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Students, faculty, administrators and Mid-Plains Community College board members celebrated the opening of North Platte Community College’s new South Campus Cafeteria with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony Wednesday at the college. Construction on the $1.5 million project began in May. The new cafeteria features buffet-style food selections and seating for 100.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy signs the Time Capsule container during a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate North Platte Community College’s Health and Science Center that was completed in 2012. More than 40 items including USB files, articles covering the building plans, DVD’s and even a piece of the ribbon from ribbon cutting will be sealed in the container which will be opened in 50 years.
North Platte Community College Choir Instructor Elizabeth Peters and collaborative accompanist Donna Pucket rehearse with members of the NPCC choir in preparation for the Music Department’s spring concert which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of the college.
Ten Mid-Plains Community College nursing students and nurse educator Marge Kouba recently attended the Nebraska Nurses Association Day with the Legislators in Lincoln. The students heard speakers talk about current issues in the Nebraska legislature that affect nurses and the nursing profession, how bills are passed in legislature, and what they can do as nurses to help make their legislators more aware of the needs of nurses in the state. They also had lunch and a time of discussion with some of the Nebraska senators. Pictured left to right (seated) are Holly Barrett, Ashley Kautz, Ellie Edson, (standing) Samantha Parrett, Courtney Hallett, Jami Comer, Jen McGee, Tasha Clark, Tessa Cumming and Carissa Cornelius.
Mid-Plains Community College would like to remind all students and parents of students that the March 1 priority deadline for scholarship applications is fast approaching. Scholarship applications may be submitted after the priority deadline, however submitting on or before March 1 maximizes the scholarship awards.
A halftime shootout, sponsored by the North Platte Community College Foundation, was on tap for those who attended the NPCC Knights men’s basketball game on Feb. 19.
MCC honors Coach Ben Greer with ‘You Rock’ award
McCook Community College has honored Ben Greer with a “You Rock” award for exemplary internal customer service.
Greer serves as softball coach, sports information coordinator, and weight training instructor at McCook.
The nomination letter said while Green has only been employed for just a little more than a year, he has a true passion for success of the college.
“Ben is a highly educated, professional and a well-liked employee who is approachable, accommodating and good natured. It is obvious to all who get the privilege to work with him to see how much he deeply cares about the students and their experience at college,” the letter of nominated said.
“Ben not only wants them to succeed as athletes, but academically first and foremost but then also to grow and become responsible, well-adjusted adults.”
The letter went on to state that citizens in the community are absolutely raving about Ben and not just his coaching abilities, but the kind of person he is.
“Recently I spoke with a local parent who has a high school daughter that is currently taking private hitting lessons from Ben and who is desperately hoping to play for Ben after she graduates.”
The daughter had never been interested in MCC or staying in McCook but after meeting Ben, she says she’ll follow him wherever he goes.
Another parent echoed her admiration for Greer, whose daughter greatly improved after Greer coached her.
“There is something to be said for Ben already having that kind of reputation and the kind of reputation I hope all of our college staff would strive to have and that’s why I think he deserves the You Rock award.”
“We want exemplary internal customer service to become the new “standard” of how we operate rather than the “exception,” said Janet Stalder of the Internal Customer Service Team. “Ben is a great example of that.”
Excitement filled the air Wednesday at North Platte Community College as students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the new South Campus Cafeteria. The cafeteria is currently open for breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The college will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the facility at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Charles and Kathy Burr of Holdrege are the new owners of the North Platte Community College custom-built home, thanks to a winning bid of $108,000. The Burr’s winning bid will also allow them to have input in the completion of the home so it is suited to their personal style. Work on the college’s next custom-built home will begin in the college’s Fall Term.
Members of North Platte Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization are participating the “Community Days 2014” fundraising event.
Area Mentor’s and Mentee’s were special guests during “Mentor Night” at North Platte Community College on Feb. 14.
The Transportation Division of Mid-Plains Community College will unveil their latest custom car project, a 1967 RS Camaro 350/350, at this weekend’s Tri-City Street Rods annual auto show in Grand Island.
Congressman Adrian Smith (center) visits with Mid-Plains Community College Dental Assisting Instructor Lauri Rickley and MPCC President Ryan Purdy during a tour of North Platte Community College’s Health and Science Center on Monday.
North Platte Community College Foundation sponsoring NPCC Knights halftime activities this Wednesday
The North Platte Community College Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit devoted to promoting and enhancing the educational opportunities at North Platte Community College, will sponsor the halftime of the NPCC Knight’s game against Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
North Platte Community College will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new South Campus cafeteria at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
North Platte Community College will have a Time Capsule Ceremony to commemorate the new Health and Science Center at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the lobby area of the building.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Homecoming Royalty includes: (from left) Queen Elizabeth Wilcox, King Christian Conroy, Prince Cody Wudtke and Princess Nala Viliamu.
MCC homecoming royalty selected
Sophomores Elizabeth Wilcox and Christian Conroy were named McCook Community College queen and king at homecoming activities last week. Freshmen Nala Viliamu and Cody Wudtke were named princess and prince.
