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Amy Taft finishes some homework Thursday in the Student Success Center at North Platte Community College. The college will offer online tutoring services starting Monday.
Homework help just got a little bit easier.
That’s because, starting Monday, tutoring services will be available online to all Mid-Plains Community College students. The free services will be accessible through Blackboard, a virtual learning environment and course management system used by the college.
Ethan Lesiak, of Clarks, rides a bull during the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo in North Platte. He is currently ranked third in the nation in college rodeo standings. (Photo courtesy of JJJ Photo)
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is holding strong in the national standings. The last of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned fall rodeos wrapped up over the weekend, and final results have been released.
Elizabeth Peters, NPCC music instructor, and Carmen Allen, collaborative accompanist, practice with student Bailey Rickertsen on Thursday at NPCC. The college will host a vocal studio recital on Tuesday.
The Music Department at North Platte Community College will host a vocal studio recital on Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public.
Ignatius “Iggy” Mwela and Chad Songy make up CoMeTrY, a stand-up comedy and performance poetry act. They will be at North Platte Community College on Nov. 16 performing in the McDonald-Belton Theater.
A popular stand-up comedy and performance poetry act will return to North Platte Community College on Monday.
Jose Sabala, of North Platte, and Garett Janulewicz, of Gothenburg, design 3-D models of homes on Wednesday. The activity was part of a project for the Introduction to Engineering Design class at North Platte Community College.
Imaginations ran wild Wednesday at North Platte Community College. From column-lined porches to infinity pools, the sky was the limit for students in Jared Daily’s Introduction to Engineering Design class.
Christine Pfortmiller has been selected as North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for October.
“Christine is dedicated, hard-working and has a wonderful personality to be around,” said Ann Reichle, accounting instructor. “We are so pleased to see her recognized for her efforts."
Ryan Glenney, NPCC assistant director of housing and student development, sets boxes up inside the McDonald Belton-Building on NPCC’s South Campus. People can put food, clothing and cleaning supplies for The Connection Homeless Shelter in the boxes until Nov. 24.
Jessie Allen and Kristi Leibhart, English instructors at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, discuss books that might be implemented into future College Prep Reading classes. ?
To be a good reader, you have to practice. If you want students to practice, you have to find reading material that appeals to them. That’s the philosophy of Kristi Leibhart and Jessie Allen, English instructors for Mid-Plains Community College.
Maddison Gartrell, 7, of North Platte, won the bike raffled by the MPCC chapters of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association and the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska. Proceeds will go toward scholarships, expenses related to educational conventions and donations for the community.
Mid-Plains Community College nursing students have raised $1,000 by selling baked goods, wreaths and scarves and raffling off a bicycle.
Sometimes you have to fall to realize what you’re made of.
That proved true this year for Ethan Lesiak, a bull rider on the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team. He’s currently leading the bull riding in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Great Plains Region and is third in the national standings.
North Platte Community College is in search of a name for its new mascot. The Knight has proved to be extremely popular since making his debut in October.
He has already gained a tremendous amount of fans at NPCC athletic competitions, including an ever-present following of children. The only problem is - no one knows what to call him.
Elizabeth Peters, NPCC music instructor, speaks to students during the 2015 MNAC-West Choir Festival in Hyannis. Peters was the guest clinician for the event.
The town itself may be small, but the music resonating from Hyannis last week was nothing short of mighty.
The American Red Cross is asking people to give blood to give thanks this month.
The organization will conduct a blood drive at North Platte Community College from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The drive will be in the student lounge in the W.W. Wood Building on NPCC’s North Campus.
Nebraskans with low incomes now have a better chance than ever to land a good paying, high demand career in health care.
That’s thanks to the implementation of a Project Health Education Laddering Program, otherwise known as Project HELP 2015. It’s funded by an approximately $11.9 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
One of the most famous productions of all time will take the stage at North Platte Community College next week.
The NPCC Theater Department will present “Pippin” Nov. 11-14 at 8 p.m. each night in the McDonald Belton-Theater on NPCC’s South Campus. The play is open to the public. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Members of North Platte Community College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club met with the Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club on Tuesday morning. The students talked about and answered questions regarding their educational and vocational goals in STEM-related fields.
Gerardo Huezo and Matthew Zepeda, of Lexington, Ashton Morrison and Danial Best, of North Platte, and Kaulana Funes, of Makawao, Hawaii, join Beth DeFreece, executive director of The Connection Homeless Shelter, Tim Golden, NPCC welding instructor and Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Thursday at NPCC’s North Campus. The welding students made 78 cranes that the shelter plans to sell as a fundraiser.
A unique opportunity is available to people interested in taking classes at North Platte Community College. NPCC is planning an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 to provide an in-depth look at the many programs of study the college offers.
Surveying was one of the jobs promoted by the Nebraska Department of Roads during Nebraska Construction Career Days on Tuesday. The event was hosted in North Platte by Mid-Plains Community College.
Electrician, welder, construction worker – those were just a few of the many careers middle and high school students were introduced to Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
Trey Engel, of Silver Creek, and Reece Weber, of Valentine, hold up the buckles they won at the North Dakota State University Bison Stampede in Fargo, N.D. over the weekend. The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team finished third in the team standings.
Winning two championships isn’t a bad way to wrap up the fall rodeo season. That’s just how the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team finished over the weekend during the 50th annual North Dakota State University Bison Stampede in Fargo, N.D.
David Olson holds up a jug at Pop Corner. Olson is asking people to put money into the jug to help fund renovations at North Platte Community College’s McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
He’s at it again.
