From the pyramids of Egypt to the frigid natural wonders of Iceland, more than 300 elementary and middle school students from the York area explored the world at the annual Cultural Geography Fair hosted by York College on Friday.
College students spent more than a month preparing for the event, researching everything from the topography, history, cultural influencers, and national pastimes of the countries selected. They presented to the elementary students at tables around the perimeter of the Campbell Student Activity Center. At each country’s table, youngsters got their event passports stamped--perhaps instilling in them a desire to travel and to get stamps in a real passport one day.
York College is celebrating the generosity of many friends and alumni after a successful Giving Tuesday campaign yielded $53,767 in gifts.
These donations supported a variety of projects, the primary one being the Freeman Bleacher Challenge. Once this project is fully funded, it will allow for safer, more comfortable bleachers to be installed in the Freeman Center Gymnasium--one of the highest use facilities on campus. The total cost for all components of the project is $150,000. An anonymous alumni couple is offering a matching gift up to $55,000 to encourage other alumni to give. The resulting matched total of $110,000 will mean that bleachers could be installed in time for the fall 2019 semester.
Braving cold temperatures and rising far earlier than many students typically like to do on a weekend, a group of about 100 York College students spent Saturday morning in service. The students assisted faculty and staff members with a variety of tasks, from raking leaves to painting, moving furniture to cleaning gutters. They also enjoyed food and fellowship in the homes of the people they were serving.
Spirit of Service Brings College and Church Together to Serve Hungry Neighbors
When Marissa Bressler arrived at York College her freshman year, she had one goal. She wanted to avoid speaking in front of large crowds. “I didn’t even make it through my first week,” she joked, as she made a chapel announcement. While the native of Lake Benton, Minnesota, might have failed at her initial goal, she said doing so has helped her thrive. Fast forward two years. Not only does the junior biology major speak in public, she’s the student body president. These days, her mission is a bit different. “My goal is to cultivate a culture of service on campus. I feel like the college has been successful in the ‘transforming’ and ‘equipping’ part of its mission, but the service aspect was lacking.”
High school actors from around the area converged at York College’s Bartholomew Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 3, to participate in the third annual Cultivate One-Act Festival.
These high school students will perform their one-act plays at competitions around the state throughout November. The festival at York College gave them an opportunity to perform their show in front of more seasoned actors, who provided feedback for improvement.
The York College Theatre Department will present its annual Emerging Director One Act plays Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, starting at 7:30 PM. The plays will be directed by students, and will take place in the Scene Shop Theatre in Gurganus Hall.
The first show of the night, directed by senior Deidre Freitas, is Frostbite, a drama about three teens from Duluth, Minnesota. During a walk in the woods, they come across a homeless boy who claims to be over 100 years old. “The Kid” tells the group his life story, and they are all changed by this event.
Cheree Folts, director of York Parks and Recreation, was honored at York College on Friday with the Good Neighbor Award for her service to students.
The Good Neighbor Award is presented to community members who have been important partners in the success of York College and its students. Previous recipients of the award are Scott Koch, retired public school administrator; Lonnie Berger, owner of Wendy’s in York; and Steve Moseley, journalist with the York News-Times.
From teaching at-risk students math skills, to helping middle schoolers make sense of history, to leading an entire community’s educational efforts, this year’s inductees into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame have more than sports in common--they all share a passion for touching the lives of young people.
Dave Hawley ’72, Laura (Hastings) Hawley ’98, and Jeremy Hogan ’00 were the 2018 class of Athletic Hall of Fame honorees. Each has had a decorated career in education, which was recognized along with their lives of service and athletic excellence during an event at Homecoming.
Ray and Gail Miller have been the foundation of the science department at York College for three and a half decades. Between his classes in chemistry and hers in biology, the couple has influenced hundreds of students who went on to become doctors, physical therapists, dentists, researchers, chiropractors, and teachers of all levels. They have dedicated their professional lives to making an impact through quality scientific instruction in a Christian setting.
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