CSC is celebrating its centennial year by not only having many events set up, but also introducing the book, “Chadron State College: A Century of Service,” by Con Marshall. This is Marshall’s second book written for CSC; the first commemorated CSC’s 75th year. He started writing this book about two and a half years ago, getting a starting point from his first book. Although some of the information had to be changed, he didn’t want to completely reiterate information.
“I didn’t try to re-invent the wheel,” Marshall said.
To get information, he interviewed former faculty members and some alumni, in order to get a wide sweep of memories and facts about the college.
When asked how things have changed over the past 25 years, Marshall said the school has made a lot of progress. Methods of delivering each course were much different from today, and they were just getting into using computers.
The book is set up to read decade-by-decade, with pages filled with important events and interesting facts, as well as pictures. There’s a wide array of photos that date back to 1911. The pictures are from a large collection of news and sports photos, as well as homecoming parades, among others.
Through the many drafts Marshall wrote, thousands of words had to be cut, and certain information taken out. “I think my biggest hope is that it’s satisfactory for readers,” Marshall said,.Hoping as well that all the information that was put in the book was sufficient to show everyone CSC’s history.
The hardcover, 240-page book is slated to hit shelves between the end of the school year, and early summer. Marshall is not in charge of marketing, so he could not say where it will be available. It can be ordered through the Alumni Office, and is planned to be available in The Eagle Pride bookstore, but details have not been firmed up.
The final proof was sent in last week for a final look through before the printing starts. It took three proofs to get to the final one.
Marshall said, he hopes that, in the end, it will, be something of which the whole college can be proud.