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Kicking Across Kansas

Food Flood

New restaurants come to Hutchinson

Dale Conard 40 years in the classroom

Outreach Centers

Outreach centers sculpt students

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MEE T THE STA FF On the cover: Dayna Johnson, Wichita, dribbles the ball away from HCC’s goal during the SW Illinois game at home on Oct. 1. Allie Schwiezer

The Dragon’s Tale is published three times a year by the Magazine Production class of Hutchinson Community College, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501. When compiled, the three issues serve as an overview of the activities and the people of HCC during the school year.

Amber Brawner

Taryn Gillespie

Izabella Godinez

Kyle Harrington





Jeff Leddy

Evan Newlin

Loribeth Reynolds

Lana Robison





Megan Ryan

Allie Schweizer

Patrick Williams





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Table Of

Contents 4 Campus Security

What’s being done to create a safe campus

Kyle Harrington

6 Wake the Force

Fall homecoming

Lana Robison & Taryn Gillespie

8 HCC Reaches Out

Outreach Centers

Jeff Leddy

12 Divisive Choice Political involvement on campus

Patrick Willaims & Evan Newlin

16 Dale Conard

Teacher Profile

Loribeth Reynolds

18 Class to Career

Healthcare programs thrive at HCC Patrick Willams &


22 Third Thursday Downtown event highlights local talent

Megan Ryan

24 Collegiate Photo Internship Students compete at state fair

Taryn Gillespie

26 Rolling Riots Roller derby team in the rink

Loribeth Reynolds

30 Food Flood

New restaurants in Hutchinson

Evan Newlin

34 Kicking Across Kansas Lady Dragon Soccer

Izabella Godinez

36 Going the Distance Cross Country

Jeff Leddy

40 At The Net Volleyball

Megan Ryan

42 One Game at a Time Football

Allie Schweizer

46 Advertisements Staff


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Campus HCC Reaches Out Outreach centers sculpt students

Homecoming Star Wars themed week

Campus Safety Continued process of improvements

Political Groups Groups on campus share their opinions


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HCC security is a continuous process of updates, improvements, and constant supervision.

While on patrol, Dylan Holt, student security officer from Hutchinson, radios his partners. Student security can be seen patroling in the evening.

From 2000 to 2013, the FBI reported 7 out of 10 mass shootings occurred at school or business locations. Preventing Hutchinson Community College from being one of those seven is the HCC security team. HCC security is relentless in their continued adaptations and innovations. Ranging from issues as seemingly minor as changing light bulbs on sidewalk lamps to developing detailed strategies for campus emergencies including bad weather, fires, and active shooters. There is no oversight, HCC is prepared for everything from cardiac arrests to minor cuts. With so many different aspects of campus security, there are also many people involved to make sure every scenario and consideration is examined. HCC has a Safety and Security Committee headed by Glenn Acheson. The committee considers campus security in the present as well as the future and prepares plans to adapt and stay current. “We go to great lengths to keep campus lit,” Steven Dunmire, lead security officer, sai This might include the installation of up-to-date cameras, or upgrading

outside lighting to L.E.D. bulbs, and even training that students and staff receive to keep them prepared for any situation. Being prepared for anything requires having two main components. First, having the tools needed to handle the situation, like first aid kits, defibrill tors or a fire extinguisher. The second is having the training and experience to properly use the tools provided and knowing what the proper action to take during the situation is. “Know where you are, where the safe zones are,” said Glenn Acheson, assistant director of IT Most buildings on campus have a defibrillator and stocked first aid kit. Every classroom has a posted packet detailing emergency procedures. To fulfill the second component, HCC keeps their staff trained and ready to respond to a variety of situations. In order to stay current with evolving threats, HCC held an active shooter scenario training in June. The event involved employees and students on campus as well as the Hutchinson Police Department.

Kyle Harrington



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Steven Dunmire, lead security officer, collects safety cones from a campus parking lot. Dunmire monitored the parking lots throughout the day.

The training exercise included a walk through by the HPD to evaluate weaknesses on HCC’s behalf. “Think about what you would do,” Acheson said. In addition to live training events, the college plans to keep its technology systems up to date. Most people don’t have land line phones, and that affects how emergency situations are communicated. Because of this shift in technology, HCC developed many different ways to communicate emergencies which includes e-mail, text message alerts, phone calls, and soon, digital broadcasts on campus televisions. This reduces the chance of missing an important announcement regarding campus safety or other relevant announcements, like bad weather that might result in a cancellation of classes. “Students see what we might not” Dunmire said. Even with the technology, the greatest campus security tool HCC has is its student body. Students see and hear far more than any security system can pick up so communication is key to preventing campus threats. One way to communicate with HCC security is with an application called TIPS. TIPS is an easy-to-use reporting system. While it’s not a substitute for calling 911 during an emergency, it is a way to report any suspicious activity on campus. The TIPS system is found on the home page of the HCC website. “Be alert,” Acheson said. “And get as much information as possible” Even with a vigilant student body and advanced technology on campus, an on-campus office is a necessity. Dunmire serves as the sole full-time employee responsible for patrolling campus. He also serves on the safety and security committee. In addition to the committee, Dunmire attends national

Kyle Harrington

Text alerts are a way to stay informed on important campus announcements. These can be turned on from the DragonZone dashboard. It may require the user to update some contact information.

meetings where college security officia meet to discuss strategies and tools they use to maintain safe campuses across the nation. Dunmire can’t be on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so he manages a group of student security officer that patrol during the classes offered at night. In addition to these students, there is a licensed guard service employed by

The TIPS reporting system walks users through easy-toanswer questions. While not all of them have to be filled out, the more information provided the better.

the college to monitor the campus in evening hours. “Security is a process, not a product.” Acheson said. The never-ending task of upgrading the college’s security infrastructure keeps the team constantly busy. Adding patrols on campus and handling investigations of reported incidents their job is never done.


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Fall homecoming theme based on Star Wars film 3.

1. A crowd of students attempts to catch t-shirts thrown into the crowd during a pep assembly held at Gowans Stadium. The shirts were thrown out by the student government association. Loribeth Reynolds

2. Allie Schweizer, Nickerson, and Kyann Eslick, Ulysses, dance together during the homecoming dance held at the Kanas State Fair grounds in the Sunflower Building. They eventually went to dance the night away. Courtesy of Merissa Anderson

3. Megan Storie, Derby, and Aaron Avelar, Goodland, smile after they are crowned king and queen at half time of the homecoming football game on Oct. 15. Story and Avelar representated SGA. Courtesy of Bailey Terry

4. The Dragon Dolls and the HCC cheer team perform during the homecoming assembly. They dance to get the students pumped up. Loribeth Reynolds

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force A crowd of students dances in a circle during the homecoming dance. The dance was held on Oct. 13. Courtesy of Merrissa Anderson

Homecoming Activities Oct. 10 Medallion Hunt Light Saber Run Oct. 11 Soccer vs. Hesston Pumpkin Patch Party Oct. 12 Homecoming Assembly Volleyball vs. Cloud The Force Awakens Screening Oct. 13 Dance Oct. 15 Football vs. Ellsworth Iowa King & Queen Crowning

Kortney Sweet, Salina, and her friends gather before the start of the Light Saber Run, an activity for this year’s homecoming week. The event was held Oct. 10 and started at the Parker Student Union. Loribeth Reynolds HOMECOMING

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College offers students from surrounding communities quality, affordable education close to home.

