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Board Welcomes Residence Assistants, Bids Farewell to Retiring Member Dec 16, 2019

At the December meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees, the Board wrapped up its calendar year by welcoming the Resident Assistant students while also bidding farewell to one of its members.

The Resident Assistants are comprised of 21 students whose primary focus is managing their dormitory floor as well as planning and implementing social and educational programming for students in the residence halls.

The Board also recognized outgoing trustee Darrell Pankratz, who has retired from the board after more than 28 years of service.

In addition, the Board received reports on its ongoing Higher Learning Commission accreditation, its new partnership with Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for the care of its student-athletes and updates on the renovation of the student dining facility and the Jack Mull Family Football Complex.

In other business, Christina Henson with Swindoll Janzen Hawk & Loyd provided the Board with an overview of its 2019 financial statements and the Board approved President Carter File’s employment contract.

The next meeting of the board will be Thursday, January 9.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

For more information on Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu.

Board Welcomes Crops and Soils Judging Team, Receives Updates Nov 21, 2019

The November meeting of the Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees opened with the Board welcoming the members of the College’s Crops and Soils Judging team.  The team, led by agronomy instructor Kent McKinnis, is comprised of seven students from throughout Kansas who participate in four contests throughout the academic year.

The Board also received updates on its strategic planning initiatives and the student dining facility expansion project.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, December 12.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

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HutchCC Selected as Aspen Prize Finalist Nov 7, 2019

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Hutchinson Community College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

“It’s truly an honor to once again be recognized as one of the top institutions in the country”, said Dr. Carter File, President of Hutchinson Community College. “It’s a testament to the outstanding faculty and staff and their dedication to creating an environment that allows our students the opportunity to achieve at the highest level.”

The 150 community colleges named as eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.

Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.

For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, visit www.highered.aspeninstitute.org/aspen-prize.

Dillon Lecture Series to Host Celebrated STEM Educator Oct 23, 2019

The 2019 Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College will conclude its 2019 series with celebrated STEM educator Fredi Lajvardi . Lajvardi will speak on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Lajvardi captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary Underwater Dreams and was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts, starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team is also featured in the 2017 film Dream Big.

Honored with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Fredi continues to serve as a prominent advocate about the importance of STEM education nationwide.

With humor and compassion, Fredi brings audiences on his inspiring journey, illustrating the need to embrace diversity and invest in people to help others realize their potential. His incredible real-life tale equips you with the real life encouragement to maximize your own potential and to work together to solve complex problems.

Tickets to the lecture are currently on sale online and at the HutchCC Campus Store in the Parker Student Union.

Lajvardi will appear at a press conference for members of the media prior to the lecture.  The press conference is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Interview Room of the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

2019 is the 38th season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the HutchCC Campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or to become a patron, call Robin Woodworth at 620-665-3505 or visit the college website.

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