Students from 11 National Christian School Association (NCSA) schools attended the 2019 Presidential Leadership Institute in July hosted on the York College campus in Nebraska. With 55 student participants and 19 sponsors representing schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, this is the largest gathering of NCSA students for the year, according to NCSA President Kelly Moore.
YC senior Kendall Fike had traveled internationally several times for mission trips and considered herself to be a fairly experienced globetrotter. However, she was caught off her guard when things started going wrong this summer in Greece. A mistake in her flight info led to unexpected changes in the itinerary, which had a ripple effect on where and when she had lodgings arranged. When she arrived in Greece, her phone’s map app didn’t work. She got lost in a scary part of town. It was enough to make a person want to sit down and cry.
And then get up and embrace the adventure.
This fall York College will welcome one new member to the faculty. Glen Bowman will teach a variety of general education and upper division courses in the psychology department as an assistant professor.
Bowman comes to York from Los Banos, California, where he has been preaching at Los Banos Church of Christ. He has served as a teacher for World Bible School since 2008. Bowman holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Harding University, where he studied psychology and religion. He is currently working on a doctorate in psychology through Grand Canyon University.
Four generations of the Goben family will be recognized at Homecoming with the 2019 Legacy Award. This award is presented to a family who has made a significant impact on the college through service over many years. Previous recipients of the award include the Jack and Robbie Sikes family in 2012 and the Roger '58 and Betty (Williams '58) Lessly family in 2014.
The award will be presented to the Goben family during Alumni Chapel, held Saturday, October 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the East Hill Church of Christ auditorium. This event is open to all.
York College to Recognize Distinguished Alumni
From pulpit ministry to occupational therapy to volunteerism, a number of alumni will be recognized for their lives of service and success this year at Homecoming with a range of awards.
The alumni to be honored include: John ’66 and Ellen (Whitman ’66) Lucas; Dr. Aimee (Burney ’04) Piller; Ben Smail ’12; Norman Morrow ’63 (posthumous). These awards will be presented on Saturday, October 19 at a luncheon following alumni chapel. The event will be at Chances R. Tickets are $15 .
From a chance meeting at York College’s Freeman Center, York College and the York General Wellness Center have entered into a partnership to promote wellness within our community -- and the location for that partnership is the Holthus Field House, located on the York College campus.
Matt Madole, York College athletic director, saw someone wandering through the gymnasium one day, looking somewhat lost. “I approached him to see if I could help,” Madole explained. That person turned out to be Jon Larsen, a York native and also a strength and conditioning specialist at the York General Wellness Center.
For business students Kitra Cody and Diego Korol, months of hard work and preparation paid off when the pair won first place in a team event at the national Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competition, hosted June 24-27 in San Antonio, Texas. This is the first time in recent York College history that students have earned the top spot at the national event.
Other YC students also participated in the national competition, having dominated at the state level. In all, five students and one faculty member represented York at the national conference, competing in nine events. In addition to competitive events, students were able to take part in workshops and lectures, as well as professional networking.
When Chris Young, administrator of Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg, was looking for professional development opportunities for his team, the Global Leadership Summit hosted by York College immediately caught his eye. “The location made a big difference,” as their budget for training was small, he said. Having access to worldwide experts and high-quality instruction without having to pay for transportation and lodging for his team was huge. He brought four staff and one board member with him to the two-day event at York College in 2018, and says it was definitely a worthwhile investment.
For YC students in training to become teachers, an elite accreditation recently secured by the education department is making their degree more valuable.
The recognition is from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and it is the only national accreditation available for teacher education. The standards are more rigorous and the process is more comprehensive than with the previously available accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
York College is just one of three schools in Nebraska to have this level of accreditation currently, and one of 238 nationwide. It was a strenuous process that required a considerable amount of time and resources, but it was worth it for the future of the program, said Dr. Erin DeHart, chair of the Department of Education.
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