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The College Calendar Monday, Dec. 17 Fall quarter ends Tuesday, Dec. 18 Graduation: Milford - 6:30 p.m. Beatrice - 7 p.m. Lincoln - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 Fall quarter grades available on WebAdvisor Tuesday, Dec. 24 Wednesday, Jan. 1 College closed, winter break Wednesday, Jan. 8 Winter quarter begins Saturday, Jan. 11 Men’s and Women’s basketball vs. Johnson County, 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Men’s and Women’s basketball vs. North Platte, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 College closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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SCC Board of Governors selects Paul Illich to be its next president Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors has selected Dr. Paul Illich to be its next president, effective July 1, 2014. Illich, the vice president for research, planning and information technology at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, was selected by a unanimous vote of the Board to become the school’s next president during a special meeting Friday afternoon in Lincoln. Board member Kathy Boellstorff made the motion, saying that the Board’s decision was “tentative, pending a successful visit to the campus of Illich’s current college, an acceptable background check, successful negotiation of a contract, and final approval of the contract by this Board.” Other finalists for the position were Ivan Gorne, J.D., vice president for student services, facilities and operations at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash.; Dr. Dennis Headrick, vice president for instruction at Southeast Community College; and Dr. Hank Dunn, president of AshevilleBuncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C.

Current SCC president, Dr. Jack Huck, is retiring in June 2014 after serving 20 years in that capacity. Prior to his current position at McLennan, Illich served as the senior director of institutional effectiveness and planning at the school. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Blinn College in Texas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas State University, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Experimental Psychology from Texas A&M University. An SCC team comprised of Board members and one faculty member plans to visit McLennan Community Col-

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lege next week. The search for SCC’s next president began in July. A search committee comprised of members of the Board of Governors, employees and

Volker retires after 34 years at SCC

Jeanette Volker figured she would spend her working career in food service or a related industry, but that ended 20 years ago. On Monday, Volker said goodbye to Southeast Community College after a 34-year career, the first 14 in food service; the last 20 as vice president for student services/ Lincoln Campus director. Jan. 3, 2014, is her last official day. “I’m going to miss the people, the students,” said Volker, a Platte Center native and a 1961 graduate of ColumBy Merika Andrade enough. And make it a point bus High School. “It’s been a to regularly see them. great journey. I never thought Picking a school to transfer Meeting with an advisor to for your major can be tough will help prepare you academ- I’d have the opportunity to do all of these things. It’s been a but blindly trying to transfer ically, making sure you take great experience.” to your choice can be tougher. classes that will transfer, that A reception, complete with If you are an academic are required and that prepare transfer student here at you for deadlines. a band, food, family, friends, Southeast Community ColThe academic advisors are and coworkers, was held in lege and looking to transfer to located on all three campuses, her honor Monday afternoon the University of Nebraska at and you can easily set up an at SCC’s Lincoln Campus. Lincoln, then there are a few appointment. Simply call the Volker’s longevity with SCC things you might want to do to advisors office at (402) 437surpasses all but a handful of prepare yourself for transfer2445 to set up a meeting time. employees who worked alongring. Cassandra Lekai, an acaI, myself, went on the demic transfer student at SCC, side her at 8800 O St. when torturous journey of picking has some additional advice for she started in January 1980 as the Food Service program the right university for my students looking to transfer. supervisor and instructor. major and decided on UNL. I “Talking to advisors is She’s held just three posidecided to transfer into broad- important,” Lekai said. “If casting and Journalism and you plan on taking time off, tions at SCC since: dean of the did it with a little help from start your application process Family & Consumer Sciences the SCC staff. early and do research on the Division from 1982-1994, inIf a prospective student is school you’re going to apply terim president of the Lincoln looking to transfer to UNL, to; otherwise, you might miss Campus from 1994-1996, and first things first, meet with the deadline like I did. Meet her current title. an advisor. I can’t stress it continued on page 2 Food and family Jeanette Hake was the oldest of five children raised on the family farm just outside of Platte Center. Her 95-year-old mother, Irene, still lives there. Jeanette knew her way around the kitchen at an early age. Her mother helped Jeanette’s father, leaving the eldest to prepare meals for the family and for the hired men who would help the Hakes complete various farm activities. “I had an aunt who was a What makes a patriot? ............................. page 2 Richard Ross retires 3 Salty Dog Saloon. page 5 “Catching Fire” review 6

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dietitian years ago, and I like to eat,” said Volker, partially explaining why she became interested in the food service industry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1965 and completed an internship with the U.S. Public Health Service in New York the following year. “I had a wonderful experience in New York,” she said. “It was good for me to experience new cultures. Coming from a farm in Nebraska, I got to see all kinds of things I’d never seen before.” While in New York, Hake became a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. As one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, the Commissioned Corps fills the role of protecting the nation’s public health. Missouri and back to N.Y. In 1966, Hake married Lee Volker, a southeast Nebraska native who had his sights set on becoming a veterinarian. The couple moved to Columbia, Mo., where Lee was finishing a master’s degree, followed by four years of veterinary school. While in Columbia Jeanette worked a year as a therapeu-

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Southeast Community College 4771 West Scott Road Beatrice, NE 68310-7042 Photo by Nicholas Howe

The Beatrice campus celebrated International Student Week with unique foods and presentations on Thursday, November 21. Pictured above are from left, Nejmeddine Aouadi from Tunisia, Rita Damiron Tallaj from the Dominican Republic, Olga Sunyaikina from Kazakhstan, and Mohammed Chikh, from Tunisia. For the story and more photos, please see page 8.

one SCC student narrowed the list of applicants to four finalists. Each of the four finalists participated in a series of public forums held at SCC’s Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses Monday through Thursday of this week. Each finalist also was interviewed by the Board of Governors. SCC serves a 15-county area of southeast Nebraska and has full-service campus operations in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. More than 10,000 students attend the College. The Association of Community College Trustees was hired by SCC’s Board of Governors to conduct the search.

