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Outstanding students are attracted to Hutchinson Community College because of wonderful faculty, outstanding facilities and very generous scholarships. ” “

Dr. Edward Berger

THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON! As we conclude another year at Hutchinson Community College, we have much to celebrate. The tradition of True Blue Excellence is evident in everything that is done at HCC. Student scholarship is outstanding with Phi Theta Kappa being recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation and the two Hutchinson Community College All Kansas Scholars receiving two of the twenty coveted Guistwite Scholarships and two of the students receiving a Coca Cola Gold Scholarship award and the other student recognized as the top Coca-Cola Scholar

in Kansas. These scholarships were presented at the Phi Theta Kappa national conference in April. Additionally, the Honors Program continues to grow and expand with over 20 students graduating with honors this year. The fine arts continues to get wonderful accolades with award winning student performances in theater, vocal and instrumental music. Debate and forensics has had a year without equal, winning a number of individual and team awards and being the Sweepstakes winner at the Junior National Championship which was hosted on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. History was made this year when Hutchinson Community College hosted the American Forensics Individual Events Tournament with over 1000 participants coming to campus for the competition. It was the first time that a community college has ever hosted this prestigious tournament. Ag judging also enjoyed a great year both in livestock and crops, winning significant state and national recognition. Athletics had the best year in history also with the Soccer team being ranked in the top ten, the volleyball team qualifying for nationals, the football team winning its bowl game, the golf team being ranked nationally, the basketball teams both qualifying for nationals, and the track team winning the indoor conference championship and of course hosting the NJCAA Division I National Championship in Track and Field. These outstanding students are attracted to Hutchinson Community College because of wonderful faculty, outstanding facilities and very generous scholarships. Without this winning combination these achievements would have been impossible. Hutchinson Community College faculty are not only some of the

best credentialed faculty in community colleges nationally but they are committed to making students successful with one on one attention and support. Facilities continue to be very important to students visiting Hutchinson Community College. The college campus is reflective of the support that the community continues to provide to HCC. The campus grounds are truly amazing with landscaping being developed and maintained at the very highest level. When students visit campus and have a chance to interact with outstanding faculty, see the technology that they will have access to, experience the quality facilities and campus, over 80 percent choose to attend HCC. All of this is augmented by a scholarship program provided by extremely generous individuals throughout the community. Over $175,000 is awarded in Presidential/ Leadership Scholarships annually, bringing the best and brightest students in Kansas to Hutchinson Community College. Additionally generous scholarships are awarded in activities that range from the arts, livestock judging, forensics and athletics. Without the support of 100’s of donors contributing to these programs annually, these students would not have been able to attend HCC and some may not have been able to attend college at all. The success of Hutchinson Community College is a symbiotic phenomenon that reflects how deeply that the College is interwoven into the community. The support that HCC receives is truly exceptional and is the reason that for 85 years Hutchinson Community College continues to celebrate the Tradition of True Blue Excellence.

hutchinson community college • hcc now! Spring 2013 • Vol. 20, No. 1 HCC Now! is published twice yearly by the office of Marketing and Public Information. Contributors: Steve Carpenter Jessica Lucas Back Cover photo provided by Eveland-Smith Photography

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Flynn Named Newman Civic Fellow

Freshman Emma Flynn (Lindsborg) has been recognized by the Campus Compact organization as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow. Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation. Flynn is a pre-medicine student at HCC. She is a 4.0 student, while participating in the HCC Honors Program. She will be co-president of the Honors Student Council for 2013-14, and is a finalist for the Student Government Association president.

She is also an active member of the Foreign Language Club and Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a member of HCC’s Symphonic and Pep Bands and the Hutchinson City Orchestra. She also is a tutor for the Adult Basic Education/GED program in math. She has been working on honors research in how music can assist in the treatment of neurological disorders. Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campusbased civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service for students and faculty/staff. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. For more information, visit

Two Named All-Kansas lifeguard and is a certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.). She has been honored with a 4-H Key Award and has been a volunteer in South Africa during the summer.

Both have also been honored as Guistwhite Scholars from the Phi Theta Kappa national office. They will be recognized and invited to a special reception during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in San Jose, California, April 4-6. Each Guistwhite Scholar receives a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies and a commemorative medallion. Sophomores Erica Gianakon (Hutchinson) and Kristen Regehr (Inman) were selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Academic Team. The duo will receive a $300 scholarship and an additional $1000 scholarship if they attend a Regents School. 53 students were selected from the community colleges in the state of Kansas. Gianakon is majoring in business/accounting with a 4.0 grade point average. Is the student government president, and an executive officer for Phi Theta Kappa. She is also an HCC Student Ambassador and works in the Vice President of Instruction’s office. In addition, she was a candidate for Homecoming queen in the fall semester. She plans to attend Kansas State after graduation. Regehr is a pre-nursing student with a 3.93 grade point average. She is also an executive officer with Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the Push campus organization. She also serves as an HCC Student Ambassador and works as a

Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The 20 recipients for 2013 were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,800 applicants to receive this scholarship, the second highest offered by Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, both have been named Coca Cola Gold Scholars by PTK. Selection as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar was based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,800 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by PTK. Both will receive their recognition for this honor at the PTK convention in April as well. Gianakon has also been selected as a Coca Cola New Century Scholar by PTK. She was selected after scoring the highest in the competition for the state of Kansas. The New Century Scholar has a $2000 scholarship award and only one winner is selected from each state.

BobContributing & Lou Peel to Progress

Bob and Lou Peel, long-time supporters of Hutchinson Community College, have been chosen as the namesakes for the Bob and Lou Peel Center for Allied Health Training (formerly The Quest Center) in recognition of their significant contributions to HCC and the renovation project of the Center building. The official name for the building was approved by the HCC Board of Trustees in March. The Peels will be recognized formally for their support at a renaming and open house ceremony for the building scheduled for the summer of 2013. Bob and Lou Peel have spent a lifetime working hard and building a highly-successful beauty supply business in Hutchinson and the Midwest.

