Dr. Mike Armour will be the featured speaker at York College’s spring commencement ceremony, Saturday, April 27. He is the managing principal of Strategic Leadership Development International, which he founded in 2001. Since then he has coached or mentored over 600 executives and trained thousands more, many in some of America’s largest corporations. In addition, his firm has subsidiary operations in Africa, where he trains senior government officials.
Through his entire career, Dr. Armour has combined full-time or part-time ministry with whatever else he was pursuing. He has 57 years of pulpit experience, including churches in Kentucky, California, and Texas.
The Clayton Museum of Ancient History, located on the York College campus, has once again been selected as a Nebraska Passport site by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Celebrating its 10th year, the Passport inspires Nebraskans and tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations.
“The purpose of the Passport program is to help travelers discover Nebraska’s hidden gems. In 2019, Passport travelers will experience a variety of unique destinations while creating lifelong memories,” said Erin Wirth, Passport program coordinator with the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
Honor Society Celebrates 12 New Members
The York College chapter of Alpha Chi, the collegiate national honor society, inducted 12 new members at a ceremony in the Prayer Chapel on Monday, March 4.
New members inducted included graduate students Andrea Capuyan (Laurel, Md.), Elizabeth Maher (Edmond, Okla.), Catherine Seufferlein (York, Neb.) Also inducted were undergraduate students Hannah Anderson (York, Neb.), Kellie Fredendall (Jefferson City, Mo.), Austin Hackel (Broken Bow, Neb.), Madison Kinney (Council Bluffs, Iowa), Davi Mendonca (Fortaleza, Brazil), Cameron Merrill (Edmond, Okla.), Hannah Rohda (Waverly, Neb.), Elizabeth Ryan (Mountain Home, Idaho), Cole Satterfield (Broomfield, Colo.).
Join the York College Celebration Singers as they perform Raise Your Voice! on the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center stage Wednesday, March 6 through Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved at www.york.edu/boxoffice or purchased at the door. Tickets include cheesecake and coffee to be enjoyed during the show.
Raise Your Voice! will explore themes of individuality and self-acceptance through popular music. Group numbers include The Sound of Silence and True Colors. Notable solo numbers include In the Blood, Coming Home, What Do I Know, and The Voice Within.
Growing up on a farm in St. Paul, Nebraska (population 2,342), Samantha Jerabek ’18 didn’t dream of a life of big cities and public policy. She chose to attend York College in part because it was close to home--she often traveled to the farm on weekends to help with chores, especially during calving season. During her years at YC, this small town girl took advantage of many opportunities for growth. Opportunities that have led her to unexpected and thrilling places.
Today, Jerabek is a staff assistant working for Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse in his Lincoln office. She describes the last few years getting involved in public policy as “kind of a roller coaster.” Mentoring from Dr. Billy Lones, associate professor of criminal justice, set Jerabek on that track.
YC Alum Coaches Successful Youth Robotics Program
According to Ben Hackett ’08, the key to coaching a successful youth robotics team is one simple word: yes.
“You just have to say yes to the students a lot,” said Hackett. “Can we order this so we can build this? Can we try this?...You have to say yes even if you’re pretty sure what they are suggesting is going to fail. They have to try. That’s how they will learn.”
Hackett is a credible source--in the four years he has been coaching the team at Cross County in Stromsburg, Nebraska, his students have won numerous competitions, including the state title this year. Some have even traveled to participate in international competitions.
Castens Recognized with York College Award
According to poet Robert Frost, good fences make good neighbors, but if you ask Neal Castens, it’s good sidewalks that really make the difference.
Neal and his wife Ruthie are retired educators who live just a few doors down from the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center on the York College campus. The couple loves to walk daily for exercise and they find it very convenient--especially in winter--to stroll through campus, where the sidewalks are well maintained and the people are friendly.
Six fictional characters, abandoned by their creator, interrupt a rehearsal in progress and demand to be brought to life by a new author. But the characters' existential agenda collides with the more lighthearted ambitions of these theatre artists, whose rehearsal becomes darkly entangled with the characters' tragic story, as York College Theatre Department presents Six Characters in Search of an Author, February 21-24. John I. Baker III, associate professor of communication, directs this thought-provoking show that challenges audiences to consider the question “what is reality?”
What do you do when you’re outnumbered ten-to-one, you’re trapped inside a walled city with the enemy at the gate, you’re running out of food, and as the battle drags into the second month, there’s no end in sight?
Dr. Tim McNeese, Associate Professor of History and author of more than 120 books, will answer these questions and more during the annual Ides of March event hosted by the Clayton Museum of Ancient History on March 21. Tickets include a multi-course Turkish meal and a presentation from McNeese.
Students from the York College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business club presented the 2019 Dr. Mark Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit award to Warren Thomas, long time owner and manager of Grand Central Foods.
The award is presented by York College PBL and the York Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chamber Banquet event. It was established to recognize a York area business person from among chamber members who has demonstrated one or more of the core characteristics of the entrepreneurial spirit: innovation, courage, commitment and service.
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