The main campus at Hutchinson Community College stretches along Plum Street with its sprawling, well-maintained grounds, scenic pond, bubbling fountain and vibrant fl wer gardens. The JFK Library and Rimmer Learning Resource Center offer research and computer access to students, the Parker Student Union houses the bookstore, snack room, billiards tables, and more. Shears Technology Center contains the technology labs and classrooms, and the Stringer Fine Arts building has student music and artwork lining the walls. Aside from what is found on main campus, there are still three integral parts of HCC that are not found in Hutchinson, the HCC Outreach Centers. These outreach centers are located in McPherson, Newton, and Fort Riley. All offering courses of study and programs where students can earn their associates degree, take general education classes, or earn college credit while still in high school. Kristie Torgerson, outreach coordinator for the McPherson and Newton centers, oversees two HCC locations. Matthew Runyan, Conway Springs, and Wade Moore, Inman, practice transporting a patient with the paramedic program at Newton. The students became familiar with the equipment that they would be using out in the field. Jeff Leddy



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“We always strive for consistency for our students at the outreach centers so that they can have access to services. How they access them might be a little bit different. Usually there is not anything that they can’t get. There are some specific program courses that they may need to go to Hutch for,” said Torgerson. The classes offered in the outreach centers vary. “Microbiology is a very expensive course to offer in terms of equipment but we will be offering it for the first time this spring, here at the McPherson center,” Torgerson said. Accessibility and quality are the two mainstays of the HCC Outreach Centers. “Just being able to provide those access points so that students can get classes when they need them, where they need them,” Torgerson said. “That’s kind of our motto a little bit.” In cities where the other education options are private, residential colleges, the outreach centers stand side by side with these institutions. McPherson has McPherson College as well as Central Christian College and Newton has Bethel College. A coexistence has formed between these colleges and HCC. Just like main campus, these sites offer many services to current and prospective students. “We have advising services at both locations,” said Torgerson. “We encourage students to come in, meet with advisors, and make a plan. We do tours when there are students who are trying to decide what to do. We work with all the area high schools. That’s a big thing that we support at all of our outreach centers is all of our service area wide high schools.” During the fall, shirts were distributed to students on main campus. According to Torgerson, the McPherson center also distributed hundreds of shirts to area high school students enrolled at HCC, to make them feel connected and identify with the college. Activities throughout the semester help outreach centers provide more of a college experience to students at theses sites such as student appreciation week where snacks, drinks, and door prizes are handed out In McPherson, they have a student life event called Subs and Success. Students can come in and sign up for a seminar on a variety of topics. These range from time management, to financial aid. The center provides this course to it’s students as well as sub sandwiches for the students to enjoy while attending. Other activities at the Outreach Centers include their own Red Ribbon Week and career fairs where local businesses looking to hire come to the center. They strive to do things that are appealing for their respective student population. “We have some uniqueness to each location and we try really hard to build up those uniquenesses as we market to prospective students,” said Torgerson.

Nursing Instructor Kimberly Folck teaches a class in trachelectomy care. Justin Phillips, Buhler, participated in the lab as part of the practical nursing program at the McPherson Outreach Center. Jeff Leddy

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Students at the McPherson center relax in the lounge area before class starts. The center offers classes from microbiology to algebra, enabling students to complete an entire degree. Jeff Leddy

McPherson has a practical nursing program while Newton is a more extensive career and technical education center as well as having an EMS program. Each center includes a bookstore that provides study aids and school supplies. Financial aid travels to the sites at least once a month and counseling is offered to ensure students are on the right academic path. Interactive television rooms allow additional classes to link up one teacher to multiple locations. This also provides more accessibility to high school students HCC has been reaching out to the community and areas outside of Hutchinson for two decades. “Twenty years ago we started the full service outreach centers, but we had a presence well beyond that,” Torgerson said. “We have had a presence here for years and years. Dr. Berger, in fact, was the one who used to go around to all the areas high schools and start classes at McPherson high school and Newton high school. Before we had centers we were still going out to high schools at night and offering classes we just didn’t have full service centers at that time.” While the mission of the outreach program has always been the same, the demographic of students has changed over the last twenty years. “Twenty years ago, if you looked at the outreach population, we were probably between 70 to 75 percent non-traditional, and that number has steadily gone down. Our average age at that time was in the mid 30’s, and now that has really kind of gone down and

our population is a little bit younger now,” Torgerson said, “I think that students and parents are looking at HCC in their community as an option opposed to ‘I need to pack up and go to a four-year school’ or that sort of thing. They are looking and saying ‘wow I’ve got these many classes, and step ahead credits so I think I will go to the center in McPherson or in Newton and maybe get my first year out of the way and then go off.’ So that’s really kind of leveled out our population so we are not as much non-traditional, we are a little more split.” Along with the quality and accessibility of the education, financially, the outreach centers appeal to ma y students. “It gives people that option, they can stay at home, they can save money, they can get a quality education, and they don’t have to pack everything up and move, at least for the first couple of years,” Torgerson said. A student can remain in their hometown, stay in their community, and access programs from HCC that sometimes aren’t even offered at main campus. For example, the only Practical Nursing Program through HCC is housed in McPherson as well as Fort Riley. Smaller class sizes are a uniqueness of the centers that benefit students. “Generally speaking our instructor-student ratio is a little bit smaller, I think that does provide some uniqueness to the learning environment,” Torgerson said. Instructors at the outreach centers are primarily part-time employees. “The faculty are out in the discipline working, so it may be a physician that is out there practicing, it might be a vet that’s practicing, and then they come in here during the day or in the evening and teach a class for us on Anatomy and Physiology or General Biology,” Torgerson said. “So it’s kind of the best of both worlds for our students because they get someone who is academically qualified, because we do have to meet the same standards that they meet for full time, they are academically qualified but they are also still out in the work world and bringing that related work experience into the class room.” Just like main campus, the outreach centers are student oriented. Constant evaluation of schedules and listening to the students’ needs are ways the sites strive to provide a better experience. “A good example of that is when we first started offering classes off campus before we had centers, it was more of those types of classes that you don’t need a lot of equipment, like general psychology, speech, or English Composition. We actually now, at both locations, have full functioning science labs,” Torgerson said.

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The centers strive to remain active and visible in their communities both in Newton and McPherson. The McPherson center will be hosting a Chamber of Commerce coffee on October 20. “We like to host things like that in the community so that we can get more people here so that they can understand, I think when you are outside and you look at our storefront you don’t realize that we are a huge operation once you get in the door, so we like to host community events here,” Torgerson said. Jeffrey Sperry, engineering student from Newton, is taking advantage of getting his education where he wants it, when he wants it, and how he wants it. Being from Newton, it only made sense for Sperry to go to the outreach center to work towards his goal of transferring to Wichita State University. “I really like how easy it is to get help whenever you need anything. Usually you can find a teacher ‘cause they are just walking around some of the time, and everyone is happy to help which is really nice,” Sperry said. The personal feeling and atmosphere of the Newton Outreach Center is appealing to Sperry. The smaller class and campus size makes him feel like its not so overbearing and overloaded at Newton. Sperry said he appreciated the help from Karen Roth, Academic

Advisor, who has worked with him on transfer courses to WSU. “Karen Roth, she was a great help when it came to figuring out all the classes I need and figuring out what I need to do to transfer to WSU.” Sperry said. “They have people come in if you have trouble with your loans,” Sperry said. “There was some info that was messed up with my loans and they immediately had someone here that could help with that. It was nice to have that help.” Sperry plans finishing his associates degree at Newton and then transfer to WSU. “The HCC Outreach center has been a huge help for me when all the craziness of first starting out in college,” Sperry said. “I feel that it is a good starting point.” Wade Moore, 21, Inman, is another student who attends the Newton center. “I initially started as a fire science student,” said Moore. “I got my associates degree in fire science and then pretty much immediately after, I started my gen eds to come and do the paramedic program.” In a profession that often relies on the latest equipment to help save lives the Newton center does well in providing that equipment to its students.