Bob Peel’s father, Robert, founded Peel’s Friendly Beauty Supply on 3rd Street in Hutchinson in the 1930’s. He, along with his wife Lilly, worked to build up the business. After a devastating injury to Mrs. Peel, Bob joined the firm while still a student at Hutchinson High School. He would go to school until noon, when he would be excused to go home and do chores on the family farm, run errands and fill orders for the beauty supply. While balancing work and school, Peel also pursued his dreams of playing professional baseball and began dating his future wife, Esther Lou Benson. In 1944, like most young men, Bob joined the war effort as a member of the U.S. Navy. Bob remained in contact with Lou throughout his service. The war ended before Bob was deployed overseas, but he remained in service after the war to help with the decommission of equipment and planes and reassignment efforts for those who had fought in the war. After his discharge, Bob returned home where his father’s partner, Russell Lincoln, had decided to pursue other career interests. Bob bought out Lincoln’s shares in Peel and became a full-partner in the company. He married Lou in January of 1947. Bob decided at that time he wanted to see if his dreams of professional baseball were possible, so the newlyweds moved to Chanute, where Bob played in the same Class D professional league as Mickey Mantle. “It didn’t take long to discover I might have been a great local athlete,” Bob noted. “But I had a better future selling shampoo than I did playing professional baseball.” The couple returned home to Hutchinson, where Bob and Lou threw their entire attention to the business. Bob would spend weeks on the road, while Lou would type up and pull orders in the store. Tragedy came to the Peel home some time after that, as the

couple tragically lost their first child and Bob’s father, Robert, on the same day. In the midst of his sorrow, Bob decided at that point to rededicate himself to making Peel’s the best beauty supply company he possibly could.

“Peel’s Supply was my full responsibility then, and I never liked second place,” Bob said. “With two other employees, we sold $85,000 (in product) the first year Lou and I were sole owners.” The early days were tough, and often the couple had little profit. At times the couple had to write checks from their own account to make ends meet for the company. But Bob and Lou never gave up, focusing on outworking and out promoting the competition. In the beginning, the company sold a line of beauty products by Ellen Kaye along with sundry items like rollers and brushes. The sales of the sundry items were key in keeping the business afloat, and Bob’s uncanny sense of what a customer needed, sometimes before they knew it themselves, would become a Peel Beauty Supply trademark. For 25 years they steadily grew the company. They expanded, first to a store in Topeka, then Wichita and Pittsburg. When the Ellen Kaye line of products was sold to Bristol Meyer, the Peels were left without a line of supply for their beauty products. Story continued on next page.

Dee Bruce

Linda Dermyer has worked 19 years at HCC, in both full- and part-time positions.

Dee Bruce retired this spring after serving 10 years as the secretary for the HCC McPherson Center.

Most recently, Linda has been an academic advisor and counselor in the Guidance and Counseling office. Linda specializes in working with transfer students and also with those students pursuing the honors program.

Bruce provided office services for both the McPherson Center and the McPherson LPN programs during her time at the college, assisting staff and students with a variety of tasks. She was also a key member of the team to help transition the center from their old location in the Bank of America building to the new center offices in 2010.

Suzanne Chandley

Dermyer served four years as the advisor for the HCC Honors Program, coordinating the annual Presidential project presentation program held each spring.

Linda Dermyer

Dermyer has also been active on the HCC Wellness Committee and as a coordinator of the annual Health and Wellness fair.

Suzanne Chandley has been a fixture at HCC for 26 years.

Dale Kauffman has spent his entire career teaching.

Chandley has served as the secretary for the Natural Science and Mathematics department, assisting with office and instructional duties and coordinating schedules and appointments for the more than 25 full- and part-time faculty members in that department.

Kauffman, who has taught chemistry at HCC, will retire this spring after 23 years of teaching at the college. Prior to that, he taught at Inman High School and also spent 10 years at Cheney High School.

Chandley was also instrumental in the transition of the department from the old Science Hall to the newly-renovated Smith Science Center. She helped the faculty adjust to temporary quarters in Lockman Hall for two years while the renovations to the new center were completed.

Dale Kauffman

Kauffman has been a well-respected and popular instructor with students on campus, and was recognized in 1997 with the Golden Dragon award as the top faculty member. He also won the Blue Dragon Educator of the Year honors, selected by the student body, in 2005.

randy kelly

Kris Chase Kris Chase started his job at HCC in October 1987, working as a Sports Arena Custodian.

Randy L. Kelly started his career at the college as a nighttime custodian in Lockman Hall in November 2003.

Kris remained at the Arena until July 2002, when he moved to a nighttime custodian position in Lockman Hall.

In 2005, Randy moved to the nighttime custodian in Parker Student Union. Randy served as the Evenings/Weekends custodian from 2007-2008 before moving to be a daytime custodian in the college dorms in 2008 until his retirement this spring.

He was promoted to Lead Custodian in January 2004, the position he held until his retirement 2012 after 25 years of service to HCC. During that time, Kris helped supervise the custodial staff and served as a safety officer for the members of the custodial team.

Elynor Cruse will retire from Hutchinson Community College with nearly 40 years of service to the institution. Cruse has worked 38-years as an instructor, primarily in the area of Computer Science. Over her years of service, she has taught a variety of courses. Two of the courses she has spent years teaching are Microcomputer Literacy and Microcomputer Applications; courses which nearly every major at HCC requires for graduation.

Elynor Cruse

Cruse has also been an active member of the HCC SkillsUSA team as a sponsor and advisor.

