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Fall 2010 Vol.13, No.1

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The mission of York College is to transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.

Dr. Roger L. Collins May 21, 1953 - Oct. 25, 2010 Longtime business professor and coach, Dr. Roger Collins, suffered a massive heart attack while jogging October 23. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his family two days later. He will be sorely missed. (Above) Members of the 2005 YC track team kid around with Coach Collins at the end of the season. (On the Cover) Enjoying the beautiful autumn weather on campus are first generation Yorkies: Desmond Strickland—Wichita Falls, TX, Kayley Trammell—Van Alstyne, TX, Sara Lincoln—Elgin, NE, and Corey Standerfer—El Reno, OK. (photo by Taylor Ladd)

In recent days, I have been reminded that there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven. We’ve experienced the wisdom of those words first-hand on campus this fall. Our school year began with a season of abundance. The noise in Freeman Center just prior to Opening Chapel was impressive and, from my perspective, it was obvious the energy level at York College had increased another notch for the 2010-2011 school year. With more than 200 new students this fall and a total of 483 students, we are enjoying our largest enrollment in a decade. The energy and enthusiasm that accompanies this growth makes York College an exciting place to be. The enrollment increase came on the heels of an annual audit that confirmed we have been blessed with another balanced budget. Enjoying both of these accomplishments is a rare blessing in the world of higher education right now. It is a gift we do not take lightly. Then a few days before this letter was written, the campus entered a season of shock and grief when Dr. Roger Collins, a long-time employee of the college, suffered a heart attack. Within two days, on October 25, Roger passed from this life. Our sympathy is extended to all those who knew and loved Roger, and especially to his family, as the entire campus community deals with this sudden loss of a co-worker in the Lord. Through every season and event, our purpose remains unchanged. We share it with the visionaries who went before us and we will make every effort to pass this mission on to those who come after us. York College exists to transform lives through Christ-centered education. This mission is the reason we are excited to welcome so many students to campus, and it is the reason we honor Roger Collins and many others for the selfless way they have served as partners to pursue this dream. As the holiday season approaches, I want to especially ask you to consider including York College in your year-end giving. In two months, the four-year, anonymous challenge gift worth $1.5 million will conclude. The final installment is the 2010 Challenge, a grant that will match all “new” gifts York College receives by December 31, 2010, up to $250,000. The challenge dollars combined with the thousands of gifts given to match it have blessed hundreds of lives these past four years. I hope you’ll join the list of participants prior to December 31, and partner with us for York College. If you are at a season in life where you are looking for a new direction, new career, or a “new” degree, be sure to consider York College Online as one of your options. Our focus online is on the individual and how we can best help you learn and grow. Check out the online program at http://online. Whatever the season in your life, come home to York College at every opportunity. You will always be welcome here.

Steve Eckman, President

Profile Excellence




heard his laugh from across the auditorium at the Alumni Choir Reunion in June and knew instantly that Osborne was in the building. It’s one of those contagious kinds of laughs that grabs your attention and invites you to join in on the lighthearted side of life. Easy going on the outside with a smile and greeting for the strangest of strangers, Joel Osborne, YC Class of 2000, has a genuine heart of service to match. What you see is what you get. Joel came to York as an international student from Great Lakes Christian College in Canada. Following in his siblings’ footsteps, Christy (YC ‘87), John (’88), and Laura (’89), he made the trip to Nebraska from Ontario with his good friend Jonathan Straker. From the onset, their philosophy on college life was anything and everything. The tandem duo got involved in about every opportunity which presented itself. A favorite memory of mine was their part in hosting the ‘96 Songfest production as freshmen at York, singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider with co-hosts Talley (Banning) Morrow and Jenelle Nash along with some very talented children of faculty. That performance became an instant Songfest classic. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the memory of Joel’s tenor voice in the YC choir’s antiphonal rendition of Ave Maria. Magnificent! While Joel’s time at YC was memorable and filled with one sleep deprived activity after another, his future didn’t turn out for him as he had ...continued next page HEART OF SERVICE A visit to the children’s school and hospital facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand brings a smile to a new friend. (above) Joel with Gaku Osugi and Sasha Ingle in front of Japan’s famous Mount Fuji. Joel studied at length with Gaku and baptized him last year. (right)

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The softball team gives a quick pose before marching in the annual downtown Yorkfest parade. The Lady Panthers along with the other athletic teams and choir accounted for nearly 200 parade participants.

In this issue: 3 Joel Osborne - Profile in Excellence 6 Archaeologists at Work 8 New Hands 10 Going Global 12 YC on the Rise 14 Holocaust’s Awful Truth 15 Homecoming / Campus View 16 Alumni News and Notes 18 Milestones 19 Dr. Collins - Finishing the Race 20 Panther Athletics 22 Grandma’s Take 23 Upcoming Events 24 Calander

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Sasha, Debi Hobelman (YC ‘06) and Joel gather for a celebration photo with their new sister in Christ Kaori Komata (third from left).

envisioned. His plans to be an elementary school teacher or the outside chance of a career working in student services at a college never took flight. “I entered college vowing that I would never be in ministry,” Joel said. “Yet God used both people and experiences at York to guide me to where He wanted me. I was frequently asked if I was a Bible major because I was getting involved in ministry opportunities on campus.” Which brings us ten years, six months, and halfway around the world for the YC English graduate from Canada… a fulltime missionary to the people of Asia. Osborne was part of a unique mission team planting in 2002. After serving abroad three of his college summers with Let’s Start Talking, his YC teammates of Straker, Crimsen Ruhnke, and Ben Berry committed to work five years in Sendai, Japan. Upon completing his initial obligation, Osborne decided to stay the course and continue his work with his faith community in Asia. This past year, he moved to Mito, Japan and began a new ministry with the local church as well as working with the students at Ibaraki Christian University. In a recent newsletter to friends and supporters, Joel reported, “I continue to adjust to life in Mito, and I am reminded how grateful I am that God has brought me here. Mito is a church in transition – new, young leadership with the need and desire to continue raising up new generations of faith.” “…That God has brought me here” is certainly a resolute testimony to Joel’s faith. Faith in God’s providence and plan. Faith that he is exactly where he is supposed to be in the role God intended for him.

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Joel’s YC Experience: York Campus Ministry: Assist. Campus Minister, Intern — 2 yrs. Student Association: Sr. Class President, Social Activities Rep. Concert Choir: President, Vice President, Tenor Section Leader YC Singing Groups: HIS4, Praise, Chamber Singers Songfest Host — 2 yrs. YC Theatre Alpha Chi Epsilon: Secretary, Spiritual Life Dir., Songfest Rep. Inter Club Council: Secretary Residence Hall Staff: RA & DA LST: Mission’s team — 3 yrs., Trainer — 4 yrs. Sigma Tau Delta: English Honor Society Officer Nebraska Music Educators Association Spring Break Mission Trips to Canada — 3 yrs. Workstudy: Cafeteria (1 yr), Library (2 yrs), Faculty (2 yrs) Mr. York College — 2000

Partnering together with the leadership of the Mito Church of Christ, Joel’s work is primarily overseen by the Bramalea Church of Christ in Brampton, Ontario. American funds are collected through the East Hill congregation in York. If you would like to assist Joel in this mission effort, he can be contacted at

“When I went to Japan on my second LST trip, God took hold of my heart and has never let go. Now I’m here doing what God has created me to do.” Aside from his LST experiences and the influence of his family on his spiritual walk, Joel credited much to YC faculty and staff: 1) Daily mentoring on the chorus risers by Dr. Clark Roush, 2) Praying with education professor Dr. Steve Sikes, 3) Don Truitt’s loving concern for students, 4) Dr. Frank Wheeler’s classes on ‘Gospel of John’ and ‘The Church’, 5) Dr. Dottie Schulz’s profound influence and guidance, and 6) Mike and Janet Rush’s sacrifices as well as Mike ‘tricking’ him into loving ministry. (As a member of the YC campus ministry team under the direction of Rush, Joel served two years as an intern and one year as an assistant campus minister alongside classmate Saprina Howard.) Joel said. “York was a place of grace-filled people who taught me that regardless of our chosen vocation, we need to look at life through eyes of faith, and be committed to the mission of Jesus.” Joel has a heart for young people who discover faith and give their lives to Jesus. Just as he was mentored and discipled at York, he wants the Asian youth to know and experience the deeper, richer life with Jesus. “In a sense, I am repeating and continuing the cycle,” Joel remarked about his ongoing York experience. “I want to witness and support them as they achieve success in living for Him.”