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Students of the Paramedic program at Newton work in real life scenarios to become practitioners of the highest level of pre-hospital care. Newton also offers a technical education program. Jeff Leddy


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The political climate at HCC is startlingly calm given the candidate’s recent actions


hen a discussion is started regarding politics with today’s college student, their opinions are immediately drawn to the presidential race. The contentious nature of the debates, the drastic difference in idealism and the overwhelming dissatisfaction with government as a whole imbues students with an apathy that tears at the fabric of today’s society. There is a deeper level of politics and involvement that exists at every college and the civic leaders are reaching out to students to help make change a reality. Labels like Republican, Democrat, and moderate, pale in comparison to the message for college students. Students align less with historic party affiliation and attach more importance to platform and policies that the candidates are putting forth. The national leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties threatens to force college students to adopt a moderate standing. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders took it upon himself to speak directly to a generation affected by issues that are real to them. Nationwide, college-age individuals flocked to his campaign eschewing party lines and demonstrating the new face of American political outreach. Politics dominate American lives: the methods in which things are changed, how policies are developed, and the creation of new legislation. The American Freshman: National Norms 2015, a survey conducted by UCLA, found that more than 60% of current college students state that they will take part in an election before they finish college. The importance of civil engagement has seen a steady increase among college freshmen over the last 5 years. The study also identified that 70% felt “the importance of helping others in need,” as the driving force in their decisions. College activism finds strength in programs like the young political groups. The leaders help guide the students, navigating the pit falls of action that is counterproductive to activism. They help students network with local official that can affect real change and can introduce legislation.


Brad Fenwick, director of Rimmer Support Systems, and Ron Hulsey, part-time outreach business instructor, sponsor the Young Democrat and Young Republican clubs on campus. In each club, they help students navigate political questions, aspirations, and assist with local level political drives. The world of college politics is about far more than student government, presidential elections, and what bill will be passed in November. The groups both work to learn how change is brought about at a grass roots level. They meet to discuss how the political climate has changed. They also attend meetings and learn the process of civics. The clubs assist local political committees by canvassing for signatures from registered voters, helping get candidates added to ballots, building support for upcoming legislation, attending town meetings, engaging local politicians to speak at the college, and forming action plans to create achievable results. They operate independently from student government and look forward to making a difference not only in the day to day lives of today’s college students but a far reaching impact on the surrounding community. Involvement in these clubs is at drastically low levels. Membership drives and informational meetings have occurred on campus to bolster numbers and interest. During the Activities Fair held in September, email addresses were gathered but it hasn’t translated into attendance numbers. MTV, the American cable and satellite television channel, worked hard with their “Rock the Vote” campaign to make students aware of the power they hold in their hands. When students talk about trying to affect change, joining these clubs is the very first step to building a deeper understanding of the political world that surrounds them. Change cannot occur without action, and action without direction is useless. Now is the time for college students to make their voices heard and joining these organizations is the first step to making that difference


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Classroom Dale Conard 40 years in the classroom

Class to Career Healthcare students prepare for careers


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“Many high school students are looking to get an education and go right into the workforce, while other non-traditional students are returning to enhance their skills.� -David Chastain

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Dale Conard: A dedicated teacher

From inside his office, Dale Conard, arigculture diesel instructor, speaks with Jeff Freppon, agriculture instructor. Conard was recently recognized for 40 years of teaching at HutchCC. Loribeth Reynolds

Instructor invests 40 years in the argiculture program at Hutchinson Community College


n the middle of a workshop located at south campus is Dale Conard’s office For the last 40 years he has taught the Agriculture Diesel Program for Hutchinson Community College. He built the program from the ground up when he was hired in 1976 at age 26. Conard graduated from Kansas State University and landed his first teaching job at Arkansas City.

“I decided not to teach anymore, so I quit that job,” he said. “It was too much work. Then I applied for a job at a John Deere dealership and started working there.” There was no way for Conrad to know that the green tractors he was selling would supply the slow forward movement that would take him back into teaching. His time in the dealership became a pivotal aspect of his appeal to Hutchinson Community College. “The college called me on a hot July day and asked if I would fill this position,” Conard said. “That was back in 1975, and I declined. I really didn’t want to move to Hutch.” The ag diesel program was just a thought at that time and the shop was nothing but a shell. “After Christmas that year they called back and wanted me to reconsider,” he said. “They really wanted someone with a college degree, teaching experience and experience working at a dealership.” Conard accepted. He worked on curriculum for the program for six months in the year of 1976. He also helped lay out the workspace inside of the shop and by August of that year the program was ready. “Of course, I’ve revised and added to the curriculum since then,” Conard said. “Keeping up with technology can be difficult but that Conard laughs while saying this is the original desk he started out with. He joked that he had not seen the top of his desk since 1976. Loribeth Reynolds



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In his earlier teaching days, Conard talks with agriculture students in a field. He wrote the curriculum for the Agriculture Diesel Program at HCC. Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

is something we always try to do. I learn from the students all the time. There is always an exchange of ideas here because a lot of them have their own experiences to draw from.” Seth Robinson, Harper, is one of Conard’s students. He spends his time between classes sitting in Conard’s office drinking coffee and talking about farming. “He can be pretty exciting,” Robinson said. “You just never know what’s coming. His favorite saying is, ‘Did you read the book?’” Also found in Conard’s offic between classes is Payden Schag, Lindsborg. He said he feels like he gets a lot out of Conard’s classes because he pushes students to go further. “He really challenges you to figure it out on your own,” Schag said. “Like if you’re having trouble with some engine part, he’ll always ask you if you read the book first. That’s why I like his class, it teaches you to troubleshoot.” Conard said he feels accomplished when he meets with students who have graduated. “I like seeing former students and what they’re doing now,” he said. “Some have had a lot of success in this field. We have some students who work at AGCO, some are farming, some are applying this knowledge at home, others have chosen not to go into it, but knowing that I helped them make that decision is an accomplishment for me.” For instructors who hope to make it as long as Conard, he does have some advice.

“It’s going to take at least fi e years to get settled in,” he said. “You have to have a passion for teaching, and if it’s not there this it’s going to be difficult After 40 years, Conard calls his job interesting and he still enjoys the problem solving that comes a lot with it. “Out here we work on different projects,” he said. “We are constantly trying to figure out the solution to a problem, and most of the time our problems are different. Sometimes it’s the same problem, just different faces. That’s what keeps it interesting for me.” He said that eventually he will retire, but not today. “A lot has happened in 40 years,” he said. “I still know and get together with students from my first class. Retirement will come sooner or later, I’m not quite sure when, but it will happen. I’m passionate about teaching, and the students, it’s really the students that keep me here.”