tic dietitian and assistant instructor at the University of Missouri Medical Center. Then she worked four years as food service director for the Student Health Service at MU. In 1971, Lee earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and the Volkers moved to New York. From 1972-1977, Jeanette worked part-time as a hospital and nursing home consultant for Johnstown Hospital and Wells House Nursing Home, both in Johnstown, N.Y., and for Community Hospital in Cobleskill and for Palatine Nursing Home in Palatine Bridge, N.Y. In 1977 the couple moved back to Nebraska. Graduate school and SCC For two years, beginning in 1978, Jeanette served as a graduate assistant in the College of Home Economics while working on her master’s degree in adult and continuing education from UNL. Teaching still did not appear to be in Volker’s future. “Although I had been teaching an Intro to Food Service class at UNL, I had very little classroom teaching experience when I started at SCC,” Jeanette said. She recalled her first day at Southeast. “I was overwhelmed,” Volker said. “I didn’t know where my office was, and when I walked in my first day of class a student raised his hand and said, ‘You have to sign my time sheet for the job corps.’ Another said, ‘You’re supposed to register us.’ And another said, ‘Do we have to call you Mrs. Volker? How about Jeanette?’ I said that was fine. I told them that in Missouri it was ‘Mrs. Volker, ma’am.’ ” continued on page 2 U.S. Postage Paid Non-Profit Organization Permit No. 286 Beatrice, NE 68310


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What makes a Patriot? By Stanley Edelbaum

The basic definition of a patriot is one who loves and defends his or her country. What belief and values designates an American patriot? Isn’t it that they love their country and honor the American flag and what it stands for? A patriot believes in the American way of life and that liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness is for all. A patriot realizes the value and worth of the United States and wants to see it achieve great things and prosper. A patriot expresses his or her views because the First Amendment gives us that right. A patriot knows that to debate the issues of the day is a good thing. A patriot knows that there are at least two sides to a debate and to call the opposing views unpatriotic is a fallacy and against the United States Constitution. An informed person would avail themselves to sources from both sides of the ideological aisle and form their opinions based on the facts and not just from a biased media that conforms to his or her own way of thinking. Holding a guitar painted red, white, and blue in one hand and a shotgun in the other does not make one a patriot. A patriot is still amazed by the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He or she reads it and understands it and knows that the foundations of this country were built on political philosophies and not on theology. A patriot knows that we all have the same rights. These rights are for everyone, not just for a chosen few. A patriot knows that we have the right to express our opinions and the right to practice any religion we choose. We also have the right to not believe in any organized religion and that there is a “wall of separation” between the church and the

state. The founding fathers created a country that is adaptable to change, and when changes are needed, they set the mechanisms for those changes to happen in a peaceable manner. A patriot knows that changes are inevitable in a changing world. We are a nation of innovators and those who are not afraid to think outside the box. A patriot knows the history of this country, the good with the bad, and knows where this country has been and where it wants to go. He or she knows that this country was built by those that came before them, and through hard work and cooperation, this country can go down the path of being the light for many of those that want to enter this country and

become citizens. A patriot knows that this country was also built by those who came here seeking freedom and a better life and would greet new immigrants with open arms. But no matter how bad things get, a patriot never wants to leave. In comparison to many other countries, we have it good, and we are fortunate to live in a country where we have rights and freedoms that are many times taken for granted. A patriot cherishes those rights and freedoms and will fight to retain those rights and freedoms for all citizens to enjoy. We are a free and generous country, and a patriot likes it that way.

UNL transfer, continued continued from page 1 with your advisor regularly to make sure you’re taking classes that will actually transfer.” Leki is an SCC student transferring to the school of Psychology at UNL later this January from the help of her academic advisor. UNL also offers a helping hand to any academic transfer students at SCC with an UNL rep. Tuan Phun, Admissions Counselor from the Office of Admissions at UNL, can be reached at (402) 472-4621 and visits with students at the O St. Campus on select days. There are a few things students will need to do once they have their entire academic requirements in check.

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December 13, 2013 Volume XXVIII, No. 2 Published twice quarterly by journalism and photography students at Southeast Community College

Staff writers —Merika Andrade, Jessica Bernadt, Sam Brauning, Derek Clausen, Stan Edelbaum, Rita Damiron Tallaj, Dalton Harvey, Jennifer Hopper, Max Hutchinson, Linh Mai, Hart Mauch Milayna McKinney, Jessica Parker, Teonta Pegues, Sash Seamans, Ashley Rinke, Allison Thomas, Laura Wardyn, and Robert Zimmerman. Beatrice Bureau Chief — Nicholas A. Howe Sports reporter — Matt Hagemeier Adviser — Joshua Whitney SCC Board of Governors: Robert J. Feit, Chair, Pickrell; Kathy Boellstorff, Vice Chair, Johnson; Lynn Schluckebier, Secretary, Seward; Dale Kruse, Treasurer, Beatrice; Helen E. Griffin, Lincoln; Ed C. Heiden, Sterling; Ruth M. Johnson, Lincoln; Terrence L. Kubicek, Lincoln; Steven Ottmann, Dorchester; Edward C. Price, Lincoln; Nancy A. Seim, Lincoln; Bill Beltz, Faculty Representative, Milford. Equal Opportunity/NonDiscrimination Policy - It is the policy of Southeast Community College to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all admission, attendance, and employment matters to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors prohibited by law or College policy. Inquiries concerning the application of Southeast Community College’s policies on equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should be directed to the Vice President for Access/Equity/Diversity, SCC Area Office, 301 S. 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE 68510, 402-323-3412, FAX 402-323-3420, or Declaración de política sobre equidad/antidiscriminación - La política publica de Southeast Community College es de proveer equidad, y prohíbe discriminación, en todos asuntos referentes a la admisión, participación, y empleo contra toda persona por motivo de raza, color, religión, sexo, edad, estado civil, origen nacional, etnia, condición de veterano, orientación sexual, incapacidad, u otros factores prohibidos por ley o política del Colegio. Preguntas relacionadas a la política sobre equidad/antidiscriminación de Southeast Community College deben dirigirse a: Vice President for Access/Equity/Diversity, SCC Area Office, 301 S 68 Street Place, Lincoln, NE 68510, 402-323-3412, FAX 402-323-3420, o

Depending on your choice of study at UNL, it differs on what you’ll need. For Broadcasting Journalist students, it was pretty simple compared to other majors. According to my findings, you’ll need to prepare your college and high school transcripts, financial aid (a means of financing) and $45. Second, you’ll need to go to UNL’s website and actually apply. It’s very simple, just go to and click on the white bold letters that say “Apply.” Within the application process, you’ll be asked simple personal information and about your academic background. At the end of your application, you’ll need to pay a $45 application fee that could possibly be wavered if you speak to UNL prior to application. Once your application is submitted, you’ll receive a link in your email giving instructions on how to access your myRed account. This will allow you to see the process of your application, whether UNL has received your transcripts, what documents they are needing and so forth. The process of transferring can be tricky, but that’s what the SCC and UNL advisors are there for.