David Olson set up a large plastic jar inside Pop Corner a couple months ago. It was an attempt to garner donations for the renovation of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at North Platte Community College.
The NPCC Concert Choir rehearses Wednesday in the McDonald-Belton Theater for a fall concert. The concert is scheduled for Oct. 29. ?
“Halloween” will be the theme of the North Platte Community College fall concert next week. Performers will dress in costume, and those who attend are invited to dress up as well. The concert is free and open to the public.
NPCC’s new Knight mascot gives a high five to a girl in the audience during the Lady Knights home volleyball game Tuesday evening.
North Platte Community College has a new mascot. The NPCC Knight made his official college athletic debut Tuesday during a home volleyball game against Northeastern Junior College.
Tuesday night was “Sophomore Night” at the North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball game. It was the last regular season home game for the Lady Knights.
They went up against Northeastern Junior College. Five NPCC sophomores were recognized alongside their parents before the game started.
The honored players were:
#1 - Anna Crane, North Platte
Matt Kellie, from North Platte, and Garett Janulewicz and Megan Aden, of Gothenburg, fold paper airplanes Monday in the North Platte Community College Health and Science Center. The airplanes will be remotely controlled via a Bluetooth®-connected smartphone or tablet and flown during a paper airplane contest on Thursday.
Jared Daily’s students have spent the past week flying paper airplanes.
Unlike most instructors, however, Daily encourages that kind of behavior in his classroom. Daily teaches physics and engineering at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
Monday was a day of reflection for friends, colleagues and former students of Winnie Dolph.
The former nursing instructor for Mid-Plains Community College died Oct. 14, at the age of 67, following a long illness. Her legacy, however, will continue to live on in the hearts of those she prepared for the nursing profession and those touched by her many charitable efforts.
Virgil Nelson presents a $1 million check from the estate of Oliver Durbin to Dr. Scott French, former NPCC Foundation Chair, during a ceremony at NPCC in November of 2009. The money was used to create the "Oliver, Mildred, Marguerite, Mary and Albert Durbin Scholarship Fund." ?
The North Platte Community College Foundation may be relatively new, but its impact is huge.
Forget waiting for that New Year’s resolution – it’s never too early to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Mid-Plains Community College is offering several opportunities to do just that, thanks to a series of fitness classes beginning next week.
Kyle Lauer, of McCook, receives the keys to a 1957 Chevy from MPCC Area Vice-President of Academic Affairs and NPCC Dr. Jody Tomanek. The car was raffled to raise money for scholarships for students in MPCC’s Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.
It was a beautiful day for a drive, and Kyle Lauer was grinning from ear-to-ear Thursday as he climbed behind the wheel of his new 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan.
The scope of the nonprofit sector and the role nonprofit organizations play when dealing with complex social issues will be examined in an upcoming class at Mid-Plains Community College. Social Issues and the Nonprofit Sector is worth three credit hours. It will be available online from Oct. 19-Dec. 17.
About 2,000 people turned out for the 15th annual Kids’ Discover festival at North Platte Community College’s South Campus on Saturday. This year the theme was “The Berenstain Bears.”
The event was sponsored by The North Platte Telegraph, NPCC and Bible Supplies. It was designed specifically for children – to give them a chance to try a variety of fun and hands-on educational activities.
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor for North Platte Community College, checks the refrigerant pressure in a walk-in freezer compressor. Kemp will teach a CFC certification course this month.
A chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification course will be offered at North Platte Community College next week. It’s open to anyone who handles refrigerants.
Trying to decide which haunted attraction to visit this month? A new discount offered by the North Platte Community College Lady Knights softball team and the North Platte Jaycees could make that decision a little easier.
Need to pick up a math class on your way toward a degree? There’s still time this fall.
Mid-Plains Community College is accepting registrations for College Algebra, a three credit hour course that starts this month at all campus locations.
Registrations are being accepted for the Nursing Assistant course, which begins next week at Mid-Plains Community College.
The course trains non-licensed individuals to provide safe, effective and caring services to patients, residents and clients in a variety of health care settings.
Members of NPCC’s Alpha Beta Theta Chapter stopped at Chimney Rock at Bayard on their way to a regional Phi Theta Kappa conference in Casper. Pictured left to right are: Kaleen Dunbar, chapter president, and chapter vice presidents, Amy Taft and Djimonii Jackson.
Members of North Platte Community College’s Alpha Beta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were among those attending a regional conference in Casper, Wyo. on Oct. 2-3. Casper College hosted the event this year at a ranch that it owns.
A total of 18 Mid-Plains Community College employees have been honored for their years of service to the college. Awards were based on five-year increments and were presented Oct. 2 during MPCC’s Fall Enrichment Day at McCook Community College. The following were the individuals recognized.
***Note – MPCC President Ryan Purdy presented the awards, and is therefore in all of the photos.
Janelle Higgins, Dr. Jody Tomanek, Don Barenberg, Elizabeth Peters, Darin Morgan, Tad Pfeifer, Lena Koebel, Scott Smalley, MPCC President Ryan Purdy
In keeping with the spirit of North Platte Community College’s 50th anniversary, we have asked people to step forward and share their memories of NPCC with us. The following are some of the responses we got.
(Photo courtesy of Jessica Braithwait Photography)
Samantha Morgan is North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for September. The Iliff, Colo. native graduated from Caliche High School in 2014. Her parents are Bob and Diane Morgan.
Duell Puttergill, of Tryon, shakes hands with David Fudge, NEBRASKAland Days executive director, after receiving a $750 scholarship from NLD. Pictured left to right are: Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Puttergill, Fudge and Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach.
