Six SE Community College students – three originally from Richardson County – will be honored as members of the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa All-Nebraska Academic Team during a ceremony April 10 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln. Two SCC students from each of the college’s three campus locations were selected to represent the college. They are Kylie Betten and Allison Glathar from the Beatrice Campus, Heidi Spier and Adam Whyrick from the Lincoln Campus, and Kyle Gossman and Brandon Keithley from the Milford Campus. They are among 28 students from the six community colleges in Nebraska who will be honored. Gov. Dave Heineman is scheduled to speak at the ceremony, which begins at noon.
Glathar, from Dawson, is in the Academic Transfer program at SCC. She plans to transfer to Peru State College and major in physical education/health and play volleyball for the Bobcats.
At SCC Glathar, 20, was a member of the Storm volleyball team for two years, served as secretary of Student Senate and was a member of PTK. She was named to the 2011 and 2012 Academic All-Region IX volleyball team, earned Honorable Mention All-Nebraska Junior College honors in 2011 and 2012, and was inducted into PTK in 2012.
Glathar holds a 3.50 cumulative GPA at SCC.
Gossman, from Stella, is in the Auto Collision Repair Technology program at SCC’s Milford Campus. He is a first-generation college student.
Gossman, 20, was named the Fall 2012 Student of the Quarter. He has served as an Auto Collision Repair Technology Student Ambassador since last July. Giving prospective students and their families a campus tour makes Gossman proud.
“Tours allow me time to discuss SCC’s strong points and what I had learned since I started a year ago,” he said. “I end by telling them that I hope to see them and to get to know them better when they start attending SCC.”
Gossman, who holds a 3.99 cumulative GPA at SCC, has a career goal of owning a business.
Keithley, from Falls City, is in the Parts Marketing & Management program at SCC’s Milford Campus.
Keithley, 19, participates in intramural and resident assistant activities. He has worked as a parts associate at A&M Green Power and has worked on his family farm, L.J. Keithley and Sons. He is no stranger to hard work.
“I was raised on the values of hard work and family,” he said. “I grew up alongside my cousins as if we were brothers on my grandparent’s dairy farm. There I learned responsibility and the value of hard work. I may not have fully appreciated the values of my youth growing up, but I do now.”
Keithley, who holds a 3.75 cumulative GPA at SCC, has a career goal of becoming a sales representative at a John Deere dealership.
Prior to the ceremony at the Cornhusker Marriott, community college students from across Nebraska will participate in a group photo and rally at the capitol. The first-ever statewide coordinated effort to heighten the awareness of the importance of increasing student success and college completion will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. April 10 on the north steps of the capitol building.
Student delegations from each Nebraska community college will gather with signed Community College Completion Corps banners for a group photo, followed by a rally inside the capitol.
Students not participating in the noon ceremony at the Cornhusker Marriott will attend a pizza luncheon at SCC’s downtown Lincoln location, 1111 O St. The luncheon is being sponsored by the Nebraska Community College Association and the chief executive officers of the six colleges.
Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. Each two-year college in Nebraska may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Nebraska nominated to the national team comprise the All-Nebraska Academic Team Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.