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CrossPoint Challenge warms hearts with coffee

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

For any student looking for a Monday morning pick-me-up, look no further than the CrossPoint Challenge booth set up in the Parker Student Union every Monday from 9 to 12.

Challenge, a local church youth group for college-aged students, has several volunteering individuals who reach out to the campus community with hot coffee, cocoa and snacks for all who would like some.

“It first started with asking to be able to give coffee or a snack to passing students,” Challenge leader, Porfirio Ramirez said. “Once we got Student Support Services’ permission to set up occasionally, it evolved to us being here weekly.”

Although the group always loves seeing new faces at their youth group on Monday nights, their main goal is to show others that they care whether or not they’re a part of Challenge.

“I just want them to know that we love them and we want to show that in a real life way,” Kara Muhs, HutchCC student said. “I started coming because it’s a community I could rely on and that could support me and build me up.”

Despite the large number of HutchCC students that attend weekly, Challenge welcomes people from anywhere and has a weekly average of over 80 attendees during their Monday night sessions.

“Our group in general has a very diverse makeup,” Ramirez said. “We have international and out-of-state students as well as many students from McPherson.”

In the future, the group would be interested in expanding their food selection and involvement on campus without overstaying their welcome.

“We would like to bring a day or an afternoon fair or carnival with popcorn and cotton candy and music,” Ramirez said. “maybe a little bit of art just to bring a little bit of life to campus.”

By the time they tear down their booth for the day, the most rewarding aspect of being able to serve the campus community is seeing the student reactions.

“I remember one time we had an ice cream punch drink and we had a lot of students say it was ‘lit’ or ‘fire’ and I love seeing the smiles on their faces,” Eric Pham, HutchCC student said.

“We want to be a service and encouragement,” Ramirez said. “We would love for people to join of course but we also realize that it may not be for everyone. But we do want to make efforts to let people know we care even if it’s a simple cup of coffee or popcorn. It’s great to see students and I love to be bringing some activity to campus as well. I like to think that not everyone has time for a snack and it’s a way we care for our community and everyone at Hutch.”

Merissa Anderson

Graduation fair to provide students with caps, gowns and video opportunity

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Paige Soellner, Hutchinson Community College Audit Specialist, makes sure students are eligible for graduation, and she gets everything organized for the graduation fair nd makes sure the students have their caps and gowns

The graduation fair takes place in Lockman Hall, across from online education, from March 15-16. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

“It’s definitely very busy, but it’s exciting knowing that you’re helping (students), you know they’re so close to graduation, and anything you can do to reward them for that accomplishment, it’s really rewarding in yourself,” Soellner said.

So what is the purpose of a grad fair?

“The grad fair is an event for our graduates,” Soellner said. “First, they can pick up their cap and gowns, so it gives them the opportunity to do that.
“It also gives them an opportunity to participate in a thank-you video that we actually display at graduation, so they can give appreciation, whether it’s teachers or parents,” Soellner said. “It’s also an opportunity to where different campus departments … I know our alumni association is going to be there, and they give tips or they go there to congratulate the students on graduating.”

Last semester, there was 500 students who had graduated.

Soellner is still getting applications in. She said HutchCC should expect the same number from last semester.

“We don’t have, I don’t have a number quite yet, I’m still getting grad applications. I know last year we had around about 500,” Soellner said. “So we are probably expecting around that number probably this year too.

“Fall semester typically don’t have as many graduates, and then 500 could include some summer and fall, because they walk in the spring.”

If there was an emergency, and a student isn’t able to make it to the graduation fair, Soellner gives details on how to approach that.

“They would have to contact me or Christina (Long), they would also contact their advisor. We ask that they have their application in to us by March 20, and that just ensures that they’re on the posters and fliers and stuff we hang out, so they can probably still give us the applications. We just can’t ensure they’ll be on the grad poster.”

“Soellner said, the cafeteria are cater some nachos but, other departments, might bring different snacks”

Pablo Sanchez

A new Dragon fly’s into DragonZone

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Recently, a new feature, Student Self-Service, has been added on DragonZone that allows students to access and print transcripts, view enrollment history and review student loan information amongst other features.

Christina Long, Hutchinson Community College Registrar, worked alongside the IT department to develop the new program which she hopes will make accessing records easier for all students.

“I’m very excited to release this new opportunity for students,” Long said.

For quick access to Student Self-Service, log into DragonZone and select the verification option under the Academics tab. You will then be brought to the page which lists all available options and if you would like to launch the Student Clearinghouse program.


