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Student Government encourages campus involvement

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

Seth Yenni and Cade Lohrding are Hutchinson Community College students who are trying to get students involved with Student Government Association.
Lohrding is next year’s SGA president. A Lindsborg native, his major is computer science, while Yenni – next year’s vice president – is from Coldwater, and his major is political science. Both students are freshmen.
Here are Yenni’s and Lohrding’s thoughts on SGA and what they hope to accomplish during their tenure.
What made you guys want to run for SGA?
Lohrding – I would say part of it was being a part of it this year, and watching our president this year, Lane Wiens, he did great a job during SGA this year, and he’s done a lot of good for the group, for the college, and I just wanted to be a part of it and keep the good going.
Yenni – The new stuff with RASK, if you’ve heard about that, bringing positive and good stuff around campus, and those things we started and just keeping it going.
Lohrding – To try and keep what Lane is doing, he’s doing a really good job. Everyone is going to make changes, and I feel like we are going to bring positive changes, but for the most part it’s going to be a  good year, next year.
What do you plan on accomplishing in the next year?
Yenni – We actually had talked about this in our last meeting, and I was reading out of The Collegian, and how it’s talking about the Blue Dragons sporting events, and people basically don’t know about them, or the Spring Fling last week. One thing that we’ve wanted to accomplish is, next year, communication between the college and the students. We talk to a lot of students, and things like that and they don’t know what things are going on. What’s the best way social media? You know, do students even check their email? That’s one issue we want to tackle, to see how can we get better communication between a faculty and students for events, especially things that students are interested in.
Cade – After reading through the constitution a couple times, I defiantly want to make some changes in that, like Seth said, try to communicate with students better, so we can have more students participate.
What have you guys been involved in with SGA?
Cade – We help the honors kids, we help clean up around campus, this week we’re helping the Red Flag Campaign, and just yesterday we went and did arts and crafts with the kids at the daycare.
Seth – Working with other groups, governing groups, and sanctioned two new groups, Self-Sufficient and Cosmetology Club, and working with funding for those groups and other groups that need funding, especially a group who has a great community service project. SGA, we would want to help them. And if we can be a part of it too, then it’s all the better. That’s what SGA is here for, to help out with anything on campus.
Do you guys want a bigger presence here on campus?
Cade – More people involved in SGA. As soon as we had elections, there was only like six people on there, and we can have up to 22, but we only have like 10 or 12 people on SGA.
Seth – We would want more to participate. It’s not a huge time commitment.
Cade – It’s about an hour a week.
Seth – We have our meetings 4:30 (p.m.) on Tuesday, which is open to all students. You don’t have to be a part of SGA to come. If anyone is interested in running for a certain position, talk to anyone in SGA, either Kade or I. We can definitely answer any questions that you might have.
Cade – You also get a book scholarship too. It gives back if you give back.

Seth – It’s not a very difficult election process, especially in the fall, and you write a paragraph that goes on Dragon Zone.
Cade – As long as there is one person.
Seth – As long as you vote for yourself, you’ll make it.
What made you guys run for SGA?
Kade – To make a difference.
Seth – Last year, when Wiens … I’ve know him previous years before HutchCC and he had talked to me and told me about it, and I was interested in it, and I enjoyed it a lot. Lane did a lot of recruiting, and I hope next year I can do the same.

Postseason looms for baseball

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The four-game series against Seward County Community College wrapped up the Hutchinson Community College baseball team’s regular season.

Each team won both of their games at home, splitting the series.

Hutchinson started the series poorly in Liberal, only managing to score two runs. The Blue Dragons could only get three hits off compared to Seward County’s 11. Game one finished 8-2 in favor of the Saints.

The next game of the day was much more exciting. Both teams batted pretty well, as they each achieved double digit hits. However, it was Seward County that came out on top again, 13-10.

The next day, the teams met again, this time at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons won an exciting first game that went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, a Seward County player committed a crucial error at third base, which led to the Blue Dragons scoring the game-winning run. With game one ending 6-5, Hutchinson used that momentum to put away Seward County in the final game of the series.

Tied after two innings, the Blue Dragons used the next five innings to bury the Saints, outscoring them 5-1.

The Blue Dragons ended the regular season at 34-19 overall and will begin postseason play today.

