Chadron State College
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
CHADRON – Korry Thompson said earning two graduate degrees from Chadron State College – a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Organization Management (MSOM) – was the ideal combination to give her career a competitive edge. Thompson, who lives in Billings, Montana, is a Field Business Planning Manager for the Mountain States with Charter Communications. She was recently promoted to the position, thanks in part to skills she honed while earning master’s degrees from CSC in 2017 and 2018. Her responsibilities include managing a team of individuals, analysts and capital coordinators, to ensure that all expense, capital forecasting and budgeting, as well as project management and labor functions related to business planning, are handled in time and on budget. “Both my MBA and my MSOM allowed me to progress to a managerial role by giving me the knowledge and resources necessary to fulfill that particular leadership role. My MBA allowed me the opportunity to specialize in business and finance, while the MSOM allowed me the opportunity to specialize and refine both my managerial and leadership skills,” Thompson said. She was prompted to research CSC’s online graduate programs after hearing her colleagues at a previous employer discussing their experiences with CSC. “I found that it was great fit for me and my lifestyle,” she said. “The beauty of online discussion forums is that you really are exposed to a diverse student body and are able to benefit from the differences in backgrounds and cultures presented during discussions. I built great relationships with fellow students and amazing professors who contributed greatly to my success.” Thompson said she has applied many concepts, including how to properly forecast and conduct a trend analysis, directly to her job. “I learned about the impact of economic factors on business operations. I utilized key takeaways in decisions regarding budget and forecast to properly time and adjust expense accounts. Also, the Human Resource Management and general management knowledge I learned throughout my time with CSC has helped provide me with the tools and resources needed to take on my new position,” Thompson said. Some of her favorite classes in the MBA were High Performance Leadership and Information Systems for Managers. In the MSOM program, she found Organizational Leadership and Human Capital Management particularly useful. “I felt as though I could immediately apply concepts from those particular courses to my job,” Thompson said. Even though Thompson said CSC courses met or exceeded her expectations, she was not immune to the challenges adult students commonly face while balancing school, work and family life. “It did require working on assignments after my kids went to bed and also on the weekends, but every moment spent attaining those degrees was worth it. Thanks to the flexible design of the online master’s programs at CSC, I was able to move forward in my career and be present in my home life and all of my kids’ activities,” Thompson said.
Monday, February 18th, 2019
CHADRON – Heather Shumaker, author of two books about pre-school play, spoke about her renegade rules for pre-school children at Chadron State College’s 30th annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference Saturday. Dr. Kim Madsen, professor in the School of Applied Sciences, said the event was well-attended by child care providers from the region, as well CSC students studying Family and Consumer Science and Elementary Education. Shumaker’s books, “It’s OK Not To Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids,” and “It’s OK to Go UP the Slide,” challenge some traditional methods for teaching pre-school children. As a graduate and advocate of the School For Young Children in Columbus, Ohio, Shumaker embraces the school’s philosophy that children be allowed to progress at their own pace in an environment of free play enriched with a variety of creative materials and the support of teachers who respect them as individuals. “There’s a visible difference between children taught with this method and those who are not. The children who do this are grounded. They don’t freak out when things don’t go their way. The skills they learn last a lifetime,” she said. She acknowledged teachers may initially be uncomfortable with her ideas about children’s rights. Among the rights she listed were the right to follow the natural course of child development and the right to plentiful, uninterrupted play, including loud, physical play with some risks involved. She bemoaned what foreign child development specialists call the American question: “How can we speed up child development?” “We’re not supposed to speed it up. Kids can’t cope with that pace. The more we try, the more problems we cause,” she said. She described traditional pre-school methods as quieter and less messy. “But they don’t create fully developed human beings,” she said. Forcing children to share toys is a violation of uninterrupted play and backfires causing children to stockpile or hide toys from others, according to Shumaker. “There are complex conditions that need to be met before we, as adults, will share certain items and even then some things are off limits. That’s a lot for a child to sort through,” she said. The time children take with their favorite toys tends to get shorter as theytrust the toys will be there the next day and understand the no forced sharing policy. She said if a child ever insists on keeping a toy all day, she writes a note that reminds both of them the toy is open for others the following day. “It’s OK not to share. This will involve some difficult moments of waiting, for both you and the other child. This supports natural moral development. It also stops rewarding the manipulation of those children who tattle on others for not sharing,” she said. “When you wait until a child is all done, it feels good for them to share naturally. They get a golden rush from this and will want to do it again and again.” Schumaker said large blocks of play time will allow opportunities for children to master their emotions, and conflict resolution. “With these coping skills, they will have a lifetime of good relationships with other humans and they are ready for anything,” she said. She explained several ways to help children channel feelings of anger including hitting a newspaper stretched out and held by someone else, kicking an empty box, sword fighting with pool noodles or punching pillows. She said if children can write down their feeling or have a teacher write the list for them, when they are calm, they learn meaningful literacy, sequential and math skills. Shumaker advocated for healthy physical, social and creative risks while keeping children safe and supporting them. “Safety is important, but it is second. If they think adults will always protect them from their mistakes, they aren’t careful. Mr. Concrete teaches memorable lessons. They might have to meet Mr. Concrete more than once. I did. Get kids to be partners in their own safety. This play builds resilience,” Shumaker said. Regarding rough and tumble play, Shumaker advised child care professionals to resist blocking meaningful social interaction by telling children to keep their hands to themselves. “Don’t assume it’s mean or violent. Active energy is not necessarily misbehavior. Instead, ask, ‘Are you both having fun?’ It’s important that you don’t shut it down completely,” Shumaker said. She warned about technology and the example adults set when they disappear into the online world. “The children assume the online world is better. You have to announce ‘I’m checking the weather to see if we can go to the park,’ or they will think you are playing a game,” Shumaker said. “Tech shuts out outdoor play, pleasure reading, imaginative play, dress-up, and practice with real-life conflict.”
