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’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be honored with the Good Neighbor Award from York College. Folts will receive the award during the college’s daily chapel program on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. All are invited to attend the event which will be held in the Campbell Student Activity Center on the corner of 10th and McKaig Ave.
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.
YC History Department Marks Century Since End of WWI
The York College History Department will recognize the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I with several events.
Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the historic conflict on Friday November 9, as Dr. Tim McNeese, professor of history at York College will present a brief lecture on life in the trenches and details of the war. This event will be held during the college’s daily chapel program from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Campbell Student Activity Center (corner of 10th and Mayhew). While the main audience is college students, the event is open to all.
York College freshman Makayla Rose Martinez never expected internet fame when she ordered a creepy Halloween costume. However, a week after she posted a video to Twitter with the caption “Best $40 I ever spent” where she pranks students wearing the nightmarish bodysuit, she’s become a viral sensation. Her post has been viewed millions of times and has been picked up by news outfits such as Fox News, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Daily Mail (UK), Telemundo NBC and lots more. Currently it’s the fourth most popular item on TimeMagazine.com.
York College students are preparing for the annual cultural geography fair, to be held November 30. All York-area elementary school students are invited to participate in this free, fun, educational event from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the Campbell Activity Center.
College students will be presenting information on a variety of countries. Presentations may include food, games, music, activities, and other fun items on display.
"The geography fair is one of the highlights of our year," says Christi Lones, assistant professor of history, who organizes the event. "The research and preparation by our students is an exciting process to watch."
For everyone who has ever stood up through a game in the Freeman Center, not out of Panther Pride but because the outdated bleachers were cramped and uncomfortable, Panther Athletics has an announcement for you: a campaign is underway to replace the vintage seating in the next year. Half of the cost of the project, $55,000, has been pledged by an anonymous donor as a matched gift opportunity. They will match all gifts for this project up to $55,000 over the next year, allowing donor dollars to have a double impact.
The new bleachers will be York College blue and will feature increased legroom as well as improved support to ensure long-term safety and use. Once all funding is in place, installation is planned for summer 2019.
York College welcomed several hundred guests to campus over its annual Homecoming and Panther Days weekend, October 19-20. Alumni returned to campus to relive their great college memories, while prospective students and their families visited to see all that York College has to offer.
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