Randy’s wife, Betty Ann, is also an HCC employee, working in the Human Resources office.

Jean Kibbe Jean Kibbe has been a key member of the HCC Administration for more than 30 years, primarily in the office of Financial Aid. Kibbe has held a variety of roles through her years at HCC, but in the past year has been the Acting Director of Financial Aid, and prior to that was the Assistant Director of the office for many years. Kibbe has helped streamline many of the financial aid processes for students and has kept a focus on meeting the student needs. She has also worked as the Veteran’s Aid specialist for the office.

Rowena Shue

Norman “Budd” Sepp Bud started working at HCC delivering freight and various supplies, January 4, 2007. He was responsible for sorting and organizing deliveries to the college and distributing them to the offices around campus. He remained an active member of the Hutchinson community, and was recognized as the HCC Volunteer Center Volunteer of the Year in 2007. One of his main areas of service was teaching defensive driving to more than 600 senior citizens. Bud retired December 28, 2012 from HCC and started working as a activity bus driver for Nickerson school district.

Rowena Shue spent nine years serving HCC, working at the college on two separate occasions. She came to HCC the first time in May 1991 and served as the daytime custodian in what is now Shears Technology Center until January 1995. Rowena came back to HCC in January 2008 as the part-time custodian at the Science Hall and move to full-time status in May 2009. She has also worked in other buildings, before moving to her final job as second-shift custodian in Davis Hall in 2010.

Bob & Lou Peel, Contributing to Progress...story continued from page 5 Bob went to a sales pitch by hairdresser and chemist Jerry Redding and actress Paula Kent Meehan, who were selling a new product line. That line would become known as Redken, and it would revolutionize the business for Bob and Lou. Peel’s Beauty Supply signed a contract with Redken, one of four in the Midwest. Working with Redding and Meehan, Bob and Lou would revolutionize how beauty products were sold, not just in Kansas, but nationwide. Over time, the Peels would slowly gain market share and become the top distributor of Redken. It was that achievement that brought another life-changing experience to Bob and Lou Peel. They, along with their son Bob, Jr. and his wife, Kris; were winners of a six-day cruise from Redken to recognize their national distribution sales. While returning home from the cruise, the four were on a flight from Athens, Greece, they were taken prisoner by Lebanese extremists who hijacked the airplane. Over the course of three days, they flew between Algiers and Beirut, where over time, first Lou, then Kris were released. Bob, who had been injured on the cruise, was finally released two and a half days later, while Bob, Jr. was held hostage on the ground in Beirut for two weeks after the plane landed for the final time in Beirut. The family was finally welcomed home to Hutchinson. Lou would speak as a special lecturer for the Dillon Lecture Series in 1985, captivating the audience with the recount of the family’s experience during the hostage crisis. In the meantime, Bob and Lou continued to evolve the business, taking on another product line, Matrix, and becoming more involved in the sales of equipment and salon design. Bob developed a real talent in the area of salon set up, and specialized in providing exceptional service to clients during and after the sale.

“We didn’t sell a lot of equipment because we were the cheapest,” Bob commented. “Our customers bought from us because they knew they’d get quality equipment, and we’d deliver, install, and assemble. Taking care from start to finish, that was our philosophy and we worked hard to adhere to it.” Bob created several salon innovations nationwide. He brought the idea of a raised shampoo station, making the customer and stylist more comfortable through the salon experience. He also transformed stations by designing areas for retail product display, creating more profit opportunity for both Peels and the stylist. He also pushed for the creation of a quick ship model, allowing for the prompt delivery of equipment to new stylists and salons. “Hairstylists don’t plan ahead,” Peel said. “When they decide to open a shop, they’re ready to open. They don’t want to wait six weeks to get a shampoo bowl.” Over time, the Peel’s two sons, Bob, Jr. and Bill, had become vital parts of the company. Bill, who is a graduate of HCC, relocated to Omaha to supervise the distribution center the company had acquired there, while Bob, Jr. came to the company after completing his Marketing Degree at Kansas State and assumed the marketing of the company Bob Sr. had done through the years. With the addition of the boys to the company, Bob and Lou also gained two other employees, as Bob, Jr. and Bill’s wives, Kris and Susan joined the company. Each of the grandchildren also joined the company, with Erin Kooiman and her husband, Bart; Erika Barnes and her husband, Darren; Lindsay Marquardt; Eric Peel and his wife, Michelle; and Evan Peel all taking key roles in the company. Bob and Lou, with their family behind them, built a beauty powerhouse. When the company sold to L’Oreal, Inc. in 2010, Peel’s Beauty Supply had a staff of more than 600 employees, 100 professional sales people, and 57 stores. The Peels also enjoyed a loyal staff, with many of them working more than 40 years for the company at the time of the sale. “It’s important to me that each of the individuals I worked with during my long career understands the value I believe they brought to our team,” Bob added. “Peel’s Friendly Beauty Supply was a success because we had the best employees. I’m proud of what we accomplished.” Jessica Lucas contributed to this story.

Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation Partners with HCC in Allied Health Training The Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation and Hutchinson Community College have announced a partnership in the new Allied Health Training Center project. The Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation will provide support for the renovation of the Allied Health Training Center at HCC. The support will provide funding for the construction of a state-of-the-art surgical training suite and for equipment to support that training. In recognition of the support of the Foundation, the suite will be named in recognition of The Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation. “The mission of the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation has always been to encourage, receive, and invest contributions from members of the community to assist in further improvements and advances in the health care services provided by Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. This support of funding toward the Hutchinson Community College Allied Health Training Quest Center project is totally in line with that objective,” said Jim Gilliland, President of the Hutchinson Regional Medical

Foundation Board of Directors. Kevin Miller, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said the System’s partnership with Hutchinson Community College is a win-win for both organizations. “Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has enjoyed a long term collaborative relationship with Hutchinson Community College,” Miller said. “This relationship has produced ongoing results, in that a majority of the clinical employees at our healthcare system were educated and trained at HCC,” Miller continued. “There is a growing need for allied health professionals in our community, and thanks to Hutchinson Community College, through a partnership with the healthcare system’s foundation, we are moving forward to meet future demands,” Miller said. “It is one more example of the many resources available in the Hutchinson community thanks to forward looking leaders.” The Center, to be named the Bob and Lou Peel Center for Allied Health Training, will open in the summer of 2013.


