Posts Tagged ‘Hutchinson Community College’

Softball comes up short against Cowley

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College softball team came close to a signature win Tuesday at Fun Valley Sports Complex, but the Blue Dragons came up short in a doubleheader against Jayhawk East leader Cowley.

Cowley won the first game 6-1, and then edged the Blue Dragons 4-2 in the eight innings in the second game.

Sophomore Destiny Schultz pitched brilliantly for the Blue Dragons in the second game, holding Cowley to two runs over seven innings. In one stretch, Schulze retired 12 batters in a row.

Kameron Pope had two of HutchCC’s six hits in the second game. In the first game, the Blue Dragons had plenty of runners on base but went just 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

The Blue Dragons had come into the doubleheader on a tear, having won 12 of their last 14 games.

The Cowley games wrapped up conference play, and the Blue Dragons will most likely be the No. 4 seed in postseason play, which would mean they’ll be at home for the first round. They’ll take on the No. 11 seed, which will likely be Kansas City on April 28-29 at Fun Valley. The winner of the best-of-three first-round series advances to Topeka for the double-elimination part of the tournament.

The Dillon Lecture Series celebrates milestone speaker

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Staff writer

The Dillon Lecture Series was a dream for two women, Barbara Peirce and Jeanette Mull. These two women wanted to bring a similar event that started at Kansas State University, to Hutchinson Community College.

This has become an event that has now been taking place for over 36 years at HutchCC. This event is now called The Dillon Lecture Series.

The Dillon Lecture Series started on March 29, 1982, with Richard Morefield, who had been an Iranian hostage. The public, college professors, students and staff were all invited to this event. Over 2,000 people attended the first lecture. Because, this event received great responses, they decided to keep it going.

With the hard work of the Dillon Lecture Series committee, HutchCC has been able to keep this event up and running for 36 years and been able to get some big names.

Robin Woodworth, the coordinator for the Dillon Lecture Series said, “Most big names are through speaker agencies, but some have been arranged through connections of Dillon Lecture committee members or community members.”

Arranging for guest speakers to come take a lot of preparation. The committee first must confirm the guest speaker, and arrange the contract.

“Once a speaker is confirmed and contract is signed, there are basic tasks to prepare – scheduling venue, reserving hotel for speaker, securing helpers for lecture and sending out tickets to patrons,” Woodworth said.

There are many hopes for the Dillon Lecture Series in the future. The series tries to get guest speakers that will connect with all age groups. The series also hopes to continue to find guest speakers that delay a message that everyone can relate with.

“We hope to continue to bring interesting and engaging speakers, they may not always have a name you recognize, but maybe the you will recognize their story from their life experiences,” Woodworth said.

Stockman’s mom has served as inspiration after severe accident

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Brynne Stockman understands the challenges softball can bring. The Hutchinson Community College freshman works with the pressure that comes with pitching, and she knows how difficult it is to hit a softball safely among nine opponents.

Stockman, however, has been well-trained off the field in how to handle life’s biggest challenges, as she’s watched her mother struggle with serious injuries due to a horrific car crash that left her with many life-long injuries.

Although Mija Stockman manages the disabilities everyday, she doesn’t let it get the better of her. The strength and determination that Mija Stockman shows motivates many people – there’s a popular Facebook page that regularly updates Mija’s progress – including Brynne, who uses that motivation to be the best person she possibly can be everyday.

The morning of December 20, 2013 was the day that the Stockman family’s lives changed forever. While Mija Stockman was traveling from Lindsborg to McPherson for work as a teacher, she was struck by another car, whose driver was drunk.

Mija was immediately taken to the McPherson hospital, but was quickly transported to Via Christi in Wichita. After she was stable enough, Mija was flown to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Due to severe brain trauma, she was in a coma for many months. Her right eye also had to be sewn shut from the force of the impact and her left eye with limited vision.

Seven months after the initial accident, Mija became healthy enough to return to Kansas. She was transferred to Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner, a Kansas City suburb. There, she learned how to walk, eat and drink by herself, but at a slow and steady pace.

“It’s affected our family tremendously,” Brynne Stockman said. “It’s also very hard as a daughter seeing your mom in that condition and not having her around the house throughout my high school years, but I always knew that she was in good hands.”

On April 26, 2016, Mija’s stay in Gardner was complete and she moved to Overland Park to live with her parents. Mija goes to therapy three times a week and does many activities to help, including therapeutic horse riding and volunteering in first grade classrooms.

“It has made my sisters and I much closer, as well as my grandma. I love seeing my mom’s progress and it makes me so happy to see how hard she works to be able to be here with all of us,” Brynne said.

Mija’s crash also influenced Kansas to pass what is known as “Mija’s Law.” First introduced by Kansas Representative Les Mason, it makes the sentences tougher for drunk drivers that cause permanent damage to another person by allowing previous DUI convictions to be considered in sentencing. In Mija’s case, the driver had two previous DUIs. On February 26, 2015, the Kansas House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously, along with the Senate, a month later.

Along with the brain injury, vision loss, and a broken leg, Mija also suffered a mini stroke, which affected the left side of her body and makes it hard to move. In addition, she’s had 10 different surgeries, for various issues, as well. Living far from Brynne means not being at many of her softball games, but she has been to a few as the season continues.

It’s been hard for the Stockman family for the past few years, but Mija’s story is remarkable. Through all of this, Brynne said her mom is still a happy person that doesn’t lose faith.

Brynne said softball has always been her favorite sport, coming from a family with it in their blood, as her older sister, Eryn, played for Emporia State.

“Softball has been my favorite sport my whole life, and ever since my mom’s accident, I have always been motivated to try my hardest in everything that I do,” Brynne said. “It makes me so sad knowing my mom isn’t able to do a lot of the things that she used to be able to do, so I do my best in honor of her. I want to make my mom proud, and I want to tell her about all of the good things I am doing in life instead of just reminiscing on the past and not moving forward.”



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

Baseball, softball teams get back to the field and winning

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team played for the first time in nine days Tuesday, but the Blue Dragons were on top of their game as they swept Redlands Community College 13-5 and 6-5.

Both games were seven innings.

The Blue Dragons were to play at Rose State College during the weekend, but bad weather forced the three-game series to be cancelled.

Tuesday’s wins improved the Blue Dragons to 6-3. They will have their first Jayhawk West series this week, as Thursday, the Blue Dragons host Colby, and make the return trip to Colby on Saturday.

Softball sweeps Bethany JV – After a two-week hiatus, the Hutchinson Community College softball team was back in action Tuesday at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

The long wait didn’t hamper the Blue Dragons, as they pounded Bethany’s junior varsity 27-2 and 7-2 in the doubleheader.

The Blue Dragons pounded 25 hits in the first game and 10 more in the nightcap.

The Blue Dragons, who improved to 6-0, wasted no time in jumping on top, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Shelby Felvus and Bekah Roberts provided the big hits in the inning, Felvus smacking a two-out, two-run double, and Roberts later adding a two-run triple.

The Blue Dragons put the game away with 10 runs in the third inning on 10 hits. Four consecutive RBI singles by Kameron Pope, DJ Cannon, Felvus and Brynne Stockman put the game out of reach.

The second game was a little tighter, as Bethany led 2-0 after two innings. But the Blue Dragons tied it in the third inning on Raven Bass’ two-out, two-run double.

In the fifth inning, HutchCC surged ahead with three runs. Felvus’ two-out, two-run single was the big hit of the inning.

HutchCC in the midst of a 12-game road trip, won’t play at home again until March 13.

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

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.