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PRESIDENT’S CORNER City of Hutchinson, and making higher education possible for many who would not be able to obtain a degree in any other way. Also, it cites the benefits that would be provided to Hutchinson Public Schools. The issue was taken to the electorate in April 1928 and the College was approved and placed under the Board of Education. Prophetically, SCARLUE states that “This first year of college is laying the foundation of a larger and better institution, the worth of which will be felt in generations to come.”

“Providing opportunities for affordable access to college locally and in a cost-affordable fashion was the foundation on which Hutchinson Community College was built.” Dr. Edward Berger

The year was 1928, Amelia Earhardt became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie, the Olympics were held in Amsterdam, Warren Harding defeated Al Smith in the Presidential election, Lady Chatterly’s Lover was banned, and Hutchinson Junior College opened its doors with 185 students in attendance. The 1929 issue of SCARLUE, the first yearbook of Hutchinson Junior College, chronicles the reasons for creating the college which include the location, the

The College, according to the 1930 issue of SCARLUE, was accredited by the State Board of Education at its May 8, 1929 meeting. Also in May 1929, E.F. Engle, Chairman of the University of Kansas Senate notified the College that the Senate approved the accreditation and that Hutchinson Junior College credits would be accepted at the University of Kansas. Additionally, credits were accepted at the University of Missouri, the University of Wisconsin, Kansas State Agricultural College, Southwestern College, Emporia Teachers College, and Pittsburg Teachers College. Fifty-one different high schools were represented in this first class at Hutchinson Junior College, with fifty families moving to Hutchinson so their children could attend the College. The faculty members of the new College were cited for their college experience qualifying them to teach in higher education. The core curriculum consisted of a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The athletic teams included football, men’s and women’s basketball, track and tennis. Additionally, a Women’s athletic association was formed. There was also a debate team, theater, and men’s and women’s glee clubs.

Today approximately ten thousand students attend HCC with over 45 percent enrolled in technical programs. Instructional delivery systems are truly diverse with nearly 30 percent of all instruction delivered via distance education. The community service component of the College’s mission continues to expand with a public radio station, a Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Dillon Lecture Series and a variety of other community services. The College has its own governing board, about 5,000 students taking non credit classes, nearly 550 students live in College housing, and there are 13 sports, vocal and instrumental music. There are significant differences in Hutchinson Community College today and Hutchinson Junior College in 1928. However there are numerous areas of similarity including a highly qualified faculty, ease of transfer to universities across the nation, a wide variety of extra- curricular activities from athletics to forensics, and most importantly even in 1928 Hutchinson Junior College was about access. Providing opportunities for affordable access to college locally and in a cost affordable fashion was the foundation on which Hutchinson Community College was built. The vision statement of Hutchinson Community College underscores that commitment, “ Hutchinson Community College will be the premier two-year educational institution in Kansas delivering accessible opportunities for learning, growth and improved quality of life”. This vision statement could very well have been written in 1928. That is what the True Blue Tradition of Excellence is all about!!

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Brent Anderson

Brent Anderson retires with 34 years of service to Hutchinson Community College.

Dee Gorton retires after 24 years with Hutchinson Community College.

A heating, air conditioning and ventilation specialist, Anderson was responsible for keeping the many buildings on the HCC campus comfortable and pleasant throughout the year, and worked with a variety of systems, from the older boiler systems in Lockman Hall, to more modern units in Shears, Rimmer and Smith Science Center.

Gorton served as a secretary for several campus offices, including the Department of Computers and Industrial Technology (now Agriculture, Business, Computers and Technology). Gorton was responsible for scheduling lab and training facilities, and assisting with several aspects of Business and Industry training on campus.

In addition to his duties as a heating-cooling specialist, Anderson also performed other duties over the years as part of the HCC Facilities staff. He was recognized as the Employee of the Semester for the Fall of 1999.

Dee Gorton

Chris Rocco retires with 18 years of service to Hutchinson Community College.

Ron Graber retired with 15 years of service to Hutchinson Community College.

“Miss Chris� as she is affectionately known by all of the children and staff at the HCC Child Care Center, was the Director for the HCC facility.

