Tonight, Northwest Kansas Technical College is proud to present as a part of the American Traditions speaker series: “History to Present: Preserving the virtue of Elections” with Kansas Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker.
According to school officials, The American Traditions project is “a multifaceted effort to ensure Northwest Tech students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be active, ganged, and civid-minded members of the communities in which they live.”
Northwest Tech President Dr. Ed Mills said the American Traditions idea came from conversations with people around the Sherman County about what it truly means to be an American citizen.
“We’ve got a lot of people who are interested around here in the roots of Americanism, what it means to be a contributing citizen, and what being an American is all about in this decade,” Mills said. “So we thought why don’t we just embark upon real deliberate programs that would be aimed at helping students strengthen their own belief systems regarding citizenship and what it means to be a contributing citizen.”
Rucker has a rich history of devotion with the state of Kansas. Along with his current position, Rucker has served as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Kansas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Special Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Human Resources, and a Director of the Kansas District and County Attorneys. He also served in the Kansas Army National Guard.
Mills believes Rucker has the qualities that give him the kind of grounding that’s essential for leadership in the hard times Americans and Kansas are facing in a struggling economy and a divided county.
“What I think he will bring is a contemporary thought coming from someone who is grounded in being a Kansas and an American,” Mills said. “To have someone who has background experience in leadership, an understanding of justice and traditions that have made this country strong for as long as we’ve been here, I think he’s a model American in many ways for our students and anyone who comes tonight.”
The lecture series continues this evening at 7 p.m. in the Murray Center Studio A (located at 1209 Harrison) on Northwest Tech’s campus in Goodland. For more information, call 785.890.3641.
—This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Contributing was Diane Stiles