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The last couple of months have been extraordinarily busy and gratifying for Associate Professor of History Tim McNeese '73. November saw the publication of three new books and the television premiere of the documentary “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” in which he was featured. Not to be outdone by those accolades, on December 5, McNeese successfully defended his dissertation, completing his PhD in History at Faulkner University.
Dr. McNeese is in his 26th year at York College.
Soderholm reflects on years with Clayton Museum
Walking through the unfinished basement of the Mackey Center in 2013, Amber Soderholm ’10 remembered smashing pumpkins and playing broom hockey there as a student. The concrete floors and bare walls made ‘The Underground’ the perfect spot for messy or potentially destructive activities. It was dark, dingy, and cluttered with everything from artificial Christmas trees to extra cafeteria equipment.
“How am I supposed to turn this into a museum?” she wondered. The task was daunting.
Moseley recognized by York College
York College honored Steve Moseley, associate editor of the York News-Times, with the Good Neighbor award Tuesday in chapel. This award is presented to community members who have been important partners in the success of York College and its students.
YC President Steve Eckman presented Moseley with a plaque and thanked him for his efforts on behalf of school and community. “Steve has gone out of his way to provide coverage and interest in York College...Steve’s interest has help us to maintain our profile and interest in the community,” said Eckman. “During Steve's 12 years at the York News-Times, he has been an integral partner in promoting the college, from attending campus events at all hours to ensuring coverage of our news. Our positive relationship with the community depends on partners like Steve and specifically the efforts he has put forth over the last 12 years.”
YC Hosts Annual Geography Fair
From the sandy beaches of Dominican Republic to snowy forests of Sweden, 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 the months preparing for the event, researching everything from the natural resources to the national pastimes of the countries selected. Teams of students presented food, costumes, language, games and fun facts about Columbia, Nepal, Greece, Ethiopia, Germany, Samoa, Kuwait, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Zambia, Brazil, and Mexico at this year’s event.
Ho, ho, ho! Time to get in the holiday spirit with some Christmas music, cookies, and cocoa. Put on your tacky sweater and reindeer antlers and join in the holiday fun at York College.
The Celebration Singers will perform their annual Cocoa and Carols program December 7 through 10. This year’s show theme is "Winter Wonderland." This family-friendly production will feature secular and sacred Christmas music with choreography and dialogue. Performances of the high-energy show will be held in the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center (1026 E 10th St.) on the York College campus. Admission is $5 and includes cocoa and cookies.
Tickets (please note Friday, December 8 performance is SOLD OUT)
Olena Kozlova-Pates ‘97 is a long way from her home geographically, but her thoughts are never far from Ukraine. Her country has been wracked with war since the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea. In the intervening years, more than 10,000 of her fellow Ukrainians have been killed in the conflict that rages in Southern and Eastern Ukraine. Two million Ukrainians have become internally displaced refugees, fleeing the areas where the fighting is fiercest.
Kozlova-Pates, who now lives in North Carolina, was shocked by the violence in her homeland--and dismayed by the lack of response from the rest of the world. “In the middle of Europe, in Europe's largest country, there is this war that is happening right now with so many casualties and so many refugees, and you don't see very much about it in the American or European media,” she said.
The mechanical whirring of a drone and the whinny of a horse were some of the unusual sounds heard at York College on Thursday, as more than 150 FFA students from across the state flooded campus for the third annual Cultivate Event. Next month these students will begin competing in FFA events such as ag demonstration, parliamentary procedure, and agriculture literacy. At the York College hosted event, they had the opportunity to practice their presentations and hone their skills with feedback from college students and faculty members.
The York College Drama Department will present the annual Emerging Director One Acts on November 10 and 11. These student-directed plays will take place in Gurganus Hall in the Scene Shop Theatre (10th & Kiplinger).
The first show of the evening is Cut, a comedy directed by junior theatre major Ryan Harrison. Cut is the story of a play within a play, within a play, within a play! Things get very confusing as the cast of the plays forget who they are and who they are supposed to be. Harrison is a junior theatre major from Bozeman, Montana.
York College has been included in several recent online rankings with recognition for the outstanding value the college offers, as well as specific program excellence.
WalletHub, a website devoted to helping consumers make good financial decisions, rated all of the colleges and universities in Nebraska on seven key categories: student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes, and career outcomes. Using this metric, York College was ranked number six out of 33 colleges and universities in Nebraska.
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