  • Print enrollment verification certificates for health insurers and other organizations
  • Find out when deferred notices were sent to your student lenders
  • View your enrollment history
  • View the proofs of enrollment sent on your behalf to student service providers
  • Get a list of your student loan holders
  • Link to real-time information on your student loans
  • Order a transcript or view the status of previous transcript requests
  • Print “Good Student Discount” certificates to obtain discounts from auto insurers and other companies
  • Provide proof of enrollment to companies to obtain educational discounts on course-related software


“The certificate that you’re going to get by accessing this Student Self-Service area is very official looking,” Long said.

Many students in the past had issues with other information printed from DragonZone not looking professional. The Student Self-Service program solves this problem.

“These come out very professional and are based upon what the student asks for,” Long said.

Prior to this program, students would have to go to the information center in order to get a form to signed. Acquiring the verification forms used to be a 24-hour process but, with this new feature that is free to students, the waiting process is eliminated and student information can be accessed any time of the day or night.

“All students are going to need their transcript at some point either to provide to an employer or to a future college that they are interested in attending,” Long said. “The transcript ordering process makes it easy for a student to go to one location to get the documents they need sent.”

Long had been working with the IT department for 6 months in order to complete all of the necessary behind-the-scenes work. The program was finally released mid February, they had to take all the steps necessary and make it ready for Dragon Zone

“this is the last piece of software, in the group of national clearing house of students that provide for us, there are electronic projects that are occurring in the records office and we are trying to transition the graduate questionnaire for and to over the electric documents, the records office is always working to improve services for students and I’m sure we will come up with something”

Pablo Sanchez

Fall enrollment set to begin on March 5

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The start of the new Hutchinson Community College school year is right around the corner, with 2018 fall enrollment coming up.

Enrollment for the fall semester starts March 5, for current students at HutchCC. Enrollment for new students start April 6.

Current HutchCC students who are planning on returning are encouraged to enroll early. This not only allows for students to get an early start with next semester, but this allows for students to get the classes and times they want with few complications.

Early enrolment allows for students to meet with their advisors and figure out any schedule conflicts before summer starts, for students and advisors.

All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor before the fall semester starts.

“If possible, I encourage students to meet with their advisors face-to-face. Advisors are support persons, referral sources and encourages on student’s journey at HutchCC,” said Christopher Lau, HutchCC Coordinator of Advising.

Students should also meet with their advisors to see where they are at. Students should also be expected to discuss what their next step is at HutchCC, or their next plans in life.

“We want students to think seriously about what comes after HutchCC, whether it be employment or transfer,” Lau said.

Students should also be patient during the enrollment time, as this process can be frustrating to students at times.

Amanda Carney

SGA travels to Capitol

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By: Pablo Sanchez
Staff Writer

On Feb. 13, the Hutchinson Community College Student Government Association took a trip to Topeka to visit the State Capitol and to watch the process behind how the House of Representative passes bills.

Lane Wiens, sophomore at Hutchinson Community College and President of the Student Government Association, is involved in many clubs in addition to SGA, such as chess and Collegiate 4-H.

“SGA is kind of the go-between between faculty and staff and students,” Wiens said.

SGA members act as the mouthpiece to the student population for many of the college administrators and leaders Wiens said.

“We also work with different organizations on campus each campus has come to us some point in their time has an organization and had been sanctioned and charted by the college and it’s a big thing we do and we process budget and funding request for the organization for the events”

has come to HutchCC waiting to be sanctioned and charted,” Wiens said.

“There’s an organization for everybody here on campus.”

The SGA has a big list of organizations on Dragon Zone to help students out, and draw them toward it and have it matched, with their major of what they are interested in.

“Every year, two sports sponsorships – one in the spring and one in the fall – they hand out Blue Dragon apparel to students who come out and support the sports team,” Wiens said. “Last semester, they sponsored a volleyball game and gave out flip-flops, and this spring they plan on sponsoring a baseball game and plan on giving out hats.”

SGA has an annual blood drive, and it was right at the end of January,­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­and two other organizations which are on campus that had their other blood drives as well.

It was Wiens’ second time going to Topeka, and he said it was really eye opening, even though SGA went last year.

“It’s crazy to think that … each county and district in Kansas elected those people and they have the job of representing their constituents’ county and district,” Wiens said.

It’s more of an idea on how they can be better voices for SGA, and how they represent at HutchCC for the faculty and staff.

