Thursday, June 27, 2019

CCC Initiates New Math Sequence This Semester

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GRAND ISLAND-Central Community College is launching a new math sequence during its 2019 spring semester, which begins Jan. 7.

Prior to this semester, CCC students whose placement scores show they needed additional preparation before going into college-level classes were directed into a foundations class, “Math Essentials,” no matter what their educational or career goals actually required.

That’s now changing with the piloting of a redesigned math sequence called Math Paths, which splits “Math Essentials” into two options: practical math and pre-algebra.

Practical math is for students who need to meet prerequisites for associate of applied science degrees in business, occupational and technical programs. Pre-algebra is for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.

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UNL Grants 1,551 Degrees During Commencement

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln conferred 1,551 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 14 and 15.
Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senator and former Nebraska governor, delivered the undergraduate commencement address Dec. 15 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Gina Matkin, associate professor in agricultural leadership, education and communication at Nebraska, gave the address at the graduate and professional degree ceremony Dec. 14 at the arena. Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Stacy spoke to the College of Law graduates Dec. 14 at Hamann Auditorium in McCollum Hall.
The graduates are from 48 countries; 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; and more than 175 Nebraska communities.
Students from the local area include:
Elwood: Alec Trent Lonowski, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts .
Holdrege: Andrea Leigh Exstrom, College of Business, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with highest distinction.
Holdrege: Morgan Emma Hamling, College of Education and Human Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences .
Holdrege: Matthew Noah Paul Jensen, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Bachelor of Journalism .
Loomis: Kristi Ellen Freed, College of Education and Human Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences with distinction.
For a complete list of graduates, visit

Graser Graduates CSC's With Undergraduate During Winter Commencement

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 Judith Graser of Holdrege, Neb., graduated with a undergraduate degree during Chadron State College's at winter commencement Friday, Dec. 14.

More than 150 candidates are scheduled to receive their undergraduate degrees in the Chicoine Center at 4 p.m. Judge Russell Harford, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony.

Chadron State College, which was founded in 1911, is the only four-year, regionally-accredited college in the western half of Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility and affordability. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State and its curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements and eight master's degree programs.

PCCF Awards Grants For Equipment Upgrade

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The Phelps County Community Foundation presented the Prairie Home Cemetery Association funds on December 6, 2018. The PCCF Board of Directors awarded a grant of $3,666.66 for the purchase of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with dump box. This grant was made possible through the PCCF Community Impact Fund.

The existing dump truck used on the cemetery grounds is a 1953 model and has been in use for many years. The new pickup and dump box will greatly improve ground maintenance efficiency in the years to come.

Brent Soneson, President, said, “We are grateful that the Phelps County Community Foundation has seen the need to update our ground maintenance equipment. This grant is greatly appreciated and needed to continue to improve our facilities and grounds.

A tradition of giving has empowered the Phelps County Community Foundation to provide grants to local groups and organizations in Phelps County. Since 1976, the PCCF has stayed true to its mission of providing opportunities for charitable giving while distributing funds to enhance the quality of life for the people of Phelps County.

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Front (l-r): Liz Mattson (PCCF Board), Leslie Wood (Prairie Home Cemetery Board), Tori Jones (Prairie Home Cemetery Board), Denise Elliott (Prairie Home Cemetery Board), Grace Grove (PCCF Board), Bev Hansen (PCCF At-Large Board Member), Diane Samuelson (PCCF Board), Tammy Vonasek (PCCF Board), Kara Faber (PCCF Executive Director).

Back (l-r): Charlie Reeser, Robert Olson, Richard Krohn, Craig Phillips, and Joel Bergman (all PCCF Board members)

Nebraska Prairie Museum Reports Smithsonian Water Exhibition Resounding Success (2)

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WW PICWEBThe Nebraska Prairie Museum reports that its six week showing of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition “Water/Ways” was a resounding success.

The Nebraska Prairie Museum was expressly chosen by the Humanities Nebraska to host the exhibition as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. “Water/Ways” is now on view at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, Nebraska. The exhibition will continue to tour Nebraska with two more stops between now and April 7, 2019.
Through a selection of photographs, objects, film, audio and interactives, “Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
“We’re thrilled with the community’s reaction to ‘Water/Ways’,” said Patti Simpson. “By hosting a Smithsonian exhibition at our Museum, we were able to increase our attendance numbers and garner more exposure for all of the great projects and displays we have going on at the Nebraska Prairie Museum. We were not only able to host Water/Ways, but were also able to update our large meeting room with new carpet, paint, chairs, Wi-Fi, and cell phone booster. Hosting Water/Ways increased our attendance these past few weeks, and gave visitors a chance to see all of our other great displays and programs we offer. This experiences will help us build future program plans.”
The Nebraska Prairie Museum would like to extend special thanks to the Phelps County Community Foundation, the Phelps County Visitors Committee, AK-SAR-BEN Foundation, CNPPID, District Rotary, the Rotary Club of Holdrege, Tri-Basin NRD, the Donald & Florence Skallberg Endowment Fund, the Future Fund, Humanities Nebraska, Ken & Karen Stute, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Inc., the Roy & Mary Pearson Charitable Fund, the Women’s Giving Group and all our many other donors and volunteers for their support and help making this project possible.
“Water/Ways” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit,