Museum closing two days at Thanksgiving

The Finney County Historical Museum, 403 S. Fourth St., will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The museum will be open before and after those dates with regular exhibit hours of 1 to 5 p.m., weekdays and weekends included, as well as office hours of 9 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free and information is available at (620) 272-3664.

The museum's Temporary Gallery has just opened a new 528 square-foot exhibit titled "Garden City Then and Now," featuring current and early-day photographs of 21 landmarks and locations in the community, as well as various representative artifacts.

Other exhibits include "Spirit of the Plains," "Finney County Agriculture," "Take Stock in Finney County," "My Place in Time" and "Buffalo Jones - Last of the Plainsmen." Displays also encompass a period clothing dress up area styled like a room of the historic Windsor Hotel, an interactive "Celebrate Kansas" area, and the Front Door Gallery.

GCCC-KWU sign degree agreement

Garden City Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University have signed a new general articulation agreement establishing a collaborative partnership for the benefit of students.

The agreement, signed recently by Mark Bandré, KWU vice president for enrollment management, and Dr. Herbert J. Swender, GCCC president, offers guaranteed admission at KWU to GCCC graduates, facilitating the ease of transition of students from in-state community college to four-year institutions.

To be accepted at KWU, GCCC students must graduate with an associate of arts degree or associate of science degree with a GPA of at least 2.0. A minimum of 45 credit hours of general education distributed in specific fields also is required, however, they may be completed through KWU before graduation. Furthermore, transfer students must meet all other KWU prerequisite, program, degree and residency requirements to graduate from the university.

GCCC students will receive full consideration for all forms of federal, state and institutional financial aid, based on results of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data and their cumulative Garden City GPA. Transfer students also will be eligible for housing in KWU dorms and other student services, such as academic advising and the Student Success Center.

"This provides a 'personal touch' to the university experience for new students," Bandré said.

Swender added, "This is good for our college, this is good for the university, and ultimately it is something that will be nothing but beneficial for the students we serve here in southwest Kansas."

KWU is a Christian institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church of North America. It was founded in 1886 in Salina. Like GCCC, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National League for Nursing.

The university's academic program provides a liberal arts foundation covering a number of disciplines, specifically, more than 27 major programs with MBA, BA, BS, BASB, BSN, AA and AAS degrees.