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NCTA Aggies named to academic honors lists this week for the Fall Semester include Devry Bellomy of Keyes, Oklahoma. Devry is on the NCTA Ranch Horse team and assisted with a photo day at campus in October.  (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA announces Fall Dean's List, Honor Roll Wednesday, January 12, 2022

By NCTA News

Academic honors for 55 Aggie students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture were announced Thursday.

“I am proud of these students making the Deans’ List and Honor Roll for the fall semester of 2021,” said NCTA Dean Larry Gossen.

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Noel Ochoa, left, joined the NCTA Veterinary Technology teaching staff in August. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA Recap for 2021 – Part 2 Tuesday, January 11, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

The year of 2021 was both successful and eventful at the Aggie campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Here’s a recap from the second half of the year:

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Officers with the Shotgun Sports Team are among student leaders at the NCTA Aggie campus. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA Recap for 2021 – Part 1 Monday, January 3, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

The year of 2021 was both successful and eventful at the Aggie campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Here’s a brief recap of the first six months:

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Vicky Luke receives the Excellence in Service Award from NCTA Dean Larry Gossen. (J. McConville photo)
Luke is NCTA staff leader, award recipient Monday, January 10, 2022

By NCTA News

A well-known cliché fits a well-known Curtis woman. Vicky Luke wears many hats.

Luke is a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, outdoorswoman, animal lover, and one who enjoys riding horses and raising Labradors with her husband, Dave Luke.

Professionally, her career at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis calls for various duty hats, as well.

Currently, her job titles at NCTA include assistant registrar, financial aid liaison, and VA certifying official.

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Andy Knepp (checkered shirt, at right) greets a table of friends at Aggie Alumni Day. Knepp, now retired and living at North Platte, served as longtime farm manager at the college. He regularly attends alumni events. (Photo by M. Crawford / NCTA News)
Happy New Year, Aggies! Thursday, December 30, 2021

Reflections on the Year of 2021 bring to mind many wonderful connections our Aggie campus has forged among families and individuals.

Thousands of graduates from the high school and college years who studied and lived “up on the hill” remain connected to Curtis.

We at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture hear from them throughout the year, at reunions, for special occasions, and when alumni bring their children here to attend college.

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Dean Larry Gossen shares holiday greetings from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He captured Ag Hall all aglow in a wintry walk early in 2021. (Photo by L. Gossen / NCTA)
Dean's Holiday Message: Do you hear what I hear? Monday, December 20, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I love this time of year, starting the Monday before Thanksgiving until the day or two after the new year begins. It’s my favorite holiday season because regardless of one’s background, religious beliefs, or family traditions, there are always times to celebrate.

If you will indulge my ramblings, I’d like to just share a few of my random thoughts from this time of year.

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Veterinary Technology students in a course taught by Judy Bowmaster Cole (standing center) examine samples in a lab session. The NCTA Vet Tech program was one of the first two college programs to be accredited in the U.S. by the American Veterinary Medical Association. (Photo by G. Hipple / NCTA)
Sharing in the success of NCTA Aggies Thursday, December 16, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Week Number 16 concluded last Friday. But who’s counting?

All of us, I’m quite sure. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus will be rather empty after the typical liveliness of the fall semester.

Final projects and exams wrapped up in the past week, with semester grades turned in by the end of this week.

It’s been another challenging, yet successful, semester for our Aggie students. They didn’t quit when times got tough with health concerns or obstacles that are a part of life.

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The NCTA Stock Dog Team will pay tribute to two of their mentors. Kelly Popp, left, and Eddie Merritt, right, recently passed away. The coaches volunteered for more than 10 years to mentor NCTA dog handlers, as shown at the 2020 National Western Stock Show in Denver.  (Photo by XP Photography for NCTA)
Stock dog contest to honor longtime coaches Thursday, December 9, 2021

Updated Dec. 10, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News editor

College students, alumni and the stock dog community will pay tribute this week to dedicated mentors and friends of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The Kelly Popp Memorial Stock Dog Trial is Saturday and Sunday at the indoor arena of the NCTA Livestock Teaching Center in Curtis, Nebraska.

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Dan Stehlik, NCTA instructor, assists students in the welding laboratory. He was recently recognized for the Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program by the National Association of Agricultural Educators at the NAAE convention in New Orleans. (George Hipple /NCTA photo)
Stehlik wins national teaching award Tuesday, December 7, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Dan Stehlik is a lifelong learner and educator.

The Dorchester, Nebraska native and Curtis resident has taken what he’s learned as a farmer, livestock producer and teacher in Kansas and Nebraska, and applied his “learning by doing” philosophy to 29 years of high school and college agricultural programs.

Stehlik approaches academic instruction with a ‘we’ attitude in that ‘we all learn’ together.

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Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture gather at Lake McConaughy, atop Kingsley Dam and Hydroplant for their irrigation tour. (Photo by Brad Ramsdale / NCTA)
Aggie field trip views irrigation system Tuesday, December 7, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Nebraska water issues and irrigation management are some of the leading topics in Brad Ramsdale’s college classroom.

After all, many crops need consistent water supply for top yields. Nearly 8.6 million acres of Nebraska's cropland are irrigated by surface gravity flow or pressurized irrigation systems.

Ramsdale is the agronomy professor who teaches an irrigation management course, coaches the Aggie Crop Judging Team, and is also faculty sponsor for Collegiate Farm Bureau at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

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