Two members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team have been awarded scholarships to help further their education.
A Pinewood Derby® racetrack will be one of the highlights of the 15th annual Kids’ Discover festival at North Platte Community College.
The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10, is designed to be both fun and educational for children. A variety of booths will be set up around NPCC’s South Campus, including the Pinewood Derby® track, which will be located in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
NCMPR District Five Director Dewey Price presents Jessica Epting, area lead graphic designer for Mid-Plains Community College, with a Medallion Award.
The Mid-Plains Community College Public Information and Marketing Office has been recognized for its marketing and promotional efforts by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations – District Five.
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor for North Platte Community College, checks the refrigerant pressure in a walk-in freezer compressor. Kemp will teach a CFC certification course this fall.
Registrations are now being accepted for the second round of eight-week fall classes at Mid-Plains Community College.
Most begin mid-October and continue through December. Many, such as the following, are open enrollment, meaning anyone can take them.
Governor Pete Ricketts presents a Grower Award to Jamie Peters, Kristen Grimes and Crystal Welch. All are part of the Working on Wellness team at Mid-Plains Community College. ?
Mid-Plains Community College is the recipient of a Governor’s Wellness Award.
The college was one of 43 organizations from 28 Nebraska communities to earn one of the awards this year. The recognition is given to employers who develop successful workplace wellness programs.
Virgil Nelson stands outside the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus earlier this summer. Nelson retired from the college in 1996.
The walls can’t talk, but that’s OK. Virgil Nelson probably knows more stories than they do anyhow, and he’s more than happy to share them.
Nelson was an institution at Mid-Plains Community College. He and Boyd Gentry were the first instructors hired when the college was formed. They were there when the doors opened Aug. 31, 1965 on what was then the North Platte Junior College.
North Platte Community College softball players and the NPCC Knights mascot attended a pep rally at the Sutherland Public Schools on Friday. It was part of a series of College Week events.
“If you can dream it - you can be it.” That’s the philosophy at Sutherland Public Schools where students are encouraged to start thinking about college as early as kindergarten.
Roberta Eller, of North Platte, participates in a distance learning class at North Platte Community College. The instructor for the class is based out of McCook.
Distance learning has come a long way since its humble beginnings at Mid-Plains Community College in the early ’90s. MPCC is offering 313 distance learning courses during the Fall 2015 semester, serving approximately 911 students.
Just learning about the Sunday College option at Mid-Plains Community College? There’s still time to enroll.
Registrations are now being accepted for the second eight-week session of Sunday College, which begins Oct. 25. The classes offered are: MATH 1150: College Algebra and ENGL 1020: Expository Writing II.
Boyd Gentry sits on the North Platte Community College North Campus, reminiscing about his teaching career. Boyd retired from the college in 1993, at the age of 60.
Boyd Gentry was going to be a military man. At least, he thought he was. It was in his blood.
Gentry’s father served in World War I, he had two brothers in the Marines, one brother in the Army and a sister in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
Tyree Peter, of Omaha, makes a face after seeing what’s inside a steer Thursday on North Platte Community College’s South Campus. The West Central Research and Extension Center set up its mobile beef lab to give NPCC students a lesson in agriculture.
Students at North Platte Community College got an up close and personal look at the inside of a steer’s stomach Thursday.
Dr. Bill Hasemeyer was the first in his family to go to college. It’s a good thing he did.
The move would eventually lead him to a rewarding 42-year career in the field of education, but it wasn’t entirely by choice. The Superior, Neb. native had other plans after graduating from high school in 1946.
Jeff Duncan has been named as North Platte Community College’s newest “You Rock” Award winner. The honor is given to NPCC employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service.
Duncan, an area campus technician, was nominated for the award by Kaci Johnson, Broken Bow Extended Campus coordinator.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte has announced additional fall community classes. They include:
Arts and Crafts:
“Bob Ross Painting, Autumn Glory” – This class will teach people the Bob Ross style of painting. They will create a painting featuring fluffy clouds floating across a blue and pink sky, reflected on a beautiful blue lake and snow-capped mountains. The lake is surrounded by leafy trees and fall-colored bushes.
A replica of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show was presented in the Wild West Arena in 1973. A similar event was brought back in 2014.
A rich history surrounds the host site of the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo. The Wild West Arena, 2400 N Buffalo Bill Ave., is home to numerous events every year.
Cindy Odean, merchandise coordinator for the Wranglers, organizes t-shirts and caps that will be for sale during the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo.
Concessions for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo will be provided by The Wranglers, the official booster club of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
People unable to attend this year’s Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo on Sept. 18-19 can still catch the action thanks to an online streaming option.
Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, cheers on Avery Norton, 5, of North Platte, after she ropes Wednesday during the Partner Up Rodeo.
Members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team got to be on the other side of the fence Wednesday.
Instead of receiving instruction from their coaches, they were the ones providing the instruction – to about 185 special needs students at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
NebraskaLand National Bank President and CEO Mike Jacobson hands a check for $25,000 to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Wednesday. The money will go toward NPCC’s ongoing remodel of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
NebraskaLand National Bank donated $25,000 to the North Platte Community College Foundation on Wednesday. The money will go toward NPCC’s ongoing remodel of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
Jordan Sale, senior, and Robert Battreall, sophomore, hold up mouse pads at North Platte High School. On Friday, Mid-Plains Community College presented 100 mouse pads to the computer labs at NPHS. MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the donation provided the college and the high school with an opportunity to work together to fill a need.
