The annual sports management conference of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) will be held this year on the York College campus, August 7 and 8. The event will be a mix of informational sessions and social interaction for the expected 250 attendees from 13 KCAC member schools. Each school will bring representatives from their athletics departments including athletic directors, sports information directors, athletic trainers, coaches, faculty athletic representatives, and student athlete leaders.
Each June, York College hosts hundreds of teens on campus for Soul Quest, a week of fellowship and spiritual renewal. This year's Soul Quest theme was Awaken. The keynote speaker, minister Phil Brookman of Edmond, Oklahoma, built the week’s lessons around being awake to the work of the Holy Spirit.
The camp included Bible classes, service projects, fun activities, and inspiring worship times. Many were baptized and many more came away renewed in their faith. In addition to the 450 campers, the event brought more than 100 counselors, teachers, and other support people to campus for this uplifting week.
York College announced today the list of Dean's List scholars for the Spring 2017 term; 83 students were recognized with this distinction.
To be named to the Dean’s List, students must carry 12 or more graded hours and achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.75 with no incomplete grades and no grade below “C” for the semester.
A challenge was made and York College alumni rushed to respond. During a special four-day giving challenge, 198 alumni joined together to give $70,164.50 for their alma mater. The majority of these funds will be used to support student scholarships.
During the drive, gifts made by alumni were matched by four lead alumni in a 4-to-1 challenge. The opportunity for a matching gift was all their fellow alumni needed to respond in a big way. Gifts and pledges poured in during the challenge period, May 5-8.
It was a perfect spring day at York College campus on Saturday as over 80 students graduated during the morning’s commencement ceremony. Held in the Campbell Student Activity Center, the seats and bleachers were filled with proud parents, excited family members, and eager graduates ready to receive their degrees.
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Dr. Nathan Mellor, CEO of C3 Brands and President of Strata Leadership, gave the commencement address. Dr. Mellor has consulted, trained, and lectured throughout America and abroad on topics related to character and leadership. His clients include corporations and non-profits from across the business spectrum. In pursuit of education, humanitarian, and religious interests he has studied or taught in Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, and Rwanda. Dr. Mellor has over 15 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities. He is currently an adjunct professor at York College in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program.
It was an evening of celebration as York College held its annual All-College Banquet Tuesday night at the Holthus Convention Center in York. The student body gathered with faculty and staff for a night of reflection, recognition, and fellowship. Several awards were presented, including Mr. and Ms. YC.
Cameron Coleman and Courtney Lovelace were named Mr. and Ms. YC 2017. YC faculty and staff make the selection for this award from among graduating seniors. Candidates embody a commitment to the mission, purpose and core values of York College. They must be well-rounded individuals who pursue spiritual integrity and academic excellence while making contributions to the campus and community, forming healthy personal relationships and living godly lives.
York College Senior Directs Holmes Mystery
Ken Ludwig’s dark comedy Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will be presented at York College Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. This show is the senior capstone project for Samatha Berry of Falls City, Nebraska. Berry has directed one-acts at York College in previous semesters. For her final project, she is presenting this full-length show, which she describes as suspenseful and hilarious.
The show features five actors portraying 35 different characters. Much of the comedy comes from the over-the-top costumes, wigs and accents used to differentiate the characters, said Berry. The show features the acting talents of recent York College alumnus Jameson Trauger as Sherlock. His faithful companion, Watson, is played by Nathan Clark. Boone Berry, Brinna Horvath, and Ryan Harrison play the other 33 characters.
York College Choir to Present Music Born of Conflict
On Monday, May 1, the York College Concert Choir will present their annual Spring Works concert, this year entitled And Justice For All. The concert will feature narration by YC Associate Professor of History Tim McNeese and will focus on art that has arisen from conflict.
The repertoire will feature a variety of styles, from Broadway crowd-pleasers like “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables, to the beautiful and reflective “Kyrie” movement of Rene’ Clausen’s work Memorial, written in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The concert will also include a spiritual from a Native American composer and a musical setting of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free...
York College has announced the 10 candidates for the Mr. and Ms. YC awards. Faculty and staff make the selection for this award from among graduating seniors, using leadership, involvement, academic performance and personality as the criteria.
Recipients of the awards will be announced at the All-College Banquet on Tuesday, April 25.
The 2017 candidates for Mr. YC are Troy Rowan, Jeff Albers, Cameron Coleman, Saia Lotulelei, and Jarrell Cunningham. Candidates for Ms. YC are Kaylee Becker, Bre Goben, Delaney Woods, Courtney Lovelace, and Soren Tobey.
The 40th annual Songfest production was a crowd pleaser as the high-energy musical revue once again brought the Campbell Center to life during Spring Panther Days. Under the direction of Mrs. Amy Fraser and student assistant Nolan Henningson, months of planning, designing, creating, and rehearsing went into the three-night event with its closing finale on Saturday night of the big recruiting weekend.
Hosting this year’s show were Thomas Eckhart, Tyler Goodwin. Lilianna Herrera, Cameron Merrill, Olivia Nabb, Danielle Palensky, Colby Smith, and Levi Swenson. The performers were tremendous in their roles and had a great mix of solos and group numbers that covered a wide range of music styles.
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