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Cutline: Angela Buesing, of Gothenburg, prepares to take a job skills assessment test Monday at MPCC in North Platte. The college has been selected to receive a Career Preparedness Award.
Mid-Plains Community College has been named as a Career Preparedness Award recipient by the Nebraska ACT State Organization.
The honor makes MPCC Nebraska’s community college representative in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
11-year old Abbee Terry throws out the first pitch Thursday at Purple Day activities for McCook Community College softball and baseball games.
McCook Community College students Dakota Terry and Brittany Broomfield were interviewed by NTV-Kearney News reporter Jon Jankowski today in conjunction with MCC’s “Purple Out Day” and “Team Abbee.” The news feature will air tonight either on the 6.m., 10 p.m. newscasts, or both. The MCC baseball team will wear purple today to honor Abbee Terry, 11, who suffers from epilepsy. Abbee will throw out the first pitch for the 5 p.m. softball game against North Platte. Purple Day will feature a number of activities aimed at raising epilepsy awareness, including signed items from several MCC and NPCC teams.
Students from Hitchcock County, Dundy County-Stratton and Sutherland claimed top team academic honors Wednesday at the Inter-high Day scholastic competition at McCook Community College. Here are the results:
Mid-Plains Community College will have a hand in increasing the number of shop and industrial technology teachers in Nebraska.
That’s thanks to a new partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).
Mid-Plains Community College will offer and in-depth look at its programs and services during a series of Registration Days starting in April.
People will be able to sign up for classes at the events. They will also receive all the information needed to begin coursework at MPCC in the fall.
More than 400 of the area’s best high school students from 19 area schools will compete for top academic honors Wednesday on the McCook Community College campus Wednesday for the annual Inter-high day competition.
These students will be competing in 28 areas this year and competing for $14,000 in scholarships and 250 hours of free summer credit hours.
Abbee Terry, an 11-year old who loves cheering for her favorite baseball and softball players, will throw out the first pitch Thursday when the McCook Community College softball team hosts North Platte on “Purple Day.” She suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy her "Purple Day"pitch will help raise awareness about the disease.
The McCook Community College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter along with the MCC softball team is sponsoring a “Purple-Out” event March 19 to help raise awareness about epilepsy.
McCook Community College art students help judge the McCook High School Art show now showing at the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery on campus.
The McCook Community College choir, select choir, jazz band and various ensembls will perform in concert Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on the MCC campus.
A project a year and a half in the making has finally come to fruition at Mid-Plains Community College. The 2013-14 assessment report, “A Work in Progress,” is now available at mpcc.edu.
It demonstrates that faculty and staff are committed to answering the question, “What can we do better?” and supporting MPCC’s mission of providing quality educational opportunities for lifelong student learning.
“A Shot of Reality” is coming to Mid-Plains Community College.
Binge drinking, alcoholism, drunk driving, health risks and social mistakes are some of the many topics that will be covered in the presentation designed to educate students about encountering alcohol in a college environment.
The free program is mandatory for students living on MPCC campuses. It is also open to the public.
Slots remain for MCC fire school courses March 28, 29
Mid-Plains Community College’s Fire Science Department is hosting a two-day, multi-course fire school in McCook March 28-29.
Courses are being offered in: special rescue (off-road/wilderness); farm-vehicle extraction; advanced auto extraction, grain bin rescue; bus and heavy truck training; basic and advanced rope rescue; wildland firefighting, basic pump; live fire training; patient disentanglement; apparatus operation; and crash investigation awareness for firefighters.
MCC Intramural coed volleyball Sundays in March
Intramural Coed Volleyball begins Sunday night and will continue through the month of March at 9 p.m. Sundays at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College Campus.
Mid-Plains Community College is offering a new option for people who want to obtain an associate degree, but have little time to do so.
Classes for Sunday College start in August. The idea is for students to be in a classroom on Sunday afternoons and evenings, then complete coursework online the rest of the week.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy, Area Vice-President of Academic Affairs and North Platte Community College Jody Tomanek and MPCC Rodeo Team Coach Dustin Elliott present Aukai Kaai, MPCC student and rodeo team member, with a $1,000 scholarship Wednesday night during a MPCC Board of Governors meeting.
It’s going to cost students an extra $2 per credit hour to take “for credit” classes through Mid-Plains Community College next year.
On Wednesday, the MPCC Board of Governors approved a 2.13 percent increase in resident tuition - raising the per credit hour rate from $79 to $81.
Fees will stay the same at $15 per credit hour. The total per credit hour tuition and fees will go from $94 to $96. Changes will affect the 2015-16 academic year beginning July 1.
