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A total of eight part-time employees were honored at North Platte Community College on Wednesday for their years of service to the college.
There were two recognition ceremonies. The first was on North Campus in the morning, and the second was in the afternoon on South Campus.
Kandace Ward has been selected as the “Business Student of the Month” for January by the North Platte Community College Business Division.
“Kandace is simply the ideal student,” said Ann Reichle, NPCC accounting instructor. “She is always prepared for class, is so bright and is really involved with campus life. She is making the most of her experience at NPCC, and I am very excited to see what’s ahead for her.”
The North Platte Community College Theater Department is having open auditions for its spring production of “Rhinoceros.”
Auditions will be from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 2 in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus, and each will take about 20 minutes. People trying out for the production are welcome to arrive at any time during those hours.
North Platte Community College PBL members Anna Watts, Ashley Starr, Sara Beisner, Amanda Hastings and Kandace Ward bag food collected as admission to a craft show Dec. 12.
North Platte Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter raised enough money from a craft show Dec. 12 to sponsor three families in need during the holidays.
Karli Flanders is North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for November.
Flanders graduated from North Platte High School in May. She is currently pursuing associate of arts and associate of science degrees from Mid-Plains Community College and is on track to graduate in May of 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The founder of Life CONsequences will speak at North Platte Community College. Ethan Fisher spent three years in prison for vehicular homicide – an experience that convinced him to turn his life around.
The NPCC Student Life Department will bring him to the McDonald-Belton Theater on April 20 to share his story and talk about the choices that led him to a life as a convicted felon. The title of his presentation is, “Good Saturday Night = Lifetime of Compromised Dreams.”
It’s about to get messy. A total of 11 teams are signed up to compete in the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday at the Quality Inn and Suites.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
Marco Pascolo, of Italy, works on a project in a physics lab at North Platte Community College on Monday. Pascolo will transfer to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the fall to study electrical engineering and play basketball.
Statistics in a new report are no surprise to administrators at Mid-Plains Community College. In fact, the information reinforces what they’ve known all along - more students are earning college degrees than traditional data indicates, and MPCC has a hand in it.
North Platte Community College student Marco Pascolo, Emilee McCurdy, a sophomore at Eustis-Farnam High School, and NPCC student Matt Kellie, measure the speed of light using a chocolate bar and microwave oven Monday morning at NPCC.
Pascolo and Kellie are studying relativity in a physics class taught by Jared Daily, NPCC physics/engineering instructor. McCurdy, who is thinking about pursuing chemical engineering, got the chance to sit in on a physics lab with the men as part of a college tour.
Elizabeth Benjamin has resigned from the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors. Ryan Purdy, president of Mid-Plains Community College, received notice of the resignation, which goes into effect immediately.
In her message to the rest of the MPCC Board, Benjamin said, “Louie, Ted, Mike, Garry, Kent and Ernie - it was my honor to serve with you these last 10 years. And to Ben, Jo, Cindy and Karen, I hope that you enjoy your tenure on the Board as I did.”
A Music Talent Scholarship Audition Day has been scheduled for April 18 at North Platte Community College. It will be on the South Campus in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building, according to Elizabeth Peters, music instructor.
“We want to give prospective students a day where they can showcase their talents with a vocal and/or instrumental solo performance in addition to doing a short interview,” said Peters. “We are inviting current NPCC students who want to either receive or renew a scholarship to audition as well.”
Auditions can be scheduled by contacting Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-535-3755.
More than 300 girls attended the Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at NPCC on Thursday. They got a first-hand look at careers in science, math and other non-traditional fields.
Banker, paramedic, chiropractor, photographer – the careers were all on the table Thursday during the annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference.
MPCC Leadership Class students take a break from sightseeing at SeaWorld. Back row left to right: Chandler Wagner, Vince Lyons, Brooke Ruggles, Katelyn Kinne, Emilene Sides, Amanda Dreher, Sam Harper, Colton Daily and Zackary Wright. Front row left to right: Kyla Monie, Hannah Goss, Valerie Most, Aryn Meisinger.
