Posts Tagged ‘Hutchinson Community College’

Campus bookstore offering donuts, coffee rest of semester

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

To college students, time and food are perhaps the most valuable things in life.

Now, students have access to a quick, easy and delicious breakfast. In the campus bookstore, Daylight Donuts and coffee are now available for students until Dec. 6.

“We saw a need for students to grab something quick on their way to classes,” said bookstore staff member Jacqueline Eaton. “So far, we’ve sold 100 percent of the donuts we provide, and about 70 percent of the coffee. It’s been so popular, we are discussing bringing it back next semester.”

Currently, only students who are on a meal plan and live on campus have access to a breakfast provided by the college in the dining hall. A few years ago, there used to be a café inside the library that sold coffee, smoothies and baked goods, but it has since gone under.

However, students seem to be pleased with the donuts and coffee provided in the union.

“I think it’s a good thing for students that need a quick boost in the morning” said HutchCC student Dylan Kramer, McPherson. “I haven’t been down there yet, but I’m excited to try it.”

Should the donuts and coffee prove popular, more options could be on the horizon.

“The campus store staff had discussed offering frozen breakfast sandwiches, cereal, milk and a whole number of things but finally settled on coffee and donuts because of the cost to our students,” Eaton said. “As long as there is an interest in this by both students and staff, we would love to expand this. Into what yet, we are not quite sure.”

Destroying the stigma surrounding community colleges

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Haeli Maas

Collegian columnist

Growing up I always thought I would be at a four-year university, a member of a sorority, and meeting my best friend in the dorms.

I dreamt in middle school of all the good times I would have attending to the football games, walking around campus, and going out on Friday nights with my friends.

When high school came around and college became a real, tangible thing, I started to realize how much this “dream college experience” would cost me. At an early age I figured out what money meant to me, and I knew that by attending a four-year university I would be putting myself in a lot of debt. My GPA wasn’t as high as it could have been coming out of high school, so the scholarship opportunities available to me were slim. I had to decide quickly what path I wanted to take in my life to become successful and try to keep my debt at a minimum.

Enter Hutchinson Community College. By junior year of high school, I was thinking pretty seriously about attending a community college for the first two years of my education. There had been admissions representatives at my high school for the different community colleges in Kansas, and I decided to visit Hutchinson Community College. Note: I did NOT want to end up at a community college.

From early on, it was hammered into my head that community colleges gave you sub-par education for a cheap price tag, and were not viable options when it comes to going to a “good” college (i.e. a four-year). I did not enter my visit with the idea that I wanted to end up at a community college because I felt that people would think that I was unable to make it at a four-year. But either way, I decided to visit HCC and see what it would offer.

During my visit, I noticed that the college wasn’t very different from a 4-year, except maybe in size. It offered all the same classes, all of the same extracurriculars, and all the same things you would find at a state school. While I liked that it would offer the same experience, I made my decision the moment I saw the cost breakdown for tuition. Tuition was half of what it costs to go to a four-year, and it was closer to home so I wouldn’t have to pay to live on campus. I made my decision because it was what made sense for me financially, but in the back of my mind I still believed that I was missing out on something by going to a community college. I found that it was far from the truth.

Coming to a community college was an amazing choice for me financially, but I realized that there is no difference between a four-year and two-year other than class size.

The community college track offered a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, while a general education class at a four-year had lecture halls with over 100 students in them. My teachers know my name, they know how well I do, and they are willing to help me out when I need it. I am being taught by someone with a doctorate in their field, instead of a teaching assistant. I am learning the material in my classes because I am encouraged to ask questions.

I realized that the quality of my education at a two-year was not the same: it was actually better. Because most people who go to two-years are looking to transfer, all of the advisors have information on what classes are required at the four-year of your choice and can make a plan that allows you to take all of the classes you can at a two-year (for half the cost) that still transfer to a four-year. I met new people just like I would at a university, and I am still having a good experience.

The big difference is: now that it is time for me to transfer to the University of Kansas in the Spring, I have no debt. None at all. I owe nothing for the first two years of my education. Most universities offer scholarships for transfer students, and because I took my schooling more seriously at the college level, I was able to receive the highest amount of money that they offer.

Though I do have to take out my first student loan, I can do so knowing that I will not have four years’ worth of debt by the time I graduate, but only two. I see every day the stigma that surrounds community colleges, but the reality is that it is the same level of education that you receive at a university, and you save thousands of dollars. I am proud to have come here because it was a decision that safeguarded my future and opened up opportunities to me that would not have been available if I had let my emotions decide my fate.