McCook Community College is hosting an exhibit showcasing one of Nebraska’s most celebrated artists, “John Robert Weaver.” His works are on loan from the Museum of Nebraska Art. This exhibit runs through March 6
Jessica Epting, area lead graphic designer, uploads content to MPCC's website. The website was recently revamped as the result of an action project.
Mid-Plains Community College has made great strides the past three years. That’s according to data indicating significant improvements to policies and procedures.
“Every three years we come up with a strategic plan for shaping our future,” said Andy Long, area vice president of student affairs and McCook Community College. “It’s developed based on community input sessions, employee feedback, a student engagement survey and feedback we receive from our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.”
Two Mid-Plains Community College students, Grant Moore and Stephanie States, recently attended the “Meet the Pros” conference at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha along with Graphic Design Instructor Becky Meyers.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile coming to the McCook College campus Thursday.
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MPCC announces second round of spring classes
Registrations are now being accepted for the second round of second semester classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Most begin in March and run through May.
The classes include:
- BIOS 1090/91, General Botany – The class begins March 16 and continues through June 4. It is a one-semester introductory course in botany, designed for biology majors, general education students and medical program students. The course is a basic study of plants and plant-like organisms, including topics related to plant anatomy, physiology, growth, reproduction, morphology, taxonomy, genetics and ecology. The pre-requisite is General Biology, BIOS 1010, or instructor permission.
Dani Sheneman, Dorothy Schneider, Rayanne Paulman, Zach Vivod, Nicholas McDougall and Jessica Mcquistan gather around a sign in Normal, Ill. The MPCC students attended the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference Feb. 13-15.
Six students from Mid-Plains Community College were among more than 2,500 people attending the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference Feb. 13-15.
The event, which is the largest college conference of its kind in the U.S., was at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.
Participants listened to nationally acclaimed speakers and attended a variety of workshops, learning about everything from expressing self-identity to addressing social justice issues.
The students, along with their advisors, Sky Seery and Tina Walker, represented the North Platte Community College Gay Straight Alliance and the McCook Community College Gay Straight Alliance.
Mid-Plains Community College is now an approved FedEx Training Center – the only one of its kind in west central Nebraska.
“That means anybody who successfully completes the Professional Truck Driving Course offered by the MPCC Center for Enterprise will be eligible to apply for a job as a FedEx driver,” said Dennis Holtz, professional truck driving course instructor. “They will be guaranteed an interview. It also cuts down the amount of drive training they have to do with FedEx if they get a job with the company.”
A shipping complication has delayed the start of the John Robert Weaver exhibition on the McCook Community College campus by one week according to MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson.
Starting Feb. 23, MCC is scheduled to receive the Robert Weaver pieces from the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Weaver is one of the state’s most celebrated artists and his work will be exhibited through March 6.
Community colleges are the future.
That’s the belief of Cindy Duncan, one of three new members on the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors.
The optimism is what prompted her to run for a seat on the board, and why she’s thrilled about her new role.
“I really think community colleges are poised for a great growth period,” said Duncan. “MPCC has continually shown it’s ready for whatever wave of newness is coming, and I’m excited to be part of that movement.”
McCook Community College students in the "Police and Society" class, taught by Mike Hendricks, had coffee with members of law enforcement Tuesday during the monthly "Coffee With A Cop" program at McDonald's in McCook.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students Kassidy Gillen (left) and Brooke Ruggles help promote the Red Cross Bloodmobile coming to campus Feb. 26 sponsored by the The McCook Community College chapters of Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting a bloodmobile on campus from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
To schedule an appointment contact Shannon Schaben at 345-8133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE sophomore Barry Lasseigne, Las Vegas, and MCC Physics Instructor Lynn Salyer check out the weather station on campus to show it reached 82 degrees Saturday.
Auditions for MCC’s ‘Proof’ set for Feb. 16
Auditions will be Feb. 16 for the McCook Community College Theater production of the award-winning play “Proof” by David Auburn.
Two audition sessions are set for Feb. 16 in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. The first session will be from 4-5:30 p.m. with the second from 7-8:30 p.m.
“Proof” won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
“I like what the New York Daily News said about it,” said MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle. “They said that it ‘contains elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned story-telling to provide a compelling evening of theater.’”
The story concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Complicating matters are one of her father's former students who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.
There are parts for four individuals, two male and two female. The role of the father has been cast but there are openings for one male and two female young adults.