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Volker, continued continued from page 1 She was a registered dietitian and a licensed medical nutrition therapist when she came to SCC. There were fewer than 30 students in SCC’s food service program in 1980. Today there are more than 180 in the Food Service/ Hospitality program. In 1982 Volker became dean of the Family & Consumer Sciences Division (home economics), yet still taught some food service and child development classes. She was in charge of the day-to-day operation of the child development center, the cafeteria and all instructional programs and courses offered by the division, among other things. She remained in that job for 12 years. Head of the campus In 1994 Volker was presented with a unique opportunity. Three administrative positions were available on the Lincoln Campus responsible for student services, instruction and technology. Volker chose student services and actually became interim president of the Lincoln Campus in 1994, the same year Dr. Jack Huck was named interim chancellor, and later president, of the entire College. “I was told I would be interim for four to five months,” Volker said. “It really was baptism by fire.” The “interim” title lasted two years. “I was responsible for all of the budgets, including trades and industry and health areas, since there were no deans in those areas at the time,” Volker said. “I literally learned the budget system overnight.” She remembers getting home at 6 a.m. one Easter and doing what any food enthusiast would do: She began to prepare Easter dinner. Vice president In 1996 the “interim” in her title gave way to vice president for student services and Lincoln Campus director, the title on her business cards today. She coordinates the day-to-day operation of the campus and provides senior leadership for all of SCC’s Student Services Division. She’s deeply involved in facilities, including maintenance, upgrades and new construction, and she directs and coordinated long-range planning for the campus, keeping SCC’s mission, goals and objectives in mind.

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Volker discussed her legacy. “I don’t know if I am leaving a legacy, but I always tried to look to the future and embrace change,” she said. “I look at the past and say yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Open it, and enjoy it. “I always looked forward to coming to work. Students are what we’re all about.” Volker said she’s proud to have worked for “a great educational institution that is accountable to students.” “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Volker, quoting President Theodore Roosevelt. “We have an open door policy. We listen. We’re more accessible, particularly with our one-stop shop on the Lincoln Campus. We’re open and friendly. We design classrooms to be smaller with students in mind. Hopefully we’ve moved SCC in the right direction.” Volker has countless fond memories, but one occurs at the end of every quarter. She has participated in approximately 80 graduation exercises as campus administrator. “I get excited about graduation,” she said. “When I hear the music, I think, ‘my gosh, these students are just starting out.’ We’ve had so many students go on and do great things. It’s always rewarding to see the impact SCC has had on students.” In retirement “We’re going to travel,” Volker said when asked about retirement. “I’ve got a new grand-baby, my 95-year-old mother still lives on the family farm, and there are some places that we’d like to see. We’d like to go to Hawaii, my brother lives in Belize (a country on the northeastern coast of Central America), and I have a niece who lives in Vietnam. And we’d like to go back to Alaska.” The Volkers have two children, son Neil and wife Erika Volker in Omaha, and daughter Stacy and husband Jeff Wilson in New York, and three grandchildren: Tatum and Thayer Wilson and their newest grandchild, Reagan Elizabeth Volker. Jeanette’s husband, Lee, has been retired four years, so she figured it was time to join him. “He’s spent a lot of time fixing up the farm where he grew up, so I don’t know how much we’ll see of each other,” Jeanette joked. “I don’t know, maybe that’s a good thing.”

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Knight settles in as new instructor By Linh Mai Elijah Knight is a new Anatomy and Physiology/Biology instructor at the Southeast Community College. Knight grew up in Ogallala, a small town of about 5000 people in Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Having six years experience in teaching, Knight teaches a variety of classes at SCC, including anatomy, human physiology, environmental geology and physical geology. He said he enjoyed every science class. Talking about his educational perspective, Knight hopes that his students don’t put too many pressures on themselves in learning.

“Learning is a process,” he said. “It’s not necessarily in destination of ‘I need to get this grade, to pass this class, to get the degree or the job that I want,’ because I am learning too, not only my students.” According to Knight, his teaching style is a mixture of traditional lectures with various class activities, such as science tasks, discussions in small groups, research papers and so forth and based on different features of each class. Sometimes, he can be the facilitator for his students to get through the lessons by proposing and discussing new issues related to the topics. “Learning is supposed to be fun, supposed to be interesting,” said Knight. “It shouldn’t be an unpleasant process.” Besides that, Knight would like to be a more approachable instructor to students.

Starting November 6, SCC Beatrice received a new superintendent of the physical plant, Jeff Corey. Corey was the man for the job with over twenty years of construction experience. When asked what made him choose this job, Corey promptly responded, “There

are some good people here to work with.” As superintendent of the physical plant, Corey oversees the Beatrice campus when it comes to maintenance and custodial duties. He also maintains the grounds and does basic upkeep on the school vehicles. Being born and raised in Beatrice, Corey was never

