McCOOK, Nebraska -- After spending the first semester in McCook Community College's new event center, college officials have now unveiled another new tool in the battle for recruiting students -- a new streamlined athletic website.
Classes began today on campus with the athletic website -- www.mccindians.com -- up and running. It will provide up-to-date information on all MCC athletic programs. It's also the semester in which college officials are expecting to select a new MCC campus vice president.
"It is always great to have students back on campus, it has been way too quiet the last couple of weeks," said Kelly Rippen, Area Dean of Enrollment Management for Mid-Plains Community College.
"This semester we're placing an added focus on student success and retention," said Rippen.
Now that the state-of-the art Event Center has become the staple of athletic recruiting, college officials are beginning to revamp other recruiting tools -- including student success and retention.
"Students have always been our number one priority, but in the coming months we are focusing a lot of our energy on helping students succeed by encouraging them to take advantage of all the services we have available for them campus wide."
That help may come from staff going the extra mile to seek out a tutor, urging students to get more involved in student activities or reaching out in other areas like financial aid, advising, or instructors when they need assistance.
"Each and every student brings with them unique needs and we want to continue to be here for them and help them be successful," Rippen said. The MPCC Area Governing Board, cabinet and two accreditation projects will focus on revamping retention efforts.
When comparing MCC to other colleges it became apparent one of the first things that needed upgrading was MCC's websites and a more viable presence on social media.
Nearly five months ago, Brandon Pritchett, who is an Area Recruiter for Mid-Plains Community College, began the task of coordinating and assembling all data elements for the six athletic programs. The Athletic Department partnered with Sidearm Sports to develop a new Home for the Indians, which provides fans with photos, news, game stories, player biographies, schedules and statistics for all six of McCook's NJCAA Division 1 athletics programs.
"The new website for McCook Community College athletics is a great addition to the athletic department" said Jon Olsen, Director of Athletics. "I am extremely proud our school can provide an exceptional athletic website for our student-athletes, their families, and all our fans here at MCC. A special thanks needs to go our administration and all those involved here at the college for committing to the project, it will be a great recruiting tool and benefit to all involved"
Along with visiting the new website, fans are encouraged to follow Indian Athletics on Facebook (McCook Community College) and Twitter (@MCCIndians), as well as sign up for email and text alerts of their favorite MCC teams.
Pritchett said the way the website was constructed will allow coaches and athletic officials to update information while they are on the road, including game statistics and box scores.
"We just think this is huge from a recruiting standpoint," Pritchett said.
When MCC fans call up www.mccindians.com there is a rotating marquee which flashes articles about recent games and events and upcoming activities. In addition, the home page currently features an up-to-date MCC Athletic Calendar; fan poll; photos of MCC's athletes of the week; a search tool; links to the MCC Booster Club, and links to social media.
From the home page fans can call up information by each of the six MCC sports: men's basketball, baseball and golf, women's basketball, softball and volleyball. For their favorite sport, are links to schedules, rosters and news.
Under the Indian Athletics heading are links to a staff directory, special events, Region IX, Booster Club and NJCAA eligibility. If fans navigate to the Facilities button they can see and read about the Events Center, the gym, strength and conditioning, training facilities, locker rooms and travel considerations.
At the Fan Zone are links to Photographs, media guide, archived stories. The "Recruit Me" links include a prospective athlete form that can be completed on-line and the MPCC.EDU link includes a tool for on-line admission, housing application and a link to the MPCC home website.
Both the men and women open up home play this semester Saturday with a double-header against Eastern Wyoming starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center. The women are 12-3 and the men 5-9. The night will be a tribute to "Heros and Healthcare."
Other key games include: MNB Night, Jan. 25; MCC Booster Recognition Night,
McCook Optimist "Free Popcorn and McCook High School Senior Night all on Jan. 29; boys youth teams at halftime Feb 5. And girls Feb 8; The Dick Driml Chili Cook-Off set for Feb. 9; and McCook Elementary and St. Pat's Elementary night Feb. 19.
Student activities begin this week with Hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand appearing in the Weeth Theater at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Other things to look forward to will be movie nights and holidays that are sure to include free items and prizes. These days would be Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, St Patrick's Day, Easter and others.
On Feb. 13, MCC will take a bus to North Platte for the big rival basketball game. Any student interested can ride for free.
The MCC Theater spring production will be Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," to be presented in the Weeth Theater on campus, April 18, 19 and 20. Tryouts for the play will be in mid-February, with exact times and dates to be announced later. The cast of eight includes an even number of men and women of various ages. There are no parts for children in the play. For more information, contact director Sue Watts, 345-8173.
The Wrightstone Fine Art Gallery opens its spring schedule featuring the photography of Nebraskan Bill Ray through Feb. 13. A display is set for Feb. 18-March 8 from the Museum of Nebraska art, the artist to be announced. March 18- 27 will be the McCook High School Art Exhibition with an opening reception set for March 22 from 4-8 p.m. The annual MCC high school paint-in show is set for April 1-12 with the paint-in taking place in the Event Center April 12. The MCC Graphic Design student exhibit is set for April 29-May 9 and the McCook Elementary Student Art Exhibit is set for May 6-10.
MCC's music department under director Tiffany Gapp will be forming a band this semester and anyone interested in taking the class should contact the instructor at 345-8187. There is scholarship money available for band and music students. The MCC Music department plan on having two concerts this semester with the first one in March and the other in May.
March 10-16 is Spring Break for the college and Commencement is set for 10 a.m. on May 10 in the Event Center and will include a contest to select a student speaker.
The 2013 Center for Enterprise Spring Semester Adult Short Courses begin Monday, Feb. 4th, and the Spring brochure should have arrived in your mailboxes. The brochure is full of many new classes, such as CDL, Knitting, Google Sketchup, Spanish, Social Media, and more.
"We also have many of our student favorites returning such as Quilting, Driver Education, Bob Ross Painting, Lunch 'N Learns, Floral Arrangement, and Microsoft Office classes, just to name a few," said Sharon Kircher, Area Programming Manager for Mid-Plains Community College Center for Enterprise.
Please check out the brochure, or list of online classes at www.centerforenterprise.com.
The Center for Enterprise will be open this semester by hosting the Chamber Coffee Connections on Wednesday, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Hormel Center, Room 213. This is a very informal get together. The Chamber's motto for the morning's activity is "Come as you can, Leave as you must."