HCC Now! Spring 2013

WSU Scholarship Winners Two HCC students will receive $1,000 a year while majoring in business at WSU’s Barton School of Business. Scholarships are renewable for a second year. To be eligible for the WSU scholarship, it is required that the student be a community college graduate, have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, enroll in at least 12 hours at WSU and declare a major in business.

The two recipients for 2013: • Erica Valencia - from Burrton KS Will major in International Business at WSU • Taylor Yingling - from Hutchinson KS Will major in Accounting at WSU

Athletes Earn All-America Status


Melissa Hetherington

Sheehy (Limerick, Ireland) set Hetherington (Burnley, six-single-season records in England) broke her own 2012: Goals scored – 38, Points single-game record for goals – 99; Shots taken – 162; Shots and points when she tallied on goal taken – 86; multi-point seven goals and 16 points games – 13; multi-goals games in a lopsided victory over – 12 and hat tricks – 8. Her 23 Independence Sept. 7. Two assists ranked second on the days later against Hesston, single-season list. Hetherington reached the career goals mark with her 49th career Sheehy’s incredible season goal. She finished her Lady also placed her high in several Dragon career with 66 goals. Lady Dragon career statistical lists. Sheehy is tied for third in Her 80 points ranked fourth in career points, tied for fourth in the NJCAA, her 30 goals tied goals scored, tied for sixth in for sixth and her 20 assists were career assists, third for in game- sixth in the nation this season. winning goals, second in multigoal games, tied for seventh in This season, Hetherington had multi-point games, tied for fifth 30 goals, 20 assists and 80 in game-winning assists, tied points. She is the only Lady for fourth in multi-assist games, Dragon player in program fifth in shots taken and eighth in history with back-to-back shots on goal taken. 30-goal seasons. Her 80 points rank third, her 30 goals rank She had four goals four times third and her 20 assists rank (Neosho County, Kansas City, third on Hutchinson’s singleAllen and Coffeyville), three season lists. She also had six games of 10 or more points game-winning goals and tied a (10 vs. Neosho County, 11 team single-season record with vs. Kansas City and 10 vs. five game-winning assists. Coffeyville) and seven multiassist games with a high of four Hetherington owns eight career against Independence. records, two single-season records – she had six before Sheehy moved past her – and two single-game records. Sheehy led the NJCAA in points scored, was second in goals scored and fourth in assists. She was also named the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Sheehy ais the seventh AllAmerican in Lady Dragon soccer history.

Hetherington is the eighth HCC soccer All-American. The 2012 Lady Dragons finished with a 16-2 record, and were second in the Jayhawk Conference Region VI

Lane (Norton, KS) not only broke one, but two major rushing records during his sophomore season, he had nine-straight 100-yard rushing games, three 200-yard rushing games and then there was Sept. 8 in Garden City.

Freshman outside hitter Teresa Wade (St. John) became the first Lady Dragon volleyball player since 2009 to earn NJCAA All-America status.


Teresa Wade

Wade, who was the Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year and Most Valuable player, led the Lady Dragons (28-10) to the program’s first Jayhawk West title since 2008 and first Region VI crown and berth in the NJCAA Tournament since 2009. Wade is Hutchinson’s eighth volleyball All-American in program history. She led the Blue Dragons with an average of 3.00 kills per set and hit .283 on 414 kills, which is the sixth-best kill total in single-season history and is second on the HCC freshman list. Her kills per set rank fourth on the freshman list and her kill percentage ranks sixth on the freshman list. In addition to her offensive numbers, Wade averaged 2.46 digs per set (340 total), which was second on the team this season. She averaged 0.30 blocks (41 total) and had 24 service aces. In three national tournament matches, Wade had 38 kills, including a tournament-best 18 vs. Temple College. She hit .306 in the national tournament.

That’s when Lane broke HCC’s 46-year-old singlegame rushing record of Mack Herron’s when he rushed for 308 yards on just 29 carries in a 63-49 victory over the Broncbusters. The game vaulted him into the national rushing lead for the remainder of the regular season. Lane wound up second in the nation with a Blue Dragon single-season record 1,632 yards. Lane completed his Blue Dragon career as the fourth-leading rusher all-time with 2,093 yards. Lane scored 28 total touchdowns this season (15 rushing, 3 receiving) and scored 108 points, which ranks third best in single-season HCC history. For his career, Lane had 27 total touchdowns for 162 points, which also ranks third.

Toby Johnson Even before the season started, sophomore defensive tackle Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga.) was being talked about. He entered the 2012 season as the No. 1 overall junior college recruit in the nation. That meant opposing offenses were paying attention, too. Johnson normally drew double teams and still put together a solid season, missing the final 2 1/2 games because of injuries. Johnson finished with 37 total tackles, 12 were unassisted. He had 6.5 tackles for loss, including three quarterback sacks. He also had four passes defensed. Johnson had a career-high seven total tackles against Dodge City on Sept. 15. He had six tackles each against Air Force Prep and Independence. For his career, Johnson had 87 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks. He also had nine passes broken up, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

Lane also caught 24 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns this season. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. As a punter, Lane averaged 41.2 yards per attempt on 33 punts with a career best of 62 yards.

