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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
”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.
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 email@example.com
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.
This is the final week to bid on North Platte Community College’s custom home. All bids must be received by 12:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 7. The highest bidder will not only win the house, but will also have input in the completion of the home so it is better suited to their personal style.
North Platte Community College students, staff, and faculty have voted Rascal Martinez of Sutherland and Jacee Kershaw of Culbertson as the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Runners up were Dakota Rice of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and Tawnie McConnell of Sutherland.
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.
Although the Spring Term at Mid-Plains Community College officially began in January, the college will offer numerous Late Start and second eight-week classes in the coming weeks.
The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team will host Scout Night during their game against Central Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the NPCC South Campus gymnasium.
More than 90 high school students from nine high schools participated in the seventh annual Technical Skills contest Monday at North Platte Community College’s North Campus.
Upcoming MCC activities this week
McCook Community College blood doners can get “We Challenge U T-shirts” while supplies Feb. 27
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise recently announced that it is now home to the local Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) office. NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the College of Business Administration of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, North Platte Area Chamber & Development and Mid-Plains Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College received formal notification in December that the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) had voted to continue the accreditation of MPCC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation to take place in 2020-21.
Master hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand entertained a crowd of about 100 Tuesday evening at North Platte Community College. Wand has been entertaining students, faculty and staff at the college since 1995.
*Regretfully, the MPCC President’s List published on 1/8/14 did not include students who were taking Winterim classes. We apologize for the omission.
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 Fall 2013 Term.
*Regretfully, the MPCC Dean’s List published on 1/8/14 did not include students who were taking Winterim classes. We apologize for the omission.
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 Fall 2013 Term.
Here is a summary of four new classes this spring at McCook Community College Center For Enterprise
A listing of upcoming MCC humanities-related events.
A Listing of major events this spring 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 Monday, Jan. 20, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
Time is running out for those interested in MPCC’s Reverse Transfer program – scholarships still available
Time is running out for former Mid-Plains Community College students who hope to take advantage of the college’s “Reverse Transfer” program. Scholarships still available.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who complete 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintain 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 Fall 2013 Term.
Arthur – Bradley Vasa
Arvada, Colo. – Chase Cleary
Atlanta, Ga. – Charles Parnell
Brady – Megan Polt, Devan Polt, Dakota Terry, Rachael Wardyn
Brule – Michelle Geiger
Brush, Colo. – Sandrina Hallahan, Sabrina Hallahan
Chappell – Kody Collins
Cheney, Wash. – Brian Sandusky
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Amber Madigan
Cozad – Joshua Yeutter
Crookston – Contressa Vigoren
Culbertson – Tanner Bauer, Andrea Miller
