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Nebraska Senator Tom Hansen poses with North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda members (left to right) Julie Hart, Kadie Hays and Farra Morgan following the Commissioner's Recognition of Student Excellence ceremony at the Nebraska State Capital on Nov. 25.
Three North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members were honored at the Commissioner's Recognition of Student Excellence ceremony at the Nebraska State Capital on Nov. 25. The event was held in the Rotunda and sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Those who helped make the 2013 Rail Town USA College Rodeo, presented by First National Bank-North Platte and Mid-Plains Community College, a resounding success were recognized for their contributions Wednesday night during halftime at the North Platte Community College Knights basketball game.
Santa and several of his elves paid a visit to North Platte Community College Tuesday evening to help kick off the Christmas season at the college's annual "Santa's Workshop" event.
During the evening, kids of all ages and plenty of volunteers joined in craft making, cookie decorating, puppet shows, and lots of other holiday activities.
"We really had a good turnout this year," said Josh York, NPCC Assistant Director of Student Housing. "About 175 people attended and we collected nearly 200 non-perishable items to donate to local food banks."
This was York's first year coordinating the event, which "made it fun for me and also for the helpers." He was quick to give credit to the NPCC Lady Knights softball team and coach Janelle Higgins, Erica Lieber, Jessica Hinrichs, and many student and staff volunteers for their help with the workshop.
The evening included two puppet shows presented by members of the softball team using puppets created by NPCC employee Nancy Eisele.
"The puppet shows were a huge success!" York said, adding, "I think a lot of the families that came out were looking forward mostly to the puppet shows, but they ended up having a great time with all the activities and left the college with smiles on their faces. I'm definitely looking forward to doing this again next year and continuing our success with Santa's Workshop."
Michael Summers of Hershey was named North Platte Community College's Business Student of the Month for October.
Summers graduated from Hershey Public School in 1979. During his time at NPCC, he has focused on earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business and Marketing.
"I selected NPCC because of its affordability, location, and student-to-teacher ratio," he said. "NPCC and the faculty have made the transition back to school, after 33 years, accessible and rewarding. The faculty is excellent and has provided me with personal guidance and a challenging curriculum."
Summers is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa at NPCC. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, music, and spending time with his grandsons.
Summers expects to graduate in 2014. Following graduation he plans to remain in the area and hopes to work for a local media firm in marketing and possibly start his own business.
The North Platte Community College Music and Art departments will present a concert and art showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the South Campus of the college. The evening will feature the college choir, select choir, and jazz band, plus an art showing by the NPCC art students, under the instruction of Dik Haneline, in rooms 135 and 137.
The NPCC Choir, directed by Elizabeth Peters with Donna Pucket as collaborative accompanist, will perform selections including "The First Noel," "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," and "Carol of the Bells." The Select Choir, also directed by Peters, will perform selections including "O Christmas Tree," "Sing Noel!" and "Have a Very Merry Christmas."
Members of the NPCC Choir are: Nicole Hines and Sonie Kuhlman of Gothenburg; Abby Kurtzer of Haxtun, Colo.; Matt Perry of Keenesburg, Colo.; *Baylea Vallier of Laramie, Wyo.; *Abi Bradley, *Kaleb Christensen, *Christian Farmer, *Amariah Gesinski, *Drake Heikes, Steven Marshall, *Jacob McNeel, Stacia Nutter, Amy Taft, Sara Savage, *Nikki Schmidt, Mariah Sprunk, Meshka Waya and *Kylie Wroot of North Platte; Mik Keeling of Sutherland; Frankie Lewis of Tryon; William Bartlett of Wauneta; and Briana Dickerson of Westminster, Colo. (*Indicates Select Choir member)
The Jazz Band, directed by Ron Daly, will perform numbers including "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," and "Silver Bells."
Members of the NPCC Jazz Band are: Mariah Strasburg of Arnold; Bre Zierke of Callaway; Karie Funk of Culbertson; Scott Miller of Hershey; Walker Baird, Abby Bradley, Brin Brauer, Kaleb Christensen, Drake Heikis, Joey Peck, Christina Rankin and Carl Rippe of North Platte; Clara Brown of Ogallala; and Matt (Rascal) Martinez of Sutherland.
Daly's guitar class, including Sonie Kuhlman, Walker Baird, Dylan Grieser and Samantha Cissell, will perform "Carol of the Bells."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Peters at (308) 535-3755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-Plains Community College Events Management Class will host a "Breakfast at Dinnertime with Santa" at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Salvation Army, 1020 N. Adams in North Platte.
Individuals can earn several college credits between semesters by taking one of several "Winterim" courses being offered by Mid-Plains Community College beginning the week of Dec. 16.
"These four week 'Winterim' courses give students a chance to earn college credit in a short amount of time," said Dr. Jody Tomanek, Area Vice President of Instruction. "These courses are great for students who are home over the holidays from a four-year university, high school students who are interested in earning college credit while on break, or any potential student who is looking for a quick way to earn some college credits."