Building Construction’s 100th house sold It all began in 1961, when students on Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus constructed a house on campus. Fifty-two years later, house No. 100 was auctioned on Thursday, Dec. 12. The sale price was unavailable at press time. And just like 52 years ago, when Engvert and Darrol Larsen of Cordova auctioned the first house, the fourthgeneration Larsen, Ethan Larsen, auctioned this home to the public. “We are very excited to be building and auctioning the 100th house in the program’s history,” said Ron Petsch, chair of SCC’s Building Construction Technology program. “This is historic, and the Larsen family has been with us from the start.” Since 1979 Larsen and Associates Auctioneers have donated their house sale proceeds back to the SCC Educational Foundation. Since the beginning the Larsens have provided nearly $40,000 toward scholarships for students. Three programs on SCC’s Milford Campus have once again partnered to build a maintenance-free house containing 1,568 square feet of living space. The home is located on the building site, just southwest of the Eicher Technical Center. Prospective buyers and visitors may

inspect the house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays leading up to the auction. Students in Building Construction Technology, Electrical & Electromechanical Technology, and Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology built the house from the ground up. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room, large utility room, and kitchen. There is oak trim throughout the house, and all walls are nine feet high. Andersen double-glazed windows are utilized throughout the home. This house features kitchen and bathroom solid-surface countertops and under-counter sinks by Wilsonart. All cabinetry throughout the house is cherry, utilizing the Shaker (mission) style fronts. Oak three-panel shaker doors are used throughout the house with a three-inch oak casing and four-inch oak base board. Decorative tile is utilized in the master bath and main bathrooms. It includes a customized master closet. Other features: Nordyne heat pump, Nordyne air handler, 50-foot refrigerant line set, Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 thermostat. Water supply piping is PEX and will be piped for a water softener (not included). continued on page 5

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On Thursday, Dec. 12, SCC’s Building Construction Technology Program sold its 100th house, above.


Richard Ross, long-time Arts & Sciences dean, retires By Stanley Edelbaum

Elijah Knight Sometimes, he shares information about his academic background and his family during class time so that he and his students can get to know better about one another. Knight said he really enjoys his work in SCC, where he has great colleagues. Additionally, Knight and his wife are expecting their first child in January.

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far from the campus. While furthering his education, he took multiple classes in construction from SCC Beatrice as well as the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Corey worked for five years at the Peterson manufacturing plant in Dewitt and another twenty years in construction at Five Star Contracting. During his time at Five Star, Corey had the opportunity to help build the physical plant as well as multiple remodeling jobs around the campus. When asked what Corey liked the most about his new job, he answered, “The whole place in general; it’s a really nice place.”

William Shakespeare wrote “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” and so we are about to bid an adieu to one of our own. Richard A. Ross, Southeast Community College’s Dean of Arts and Sciences since 1992, will be retiring. His last day at the office will be on December 23, 2013. During his 21 year tenure at SCC, Ross has seen or been involved in many changes within the arts and sciences at the college such as the expansion of the Academic Transfer program, the increased usage of technology in education, not only at SCC, but also within education in general, and the innovations and increased availability of online education. Ross said, “I have enjoyed my time at SCC, but it is time. I like the idea of getting up later in the morning.” Ross was born and raised in Bucklin, Kan., and attended Bucklin High School. He then attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1964. Ross then went on to Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., and earned his Master of Arts in Mathematics in 1969. Ross began his teaching career and for 14 years taught mathematics and coaching the men’s basketball teams at various high schools which included Jewell High School in Jewell, Kan.; Clifton High School, at Clifton, Kan.; and Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Kan. He then took a break from education, working at a savings and loans for 12 years. Ross then followed that with a part-time position at Johnson County Community Collegein Overland Park, Kan., teaching mathematics. His first administrative role was at Brown Mackie College, where he was Academic Dean for two years. In 1992, Ross arrived at SCC to take the position of Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division and has been there ever since. Ross has been a life-long fan of college basketball and keeps up with his favorite team, the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Ross has been married 43 years to his wife Ilene. They have three children, two boys and a daughter, and also seven grandchildren. During his retirement, Ross said he will be quite busy taking two-hour driving trips throughout the Midwest. “Many times we would drive through places and not having the time to see them,” Ross said. “Now we shall have that time to stop and see those places.” He will also have more time to see his grandchildren. “The grandkids are very active in sports,” Ross said, “and I will able to watch then from time to time.” Online access to the stories published here and so much more!

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More than $16,000 from golf tourney presented to SCC for scholarships Southeast Community College received checks for more than $16,000 Tuesday, proceeds from the 22nd annual Wells Fargo Nebraska Open golf tournament held in September. Gary Thompson, second vice chairman of the Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors, and Monica Balters, relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank, presented the checks during the regular monthly meeting of SCC’s Board of Governors. “We are proud to be a sponsor and be able to contribute to scholarships for community colleges throughout the state,” Balters said. Three checks, each in the amount of $5,334, were presented to Bob Morgan, dean of virtual learning/Beatrice Campus director; Jeanette Volker, vice president for student services/Lincoln Campus director; and Lyle Neal, vice president for technology/ Milford Campus director. Michaela Parks, a sophomore on SCC’s Beatrice Campus, also took part in the presentation. The money will go into the scholarship fund on each campus. Thompson thanked Wells Fargo for its ongoing sponsorship of the tournament, the proceeds of which have surpassed $1.25 million in scholarship dollars for students attending five of Ne-

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braska’s community colleges. “You can’t imagine what it means to us to have Wells Fargo as the main sponsor,” Thompson said. “We raised another $80,000 this year.” SCC has received nearly $250,000 from the tournament since it began. “We know what this means to your organization,” Thompson said. “It’s a real pleasure for us. We benefit tremendously from your students. They are a part of the economy of Nebraska.” Endorsed and administered by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska Golf Association, the tourna-

Ag sells poinsettias for class project

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Above, A.J. Carlson of Clay Center, Kan., adjusts the poinsettias during the annual sale. By Nicholas Howe The Ag Department sold poinsettias again this year on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, in the Kennedy Center on the Beatrice Campus. Ag instructor Kenni Woerner said, “It was a very successful project, and we plan to do it again next year.” Three classes were involved in the sale this year. The Greenhouse Management class grew the poinsettias throughout the quarter, the Fundamentals of Ag Marketing classes developed marketing plans to sell the

poinsettias, and the Ag Sales classes sold the plants. The poinsettias were sold in two booths, with differences between the two, including pricing, being chosen based on the Fundamentals of Ag Marketing classes’ marketing plans. Woerner stated, “This is all around a great learning experience for the students, allowing them to go through the production of the plant, to see on the retail side what is truly effective, and to have face to face communication skills with their clientele.”