Michael Mesh With the Blue Dragons putting together the two best offensive teams in program history over the last two seasons, sophomore kicker Michael Mesh (Hutchinson) had plenty of chances to score. And score he did. Mesh became the only kicker in Blue Dragon history to score 100 points in a season, scoring 101 this season and setting numerous Blue Dragon kicking records. Mesh converted 63 of 69 extra points and booted 12 of 15 field goals this season. The 101 points are 12th most overall and most by a Blue Dragon kicker. The 12 field goals are the second most ever made by a kicker in a single season. Mesh tied a team record when he kicked a 47-yard field goal in the 2012 Region VI Championship game. Mesh had five games of 10 or more points in a game, including a Blue Dragon record 16 points ( 7 of 7 on extra points, 3 of 3 on field goals) in the season opener against Coffeyville on Aug. 25. Mesh closes his career with the following records: Most points by a kicker (186), most extra points (136), most field goals (16) and most kickoffs (194). The 186 points tie Mack Herron for second place on the career scoring list.

Lane is the first Blue Dragon running back to earn All-America honors since LaDarrian Page in 2008.

2013 NJCAA Track Championships May 16-18 •Gowans Stadium

Thursday, May 16th 9:00 AM Men’s Decathlon (100 M - LJ - HJ - SP - 400 M) 9:30 AM Women’s Heptathlon (100 M Hurd.- HJ - SP - 200 M) 12:00 PM Men’s Hammer - Trial & Finals Kansas State Fairgrounds 3:00 PM Women’s Hammer - Trials & Finals Kansas State Fairgrounds 8:00 PM 10,000 Meter Run - Women’s Final 8:50 PM 10,000 Meter Run - Men’s Final multi events - Friday May 17th 9:00 AM Men’s Decathlon (110 HH - Disc - PV - Jav - 1500 M) Don Michael Field 9:00 AM Women’s Heptathlon (LJ - Jav - 800 M) Don Michael Field Field Events -Friday, May 17th 10:00 AM Triple Jump Men - Trials & Finals 10:00 AM Shot Put - Men - Trials & Finals 1:00 PM Triple Jump - Women - Trials & Finals 1:00 PM Shot Put - Women - Trials & Finals

Field Events - Saturday, May 18th 9:00 AM Javelin - (W) - Trials & Finals Don Michael Field 9:00 AM Long Jump (M) - Trials & Finals 9:00 AM Long Jump (W) Trials & Finals 10:00 AM Pole Vault (M) Trials & Finals 11:00 AM Discus (M) Trials & Finals Kansas State Fairgrounds 11:30 AM High Jump (M) Trials & Finals 1:00 PM Discus (W) Trials & Finals Kansas State Fairgrounds 2:00 PM High Jump (W) Trials & Finals

Running Events - Friday, May 17th 12:00 PM 4x800 Meter Relay (W) Final 12:20 PM 4x800 Meter Relay (M) Final 12:45 PM 4x100 Meter Relay (W) Prelim 1:00 PM 4x100 Meter Relay (M) Prelim 1:15 PM 1500 Meter (W) Prelim 1:30 PM 1500 Meter (M) Prelim 1:45 PM 400 Meter Dash (W) Prelim 2:00 PM 400 Meter Dash (M) Prelim 2:25 PM 100 Meter Hurdles (W) Prelim 2:40 PM 110 Meter Hurdles (M) Prelim 2:55 PM 100 Meter Dash (W) Prelim 3:10 PM 100 Meter Dash (M) Prelim 3:25 PM 800 Meter Run (W) Prelim 3:40 PM 800 Meter Run (M) Prelim 4:00 PM 400 IH (W) Prelim 4:10 PM 400 IH (M) Prelim 4:25 PM 200 Meter Dash (W) Prelim 4:40 PM 200 Meter Dash (M) Prelim

5:00 PM 5:25 PM 5:45 PM 6:00 PM

3:00 PM Pole Vault - Women - Trials & Finals 5:00 PM Javelin - Men - Trials & Finals Don Michael Field

3000 Meter Steeplechase (W) Final 3000 Meter Steeplechase (M) Final 4x400 Meter Relay (W) Prelim 4x400 Meter Relay (M) Prelim

Running Events - Saturday May 18th 12:30 PM NATIONAL ANTHEM 12:45 PM Special Awards Presentation & Recognitions 1:00 PM 400 Meter Relay (W) Final

1:10 PM 1:15 PM 1:25 PM 1:35 PM 1:40 PM 1:50 PM 2:00 PM 2:10 PM 2:15 PM 2:25 PM 2:35 PM 2:45 PM 2:55 PM 3:05 PM 3:10 PM 3:15 PM 3:40 PM 4:20 PM 4:30 PM 4:55 PM

400 Meter Relay (M) Final 1500 Meter Run (W) Final 1500 Meter Run (M) Final 400 Meter Dash (W) Final 400 Meter Dash (M) Final 100 Meter Hurdles (W) Final 110 Meter Hurdles (M) Final 100 Meter Dash (W) Final 100 Meter Dash (M) Final 800 Meter Run (W) Final 800 Meter Run (M) Final 400 Meter IH (W) Final 400 Meter IH (M) Final 200 Meter Dash (W) Final 200 Meter Dash (M) Final 5000 Meter Run (W) Final 5000 Meter Run (M) Final 1600 Meter Relay (W) Final 1600 Meter Relay (M) Final AWARDS PRESENTATION

*Transportation Available to events held at Kansas State Fairgrounds and javelin events conducted at Don Michael Field

Hall of Fame Adds Four Members The HCC Quarterback Club Hall of Fame welcomed four new members on February 24, between games of the Blue Dragon women’s and men’s doubleheader with Cloud County at the Sports Arena. Blue Dragon basketball greats Roy “Pooh” Hairston and Leroy Esau, men’s basketball coach Steve McClain and football great Mo Latimore were inducted as the Hall’s 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th members. Hairston, Esau and Latimore were able to attend the ceremony and be honored by the Blue Dragon crowd.