Wednesday’s cloudy skies and cool temperatures were a snap back to reality for four students from North Platte Community College.
That’s because the weather was much warmer in the place they were the day before - San Antonio, Texas.
Jared and Packer Daily got an aerial view of the North Platte Community College South Campus during a plane ride with Dr. Roger Simpson. Jared is a mathematics and physics instructor at the college.
A father and son from North Platte are taking their relationship to new heights thanks to an aviation class offered by Mid-Plains Community College.
Jared and Packer Daily are enrolled in Basic Ground Training, a course for people wanting either pilot or ground instructor certification. Taught by Les Olsen in Valentine, the distance learning class prepares students for the federal private pilot written exam.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Arts and Crafts:
“Oil Painting - Sunset,” – Participants will create a 16-inch by 20-inch sunset oil painting. Instructor Pam Cullen will provide guidance about color mixing, composition and values. All supplies are included in the $70 cost. A discount is available to Creativity Unlimited Arts Council members.
Brian and Judy Lusk, of North Platte, enjoy a scuba diving trip to Roatán Honduras. A scuba diving class will be offered at NPCC on Tuesday.
Scuba diving in Nebraska? It happens more than most people realize, according to Deland Humpherys.
He would know. The North Platte man has been diving for about nine years, four of which he has taught scuba classes.
“It all started with a mid-life crisis,” said Humpherys. “My wife and I had always wanted to scuba dive, so in 2006, we decided to try it. We started out with Jim Wiezorek, owner of Watersports Unlimited in North Platte, and had so much fun that I went to Honduras and got my instructor certification.”
Cutline: Angela Buesing, of Gothenburg, prepares to take a job skills assessment test Monday at MPCC in North Platte. The college has been selected to receive a Career Preparedness Award.
Mid-Plains Community College has been named as a Career Preparedness Award recipient by the Nebraska ACT State Organization.
The honor makes MPCC Nebraska’s community college representative in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
Carra Johnson searches for parts in the Automotive Technology Department at MPCC on Thursday. She’s learning what it would be like to operate a parts store.
There’s more to working in an automotive shop than grease and gears.
Students find that out first-hand when they enroll in the Automotive Technology Program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
Mid-Plains Community College will have a hand in increasing the number of shop and industrial technology teachers in Nebraska.
That’s thanks to a new partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present the comedy, “The Good Doctor,” April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.
NPCC choir members practice ahead of a “Nebraska Sings” concert planned for Saturday. The students will perform alongside the Heartland Singers at 7 p.m. at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center.
Choir students from North Platte Community College will be among those participating in the “Nebraska Sings” project this weekend.
NPCC’s Select Choir and Concert Choir will join with the Heartland Singers to offer a concert Saturday at the North Platte High School.
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.
Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College raised more than $1,000 for the family of Michelle Heisz over the weekend. The Stapleton woman died in a vehicle accident in November.
The MPCC chapters of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association and the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska hosted a St. Patrick's Day-themed 5K run/walk Saturday at the North Platte Community College South Campus to benefit Heisz’s children.
“We were extremely pleased with our turnout,” said Nicole Kissinger, nursing instructor. “We had about 60 adult racers and 25 kids in the kids’ mile.”
Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division.
The results were:
Men 15-19 years
1. - Clayton Pagel
2. - Elliot Purdy
3. - Ethan Fessenden
Women 15-19 years
1. - Rebecca Ady
2. - Jessica Coons
3. - Hannah Pagel
Women 20-29 years
1. - Kaylin Hinton
2. - Serena Findley
3. - BreAnna Zierke
Men 30-39 years
1. - Ryan Purdy
2. - Bill Edelman
3. - Aaron Schroder
Women 30-39 years
1. - Sarah Cardenas
2. - DeeAnn Jensen
3. - Cassandra Foster
Men 40-49 years
1. - Jamie Gastineau
2. - Gerald Halouska
3. - John Rosenburg
Women 40-49 years
1. - Shelly Halouska
2. - Janice Skiver
3. - Denise DiGiovanni
Men 50-59 years
1. - Bob McKain
2. - John Haller
Women 50-59 years
1. - Tammi McKain
2. - Sue Mulligan
3. - Nancy Deckert
Men 60-69 years
1. - Douglas Foster
Women 60-69 years
1. - Barb Chamberlain
2. - Betty Cooksley
3. - Terri Weaver
Men 70 and older
1. - James Schanoedke
Women 70 and older
1. - Donna King
A 1957 Chevy Two-Door Post sedan will be the car raffled by Mid-Plains Community College this year. The Transportation Division of MPCC unveiled the restoration project Friday morning at The Platte River Mall in North Platte.
