Fe, Argentina, found himself fascinated with the United States and the American culture.
Although his native language is Spanish, he began learning English when he was just eight years old. He dreamed of coming to the U.S. to learn, work, and experience all the country had to offer, but he had no idea how to make that happen. When a friend suggested that he pursue his education in America, he took the first step towards turning his dreams into reality.
McCook Community College sophomores Brian Calvin, Joseph McCarty and Rachel Bashor were honored with the top academic awards Tuesday at MCC Honors Convocation.
Individuals who have completed their General Educational Development (GED) testing will receive graduation certificates in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Sophomore Ashley Noltensmeier displays some of her portfolio work at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus. She is one of five graduating students in MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication whose work is featured through May 9. The exhibit also features other projects from first-year students. Ashley sold four of her pieces this past weekend at the art show in Oberlin while fellow student Katie Calitri also sold some of her art. Recently MCC graphic design students placed first and second in the state Phi Beta Lambda competition in desktop publishing – the third year in a row MCC has swept the top two honors in the state competition. The current exhibition is open to the public. The Wrightstone Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
Joseph McCarty selected as MCC Student speaker
VOICES OF ALL AGES will come together at the Weeth Theater on the McCook Community College campus Monday April 28 at a 7 p.m. concert. MCC Choir members recently rehearsed with the Central Starz of Central Elementary School, the two singing groups will team up for some selected songs on the program which will include a variety of vocal and instrumental performances.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Freshman Chris Swasta projects the titles William Shakespeare plays and sonnets onto a flat which he traces and will turn into the backdrop for this weekend’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.” The MCC production is set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
CHRISTIAN CONROY – a sophomore at McCook Community College donated money to Phi Theta Kappa for this chance to take a sledge hammer to a car as part of PTK’s “Smash-A-Thon” fundraiser this week. The event helped raise $618 for PTK members to attend the national convention in Florida later this month. The car was donated by Bill Mathies. Most of the donated funds came from MCC faculty, staff, students, and family members.
MPCC celebrates successful transition to Tobacco-Free environment – expands policy to include e-cigarettes
In 2010, Mid-Plains Community College became the first public post-secondary institution in Nebraska to enact a policy declaring that all of their college campuses would be entirely tobacco-free. The policy was recently expanded to include all types of electronic cigarettes as well.
Lindsey Hafer (right) got help with friend Kayla Buschow of Blue Hill in assembing this life-sized three-dimensional piece "What Could Have Been" which was named best of show at McCook Community College's annual paint-in exhibition.
Area high school artists honored at MCC
A Blue Hill High School student took home best of show honors Friday at the awards ceremony for McCook Community College’s annual paint-in exhibition competition. Lindsey Hafer’s life-sized three-dimensional piece called “What Could Have Been” received the show’s top honor among almost 200 pieces. She said she was assisted by Kayla Buschow. Max-area photographer Bill Coe judged this year’s competition.
In addition to awarding four prizes in each of seven categories MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson announced Friday a new partner in the paint-in competition. The McCook Art Guild awarded students with art supply gift certificates. Those students included: Felecity Petty, McCook; Jared Shelton, Norton; Lizzy Sarnes, Lexington; Emily Sides, McCook; and Hunter Mowry, Cambridge.
McCook Community College’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition begins April 28.
Here are the results from the paint-in exhibition.
Best of Show – Lindsey Hafer, Blue Hill, “What Could Have Been”
PAINTING -- 1. Hannah Pollack, Norton (“Deafening Silence”); 2. Courtney Garcia, McCook (untitled); 3. Lizzy Sarnes, Lexington (“Frank”). Judge’s Choice –Holdens Dreiling, Chase County, (“Hendrix”).
DRAWING – 1. Jared Shelton, Norton (“Gateway To Heaven”); 2. Seven Women; 3. Hannah Polack, Norton (“Through My Eyes”). Judge’s Choice – Brooklyn Nordhausen, Wauneta-Palisade (Puppy).
PRINTS/PRINTMAKING – 1. Tiara Schmidt, McCook (Development of Photography); 2. Kristal Hammer, Southwest (Monkey print); 3. Jame Kieners, Mayday Parade.
MIXED MEDIA – 1. Abbey Eden, Southern Valley (“October Blud”); 2. Andrea Hogsett, Chase County (“Birds”); 3. Brandy Davis, Norton (“Valley of Fears”). Judge’s Choice: Thomas Hoxmeier, Southern Valley, (“Resignation Spec”).
THREE DIMENSIONAL – 1. Jane Reiners, Southwest, (“May Day Parade); 2. Liz Van Cura, Hayes Center, (“Moudraqin Style”); 3. Ana Vargas, Lexington, (“Stuck In Time”). Judge’s Choice: Lindey Hafer, Blue Hill, (“What Could Have Been”).