Saturday, February 16th, 2019
CHADRON – The Chadron State College International Club will host its annual Food Tasting Party Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Princess Uba, the International Club’s President, said the event is a way to introduce a taste of the world to community members and CSC employees and students. Dishes from students’ countries will be available, such as Serbian potato moussaka, Vietnamese chicken salad, Zimbabwean sadza with beef stew, Nigerian jollof rice, Ghanaian bofrot, and others. The event will also feature cultural entertainment, including a play written and performed by International Club members, a fashion show, a flag game, and a performance by students from the Pine Ridge Job Corps. Tickets may be purchased from International Club members or by contacting Uba at 470-368-4033 or email@example.com. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. CSC students are admitted for free and can get a ticket from International Club members or by contacting the Associate Director of Residence Life Taylor Osmotherly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 15th, 2019
CHADRON – The Big Event staff will host its annual The Big White Out Friday, Feb. 15, at the Chicoine Center during Chadron State College’s women’s and men’s basketball games against South Dakota School of Mines. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s will follow at 7:30 p.m. CSC fans are encouraged to wear white to the games, and CSC students who wear white or a The Big Event T-shirt will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The winners will be announced during halftime of the men’s game. The Big Event staff will be available to answer questions and inform students, community members and CSC employees about the one-day service project designed to say thank you to the community. The Big Event began at CSC in 2013 and has provided volunteer efforts at several hundred jobsites. This year’s jobsite registration will open March 1, and the volunteer registration will open March 11. For more information visit www.csc.edu/thebigevent or email email@example.com.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019
CHADRON – Five Nebraska students have been accepted into the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) at Chadron State College. They are Hunter Rathjen and Zach Kring of North Platte, Micah Stouffer of Chadron, TeAnna Tenopir of Waverly, Scott Wheeler of Imperial. Kring will join RLOP in 2020 after a deferral to complete a youth exchange program in Argentina. Kate Pope, project coordinator with RLOP, said she’s excited to continue to see the program grow with a great group of incoming freshmen. Rathjen has been a varsity athlete, a letter winner for cross country, swim, and track and field. She competed at the state swim meet as a junior, the state cross country meet as a senior and has won multiple Academic All State and Academic All Conference Awards. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mock Trial and the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. She has been involved in 4-H with swine and cattle projects, and has been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the TeamMates Mentoring program. She plans to major in business with an option in accounting. Stouffer is on the Gold Honor Roll at Chadron High School and was a member of the District Softball Championship team. She has also has earned the following awards: Chadron Kiwanis Club Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, varsity softball letter, Honorable Mention All-State Softball, First Team All Western Trails Conference Softball, and State Trapshooting Third Place Ladies Team Division. She is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cedar Street Singers, and is a softball camp instructor. She plans to play softball at CSC and major in legal studies. Tenopir plans to major in legal studies and minor in history. She has earned three letters in soccer, expects to earn a fourth, and won two All-Conference Honorable Mention awards. She has volunteered to provide child care for Yezidi Immigrants taking English classes at her church and her employment during high school included selling Christmas trees at Spilker's Pineridge Tree Farm in Lincoln. Wheeler, whose older sister, Katelyn, also attends CSC, plans to major in criminal justice. He is the Class of 2019 President, Student Council President, a member of the National Honor Society and one of five leaders in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. He has played football, basketball, and track for four years and earned All-Conference, All-State Honorable Mention, and All-District awards. He has volunteered in the community, with his church and been a referee for a youth basketball tournament for four years. Kring has been a pole vaulter on the track and field team. He plans to major in legal studies and is interested in engineering or patent law. He is involved with the First United Methodist Church youth group and has volunteered at Closer to Home and as a math tutor.