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Class to Career


Students seek career opportunities in the high demand healthcare field When children of the post World War 2 era were asked what they wanted to do for a career, the stereotypes of their generation: lawyer, astronaut, engineer, soldier, and President, permeated the answers. Now these children are beginning to grow older and the booming employment is the field of health Students today are looking at careers

based more on pay and availability and less based on the media driven roles of the past. Hutchinson Community College offers one of the area’s strongest and varied Allied Health programs for the healthcare industry. HCC boasts a higher than national average graduation rate for its nursing programs. Designed for career placement

Gabriel Holden, respiratory therapy student, shows the class how much oxygen is exhaled as gas. Students learned to use the equipment during lab classes on campus. Allie Schweizer


by the Allied Health systems, employers recognize the quality of graduates and are ready to bring them aboard into these extremely competitive fields David Chastain, Allied Health academic adviser said, “I take students through career counseling many times to make sure it is the right fit for them. The hands-on approach used by the advisement staff at HCC ensures that the students are well versed in the demands of the job while preparing them for success in the field. The college offers six different noncertificate programs in the health field: healthcare coding specialist, information technology in healthcare (HITECH), implementation and support specialist, practical nursing, pharmacy technician, and surgical technology. In addition to the non-certificat programs, HCC offers eight degree programs ranging from sports medicine to nursing. With much of the curriculum designed by Allied Health, students are prepared for realworld health situations while maintaining the college learning guidelines. Colin Tighe, Littleton, Colo., chose HCC based on how close to home the campus was and the reputation of the program. Karen Reade, Human Resources director


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Jerry Houchin, respiratory therapy clincal coordinator, demonstrates the uses of equipment to students. Allie Schweizer

A student in the nursing program practices on equipment in a lab course. The hands-on environment allowed students to become comfortable with tools they would use out in the field. Allie Schweizer

at Wesley Towers, echoes the strength of HCC’s reputation. “They are offering a high quality program and well prepared students,” Reade said. The students in the healthcare programs are equally comprised of high school graduates and returning students, which helps balance experience with excitement in the classrooms. The nursing and physical therapist programs are two of the more popular programs at HCC. “They are the most advertised, you always see commercials with nurses and physical therapists,” said Chastain. Even though Tighe was a late transfer from Kansas State University he still felt the interactions with the professors would be greatly beneficial as he moves on towards his nursing career. “I’m not sure if I will be heading directly to a four-year university directly after getting my Associate’s degree. Many hospitals offer

to help pay for classes after you are employed.” Michelle Nuss, healthcare marketer/career development coordinator, is on hand to assist students with planning their steps as the navigate classes and career student advisors are available to help build programs aimed at transferring credits and continuing educational opportunities. “My advisor has been helping lay out my education plan,” said Tighe. HCC partners with both Allied Health and and to facilitate students’ shift into the career field “Many high school students are looking to get an education and go right into the workforce, while other non-traditional students are returning to enhance their skills,” said Chastain. According to, health-

care is one of the highest growth industries in the world, continuing to grow even in times of an economic down turn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics show 14.3 million jobs currently in the healthcare field and estimate another 3.2 million jobs will be created in the next 8 years in the $200-billion-dollar industry. With graduation rates for ADN (Associate Degree - Nursing) and BSN (Bachelor of Science – Nursing) programs above 83%, higher than statewide rates for Kansas, and a projected job growth rate of 16% over the next 10 years makes this is an exciting time for the healthcare students at HCC opening up a world of possibilities in front of them.


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Community Collegiate Photo Internship Students walk away with 3/3 awards

Third Thursday Downtown event showcases talent

Roller Derby Hutchinson team looking for new members

Food Flood Taking a look at new places to eat in Hutchinson


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3rd Thursday

Hutchinson Third Thursday attendees walk downtown. During the October Third Thursday, people participated in a Trick-Or-Treat. Megan Ryan

Downtown local event brings talent, culture, and creativity to Hutchinson since 2008. Strangers laugh and smile as they walk down Main Street, listening to music and seeing artists of all ages enjoy the freedom of playing at Third Thursday. The hard work and dedication to prepare for this monthly event takes time and patience. Jennifer Randall knows a little about that. She is a local artist whose medium is focused on painting. Originally from California, she brought some culture back to the heartland. “I have always been at my best when creating, so it was a very natural journey for me to make,” Randall said. Third Thursday started in August of 2008, Randall created the event to bring the community back to the downtown area. It allows businesses to see an increase in crowds on this particular night as well as musicians and artists. “I am an artist and I thrive on creating and collaboration in artistic endeavors. Hutchinson has had a very limited art scene and I wanted to be a solid supporter and creator of ways to fill the void and needs that both artists have and the community,” Randall said. Every month, Randal and volunteers come together to create a different theme for the e ent. “The reward has been in helping the community of artists by


providing a venue to exhibit art and play music,” Randall said. It allows artists and musicians to showcase their talents as well as encourages visitors to enjoy what the community has to offer. “Third Thursday has brought more people downtown than any other event in Hutchinson. In the busier months, thousands of people come downtown. People from all walks of life and socio economic dynamics can converge at the event. With the focus being on art and music, there is something for everyone to enjoy,” Randall said. Musicians such as 17-year-old Dominic Collins and 47-yearold Shawn Ryan, both from Hutchinson, have experienced Third Thursday firsthand. Collins is part of the band <smalltalk> and Ryan is in the band Staynlis. Third Thursday has helped these two musicians in similar ways, allowing both of their music to reach people who might not have heard of them before. “We always play basement shows. We wanted to reach out and show that we are a band. We want the community to know we exist,” Collins said. Both bands have to put time and dedication into their performance. Ryan works full time and attends school part time at Hutchinson


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HCC & Third Thursday

60% 40%

Anima Bella workers pass out candy to kids on Oct. 20. The store was set up as half beauty salon and half half boutique. Megan Ryan

have never attended

have attended

How students have participated in Third Thursday.







Spectator 87%

140 Hutch CC students surveyed

Musician Owen McBain,Hutchinson, plays an original song at Third Thursday on Oct. 20. He named his solo act City Wide Silence. Megan Ryan

Community College. Working on his music career takes a lot of commitment. Staynlis was asked to play each Third Thursday and the crowd was consistent month to month according to Ryan. “Preparation consisted of asking property owners or business owners if it was okay to play outside,” Collins said. Third Thursday was able to affect two different bands, despite their age difference, which is why Third Thursday can impact lives and families. “I think Third Thursday is a good thing because it draws people downtown and introduces them to businesses that they have never heard of or tried,” Ryan said. With the diversity of the downtown culture, Third Thursday introduced participants to the variety of businesses. The south end of Main Street includes coffee shops, books stores, grocery stores, clothing stores and so much more. Businesses like Bluebird Books aren’t necessarily affected by Third Thursday but they like to help out with themes. Bluebird Books tries to support Third Thursday by staying open and contributes to the event. During October, businesses passed out candy for the Hutch-O-Ween event. Melanie Green, owner of Bluebird Books, said, “I think it is a great event for the downtown to promote community and to help artist expression.”


