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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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob Bogardus named 2014 Gene A. Budig Outstandign Faculty Award Winner at MCC
McCook Community College sophomores Brian Calvin, Joseph McCarty and Rachel Bashor were honored with the top academic awards Tuesday at MCC Honors Convocation.
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.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S Phi Beta Lambda members who participated recently at the state leadership conference include (front row from left): Kendall Lienemann; Lorrie Mowry, Co-Advisor; Brooke Hoffmann; Kyla Epley. (Back Row) Grant Moore; Janet Stalder, Co-Advisor; Veronica Waddell, Ashley Noltensmeier, and Brittany Sutton. (Courtesy photo)
MCC students claim top honors at state PBL leadership conference
McCook Community College students involved in Phi Beta Lambda competed with 12 other state chapters recently at the state leadership conference in Kearney with three students qualifying to compete in the national competition.
First and second place winners are eligible to compete in the national Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas. Since students may only compete in two events, sometimes lower places also earn the right to represent Nebraska at this conference.
Veronica Waddell placed first in Desktop Publishing, Grant Moore placed first in Management Concepts and the team of Ashley Noltensmeier and Veronica Waddell placed first in website design.
The team of Ashley Noltensmeier and Grant Moore places second in desktop publishing.
Other awards went to: Veronica Waddell fifth place in Entrepreneurship Concepts; Grant Moore fifth in Marketing Concepts; Janelle Davis sixth in Retail Management; and Brooke Hoffman eighth in Business Communication.
Other students participating in this year’s competition included: Brittany Sutton, Kendall Lienemann, and Kyla Epley.
Ashley Noltensmeier was named this year’s recipient of Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL because of her development of the Facebook MCC PBL Page.
The chapter received a scrapbook certificate this year and the Business Person of the Year was Ryan Davis, Davis Tree Service
In the category of Career and Membership Achievement, Ashley Noltensmeier received the director level and Veronica Waddell achieved the executive level.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.”
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.
“STUDENTS ON BREAK” -- While many McCook Community College students took last week off for spring break, several groups of students remained active. These six students spent part of their break exploring Chicago with MCC Vice President Andy Long as part of his leadership class. Here they pose in the Field Museum with Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. Students include: (top photo from left): Dakota Schroeder, Tanner Cline, Miranda Farley, Shyanne Foster, Kelsey Woitaszewski and Lucas Post. Meanwhile on campus three freshmen officers of Phi Theta Kappa met to discuss PTK programs and projects for the upcoming year. These students include (bottom photo from left) Amber Hilker, vice president of scholarship; Stephanie Budke, vice president of fellowship, and Andrea Miller, president. Some of these officers will travel to PTK national convention in Florida in April. Upcoming PTK projects include a “car smash” April 15 on campus, continuation of Pink Out in October, and a number of projects fulfilling community service opportunities for the organization. Numerous MCC student athletes also spent part of the break participating in spring sporting events.
Deadline March 15 for Parents Night Out fundraiser
Deadline for the McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team’s fund raiser, “Parents Nigh Out,” is March 15.
While parents enjoy a night to themselves, their boys and girls, ages 4-12 are invited to hang out with the MCC players at the MCC Events Center from 5-11 p.m. The night will include pizza, movies, basketball, board games and more.
A minimum $10 donation per child would be appreciated
Anyone interested should contact MCC Coach Jon Froelich, 1205 East 3rd, McCook, NE 69001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
”Autumn Shadows” a work by McCook Community College art instructor Rick Johnson has been selected as a “2014 Spirit Artist” and his work will be featured at a benefit in April for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney called “Spirit: A Celebration Of Art In The Heartland.”
MCC art instructor’s work in MONA auction benefit
McCook artist and teacher Rich Johnson is one of 55 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured in a benefit for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.
“Spirit: A Celebration Of Art In The Heartland” is set for the weekend of April 4-6. It includes patron package festivities, a gala dinner and art auction, and closes with Good Morning MONA.
The biennial exhibition features artists and artworks representing media from oil paint to bronze, fiber to ceramic, and styles from traditional cowboy art to cutting edge contemporary.
For that weekend, MONA becomes the center of the Nebraska visual art world as more than 400 guests come together to celebrate the art of Nebraska in a very special way at the Museum’s major fundraising event.
The patron party is set for April 4 at 7 p.m. with a buffet reception and a preview of the auction items. The gala dinner is set for Saturday with cocktails and the silent auction at 5:30, the dinner at 7:15 p.m. and live art auction at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. will be the last opportunity to purchase artwork during “Good Morning Mona.”
Johnson, art instructor at McCook Community College is one of 55 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured at this year’s Spirit celebration.
The Museum of Nebraska Art is located at 2401 Central Avenue in Kearney. For more information or reservations contact the Museum at (308) 865-8559.
MCC honors Coach Ben Greer with ‘You Rock’ award
McCook Community College has honored Ben Greer with a “You Rock” award for exemplary internal customer service.
Greer serves as softball coach, sports information coordinator, and weight training instructor at McCook.
The nomination letter said while Green has only been employed for just a little more than a year, he has a true passion for success of the college.