Known as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world. It is the 11th vehicle restored and modified by Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech students, faculty and staff at North Platte Community College.
The NPCC softball team was among those competing in the 2014 Souper Bowl. The 2015 cook-off is scheduled for April 2.
Teams are needed for the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on April 2 at the Quality Inn and Suites.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
This year, proceeds will be donated to the PAWS-itive Partners Humane Society (PPHS), which promotes responsible pet ownership, the adoption of homeless animals and spay and neuter programs to control pet overpopulation.
Much progress has been made on the new Nebraskaland Days office at the Wild West Arena. The organization plans to move into the building later this spring.
Building construction students at North Platte Community College took advantage of the warm weather Wednesday to work on a couple of big projects.
Registrations are still being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
“2014 NEC Code Update Seminar” – This course is approved for 12 Continuing Education Unit hours by the Nebraska State Electrical Division. Topics include: agricultural and irrigation wiring, grounding and bonding.
Mary Allberry, formerly of North Platte, credits Mid-Plains Community College with igniting her passion for learning.
If there’s one thing Mary Allberry believes in, it’s education.
The once stay-at-home mom has written two books and traveled around the world teaching because of a thirst for knowledge. She credits Mid-Plains Community College for starting her on the path to success.
The Transportation Division of Mid-Plains Community College will unveil its newest customized car restoration project at 10 a.m. Friday at The Platte River Mall in North Platte.
The car is 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 car sought by collectors all over the world.
Members of NPCC’s Brass Ensemble practice ahead of an instrumental concert planned for Thursday. Counterclockwise from left are: Bob Allen, Courtney Nunberg, Donna Pucket, Andrew Parish, Alex Farber, Walker Baird and Carmen Allen.
North Platte Community College will present an instrumental concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the McDonald-Belton Theater. The show is the first of its kind at the college.
Velvet Nuzum-Neth is North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for February. She is originally from Des Moines, Iowa.
Nuzum-Neth graduated from North High School in 2009, and is currently majoring in business with an emphasis in accounting at Mid-Plains Community College.
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.
Ballroom dancing will be one of the many classes offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise this month. Others include: Basic Excel Skills, Investing Strategies and Hair Braiding.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor for North Platte Community College, checks the refrigerant pressure in a walk-in freezer compressor Tuesday. Kemp will teach a CFC certification course later this month.
A chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification course will be offered at North Platte Community College this month. It’s open to anyone who handles refrigerants.
“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.
Elizabeth Dowling, Mayra Barraza and Erin Zeigler demonstrate toothbrushing at Maxwell Public Schools on Monday.
The women are dental assisting students at North Platte Community College. They taught kids in kindergarten through sixth grade how to brush and floss, quizzed them with dental trivia, showed photos of healthy teeth versus rotten teeth and distributed oral hygiene kits.
The third and final phase of a $1.6 million remodeling project is underway in the North Platte Community College McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
Work to replace the bleachers, which are more than 40-years-old, started Monday. The plan is to install new bleachers, including some chairs with backrests, to enhance the viewing experience during sporting, educational and cultural events.
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.
Members of the Business and Professional Women group in North Platte surround Cassie Condon, BPW president, as she hands a check for $3,000 to Carol Bodeen, area director of development for Mid-Plains Community College on Thursday at The Depot.
The money was raised through the BPW’s annual Wine and Brew Festival in October. It will go toward scholarships for three non-traditional female students attending North Platte Community College.
