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The College Calendar Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 Storm baseball vs. Dawson, 1 and 3:30 p.m. each day Wednesday, March 19 Storm softball vs. Central CC, 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday, March 20 Winter quarter ends Friday, March 21 Storm softball vs. McCook CC, 3 and 5 p.m. Graduation: Milford - 6:30 p.m. Lincoln - 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Spring quarter begins Tuesday, April 15 Spring quarter graduation applications due Tuesday, April 22 Trades and Industry Career Fair, Milford Monday, May 26 College closed, Memorial Day Thursday, June 12 Spring quarter ends

Bev Harvey takes on new roles at SCC LINCOLN - Bev Harvey, a Southeast Community College graduate who has held numerous positions at the institution, is the new vice president for student services/Lincoln Campus director. Harvey replaces Jeanette Volker, who retired in early January after 34 years. Harvey grew up on a farm near Lyons and graduated from Lyons High School in 1984. She attended Wayne State College for a short time, then moved to Lincoln and enrolled at SCC in 1986. She graduated from the Radiologic Technology program in June 1989.

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After working in radiology in Jefferson City, Mo., and at the former Lincoln General Hospital, Harvey became a part-time clinical instructor in SCC’s Radiography program. In 1995 she accepted the clinical instructor position in the program. She became program chair two years later. Harvey played a key role in SCC delivering the program curriculum to other parts of Nebraska via fiber optic satellite. In 2000, SCC offered its first online program course and became the first accredited online Radiography program in the nation, eventually offering the program across

the lower 48 states, Hawaii and American Samoa. In July 2009, Harvey became dean of the Continuing Education Division at SCC. During her tenure she became a Champion with Global Corporate College, a network of community colleges around the nation to deliver workforce training to companies with a national and international footprint. As Champion, Harvey worked Bev Harvey with community colleges from the leader in creating custom10 different states across the ized e-learning courses for central and western region to corporate training. engage companies in corpoHarvey highlighted some rate training. In addition, she helped SCC establish itself as continued on page 7

Online education: history, pros and cons By Stanley Edelbaum

Distance education has been around far longer than most people realize. Since the mid-1800s, distance education has evolved to what it is today as new technoloWhat is Freedom? . page 2 gies have given students an Roberts, Corlew named to alternative to the on-campus first team ................ page 3 or traditional learning experiLive theatre ............ page 5 ences. Two new instructors for In the beginning, instrucPractical Nursing ... page 6 tors would mail assignments and exams to students, who in turn, would mail back the completed work. As time went on, new methods were developed to expedite the learning experience. During the 1900s, distance education took an electronic turn as radio and television By Andrea Hartman were used as the learning platforms. With the computer Many students attend age and the Internet, distance Southeast Community College education was able to reach a for several reasons. greater number of students, Perhaps they want to obespecially those that lived in tain a collegiate degree or cer- rural areas and were far from tificate in a certain area. Or a college campus. perhaps they want to further Southeast Community their education to a four-year College, which began disuniversity and are starting tance education in 1998, also their journey with SCC with went through an evolutionary the intention of transferring. change. Or perhaps they just enjoy Bob Morgan, Beatrice learning and enroll in classes Campus Director and Director to keep on that path. of Virtual Learning for SCC Whatever the case may be, said, “SCC has gone through a the job placement office has number of phases for delivermuch to offer. Each SCC campus has a job ing distance platforms.” “The first distance courses placement office available for were given in 1998-1999, and students to use. that first group consisted of The purpose of this office eight students,” Morgan said. is to assist students career op“It was delivered primarily portunities by providing tools through television, satellite like job interview training transmission and VCR tapes.” including resume building and Eventually, SCC went to an mock interviews, career fairs online platform using Angel/ and a job posting board on Web-CT, which was used campus. On the Lincoln campus, for three years, according to placement specialist Lynn Morgan. Willey assists students with “Many faculty members these types of tools. were not happy with Angel,” The placement website is Morgan said. “It was then that available for all enrolled stuwe switched over to Moodle.” dents and SCC alumni to use SCC now had two online to view jobs (both part/ full programs in use: Moodle, time as well internships) on for the online courses, and the placement website. WebAdvisor, which is the porEmployers create a protal used by students, faculty file to post and manage job and staff as a one-stop area openings on this placement to get the information that is website, and Willey stated that pertinent to them. there are several job openings Through WebAdvisor, available for students and students can look at their alumni to apply for. academic profile, register and In addition to the placedrop courses and get their ment website, the Job Placepersonal financial aid informent Board on campus is updated weekly with new jobs mation as well as their grades. “We have found that when available. we put the two together, it Willey said she would worked quite well,” said Morcontinued on page 7 gan. “We have been using the

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two ever since.” “Now there are 3,000 SCC students who take at least one on-line course per quarter,” Morgan said. “Eighteen percent of the courses at SCC are now online.” Morgan said that a number of the instructors are looking into developing “hybrid” courses, which are a combination of online and on-campus delivery. But questions do arise. Is an on-line education for everyone? What are the pros and cons of an online education? And do students get the same education through an online

course as they would if they attended class on-campus? A number of SCC instructors and administrators have responded to these questions. For the pros and cons, Bradley Peters, Instructor of Photography said, “As for the pros, online education allows for a diverse learning environment, allowing for the interaction with students from different, cities, states, and countries. It allows students the opportunity to further their education with a degree of flexibility that the traditional classroom may not allow,” he said.

