Story Catcher Festival is June 8
May 30, 2018
CHADRON – The public is invited to the free Story Catcher Festival at Chadron State College Friday, June 8, at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Atrium. No pre-registration is required. The schedule starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 7:30 p.m. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., the Mari Sandoz Featured Writer, Markus Egeler Jones,will lead “Short & Sweet: Writing Shapely Stories.” Participants of this workshop will learn about and draft flash fiction. Jones is an assistant professor of English at Chadron State College. When not writing or teaching, he moonlights as a stone mason. The author of numerous published stories, his first novel, “How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice” has just been published. The first afternoon session from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., “Hooks, Lines and No Stinkers,” will be led by the Mari Sandoz Featured Writer, Renee M. Laegreid. In this workshop, participants will consider effective storytelling techniques that have been used to create effective titles and opening passages. Laegreid specializes in the history of the American West, with a focus on gender and culture. She is a professor of History at the University of Wyoming where she teaches Women and Gender in the American West, as well as the history of the American West in the 19th and 20th centuries, and between the World Wars. Her current research projects involve cultural and social analysis of western iconography, examining how symbols of the West have been created and shaped. She is the author of “Women on the North American Plains.” The Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer, Jennifer Ippensen, will lead the 2 to 3:15 p.m. session, “Symbolic Sound and Syntax.” In this session, participants will explore the ways in which sound devices and grammatical structure can convey more than what the words alone communicate. Ippensen is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing who will graduate from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in August 2018. Her fiction is forthcoming in “The Flatwater Rises: An Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Nebraska Writers” and the Summer 2018 issue of “Midwestern Gothic.” She has been teaching English and Language Arts classes since 2005 and has served as an adjunct instructor with Northeast Community College and Peru State College. Writers will have an opportunity to share their work during an open mic performance from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Audience members may also participate. Following a reception from 5 to 6 p.m., the keynote presentation, “Writing in the Remote,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will feature readings from Writers-in-Residence and University of Wyoming faculty members Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Nina S. McConigley and H. L. Hix. The readings will be followed with a roundtable discussion where the authors will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of living and writing in isolated and remote spaces, and respond to questions from the audience. Lockwood is a professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities, with a joint appointment between the department of philosophy and in the MFA program in Creative Writing. He teaches courses in natural resource ethics, environmental justice and the philosophy of ecology, along with creative non-fiction writing workshops. His essays have been honored with a Pushcart Prize, a John Burroughs Award, the Albert Schweitzer Sermon Award, and inclusion in Best American Science & Nature Writing. McConigley teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She is the author of the story collection, “Cowboys and East Indians,” winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and winner of a High Plains Book Award. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and for “The Best New American Voices.”She was the 2010 recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Award and was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. Hix teaches in the philosophy department and the creative writing program. His poetry, essays, and other works have been published in “McSweeney’s,” “Georgia Review,” “Harvard Review,” “Boston Review,” “Poetry,”and recognized with an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu and other languages. His most recent book is “Rain Inscription,” His recent poetry collections include“Chromatic,” a finalist for the National Book Award.

Western Nebraska Landscape Day set for June 7
May 20, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College will host a Western Nebraska Landscape Day featuring Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA) programming Thursday, June 7. The day is free and open to the public and will include a planting project of CSC-grown native bunch grasses on the slope near the Rangeland Lab’s rain garden, according to Grounds Supervisor Lucinda Mays. The event will start at 9 a.m. at CSC’s Rangeland Lab and include a water use tour and wildflower presentation by Bob Henrickson with the NSA. The program will end at noon. An optional late afternoon Wildflower Hike will also take place at Hudson Meng Education Center. More information about the hike will be provided by NSA staff during the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and sunscreen. For more information, contact Lucinda Mays at [email protected]

CSC to dedicate sculpture at Rangeland Complex
May 21, 2018
CHADRON – As part of the Nebraska 1% for Art Program, Chadron State College will dedicate “You Feel Like Waving,” a beaded sculpture created by Krista Birnbaum, Friday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at the Rangeland Complex. The event is free and open to the public. According to materials about the sculpture provided by Birnbaum, the sculpture approximates the depth and shape of the root system of Little Blue Stem, a native grass of the American prairie. While the above ground foliage can reach up to 3-feet tall, the roots can grow five to eight feet below the ground. The beads used in the sculpture are made from wood and gemstones, including agate, representing the natural resources of Nebraska. Speakers for the dedication will include Chadron State College Vice President For Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Snare, Executive Director of the Nebraska Arts Council Suzanne Wise, and Associate Professor of Applied Sciences Dr. Teresa Frink.

Gaswick named Vice President for Administration and Finance
May 21, 2018
CHADRON – Kari Gaswick has been named the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Chadron State College, President Randy Rhine announced May 14. Gaswick, formerly the college’s Comptroller, replaces Dale Grant, who retired May 11. “Kari has served Chadron State College extraordinarily well as our Comptroller for four years and that role helped prepare her to be the Vice President for Administration and Finance,” Rhine said. “We are fortunate to have her succeed Mr. Grant, who provided administrative and financial leadership to this campus for more than 19 years. I have complete confidence in Kari’s ability to help lead CSC forward and I know the entire campus will find her to be a great colleague.” Gaswick, a native of Valentine, Nebraska, isn’t the only one in a new role at CSC. Also on May 14, Melany Hughes, formerly the Budget Director, became Comptroller, and Jordan Heiting, formerly the Student Financials’ Accountant, is now Budget Director. Gaswick will supervise several roles at the college, including the Comptroller, Budget Director, Conferencing Services, Office Assistants in Parking and Safety and the Administration and Finance Office, Project Coordinator for Administration and Finance, the Grounds Supervisor, and the newly minted Director of Facilities, Harry Mowry, who will oversee Custodial Services, Maintenance and Grounds, and Physical Facilities. “I am extremely grateful to President Rhine for the opportunity and excited for this new challenge,” Gaswick said. “As Comptroller, I worked closely with the Vice President for Administration and Finance on several projects and that has helped prepare me for this new role.” Gaswick is a familiar face at Chadron State College. She has worked at the college since 2012 and was the Athletic Accountant for two years before becoming Comptroller in 2014. She also earned both her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Comprehensive and her Master of Business Administration degree from Chadron State College. Prior to working at Chadron State, Gaswick was the Director of Finance for Northwest Community Action Partnership for five years. She also worked as an independent consultant specializing in financial services for a Community Action Partnership non-profit organization in Elmira, New York. Gaswick and her husband, Tim, have four children.  

Carpenter to retire as NSCS Chancellor
May 15, 2018
LINCOLN – On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Chancellor Stan Carpenter, informed the Board of Trustees of his desire to retire. Carpenter indicated that he would remain the position until the Board names his successor. Today, the NSCS Board of Trustees met to discuss next steps in the process to hire the next Chancellor. The board created a search committee and gave approval to hire a search firm to assist the Board in a national search. The search process will start in the next few weeks. “The Board is honored to have had Chancellor Carpenter as the visionary leader of the Nebraska State College System for the past eighteen years,” said Gary Bieganski, Chair of the NSCS Board of Trustees. “He has been a tireless advocate of affordable, high-quality education for our open enrollment institutions. With his leadership, he keeps the dream of college alive and within reach for both traditional and non-traditional students.” Carpenter came to NSCS in 2000, from the Vermont State College System, where he served as General Counsel and Director of Employee Relations. He was named Executive Director of the Nebraska State Colleges, but the title was changed in 2005 to reflect that the three institutions of higher learning were no longer a loose coalition, but instead operated as one system ultimately reporting to the Chancellor. During Carpenter’s tenure as the Chancellor of NSCS, the list of accomplishments and achievements for Chadron, Peru, and Wayne State College is extensive. A strong advocate of the important role that Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges play in rural Nebraska and how the future vitality of rural Nebraska depends, in large part, on the success of the Nebraska State College System as colleges of opportunity. Guided the NSCS and the colleges through three severe economic downturns that dramatically affected Nebraska State College System budget. Chancellor Carpenter provided strong leadership for the college presidents as they worked through the process of managing diminished funds while maintaining quality, affordable programs. Improved collaboration on educational programs, common interests, compliance, management and policy issues by forming the Council of Presidents, and other system councils related to academics, students, and finance. Guided the growth of the state colleges’ academic programming, which currently includes 200 undergraduate and 17 graduate degree options. Oversaw the creation of the Master’s degree in Organizational Management, a degree that has courses available at each of the Colleges. Presided over $182 million in capital investments to the three state colleges including: Renovation of Bowen and Pile Residence Halls at WSC; Construction of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at CSC; Renovation and reconstruction of the Oak Bowl Football Stadium at PSC; Renovation of the U.S. Conn Library at WSC; Renovation of Old Admin and Edna Work Hall and Wing at CSC; Renovation of Delzell Residence Hall at PSC; Construction of the Rangeland Complex and Chicoine Center at CSC; Renovation and construction of Elliott Field and the Con Marshall Press Box as part of the CSC’s Sports Complex Initiative, with completion scheduled for Fall, 2018; Renovation and addition to the Theatre/Event Center at PSC; and Construction of WSC’s Center for Applied Technology, a $15.2-million state-of-the-art facility to address workforce and economic development, with completion scheduled for Fall, 2018. Guided the State Colleges through critical presidential transitions: CSC – President Tom Krepel (1999-2004), President Janie Park (2005-2012), President Randy Rhine (2012-present), PSC – President Ben Johnson (1999-2008), President Dan Hanson (2009-present), and WSC – President Shelia Stearns (1999-2004), President Richard J. Collings (2004-2009), President Curt D. Frye (2009-2015), and President Marysz Rames (2015-present). Witnessed CSC and WSC celebrate their centennials and PSC celebrate its sesquicentennial.  Reduced undergraduate tuition for out-of-state students through non-resident tuition programs. Quote from Dr. Randy Rhine, President of Chadron State College “Chancellor Carpenter has always made decisions in the best interest of students and their access to education and has worked to keep that education affordable. His support was instrumental in securing funding for campus projects, including the Rangeland Complex, Chicoine Center and most recently the Sports Complex. He has been supportive of the Math Science addition and renovation project and has repeatedly affirmed that project’s position as the top priority capital project for the Nebraska State College System. I have enjoyed working with Stan. He has had a significant impact on the development of the Nebraska State College System. The System Office and State Colleges have made tremendous progress during his tenure, and I wish him the best in his retirement.” Quote from Dr. Hanson, President of Peru State College “Stan has been a strong and effective advocate for the students of the Nebraska State College System. Peru State College has benefitted tremendously from his fiscal leadership and vision for higher education in Nebraska.  His guidance has led to more than $75 million in renovations including every academic building, the Al Wheeler Activity Center, the Oak Bowl, the Administration Building, two residence halls (Morgan Hall and Delzell Hall) and the entrance to campus. We are also pleased to claim him as our own President, in 2008-2009, where he led the charge to create the One Rate, Any State tuition policy for out-of-state students.” Quote from Dr. Marysz Rames, President of Wayne State College “Chancellor Carpenter has served as a visionary and innovative leader for the State College System.  He has been instrumental in securing state funds to support Wayne State’s complete renovation of Conn Library, Carhart Science Building, and the construction of the Center for Applied Technology, a new state-of-the-art facility committed to advancing Industrial technology in the state.  Additionally, he has steered the College through difficult financial challenges by eloquently reinforcing the vital role that Wayne State plays for the state of Nebraska.  In every decision he has made, his focus has been on providing students with an affordable, accessible, and quality education.  Chancellor Carpenter is a passionate, dedicated leader and a fierce advocate for higher education; he will be greatly missed.”

