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Dillon Lecture Series to Feature Author John O'Leary Sep 20, 2019

Best-selling author John O’Leary will be the third speaker in the 2019 Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College. O’Leary will speak on Tuesday, October 1 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

When O’Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on one hundred percent of his body, he mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey — his family, the medical staff, and total strangers — changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same.

His best-selling book On Fire contains his reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. On Fire encourages us to seize the power to choose our path and transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary.

Tickets to the lecture are currently on sale at the HutchCC Campus Store in the Parker Student Union or on the Lecture Series website.

O’Leary will appear at a press conference for members of the media prior to the lecture.  The press conference is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Interview Room of the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

2019 is the 38th season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the HutchCC Campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or to become a patron, call Robin Woodworth at 620-665-3505 or visit the college website.

Board Approves Master Agreement, Awards Contract for Dining Facility Renovation Sep 13, 2019

The Board of Trustees of Hutchinson Community College met the faces of student recruitment to start the September board meeting, Thursday, September 12 in addition to conducting several items of routine business.
The Board was introduced to the Student Ambassadors and the College’s admissions counselors as part of the monthly board meeting.  The Ambassador group, comprised of students from all areas of the college, assists the Admissions Office with recruiting and conducts campus visits and tours throughout the year.  The group also contacts current and prospective students to address questions about HutchCC.

Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, provided the Board with an update on the dining facility renovation and expansion and the bid process. Gary Holler with SJCF Architecture provided an overview of the plans for the project. The Board then approved the recommendation to award the bid, including the base bid and three alternates, for the project to Harman Huffman at a cost of $5,252,300.

In other business, the Board approved the Master Agreement with the Hutchinson National Faculty Association. The Board also approved a salary increase for classified and administrative staff for fiscal year 2019-2020, based on performance, market value and scope of responsibility, with the average increase not to exceed 3.1%. The Board also approved a $20 per month increase in the Board Benefit for classified and administrative staff.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, October 10.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

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Board Approves 2019-2020 Budget Jul 22, 2019

The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees heard a report on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year at its July meeting.

Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance & Operations, presented the College’s 2019-2020 budget proposal at the meeting.

There is the expectation of increased State funding to go along with a planned tuition increase of $2.00 per credit hour. For Reno County residents, the $10.00 per credit hour reduction remains in place. County valuation is slated to increase by 1.39% allowing the College to budget a .6% reduction of its mill levy for the coming fiscal year. Since 2010, the general levy has been lowered by approximately 2 mills and is the lowest it has been in the last ten years.

In additional board business, the Board approved payment of College bills, approved the academic catalog for the 2019-20 school year and set meeting dates for the coming year.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, August 8.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

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HutchCC Students Achieve Success at SkillsUSA Nationals Jul 3, 2019

All eight students from Hutchinson Community College who attended the National SkillsUSA Contest in Louisville, KY June 24-28 earned top ten finishes in their respective competitions, including a national runner-up. 

Those qualifying for this honor were Isaac Hoffman (Hutchinson) in HVAC - High School Division, Adam Weldon (Kingman) in Industrial Motor Control - High School Division,  Shidarian Fonfield (Hutchinson) competing in the Masonry contest, the team of Alan Terrazas (South Hutchinson) and Emerald Brown (Abilene) in Mechatronics – College Division, Emily Gerhardt in Computer Programming – College Division and the team of Ethan Williams (Arlington) and Ryan Gawanda (McPherson) in Robotics and Automation  College Division.

The team of Ethan Williams and Ryan Gawanda was the national runner-up in the College Division for Robots and Automation.  This competition challenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem. Teams set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic workcell from a word problem. Contestants are required to create a flow chart and sequence of operation. Teams are also judged on efficiency, speed and teamwork.

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