Chadron State College
Thursday, December 13th, 2018
CHADRON – The Chadron State College community responded with generosity when the Professional Staff Association (PSA) sent a request in mid-November asking faculty and staff to donate winter clothing for local children. A month later, PSA reported that 134 pairs of socks, 116 pairs of gloves, 104 hats and 25 pairs of mittens were donated. Additional contributions included two infant snowsuits, two pairs of toddler pajamas, four scarves and one coat. Sherrie Emerson, who managed the drive, said the spectacular show of support warms her heart. “Together, we are making it possible for many children in our community to stay warmer during the frigid winter months ahead. Donating winter clothing articles is a fantastic opportunity to help the less fortunate. Providing a warm pair of mittens or gloves to a child is a wonderful way of showing them that we care. A child should not have to be cold during the winter, when it really takes so little from those of us who are able to donate,” Emerson said. Tammy Zuver with Chadron Caring and Sharing said community members have donated toys, other gifts and cash for food gift cards that the organization will distribute to 66 Chadron families and 20 adults over the age of 60 this year. “We try to provide all of the children and the senior adults with warm hats and mittens or gloves. With the help of CSC and others we are usually able to achieve that goal. Thank you so much for everyone who contributes,” Zuver said. She also expressed appreciation to CSC Dining Services for donating toys to Chadron Caring and Sharing. In a related effort last month, the campus community helped provide non-perishable food items for students unable to leave campus for Thanksgiving. Heather Crofutt said the Professional Staff Association and the CSC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Food Drive distributed 477 food items to students. The Chadron Caring and Sharing organization also made a cash donation to purchase additional food items, Zuver said. Crofutt, who helped organize the Professional Staff Association food drive, said the donations helped many students. “We are grateful for everyone’s support. From these combined efforts we were able to aid our students, which is ultimately the reason any of us is here,” Crofutt said. “For some of our students, going home over Thanksgiving break just isn’t an option. We remember what it was like to be a college student when money is tight. So for many of these students, figuring out how and where to come up with funds to pay for meals for five days can be stressful.”
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College’s Director of Admission Lisa Stein recently received a Service Member Patriot Award. Stein was nominated for the award by Admissions Representative Heidi McClintock in recognition of Stein's support of McClintock,a public affairs specialist with the Nebraska Army National Guard’s Main Command Post Operational Detachment, First Infantry Division. The award was presented to Stein by Command Sgt. Maj. Marty Baker and Command Sgt. Major of Recruiting and Retention Shawn Griffith with the Nebraska Army National Guard in Lincoln. Patriot Awards are presented to individual supervisors for support provided directly to the nominating service member including flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, and other similar accommodations. “It’s been a great opportunity to support Heidi and our nation. My military service is one of the things I’m most proud of,” said Stein, who served as a Military Police Officer in Washington D.C. from 1984 to 1987. McClintock said Stein goes above and beyond to arrange her work schedule to fit with her Army National Guard training. “Lisa is an outstanding supervisor who supports my military career,” said McClintock, who has been in the Army National Guard for nine years and worked at CSC since August 2017. “She makes a point to ask how I’m doing after training and to see if I need any more additional time to transition after being in the field for a few weeks. Most importantly she grows me as a leader. She pushes me to a better version of myself.”