Curtis – Chelsie Markley
Dalton – Rachael Ernest
Deception Bay, Queensland – Luke Pittle
Dutch Harbo, Alaska – Dmitri Dela Cruz
El Cajon, Calif. – Victor Chonka
Eustis – Kelly Ryan
Fleming, Colo. – Taylor King
Gap Mills, W.Va. – Christopher Canterbury
Goodland, Kan. – Joel Linin
Grant – Steve Clint Maaliao
Hershey – Michael Summers
Humphrey – Arthur Wacha
Imperial – Shannon Liewer
Maxwell – Jessica Schrad
Maywood – Clay Chittick
McCook – Kelsey Collicott, Whitni Davis, Katherine Engbrecht, Kassidy Gillen, Joseph McCarty, Connor Palic, Megan Ruppert, Kelsey Woitaszewski
Melba, Idaho – Stephanie Hylton
North Platte – Larry Adkisson, Abigail Bradley, Ian Bridge, Amy Callendar-Taft, Kaleb Christensen, Laura Cox, Natasha Dearness, Amy Everhart, Jeremy Farris, Amariah Gesinski, Joseph Godfrey, Dylan Grieser, Gabrielle Hall, Donna Henne, Dustin Hergenrader, Taylor Johnson, Amanda Linderman, Gary McCandless, Nga T. Nguyen, Jason Parshall, Alyssa Payton
Brenda Rasmussen, Trey Smith, Rourke Stroup, Derek Thompson, Lauralee Vencill, Jocelyn Waker, Hannah Wilke, Kylie Wroot, Doug Yonker
Northglenn, Colo. – Maggie Burke
Ogallala – Shyanne Foster, Leslie Mendoza, Ivan Troxel
Olivehurst, Calif. – Rachel Silva
Omaha – Nicholas Wiemers
Ravenna – Emily Deines
Roseville, Calif. – Stephenie Johnson
Sister Bay, Wis. – Sarah Fruendt
Stapleton – Catelyn Lee
Sterling, Colo. – Darcelle Chrisp
Stratton, Colo. – Stuart White
Sutherland – Joli Hopping, Ariel Quiroga, Samantha Staggs
Thornton, Colo. – Shane Meltz
Trenton – Nicholas Murray
Udine, Italy – Marco Pascolo
Westminster, Colo. – Jordan Dickerson
Windsor, Colo. – Peyton Hansen
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who complete 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintain 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 Fall 2013 Term.
Amherst – Tanner Taubenheim
Ansley – Ariel Whittlesey-Boeke
Arapahoe – Dakota Schroeder
Arapahoe, Colo. – Shelley Wamsley
Arnold – Ryan Moninger, Brady Weinman
Arvada, Colo. – Grayson Stroup
Aurora, Colo. – Sara Runia
Benkelman – Nickolas Beumer, Morgan Burrell, Joseph Rettele
Brady – Brittney Christophersen, Molly Hannon
Bridgeport – Jose Estrada
Callaway – Tanner Cline
Chicago, Ill. – Kenyon Gist
Culbertson – Alexandria Hamilton, Morgan Harouff, Savannah Johnson, Jacee Kershaw, Gabriel Ware
Dannebrog – Stephanie States
Elbert, Colo. – Heather Lehman
Fairbanks, Alaska – Janessa Newman
Gillette, Wyo. – Stephanie Casteel
Gothenburg – Rebecca Else, Lacy Holland, Kaytlyn Preitauer, Mariah Roe, Lisa Shimmin, Alexander Spencer, Shay Wear
Grant – Ashley Kautz
Hayes Center – Cody VanCura
Hebron – Amber Hartley
Herndon, Kan. – John Solko, Kaelea Stoney
Hershey – Jacob Bear, Shelby Mustion
Imperial – Rachel Bischoff, Melanie Carman, Uriel Martinez
Indianola – Michael Brodd, Brittany Broomfield
Julesburg, Colo. – Laura Beckman
Lakewood, Colo. – Nicholas Low, Matthew Zarlengo
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jordyn-Shayne Compehos, Barry Lasseigne
Lexington – Manuel Martinez, David Refior
Longmont, Colo. – Rachel Bashor
Loveland, Colo. – Ashley Carrera
Maxwell – Joseph Shifflett, Jacob Warren
Maywood – David Banning
McCook – Anthony Armstrong, BreAnna Brown, Shane Buck, William Burkert, Brian Calvin, Christian Conroy, Miranda Farley, Kyle Groshong, Amber Hilker, Miranda Holliday, Christifer Lines, Ryan Lukas, Tyler Rambali, Lisa Schoup, Whitney Sis, Christopher Swasta, Sydney Ulrich
Mills – Caleb Udd
Missouri City, Texas – Briana LaChapelle
Moorefield – Rebekka White
Mullen – Waylon Carpenter
Nebraska City – Bladen Bales
North Platte – Laura Alvarez, Walker Baird, Shannon Beckius, Isabella Berg, Trista Borg, Samantha Byrn, Tyler Calvin, Becky Carson-Fitzgerald, Theodore Ernst, Casey Fleck, Timothy Gray, Alexander Hanson, Drake Heikes, Savannah Higdon, Ciara Hurley, Jesse Johnston, Amber Jones, Hunter King, Forrest King, Kody Kramer, Monique Leahy, Jordyn Lindsey, James Maciejewski, Linda MaGee, Wendell Matthews, Shelby McClellen, Russel Miller, Michelle Olson, Ricky Plank, Stephanie Portaleos, Nichole Radke, Rodney Rawson, Teasha Scovill, Dawn Shirley, Charles Sprinkle, Sydney Standage
