Published November 15, 2023
Members of Cub Scout Pack 162, the Arrow of Light Den, presented the flags before the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Pictured (left to right) are Grayson dePinho; Den Leader Janie Presley; Tegan Tschetter-Siedschlaw; Kasyn Warkentin; Trace Presley; Aaron Paz; Annalynn Welsh; and Cubmaster Dr. Jeremy Presley.
Photos by Lance Ziesch
Published November 6, 2023
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted its 23rd annual Halloween celebration on Sunday, Oct. 29. Like the past few years, it was a drive-through Trunk-or-Treat event in the Fine Arts parking lot. And despite the bitterly cold weather, 296 kids received candy from 18 trunks/stops. Per tradition, the cost of admission was one nonperishable food item per child, and the food collected was given to the Kansas Soldiers’ Home at Fort Dodge.
Photos by Lakin Scheck
Published November 2, 2023
The DC3 Music Department presented “The Haunted Theatre of Jazz” concert on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the DC3 Little Theatre. The concert, which was directed by Joel Vinson, Band Director, featured performances by the DC3 Jazz Ensembles.
Published October 13, 2023
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Symphonic Band and the Dodge City Symphony Orchestra performed their fall instrumental concert on Thursday, Oct. 12, in the DC3 Little Theatre. Directed by Joel Vinson, and assisted by Katherine Bowden, the concert featured a variety of selections including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and music from “The Planets,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Orpheus in the Underworld,” amongst others.
Published October 6, 2023
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted a group of Dodge City High School (DCHS) students for Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 6, in the DC3 Auxiliary Gym. At the luncheon event, five seniors were awarded $500 scholarships to attend DC3 next fall. Scholarship recipients include (left to right) Francisco Riquiac Castro, Stride (DCHS); Carlos Ochoa Soto, Stride (DCHS); Diana Antonio, DCHS; Adrik Perez, DCHS; and Dilma Beatriz Arias Perez, DCHS. Before and after the scholarship presentation, students had opportunities to network with local companies including Cargill, Curtis Machine Co. Inc., and Hilmar Cheese Co. Inc. In addition, Scott Bogner, of Kitchens Inc., spoke to the group about the importance of workforce jobs in the community.
Photos by Christina Haselhorst
Published September 22, 2023
As part of the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Week, the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) club sponsored a free cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 21, on the college quad. The menu featured hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled by employees of Black Hills Energy, and Mexican street corn, potato salad, chips, brownies, and drinks, prepared by Great Western Dining. Hispanic Heritage Week culminates tonight with the Fiesta, Don’t Siesta Dance in the Old Gym from 8-11 p.m.
Published September 7, 2023
Nearly 120 students participated in the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Fall Transfer Fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 7, in the DC3 Library. The fair, which is designed to help students explore their options after DC3, featured representatives from 29 four-year colleges and universities from around the state of Kansas, as well as schools from Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to free snacks and water, the first 100 students also received free Transfer Fair T-shirts.
Published June 21, 2023
Approximately 170 Dodge City Community College (DC3) students, administration, faculty, and staff participated in the 2023 Dodge City Days Western Parade on Saturday, July 29. Several college vehicles—including entries from TRIO Student Support Services and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO)—joined the college’s nearly block-long lineup. In addition, student-athletes and coaches representing the men’s basketball, football, rodeo, track and field, and men’s and women’s soccer teams—as well as representatives from the college’s Advising, Foundation, Marketing, Nursing, Security, and Transportation departments—took part in the festivities.
Published June 29, 2023
On Tuesday, June 27, the Dodge City Community College (DC3) cafeteria kitchen received a badly needed upgrade. It’s old exhaust fan, which is thought to have been installed when the Student Union was built in 1970, was replaced with the help of a giant crane from the Jim Wilson Crane Service, of Ulysses, Kan. [Photo by Lance Ziesch]
As part of Nursing Home Appreciation Month, three Conquistadors assisted with the annual obstacle course at The Shepherd’s Center in Cimarron, Kan., on Tuesday, June 13. Those representing Dodge City Community College (DC3) included Emily Berry, Admissions Representative; Courtney Huff, Student Activities Coordinator; and Alexandra Sibrikova, sophomore, Moscow, Russia.