ANSWERING THE CALL - Since 2007, Joel has helped organize and lead Angkor of Faith, a youth camp/mission exposure in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Twice each year, Joel partners with Kon Pak Fook, a minister in Singapore, in leading groups of Japanese and Singaporeans on follow up trips with the children of Cambodia. This year he had the opportunity to be the king of the temple ruins. (above) Joel enjoys his visit with children at the Khvien school. (right)

Worship and prayer are daily blessings for Joel, and if you’ve been around him any time at all you know that God touches his heart in these two areas. He also mentioned the blessing of having two Japanese coworkers (Atsushi Tsuneki and Hitomi Kimura) and an apprentice (Sasha Ingle—YC Class of 2006) to work and pray with, side by side. “Waking up each morning, I tell myself, ‘I have the best job and life in the world — I get to love God, love people, and bring those two together.’” lll by Steddon Sikes

God took hold of my heart and has never let go.

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Unearthing History Alumni Participate in Archaeological Dig


even thousand miles from their hometown of York, Nebraska and in the company of men and women whose careers lay in ruins, the Soderholm sisters feel the warm soothing waters of the Dead Sea massaging away the aches and pains they’ve accumulated over the last several days. Staring up at the same June sky that David would have found refuge under when fleeing from King Saul three millennia earlier, the girls float carefree in the Sea of Salt, enjoying the dry air of the Jordan Valley. It’s been a good week for Amber (YC 2010) and Crystal Terrell (YC 2006). This is their first trip to the Bible lands, and they are seeing firsthand the scriptural landscapes of their childhood. The chronicles of the tribes and kings of Israel have been recited to them since their earliest days of Sunday school. They know the stories of the Nazarene who walked the Galilean coast and then proceeded atop the sea. Details of the

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exploits of Samson are in their college notes; now their hands and feet are bathed in dust that possibly covers his home. The ongoing archaeology dig at Tel Beth-Shemesh has been the summer vacation site of YC Bible professor Dr. Frank Wheeler (YC 1972) for the last seven years. Beth-Shemesh, about 12 miles southwest of Jerusalem, is the site of some of Samson’s activities during the time of the Judges. It’s also where the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, as recorded in I Samuel 6. Wheeler says these on-site experiences have given him a deeper and broader understanding of Biblical subjects, bringing more to the text and to the classroom. “I think it’s important that people understand the value of archaeology for understanding the ancient world of the Bible,” Wheeler said. “It has given me a whole new perspective of stories when I read them in scripture. I have a closer feeling to the people then and now.” ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE - Amber Soderholm and Crystal Terrell with York College Bible professor Dr. Frank Wheeler at the Tel Beth-Shemesh archaeology dig.

Wanting to share this experience firsthand with his students, Dr. Wheeler extended an invitation last fall in his Archaeology and the Bible class to join him on the two-week expedition. As a senior history major, with religious studies and English minors, Amber thought it was too golden an opportunity to pass up and also wanted to share the experience with her older sister. The two became the first York College alumni to take part in the archaeological dig with Dr. Wheeler. With a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call Sunday through Thursday, Amber and Crystal spent their early mornings removing dirt, collecting pottery sherds, saving animal bones, as well as documenting any artifacts unearthed. Grinding stones, basins, tabuns (cooking ovens), a completely intact juglet, multiple pieces of flint, pounding stones, cobblestone walkways, stone walls, and olive pits were only a few of the artifacts found during the dig. The girls spent the afternoons washing their finds and participating in pottery readings where Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz from Tel Aviv University pointed out important characteristics of the pottery, its function, and gave a time frame of its existence. Most of what they collected during the two weeks dated to 1100 B.C. A few evenings were dedicated to lectures given by Professor Dale Manor from Harding University, Dr. Bunimovitz, Dr. Zvi Lederman, Professor of Archaeology at

photo by Frank Wheeler

LAYERS OF HISTORY - The dig at BethShemesh has been ongoing since 1990.

In addition to his annual dig at Beth Shemesh, where he is now a staff member, Dr. Wheeler is developing more international study opportunities for students. For the Spring 2012 semester, Wheeler’s Corinthian Epistles class will include an option to travel to Greece and Turkey as a capstone experience. Participants will tour sites in Greece (Athens, Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi), Turkey (Patmos and some of the seven churches of Asia, including Ephesus) and Crete. Travel arrangements will include 2-3 overnight cruises in the Mediterranean Sea.

Tel Aviv University, and Hai Ashkenazi, a Ph.D. student from Tel Aviv University. “You can read about a place and its history in a book, but there is always something missing. Words on a page can only tell you so much and pictures don’t even come close to giving Israel justice,” Amber said upon her return to the states. “After walking through remnants of once great cities and uncovering artifacts that haven’t seen light in thousands of years, I have a completely refreshed view of Christianity’s homeland and the history that took place there, because that history is also my history.” “I believe that providing our students opportunities for international studies is a must,” said Dr. Wheeler. “Especially with Biblical studies, travel to the places we read about in scripture adds another dimension to our understanding of scripture and helps us make better applications of God’s word to our lives.”

“I have a completely refreshed view of Christianity’s homeland and the history that took place there, because that history is also my history.” On their days off, the Soderholm sisters traveled with some of their team to the southern portion of Israel to visit sites such as Gath, the Valley of Elah, Tel Lachish, Ashkelon, the fortress Masada, the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, and the Old City of Jerusalem, which included time at the Western Wall. The group also took a dip in the Mediterranean, hiked En Gedi to David’s Waterfall, walked along an Old Roman Road and of course… had a float in the Dead Sea. lll by Amber Soderholm and Steddon Sikes

DR. RICH EDWARDS demonstrates making a fist on his newly transplanted left hand just 8 days after surgery as lead hand transplant surgeon, Dr. Warren Breidenbach, address the media. (left and below) Rich and Cindy will join Dr. Breidenbach for an interview on the Today Show November 24.

New Hands, New Beginnings Alumnus gives and receives remarkable blessing


r. Richard Edwards (YC 1976) knows a lot about receiving an extraordinary gift and although he would not say so, he also knows a fair bit about giving extraordinary gifts. The story begins in tragedy the day he lost the use of both hands when his truck was overcome by a brush fire during a hunting trip on February 11, 2006. Unable to escape the burning vehicle, he was severely burned on his face, back, arms and hands. Since his injury, Edwards, 55, has had multiple reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts, but regained very little hand function, requiring assistance with all activities of daily living. Edwards never gave up hope that something might be done, especially with the development of a new surgical technique to replace hands. When donor hands became available for Edwards, the successful surgery was a lead story for Oklahoma papers and television stations on August 26, 2010. It was the extraordinary tale of Edmond chiropractor, Dr. Rich Edwards, who received the nation’s third double hand transplant. Edwards had traveled from his home in Edmond for a 17 1/2 hour innovative procedure at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care

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Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While the Edwards were waiting for a gift of hands, they had been thinking about a special gift of their own. Although the phrases “down on your luck” and “give till it hurts” may not normally occur in the same context, that’s exactly what transpired. Well before the hand transplant was a reality, the Edwards were considering a sizeable gift to their alma mater. Despite the loss of income resulting from the injury, Rich and his wife Cindy (Martin), also from the class of 1976, approached the college last year with a desire to honor Wayne and Darlene Baker for their years of service as president and first lady of York College. Their sentiment: “We want something tangible; something visible on campus as a lasting tribute to the love the Bakers have given our school.” Rich was a member of the board of trustees when Dr. Baker was selected as the 19th president of York College. As an alumnus, he witnessed firsthand the progress made under President Baker’s leadership. “Right from the beginning, Wayne and Darlene made York College their very own and gave twelve years of their absolute best,” Rich said. “We wouldn’t be in the position we are today without the vision, hard work, and leadership they provided.” The gift from the Edwards will be used to construct a new 3,000 square-foot weight training and fitness facility to be named for the Bakers. It will be erected adjoining the Holthus Field House, the college’s all-purpose sports practice facility.