“When we got there, it was about 10 o’clock, I believe that was the House of Representatives just getting started, stayed in there, watched a little bit of their business processing bills, things like that,” Wiens said “And we met with State Senator Ed Berger who is the senator from the Reno County district, Kingman County I believe, and asked him questions on what his job is and how he got from being the president of (HutchCC) to being a senator.”

Wiens got in on some action on a bill that was being processed. They had private sessions as well as Caucasus of what bill they were processing.

Wiens is a biology major, and once he graduates this spring, he plans on going up to Kansas State and majoring in Horticulture Science.

“Hutch is great place to start your education, great place to meet friends, get involved on campus, there are organizations for everybody, it’s just taking the time and finding it and work forth it,” Wiens said.

Bible class comes to campus in March

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Staff writer

Hutchinson Community College will be hosting a class entitiled “The Grand Story of the Bible”.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to know the Bible a little better. “The Grand Story of the Bible” will be having three sessions on March 1, 8 and 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., in the Justice Theater of the Shears Technology Center.

This course will be taught by a local pastor, and lecturer Ted Wise. The cost is $45 per person, and anyone is welcome.

Q: What is The Grand Story of the Bible?

A: The Bible’s grand story is about what the Judeo-Christian God is doing in the world.

Q: What is the purpose of the Grand Story of the Bible?

A: Everyone loves stories. We share them face-to-face with friends, create them on social media, and watch them on Netflix. But few of us know the “secret sauce” that makes stories so memorable and persuasive. Our seminar will lift the hood on how stories work and then we’ll apply that knowledge to the Bible. While we know Hollywood is quite skilled at telling a great story, I would contend the Bible tells a pretty dramatic story itself. Everyone ought to hear and contemplate it.

Q: Who is this event for?

A: Anyone who is curious about the Bible or those who are familiar with it, yet want to see it from a new perspective.

Q: What should someone hope to get out of this class?

A: The Bible is a unique book, because it presents itself as God’s story, but also sometimes a confusing book, because it is long narrative made up of 66 books that covers hundreds of years. For this reason, it’s easy to get lost in the forest. What we’ll do is get in an airplane and look at the Bible’s big picture. Attendees will leave knowing the Bible’s one, big, overarching story.

Decision not to cancel class proves to be icy verdict

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

On Thursday, Hutchinson Community College maintained its previously scheduled class periods despite the cancellation of the Career Connections Job Fair and other nearby school districts due to ice on roadways.

“It’s not a decision I take lightly,” HutchCC president Carter File said. “We never want anyone to travel if they don’t feel safe. We have a lot of students, and the bulk of our enrollment is within a few miles of campus. What I weighed is whether we leave the college open for the majority, or call it off for the minority of students who may have to travel a distance.”

By keeping open communication with many people on campus including Don Rose, Director of Grounds and Maintenance, Brett Bright, Vice President of Student Services, and Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, File can make the best decision possible for the campus community.

“It was slick, but if you know how to drive and drive a reasonable speed in town then I didn’t think it was bad,” File said. “It was worse on Tuesday and we didn’t call school off then.”

Despite the efforts that File and others go through to make what they believe to be the best choice for the college, not all students were happy with the decision.

The HutchCC Facebook page became a breeding ground for many comments of differing opinions about whether or not to cancel classes.

Casey Freeman, a nursing student, was upset that the school decided to cancel the career fair as opposed to classes.

“The job fair being cancelled over school is kind of horse s— to me,” Freeman said. “So they value the safety of vendors over the safety of student and faculty? I just feel that they should’ve put the safety of students and faculty first.”

In the nursing program, attendance is highly valued due to the limited amount of class time.

“I just don’t think it’s fair to put (attendance) back on us,” Freeman said. “The nursing program has to be strict to keep up with accreditation, so I totally get it, but I do think that there should be exceptions when safety is at stake.”

In regards to student attendance, the HutchCC Facebook page replied to Erin Hysong, who expressed concern about commuting from Wichita on the ice.

“If classes are held, we encourage you to use your best judgment in determining what’s best for you,” HutchCC Facebook said.

Hysong, who had a microbiology exam, was forced to consider the dangerous road conditions, compared to the cost of missing a vital test.

“I think their usage of ‘best judgment’ allows them to direct all the responsibility for choosing to commute on the the student,” Hysong said.

Despite these arguments voiced by many students on the HutchCC Facebook page, there was one man who wasn’t afraid to voice his more unique opinion.