(Photo courtesy of Mo-Foto Photography)
The contestants may be the stars, but it takes a lot of people working behind the scenes to put on a good rodeo. The following are some of the key players in this year’s Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo.
Boots and Phillips
Stock for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo will primarily be provided by the Boots and Phillips Rodeo Company based out of Lexington.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo, Sept. 18-19.
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action will take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.
Elizabeth Peters, NPCC music instructor, speaks during a Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday.
Students at North Platte Community College will benefit from $1,250 worth of donations from the Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club. The money was presented to college officials Tuesday during a Kiwanis Club meeting at The Depot Restaurant.
Cutlines: Kyle Lauer’s name was on the winning ticket Saturday during a drawing for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. The drawing was during the annual Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte.
Kyle Lauer, of McCook, Neb., is the winner of the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. His name was drawn at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte.
Hundreds of people gathered around the raffle car prior to the drawing. Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC area vice-president of academic affairs and North Platte Community College, and Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development - representing the NPCC Foundation, which conducted the raffle, thanked everyone who worked on the car and everyone who bought tickets this year.
The man who donated the car, Tom Curtis, of Hershey, also said a few words.
“Donating this car to the college was just a good choice,” said Curtis. “It had been sitting around for 25 years, and I never did anything with it. The guys at the college do a good job with their restoration program.”
Time is almost up. One lucky winner will drive away with the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car this weekend, and it could be you.
Tickets will be sold at the Holiday Inn Express from 1-9 p.m. Friday and at the Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte from 8 a.m. until the 2 p.m. drawing on Saturday. A total of 10,000 raffle tickets costing $10 each were made available this year.
Registrations are now being accepted for fall community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Arts and Crafts
“Dorothy Dent Painting” - Karen Pochop, certified Dorothy Dent instructor, will walk participants through the step-by-step process needed to create a beautiful rendition of the “October Fruit Stand.” Paintings will be taken home at the end of the class.
David Olson and Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development, hold up a jug at Pop Corner. Olson is asking people to put money into the jug to help fund the renovation of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at North Platte Community College.
If there’s one thing David Olson believes in, it’s giving back.
North Platte Community College will host a blood drive next week for the American Red Cross. The drive will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the student lounge in the W.W. Wood Building on North Campus.
Haven’t bought a ticket for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car, yet? Tickets are still available at several locations, but time to purchase them is running out.
Tickets can be found at the Welcome Centers on North Platte Community College’s North and South campuses, the Welcome Center at McCook Community College and at MPCC’s extended campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.
Community Bank President at Equitable Bank Levi Fisher hands a check for $10,000 to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Thursday. The two were joined by Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development (to the right of Purdy), and numerous Equitable Bank employees.
Wanted - a mascot to represent the North Platte Community College Knights athletic programs.
NPCC is seeking an extroverted individual with a certain degree of theatrical and dance skills to be the official mascot for the Knights. The individual must be motivated, with a strong desire to engage and entertain audiences while enhancing the college experience.
Nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College helped move patients/equipment into the new patient tower at Great Plains Health on Tuesday. Doing so gave them a chance to learn the layout of the new building. The students included:
Becca Faust, of North Platte, and Ashley Kautz, of Grant
The former Post Office and Federal Building at Fifth and Jeffers streets in North Platte was once home to the North Platte Junior College. The building sold in November of 1999.
Monday marked a special day in history for North Platte Community College. It represented 50 years since the college officially opened its doors on Aug. 31, 1965.
Mid-Plains Community College will decrease its local property tax asking by 4.88 percent.
The information was presented by MPCC Vice-President of Administrative Services Mike Steele to the MPCC Board of Governors on Wednesday night. It’s part of the proposed budget for MPCC for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Mid-Plains Community College will post the only increase in enrollments among the six community colleges in Nebraska for the 2014-15 academic year. That’s according to findings from a recent enrollment audit.
MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the Enrollment Audit reflected a .5 percent increase in Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) over the prior year's (2013-14) enrollments. FTE is formulated by dividing the total number of credits completed by 30 (representing a single student taking two semesters of 15 credits).
Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Joe Leamon, owner of JL Construction, Inc., and Dick Cappel, project organizer, stand in front of what will soon be a new boarding facility for the MPCC Rodeo Team. Construction on the building began this week.
Finding a place to keep horses just got a little bit easier for members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
A 20-foot by 100-foot pole barn was erected this week on the west end of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. When finished, it will provide 10 stalls with attached corrals.
North Platte Community College is giving students another opportunity to take a class in art history or ceramics this semester. Both will be offered as 12-week classes starting in September.
ARTS 2310 Art History I will be from 2-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21. It will be in Room 135 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. The class is worth three credit hours.
Mid-Plains Community College knows people are busy. That’s why it’s doing everything it can to make sure classes aren’t just affordable - they’re accessible, too.
Rich Docekal, MPCC adjunct instructor, Dr. Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Rose Holechek, MPCC adjunct instructor, pose for a photo during a recognition ceremony at MPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus. Docekal and Holechek were two of 72 adjunct instructors honored for their service to the college.
Classes start Monday at Mid-Plains Community College, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to register for the 2015 fall term.
MPCC offers a variety of classes to fit the needs of all students, whether they are seeking an associate degree, certificate or diploma, are wanting to brush up their job skills or are simply interested in learning a new hobby.
Obtaining an associate degree within 24 months is now a possibility for virtually everyone - thanks to the newest program offering from Mid-Plains Community College.
Students enrolled in MPCC’s Sunday College option will attend classes on Sunday afternoons and early evenings, starting Aug. 30. They will complete coursework online on their own time the rest of the week.