“Students have the ability to watch lectures as many times as needed,” Bradley said. “This benefits students who may not grasp the concepts being taught the first time around.” On the con side, Peters said, “Students who struggle with technology may experience additional stress initially while they are becoming acclimated to this type of learning environment.” Karen Eisenhauer, instructor of music commented, “Overall, I think the most positive thing about online continued on page 5

GM donates 2013 Cadillac to SCC MILFORD - Students in a Southeast Community College automotive program recently received a new training tool. The College’s GM Automotive Service Educational Program on the Milford Campus received a 2013 Cadillac XTS from General Motors. The vehicle will be used in classes to help train skilled technicians, which is extremely critical for

the automotive industry. Rick Morphew, program chair, said partnerships such as the one SCC has with GM are vital to the industry as the demand for skilled technicians continues to increase. “The alliance between General Motors and the ASEP program of Southeast Community College works well for both organizations,” Morphew

said. “The fact that General Motors is generous enough to donate vehicles for our ASEP students to practice on is a tremendous advantage. Our ASEP students well be better trained to repair GM cars in the GM dealerships when they graduate and start their career.” continued on page 4

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“On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.” I stand, at the position of attention, my dress blues have never looked so sharp and so immaculate, and Old Glory is folded flawlessly in my arms, a reminder to this now Gold Star Mother that all she has left of her son is this impeccably folded flag, a flag which she will come to love and hate so much for it is a constant reminder of how much she has given and how much she has lost to this great country. With precise precision and snap, I reverently hand Old Glory to her, and her wrenching sobs pierce my soul as she clings to Old Glory with all the desperation and hopelessness of a mother who has lost her only son. Her sobs echo throughout the dismal graveyard and continue to haunt me as I about face and resume my post at the head of my brother’s coffin. As I stand there, I hear the sounds of the seven M-16’s firing in the distance, the sharp pop echoes three times, a 21 gun salute for a fallen hero, a Marine, my brother and my best friend resounds through the desolate hills. The stars and stripes so lovingly embrace his casket and I ask myself, “Is the cost of freedom worth not only my brother’s life, but the lives of the 6,790 men and women who have shed their blood for this flag and for their fellow Americans?” As I stare with so much love and so much turmoil at Old Glory, I find myself thinking of my brother. Going back, so many years ago, as he stood on those yellow footprints permanently painted in the cement at precisely a 45-degree angle in January of 2005, did he know that five years from then he would pay the greatest sacrifice? When he received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor, on the day that earned him the acclaimed titled of a United States Marine, did he know that at the tender age of 21, old enough to legally drink however unable to because he spent his 21st birthday protecting this country, did he know that he would give his life, not only for his country, for his Corps and most importantly for the men on the left and right of him, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Golf Company?

The haunting bugle sound of “Taps” slowly wakens me from my thoughts, bringing me sharply back to reality. The sounds of bagpipes hauntingly play “Amazing Grace”; its notes echo throughout the still graveyard. The tears now fall freely down my face. I can no longer hold them in. Such a life lost! And all for what? A young man, barely 21, his life cut short protecting people who he would never meet, people who would never care about his death, people who took their freedom for granted. My tears echo the sobs from the Gold Star Mother, who is unable to even stand upright, her body cannot longer bear the brunt of her pain, as her husband attempts to hold her upright while she bends to give her son one last, final tear-filled kiss against the ice cold coffin before it is laid in the ground. I patiently stand my post, as one by one my brother’s family member each bid him one final good bye. As they walk away with tear-stained faces, the footsteps gradually fading away, I ponder how I shall say my final good bye. My turn comes all too soon as I realize it is just me and him now, with the grave diggers waiting patiently in the background. I want to scream. I want to throw myself at his coffin. The thought “Why?” echoes in my head to haunt me for the rest of my life. Could I have done something different? He joined the Marine Corps because of me. Should I have let him do that? Am I responsible for his death? Is the never-ending pain of his family, my family, on my shoulders? Looking from the outside in, no one sees the pain, the nightmares that will haunt me for the

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rest of my life, for I am stone. Like the stone that will declare the life so short lived, simple words that do not explain how he lived and why he died, I am cold, harsh, and without emotions; the tears have long dried up. I know what is expected of me. I know what my brother would expect if he was here, so in my final good bye, I will do what we Marines do best. I do what is expected. With precise precision, I move to the foot of his coffin. I stand there, and for a brief moment, I take it all in so that I may sear this memory in my mind for the rest of my life: the smell of the leaves turning brown, the wind rustling through the trees, the way my cotton dress blues are beginning to make me itch, the salt in my mouth from the tears that have already dried, and the way my feet ache in my tight shoes. I take a deep breath in and hold it as I say my final good bye to my brother. I stand ram-rod straight, my spine straight as an arrow, my feet at a 45 degree angle, my hands straight down, thumbs folded in, centered in the meaty portion of my thigh, all that I learned in boot camp nine years ago, and repetition has become a part of me. This position of attention has now become second nature; my body knows what to do before my mind can complete the thought. I stand there, in the silence, where life and death have met, where death has won, where tradition and memories are the only things I have left of my brother. Where a life has been lost and an empty space will never be replaced, where the cost of freedom has been paid by my brother’s blood and by his life and where a life-long vow is taken to never forget and always remember. And so I say goodbye to my brother, my best friend, my Marine, in the only way that I know. I slowly raise my right hand, bringing it to the brim of my white and black cover, my fingertips lightly touching the brim. I hold my salute, longer than needed but not long enough for me. I do not want to stop. I do not want this moment to end. I do not want to have to say goodbye. My arm grows tired and yet I still do not waver. I am reminded once again that the cost of freedom is never free. As I slowly cut my salute, I bid him goodbye in these words, “No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his brother. Semper Fi.” We will never forget. We will always remember.