“Suck it up,” he said. “Leave early drive safe. Life and weather does not stop.”

Denny Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, encourages people to investigate Facebook comments further than the comment itself.

“A lot of the comments were about local schools being closed, but they were already closed for parent-teacher conferences,” Stoecklein said. “We try not to post things until we know something more definitive we want to be careful about (what we post).”

Student opinions and Facebook comments are always noted by HutchCC and will be taken into consideration for the future.

“If you don’t feel safe, whether you’re a faculty member, staff member, or student, don’t travel,” File said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. Look out for your own safety. We decided to go ahead and hold class because we felt that, for the majority of people getting here, the roads were passable.”


[Office1]Let’s call it by its official name.
[Office2]HutchCC president Carter File.

HutchCC sees tuition increase for 18-19

Monday, February 19th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian editor

The 2018-2019 school year at Hutchinson Community College will see an increase in tuition prices for all in-state, out-of-state, international and special classification students, as well as an increase in hourly fees for most technical career classes, as decided by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 8.

For legal residents in Kansas, tuition costs per credit hour are making a $2 increase from $87 to $89, while student fees per credit hour will increase from $19 to $21 for both regular and out-of-state students. This trend follows other students as well with the tuition-per-credit-hour cost for legal out-of-state residents increasing from $118 to $120 and, for international students, from $127 to $129.

Many technical career field classes are making price hops with increases in special course fees, many of which require special supplies or food for students. AC/DC Circuits is first on the list with an increase from $130 to $315 in order to fund a tool kit and bag required for wiring classes and labs. By adding this to the class cost, students will then have the tools required when they move into their career.

The course required in order to earn a Commercial Driver’s License will make a $150 increase from $625 last year to $775.

Many classes within the fire Sscience program will have increased costs due to an increased cost of materials, such as wrecked cars used during Fire Science Basic Vehicle Extrication, where the price is increasing from $40 to $60 per student per credit hour. Additional increases in other fire classes are due to various materials and to cover the cost of necessary consumables.

The nursing program will also see a slight increase in class costs, particularly in the Nursing A.D.N Transition Lab, in which the required IV supplies have dramatically increased in price.

“IV supplies have increased considerably,” according to the document provided from the meeting. “Mainly because of the disaster in Puerto Rico where the majority of the supplies are made.”

However, nursing students taking Health Maintenance Promotion and Restoration Practicum will see a $25 decrease in their course fee, due to their supplies being sourced from a different company.

The next program with the most increases in course cost is the welding program, also due to an increase in the cost of materials needed and how many materials are needed for welding, such as stainless steel, aluminum, gas, consumables and updating machinery and other equipment.

Most cost increases for welding are comparatively low with the largest increase being in welding courses raising from $20 to $50.

Students have opportunities at Career Fair

Monday, February 19th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Get your resumes polished and your work attire out, because on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the third annual Career Connections Job Fair at the Sports Arena will be available to all Hutchison Community College students, faculty, alumni, Hutchinson High students and anyone of the community who needs to find a job.

Michelle Wortham, Administration Assistant to Vice President of Student Services and Christopher Lau, Coordinator of Advising, Career Dev. and Counseling are the main people behind this event. Michelle Wortham is excited about this year’s Job Fair.

“There will be 94 potential employers and nursing transfer schools all under one roof,” Worthman said. “These employers want to meet our students and to talk with them about what education and skills they can improve on now to help them achieve their ‘dream job’ later.”

According to Worthman, the event has grown every year.

The first year, there were about 50 employers, and about 200 people attending to find a job. Last year, there were 85 employers and over 400 job seekers listed. This year, 94 employers registered, making this the biggest Connections Fair sponsored by HutchCC yet.

When asked about the intentions of this event, Wortham said, “We encourage students that may already have a job or don’t plan on beginning down their career path right now to attend the Career Fair.”

Not only is this a great opportunity for current HutchCC students to find jobs and gain more information about their career, but there is also a chance of winning prizes as big as an Apple Watch Series 1 or Beats- X wires earbuds. There will be a survey to fill out at the end if you attend the event.

Prizes available at Career Fair:

·   Apple Watch Series 1

·   Airpods

·   Samsung Gear Sport Watch

·   Anker Power Cores (x2)

·   JBL Flip 4 Waterproof BluTooth Speaker and case

·   Beats – X wires earbuds

·   iPad Air

·   $50 Visa Gift Card

Holthus lecture was a touchdown

Friday, February 9th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Mitch Holthus, the man who paints a picture with his words as “The Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs”, spoke at the first Dillon Lecture Series of the Hutchinson Community College 2018 spring semester on Tuesday at the Sports Arena.