“Ben is a highly educated, professional and a well-liked employee who is approachable, accommodating and good natured. It is obvious to all who get the privilege to work with him to see how much he deeply cares about the students and their experience at college,” the letter of nominated said.
“Ben not only wants them to succeed as athletes, but academically first and foremost but then also to grow and become responsible, well-adjusted adults.”
The letter went on to state that citizens in the community are absolutely raving about Ben and not just his coaching abilities, but the kind of person he is.
“Recently I spoke with a local parent who has a high school daughter that is currently taking private hitting lessons from Ben and who is desperately hoping to play for Ben after she graduates.”
The daughter had never been interested in MCC or staying in McCook but after meeting Ben, she says she’ll follow him wherever he goes.
Another parent echoed her admiration for Greer, whose daughter greatly improved after Greer coached her.
“There is something to be said for Ben already having that kind of reputation and the kind of reputation I hope all of our college staff would strive to have and that’s why I think he deserves the You Rock award.”
“We want exemplary internal customer service to become the new “standard” of how we operate rather than the “exception,” said Janet Stalder of the Internal Customer Service Team. “Ben is a great example of that.”
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Homecoming Royalty includes: (from left) Queen Elizabeth Wilcox, King Christian Conroy, Prince Cody Wudtke and Princess Nala Viliamu.
MCC homecoming royalty selected
Sophomores Elizabeth Wilcox and Christian Conroy were named McCook Community College queen and king at homecoming activities last week. Freshmen Nala Viliamu and Cody Wudtke were named princess and prince.
Elizabeth Wilcox, McCook, is the daughter of Mark and Betty Wilcox. She is a member of S.M.A.C. Club, Student Senate, a student Ambassador, the International Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, and Campus Crusade
She enjoys travelling (she’s been to three continents), photography, music, being an Aunt, and crossword puzzles. She plans to attend a four-year school and wants to pursue a career in health and nutrition.
Her favorite quote comes from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Christian Conroy, McCook, is the son of Marty and Joyce Conroy. He is a pitcher with the MCC baseball team, a resident assistant in housing and a member of the Fellow Christian Athletes. He is a dean’s list honoree who enjoys fishing and hunting.
He enjoys fishing and hunting and his heroes include his dad, Kellen Fernetti and R.A. Dickey and said the thing he likes about MCC is that it has such a “close-knit community feeling.”
Other sophomore queen candidates included: Rachel Bashor and Emily Deines. Sophomore king candidates included Tony Dobbinson and Justin Terry.
Rachel Bashor, Lyons, Colo., is the daughter of Paul and Jodie Bashor.
She is a pitcher, second baseman, and captain on the MCC Lady Indian softball team. She works on campus as a student ambassador and is student on the MCC dean’s list. She also enjoys singing and “crochets like an old lady all the time.”
Her mother is her role model and she loves that MCC has welcomed her and made her feel at home.
Emily Deines, Ravanna, is the daughter of Arlen and Cheryl Deines. She is a libero on the MCC volleyball squad. Her campus organizations include Phi Theta Kappa, Student Senate and S.M.A.C. (Students Making Active Choices.) Her grades have earned her honors on the MCC dean’s list.
She loves being an aunt, enjoys just being herself and said she has enjoyed her close-knit ties to the community and the student body at MCC. She lists her father as her hero.
Her favorite quote is one from John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
Tony Dobbinson, Stamford, Conn., is the son of Monique Mills
He is a 5-10 guard on the MCC basketball team (who can dunk), a member of the athletic leadership program and a member of Fellow Christian Athletes
His favorite quote is, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”
He’s always dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player but short of that, he plans to become a health/physical education teacher.
His hero is his mother and he says while he came all the way from Connecticut to play basketball his experience in McCook has been “awesome.”
Justin Terry, McCook, is the son of Doug and Bonnie Terry and is an outfielder designated hitter on the MCC baseball team.
“I dedicate myself and work hard in the weight room and treat every practice as if it were a game,” is his favorite quote, attributed to Adrian Peterson.
He enjoys hunting and wants to continue his collegiate baseball career at a four-year school.
He lists his hero as his father.
Nala Viliamu, Waipahu, Hawaii, is the daughter of Laugatausala Viliamu–Alcaras and Shane Alcaras.
She is a third-baseman on the MCC softball team who hopes to continue playing softball in Oregon when she graduates from MCC.
MCC has taught her to be independent, and she said and appreciates Coach Ben Greer for giving her an opportunity to play softball. She loves playing on her cell phone, basketball, eating, and jump roping and reading
“Go hard or go home,” is her favorite saying.
Her hero is her grandpa.
Cody Wudtke, McCook, is the adopted son of Stan and Clara Lynn Wudtke and a member of the MCC basketball team.
He is a Brooks Hall residence assistant and member of FCA. He won all-state basketball football honors in high school.
He said he loves everything about his first year at MCC because “It has been awesome.”
His favorite quote is from football coach Nick Saban, “Wrong is their right.”
He would love to continue his college basketball after graduating from McCook at a four-year school. He said teammate Tony Dobbinson is one of his heroes.
