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Dillon Lecture to Host Artificial Intelligence Researcher Feb 13, 2024

The Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College will open its 2024 series with Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher and blogger Janelle Shane on Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Shane’s AI humor blog,, looks at the strange side of artificial intelligence. She has been featured in the New York TimesThe AtlanticWIREDPopular ScienceAll Things Considered, and Slate.

In 2019 she was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business. Her TED talk is a funny and insightful look at the nature of machine learning algorithms.

Her book You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How AI Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place uses cartoons and humorous pop-culture experiments to look inside the minds of the algorithms that run our world, making artificial intelligence and machine learning accessible and entertaining.

Shane received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, her MPhil in Physics from the University of St. Andrews, and her PhD from the University of California San Diego.

Tickets to the lecture are available now at and will also be available beginning at 9:45 am the day of the lecture at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

She 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.

2024 is the 43rd season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the HutchCC Campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series or to become a patron, visit or call Becky Rogers at 620-665-3505.

Board Welcomes Student-Athletes, Approves Tuition Rates Feb 9, 2024

The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees opened its February meeting by continuing its tradition of welcoming student groups when they were introduced to members of the softball and football teams.

The Board also received a report on its Higher Learning Commission accreditation efforts and took action on tuition and fees for the 2024-25 academic year. Each is scheduled to increase by $2.00 per credit hour for a total of $128 per credit hour. Reno County students will continue to receive a $10 per credit hour reduction.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend. Board meeting agendas and information can be found at

HutchCC to Host Jazz Festival, Grammy Winner Jan 26, 2024

The Hutchinson Community College Fine Arts department, with support from the Kansas Creative Arts Commission, will kick off its spring schedule with the annual Bryce Luty Jazz Festival concert on Friday, February 2 at 7:00 pm in the Stringer Fine Arts Center.

Now in its 49th year, the festival was named for long-time HutchCC jazz instructor Bryce Luty following his passing in 2014.  The concert will include performances by the HutchCC Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of Greg Weis, and the Bryce Luty Jazz Festival All Star Band.

In addition, the performance will feature guest artist Jeff Coffin. Coffin is a globally celebrated saxophonist, composer and educator. He is a member of the legendary rock group, Dave Matthews Band. Coffin is a three-time Grammy Award winner as a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, with whom he performed from 1997 until 2010.

The two-day Festival begins Thursday and is geared for high school and middle school students, with close to 500 students from a record 28 bands expected to attend. Each participating band will receive a clinic from guest artist Jeff Coffin or one of two guest clinicians – Shawn Williams, Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Northern Colorado, or David Mesquitic, lecturer in jazz piano at the University of Wyoming.

Also on Thursday, Jeff Coffin will be offering a free masterclass that is open to the public. It will begin at 12 noon in the BJ Warner Recital Hall of Stringer Fine Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert are just $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for high school students and children, with Hutchinson Community College students/faculty/staff admitted free with a valid college ID. Tickets are available by calling the Fine Arts ticket office at 620-665-3503. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

For more information on the Fine Arts Department at Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at

Board Elects 2024 Leadership Jan 16, 2024

The January meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees began with the Board welcoming the members of the College’s eSports team. The team, coached by Kelsey Dame and Anthony Lyons, is comprised of fourteen members who compete throughout the school year in a number of NJCAA sanctioned events. Since its inception in 2021, the team has earned four national titles.

The Board also completed the swearing in of re-elected board members and its election of officers for the coming year.  Terry Bisbee was elected chairperson with Bob Snyder assuming the role of vice chair. This is Bisbee’s second term as president since first being elected to the Board in 2015.

In addition, the Board received updates on the College’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation and strategic planning processes and approved residence hall rates for the 2023-24 academic year.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend. Board meeting agendas and information can be found at

For more information on Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at

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