Hands-On Experience

• Dr. Rich Edwards shares his testimony about life before and after his double hand transplant. A FOCAL POINT for the fitness facility will be enhanced training options for York College athletics in the Holthus Field House. (above)

• Rich and Cindy with Jewish Hospital president & CEO Marty Bonick and Warren Breidenbach, M.D.

• Rich shares a smile with hand surgeon Dr. Joseph Kutz as Cindy converses in the background.

.• Rich is pleased with his progress as he works with his therapist, Ashley Buren. Photos courtesy of Jewish Hospital; Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center; and University of Louisville.

The Edwards hope to be on campus next year for the dedication of the new facility, but for now all their energies are taken up with recovery. Two days after the transplant surgery, Rich said, “Ooh, awesome. I am a blessed man.” He later added, “I feel very blessed and fortunate to be one of the few people chosen to have new hands. I just can’t believe I got this far and am so happy about it.” Cindy was at his side when the bandages were removed and said, “This is so exciting. I can’t believe it is a reality. The first time I saw his new hands, I just kept staring at them. I am so grateful and thankful to God.” She added, “I truly want to thank the donor family for their tremendous gift and we are praying to God to comfort them for their loss and pain.” Doctors refer to Rich’s right hand as “the miracle hand” because of an unprecedented amount of new blood vessels that have began growing. “He’s lost all blood supply in that hand; he’s getting it from collateralization - vessels growing around the side,” said lead hand transplant surgeon Dr. Warren Breidenbach. “I’ve never heard of anything like that happening in this type of situation when you attach a hand. It’s unreported to my knowledge.” When this was first discussed with the Edwards, Cindy said the doctor came into the room asking, “Do you know how lucky you are?” Rich just smiled and replied, “Well, I know I am blessed.” Cindy had a similar take on the situation. “This is God in action,” she said in a later interview. “We know God is all over this.” Rich has a long road of recovery ahead of him, not without its ups and downs. While it is not known what lies ahead in the coming months and years, he and Cindy are confident that his future is in God’s hands. “As incredible as these doctors are and with as wonderful of care as we’ve been given,” Cindy said, “we will always reserve our greatest praise for the greatest physician who ever lived. His healing is complete, inside and out.” lll

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2010 Summer Missions Kenya, Africa Kameryn Brewster Alice Hackett Michael McGee Senegal, Africa Mason Lee Chelsea Mayer Kelci Scott Jimei, China Mitch Clay Julia Garcia Tammy Phan Mitchell Roush Leipzig, Germany Kristi Barnes Jeff Johns Todd Johnston Kiev, Ukraine Elicia Hebrink Carson Tuttle David Young

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Summer Missions Taking it Global



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ork College students choose to spend their summers in a variety of ways, depending on the opportunities God places in their lives. Summer missions offer them a chance to put their faith into action and do some world-wide outreach. This year, sixteen students, from those finishing their freshman year to graduated seniors, felt the call of God to take his word abroad. Under the guidance of campus minister Tim Lewis, five international teams worked through the Let’s Start Talking (LST) program to spread the gospel on three different continents. Before leaving the U.S., students were trained, researched the cultures into which they were stepping, and solicited the needed funds. “I absolutely loved the people,” Worland, Wyoming freshman Kristi Barnes remarked, “especially my host family and the missionaries in Chemnitz, Germany. Using the book of Luke as their text, the environment and content of the reading sessions fostered conversations about the scripture. One student commented that even though they were reading the same stories over and over again, it never got old. The encounters students experienced changed their lives, altered their perspectives, and challenged them to grow in their faith. Julia Garcia, senior from Andalusia, Illinois reflected on how sharing Christ in Jimei, China had an impact on her, “This was the first mission sort of thing that I had ever done, and the overall trip was life-changing. Getting to know people from another culture and country was eye-opening. Just being able to sit and talk with Chinese people about their lives and experiences is something that I will never be able to forget.”

The level of interest in China, a country where Christianity is not fully legal and can be dangerous to profess, was tremendous. Attesting to this was the large reader base and range of backgrounds. Team China had little down time as they packed their three weeks full of readers. Some readers were atheists, others were scared to inquire into Christianity due to their country’s stance, many came open and intrigued, and a few were already strong believers active in the Underground Church. Mitchell Roush, who graduated with his B.A. in Communication one month before his return trip to China, wrote in his daily blog: “We were chock-full with as many readers as we could literally fit into our schedule. That being said, we were worn-out for all the right reasons. There just isn’t much more of a fulfilling moment—when you are completely wiped out because you are drawing from the never-ending well of expressing the powerful nature of God’s perfect love.” In all the countries, team members hosted parties and events for readers to meet members of the area church and hopefully make connections that would blossom and continue after their time of departure. lll

"The entire trip is something I will never forget. It was life-changing."

AROUND THE WORLD: Chelsea Mayer and Kelci Scott draw the undvided attention of kids on their visit to the zoo; Kristi Barnes running free in a German meadow; Team China enjoying downtime with new friends; Carson Tuttle with his reader; Team Kenya on their day at the beach.

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ork College is a place where everyone matters. With 483 students, fall 2010 enrollment at York College is at a 10-year high. There were 430 students enrolled last fall, and 396 were enrolled in the fall of 2008. Enrollment is up 22% in just two years. The current 483 students represent 34 states and 11 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, Greece, England, France, Canada and Kenya. Many of the foreign and out-of-state students arrive in York because of word of mouth from other students who have attended the college or have come to participate in an athletic team. “People who come from foreign countries are amazed at this place,” President Steve Eckman said, noting that many do not realize that education exists on such a personal, one-on-one level. “It’s a pretty unique experience.” Students know everybody on campus, and everyone comes out to support their fellow peers. No matter what the activity or event is, students are happy to take part in the experience. “It’s a very close-knit campus. You can’t walk across campus without someone saying ‘Hi’ to you, whether they know who you are or not,” said Eckman. In the last couple of years, the college has focused on increasing student satisfaction. Projects such as remodeling the cafeteria and giving freshmen their own private dorm rooms are just two of the ways the college is ensuring students enjoy their time in York. Of the 300 students who visited campus last year, 60% enrolled in classes. “If we can get them here, we have a good chance of them coming here,” Eckman said. “There’s a sense of excitement on campus.” York College is not just a friendly place. “The academic quality is very, very high,”

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OPENING CHAPEL this fall packed the westside of the Freeman Center.

Eckman said, pointing out the percentage of pre-medicine students who get into medical school. Eckman noted the acceptance rate for all professional schools is high. Eckman said the spiritual aspect of the college “is who we are. It’s what sets us apart.” Even if students are not looking for the spiritual side of the college, it grows on them. However, he added that students with no spiritual background will probably not select York College. “Not everyone will enjoy it here,” Eckman said, but the enrollment numbers prove the college is finding the kind of students who like this kind of environment. “We’re poised for a great future because of that.” The college knows how to keep that close-knit atmosphere alive. At 10 a.m. every weekday morning, students are required to attend chapel at the Freeman Center. The entire student body gathered for praise chapel Friday morning and were reminded of what it is they love about their school. York College sophomore Jeremy Burgener of Gering, Neb., is a Business Administration and Business Education major and a member of the baseball team. Bur-

gener likes how teachers relate to students on a personal level. “If you ask a teacher a question, they’ll answer you and help you as much as they can,” Burgener said. “You can call them at night if you need to.” Because of the small size of the student body, Burgener said you have the chance to get to know everyone. “Everyone’s friends here,” Burgener said. Nick Harlan, head baseball coach, is a YC graduate and has an appreciation for what it offers students. “I like the campus unity,” Harlan said. “It’s a home away from home.” Students have a support system at York College and are surrounded by a family atmosphere. Staff and faculty members care about students as individuals, Harlan said. “The baseball team gets a tremendous amount of student and faculty support,” Harlan noted. “The faculty respects our discipline.” York College students receive a balanced experience. Harlan said his players can be involved in other aspects of campus life besides baseball. The coach also appreciates the college on a personal level. “It allows me to express my faith as a coach,”