POTTERY – 1. Latti Klein, Southern Valley (“Identity”); 2. Elizabeth Macias, Lexington (“Earthly Ground”); 3. Kenzie May, Southwest, (“Double Wall”). Judge’s Choice: Tristan Bantam, Southern Valley (“Twisted Lizard.”)
DIGITAL WORK/PHOTOGRAPHY – 1. Mitch Krueger, Blue Hill (“World Within”); 2. Lenae Kehmetscher, Blue Hill (“Layers”); 3. Alec Meyer, Blue Hill, “Old Iron”). Judge’s Choice: Tatiana Hohenfield, Blue Hill (“Trees In Mist.”)
ART STUDENTS – From Wauneta-Palisade High School painted the winning mural Friday at McCook Community College’s paint-in competition at the Event Center on campus. The theme for this year’s competition was “Fantasy City” which was announced at 9 a.m. and teams completed the mural in three hours.
There were 22 schools competing in this year’s event. Second place went to Southern Valley, third place to Lexington and Sutherland received honorable mention. The judge was Max-area photographer Bill Coe.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Students in Phi Theta Kappa helped raise money for Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in November, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded worldwide. It killed more than 7,000 and left more than four million homeless. The PTK relief effort began when Sionie Ball, an MPCC nursing student from the Philippines made the MCC chapter aware of the relief effort. Andrea Miller (seated front) designed and distributed contribution jars and collected money at an MCC basketball game and raised $50. In addition Sionie’s husband Tom Ball of Howard Kool Honda matched those contributions. The money was forwarded to former PTK member and MCC alum Amber (Leising) Grosbach in Imperial whose church was also involved in the Southwest Nebraska Mercy of Hope relief effort. Other PTK members pictured include (standing from left) Jyssica is Forch, Amber Hilker and Miranda Farley.
‘Abridged Shakespeare’ coming to MCC stage
Three McCook Community College students are bringing the complete works of Shakespeare to stage – all 37 of them as well as the sonnets -- in a whirlwind 90-minute presentation on campus April 25-27.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” will be presented at the Weeth Theater on campus by actors Joseph McCarty, Daniel Jordan and David Sandman.
“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this play. If you hate Shakespeare you’ll love this play. If you don’t know Shakespeare, this is a highly entertaining way to learn about his works,” said MCC Speech and Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle.
This production is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays and was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre. It was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
These madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
“But before we started I warned the guys they’d all have to be in top physical condition to pull this off. They probably thought I was joking but the first time we rehearsed it I think they were winded by intermission,” Grizzle said. “It’s three guys, 90 minutes and tons and tons of laughs.”
Showtimes are set for 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 27.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door
Earlier that week MCC is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook’s historic Fox Theater April 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Timothy Mooney presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It’s so interactive audience members have the chance to win prizes.
For more information about this event contact MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle at 345-8173.
Silent auction Friday for MCC surplus computers
McCook Community College will have a silent auction for surplus computers Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walsh Brady Hall on the McCook Community College campus.
Approximately 20 HP desktop computers with Windows XP, 50 Gateway laptops with XP or Vista, and 13 Apple iMac’s with OSX 10.9 will be available for purchase. Each computer will have a specification sheet attached to it.
Each of the computers was in working condition when pulled out of service.
For more information, contact Darin Morgan at (308) 345-8113 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
22 area schools coming to MCC paint-in Friday
McCook Community College is hosting art students from 22 area high schools Friday for the annual paint-in competition on campus.
The MCC Event Center is the stage for these students who will gather for the mural painting competition. Artists convene at 9 a.m. when the paint-in theme is announced, and rules and prizes will be discussed.
Painting is from 9:30 a.m.-noon with the awards ceremony set for 1 p.m.
This competition is held in conjunction with the MCC Paint-In exhibition currently on display at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus. There are nearly 200 art pieces from a wide range of media created by high school students on display through Friday.
This display is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition begins April 28.
PTK ‘Smash-A-Thon’ fundraiser set for April 15
The McCook Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is staging a smashing fundraiser. On April 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., they are selling opportunities to take a sledge hammer to a car.
The event will be on the east side of the Event Center Parking Lot.
Smashers can pledge a certain amount per swing or donate a maximum of $25 total.
The smash-a-thon is a fundraiser to help members attend the national Phi Theta Kappa conference.
MCC bringing ‘Lot O’ Shakespeare’ to Fox Theater
McCook Community College is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook’s historic Fox Theater April 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook “Acting at the Speed of Life,” as well as “The Big Book of Moliere Monologues,” presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It’s so interactive audience members have the chance to win prizes.
For more information about this event contact MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle at 345-8173.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – students in drawing class help hang nearly 200 works of arts from 21 area high school as part of the MCC paint-in art exhibit on display through April 11 at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus.