Photo by Emily Berry
Published May 3, 2023
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) campus hosted its annual Spring Fling from April 24 through April 28. The week, which included cookouts, games, prizes, and other activities, was concluded with an on-campus carnival in the Old Gym on Friday, April 28.
Photo by Lakin Scheck
Published April 24, 2023
The DC3 Music Department presented “An Evening of Jazz” on Friday, April 21, in the DC3 Little Theatre. The concert, which was directed by Joel Vinson, Band Director, featured performances by the DC3 Jazz Ensemble and the DC Jazz Orchestra.
Published April 18, 2023
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, inducted its new members at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 16, in the DC3 Library. Nearly 50 new members were inducted by Kappa Psi Chapter President, Olivia Ramos, and Kappa Psi Advisor, Professor Kerry J. Kuplic. In addition, Ramos was recognized for being named as a distinguished alumnus by the Heartland Region. And the group celebrated its recent Five Star Chapter designation, which is a reflection of its outstanding working relationship with DC3 administration and the Dodge City community.
Published April 3, 2023
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Symphonic Band and the Dodge City Symphony Orchestra performed their Spring Instrumental Concert on Friday, March 31, in the Little Theatre. The groups, which were directed by Joel Vinson, Band Director, and Katherine Bowden, Percussion Assistant, played the music of Bach, de Meij, Claude T. Smith and more!
Published March 10, 2023
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Music Department hosted Conquering Broadway on Thursday, March 9, in the DC3 Little Theatre. The concert, which featured soloists and ensembles performing pieces from hit movie musicals and Broadway productions, included performances by the DC3 Concert Choir and Choral Union.
#ConqueringBroadway #WeAreDC3 #VocalMusic
Published March 7, 2023
Several Dodge City Community College (DC3) students and employees participated in Read Across America at Dodge City’s Linn Elementary on Friday, March 3. At this popular event, volunteers from DC3 get a chance to read books aloud to students at local elementary schools. Pictured (left to right) are DC3 women’s soccer student-athletes, Yessica Dozal, Dodge City, Kan.; Angela Valoy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Joselin Pando, Great Bend, Kan.; Cristina Boluda, Valencia, Spain; Maria Scopino, São Paulo, Brazil; Yndra Zenia Oedit, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands; Joelle Brand, Fribourg, Switzerland; Alexandra Sibrikova, Moscow, Russia; and Yui Fujii, Osaka, Japan.
#ConqsCare #WeAreDC3 #TogetherWeConquer
Photos by Holly Mercer
Published February 23, 2023
The Applebee’s Together We Care Tuesday (TWC) initiative hosted the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Foundation on Tuesday, Feb. 21, with 50% of sales from the TWC menu—as well as a few cash donations—going to the DC3 Foundation. The funds received from this fundraiser will benefit the Purple with Purpose campaign for a renovated weight room at DC3. Pictured (left to right) are Christina Haselhorst, DC3 Foundation Director; Derek Foster, Dodge City Applebee’s Assistant Manager; and Jake Ripple, DC3 Athletic Director.
#TogetherWeCare #TogetherWeConquer #PurpleWithPurpose
Published February 17, 2023
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted Junior Experience on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Student Activity Center. Nearly 40 high school juniors, from the Dodge City area, spent time touring campus and visiting with representatives from several DC3 programs and services. At the close of the event, 10 students were awarded $500 scholarships to DC3. Winners include (from left to right) Yari Jacinto, Betsy Gregg, Deonte Young, Guillermo Monge, Ruby Guzman, Christian Portillo, Manuel Perez, Alejandro Rocha, Adolfo Hernandez, Giovanni Adame.