Turner named April Student of the Month
May 13, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College student Ashley Turner is the April Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month. Turner, a junior from Burns, Wyoming, is majoring in Justice Studies with an emphasis in forensic science. She said her interest in the field was sparked when she had interest in becoming an emergency medical technician or paramedic. “I fell into Justice Studies because I like to help people,” Turner said. “I felt it was a good area to go into, and there are always jobs available.” Turner is studying abroad for two weeks this month through the Justice Studies program. The group, along with a Business and an Education group, is traveling to Dublin and London. Turner said she is excited for the learning experiences the trip will provide. Beyond academic responsibilities, Turner is involved with Project Strive/TRiO. She said she appreciates the relationship opportunities the program provides with the staff and the other students. “It’s worth joining because you get to meet a whole group of people that you normally wouldn’t get to meet,” Turner said. “The staff is willing to help with school, whether it is supplies, tutoring, or whatever.” Project Strive/TRiO Counselor Sonja Dressel said Turner has blossomed as a student. “She has set many goals for herself, both academically and personally. I tell students that we grow as individuals by forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones, and Ashley has done this by learning to ask for help when needed, branching out to meet new people and seeking out new experiences. She is a hard worker and passionate about her studies in the Criminal Justice Department, too,” Dressel said. Turner said one of her goals before she graduates is to make the Dean’s List. She said her career goals include working in forensic science, wherever it may take her. Turner is on her way to those goals by interning with the Laramie County Coroner’s Office this summer. She also hopes to get an internship with the Wyoming State Crime Lab in Cheyenne. In her spare time, Turner volunteers as a gymnastics coach at Consuming Fire School of Dance.

CSC announces Spring 2018 academic honors lists
May 14, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College has announced the names of 570 students who qualified for the institution's Spring 2018 academic honors lists. The President's List consists of 254 students with a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Another 316 students met requirements for the Dean’s List by earning at least a 3.5 grade point average. To qualify, students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework, be seeking their first bachelor’s degree, and have no incomplete grades during the semester. Cities and states listed reflect the student’s selected permanent address.     President's List: Nebraska Colorado South Dakota Wyoming Other States and Countries Dean's List: Nebraska Colorado South Dakota Wyoming Other States and Countries President’s List Nebraska Alliance: Connor Blumanthal, Jennifer Campos, Samantha Carrillo, Erica Escamilla, Hannah Fessler, Sydnie Hiemstra, Monique Jensen, Sara Latka, Kelly Steinman-McCracken, Tristan Stephenson, Cheng Zhang Ansley: Ashley Bundy, Maria Terrazas Arapahoe: Kyla Monie Atkinson: Rebecca Barger Bayard: Breanna Korell, Kristyn Stricker Bellevue: Joel Milos Bradshaw: Dacia Stuhr Brady: Carissa Rayburn Bridgeport: Quentin Baxter, Riley Hall, Marqui Keim, Cole Retchless Broken Bow: Kristina McGann Callaway: Michaela Weverka Cambridge: Troy Gregory Chadron: Nicky Banzhaf, Shayleen Behm, Bailey Broderick, Carlos Calle, Estevan Casillas, Jacqueline Dailey, Maaryn Davis, Colby Ellis, Ashten Gerbing, Elizabeth Goodell, Blake Hansen, Mikaela Hastings, Clayton Hinman, Juanita Kelso, Elizabeth Kirbey, Amanda Kolen, Courtney Kouba, Haley Krull, Emma Leypoldt, Christopher Mailloux, Alex Marker, Holly Marker, Ashtyn Nelson, Todd Roenfeldt, Megan Rust, Catelynn Schroeder, Trace Strotheide Chambers: Leanne DeKay Chappell: Jessica Kler Columbus: Whitney Coop, Emily Hand, Melissa VanDerslice Crawford: Brittney Allen, Lance Stasinski Curtis: Regan Garey Ellsworth: Mickenzie Brennan Emmet: Christa Wentworth Farnam: Timothy Aanenson Ft. Calhoun: Anna Boll Gering: Laettner Blanco, Shelton Blanco, Justin Brester, Brooke Doggett, Charles Knapper, Mason Marsh, Zoe Van Dyke Gothenburg: Josee Hotz Grand Island: Abigail Swanson Hampton: Rachel Dowling Harrison: Jeremiah Fink Hastings: Courtney Anderson, Blake Fricke Hay Springs: Jennifer Scherbarth, Stephanie Tlustos Holdrege: Katie Reed Juniata: Samuel Klammer Kenesaw: Cody Haas Louisville: McKenna Jones Lyman: Cody Peachey Maxwell: Autumn Hild Maywood: Peyton Flack McCook: Jamie Brinamen, Chessa Parker Minatare: Miguel Martinez, Christian Miller Mitchell: Dorin Dietrich, Barbara Pieper, Morgan Rien, Kortni Zeiler Moorefield: John Klintworth Morrill: Kasandra Gomez, Morgan Peacock Mullen: Dalton Zimmerman Norfolk: Travis Millikan, Blair Wagner North Platte: Amy Callendar-Taft, Dru Linderman, Michelle Olson, Mitchell Parish, Margaret Vinton Ogallala: Sydni Stevens Omaha: Jeri Daedler, Aaron Duin, Nicholas Kienbaum, Cody Madrigal O'Neill: Brittany Soukup, Logan Spencer Oshkosh: Shania Bozzetto, Courtney Stegman Paxton: Joel Schroeder Potter: Hollie Clark, Donica Enevoldsen Randolph: Lydia Haselhorst Ravenna: Brooke Chramosta Red Cloud: Miles McDole Riverton: Teah Colvin Rushville: Shayley Coburn, Rebecca Wellnitz Sargent: Kaylee Clayton Scottsbluff: Hannah Andersen, Lynsey Ayers, Hillary Bollish, Allen Brezenski, Ashley Harman, Joshua Harnish, Kimberly Hernandez, Alisha Huynh, Avery Krentz, Katelyn Lambert, Michelle LaTowsky, Renee' Malm, Rylee Ott Seward: Ashlyn Hanson Sidney: Gabriel Dorcey, Karson Langley Stapleton: Jennifer Boyer Sutherland: BreAhnna Thompson Thedford: Avery Taylor Valentine: Shyloe Battershaw, Justin Hartman, Savannah Jackson, Benjamin Shelbourn Waverly: Mariah Faz West Point: Jordan Hagedorn Whitman: Shayna Kramer Whitney: Kaylee Elliott, Eli Goff Colorado Colorado Springs: Christine Ott, Nalani Stewart Craig: Mattie Duzik Eaton: Jazmin Schwark Erie: Haley Gallagher Fleming: Megan Chintala Fort Morgan: Madalyn Brashears, Cody Davis, Christina Frick Highlands Ranch: Greggory Peterson Hugo: Rebecca Kraxberger Julesburg: Chad Mikelson, Lauren Newman La Junta: Dax Bender Littleton: Blake Jacobs Louisville: Savannah Smith Mead: Emily Johnson Otis: Tanner Patterson Platteville: Magnuson Reinick Sedgwick: Keeya Marquez Snyder: Kaylee Osier Sterling: Timmi Keisel Thornton: Mikaela Fatzinger Westminster: Alyssa Geist, Cheyanna Thompson Windsor: Erica Ragatz South Dakota Clearfield: Rachel Tate Hermosa: Chasen Cole Hot Springs: Kolby Benson, Dawn Crossman, Samantha Merrill, Kaylee Peck, Vanessa Yeoman Pierre: Kendra Baucom, Tory Snyder Rapid City: Brittney Anderson, Kelly Cooper, Jon Hansen, Travis Mills, Stephanie Owens, Shawna Turner Spearfish: Ashton Burditt Wyoming Albin: Cassady Malm Casper: Marco Sanchez, Kellen Washut Cheyenne: Casey England, Karli Noble Douglas: Bailey Brooks, Taylor Dick Gillette: Emma Jurewicz Granite Canyon: Bailey Lanier Hartville: Jessica Rotz Lander: Robert Packer Lusk: Morgan Lamar, Jacob Muir Newcastle: Rachel Henkle, Courtney Munger Rawlins: Dean Michel Riverton: Rachel Mitchell Sheridan: Shania Channel, Kylene Coonis, Alexandria Crisp, Elizabeth Jost, Lindsey Sharp Sundance: Savannah Silbaugh Torrington: Elias Chavez, Carlie Enns, Sage Fields, Xiyun Hessler Wolf: Tyler Kane Yoder: Jamie Thompson Other States and Countries Alphese Stubbs, Nassau, Bahamas Dominika Senkerikova, UHERSKY BROD, Czech Republic Theresa Gray, Hudson, Fla. Krystal Wilson, Loganville, Ga. Gabrielle Brumfield, Madison, Ind. Cory Martens, Newton, Kan. Holli Turek, Le Center, Minn. John Fansler, Biloxi, Miss. Amy Tawil, Foristell, Mo. David Omondi, Manchester, Mo. Michalyn Trimble, Platte City, Mo. Madison Weikert, Belgrade, Mont. Vy-Dana Flynn, Billings, Mont. Cheyenne Ryan, Glendive, Mont. Peace Ndalama, Cary, N.C. Caitlin Stroh, Elizabeth City, N.C. Elizabeth Rotherham, Balfour, N.D. Alyse Henry, Pickerington, Ohio Lukasz Sternik, Fountain Inn, S.C. William Krause, Canyon Lake, Texas Rebecca Wignall, Little Elm, Texas Faith Nelson, Midland, Texas Francine Boston, South Jordan, Utah Savannah Weidauer, St George, Utah Yen Nguyen, Ha Noi, Vietnam Andrea Davidson, Auburn, Wash. Dean’s List Nebraska Ainsworth: Jayden Philben, Logan Philben, Quentin Wagner Alliance: Grace Dubs, Tristan Heldenbrand, Christa Horn, Hannah Korte, Jordan Mak, Jordan Mills, Austin Pfeiffer, Keith Sanders, Nicholas Smith Ansley: James Mills Ashby: Hannah Haney, Shawn McKimmey Atkinson: Mackenzie Hale, Will Thiele Auburn: Chelsea Haynes Bayard: Kalane Anders, Marylee Stuart Bellwood: William Reiter Bertrand: Katherine Chesterman Big Springs: Alexis Mentzer Bridgeport: Jaime Gonzalez, Alyssa Vogel Broken Bow: Jayde Atkins Brule: Adalida Dickmander, Brittney Heidemann Callaway: Natalie G'Schwind Chadron: Connor Besse, Jahnn Jenz Casimiro, Jackson Dickerson, Sarah Downey, Miah Fonder, Daniel Frye Jr., Myia Hamaker, Cristian Hulsey, Isabella Irish, Lane Jersild, Keenan Johnson, Luis Jurado-Juarez, Marcus LaPorte, Elspeth Moon, Alexandria Nobiling, Kiya Passero, Kristavia Passero, Alexander Rawlings, Danea Ray, Dakota Rice, Gina Rieger, Brendinh Sayaloune, Naleka Sayaloune, Andrew Smith, Sara Tompkins Champion: Jessica Hartman Chappell: Ashley Burr Cody: Shannon Schneider Columbus: Ethan Lesiak Comstock: Michael Gibbens Crawford: Lindsay Dunn, Haley Hanks, Alexis Phillips, Skyler Smyres Creighton: Katherine Homan Curtis: Megan Sprague David City: Krystina Skretta, Julia Witter Dix: Justin Mohr Ellsworth: Ashley Fattig Ewing: Kelsey Brummels Farwell: Tia Jerabek Fremont: Brawly Taylor Gering: Kristina Baker, Jerrick Bowers, Torri Brumbaugh, Kai Didier, Brian Doll, Valorie Fankhauser, Luis Hernandez, Peter Hernandez, Courtney Larson, Katherine O'Boyle, Kelsea Prieels, Dylan Radzymski, Samantha Rahmig, Katie Scott, Kelsey Southard, Mikhail Thanawalla Gordon: Sara Ginkens, Jessica Hurd, Micah Scherbarth, Benjamin Wegner Grand Island: Kaleb Puncochar, Tucker Vahle Gurley: Abbegail Draper Hampton: Courtney Smith Harrisburg: Paige Cross Harrison: Riley Ellis, Joshua Kling, John Murphy Hay Springs: Cattibrie Nichols Heartwell: Andrew Hultquist Hebron: Madison Reece Hemingford: Emily Hansen, Taylee Neefe Henderson: Eve Vanderneck Henry: Brandon Avila Hershey: Makayla Brown Holdrege: Jeffrey Matthews Imperial: Vanessa Chaparro Kearney: Laura Larsen Kimball: Kallie Bush, Jessica Hanks, Regan Hinton Lakeside: Bryant Wilson Leigh: Kolton Held Lincoln: Kendra Torres, McKenna Webel, McKensi Webel Loup City: Annie Hart Madison: Caleb Haskell Maxwell: Kassandra Schuett McCook: Dawson Brunswick, Taylor Geisler, Ashton Harpham, Isaac Langan Milburn: Kelsey Thompson Milligan: Cody Filipi Minatare: Tyler Koke Minden: Karla Crane Mitchell: Christina Hays, Madison Watson, Austyn Wright Morrill: Jessica Harvey, Amanda Kaufman, Dylainee Peacock, Bailee Steiner Mullen: Jessica Lovitt Nelson: Cherokee Frahm-Thayer Niobrara: Jenny Motacek Norfolk: Marissa Brandl, Kyle Temple North Platte: Vaughn Fahrenbruck Oconto: Shayla Dockweiler Ogallala: Lisa Birge, Brianna Wilson, Dakota Clough Omaha: Jordyn Schwenk Ord: Grant Gydesen Papillion: Chance Adolf, John Porter Paxton: Emmit Rosentrater Pierce: Noah Fisher, Kayla Reinke Plainview: Kailee Rafert Randolph: Leo Haselhorst Riverdale: Devin Dibbern Rushville: Shauna Coburn, Maddison Cox, Melissa Jech Saint Paul: Jarred Hulinsky, Ethan Larson, Tanner Tomlinson Sargent: Ryan Mosier Schuyler: Ethan Bergt Scotia: Shantelle Roy Scottsbluff: Ty Benson, Gunnar Buchhammer, Patrick Cassidy, Mikayla Kreider, Johnathan Sayaloune, Carly Slaght, Alissa Sweley Seward: Caitlin Gustafson Sidney: Lindsey Deaver Spencer: Rebecca Hiatt Stuart: Megan Riha Sutherland: Timothy Cheever, Tawnie McConnell Taylor: Abagaile Hill, Kylee Odenbach Tilden: Rhonda Heldt Valentine: Tyler Sedivy Valley: Eliza Hare Wahoo: Lydia Privett Wilber: Katie Odvody Wood River: Kassandra Wetovick Colorado Anton: Sarah Myers Arvada: Tyler Lewis Aurora: Jaisean Jackson Brighton: Kayla Michel Brush: Kamille Sweenie Calhan: Morgan Helton Colorado Springs: Samuel McKinley Denver: Nicole Bernd Eaton: Emma Willadsen Elizabeth: Lena Aslan Firestone: Kyle Fry Fleming: Jaxon King Fort Morgan: Josef Gertner, Makayla Godin Fountain: Chasidy Horton Greeley: Samantha Gilmore Highlands Ranch: Austin Fajfer Kiowa: Madison Zielinski Loveland: Madison Webb Meeker: Julia Eskelson Pueblo: Shyanna Neu Wiggins: Laura Walker Yuma: Emma Day South Dakota Belle Fourche: Paige Bush Colome: Rylee Rutten Custer: Geena Carlson Edgemont: Julianne Thomsen, Jessica Tubbs Elm Springs: Celine Trask Geddes: Brandi Cwach Hermosa: Jessy Bale, Mikahla Ferguson, Paige Seidler Hot Springs: Zoe Anderson, Ross Norton, Samantha Pucket Ideal: Jessica Olson Interior: Logan Bowers Kadoka: Chandlier Sudbeck Lemmon: Kodee Bolte Long Valley: Lindsey VanderMay Martin: Kenna Campbell Newell: Prestyn Novak Norris: Taylor Merchen Onida: Kori Weischedel Rapid City: Trevor Baker, Ashtyn Faehnrich, James Hubbeling, George Johnson, Lukas Klueber, Kristina Rudge, Justun Samuel, Randee Thayer Spearfish: Brandi Baumgarten, MacKenna Broeder Summerset: Selena Vogel Wagner: Tayleigh Kaup Whitewood: Alyssa Jensen, Aydin Mack Wyoming Big Piney: Mickenzi Loyd Casper: Stevann Brown, Jacob Geil, Ashton Hallsted, Joseph Keating, Brooklynne Kegler Cheyenne: Bryson Delbridge, Kymberlie Marrill, Stephen Toalson Gillette: Aimee Conner, Marleigha McDonald Glendo: Eric Jamerman Greybull: Calder Forcella Lusk: Rachel Lashmett Mills: Ryan Jueneman Mountain View: Bailey Lupher Newcastle: Merritt Crabtree, Patricia Miller Powell: Mercedes Haney Riverton: Hally Milleson Rock Springs: Cassidy Johnson, Cory Salitrik Sheridan: Annalee Bailey, Erin O'Connell Sundance: Chrystal Cooper Torrington: Whitney Walson Worland: Jalynn McClure, Jazmin Perez Wright: Kodiak French Other States and Countries Kjell Nilsson, Seward, Alaska Emily Bruce, Centerton, Ark. Leigh Saffin, Mailors Flat, Australia Aldisa Major, Nassau, Bahamas Adam Fuselier, Canyon Country, Calif. Jennifer Alvarez, Culver City, Calif. Rebbecca Campbell, Joshua Tree, Calif. Matthew Vargas, Modesto, Calif. Angelica Maples, Plumas Lake, Calif. Jessica Applegarth, Yuba City, Calif. Emanuel Koseos, Langley, Canada Bethel Fetsum Alem, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Lelisse Umeta, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Feven Hailemariam, Addis Ababa,, Ethiopia Kevin Coy Jr., Dundee, Fla. Manou Mbombo, Atlanta, Ga. Sara Flores, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Madeline Kiesel, Hanover Park, Ill. Erin Richardson, Fort Wayne, Ind. Logan Rieks, Iowa Falls, Iowa Austin Rapp, Moville, Iowa Andria Dowell, Sterling, Kan. Stacey McNamara, Brooklyn Park, Minn. Braylee Harbert, Clever, Mo. Desiree Downey, Belgrade, Mont. Brandon Wetsch, Laurel, Mont. Keziah Johnson, Dickinson, N.D. Risa Edelstein, Roosevelt, N.J. Princess Uba, Abuja, Nigeria Keith DeVault, Lockbourne, Ohio Hannah Conner, Orient, Ohio Samar Ayele, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Maarof, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Ta-Fu Lin, Taichung, Taiwan Tochukwu Mbanugo, Fresno, Texas Sherry Camacho, Frisco, Texas Jacob Voorhis, Fort Valley, Va. Lynda Talady, Appleton, Wisc. Jason Fraser, Greenfield, Wisc. Sophia Gwanzura, Harare, Zimbabwe

