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WITH NO CLASSES FRIDAY at McCook Community College because most of the staff was in North Platte for Fall Enrichment, the Lady Indian volleyball and basketball teams spent quality time together with a group Yoga workout followed by a friendly volleyball match
The North Platte Community College Choir will perform their Fall term concert entitled “Concert of Hope” this upcoming Thursday, October 9th in the McDonald-Belton theater on the NPCC South Campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.
According to the NPCC choir director Elizabeth Peters, that while there will be no admission charged, the “Concert of Hope” will focus on raising funds to benefit Great Plains Health’s Callahan Cancer Center. They are planning to sell “Concert of Hope” logoed t-shirts and will be ask for free will donations at the door. All proceeds will go to the Callahan Cancer Center.
There will be three groups performing at the Concert of Hope. Ron Daly will direct the NPCC Jazz Band with selections including "Happy" originally done by Pharrell Williams and "Bye Bye Blackbird." Elizabeth will be directing the concert choir in selections including "River of Dreams" originally performed by Billy Joel, "Deep Peace", and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical Carousel. She will also direct the Select Choir with music including "Bad Day" as recorded by Daniel Powter, and "Anyway" by Martina McBride. Donna Pucket will be the collaborative accompanist for both choirs.
The Concert of Hope will be presented for anyone who has been affected by cancer, either themselves or a friend or family member. The color of the night will be lavender, which is the color that represents anyone who has had any type of cancer. However, there are many colors that specifically represent certain types of cancers and organizers are encouraging attendees to wear those colors to show their support. “We want people to feel uplifted from the music and stories from this concert. We want to help in any way we can and we know that the power of music can work miracles,” according to Elizabeth. “I have seen it in my own family,” she added.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Peters, Music Instructor, North Platte Community College at (308) 535-3755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The NPCC Department of Theatre and Drama Club will conduct a "Costume Sale" on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the McDonald Belton Theatre on the NPCC South campus. The Theatre Department is cleaning out their costume stock and opening their closet doors to the public. The sale will include full character costumes, a variety of costume pieces, as well as vintage clothing items. All clothing is in adult sizes, but there many small costume pieces that would be great for kids. For more information contact Ritch Galvan, Instructor of Theatre (email@example.com).
Auditions for McCook Community College’s presentation of the Charles Dickens classic are set for Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. at the Weeth Theater on the MCC campus.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students in Summer Dickinson’s (second from left) short story/poetry class browsed some of the artwork on display at the Wrightstone Art Gallery on campus.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE faculty, staff, students and MCC family members (top photo) joined forces for a strong showing of blue in Saturday’s Heritage Day parade in downtown McCook.
A 32-student contingent of Lexington High School seniors visited Mid-Plains Community College campuses in North Platte and McCook Wednesday.
Play begins Oct. 1 in Kelley Park for McCook Community College’s Intramural 2-person best shot disk golf league. It continues on Wednesday nights for four weeks.
Learn from published author and McCook native, Nicole Koetter, the different methods and processes of publishing a book from the original idea to the finished product. Class meets Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-9 p.m., in McMillen Hall 213. Class fee is $25.
Phi Theta Kappa members from nine colleges will be on hand this weekend as McCook Community College hosts the 2014 Nebraska/Wyoming fall Regional Conference. Students will come from Casper, Gillette and Cheyenne in Wyoming and Grand Island, Columbus, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk and MCC in Nebraska.
McCook Community College students from five countries have joined the International Club and are learning the geography of Nebraska up close: All five are athletes who will travel across the state and the region.
The McCook Community College Lady Indian Volleyball team has its longest homestand of the season 7 p.m. games Thursday and Friday and a 1 p.m. contest Saturday.
The North Platte Community College Foundation recently received a donation of $1,694.27 from the proceeds of the 2nd annual Heart and Sole 5K and 10K races which were held in North Platte last February.
The Keys to the Car
Photo: Jesse Perez gets some pointers from NPCC Automotive Instructor Bryan Herrick. Jesse L. Perez stopped by the North Campus of North Platte Community College on Tuesday afternoon to take possession of his new classic 1967 Camaro Rally Sport. Jesse was the winner of this year’s NPCC Raffle Car. His winning ticket was one of 6000 sold for the raffle. The proceeds will go fund the restoration costs of the next raffle car and create scholarships for automotive and auto body students.
North Platte Community College will again host their Fall 2014 College Transfer Fair on Monday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CDT) in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton building on the North Platte Community College South Campus.
As the “2014 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo sponsored by Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling and Mid-Plains Community College” draws near, between 250-300 college cowboys and cowgirls representing 12 colleges in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Great Plains Region are preparing for two nights of college rodeo action.
MCC Sophomore JASON LIGHTALL won the annual Brooks Hall Ping Pong Tournament
MORE THAN 200 pre-school and grade school students from the area had the chance to view and touch zoo animals Friday as part of the Mid-Plains Center For Enterprise Kid’s Academy
Employers and Non-Profit Organizations invited to register for Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair
Employers with “student-friendly” job openings and organizations that have volunteer opportunities will have a forum for offering those prospects to North Platte Community College students, alumni and the public at the Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
Mid-Plains Community College in West-Central and Southwest Nebraska will post the only increase in enrollments amongst the 6 community colleges in Nebraska for the 2013-14 academic year.
Resident Hall life at McCook Community College is off to a great start according to Assistant Kellen Fernetti, thanks in part to students serving as resident assistants and the start of Intramural activities Sunday.
The Mid-Plains Community College Enrollment Management team has announced Brandon Pritchett and Ben Greer as student advisors filling the vacancy created with the July retirement of long-time advisor Rick Michaelsen.
A 9/11-themed play "The Guys" is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theater in McCook. All proceeds will be used to help the McCook Fire Department buy new equipment.
We have a winner! Jessie Perez of North Platte is now the proud owner of the Mid-Plains Community College’s 10th custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350. His winning ticket was pulled by Lorna Bouzek Saturday afternoon at Colonel Cody’s Show and Shine Car show in downtown North Platte.
The 2nd annual 2014 Rail Town USA College Rodeo presented by Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling and Mid-Plains Community College is scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at the NEBRASKAland DAYS Wild West Arena in North Platte.
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will be holding open auditions for its fall theatre production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. The auditions will be held September 17 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and take place in the McDonald Belton Theatre on North Platte Community College’s South Campus.
The North Platte Community College-North Campus will host an American Red Cross blood drive, Tuesday, September 16, at the North Campus Student Lounge from 9:30 to 3:30.