Harlan said. Carson Tuttle, a sophomore from Lincoln, led the praise chapel Friday morning. “I think it’s a real blessing to come together as a community and worship and pray together,” Tuttle said. Tuttle appreciates the chance to do something as a campus community. He is involved in York Campus Ministries (YCM), which is responsible for the student-led worship times. “It’s something we love to put together and organize.” Speakers are invited to chapel to address students Monday through Thursdays. They can be teachers, students or someone from outside of the campus. On Fridays, the special praise chapel is a chance for students to spend most of the time singing worship songs together. Besides daily chapel, YCM hosts a Wednesday devotional night and a Sunday communion service at 9 p.m. “We come together and build a community of God on our campus,” Tuttle said. The evening communion service is totally student led and was started by students, according to Tuttle. “Communion is a personal experience, but it becomes something more when you have the chance to share it with your peers and teachers.” York College junior and basketball player DeAnthony Ellison of Sherman, Texas, likes the small campus atmosphere and family base that York College offers him. Ellison came to York on an athletic scholarship and appreciates how much fan support the basketball team receives. He also likes the one-on-one interaction with teachers, who are always willing to help and will even invite students over for dinner. “It’s a great place to go for college,” Ellison said. Joanna Overly, a sophomore from St. Joseph, Mo., likes the personalized aca-

demic experience and how all of the professors know your name. “If you’re struggling, they take the time to help you out,” Overly said. “It’s like a family here.” Sophomore Angel Gray of Glendale, Ariz., said if students are going through a difficult time, people at the college will pray for them. “You really develop relationships here,” Gray said. Gray is member of the softball team and is involved in the Concert Choir and Psallo group, but she does not feel torn in two directions because her coach and the choir director work together. Faculty and staff at the college are constantly in communication and figuring out schedules so everyone can be involved in all the activities that interest them.

“We’re poised for a great future.” Lorena Medeiros, a senior basketball player from Vitoria, Brazil, came to York after playing basketball for a junior college in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. “I had some other offers, but I visited here and fell in love,” Medeiros said. Impressed with the kindness shown her, she added that she felt like she was home even though she had no family in York. This summer she convinced her twin sister Livia to join her as a YC student. As students, staff and faculty left the Freeman Center Friday morning and headed off in different directions for the day, Eckman noted just how important chapel is to the college as a whole. “It really keeps us connected.” As the current enrollment numbers prove, York College will continue to be a home where all can succeed and be appreciated. lll

Poised for a Great Future With limited available space, students should submit their application as soon as possible to guarantee acceptance for the fall 2011 semester. A free online application is available at

Panther Pride 2ND & 3RD GENERATION YORKIES make up a significant portion of the student body. The 38 students pictured followed in the footprints of either their parents or grandparents. In total, more than 60 of the current students at York College are part of a family tradition. To see who these students are, visit:

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Educator Sees Holocaust Evidence Firsthand


t was the hair that made her cry. That coupled with the luggage, toys and shoes – evidence of mankind’s worst atrocities. Erin DeHart, assistant professor of Education at York College, recently took a 22-day study trip to Israel, GerISRAEL - DeHart at Yad Veshem, located in Jerusalem - the largest Holocaust many and Poland to museum in the world. (above) continue her extensive studies on the Holocaust. It was when the group of 25 educators reached Auschwitz II - Birkenau that they saw the rooms filled with hair and other belongings left behind by the one million Jews and others who were murdered at that location. “They shaved the heads of the victims before they killed them,” DeHart said, “The hair was more important than human lives. What causes a normal person to follow along and do these things?” After leaving this particular concentration camp, DeHart was overcome with sadness saying, “I thought to myself, ‘I

survivor. “She came in and sat down in front of us,” DeHart remembered, “I knew she was a survivor of the camps because she had a number tattooed on her arm. Following the service our tour guide spoke to her and heard her story. She then looked at us and said, “You need to tell the stories so people will remember.” DeHart is telling the stories. In her position at York College, she is part of the Department of Education whose job is to teach and train students to become teachers, “students don’t need to see the grotesque, but they need to hear the stories.” For DeHart this trip was not a vacation, but a study trip that was partially funded by a grant from the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers’ Program. DeHart also received funding from the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society and the Levitt Trust. DeHart is available to speak to area civic organizations WARSAW - Erin at one of the walls and other groups of the Warsaw ghetto. (above) about her travels and experiences studying the Holocaust. To contact her, call York College at 402-363-5684 or lll by Sue Roush

A Campus View — Tammy Phan GERMANY - DeHart’s study group at Bergen Belsen concentration camp. (above)

can never be happy again.’” But she was wrong. After leaving the gas chamber, DeHart saw an old friend and Holocaust survivor, Irving Roth. Roth is an Auschwitz survivor DeHart had met on a previous trip to New York City who has had a significant impact on her. “He is so strong. He can go back to Auschwitz and take people and tell his story,” she said. “If he can do that, so can I.” While a prisoner, Roth witnessed his brother being led to the gas chamber, but he never lost his faith. Roth is credited as saying, “I must live and love, because if not, they were successful.” Roth also said, “God didn’t create Auschwitz.” On a visit to a synagogue in Poland, DeHart met a Polish

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From second grade on, Tammy Phan knew she was going to York College. Tammy, a senior English major, explained, “My parents went here a long time ago (back in the 1970s) and I was brainwashed from the time when I was young.” Although most of Tammy’s growing up years were spent in Dubuque, Iowa, she ended up in York sooner than expected.

Work Begins on Academic Support Center Major renovations for Middlebrook Hall

YORK COLLEGE HOMECOMING ROYALTY was crowned during halftime of the men’s soccer game with Aubrey (Sanchez) Rush, senior Mathematics major, receiving the honors as YC Queen and Heath Schmalzried, senior Biblical Studies major, dubbed King. Other members of the Homecoming Court were senior candidates (l-r): Nathana Faddis, Royce Grimes, Elicia Hebrink, and Josh Stewart. Representing the other classes in the court were Juniors – Jason Lloyd and Sarah VanDeusen, Sophomores – Alice Hackett and Ben Wingfield, and Freshmen – Briana VanDeusen and Troy Kelly Jr.

2010 YC ALUMNI AWARDS were given during Homecoming Chapel to Jason Rice (YC 2000)—Young Alumnus of the Year and Charlie Watts (YC 1965)—Alumnus of the Year. Jason is a Wealth Specialist for Wells Fargo Private Bank and serves on the York College President’s Council. Charlie spent over 30 years in education as a teacher and later as principal for Eudora, Kansas, Junior High and High School. He currently serves on the York College Board of Trustees. For more on their stories, go to

She recalls that, “Half-way through my freshman year, we moved to York. I was not excited about it.” During her high school years, Tammy plugged into the campus through devotionals, Sunday communion service at 9 p.m., and even chapel. By the time she finished high school, she had no doubt that York was where she wanted to be, not just the place her parents wanted her to go. With a spring graduation on the horizon, she reflects on how the past three years at York have changed her. She says, “My plan, originally, was to become a writer (her dream) and a librarian (her job). The career plans are the same, but there are many things I want to do first before settling down into a job. For starters, the first thing I’m doing after graduation is heading to China for a year to teach English and to share my faith.” Tammy had no plans for great adventures, but when a last minute opportunity to go to China with Let’s Start Talking opened up her sophomore year, she took it. She remembers, “It was so out of my comfort zone, but it changed my life.”

“What starts here changes hearts. What starts here changes minds. What starts here changes souls. What starts here changes the very course of eternity.” Jason Rice Tammy has greatly enjoyed being part of the concert choir throughout all of her college years. Sigma Tau Delta, a national English Honor Society, has been another enriching experience. Tammy says, “Serving as a coeditor of our annual publication of original writings by YC students (Unvarnished Words) has taught me so much, especially the hard work of reviewing written pieces line by line.” Maybe more than anything else, Tammy says, “York College has meant so much for my walk with God. I love our devos and other opportunities to worship. Within the first month of my freshman year, there was a group of us who would just get together at the prayer chapel every Saturday night and sing. Just having an opportunity for friendship with others who share my commitment to God, to share our struggles with faith and things we’ve overcome has been so good. Those friendships are so much deeper because our faith is something we’re really passionate about.”