Other freshmen princess candidates included Andrea Miller and Molly Hannon. Derron Davis and Dominic Williams were prince candidates.
Andrea Miller, Culbertson, is the daughter of Travis and Brenda Miller.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, S.M.A.C., and the International Club.
She enjoys scrap booking, running, fishing, archery and she says she does not have a television in her house.
Her favorite quote “With God all things are possible” comes from Mathew 19:26.
She doesn’t know what career she will follow but knows that she wants to “help people in some way.” She believes her teachers at MCC have been a great value to her college experience and says her mother is her hero.
Molly Hannon, Brady, is the daughter of Gerald and Mary Hannon. She is a member of the MCC volleyball squad and a future Phi Theta Kappa inductee.
She enjoys riding horses, swimming, and hanging out with friends, and singing.
Her favorite quote comes from Babe Ruth, who said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
“I love the friends I have made here at MCC and value how nice everyone is. The teachers are also wonderful. It’s been such a great experience.”
Derron Davis, Las Vegas, Nevada, is the son of Lisa and Jeff Branch. He is a centerfielder for the MCC baseball team.
He was homecoming king in high school, played on a state champion baseball squad and graduated with honors.
He enjoys ice fishing and came up the baseball’s catch phrase “Roll Tribe.”
Dominic Williams, Denver, is the son of Brenda Duran and Marine and a member of the MCC basketball team. He is a member of Fellow Christian Athletes.
He enjoys soccer and assures everyone who asks that his hair is not a wig.
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do,” he said.
The thing he values about his time on the MCC campus is the fact that everyone from Coach Lenhart to the rest of the campus seems to care and they encourage you to be successful.
He lists his hero as his grandma.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Sophomore Jyssica Forch visits with a representative from Chadron Tuesday at the MCC College Transfer Fair. Representatives from 14 four-year schools were on hand Tuesday to speak with students about their programs and to answer questions about transferring.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vice President Andy Long (left) is leading a group of selected students in a year-long leadership class. Students include (from left): Dakota Schroeder, Shyanne Foster, Kelsey Woitaszewski, Lucas Post, and Tanner Cline. Not pictured is Miranda Farley
MCC Vice president in classroom teaching leadership
In his first year at McCook Community College, Vice President Andy Long has gone into the classroom to teach something he learned growing up in Grant. His new leadership class has a strong emphasis on community.
“I just want to make sure top-notch students from southwest Nebraska can attend McCook Community College and have the opportunity to develop into better leaders and have a great experience in the process,” Long said.
MCC went looking for a select group of students who met the right criteria and found them. In the fall six students began meeting for the vice president’s Monday afternoon leadership group.
“The class is really challenging in that we are forced to think outside the box of different leadership qualities,” said Tanner Cline, freshman from Calloway. “I think the entire class loves being challenged and we love discussing different techniques or past experiences we have been through.”
Long hopes this class will develop leadership for MCC’s current crop of top students, recruit top student leaders in the future, and reach out to current community leaders to introduce and connect with current MCC students.
Some of those community leaders speaking to the class includes: outgoing McCook City Manager Jeff Hancock; McCook Economic Development Co. Executive Director Rex Nelson; Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy; McCook National Bank President Mark Graff; District Director of the Nebraska Schools Activities Conference and educator Alan Garey; Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Ulrich; and Marketing Manager at Willow Creek Meats Marketing Manager and co-owner Cal Siegfried.
“By growing up in Grant I had the opportunity to learn about leadership by being involved in a wide variety of school activities and our speakers are helping illustrate its importance,” Long said.
In addition to the speakers the students read and discussed several books in class including: “Strengthsfinder 2.0” by Top Rath; “The 21 Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell; and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
One of the bonuses by being a part of the group is they will travel to Chicago over spring break for a chance for team development and to explore a major American city that will help students see the opportunities available there while still appreciating what’s available in Southwest Nebraska.
“I've learned that being a leader doesn't always mean that you have to be the dominant personality. Different people can lead in different ways,” Cline said. “Change is almost always inevitable in the real world, and the ways we adapt and adjust to change are what really make our character stand out.”
While a small group of students initiated the program, Long hopes to find even more students when the class meets again in the fall. He’s already looking at current high schools to find those students.
Students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point average or higher or have scored a 25 on their ACT exams and are actively involved in high school activities and leadership can apply.
“If there are high school seniors interested in being a part of this group for next year they should fill out the Mid-Plains Community College scholarship application and send me an e-mail,” Long said.
He can be reached at email@example.com
MCC Events Feb. 10-15
Great Plains photos on display through Feb. 14
Patrons of the arts have two weeks left to see the works of photographer whose work has been showcased on both coasts and remains a highly-sought out artist. Peter Brown’s landscapes and images of small town Great Plains life have been displayrf in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco.
Upcoming MCC activities this week
McCook Community College blood doners can get “We Challenge U T-shirts” while supplies Feb. 27
Here is a summary of four new classes this spring at McCook Community College Center For Enterprise
A listing of upcoming MCC humanities-related events.