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ollegiate Photography Internship




DRAGON'S TALE â&#x20AC;¢ FALL 2016

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Hutchinson Community College students take part in Kansas State Fair’s Collegiate Photography Internship throughout the 10 days of the fair. Many of these students photos were selected as people’s choice photos voted on by the public. In all, judges choose 15 photos out of all those submitted to be voted on by the public. Two HCC students won 3/3 of the awards up for grabs in this competition. Taryn Gillespie won the people’s choice award and the best agriculture series award, and Loribeth Reynolds won the best agriculture photo award.

4. 1. The Highway Patrol competes in the Annual Celebrity Goat Milking Contest at the Kansas State Fair pulling out the win. They were able to keep and display the trophy until next year’s contest. This photo series won Best Agriculture Series in this year’s KSF photo internship contest. Taryn Gillespie, Sterling


2. A spray paint artist displays his talent on the spot at the KSF. This photo won the People’s Choice photo in the Collegiate Photography Internship contest. Taryn Gillespie, Sterling 3. A young boy cries as he rides the spinning fish carnival ride at the KSF. This photo was selected as one of the competitors for the People’s Choice photo. There were 15 photos in all to be voted on by the public. Allie Schweizer, Nickerson 4. A boy shows his pony at the KSF while the judge looks it over. This photo was selected as the Best Agriculture photo for this year’s contest. Loribeth Reynolds, Hutchinson 5. Bungie jumping, a boy does a flip in the air. Captured while he was upside down, this photo was also selected as a competitior in the People’s Choice award voted on by the public. Patrick Williams, Hutchinson


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a Local team takes the rink Rollin Riot Velcro ripping from safety pads, the rolling thunder of wheels as they hit the rink, duffl bags being unzipped so skaters can get to their gear, these are the sounds of roller derby.

Central Kansas Roller Derby, now a co-ed team, is the Hutchinson area roller derby team. Formed in 2012, the team’s founder, Casey Shinliver, Harper, fell in love with the sport because of it’s accepting atmosphere. “For one thing, women-dominated, competitive, contact sports are few and far between,” Shinliver said. “When I discovered roller derby, I was immediately drawn to the Derby community. It’s all about empowering women from all walks of life. No matter what your story is, what body type you have, the obstacles you’re going through, or have overcome, there is a place for you. The roller derby community welcomes everyone with open arms, no questions asked.” Roller Derby is a progressive, unconventional sport where everyone is on the same plane. It doesn’t matter if a player

is male or female,or how old they are, the same rules apply to everyone. Shinliver said once you become a part of the sport, you can take it with you anywhere you go, and that’s why it’s a great idea for college students to join the team. “Roller Derby is an excellent source for out-of-the-box physical activity,” Shinliver said. “The minimum skill requirements are the use of major muscle groups that traditional exercise doesn’t primarily focus on. Also, roller derby is something you can begin right now, in Hutchinson, and

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Acting as a blocker for the roller derby team, April “Jax Kerowhack” Chastain, New Brighton, Pa., attempts to clear a path for her team’s jammer. The jammer was able to score a point during this play. Loribeth Reynolds

you can continue to stay active in it when you move on to bigger and brighter places. There are teams in or around most major cities throughout the country and even world-wide.”

Practice Time Mondays are referred to as Fresh-Meat Mondays by the team. This is a day that new members of the roller derby come to practice. Chosen members show skaters

the ropes of roller derby. A line of kids and adults snake around the rink as the leader, Brandi Gisik, Hutchinson, shouts, “Left knee.” The skaters drop down to their padded left knee in what looks like a game of Simon Says. “Right knee,” she said again, and the skaters dropped to their right knee. “Well, when I was living in Wichita, I fell in love with the ICT Roller girls. I tried to join, but I fell and broke my tailbone. I ended up moving back to Hutch and learned about the Central Kansas Roller Derby, I said, you only live once, so why not,” Gisik said. Members of the Central Kansas Roller Derby team stretch during a practice at the Hutchinson Skate Park. The team tried to roll up and down all the ramps at the park to work on different ground. Loribeth Reynolds

Taking down the jammer for the Wichita Havoc, Heather “Punch’er Down” Brown, Hutchinson, digs her breaks into the floor for leverage. Brown acted as the team’s blocker for play. Loribeth Reynolds


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During a weekly practice, team skaters roll around the inside of the track doing drills like whips, jams, blocks, and pivots as coaches and captains intently watch. With the newest team members circling the outside of the rink, it looks like a rolling riot, but beyond the seeming chaos there are strategic moves taking place. Shinliver has some advice for college students who may want to join. “Do it,” Shinliver said. “Just come out to a practice, see what we are about. Many people who join either haven’t been on skates in years or have never skated before. We are happy to teach anyone, from any skill level, how to be involved in roller derby: either on skates or off.”

During a practice at Skateland, Casey “Hippie-Shinkicker” Shinliver, Harper, blocks her teammate Becky King, Hutchison. Shinliver said she takes pride in the fact that she can fill any position, blocker, jammer, or pivot. Loribeth Reynolds

Derby Names

Zipping past the first block, Bonnie “Sweet Assasin” Neel Patrick, Wichita, scores a point for her team. During the bout, certain skaters wore helmet covers with a star on it to help identify who the jammer was. Loribeth Reynolds


Head coach, Matthew Winters, Hutchinson, explained that before he lets anyone compete in a bout, he wants to make sure they are safe. “First and foremost, we teach these guys how to fall correctly,” Kilt said. “There is a reason pads are required, so that someone can use them to fall if need be. This isn’t Sunday skating where if they fall, they fall backwards. We want them to use those pads.” If someone wants to join without any gear, the team has rallied and put together what coach calls a “stank box.” It includes outgrown or leftover pads and helmets for the new members to use until they can get a full set. Pads are not provided by the league however, CJ Youngblood, Hutchinson, said there are certain benefits to being a part of the skate world. “Since we are associated with a rink, we get discounts on a lot of our gear. We travel all over Kansas for bouts and we get to know a lot of people who own skate shops, and sometimes we can get good deals there so it’s not so overwhelming when you’re looking at the price of it,” Youngblood said.

Roller derby names are a unique and fun nicknames for players who are apart of a team or those officiating a game Team members are almost never called by their real names when they are on the rink, at practice, or in a bout. Choosing a Derby name takes a bit of soul searching. Burgess Martin explains how he came up with his name, “Sergeant Smash.” “My Derby name is in honor of our troops,” Martin said. “That’s why all my pads are camoflage. I once served, plus smash is a really good Derby name.” Casey Shinliver came up with her derby name based on her position and a play on her last name. “I’ve always thought that I should have grown up in the 60’s,” She said. “I would have been better suited as a “fl wer child.” So, when I discovered that roller derby blockers primarily used their shoulders & hips, which I have plenty of, I chose “Hipp-ee” I am both Hippy and a hippie Shinkiker.”

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“war paint” watching — carefully, waiting for their turn to take the rink. “I start prepping myself mentally for a specific team a few days prior to each bout,” Shinliver said. “I go over what I know about each of the opposing players and think about how our team can exploit their weaknesses to make them our victories.” Being ready for a bout can cause some tension, but Shinliver has a pre-bout routine. “I have a routine that kind of chills me out and gives me time to reflect on all the components at hand,” she said. “I carefully apply my war paint, which generally consists of dark eyeliner, black lipstick and rainbow colored glitter. Then, I wear my bout face on my journey to the game, sometimes for hours in the car.” All of the practice and prep paid off that night. CRKD took home the win from that bout. Winters was very proud of the team that night. “You know, we are much like the skate,” he said. “We keep moving forward.”

