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Board Approves Residence Hall Rates for 2022-23 Jan 20, 2023

The January meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees began with the election of officers for the coming year.  Todd Miller was elected chairperson with Terry Bisbee assuming the role of vice chair.

The Board received an update on the College’s strategic planning process and approved residence hall rates for the 2022-23 academic year.  The Board also approved the purchase of an access control system for the residence halls that will further enhance the College’s safety and security measures.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, February 9 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 www.hutchcc.edu/boardmeetings.

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Board Welcomes New Member, Approves Bid to Expand Nursing Dec 13, 2022

At the December meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees, the Board opened by welcoming its newest member.  Jan Young was selected at the November meeting to replace former Trustee Marla Eriksen, who resigned when she moved outside of Reno County. Young is currently a social worker for Hutchinson High School having previously served as a school counselor for several years. The Board also welcomed the members of the College’s esports team. Two of the teams – Madden NFL 23 and Halo: Infinite - are competing for national championships this weekend.

In addition, the Board approved a bid for expansion and remodeling of the second floor of the Peel Center due to the growth and demand for nursing students.  The improvements will allow the College to accommodate an addition class of twenty students. The project will be partially funded by funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through the Kansas Department of Commerce.

In other business, the Board receives its annual audit report, approved the dates of its 2023 meetings and the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic calendars and also approved an extension of its lease agreement on the location that is utilized for the College’s Safety Academy.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, January 12.  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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Diehl Receives National Honors Award Dec 6, 2022

Dr. Ryan Diehl, son of Shirley and the late Richard Diehl, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two-Year Institution. The award, presented by NCHC and the Valencia College Foundation, recognizes a two-year college honors director or faculty member for their outstanding contributions to the honors community. Recipients of the award must have contributed greatly to honors education and been a past recipient of a teaching award. Three letters of recommendation are also required.

Diehl has been affiliated with the Hutchinson Community College Honors Program since 2008 and became the program’s coordinator in 2011. He has worked closely with honors faculty and students to expand the program experiences both in and outside the classroom. He has mentored students who have gone on to be accepted into selective programs and win state and national scholarships.

Diehl has also been active with state, regional, and national honor organizations. He is a co-founder of the Kansas Honors Council and has helped organize the Kansas Honors Connections Conference for many years. He also has served as the archivist since 2012 and is the current president of the Great Plains Honors Council, which serves collegiate honors programs in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Under his leadership, the HutchCC Honors Program co-sponsored the 2022 Great Plains Honors Council Conference with the Wichita State University’s Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

At the national level, Diehl has served on NCHC committees and was one of twelve from across the country who helped create the NCHC Shared Principles and Practices of Honors Education. In addition to being on the national conference planning committee for the past two years, Diehl is a co-coordinator for NCHC’s Developing in Honors, a signature program that targets established honors deans and directors who are seeking new processes for honors education or are dealing with complex and challenging issues in honors.

Honors has been a key part of Diehl’s own academic work as well. He was an active member of an honors program when he was an undergraduate student and graduated with high honors. In 2020, Diehl completed his Ph.D. through University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Educational Administration program where his dissertation examined how honors programs at two-year institutions can provide a pathway to success for first-generation college students.

In addition to serving as the Honors Program Coordinator, Diehl is a professor and teaches both English and political science courses. He was also named HutchCC’s Dragon Educator of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Board Approves Bids, New Member Nov 28, 2022

At the November meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees, the Board welcomes three student groups – Student Government Association, the Residents Assistants and the Blue Dragon baseball team.

The Board approved the bid for a pair of campus improvement projects.  Prairie Landworks, Inc. of McPherson was awarded the bid for the redevelopment of the existing tennis courts into a greenspace and outdoor classroom area and the renovation of the student union courtyard area. The greenspace and outdoor classroom work will begin promptly while the courtyard project will take place after the spring 2023 semester concludes.

Ken Baker, General Manager of Radio Kansas, shared that the result of their fundraising campaign has been positive nearly reaching its goal. In addition, the Board received updates on its strategic planning initiatives, approved the College bills and addressed other items of routine business.

The Board also approved the addition of Jan Young as the newest Trustee.  Young fills the seat vacated by the resignation of Marla Eriksen, who recently moved outside of Reno County. Young is currently a social worker for Hutchinson High School having previously served as a school counselor for several years.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, December 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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