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Lady Storm holds off McCook CC By Matt Hagemeier

Monica Balters, second from left, relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank, and Gary Thompson, third from right, second vice chairman of the Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors, presented Michaela Parks, third from left, three checks to be used for student scholarships at SCC. Parks was representing all SCC students during the presentation. Also pictured are Lyle Neal, far left, Jeanette Volker, third from right, and Bob Morgan.

Chelsea Savage poured in 35 points to help the SCC Lady Storm hold off McCook Community College, 79-75, in overtime, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Truman Center. The New Zealand native was nearly perfect from the free throw line, hitting 14-15. Southeast struggled out of the gate, falling behind 17-6. Southeast climbed their way back into the game, thanks to some timely three point shots by Toniesha Rainey and Makayla McDaniel. The Lady Indians owned the boards in the first half, out rebounding SCC 33-17. MCC also benefited from outstanding front court play from Cyndee Ceballos (16 points) and Janecia Jenkins (20 points). Head Coach Vicki Wooton said she told the team at halftime they had to do a better job of free throw shooting and

play better defense on McCook’s “bigs.” The Lady Storm came out of the halftime break and swarmed McCook, outscoring the Lady Indians, 11-2. A back and forth battle ensued from that point, resulting in the game going into overtime. Wooton said McCook was focused on stopping Savage near the end of the game, but she was still able to get to the basket. “They were playing a Box and 1 (defense), and we just had our 4 and 5 (position players) set screens down low for her,” Wooton explained. Southeast outscored McCook 11-7 in the overtime period, to close out the win. The coach said the team was focused at the end of regulation. “I think they decided there was no way they were going to lose that overtime,” Wooton concluded.

Cooking on a student budget By Laura Wardyn The dreaded freshman 15. Many students are not prepared to cook for themselves when they leave home for college, and fast food seems fast and cheap. Who hasn’t picked up the kid’s meal at McDonalds for the cheap price? Well, a kid’s meal consisting of a cheeseburger, fries and Coke is 540 calories. The average latte is about 360 calories. A slice of Dominos thin crust ham and cheese pizza is 215 per slice, but who stops at one slice? The calories and money quickly add up. It is easy to fall into the fast food habit when you are tired, have homework due and have no extra time to cook. But with a little planning, a healthy meal can take just a few minutes to prepare. To begin with, make sure to stock up on your favorite spices. Must have spices are Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic salt, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, curry, lemon, chili powder, and onion powder. The spices will

last a long time and give your recipes much needed flavor. Also have on hand olive oil, vegetable oil, vinegar, baking soda, baking powder, butter, cheese, Bisquick, flour, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, pasta, rice, potatoes, frozen veggies and onions. Keeping the basics stocked can save you trips to the grocery store. It is important to have protein as well, and good sources of protein would be meat, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, beans and nuts. If you carry a jar of peanut butter or a bag of almonds with you, you will have a quick source of energy available at all times. One of the best things you can buy at the store is rotisserie chicken. It is cheap, and you can have an initial meal with it and use the leftover meat for a salad and cook what is left to make a hearty soup base. If you love fast food chicken wings then consider picking up chicken wings or legs in the meat department. Get the larger packages and separate into smaller portions for freezing. Additionally, Bisquick is very versatile. It can be used

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to make pancakes, biscuits, cakes, pizza crust and use it to coat chicken before baking. Furthermore, the box always has recipes that are easy to follow and utilizes what you should already have on hand in your pantry. If you like salads, then skip the bagged salad and buy a head of lettuce; it is much cheaper. Eating seasonal vegetables and fruits is a good idea as well. Potatoes can be used so many different ways. For a quick and hearty soup, wash and microwave two potatoes. Cut in half and let cool. Sauté half an onion in two tablespoons of butter then add two cups of 1% milk. Add potatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes and garnish with cheese. This recipe will make at least two meals. Add a simple salad and you will have one tasty dinner. Get creative and search for recipes. Recipes are abundant on the Internet along with reviews, calories and the time it takes to prepare. In no time at all, you can have delicious meals on a student budget.

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A big part of education isn’t just the content students get in the classroom, but students also need to know how to learn, and those resources aren’t far away. Simply typing in “study skills for college students” into Google yields multiple sources that offer tips. But first of all, it is important to know how you learn. One way to find out your learning style is with a questionnaire on a website called VARK. The quiz asks about 16 questions about scenarios and what you would do in them. One scenario, for example, is “You are going to choose food at a restaurant or cafe. You would…” and then you make one of four choices. After submitting the survey, your scores come in four categories: visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic, which is learning by movement and physical activity. After you know the best way in which you learn, you can search for good ways to study for yourself. Southeast Community College offers a couple ways to be successful in your college courses. One way is the Student Success Guide, which offers tips on time management and study skills. A couple tips include studying as soon after your lecture as possible, establishing habits of using free time between classes to study, and trying a 30-3-2 study schedule. This means studying for 30 minutes, take a three minute break, and when you come back to studying take two minutes to review what you just studied. Another tip for learning

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The Salty Dog Saloon on the main street of Steele City, above, gets recommended. Gras beads. There was plenty to look at. The waitress came our way and handed us menus and asked us what we wanted to drink. I asked for a Mountain Dew and Ty got the same thing. She gave us a few minutes and came back and asked us if we were ready to order. I then ordered the Bowser

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By Joseph Cox One of the best small town bars around would have to be the Salty Dog Saloon located in the small town of Steele City, Nebraska. The town consists of roughly 65 people, and this is one of the local hot spots for the surrounding community. Every year, they have a biker rally called, “The Dog Dayz of Summer,” and around four to five hundred people from Kansas and Nebraska come and go as they please. The main attraction for this biker rally is the Salty Dog Saloon, so if you know what bikers are like, you can about imagine what the bar is like. It was Tuesday night when I arrived at the Salty Dog Saloon with my friend Ty. The bar was very easy to find, and we found a parking spot right next to the bar. As Ty and I walked into the bar, the song “Foolin’” by Def Leppard was playing, and we immediately knew this was the place to be. The place seemed very dark, but it was definitely cool. It was not very modern like other restaurants, but it was still a very neat place. They had all kinds of things around the bar like biker memorabilia, old instruments, beer signs, furry friends mounted on the wall, money stuck to the ceiling and behind the bar and Mardi

