Checks totaling $10,000 presented to SCC during October BOG meeting


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Lincoln, NE (Oct. 21, 2020) – Southeast Community College received checks worth $10,000 on Oct. 20, proceeds from the 29th Annual Wells Fargo Nebraska Open golf tournament held in September.

Nebraska Public Power District representative Gary Thompson presented the checks. Each of SCC’s Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses received the funds to go toward their scholarship funds.

“We had a different-looking tournament this year,” said Thompson, a member of the NPPD Board. “We did not hold the pro-am tournament, and only professionals from Nebraska and top amateurs from the state played in the professional tournament. Still, due to our wonderful sponsors, we were able to raise $50,000 to distribute to the five schools who are members of the Nebraska Community College Association.

Dr. Paul Illich, SCC president, accepted the checks on behalf of SCC during the regular monthly meeting of the SCC Board.

Proceeds from the annual tournament surpassed $1.7 million in scholarship money for students attending five community colleges within NPPD’s service territory. SCC has received approximately $340,000 from the tournament since it began.

Endorsed and administered by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska Golf Association, the tournament is coordinated by the NPPD and is held at the Elk’s Country Club in Columbus since 1992.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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