While scheduling an appointment is encouraged, walk-ins are always appreciated and needed. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Amanda Koubek at 308-660-6709 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is it-the final countdown. At 2:00 p.m. (CDT) this Saturday, the winning ticket for Mid-Plains Community College’s latest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will be pulled during Colonel Cody’s Show and Shine Car show in downtown North Platte.
Between games at the McCook Community College Invitational Saturday, Eight-year old Caleb Ray Nilus of Omaha, was introduced to the crowd assembled. He is Weston’s eight-year-old nephew and the tournament was a benefit fundraiser for him and his family. MCC officials planned just a simple introduction, but Caleb turned it into something more poignant.
Enterprise Kids Academy starts Sept. 12 when Scottsbluff Zoo brings animals to MCC campus for presentation on animal body coverings.
Meet some of the new staff and faculty at MCC
After one week of classes at McCook Community College, preliminary numbers show increases in enrollment, credit hours, and housing.
McCook Community College Vice President Andy Long, said when the college was open for a full day of classes Aug. 26 MCC had 412 full-time students, an increase of 13 from the same day a year ago. There were also 290 part-time students, up from 274 a year ago. Students this semester are taking 332 more credit hours with full-time equivalency numbers up 5.84 percent over a year ago.
In Brooks Hall, officials are reporting 136 of the 142 assigned beds are taken, or about 96 percent. In addition, all 12 of the positions offered in the third session of MCC’s Accelerated Paramedic Training (EMT) are filled as are their housing slots.
McCook Community College Production of ‘The Guys’ a 911-themed tribute play about firefighters -- and a fundraiser for local firefighters -- will be staged at the Fox Theater on Sept. 11.
Kirkland Productions entertainer Cindy Pierce brought her witty humor, enthusiasm, and overall charisma to students and staff at North Platte Community College Monday evening.
Students who are new to North Platte Community College took part in Orientation Day activities Monday at the college. Although the college’s fall term has officially begun, students may register through the first week of the class that is being offered. Visit www.mpcc.edu for class schedule. It is strongly recommended that students wishing to register make an advising appointment by calling (308) 535-3774 in North Platte or (308) 345-8102 in McCook.
McCook Community College Vice President Andy Long (upper left) puts on his disco jacket and vintage afro to greet students to the retro-themed new student orientation Monday on campus. Freshman Jessica Rivera (upper right photo, standing left) of Las Vegas, Nevada meets new roommate, Mackenzie Bilger, a freshman from Boisie, Idaho during move-in day Saturday. During Monday’s orientation activities (lower right photo) students were divided into several smaller groups and completed various tasks aimed at familiarizing students with campus facilities and services like those in von Riesen library here, as well as faculty advising sessions. Interspersed through out the day were games (lower right photo) and prizes. Here Freshman Jasmine Pemble defeats Dillon Budd in the finals of the balloon race in which students blew up balloons and used expelled air to propel six plastic cups across the table. Fall term classes begin tonight,
For the first time in more than a decade, when classes start Monday at Mid-Plains Community, students will no longer be attending Nebraska’s Smallest Community College.
The North Platte Community College “Select Choir” performance ensemble is looking for singers of all voice types.
Auditions for the Select Choir will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in room 115 on the South Campus. The only requirement for those interested in auditioning is that they come prepared to sing.
MCC looking for “friends’ to help students move in
When McCook Community College students move into Brooks Hall Saturday, college officials are hoping to debut a group of community volunteers to welcome new students and help move them in.
The first appearance of “Friends of the College” will gather when students check-in to Brooks Hall between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and help students carry boxes, luggage, and dorm living items to their new rooms.
“If anyone is looking for something to do Saturday, we’re looking for individuals, families or even groups who can be on hand to help greet our new students,” MCC Vice President Andy Long.
The president said in his first year as campus president he has come into contact with numerous individual around the community who say they may not be in any position to support the college and its foundation financially, but if there were a way to donate manpower they’d be glad to help. Long said Saturday’s move-in seemed to be a great way to start what he’s calling the “Friends of the College” campaign.
“A lot of people know what a milestone event it is when someone heads off to college,” Long said. “I’ve had people ask me ‘is there anything I can do that doesn’t involve opening up my checkbook’ and on Saturday there will be an opportunity for community members to help our students – especially our incoming freshmen – feel welcome to their new home.”
This year college officials say Brooks Hall will be full with 140 students.
Saturday’s move-in will be coordinated by Julia Bauer in the MCC Office of Student Life. Anyone interested in helping volunteer for Saturday’s event should contact her at 345-8108. Brooks Hall staff members Kellen Fernetti and Scott Weston, along with Brooks Hall resident assistants will also assist in the move-in.
Long said down the road he would hope that “Friends of The College” would be available to help with other volunteer manpower needs, like the hosting of athletic tournaments.
Students are set to kick of the 2014-2015 year with Orientation Day Monday from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The theme for this year is Retro/Disco Orientation.
“Our mission is to help these students feel welcome and familiarize them with as many people and services as we can in one day, as well as help them get to know one another,” said Kelly Rippen, Mid-Plains Community College Area Dean of Enrollment Management.
A student lunch and business/organization fair is set for 11:35-12:30 on campus with afternoon orientation sessions from 12:35-3:15 p.m.
North Platte Community College will have a New Student Orientation (NSO) on Monday, Aug. 25.
Only new students are required to attend, however returning students are welcome. There will be no daytime classes during Orientation 2014 activities. Evening classes will be held as scheduled.
Several students in North Platte Community College’s Human Relations class recently collected coin and cash donations and organized a bake sale to benefit the March of Dimes “Prematurity Campaign.” The students raised a total of $150 to help families have full-term, healthy babies. Pictured from left to right are NPCC Speech/Human Relations Instructor Nadyne Crumly, Michaela Clark, May Briggs, Kinsey Bush, Shayla Spurling, Akau Deng and Steven Keltz.
Student move-in day at North Platte Community College is set for Saturday, Aug. 23.
According to Janelle Higgins, NPCC Dean of Student Life, students in Pod One will move in from 8 to 10 a.m.; Pod Two from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Pod Three from 12 to 2 p.m.; and North Campus students from 2 to 4 p.m.
A variety of North Platte area businesses and organizations will have a “Community Fair” to welcome North Platte Community College students during student move-in day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the South Campus of the college.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise has twenty-five $50 scholarships available for their upcoming Fall 2014 Business Bootcamp Series, thanks to the generous support of the North Platte Area Chamber and Development office.