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1938 Dr. Herbert E. Speece passed away at Springmoor Retirement Home in North Carolina Oct. 14, 2010, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday. After earning his degree in math at YC, Dr. Speece earned a Masters Degree from TCU in 1943 and a Masters of Engineering Math from NCSU in 1951. He received a joint Doctorate degree from NCSU and UNC in mathematics in 1956. He began teaching at NCSU in 1947 and retired in 1980. He served as the department head of Math and Science Education up until his retirement. Dr. Speece served the university after his retirement and with his wife established the Herbert and Ruth Speece scholarship fund in math education for worthy students with teaching aspirations. He was recognized by the university as an outstanding alumnus and received numerous other service and teaching awards. He was a lifelong educator and was known for his joyful laugh, warm demeanor, and zest for life. He was the lover of anything NC State and storyteller extraordinaire. 1952 Dr. John and Barbara (Benfer) Bergland are retired and living in Merrymount on Lake Gaston in southside Virginia. John was a professor at Duke University and Barbara was an elementary teacher for Cumberland City Schools. 482 Merrymount Rd, Boydton, VA 23917 1961 E. Ray and Rita Bedford (faculty 1958-61) are both retired federal government employees. Ray served as a USDOE congressional liaison officer and Rita was a NAVSEA program manager. 571 NW Creekside Ln, Bremerton, WA 98311 seeker52@ 1965 Elaine (Townsdin) Schackmann is in her 22nd year of nursing in Houston and now has ten grandchildren: 5 boys and 5 girls from age 9 to 6 months. She would love to hear from friends from “years gone by” at York. 5009 Crestway Dr, La Porte, TX 77571 emschackmann@ Linda (Hester) and Barry Wright are up to 8 grandchildren with the latest arrival of Asher James. 5 grandsons and 3 granddaughters— all of them great! Linda is a retired RN and Barry is an estimator for Underwood Air Systems. 1127 Maplehurst Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 1969 Larry Crooks retired after 37 years. See Milestones pg. 18

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1970 Linda Faulconer is a screening cell clerk with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa and will be retiring after 37 years and moving back home to Chariton to care for her parents.1535 Franklin Ave, Chariton, IA 50049 1971 Lt. Colonel Paul Press retired from active duty with 30 years of service and currently teaches middle school science. His wife Gena (Renfro) died in 2006 after a long battle with breast cancer; they were married 35 years. Paul has two grown sons, Matthew and Ryan, and six grandchildren. 4014 River Falls, San Antonio, TX 78259 1972 Dr. Jack Luadzers would enjoy hearing from classmates. Both he and his wife Darcy are psychologists in beautiful Folly Beach, known as “the edge of America.” PO Box 1667, Folly Beach, SC 29439 Darra (Moody) McWhirter is a customer service agent with Southwest Airlines. Her husband Rick passed away at their home near Louisville, KY on May 18, 2010. They were transferring with Darra’s job back to their former home in Oklahoma City when he died unexpectedly. The job transfer was an answered prayer but God obviously saw a bigger picture. Darra is blessed to be closer to family, old friends, and former church family during this time. She has six grown children and eight grandchildren. PO Box 950634, Oklahoma City, OK 73195 mcwhirter.



1973 Jim Demello graduated from WCC, YC, OCU and CSU (UCO) in OK City and has been living for the last 4 years in Harbin, China teaching English (and other things) at the Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology. 4146 Campbell, Deaborn Hts, MI 48125 demej00@ 1974 Linda (Brown) Borgelt and her husband David celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary in May. They have four children: one married and the other three at Harding University. Dave owns and operates “Your Favorite Mechanic” in Golden, and Linda loves being a homemaker. She would love to hear from her friends from so long ago. 15864 W 11th Ave, Golden, CO 80401 dlborg06@ Teri (Rigdon) McConkey would love to hear from her old YC buddies. Teri works as a medical biller for Business Options. She and her husband Bob live at 1247 N Hwy 79, Bonifay, FL 32425. teribop@ Donna Roerig works for the State of Colorado as an IT tech. 3672 Allison St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 1975 Molly (Burns) and Jerry Endsley




are grandparents! Kayden Denis was born to their daughter Bailey and her husband Joe Collier (both YC class of 2008) on Nov. 2, 2009. Molly teaches at Broken Arrow Public Schools and Jerry is a consultant with Summit Financial. They have two other grown children: Jared and Lena. 5320 S 268th E Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74014 mllyendsley@ Ruth (Roling) Roden passes on her greetings to classmates. She is a senior systems analyst with McKee Foods Corp., and her husband Donald owns and operates DJ Roden Plumbing. They have a grown daughter, Jessica. 7304 Shamrock Ln, Hixson, TN 37343 therodens@ 1977 Cindy (Henderson) and Dr. Timothy Fisher celebrated the wedding of their youngest son, Shane, to Emily Harris, July 23, 2010. 230 W Laurel Ave, McMinnville, TN 37110 1979 George and Brenda (Shipp ’80) Robison have moved: 224 E I St, Ogallala, NE 69153. George is the evangelist for the Ogallala CofC and Brenda is a teller at Pinnacle Bank. They have two grown children: Alec and Chelsea.

GOING THE EXTRA KILOMETER: This summer Dr. Dale (YC ’75) and Vicki (Osborne ’74) Hawley and Dennie Osborne (’79) did some measuring and figured that the distance from where their car was parked in Britain’s city of York was the same in kilometers as the college’s Nebraska zip code. Now that’s too cool! Dennie & gang were on vacation in the British Isles, so Dale and Vicki flew there and hung out, visited a mission team, and met them in Dublin to travel together and camp. Their stop in York included taking pictures everywhere there was a sign, trying to find just the right one. A good reminder that York alumni have their alma mater on their minds wherever they are. Dale and Vicki are moving to Germany, near Den and Deb, for a year to do some work with missionaries in and around Europe. Dale is on sabbatical and will also work on a research project on American families living abroad.




1980 John and Banessa (Hale ’81) Rampton are still living in the Chicago area and would love to hear from classmates. John works for JRE Solutions, Inc. They have three grown children: Erin, Ryan, and Jennifer. 2560 Brockton Circle, Naperville, IL 60565 1982 Karen (Ball) Campbell graduated with a double major BS/ BA in Human Resources Management BS in Business Administration in April 2009 from Columbia College. She is a human resources assistant and has a grown son, Kevin. 3248 Revere St, Aurora, CO 80011 Mitch and Ginny (Chen) Buller live at 8642 Five Parks Dr, Arvada, CO 80005. Mitch is an engineer for the Denver Fire Dept., and Ginny recently took a job as a minerals revenue specialist with the Dept. of Interior. They have two grown sons: Jason and Cody. 1985 Melinda Graybill lives at 517 Winnie Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. 1985 J a m e s E. Olson of Powder Springs, GA, passed away July 8, 2010, after suffering an aneurysm two nights before. Memorial Celebration Services were held on July 10, at the West Metro CofC where James was a deacon of youth. A native of St. Paul, MN, Olson had lived in Georgia for the past 17 years, having previously resided in San Francisco, CA. He was a Merit Badge Advancement Chairman for Boy Scout Troup 204 in Marietta. He was also a member of the Southeast DX Association of Amateur Radio Operators and held the call sign W4JO. He had a degree in communication from San Francisco State and was employed with the Bank of America in the Securities Division. Above all, the love of his life was his wife, Sharri, and he was a devoted father to his 3 children, Michael, Colin, and Jennifer.



