CSC Facing Busy Couple Of Days With Dedication, Groundbreaking, Rodeo, And Board Of Trustees Meeting

These are a busy few days at Chadron State College with the college system trustees and Lt Governor Mike Foley coming to campus, ceremonies to dedicate the new track and break ground for the Math Science building expansion, and the annual CSC college rodeo.

      The trustees hold one of their regular meetings at each of the 3 state college campuses once a year. They’re meeting in executive session this morning at 8:00, then holding a public business meeting at 2:30 in the Student Center. The agenda is generally light, but includes action on 3 academic programs at Chadron State.

      Those are a Rangeland Management undergraduate certificate on using drones for remote sensing, a Musical Theater component in the Theater Department, and Strength and Conditioning options in Sports and Recreation Management.

      The Trustees and Lt Gov Foley will be part of the dedication ceremony for the track at 5:00. Foley, who will speak, will make 2 other local stops first to promote the state’s tourism Passport program – Hudson Meng northwest of Crawford at 2:00 and the Mari Sandoz Center on campus at 3:00. 

     The track is Phase 2 of the CSC Sports Complex Initiative with Phase 1 the revamped and expanded Elliott Field/Don Beebe Stadium.They’re part of the Chadron State Foundation’s $45 million dollar Next Horizon campaign that’s raising funds for capital projects, academic and athletic programs, and scholarships

       CSC Athletic Director Joel Smith will host the dedication. Joining Foley in speaking will be CSC President Randy Rhine, Chadron State Foundation Board Chair Pat Friesen, College System Chancellor Dr Paul Turman, Trustees Chairman Gary Bieganki, and track coach Riley Northrup. 

      Members of the CSC track team will follow the speakers by running a relay to commemorate the occasion with a symbolic passing of the baton by supporters. A similar relay was part of the groundbreaking ceremonies in April of last year.

       As if today’s events weren’t enough for Chadron State, tomorrow brings the 3-day college rodeo, a recital by music department guitar instructor McKay Tebbs, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the Math Science building expansion and renovation.

      The size of the facility, now the the Center of Innovative Learning, will more than double with the addition of a new wing on the north side of the building. The roughly $30-million dollar project has been the top priority of the trustees for about a decade.

      Serving as master of ceremonies will be Science Professor and former CSC Vice President of Academics Dr Hardy while the speakers will the as those at the track grand opening except for Lt Gov Foley and coach Northrup. 

     The original project schedule called for building the new wing first, then renovating the existing building, which opened in 1970, in 2 phases but input from faculty led to the decision to close the building and do all the work in one phase.

     Faculty, staff, student employees, and professional movers cleared out the building despite the coronavirus pandemic with offices, classrooms, and labs relocating to other buildings on campus. 

       Chadron State and the Foundation are providing a required $4.525-million dollar match to state funding and the effort to raise that money is continuing 

      The rodeo at the Fairgrounds on the north end of Chadron opens Chadron State’s sports competition for the new school year, the first in any sport since March. A dozen schools and exactly 500 cowboys and cowgirls are entered, 

       The formal performances are 7:00 tomorrow and Saturday with the finals Sunday at 10:00, but most of the competition will actually be during two “slack” sessions at 1:00 tomorrow and 8:00 am on Saturday. 

       Dr Tebbs will offer his faculty guitar tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Memorial Hall Auditorium, and it’s free. Social distancing will be observed at all the weekend events with masks required on campus and strongly recommended at the Fairgrounds.