Christine rocco

Graber was the Head Landscaper for the College, and was responsible for the grounds on both Main and South Campus.

Rocco was instrumental in the Child Care Center being recognized as a premier facility in the city and accreditation as a top child care provider. She was responsible for compliance with all city and state standards, in addition to planning curriculum and activities.

Graber, who came to HCC after five years at USD 308, helped with many major projects, including redesign of the gardens at the Student Union and Gowan’s Stadium, and the layout and design of the Crimson Courtyard and Pond.

Rocco was also instrumental in the Center receiving several grants to improve the play areas.

In addition to groundswork, Graber also performed other duties with the HCC Facility staff.

Ron Graber

Robert Mielke served 27 years as the Head of Security for Hutchinson Community College.

Trudy Zimmerman retires from Hutchinson Community College after working at HCC for 27 years. Zimmerman, a graduate of HCC, began teaching at the college as an adjunct faculty member in 1986, and became a full-time instructor in 1989.

trudy zimmerman

She has served as the Chairperson of the Language, Literature and Communication Department for several years. She also has been an instructor of English Composition I and II, and has been a strong advocate for the HCC Honors Program, assisting with the implementation and development of several courses in the Language and Literature Department for the Honors Curriculum.

Mielke was responsible for the safety of both Main and South Campus, and provided daily patrols of the areas. In addition, Mielke ensured HCC was compliant with all city, state and federal regulations regarding security and acted as a liason between the College and area law enforcement officials.

Robert Mielke

For the entire time of her service, Berndsen served as the Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and added duties as the HCC Volunteer Center Director in 1983.

Most recently, Bryant served as the secretary for the Language, Literature and Communication Department (now Fine Arts and Humanities). Bryant has provided valuable service for multiple faculty members, while being active on the HCC campus in a variety of roles, including with the HCC Honors Program. Bryant was recognized for her service to the college as the Employee of the Semester in the fall of 1997.

Mielke was also on several HCC committees throughout his tenure at the College and was recognized as the Employee of the Semester for the Fall of 2012.

Debbie Berndsen retired with 35 years of service to Hutchinson Community College.

Pat Bryant retires after years at Hutchinson Community College.

Pat Bryant

Gorton also provided academic assistance for many of the HCC faculty in the Shears Technology Center.

Debbie Berndsen

In that time, she grew the program from 200 volunteers to more than 1,000 volunteers serving more than 90 organizations across Reno County. The Center provides a myriad of services including VITA Tax Assistance, work with Delos V. Smith Senior Center and much more. She will continue to work in retirement as the Manager of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved.

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Jack Mull Family Investing in the Future

Taking the Blue Dragon Football team to the next level was certainly something that Jack and Jeannette Mull had in mind when contributing to the construction of the new Jack Mull Family Football Complex, but that was not the only consideration for the couple.

  “We wanted to give back to the community that had given us so much,” Jack Mull said. “We have chosen to do this with HCC, because we feel like it can make a bigger impact. I think it’s very important to ‘bloom where you’re planted’ as they say. Hutchinson is a very good educational community, and we try to give things back to make that better and be able to serve it better.”   Dr. Mull, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Hutchinson until his retirement in 1999, is not a Hutchinson native, nor is his wife, Jeannette. They moved to the community to begin his medical practice in 1967, and immediately settled into the town they now proudly call home.   Both have strong ties to HCC, especially Jeannette, who took numerous courses as a lifelong learning student. While taking a Kansas History course, she The Jack Mull Family (from left): Beth Mull, Lucy Mull Wietharn, Andrew Mull, Jeanette Mull, Cate Wietharn, John Mull, Jacob Mull, Marshall Wietharn, Jack Mull and Brian Wietharn.