Published January 25, 2023
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted Healthcare and Social Services Day on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Student Activity Center. At the event, nearly 60 area high school students had the opportunity to speak with seven different vendors from the healthcare field. After these round-table discussions, five seniors were awarded $500 scholarships to attend DC3 next fall. Pictured from left to right are: April Muehlberg, nursing; Diana Lopez, psychology; Natalia Esparza, nursing; Beth Harman, pre-med; Daniel Reyes, general education; and Dr. Clayton Tatro, Vice President for Workforce Development.
Published December 15, 2022
The Ford County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) hosted a Christmas party in the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Cafeteria on Thursday, Dec. 15. Food and drinks were provided as volunteers who help around Ford County got to enjoy games, entertainment and gifts. Thank you to those who continue volunteering to make our community better.
Published December 14, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Band performed a jazz concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Little Theatre. Under the direction of Joel Vinson, DC3 Band Director, the concert featured the Jazz Combo and the Jazz Orchestra. In addition, soloist Ed Bethea accompanied the orchestra for a few of its selections.
#WeAreDC3 #DC3Band #ConqNation
Published December 9, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted a White Elephant Gift Exchange on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. Each of the nearly 50 students that were in attendance drew a number to see what order they picked gifts. In numerical order, each student could either pick a random gift or “steal” an item someone had already opened. At the conclusion of everyone’s number being called, every student had received a gift.Thank you to everyone who donated!
Published December 5, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in Windthorst, KS. The concert featured several music groups such as the Dodge City Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Concert Choir, and the Dodge City Choral Union. Groups performed separate as well as combined to feature 14 different holiday songs.
Published December 1, 2022
Anthony Dahl, a Technician Recruiter from Foley Equipment, spoke with about 30 Dodge City Community College (DC3) diesel tech students on Thursday, Dec. 1 about future Foley careers. Dahl shared about the history of the company, different programs they provide their customers and the benefits of working as a Foley technician. He also led the class through a mock job interview and included details about Foley internships, which DC3 students can interview for next week when Foley returns to campus. At the conclusion of the presentation, Noah Wuest, a Foley Recruiter, served the students burgers and refreshments for lunch.
Published November 18, 2022
On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Dodge City Community College (DC3) baseball team once again partnered with the Ford County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to conduct a large-scale fall cleanup for the elderly in the Dodge City area. More than 30 players, and two coaches—Brett Doe, Head Baseball Coach, and Eli Egger, Assistant Baseball Coach—participated in the Fall Clean-Up Day program, which began in 2005.
Photos by Analynn Kirkhart
More than 30 DC3 baseball student-athletes participated in the annual Fall Clean-Up Day for area senior citizens. Pictured (front row, left to right) are Brian Hallum, freshman, Dallas, Texas; Josh Nolte, freshman, Okarche, Okla.; Garret Carter, freshman, Dallas, Texas; Michael Debattista, freshman, Houston, Texas; Chase Haley, freshman, Dallas, Texas; Cooper Schneider, freshman, Cleburne, Texas; Nathan Szyman-ski, sophomore, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Zandt Payne, Edmond, Okla.; Trip Pennington, sophomore, Midland, Texas; Maxx Davidson, freshman, Houston, Texas; Cooper Tomkinson, sophomore, Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Rhett Pospichal, sophomore, Russell, Kan.; Carson Frakes, sophomore, Kearney, Mo.; Ashton Jenkins, sophomore, North, Colo.; Cade Kelsey, sophomore, Weatherford, Okla.; (back row) Ethan Hewell, freshman, Denton, Texas; Erubiel Duron, sophomore, Dodge City; Peter Tassler, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Drew Detlefsen, freshman, Dallas, Texas; Trenton Chenard, freshman, Houston, Texas; Chayston Keck, freshman, Dodge City; Michael Lopez, Spring, Texas; Jayden Minter, Weatherford, Okla.; Caden Matlon, sophomore, Grain Valley, Mo.; Cole Babich, sophomore, Lutz, Fla.; Nick Mesquita, freshman, Dallas, Texas; Donald Rhyne, sophomore, Colleyville, Texas; Shea Walker, sophomore, San Antonio, Texas; Tristan Wolf, sophomore, Northglenn, Colo.; Justus Revill, sophomore, Blooming Grove, Texas; and Zade Cisneros, sophomore, Arapaho, Okla.