Actors will be asked to read lines from the play. Those interested in obtaining a copy of the script in advance can check-out a copy by contacting Grizzle at 345-8173 or emailing him at email@example.com
The play will be staged April 24-26 and rehearsals will begin in March.
“Because this is such a small cast, we’ve got the flexibility to rehearse whenever it works out best for the actors,” Grizzle said.
There are two things Karen Knisley feels strongly about: the importance of a quality education and civic-mindedness. She will be able to put them together thanks to a role she took on last week.
“I joined the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors to be further involved with the community,” said Knisley. “I know how vital MPCC is to North Platte and the surrounding area, in terms of economic development and ‘putting us on the map.’ It’s important to me to assist with the college’s continued growth.”
Becky Barner, career specialist at Mid-Plains Community College, has been selected to serve on the EducationQuest Foundation’s Middle School Ad Hoc Advisory Group.
The group was established to increase awareness of “KnowHow2GO” programs and materials among Nebraska middle school students to further a mission of improving access to higher education.
“It is an honor to be asked to sit on the advisory group,” said Barner. “That means people across the state are noticing the efforts we make here at MPCC to work with middle school and high school students on career exploration and career planning. I’m looking forward to working with the group and learning from others in the state.”
Dr. Ben Lashley has a passion for serving his community.
It stems from a handful of factors: North Platte is where he was raised, where he operates a business and where he is now raising a family of his own.
American History II is just one of the classes that will be taught at NPCC this semester. It starts next week.
Time is running out to sign up for two classes at North Platte Community College: “Fundamentals of Photography” and “American History II – Since 1877.”
The 12-week, 3 credit hour photography class, otherwise known as ARTS 1400, is taught by art instructor Dik Haneline.
It will meet from 6-10:45 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 137 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s south campus. The first class is Feb. 10.
Gabrielle Perlinger, of Paxton, and Larissa Walter, of North Platte, clean equipment following a chemistry lab Thursday at North Platte Community College.
It’s not the easiest program on campus, but it’s not supposed to be.
If there was no challenge to chemistry, then it wouldn’t serve its purpose, which is to prepare students at Mid-Plains Community College to be successful – no matter what career they choose.
“Chemistry serves multiple roles here at the college,” said Aaron McLean, chemistry instructor at MPCC in North Platte. “It can be used as a science elective, but it’s also much, much more.”
The class is a necessity for people who want to be professional chemists, or go into another scientific field such as biology.
Chemistry is also a prerequisite for those headed down a healthcare path such as medical technology, radiation technology or nursing.
“Doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists and dentists all need four semesters of chemistry,” said McLean. “Engineers need at least one semester, sometimes two, depending on what kind of engineering they plan to do.”
Erik Davis and Kelsey Rhoden, both of North Platte, hit the books during a chemistry lab Thursday at North Platte Community College.
Those who don’t want or need to take a core science class can opt for one of two survey courses that provide a broad overview of chemistry.
However, students requiring the full four semesters of chemistry will find themselves enrolled in two semesters of general chemistry followed by two semesters of organic chemistry.
“The general part is a detailed overview of certain principles as applied to all chemistry,” said McLean. “It involves the mathematical relationship with chemistry phenomena and tries to explain why things occur the way they do.”
According to McLean, the organic classes focus on the chemistry of carbon and its chemical behavior.
“Life is carbon-based,” said McLean. “The majority of biological molecules are carbon-based, so the more we understand them, the more we understand life.”
Living tissue isn’t the only substance with its roots in carbon. Plastics, adhesives and fossil fuels are just a few examples of non-living materials that also contain the element.
Because aspects of chemistry are everywhere in the physical world, there are lots of open doors for those who have a background in that particular branch of science.
“One of my former students is now a food chemist for Cargill,” said McLean. “Another is in her second year of medical school, planning to go into psychiatry, and a third is in vet school.”
McLean believes the small class sizes and low tuition rates at MPCC offer a huge advantage to chemistry students.
The largest class he will teach is 24 students. Most are smaller. In organic chemistry, the average is five to seven students.
“That’s compared to a class of 80-100 at a university,” said McLean. “Not only is it intimidating to be in a class that large, but one-on-one time with an instructor is almost impossible. I know all my students, and I think the key to success for a lot of them has been one-on-one instruction.”
According to McLean, tuition at MPCC is about half that of a university and credits transfer seamlessly to other colleges and universities throughout the state.
“People can get their first two years of schooling here then move into programs such as pre-med or pre-vet,” said McLean. “Those are high-paying jobs. Any way you look at it, starting out at a community college just makes sense.”
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com
”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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.