Ellie Granger, an eighth grader at St. Patrick’s Junior/Senior High School in North Platte explains how triangle structures hold up better under pressure than square structures. The demonstration was part of a science fair Thursday at North Platte Community College.
They might not have all the answers, but they know how to find them.
Research, documentation, analysis and perseverance are just a handful of the skills middle and high school students learned while preparing for the annual science fair at North Platte Community College on Thursday.
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.
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.”
This week is National Entrepreneurship Week, and the Nebraska Business Development Center within the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise is asking people to celebrate by encouraging local entrepreneurs.
“We are country made up of entrepreneurs,” said Charlie McPherson, area NBDC coordinator. “America is what it is today because of men and women who created something from nothing, or took over a business and built it up.”
Research indicates the importance of entrepreneurs and small businesses has been a central theme in discussions of national recovery.
Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the North Platte Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, joined Alex Gruciullo and Forrest King, PTK vice presidents, in handing out approximately 120 valentines to residents at Linden Court on Feb. 14. Members of the PTK Alpha Beta Theta chapter made the valentines as part of a community service project.
North Platte Community College will be the site of the 2015 Miss Rodeo Nebraska Clinic next month. Mid-Plains Community College is an official partner of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant.
Those who attend the clinic will have the chance to learn from former royalty and a professional horse trainer. The event will be split this year.
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.
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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.
Marques Thomas, Trysten Terry, Nate Morton and Aaron Parshall, fourth graders at Jefferson Elementary, receive help with a math assignment from NPCC student Fadil Robinson on Friday.
It was a win-win for both groups.
North Platte Community College education students spent Friday morning at Jefferson Elementary mentoring fourth graders and helping them with math assignments.
Velvet Neth, co-historian for the North Platte Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, and Erin Mitchell, PBL president, present a check for $240 to Jeanie Gilbert, executive director of the Rape and Domestic Abuse Program on Friday.
PBL members raised the money by collecting donations and selling items at a bake sale last week. Gilbert said the funds will be used to help offset expenses at the RDAP shelter.
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.
It’s on the house! Local elementary students and their families will be admitted for free to the North Platte Community College Knights basketball game Friday, Feb. 20.
That’s as long as the students are wearing shirts representing their schools. Admission will also be waived for Girl Scouts in uniform and their families.
The Knights will be up against Southeast Community College in a doubleheader. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s game will start at 7:30 p.m.
Both will be in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium on NPCC’s south campus.
The Heartland Hellcats roller derby team will sign autographs between the games.
Gage Bellamy, 17, a junior at Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, flips through a Mid-Plains Community College Course Catalog after taking a test at Inter-High Day on Wednesday in North Platte. The competition made Bellamy think about attending MPCC on his way to becoming an engineer.
Gage Bellamy wants to be an engineer.
Exactly what kind of an engineer – he hasn’t decided. However, the junior at Eustis-Farnam Public Schools is pretty sure of the route he wants to take to reach his goal. It starts at a community college.
“I’ve actually been thinking about Mid-Plains Community College,” said Bellamy, 17. “My sister is taking engineering classes at UNL, so I’ve been able to compare university and community college systems. I know she struggles with being able to get that one-on-one instruction.”
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.”
April Fager has been honored with a “You Rock” award from North Platte Community College. The area database technician was nominated by her NPCC co-workers for demonstrating exemplary internal customer service.
“April embodies the heart and soul of exemplary customer service,” reads one of her nomination letters. “For her, it is effortless.”
Other college employees praised Fager for her pleasant attitude, professionalism, creativity and going above and beyond what’s asked of her.
Her efforts to better track students through the Jenzabar program, the creation of an online admissions form and introduction of portals on Campus Web were also noted.
“April is an integral part of helping MPCC Disability Services deepen its impact,” the nomination letter continues. “We have made huge strides not only for current students, but for future students. We truly appreciate all that she does.”
Fager was presented with a traveling trophy for her accomplishments Tuesday in NPCC’s north campus Welcome Center.