Monday, December 10th, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College’s Winter Commencement for graduate and undergraduate students is Friday, Dec. 14. The graduate ceremony is at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium with Dr. Robert Stack as the speaker. The undergraduate ceremony is at 4 p.m. in the Chicoine Center with Judge Russell Harford as the speaker. There are 79 candidates for master’s degrees and 159 candidates for bachelor’s degrees. Both events can be seen on CSC Live. Bachelor of Applied Science | Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Science in Education Master of Arts in Education | Master of Business Administration | Master of Education | Master of Science in Organizational Management Dr. Robert Stack Dr. Robert Stack has been involved in both academics and athletics since coming to Chadron State College 20 years ago. He has been chair of the college’s Mathematics Department a total of 14 years and served as the Eagles’ softball coach for 10 years before relinquishing those duties at the end of the 2017 season. A native of Tabor, South Dakota, Stack attended the University of South Dakota, where he earned each of his degrees: A bachelor’s in 1990, a master’s in 1991 and a doctorate in 1998, just before he came to Chadron State as a mathematics professor. While completing his doctorate, he also taught in USD’s Math Department and coached baseball four years after having been a standout player for the Coyotes as an undergraduate. He also was the university’s homecoming king as a senior. After receiving Chadron State’s Teacher Excellence Award twice, Stack was the 2004 recipient of the George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award presented annually to the individual selected as the outstanding professor in the Nebraska State College System. He was nominated for the award by one of his colleagues, who called Stack “an excellent practitioner of the art and science of undergraduate instruction, the first priority of the system.” The nomination also said Stack was popular with students, blending strategies of instruction in courses and maintaining student involvement in his courses. It was also noted that Stack’s technical skills helped Chadron State develop the first completely online undergraduate mathematics degree program in the nation. Despite receiving the coveted award and also earning tenure as a professor in 2004, Stack stepped away from academics for two years to serve as the college’s Dean of Students. Already well-known on campus, he became even more visible as he participated in student services, attended numerous student organization meetings and initiated regular dinner with the dean luncheons. While Stack enjoyed his involvement with students outside the classroom, in the fall of 2007, he returned to academics and was appointed chair of the Mathematics Department again in 2008. Already the college’s Faculty Athletics Representative, his role on campus expanded even more when he agreed to become the college’s softball coach in 2007. For the next 10 years, he did double duty, teaching math and leading the department while also building the softball program, which required long hours recruiting and coaching. As the Eagles’ coach, Stack led the team to average 22 wins a season and achieved a program-best 32 wins his final year. Three of his final four teams reached the conference playoffs and finished among the top four in the final standings. He was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014. During his tenure at Chadron State, Stack has presented research papers at state, regional and national math education conferences. He also has been president of the Nebraska Association of Mathematics and was on the association’s board of directors seven years. In addition, he has served in various capacities related to the evaluation and certification of math programs for both the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Stack and his wife, Jill, have three sons – Riley, Caston, and Jayden – and three daughters – Kiya, Brooklyn, and Kennady. Judge Russell Harford Judge Russell Harford, a native of Lead, South Dakota, and a 30-plus year resident of Chadron, began his law career as a night police dispatcher in his hometown, before working in the administrative division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from the University of Maryland in 1975 and his wife, Colleen, earned her degree in sociology. The couple has been married since 1973. Harford took a job with the Nebraska State Patrol in Lincoln and transferred to northwest Nebraska in 1978 as a drug investigator. He soon began taking classes at Chadron State College and earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. Following his graduation