51% 34% h c i h W adult s p o r t 28% do students find most appealing?

Swimming Kickball Roller Derby


Indoor Climbing

out of 144 HCC students surveyed


Frisbee Golf

Members of the roller derby perform a drill during a practice at Skateland. Matthew “Coach Kilt” Winters said the first step in roller derby is to learn how to use the saftey pads in order to fall safely.


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New coffee shop among many restaurants to make an impression on Hutchinson.


hether it’s a craving for kung pao chicken, pasta and breadsticks, or fall off the bone ribs, Hutchinson probably has a restaurant to satisfy those cravings. Nearly every culture is represented in the restaurants here in town, but Becky Fallon, Hutchinson, thinks one thing is missing. “There could be some more ethnic foods, because we have a lot of American restaurants, Burger King, McDonalds, Braum’s, and we have Mexican restaurants, and Fazoli’s, but we really need some different types of ethnic foods,” said allon. Fallon came to Hutchinson Community College in pursuit of a food science degree, but has since changed her mind and switched to a degree in milling science, the study of grains. She has a connection to food and appreciates the variety of options Hutchinson has to offer, but said there might be a few too many restaurants crowding the streets. “I think, there’s a lot of options, but how many people do we have in town that can go work there and still make bank? Yeah, we have a lot of college kids, but not a lot of them are going to go out to eat every day. I’d say there’s too many [restaurants],” said Fallon. Even though there’s quite a few new fl vors in town, some students like Sydney Headrick, Mullinville, said some of them could stand to leave or even scale back their operation. “Dairy Queen, I don’t really go there and there’s like three of them here. And the one in the mall looks like it’s struggling,” said Headrick. On the other hand, Fallon has noticed a lapse in the quality at


one of Hutchinson’s many pizza places, Pizza Ranch. “Pizza Ranch. I just don’t think it’s very good. I mean, their chicken is good but other than that it’s just not good. And it’s located in Hays too, but I don’t know a lot of people that like to go eat there,” said Fallon. In the world of new restaurants, Scuttlebutts on north Main street has positioned itself in a competitive market. Although there are a few other coffee shops in town, owner Joe Young thinks Scuttlebutts might have an advantage over some of the rest. “There’s nothing up on north main. There was nothing here, and it was a good location, we wanted to make sure that if we opened up we had a place to do a drive thru. Basically it was all location,” said Young. Young recognizes that his store’s physical location offers him an advantage, considering there’s no other coffee shop nearby, and Starbucks is three miles away. But with Starbucks recently introducing alcoholic beverages in some of their stores, there’s a slim chance that Scuttlebutts and their bar might have to compete with Starbucks at some point in the future. “If it was apples to apples I’d say [our biggest competition is] probably Starbucks. Personally, Starbucks probably won’t come to this market with alcohol. They do it in towns where there’s multiple Starbucks in the same town, and where they’re trying to drive evening business,” said Young. “So I don’t really see Starbucks bringing alcohol to Hutchinson, maybe one store in Wichita though, two at the most.” Scuttlebutts got its unique name from a Navy slang term meaning “water cooler gossip,” and it’s certainly something to talk about. “My dad was in the military, in the Navy, and passed away a couple years ago so we were kind of reviewing names for this place and that came up. And we thought it was a great name. The water


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cooler was where you went and met your friends after a weekend or something like that. You’d get something to drink, and catch up on the weekend,” said Young. Young’s years of experience in the coffee industry has given North Main a fresh new face, one characterized by maritime design influences, a funky name, and fresh baked goods, as well as a commitment to customer service. “We get to know our customers, and I think the quality of fresh-baked pastries, locally roasted coffee, fresh deli type sandwiches, it’s just something that’s unique enough. A bakery by itself couldn’t survive. The demographics of people that want to buy fresh-baked goods on a daily basis, they’re just not here,” Young said. “Coffee shops by themsel es really don’t have enough sales to probably make it by themselves. And if you were to just do a sandwich shop, sandwich shops do alright, but can you do something that’s actually different? Put the three together and you’ve got a pretty good combination and a good draw, and things that compliment each other.” Despite how frequently new restaurants seem to be popping up

“It looked like a military zone out there,” -Joe Young, owner of Scuttlebutts

across town, Young noted that it wasn’t as easy of a process as he had initially thought. “It was the most difficul thing I’ve ever done. I had two years to prepare, to try and figure out what it was gonna take to open up. And you think you’ve run through every case scenario that you can run through, and things to prepare to make sure you’ve got cost in a line, how many employees you think you’re gonna need, licensing, there’s just so much that’s encompassed in all that. And so when you actually physically start to do it, that’s when it all starts coming out of the woodwork. Things you didn’t even know about and they all start coming out,” said Young. Throughout the building process, there was an ongoing struggle with the road construction that was happening just at the edge of the property. Young had never expected to deal with a problem this size, but ended up making the best of it. “It looked like a military zone out there,” said Young. “They started a week after we signed the lease and they did not complete it, it took one year. So they had the entire road tore up, they had drains tore up, they were parked in front of the store for weeks, yeah,” Young said. “It was horrible. You cannot prepare for that, there’s no way.” Some students are lookng for a new taste here in town. Could Scuttlebutts or the Chik-Fil-A that’s under construction fill the void in students’ stomachs?

Tyler Korb, Hutchinson, has worked for Scuttlebutts since opening day. He split his time between the main store and the coffee shop at the hospital. Megan Ryan

Cindy Countryman,Oklahoma City, Okla., warms up coffee cake for a customer. She served as a shift leader at both Scuttlebutt locations. Megan Ryan


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Field Kicking Across Kansas International soccer players hit the field

Going the Distance Cross country team competes together

Volleyball Lady Dragons bond together throughout season

One Game at a Time Blue Dragon football team focuses on small things


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International players bring a positive chemistry to HCC Soccer.

Mid-fielder Victoria Padilla, Wichita, battles for the ball against her opponent in a game against Southwestern Illinois on October 1st. HCC Soccer took home the win, defeating SW Illinois 6-1. Izzy Godinez



Ireland, England, Scotland, America. Players from all over the country unite to create one big family to win as a team and lose as a team. Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer players are recruited from all over the world. Even the head coach, Sammy Lane, was born and raised in Ireland. Having international ties helps bring more awareness to the Kansas team. “Recruiting athletes from across the world helps the girls learn how important it is to respect and love your teammates, and also how crucial positive team chemistry is.” Sammy Lane, Wichita. Lane has been the head coach for the Lady Dragons team for over a decade, and in that time has recruited over a quarter of his players from across the world. Whatever strategy he has in mind, recruiting overseas has worked for him, adding to the team’s success. This year’s squad includes fi e out-of-country recruits. Starting mid fielder Georgia Warren is one of the team’s best middle infielders. As a sophomore from Wexford, Ireland, Warren did not have as much difficult adapting to America the second time around. She knew most of her returning teammates and had a good idea as to what exactly she had signed up for with the team. As for her first time here, it wasn’t that easy. “The transition from home to America was very difficult It was hard to get used to living at the dorms as I was used to living at home.” Warren said. Warren is not alone, many others had similar difficulties transitioning to America. Chloe Flynn, Dublin, Ireland; Natalie Bianco, Guernsey, England; Sheena Nicol, Inverness, Scotland; and Louise Doherty, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland, are all recruits out of America and can all agree with Warren’s statement. Even student athletes that were recruited from within the city limits found it difficul to adapt to their new team, coach, and school. “It was difficul to adapt to my new surroundings because I only knew one other person on the team, and wasn’t very familiar with Coach Sammy either,” Jazmin Hartshorn, Hutchinson, said. Regardless of how many girls are not from America, they all come together to create the soccer family. They spend countless hours together at practice, games, and even gather for early morning conditioning. “Sammy always says be patient, and let things develop,” Jordan Downing, Hutchinson, said. Players from across the world joined together as one, setting aside cultural differences so they could have the ability to work together on the field. The players pushed everything aside in order to accomplish a winning season.