CSC students present research papers at state science academy
May 7, 2018
CHADRON – Fruit fly concussions, Mars rocks, and the brain wave patterns of people playing online games were among the research subjects investigated by Chadron State College students this year. Six CSC science students and two from the education department were accompanied by faculty members Dr. Ann Buchmann, Dr. Mike Leite and Dr. Johnica Morrow to Nebraska Wesleyan University, where they described their work at the 128th Annual Nebraska Academy of Sciences Conference April 20 in Lincoln. Attending the NAS conference is an annual event for science students from Chadron State, and this year’s presentations were top notch, according to Buchmann. “The students seemed to have learned a lot from their research,” she said. “I was impressed at their drive and ambition.”  The students attending the conference were: Gabrielle Brumfield of Madison, Ind., Shyanna Neu of Pueblo, Colo., Kinsley Mason of Loveland, Colo., Brittany Soukup of O’Neill, Neb., and Wacey Gallegos of Ainsworth, Neb., from the biology department, Geoscience’s Miles Chasek of Chadron, and Rebecca Kraxberger of Hugo, Colo., and Jolee Smith of Pierre, S.D., from the education department. Neu and Mason’s research project examined concussions that induced Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition believed to be related to repeated head injuries in professional football players in fruit flies, said Buchmann, who was an adviser for the research. “To do this they had to develop a carefully controlled device which could deliver a very small amount of force precisely to the head of a fruit fly,” Buchmann said. For his research Chasek examined rocks that are similar to those found on Mars, a topic that Buchmann said is useful for the 2020 Mars Rover project. Kraxberger and Smith, both pre-service teachers, described in their presentation the sand table hurricane experiment they conducted with the High Ability Learner group from Chadron Middle School. That project was an educational outreach sponsored by NASA, Buchmann said. Soukup and Brumfield each presented one paper as individuals and participated jointly on another project. Brumfield’s individual research paper covered her initial work isolating pollen from CSC’s High Plains Herbarium collection and entering it into the Nebraska Pollen Database. Research on treating breast cancer cells with a derivative of curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric root, was the subject of Soukup’s paper. Another student, Shoichi Arai of Kamakura, Japan, also participated in the research but did not attend the conference. Soukup and Brumfield also presented the results of a project measuring the learning and engagement of people playing online games. Greggory Peterson of Highlands Ranch, Colo., took part in that research as well, but was unable to attend the conference. In addition to presenting their research papers and observing the presentations of other young scientists, the CSC students toured the Morrison Microscopy Core Research facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There they were able to see several advanced types of microscopes and visit with a UNL microscopist about working in the field of academic research, Morrow said.     

Commencement speakers: Learn from history, be open to twists
May 7, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College graduates received advice from one current and one former faculty member Saturday during commencement. Education Professor Dr. Patti Blundell spoke at the graduate ceremony in Memorial Hall and Dr. Lois Veath Podobnik, former Vice President of Academic Affairs and science professor, spoke at the undergraduate ceremony in the Chicoine Center. Two Army ROTC cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants during the undergraduate exercises. They are Jerrick Bowers of Gering, who will be assigned to the Medical Services Corps of the Nebraska National Guard, and Justyn Curtis of Richmond, Indiana, who will be a Field Artillery Officer in the Army. Ashtyn Nelson of Chadron, delivered the undergraduate opening moment of reflection. Stephanie Gardner, also of Chadron, delivered the closing moment of reflection in the program that recognized 247 candidates for bachelor’s degrees. At graduate commencement, 122 students were honored. Mattie Churchill of Alliance, Nebraska, delivered the opening moment of reflection. Megan O'Leary of Omaha delivered the closing moment of reflection. In her graduate commencement speech, Blundell reviewed the history of plains homesteaders like her grandparents who were able to earn land by moving into the wide open west and improving the land with buildings and crops. “Why do the experiences of the homesteaders matter to us today? Their experiences molded the values that are part of this region. Those core values can be traced though the history and development of CSC. We are designated a ‘Frontier College,’ meaning Far and Remote. If you are a child of the Plains, you are comfortable with 360 degree skies and sparsely populated areas,” Blundell said. CSC has grown and thrived because it reflects the frontier values that have shaped the region and are still important today, according to Blundell. “I believe the frontier, pioneer values are also reflected in you,” Blundell told the graduates. She enumerated a list of values including adventure, opportunity, sacrifice, hard work, adaptability and perseverance. “Even today, this region is not an easy place to be successful. It requires tenacity and the ability to keep on going. You have demonstrated your perseverance in reaching an important goal,” Blundell said. “I believe you are well prepared with knowledge, skills and values of an institution and a region, equipping you to flourish in your next frontier.” Dr. Lois Veath Podobnik based the theme of her address, in part, on the lyrics of the Rascal Flatts’ song, “The Broken Road.” “Looking back on my life like some cosmic novel, I am amazed, proud, a little embarrassed, occasionally bewildered, but most of all joyful and grateful for all that has happened,” Podobnik said. Podobnik recalled two events in sixth grade – being enthralled with the satellite Sputnik and the school counselor telling her that she could not pursue an engineering degree in spite of her high math and science scores. After she graduated with her first degree in chemistry, she moved with her late husband, David Veath, to San Diego for David so he could attend law school in 1969. There, through a series of unusual events, Podobnik secured what turned out to be a ground-breaking job with Dr. John O’Brien at the University of California San Diego Medical School in the Department of Neurosciences researching the causes of syndromes in central nervous systems of children. The team she worked on discovered a missing enzyme in the tissues of those with certain syndromes. “If you had told me then that you could buy a $99 kit from to analyze your genes 50 years later, I would have been astounded. And I also probably would have asked what  dotcom meant,” Podobnik said, In 1978, the couple decided to leave San Diego headed to a town in the center of the country, Broken Bow, Nebraska. Contacts there led to Chadron and a medical absence by one of the CSC science professors created an opening for an adjunct position in chemistry, and then physics.  The energetic new member of the faculty said she regularly engaged her colleagues in lively debates about the importance of active, student-centered teaching instead of lectures. “I had finally found what I had always been meant to do – teach,” she said. “It was a privilege to nurture young lives, share pioneering techniques at the National Science Teachers Conventions and make the science of the universe accessible to students through the magic of planetarium shows.” Podobnik concluded her remarks by reminding students to call on their CSC support system as they move forward. “You’ve been mentored by some of the world’s best professors sitting right here. Men and women who will never forget you, will look forward to hearing from you on your travels, and will always be available to give you advice,”Veath said.

RLOP has first graduate accepted to UNL law school
May 7, 2018
Five students from the Chadron State College Justice Studies program have been accepted into law school programs for the coming school year, including one who is a member of the first cohort in the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP). Cheng (Kevin) Zhang of Alliance, who was already attending CSC when he was accepted to the initial RLOP group for the fall 2017 semester, will start at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law this fall. Fellow Justice Studies graduate Mikaela Fatzinger of Thornton, Colo., will be going to the University of Colorado Law School, Demonte Noble of Baltimore, Md., will attend Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Colley Law School, and Clayton Hinman of Chadron will pursue his studies at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Also, Todd Roenfeldt of Cozad has been accepted to the UNL College of Law. RLOP is an initiative aimed at increasing the number of lawyers practicing in rural Nebraska communities by offering undergraduate tuition, mentoring, law school visits and provisional acceptance into UNL’s law college upon graduation, provided a student maintains a 3.5 grade point average and earns a specified minimum score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Impetus for developing the program came from the Nebraska State Bar Association, which says that not all Nebraskan’s have adequate access to legal services since 11 of the state’s 93 counties have no lawyers at all and 20 others have three or fewer attorneys. Started at CSC, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska Kearney last fall, RLOP is patterned after the successful Rural Health Opportunities Program that CSC pioneered with the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1990. Zhang, a first generation immigrant who hopes to practice immigration and criminal law, said that faculty support, an LSAT prep course and the visit to the UNL law school offered through RLOP were particularly useful for him. “That (campus visit) helps RLOP students connect with UNL law. I was able to talk with UNL law admissions during the trip,” Zhang said. “RLOP is a wonderful program that helps you succeed at CSC and save budget before going to law school.” Zhang and the other CSC graduates who will be pursuing law degrees this fall were effusive in their praise of the Justice Studies program and faculty. “They truly go above and beyond being just educators,” said Hinman, “The Justice Studies faculty has enabled me to strive towards my greatest potential and they have been role models anyone can look up to.” Fatzinger added she wouldn’t have been as successful without the Justice Studies faculty. Roenfeldt said he feels more prepared for law school because of the quality of instruction he received. Anyone interested in studying law at UNL should consider applying to the RLOP, said Zhang. “Don’t miss RLOP if you want to pursue a law career. UNL is a great law school and there are countless opportunities in rural Nebraska,” he said. “I am so grateful that I am the first RLOP student who graduates who is going to UNL law.”  

CSC students recognized at rising sophomore awards
May 1, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College students and employees gathered Thursday, April 19, in the Student Center Ballroom for the third annual Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony. CSC employees nominated students for the majority of the 34 awards. Students were invited to submit nominations for the Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice Award and the Student Peer-Leader of the Year Award. Department Awards, Outstanding Student Each academic department selected a rising sophomore who has proven to be an outstanding student. Applied Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences: Cheyenne Ryan Applied Sciences, Range: Natalie G'Schwind Art: Megan Tidyman Business Administration, Management: Bailee Steiner Communication Arts: Marina Arnold English and Humanities: Julia Elbert Health and Physical Education: Jessica Harvey History: Colton Alexander Music, Applied Music: Austin Pfeiffer Music, Music Education: Samantha Pucket Physical and Life Sciences, Biology: Emily Hand Physical and Life Sciences, Chemistry: Alisha Huynh Physical and Life Sciences, Health Professions: Brooke Chramosta Psychological Sciences: Kelvana Demeritte Social Science: Jack David Birky Social Work: Celeste Cardona, Taylee Neefe Sport and Recreation Management: William Reiter Theatre: Kaitlynn Hessler, Trajan Garcia Community Engagement: Emily Hand The Community Engagement award recognizes the efforts of a rising sophomore who is living out a vision of connections between campus and community through service and giving. Student Peer-Leader of the Year: McKenna Webel This Student Peer-Leader of the Year award recognizes a rising sophomore who has been an effective peer-leader. Student Athlete of the Year: Taryn Foxen The Student Athlete of the Year recognizes a rising sophomore whose work and service on or off the athletic field or gym represents excellence in academics and service. Artist of the Year: Trajan Garcia The Artist of the Year award recognizes musical, theatrics or artistic creativity is awarded to a rising sophomore who has made an outstanding contribution to the musical, theater or artistic life of the college through demonstration, performance, composition, and/or group leadership. Unsung Hero: McKensi Webel The Unsung Hero award recognizes a rising sophomore who works behind-the-scenes, consistently going above and beyond the call of duty. Working Eagle: Taylee Neefe The Working Eagle Award recognizes a rising sophomore who has effectively balanced academics with his or her on- or off-campus job. Residence Hall Citizen of the Year: Aaron Jones The Residence Hall Citizen of the Year seeks to recognize one rising sophomore from the resident halls for outstanding service to her or his floor. First Generation Eagle: Guillermo (Will) Compton The First Generation Eagle award recognizes a rising sophomore who would be the first in his or her family to attain a four-year degree when he or she graduates. Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice: Cody Madrigal The Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice award recognizes a rising sophomore whose single action or repeated behaviors has moved the college forward in its commitment to building an inclusive and just community. Excellence in Diversity: Marcus Hutcherson The Excellence in Diversity award recognizes a rising sophomore who is a strong and active advocate for diverse communities, challenges and supports students to engage beyond that which is comfortable. Academic Grit: Tristian Old Horse Academic Grit is awarded to a rising sophomore who has made significant steps in his or her academic development. Student Leader of the Year: Cheyenne Ryan The Student Leader of the Year recognizes a rising sophomore who has a zest for life and learning, a strong commitment to CSC and the community and a demonstrated belief in the goodness of all people. The Young Eagle: Celeste Cardona The Young Eagle award is given to the rising sophomore who has made significant accomplishments as an identified leader on campus during the current academic year. James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement: Sheldon Curley The James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement is awarded to a rising sophomore who participated in the Transitional Studies Program and has demonstrated excellence within the courses, programming and resources to achieve his or her academic goals. The award comes with a $500 scholarship. 

CSC students ready to study abroad
Apr 30, 2018
CHADRON – Twenty-seven Chadron State College students will travel to London, England, and Dublin, Ireland, May 6 through May 20 as part of the Study Abroad program. The CSC groups also have a day-trips planned for Oxford in London, and Belfast and the Cliffs of Moher and Burren in Ireland. A majority of the student travelers are majoring in Business, Education, or Justice Studies, and all will earn three to six credit hours. They will be accompanied by faculty from each of the three programs – Dr. Tracy Nobiling, Dr. Patti Blundell, and Dr. Nathaniel Gallegos – as well as Project Coordinator Kate Pope. This year is the 39th year for Justice Studies students to travel overseas, the sixth for Education and second for Business. In all, more than 400 CSC students have studied abroad. “Studying abroad is such a rewarding experience for students since they have a chance to be totally immersed in another culture during the weeks of travel,” Pope said. “This year, we are excited to take three departments with specific itineraries dedicated to their programs of study and still experience the historic landmarks and sites.” The program itineraries will provide specific focus points for each major, but the CSC groups will also come together as a large contingent a few times during the 14-day experience. Some of the combined events include guided tours of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament in London, a walking tour of Dublin’s City Centre and Dublin Castle, and a one-day trip to Belfast where they will have a taxi tour of the Peace Walls and Murals. “Dublin and Belfast were added to London as destinations in order to expose students to additional countries and cultural perspectives. It is increasingly necessary to understand the international dimension of social problems and to appreciate the complexity of the global challenges and opportunities we face as part of life in the 21st century,” Nobiling said. “Our hope is that students will enhance their awareness of the world around them by studying abroad and these new locations will broaden students’ horizons even more.” The students will be busy during the two-week trip. In London, Justice Studies majors will receive court and magistrate tours and take part in the London Legal Walk with Inns of Court and Courts of Justice. In Dublin, they will tour Kilmainham Gaol, take part in an interactive tour of Arbour Hill Prison, and visit the Garda Museum to learn about the history of policing in Ireland. In London, Business students plan to tour an entrepreneurial incubator, visit a collaborative café, and learn about supply chain and production at the BMW Mini Cooper Factory. In Dublin, Business students will visit a technology incubator, discuss business culture in Ireland with the American Chamber of Commerce and visit Urban Volt, an energy saving lighting company. Some highlights of the Education itinerary include visits to Dulwich College and Ingatestone, an Anglo-European school, and a visit to the American Embassy. While in Dublin, Education students will tour St. Mary’s Primary School and the Trinity School of Education. Nobiling, who has accompanied students several times overseas, said the experience will stay with students for the rest of their lives. “Gaining an appreciation for other cultures and seeing one’s own culture through a new lens will serve Chadron State College students well as they enter their chosen professions and become active members of their communities,” she said. Six Education students and 14 Justice Studies’ students, as well as Nobiling, Blundell, and Pope, will be maintaining personal blogs during the trip. To read more, visit: or  

Board of Trustees approves several items during recent meeting
Apr 30, 2018
PERU, Neb. – The Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State College System hosted its most recent meeting at Peru State College April 20. The Board of Trustees approved several items for Chadron State College, Peru State College, and Wayne State College, in addition to reviewing items for consent and discussion. The first item the Board approved was the Teaching Excellence Award recipient from each college. Chadron State College’s nominee is Dr. Kim Madsen, Professor of Applied Sciences. In addition to Madsen, other nominees include Peru State’s Dr. Dennis Welch, Professor Chemistry, and Wayne State’s Dr. Randy Bertolas, Professor of Geography. Another agenda item introduced each college’s Student Trustee as selected by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Chadron State’s Dawson Brunswick, Peru State’s Camarie Stratman, and Wayne State’s Ria Pedersen will begin a year-long appointment to the Board of Trustees in May 2018. The Board approved Chadron State’s request to reorganize its number of Academic Chairs from 12 to six. According to Board materials, the reduction in Chairs offers a more feasible way to train Chairs, including internal training as well as external training opportunities. Chairs will rotate on a three-year cycle to assist with continuity. The new Academic Chair structure will positively impact CSC’s budget, and has the possibility to increase synergy across academic units to advance enrollment initiatives, including engagement and retention. As part of the change, the names of CSC’s three academic schools are also changing at the beginning of the 2018 academic year. The school currently known as Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied and Mathematical Sciences, and Sciences (BEAMSS) will become Business, Mathematics, and Science (BMS). The school currently known as Education, Human Performance, Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work (EHPCPSW) will become Professional Studies and Applied Sciences (PSAS). The School of Liberal Arts will retain its name. Department chairs for upcoming academic year are: Dr. Wendy Jamison, Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematical and Natural Sciences; Dr. Wendy Waugh, Professor and Chair of Business; Dr. Shaunda French-Collins, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication, Music, Art, and Theatre; Dr. David Nesheim, Associate Professor and Chair of Justice Studies, Social Sciences, and English; Dr. Don King, Professor and Chair of Professional Studies: Education, Counseling, Psychological Sciences, and Social Work; and Dr. Scott Ritzen, Professor and Chair of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Family and Consumer Sciences, Range Management, and Military and Science Leadership. Other academic items approved by the include granting Emeritus Status for former Chadron State Music Professor Dr. G.W. “Sandy” Schaefer, and four academic programs – Art, English, Music, and Theatre –were successfully reviewed based on requirements from the Coordinating Commissions for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). Additionally, the five-year academic calendar was approved, and CSC was granted approval to renew its Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a 3+1 transfer program in Agricultural Education Teaching Option. The option allows students to continue their education in the Agricultural Education degree program with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL, according to Board materials. The Board of Trustees also approved tuition rates, fee recommendations, and room and board rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Finally, the Board approved several items dealing with the Sports Complex, currently in construction. In recognition of substantial contributions designated for the project, CSC requested to name the following areas in honor of the donors who provided substantial financial gifts and services to the college: the 21st Century Equipment LLC Ticket Office, the Dr. Frank Ferguson Meet Management Facility, the Dr. Samuel Rankin President’s Suite, and the Security First Bank Concourse. The Board also approved project funding from the existing Sports Complex budget to install field lights on Elliott Field.

CSC, Creative Dining share in world record
Apr 30, 2018
CHADRON – Although it took more than a year to confirm, Chadron State College and Creative Dining Services now share a world record. Recently, the Guinness World Records organization officially recognized CSC and Creative Dining Services for having the longest line of tacos during an event in Chadron April 21, 2017. Thirty-four Creative Dining Services’ employees and 24 volunteers worked together to create a line of 2,017 softshell tacos during Spring Daze festivities in 2017. Once the taco line was verified by judges, examined by a health inspector and measured by a surveyor, students and the public were allowed to eat free tacos. “Breaking the record had been a goal for Creative Dining Services for a number of years,” said Creative Dining Services Retail Manager Amber James. “It took almost a full year to get all of the pieces in place from the amount of food to the correct inspectors, witnesses, judges and film crew.” James said Creative Dining Services also benefitted from vendor donations from Shamrock, Reinhart, Howlin’ Coyote and Core Mark. “The event was awesome and now record-setting,” said Creative Dining Services Director Tracy Shuck. “I’m thankful for my staff for their hard work to accomplish the feat and we can cross world record off our bucket lists.”  