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met Barbara Peirce, and together, they approached Jeannette’s neighbors, Ray and Stella Dillon, about establishing a lecture series at the college to recognize their contributions to the community. Through that effort, the Dillon Lecture Series was begun at the college over 30 years ago.   Funding for the football project has a lot in common with the Lecture Series. Dr. Mull and Jeannette, who had become friends with HCC Head Coach Rion Rhoades and his family, were discussing the need for improved facilities to take the program up a notch.   “The football program has been working in the same size facility, with a little weight room and small offices,” Dr. Mull added. “I asked

Rion what they needed, and he immediately said-a bigger weight room.”   The Mulls then took the bull by the horns, scheduling a series of fund raising events for the program, working to add the Jumbotron screen to the scoreboard, and working their way up to the addition of the new Football Complex. The couple also provided much needed “seed money” to get the projects off the ground and start the funding process.   “Jack and Jeanette Mull have been close friends of mine for the seven years I have been here,” Rhoades said. “We are very appreciative that Jack and Jeannette were willing to take the lead on this project. Before

we ever emerged as one of the top junior college programs, Jack and Jeannette believed in us and supported our efforts.”   “We met Coach Rhoades seven years ago,” Dr. Mull added. “We’ve become close friends with him and his wife, Darcy, and their kids. He’s built a great program, and we think this will help future Blue Dragon players and the community for years to come.   “The Jack Mull Family Football Complex will improve operations of our football program, provide an attractive facility for recruits to see, and provide another facility on campus that is beautiful and second to none at the community college level,” added Rhoades. “It will be the finishing touch to the Gowans Stadium project.”

Peel Weight Room

  A man who built his life on hard work and determination has stepped forward to provide the funding for an area where Blue Dragon Football will begin their work toward national dominance.   Bob Peel, who started with a small beauty supply company in Hutchinson and built it into a national corporation, will be recognized for his contributions to Hutchinson Community College with the naming of the weight room in the new Jack Mull Family Football Complex as the Bob and Lou Peel Football Performance Center. The recognition is given to Peel, along with his late wife Lou, for their support of the college and Blue Dragon Football.   “Bob and Lou believed in us and supported our efforts before we emerged as one of the top programs in the country,” Rion Rhoades, HCC Head Football coach said. “I will always remember their faith in us. I think it is very appropriate that the area where a football team puts in much of their work to be successful carries Bob Peel, Sr.’s name, because he is known as an extremely hard worker that built an extremely successful business the old fashioned way, with hard work and dedication.   The Peel Performance Center will be equipped with 15 power stations, 3 auxiliary stations and a speed/agility area to allow for more efficient, effective and safe physical training for the football team. HCC Now! fall 2013


Dedication of The Bob & Lou Peel Allied Health Center The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center at Hutchinson Community College was held on Saturday, September 14. The ceremony began at 11 a.m. in front of the Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center, 1 East 9th Street, on the corner of Main Street and 9th Street in Hutchinson. The dedication ceremony, included Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in addition to members of the Kansas Board of Regents, College’s Board of Trustees, HCC President Dr. Edward Berger, and members of the HCC faculty. The building was officially named in honor of Bob and Lou Peel, in recognition of their continuing support of Hutchinson Community College and the HCC Allied Health programs. Mr. Peel and members of his family were the guest of honor at the dedication ceremony. Other donors were also recognized for their contributions to the new facility during the event with the presentation of engraved plaques. A reception immediately followed allowing the crowd to tour the new facility and see first-hand the state-of-the-art labratory spaces, including the Surgical Technology Suite and Physical Therapy rehabilitation lab area. The facility features state-of-the-art facilities for the HCC Allied Health programs, in addition to providing new multi-media classroom areas, office and meeting space and additional work and storage areas for the health programs. The renovations were completed in August 2013.


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Where our students come from


Other stats

293 Full-time 616 Part-time (including student workers) Full-time instructors Part-time and adjunct instructors Instructors with master’s degrees Instructors with doctorates Student/Faculty ratio

$60,000,000 5,300 $1,226,623

116 358 74% 12% 16:1

State & Local Grants and Contracts 1%

Property Taxes 27%

Economic impact on the area Number of classes offered every year Academic scholarships awarded last year

Auxiliary Enterprises 11% Scholarships and Grants 9%

Other Revenue 3% Auxiliary, Enterprise, and Activity Funds 14%

State Appropriations 24%

Financial update

What our students look like 15,033 Total students 5,045 Noncredit students 9,988 Credit Students 56% Women 27 Average age 550 Dorm students 12.5 Average credits load 911 Graduates last year 42% Graduates in transfer programs 58% Graduates in career and technical programs GED students