1988 Monte and Evelyn (Cox) Bryant are once again on the move… now living in California. Monte is a senior right of way land agent for ENGlobal Land, Inc. and Evelyn is a homemaker. They have two children: Justin (16) and Jordan (15) and are in the process of becoming foster/adoptive parents. 1025 N Adler Ave, Clovis, CA 93611 1990 Jon Holmes recently moved from Wyoming where he was the budget director for the city of Laramie to become the city administrator of David City, 53 miles NW of York. 1080 E St, David City, NE 68632 1991 Lisa Cantrell would love to hear from her YC friends. 2215 W Crawford St, Wichita, KS 67217 Aaron and Leah Redling became first-time homebuyers: 2420 S 35th St, Lincoln, NE 68506. Aaron is in his seventh year as a systems specialist with Lincoln Public Schools, and Leah continues to help others gain physical and financial fitness as a Beachbody Coach/Distributor. Both stay actively involved in the Worship and Technology Ministries at Heartlands Church. They have three children: Riley (10), Renae (8), and Rianna (4). 1992 Taj (Willyard) McNamara wanted to give classmates an update on her mailing address: PO Box 575, Durango, CO 81302. She has two daughters: Alexandra (17) and Logan Marie (9). 1993 Michael Thompson is a new business executive at Ameritas. He has two children: Kiara (10) and Jaiden (9). 1207 B St #3, Lincoln, NE 68502 1996 Joanna Freiberger is a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart. PO Box 145, Crete, NE 68333 jewelry_queen@ Johnny and Renee Rempel live at 500 Carey St, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Johnny is an order selector at Kroger. Julio Ibarra Tario and his wife Evelyn were blessed with their first grandchild, Cole Alexander, July 24, 2010. Julio owns and operates El Centro Hispano. They have four children Astrid, Hillary, Bella, and Dana. 618 N Britain Rd, Irving, TX 75061




1998 Rob and Rachel McKinzie grew their family by one. Austin Michael, was born May 14, 2010, joining big sister Adi (4). The following month Rob rode in the 100 mile Tour de Rock bicycle charity ride to raise funds for the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute. 1217 Roberta Ann St, Sherwood, AR 72120

2000 Jonathan Straker will complete an M.Div Missions track at ACU in May 2011. He and Michiko plan to spend a few years in ministry in Ontario, Canada and then head back for mission work in northern Japan. Their two children, Hijiri Gideon (4) and Minori Kaitlyn (2), will be joined by a baby brother in late November or early December. 425 Penrose Dr, Abilene, TX 79601 jonathan@ 2001 Kim (Johnson) and Ryan Huxoll welcomed Reid Charles into their family August 7, 2010. 72030 Road 410, Cambridge, NE 69022 Veronica (Arellano) and Kenneth Miller recently relocated to Alameda, CA, where Roni started working for ITT Technical Institute in their recruiting office. On June 1, Kenny was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer in the US Coast Guard. They have one daughter, Peyton (1). 4014 Nimitz Dr, Alameda, CA 94501 Chad and Brandi Rice are excited to announce the birth of Hank Evan, June 30, 2010. Chad is a financial analyst with Foley Equipment Company. They also have a new address: 1205 Trails End Ct, Mount Hope, KS 67108 DeVoderick Ridley is in his 10th year of teaching and coaching. In 2009 he was named the head boys’ basketball coach at Lakeview H.S. His team advanced to the regional finals of the state playoffs where they lost by one point at the buzzer. “I have been very blessed and am doing well.” His wife Shannon is a

tutor and paraprofessional teacher with the Natchitoches Parish School. They have two children: Delonte (5) and Blakely (2). 219 Melissa Place, Natchitoches, LA 71457 devoderick@ Stephanie (Hastings) Schrader recently graduated with her Bachelor’s in nursing from the Univ. of Wisconsin and has accepted a position as a RN at HospiceCare in Madison working in their Acute Inpatient Unit. Marc is approaching his 9th year as an executive assistant at Walgreens. They have two boys: Taft (8) and Grant (6). 1525 Drewry Ln, Madison, WI 53704 2002 Tyrone Nash was named Coach of the Year. See Milestones pg. 18 Brenda (Trent) and Matthew Collins were blessed with twins, Conner and Caleb, Feb. 20, 2010. The boys were born six weeks early and spent 18 days in NICU but have been thriving ever since. Brenda is a stay at home mom and Matthew is a chief warrant officer in the USMC; they’re stationed in Okinawa, Japan. They also have a daughter, Lexi (2). PSC 559 Box 5186, FPO, AP 96377 Josh Hansen is an assistant baseball coach and an instructor of physical education at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. 77-161 Mahiehie St, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 highheat32@ Dr. Katrina (Hulstrom) and Casey Liams-Hauser will be moving to Ghana in January to work on PMTCT (prevention of mother-tochild-transmission of HIV) programs throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Katrina is a naturopathic doctor and Casey is a project manager at The Earth Institute. They have a one-yearold daughter Clair Maire. 542 W 112th St #2F, New York, NY 10025 katrina. Rachel Schlosser graduated in May of this year from the University of Redlands with her M.Ed. in School Counseling. 875 Montclair Dr, Banning, CA 92220 rachelmarie13@ 2003 Trent and Amber (Rhodes ’02) Colle recently celebrated Javen Andrew’s 1st birthday, Oct. 5th. Trent teaches 3rd grade at McCool Junction and Amber is continuing her education to be a nurse. 903 Iowa Ave, York, NE 68467 (continued next page)

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PANTHER MILESTONES 1969 Larry Crooks retired from Dallas Christian School June 1, 2010 after 37 years of teaching in the science and Bible departments. During his tenure, he also served as the athletic director (15 yrs.), assistant principal (7 yrs.), TAPPS board (15 yrs. including 2 as president) and coached basketball, softball, tennis, track, and two state championships in volleyball. In recognition of his years of service, the school’s new science and technology building was recently named the Larry Crooks Science and Technology Center. He and his wife Paula have four grown children: Ashlie, Brandon, Misty, and Stacy and 2 grandchildren (pictured with Larry and Paula is granddaughter Cassidy). 121 Cold Spring, Buda, TX 78611 2002 Tyrone Nash was named 2010 Coach of the Year in Oklahoma by the Daily Oklahoman. Nash completed his fourth year as the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Western Heights H.S. winning one of the toughest basketball conferences in the state. The Jets went on to win the Regional and Area Championships and took a 21-5 record into the 5A state tournament. In June, Nash coached the west squad to a 115-106 victory over the east in the Big All-City All-Star game. Nash earned his Master’s in administration from SNU and teaches physical education and health at Western Heights. 8204 NW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73127 2002 Dr. Kimberly (Hooten) Williams joined Salina Family Health Care Center as a family practitioner with special interests in women’s and children’s health. Kim recently completed her Family Medicine Residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she served as chief resident. She also completed a one-year faculty development fellowship in Lancaster. Her husband Caleb is at home with their son Owen (1). 2174 Kensington Rd, Salina, KS 67401 2003 Jordan Twohig’s Ohlone College Renegades went 37-10 on the 2010 season and won their first California state junior college championship in the school’s history. Twohig was named the Coast Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 2009 when his squad finished the year ranked No. 19 in the nation. On July 9, 2010, he accepted an offer from the University of Washington to serve as an assistant under head coach Lindsay Meggs. Meggs said, “It’s clear that Jordan knows how to win. His swagger will be contagious, and his energy will be felt by everyone. Jordan is going to be a great Husky.”

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Work Days

CLASS OF 1979: Elaine (Darrah) Marcrom of Manchester, TN and Susan (Killen) McKeever of Drexel, MO had a great time reminiscing while painting the fire escapes on McCloud Hall.