Thankful for online learning’s benefits By Stanley Edelbaum

As a college student, I am most thankful that there is online education. Since I am an older student with arthritis, getting around campus to attend class is difficult. For this reason, I have been fortunate to have been able to have

taken all of my classes online. Online education is not new. It has been around since there were computers. Today, millions of students have availed themselves to the advantages that online education accords. It is ever evolving as new technologies are making the online learn-

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Staff writers — Nathan Becwar, Michael Clark, Rita Damiron Tallaj, Kristen Dean, Stanley Edelbaum, Tim Erickson, Andrea Hartman, Sharon Hight, Anton Mavrin, Branden Prestridge, Kai Rodriguez, Gia Ryles, Darnell Woods, and Robert Zimmerman. Beatrice Bureau Chief — Nicholas A. Howe Sports reporter — Matt Hagemeier Adviser — Joshua Whitney SCC Board of Governors: Chairperson: Kathy Boellstorff, Johnson; Vice Chairperson: Dale Kruse, Beatrice; Secretary: Nancy A. Seim, Lincoln; Treasurer: Helen E. Griffin, Lincoln; Robert J. Feit, Pickrell; Ed C. Heiden, Sterling; Ruth M. Johnson, Lincoln; Terrence L. Kubicek, Lincoln; Steven Ottmann, Dorchester; Edward C. Price, Lincoln; Lynn Schluckebier, Seward; Bill Beltz, Faculty Representative, Milford. (Jan. 23, 2014) 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 jsoto@southeast.edu. 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 jsoto@southeast.edu.

ing environment easier and more productive to use. Many students like the online environment in education for its flexibility. As we live in busy times, it gives the student a chance to schedule studies around other responsibilities, such as having a job and family matters. There are no class times when a student needs to be present, except when assignments and exams are due. Time management thus becomes very important. The cost of a college education is usually cheaper for online classes than oncampus. There are no housing and meal costs, as well as limited transportation costs for research projects. A student sets the pace and schedule for studies and doing assignments, and the education environment is controlled.

A student can do school work just about anywhere there is a computer. Many students learn better through visual and audio media than they do through sitting in a classroom during a lecture or are shy and introverted and have a hard time expressing their thoughts in an in-person environment. Is online education for everyone? The answer is no. The college experience is also a time for social exchanges with fellow students, and many friendships originate from college. Although interaction between students is there in an online environment, it is limited to the technology that is being used. If a student does not have basic computer skills or is afraid of new technologies, then online education is not right for him or her.

If a student prefers interaction with an instructor or professor and needs more personalized attention with immediate responses to questions, then online education will not work. Online instructors will usually respond to questions within 24-36 hours. Time management is very important with online education. Procrastination is a death sentence in this environment. If you lack discipline, then you are not a candidate for online education. For many students as myself, the online environment does work. It can be a rewarding experience during the college educational process. It can also teach other skills beyond the subject matter of the courses taken. continued on page 3

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Kovanda settles in at Education Square By Kai Rodriguez

ESQ - New instructor Gina Kovanda is loving her newfound job at Education Square of Southeast Community College teaching Media Art/Graphic Designs. Media Arts and Graphics Design is a 18-month program with many things to learn and experience within those 18 months. “Block Learning” is how the media/graphic art students learn. Kovanda explained that it was more like a high school class curriculum, only broken down into three classes each quarter. “You have the same classmates in the three to four classes you have,” she said. “Each quarter is eleven weeks, so you can easily get to know them like you would in a high school.” Kovanda expressed she was very excited starting the teaching job at SCC. She felt like she was bringing the “real world experiences” she has had in her 10 years of being a graphic designer to her students. Before teaching here at SCC, Kovanda worked at Nebraska Global as a Marketing Manager/User Interface Designer for two years and five months. At Nebraska Global, Kovanda managed and oversaw five internal brands. She designed and developed the graphic/web design as well as managed the accounts and social media. Also, before Nebraska Global, Kovanda was an interactive Web designer at Nelnet for two years and nine months. Kovanda was very interested to bring her experiences to the students who were learning what she has been doing since graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Focus in Graphic Designing. Sam Rapien, whom has been holding the co-chairman of the Media Art/Graphic Designs Program for four years and a colleague to Kovanda, introduced the idea of teaching students graphic design to her, and Kovanda quickly got on board with the idea. Kovanda said that teaching is wonderful, but preparing lectures and grading is a little stressful at times. “I prepare a lecture for like five hours, figuring out what my students are going to learn,” she said, “and it only lasts 20 minutes. So it’s a learning process for me to figure out how long will my lectures last and what I need to do to change my lectures so my students stay interested.” Kovanda feels that she is doing well with her students in the three to four classes she teaches each quarter. She loves giving feedback because she wants them to understand why they got the grade that they did or wants to congratulate them on a job well done. While students are learning about their careers they are also paying off the laptop they are given when accepted into the program. “When students start the program they get a laptop that has all the programs they need to complete their 18 months here,” Kovanda explained, “so it’s really nice for the students because they don’t have to buy anything extra. They already have everything they need in that laptop.” Kovanda shared her excitement when she explained how beneficial it will be for the students. “After they graduate, they can freelance if they want to for a while until they find a job on their own,” she said. Kovanda has been teaching for SCC for four months now and is happy to continue to teach and give her “real world” experiences to the students she teaches.

