Chadron State College
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|Motto||Follow Your Frontier|
|Nebraska State College System|
|Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)|
|Endowment||Chadron State Foundation|
|President||Richard R. Rhine|
|Campus||281 acres (114 ha)|
|Colors||Cardinal red and white|
|NCAA Division II – Rocky Mountain|
Chadron State College is a public college in Chadron, Nebraska. It is one of three public colleges in the Nebraska State College System. It has open admission and an acceptance rate of 100%. According to College Factual, it has a six-year graduation rate of 42.1%, and a four-year graduation rate of 24.0%, both of which are well below the national average.
The school opened in June 1911, although a previous institution dated from the late 19th century. The college has an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Five of its 25 major buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Chadron State College was founded in 1909 by the Nebraska Legislature to provide a higher education institution in northwest Nebraska. The Board of Education of State Normal Schools selected Chadron as the location of its fourth institution in January, 1910. The school opened in June, 1911.
- Joseph Sparks (1911–1916)
- Robert I. Elliott (1916–1940)
- E.L. Rouse (acting) (1939–1941)
- Wiley G. Brooks (1941–1954)
- Barton L. Kline (1954–1961)
- F. Clark Elkins (1961–1967)
- Edwin C. Nelson (1967–1973)
- Larry G. Tangeman (1973–1975)
- Edwin C. Nelson (1975–1986)
- Samuel H. Rankin (1986–1998)
- Thomas L. Krepel (1998–2005)
- Janie C. Park (2005–2012)
- Richard R. Rhine (2012–present)
2006 Spotted Tail wildfire
In late July 2006, the college was in danger of damage from a wildfire. The Spotted Tail fire was caused by a lightning strike on July 26 about seven miles (11 km) south of Chadron. By July 28, the wildfire reached the edge of Chadron and the college campus. Fire crews prevented the wildfire from reaching the campus. The Pine Ridge escarpment south of the college, including C-Hill, was deforested as a result of the fire.
The 281-acre (114 ha) campus has 25 major buildings, five of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Their replacement value is more than $60 million and they provide more than 1 million square feet (92,900 square meters) of floor space. Classrooms and laboratory and research facilities are available in seven classroom buildings and the library.
The library contains the equivalent of more than 250,000 volumes. Its automated catalogue is part of the Nebraska State College network.
Since the 1980s, the college has built several new facilities, including the Edwin and Avis Nelson Physical Activity Center, a wood-fired heating plant, the Student Center, the Lindeken-Carillon Clock Tower, a softball field, the Chicoine Center athletic facility, the Eagle Ridge housing complex, and the Rangeland Complex. An outdoor track is under construction as of 2020. Multiple buildings have been renovated since 2004, including Joseph Sparks Hall, which houses administrative and alumni offices; Edna Work Hall, a dormitory; the former Administration Building, now called Old Admin, which houses academic programs and classrooms; and Don Beebe Stadium, including the rebuilt Con Marshall Press Box and Elliott Field. The college's Math Science Building is currently being renovated and is planning to be reopened Spring 2022.
Students can live in seven housing spaces.
- Albert Kent Hall
- Eagle Ridge
- Edna Work Hall
- Edna Work Wing
- High Rise
- Lyle Andrews Hall
- Wiley Brooks Hall (temporarily occupied by Math and Science Faculty)
Other campus buildings, areas and offices
- Adelaide Miller Hall (psychology, sociology, and social work programs)
- Burkhiser Technology Complex (business, family and consumer sciences programs)
- Vernon and Madge Fortune Chicoine Atrium (part of Sandoz Center)
- Chicoine Center (athletics, primary indoor competition space)
- Con Marshall Press Box (part of Beebe Stadium)
- Don Beebe Stadium (football)
- Student Center (apparel store, cafeteria, meeting rooms, ballroom)
- Reta E. King Library
- Edwin and Avis Nelson Physical Activity Center (indoor track, student activity space; health, physical education and recreation program)
- Glenn Hildreth Hall (formerly housed education program, now storage)
- Joseph Sparks Hall (administration, alumni, college relations office, human resources, Chadron State Foundation)
- Lindeken-Carillon Clock Tower
- Maintenance Building
- Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center (museum)
- Math Science Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) Building (mathematics, science programs)
- Memorial Hall (fine arts, music, theatre programs, art gallery, black box theatre)
- Old Admin (formerly Administration Building, houses Education, English, Justice Studies, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, Communication Programs, mock court room, and forensics lab)
- Outdoor track
- Rangeland Complex (rodeo arena, rangeland program)
- Robert Elliott Field (part of Beebe Stadium)
- Ross Armstrong Gymnasium (athletics, secondary indoor competition space)
- Eugene Sheaman Heating Plant
Chadron State College offers more than 49 majors leading to bachelor's degrees and 8 professional studies options. Pre-professional programs in the health sciences are available, including the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) conducted jointly with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Training is offered in several academic and pre-professional programs. The academic areas are divided into the School of Liberal Arts; the School of Business, Mathematics, and Science; and the School of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences. The college offers four-year degrees as well as graduate programs leading to master's degrees. Pre-professional training is offered for careers in medicine and law.
Through its distance learning programs, the college provides off-campus and online services throughout western Nebraska. About 50 courses are available each semester in Scottsbluff at Western Nebraska Community College or the Panhandle Education Center. Courses also are offered at Alliance, North Platte, and Sidney.
Chadron State College offers courses and workshops each summer. The college has online classes available throughout the year.
There are more than 50 student clubs and organizations on campus. Athletes have earned 97 All-American and 38 Academic All-American/Scholar-Athlete honors since 1980. In addition, the college has an Army ROTC program and a rodeo team.
The college helps support the Post Playhouse at nearby Fort Robinson each summer. The Galaxy Series and Distinguished Speaker Series have brought noted entertainers and speakers to the college, including 2005 U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
The APVMA Pre-Vet Symposium was held at Chadron State College in March 2004. It was the first time a school without a College of Veterinarian Medicine had hosted the symposium.
Chadron State College, whose athletic teams are known as the Eagles, competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. Chadron State sponsors 11 varsity athletic teams: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, women's golf, softball, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball, and men's and women's wrestling.
- Jim Anderson – Republican member of Wyoming Senate (2001-incumbent); member of Wyoming House of Representatives (1997–2000)
- Don Beebe – National Football League player, played in five Super Bowls
- Val Logsdon Fitch – Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist (attended for three years before being drafted into U.S. Army in 1943)
- John Freudenberg – Associate Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
- Tim Walz – Governor of Minnesota
- Garrett Gilkey – National Football League player
- Jerry D. Mahlman – meteorologist and global warming expert
- Steve McClain – head basketball coach for University of Illinois at Chicago, coached University of Wyoming from 1998 to 2007
- Danny Woodhead – National Football League player
- Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga – Governor of American Samoa (2013—)
- Larry Riley – National Basketball Association coach
- Togiola Tulafono – Governor of American Samoa (2003—2013)
- "Chadron State College Graduation Rate & Retention Rates". College Factual. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
- "Graduation Rates". National Center for Education Statistics. U.S. Department of Education.
- "Vision, Mission and Accreditation". www.csc.edu. 23 June 2018.
- Helmbrecht, Alex (21 June 2018). "CSC academic schools, department chairs reorganizing". www.csc.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
- Legislature biography
- Senate biography