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to study is read and reread. Simply read a chunk of material first then reread it to determine important parts. Capture the main points and underline key points and phrases. By doing these steps, you will gather the main points and also highlight what you should look over for next time. Setting goals is another good way to make sure you are studying the necessary material in the necessary amount of time. Set goals to study for a certain amount of time each day, or even to take your own notes during class. When setting goals, you may also want to write them down according to priority. Such goal setting may include establishing which subject should you study first and figuring out how much time you’ll need to study for all subjects. Next, you should study in a place free of distractions and where you know you will be productive. Notecards are yet another great way to study key points. You can label them with questions and answers, key words and definitions or names and their significance. It is also important not to get behind, so start studying on the first day an assignment is given and continue till the very end. Learning is vital to growing and becoming whatever you choose. Discovering your learning style and using that knowledge to create resourceful ways to study is an important step. Additionally, take advantage of anything your school offers that can help you succeed in life. Who knows, you might even be able to apply these skills to your career.

Burger, along with the side of black pepper fries. About fifteen minutes later, our food came, and it looked delicious. My Bowser Burger consisted of a pork burger, melted Swiss cheese, grilled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and, of course, ketchup and mustard. The burger tasted very good, but it was kind of greasy. This did not bother me, though; it was worth every penny. The restroom was very clean like the rest of the bar, which is impressive for it being as old as everything is. One would not see a restroom as being very interesting, but over the years, people have left their mark on the walls. You’ll have to go to this bar and see them for yourself. Lastly, I noticed the waitress’s seemed to keep close attention to keeping the tables clean. All-in-all, I would rate this bar at an 8. They could update some of the technology and maybe improve on the food, but over-all, it was pretty good compared to other bars. As for the sanitation, from what I could see, it looked pretty clean, including the bar, bathroom, floors, silverware, and plates. If you are ever in the area, I would recommend going to this bar for the experience. It is a great place, and it is definitely something that is out of the ordinary.

Hi Zack, I have a business and am classified as a Sole Proprietorship, should I incorporate my business? – Beatrice, NE Incorporating your business can be one of the more challenging questions. The concept of incorporation is to allow your business to legally separate from your personal liability. Incorporation can be termed as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), S Corp, or C Corp. Each have its benefits and differences and knowing which one, if any, is appropriate for your business depends on your personal business mission and situation. Contacting an attorney to determine the legal benefits is always a good idea, while contacting a professional account concerning the tax benefits can also help. To say every business needs to be incorporated is simply unnecessary. The majority of small businesses are classified as sole proprietors. I usually use 2 factors to determine if a business should be incorporated. First, is the business risky or dangerous to others? For example, the level of risk in opening a cleaning business is different than a construction business concerning the level of injury or property damage. Second, do you have significant personal assets to protect against your business operations? Most of the time, entrepreneurs get incorporated when it is unnecessary. Either the specific business does not provide a significant risk or the owner has no assets to protect. There is perception that a business needs to be incorporated to “officially” be a business. That is untrue. Incorporation seems to bring creditability to the business in some industries, such as banking and contracting, but being incorporated is not a prerequisite to being a business. Hello, Zack, I just acquired a small business similar to my current business, but their prices are lower and their credit card processing fees are higher, how do you recommend proceeding? – Lincoln, NE Acquiring another business can present many challenges and most of them revolve around pricing and the customer experience. I am assuming the acquisition of the business was accompanied with specific terms, such as naming rights, operational procedures, and maybe personnel. If you plan on keeping the name for a certain amount of time, most customers hopefully won’t even know the business has changed ownership, but a certain percentage will definitely know if prices are increased significantly. I would recommend to make changes gradually and to be clear in your communication on the reasons behind in the changes. Customers seem to respond better when a clear line of communication is set and there is enough time to process the changes. If pricing changes are evitable, set a reasonable date, employ multiple lines of communication, such as letters and emails, and allow them a direct line of communication to voice their concerns. The market is always changing and most customers are used to a reasonable amount of change. What we don’t want is to alienate our customers by changing things abruptly with no reasoning or accessible information. Many times changes such as this may present an opportunity to reach out and contact customers to notify them of changes. This is especially a good idea for the larger, more profitable customers. Talk to them and let them know what is going on and how maybe your changes may effective their personal situation. You may even have an opportunity to up sell or cross sell a different product that is more beneficial to all parties. Zack Zimmerman is the Associate Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center in Lincoln. NBDC is a state agency intended to help start, sustain, and grow small businesses in Nebraska. If you have a question for Zack about creating, growing, or establishing a small business email him at