Auditions for North Platte Community College’s Select Choir will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
They will be in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. Those who try out are welcome to take songs to sing, but material will also be provided.
The countdown is on.
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action are about to take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.
Mid-Plains Community College will welcome several new full-time faculty and staff members to its North Platte location this semester. They include Roger Fattig, Stephanie Seamann, Jimi Cole, Dr. Carla Long, Tara Naughtin, Hillary Sims, Michelle Sterling, Emily Geschwentner and Lyn Battreall.
Roger Fattig is the new first-year building construction instructor at MPCC. A Brady native, Fattig has been involved with construction his entire life.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy speaks during an all-campus meeting at North Platte Community College on Monday. NPCC employees who attended the meeting were introduced to new faculty and staff and were updated on the many accomplishments the college has had in recent months. Among other things, those included increased enrollment, progress toward a new campus at Valentine, the introduction of a new strategic plan, a gym remodel on South Campus and classroom upgrades on North Campus.
Josh York is NPCC's new director of housing and student activities. He will live on the college's North Campus.
Students attending North Platte Community College this semester will be greeted by new staff in the housing and student life departments.
Josh York, formerly the assistant director of housing and student activities for NPCC, has been hired as the director of housing and student activities.
Businesses searching for part-time help will have a chance to connect with potential employees Aug. 31 at North Platte Community College.
The Career Services and Student Life departments at the college will host a Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus.
Five students represented the McCook Community College PBL chapter during the PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They were back row, left to right: Grant Moore, Andie Noltensmeier and Janelle Davis and front row, left to right: Whitney Goeman, Kendall Lienneman.
Mid-Plains Community College was well represented during the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill.
Theresea Reeves, a non-traditional student, receives guidance on a painting from McCook Community College Art Instructor Rick Johnson. Johnson was instrumental in helping to start an Associate of Fine Arts degree at MPCC.
Mid-Plains Community College has become the first community college in the state to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree.
The college received a letter Tuesday announcing approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the final step in the process.
Hundreds of items will be up for grabs during North Platte Community College’s annual surplus auction Saturday, Aug. 8. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until everything is sold.
Items will be set up in the alley behind the W.W. Wood Building, the main building on NPCC’s North Campus. There will be a preview Friday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Virgil Nelson speaks to fellow retirees during a breakfast and tours July 16 at NPCC. Pictured clockwise from left are: Boyd Gentry, Larry Smith, Nelson, Dr. Bill Hasemeyer and Patsy Smith.
They may be gone, but they haven’t been forgotten.
North Platte Community College retirees were celebrated July 16 with a breakfast and tours on the NPCC South Campus. The event was by invitation only. Approximately 20 people attended.
The MPCC Rodeo Team was presented with six bucking chutes Thursday night. Those participating in the presentation were Steve Christy, Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee member, Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Rod Innes, chairman of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Nicolaus)
Rough stock riders on the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will be able to practice year-round thanks to the generosity of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee.
Representatives of the committee presented six bucking chutes to Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, during the first performance of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo on Thursday night in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Twenty-five graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program received their LPN pins Thursday. They were recognized during a ceremony at North Platte Community College.
Pictured back row, left to right are: Jonathan Rosenberg, Mariesha Brown, Shantel Barta and Kaylin Schultz, of North Platte; Rachel Zeigler, of Ainsworth; Katherine Nesi, of Valentine; Kimberly Starr, of McCook; Chelsey Shaul, of Ainsworth; Jeffery Walent, of Sargent; Rebecca Rossenbach, of Anselmo; Marti Turner, of Burwell and Heidi Kulp, of Arnold.
Middle row left to right are: Anessa Kivett, of Hershey; Samantha Parrett and Sophie Schreiber, of North Platte; Brooke Piester, of Gothenburg; Courtney Hallett, of North Platte; Stephenie Nelson, of Stapleton; Tasha Schroder, of North Platte; Staci Dack and Katelyn Rabas, of McCook; Daile Coleman, of Bassett; Brittany Dowse, of Sargent; Chandra Bitterman and Kelsey Hauser, of Broken Bow.
Front row left to right are MPCC nursing instructors: Addie Robinson, Marina Makovicka, Brett Niemeth, Nicole Kissinger, Lana Albrecht-Watson and Kathy Harrison.
The world will be a bit more caring starting on Thursday.
That’s when 24 graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will receive their LPN pins, signifying the start of a lifetime of serving others.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will launch a free Youth ATV Training on Aug. 1 at the North Platte Community College North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive in North Platte.
There are two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Classes will be divided by age group, 6-9 and 10-16. Six students from each age group will be allowed in each session.
Four Mid-Plains Community College employees were recognized with a surprise awards ceremony Tuesday.
They just thought they were attending a luncheon, until they were greeted by about 45 of their friends, family members and co-workers at the North Platte Community College South Campus cafeteria.
Alex Broadfoot, of McCook, explains the process he went through to build an elevator. His classmates voted his final project as their favorite.
Finals week was a fun one for students in the electrical technology program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
One of the highest demand professions in the nation is also proving to be one of the most overlooked.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all other occupations.
The Mid-Plains Community College raffle car will be on display at Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, 1615 E. Fourth St., on July 7. The public is invited to view it and purchase raffle tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan is being raffled by the North Platte Community College Foundation. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
This wide belt sander is just one of many new pieces of equipment that will be used this fall by the MPCC building construction department.
Building construction students at Mid-Plains Community College will start the fall semester with some of the most advanced equipment on the market.