Elizabeth Wilcox, McCook, is the daughter of Mark and Betty Wilcox. She is a member of S.M.A.C. Club, Student Senate, a student Ambassador, the International Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, and Campus Crusade
She enjoys travelling (she’s been to three continents), photography, music, being an Aunt, and crossword puzzles. She plans to attend a four-year school and wants to pursue a career in health and nutrition.
Her favorite quote comes from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Christian Conroy, McCook, is the son of Marty and Joyce Conroy. He is a pitcher with the MCC baseball team, a resident assistant in housing and a member of the Fellow Christian Athletes. He is a dean’s list honoree who enjoys fishing and hunting.
He enjoys fishing and hunting and his heroes include his dad, Kellen Fernetti and R.A. Dickey and said the thing he likes about MCC is that it has such a “close-knit community feeling.”
Other sophomore queen candidates included: Rachel Bashor and Emily Deines. Sophomore king candidates included Tony Dobbinson and Justin Terry.
Rachel Bashor, Lyons, Colo., is the daughter of Paul and Jodie Bashor.
She is a pitcher, second baseman, and captain on the MCC Lady Indian softball team. She works on campus as a student ambassador and is student on the MCC dean’s list. She also enjoys singing and “crochets like an old lady all the time.”
Her mother is her role model and she loves that MCC has welcomed her and made her feel at home.
Emily Deines, Ravanna, is the daughter of Arlen and Cheryl Deines. She is a libero on the MCC volleyball squad. Her campus organizations include Phi Theta Kappa, Student Senate and S.M.A.C. (Students Making Active Choices.) Her grades have earned her honors on the MCC dean’s list.
She loves being an aunt, enjoys just being herself and said she has enjoyed her close-knit ties to the community and the student body at MCC. She lists her father as her hero.
Her favorite quote is one from John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
Tony Dobbinson, Stamford, Conn., is the son of Monique Mills
He is a 5-10 guard on the MCC basketball team (who can dunk), a member of the athletic leadership program and a member of Fellow Christian Athletes
His favorite quote is, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”
He’s always dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player but short of that, he plans to become a health/physical education teacher.
His hero is his mother and he says while he came all the way from Connecticut to play basketball his experience in McCook has been “awesome.”
Justin Terry, McCook, is the son of Doug and Bonnie Terry and is an outfielder designated hitter on the MCC baseball team.
“I dedicate myself and work hard in the weight room and treat every practice as if it were a game,” is his favorite quote, attributed to Adrian Peterson.
He enjoys hunting and wants to continue his collegiate baseball career at a four-year school.
He lists his hero as his father.
Nala Viliamu, Waipahu, Hawaii, is the daughter of Laugatausala Viliamu–Alcaras and Shane Alcaras.
She is a third-baseman on the MCC softball team who hopes to continue playing softball in Oregon when she graduates from MCC.
MCC has taught her to be independent, and she said and appreciates Coach Ben Greer for giving her an opportunity to play softball. She loves playing on her cell phone, basketball, eating, and jump roping and reading
“Go hard or go home,” is her favorite saying.
Her hero is her grandpa.
Cody Wudtke, McCook, is the adopted son of Stan and Clara Lynn Wudtke and a member of the MCC basketball team.
He is a Brooks Hall residence assistant and member of FCA. He won all-state basketball football honors in high school.
He said he loves everything about his first year at MCC because “It has been awesome.”
His favorite quote is from football coach Nick Saban, “Wrong is their right.”
He would love to continue his college basketball after graduating from McCook at a four-year school. He said teammate Tony Dobbinson is one of his heroes.
Other freshmen princess candidates included Andrea Miller and Molly Hannon. Derron Davis and Dominic Williams were prince candidates.
Andrea Miller, Culbertson, is the daughter of Travis and Brenda Miller.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, S.M.A.C., and the International Club.
She enjoys scrap booking, running, fishing, archery and she says she does not have a television in her house.
Her favorite quote “With God all things are possible” comes from Mathew 19:26.
She doesn’t know what career she will follow but knows that she wants to “help people in some way.” She believes her teachers at MCC have been a great value to her college experience and says her mother is her hero.
Molly Hannon, Brady, is the daughter of Gerald and Mary Hannon. She is a member of the MCC volleyball squad and a future Phi Theta Kappa inductee.
She enjoys riding horses, swimming, and hanging out with friends, and singing.
Her favorite quote comes from Babe Ruth, who said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
“I love the friends I have made here at MCC and value how nice everyone is. The teachers are also wonderful. It’s been such a great experience.”
Derron Davis, Las Vegas, Nevada, is the son of Lisa and Jeff Branch. He is a centerfielder for the MCC baseball team.
He was homecoming king in high school, played on a state champion baseball squad and graduated with honors.
He enjoys ice fishing and came up the baseball’s catch phrase “Roll Tribe.”
Dominic Williams, Denver, is the son of Brenda Duran and Marine and a member of the MCC basketball team. He is a member of Fellow Christian Athletes.
He enjoys soccer and assures everyone who asks that his hair is not a wig.
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do,” he said.
