Posts Tagged ‘students’

Student/Instructor communication (Why can’t we be friends)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Collegian Editor-In-Chief

As Hutchinson Community College is a junior college, the students and instructors have more one-on-one interaction than that of a four-year school, where the professor might not even know the names of his or her students.

That being said, broader communication is often expected of a teacher from the students.

Also, just getting out of high school, where teachers cared whether or not you pass because it is a reflection on them as a teacher, versus coming here to find out that being an adult, the instructors aren’t there to make sure you do everything right and get homework in on time. That is mainly up to the students and their responsibility to balance their lives accordingly to their academics.

Some students believe that instructors communicate a fair amount, while others view the communication is lacking.

HutchCC freshman Autumn Frickey, Lindsborg, gave her views on teacher-student communication.

“Honestly, the instructors I’ve had don’t communicate as I thought they would, and it’s just easier to ask friends or people in class for help,” Frickey said.

Frickey makes the argument that instructors should check their email more often and that checking emails is the overall issue for articulation with instructors.

When asked what her preferred method of communication, Frickey said, “I would talk to my teachers face-to-face, but normally they have to rush to their next class to get ready, so email is better.”

Since communication is generally a two-way deal, and not all of the responsibility is on the instructor, Frickey said, “Some students should ask questions earlier, but I feel as if it is both the student and the teacher’s fault. However, the school isn’t that big and I feel like they should be more one-on-one with the students.”

Sociology instructor Kim Newberry, who has worked at the college for more than a decade, shared her thoughts on communication between her students, and agrees that it is lacking not only between students, but everywhere.

“I have students that will email a question when they are sitting in my class and could ask right then,” Newberry said.

Sometimes classes can fluctuate when it comes to being social and in Newberry’s case, she recognizes that one class of hers is very quiet where no one hardly talks while other classes seem to carry conversations just fine.

Newberry said the reason for the inadequacy which she believes is that students would rather be on their phones or listening to music.

The most appropriate form of communication to Newberry would be to speak to one another in person. “Email is great for quick communication, but face-to-face is always bet for anything serious,” Newberry said.

When asked how this issue could be resolved, Newberry said, “If a student has an issue, he or she needs to learn how to communicate, most of us only want our students to succeed, and we cannot help if we do not know that there is a problem.”

Also when it comes to discussion between students and instructors, Newberry said that seeing each other in person should be the norm for all relationships.

“So many nuances of communication can be lost in an email or a text,” Newberry said.

Amber Brawner, coordinator/instructor of the visual media design program who has been at HutchCC for about 12 and a half years, shared her expectations of communication from her students lately.

“Communication is definitely a two-way street,” Brawner said. “It’s frustrating when students just walk out of the class without saying a word because oftentimes they miss material that is on a test or instructions for an assignment, and then wonder why they get the grade that they got.”

She also said that it is irritating when that same student doesn’t talk to her about their grade and how to get extra credit.

Student sees Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

By Lauren Rust

The Pope had an enjoyable and successful trip in the U.S. in September.  He greeted many people during his stay. This Pope has maintained good relations with the American government. In this photo, in Vatican Square, he greets a tourist carrying an American flag.

The Pope had an enjoyable and successful trip in the U.S. in September. He greeted many people during his stay. This Pope has maintained good relations with the American government. In this photo, in Vatican Square, he greets a tourist carrying an American flag.

Pope Francis came to America, making both Catholics and non-Catholics flock across the country to see him.

Francis was here from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, making for a week the United States will not forget for a long time. The pope visited Washington D.C. first where he met President Obama on the 22nd.

On the 23nd, Francis canonized Junipero Serra, therefore making him a saint, becoming the first ever canonization on American soil.

The next day Francis spoke at a joint session of the U.S. Senate and the House.

“Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation,” Francis said.
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Students list their favorite TV shows

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

By Darriell Rhodes

No matter where you grew up, or what culture you have embraced, it is likely that you can name favorite television shows that you enjoyed as a child.

Some HCC students were asked to name their favorite shows, from back in the day, and why.

Alohondro Custis-El , Philadelphia, said his favorite was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring a young, fresh-faced Will Smith who had cool clothes and a fine haircut.

“I grew up watching Will Smith do stand-up comedy,” Custis-El said. “I also grew up watching him in high school basketball.”
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Students respond to sexual assault survey for HCC campus

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

By Zeke Willcox

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

While colleges across America are paying closer attention to reports of sexual assault on their campuses, a recent survey indicated that such crimes may be relatively rare at Hutchinson Community College.

When asked if they had known of a female who had been raped on a college campus with the past two years, 72 HCC students answered, almost unanimously, they had not.

Of those 72 responses, three female and two males answered yes, they each knew of a female who had experienced such an attack, (not naming the college).
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Students should stop whining and do their homework

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

By Lariena Nokes

School is necessary in America. It is required by law and you must be educated, in some way, to have a chance at success.
If you are a student, a teacher, or a parent of small children in school, then there is a good chance you had an inspirational teacher — or met a teacher who missed the mark.
Teachers challenge us and talented ones unlock the true importance of learning by assigning homework.
The tasks include drills for spelling and math, timed practices, completing worksheets, reading, and reports. They teach us lessons on how to study and to learn new material in the future.
A wise person once said, “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but not what to see.”
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