What our employees look like



total college fund

Instruction 32%

Depreciation 7%

Maintenance & Operations 8% Student Tuition and Fees 13%

Federal Grants & Contracts 18%

Other Sources 1%

Maintenance & Operations 13%

Tuition and Fees 29%

Property Taxes 40%

Public Services 4%

Institutional Support 14%

Academic Support 5% Student Services 10%



general & vocational Fund

Transfers 4%

Institutional Support 14%

Instruction 45%

Federal Grants & Contracts 1% Student Services 16%

State Sources 29%

Academic Support 8%

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Campus updates


Instructors win Honors

Jillene Cunningham, co-Chairperson of the Agriculture, Business, Computers and Technology Department, has received The KCWE Leadership Award-Inside the Field from the Kansas Council for Workforce Education. The award recognizes any member who has developed programs, provided leadership, conducted research, or been involved in activities that advances the visibility of technical education within Kansas and beyond. Cunningham has been a department chairperson at HCC for seven years, and was an instructor in the computer support/computer science area. She has been an active supporter and mentor for the HCC SkillsUSA team. The Kansas Council for Workforce Education (KCWE) presented Cunningham the award at the annual KCWE Fall Conference, on November 14 in Wichita. Greg Siepert, an instructor in the welding technology program at Hutchinson Community College has been named the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Membership Award winner by the American Welding Society (AWS).

2013 United Way Drive Dr. Ed Berger, President of HCC and other members of the adminstrative staff showed their support of the Blue Dragons and United Way by having the Dragon logo shaved into their hair. The event, held on the Union courtyard, drew a large crowd to watch the haircuts take place. The group agreed to the public haircuts if HCC met donation goals to the 2013 United Way Fund Drive on campus.

The award recognizes instructors for their outstanding teaching accomplishments at the high school, trade school, technical institute or junior college levels. The award was presented at the FABTECH National Conference on November 19, in Chicago, Ill. Siepert was selected as the AWS District 16 Educator award winner earlier this year. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology from Manhattan Area Technical College in 2003, and received an AAS in Machine Technology from HCC in 2007. Siepert became a full-time instructor in Welding Technology at HCC in 2009, and received his Certified Welding Inspector/Certified Welding Educator certifications from AWS in 2010.








Celebrating 85 Years of Excellence Eighty-five years of Educational Excellence was celebrated this year at Hutchinson Community College.

In October, as part of the annual Presidential and Presidential Leader Scholar and Donor recognition event, the anniversary of the college was celebrated. Special guest Ruth Schmidt Hildebrand of the Class of 1932, was recognized as the oldest living alumnus of HCC.

Throughout the year, HCC celebrated the 85th Anniversary of the college with several events.

Hildebrand, a resident of Hutchinson was on hand to attend the event and gave a spirited speech about her time on campus and her memories of being a Blue Dragon. She impressed many of the attendees with her enthusisiam for the college and her stories of attending classes in the early days of HCC when the campus was still located in downtown Hutchinson.

During the first week of the fall semester, the campus gathered for an ice cream social on the Student Union Courtyard to recognize 85 years of serving students in South Central Kansas with higher education. Dr. Ed Berger, President of HCC, gave an address celebrating the highlights of the past 85 years on campus and a review of the history of the college’s birth in Hutchinson. Prizes and T-Shirts were handed out to both students and faculty to celebrate the College’s birthday.


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In addition, several area alumni were recognized for celebrating their 85th birthdays in 2013 in conjunction with HCC. Among those recognized for sharing a birthday with HCC was the 2013 Alumni of the Year John Shaffer, who was a member of the class of 1948. Since the first class of students began in 1928, Hutchinson Community College has grown from an enrollment of just 187 students to serving more than 10,000 students each year in Kansas and throughout the United States. HCC now offers more than 90 different areas of study, and provides business and industry training and continuing education opportunities throughout the state.