Classes at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations are set to begin Aug. 25, but there is still time to register for the Fall 2014 term. Whether you are interested in updating your computer skills, improving your golf game, or taking the classes you need for your associate’s degree, MPCC is the place that can make it happen.
Fall Term classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25, at all MPCC locations.
It should be noted that daytime classes at the main campuses in McCook and North Platte will not take place on Aug. 25 due to New Student Orientation, however evening classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later will take place as scheduled.
Several Yoga classes, taught by certified instructor Charlene Greene, are among the wide variety of classes offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise this fall.
The installation of fitness equipment in the newly-renovated weight room on the upper-level of the North Platte Community College gymnasium Wednesday was one of the final steps in phase one of the gym renovation.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program had their pinning ceremony Thursday at North Platte Community College. Graduates include Hannah Magill of Broken Bow; Ellie Edson, Kayla Pethoud and Karri Stapp of Cozad; Anna McDaniel of Crookston; April Hickman of Dunning; Ashley Kautz of Grant; Rhea Hernandez, Theresa Rydalch and Marie Sahm of McCook; Becky Carson-Fitzgerald, Kayla Dotson, Melissa Gore, Ronda Haumann, Paula Konruff, Amber Simcox, Kassandra Stahl, Kristi Vierya and Chelsea Worth of North Platte; Brandy McConnell of Sutherland; Pacanda Carfield of Trenton; and Sarah Arnold, Holly Hockenbary and Anna Maas of Valentine.
“Spanish for Nursing 2990” will begin Aug. 26 at the South Campus. The three credit-hour course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and fulfills the “Human Relations” course requirement for nursing students.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will have their informal pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on North Platte Community College’s South Campus.
Everything from building materials, to shop equipment, to electronics and computers will be up for sale at the North Platte Community College Surplus Auction beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the college’s North Campus.
MCC Students: Veronica Waddell and Grant Moore, Ashley Noltensmeier captured top 5 awards at national business competition. (Courtesy photo)
MCC’s PBL students garner national honors
Competing against almost 2,000 students from across the nation, McCook Community College brought home four more top 10 awards in core business skills. This is the third year in a row MCC students have placed in the top four.
The North Platte Community College Sigma Omega PBL Chapter received numerous top-10 honors at the National PBL Conference held in Nashville, Tenn., June 23-28. Members attending included (left to right) Monique Leahy, Priscilla Vega, Cassandra Dishman and Erin Mitchell.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will offer a Commercial Driving License (CDL) course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at the North Platte Community College North Campus with instructor Dennis Holtz.
Rick Michaelsen, after 45 years in education, announced his retirement Friday after spending the past 23 years as a student advisor at McCook Community College.
North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
While scheduling an appointment is encouraged and appreciated, walk-ins are always welcome and needed. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Rascal Martinez at (308) 386-6634 or email email@example.com.
David Pedersen, attorney for Mid-Plains Community College, administers the Oath of Office to Jo Etta Brown of Brule after she was selected as the MPCC Board of Governor’s District 2 representative Wednesday evening. Brown will complete the term of former board member David Lynch.
Instructor Jamie Mockry leads a group of future bakers in the McCook Community College Creative Kids Campus class, 1-2-3- cupcakes. Students in the third through fifth grade spent part of the morning Wednesday learning to bake and decorate cupcakes – and most importantly, they got to take their creations home when the class was done.
In an effort to simplify its annual Tech Fair, Mid-Plains Community College has revamped the annual competition, turning it into an online showcase of area high school tech projects.
McCook Community College is holding auditions Sunday for a special 911-themed performance of the highly acclaimed play “The Guys” to be performed Sept. 11 at the Fox Theater in McCook.
North Platte Community College and the Nebraska Department of Labor will co-host a Truck Driver Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at the North Campus.
Southeast Community College business instructor RoxAnn Courdeyas presented Angie Chittick, North Platte Community College business and office technology instructor, with Delta Pi Epsilon’s “Outstanding Educator Award” during the Nebraska Career Education Conference June 2-5 in Kearney. Courdeyas was last year’s winner of the award.
Mid-Plains Community College’s newest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will be on display at the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car show and Parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 20. It will also be on display Friday afternoon at Walmart in North Platte.
Time is running out for Mid-Plains Community College’s Bridge Grant Program in the Medical Office Certificate program.
Faculty and staff at North Platte Community College prepare to give a Canteen-style greeting to participants of the NOW (Nebraska on Wheels) bus tour Wednesday at the college.
Six Mid-Plains Community College instructors were among those honored with BEST – Belong, Excel, Study and Travel – awards during the Nebraska Department of Education’s Nebraska Career Education Conference held recently in Kearney. Those who received awards were (left to right, standing) Jean Condon, Angie Chittick, Janet Stalder, Kathy McCune, (seated) Cathy Nutt and Lorrie Mowry.
Driver’s Education classes for area high school students will be offered at North Platte Community College from July 21-25. This course consists of 20 hours of classroom time and five hours of driving time as required by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.
STUDENTS spent part of their Wednesday morning creating a greenhouse garden as part of McCook Community College’s Creative Kids Campus Wednesday’s in June.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.9 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the President’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.5– 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
A kickoff event for Mid-Plains Community College’s newest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Bob Spady Buick GMC in North Platte. Raffle tickets are $10 each and no more than 6,000 will be sold.
Mid-Plains Community College Nurse Educator and Health Occupations Division Chair Marina Makovicka and McCook Community College Graphic Design Instructor Becky Meyers were honored with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) excellence award at the 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held May 25-28 in Austin, Texas.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club officially became full-fledged college athletic team after a vote by the MPCC Board of Governors at their April meeting.
In memory of Dundy County residents Jim and Marjorie Reisher, the family has established a scholarship fund at Mid-Plains Community College designed to benefit current or prior residents of Dundy County or current/former students in the Dundy County-Stratton school system.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College will offer summer classes for children in the coming weeks. This is the inaugural year for the CFE’s Creative Kids Campus. The following classes will be offered in June and July.
Mid-Plains Community College Area Technology Specialists Farra Morgan and Matthew Schranz have been working in recent weeks to upgrade distance learning classrooms at the college with digital technology, thanks in part to an $118,000 funding partnership with the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.
Numerous four, six, and eight week classes are set to begin in June at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations and online.
When Comstock’s Tyler Viers joined the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team last July, the young bull rider was expected to do great things. Those expectations were realized recently when Viers was named the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2014 Great Plains Region Champion Bull Rider.