Ogallala – Jesse Barnes, Christopher Peters, Tonya Taylor
Omaha – Cameron Williams
Overton – Tyler Werner
Ovid, Colo. – Daisy Gusman
Oxford – Ashley Layton
Peyton, Colo. – Skye Buechner, Cora Buechner
Riverside, Calif. – Samantha Ojeda
Santa Fe, Argentina – Senko Pecarevic
Springview – Autumn Jerred
Stapleton – Courtney Ehlers
Sunshine, Victoria – Akau Deng
Sutherland – Samantha Kennedy, Matthew Martinez, Susan Quick
Trenton – Travis Jones
Valentine – Holly Hockenbary
Victoria, British Columbia – Gina George
Wauneta – Rebecca Strand
Wellfleet – Michael Schneider, Jessica Schneider, Andrew Schneider
Westminster, Colo. – Briana Dickerson
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."
The holiday season is upon us and finding a suitable gift for those we love can be difficult. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is to give a gift certificate for college classes and related expenses.
"Gift certificates are a great way to help with the costs of continuing education," said Chuck Salestrom, Mid-Plains Community College Area Associate Vice President of Marketing, Public Information and Development. "This truly is a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime."
Three students with distinctly different academic paths, are attending McCook Community College this semester in part because of the generosity of strangers they've never met. These students have distinctly differing motives that affect the locomotion of their lives to MCC: bugs, bucks, and a buddy.
Dorothy Schneider, is a 2013 graduate of Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C. She spent time growing up in San Jose, California. She's 1,477 miles from home and she is at MCC for one reason: bugs.
It happened to a South Dakota mathematician almost 40 years ago; then again to a Sutton girl nearly a decade ago. Now a Texas thespian is the latest to embrace the often challenging but rewarding role as a McCook Community College Instructor.
In an effort to increase college completion rates and promote student persistence, Mid-Plains Community College is now offering a "Reverse Transfer" program that allows students to transfer credits accumulated at a four-year university back to MPCC, where they will count towards the two-year degree program requirements.
As an added incentive, a scholarship fund is available to encourage students to return to MPCC to complete their associate degree. Students must meet a set of criteria to be eligible, but if eligible, the scholarship may fund tuition up to 15-credit hours. The college has identified more than 800 students who may be eligible for Reverse Transfer scholarship funds.
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Mid-Plains Community College campuses will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2.
Mid-Plains Community College recently developed an Articulation Agreement with Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., that will assure the acceptance of any MPCC Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) graduate as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student with junior standing.
Students with other degrees from MPCC are not included in this agreement. KWU welcomes those students, but will assess their transcripts on an individual basis.
The North Platte Community College Theater and Music Departments will present the musical "Godspell" by Stephen Swartz and John Michael Tebelak from Dec. 4-7 at the McDonald-Belton Theater.
The production, directed by NPCC theater director Ritch Galvan and NPCC music instructor Elizabeth Peters, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 with a matinee set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Nebraska Public Power District representative Larry Linstrom and Misty Robertson of Wells Fargo Bank, the major sponsor of NPPD's annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented two checks for $8,000 each to Mid-Plains Community College at the Nov. 20 Board of Governors meeting.
Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team member Tyler Viers of Comstock won the bull-riding event at the Professional Roughstock Series World Finals College Championship on Friday, Nov. 15, in Rapid City, S.D.