in 1983, Harford began studying for a law degree at the University of Nebraska law school. He completed that degree in 1987 and in 1989 joined a Chadron law firm. He practiced law for 20 years and in 2009 former Governor Dave Heineman appointed him to a County Judge position in Chadron. “Since I was appointed, I’ve always encouraged students, both high school and college, to attend court when it is in session. After court is over, I try to answer their questions. While I can’t speak directly about the cases they observe, I can give them general information about the court system and how it works. I have always felt that providing some insight into the court system is part of what being a judge is about,” Harford said. Currently in his 10th year as one of five County Judges in the panhandle, Harford primarily serves Dawes, Sheridan and Sioux Counties. Harford remains busy with numerous activities, including a juvenile welfare initiative, “Thru the Eyes of the Child” mentoring young lawyers and court staff, and assisting debtors and tenants who represent themselves in county court. Harford also encourages lawyers to practice in rural areas. His efforts were recognized in 2016 when he was honored with the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Distinguished Judge for Community Service Award. Harford stays involved with Chadron State College. He participated in early conversations that eventually led to the establishment of the Rural Law Opportunity Program at CSC. Earlier this fall, Harford received the Chadron State College Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also the president of the Chadron State College Alumni Board. For the past four years, Harford has been a key resource for senior Social Work students during the planning phase of their annual Social Work conference. He helps identify speakers in his professional network who are legal or criminal justice experts and provides other resources, information and feedback. He has also participated in panel discussions. In 2017, Harford was influential in securing the Nebraska Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments on campus. It was the first event of its type at CSC and he was pleased to see the Court of Appeals convene at CSC after convening at high schools and colleges in other parts of the state. He said he anticipates the Court of Appeals will return to the CSC campus. With the assistance of Legal Studies professors Dr. Lisette Leesch and Dr. Mike Bogner, Harford was able to secure a Legal Aid of Nebraska kiosk in the King Library. The kiosk provides assistance to anyone with landlord/tenant or creditor/debtor issues. Harford also remains active in his community. He’s a long-time member and past president of the Chadron Rotary Club, and he is treasurer of the Chadron Public School Foundation. Following is the list of candidates by degree. Undergraduate honor graduates are designated with asterisks. ***Summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA **Magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA *Cum laude, 3.6-3.74 GPA Bachelor of Applied Science Nebraska Arnold: Kimberly Kain Holdrege: Judith Graser Sidney: Amanda Green South Dakota Rapid City: Robert Raker, Samantha Smith Other States Christopher Lopez, Tucson, Ariz. Jessica Applegarth, Yuba City, Calif. Nicole Bernd**, Denver, Colo. Chelsea Capone, Rio Rancho, N.M. Judy Bruhn, Dallas, Ore. Wesley Kudera, Baggs, Wyo. Bachelor of Arts Nebraska Alliance: Kolton Dubs, Josh Matulka, Malorie Schefcik, Josie Seidler* Ansley: Maria Terrazas Ashby: Shawn McKimmey Brule: Carissa Cornelius Chadron: Keenan Johnson**, Elizabeth O'Conner**, Kristavia Strotheide*, Trace Strotheide**, Tatum Westemeier Cozad: Troi Arnold Curtis: Riley Garey David City: Staci Hoeft Gering: Torri Brumbaugh*, DeAnn Kizzire Giltner: Lucas Richards Grand Island: Jessica Kleine Hay Springs: Laurin Bronson Hayes Center: Kira Dimas Hemingford: Rebecca Wignall Kearney: Lisa Willson Kimball: Jahnn Casimiro, Alexander Rawlings Lodgepole: Cody Haas Lyman: Athena Tarin Milligan: Cody Filipi Minatare: Tyler Koke* Morrill: Taylor Lackey Mullen: Jessica Lovitt, Dalton Zimmerman* Niobrara: Jenny Motacek** Norfolk: Kyle Temple* North Platte: Corinne Carlton, Vaughn Fahrenbruck, Dru Linderman, Kendra Torres Ogallala: Dakota Clough*, Alaynah Hyberg, Brianna Wilson* Omaha: David Aldridge Oshkosh: Clinton Wright Schuyler: Ethan Bergt Scottsbluff: Alyssa Faden, Tylor Grumbles, Michelle LaTowsky** Sidney: Kelly Bilbrey, Gabriel Dorcey Valentine: Shaniya DeNaeyer, Tyler Sedivy Whiting: Rose MacClure Whitney: Kelli Haynes California Bakersfield: Cristian Hulsey Campbell: Daniel Ruiz Canyon Country: Adam Fuselier Lancaster: Michael Marrujo Los Angeles: Jennifer Alvarez Oak Park: Daniel Opferman San Jose: Lilibeth Peterson Colorado Eaton: Keri Ruff Louisville: Savannah Smith Loveland: Dylan Culp South Dakota Belle Fourche: Jacob Voorhis** Colome: Rachel Tate* Custer: Jade Spring Hot Springs: Justin Harkless, Eric Yager Lead: Stephanie Owens Lemmon: Katie Krebs Martin: Brooke Petersen Oelrichs: Sara Spencer Rapid City: Meggie Bolyard Wood: Jonnie-Lynn Massingale Wyoming Burns: Travis Romsa Casper: Jacob Geil Cheyenne: Roberto Flores Gillette: Garret Brunson, Evan Smith Guernsey: Jessica Rotz Newcastle: Merritt Crabtree Rawlins: Dean Michel*** Sheridan: Alannah Anderson Torrington: Tyler Croswell Other States and Countries Stephen Watson, Mobile, Ala. Zander Casillas*, Phoenix, Ariz. Kevin Coy*, Davenport, Fla. Jason Fraser, Tampa, Fla. Krystal Kesselring**, Loganville, Ga. William Feid, Palatine, Ill. Tyler Eagle Chasing, Sioux City, Iowa Jessica Ney, Great Bend, Kan. Myles Busby, Niles, Mich. Karla Tworek, Warren, Mich. Stacey McNamara***, Brooklyn Park, Minn. Vy-Dana Flynn***, Billings, Mont. Peace Ndalama***, Cary, N.C. Sierra Martinez, Aztec, N.M. Keith DeVault**, Freeport, Ohio Erin Richardson, Jackson, Tenn. Sherry Camacho***, Frisco, Texas Eli Garza, Mission, Texas Ji Feng, KunShan, China Bachelor of Science Nebraska Amherst: Devin Dibbern* Bellevue: Joel Milos** Crawford: Benjamin Absalon Elkhorn: Emily Heimann Lewellen: Alisha Heelan Norfolk: Samuel Vanderheiden Shelton: Kortni Burnett Other States and Countries Shyanna Neu, Firestone, Colo. Libby Olson, Scobey, Mont. Jason Leake, Brewster, N.Y. Robert Packer, Lander, Wyo. Emanuel Koseos, Langley, Canada Bachelor of Science in Education Nebraska Alliance: Elizabeth Olvera Arapahoe: Kyla Monie*** Auburn: Chelsea Powell* Bayard: Kimi Kramer Cambridge: Troy Gregory** Chadron: Gatlin Mack Gering: Mikayla Kreider, Holly Marker*, Joshua McBride Lincoln: Joan Kamerzell, Kathy Little Mitchell: Austyn Wright Morrill: Kasandra Gomez** Seward: Ashlyn Hanson*** Valentine: Savannah Jackson** West Point: Jordan Hagedorn* South Dakota Belle Fourche: Paige Bush** Colome: Rylee Blomenkamp Hermosa: Chasen Cole, Mikahla Ferguson Kadoka: Taylor Merchen**, Chandlier Sudbeck Wyoming Casper: Alexandria Crisp Cheyenne: Kymberlie Marrill* Granite Canyon: Bailey Lanier** Newcastle: Patricia Miller Sheridan: Shania Channel***, Kylene Coonis**, Lindsey Sharp*** Sundance: Chrystal Cooper Other States Josef Gertner**, Fort Morgan, Colo. Rebecca Kraxberger**, Hugo, Colo. Dakota Rice, Kellogg, Idaho Master of Arts in Education Nebraska Alliance: Christina Dillard, Erin Meyer Gibbon: Brad Catlin Gothenburg: Tony Neels Lincoln: Matthew VanEngen McCook: Jordan Lewis North Platte: Maria Hall Scottsbluff: Hattie Burford Wyoming Buffalo: Kassie Clements Casper: Nicholas Stoneking Gillette: Amber Frei, Michelle Miller Hawk Springs: Gay Starr Pine Bluffs: Justin Trout Saratoga: Stephanie Long, Zachary Schmidt Other States Brandon Santos, Los Angeles, Calif. Kandice Nelson, San Diego, Calif. Seth Hetherington, Boulder, Colo. Connor Williams, Woodridge, Ill. Stephanie Roberts, Detroit, Mich. Elizabeth Weingarten, Hammond, Wis. Master of Business Administration Nebraska Chadron: James Healy, Gabrielle Michna Ericson: Nicole Thramer Lincoln: Adam Stover North Platte: Sydney Holmes Pickrell: Ryan Fee Sidney: Logan Lapp Colorado Denver: Ross Bryan Fort Collins: Austin Vosler Thornton: Palmer White Wyoming Casper: Jessica Berninzoni, Brandon Turner Gillette: Kristin Gross Other States and Countries Amy O'Connell, Lake Arrowhead, Calif. Dustin Mccormick, Perry, Fla. Charles Barrett, Montezuma, Ga. Justin Welch, Rigby, Idaho Lee Vinchattle, Boone, Iowa Nathan Smith, Dubuque, Iowa Shemia Perry, Boston, Mass. Marcia Satchell, Boston, Mass. Dezeree' Adair, Comstock Park, Mich. John Karimi, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Katherine Chryst, Alden, Minn. Lyla Ansah-Johnson, Howell, N.J. Jaafar Noor, Buffalo, N.Y. Joe Omilanowicz, Mexico, N.Y. Chad Lanning, Saint Clairsville, Ohio Brittaney Balliet, Rapid City, S.D. Tyler Hayes, Spring Branch, Texas John Navarro, Falls Church, Va. Erica Bush, New Berlin, Wis. George Soliman, Alexandria, Egypt Anas Haddadi, Kenitra, Morocco Master of Education Nebraska Bayard: Wade Kniss Bushnell: Sara Schnell Gering: Alyssa Block, Cristal Robbins Hay Springs: Jana Binger Lawrence: Courtney Buerer St. Helena: Shawna Harrison Valentine: Melissa Pilakowski Wyoming Dayton: Annie Seamann Douglas: Melissa Hodgs, Nicole Tresch Torrington: Lauren Mischke, Stacy Smith Other States Kaylon Anderson, Pueblo, Colo. Breanna Doorenbos, Onawa, Iowa Danielle Heft, Muskegon, Mich. Christopher Wells, Lake Hiawatha, N.J. Master of Science in Organizational Management Nebraska Chadron: Jessica McConnell Other States Eric Tucker, Palm Harbor, Fla. Tia Cofield, Covington, Ga. Brittany Osborne, Columbus, Ohio Christian McGhee, Pine Ridge, S.D. Tyler Schiltz, Powell, Wyo.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