A statewide agreement on the transfer of college-level credit courses was recently re-signed by representatives from 27 Nebraska colleges and universities including Mid-Plains Community College.
In his 48 years of coaching high school and college basketball, North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball coach Dick Thurin never imagined that he would gain national recognition for a play he never even saw coming.
Rob Bogardus named 2014 Gene A. Budig Outstandign Faculty Award Winner at MCC
North Platte Community College held its 2014 Spring Commencement on Friday, May 9.
Kari Lynn Hunt was the student speaker at the commencement ceremony. NPCC Vice President Marcus Garstecki provided introductions and remarks, as well as the presentation of the graduation candidates. Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College, and Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC Area Vice President of Instruction, conferred the diplomas.
The NPCC Select Choir was on hand to provide music for the ceremony.
Carmen Sizer of Ogallala celebrates receiving her nursing pin during the Mid-Plains Community College Associate Degree Nursing pinning ceremony Friday at North Platte Community College. Sizer was one of 22 graduates from the program this year. Other graduates are Lisa Shimmin of Gothenburg; Susan Maucher of Hayes Center; Rebecca Gray of Maywood; Melissa Ebert and Tina Messersmith of McCook; Rawnie Barnes of Mullen; Kaleia Alberts, Erica Bargell, Makayla Bell, Amber Berliner, Donna Bielicki, Trista Borg, Shawna Coen, Whitney Gayman, Karrie Hanna, Kaitlyn Jensen, Brandi Obermeier and Lisa Rosenof of North Platte; Stefanie Schrack of Ogallala; Kathryn Hays of Phillipsburg, Kan.; and Autumn Jerred of Springview.
Jamie Peters, Mid-Plains Community College Area HR Specialist/Wellness Coordinator, presents nurse educator Lana Albrecht-Watson with a “You Rock” award for exemplary internal customer service on May 8. According to the nomination letter, Albrecht-Watson recently took over running the LPN program in a co-worker’s absence. “Lana is always willing to help anyone. She is the first to pick up the pieces and get the chaos worked through. She keeps a smile on her face while coordinating all the extra duties. She has helped me out too many times to count.”
Robin Rankin, Area Director of Adult Education/ADA, presents Cheyenne Swanson of McCook with an award for earning outstanding General Educational Development (GED) test scores during Mid-Plains Community College’s GED, Adult Education (AE) and English Language (EL) Recognition ceremony Tuesday evening. The ceremony honored GED completers and select AE and EL students for dedication toward achieving their personal goals.
North Platte Community College students had the opportunity on Monday to “bowl” off some steam at a bowling event organized by the NPCC Student Life organization. “It was a blast for all those students who were able to come,” said Josh York, Assistant Housing Director/Student Activities Special Events. “They really enjoyed it and were able to take a break from studying for finals to relax.” York said approximately 50 students showed up to bowl or just hang out with their friends at the event.
Those who are unable to attend Mid-Plains Community College’s commencement and ADN nurses pinning ceremonies in McCook and North Platte this Friday, May 9, will be able to view them live on the Internet.
Mid-Plains Community College students in the Associate Degree Nursing program will have a pinning ceremony at noon on Friday, May 9, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
Spring commencement ceremonies at McCook Community College and North Platte Community College will take place Friday, May 9. The ceremony at MCC will take place at 10 a.m. in the MCC Events Center. The NPCC ceremony will be at 3 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at the South Campus.
From his early childhood, Senko Pecarevic of Santa Fe, Argentina, found himself fascinated with the United States and the American culture.
Although his native language is Spanish, he began learning English when he was just eight years old. He dreamed of coming to the U.S. to learn, work, and experience all the country had to offer, but he had no idea how to make that happen. When a friend suggested that he pursue his education in America, he took the first step towards turning his dreams into reality.
Ariel Quiroga of Sutherland was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for March.
North Platte Community College students brought home numerous awards from the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference contest April 16-18 in Omaha.
McCook Community College sophomores Brian Calvin, Joseph McCarty and Rachel Bashor were honored with the top academic awards Tuesday at MCC Honors Convocation.
Individuals who have completed their General Educational Development (GED) testing will receive graduation certificates in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
Ronald Edel, Union Pacific Railroad Director of Mechanical Maintenance, shared insights about how technical students at North Platte Community College can use their skills and expertise to become gainfully employed in a good industry for a great company during a “Breakfast of Champions” informational seminar Tuesday at the college.
The North Platte Community College Music and Art departments will present a concert and art showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of the college.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Sophomore Ashley Noltensmeier displays some of her portfolio work at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus. She is one of five graduating students in MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication whose work is featured through May 9. The exhibit also features other projects from first-year students. Ashley sold four of her pieces this past weekend at the art show in Oberlin while fellow student Katie Calitri also sold some of her art. Recently MCC graphic design students placed first and second in the state Phi Beta Lambda competition in desktop publishing – the third year in a row MCC has swept the top two honors in the state competition. The current exhibition is open to the public. The Wrightstone Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
Joseph McCarty selected as MCC Student speaker
North Platte Community College students took a break from their studies last week to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and Whiffle Ball competition.
A new student visits with representatives from North Platte Community College’s Career Services department during Registration Day on Thursday at the college. Students who attended had the opportunity take placement tests, tour the college, and visit with faculty, staff and other NPCC students.
North Platte Community College students Scott Sperber and Amy Callendar-Taft, both of North Platte, were presented with $1,000 scholarships from the North Platte faculty members of the Mid-Plains Education Association (MPEA) during the annual Honors Convocation held April 22 at the college. According to Dr. Aaron McLean, MPEA President, money for the scholarships came from several successful fundraisers held throughout the year. The scholarships were dedicated this year in memory of the late Julie Goans. Pictured from left to right are MPCC President Ryan Purdy, MPEA representative Sara Morris, Sperber, Callendar-Taft, and NPCC Vice President Marcus Garstecki.
VOICES OF ALL AGES will come together at the Weeth Theater on the McCook Community College campus Monday April 28 at a 7 p.m. concert. MCC Choir members recently rehearsed with the Central Starz of Central Elementary School, the two singing groups will team up for some selected songs on the program which will include a variety of vocal and instrumental performances.
Six members of the North Platte Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, along with NPCC PBL Advisors Kathy McCune and Angie Chittick, attended the State Leadership Conference held April 11-12 in Kearney. Pictured from left to right are PBL advisor Angie Chittick, Cassandra Dishman, Priscilla Vega, Erin Mitchell, Monique Leahy, Desirae Wuestewald, Shelly Battreall and advisor Kathy McCune.
Sandy Tucker of Ogallala was the lucky winner of an oversized Husker rocking chair that was built and raffled by students in the North Platte Community College Building Construction program this year.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE Freshman Chris Swasta projects the titles William Shakespeare plays and sonnets onto a flat which he traces and will turn into the backdrop for this weekend’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.” The MCC production is set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S Phi Beta Lambda members who participated recently at the state leadership conference include (front row from left): Kendall Lienemann; Lorrie Mowry, Co-Advisor; Brooke Hoffmann; Kyla Epley. (Back Row) Grant Moore; Janet Stalder, Co-Advisor; Veronica Waddell, Ashley Noltensmeier, and Brittany Sutton. (Courtesy photo)
MCC students claim top honors at state PBL leadership conference
McCook Community College students involved in Phi Beta Lambda competed with 12 other state chapters recently at the state leadership conference in Kearney with three students qualifying to compete in the national competition.
First and second place winners are eligible to compete in the national Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas. Since students may only compete in two events, sometimes lower places also earn the right to represent Nebraska at this conference.
Veronica Waddell placed first in Desktop Publishing, Grant Moore placed first in Management Concepts and the team of Ashley Noltensmeier and Veronica Waddell placed first in website design.
The team of Ashley Noltensmeier and Grant Moore places second in desktop publishing.
Other awards went to: Veronica Waddell fifth place in Entrepreneurship Concepts; Grant Moore fifth in Marketing Concepts; Janelle Davis sixth in Retail Management; and Brooke Hoffman eighth in Business Communication.
Other students participating in this year’s competition included: Brittany Sutton, Kendall Lienemann, and Kyla Epley.
Ashley Noltensmeier was named this year’s recipient of Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL because of her development of the Facebook MCC PBL Page.
The chapter received a scrapbook certificate this year and the Business Person of the Year was Ryan Davis, Davis Tree Service
In the category of Career and Membership Achievement, Ashley Noltensmeier received the director level and Veronica Waddell achieved the executive level.
CHRISTIAN CONROY – a sophomore at McCook Community College donated money to Phi Theta Kappa for this chance to take a sledge hammer to a car as part of PTK’s “Smash-A-Thon” fundraiser this week. The event helped raise $618 for PTK members to attend the national convention in Florida later this month. The car was donated by Bill Mathies. Most of the donated funds came from MCC faculty, staff, students, and family members.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Sophomore Joseph McCarty roams the St. Patrick’s school student body in search of volunteer trees (and dwarfs) to help in the MCC production of “Snow White” which the acting class has performed for several elementary school groups this semester. Acting students in this production included (inset from left) McCarty in several roles, Allison Priddy as Snow White and Rachel Gordine as the Evil Queen.
Cassandra Dishman of Gothenburg was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for February.
MPCC celebrates successful transition to Tobacco-Free environment – expands policy to include e-cigarettes
In 2010, Mid-Plains Community College became the first public post-secondary institution in Nebraska to enact a policy declaring that all of their college campuses would be entirely tobacco-free. The policy was recently expanded to include all types of electronic cigarettes as well.
Lindsey Hafer (right) got help with friend Kayla Buschow of Blue Hill in assembing this life-sized three-dimensional piece "What Could Have Been" which was named best of show at McCook Community College's annual paint-in exhibition.
Area high school artists honored at MCC
A Blue Hill High School student took home best of show honors Friday at the awards ceremony for McCook Community College’s annual paint-in exhibition competition. Lindsey Hafer’s life-sized three-dimensional piece called “What Could Have Been” received the show’s top honor among almost 200 pieces. She said she was assisted by Kayla Buschow. Max-area photographer Bill Coe judged this year’s competition.
In addition to awarding four prizes in each of seven categories MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson announced Friday a new partner in the paint-in competition. The McCook Art Guild awarded students with art supply gift certificates. Those students included: Felecity Petty, McCook; Jared Shelton, Norton; Lizzy Sarnes, Lexington; Emily Sides, McCook; and Hunter Mowry, Cambridge.
McCook Community College’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition begins April 28.
Here are the results from the paint-in exhibition.
Best of Show – Lindsey Hafer, Blue Hill, “What Could Have Been”
PAINTING -- 1. Hannah Pollack, Norton (“Deafening Silence”); 2. Courtney Garcia, McCook (untitled); 3. Lizzy Sarnes, Lexington (“Frank”). Judge’s Choice –Holdens Dreiling, Chase County, (“Hendrix”).
DRAWING – 1. Jared Shelton, Norton (“Gateway To Heaven”); 2. Seven Women; 3. Hannah Polack, Norton (“Through My Eyes”). Judge’s Choice – Brooklyn Nordhausen, Wauneta-Palisade (Puppy).
PRINTS/PRINTMAKING – 1. Tiara Schmidt, McCook (Development of Photography); 2. Kristal Hammer, Southwest (Monkey print); 3. Jame Kieners, Mayday Parade.
MIXED MEDIA – 1. Abbey Eden, Southern Valley (“October Blud”); 2. Andrea Hogsett, Chase County (“Birds”); 3. Brandy Davis, Norton (“Valley of Fears”). Judge’s Choice: Thomas Hoxmeier, Southern Valley, (“Resignation Spec”).
THREE DIMENSIONAL – 1. Jane Reiners, Southwest, (“May Day Parade); 2. Liz Van Cura, Hayes Center, (“Moudraqin Style”); 3. Ana Vargas, Lexington, (“Stuck In Time”). Judge’s Choice: Lindey Hafer, Blue Hill, (“What Could Have Been”).
POTTERY – 1. Latti Klein, Southern Valley (“Identity”); 2. Elizabeth Macias, Lexington (“Earthly Ground”); 3. Kenzie May, Southwest, (“Double Wall”). Judge’s Choice: Tristan Bantam, Southern Valley (“Twisted Lizard.”)
DIGITAL WORK/PHOTOGRAPHY – 1. Mitch Krueger, Blue Hill (“World Within”); 2. Lenae Kehmetscher, Blue Hill (“Layers”); 3. Alec Meyer, Blue Hill, “Old Iron”). Judge’s Choice: Tatiana Hohenfield, Blue Hill (“Trees In Mist.”)
ART STUDENTS – From Wauneta-Palisade High School painted the winning mural Friday at McCook Community College’s paint-in competition at the Event Center on campus. The theme for this year’s competition was “Fantasy City” which was announced at 9 a.m. and teams completed the mural in three hours.
