CURTIS, Neb. – The May commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will be held online.
NCTA officials made the decision to move to an online ceremony amid continued concerns of spread of the COVID-19 virus, said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean.
The May 7 ceremony will be a pre-recorded program including messages from students, faculty, administration and other dignitaries.
An awards night program, typically held the evening before graduation, will also take place online.
More information about both the graduation ceremony and the awards night will be posted to ncta.unl.edu as details are finalized.
Additionally, NCTA will host an open house for all graduating students at a later date, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1.
“The NCTA community is extremely proud of our graduating class and the adaptability and resilience they have demonstrated this spring,” said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean. “We want to do our best to celebrate these students, even if that celebration looks a little different from most years.”
Graduates will receive their degrees on May 7. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the students afterwards. A program listing graduates’ names and degrees will be available for download from the NCTA website.
Regalia ordered for the ceremony will still be available to students and will be distributed at the open house in August. Student who are not able to attend in August may have their attire mailed to them.
Caps, gowns and tassels will be a gift to the graduates from NCTA. Students who have already paid for these items will receive a refund. Commemorative class belt buckles ordered by students will also be mailed.
“The NCTA faculty and staff wish our graduates the best as they start their careers,” said Bruns. “While we will not get to see them face to face at graduation we look forward to hearing of their successes as Aggie alumni.”
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s eighth COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties. It will be in effect beginning today at 10 pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed.
Under this new DHM, schools are closed through May 31, 2020 and extracurricular activities are also cancelled. Additionally, the new DHM cancels elective dental procedures and surgeries.
The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset of shortness of breath without provocation (such as walking up stairs, running, choking, etc.). This excludes those with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms. Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider. These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.
The State-issued DHM now applies to 56 counties in Nebraska.
The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect until at least April 30th.
The second DHM, issued on March 25th, applies to Dodge, Lancaster, Saunders, and Washington counties and is in effect until at least May 6th.
The third DHM, issued on March 28th, applies to Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.
The fourth DHM, issued on March 29th, applies to Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.
The fifth DHM, issued on March 30th, applies to Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.
The sixth DHM, issued on March 31st, applies to Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.
The seventh DHM, also issued on March 31st, applies to Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.
The eighth DHM, issued on April 1st, applies to Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.
The DHM and quarantine directions covering all of these counties can be found by clicking here.
The DHM imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. Among other steps, the DHM requires restaurants and bars in these areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only until further notice. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings. It also does not apply to daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.
Counties other than those noted above remain under the guidance issued March 18th by the Governor’s Office. You can find it by clicking here. If further community transmission cases of COVID-19 occur in other regions of the state, the Governor will announce DHMs covering the additional regions.
In addition to the DHMs issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Public Health Director Dr. Adi M. Pour has issued an order covering Douglas County from March 18, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Full details of the order can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website (douglascountyhealth.com) or by clicking here.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department also issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until May 6, 2020.
Furthermore, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until April 30, 2020.
UNDERSTANDING THE STATE’S DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURE
Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?
It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.
Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?
At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.
Do I need to shut down my daycare?
No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here.
Do I need to shut down my office?
No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.
Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.
Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?
Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.
North Platte, Ne - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) emphasizes the need for everyone to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, while new cases of COVID-19 continue to be found in the community. WCDHD has received preliminary results on seven new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County.
The new cases involve one woman in her 40s and one in her 60s, plus three men in their 40s, one man in his 50s and one man in his 60s. Four of the cases are linked to known positive travel cases, four are direct contacts to travels and there are four individuals linked to two incidents of community transmission in the county. This brings the total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 12. The Health Department’s trained staff is investigating all cases and will communicate with anyone whom they are aware of that may have been exposed.
“Community spread means we don’t know the source or contact of the disease,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, WCDHD executive director. “A case with an unknown source of infection is defined as community spread.
“Our focus right now is to complete the contact investigations and to protect the health of the community,” said Vanderheiden. “We want to continue to remind everyone that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.”
If you visited any of the following locations at any of the dates and times listed below and are not showing symptoms, please self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms for 14 days from your most recent visit to one of the locations below.
If you are showing symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath), please contact your healthcare provider or public health. Please call before going to any healthcare facility. Visit https://wcdhd.org/ for self-quarantine guidance.
Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.
WCDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure; more information to follow.
For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
North Platte, Ne - Seventeen Mid-Plains Community College employees have been honored for their dedication and part-time service to MPCC.
The employees and the communities they work in are as follows.
25 years of service
North Platte - Wanda Hornbacher, adult basic education instructor
20 years of service
McCook - Brigitta Post, adult basic education instructor and Stephen Lytle, security guard
North Platte - Linda Deeds, student success
15 years of service
North Platte - Vicki Hopping, NPCC volleyball recruiter; Donna Melvin, bus driver; Brad Nixon, scorebook; Jason Trosper, announcer and Jason Jensen, timer
10 years of service
North Platte - Kristen Grimes, student advisor
Imperial - Carla Colton, administrative assistant
Five years of service
McCook - Sandra Krysl, scorebook and Garrett Nokes, rodeo coach
North Platte - Jo Ann Lundgreen, administrative assistant; Gordon Peeks, lab assistant; Jeannette Daily, student success and Amanda Crow, administrative assistant
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
NSAA State Championship=
Bellevue West 64, Millard North 62
Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Omaha Roncalli 31
Auburn 58, Ogallala 34
Adams Central 59, Lincoln Christian 47
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 61, Grand Island Central Catholic 47
Yutan 39, Sutton 30
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 76, Southern Valley 31
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50, North Platte St. Patrick's 36
Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Humphrey St. Francis 33
Parkview Christian 62, Mullen 43
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
NSAA State Championship=
Bellevue West 56, Elkhorn 34
Millard North 62, Papillion-LaVista South 60
Omaha South 48, Omaha Central 47
Omaha Westside 74, Omaha Creighton Prep 70
Elkhorn Mount Michael 76, Wahoo 50
Omaha Roncalli 60, Hastings 58
Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Norris 33
Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 38
Adams Central 63, St. Paul 42
Auburn 54, Ashland-Greenwood 48
Lincoln Christian 44, Wayne 38
Ogallala 65, Kearney Catholic 62
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Grand Island Central Catholic 41, Palmyra 38
Sutton 55, Centennial 48, OT
Yutan 63, Ponca 56, 2OT
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Fullerton 53
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Paxton 47
North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Pleasanton 48, OT
Southern Valley 50, Osmond 49
Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Johnson-Brock 40
Humphrey St. Francis 57, Randolph 46
Mullen 51, St. Mary's 49
Parkview Christian 65, Loomis 49
Because of the predicted winter weather system moving into the area this weekend, the McCook Community College baseball team is moving its games this weekend to Beatrice starting Friday.
The Indians will face the Storm in Beatrice Friday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Southeast Community College. While the Saturday-Sunday weather forecast in Beatrice doesn’t look promising, the two teams will try and fit the final game if the weather clears. If not, they will make it up later in the year.
The Indians are 12-10 on the season and lead the Region IX Empire League standings at 6-3. The Storm is 11-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Region IX Empire League standings.
In Empire League Action Wednesday, Trinidad State beat Lamar 12-4.
This weekend, Northeastern and Western Nebraska are out of conference with games scheduled in Arizona. Trinidad State is out of conference against Adams State JV. In the only other Empire League matchup this weekend Lamar is scheduled to travel to La Junta, Colo. for two games against Otero Junior College Saturday and one on Sunday.
EMPIRE LEAGUE STANDINGS
W-L PCT. GB OVERALL
McCook 6-3 .667 -- 12-10
Northeastern JC 5-3 .625 .5 12-9
Western Nebraska 4-4 .500 1.5 5-14
Trinidad State 5-6 .455 2 14-11
Southeast CC 4-4 .400 1.5 10-8
Lamar CC 5-7 .417 2.5 6-12
Otero JC 4-6 .400 2.5 11-12
You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:
Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited. The tournament venues and game times remain the same.
Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families. Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents. School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry. School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list. Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes. Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.
We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games. In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.
Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry. Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes. This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.
Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues. The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games. More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.
This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership. But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials. We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.
Heisman Trophy winner and Nebraska great Eric Crouch is one of 19 individuals who will make up the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The 17 players and two coaches were announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes five winners of major college awards, led by Crouch’s 2001 Heisman, and 10 conference players of the year, including Crouch, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.
Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall including six coaches. Crouch is the first Husker selected since Aaron Taylor was inducted in 2018. Crouch is the seventh Husker inducted into the Hall in the past 14 seasons joining Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).
The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Crouch finished his college career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards. A 2001 first-team All-American, Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award. He guided Nebraska to an 11-2 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, Crouch became just the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.
Crouch ended his Nebraska career by holding 32 school records, and he remains atop the Nebraska charts for rushing by a quarterback (3,434), total touchdowns (88), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and single-season rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20). Crouch rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times in his career, an NCAA record for a quarterback at the time.
Crouch guided Nebraska to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North title as a junior in 2000. He was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 as a sophomore in 1999, when he led the Huskers to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 title, and No. 3 final national ranking.
One of five team captains as a senior, Crouch had his No. 7 jersey retired in 2002. Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play professionally in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Crouch is the Owner & CEO of Crouch Recreation, a playground and recreation equipment vendor in Omaha.
Comments on Crouch’s Hall of Fame Selection:
Frank Solich, Nebraska Head Coach (1998-2003), Ohio Head Coach (2005-present):
“Eric Crouch had a special talent and is one of the most unique athletes I have coached in my career. His 2001 season was remarkable as he broke numerous NCAA and school records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. His outstanding leadership helped guide our team to the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl as a senior. Eric is a special young man and very deserving of this prestigious honor. He has represented Nebraska at the highest level both on and off the field.”
Tom Osborne, Nebraska Head Coach (1973-97), 1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee:
“Eric was a great runner and had excellent speed to go with his other skills. The thing that really struck me about Eric is that he was so much stronger than you would have thought. When I was recruiting him in high school and watched him in the weight room, it struck me that he was lifting amounts of weight that would have made an offensive lineman proud. He was really gifted and his skills fit Nebraska very well. I didn’t get to coach him, but enjoyed watching his career.”
Scott Frost, Nebraska Head Coach, Teammate of Eric Crouch in 1997:
“It is a well-deserved honor for Eric to be selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the all-time greats in the proud history of Nebraska football and one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. It is great to see a former Husker teammate selected for the Hall of Fame.”
Turner Gill, Crouch’s Quarterback Coach at Nebraska and Nebraska Quarterback (1980-83):
"Eric was extremely explosive, very durable and was the fastest player that I have ever seen in college football. While his nature was to be quiet, he was a fierce competitor once he was on the field. An outstanding family man, Eric has always been very generous with his time in the community and is especially good working with youth, and he has continued that work in his career after football."
Matt Davison, Crouch’s Teammate from 1997-2000 and NU’s Leading Receiver in 1998-99-2000:
“Eric was incredibly talented, but he had an even greater desire to win. He was one of the toughest players I was ever around, left everything on the field each Saturday and wouldn’t accept losing. Eric was a high character guy, a great leader and as good of a teammate as you could find. As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Eric and his family.”