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Entertainment Cornerstone: On the prowl for a home stereo By Joshua Whitney A while back, I promised a column on buying a home stereo, and with Christmas just around the bend, perhaps you can use the information to make someone’s Christmas special. Or maybe you’ll be looking for something to do with the money someone sends your way for Christmas. Or maybe you are interested in enjoying music more fully. I may not be an expert on sound and electronics (although I can portray one on the Internet), but that should underscore the ease getting much better sound than you’re currently getting out of your computer or iPod. It’s not all that hard – I promise. To begin with, you’ll want to avoid those systems that have everything combined into a single piece of equipment. While they sound may sound better than those Playschool radios they make for toddlers, it’s not by much. And those console stereo that look like an outdated piece of furniture really are outdated pieces of furniture. You’ll get much better sound out of a multi-component system, and good sound is what we’re after, right? It’s pretty simple: all you need are a receiver (aka integrated amplifier), a turntable, a CD player, and a couple of speakers. You could move on up from there, but that’s really all that’s required for a good starter system. So if you’re ready to go shopping, let’s get started. One of the first places in the area you should look is the Goodwill Computer and Electronics Store at the intersection of S Cotner Boulevard and O Street in Lincoln. As with all thrift stores, finding something good is hit or miss depending on when you show up, but I’ve seen a lot of good equipment inexpensively priced. You’ll want to be sure and test anything before you take it to the counter, but you should be able to find a lot of what you need at this store. To test the equipment, take it to a table set up in the northwest corner and plug it in and hook it up to a couple of speakers they have there for testing and see if it works. The store uses a colored sticker system to deeply discount some items, so you may be able to get what you need really cheap. You could also check out other area thrift stores, but your chances at this Goodwill location are better than elsewhere. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, the first place I’d recommend would be Backtrack Records on North Cotner Boulevard in Lincoln. In addition to being a great little record store (my personal favorite, for what it’s worth) owner Jeff Loos also has some excellent stereo equipment towards the back of the store at reasonable prices. As a bonus, the equipment you’ll find there will be great quality, and the customer service will be ten times better than at a thrift store. And while you’re at Backtrack you can start or add to your music collection. I’ve been buying from Backtrack Records for more than twenty years, and the selection and quality have always been top notch and the prices have been very reasonable. Yet another option would be to check Craigslist. Like thrift stores, that’s really hit or miss, but sometimes you can find some really good buys. But it requires some wading around. Garage and estate sales can be a fun way to go, too, but you’re not going to find much this time of year. Ebay is yet another possibility, but a person really has to know what he or she is looking for. Right now on Ebay, there are over 5,000 listings for “turntable” in vintage electronics. Where does a person begin? That’s an excellent question. I’m sure there are some good buys, but there’s a lot to wade through and a lot of competition. Once you’ve got your components, hooking them up is only slightly more difficult than changing a light bulb. To hook up a stereo, use RCA cables to connect the CD player and turntable to the receiver (red goes to red and white goes to white), connect the ground wire from the turntable to the back of the receiver, connect the speakers (positive goes to positive and negative goes to negative), Continued on page 7


“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” delivers By Laura Wardyn “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second movie from the wildly popular Suzanne Collins’s book trilogy of the “The Hunger Games.” The movie opens with our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawerance) and her partner Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embarking on their winner’s tour of the Districts. Along for the ride are the eccentric Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and the drunken Haymitch (Woody Harrelson). Katniss and Peeta must continue their love charade for their adoring public though Peeta spends most the movie making sad puppy eyes at Katniss. Katniss is clearly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, happy to be alive, but tortured at the high cost others paid so she could live. The villain, President Snow, played by Donald Southerland, plays a game of cat and mouse with Katniss throughout the movie, making threats against her family and her true love, Gale (Liam Hemsworth). President Snow sets out to crush Katniss, who has developed quite a following with the public, including his own granddaughter. Snow wants Katniss to make him believe in the “for the cameras” romance she shares with Peeta. On the tribute tour, Katniss and Peeta are told what to say when addressing the public. They go off cue and speak from the heart, and their fans begin to show their

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Jennifer Lawerance and Josh Hutcherson, above, star in the second installment of the “Hunger Games” franchise. support by making the mocking jay sound and holding up three fingers in a show of solidarity. The atmosphere is ripe for revolution at each stop throughout the Districts. Uber animated game show host Caesar Flickman (Stanley Tucci) is on hand to get all the juicy details of the supposed lovers’ personal lives, including their upcoming marriage, and Peeta hints that Katniss could be with child. A new game master, Plutarch, (the creepily brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman) is brought in to oversee the games. His job, according to President Snow, is to make Katniss lose favor with the public. Luckily for Plutarch, it just so happens to be the 75th Hunger Games and the third

Quarter Quell. Former winners will be the contestants, and sure enough, Katniss and Peeta are back in the games. Katniss and Peeta meet their competition and quickly try to make alliances. At the start of the games, contestants are dropped off on an island, and the movie really takes off. “Catching Fire” is directed by Frances Lawrence (“I Am Legend” and “Constantine”). The movie runs long but doesn’t feel like that way. There are loads of action, tension and special effects, and the writing is well done. “Catching Fire” is an enjoyable movie and the ending leaves you wishing you could see the next movie immediately or at least run out and get the books.

After the Storm, Theatre stage holiday production By Rita Damiron Southeast Community College Theatre Production and After the Storm choir group collaborated this year to offer a Christmas performance. This year, Mrs. Deborah Freeman and Music instructor Dr. Ken Hoppmann decided to collaborate and bring the holiday’s spirit with a combination of both acting and singing in a Christmas radio broadcast play that was performed in the afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the SCC Beatrice campus. The Theatre Production class is offered every fall and spring at the SCC Beatrice campus. This class puts together a play as one of the class assignments. The productions are under the directions of Mrs. Freeman. Acting, light technician and back stage assistant are some of the many task stu- Online access to the stories published here and so much more!

dents in the Theatre Production class help with. After the Storm is the school choir group directed Dr. Hoppmann. The choir has recently become active again and has prepared many Christmas songs to share.

“I have always loved choir,” said SCC student and choir member Katlin Brown. “I like the challenges it presents and the push to do your absolute best. Choir and theatre have always gone hand in hand.”

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SCC student receives vehicle through St. Mark’s program Hillary Duggan recently was overcome with emotion as she was given the keys to a 1996 Dodge Caravan through a program created by St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. “This is absolutely amazing,” said Duggan, a student in Southeast Community College’s Human Services program. “This shows me that humanity is still good and that people have faith in me.” Duggan’s life changed dramatically on Aug. 31 when she was physically assaulted by her then-fiancé. “I had a house, a car, all of it,” she said. “Then I had a domestic violence situation.” Friends gave Duggan countless rides to SCC’s Lincoln Campus so she could continue her studies, and she occasionally utilized public transportation. Dave Sonenberg, SCC’s dean of student services/ director of financial aid, identified Duggan as an excellent candidate to receive the vehicle. “I do some investigating and interview the students,” Sonenberg said. “You don’t have to look very far to find students who need this type of help.” The van was donated to St. Mark’s in August, said Larry Haughton, who heads St. Mark’s “Transportation for Humanity” program, which was created in 2005. “We replaced the battery, and the tires are pretty new,” said Haughton, a 1964 graduate of the auto body program at SCC’s Milford Campus. “It’s had one owner, and it has 125,000 miles on it.” St. Mark’s, which holds a dealer’s license, receives occasional donations of vehicles that require little or no repairs. The vehicles are fixed