Much of the machinery is already set up in the building construction shop in the W.W. Wood Building on NPCC’s North Campus. Each piece is designed for safety and ease of use, including a wide belt sander for precision sanding.
There’s a familiar face, but new game plan in store for the building construction program at North Platte Community College.
Roger Fattig has been hired as a full-time first-year building construction instructor. He takes over for Jack Daniels who resigned in 2014.
The MPCC Cowboy Kickball team, back row, left to right: Carol Garrison, Lauri Rogers, Wendy Schramm, Carol Bodeen, Pam Burks, Josh York, Michael Driskell and Chris Turner. Front row, left to right: Nicole Kissinger, Ethan Elliott, Rachel York, Janelle Higgins, Emma Elliott and Dustin Elliott.
A new event at NEBRASKAland Days raised about $250 for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team on Wednesday night.
A total of 10 teams competed in Cowboy Kickball at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. The MPCC Wrangler Booster Club had one of them. It lost 15-10 to a team from Great Plains Health, but the college came out a winner anyway at the end of the day.
Jason Bush, of Ogallala, works with copper tubing at North Platte Community College earlier this spring. High school students are invited to attend a Registration Day on Thursday to learn more about the technical programs NPCC has to offer.
High school students will get an in-depth look at technical programs during a Registration Day on Thursday at the North Platte Community College North Campus.
Seven MPCC instructors are the recipients of BEST awards. The instructors are, back row left to right: Ann Reichle, Janet Stalder, Kathleen McCune, Angie Chittick and Cathy Nutt. Front row left to right: Jean Condon and Lorrie Mowry.
Seven business instructors from Mid-Plains Community College have been honored with Belong, Excel, Study and Travel awards by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. A kick-off is planned from 9 a.m. to noon during the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car Display in Memorial Park.
This year, the North Platte Community College Foundation will raffle a 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, it is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
Jean Condon, business and technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College, has been selected to receive a Service Award from the Nebraska State Business Education Association.
She was honored with a wooden clock during the Nebraska Career Education Conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney on June 3.
Jean Condon holds a 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year award from the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska. She was honored during a luncheon Wednesday at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
Recipients of the award are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of career and technical education through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community, according to Murleen Bellinger, ACTEN executive director.
Bullfighter Rowdy Moon puts his skills to the test helping a hung up bull rider. Moon is being sponsored this year by Mid-Plains Community College. (Photo courtesy of JJJ Photo)
Snorting bulls, cheering crowds – it’s all part of a day’s work for Sargent cowboy Rowdy Moon. Moon, 18, is one of the most recent additions to the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
He will start classes at MPCC in the fall and compete on the team as a bareback rider. However, his true passion pits him against a meaner sort of animal.
Kaile Jacobson, of Makawao, Hawaii, competes in breakaway roping in Dickinson, N.D. in May. Jacobson is a member of the MPCC Rodeo Team. The horse she is riding was named “Horse of the Year,” for the Great Plains Region by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. (Photo courtesy of Annika Plummer Photography)
He might be famous, but it hasn’t gone to his head.
In fact, “Mater,” as he’s known on the rodeo circuit, couldn’t care less about his new regional title, or the glory that accompanies it – just as long as he’s fed on time.
Nicole Kissinger, Anne Schmit and Carla Long, instructors from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, were honored at an annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence last week in Austin, Texas.
All three were selected as Excellence in Teaching recipients by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). They each received a specially-cast, pewter medallion and inclusion in a commemorative booklet.
NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.
Vance Hardenbergh, environmental services maintenance technician for Great Plains Health, demonstrates spot removal Wednesday at North Platte Community College. Twenty-six custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel from towns such as Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Chappell, Loomis and McCook participated in the Professional Services Training offered by the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Specialty cleaning, chemical safety, floor finishes and coatings and care and use of tools and equipment were among the topics discussed.
Donna Pucket can’t remember her life without music. It was a constant during her childhood in South Dakota and became an obsession fueled by time.
The reality seems somewhat odd, considering Pucket’s parents weren’t overly musical. Her mother was too busy raising four children to have much time for anything else. Her father played the saxophone some, but as a school superintendent, his focus was education.
At the Wednesday night Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, the Board approved the addition of a third year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) to President Ryan Purdy’s existing three-year rolling contract.
According to the terms, the President shall devote his full time, skill, labor and attention to his duties and be compensated as follows:
Jean Condon has been named the 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.
Condon is a business office technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and serves as the area division chair for the college’s Business and Technology division.
Condon was selected for the award based on excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education.
Custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel will have the chance to brush up their skills thanks to Professional Services Training offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. The seminar is scheduled for June 2-3.
“This training will help develop employee skills to make facilities more efficient, attractive, secure and compliant with rules and regulations,” said Crystal Welch, area operations manager for the CFE.
Two free courses designed to explain the ins and outs of taxes are being offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Both are taught by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, and both require pre-registration.
Sales Tax Seminar
The Sales Tax Seminar covers the basics of Nebraska sales and use tax - information that not only benefits professionals, but also the general public.
Karen and Terry Waite love spending time outdoors with their granddaughter, Cambria Mann. Waite raised three children while working full-time and advancing her education in the nursing profession.
It was either be a nurse or join the railroad.
Those were the options Karen Waite, of North Platte, contemplated as a senior in high school. Looking back, she’s glad she made the choice she did.
All-terrain vehicle training will be offered through Mid-Plains Community College thanks to a more than $24,000 grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The college received notification of the award Monday.
The money, a total of $24,143, will be administered through the North Platte Community College Foundation. It will be used to fund a Rural Youth Operator Safety Training program, which will provide hands-on, ATV training to people ages 6-16 involved in agriculture production.