85th Celebration

85th Celebration

History, Stats, & Highlights of HCC In the spring of 1928, Hutchinson voters approved the establishment of a two-year co-educational college to be known as the Hutchinson Junior College. The college held its first classes that fall. Enrollment was 187 students – 172 freshmen, 15 sophomores. Classes were held on the second and third floors of a newly constructed addition to Hutchinson High School at Seventh and Walnut. In February 1938, the Board of Education acquired land on Plum Street and built Lockman Hall. Since then, the campus complex has grown to more than 25 buildings and facilities. The college also utilizes the Hutchinson Sports Arena, providing maintenance of the building in exchange for its use. On July 1, 1965, the college’s name was changed to Hutchinson Community Junior College and governance was transferred to an elected board of trustees. The name was changed again in 1980 to Hutchinson Community College. In 1966, the John F. Kennedy Library and Kopke Science Hall were completed, and in the fall of 1967, Elland Hall and Kent Hall, residence halls for men and women were opened. In April 1970, the college acquired 425 acres of land and buildings from the Hutchinson Air National Guard. They are used primarily for agricultural, emergency medical science, fire science, building construction and technical education courses. This location is called South Campus. A wing was added to Lockman Hall in 1975. The college acquired Davis Hall (Ninth and Walnut) from Hutchinson Hospital Corporation in 1980. It was used for allied health curricula, Radio Kansas (HCC’s public radio station), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Kansas Small Mine Safety and Occupational Safety. The Stringer Fine Arts Center was opened in January of 1989. On July 1, 1993, HCC merged with the local vocational school and was renamed Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational School.

Another major addition to the Parker Student Union was completed in 1996. In 1999 the college built the Shears Technology Center, which houses vocational programs and technical labs. On April 27, 2003, after major renovation, the library was renamed the Rimmer Learning Resource Center. In the fall of 2006, a renovated Gowan’s Stadium was reopened for use. The stadium plays host to a variety of high school, college, regional and national events. A major addition and renovation to Elland Hall was opened in 2007, and in 2008, the Reno County Industrial Center was renovated and expanded and renamed the Ade-Wifco RCIC . The college continued to renovate and expand with the completion of a major renovation and construction project on the decades-old Science Hall in 2010. The facility was revamped into a modern scientific facility and was renamed the Richard E. Smith Science Center. A new Allied Health Facility, the Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center opened in the fall of 2013, and construction is expected to be completed on a new Fire Science Facility in the summer of 2014. The college has two off-campus sites: McPherson and Newton. A licensed practical nursing program is offered at the HCC McPherson Center. The Newton site is housed in the Axtell Educational Center.

Aerial View of Campus in 1938 and Present Day

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Blue Dragon Notes

blue dragon notes Jason Broaddus has been named the head football coach at Rossville High. A former player for the Blue Dragons, Broaddus is a graduate of Emporia State. Tammy Colladay received certification as a multimedia marketing consultant from Virtanza training. She is currently in advertising customer service with the Hutchinson News. Michael COnrady is a refuse driver in Wichita and a member of the City Council. Corky Kornelson Cooprider lives in Showalter Villa in Hesston. She is retired from the tourism industry. Jamie cruce is the new head football coach for Pratt High School. He played at HCC, and was formerly the head coach at Bethany College. Terry David is the director of Rice County EMS. He and his wife, Erna, live in Lyons and have five children and 12 grandchildren. Shelby Dryden completed multimedia marketing with Virtanza training. She is employed by the Marketing Solutions department of the Hutchinson News. Jon Dudrey works in the education department at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. He is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas and resides in Hutchinson. Dancia Fitzmorris has been named the head coach of the McPherson High Softball team. She was an all-conference pitcher for HCC and was the head coach at Canton-Galva. She resides in McPherson. Shiloh Eggers is the new Agriculture Loan Officer at Commercial Bank in Chanute. A former member of the HCC Livestock Judging team, Eggers resides in Chanute with her husband, Garrett. Jennifer Fiedler has been named the Kansas Association of Adult Education’s Teacher of the Year. She is coordinator of adult basic education at HCC-McPherson. Evangeline Berger Fletcher ‘33 celebrated her 100th Birthday in October. She resides in Bucklin. She taught in county schools after graduation from HCC and had two daughters. Steve Fritz is the new boy’s basketball coach at Riley County