LEROY ESAU - The NJCAA’s second men’s national basketball tournament came to Hutchinson’s Convention Hall in 1949 after a less-than-stellar inaugural run in Springfield, Mo. in 1948. The Blue Dragons didn’t qualify for the tournament, but received a special invitation to participate. Led by Esau, the 1949 Blue Dragons went all the way to the national championship game. HJC opened the tournament with a 68-50 victory over Sayer, Okla. The Blue Dragons met Jayhawk Conference champion Dodge City, a team HJC lost to twice in the regular season, in the quarterfinals. Esau scored 12 points, hitting several clutch free throws late for a 55-48 upset victory. Esau was clutch again in the semifinals at the free-throw line when his two free throws tied the game after Hutch trailed Grant Tech by eight points with five minutes to play. Esau finished with 14 points and the Blue Dragons advanced to the finals with a 55-53 victory. Esau had 16 points against Tyler Junior College in title game, but another upset bid fell two points short as Tyler won the national title, 66-64. Esau scored 47 points in the tournament and set a tournament record that lasted for four years with eight free throws in the Tyler game. Esau was the only Blue Dragon and the only freshman on the 1949 All-Tournament Team. In 2006, Esau was voted to the Blue Dragons’ 75th Anniversary team. After HCC, Esau went on to the University of Wyoming where he was part of the Cowboys’ 1952 team that went to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. Roy “POOH” Hairston: Playing from 1992-94, Roy Hairston was HCC men’s basketball’s only two-time NJCAA All-American, earned NJCAA Tournament Most Valuable Players honors after leading the Blue Dragons to the 1994 national championship and became the program’s all-time leading scorer. He holds seven career, three single-season and six freshman records, not to mention being listed in 36 career, single-season and freshmen Top 10 lists. The Indianapolis native is one of only five players in Blue Dragon history to have at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Hairston scored 1,687 points in his career, some 226 points more than the second-place total. He has two of HCC’s five 800-point seasons in team history. Hairston also holds career records for scoring average (23.1) and made field goals (634). After graduating from HCC, Hairston went to Purdue University to play for Blue Dragon coaching great and Quarterback Club Hall of Fame member Gene Keady, where he was a third-team All-Big 10 selection. Hairston went on to have a long and successful career outside the United States, playing professionally in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, the Philippines and Venezuela. In 2006, Hairston was the top vote-getter on Hutchinson’s all-75th Anniversary team. MO LATIMORE - Mo Latimore was a key part of the first Jayhawk Championship in football in more than 20 years, and led HCC to an undefeated season in 1964 under Hall of Fame Coach John Matous. Latimore was the leader of one of the Blue Dragons’ best offensive lines in team history. He paved the way for 1,000-yard back Dave Wassenberg, quarterback Donnie Wilcox and All-American receivers Jack Morris and Lonnie Crittenden. Led by Latimore, the 1969 Blue Dragons scored the fourth-most points to that point in team history (300 points), ran the table in the Jayhawk Conference - winning seven league games by an average of 27 points per game - and qualified for the program’s first bowl game in 20 years. The Blue Dragons rolled past Nassau, N.Y. 32-7 in the 1969 Sterling Silver Bowl, while Latimore was named a 1969 first-team NJCAA-American. After Hutchinson, Latimore transferred to Kansas State University. Latimore earned third-team All-America honors and first team All-Big Eight accolades while also serving as team captain in 1971. He played in the 1971 Senior Bowl and North-South Bowl. From Kansas State, he was drafted in the seventh round by the New York Jets and wound up playing four seasons in the CFL with Calgary, Saskatchewan and Hamilton. He is currently an assistant coach for Kansas State Univeristy. Steve McClain - Steve McClain was an intergral part of a championship tradition at HCC. He helped the Blue Dragons win a national championship as an assistant coach with the Hutchinson Blue Dragons in 1988, he went one better six years later by winning the 1994 championship as HCC’s head coach. McClain put together a dazzling record of 91-16 in three seasons as the top Dragon. McClain’s .857 winning percentage is still No. 1 on the HCC coaching charts. His 91 victories were seventh most in team history when he left to become a Division I assistant after the 1994 season. McClain’s HCC teams were among the highest scoring in program history. The 1993 Blue Dragons still rank as the highest-scoring team in HCC history at 93.5 points per game. The 1994 team scored the most points in team history (3,506 points). All three of McClain’s Blue Dragon teams rank in the Top 5 in team history in scoring average and points scored. McClain left HCC to take an assistant’s job at TCU. From there, he moved into the head coaching position at Wyoming, where he coached the Cowboys from 1998-2007. After Wyoming, McClain spent three seasons at Colorado and moved onto the top assistant’s job at Indiana before the 2010-11 season, helping the Hoosiers to the top seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and the top spot in the AP poll for most of the season.

Weddings & Engagements

Brooke Considine / Bryan Pickerill March 23, Rachel Keith / Joshua Neiman March 30, Brittany Smith / Zachary Aden March 30, Brooke Speice / Kale Haas April 6, Molly Sundquist / Todd Rundell Summer Lisa Asberry / Michael Rogers April 19, Nicole Shumard / Ryan Kraus April 20, Addie Cole / Brandon Ehling April 27, Mikaela Fredrickson / Charlie Ruble April 27, Jenna Hendricks / Troy Graber April 27, Emily Gilpin / Brent Rohling May 4, Breanna Beckerman / Michael Ryan June 28, Angela Thiel /Adam Drake July 13, Amber Gordon / Tyler Goetz July 13,

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Alumni, former students, current students and staff are indicated by italics.