Ag students assisted with Cattleman’s Classic By Sharon Hight BEATRICE - SCC Ag Students were in Grand Island for the 23rd Annual Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic. This was a nine-day event with over 500 head of cattle representing 13 different breeds. This event included a ranch horse competition and sale, along with a stock working dog competition and sale. A total of 125 SCC students attended the event on Feb. 18-23, and students learned all about the proceedings of the event while assisting with the shows and sales. Fifteen SCC students helped orchestrate the junior

show, assisted with check-in, the show itself and clean up. SCC students have been a part of this event since 2000. Through the NCC, the students learn many different aspects of the cattle industry through face-to-face interaction with important individuals within the industry. Other skills such as communication, problem solving, philanthropy and volunteerism are developed while establishing valuable contacts within the industry. Multiple vendors were there representing the Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic Board of Directors as well as Cornerstone sponsors.

Online learning, opinion, continued continued from page 2 Online education is predominately writing, and as such, a student can increase his or her writing skills both with essays and exams, as well as on the discussion boards within the courses. Research techniques are enhanced by using the various research channels available within the courses and the school. Online classes helps stu-

dents with their time management skills, as they must keep tabs of assignments and exams through the classes online. It is imperative that students log in to their classes on a daily or every-other day basis. Online education is a wonderful alternative to attending the on-campus classes, and the advantages do outweigh the disadvantages. Perhaps it is right for you.

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SCC’s Medical Assisting program ranked No. 11 nationally LINCOLN - The Medical Assisting program at Southeast Community College is ranked No. 11 on the list of the top 50 most affordable medical assisting schools in the U.S. SCC’s program, located on the Lincoln Campus, appears on the website www.topmedicalassistantschools.com. The site has this to say about the program. “Southeast Community College is a great school to attend if you live in Lincoln, Neb., or anywhere else in the country. It has in-state and out-of-state tuition rates at less than $3,000 a year, and it is rated No. 11 on our list of the top 50 most affordable medical (assistant) schools. Here you can earn your medical assisting diploma and join a student population that well exceeds 10,000 pupils.” The graduation rate and retention rate listed are for all of SCC, not the Medical Assisting program. Most recent data indicates that the program’s graduation rate is just under 50 percent. Kathy Zabel, program chair, said faculty work hard to prepare students for employment. “SCC’s Medical Assisting program is proud to be recognized as the number 11 program in the nation,” she said. “We have a dedicated team of faculty who work extremely hard for student success. Ninety-seven percent of our students pass the CMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) Certification Examination prior to graduation. The College and

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Two Medical Assisting students participate in a practice exercise. the program are very aggressive in placing students in jobs. Local physician offices want to hire SCC students, and many are hired prior to graduation.” Of the students who graduated from the program during the 2012-2013 academic year, 97 percent found work or continued their education. All of the schools on the list are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, one of the best accreditation boards for medical programs in the United States. The schools are ranked based on their total estimated annual costs, which includes in-state tuition, books, fees, and more. Each college on the list is ranked based on four major factors: total annual cost, graduation rate, retention rate, and in-state vs. outof-state tuition. Points were awarded each school that excelled in those categories. The

more desirable the statistics were, the more points were awarded to the school. Each factor was allotted 10 possible points, making for a perfect score of 40. The ranking also was arrived at using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a service of the National Center for Education Statistics. Retention rates also were courtesy of IPEDS, and they were based on data for first-time degree-seeking undergraduates from the 2011 fall semester. Retention rates showcase the school’s ability to maintain its student population after the first year of attendance. Persons interested in learning more about SCC’s Medical Assisting program are asked to contact Zabel at 402-437-2756 or go to the program’s website at www. southeast.edu/MedicalAssisting.

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By Matt Hagemeier BEATRICE - Josh Roberts and Tyrell Corlew were recently named to the AllConference first team. Roberts, a sophomore point guard from Miramar, Fla., averaged 16 points and four and half assists a game for the SCC Storm. “Josh has been a fantastic point guard for us this year,” assistant Coach Aaron Block said. “He is a great kid who has been a huge part of our program for two years.” Block said Roberts went from “role player” to “team leader” over the course of two years. “(Roberts) gets his teammates involved, (and) he makes everyone else so much better, which in turn makes his scoring ability that much more effective,” Block said. Corlew, a sophomore from Louisville, Ky., averaged nearly 15 points a game. “Tyrell has been one of

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our best defenders both years he has played for us,” Block explained. “He takes great pride in getting stops on the defensive end, (and) many times he is guarding the opponents’ best player.” Block said Corlew’s role on offense this year became more important. “He has always been a good shooter, and by improving his ball handling and ability to attack the rim, (that)

makes him hard to guard on the offensive side of the floor,” Block stated. The coach said that Roberts and Corlew are great ambassadors for the school. “Both of these kids will be sorely missed from our program, but more importantly (they) will represent SCC with great pride, integrity and honor at the next school they attend,“ Block concluded.