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Forward Jordan Downing, Hutchinson, begins to slide-tackle her opponent in attempt to snag the ball back for another chance to score against Hesston College. Downingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tackle was successful and gained another shot on goal. Allie Schweizer Caroline Howard, Wichita, kicks the ball back into play after a save against SW Illinois. Howard was named an AllAmerican NJCAA Division I goalkeeper. Izzy Godinez

2016-2017 Soccer Results Date


Aug. 27

North Lake


Aug. 28

Rose State

Sept. 2


W, 12-0

W, 10-0 W, 1-0

Sept. 7

Dodge City

W, 10-1

Sept. 10


W, 6-0

Sept. 14

Garden City

W, 5-0

Sept. 17

Navarro College

L, 0-3

Sept. 21

Dodge City

W, 4-1

Sept. 24

NW Kansas Tech

Sept. 28


Oct. 1

Southwestern Illinois

Oct. 5


Oct. 7


W, 5-1

Oct. 12


W, 4-0

W, 13-0 W, 2-1 W, 6-1 W, 11-0

Oct. 14

NW Kansas Tech

W, 15-0

Oct. 18


W, 23-0

Oct. 21

Garden City

Oct. 29

Region VI Opener Results as of Oct. 27, 2016

W, 2-0 TBA

Forward Jazmin Hartshorn, Hutchinson, sprints to the ball on a pass to gain another shot on gaol. HCC brought home yet another win, defeating Hesston 4-0 in their second match up. Allie Schweizer


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Dist a

The HCC cross country team comes together to win races. Cross country athletes, as in all sports, work hard not only to do well in their events, but to be there for their teammates. With the Hutchinson Community College team being a smaller team, that support is prevalent. “In cross country you essentially want to run with one of your teammates if you can,” Leah Nelson, Wellington, said. “You want to try and stick together because you are going to push each other through the race. And so as we run by each other we might give each other a pat on the back and tell each other good job, of course, in an exhausted voice.” Even though there may not be that many athletes on the team, the Blue Dragons have shown their quality as competitors this season. “We actually have fi e girls right now on the cross country team, and essentially we want to score a lot of points,” Nelson said. “And it’s amazing how we scored in the top ten in almost every meet we have been to. And we only have fi e girls. We have more quality that quantity on the team for sure.” The foundation of a good team is a good coach. Nelson said she has found that in Head Coach Justin Riggs. “Coach Riggs is an amazing coach. For example, I’ve never ran

cross country and now I’m the third fastest runner on the team and I’m keeping up with the girls that have been training all their lives. He’s an outrageous coach, who’s really got us up there. One thing’s for sure, if you trust coach Riggs, he’s going to get you to where you need to be to compete, for sure,” Nelson said. “He’s my 800 coach and I never ran the 800, and he coached me to where I could get third in regionals.” Coach Riggs has been with the team for fi e years, with this being his second year as head coach. Much like his athletes, he has been running most of his life. He started cross country in high school, then ran for HCC, as well as Fort Hays State University. This year has started out well for Riggs and his team. “It’s been a good season, a lot of new faces from last year, trying to find out what we got,” said Riggs. “I’ve seen some good things and good effort from people. So far it’s been a success for where we are and what we have this year.” Effort and mentality are two mainstays that Riggs brings to his athletes. “You can’t control a lot of outside circumstances,” said Riggs. “You can’t control how windy it is outside, or some days your body

The mens cross country team run at the Sterling College Warrior Fest Invitational. They had five runners place in the top eleven with Victor Pedraza, Pharr, Texas, winning the individual championship. Allie Schweizer



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ance is not going to respond well, but one thing you can control is just giving one hundred percent effort every day and that’s a mental thing so that’s something we try and focus on a lot and try to teach.” Under Riggs’ direction, training has also started earlier than in the past. It used to be that training would start the same week as classes but Riggs has taken advantage of a rule that allows training to begin the first week of August. The goal with the schedule change is simple, to get in more training. This extra training seems to be paying off for the Blue Dragons. “So two of our girls have really just had a stellar season so far, Maggie Lambert who is a freshman from Smokey Valley, and Hannah Heidebrecht who is a sophomore transfer from Minnesota. Both of those women ran 9th fastest times in school history so that’s a pretty big deal and we are proud of them,” Riggs said. “On the guys’ side the best thing, and if anybody knows cross country it’s really a team sport, they just run so well as a team and they really want to be good and it is a thing of beauty to see guys just running it close together. They were all within a minute of each other at the Ft. Hays meet. At Sterling I think our top runner was only spread out 30 seconds of each other and that’s like a thing of beauty. So really just the team effort on the guys’ side and the kind of team we have.”

2016 Cross Country Results Terrry Masterson Twilight Hutchinson Women - 7th Men - 5th

OSU Cowboy Jamboree Stillwater, Okla. Women - 18th Men - 13th

Ollie Isom Invite El Dorado Women - 6th Men - 4th

Warrior Fest Sterling College

Fort Hays State University Invitational: Victoria

Lindsay Sowersby, Mulvane, runs during the Sterling College Warrior Fest Invitational. She finished in 14th place with a run time of 21:22 at the meet. Allie Schweizer

Women - 11th Men - 8th

Women - 2nd Men - 1st Victor Pedraza - Men’s Individual Champion

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Competition and encouragement go hand in hand on the team. “There’s always that competitive edge,” said Riggs. “You always want to be one of the best on the team, so just competing with each other, and luckily they have been friendly enough with each other that they can do that without being too personal about it. You want to finish high on the team, so just knowing where your teammates are at in the race, and honestly cross country is one of those sports where once the gun goes off, the competition has started, everything you can do to prepare is over, so it’s just in that moment. There are no time outs or substitutions or anything like that so it’s really just all on the individuals. But I think a big motivating factor is

wanting to do well overall but also wanting to be good for the team, and place well on the team, and be a contributor.” The team also works hard as student athletes. They get up at 6 a.m., three days a week as well as practicing each day after class. The athletes run close to an average of 55 miles per week in a six-day period. This is combined with studying for classes and maintaining a social life. “Mentally, if you look at that side of it, really just keeping yourself motivated,” Riggs said. “Being motivated to endure the things you have to endure to be able to reach the level of physical fitness that you have to be at.”