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High School. Fritz, a member of the HCC Quarterback Hall of Fame, was formerly a track and field coach at Kansas State. Mike Heimerman is the new head track and field coach at Division I Northwestern (La.) State. Heimerman was an All-American thrower at HCC before concluding his career at NSU. Jeff Hopkins is the director of operations for Optum, a division of United Health Group. He is the father of two and lives in Shawnee. KARI JACKSON joined the Hutchinson Community Foundation as the program officer. She majored in literature at HCC and has a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Kansas State. She resides in Hutchinson. Gene keady has been honored with a street named after him in his hometown of Larned. Keady, a former coach for the Blue Dragons, is a member of the Basketball Coaches and HCC Hall of Fame. Wendy Leiker has been named the Superintendent of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility. She has worked at LJCF since 2003 and was acting director for the past six months. Leslie Loder has started a new business Cotton Bottom Baby, with her business partners Emily DeRocco and Meghan Diehl. The business specializes in cotton diapers for online ordering. David Marshall has been named Chief Financial Officer at Union State Bank. Marshall, an HCC alum, is currently a member of the HCC Board of Trustees. Janelle Mendenhall has been promoted to branch manager of the Newton location of Hutchinson Credit Union. She has been with HCU five years, and has worked in the Newton facility during that time. Stephanie Mettlen is a teacher at Belleville High. She was a teacher at Pike Valley before moving to Belleville. Octavio Hinojosa Mier received Spain’s Officers Cross of the Order of Civil Merit. He received his award from His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. He is Vice President of Government Relations for Cultural Strategies. Kelli Nelson-Trecek has joined the staff of Joint Fit Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Center in Manhattan.

Scott Rich was inaugurated as the 12th president of Sterling College in October. Rich, and his wife Kathy, reside in Sterling with their three children. Shirley Reissig and her husband Raymond recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Reissig retired from HCC after several years as accounting manager for the college. Todd Robinett ‘01 is the new head cheerleading and dance coach for Bethany College. He was an assistant cheer coach at HCC in 2012, and was also a member of the Blue Dragon cheer squad as a student. Carlie Rooney serves on the Beef Empire Days board and is a senior market development specialist at Gold Standard Labs in Garden CIty. She ran track at HCC during her time at the college. Antoinette Root is the new principal at USD 378 Riley County. She has been a part-time instructor in the social sciences for HCC. Ryan Rose is Technology Coordinator for Little River Schools. He was employed by Buhler School District before taking the job with Little River. Andy Sawyers is the new associate head baseball coach at Texas A&M. He was the head coach for the Blue Dragons in 2001-02. Steve Schweizer was a candidate for the school board of USD 310. He and his wife Jean, live in Plevna with their three children. Ryan Scoles spent the summer playing professionally with the Wichita Wingnuts. Scoles was a pitcher for the Blue Dragons in 2006 and 2007. Joanne Supernois has been named the Outstanding Older Worker of the Year for the state of Kansas. She works as an instructor and staff member at HCC-Newton. K.T. Turner has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. He was a former assistant coach for the Blue Dragon men in 2010-11. Jalane Whaler has been promoted to Deposit Services Officer with Centera Bank in Sublette. She, and her husband Tracy, reside in Sublette with their two daughters.

Wedding Bells & In Memoriam Weddings & Engagements Donna S. Zielke / Donald M. Nelson Jr. March 29, 2013 Stacey McDonald / Dennis Kregar April 27, 2013 Rachelle Delka / Waverly Broadwell May 25, 2013 Amber Aden / Shawn Carithers June 22, 2013 Danielle Elskens /Ryan Kellison July 13, 2013 Diana Yarmer / Brad Harmony July 20, 2013 Amy Campbell / Benjamin Erikson July 26, 2013 Katie Brummett / Jacob Reboul July 26, 2013 Cynthia Cornwell / Justin Teter August 1, 2013 Kristen Wollen / Scott Schrag August 10, 2013 Rissa Reyes / Brett Pittman August 10, 2013 April N. Smith / Ryan C. Sidesinger August 31, 2013 Jennifer Ehler / Clayton Jenison September 14, 2013 Abbie Schrag / Kendall Wilson September 21, 2013 Adrienne Pitman / Lorenzo Bohringer October 5, 2013