This quarter, two future students signed on to play softball in the 2014-2015 season. Emily Jensen, above, hails from Hanover High School in Kansas. Emily is an outfielder currently residing in Fairbury, Nebraska. She is the daughter of Joy Jensen and Scott Jensen. Allyson Vrbas, below, is a catcher from Chase County High School in Imperial, Nebraska. She is the daughter of Kathy and Dale Vrbas. Emily Jensen and Allyson Vrbas both signed a letter of intent to play softball at Southeast Community College, Beatrice.

Lincoln intramural sports offer many options By Nate Becwar LINCOLN - Southeast Community College intramurals have been in full swing this winter. The men’s basketball league completed its night of games on Monday, March 2. Six teams competed this quarter in the 5-on-5 division. Volleyball did not receive enough participants to have a session this time around, but Students Activities Coordi-

nator Rachel Mason hopes to have the sport back up in running next quarter. SCC students can join intramurals by organizing a group of team members and submitting a roster on the website. Individuals who do not have a full team can join the free agent pool, and the organizers will find them a team looking for players. This option is not guaranteed because teams are sometimes

MESO to return to Lincoln campus By Sharon Hight LINCOLN - The Multi Ethnic Student Organization (MESO) is making a comeback to the Lincoln campus. Students can get more information on how to get involved on Wednesday, April 9, at the Club Day activity that will be hosted by the Student Senate on the Lincoln campus. Kevin Forch is the Student Retention Specialist at SCC Lincoln and will be spearheading the efforts to get the Lincoln chapter of MESO up and running. “I foresee this club as being

a place where all SCC students can come together to be better connected to their campus and the people they go to class with,” he said. “It will be a safe place where we can talk about the contributions of different cultures and participate in the many cultural celebrations that occur in and around Lincoln,” Forch continued. Any students interested in learning about and celebrating the many cultures at SCC are encouraged to stop by MESO’s information booth on Wednesday, April 9, and sign up.

Cadillac donation, continued continued from page 1 Todd Dawn, GM ASEP and Automotive Youth Education Systems program manager, said the company is proud to support training programs that prepare the next generation of automotive technicians. “Our commitment to our customers goes well beyond building a quality product,” Dawn said. “Our dedication to excellence starts at the training level by partnering with schools in communities around the globe to share our collective passion for the automotive industry and educate, inspire and motivate the technicians of tomorrow.” SCC’s GM ASEP program is seven quarters in length. Students must secure a GM dealer to sponsor them during training. Students spend four quarters as a full-time

student within the program on the Milford Campus and the remaining three quarters working in a GM dealership. Since 1979, GM’s continued commitment to identify and support the GM ASEP colleges and universities has produced more than 16,000 service technicians. GM ASEP incorporates advanced automotive technical training with a strong academic foundation of math, reading and electronics, and both analytical and technical skills. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree while working and learning on the job, resulting in a solid education combined with invaluable work experience. Anyone wishing more information about the program is asked to contact Morphew at 402-761-8317 orrmorphew@southeast.edu.

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Online education, continued continued from page 1 education is the flexibility it offers to non-traditional students, working adults, single parents, and students with certain disabilities. In certain cases, online courses can make the prospect of getting an education doable.” On the down side Eisenhauer said, “A student who has difficulty putting thoughts down on paper or one who has difficulty with writing in general may fare better in a face-to-face class, whereas, the shy, reserved type might relish in being able to offer somewhat anonymous, scripted postings.” Eric Sack, instructor of English said, “The main benefit is that the online environment extends education to folks who wouldn’t be able to access it otherwise. A lot of my online students work full time, have irregular work hours, have children of their own and other significant commitments that prevent them from attending a regular class period.” Sack continued, “There is a fairly pervasive attitude that somehow online courses are easier than their face-to-face counterparts. This attitude attracts some folks to online courses for the wrong reason – they are looking to get credit for the least amount of effort. The irony, in English classes anyway, is that online courses are more difficult and time consuming than face-to-face classes. Instead of having a discussion in class, an online class requires typing in an opinion, reading other students’ opinions, then

responding in writing to their opinions. This process takes more time and effort, and it usually isn’t as effective as a face-to-face discussion.” Jay Stalder, instructional design/trainer said, “To be successful online, a student must be self-motivated and disciplined enough to complete the work assigned on schedule … Much like traditional college classes, students can get out of a college course what they put into it.” Responses also varied on whether students get the same education through online courses as they would through an on-campus education Joshua Whitney, instructor of English and journalism, said, “As far as whether students get the same education online as they get in the classroom, the environments are different and the supplemental course materials are structured for their respective environments. “Yes, the learning outcomes are supposed to be the same,” Whitney continued. “But the experiences aren’t. Is this a case of separate but equal? It’s supposed to be, but it’s not quite the way it works.” Dr. Kenneth Hoppmann, instructor of music responded to this question stating, “I recommend that students have a broad experience with learning. This would include taking some face-toface courses, as well as some online just so they can learn which way they learn best. There are benefits to both; it’s important for students to find

what works best for them.” Sack noted that, “Nothing can compete with the oncampus experience. Developing relationships with other students and instructors provides an environment where personal growth and knowledge can incubate. Some of my most important educational lessons occurred while hanging out with friends outside of the formal classroom.” There is a myth that online classes are cheaper than the on-campus ones. This may not be necessarily true. Yes, a student does not have to worry about the added expense of transportation, meals and housing, but at many colleges, they add on what they call a “technology fee” per credit hour for an online course. This is on top of the tuition per hour and other school fees that are included. With the many online courses and degrees that are offered by colleges nationwide, a student can attend a college anywhere in the country without leaving the comforts of home. However, it must be remembered that not only do some of these colleges charge a “technology fee,” they also may charge out-of-state tuition rates. Not all schools do this, of course. SCC, for example, charges out-of-state tuition rates, but does not charge a “technology fee.” As with any decision relating to college, the choice between an online or on-campus education is an important and personal one.