Published November 16, 2022
The Community Housing Association of Dodge City (CHAD) presented eight $1,000 scholarships to Dodge City Community College (DC3) students on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Presented to students in the Building Construction Technology class, these scholarships were awarded at 600 Avenue N, which is the location of this year’s CHAD building site. Pictured (from left to right) are scholarship winner Cuber Marino, freshman, Dodge City; scholarship winner Mario Chacon, freshman, Dodge City; scholarship winner Jesus Gamon Mata, sophomore, Dodge City; scholarship winner Landon Elling (back row), dual credit high school student, Dodge City; Brian Delzeit, CHAD President; Patrick Shiew, DC3 Professor of Building/Construction Technology; scholarship winner Christian Canales, sophomore, Dodge City; scholarship winner Juan Castro (front row) dual credit high school student, Dodge City; Eric Ashley (back row), sophomore, Jetmore; scholarship winner David Garcia, dual credit high school student, Cimarron; Ben Schultz, sophomore, Dodge City; and Loren Coval, DC3 Building/Construction Technology Assistant.Not pictured is scholarship winner Alexis Banuelos, sophomore, Dodge City.
Photo by Kyla Keller
Published October 31, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30, in the Fine Arts parking lot. DC3 students, faculty and staff handed candy out to the community as they made their way through the line and showed off their costumes!#WeAreDC3 #ConqNation
Published October 20, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Symphonic Band and the Dodge City Symphony Orchestra performed their fall concert on Oct. 18. Directed by Joel Vinson, the groups played the sounds of Michael Sweeney, Johnny Vinson, Vernon Leidig, and more.#WeAreDC3 #ConqNation
Published October 18, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) celebrated homecoming last week. The coronation, which was during the halftime of the football game versus Ellsworth Community College, was at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15. This year’s Homecoming Court included (front row, left to right) Landon Stein; Quinton Stein; Lynlie Steele; Locklyn Steele; (back row) Abigail Billingsley, sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Austin Mee, sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nathan Szymanski, sophomore, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Kaitlyn Leffley, sophomore, Perth, Australia; DC3 President, Harold Nolte; Homecoming Queen, Fernanda Olivas, sophomore, Chihuahua, Mexico; Homecoming King, Chad Parker, sophomore, Victor, N.Y.; Nur Yaren Türkmenoglu, sophomore, Istanbul, Turkey; and Zebastian Mata, sophomore, Dodge City.
Published October 17, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 7, in the DC3 Student Activity Center. At the luncheon event, Dodge City High School students had the opportunity to network with local companies including Broce Broom, Curtis Machine, Roto-Mix, Ellis James, and Kitchens Inc. After lunch, Kevin Ritchhart, of Broce Broom, and Scott Bogner, of Kitchens Inc., spoke to the students about the importance of workforce jobs in the community. At the conclusion of the meeting, five seniors were awarded scholarships to attend DC3 next fall.
Published October 13, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted its Technical Education Career Exploration Day at the Western State Bank Expo Center on Thursday, Oct. 13. Middle school and high school students from surrounding communities had the opportunity to explore the various technical programs offered at DC3.#WeAreDC3 #ConqNation #TogetherWeConquer
Published October 7, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Music Department presented its first concert of the school year at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the DC3 Little Theatre. The Fall Choral Concert was conducted by Kerry J. Kuplic, DC3 Associate Professor of Vocal Music, and included selections by the DC3 Concert Choir and Choral Union. It also featured Gloria Morford, DC3 Part-Time Accompanist.
