• PCC athletics launches new athletics website (Sept. 14)

Accident prone bull rider hopes to stay accident-free this season

22 September 2014

Even knowing that he is accident prone, Brogan Naylor, Pratt Community College sophomore still says one of his favorite things to do is ride bulls and he has no intentions of quitting anytime soon.

Naylor, of Lucas, Kan., has had three surgeries due to bull riding and four due to accidents not related to bull riding.

His latest surgery happened last year after the Fort Scott Rodeo, when he got bucked off and the bull ran over him.

“I knew right away that something happened,” Naylor said. “It sounded like an elastic band popping and it hurt.”

Whetham uses stereotypes to motivate him

15 September 2014

“Most people who rodeo have been doing it since they were young and have been on horses all of their lives. I’ve only been doing it for four years,” said Ryan Whetham, sophomore. “At first knowing that information was intimidating, now it helps to motivate me.”

Whetham came to Pratt Community College on a rodeo scholarship to team rope and steer wrestle. Last year he received an Associate of Applied Science in Farrier Science, which is a one year horse shoeing school and this year he is pursuing a degree in Ag Business.

WOO students gain hands-on experience

15 September 2014

Pratt Community College’s Wildlife Outfitting & Operations sophomores recently traveled to Cedar Bluff Reservoir, in northwest Kansas, to put what they learned in the classroom to use.

The four sophomores and Luke Laha, WOO instructor, corralled geese that were on a pond by the wildlife area office into a pin so that they could pull the geese’s primary feathers and band them.

System-Wide Reverse Transfer Now in Kansas

07 July 2014

(Topeka, Kansas) - "Recognizing reverse transfer as an important element of a seamless educational system, Kansas state universities, community colleges, technical colleges, Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology, agree to work together to develop a process to assist students to complete coursework for and attain all certificates and degrees for which they are eligible," was the opening statement of a document signed by all 32 public postsecondary institution presidents.

PCC Tuition Steady Amid State University Increases

23 June 2014

On June 18, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the tuition and fees increase at Wichita State University. Full-time undergraduate Kansas residents will now pay 4.4 percent more in tuition and 7 percent more in fees, increasing the total cost to $7,3226 for one year of study at the standard 15-hour course load per semester.

Other increases across the state include a 4.9 percent tuition hike at the University of Kansas, and a Kansas State University increase of 5 percent in tuition and 7.4 percent in fees.

PCC to Host Annual Auction

15 April 2014

Join Pratt Community College on April 25 for the annual foundation auction, a fundraiser that supports the scholarship fund for PCC students. This year the theme is “Under the Big Top” and the evening festivities include dinner, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a thrilling performance by PCC’s own vocal ensemble, Encore!.

The event will be held at the Pratt 4-H Center and doors open at 6 p.m. The meal including grilled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, tossed salad, new potatoes, nachos and popcorn begins at 6:30 p.m.

Kansas Artist to Hold Open Forum

27 March 2014

Virgil Penner is the March “Featured Artist” in the Riney Art Gallery at Pratt Community College and he will be available on Friday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon to meet anyone interested in visiting with him about his artwork. This is an informal question and answer session that is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

PCC Honors Dr. Ibeawuchi, Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

25 March 2014

To celebrate Women’s History Month and to illustrate her classroom curriculum, Pratt Community College instructor Rhonda Westerhaus invited a local author to come speak on campus.

On March 25, Dr. Shirle Ibeawuchi of Pratt spoke in the Linda Hunt Memorial Library about the book she co-authored, “The Dream," and the school she founded in Nigeria, which currently supports close to 150 students.

WEM students plant trees to feed wildlife

14 March 2014

The Habitat and Food Plot Production class planted 30 trees on-campus with the hopes of bringing animals to the area.

“They are wildlife oriented trees,” said Luke Laha, instructor. “They aren’t planted to look pretty but planted to feed wildlife, deer in particular.”

Laha’s class decided to plant trees so they could see that food for wildlife doesn’t’ have to be planted crops but can come from other food sources.

The class planted apple, pear, chestnut, oak, persimmon and crabapple trees.

March Exhibit Features Whimsical Art

03 March 2014

The Delmar Riney Art Gallery at Pratt Community College is proud to feature the works of Virgil Penner during the month of March. In one of the largest exhibits in the gallery’s recent history, Penner displays a brilliant collection primarily composed of acrylic paintings.

Many of the paintings represent farmhouses and pastoral scenes with a whimsical twist. Penner explains a philosophy that a former art teacher passed along to him: If you’re going to paint a picture exactly like a picture, just take a picture.

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