The thing he values about his time on the MCC campus is the fact that everyone from Coach Lenhart to the rest of the campus seems to care and they encourage you to be successful.
He lists his hero as his grandma.
The Mid-Plains Education Association (MPEA) will award two $1,000 scholarships to North Platte Community College students for the Fall 2014 term.
A North Platte Community College student and her canine companion visit with a representative from Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.) during NPCC’s College Transfer Day on Wednesday. Representatives from 16 higher education institutions attended. Students who attended received information about other colleges, their programs and financial assistance available.
In anticipation of the upcoming retirement of Diane Hoffmann, longtime Mid-Plains Community College Director of Nursing/Health Occupations Division Chair, the college recently announced its selection of two MPCC nurse educators to fill those positions.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Sophomore Jyssica Forch visits with a representative from Chadron Tuesday at the MCC College Transfer Fair. Representatives from 14 four-year schools were on hand Tuesday to speak with students about their programs and to answer questions about transferring.
North Platte Community College will have a “Mentor Night” at the men’s and women’s basketball games against Eastern Wyoming College on Friday, Feb. 14. There will be no admission charge for all mentors and mentees, and mentees will get free popcorn.
Mid-Plains Community College Associate Degree Nursing students (l-r) Erica Bargell (also MPCC’s representative for Student Nurse of the Year) and Todd Hovey attended the Nebraska State Student Nurses (NSSNA) convention Feb. 8 in Norfolk.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Vice President Andy Long (left) is leading a group of selected students in a year-long leadership class. Students include (from left): Dakota Schroeder, Shyanne Foster, Kelsey Woitaszewski, Lucas Post, and Tanner Cline. Not pictured is Miranda Farley
MCC Vice president in classroom teaching leadership
In his first year at McCook Community College, Vice President Andy Long has gone into the classroom to teach something he learned growing up in Grant. His new leadership class has a strong emphasis on community.
“I just want to make sure top-notch students from southwest Nebraska can attend McCook Community College and have the opportunity to develop into better leaders and have a great experience in the process,” Long said.
MCC went looking for a select group of students who met the right criteria and found them. In the fall six students began meeting for the vice president’s Monday afternoon leadership group.
“The class is really challenging in that we are forced to think outside the box of different leadership qualities,” said Tanner Cline, freshman from Calloway. “I think the entire class loves being challenged and we love discussing different techniques or past experiences we have been through.”
Long hopes this class will develop leadership for MCC’s current crop of top students, recruit top student leaders in the future, and reach out to current community leaders to introduce and connect with current MCC students.
Some of those community leaders speaking to the class includes: outgoing McCook City Manager Jeff Hancock; McCook Economic Development Co. Executive Director Rex Nelson; Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy; McCook National Bank President Mark Graff; District Director of the Nebraska Schools Activities Conference and educator Alan Garey; Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Ulrich; and Marketing Manager at Willow Creek Meats Marketing Manager and co-owner Cal Siegfried.
“By growing up in Grant I had the opportunity to learn about leadership by being involved in a wide variety of school activities and our speakers are helping illustrate its importance,” Long said.
In addition to the speakers the students read and discussed several books in class including: “Strengthsfinder 2.0” by Top Rath; “The 21 Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell; and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
One of the bonuses by being a part of the group is they will travel to Chicago over spring break for a chance for team development and to explore a major American city that will help students see the opportunities available there while still appreciating what’s available in Southwest Nebraska.
“I've learned that being a leader doesn't always mean that you have to be the dominant personality. Different people can lead in different ways,” Cline said. “Change is almost always inevitable in the real world, and the ways we adapt and adjust to change are what really make our character stand out.”
While a small group of students initiated the program, Long hopes to find even more students when the class meets again in the fall. He’s already looking at current high schools to find those students.
Students who maintain a 3.5 grade-point average or higher or have scored a 25 on their ACT exams and are actively involved in high school activities and leadership can apply.
“If there are high school seniors interested in being a part of this group for next year they should fill out the Mid-Plains Community College scholarship application and send me an e-mail,” Long said.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
MCC Events Feb. 10-15
Educational leaders at Mid-Plains Community College gave a simple, but valuable piece of advice for high school seniors and college students today: Get in line early!
North Platte Community College Transfer Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Area on South Campus.
Are you looking for continuing education credits, professional development, or personal enrichment classes? The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College invites you to join us in one or more of the following classes.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will have their Spring Banquet on Saturday, March 15, at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.
Scouts of all ages pose with members of the North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team during the college’s annual Scout Night on Feb. 1.
According to expert author Marc Adams, if you want to be a dynamic communicator and an exceptional speaker, you must learn the fine art of storytelling.
North Platte Community College will host a Ribbon Cutting for the new cafeteria and a Time Capsule ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The North Platte Community College Foundation has announced a fundraising campaign to replace the bleachers in the McDonald-Belton gymnasium.
Great Plains photos on display through Feb. 14
Patrons of the arts have two weeks left to see the works of photographer whose work has been showcased on both coasts and remains a highly-sought out artist. Peter Brown’s landscapes and images of small town Great Plains life have been displayrf in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco.