Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse will give the commencement address at the York College graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 5. More than 90 students are expected to receive their diplomas during the spring commencement ceremony, which will be held at 10 a.m. in the Campbell Activity Center (corner of 10th and Mayhew Ave.) on the York College campus.
From fundraising dinners to bake sales to cookbooks for a cause, one woman tirelessly worked to support the students of York College for more than 50 years: Johnnie Conway.
Though diminutive in stature, “Miss Johnnie” is a giant in eyes of many at YC. She started the Helping Hands for York College (women’s auxiliary group) chapter in Bellevue, Nebraska, in the mid-60s. For the next 50 years, she served in various capacities, including many years as chapter president.
Since Miss Johnnie founded it, the Bellevue Helping Hands chapter has given close to $50,000 to York College to benefit students.
York’s own Caleb Magner will be performing a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music for his senior recital, Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center. This performance is open to all. No reservations or tickets are needed.
Magner’s vocal pieces will range from classical Italian songs, to a humorous number from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, to the swinging crooner’s standard "Mack the Knife.” Magner then will switch gears and perform a set of piano pieces, including “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy and “Fantaisie Impromptu” by Frédéric Chopin, among others.
Annual Museum Dinner Celebrates Roman Culture
From photo opps with armored legionaries to a deep dive into ancient pirate practices and Roman architecture, the second annual Ides of March dinner and lecture event was enjoyed by a sell-out crowd on Thursday, March 8.
The evening began with tours of the Clayton Museum of Ancient History led by the Junior Docents Legion, a group of knowledgeable history enthusiasts ages 8-16. Junior Docents gave presentations on different museum artifacts under the direction of volunteer coordinator Karla Ott. More than one hundred people visited the museum to view the collection, explore the Little Kingdom children’s interactive exhibit, and learn from the Junior Docents’ research.
YC Student-Inmates Say Thanks
Three miles from the brick streets and historic buildings of the campus on the hill, there live a group York College students who attend classes in a chapel behind 20-foot fences topped with razor wire. These women are working to change the trajectory of their lives, and their attitudes about their studies reflect the value of the education they are engaged in. They are inmates at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) and members of the first cohort of the Second Chance Education Program at York College. In August 2019, these 11 women will earn what for some of them was previously unimaginable--a college degree.
York College has announced the finalists for its most prestigious academic financial award, the Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman each year and recognizes academic achievement as well as high moral character.
Finalists for this award are Valerie Booher (Omaha), Hayden Brown (Lincoln), Carys Pitman (Bartlett, Tennessee), and Jaylynn Mast (Monroe, Washington).
To be considered for this award, students must meet high academic standards as well as submit written essays and other application materials. Top candidates visited campus on Monday, February 26 for interviews to determine the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. All finalists not chosen for the top award will receive the Dean’s Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship recipient will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The President’s and Dean’s Scholars are important to our campus and provide leadership that helps us maintain a culture and a social setting that are important to the growth and advancement of our school,” said President Steve Eckman.
Soprano Gabrielle Siebenaler performed classical favorites and musical theatre numbers during her Senior Vocal Recital, Sunday, March 4th at 7:30 pm in the York College Prayer Chapel.
Siebenaler performed in four languages and in many different styles, with piano accompaniment by Kay Magner. The classical composers ranged from Schubert to Handel, with sets in Italian, German, and French. She also performed musical theatre pieces from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Heathers, and Candide.
Bellwether is a picture-perfect community. Nothing bad ever happens in this safe and friendly little town...until six-year-old Amy Draft goes missing. As the investigation into her disappearance progresses, Amy's parents come under the speculation and scrutiny of their once close-knit neighborhood. Things are not what they seem and Amy’s disappearance is only a glimpse of what lurks below the community's ideal facade.
Find out the conclusion of this gripping story in the upcoming production of Bellwether, presented by the York College Theatre Department March 1-4. John Baker, associate professor of communication, directs this thrilling show that explores the human response to tragedy and the dark side of relationships.
Faculty, Students prepare for medical mission
For the York College students who will visit Haiti over spring break, the service-learning trip will be an adventure and a chance to gain hands-on, international experience.
For Associate Professor of Biology Milton Eckhart and his family, it will be a homecoming.
Eckhart will return to Haiti with a group of 17 American volunteers for an 8-day medical mission trip in March. Seven of the team members are from York College.
After nearly a year of traveling the globe to serve in countries from Nepal to Swaziland, Hannah Gund ‘16 has returned to the U.S. with a renewed passion for ministry and a message for American Christians: Wake up! God is doing amazing things far beyond our borders!
Gund participated in the World Race, a program offered by Adventures in Missions (AIM), which sends teams of young adults to 11 countries in 11 months. Racers work with a network of local churches and nonprofits that are feeding the hungry, rescuing those trapped in slavery, caring for orphans, and healing the sick in heart and body.
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