369 to earn degrees Saturday
Apr 30, 2018
CHADRON – One hundred twenty-two candidates are expected at the graduate commencement and 247 at undergraduate commencement for Chadron State College Saturday. The graduate ceremony will be at 8 a.m. in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium with Education Professor Dr. Patti Blundell as the speaker. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in the Chicoine Center with Dr. Lois Podobnik, former Vice President of Academic Affairs, as the speaker. Both ceremonies can be viewed online at Two Army ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants.Jerrick Bowers of Gering, Nebraska, will be pinned by his wife, Kenzie, and sister, Staci Bowers. His assignment will be in the Medical Services Corp of the Nebraska National Guard. Justyn Curtis of Richmond, Indiana, will be pinned by his mother, Carissa Curtis, and fiancé, Kiana Claiborne. His assignment will be a Field Artillery Officer in the Army. Visitors to the undergraduate exercises are asked to use parking lots south of Old Admin and east of the softball field if they are able to walk to the Chicoine Center since approximately 35 parking spots are temporarily unavailable due to construction of the Sports Complex. If the weather permits and the practice football field south of the Chicoine Center is not muddy, visitors will be allowed to park on it, according to Darin Crowell with CSC Security. Below is a list of candidates for graduation by degree. Honor graduates are designated with asterisks. Some students are not listed, at their request. ***Summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA **Magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA *Cum laude, 3.6-3.74 Master of Arts in Education Master of Business Administration Master of Education Master of Science in Organizational Management Bachelor of Applied Science Bachelor of Arts Master of Arts in Education Nebraska Alliance: Zachary Boness, Mattie Churchill, Nathan Lanik Ashby: Anita Ferguson Brule: Jean Spencer Chadron: Davina Fessler Clarkson: Crystal Ernst Cody: Rylan Cheney Daykin: Jenna Murphy Gering: Laura Van Housen Gothenburg: Tony Neels Harrisburg: Christopher Cooper Lincoln: Kristin Burnett Lynch: Mindy Pritchett McBride Merna: Ryan Province Miller: Tierra Bowie Monroe: Miranda Hellbusch Nebraska City: Eldon Mathis North Platte: Ryan Smith O'Neill: Michael Simons Ralston: Alexandria Olson Sidney: Bryan Schoening Wyoming Buffalo: Chelsey Loomis Casper: Michael Brainard, Gerald Moore, Angela Tatro Cheyenne: Sandi Arnold Douglas: Haylei Butler, Carl Kosters, Kelsey Scott Gillette: David Thrash Glenrock: Casey Schell Green River: Karla Burd Lander: Evan Helenbolt Lusk: Magan Paulson Newcastle: Veronica Bartlett Thermopolis: Catelyn Deromedi Torrington: Jimi Courtney, Katelyn Fody Other States Kailee Bauer, Frederick, Colo. Brian Graziano, Chester, N.J. Angela Wpods, Sumter, S.C. Stacy Herman, Hot Springs, S.D. Dylan Wince, Rapid City, S.D. Ethan Sterkel, Ellensburg, Wash. Master of Business Administration Nebraska Bennington: Bradley Peal Chadron: Jordan Price Fremont: JJ Hemenway Hastings: Jaden Lacy Hershey: Nicholas Lee Lincoln: Emily Casados North Platte: April Pusateri Ogallala: Jessica Lemmel Peru: Tammie Hart Scottsbluff: Sylvia Lichius, Scott Reisig Sidney: Barrett Browne South Dakota Rapid City: Conor Casey Sturgis: Justin Jutting Wall: Kale Lytle Wyoming Casper: Brook Boger, Allen May Cheyenne: Brandon Hoover, Daniel Pauli Gillette: Hannah Love Rock Springs: Jazz Bozner Other States and Countries Francisco Rangel, Peoria, Ariz. Dylan Furrier, Tucson, Ariz. Shelby Austin, Colorado Springs, Colo. Craig Gilliland, Sterling, Colo. Emma Block, Frederiksberg, Denmark Jamie Klingman, Tampa, Fla. Danielle Slamans, Elburn, Ill. Najah Saadiq, Des Moines, Iowa Anthony Garofalo, Everett, Mass. Elimelech Dinerman, Baltimore, Md. Benjamin Grof, Le Center, Minn. Sarah Zeiler, New Rockford, N.D. Haley Mansur, Gresham, Ore. Allison Schmidt, Portland, Ore. Paula Okrutna, Pila, Poland George Fedee, Houston, Texas Brent Paulsen, Glen Allen, Va. Muhammad Quraish, Woodbridge, Va. Joshua Joswiak, Bloomer, Wisc. Master of Education Nebraska Bassett: Haley Smiley Broken Bow: Mark Shaw Columbus: Brante Hayes, Raenelle Thoms Elkhorn: Ronda Habrock North Platte: Raegan Anderson Schuyler: Kelly Kort Sidney: Megan Gipfert, Wayne Meyer Wyoming Casper: Jennifer Martinovich, Kaytlin Parke, Kylie Rainwater Douglas: Brent Moser, Chase Plumb Jackson: Cayla Spencer Rawlins: Maddy Rader Rozet: Sarah Ellsworth Wheatland: Jessica Hofmann Other States Carrie Ward, Colorado Springs, Colo. Rufus Hough, Charlotte, N.C. Master of Science in Organizational Management Nebraska Bartlett: Lane Day Chadron: Chelsea Ballard, Lauren Brant, Lacy Westlake Clarkson: Jessica Stodola Lincoln: Sydney Reiners Omaha: Megan O'Leary Peru: Brandy VanDerKamp Verdigre: Chip Bartos Other States Brianna Phillips, Evergreen, Colo. Bryar DeSanti, Merino, Colo. Korry Thompson, Colstrip, Mont. Joshua Harris, Albemarle, N.C. Sarah Townsend, Douglas, Wyo. Henry Jackson, Lingle, Wyo. Bachelor of Applied Science Tia Jerabek*, St. Paul, Neb. Justun Samuel, Rapid City, S.D. Bachelor of Arts Nebraska Ainsworth: Cheyenne Cook Alliance: Cole Blumanthal, Joseph Cline, Sara Latka, Keith Sanders, Cheng Zhang*, Kayla Morgan Bayard: Marylee Stuart Beatrice: Tierra Snyder Blair: Anna Boll Blue Hill: Phillip Berger Brady: Autumn Hild*** Brule: Adalida Dickmander Callaway: Michaela Weverka Chadron: Kodi Baumann, Nathaniel Cline, Stephanie Gardener, Clayton Hinman, Courtney Kouba Clarks: Ethan Lesiak Columbus: Whitney Coop*** Cozad: Todd Roenfeldt** David City: Krystina Skretta Ewing: Kelsey Brummels** Gering: Laettner Blanco*, Shelton Blanco*, Justin Brester*, Tyler Eigenberg, Courtney Haywood, Joshua McBride Giltner: Blake Fricke Gordon: Hannah Andersen, Lauren Braun, Sara Ginkens*, Elspeth Moon* Gothenburg: Jessica Lawless Harrison: John Murphy**, Lindsay Ranger*** Hay Springs: Jeffrey Matthews***, Stephanie Tlustos Hemingford: Isabella Irish***, Jesse Savala Hershey: Diana Connell Kilgore: Kimberly Goodwin Kimball: Tonia Schindler Loup City: Annie Hart McCook: Jamie Brinamen Minatare: Nathan Wojciechowski Mitchell: Havannah Newens**, Morgan Rien*, Kortni Zeiler Morrill: Dylainee Peacock Neligh: Brandi Baker North Platte: Carrie Hastings, Ashley Lewis, Sara Pierce, Kayla Valdez Omaha: Aaron Duin**, Jordyn Schwenk** Oshkosh: Alicia Ehrlich, Tristen Jackson, Aaron Stegman, Tileen Sullivan, Kelsey Vincent Paxton: Sadie Waugh Potter: Taylor Juelfs Randolph: Leo Haselhorst** Ravenna: Damian McAlevy Sargent: Kaylee Clayton Scottsbluff: Charles Knapper**, Savannah Menghini, Rylee Ott, Joshua Reynolds**, Michelle Talbot Stuart: Megan Riha West Point: Rhonda Heldt* York: Dacia Stuhr*** Colorado Calhan: Morgan Helton Colorado Springs: Kendra Baucom***, Amanda Spaeth*, Procopio Valdez Denver: Chelsea Starr Eaton: Jazmin Schwark* Erie: Haley Gallagher*** Fort Morgan: Madalyn Brashears*, Cody Davis Longmont: Aspen Eubanks Thornton: Mikaela Fatzinger*** Windsor: Erica Ragatz South Dakota Black Hawk: Daniel Espinosa-Cariveau Deadwood: Ijzaya Sterna Geddes: Brandi Cwach* Hermosa: Georgia Edoff Hot Springs: Shelby Hills*, Samuel Martin*, Ross Norton Ideal: Jessica Olson Interior: Jonnilynn May Lead: Ashley Hansen Newell: Prestyn Novak** Piedmont: Kerry Wilson Pine Ridge: Thomas Janis Rapid City: Brittney Anderson***, Bailey Broderick**, James Hubbeling*, Nicole Romeyn Sioux Falls: Christopher Mailloux *** Spearfish: Mikayla Gallagher Wyoming Carpenter: Shea Johnson Casper: Ryan Jueneman*, Brooklynne Kegler**, Kellen Washut Cheyenne: Casey England Douglas: Reed Burgener Green River: Holly LaBrake Lusk: Kassidy Miller* Newcastle: Kianna Hobbs-Dye Rock Springs: Cory Salitrik* Sheridan: Jennifer Bamberger, Dane Chambers Shoshoni: Sarah Downey Torrington: Nicole Donbraska, Craig Phillips Wolf: Tyler Kane** Wright: Holly Real* Other States and Countries Otis Frazier, Avondale, Ariz. Emily Bruce, Centerton, Ark. Leigh Saffin, Warrnambool, Australia Brian Guerrero, Rohnert Park, Calif. Dominika Senkerikova**, Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic Fanuel Gebremariam, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia Erin Graham, DeLand, Fla. Eric Krofta, Ames, Iowa Evan Clark, Le Claire, Iowa Gabriela Perez, Sioux City, Iowa Kiana Claiborne, Richmond, Ind. Justyn Curtis, Richmond, Ind. Keren Boyce*, Arad, Israel Houssehinou Bamba, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Cory Martens**, Newton, Kan. Robert Taylor**, Metairie, La. Omar El Dabliz, Tripoli, Libya Demonte Noble, Baltimore, Md. Jonni  Dinstel, Alzada, Mont. Haley Krull, Miles City, Mont. Leticia Rodriguez, Chaparral, N.M. Deborah Birdsall, Marilla, N.Y. Joseph Mondesir, Shady Ville, N.Y. Richard Hasson, Oklahoma City, Okla. Ta-Fu Lin, Taichung, Taiwan Adam Knight, Manvel, Texas Inna Kucherenko*, Poltava, Ukraine Donald Borchardt, Tacoma, Wash. Elizabeth Braun**, Fond du Lac, Wisc. Natalie Meyer, Marshfield, Wisc. Sophia Gwanzura, Harare, Zimbabwe Bachelor of Science Nebraska Ainsworth: Quentin Wagner Bartlett: Jenna Lincoln Burwell: William McClintic Chadron: Ashtyn Nelson** Columbus: Melissa VanDerslice** Comstock: John Gibbens Crawford: Alexis Phillips* Gering: Jerrick Bowers** Gordon: Jessica Hurd** Grand Island: Kaleb Puncochar Harrison: Joshua Kling*** Hebron: Madison Reece Hemingford: Blake Hansen* Merriman: Cody Trump Ord: Grant Gydesen Rushville: Melissa Jech*** Scottsbluff: Johnathan Sayaloune* Valentine: Brianna Bussinger Colorado Berthoud: Lindsey Karlin Calhan: Wyatt Helton** Highlands Ranch: Austin Fajfer Littleton: Blake Jacobs* Loveland: Kinsley Mason Other States Ethan Haddock, Ridgecrest, Calif. Rylan Fultz**, Elkhart, Ind. Jessi Aufrecht, Colby, Kan. John Vierra, Albuquerque, N.M. Cattibrie Nichols***, Midland, S.D. 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Blundell, Podobnik named as commencement speakers
Apr 30, 2018
CHADRON – Spring Commencement for Chadron State College will be Saturday. The graduate ceremony will be at 8 a.m. in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium with Education Professor Dr. Patti Blundell as the speaker. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in the Chicoine Center with Dr. Lois Podobnik, former Vice President of Academic Affairs as the speaker. Both ceremonies can be viewed online at One hundred twenty-two candidates are expected at the graduate commencement and 247 at undergraduate commencement. Visitors to the undergraduate exercises are asked to use parking lots south of Old Admin and east of the softball field if they are able to walk to the Chicoine Center since approximately 35 parking spots are temporarily unavailable due to construction of the Sports Complex. If the weather permits and the practice football field south of the Chicoine Center is not muddy, visitors will be allowed to park on it, according to Darin Crowell with CSC Security. Patti Blundell Graduate Commencement Speaker Dr. Patti Blundell began her Chadron State College career in 1986. Prior to joining CSC, she taught elementary schools in Dawes and Sheridan counties and been a nutrition educator with the Nebraska State Department of Health. In 1997, Blundell earned her Ed.D. along with CSC faculty, Yvonne Moody and Dr. Kim Madsen, who were part of a western Nebraska cohort in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s doctoral program in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction. “I had two young children and a middle schooler so it was quite a challenge making trips to Lincoln,” she said. Blundell remembers that situation on an almost daily basis when her graduate students communicate with her about the challenges of balancing work, family, and school. “I tell them ‘I know it’s hard, but it’s going to get better,’ and they can do this,” she said. “I support them the best I can whatever they’re going through.” Blundell has had a wide variety of experiences across campus. She worked with the Alternative Learning Program, which awarded college credit to adults with proven expertise in areas taught by the college. She also coordinated the entrepreneur intern program, and helped coordinate administration of the Carl Perkins grant program. Later, as an Education professor, she helped teach the final cohort of students enrolled in CSC’s specialist degree program when it was discontinued in 2010. Highlights of her CSC career include three overseas trips with education majors, with a fourth starting in a few days, and getting to know her mentor, Merlyn Gramberg, retired vice president of Academic Affairs. “He was a great developer of faculty. If he thought you would work hard, he would figure out a path to help you earn your doctorate. He also taught us to be flexible,” she said. She has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate courses in Family and Consumer Sciences and Education, as well as graduate courses in cross cultural studies, Comparative Education, Educational Philosophy, Curriculum Development and School Law. Blundell has also served on Academic Review, Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, Institutional Review Board, Promotion and Tenure, and multiple search committees and graduate committees. One of the biggest challenges she faced as an educator was developing graduate courses and programs for online delivery. “I was nervous and apprehensive. So were the students. It was like being a first-year teacher again. They didn’t know how to relate to me online and vice versa. Over time, I built a relationship with them,” she said. Nearly 20 years later, Blundell thoroughly enjoys developing new online courses. She said she learned to write in a conversational tone with a warm, approachable voice. She has given presentations about online teaching and conducted research into the ways distance learning can benefit place bound adults. Assessment and accreditation are also special interests of Blundell’s. She served as the faculty coordinator preparing assessment data for accreditation visits by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and currently serves as a state and national reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Blundell was elected the vice president of the Nebraska Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and a year later became the President. As part of her duties she is Nebraska’s representative to the Advisory Council of State Representatives for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She has also represented CSC on the Nebraska Council for Teacher Education for many years. She has also worked as a private consultant for school districts, work that she said has given her the opportunity to influence Nebraska Department of Education evaluation practices for improving after school programs. Blundell is married to Pete Romanjenko who is retired from the Wyoming National Guard. She has three children: Angie Kuiper and her husband, Mike, and their children Will and Emma who live in Harrisburg, South Dakota. Mike Blundell and Elena Kratskova who live in Bejing, China. Mike has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from CSC. Joy Weaver and her husband, Clay, who live in Rapid City with their children Arianna and Jaelyn. Blundell’s parents, Don and Shirley Kay, are retired ranchers who live in Chadron. Lois Veath Podobnik Undergraduate Commencement Speaker The 2018 Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker, Dr. Lois Veath Podobnik, is no stranger to Chadron State College. Podobnik retired in 2012 after working more than 30 years in various roles at CSC. She was a member of the Science faculty, Chair of the Department of Science, Dean of Arts and Science, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. At the time of her retirement, Podobnik said she was two years beyond the national average shelf life of five years for an Academic Vice President, a position she cheerfully described as the “cheerleader with money.” Although it was a challenge to leave CSC with so many new and exciting developments underway, she said she was ready to spend more time with her husband, Don, in Montana, watching sunsets and bouncing grandchildren on her knees. After leaving campus, Podobnik spent a semester in the Nebraska State College System’s office in Lincoln working on special partnership projects. Podobnik spearheaded several initiatives as Vice President. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Essential Studies Program to replace the General Studies Program, and she helped establish an information commons in the King Library. She also developed faculty learning communities to plan and establish a Teaching and Learning Center to assist faculty with innovative teaching methods. In her leadership development work, Podobnik used a quote attributed to Antoine Saint-Exupery: “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the [people] to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Podobnik guided the college’s successful Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation in 2007 and oversaw the college’s work in the pioneer cohort of the HLC Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning. She said she was gratified by the amazing initiatives led by faculty, staff and students to keep CSC a step ahead, as it was described by the HLC during the accreditation process. Podobnik moved to Chadron with her late husband, David, in 1979. She began her career at CSC as an adjunct chemistry professor in 1981, earned a doctorate from the University of Wyoming in 1988, and earned tenure in 1989. At one time, she was the only female full professor at CSC. Podobnik received the UW College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. In 1993, she received the NSCS’s Teaching Excellence Award, the same year she was president of the Nebraska Academy of the Sciences. She developed the first science courses using distance learning and online technology and attracted science teachers from California to Tennessee to attend her “The Trek of the Mammoth” workshops. Podobnik’s most recent honor was when the Nebraska State College System named CSC’s Planetarium in her honor in 2017. She was the director of the planetarium for 19 years and wrote 34 grants for nearly $1.5 million of equipment including telescopes. Additionally, she was a leader in writing $15 million in National Science Foundation grants to provide statewide training for math and science teachers. For seven years, she also sponsored Expanding Your Horizons workshops on CSC’s campus for middle and high school aged girls to explore careers in science and math. Between Podobnik and her husband, they have six children. They live near Butte, Montana. Her three children include Jisella, who is married to Tim Dolan. They live in Omaha with their daughter, Amelia. Logan and his wife, Klare, live in Elk Horn, Iowa, with their children, Warren and Calvin. Blake and his wife Angela live in Leesburg, Virginia, with their children, Cora and David Veath and Ethan Henderson.