2003 continued Doug and Dixie (Miller) Gunselman and their sons Ethan (4) and Owen (2) welcomed Kathryn Joy to the family Aug. 3, 2010. Doug teaches English and coaches the varsity baseball team at Muskogee H.S. and Dixie is a stay-at-home mom. 704 Anthony St, Muskogee, OK 74403 Alicia (White) Kumer married David Kumer on Aug. 14, 2010. Alicia is a teacher at the Sherman County Head Start and David works for KGCR Tri -State Praise radio station. 1275 W 2nd St, Colby, KS 67701 Corren (Coonts) and James Lind wish to announce the birth of their son, Logan James, May 16, 2010. Corren is the Grand Junction office manager for Elam Construction, Inc., and James is a chemical field engineer at Baker-Hughes. 401 1/2 Rana Ct Unit #B, Grand Junction, CO 81507 Rachel (Byrd) Mayfield and her husband Jim live at 404 E 5th St, York, NE 68467. Their daughter Lily is four. Rob and Beth (Knoll ’06) Nill were blessed with Henry Mark, June 27, 2010. He joins big brother Owen (3). Rob teaches elementary PE for the Beaver Dam School District and coaches high school girls’ soccer and assists with the boys’ team. After teaching two years, Beth is able to be a stay-at-home mom. 220 Webster, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 nillr@bdusd. org Dave Smith graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April and is a deputy sheriff for Black Hawk County Sheriffs Office. Jessica (Kearns) received her CDA in Education and is working as a program director for Comm. United Child Care Center. They have two sons: Tyson (10) and Blain (6). 1612

This summer 32 alumni and friends donated over 446 man hours sprucing up the campus in anticipation of the new and returning students. Work Days returned for the second year in a row with a few days of hard work, great fellowship and service to York College. A special thanks to Scott and Lisa (Hinrichs) Eckman for organizing the event! Make plans now for next year July 28-30, 2011!

W 7th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Jordan Twohig was named Univ. of Washington assistant baseball coach. See Milestones. 2004 Sam Burleson became a certified public accountant in August 2010 and is employed with Potter and Brant, P.L.C. He and his wife Laura live at PO Box 136, Hanlontown, IA 50444. 2005 Ryan and Tracey Longstreth are expecting their first born to arrive November 15. Ryan is in the insurance business and Tracey is an RN. 12 Winona Dr, Maumelle, AR 72113 Melinda Rhodebeck is the business manager for the Acacia Theatre Company. 2014 S 102nd St #134, Milwaukee, WI 53227 Travis Stoltenberg recently completed 5 years of working at York College. 111 N Platte Ave #21, York, NE 68467 2006 Jen Spickelmier completed her Masters of Sports Science in Sports Coaching August 19, 2010 from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL. Jen is in her fourth year as head coach of YC women’s basketball. 428 N Blackburn, York, NE 68467 2007 Mark and Nicki (Doty) Montelongo welcomed their baby girl Ava into the world, Sept. 8, 2010. 629 East Ave, York, NE 68467

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Christopher Reid is attending the UNL College of Law and will graduate in May, 2011. He was recently published in the Nebraska Law Review: Voluntary Confessions: An Examination of the Need to Restore a Pure Voluntary Confession Rule in Corley v. United States, 129 S. Ct. 1558 (2009), 89 Neb. L. Rev. 184. Christopher and Carrie (Becker) live at 3323 Starr St #2, Lincoln, NE 68503. Rusty S.E. Ridley graduated from the Public Affairs Qualification Course July 17, 2009 at Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, MD. He works as a public affairs officer at the Wyo. Air National Guard and was promoted to first lieutenant Sept. 19, 2010. 2503 Spring Creek Dr, Laramie, WY 82070 Michael and Jessica (Duncan ’05) Peralta recently moved and were blessed with their second daughter, Lucy Theresa, April 22, 2010. She joins older sister Zoey (2). 20211 Grey Goose Rd, Pierre, SD 57501 2008 Luke and Amanda Mills were married May 1, 2010. Luke works for Lincoln Financial Group and Amanda is employed by Omaha Public Schools. Matt and Hazley (Hamm ’07) Sutter were married June 26, 2010 in Woodland Park, CO. They both teach for the Fort Carson/Fountain School District. 855 Skyway Blvd Apt 218, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 2010 Michelle Peck has a new address: 11943 Pony Ln, Belvidere, IL 61008

The funeral for Dr. Collins was held November 1 at the East Hill Church of Christ where he served as an elder. The sign outside was a fitting tribute to the way he lived his life.






YC Business Professor’s Life Cut Short Roger Collins: A Legacy of Quiet Service May 21, 1953 — October 25, 2010


r. Roger Collins (YC class of 1973) passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2010, after suffering a heart attack while jogging. A native of Omaha, Collins had served York College in various capacities since 1981. In recent years, Collins was the chair of the Elijah A. Levitt Business School. Although Roger started his years at York as a business faculty member and was in that same position at the time of his death, in his 29 years of service he would fill many roles at the college. Aside from his work in the classroom, Roger served as the college’s business manager (CFO) from 1987 until 1995. He also served as men’s soccer coach (1981-1983) and a sponsor for the business club (PBL-SIFE) where he was instrumental in beginning the Investment Group in 2005. Past PBLSIFE president and member of the Investment Group, Landon Bailey, a YC senior, said about Dr. Collins that “aside from my parents, he taught me more than anyone else”. In a memorial chapel service, the day after his death, YC Campus Minister Tim Lewis said, “Dr. Collins was an investment man; he was a businessman. He invested everything in his life for this day. Well, today is payday.” Collins was an avid runner. Roger started the cross country team in 1996 and served as its coach until 2007. During that same time pe-

riod he also coached the track and field program. Even after he no longer coached, he stayed connected with the team. James Tidei, a sophomore at YC, said “Coach Collins showed me how to run the right race through his life and all that he did. He was interested in seeing his students succeed and helping us achieve our goals”. Dr. Steve Eckman, York College president said, “Roger Collins’ spirit of Christian service exemplified the best ideals of the college. He put others first, whether in the classroom or in athletics. He quietly went about being a godly servant. He was a man of integrity, devoted to others, and he will be missed.” In addition to running, he enjoyed gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. Roger is survived by his wife Debbie (Cosby, YC 1973), children Stacy (YC 1999), Laura, Jeremy, and Kristy, ten grandchildren, his mother, Norma Collins, a sister, Birgie Niemann (YC 1971), and many other loved ones.

IN HONOR of Dr. Collins, a group gathers at the Freeman Center for an early morning run the day of his funeral. (right)

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York College

Lady Panthers Find Their Stride


t’s been a successful season for all three of the women’s athletic teams that began competition in August. As the fall schedules come to an end and this issue of the Heritage magazine is submitted for print, post-season competition and honors are now scripted for each of the programs. Women’s volleyball, under first-year head coach Meredith Rosenbaum, hit their stride mid-season winning eight in a row including the Grace University Tournament at the end of September. Coach Rosenbaum inherited twelve returning players from the 2009 team, including three All-Conference Rosenbaum performers, and infused excitement into the program with a strong recruiting base of underclassmen and transfer athletes. Stat leaders include transfer senior Hilary Mekelburg with 207 kills on the season, senior Chelsey Quigley with 31 aces and 329 digs, junior Kimberlee DeGroot with 69 blocks, and sophomore Erin Davidson with 502 assists. The team’s success on the court this year is a distant second to the goal Coach Rosenbaum communicated in a season preview. “My first priority is their spiritual well-being,” said Rosenbaum. “If at the end of the season they are able to say that they grew spiritually, I will be happy regardless of wins and losses.” During her playing career at Harding University, Rosenbaum was a four-time letter winner, captain for

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photos by Taylor Ladd ( YC 2010)

Panther Roar: The home crowd at the Freeman Center is a definite advantage. (above & below)

two seasons, and was twice named All-Conference. For the second year in a row, Trent Hinton and assistant coach Shannon Leinen bring the women’s soccer squad into postseason play. Led by First Team All-MCAC sophomore midfielder Carrie Berzin, the Lady Panthers are currently seated 2nd in the conference. Junior goalie Jordan Veness was named the MCAC defensive player the final two weeks of the regular season as York finished with four straight wins. Veness allowed only two goals in wins over College of Saint Mary and Jamestown College and then recorded shutouts against Berzin Manhattan Christian and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The win against the Wesleyan Eagles came in dramatic fashion and was the perfect victory to close out the regular season at home. Maggie Arlt scored the winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in a game that was scoreless for 89 minutes. The sophomore midfielder was swarmed by team-