Will H. ‘Bill’ McCue, 83, Hutchinson, February 19, 2013

Trudy Lovett-Dixon, Hutchinson, February 26, 2013

Wes Mohr, 79, Hutchinson, March 1, 2013

Wallace A. McNew, 89, Hutchinson, February 18, 2013

Kenneth T. ‘Ken’ Ewing, 95, Hutchinson, February 20, 2013

David S. Jensen, 48, Hutchinson, February 17, 2013

J.B. ‘Bardo the Clown’ Holdren Jr., 93, Hutchinson, January 1, 2013

Donald R. Elliott, 83, Hutchinson, February 12, 2013

Hannah M. Hoefer, 74, Hutchinson, December 29, 2012

Carol Ann (Stade) Grier, 61, Colwich, February 10, 2013

Eli Reed, 22, Buhler, December 22, 2012

Mary L. Conboy, 60, Hutchinson, January 22, 2013

Lisa Ann Bradford, 49, Independence, Nov. 12, 2012

Leola (Stewart) Claussen, 82, Topeka, January 22, 2013

Ross H. Ritthaler, 79, Dallas, Texas, January 3, 2012

Robert “Bob” Ned Brown, 65, Sublette, January 5, 2013 Arnold G. Seifert, 74, Winchester, January 15, 2013

Chy Miller, 40, Sterling, March 7, 2013 Jack Leon Piatt, 71, Nickerson, March 19, 2013 Kenneth Martin Ottlinger, 74, Hutchinson, March 9, 2013 Margaret Martinez Sterns, 84, Arlington, Texas, March 21, 2013

Shane D. Shriner, 48, Hutchinson, February 27, 2013

Friends Remembered

Gary L. Anderson, 69, Hutchinson, January 17, 2013

The Hutchinson Community College Alumni & Friends launched the Blue Dragon Discount Card many years ago, to offer cardholders discounts at Hutchinson restaurants and stores. With nearly 100 vendors, the Blue Dragon Discount Card is the biggest in the area, and the card of choice for many. Our participants say it generates new customers and draws back old ones. We are currently accepting new vendors for our card. There is no cost to participate on the card, and listings are free. Your only requirement is to provide a discount or service to your potential customers. Our deadline for new members is June 11. The 2013-14 card will go on sale on August 1. Funds from the sale of the cards provides scholarships to the neediest of students – many of whom are working parents trying to improve their educational opportunities. For them, the money raised from our discount card sales makes college possible. For more information on the HCC Blue Dragon Discount Card, or to place your business on the card, call 665-3565 or 665-3348.

Blue Dragon Notes

Gregory Bauer has retired from his position as the Natural Resources Conservations Service’s supervisory district conservationist. He was employed out of the NRCS Great Bend office. He and his wife live in Barton County. Marshall Christmann is a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. He represents District 113, which includes Pratt and Stafford county, along with portions of Barton, Pawnee and Lyons. He resides in Lyons with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three sons. James clendenin is a member of the Wichita City Council. He has served two years on the council. He represents the South and Southeast side of Wichita as District 3 representative. Charlie Fraley is now a full-time paramedic for Lane County. Fraley is one of four paramedics working in Lane County. Brandy Valek jones ‘06 resides in Lakin, where she manages the family cattle business “New Century Cattle” with her husband, Chris. The couple has one child, Colby. Jesse Garcia juma was a candidate for the Hutchinson City Council. He owns his own contracting company specializing in painting and remodeling.

Gene keady was honored by his hometown of Larned with the renaming of a street in his honor. Third Street was renamed Keady Street to recognize the achievements of the former Blue Dragon coach and member of the Quarterback Club Hall of Fame. Kurt Kinnamon is the head coach of the McPherson boys baskeball team. The former Blue Dragon has led the team to four state titles and has 23 players who have gone on to collegiate careers. lori martin-price is teaching metalsmithing courses as part of adult course offerings for the McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc. She has been teaching metalsmithing for 16 years, but got her start with courses under Teresa Preston while a graphics arts major at HCC. stasha mcclure is an emergency dispatcher with the Barber County Sheriff’s Office in Medicine Lodge. She has been working in the office since November of 2012. Angie mielke has been promoted to the Data Processing and IT Operations Manager at Hutchinson Credit Union. She is responsible for the IT operations management, staff supervision and scheduling. Her husband, Robert, is the Lead Security Officer at HCC. Mike Nickels has been named a Unit Team Manager at the

Hutchinson Correctional Facility. He has worked at HCF since 1993. Ryan patton was promoted to Unit Team Manager at Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Patton was serving as a Corrections Counselor II before his promotion this spring. TOnya penny has been promoted to Assistant Vice President-Retail Banking at First National Bank of Hutchinson. She began her career as a teller and has moved up through the ranks since joining the bank staff in 1984. Haley Schneeberger received the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Secretary of the Year honor at the recent National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The former Lady Dragon basketball player has been honored with the award six times in her career. She resides in Oklahoma. Rachael Steenson is the Customer Service Manager at Farmers Alliance in McPherson. She and her husband, Brad, live in McPherson. The couple has five children and one grandchild. Derrick and Shanda Swinehart are now the owners of Swinehard Automotive, Inc., a NAPA Auto Parts franchise, in Medicine Lodge. They have relocated to Medicine Lodge after residing in Ulysses for several years.

Alumni Spotlight:

Rev. Dr. Kim Dickerson-Oard Current Hometown: Wichita, KS Family: Married to Chris, 4½ year old daughter, Grace Career: Associate Pastor at East Heights United Methodist Church Years Attended HCC: Fall 1993 - May 1995 Graduated from at HCC: AA Psychology, 1995 What makes HCC special to you? I found that with good planning, all of my credits were able to transfer to KU. Through the Presidential scholarship program, and other scholarships I received throughout my college experience, I was able to complete my entire college education without debt. What is the one thing you’d like to tell perspective students from HCC? While I was at HCC, I was able to be a “big fish” in a small pond. I served in student government, got to sing in the choirs, and was known by my professors and college administrators. There are many opportunities for involvement at HCC that you may not necessarily be available when moving on to a 4 year college. I have no regrets about my HCC experience.