Blue Dragon soccer looks for another strong season

Friday, August 25th, 2017
Sheena Nicol, left, is one of the top players in the NJCAA and for the Hutchinson Community College soccer team. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College sports information.

Sheena Nicol, left, is one of the top players in the NJCAA and for the Hutchinson Community College soccer team. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College sports information.

By The Collegian staff

All the Hutchinson Community College soccer team lost from last season was this – goal-scoring machine Jordan Downing, who notched a school-record 44 goals last year, and Jazmin Hartshorn, who was a rare 20-20 player with 20 goals and 22 assists.

Is a rebuilding year inevitable. Don’t bet on it.

The Blue Dragons, 17-2 last season, open their season at 5 p.m. Friday at home, and they should have plenty of firepower, new and returning.

Start with sophomore midfielder Sheena Nicol. The Scotland native plays with the strength of a cement truck and the finesse of a ballerina. She had a sensational freshman year with 29 goals and 14 assists.

Irish defender Chloe Flynn also returns, as does midfielders Emilee Kreibiel and Jayde Miyamoto, defender Kaitlyn Moore and goalkeeper Ashley Main.

A promising freshman class joins them, led by local product Brailey Moeder. Defender Kaelee Kimmel is a Wichita South product who won a state wrestling title last winter.

Coach Sammy Lane, the only coach in team history, has never had a losing record, has won at least 10 games every season and has five losses in a season just twice, which both came in the first three seasons of the program’s existence.

Student hit in Plum Street crosswalk

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

On Aug. 23 at the intersection of 13th and Plum Street, Ashley Griffith, HCC student, was hit by a car.
Hutchinson Police report that Griffith was sitting on the curb when the EMS arrived. She then was taken to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment. The accident happened on Plum Street, which separates the campus and the new parking lot. There are two points to cross from that lot, across Plum to campus.
One is at 12th Street and the other one at 13th Street. The 12th Street crosswalk has yellow lights that flash when students are crossing, as well as warning signs. The crosswalk at 13th Street has signs, but no flashing lights. Steve Dunmire, head of security on campus, heard the police dispatch on his radio and got to the scene right away.
“She was in pain,” Dunmire said. “She had an abrasion on the head and the EMS immobilized her right arm.”
Despite some rumors around campus, it was not a hit and run. The driver stayed there and showed concern for the young lady. Valery Avery, 47,  was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and inattentive driving, according to the police report.

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Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, talked  about the accident.
“I was concerned about the young lady, of course; it’s a terrible thing to happen to anyone,” File said. “I am feeling sympathy for her.”
When the parking lot on Plum street was planned to be built, the college had the intention to get signal lights on the crosswalk.
“We asked the city to approve a crosswalk light several months ago,” File said. The city still hasn’t given the approval.
On the day of the accident File again called the city to ask about  crosswalk lights. “They were understanding and concerned about what had happened,” he said. Once the city approves the light, the college will have to fund it, he said.

There may be concerns by the city that Plum would have too many stops for motorists. When asked if he worried about public opinion about another crossing light, File’s answer was straight forward. “Not a bit. It is not a matter of public opinion; it is about the safety of the students and faculty.”

There may be concerns by the city that Plum would have too many stops for motorists.

When asked if he was worried about the public opinion about another crossing light, File’s answer was straight forward. “Not a bit. It is not a matter of public opinion; it is about the safety of the students and faculty.”

They are hoping to get the approval for the crosswalk light before the end of this fall semester.

It is important to be reminded that even if cars are required to stop for pedestrian anywhere and at anytime, it is better be safe than getting hurt.

It is the driver’s fault in any accident on a cross-walk, but stop before stepping out. Be careful and watch for cars that might come speeding through just as you are crossing.

No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Photo by Richard Steckly —
Story by HCC Sports Information

The No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team begins its run in the 2015 NJCAA Women’s Division I National Tournament on Tuesday against South Georgia Tech. The second-round matchup begins at 2 p.m. Salina’s Bicentennial Center. The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 1:50 p.m. The game will also be streamed live by NJCAATV.com also beginning at 1:50 p.m. The 33-0 Blue Dragons are the 2015 NJCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, the first time that Hutchinson has achieved that feat in women’s basketball. – See more at: http://www.bluedragonsports.com/news/101963#sthash.ueFLSyJz.dpuf