In his speech, “Success in Being Different”, he used several examples of being different in a giving manner.

Mitch Holthus is a Smith Center native and still gives on-air and Twitter shoutouts every now and then to the Redmen. He and his wife, Tami, who is from McPherson, both graduated from Kansas State. She played basketball and later became the assistant coach for their daughter’s basketball team at Silver Lake, which won a state championship in the Sports Arena.

Along with announcing Chiefs and ESPN games, Mitch Holthus also does some things to help others. When Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a tornado, he helped provide water for the community. He also helps people within his job.

A blind man, Cameron Black, one of many affected by Mitch Holthus and his ability to speak a portrait, learned to love football because of Holthus. As shown in a video from The Kansas City Star, Holthus has made a huge impact in the man’s life because Black’s daughter, who has the same disease, also listens to the Chiefs’ games.

After seeing the video for the first time, Holthus said, “It stopped me in my tracks. If I mean everything to Cameron, if I can paint a picture verbally to someone who can’t see, I am helping someone by being different.”

Holthus also mentioned and introduced three HutchCC students in the crowd – Tyler Pauley from Garden Plain, Jeff Brandon from Hutchinson, and Ashton Hawkins from Smith Center, who all have done extraordinary things at this college, and work hard in and outside of school.

At the press conference before the event, Holthus answered questions regarding his career as a well-known sports announcer. One question that was asked pertained to a possible downfall in NFL fans in the last few years. He answered that it was a good question and that it “seems” to be a decline to some, but said that people don’t see everything with the NFL, only what is covered by reporters.

He pointed out the national anthem protests becoming a popular look on the league, but also explained that people don’t see the “behind-the scenes” action of players. Some, like Alex Smith, do remarkable things outside of the Chiefs. Smith helps foster kids earn college scholarships and donates to their organization.

Because he witnesses generous acts with the Chiefs and throughout Kansas, Mitch Holthus has a soft spot for the people and the state itself.

“I love this state, I made three career moves, yet still remained here in Kansas,” Holthus said.

He said how honored he was to speak at the Sports Arena and to share his experiences. Being from Smith Center has taught him how to be the man he is today and he seeks to find others who are different with success.

“To take the game beyond the game, it then becomes a celebration for anyone,” Holthus said.

One question that stood out to him was asked by a high school student from Inman. She asked about his love for announcing and how he became who he is today.

“Who you are and how you were raised makes you original,” Holthus said. “We all come from different home lives, but work ethic is a huge part of making an impression too.”

He stated several times that to be a good journalist, work ethic is important, but being a journalist also comes with great sacrifices. He has had to manage a family alongside his career, and although he loves what he does, Holthus expressed regrets for the moments he has missed, such as his daughter Hayley’s championship game. Brian, his son, had always dreamed of running on the Sports Arena court like his sister had. That never happened because his team never got to state.

During the lecture, Holthus presented a slideshow of the steps of differences that lead to success. Throughout his speech, he used a metaphor of floodwaters, such as the Arkansas River, or Gulf of Mexico flooding lives and trying to slow people down from reaching their ultimate goals. He explained “Empathetic Equity” – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

The example he used for this was one of his favorite Chiefs, Derrick Johnson, who has funded about 15 reading dens in Kansas City and does things without expecting a reward, only from the kindness of his heart. In the summer last year, Johnson spent a lot of time practicing football with a younger player who hadn’t even made it through tryouts. Holthus noticed this and thought it was generous and showed him the kind of man Johnson is aside from football.

There were many more examples and topics. One of the last differences, “Being Different by Standing Firm”, was to show that people have to work for their success and shouldn’t run from their responsibilities.

“My job is to stand the post when it’s good or bad,” Holthus said. “Many times it isn’t easy, but you still stand the post like a marine in front of the embassy.”

Finishing with the last difference where Holthus discovered his relative, who was a poor European man that moved to Nebraska and joined the Union in the Civil War. He stood shoulder to shoulder with the black men in the blue uniforms. It was a major step in the American culture, and Holthus said he was proud to be related to the man that didn’t look down upon the African American men fighting by his side.

This thought led to his final statement that we will all leave marks on the world, but “what footprints will we leave?”