They face Coffeyville Community College at 2 p.m. for the opening round of the Region 6 Tournament. The best-of-three series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hobart-Detter Field, and if the first games are split, the decisive game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. The series winner advances to the double-elimination part of the tournament, which will be next week at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Lucas

Badinage vocal jazz earns international award

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Badinage, the prestigious vocal jazz group of Hutchinson Community College, has wrapped up their year with international recognition after being awarded the Downbeat 41st Annual Student Music Award for large group vocal jazz ensemble.

Downbeat Magazine has covered only the best jazz performers since its beginning in 1934. The award, though well-deserved, came as a pleasant surprise to Director Neal Allsup, who decided to submit the group’s work for the first time this year.

“Badinage has not missed a man-hour of rehearsal in 23 years,” Allsup said. “If they’re ill, they still want to come in and sit in the corner and rehearse. That’s how dedicated they are to their craft and to be able to produce a product that is worthy of a Downbeat award. We’ve had seven Carnegie Hall performances and we’ve been to JEN in the past. It’s not like we’ve all of a sudden made it. The awards we’ve got this year really are on the backs of all those wonderful, incredible students I’ve had over the last 20, 30 years.”

Each member of Badinage will receive a certificate to recognize their accomplishments. The group will also be featured in the June edition of the magazine, alongside several of the top jazz schools in the world.

“This award really is about the program,” Allsup said. “We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. It’s just that this year there has been a lot of opportunity and a lot of things that have come our way.”

In the future, Allsup plans to enter the group for more Downbeat categories including small group and ensembles.

However, Allsup emphasizes that it’s not just this year’s group that should be proud of the award. He believes that each group’s talent continues to shine through year-to-year.

“These vocal jazz singers, especially Badinage, they’ve been cranking it out like this for more than 20 years,” Allsup said. “This year we had a vocal jazz reunion inviting back students from the last thirty years to come to campus and we spent a whole weekend just remembering and rehearsing for a concert.”

Allsup said he hopes to host another vocal jazz reunion in another five years.

Badinage was also invited to perform at the most important international conference, The Jazz Educators Network, in Dallas, where only six schools are chosen to perform.

Only a few high schools in Kansas offer vocal jazz classes, so for most students, HutchCC is their first experience with the genre.

Next year, every member of Badinage is expected to return along with any incoming freshmen who make the cut.

“We may have to start a third group,” Allsup said. “My job is to go out and find outstanding musicianship.”

Students interested in joining are encouraged to audition, where, if they make the cut, will then be placed in either Badinage, or Allsup’s other equally-talented group, Sonance.

The group performs two major concerts at the college each semester, in addition to smaller performances at nursing homes and hospitals in the community.

“Next week we will go to a dementia and Alzheimer’s unit, and we’ll sit in a great big circle with them to sing,” Allsup said. “It’s one of the most touching and memorable performances.”

Badinage also travels to one conference each year, although they are often invited to perform at many other places across nation and world.

“We’ve had invitations to sing at festivals in Monteux, Switzerland, Cuba, Brazil, Japan,” Allsup said. “It’s amazing the kind of invitations we receive.”

Many of those invitations must be turned down but, with the new international recognition from Downbeat, the group will likely be flooded with additional attention.

The group’s work doesn’t end there. They also open for professional groups at the local Fox Theatre.

“Badinage came back early from Spring Break to open for ten-time Grammy winning group, Manhattan Transfer,” Allsup said.

Manhattan Transfer, the multi-Grammy winning jazz group that has been performing since 1969, was in awe of HutchCC’s badinage group, Allsup said.

The group also recently released a new song which, although the sheet music will not likely be available for several years, Badinage students worked hard to transcribe the song for their own performance.

“We’re the best kept secret in the town,” Allsup said.

For anyone interested in donating to the group or receiving an album of some of Badinage’s work, they can contact Neal Allsup in Stringer Fine Art’s Center.

Looking to transfer? Lau knows how

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Staff writer

The sun is finally out, the weather is getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing. Summer.

But, there are some things to be accomplished before summer officially begins. For many Hutchinson Community College students that means preparing for their next journey – transferring to another college.

Many students are already stressed with finals around the corner that transferring is on the back burner. Transferring can be stressful, because potential transfers may not know where to start. Not to worry. HutchCC’s very own coordinator of advising, Christopher Lau, answered some questions that students might have.

Q: What should HutchCC students planning to transfer this fall get done now? By May? By June?