Angela Lawson / Derek Lawson October 6, 2012 Stephanie Beardslee / Jake McCracken October 12, 2013 Ginger Twogood / Chris Marshall October 12, 2013 Katie Fox / Jeremy Harris October 19, 2013 Olivia Nisly / Garrett Askren October 19, 2013 Brecken Jones / Weston Klein October 20, 2012 Alumni, former students, current students and staff are indicated by italics.

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William Adkins, 79, Hutchinson, Kansas, June 10, 2013

Mary Ann Fast, 51, Hutchinson, Kansas, August 17, 2013

Jack Leon Piatt, 71, Nickerson, Kansas, March 19, 2013

Linda Kay Hart, 62, Salem, Oregon, June 15, 2013

Van D. Sturgeon, 88, Hutchinson, Kansas, August 27, 2013

Margaret Martinez Sterns, 84, Arlington, Texas, March 21, 2013

Verne L. Hendrickson, 93, Buhler, Kansas, June 20, 2013

Stephen Michael Stapleton, 78, Dodge City, Kansas, August 29, 2013

Beulah “Du” (Dulos) Xidis, 89, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 2013

Marjory Ann Hindsley McReynolds, 86, Hutchinson, Kansas, 2013

Jim R. White, 86, Bradenton, Florida, September 5, 2013

Linda Nonken Bouse, 70, Ridgecrest, California, March 26, 2013

Tom J. Reinhart, 68, Hutchinson, Kansas, June 22, 2013

Jeremy C. Stein, 32, Ulysses, Kansas, September 16, 2013

Glenn L. ‘Butch’ Gilliland, 68, Hutchinson, Kansas, March 31, 2013

James ‘Jim’ Navarro, 74, Hayward, California, June 25, 2013

Elizabeth Marie ‘Tudy’ Pisar, 79, Hutchinson, Kansas, September 19, 2013

Iola L. Wright, 76, Hutchinson, Kansas, April 9, 2013

Wendell H. Morgan, 77, Hutchinson, Kansas, June 25, 2013

Carly A. Guyll, 20, Hutchinson, Kansas, September 20, 2013

Larry E. Zitterkopf, 67, Hutchinson, Kansas, April 2013

Eric Nickelson, 54, Hutchinson, Kansas, June 27, 2013

Marian Ruth Ayers, 90, Hutchinson, Kansas, September 22, 2013

Mark Leon ‘Shorty’ Dumler, 62, Gorham, Kansas, April 18, 2013

Stuart R. Showalter, 43, Wichita, Kansas, June 29, 2013

Janean L. Liebst, 52, Wichita, Kansas, September 24, 2013

Mary Alice Johnson, 91, Sterling, Kansas, April 24, 2013

Mary Ann Worthington, 71, Hutchinson, Kansas, June 30, 2013

Billy Hartung, 80, Junction City, Ks, September 27, 2013

Victor W. Krebaum, 75, Hutchinson, Kansas, April 25, 2013

Roland LaCoste, 21, Dodge City, Kansas, July 1, 2013

Clarence Maier Mollett, 90, Hutchinson, Kansas, September 29, 2013

Darlene Williams McMurry, 92, Culver City, California, April 26, 2013

Aaron Howard Rexroat, 35, Lakin, Kansas, July 1, 2013

Sharon Lee Havely Mallory, 75, Wichita, Kansas, October 2, 2013

Dwight Leon Engelland, 80, Saxman, Kansas, April 30, 2013

Tracy Lynn Nisly, 53, Hutchinson, Kansas, July 25, 2013

Bruce D. Kelly, 57, Hutchinson, Kansas, October 3, 2013

Larry Elmer Adelhardt, 51, Nickerson, Kansas, May 9, 2013

Hazel Myers Doll, 85, Hutchinson, Kansas, July 27, 2013

Boe E. Keesling, 32, Lyons, Kansas, October 4, 2013

Ella May Bailey, 84, Hutchinson, Kansas, May 11, 2013

Linda Sue Hamilton, 65, Wichita, Kansas, July 28, 2013

Mary Louise (Dellenbach) Krenzin, 99, Hutchinson, Kansas, October 11

Helen L. Lyman Lewis, 90, Carmichael, California, May 11, 2013

Elmer Gibson, 86, Hutchinson, Kansas, July 31, 2013

Joanne Kinzie, 82, Moline, Illinois, October 12, 2013

Agnes Locke, 94, Hutchinson, Kansas, May 27, 2013

J. Park Coffey, 92, Hutchinson, Kansas, July 31, 2013

Donald Dale Derr, 83, Hutchinson, Kansas, October 15, 2013

Dorothy Jane Kelly, 88, Topeka, Kansas, May 28, 2013

Grant Raymond Colby Jr., 72, Hutchinson, Kansas, August 1, 2013

Betty Marie Graber-Welty, 92, Omaha, Nebraska, October 24, 2013

Robert Duane Brunk, 68, Inman, Kansas, May 31, 2013