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Small Business Q&A By Zach Zimmerman

Suggestions for seeking help from friends and family I am nervous about asking my friends and family to invest into my business. Suggestions? – Plattsmouth What I suggest is to write down 5-12 people, that you believe have similar values in your business. Set a time, bring them together, and present your vision. This may include discussing your business plan in detail and be prepared to specifically ask them what you want. This may include a dollar amount and/or repayment terms, but preparation is very important. This still may be intimidating depending on the dynamics of the relationship. Ideally, these individuals would be trustworthy, open minded, honest individuals that care about you and the values of the business. If these values have yet to be determined, then a business plan may be required to facilitate this presentation. Give them time process this information. This should not be “Shark Tank”, a yes or no answer is not required at that time. Allow them to ask their questions in a professional environment with non-emotional comments and feedback. Insist that they take time to think the proposal over, while also being available for additional questions by phone, email or in person. Expect that their “knee jerk” reaction will be negative, but have reasonable answers on anticipated questions. The more professional you make the situation, the better it will be. This will set the tone for entire the business relationship. This will be the example of how you are going to behave in a business environment. Above all have a clear message, clear expectations, and no surprises. How do I communicate my business plan to private investors? Where are they located? – Lincoln Private investors are easier to find than you think. These are private citizens willing to invest into a business concept, possibly for a reasonable return. These are friends, family and acquaintances, anyone that you have designated that may have similar values to your business concept. As a percentage, family and friends are the most common private investors in small business, accounting for more funding than bank lending, venture capitalists and credit cards. Another source is crowdfunding; this method is relatively new, but has recently gained traction as a source for private funding. This method uses an Internet-based platform to bring investors and business owners together for funding purposes. There are numerous platforms, but the concept is to allow thousands of small investments versus the traditional method of a few rich people with large investments. This method has been subject to recent regulation and is still in its infancy. If you have a question for Zack about creating, growing, or establishing a small business email him at zzimmerman@ southeast.edu


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Entertainment & News Bon Appétit: The Normandy French Cuisine Staff writer The Normandy has moved into its new location on the corner of 17th and Van Dorn streets from their previous home at the Railyard in downtown Lincoln. Their official grand opening was March 1, but they’ve hosted small soft opening events on the weekends leading up to opening full time. I was eager for the chance to try their full menu and dined there on a Saturday night. The menu offered a variety of traditional French dishes. We had the option of either ordering menu items a la carte or for the price of $25, diners can choose an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. For our appetizer, we each chose the creamed potato soup. It was a delicious, smooth blend of potatoes with a rich, buttery flavor. The soup was served along with a few pieces of sliced baguette. For my entree, I chose the asparagus risotto. The risotto was cooked to perfection, and those who have tried to cook risotto at home know that this is a difficult dish to get right. It was seasoned well and had a nice creamy texture. On top of the risotto were several spears of fresh steamed asparagus.

My partner selected the beef bourguignon. The meat was tender, and it was also served with steamed asparagus. We each went with the $25 meal option, so for dessert, we ordered a chocolate soufflé and the banana pound cake. Having tasted the Normandy’s desserts before at the Farmer’s Market, we were excited to try something new. Both desserts were excellent. The chocolate soufflé was served in a small custard dish and was the perfect size. The banana pound cake was equally as good and was garnished with a homemade banana-flavored whipped cream. The staff at The Normandy was very friendly, and it was obvious that they were concentrating on starting off on the right foot in their new location. Our meal took a little longer than I would typically expect, but I will assume that will change once they’ve gotten their feet under them and are up and running. After opening without a liquor license, they did acquire one just this week. Overall, our experience at The Normandy’s new location was great. There are a couple kinks that need to be worked out, but I look forward to having this as a dining option in Lincoln.

A couple of opportunities for live theatre this weekend By Kristen Deane Looking for an inexpensive theatre experience this weekend? Nebraska Wesleyan University’s theatre department is performing Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through tomorrow, Saturday, March 15. Shows take place in the McDonald Theatre and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for students with a valid student ID. The McDonald Theatre is located at 51st Street and Huntington Ave., and free parking is available in lots at 50th and Huntington. For tickets, call the box office at 402-465-2384. For another theatre option, The Johnny Carson School of

Theatre and Film is performing Paul Downs Colaizzo’s “Really Really” tonight and on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 16. In January 2013, writer Harry Haun summarized “Really Really” for Playbill Magazine. Haun notes the play “focuses on the morning-after fallout of a campus kegger — how it impacts on the futures of a rugby team and a girl of a less-privileged background.” Shows take place in the Studio Theatre of the Temple Building on 12th and R streets. Tickets are $10 for students with a valid student ID. For tickets, call the Lied Center box office at 402-4724747.