McCallum to ride from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness, funds
Apr 27, 2018
  CHADRON – When Hank McCallum’s oldest son, Doug, left for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan, McCallum was impressed with the Maine Troop Greeters who cheered for his son as flew out of the Bangor airport in 2016 and greeted him when he returned. McCallum, a Chadron State College Associate Professor of Education, decided he wanted to support the Maine Troop Greeters so he came up with the idea of a motorcycle ride from Canada to Mexico. “These soldiers are great people. They’re going over to do what others don’t want to. They’re leaving their families to take care of us. We need to do our part to take care of them,” said McCallum, whose younger son, Greg, has enrolled in Army ROTC at CSC.  McCallum will start at the International Peace Garden in North Dakota May 10. He said he chose the location because of its constitution and connection to International Peace. His goal is to reach Red River, New Mexico, for a large bike rally on Memorial Day organized to honor men and women who have and are currently serving in the Armed Forces. He will set up a booth to educate other riders about the Maine Troop Greeters and the USO and build awareness for his fundraiser, which is set up so donors can contribute to one or both organizations. He plans to reach the Mexico border at Big Bend National Park in Texas, riding with a large American flag attached to his bike. The Maine Troop Greeters have welcomed home or sent off more than a million and a half service men and women since 2003, according to McCallum.  “The USO does a lot more than most people realize. They have lounges where the service personnel can relax, call or email home, and have refreshments,” McCallum said. When he began to plan his publicity, McCallum knew he needed a logo for his brochure and Facebook and Twitter pages, so he contacted Art Professor Mary Donahue last semester and she decided to use the project as an assignment for students in Graphic Design Practicum (ART 422).   The five students in the class each created logos for McCallum to consider. He attended the class and together with the students, discussed the pros and cons of the logos, how the logo would be used, and what would work best, Donahue said.  McCallum selected the logo designed by Taylor Juelfs that was displayed in the Senior Art Show earlier this semester. The students also designed brochures to gain practice in layout and a piece for their portfolio. The brochure by Whitney Coop with Juelf’s logo was selected by McCallum. “It’s a real-life project that is service learning in many ways. We liked Hank’s personal story of hearing how his son was taken care of by those service organizations when he came back from Afghanistan. The fundraising ride is great way to raise awareness about support for servicemen and women. We were glad to help with creating a memorable identity for it,” Donahue said.  Juelfs said she wanted the logo to convey the meaning and intent of McCallum's fundraising trip from border to border. “I like working with negative space so I tried multiple ideas with the hands until I put them in the headlight. I also got some feedback from Hank until we could come up with something that would really tell a story by just looking at it,” Juelfs said. Coop said working with McCallum was a valuable experience. “I am super exited to see how his trip goes and how many people he is able to reach between the ride and the brochures. I am glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this great cause,” she said.  

Ivy Day is May 4
Apr 27, 2018
CHADRON – Graduating Chadron State College seniors who have distinguished themselves through academics, service, extracurricular activities, and excellence in their degree programs during their college careers will be honored during Ivy Day Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium. Both Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 graduates will be honored. The event will be broadcast online by CSC Live. Ivy Day at Chadron State College evolved from a traditional May Day program dating back to 1920. For many years, Ivy Day has been sponsored by the national honorary societies, Blue Key National Honor Society and Cardinal Key National Honor Society. Dr. Robert Stack, Professor and Department Chair of Mathematical Sciences, will be the faculty greeter. Student orators will be Whitney Coop representing Cardinal Key and Aaron Duin representing Blue Key. Traditionally, a king and a queen are crowned at Ivy Day. The candidates are nominated from among senior members of Blue Key and Cardinal Key. The queen candidates are Kelsey Brummels of Ewing, Neb., Isabella Irish of Hemingford, Neb., Ashytn Nelson of Chadron, Madison Reece of Hebron, Neb., and Melissa VanDerslice of Columbus, Neb. The king candidates are Aaron Duin of Omaha, Neb., John Murphy of Harrison, Neb., Cory Salitrik of Rock Springs, Wyo., Johnathan Sayaloune of Gering, Neb., and Kevin Zhang of Alliance, Neb.    

Smith, Tucker close 2018 Graves Lectures Series
Apr 25, 2018
CHADRON – Dr. T. Smith, associate professor of Communication and Social Sciences, and Dr. Deane Tucker, professor of English and Humanities, presented the final Graves Lecture of the semester Tuesday, April 17, in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium. Smith and Tucker teach Cuba Libre, an upper-division capstone course in the Essential Studies Program. Both have taken two 10-day-long trips to Cuba for the class and are preparing to take another group of students in the Fall.  From their visits, the pair are aware of one particular thing: Cubans are still living the 1959 Cuban Revolution. It is the only thing typically found on buildings and billboards throughout the country. According to Smith, Cuba is a socialist country that provides many basic needs for its citizens. “Cuba does a lot of things well, in the respect that public goods are provided,” Smith said. “In some ways, health care is better than the United States, and it is free and universal. Literacy rates are the same or better than those in the United States.” Smith and Tucker have become aware of another factor – there is no commercial advertising. “Public space is filled with the face of the revolution. There is no real external consumption push in Cuba,” Smith said. Not having consumption is what allows the revolution to constantly be there even through change, according to Tucker. Smith said he and Tucker believe that the lack of commercial advertising in Cuba could affect how Cubans think. “Our hypothesis is that collective memory, or external memory, is different than the way you remember inside of your head. In Cuba, there is such a proliferation of collective, external memory of the revolution that we are arguing Cuban embrace of that memory is exceptional and an exceptional kind of buying into that collective memory might take place,” Smith said. “If we are going to share a memory we create from internal, but if there is so much external memory in Cuba, then it may be affecting the way people look at the revolution.” Tucker said when thinking about the United States’ collective memory, a lot comes from advertising. “The huge void of advertising and promotion in Cuba is replaced with external memory of the revolution,” Tucker said. Smith and Tucker hypothesize that internal memory is not solely driving Cubans’ memory. “The free and open discourse stemming from individualism to be the main driver of internal memory is being heavily influenced from the external state,” Smith said. Smith and Tucker hope that students and community members join their class and go to Cuba to test this and other hypotheses directly. The Graves Lecture Series will return in the Fall.

Justice Studies blends practical and theoretical methods
Apr 25, 2018
CHADRON – The Chadron State College Justice Studies department strives to teach its students in practical and theoretical methods. Thankfully the department’s primary classrooms, which include a mock courtroom, forensic lab with a mock interrogation room, and a lecture hall, help facilitate those methods for students. “The Justice Studies department aspires to blend theory with practice, and our classrooms allow us to do that. The students can apply what they’re learning and immediately put it into practice,” Justice Studies Professor Michael Bogner said. According to Justice Studies Professor Jamie Wada, the department combines practice with theory because it helps students develop job skills and prepare them for post-secondary education. “We want to show the students the entire criminal justice process,” Wada said. “Since we combine practice and theoretical methods, students learn techniques that provide the skills to be successful in whatever they choose after graduation.” A large part of the program incorporates hands-on learning, Wada said. “The students love our classes because they are so hands-on. Because of TV, they think investigations are quick but they are not. It’s slow and tedious work because you want everything to be correct and to do that takes time,” Wada said. “Students work in groups a lot and that is to teach them that you can’t do this type of work by yourself. You need help in the justice field because it’s the nature of the work.” Hands-on learning is particularly evident in the forensic lab. During lab sessions, Wada said students learn how to dust and lift fingerprints, chemical processing of prints, 3D casting of tires and footwear, electro static dust lifting for impression evidence, blood pattern interpretation, blood spatter analysis, and crime scene photography. “A student can do everything he or she sees on TV shows in our lab, except slower,” Wada said. “The lab setting at CSC gives students practical experiences and then they can apply that to their jobs when they graduate.” The tedious nature of crime scene investigation can be seen with blood spatter analysis exercises. Wada said blood spatter analysis requires students to identify spatter patterns and then use trigonometry to create 3D models. The blood work is often popular with students and students interested in attending CSC, Wada said. Bovine blood is used because its viscosity is close to human blood. “Blood spatter analysis is very rare in colleges and universities at an undergraduate level,” Wada said. “Blood spatter analysis is an important investigative tool for crime scene analysis.” The students also go in-depth with crime scene photography, Wada said. “The students learn everything about the camera, but we specialize in teaching them crime scene photography techniques,” he said. “Crime scene photography is so important.” Wada said a majority of his students become police officers and prior to graduation they get to learn from law enforcement professionals. He said each year, representatives from the City of Chadron Police Department, Dawes County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol speak to students. Alumni also stay active in the department. Wada said Ron Rawalt of the FBI and Jack Sides of the Federal Marshals have spoken to students. “It’s valuable for the students to see law enforcement professionals,” he said. “I’m confident what we teach to our students will be valuable to their careers.”

Five students attend Sigma Tau Delta's international convention
Apr 20, 2018
CHADRON – Five Chadron State College students attended Sigma Tau Delta's international convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 21-24. They are Shaniya DeNaeyer of Valentine, Neb., Stephanie Gardener of Chadron, Kaitlin Macke of Lead, S.D., Lydia Privett of Wahoo, Neb.,and Nalani Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo. Dr. Kimberly Cox, assistant professor of English and Humanities, accompanied the students. Gardener and DeNaeyer, Student Representative and Assistant Student Representative for the High Plains Region, respectively, helped oversee a number of discussion sessions and panels, including one with guest speaker Mary Norris, a former copy editor for “The New Yorker.” Gardener also presented on the panel “Dealing with Loss in Original Fiction,” and wrote a post Don’t Fear the ‘No’: Applying for Scholarships for the international chapter of Sigma Tau Delta’s blog, “WORDY by Nature.”  DeNaeyer also worked with Gardener to plan an escape room with a “Jane Eyre” theme that took a lot of time and effort. “It taught me a lot about professionalism and time management,” DeNaeyer said. Additionally, DeNaeyer and Gardener led a student leadership workshop. “Students put together a story using pictures from the book ‘Zoom’ by István Bányai. But they couldn’t look at each other’s picture. They had to put it together by talking to each other and describing the pictures or acting it out. This helped with learning communication and teamwork,” DeNaeyer said. Cox said Gardener and DeNaeyer are great examples of what Literature majors at CSC can accomplish. “Not only has Stephanie won a significant scholarship, but she and Shaniya both have made names for themselves within the conference circuit, which will only help them in their future careers or as they apply to graduate school,” Cox said. Privett said the panels she attendedranged from disability studies in literature, gender and sexuality, ecocriticism and nature studies, to a workshop about teaching English abroad. “These topics really interested me and are things that will impact my future career,” Privett said. Stewart said she felt the most useful part of the convention was networking and meeting other students. Her favorite panel was about publishing fiction, nonfiction and poetry. DeNaeyer, editor for CSC’s “10th Street Miscellany,” said a workshop with peer editors was helpful. “It was an open discussion where students from all over United States asked questions and shared their stories and struggles with publishing, editing, and deadlines. It helps to know you are not alone, and it gave me ideas I could bring back to campus and to our journal to help us keep improving,” she said.