Janice Jean Withington, 76, Wheatridge, Colorado, August 2, 2013

Eva Ruth Fornwalt Hirst, 81, Hutchinson, Kansas, October, 2013

Lyle E. Koontz, 87, Haven, Kansas, June 5, 2013

LaVerne Fuller, 77, Lyons, Kansas, August 7, 2013

Roger A. Davis, 62, Manhattan, Kansas, June 9, 2013

Stephanie Lee Wood, 43, Geneseo, Kansas, August 15, 2013

Friends Remembered

Vernon Eugene Vetter, 88, Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 11, 2012

HCC Now! fall 2013



HCC Now! fall 2013

Future of Fire Science Collaboration is a key factor in the construction of a new facility for the expanding Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Program. A new, 20,000-square foot facility is under construction next to the Hutchinson Fire Department’s Command and Training Center at 3201 E. Fourth Avenue. The facility will provide much needed classroom and training space for the HCC Fire Science program, which currently has more than 100 students in the program. The location of the new facility adjacent to the HFD training area will allow for more shared training and the consolidation of equipment and resources between the two groups, providing for better use of resources. It will save the taxpayers money by cutting down on duplicated efforts. “This facility will allow our students to train alongside active firefighters,” said Bob White, Coordinator of HCC Fire Science. “We will be able to provide more training opportunities for both our students and active firefighters, with the hope of becoming a training destination for the state.”

The new building replaces Cameron Hall located on HCC’s South Campus in Yoder. Cameron Hall was constructed during World War II as part of the old Air Force Base, and maintaining the aging facility has become no longer cost effective. The new center will have five classrooms and provide offices for seven faculty members and staff. There will also be a 50x50 square foot multipurpose room that can be used for conferences, large scale training and meeting space. In addition, there will be a search-and-rescue room will be able to simulate smoke and other household hazards created by fire. The room can be configured to provide the experience of a home or building structure. “This is another example of collaboration benefitting the College and Reno County,” said Dr. Ed Berger, President of HCC. “This facility will allow for the consolidation of resources and provide more training opportunities, not only for our students, but fire personnel across the region.” Construction began on the building in late December and will conclude in late summer of 2014.

The new HCC Fire Science Building will provide more than 20,000 square feet of training and classroom space for the HCC program, in addition to the joint use of the facility for training both by Hutchinson Community College and the Hutchinson Fire Department. (Rendering provided courtsey of Shaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture). Members of the HCC Board of Trustees; HCC President Dr. Edward Berger; HCC Fire Science Coordinator Bobby White and Hutchinson Fire Department Chief Kim Forbes were among the many dignitaries on hand on December 12 for the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new HCC Fire Science Building. Despite the cold temperatures, a good crowd was on hand to see the start of the construction for the first entirely new building on the HCC Campus since the early 1970s.

HCC Now! fall 2013


Hutchinson Community College



Hutchinson Community College


HCC NOW! Fall 2013  

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