Twenty-eight nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College attended a Nebraska Nurses’ Day at the Legislature conference in Lincoln Feb. 12. Among other things, they learned how to use their voices to impact health care.
Nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College were among those attending the 2015 “Nebraska Nurses’ Day at the Legislature” conference in Lincoln Feb. 12.
A total of 28 of the college’s Licensed Practical Nurse and Associates Degree in Nursing students took part in the event. They were accompanied by Lana Watson, advisor of MPCC’s Nebraska State Student Nurses Association chapter, and Nicole Kissinger, advisor of MPCC’s Licensed Practical Nurse Association chapter.
The group was among more than 600 professional nurses and nursing students that converged on the ballroom of The Cornhusker hotel to learn how to use a collaborative voice to impact health care in Nebraska.
Participants also learned how to make a difference through advocacy, how to read legislative bills and how to prepare and give testimony.
They heard updates about new legislation, met with senators, networked with peers from around the state and watched a Nebraska Nursing Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“The experience was a positive reinforcement to the students that the role of a nurse includes excellence in advocacy, care and lifelong contributions toward the betterment of others,” said Watson.
Ashley Schaub and Kalie Race, of North Platte, take in the sights at the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 12. They were part of more than 600 professional nurses and nursing students attending a conference.
The event concluded with a tour of the historic Nebraska State Capitol. Students visited the Supreme Court Courtroom, observed the Legislative Floor and admired the artwork scattered across the building’s walls.
Students attending included: Kyla Bailey, Brooke Piester, Macey Budke, Kaylin Hinton, Ashley Schaub, Kalie Race, Leera Dutton, Trevor Blake, Bre Zierke, Katrina Wright, Sophie Schreiber, Stephenie Nelson, Hollie Graves, Anessa Kivett, Mariah Strasburg, Andrea Alvarado and Sara Boyer, all of North Platte.
Chandra Bitterman, Marti Turner and Hanna Kelley of Broken Bow also went, as did Staci Dack, Katelyn Rabas, Caitlyn Conroy and Kimberly Stull, of McCook. Katie Nesi, Daile Coleman, Chelsey Shaul and Rachel Zeigler, of Valentine, rounded out the group.
Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College are planning a benefit to help the children of a woman killed in a vehicle accident Nov. 26.
Michelle Lynn Heisz, 34, of Stapleton had been riding in a minivan just north of North Platte when it crossed the center line and struck a semi.
Mary Pierce has been named as the new Ogallala Extended Campus (OEC) coordinator for Mid-Plains Community College. She starts the job Feb. 23.
Pierce lives in Ogallala and has spent the past 15 years working as a reporter and editor for the Keith County News.
"This is an exciting new challenge for me," Pierce said of transition to MPCC. "I'm looking forward to working with the community in a new way."
A support group at North Platte Community College is providing some much-needed comfort and healing to local military veterans and their families. NPCC is a host site for the At Ease program offered through Lutheran Family Services.
At Ease is confidential trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military personnel, veterans and their loved ones. It serves those affected by trauma reactions and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
People love them for their stand-up comedy and performance poetry. Now North Platte will have the chance to experience another side of Ignatius “Iggy” Mwela and Chad Songy - known collectively as CoMeTrY.
“CoMeTrY put on an entertainment show at NPCC in the fall of 2014,” said Josh York, assistant student activities director. “The duo will return Feb. 16 to present an educational piece.”
Mwela and Songy will stress leadership development and diversity appreciation during a show that promises to be informative, relatable and entertaining.
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.”
A high school student competes in a welding contest Wednesday at North Platte Community College. It was part of a career development event that qualified FFA members for the state convention.
More than 260 Future Farmers of America (FFA) students converged on North Platte Community College Wednesday. They were part of a career development event (CDE) attended by 14 area high schools.
"Planning a Funeral" will be one of the spring community classes offered at NPCC this month. Registration can be done online at https://register.centerforenterprise.com/.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
People stream through the buffet Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte. It was part of the second annual Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team Banquet, a fundraiser for the rodeo team.