MCC paint-in exhibit on display through April 11
Nearly 200 art pieces from a wide range of media created by high school students from 21 area schools are on display through April 11 as part of the 2014 McCook Community College Paint-In and exhibition.
It all caps off with the paint-in competition April 11 at the MCC Event Center.
The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition April 28-May 9.
Arapahoe, Southwest and Mullen high schools claimed the three top academic honors Wednesday at McCook Community College’s Inter-high day academic competition. In addition Medicine Valley and Dundy County-Stratton were the top two finishers in the quiz bowl competition and qualified for the state meet in Holdrege.
Arapahoe was the inter-high day winner in Division One, Dundy County-Stratton was second and McCook finished third.
Southwest claimed top honors in Division Two, Quinter placed second and Sutherland third.
In Division Three, Mullen placed first, Wauneta-Palisade was second and Hitchcock County third.
More than 400 students from 18 area high schools tested in 27 academic areas with the winners in each category winning a $500 scholarship to MCC and the top three placers in each category receiving three free credit hours for summer classes.
MCC also hosted the area quiz bowl competition with Medicine Valley, coached by Kaye Banzhaf, claimed first place and Dundy County Stratton, coached by Bill Polson, finished second and qualified for the state quiz bowl meet in Holdrege at the end of April.
Here are the winners in the inter-high day team competition:
Division One – 1. Arapahoe; 2. Dundy County-Stratton; 3. McCook.
Division Two – 1. Southwest; 2. Quinter; 3. Sutherland.
Division Three – 1. Mullen; 2. Wauneta-Palisade; 3. Hitchcock County.
Here are the winners in the academic tests:
Accounting – 1. Dillon Margritz, Overton; 2. Griffin York, Southern Valley; 3. Colby Duvel, Dundy County-Stratton.
Algebra 1 – 1. Will Kisker, Hitchcock County; 2. Drew Minard, Southwest; 3. Brady Nordhausen, Wauneta-Palisade.
Algebra 2 – 1. Levi Watson, Arapahoe; 2. Adrianna Vinton, Mullen; 3. Nicole Kent, Dundy County-Stratton.
American Government/History – 1. Garett Monie, Arapahoe; 2. Megan Kelley, Southwest; 2. Justin Johnson, Quinter.
Athletic Training – 1. Seth Woods, Dundy County- Stratton. 2. Abby Daffer, Southwest; 3. Justine Stone, Maywood.
Biology – 1. Adam Starr, Mullen; 2. Josie Burke, Sutherland; 3. Lydia Fritsche, Maywood.
Business Concepts – 1. Donnie Trisdale, Brady. 2. Drew Mindard, Southwest. 3. Crystal Lemon, Quinter.
Business Event Management – 1. Southwest; 2. Paxton; 3. Arapahoe.
Chemistry – 1. Tailor Lee, Wauneta-Palisade; 2. Joshua Caasi, Quinter; 3. Dylan Malmkar, Perkins County.
English Composition – 1. Rebecca Sehnert, McCook; 2. Devin Hastings, Arapahoe; 3. Jessica Kuhl, Southern Valley.
English Literature – 1. Izzy Fox, Dundy County-Stratton; 2. Justin Hardwick, Paxton; 3. Chance Witte, Southern Valley.
Family and Consumer Science – 1. Katie Coble, Mullen; 2. Staci Dack, Southwest; 3. Jane Reiners, Southwest.
Fire Science – 1. Jacob Gardner, Arapahoe; 2. Seth Woods, Dundy County-Stratton; 3. Campbell Wacey, Paxton.
General Math – 1. Michael Gray, Sutherland; 2. Mirandah Schaben, Arapahoe; 3. Miranda Behrends, Wauneta-Palisade.
Geometry – 1. Luke Moorhous, McCook; 2. Jacob Williams, Maywood; 3. Ryan Rayburn, Brady.
Graphic Design – 1. Chance Witte, Southern Valley; 2. Inga Franke, Quinter; 3. Quentin Harouff, Southern Valley.
Keyboarding – 1, Cole Rohr, Quinter; 2. Carissa Rayburn, Brady; 3. Wendy Dietz, Southern Valley.
Marketing – 1. Dundy County-Stratton; 2. McCook; 3. Southwest.
MCC Facts – 1. Alexis Franzen, Brady; 2. Brooke Ruggles, Southwest; 3. Dakota Miller, Sutherland.
Music Theory – 1. Brice Hackler, Quinter; 2. Paul Behrends, Wauneta-Palisade; 3. Katelyn Lee, Quinter.
Physics – 1. Jayson Rezek, Sutherland; 2. Logan Kizer, Overton; 3. Sydney Henry, Arapahoe.