There were 22 schools competing in this year’s event. Second place went to Southern Valley, third place to Lexington and Sutherland received honorable mention. The judge was Max-area photographer Bill Coe.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Students in Phi Theta Kappa helped raise money for Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in November, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded worldwide. It killed more than 7,000 and left more than four million homeless. The PTK relief effort began when Sionie Ball, an MPCC nursing student from the Philippines made the MCC chapter aware of the relief effort. Andrea Miller (seated front) designed and distributed contribution jars and collected money at an MCC basketball game and raised $50. In addition Sionie’s husband Tom Ball of Howard Kool Honda matched those contributions. The money was forwarded to former PTK member and MCC alum Amber (Leising) Grosbach in Imperial whose church was also involved in the Southwest Nebraska Mercy of Hope relief effort. Other PTK members pictured include (standing from left) Jyssica is Forch, Amber Hilker and Miranda Farley.
North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
Erin Mitchell of North Platte was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for January.
A trip to Splatterbox Paintball in Hershey turned a mundane Wednesday into a memorable adventure for more than 50 North Platte Community College students on April 2. “We had a great turnout, especially considering the weather was not looking too warm,” said Josh York, Assistant Housing Director/Student Activities. “Some students just watched, but others formed teams and played against each other. They all seemed to really enjoy it and didn’t want it to end even after we ran out of paintballs.”
Thirteen new members and one current member, Shelly Battreall, were inducted into North Platte Community College’s Alpha Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in a ceremony April 6 at the college. According to Dr. Glynn Wolar, PTK Faculty Advisor, 29 NPCC students are new to PTK this year.
‘Abridged Shakespeare’ coming to MCC stage
Three McCook Community College students are bringing the complete works of Shakespeare to stage – all 37 of them as well as the sonnets -- in a whirlwind 90-minute presentation on campus April 25-27.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” will be presented at the Weeth Theater on campus by actors Joseph McCarty, Daniel Jordan and David Sandman.
“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this play. If you hate Shakespeare you’ll love this play. If you don’t know Shakespeare, this is a highly entertaining way to learn about his works,” said MCC Speech and Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle.
This production is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays and was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre. It was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
These madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
“But before we started I warned the guys they’d all have to be in top physical condition to pull this off. They probably thought I was joking but the first time we rehearsed it I think they were winded by intermission,” Grizzle said. “It’s three guys, 90 minutes and tons and tons of laughs.”
Showtimes are set for 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 27.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door
Earlier that week MCC is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook’s historic Fox Theater April 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Timothy Mooney presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It’s so interactive audience members have the chance to win prizes.
For more information about this event contact MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle at 345-8173.
Silent auction Friday for MCC surplus computers
McCook Community College will have a silent auction for surplus computers Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walsh Brady Hall on the McCook Community College campus.
Approximately 20 HP desktop computers with Windows XP, 50 Gateway laptops with XP or Vista, and 13 Apple iMac’s with OSX 10.9 will be available for purchase. Each computer will have a specification sheet attached to it.
Each of the computers was in working condition when pulled out of service.
For more information, contact Darin Morgan at (308) 345-8113 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
22 area schools coming to MCC paint-in Friday
McCook Community College is hosting art students from 22 area high schools Friday for the annual paint-in competition on campus.
The MCC Event Center is the stage for these students who will gather for the mural painting competition. Artists convene at 9 a.m. when the paint-in theme is announced, and rules and prizes will be discussed.
Painting is from 9:30 a.m.-noon with the awards ceremony set for 1 p.m.
This competition is held in conjunction with the MCC Paint-In exhibition currently on display at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus. There are nearly 200 art pieces from a wide range of media created by high school students on display through Friday.
This display is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition begins April 28.
There was a packed house at North Platte Community College Thursday morning as Rod Christmann, owner of Electric Solutions and representative of the North Platte Homebuilders Association, shared insights about how students can use their technical skills and expertise to become gainfully employed in a good industry for a great company during a “Breakfast of Champions” informational seminar.
The NPCC Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony for new members of the 2014/2015 academic year will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus.
PTK ‘Smash-A-Thon’ fundraiser set for April 15
The McCook Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is staging a smashing fundraiser. On April 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., they are selling opportunities to take a sledge hammer to a car.
The event will be on the east side of the Event Center Parking Lot.
Smashers can pledge a certain amount per swing or donate a maximum of $25 total.
The smash-a-thon is a fundraiser to help members attend the national Phi Theta Kappa conference.
MCC bringing ‘Lot O’ Shakespeare’ to Fox Theater
McCook Community College is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook’s historic Fox Theater April 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook “Acting at the Speed of Life,” as well as “The Big Book of Moliere Monologues,” presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It’s so interactive audience members have the chance to win prizes.
For more information about this event contact MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle at 345-8173.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE – students in drawing class help hang nearly 200 works of arts from 21 area high school as part of the MCC paint-in art exhibit on display through April 11 at the Wrightstone Gallery on campus.
MCC paint-in exhibit on display through April 11
Nearly 200 art pieces from a wide range of media created by high school students from 21 area schools are on display through April 11 as part of the 2014 McCook Community College Paint-In and exhibition.
It all caps off with the paint-in competition April 11 at the MCC Event Center.
The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
MCC’s Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition April 28-May 9.
Arapahoe, Southwest and Mullen high schools claimed the three top academic honors Wednesday at McCook Community College’s Inter-high day academic competition. In addition Medicine Valley and Dundy County-Stratton were the top two finishers in the quiz bowl competition and qualified for the state meet in Holdrege.
Arapahoe was the inter-high day winner in Division One, Dundy County-Stratton was second and McCook finished third.
Southwest claimed top honors in Division Two, Quinter placed second and Sutherland third.
In Division Three, Mullen placed first, Wauneta-Palisade was second and Hitchcock County third.
More than 400 students from 18 area high schools tested in 27 academic areas with the winners in each category winning a $500 scholarship to MCC and the top three placers in each category receiving three free credit hours for summer classes.
MCC also hosted the area quiz bowl competition with Medicine Valley, coached by Kaye Banzhaf, claimed first place and Dundy County Stratton, coached by Bill Polson, finished second and qualified for the state quiz bowl meet in Holdrege at the end of April.
Here are the winners in the inter-high day team competition:
Division One – 1. Arapahoe; 2. Dundy County-Stratton; 3. McCook.
Division Two – 1. Southwest; 2. Quinter; 3. Sutherland.
Division Three – 1. Mullen; 2. Wauneta-Palisade; 3. Hitchcock County.
Here are the winners in the academic tests:
Accounting – 1. Dillon Margritz, Overton; 2. Griffin York, Southern Valley; 3. Colby Duvel, Dundy County-Stratton.