and then given free of charge to people in the community who have demonstrated a need for reliable transportation but cannot afford it. Duggan’s new ride includes some amenities such as builtin child seats, a TV/VCR and a stereo system. Duggan was born in Amarillo, Texas, but moved to Lincoln with her family at age 6. She said SCC is a great fit for her. “I had planned to transfer to Nebraska Wesleyan, and then this (assault) happened,” she said. “SCC was just practical for me. My teachers and fellow students have helped me a lot with my situation. Everybody at SCC has surrounded me with love.” Duggan, who had a 4.0 grade-point average leading up to the Summer Quarter, is scheduled to graduate in September 2014. She said she hopes to one day earn a bachelor’s degree in social work. “I hope to be able to help people handle situations similar to mine,” Duggan said. “I want to give back because people have been so good to me.” Duggan said her experience in foster care helped shape her goal of helping people. “Because I was in the foster care system, I know what it’s like to be one of those children, and I also know how hard it was for me not having a good caseworker who actually cared for me,” she said. “Because I grew up in the system, I know how it works, and I know how hard it is to find a good social worker. There were two out of the more than 70 case workers that made an impact on my life. I am striving to become one of the two. “I just want to help people.

Testing Center encourages adults to finish, pass GED before test deadlines Southeast Community College’s Testing Center has announced that the current version of the General Educational Development test, or GED, will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on Jan. 2, 2014. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential. “The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Mark Bayliss, coordinator of SCC’s Lincoln Campus Testing Center. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED testtakers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.” Bayliss said the following closeout information was important: • Dec. 20 is the last date to take a paper/pencil or computer-based test at SCC’s Lincoln Campus, 8800 O St. • Paper pencil/computer-based test series can now be combined. • GED has also revised the three exam attempts per year. Testers can now retake a subject more than three times a calendar year. However, the 60-day retake policy still applies. “We have added additional testing hours to offer more opportunities for individuals to complete the test series before Dec. 20,” Bayliss said. State law requires that a 60-day wait period is mandatory for individuals who have failed a test. The only acceptation is if you’re working with an approved GED instructor and they waive the 60-day requirement. Individuals can still test in other subjects while waiting the 60 days. For more information, persons are asked to contact SCC’s Lincoln Campus Testing Center at 402-437-2715. Interested GED test-takers can find more information at

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Larry Haughton and Hillary Duggan stand in front of Duggan’s 1996 Dodge Caravan. There is such a need in so many different areas with so many different populations. All I want to do is help change on person’s life, and be a good mom.” Recipients of vehicles are required to carry liability insurance on the vehicle,

have a valid driver’s license and have the ability to pay all costs associated with registering the vehicle. Vehicles are presented “as-is” and without warranty. To be considered, people are required to complete and submit a form to St. Mark’s.

Anyone with a vehicle they would like to contribute, or who knows of a deserving family in need of one, is asked to contact Shirley Matoush, administrative assistant at St. Mark’s, at 402-489-8885.

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half-inch by 4-foot by 9-foot OSB sheathing on the exterior. The ceiling insulation is rated at R-38 in all areas of the home. The Andersen-clad windows are double-glazed with high-performance Low E glass. SCC faculty who teach the students who built the house: Building Construction Technology – Ron Petsch,

Loran Stara, Allen Scribner, Aaron Thompson. Electrical & Electromechanical Technology – Ken Reinsch, program chair. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology – Jeff Boaz, program chair; Mike Roth, Dan Pearson, Bill Rethmeier.

100th house, continued Plumbing fixtures are Hamilton, Moen, Grohe, American Standard, In-Sink-Erator, Swanstone, and Maytag. Electrical service is a 225-amp, 42-space Square D panel donated by Square D Company. Wall insulation is 5.5-inch blown-in Batt System with

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Food, Music and Dances from all over the world at SCC for International Education Week By Rita Damiron

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The Beatrice campus celebrated International Student Week with a smorgasbord of food from around the globe. Above, students take samples of exotic cuisine. Below, Athletic Director Dan Johnson also takes samples as Rita Damiron Tallaj assists.

During the week of November 18, Southeast Community College celebrated international student week at all three campus. International Education Week is celebrated every year in November to give foreign students an opportunity to share their culture and for local students to share theirs. This year, International Education week was celebrated from November 18-22 in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford with different activities to help us expand our cultural knowledge. Lincoln campus offered students a Mexican folkloric dance presentation by Orgullo Latino, a cultural music presentation by the award winning Andea musical group Kusi Taki and samples of international foods along with a

Above is a display of the flags from international students’ home countries.

Cornerstone, continued continued from page 6 and plug it in. Then sit back and enjoy. And if you’d like to get even better, there are a million and one ways to do so, and they aren’t all expensive, either. If this sounds like a fun project and you’d like to talk about it more or ask some questions, just drop me a line. I’d be happy to chat about it. Until then, have fun.

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Above, Mohammed Chikh points out his home country, Tunisia, during his presentation. poster session. Also, the 2013 summer Global Education students shared their experience in the learning trip to Haiti with a presentation. Chicken Curry was served as the international meal in the Dunlap Center Cafeteria on the Milford Campus. This campus also had presentation of 10 different countries. The Beatrice campus also had a smorgasbord of food the international students from this campus prepared. There was a variety of food from countries such as New Zealand, Tunisia, Scotland, the Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan. Students Mohammed Chikh and Nejmeddine Aouadi from Tunisia, a country in northern Africa brought many samples of food from their country, but the students’ favorite was Felfel Mehchi.

“This plate is very famous in Tunisia; its green peppers filled up with Chicken, cheese and spices and then baked,” said Chikh. Others enjoyed the variation of pancakes other countries have. SCC students Chelseah Savage and Dionne Martin made Piklets (New Zealand pancakes) with jam and cream. Olga Sunyaikina from Kazakhstan made Bilin, another variation of pancakes which adds sour cream to its recipe. After the Beatrice campus students sampled international food, international students shared videos and presentations about their country’s culture and history. “This is a great opportunity for us to talk about our country and share our culture with everyone,” said Aouadi about International Student Week.

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