Published October 5, 2022
The floor restoration project in the old gym at Dodge City Community College (DC3) is nearing completion! This week, the remaining damaged areas were replaced, and now 4-State Maintenance Supply is in the process of sanding and refinishing the entire floor.#WeAreDc3 #ConqNation #GoConqs
Published September 30, 2022
Kansas State University (K-State) President Richard Linton was welcomed to Dodge City Community College (DC3) on Tuesday, Sept, 27. Accompanied by several representatives from K-State, President Linton conversed with members from the community about local workforce needs.#TogetherWeConquer #WeAreDC3 #ConqNation
Photos by Lakin Scheck & Lance Ziesch
Published September 28, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) Trustee Mia Schraeder-Korbelik announced her resignation at the regular Board of Trustees monthly meeting on Sept. 27. Schraeder-Korbelik, who has served as a college trustee since 2018, will be relocating to Lawrence with her husband Barney. Pictured (from left to right) are DC3 President Harold Nolte; Trustee Bill Turley, Trustee Jammie Phillips, Trustee Mia Schraeder-Korbelik; Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Kathy Ramsour; Trustee Kelly Henrichs; and Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Harshberger.
Photo by Lance Ziesch
Published September 23, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted its annual Senior Day on Thursday, Sept. 22. This year, 70 students, from 10 different high schools, were in attendance. The day, which included free food, games, giveaways, and campus tours, culminated with 10 students receiving $500 scholarships to DC3 for next fall.#WeAreDC3 #ConqNation #DC3 #SeniorDay
Photos by Lakin Scheck, Lance Ziesch, Christina Haselhorst
Published September 22, 2022
As part of a new workforce development partnership, Kindsvater Trucking, of Dodge City, donated a semi-trailer to the Dodge City Community College (DC3) commercial driver’s license (CDL) program on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Through this ongoing partnership, DC3 and Kindsvater will work together to address the area’s truck driver shortage. Pictured (from left) is Kindswater Co-owner, Justine Carlson; Kindsvater Safety/Driver Coordinator, Ed Rarden; Kindsvater Co-owner, Ben Kennedy; DC3 Vice President for Workforce Development, Clayton Tatro; DC3 CDL Coordinator/Instructor, Brian Johnson; and Kindsvater Co-owner, Brad Haskell.
Published September 21, 2022
More than 100 students participated in the Fall Transfer Fair in the Dodge City Community College (DC3) library on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The fair, which is designed to help students explore their options after DC3, featured representatives from 18 four-year colleges and universities from around the state of Kansas.#WeAreDC3 #TogetherWeConquer #ConqNation
Photos by Lakin Scheck & Holly Mercer
Published September 19, 2022
“Constitution Madness” took place this past Friday, Sept. 16 in the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Library. Several students, administrators, faculty, staff and community members participated in various Constitution-related games, which were moderated by Daniel Love.
Published September 12, 2022
Several Dodge City Community College (DC3) administrators, faculty, staff and students volunteered at the 2022 Dodge City International Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, in downtown Dodge City. In conjunction with the festival, DC3 students displayed artwork at the Carnegie Center for the Arts. The exhibit, titled “This Is Home,” will remain on display until Sept. 17.
Photos by Holly Mercer and Jane Holwerda
Published September 9, 2022
Our Electrical Technology students have been hard at work running new phone and internet cables at the Chaffin Center. This hands-on experience provides a great environment for students to learn different skills and techniques they will use in the field.
Photos by Lakin Schneck
Published August 31, 2022
After 25 years at Dodge City Community College (DC3), Senior IT Specialist, Schuyler Callahan, officially retired on Wednesday, Aug. 31. At a luncheon reception in the Student Union Board Room, Assistant Vice President of Information Technology, Mike Webster (left), presented Callahan with years of service plaque and a custom-made bobblehead of his likeness.
