Thursday, June 11, 2015

Boo Bash at PSC

Well, once again I had the pleasure of taking pictures for Boo Bash.

Dan and Elaine Hanson hosted the gathering, and many students worked hard once again to make the event a success for the surrounding community.

Stationed at the president's house to take pictures of the children with the Bobcat, I did not get to the other stations.  A couple hundred people got candy and said hello to the Bobcat, and I posted pictures of most of them, 150 photographs in all.

Show Choir Festival, Fall 2014

Everyone who attended the Fall 2014 Show Choir Festival enjoyed a good time over the two days.  As the photographs illustrate, many high schools, from Auburn to Omaha, performed.

The Peru Prestige performed twice, and you will find two videos here, one from each day of the festival.

I also uploaded a video of the Auburn High School's performance.  The video features here and there Rich and Deb Clopton's son Ellis.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Eagle Days at Squaw Creek

Despite uninviting weather--freezing mist--I traveled on 6 December to the annual Eagle Days at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, generally a pleasant place to visit.

The number of folks who visited the refuge impressed me, as did the number of Bald Eagles and other birds, from hawks to swans.

Unfortunately, the rather dark and relatively frozen conditions did not make for easy photography, at least for me.  

I posted some photographs from my spin around the refuge.

Great Plains Chamber Winds Concert

On  the evening of 7 October 2014, the Great Plains Chamber Winds Orchestra  (photographs) returned to PSC to  perform in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.  

The group dedicated the concert to honor the late Dr. Tom Ediger.

In addition, Peru State College's Yuscheng Le joined the orchestra for a number that featured his beautiful clarinet.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Plum Creek Literacy Festival, 2014

Last spring, Dr. Dan Holtz and I applied for a student enhancement grant and took students to western Nebraska, to Chadron, for a three-day road that featured the state's literary and natural history.

This past spring, Dr. Gina Bitner and I applied for a similar grant to take Education and English students to the Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival.

Circumstances precluded Gina's joining us, so I drove a van from Peru to Steward and the gathering at Concordia University that I have attended many times over the past twenty or so years.

The grant included the afternoon banquet, a shirt, and two books for each of the eight students.

All the students got autographs from the many authors and illustrators in attendance, including keynote speaker Rosemary Wells, J. Patric Lewis, Nick Bruel, and Jack Gantos, all multiple prize-winning authors of children's literature.

Our day began with a presentation by Twyla Hanson,  Nebraska's State Poet, who last February gave a reading at Peru State College, her first official reading as the state poet.

We all enjoyed such a good time that Gina and I will apply for another grant to take students to next year's Plum Creek Literacy Festival--a big one, for the festival celebrates its 20th year. 

Homecoming 2014

As usual, my homecoming day started early, and I enjoyed pretty much every minute.

My morning began on campus where I read over the script for the parade and then headed to the staging area where many of the special guests, including the Sapp family sat--one of the brothers and his wife served as this year's grand marshalls.
As usual, the parade proved great fun.  The relative chaos appeals to me, and I served as the parade announcer, something I have done for over twenty years. 

This second section of photographs, of around forty images, covers the Homecoming celebration on the campus, including excellent music and lots of free food.

The band certainly dressed for the occasion, and the crowd, a large one, took advantage of the beautiful day.  I recorded short sequences from the Hoyt Street Jazz Band and the halftime show for your enjoyment.

One of the features of Homecoming that I enjoy a great deal:  the chance to see alumni and other familiar faces from my many years here.   And every once in a while, someone takes a picture of me.

And the band played on, providing fanfare at halftime and energizing music during the game.  The Pep Band members wore themselves out.  

Unfortunately the band's and the cheerleaders enthusiasm did not ensure a victory for the Bobcat team, which did not enjoy a particularly good season at the Oak Bowl or on the road.

King and Queen and Court

Homecoming also featured the crowing of the Homecoming King, Queen, and Court.  And this year's winners, as always, featured a wonderful group of students, including the King, Ryan Bawman,  and Queen, Lexi Neemann, here flanked by Dan and Elaine Hanson.