LINCOLN – The Nebraska State College System (NSCS) named Dan Koziol as the 2018 NSCS Counseling Excellence Award winner. Koziol is the K-12 School Counselor at Twin River Public Schools in Genoa, Nebraska. “High school counselors play a vital role in the college search process,” said Stan Carpenter, Chancellor of the NSCS. “We are thankful to have counselors like Mr. Koziol helping students explore opportunities after high school and identifying the best fit for their future.” The NSCS Counseling Excellence Award is an annual award created to honor counselors for exemplary service and commitment to students. Students at Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges have the opportunity to nominate high school counselors for the award. As an alumnus of Wayne State College, Koziol understands firsthand the benefits in receiving an NSCS degree, and promotes accessibility to higher education to students at all grade levels. He is a strong advocate of admissions representative visits to his school, and participates in most of those visits in order to gather information about opportunities at each college. He encourages his students to ask questions and engage with the admissions representatives. He never wants his students to feel like higher education is intimidating. Koziol hosts a College Planning Night for his upper level students at the beginning of the school year so they can learn what steps they should take in their college search. He does not hesitate to reach out to his admissions contacts with questions, to learn more, or to check on the status of a student’s application. Koziol also strongly believes in students experiencing college campuses at a young age. His middle school students have benefited from a campus visit during eighth grade for several years
Friday, December 7th, 2018
CHADRON – Chadron State College student Gina Rieger of Rapid City, South Dakota, is the Project Strive/TRiO November Student of the Month. Rieger, a fifth-year senior, is majoring in criminal justice and psychology. She said she has been interested in criminal justice since she was a child and double majoring will help toward her future career. “Psychology and criminal justice go extremely well together and where I want to go in life the double degree helps me,” Rieger said. “I want to work as a behavioral analyst. I am really interested in criminal behavior, their brains and why they commit the acts they do, whether it is because of genetics, environmental influences or other influences. I’m just really interested in why they do the things they do.” Rieger said applying psychology to current events in classes taught by CSC education faculty member Marv Neuharth has been beneficial. “He ties current events back to psychology, which to me is extremely helpful,” Rieger said. “The class wasn’t always about thinking from a textbook. It seemed we were using our critical thinking more.” Rieger said she enjoyed completing a mock investigation of a staged crime scene in Forensic Studies I (CJ 323) taught by Dr. Jamie Wada, associate professor of Justice Studies. Rieger said students had to predict the offender’s signature, something specific to the offender that could be traced back to other crime scenes, and give a report predicting the suspect’s characteristics and traits. In addition to her studies, Rieger has been active in Zeta Alpha Kappa, the Psychology Club and Project Strive/TRiO. Rieger said she learned of Project Strive/TRiO through her freshman roommate and has come to appreciate the personal connections the program has provided. “It is a home away from home. They are always super helpful and are willing to put down anything to help you,” Rieger said. Rieger said she uses several services the program provides, including Counselor Sonja Dressel and attending events. Dressel said Rieger brings enthusiasm to Project Strive/TRiO. “She always has a smile on her face and kind words for other students and staff. Her work ethic is top-notch and her dedication to her work always shows,” Dressel said. Chadron State College’s Project Strive/TRiO program, located in the lower level of the King Library, is an academic enrichment program committed to help students succeed. Project Strive also focuses on career exploration, cultural and social enrichment and self-awareness. To be eligible for the program, a student must be one of the following: A first generation student where neither parent has a four-year degree, meet low income status based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria, or have a documented disability. For more information, visit https://www.csc.edu/projectstrive/.