More than 160 people turned out for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team Banquet Saturday night. The event was at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.
Guests dined on prime rib and Rocky Mountain oysters, bid on items in both silent and live auctions and danced to the music of country singer Austin Wahlert.
Students at North Platte Community College will be able to personalize their dorms or apartments thanks to a new attraction brought in by the Student Life Department.
Booths will be set up in the student lounge on the north campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, offering free customized metal street signs.
Priority will be given to students, but NPCC faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to receive a personalized street sign featuring a name, club or group in bold letters.
Each sign is professionally crafted on-site using rounded edge steel and quality vinyl text to make it look real.
Signs are available at a size of 6" x 24" in green, blue, red or black with white lettering. They can also be full color 8" x 8" with multicolored text and backgrounds, or 3" x 12" in full color.
North Platte Community College’s theater department will have open auditions for a spring production of “The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon.
Auditions will be from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 11 at NPCC’s McDonald-Belton Theater. They will be open to the public and no experience is necessary to try out. NPCC students, staff, administration and North Platte community members are all welcome to audition.
A prepared 1-minute long monologue is preferred, but not required. Actors may be asked to return for a callback audition, during which they will be asked to recite a provided monologue.
The play requires three to six actresses and three to five male actors. All must be age 20 or older. If there are not enough people to fill the cast, an alternative play may be selected.
Rehearsals will begin Feb. 16 and continue Monday through Friday from 6-9 p.m. each day, however, all actors may not be required to be there every night. Performances will be at 8 p.m. April 8 – 11.
For more information, or to make special time arrangements, contact Ritch Galvan at 535-3767 or email@example.com.
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.
Jocelyn Waker has been named North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for January. Waker, of Hershey, graduated from North Platte High School in 2000.
She is currently studying business office technology with a medical emphasis at NPCC and has plans to graduate from the college in May.
“My story really started with the birth of my daughter,” said Waker. “After I had her, I knew I would need to go back to school so my daughter could have a good life.”
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.
Leigha McPeak, a student at North Platte Community College, looks through a microscope during a biology lab.
What do an arborist, an entomologist, a food scientist and a medical geneticist have in common? They all have roots in biology - the study of all living things.
“Biology isn’t required of students at Mid-Plains Community College, but it is the foundation course for any science-related degree,” said Sara Morris, biology instructor at MPCC in North Platte. “Forensic scientists, toxicologists, dentists, optometrists – even pharmacists all take a class in biology at some point.”
A general biology course, Biology 1010, is offered at MPCC every semester and summer. Both online and on-site options are available.
“The class is only one semester, and after it’s over, students move on to their preferred fields,” said Morris. “We have pathways available for whatever students are interested in. It is a good idea for them to visit with a science instructor before they register, however, so they are steered in the right direction.”
Morris said there are numerous benefits to taking the biology class at MPCC. For one thing, it transfers easily to other colleges and universities within Nebraska, which allows students to obtain a quality education at an affordable price.
“We also have small class settings, so there’s a give-and-take between students and instructors,” said Morris. “Our maximum lecture size is 24, and there’s about 12 in each lab. Biology lectures are much more interactive than they would be at a university, and our labs are designed to reinforce the lectures.”
In North Platte, labs are conducted in a new Health and Science Center using state-of-the-art equipment. That includes groundbreaking digital EVOS microscopes, which allow students to examine specimens then view the magnified images on a projection screen.
“The facility is wonderful,” said Leigha McPeak, of North Platte. “There’s ample space for students to spread out in the labs, and plenty of equipment to go around. I never had to share a microscope with anyone.”
McPeak examines a specimen with a state-of-the-art EVOS microscope. Images are projected onto a screen on the wall.
McPeak is pursuing an education at MPCC. She enjoyed the general biology course so much that she is now a teacher’s assistant and lab assistant for the class.
“The best part about it is probably the one-on-one instruction students receive,” said McPeak. “If I had a question about anything, an instructor was always available to help me. I really feel like I got a good education at MPCC.”
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.”