Published August 29, 2022
U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann (R-Kan.) visited the Dodge City Community College (DC3) campus at noon on Monday, Aug. 29, to speak with administrators about various topics relating to Kansas community colleges. A few of the items discussed at a luncheon meeting in the Student Union Ford County Room were DC3’s 2022-2023 enrollment, student financial aid, transferability, and current workforce education programs. Pictured (left to right) are Christina Haselhorst, Director of Foundation and Community Relations; Kathy Ramsour, Board of Trustees Vice Chair; Rep. Tracey Mann; Jeff Cermin, Vice President of Administration and Finance; Jay Kinzer, Vice President of Student Services and Risk Management; and Lance Ziesch, Assistant Director of Marketing and Community Relations.
Published August 2, 2022
More than 200 Dodge City Community College (DC3) students, faculty and staff participated in the 2022 Dodge City Days Western Parade on Saturday, July 30. In addition to several college vehicles—including floats from the nursing department and the Adult Learning Center (ALC)—student-athletes and coaches representing the football, track and field, volleyball, and cheer teams also took part in the festivities.
Published July 13, 2022
4-H members from Clark, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness and Rush counties, attended4-Clover Camp on the campus of Dodge City Community College (DC3), June 8-10. Designed for kids 7-10 years old, the three-day, two-night camp offered a variety of activities, including a community service project, which combined a campus trash pickup with a scavenger hunt.
Photo by Andrea Burns
Published June 9, 2022
A Diamond Roofing crew removes shingles on the Physical Education (PE) building at Dodge City Community College (DC3) on Thursday, June 9. Due to a faulty shingle claim, many of the college’s buildings are getting their roofs replaced this summer.
Published June 4, 2022
A big thanks to all Dodge City Community College (DC3) faculty, staff and students who volunteered their time at the 11th annual Main Street Festival on Saturday, June 4!
Published May 31, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Art Club, which is sponsored by Jennifer Nolan, DC3 Professor of Art, and Devlin Goldworm, DC3 Professor of Art, provided two painting parties for Arrowhead West clients on May 6. DC3 students assisted the clients with choosing a design to paint, keeping art supplies stocked, and providing companionship while they painted. Pictured, left to right, are Julissa Orpinel Solorzano, sophomore, Dodge City; Morgan Wenzl, sophomore, Dodge City; Gabrielle Johns, sophomore, Dodge City; Arizbeth Valdivia, freshman, Dodge City; and Estephani De La Cruz Martinez, freshman, Dodge City.
Photo courtesy of DC3 Art Club
Published May 23, 2022
The Ford County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) hosted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Volunteer Training from 2-3 p.m., on Friday, May 20, in the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Library. The session, which was led by Dr. Gregory Roberts (left), DC3 Director of TRIO Support Services/Talent Search, and Eric Mercer (right), DC3 Title V Workforce Development Activity Director, was designed to allow learners to gain insights into the perspectives and realities of individuals with identities that are different from their own, and to learn how others can experience the same workplace in very different ways. Nearly 20 community members and RSVP volunteers participated in the training in person or via Zoom.
Photo by Annalynn Kirkhart
Published May 20, 2022
Five Dodge City Community College (DC3) diesel tech students competed in the SkillsUSA Diesel Technology Contest on April 28, in Hutchinson, Kan. From left is Isaac Melendez, sophomore, Spearville; Zach McLachlan, a dual-credit high school student from Fowler; Leo Lozano, freshman, Dodge City; Sergio Saenz, freshman, Cimarron; and Johnny Renova, freshman, Dodge City. In the college division, Lozano placed second and Melendez placed sixth. In the high school division, McLachlan placed fourth.
