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Emmy Award Winner Byron Pitts to Open 2020 Dillon Lecture Series Feb 24, 2020

Emmy Award winning journalist and the co-host of ABC’s Nightline Byron Pitts will kick off the 2020 Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College. Pitts’ lecture will be Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Pitts shares his incredible story of perseverance and strength and inspires audiences to reach for their dreams. Sharing anecdotes and details of his own personal challenges while growing up - including his struggles with illiteracy and a profound speech impediment - he encourages audiences to strive past struggles to achieve success, and challenges us all to be brave enough to “step out on nothing” to help others reach their own goals.

Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of twelve and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive B’s or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University.

Known for his thought-provoking coverage and his commitment to exceptional storytelling, Pitts is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist and is a co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and the Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.

Tickets to the lecture are currently on sale at www.hutchcc.edu/dls and at the HutchCC Campus Store in the Parker Student Union. School groups may register at www.dillonlectureseries.eventbrite.com; students of all ages are permitted to attend at no charge.

Pitts 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.

2020 is the 39th 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 at www.hutchcc.edu/dls.

Vocal Jazz Program to Present "Singin' & Swingin'" Feb 18, 2020

The award-winning vocal jazz program at Hutchinson Community College will present its first major concert of the spring on Thursday, February 20. The concert, Singin’ & Swingin’, will begin at 7:30 pm and be held at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. Both vocal jazz ensembles, Badinage and Sonance, will be performing.

Selections will include captivating vocals of a wide variety of swing tunes, Motown, samba or “The Great American Songbook” and feature artists such as Stevie Wonder, Cole Porter and Sting. The programing will also include charts arranged by Phil Mattson, Kerry Marsh, Darmon Meader, Amanda Taylor and Steve Zegree.

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

For more information on the Fine Arts Department at Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu/finearts.

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Board Elects New Leadership, Approves 2020-21 Rates Feb 14, 2020

The February meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees began with the election of officers for the coming year.  Bob Snyder was elected chairperson with David Marshall assuming the role of vice chair.

The Board welcomed the members of its Spirit Squad.  The Spirit Squad is comprised of 26 student-athletes who serve as both the cheer squad and Dragon Dolls dance team.

In additional business, the Board of Trustees received an update on the Student Dining Facility Expansion Project, took action on tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year and approved awarding the bid for the renovation of the Jack Mull Family Football Complex to Wiens and Company Construction. 

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

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Board Welcomes Residence Assistants, Bids Farewell to Retiring Member Dec 16, 2019

At the December meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees, the Board wrapped up its calendar year by welcoming the Resident Assistant students while also bidding farewell to one of its members.

The Resident Assistants are comprised of 21 students whose primary focus is managing their dormitory floor as well as planning and implementing social and educational programming for students in the residence halls.

The Board also recognized outgoing trustee Darrell Pankratz, who has retired from the board after more than 28 years of service.

In addition, the Board received reports on its ongoing Higher Learning Commission accreditation, its new partnership with Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for the care of its student-athletes and updates on the renovation of the student dining facility and the Jack Mull Family Football Complex.

In other business, Christina Henson with Swindoll Janzen Hawk & Loyd provided the Board with an overview of its 2019 financial statements and the Board approved President Carter File’s employment contract.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, January 9.  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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