Have fun with First SCC offers help for entrepreneurs Friday Art walks By Carlena Hull

Southeast Community College is host to a program for local citizens interested in starting a business. SCC collaborates with Nebraska Business Development Center, National Business Incubation Association, Service Corp of Retired Business Executives, Nebraska Business Development Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Community Development Resources, WasteCap Nebraska, and Alice’s Integrity Loan Fund, just to name a few. Together with sponsors and a Business Incubation Program, SCC currently supports 15 business startups. Seven are purely online, and eight utilize the low-rent facility offered by the college located on North 65th Street in Lincoln. Over a three-year period, participants are schooled in business law, financial responsibility, administration and management. Most of

the program entrants end up with the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Focus. Into the second year of the program, students are encouraged to open for business. Each business start-up is given access to free legal counsel by one of several volunteer attorneys from around the Lincoln metro area. Students are involved with the entire process of opening their own business; they apply for required permits and look at local demographics thru surveys and consultants. No stone is left unturned to ensure a successful beginning. The Service Corp of Retired Business Executives provides years of business experience to the fledgling entrepreneurs. These retired executives, many of whom ran successful businesses right here in Lincoln, provide counseling and advice free of charge. Entrepreneurship Pro-

gram Director Tim Mitten says, “Our mission is to build communities and businesses. We do it through academics, research and outreach initiative. We want to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and work with any entrepreneur at any age.” The mission, according to education specialist Linda Hartman, is “To discover and develop the talents of individuals in order to enhance business and community through the creation and development of academic, research, outreach and support initiatives that encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and support entrepreneurs of all ages.” Students who want to apply for admission to this program need to follow the general admission procedure for SCC. Applications for business incubation can begin online at www.southeast.edu/Entrepreneurship

Staff writer As spring weather returns, many look forward to participating in the First Friday Artwalks in downtown Lincoln. The First Friday Artwalks are a chance for local galleries and businesses to open their doors and people are welcome to wander from gallery to gallery. Participants get a chance to view paintings, sculptures, various artwork, clothing, listen to live music, snack on some appetizers, all while supporting the local community. One of the best parts about First Friday is that it’s virtually free. Along with the over 50 art galleries that call downtown Lincoln home, several retailers open their doors and offer special discounts on the

evenings of the First Friday Artwalks. With over 50 galleries to choose from, it would be hard to not to find something of interest. As the name states, First Friday Artwalks take place on the first Friday of each month. Galleries open at 5 p.m. and most stay open until around 10 p.m. Maps of all participating locations are available at www.downtownlincoln.org With winter almost behind us, take advantage of the nicer weather and participate in one of the First Friday Artwalks in downtown Lincoln. Not only will you get to enjoy the galleries, some wine and cheese, and maybe even some live music, all for free; but you will be supporting local businesses as well.

SCC a beta site for reporting community college data By Stanley Edelbaum For students, researching colleges that they are interested in attending is one of life’s most important decisions. But when it comes to researching community colleges, that decision is not so simple. All colleges that receive and work with financial aid students are mandated by federal law to report their institutional data. This includes, race, ethnicity, gender, enrollment, financial aid and graduation statistics. The National Center for Education Statistics had set up a data gathering program called The Integrated PostSecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to enable college-bound students to research potential schools. Robin Moore, administrative director of institutional effectiveness for Southeast Community College, has been part of a beta program that will change how community colleges report institutional data. Community colleges were part of the IPEDS data system, but according to Moore, this created a problem in the

data for them. “The IPEDS are geared for the four-year institutions,” Moore said. “Community colleges offer programs that greatly under-reported what the community colleges were doing statistically. We needed a different data-base.” Thus, the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) was born. Under the direction of the National Center for Education Statistics, a beta program was launched, with SCC being involved since the fall of 2013. The IPEDS do not adequately report what the community colleges really do, Moore said. “Not every student who attends a community college are taking programs to earn a degree.” According to the VFA website, “Existing measures may exclude part-time students or non-credit career and technical students who are a key part of community colleges’ mission.” Moore said, “We have students who attend a community college to brush up on skills that they will need for their jobs, as well as those who are learning new skills.”

There are also those that need developmental education in math, reading and writing. Continuing education classes are also not within the IPEDS data system, Moore said. “These classes are taken by those who want to learn about gardening, pottery, English as a second Language, and other classes.” The VFA will include these programs as part of its statistical data reporting, Moore said. “The VFA will also include how community college graduates fare after they graduate,” she continued. “Through data received from the Department of Labor, we can find out if our graduates are earning a livable wage.” The VFA is still in its infancy according to Moore. “This is still a work in progress as we are still in the beta phase. Kinks need to be worked out.” The end result will give the community colleges and potential students a better understanding as to what is really happening with a particular community college, Moore said. “Students will have a better understanding about the community college of their choice.”