Viers rode "Tiger Lily" for a winning score of 73 in the college championship, sponsored by Dickey's Barbecue Pit. He competed against top bull riders in three regions.
The Union Pacific Railroad received the Nebraska Community College Association's 2013 "Friend of the College' Award for its support of Mid-Plains Community College during ceremonies conducted during the NCCA's annual meeting Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
The UPRR has long been a supporter of MPCC and the community college structure. It has been utilizing MPCC's training programs and facilities for more than four decades.
Mid-Plains Community College's Spring 2014 registration opened on Monday, Nov.11, for all current students and will open on Monday, Nov. 18, for new students.
Elizabeth Benjamin, Chair of the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors, received the Nebraska Community College Association's 2013 Governor's Award during ceremonies conducted during the NCCA's annual meeting Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
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The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is raffling a handmade saddle to raise money for travel and other expenses incurred by members of the club.
"We travel extensively and when you figure the costs of transporting five to six horses, 9-10 kids, meals, fuel and other costs it can get pretty expensive," said Mike Janecek, MPCC Rodeo Team faculty advisor.
Paul M. Wood has been selected as the 2013 Mid-Plains Community College Alumni of the Year. He was presented with the award during the Nebraska Community College Association's Annual Meeting held Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
A recent article in the Omaha World Herald indicated that in an effort to recruit new students in a stiffly competitive market, colleges such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doane College and Iowa State University have either dropped or plan to drop their requirement of waiting until official high school transcripts and standardized test scores arrive before accepting an applicant.
Although the streamlined process might be new for some colleges, at Mid-Plains Community College it has been standard procedure for more than a decade. According to Michael Driskell, Area Recruiter, MPCC's admissions process can be summed up in one word – easy.
North Platte Community College art students this semester are reaping the rewards of a yearlong renovation project that was completed with the help of fellow NPCC students. The project was part of an effort by the Creativity Unlimited Arts Council to renovate the old post office building at Fifth and Jeffers Streets in North Platte and turn it into the Prairie Arts Center (PAC). The plans included renovating the basement in the 100-year-old building and creating an area that the college could use for its three-dimensional art classes, such as sculpture and pottery.
November is National Career Development Month
Choosing a career for the first time or changing careers may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The Mid-Plains Community College Career Services Center can assist you in selecting a rewarding career.
Several members of North Platte Community College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter began thinking "Out of the Box" recently as they participated in a fundraiser to benefit The Connection Homeless Shelter in North Platte and raise awareness of homelessness.
The Connection's "Out of the Box" fundraiser invited area businesses and organizations to create a 3 to 4-foot shelter made entirely of cardboard boxes, one 10-foot two-by-four, and as much duct tape as they wished. Participants were also allowed to create a decorative set for the structure using other items.
This holiday season, give a gift that spreads more than holiday cheer with a blood donation through the American Red Cross. Each time you give blood, your donation can help save three lives.
Imagine if those three people help to save three lives, and then those people help save three more lives, and so on, and so on. Together, we can help spread hope this holiday season by giving something that doesn't cost a thing, but can offer so much more.
Changes have recently been made to MPCC's online course registration process. When Spring 2014 registration for current students opens on Nov.11, students will need to review and submit several online forms before they will have access to CampusWeb Course Search (where online registration happens) the first time for the term. New student registration begins Nov. 18.
The Platte River Fitness Series (PRFS) sponsored by Great Plains Regional Medical Center will host "Flash Your Feathers" 5K and Children's Mile on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Race starts and ends at North Platte Community College's South Campus, 601 W. State Farm Road. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and race time is 8:30 a.m. On-line registration (required for PRFS points tracking) closes at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 8.
North Platte Community College will broadcast the Hedrick Smith lecture, "Who Stole the American Dream?" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in room 145 at the South Campus.
Smith's talk, the third lecture of the 2013-2014 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, will take place from the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. The simulcast will be followed by a community conversation at the following locations: NPCC, Central Community College in Columbus, Hastings College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.