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Boards Tours, Receives Update on Dining Center Project May 15, 2020

In its final meeting of the 2019-20 academic year, the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees received a tour and an update on the renovation of the student dining facility in the Parker Student Union.  Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Gary Holler, architect with Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, led the tour and provided an overview of the project. The Board learned the project is currently on target for an early August completion.

The Board also received an update on its strategic planning initiatives from Dr. Tricia Paramore and a report from Ken Baker, General Manager of Radio Kansas, on the success of their recent fundraiser, especially considering the current economic environment.  In addition, the Board received a curriculum report on updates for the 2020-21 academic year and approved several items of routine business.

A video archive of the meeting is available on the Hutchinson Community College YouTube channel.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm.

Hutchinson Community College Names Ambassadors of the Year May 14, 2020

Hutchinson Community College has announced that Ashton Baxa and Grant Graber have been selected as the 2019-20 Wes Christopher Ambassadors of the Year.

Ashton is a 2018 graduate of Osborne High School. She graduated from HutchCC in May of 2020 with an Associate of Science degree and will be transferring to the University of Nebraska Kearney to complete her studies in Finance. In addition to serving as an Ambassador, Ashton was a Leadership Scholar and student tutor, a member of the Honors program, Phi Theta Kappa, Campus Activities Board, and Ambassador Leadership team, and served as the President of the Student Government Association.

Grant is a 2018 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Goddard. He graduated from HutchCC in May of 2020 with an Associate of Science degree and will be transferring to Kansas State University to complete his studies in Agronomy. In addition to serving as an Ambassador, Grant was a Leadership Scholar and member of the Crops Judging team, Ambassador Leadership team, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Ping Pong club.

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 the College. 

The Wes Christopher Ambassador of the Year Award is named in honor of Wes Christopher, a 2002 graduate of Hutchinson Community College and former ambassador who passed away in 2005 as the result of a motorcycle accident.

For more information on Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu.

Board of Trustees to Meet Virtually May 12, 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hutchinson Community College will be conducting its May 14 Board of Trustees meeting in a hybrid virtual format.

There is the possibility some board and staff members (no more than 10) will gather in the Shears Technology Center while adhering to current social distancing guidelines; all others will join remotely.

The agenda and information for public access for the meeting is available through Boarddocs at www.hutchcc.edu/boardmeetings. Click on the “HutchCC Board of Trustees Regular Meeting” under the “Meetings” tab. There will be a video link for those wishing to watch and listen and a phone number for those who may not have internet access and wish to listen.

For more information on Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu.

Kim Newberry Selected Dragon Educator of the Year May 11, 2020

Hutchinson Community College has announced that Kim Newberry, Professor of Sociology, has been selected as the 2019-20 Dragon Educator of the Year.

Newberry was selected for the honor from nominees from all academic areas by the HutchCC Student Government Association (SGA). Instructors are nominated by Hutchinson Community College students, and then complete a selection process conducted by SGA.  Newberry was announced as the recipient during the College’s virtual commencement ceremony on May 8.

Newberry teaches Fundamentals of Sociology, Marriages and Family, Honors Marriage and Family and Cultural Anthropology as well as providing academic advising to students. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2000 and earned her Masters of Arts in Sociology from Kansas State University in 2003.

It is Newberry’s second time being selected as Dragon Educator of the Year, having been previously chosen for the 2014-15 school year as well.

For more information on Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu.

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