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ship that ran into a pier, so he was discharged. When we got to talking about the Navy, needless to say he didn’t speak too highly about it.” Shaffer also spent a season on the Blue Dragon basketball squad, playing for the legendary coach Charles Sesher. “I wasn’t a star,” Shaffer added. “But, I enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed playing for Coach Sesher. He was a real gentleman, and a driving force in the athletic area of the college. There were a lot of good basketball players on that team. I enjoyed it and was honored to be on the team.” After graduation, Shaffer transferred to the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1950. He started at Washburn Law School, but took a break from school in 1951. After a brief stint working in construction and a few other odd jobs in the area, Shaffer returned to school. He returned to Washburn University, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1954. After receiving his law degree, Shaffer returned to Hutchinson, where he joined the firm of Weinlood, Cole, Ehling and Oswalt. He became a partner with the firm in 1958.

One of his most important, and longterm, activities has been as a member of the HCC Paralegal Advisory Board. Shaffer became a member of the board when it began in the mid1970’s and still remains a member of the board today. “I am one of five original members of the board,” Shaffer noted. “Only two are surviving (J. Stanley Hill is the other). I am still active and involved, though the board’s role has changed in the last few years and is much more advisory in nature.” Shaffer has also been a member of the HCC Endowment Association board since 2002 and actively involved in many facets of the organization. In addition to serving the College, Shaffer has also been an active member of the Hutchinson community. He has been a member of the American Legion since 1946, and has served as an NJCAA Tournament host for the national basketball tournament for more than 25 years as part of the Legion. He has served on numerous boards throughout the city and area, including the Hutchinson Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson YMCA and the Delos V. Smith Senior Citizens Foundation.

Shaffer also has held memberships for his legal career, including the Reno County Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has also volunteered with the Kansas Elder Law Hotline and does pro bono volunteer legal consultations at the Delos V. Smith Senior Citizens Center. Shaffer and nearly his entire family have attended HCC. His wife, Lorene, is a graduate, as are two of his three sons, Scott and Jeff. Only his son, Mark, did not become a Blue Dragon. Shaffer admits that his experience as a student at HCC has made him encourage anyone to attend. “It was a great experience (attending HCC),” Shaffer added. “I highly recommend it to anybody. It gave a tremendous bridge to those (students) who went on. It was an opportunity for people to further their education and transfer on, or even for those who don’t. That transition from high school to college is a tough one for some people, and it prepared for that transition. It was a great bridge from high school to college.”

Shaffer remained a fixture in the legal profession in Hutchinson, practicing actively for 56 years. Today, he still remains a part of the legal profession, as Of Counsel for the firm of Martindell, Swearer, Shaffer and Ridenour, LLP. Shaffer has also remained vitally connected with Hutchinson Community College throughout his time in Hutchinson. Shaffer (row 2, second from left) and members of the 1946 Hutchinson Junior College basketball team.

Few people associate the 2013 Hutchinson Community College Alumnus of the Year with the piano. But, the few that do are probably the most important. John Shaffer, a 1948 alumnus of the College, is probably more known for his skills in the courtroom than in the recital hall. A young John Shaffer met a beautiful dancer named Lorene Frank while still a student at Hutchinson High School. She needed an accompanist for a youth production, and fellow students had told her that Shaffer played. “I really wasn’t much of a player,” Shaffer noted. “I mostly played by ear and banged around a little.” But, the talent, albeit underdeveloped, brought Shaffer to the attention of his future wife of more than 60 years. They never lost touch after that, and married in 1951. Shaffer has been selected as the Alumnus of the Year by the HCC Alumni and Friends Organization. He will be honored with his award as part of the 2013 HCC Graduation Ceremonies. Shaffer is a Hutchinson native. Shortly after his birth in Wichita in 1927, he was adopted by Don and Mabel Shaffer and has spent nearly his entire life as a resident.

Shaffer attended Hutchinson High, but World War II interrupted his graduation plans. Prior to graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, and his parents had to accept his diploma from HHS on his behalf that May. Shaffer spent nearly two years in the Coast Guard, patrolling the waters along the East Coast as a member of the U.S.S. Charlotte crew. The ship would sail on 30- to 45-day cruises, taking the crew to Iceland, England, Bermuda and the Azores, returning home to port in Boston between assignments. Shaffer was honorably discharged in May of 1946. Upon leaving the Coast Guard, Shaffer returned home to Hutchinson and began his long association with what was then Hutchinson Junior College. Shaffer enrolled as a “nontraditional” student at the college in 1946. “When I came here, campus was designed for 400 students,” Shaffer noted. “When I came back to HJC, all of the fellows that went into the service were all coming back home. It made for an interesting combination, us older guys back from the service mixing with the younger students. I’m sure we gave some of the instructors a challenge.” Shaffer has nothing but fond memories of his time as a Blue

Dragon, and recalled several instructors who had extremely positive influence on him as a student and person. “I took English from Inez Frost, and thoroughly enjoyed it,” Shaffer commented. “Inez was a stickler, but it was very good preparation to go on further with our education. Everybody I’ve talked with that went here and had her all have nothing but nice things to say about her. She was a real credit to the college.” Another instructor, E.C. Campbell, taught history, and like Shaffer was a veteran, but with a slightly different take on his service. “Campbell taught history and he was a real character,” Shaffer added. “The rumor was that he had been in the Navy and was a captain on a

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