A: At this point, there are several things that a transfer student would have already completed – visiting the transfer school, applying for admission and being accepted, completing the FAFSA and any scholarship applications, etc. So, at this point, the transfer student would need to finish strong and do well on his or her classes for the remainder of this semester. After graduation, the student will want to send an official transcript with all courses completed to the transfer school through the National Student Clearinghouse.

There is a link available to do this through DragonZone. For more information, students can visit http://www.hutchcc.edu/administration/records/transcript-request.

Next, during the summer, the student may be required to attend an orientation or transition event at the university.

Q: What should students who want to transfer this fall but aren’t sure where to transfer know?

A: Get in contact with your advisor now. While it may not be too late to transfer to a university, some universities have already awarded transfer scholarships and there may not be scholarship funding available.

Q: What resources are available at HutchCC to figure out the right school to transfer to?

A: If a student is undecided, he or she can talk with his or her advisor about colleges and universities in Kansas, the difference between private and public universities, which transfer schools offer the program a student is interested in, etc.

The Student Success Center in the Parker Student Union maintains a small transfer resource area with information from various transfer schools. Finally, many colleges and universities set up tables in high-traffic buildings on campus where students can ask questions of admissions representatives.

In addition to applying, being accepted, completing your FAFSA, and keeping up your current grades there is still more to be done. Students want to make sure that school they are transferring is the right school for them. One way to do this to go on a campus visit.

Chad Steinkamp, assistant Director of Admissions at Wichita State University said, “A campus visit can be a huge determining factor on where a student goes to school. It really can make or break your decision. Also, it is a great way to get additional information about campus that you might not already know.”

Moving to a new city, or even state can be intimidating. Especially coming for a community college, moving to a state college might me a big change for some students.

“When transferring to a state college there will be a few more people around and, in your classes, compared to community college but there are also many opportunities to get involved and meet new people,” Steinkamp said. “The last two or three years of college is really the time where you make the big decisions on what your career goals are, and WSU and other state schools can help you with that.”

However, there is one last thing to consider when transferring schools, and that is how do your classes transfer? The last thing anyone wants at this point is to have paid for classes that do not transfer the way you want them to.

For those students transferring to Wichita State University, they have a new transfer portal.

“The portal is called the transfer gateway and students can get to it by going to www.wichita.edu/transfergateway,” Steinkamp said. “Transfer students can put in all their classes they have taken at Hutch CC or about to take and the gateway will show them how it will transfer to us and how many credits they have left to get their degree with us.”

Students who are unable to decided were to transfer from should explore all their options.

Morgensen has been driving force

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

This is “The Bus”, Bobby Morgensen.

This is a bus.

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

During his first year at Hutchinson Community College, Bobby Morgensen quickly became one of the best baseball players in the conference.

He helped the Blue Dragons get deep into the Region 6 Tournament, until they lost to Neosho County Community College in the semifinals.

He had a great season. But Morgensen did have one mistake that landed him his lasting nickname, “The Bus.”

“Last year, we had a road series at Seward and I accidently missed the bus early in the

morning,” Morgensen said. “I ended up having to drive and catch the bus. Fortunately, I was

allowed to get on. I did get a one-game suspension, but all was forgiven after that.”

As the school year comes to a close at HutchCC, so does the baseball season. But before that, the Blue Dragons have postseason play.

This year’s Blue Dragon squad is once again a top team in the conference as they currently sit third. They’ve also compiled a 32-17 overall record going to the weekend four-game series against Seward County.

With the Region 6 Tournament starting next week, Hutchinson will not only be playing for a

regional championship, but also for a chance to secure a spot in the NJCAA World Series.

With the addition of some solid freshmen this year, the Blue Dragons look dangerous heading into the competition, but experience is a big part of playing well in tournament games, and that’s where Morgensen comes in.

Morgensen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 2016. He committed to Hutchinson to play baseball because he loved the coaching staff, and Hobart-Detter Field was “just beautiful.”

After his outstanding first year, Morgensen was named Jayhawk West freshman of the year, along with All-Region 6 first team. This year is no different, as he is once again playing at a high level. Morgensen currently has the second most runs (56), second most home runs (9), third most RBIs (44) and third most hits (57) on the team. He leads all other sophomores in those categories.

With the most important part of the season on the near horizon, “The Bus” is tuned-up, locked in and ready to go.

“My only goals for the rest of the year are to win Region VI and to advance to NJCAA

World Series in Colorado,” Morgensen said.

If the Blue Dragons can accomplish this feat, it would be the third time in program history,

and the first since 2010.