Algebra 1 – 1. Will Kisker, Hitchcock County; 2. Drew Minard, Southwest; 3. Brady Nordhausen, Wauneta-Palisade.
Algebra 2 – 1. Levi Watson, Arapahoe; 2. Adrianna Vinton, Mullen; 3. Nicole Kent, Dundy County-Stratton.
American Government/History – 1. Garett Monie, Arapahoe; 2. Megan Kelley, Southwest; 2. Justin Johnson, Quinter.
Athletic Training – 1. Seth Woods, Dundy County- Stratton. 2. Abby Daffer, Southwest; 3. Justine Stone, Maywood.
Biology – 1. Adam Starr, Mullen; 2. Josie Burke, Sutherland; 3. Lydia Fritsche, Maywood.
Business Concepts – 1. Donnie Trisdale, Brady. 2. Drew Mindard, Southwest. 3. Crystal Lemon, Quinter.
Business Event Management – 1. Southwest; 2. Paxton; 3. Arapahoe.
Chemistry – 1. Tailor Lee, Wauneta-Palisade; 2. Joshua Caasi, Quinter; 3. Dylan Malmkar, Perkins County.
English Composition – 1. Rebecca Sehnert, McCook; 2. Devin Hastings, Arapahoe; 3. Jessica Kuhl, Southern Valley.
English Literature – 1. Izzy Fox, Dundy County-Stratton; 2. Justin Hardwick, Paxton; 3. Chance Witte, Southern Valley.
Family and Consumer Science – 1. Katie Coble, Mullen; 2. Staci Dack, Southwest; 3. Jane Reiners, Southwest.
Fire Science – 1. Jacob Gardner, Arapahoe; 2. Seth Woods, Dundy County-Stratton; 3. Campbell Wacey, Paxton.
General Math – 1. Michael Gray, Sutherland; 2. Mirandah Schaben, Arapahoe; 3. Miranda Behrends, Wauneta-Palisade.
Geometry – 1. Luke Moorhous, McCook; 2. Jacob Williams, Maywood; 3. Ryan Rayburn, Brady.
Graphic Design – 1. Chance Witte, Southern Valley; 2. Inga Franke, Quinter; 3. Quentin Harouff, Southern Valley.
Keyboarding – 1, Cole Rohr, Quinter; 2. Carissa Rayburn, Brady; 3. Wendy Dietz, Southern Valley.
Marketing – 1. Dundy County-Stratton; 2. McCook; 3. Southwest.
MCC Facts – 1. Alexis Franzen, Brady; 2. Brooke Ruggles, Southwest; 3. Dakota Miller, Sutherland.
Music Theory – 1. Brice Hackler, Quinter; 2. Paul Behrends, Wauneta-Palisade; 3. Katelyn Lee, Quinter.
Physics – 1. Jayson Rezek, Sutherland; 2. Logan Kizer, Overton; 3. Sydney Henry, Arapahoe.
Sociology – 1. Dori Mines, Hitchcock County; 2. Jacob Gardner, Arapahoe; 3. Thor Hidy, Dundy County-Stratton.
Theater Acting – 1. Brett Crist, Quinter; 2. Alex Roe, McCook; 3. Emily Karr, McCook.
Theater Improvisation – 1. Arapahoe; 2. Quinter; 3. McCook.
Welding – 1. Toby Honyman, Southwest; 2. Calvin Carsten, Sutherland; 3. Tyler Schimonitz, Paxton.
In 2007, Audri Pelton of North Platte was well on her way to attaining her educational goals when life’s events set her on another path. Six years later, Pelton found herself back on the higher education track, thanks to the Reverse Transfer Program now offered at Mid-Plains Community College.
Students, faculty and staff at North Platte Community College had the opportunity to attend another CoMeTrY performance on March 25.
Students from nine area high schools submitted 124 projects in the 2014 UNMC/AHEC Health Science Meet at North Platte Community College on Thursday.
An oversized Husker rocking chair was one of four custom-made woodcraft projects raffled by students in the North Platte Community College Building Construction program this year. The lucky winner of the Husker rocking chair was Sandy Tucker of Ogallala. Other winners, all of North Platte, were Todd Aden (rocking chair), Linda Booth (blanket chest) and Nick Cox (Husker cooler).
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.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate raised more than $700 for the American Red Cross during their annual “Souper Bowl” cook-off held March 20 at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte.
Area high school students take the Geometry test Wednesday at McCook Community College’s Inter-high day. More than 400 of the area’s best students are competing for more than $13,000 in scholarships and nearly 250 hours of free summer tuition credits Students from 18 schools are testing in 27 academic subjects this year. Schools participating include: Arapahoe, Brady, Cambridge, Dundy County Stratton, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Maywood, McCook, Medicine Valley, Mullen, Overton, Paxton, Perkins County, Quinter, Southern Valley, Southwest, Sutherland and Wauneta-Palisade.
Theresea Reeves (left) with MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson.
Non-traditional art student making up for lost time
Theresea Reeves never had the chance to take an art class in high school. She tried tole painting, but admits that was probably 30 years ago. She’s making up for lost time now as a non-traditional art student at McCook Community College and her frenetic pace is energizing the art department.
“As an instructor who is active with my own art, part of my responsibility is to convince students what they need to do to improve their skill – they need to put their time in,” instructor Rick Johnson said.
“When students see the dedication Theresea has and they can follow her progress and see the improvement she’s making because of her hard work, it serves as an inspiration to all of us,” Johnson said. “She really has become a role model.”
Theresea said after high school and after experimenting with tole painting, she became fond of oil painting and learned techniques mostly through books. Yet, her finished products lacked something. Her hobby painting always seemed to take a back seat to raising her two sons.
In August, the Oberlin native decided to see if she could improve on her painting skills. At McCook Community College, she found an answer that is spinning her life in an exciting new direction.
“I used to see Rick Johnson’s works in art shows and really admired them. I had heard a lot of good things about him as a teacher at MCC,” she said. “I finally decided to ask him about the possibility of a ‘golden oldie’ taking college art classes.”
She said Johnson has earned a reputation as one who is “always approachable” for artists trying to improve. He encouraged her to try a class, and with her experience and level of skill, she enrolled in “Painting 2” class in August. It was set for Mondays from 1-4:40 p.m.
Those three-plus hours once a week wasn’t enough.