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mates for her heroics in securing an automatic berth in the conference tournament. Arlt was named MCAC offensive player of the week. Head coach Derek Kite returns to the national stage in cross country with two young runners. In 2009, Kite was thrilled with the conference-winning performance of Kameryn Brewster and the opportunity to accompany her to Vancou-

ver, Washington, for the pinnacle of NAIA races. “This year, freshman sensation Karissa Austin and red-shirt freshman Jordan Mestas both ran qualifying races at the conference meet and will make the trip to Vancouver for the NAIA Cross Country Championships on November 20. “We are very excited to have two runners qualify for nationals this year,” said Coach Kite. “Karissa and Jordan have worked extremely hard this season.” Kite made special note of how Karissa has had an immediate impact on the program and is an inspiration to the team. He also talked about Jordan never running cross country before, so this is a huge year for her. “They have had at least two hard workouts per week since August, with only two weekends off without racing. It’s not easy to balance school with running and friends, especially with the workouts I give them.” Over 350 runners are expected in the NAIA championship 5K race. We wish the best for Karissa and Jordan as they run for the blue and white. lll

photo by Steddon Sikes



oach Delton Deal opened the 2010-11 basketball season exactly the way he hoped. With Deal thrilling wins over Concordia University and Hastings College, the first-year head coach got his wish for his opening debut in front of the home crowd. A successful coach in both the high school and AAU ranks in the state of Texas, Deal transitions from the assistant role he had last year at York College to head coach. Deal

GRAND OPENING - Desmond Strickland lets a three-pointer fly in the Panthers’ opening win over Concordia University. (above)

commented, “The program goal to win a conference championship and compete on the national stage, while playing with godly character, will not change.” Deal’s resume includes five years at Bethesda Christian School in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he won a state championship in 2006-07. An accomplished AAU coach as well, Deal coached the Brandon Bass Elite team, also based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. Coach Deal and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Ashlynn and Camryn. lll

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“Later, I took on graduate school to escape a brief stint as a coowner of a flower shop. My life was so much easier with five kids and graduate school than with late night floral arrangement orders. But that’s another story.” “After twenty-five years of teaching at many different levels, I retired and returned to school to train for a new career as a longterm health care administrator. Being a non-traditional student is part of my life.” Why work on an online start-up?

When Grandma Tackles a New Project: York College Online

“I’m not a ‘techie’ but because of my recent work in health care administration, I witnessed constantly evolving needs for new skills and training. And health care is only one dimension in a world of rapidly changing needs and opportunities. Regardless of our response, the world is changing. Online learning is one response with potential to meet many needs in a Christian context.” What does a YC Online student look like?


r. Jackie Humphrey and husband, Dr. Joe, are donating their time for a school they first attended in the 1950s. She serves as director for York College Online. We tracked Jackie down the other day and asked about YC Online. So, what’s a grandma like you, doing here – working on an online program? “Lovin’ it. I thrive on the excitement other’s express when they accomplish a long-time, back burner goal.” “I relate to non-traditional students. My own life space has been fragmented. I didn’t go from high school to college to career. Instead, I went from high school to a year at college to a couple of jobs to being a full-time mom and foster mom. I ran an at-home “daycare” back when it was called babysitting and fit in undergraduate studies around it all. After many starts and stops, I received a degree in special education.”

“The Cat’s Meow” York College Village Collection Old Main 1892-1951

“They could be a parent of a YC student, who decides to work long distance on a degree at the same time their child is here; an associate’s degree grad who wants to pursue a bachelors degree while working around family commitments and a job; or maybe someone who is simply ready for a change – a new career. It’s an opportunity to enrich your life and obtain a degree.” Why York? “The mission of the college brought me back. It’s also the only reason for an online program. Christ-centered education defines us. Spiritual enrichment is our goal, regardless of the class.” To read more about YC’s online program, visit our website at

The Trustees’ Wives Chapter of Helping Hands is offering this opportunity to purchase a 6¼” x 5½” x ¾” wood replica of Old Main. This custom-designed keepsake is the eighth in this beautiful collection from the York College campus and its history. To order, copy and submit the information below: Name




City ________________________ ST_____ Zip ___________ Phone __________________ Email ____________________ Quantity ($18.00 Each Plus $2.50 S&H) ______________ Check Enclosed in the Amount of $ _______________ (Make Checks payable to Helping Hands) Credit Card Visa / MasterCard / Discover (indicate


Card No. ___________________________________________ Exp. Date ______________________ Security Code _________ A limited supply of the Mackey Center, Arch, Prayer Chapel, McGehee Hall, Hulitt Hall, Middlebrook Hall, and Gurganus Hall replicas are also available to order.

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Mail information and payment to: Office of Advancement 1125 East 8th St York, NE 68467

For more information contact: Sue Roush (402) 363-5607

...just around the

Concert Choir Winter Tour, January 3-8


he York College Concert Choir will be touring four states during the winter break, January 3-8, 2011. Dr. Clark Roush and the choir invite you to attend this enjoyable and uplifting experience. January 3 Eastwood CofC—Hutchinson, KS / January 4 Farmer’s Branch CofC—Dallas, TX / January 5 Webb Chapel CofC—Dallas, TX / January 6 Holmes Road CofC—Memphis, TN / January 7 Adams Boulevard CofC—Bartlesville, OK / January 8 Salina CofC—Salina, KS

Spring HS Days/Songfest, March 31-April 2


his is a great time to see many aspects of YC: stay in a residence hall, eat “in the caf”, visit classes and attend the Academic Fair. Seniors who have been accepted can also pre-enroll for the fall semester. Parents of current and prospective students are invited to a free brunch on Saturday. The weekend will include performances by the Concert Choir, Psallo, Traveling Children’s Theatre, and of course the 34th Annual Songfest! Tickets for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are $10—but all the other activities this weekend are FREE!

Panther Home School Day, April 15


ome School families, come take a closer look at the resources York College has to offer! Visit classes, meet current students, speak with professors and coaches. Activities are planned for the younger kids too, so bring the whole family! The event will include two seminars: Financial Aid and Scholarships for the Home School Student and College Admission for the Home School Student. Don’t miss an opportunity to gather valuable information about college prep, financial aid, transcripts, and making the most of your collegiate experience!

RoundUp, May 22-28


oundUp is a little bit Bible camp, a little bit college, and a whole lot of fun! It’s a week-long retreat for “Golden Agers” hosted on the York College campus. Attending RoundUp is like a mini-term as a student at York College. You will attend classes, eat in the cafeteria, participate in fun activities, and meet new friends from across the country. For registration information, contact Gayle Good at gagood@york. edu or (402) 363-5621.

Soul Quest, June 12-18


ork College is proud to host its 29th annual camp for middle school and high school students. Soul Quest is for 6th-12th grade campers and features incredible worship times, exciting classes and activities, and awesome friendships with teens from across the country. Visit our website at soulquest to see what director Tim Lewis has going on.

Don’t forget to check the calendar on the back cover for other important dates. Heritage Fall 2010 23

The Choir Reunion was a wonderful event with nearly 90 former YC choir members participating and recording a CD of hymns. (left) Heath Schmalzried and Aubrey Rush enjoy their royal horse and buggy ride through campus after being crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “Looking for a new direction? YC Online Now Offers Degree Completion Options. Learn more at�

Calendar Highlights Concert Choir Winter Tour ..................... January 3 - 9 Classes Begin ............................................. January 11 Shine Retreat ...................................... February 11 - 13 YC Theatre Spring Production ............. February 24 - 27 Spring Break ........................................... March 5 - 13 Spring High School Days .............................. April 1 - 3 (Songfest 2011 ...... March 31 - April 2, 7:30 p.m.) (Parents Brunch ...................... April 2, 9:30 a.m.) Panther Home School Day ................................ April 15

All-College Banquet .......................................... April 21 Concert Choir Spring Works Concert ........... April 25 Commencement ................................................ May 7 RoundUp .................................................... May 22 - 28 Soul Quest 2011 ....................................... June 12 - 18 York College Work Days .......................... July 28 - 30 New Student Orientation ...................... August 17 - 21 Classes Begin ............................................. August 22 Homecoming and Fall H.S. Days ........... October 14 - 16

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York College Heritage Magazine , Fall 2010 - Vol. 13, No. 1