CSC bareback rider clinches trip to nationals
Apr 23, 2018
CHADRON — Chadron State College junior Rowdy Moon of Sargent has clinched runner-up honors in bareback riding in the Central Rocky Mountain Region for the 2017-18 season and will advance to the National College Finals Rodeo in Casper in June. That was determined this past weekend at the Casper College rodeo. He scored 69 points on each of his barebacks to finish fourth in the event and now has 840 points for the season. The regional leader for the year is Chance Ames of Sheridan College. He has 1,060 points after chalking up another first at Casper. With the final rodeo of the season on tap at the University of Wyoming this weekend, there’s no way Moon can catch Ames. But neither can any of the other bareback riders earn enough points to keep Moon from placing second. Things are more muddled in the regional steer wrestling standings. Three Chadron State cowboys are still in contention to qualify for nationals, but it’s still a five-man race. Chadron State senior Prestyn Novak of Newell, South Dakota, took third in the dogging at Casper. He was ninth in the first go-round in 6.2 seconds and the runner-up in the finals in 5.1 seconds. He’s now fifth in the overall standings with 390 points. That’s 80 points behind co-leaders Taylor Davidson and Thomas Davis, both of Central Wyoming College. Two more Chadron State cowboys also are still in the running for one of the three steer wrestling tickets to Nationals. After not adding to their totals last weekend, Devin Dibbern of Riverdale, Nebraska, is third with 445 points and Kalane Anders of Bayard, Nebraska, is fourth with 410. Novak also was sixth in tie down roping at Casper after tying for fifth in the first go-round in 10.3 seconds and placing fourth in the finals Sunday in 9.1 seconds. Chadron State contestants also earned fourth places at the Casper rodeo. CSC senior Lance Neuerburg of Kersey, Colorado, and his brother, Drew, who attends Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colorado, were fourth in team roping at Casper at 12.3 and 12.0 seconds, and senior Brandi Cwach of Geddes, South Dakota, was fourth in goat tying with runs of 6.4 and 7.0 seconds. Two more CSC cowboys, Cody Trump of Merriman, Nebraska, and Cole Retchless of Bridgeport, Nebraska, were among the 10 finalists in their events at Casper. Trump tied for fifth in the first go-round of saddle bronc riding with 68 points and Retchless was eighth in steer wrestling in 6.0 seconds, but neither received a mark in the finals.           

Story Catcher workshop and festival set for June 5-8
Apr 23, 2018
CHADRON – The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society’s 2018 Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival in Chadron will be June 5-8 at Fort Robinson State Park and Chadron State College. Registration is still open but limited spots remain. The cost for the retreat is $350, which includes lodging, meals, and activities during the week, as well as membership to the Sandoz Heritage Society. The cost for students is $300 and scholarships are available. For more information and to apply, visit The writer’s retreat will be at Fort Robinson State Park for the third consecutive year. Participants in the retreat share the old officer’s quarters and Workshop Director Dr. Matt Evertson said writers benefit from the true spirit of a retreat by doing many activities together, including gathering in the dining room for workshops and preparing meals together. “We also encourage hikes and communing with nature and having the beautiful landscape and historic setting inspire the writers to produce original work,” Evertson said. The writer’s retreat features faculty from the University of Wyoming – Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Nina S. McConigley and H.L. Hix – and CSC Assistant Professor Markus Jones. The faculty plan to lead morning sessions focused on crafting and improving writing, followed by afternoon sessions designed to give participants a chance to create new work and receive personalized feedback from attendees. The three faculty members from the University of Wyoming are all published authors. Hix won the T.S. Eliot Prize, McConigley won a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction, and Lookwood has earned a Pushcart Prize for his essays. Jones nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a short story and his first novel was recently published. The retreat culminates with a festival June 8 at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium on the Chadron State College campus. The festival is free and open to the public and Hix, Lockwood and McConigly will give readings. Festival sessions will include a panel discussion featuring the writers in residence, an open mic for workshop attendees to share their works, a session by the Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer, and public readings beginning at 6 p.m. The readings will be followed by a book signing. More information, contact Evertson at [email protected]

Tutoring, planning, advising services combined in new Office of Academic Success
Apr 23, 2018
CHADRON – Just over three months after starting his job as Director of the Office of Academic Success (OAS) at Chadron State College, Thomas Tylee is busy with projects aimed at boosting student retention rates by consolidating tutoring, academic advising and career planning services in one location so that students can find the help they need to be successful. “Every office and every person on campus has a little piece of supporting student success, but there hasn’t been a centralized location,” Tylee said. “I’m trying to come up with a coherent message.” CSC’s Learning Center, which offers individual tutoring in writing, math, science and other subjects on a walk-in basis at the King Library, is the most visible part of the OAS portfolio. The center has traditionally been part of Student Services, but has been brought into the realm of academics to help keep students enrolled and on track to graduate. “Retention is the buzzword these days,” Tylee said. “Traditionally colleges have looked at recruitment … without focusing a lot of attention on the students we already have. Retaining a student that is already here is much more cost effective than spending time and effort recruiting a new student.” Academic support is one of the keys to keeping students enrolled, and overseeing the peer tutoring services offered at CSC is a big part of Tylee’s job. Top students who have been recommended by faculty members and have expressed interest in tutoring go through a hiring process and a certification program before they can start helping other students with course work. Tutors also have periodic reviews and 10 hours of additional training annually. “We want to make sure the help students are getting is valuable and from someone who is well trained,” Tylee said. The greatest demand for tutoring is in writing. “We have about 10 peer tutors in writing, which is probably the most training intensive. That’s because a lot of students who can write well don’t necessarily know how to approach it from the side of composition and organization.” Math and science are also popular subjects for tutoring assistance and one or two tutors are available in almost every subject, Tylee said. Until now tutoring at CSC has always been provided in person, but the increase in online course offerings has Tylee exploring use of the internet to provide the service. The first such effort took place at the beginning of March, when a tutor used video conferencing software to help an American student in Nicaragua who is taking a math class online. Both tutor and pupil could use a white board to write on and could see each other on their computer screen, Tylee said. “It seemed to work really well. There are some neat tools,” he said. “Now an online student can email or call us and say, ‘I need tutoring,’ and what day and time. They just click a link in an email and a web conference starts.” Tylee is excited about developing online tutoring, because it will allow CSC to offer summer students individualized help if they need it. “I’m going to get a pool of tutors who I can contact throughout the summer so that we can offer online tutoring in the summertime, which I think is a first,” he said. Though many students think of seeking help from a tutor only after they have fallen behind in a class, Tylee would like to reach them before they are having trouble. “Tutoring is not an emergency fix. It’s best when a student can come in early and get into the routine of getting help,” he said. To that end, the Office of Academic Success makes an effort to identify students who are struggling with course work and offer them help, and also advertises the tutoring service through the school newspaper, posters and classroom visits. Tylee said he also is developing connections with faculty members, as they have the closest connection with students. “Because this is a new office I try to introduce myself and explain what the office is,” he said. “Rather than a faculty member having to learn what all the resources are and who to talk to, they can just talk to me and I can connect the student to the resources.” Another big influence on student retention is one-to-one interactions with instructors, whether in advising sessions or during office hours, according to Tylee, who is working to support faculty advising efforts. “We have open hours where different faculty members volunteer to advise any students who walk in,” he said. “We are trying to build that up.” Having success workshops for students who are placed on probation for low grades or failing too many classes is another aspect of Tylee’s job. “The last one we did was on taking responsibility,” he said. “Another one was focusing on goals and how to stay on track. It’s the soft skills of how to be a good student and stay committed.” The Career and Academic Planning Services office is another college department that has been incorporated in the OAS, and is also housed in the library. Helping undecided students choose a major field of study, assisting with preparing résumés and facilitating and monitoring internship opportunities are among the offices’ responsibilities. Tylee earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana and a master’s in linguistics, then taught English as a second language in Montana before taking a job teaching various English courses at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. While at WNCC he also managed recruitment and retention of international students and headed a project for redesigning advising services. “I love teaching,” said Tylee. “I love being in the classroom, but I found that my strengths and my passion was growing more to coming up with projects and solving problems. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to come up to Chadron.” The harsh winter weather Tylee experienced during his first two months on the job hasn’t deterred his enthusiasm for moving to Chadron. Growing up in Idaho and Washington and going to school in Montana made him accustomed to winter weather, and he said his home outside of Scottsbluff had no protection from the region’s strong winds. “I’m happy to be in town and tucked away,” Tylee said.

The Big Event reaches out to community
Apr 24, 2018
CHADRON – Dr. Shaunda French-Collins, faculty sponsor of The Big Event, said the sixth annual day of service Saturday, April 21, 2018, was successful. French-Collins said more than 410 Chadron State College volunteers served at 36 different job sites. “Animals were adopted from Friends of Pets, Crest View residents enjoyed a scavenger hunt and a garden was planted at the Intermediate School,” French-Collins said. “All things considered with the weather, The Big Event team was very happy with our results.” Rosella Tesch, director of the Chadron Public Library, said she was surprised and appreciative to see so many volunteers. “The weather was cold and dreary, it was raining and everything felt soggy. I was sure The Big Event had been postponed. Yet, with big smiles and much energy, the volunteers planted their sign in the ground and started to rake with efficiency and cheerfulness. Coming out of a long winter, the library lawns were desperate for a good cleaning. Now they look well groomed,” Tesch said. Taylor Osmotherly, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, praised French-Collins and The Big Event staff. “I am so glad that The Big Event has become such an integral part of who we are at Chadron State College. We are an institute that wants to give back to the community that serves us so well throughout the year. I am elated to be a part of such a meaningful event,” Osmotherly said. Ron Miller, secretary of the Chadron Arts Center, said he was impressed with Graduate Assistant Megan O’Leary’s planning and organization skills. “Megan made an appointment to meet me at the work site several days ahead of time to see what we needed. Then she called to confirm the day before. Jim Margetts brought some tools and the students did even more work than we had planned. They filled a pickup truck with debris. They did a terrific job,” Miller said. Members of the women’s basketball team, Savannah Weidauer of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Rachel Henkle of Newcastle, Wyoming, said volunteering with The Big Event was a great way to repay the community who supports their team. “Working with your teammates in a setting other than your sport is a good thing,” Henkle said.