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Dillon Lecture Series Finalizes 2024 Lineup Jun 4, 2024

The Dillon Lecture Series has announced its remaining speakers for the 2024 season. In addition to the previously announced Steven Ford (actor and son of former President Gerald Ford) on September 17, the 2024 Series has added Jerome Tang, head men’s basketball coach of Kansas State University on October 8.

Coach Tang, who was selected as the 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year after guiding the Wildcats to a 26-win season and its 13th trip to the Elite Eight in his inaugural season, recently completed his second season as the 25th head men's basketball head coach at Kansas State.

Tang is just the third coach in the program's history to be selected National Coach of the Year, joining Fred "Tex" Winter (who presented a 2003 Dillon Lecture) in 1958 and Jack Hartman in 1980, while he is the fourth head coach from a Big 12 institution to earn the honor from the Naismith Trophy. He was a candidate for nearly every other National Coach of the Year honor in 2022-23, including finishing as the runner-up for The Associated Press award. In addition, he was the consensus Big 12 Coach of the Year, earning the honor from both the league coaches and the AP.

Tickets for both lectures are available now at www.hutchcc.edu/dls or will be available at the Sports Arena beginning at 9:45 am the day of each lecture.

2024 is the 43rd season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the Hutchinson Community College campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or for information on how to become a patron, call Becky Rogers at 620-665-3505 or visit the website at www.hutchcc.edu/dls.

Board Approves New Partnerships May 14, 2024

At its May meeting, the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees board members approved the College bills and handled several items of routine business.

The Board also approved two agreements with PrairieLand Partners. One will lease to PrairieLand Partners 111 acres of land at HutchCC’s location south of Yoder as a training site for those utilizing their equipment. HutchCC’s Agriculture and Ag Diesel students will also have access to these training opportunities.

The other agreement will establish a degree pathway in the College’s Ag Diesel program that will be aligned with John Deere’s Technical Training Certified Technician Career Development Roadmap. This will be in addition to the College’s existing Ag Diesel offerings.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm.

 

McQueen Named Dragon Educator of the Year May 6, 2024

Hutchinson Community College has announced that Terri McQueen Professor of Mathematics, has been selected as the 2023-24 Dragon Educator of the Year.

McQueen was selected from nominees from all academic areas by the HutchCC Student Government Association (SGA) for the honor. The instructors are nominated by Hutchinson Community College students, and then complete a selection and personal interview process conducted by SGA.  McQueen received her honor at the College’s commencement on May 3.

Said one of her student nominators: “She has made math so easy for me. Coming into college, math was my worst and least favorite subject but after taking classes with her, it is my best grade and I actually enjoy it.”  Added another: “She is so patient and explains math in a way that is easy to understand. She is also one of the kindest people and is quick to help you if you have a question."

McQueen has taught at HutchCC since 2002. She teaches Basic Algebra, Intermedia Algebra, College Algebra and Calculus. She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelors of Science in Business/Finance from Emporia State University and earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Emporia State.

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

Board Officially Names Paramore Next President May 2, 2024

Hutchinson Community College’s Board of Trustees today approved Dr. Tricia Paramore as the college’s next president.  Paramore, currently a vice president at HutchCC, will become president of the college July 1.

A crowd of more than 50 people filled the theater in Hutchinson Community College’s Shears Technology Center for the special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 4 p.m. The unanimous 7-0 vote by the Board prompted an enthusiastic ovation from the audience.

“Dr. File has been a solid leader for our institution and a great role model for me”, stated Paramore. “He has the institution set up nicely for our next steps.  I look forward to working with and for our Board, staff, students, community, and state to lead HutchCC into the future.  In this new role, I'll listen, ask a lot of questions, be present, and strive to be a strong collaborator.”

The vice president of academic affairs at HutchCC since February 2023 and a 28-year veteran of the institution, Paramore thanked faculty and staff, senior management, members of the Hutchinson community and the board of trustees.

Added Paramore, “I am so proud to be in this place!  I'm just a Hutch girl who loves the Lord and works hard each day.  To have this opportunity in the community that raised me - wow - it feels pretty great!”

After the meeting, File called Paramore “an outstanding choice”. He added, “Tricia is as True Blue as anyone. I’m excited for her to have this opportunity to lead an institution she cares so dearly for.”

File is retiring as President June 30, though he will remain in an advisory capacity through August. He was vice president of finance and operations at HutchCC before becoming president in 2014.

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