Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

Randy Rhine-5The final two weeks of the spring semester are busier than usual at Chadron State College, with finals week and commencement on Saturday May 4th coming after the inauguration celebration for college president Dr Randy Rhine.  He will be formally installed as the 11th president of the college on Friday.

An administrator at the school since late 2005, Rhine became interim president last May with the retirement of Dr Janie Park, then was selected as the permanent president in December…an appointment approved by the State College Trustees in January.

Inauguration Committee co-chairman Karen Pope says that while the centerpiece is the 3 pm inauguration ceremony in Memorial Hall and the formal dinner and ball that follow in the evening, there will be a other events offering something for most everyone.

A student-faculty-staff BBQ picnic will kickoff the weekend celebration Thursday from 5-to-7:00, followed at 7:00 by a concert with country star Keith Anderson in the Nelson Physical Activities Center. Tickets for the concert are still available by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office this week from 2:00 – 6:00 p-m.

After the concert, it’s the Nearly Naked Run clothing fundraiser using a course around the campus. Organizers hope to top the 300 participants of last year. A DJ dance for students will run until 1 am in the Student Center.

The formal inauguration ceremony is Friday at 3:00 in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public, with a reception to followed in Old Admin…the school’s first building.

Old Admin underwent a multi-million dollar renovation just a few years ago, and Pope says visitors will be encouraged to take advantage of the reception to tour the building and see the changes.

In conjunction with Dr Rhine’s inauguration, Chadron State will unveil a new self-guided tour of the campus utilizing the cell phones of visitors and a special web-based phone service that will eventually be available online.

Mari Sandoz Center Director Sarah Polak, who wrote the proposal, says there are audio descriptions of 27 buildings on campus as well as a feature for comments about memories at CSC where users can contribute additional information or historical facts to the audio presentations.

The calls will be free outside of the users’ own cell plan. Printed instructions for accessing the system will be available Friday at the Sandoz Center, which will be the Welcome Center for the inauguration.

The phone tours will be expanded through two more phases. Phase II will make historic photos of the CSC campus accessible for those accessing the tour via computer or smart phone, while Phase III will cover the campus gardens and buildings that are no longer standing…including the Kline Campus Center.

Details on all inaugural activities are available online at the Chadron State website The inauguration itself will be  available as a live stream from two sources:

Visit the CSC Live Streaming page for more information about Chadron State College’s video productions.