The talented left fielder has also committed to Florida Atlantic University to further his baseball career. There he can continue to grow and improve himself as a player, because he has potential to be playing the sport he loves for a long time.

Scenes from Monday’s Spring Fling

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Photos by Brenna Eller

The fellas claimed to be the winners. Checking to confirm.

The “winners” celebrate their victory. They claimed victory, at least. Checking to confirm …

Action packed race! Much like the Daytona 500!

What are the HutchCC Honors Projects? The students share their ideas

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Student: Garrett Allee’
Hometown: Viola
Major: Engineering
Honors project: Designing an auto-cap program and 3D printing for an iPhone 7 case.
Project explanation: Garret ale- I am designing an auto cap program and 3D printing for an IPhone 7 cases, in high school my engineering teacher actually decided to 3D print phone cases with the school logo and I wanted to try for myself and it just sparked it for me as well. Mine is more physical meaning I have all my past prints like physical done and I can show people them and show what went wrong and what I needed to change and I can also show pictures of my auto cap program. after I am done with Hutchinson I plan on transferring to K-state once I get there hopefully I’ll make a choice because at hutch they only have pre-engineering and as far as KSU has classes that offer that degree and so that’s what I hope to experience when I go to KSU

Student: Bianca Gutierrez
Hometown: Halstead
Major: Pre-Nursing
Honors project: Researching immunotherapy.
Project explanation: I have a partner and we are researching immunotherapy we are interviewing an oncologist and putting that in our paper so we get someone in the medical field perspective on that. Immunotherapy is the treatment of cancer cells using one’s own immune system cells and normally It’s your own body’s cell that go rouge and it’s injecting the body with a certain disease that the immune system, can recognize and you use to attack the cancer cells. immunotherapy did spark our interested because it’s not something that is being used, not widely and It’s being improved and so we are doing the research on how it works, and why it works and it can impact cancer patients in the future.

Student: Alex Ratzlaff
Hometown: Hutchinson
Major: Computer Science
Honors project: Exploring the relationship between news-media choice and your response to the news being reported on.
Project explanation: Mine is about the relationship between your choice of news media and your response to the news being reported on, for example if you were like you were responding to a post to the Washington post about the walk out, you would be more likely to be supportive for them, than you were on fox news.

Student: Bret Sauvage
Hometown: Falun
Major: Pre-Radiology
Honors project: Research on epigenetics and anxiety, and how epigenetics could be used to mediate or eliminate the effects of anxiety.
Project explanation: Brett Sauvage-  I am doing a research paper that as to be 10-15 pages on epigenetics and anxiety, and how the use of epigenetics could be able to mediate or eliminate it entire the effects of anxiety on people, or anxiety disorders for that matter.

Student: Lilly Ward
Hometown: Wichita
Major: History
Honors project: A cultural analysis over the Greek gods Poseidon and Athena.
Project explanation: “The two and how they been portrayed throughout the centuries, how each cultural there portray has been conflicted of the cultural. I love history and especially mythology and ancient history of geek. Basically anything geek or roman, it just fascinates me. And so that’s why I decided to choose mine and make it history related said Ward for mine I have to write a 15 page over it.

Student: Rachel Wright
Hometown: Little River
Major: Accounting
Honors Project: Crocheting, making a corner-to-corner throw, and benefiting the community.
Project Explanation: For the project, I had to write a research paper on crocheting and how it could be beneficial to individuals and their community. I have spent a lot of hours working on this, 50 at least. It seems like I’m finishing a lot, then I look at what I did and it doesn’t seem like much compared to all of the work I’ve put in. I don’t know what made me want to crochet when I was little, but it’s a great and kind of unique skill to have.

Honors program students thrive with leadership from Ryan Diehl

Friday, April 20th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

The Hutchinson Community College Honor’s Project is still going strong, nearly 25 years after its birth.

Ryan Diehl, HutchCC Curriculum and Program Improvement Coordinator, is the Honor’s Project Coordinator.

“The Honor’s Project dates back to the inception of the honor’s program, back in 1993 and 1994, and some of the students talked about how it’s a requirement of their scholarship,” Diehl said. “It’s tied to the Presidential, Presidential Gold and the Honors Merriment Scholarship.”

Diehl said a lot of the students are in the ED15H honors success seminar, and during the fall semester, students brainstorm different topics, and some students have majors that they want to go into.

Other students explore different fields, and Diehl’s role is to help them find a faculty mentor.

