This Week on Campus

New year, new vision 

Welcome to the 20s of the 21st century at SCCC! All last week, our team met for inspiration, training, and even a scavenger hunt. Congrats to these winners …

1st Place Team – Chandler, Chanelle, Noah, Wendy

2nd Place Team – Blanca, Libby, Erika

3rd Place Team – Austin, Tate, Frances

4th Place Team – Shandon, Stephanie, Irene, Margaret

5th Place Team – Josh, Tracy, Ishani, Matt

6th Place Team – Amy, Anita

7th Place Team – Sara, Jennifer, Norma Jean, Teresa

.. and thanks to the Professional Development Committee, which envisioned the “Passport to Health and Happiness” activities and the programming we absorbed during the various sessions. Now, it’s time to go forth and educate!

Parker Thompson sent this email, ICYMI:

On behalf of the Professional Development Committee at SCCC we are asking that you take 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey to help us better what we do for our employees. Thank you so much, hope you all enjoyed celebrating 50 years of serving students and are excited for the new semester! Cheers.

Allied Health cuts ribbon 

Our newest academic structure on campus celebrated Thursday with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting and reception. More than 100 community members showed up to savor the moment and take a look at the $4.2 million building, constructed completely with philanthropic funding through the SCCC Foundation.

We’re already looking forward to a similar unveiling of the Sharp Family Champions Center later this month! Stay tuned for details.

This week and next …

Monday, Jan. 13:  The students are back! Classes begin in day and evening sessions, so welcome our students back to campus with a smile!

• Saints on the court.  Catch your Saints and Lady Saints on the home court, as they play Garden City at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight.

• SCCC Board Meeting. 7:30 p.m. is our first SCCC Board of Trustees meeting for the year, starting with the swearing in of two new board members: Sharon Hobble, who returns to the table after a short hiatus, and Kay Burtzloff, who holds the newly-established seventh seat on the board. As always, the meetings are open to the public (they take place in the board room near the main entrance of the Hobble Building) and the agenda can be viewed online through this link: Board Docs January Agenda 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Greenhouse action! The Saints and Lady Saints take on Pratt at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Greenhouse. Come out to cheer them on!

Friday, Jan. 17:  Deadlines already. This is the last day to add classes without instructor approval. The Registrar’s Office is stocked up on add/drop slips, but students need to act now to get their schedules in order!

Looking ahead …

  • Monday, Jan. 20 : Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our campus will be closed. The community will observe the life and work of Dr. King with a march and chili supper, from 3  to 6 p.m. The march begins  at Liberal Memorial Library and progresses north on Kansas Ave., then east on Eighth Street, to the Mahuron Park recreation building (8th and Calvert) There will be refreshments and Information booths at the celebration. All are welcome to attend!
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 : Four-year private colleges and state universities will crowd the Hobble Hallway with exciting options for our students who plan to transfer, at the annual Transfer Fair set for 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 23. This free event gives students a chance to meet recruiting representatives and get a clear idea of their options and opportunities!
  • Wednesday & Thursday, Jan. 22 & 23 : Auditions for the spring musical, “Mama Mia!” are scheduled for Jan. 22 and 23, (6:30 – 8:30 on a Wednesday and Thursday) in the Showcase Theater. Singers, actors, mark your calendars now to try out for this engaging and hilarious modern musical. For more information, contact drama instructor Michele Van Hessen at extension 1460 or vocal music instructor Magda Silva at extension 1462.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 : Ag Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 25, featuring comedic entertainment and a sit-down dinner at the Comfort Inn & Suites conference room. This fundraiser benefits the agriculture program, livestock judging teams, and the economic development of the region through ag-related projects. Tickets are available by contacting ag instructors Joshua Morris at extension 1354 or Nick Noterman at extension 1353.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29 : Taste of Kansas 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SCCC Library, Jan. 29. This free event combines the community warmth of a potluck with a Kansas Day celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make this place home for us all. If you have a family specialty to contribute, we’d love to have you join us! Call Alaina Rice at extension 1180, Annette Hackbarth Onson at 1106 or Rachel Coleman at 1125 to get the details.
  • Friday, Jan. 31 & Saturday, Feb. 1 : Hall of Saints Homecoming Induction, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, with a reception at the Comfort Inn & Suites conference room at 6 p.m. Friday, and recognition at the Saints Homecoming game Saturday. Want a sneak peek at the next 15 honorees? Stop by the PR and Marketing Office in Hobble 190 to see the list.

Hamlet in Neon

The Travels of Hamlet

Tommy Phan and Randy Johnson, Facilities & Grounds


Hamlet kicked off the new year acting as a porcine thank-you note on behalf of Dr. Maria Fe Laguitan, who presented the pig to operations staffers Randy Thompson and Tommy Phan.

“These two gentlemen have helped me move my office back and forth so many times,” said Fe, who currently serves as director of the Colvin Adult Learning Center. “I didn’t know they noticed, but in one of those cardboard boxes are all my certificates and diplomas.” When Fe brought her family to see her office over the holiday break, she was astonished to see her professional credentials displayed on the wall — thanks to Thompson & Phan.

“I hadn’t even put in a work order!” Fe said. “These guys are awesome.”

The theme for employee affirmation in 2019-20 is “Shine” with our awesome pig, Hamlet. He doesn’t let gravity — or anything else — limit his activities, and that reminds us of the Saints family. Amid the challenges of daily life and the dark clouds that sometimes come, our team shines. Let’s aspire to tell each other when we see those moments of awesomeness. 

For those of you who haven’t met Hamlet, he travels the campus in search of excellence and hard work. Who better to ask than our own team members? Each week, Hamlet shows up in his green wagon, with a word of appreciation and a photo op for team members who merit a little extra recognition.