Sociology – 1. Dori Mines, Hitchcock County; 2. Jacob Gardner, Arapahoe; 3. Thor Hidy, Dundy County-Stratton.
Theater Acting – 1. Brett Crist, Quinter; 2. Alex Roe, McCook; 3. Emily Karr, McCook.
Theater Improvisation – 1. Arapahoe; 2. Quinter; 3. McCook.
Welding – 1. Toby Honyman, Southwest; 2. Calvin Carsten, Sutherland; 3. Tyler Schimonitz, Paxton.
In 2007, Audri Pelton of North Platte was well on her way to attaining her educational goals when life’s events set her on another path. Six years later, Pelton found herself back on the higher education track, thanks to the Reverse Transfer Program now offered at Mid-Plains Community College.
Area high school students take the Geometry test Wednesday at McCook Community College’s Inter-high day. More than 400 of the area’s best students are competing for more than $13,000 in scholarships and nearly 250 hours of free summer tuition credits Students from 18 schools are testing in 27 academic subjects this year. Schools participating include: Arapahoe, Brady, Cambridge, Dundy County Stratton, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Maywood, McCook, Medicine Valley, Mullen, Overton, Paxton, Perkins County, Quinter, Southern Valley, Southwest, Sutherland and Wauneta-Palisade.
Theresea Reeves (left) with MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson.
Non-traditional art student making up for lost time
Theresea Reeves never had the chance to take an art class in high school. She tried tole painting, but admits that was probably 30 years ago. She’s making up for lost time now as a non-traditional art student at McCook Community College and her frenetic pace is energizing the art department.
“As an instructor who is active with my own art, part of my responsibility is to convince students what they need to do to improve their skill – they need to put their time in,” instructor Rick Johnson said.
“When students see the dedication Theresea has and they can follow her progress and see the improvement she’s making because of her hard work, it serves as an inspiration to all of us,” Johnson said. “She really has become a role model.”
Theresea said after high school and after experimenting with tole painting, she became fond of oil painting and learned techniques mostly through books. Yet, her finished products lacked something. Her hobby painting always seemed to take a back seat to raising her two sons.
In August, the Oberlin native decided to see if she could improve on her painting skills. At McCook Community College, she found an answer that is spinning her life in an exciting new direction.
“I used to see Rick Johnson’s works in art shows and really admired them. I had heard a lot of good things about him as a teacher at MCC,” she said. “I finally decided to ask him about the possibility of a ‘golden oldie’ taking college art classes.”
She said Johnson has earned a reputation as one who is “always approachable” for artists trying to improve. He encouraged her to try a class, and with her experience and level of skill, she enrolled in “Painting 2” class in August. It was set for Mondays from 1-4:40 p.m.
Those three-plus hours once a week wasn’t enough.
“She’d show up in the studio on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and she’d try new techniques and experiment with new methods and all the while we’d all just watch the amazing progress she made in her pieces,” Johnson said. “Between the time she spends here and the work she continues to do at home, she probably spends 20 hours a week devoted to improving her skills,” Johnson said. “And I think we can all see the improvement.”
If she’s not painting, she’s sketching or taking photographs or analyzing photographs. She’s living life as an artist.
It all started back in August with an in-depth study of the basic elements of art and visual elements, how to master color mixture and how to manipulate paint. She used brushes in different ways to produce different effects and she experimented with lighting elements and shadows and tints.
“You can read books and you either get it or you don’t,” she said. “I love being in class because the dialogue you have not only with the instructor but with other students who can show you more than one way to do things and talk about their experiences and techniques.”
She sought out a teacher because she knew her painting lacked something, but she didn’t know exactly what. She only knew she wanted to take her art to a higher level. She believes she used to paint with her hands but after spending time on campus she’s painting with her mind and her heart.
“There is a great deal of pleasure in learning and improving something that means so much to you. It is very satisfying to the inner soul,” she said.
While she has earned honors for her oil painting in the past, her ultimate goal is to sell her work. Her instructor believes she is already poised for those accolades, but knows that his student’s work ethic isn’t likely to drop off, because she has a passion for learning.
“The more I come here to campus the more I realize I need to keep coming to campus. I’ve learned so much already and there is much more I want to learn.”
Registration is now open for 2014 Summer and Fall classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Summer term classes begin May 19 and the Fall Term will begin Aug. 25 at all campus locations.
Wrightstone Gallery exhibiting works of MHS students
The 2014 McCook High School student art exhibition is on display now through March 27 at the Wrightstone Art Gallery on the McCook Community College campus.
The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
An open house is set for March 25 from 7-8 p.m.
Upcoming events at the Wrightstone Gallery include: the MCC high school art exhibition and paint-in display March 31-April 11; The paint-in April 11; The MCC Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition April 25-May 9.