“They get together and start working in the spring, and what happens in the spring time, their very first assignment is to complete a proposal agreement with their faculty mentor,” Diehl said. “Then the honors sub committee reviews all the proposals, and then we offer feedback. We either approve them or approve them with some changes that need to be made, or we say ‘you need to come up with a better topic.’

“A majority of the time, it’s either approved or approved with a few changes. The only ones we rejected are projects they aren’t complicated. We try to look for creativity or some contributions to the field. It’s not something you go about and read a Wikipedia entry.”

Astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly inspires crowd

Friday, April 20th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

On April 17, one of the largest crowds the Dillon Lecture Series has ever seen, more than 4,000 people, gathered to listen to astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly, as he inspired the crowd with his speech and reminded them that “the sky is not the limit”.

From the second Kelly stepped on stage to a standing ovation, he told the story of how he transformed himself from class-skipping college student to a beloved and historic astronaut with nearly six million current twitter followers.

“When I was a kid growing up, I was a really, really bad student,” Kelly said, speaking to the hundreds of elementary to high school students from surrounding school districts. “I wanted to do anything else besides be a student.”

Kelly told of his difficulties with ADD and ADHD throughout his primary schooling before explaining that these issues continued to plague him in his first years of college.

“I was still struggling,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t pay attention. I couldn’t study. Eventually, I’m not even going to class anymore.”

But one book from his campus bookstore transformed his life.

“One day, I’m wandering across campus and happen to go into the bookstore to buy gum or something, and I see this book on the shelf,” Kelly said. “I was interested enough that I took my gum money, purchased the book, went back to my dorm room and laid there for the next three days on my unmade dorm room bed and read the stories.”

The book was “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe which told of how astronauts during earlier space travel reached their success.

“If I could just become a better student, maybe I could one day become an astronaut,” Kelly said.

And he did.

The rest of Kelly’s speech followed his adventures and mishaps that he experienced during his more than 500 days in space, while the crowd, packed shoulder-to-shoulder, listened intently on.

Although a career as an astronaut requires intense focus and drive to study, Kelly certainly kept his humor throughout his travels, and he sprinkled his speech with plenty of jokes to keep the crowd entertained and smiling.

“If we can dream it, we can do it,” Kelly said.

“If we have a plan, if we’re willing to take the the risks and make mistakes, if we focus on the things we can control and ignore what we can’t, if we test the status-quo and if we work as a team, because teamwork makes the dream work, and if we do that, then the sky is definitely not the limit.”

State Fair stays

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Word has been going around about possible removal of The Kansas State Fair from Hutchinson.

This came about after a bill was passed by State Rep. Don Schroeder, R-Hesston, which if it passed, would have allowed the State Fair Board to seek proposals from cities that had an interest in hosting the fair.

However, State Sen. Ed Berger, R-Hutchinson and former Hutchinson Community College president, introduced a bill, allowing state sales tax to be collected by and returned to the fair, but only if the fair stayed in Hutchinson. According to an article from The Hutchinson News, “Funds will end if the State Fair leaves the city limits of Hutchinson.”

Hutchinson Community College Director of Marketing and Public Relations Denny Stoecklein began his 20-year-involvement with the State Fair in 1995. His duties were to find corporate sponsorships, scheduling events happening during the fair, and was held responsible for marketing uses of the fairgrounds off-season as well.

After four years, Stoecklein was promoted to Assistant Manager, and in 2003, was titled General Manager. Stoecklein served that role until July 2015, when he was given the opportunity to be PR and Director of Marketing by HutchCC.

“With a history that dates back 100 years in Hutchinson and Reno County, I think the State Fair is quite secure where it’s at,” Stoecklein said. “Fairs are about tradition, traditions that vary with each person.”

When asked how the city of Hutchinson and the college would be affected if the State Fair was to be moved, Stoecklein said that there would be a huge impact, since the fair generates tens of millions of dollars annually, from the fair and many other events, non-fair related that utilize the buildings throughout the years.

Stoecklein said that HutchCC benefits from the fair through marketing offers to potential students, and provides a connection with current and former students.

“Just last year, hundreds of former students stopped by our booth to sign a historic desk from Lockman Hall (that’s currently in display in the Admissions office in the Student Union),” Stoecklein said.

There are also opportunities for student groups or clubs to raise money. They can earn by helping with parking spaces or working in the food court. Nursing students, are able to gain valuable hands-on experience assisting exhibitors in health-related fields,” Stoecklein said.