“She’d show up in the studio on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and she’d try new techniques and experiment with new methods and all the while we’d all just watch the amazing progress she made in her pieces,” Johnson said. “Between the time she spends here and the work she continues to do at home, she probably spends 20 hours a week devoted to improving her skills,” Johnson said. “And I think we can all see the improvement.”
If she’s not painting, she’s sketching or taking photographs or analyzing photographs. She’s living life as an artist.
It all started back in August with an in-depth study of the basic elements of art and visual elements, how to master color mixture and how to manipulate paint. She used brushes in different ways to produce different effects and she experimented with lighting elements and shadows and tints.
“You can read books and you either get it or you don’t,” she said. “I love being in class because the dialogue you have not only with the instructor but with other students who can show you more than one way to do things and talk about their experiences and techniques.”
She sought out a teacher because she knew her painting lacked something, but she didn’t know exactly what. She only knew she wanted to take her art to a higher level. She believes she used to paint with her hands but after spending time on campus she’s painting with her mind and her heart.
“There is a great deal of pleasure in learning and improving something that means so much to you. It is very satisfying to the inner soul,” she said.
While she has earned honors for her oil painting in the past, her ultimate goal is to sell her work. Her instructor believes she is already poised for those accolades, but knows that his student’s work ethic isn’t likely to drop off, because she has a passion for learning.
“The more I come here to campus the more I realize I need to keep coming to campus. I’ve learned so much already and there is much more I want to learn.”
North Platte Community College elementary education students and Knights basketball players (l-r) Aireon Porter, Cameron Williams and Akau Deng recently read Dr. Seuss books to second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in North Platte. According to NPCC education instructor Carol Sandau, students in her education classes have been serving as volunteer para-educators at the elementary school this semester, helping take down or put bulletin boards, listening to students read, supervising small groups and assisting students with writing and spelling.
North Platte Community College Public Speaking student Jordan Blomstedt (center) teaches fellow students “the pretzel” country dance step Wednesday at the college. The lesson in country dancing was part of Blomstedt’s professional/business speech midterm project entitled, “The history of Country Swing dancing and instruction in the basic steps of Country Swing dancing.”
Registration is now open for 2014 Summer and Fall classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Summer term classes begin May 19 and the Fall Term will begin Aug. 25 at all campus locations.
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present the Yasmina Reza comedy “Art” at 8 p.m. March 26-29 at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus.
North Platte Community College will have a Fitness Equipment Auction at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium on the South Campus.
Wrightstone Gallery exhibiting works of MHS students
The 2014 McCook High School student art exhibition is on display now through March 27 at the Wrightstone Art Gallery on the McCook Community College campus.
The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday and Thursdays until 9 p.m.
An open house is set for March 25 from 7-8 p.m.
Upcoming events at the Wrightstone Gallery include: the MCC high school art exhibition and paint-in display March 31-April 11; The paint-in April 11; The MCC Graphic Design and Visual Communication exhibition April 25-May 9.
“STUDENTS ON BREAK” -- While many McCook Community College students took last week off for spring break, several groups of students remained active. These six students spent part of their break exploring Chicago with MCC Vice President Andy Long as part of his leadership class. Here they pose in the Field Museum with Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. Students include: (top photo from left): Dakota Schroeder, Tanner Cline, Miranda Farley, Shyanne Foster, Kelsey Woitaszewski and Lucas Post. Meanwhile on campus three freshmen officers of Phi Theta Kappa met to discuss PTK programs and projects for the upcoming year. These students include (bottom photo from left) Amber Hilker, vice president of scholarship; Stephanie Budke, vice president of fellowship, and Andrea Miller, president. Some of these officers will travel to PTK national convention in Florida in April. Upcoming PTK projects include a “car smash” April 15 on campus, continuation of Pink Out in October, and a number of projects fulfilling community service opportunities for the organization. Numerous MCC student athletes also spent part of the break participating in spring sporting events.
The North Platte Community College Student Senate will host its annual soup cook-off and auction from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte.
North Platte Psychologist/Counselor Shari Shore was the presenter of the “Psyched Up!” workshop session during North Platte Community College’s annual “Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics” conference Tuesday.
North Platte Community College hosted “Elementary Night” during the college’s men’s and women’s basketball games against Southeast Community College on Feb. 22.
North Platte Community College Auto Body Instructor Don Wilson pops the hood on Mid-Plains Community College’s latest custom car project, a “Just Yellow” 1967 Camaro RS 350/350, at the Platte River Mall on Friday.
Although most of us hear and speak thousands of words each day, we rarely take the time to investigate their origins and ponder their meanings. Students in Nadyne Crumly’s Public Speaking class at North Platte Community College had the opportunity to do just that as they participated in the “Word Speeches” competition this semester.
Deadline March 15 for Parents Night Out fundraiser
Deadline for the McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team’s fund raiser, “Parents Nigh Out,” is March 15.
While parents enjoy a night to themselves, their boys and girls, ages 4-12 are invited to hang out with the MCC players at the MCC Events Center from 5-11 p.m. The night will include pizza, movies, basketball, board games and more.
A minimum $10 donation per child would be appreciated
Anyone interested should contact MCC Coach Jon Froelich, 1205 East 3rd, McCook, NE 69001 or email@example.com
”Autumn Shadows” a work by McCook Community College art instructor Rick Johnson has been selected as a “2014 Spirit Artist” and his work will be featured at a benefit in April for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney called “Spirit: A Celebration Of Art In The Heartland.”
MCC art instructor’s work in MONA auction benefit
McCook artist and teacher Rich Johnson is one of 55 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured in a benefit for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.
“Spirit: A Celebration Of Art In The Heartland” is set for the weekend of April 4-6. It includes patron package festivities, a gala dinner and art auction, and closes with Good Morning MONA.
The biennial exhibition features artists and artworks representing media from oil paint to bronze, fiber to ceramic, and styles from traditional cowboy art to cutting edge contemporary.
For that weekend, MONA becomes the center of the Nebraska visual art world as more than 400 guests come together to celebrate the art of Nebraska in a very special way at the Museum’s major fundraising event.
The patron party is set for April 4 at 7 p.m. with a buffet reception and a preview of the auction items. The gala dinner is set for Saturday with cocktails and the silent auction at 5:30, the dinner at 7:15 p.m. and live art auction at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. will be the last opportunity to purchase artwork during “Good Morning Mona.”
Johnson, art instructor at McCook Community College is one of 55 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured at this year’s Spirit celebration.
The Museum of Nebraska Art is located at 2401 Central Avenue in Kearney. For more information or reservations contact the Museum at (308) 865-8559.
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.