An employee at Mid-Plains Community College has been recognized for her penmanship. Sharon Brown, of North Platte, received an honorable mention in the 25th annual Nebraska Handwriting Contest, which promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.
Twenty-seven Mid-Plains Community College students were recognized with Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday at the North Platte Community College South Campus.
Back row, left to right, they are: Kristyn Clapp, of Culbertson; Jami Comer, of North Platte; Lori Schanou, of North Platte; Tasia Stumpf, of Ogallala; Savannah Higdon, of North Platte; Sarah Riddell, of North Platte; Jennell McGee, of Ogallala; Taylor Dunn, of Cozad; Merry Sedlacek, of North Platte; Nicole Miller, of North Platte.
Recycling will be one of many topics studied this summer in an online ecology and environment class offered by NPCC. The class begins June 8.
Students interested in studying nature will have the perfect opportunity to do so this summer. Sara Morris, biology instructor at North Platte Community College, plans to offer BIOS 1210: Ecology/Environment beginning June 8.
This week will be one of celebration at Mid-Plains Community College. Every final puts students one step closer to summer break, and for some, a step closer to earning a college degree, diploma or certificate.
Their hard work, dedication and perseverance will be recognized Friday at both McCook Community College and North Platte Community College.
Second-year building construction students from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte were among those who attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for a new Nebraskaland Days office at the Wild West Arena. The students built the facility.
Fourteen area high school students were recognized during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. They are, back row left to right: Abby Werkmeister, Maywood; Joslyn Burke, Sutherland; Kevin Tobias, Lexington; Luke Walz, Stapleton; David Trierweiler, North Platte, and Jacob Whisenhunt, Maxwell. Front row, left to right: Autumn Hild, Brady; Hannah Hays, North Platte; Bethany Vinton, Mullen; Kelsey Higgins, Valentine; Mickayla Sheets, Wallace; Hailey Maline, Gothenburg, Megan Trierweiler, North Platte.
Everyone has a story - all choose how they write it.
That was the message of Mike Jacobson during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
One visit with Amy Taft and it’s easy to see why she was selected as the 2015 spring commencement student speaker for North Platte Community College.
Her name consistently appears on either the Dean’s List or the President’s List. She is involved in numerous campus activities, including peer tutoring, choir, Phi Theta Kappa and Drama Club - the latter two as club president.
It’s a brief moment, but it signifies a huge step on the pathway to nursing.
A total of 27 Mid-Plains Community College students will receive Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday during a special ceremony planned for noon at the North Platte Community College South Campus McDonald-Belton Theater.
Sara Morris, biology instructor, helps a student, Taylor Hill, adjust water temperature for a DNA experiment at North Platte Community College.
Sara Morris never intended to become a teacher. Now, after more than 50 years in the profession and facing her third retirement, she can’t imagine life any other way.
Cpl. Season Trevino and detention officer Tracy Wofford instruct NPCC students Jessica Jarvis and Shelby Clark to take off their jewelry in the Lincoln County Detention Center on Wednesday. The students visited the jail as part of a class project. ?
Two softball players from North Platte Community College got a look at “life on the inside” Wednesday afternoon. Shelby Clark and Jessica Jarvis visited the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center as part of a role reversal project for a human communications class.
Samantha Zirnig has been named “Student of the Month” for April by the North Platte Community College Business Department.
Zirnig was born and raised in North Platte and is a 1999 graduate of North Platte High School. She is married to Justin Zirnig.
Mid-Plains Community College is one of four community colleges chosen as a semifinalist in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to draw attention to education leaders, teachers, top employers and students across the U.S. who promote or exemplify readiness for college and careers.
Members of the NPCC select choir practice in the McDonald-Belton Theater on Tuesday. They will be part of a year-end concert April 30.
North Platte Community College will round out the spring semester with a cultural experience. The music department has planned an “end of the year” concert for 7:30 p.m. April 30 in the McDonald-Belton Theater.
The event will be accompanied by an art show featuring the work of approximately 32 NPCC art students. Both activities are free and open to the public.
Rowan Gordan, house manager of the Nebraska Youth Center, speaks to a social work class at North Platte Community College on April 16. She was one of several presenters talking to the class about her career.
Students in Tonya Townsend’s Intro to Social Work class had the chance to learn from professionals in the field April 16 at North Platte Community College.
Townsend, who is herself a nationally certified school psychologist, invited a social worker; youth care specialists and a behavior consultant to speak to her class about their jobs. All are from North Platte.
Pat Smith sprays off his ’55 Thunderbird. Smith did mechanical work and rebuilt wrecked vehicles for a second income most of his life.
They’re not your traditional college students. They’re grandfathers. Their hair is tinged with silver, and their eyes are crinkled with years of smiles and laughter, experience and wisdom.
All have spent their lives in North Platte, and all are Union Pacific Railroad retirees. Some have known each other for years, while others were only recently adopted into the group.
Each has a passion for restoring old vehicles and a desire to live each day to the fullest. They fit right in at North Platte Community College.
Erin Mitchell, Ricki Reason, Anna Watts and Gina Poncelet competed at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They are Phi Beta Lambda students from North Platte Community College.
Four North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were among those competing at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They were Erin Mitchell and Ricki Reason, both of North Platte, Gina Poncelet, of Gering, and Anna Watts of Ogallala.
Mid-Plains Community College is rolling out a new program that will allow people to earn information technology (IT) certificates by taking online courses. Classes will be available starting in the fall of 2015.