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Lindsay Sowersby, Mulvane; Leah Nelson, Wellington; Maggie Lambert, Lindsborg; and Hannah Heidebrecht, Minnetonka, Minn., start their race at the Sterling College Warrior Fest Invitational. The women came in second place. Allie Schweizer Hunter Thissen, Wichita, stays ahead of the competition at the Terry Masterson Twilight meet. He ran a time of 22:54, placing 44th. Allie Schweizer


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at the

NET On the court, the Lady Dragons demonstrate teamwork and dedication


Players Page Hiebert, Buhler and Hinalei Fihaki, Taylorsville Utah, block a hit from opposing team Dodge City. Hiebert is a Freshman and Fihaki is a sophomore here at HCC. Megan Ryan

DRAGON'S TALE â&#x20AC;¢ FALL 2016

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The team celebrates after a kill by Page Hiebert, Buhler. The Dragon Ladies worked together and demonstrated hard work. Megan Ryan


Date Opponent Result Aug. 23 Colby W Aug. 26 Eastern Arizona L Aug. 26 Odessa L Aug. 27 New Mexico Military W Aug. 27 Cedar Valley W Aug. 31 Seward County W Sept. 7 Garden City W Sept. 9 USU-Eastern Utah W Sept. 9 Northwest College W Sept. 10 Snow College L Sept. 10 College of Southern IdahoL Sept. 14 Dodge City W Sept. 17 Barton L Sept. 19 Pratt W Sept. 21 Butler W Sept. 24 Tyler W Sept. 24 Iowa Western L Sept. 26 Seward County L Sept. 30 San Jacinto L Sept. 30 Indian Hills L Oct. 1 Blinn W Oct. 1 Navarro W Oct. 5 Pratt W Oct. 7 New Mexico Military W Oct. 7 Navarro College W Oct. 8 Jefferson College L Oct. 8 MSU-West Plains L Oct. 10 Garden City W Oct. 12 Cloud County W Oct. 14 Dodge City W Oct. 19 Barton W Oct. 21 Butler W Oct. 24 Cloud County W Oct. 26 Colby W

Record 1-0 1-1 1-2 2-2 3-2 4-2 5-2 6-2 7-2 7-3 7-4 8-4 8-5 9-5 10-5 11-5 11-6 11-7 11-8 11-9 12-9 13-9 14-9 15-9 16-9 16-10 16-11 17-11 18-11 19-11 20-11 21-11 22-11 23-11

Results as of Oct. 27, 2016, 144 HCC students surveyed

Hiebert kills the ball as it goes over the net to Barton. The Lady Dragons ended the match with a win and updated their season record to 20-11. Megan Ryan Players Nina Pevic, Umag, Croatia; Patricia Joseph, Wichita; and Shania Werner, Plainville, all jump to block the ball during a match on Oct. 19. All three players competed as freshman for the team. Megan Ryan


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The Blue Dragon football players shake hands with the Garden City’s team after losing the battle 14-16. Sixtythree HCC football players suited up for the game. Allie Schweizer DRAGON'S TALE • FALL 2016


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EXECUTING THE SMALL THINGS, THE BLUE DRAGONS HOPE TO ADVANCE TO THE BOWL GAME. Before a game, during warm-up these athletes are very quiet, they do not talk. They try to stay focused, listening to music as they exit the locker room and walk the perimeter of the field “They are like the calm before the storm,” said Chelsea Bell, student athletic trainer from Hutchinson. Before kickoff, the atmosphere changes. Everyone is hyped up, doing handshakes, and encouraging each other. The crowd stands to clap as they watch the sea of red jerseys and white helmets march out onto the green turf field. Huddled together in the end zone, their helmets bob up and down as they start to jump. Spectators can hear them chanting clear from the stands about brothers, game time, and family. “We say ‘family’ a lot, we’re one big family,” Vance Johnson, Salina, said. A close-knit atmosphere is one of the things that Hutchinson Community College’s football team takes pride in. “They have really good chemistry, they care about each other,” Rion Rhoades, head football coach, said. This year’s season would not be as successful without all the hard work the coaches put into the team. According to Rhoades, the goal for the season was to get

better each week and be great teammates. “I love them, they are good coaches and good people. They treat you with respect on and off the field. They are going to help you and they care about every single player. They want everyone to get better and they give us everything we need to be great,” Johnson said. The season started off with a bang as the Blue Dragons came out and beat Coffeyvill in the first game with a final score of 34-29. “That’s when I realized this was going to be fun,” Johnson said.

Coach Rhoades talks to Vance Johnson, Salina, on the side line. Vance’s first college tackle as a safety was a tackle for loss. Allie Schweizer

2016-2017 Coffeyville Iowa Western Garden City Highland Iowa Central Kansas Wesleyan JV Ellsworth Butler Independence Fort Scott Dodge City Salt City Bowl

W 34-29 W 21-12 L 14-16 L 21-26 W 38-0 W 64-0 L 23-20 L 21-17 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Results as of October 27, 2016

Ronheen Bingham, Bennettsville, S.C., celebrates after a HCC touchdown. Ronheen’s first college touchdown was a 71-yard run. Allie Schweizer

Tre King, Wichita, lands in the end zone getting another touchdown. Tre scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter of the Highland game to bring HCC back and take the lead. Allie Schweizer



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HCC denies Ellsworth a touchdown by stopping the pile. HCC held off Ellsworth for all four downs even though Ellsworth was inches away from a touchdown. Allie Schweizer

Tyler Harris, Andover, kicks off the Garden City game. Tyler’s first college catch was a touchdown. Allie Schweizer

Otis Williams, Tampa, Fla., runs the ball in the first play of game. Otis had two touchdown runs during the game. Allie Schweizer

The scoreboard has had its ups and downs since the first game. “We look forward to the end of the season and we need to focus on all the little steps in each game,” Johnson said. One of the biggest highlights of the season so far was the Iowa Western game. Quen Head, Fordyce, Ga., said it was a big win for the team. They came up with wins against Iowa Central and Kansas Wesleyan, both games were a shutout, 38-0 and 64-0 respectively. “It takes a great team effort these days to have a shutout in the game. So, I was really proud of our guys for the two shut-outs in a row,” Rhoades said. With three games to go, the Blue Dragons must win one of the three to proceed to the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 3. The team continues to take the small steps with hopes of making it to the bowl game to finish the season

Josh Reynolds, Topeka, catches a pass in the end zone gaining another HCC touchdown. This was Josh’s second touchdown of the season. Allie Schweizer


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HutchCC Reaches Out Continued from page 11 “Out here we have an availability of really good equipment,” said Moore. “They strive to have the best that they can get for us. And if something is wrong with the equipment they are on it really well.” He also likes the availability of the on site bookstore and its staff. “The outreach center is convenient that they spread it out like this,” said Moore. “Surrounding communities can come to a convenient work space. They have the computers you can use for your homework and for printing. It’s a positive learning environment.” His advisor is also his instructor. This supplies him with a valuable asset as well as support. While working for the McPherson EMS service, being a volunteer firefighte in Inman, and going to school to be a paramedic is sometimes challenging, the Newton center makes it a little easier, with its close proximity to both his hometown, and where he works. “It’s crazy. Massive amounts. Everything I do at work and everything I do right now I consider a studying opportunity or a learning opportunity.” “I think the paramedic program here is awesome. I really like it and I can tell that I am growing as an emergency provider.”



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Dragon's Tale - Fall 2016 Issue  

This is a student magazine put together by students for students.

Dragon's Tale - Fall 2016 Issue  

This is a student magazine put together by students for students.