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Lincoln campus welcomes two new Practical Nursing instructors Erin Putney By Anton Mavrin Erin Putney, 34, was recently hired as new Practical Nursing instructor at Southeast Community College (SCC). Putney has been a nurse for seven years, and she worked in many different areas. “I enjoyed the intensity of the trauma ICU, the humbleness of bone narrow transplant and the continued learning that the nursing field has given me over all,” Putney reflected. As a child, Putney wanted to be a teacher, not a nurse. But times change and people change. “I am looking forward to this new job where I get to combine my love for science, helping people and my passion for continued learning

all into one spot,” Putney asserted. Currently, Putney is one of five instructors in Practical Nursing Across Lifespan 4 (PNAL-4). There she teaches students along with Kami Brinkerhoff (see story below), Dawn Renshaw, Jennifer Rohr and Mary Trumble. “I enjoy working with them,” Putney commented on her co-workers. “They help me out with a lot of things.” PNAL-4 is a continuation of the study of patient needs along the wellness and illness continuum incorporating concepts in more complex medical and surgical nursing within the scope of practice for the practical nurse. “I love teaching this course,” says Putney. “I hope my students are enjoying it as well.” Principles of health prevention, promotion and

Kami Brinkerhoff By Nate Becwar Kami Brinkerhoff joined the Practical Nursing program in January after five years of teaching nursing assistant and medication aide classes. Brinkerhoff has worked in long-term care facilities since she was 16 years old. Her main passion throughout those years has been promoting the health of the elderly. “I have a passion for geriatric nursing,” she stated. Brinkerhoff graduated from Tekamah-Herman High School, where she excelled in math and science. She wanted a career that would highlight those skills, so she enrolled in classes to become a certified nursing assistant. Brinkerhoff attended the University of NebraskaLincoln on a Regent’s scholarship. In 1998, she graduated from the University of

Nebraska-Medical Center with a bachelor’s degree. After graduation, Brinkerhoff worked in UNMC hospital for two years before returning to long-term care as assistant director of nursing. A distinguished career of nursing under her belt, Brinkerhoff decided to enroll in grad school to eventually give back to the nursing community by becoming an instructor. “I realized my desire to see others become passionate about a nursing career, so I feel the PN program here at SCC is a perfect fit,” said Brinkerhoff. She and her husband, Jason, have four boys ages 15, 14, 13 and 10 who keep them busy with sports and school activities. In her spare time, Brinkerhoff enjoys scrapbooking and traveling with her family.

Job Placement, continued continued from page 1 encourage students to make viewing the physical job posting board as well as the placement website a part of a student’s weekly routine. Willey further advised students to utilize the Job Placement Office, as it is paid for with their student feeds. To get the word out about the Job Placement Office, Wiley provides brief class presentations to students enrolled on campus. The Job Placement Office also hosts career fairs that are advertised to students via fliers, email communications and information found on The Hub. SCC has a high job place-

ment rates for graduating students. When a student is nearing graduation, the Job Placement Office will contact the student to make them aware of the services offered as it comes to job placement. With the 11,000 average job placement website views each month, 15 career fairs, employer lunch and learns, mock interviews and resume building assistance, it’s no wonder that SCC has a high success rate of job placement. Students wanting to take advantage of these opportunities should contact their Job Placement Office on their campus, or visit https:// placement.southeast.edu for more information.

Harvey, continued continued from page 1 short- and long-term goals in her new position. “As far as the Lincoln Campus goes, I’m working with staff to finalize various construction projects at the different Lincoln locations, as well as prioritizing future projects,” she said. “As for Student Services, the shortterm goal is to get to know all of my staff better and find out what they need from me to support them in carrying out the college mission and meeting the needs of all of our students and helping them do their job to the best of their ability.” Harvey said she plans to utilize data to drive future actions such as assessing

student needs “to make their time with us as positive as possible and to support their learning experiences.” “I also want to identify what long-term training programs are needed to help staff continuously improve their knowledge, skills and abilities,” she said. “I want to bring our use of technology to the forefront and implement strategies that strive to engage and enhance the college experience for students using the technology that they are used to on a daily basis, in addition to assisting those without access and/or skills.” Harvey has a 9-year-old son, Harrison, and a 7-yearold daughter, Lillian (Lillie).

maintenance are emphasized in PNAL-4. Practice 09, related to PNAL-4, is a hybrid clinical course, in which Putney also teaches. “PNAL-4 is great for expectant moms, mothers of children of all ages, grandmothers, aunts and of course nursing students,” states Put-

ney. “There are so many neat things to learn about humans as they grow and develop.” Asked if she is a mother herself, Putney replied, “I have four children, so on my time off you will frequently find me at an ice rink cheering on hockey, at a basketball court taking pictures or at a

park playing tag.” In her free time, Putney said, “I love hanging out with my kids and husband, taking pictures, anything art or science related and I love rock climbing on the rare times I get to go.”

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In prior years, students could take the exam even if their program was not accredited, although accreditation for paramedic programs is relatively new. SCC’s program is hosting a National Registry Practical Skills exam on Saturday, May 10. Students from schools all over the state will attend to complete their testing. According to Batenhorst, the SCC Paramedic program has “90 percent or more of students pass the National Registry Exam on the first try.” The Paramedic program is one year and one quarter

in length. In the final quarter, students are completing internships, often outside the state. The program expects its accreditation site visit in April. A second full-time faculty, Mike Dvorak, is another recent addition to the program. Dvorak and Batenhorst will each teach different courses throughout the year. For more information about the Paramedic or EMT programs, please contact Ryan Batenhorst, Program Director, at (800) 642-4075 ext. 2795.

Paramedic program prepares for accreditation visit The SCC Paramedic Program is seeking initial accreditation from CoAEMSP, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Ryan Batenhorst, the Program Director for the Paramedic Program and experienced paramedic, says that without accreditation “graduates cannot test for the National Registry Exam.” “Students are becoming educated about the benefits of accreditation,” says Batenhorst.

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