“We wanted to target those individuals interested in gaining a knowledge of computer science, but who work all day and aren’t able to be on campus,” said Emmanuel Luke, IT instructor at North Platte Community College. “Taking classes online is often easier for them.”
Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development; Joe and Dorothy Conger; Danielle Schiel; Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Ryan Purdy, MPCC president, face the crowd during an Honors Convocation Thursday at NPCC. The Congers donated the first-ever Joe and Dorothy Conger Single Mom Scholarship to Schiel.
Outstanding students, faculty and staff were recognized Thursday during the seventh annual Honors Convocation at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College is accepting scholarships from farm bureaus within its 18-county service area.
In Lincoln County that includes the Kent Boyer Memorial Scholarship administered by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation. The Lincoln County Farm Bureau also awards two $500 scholarships to applicants based on financial need.
Dalton Simants, of Gothenburg, has been named “Business Student of the Month” at North Platte Community College. His parents are Scott and Becky Simants.
Dalton graduated from Brady High School in 2014, and is currently studying business entrepreneurship at NPCC. His expected college graduation date is May of 2016.
“I chose NPCC because it was affordable, and I could get the degree that I wanted,” said Dalton. “Also, I can keep my job while attending school because I’m not that far away.”
Dalton’s future plans include mechanical work and returning to his family’s farm. He has also tossed around the idea of opening a mechanics shop.
His instructors know he will do great no matter what path he chooses.
“Dalton is currently in my Introduction to Accounting class and is a very enjoyable student to teach,” said Ann Reichle, accounting instructor. “He has a good business mind combined with a consistent work ethic that will serve him well in his future plans.”
When not in class, Dalton enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.
Nebraska college and university students in need of a general physics class will have the opportunity to complete one via distance learning.
Mid-Plains Community College will offer PHYS 1410: General Physics I this summer. It will be taught by Jared Daily, a physics and engineering instructor at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College has announced its "Nursing Students of the Month" for the spring semester. Pictured are those from the second-year Associate Degree Nursing program at MPCC. They include: front row, left to right: Sarah Riddell, Merry Sedlacek, Holly Barrett and Jami Comer. Middle row: Tasia Stumpf, Nicole Miller, Kristin Clapp. Back row: Justina Snider and Elana Ramos.
North Platte Community College students hold candles during an Alpha Beta Theta induction ceremony. Alpha Beta Theta is a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is the only club at NPCC that is strictly academic.
Nils Koch, a German exchange student attending North Platte Community College, stands in front of the White House. He recently returned from a congressional internship in Washington, D.C.
Ask Nils Koch about a typical day in a congressional office, and he can tell you. In fact, he has a better understanding of the inner-workings of the U.S. government than most Americans – despite the fact that he’s from Germany.
“I couldn’t be a congressman,” said Koch. “They are so busy. It’s too much for me.”
Children at McDonald Elementary react to a science show conducted by the North Platte Community College STEM Club on April 7. The club, advised by Jared Daily, NPCC physics and engineering instructor, performs science shows every year for local elementary schools and youth groups. The college students also participated in "Science Night" on Friday at Jefferson Elementary.
Alleyah Evans, a student at North Platte Community College, sings in front her classmates Wednesday in preparation for an April 16 recital.
There will be a spring vocal and piano recital April 16 at North Platte Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
McCook Community College hosted the Mid-Plains Community College Tech Exploration Day which included hands-on demonstrations and displays from the instructors in Building Construction, Auto Body, Automotive, Electrical, Diesel, Welding and HVAC.
Elizabeth Haag, Ben Sinclair, Angela Demilt, Hannah Magill, Sara Savage, Soliel Atenza and Nadyne Crumly
Students from two public speaking classes at North Platte Community College were recognized with awards this week.
Sarah Magill and Ben Sinclair won the bi-annual Word Speeches Competition at the college. Whitney Edwards and Angela Demilt placed second.
Linda Morris was presented with a “You Rock” award Monday by NPCC staff. Pictured from left to right are: Cindy Odean, Gail Knott, Linda Morris and April Fager.
Linda Morris is North Platte Community College’s newest “You Rock” award winner. The honor is given to NPCC employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service.
Morris is a part-time administrative assistant for NPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus (OEC). She was nominated by Gail Knott, area director of outreach for Mid-Plains Community College.
A total of 29 new members will be inducted into the North Platte Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society on Sunday. The Alpha Beta Theta Chapter is the only club on campus that is strictly academic.
The inductees were sent invitation letters earlier this year encouraging them to join PTK. Selection was based upon grade point average.
According to Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the Alpha Beta Theta Chapter, inductees must have a 3.5 GPA to begin with and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA. Students who qualify must apply for membership and pay a lifetime fee.
Aryn Meisinger and Valerie Most serve soup at the NPCC Volleyball Team – Sophomores table Thursday night at the Souper Bowl Cook-Off. Their table ultimately won the title of “Best Soup.”
About $900 was raised from the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday night at the Quality Inn and Suites. North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
A total of 11 teams cooked and served their best concoctions in an attempt to win the titles of “Best Soup” and “Best Décor.”
Emma Petersen and Sam Roessler take a stroll in one of the scenes from “The Good Doctor.” Bea Webster and Ryan Carey also star in the comedy, which the North Platte Community College Theater Department will present April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.
It’s an easy step that could save someone’s life.
That’s how Amanda Koubek, account manager for the American Red Cross, feels about donating blood during an upcoming drive April 13 at North Platte Community College.
The collection is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the student lounge on NPCC’s North Campus. Appointments can be made by calling or texting 563-260-4115, and walk-ins are also welcome.