Photo by Jeffrey Cole
Published May 9, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Learning Resource Center (LRC) hosted a May Science Café on Thursday, May 5. This month featured student PowerPoint presentations from the college’s science and math classes. Presentations varied in research with experiments including “Microorganisms in Lake Charles,” the “Microbiome of the Dome,” and “Bacterial Growth from Shoe Bottoms.” In addition, Dr. Lana McDonnell, Professor of Speech/Communications, presented posters of DC3 students from her Humanities class.
Photos by Luke Fay
Published May 4, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted an Employee Recognition Banquet Tuesday, May 3, in the Mariah Gallery at Boot Hill Museum. Ranging from 10 to 30 years of service, the employees recognized include (front row, left to right) Tyson Culver, 15 years; Richard Lucas, 25 years; Shirley Stanton, 25 years; Marsha Ewy, 15 years; Lynette Kessen, 15 years; Julie Taylor-Birney, 15 years; Jennifer Nolan, 15 years; Russel Rickers, 10 years; (back row, left to right) Cole Ballard, 15 years; Howie Smith, 30 years; Russ McBee, 15 years; Lisa Carpenter, 10 years; Lora Culver, 10 years; Devlin Goldworm, 15 years; Rodney Clayton, 10 years; Jeffrey Cole, 15 years; Kent Craghead, 20 years; Van Kenton, 15 years; Dylan Faullin, 15 years; and Chris Robinson, 10 years. Not pictured are Patricia O’Neal, 10 years; Patrick Shiew, 10 years; David Shultz, 10 years; and Lorna Ford, 20 years.
Photo by Luke Fay
Joe Coles, longtime southwest Kansas educator (pictured right), introduced Kansas State Representative Boyd Orr (pictured left) at the Southwest Kansas Entrepreneurship Tech Ed Showcase on April 21 at the Hy-Plains Feedyard in Montezuma, Kan. More than 150 prospective students learned about local tech ed programs such as construction, agriculture, welding, plumbing, and electrical.
Photo by Dr. Clayton Tatro
Published April 26, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) Tech hosted a Career Fair on Tuesday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the event, representatives from seven area employers were on hand to discuss career paths with DC3 tech students. Businesses participating in the fair included American Implement, Central Plains Equipment LLC, KanEquip Inc., Lewis Automotive Group, Seaboard Foods, Trivista Companies, and Truck Center Companies.
Published April 25, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted a Spring Concert Friday, April 22, in the Little Theatre. The concert featured renditions of “The Avenger March,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with performances by the DC3 Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble.
Published April 8, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) President, Dr. Harold Nolte (right), welcomes Kansas Supreme Court Justices, Melissa Standridge (left) and Daniel Biles (second from left) to the DC3 campus on Thursday, April 7. At a question-and-answer session in the DC3 Little Theatre, the justices discussed topics relating to the state’s highest court. Also pictured is discussion moderator Daniel Love.
Published March 17, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) pep band and cheerleaders—as well as many students, faculty, administration, staff and other fans—came out to support the Conqs on Tuesday, March 15, as they battled Snow College at the 2022 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship, in Hutchinson, Kan.
The final score was an 82-65 win for DC3, which means the Conqs will now move on to the Elite Eight today at 2 p.m., when they face off against Northwest Florida State! Go Conqs!
#ConqNation #WeAreDC3 #BurnTheBoats
Published March 15, 2022
From left to right is Dr. Lana McDonnell, DC3 Professor of Speech/Communications; Bethany Palmer; Rylan Hays; Aubrey Dewell; Guadalupe Hipolito-Medina; Joshua Smith, DC3 Psychology Instructor; and Jaden Driver.
Five Dodge City Community College (DC3) speech and psychology students presented course project posters on Wednesday, March 9, at the Posters on the Plains regional undergraduate showcase, which was hosted by Fort Hays State University.
The DC3 poster projects, which were based on concepts and theories from the students’ courses in Interpersonal Communication (SP 206) and General Psychology (PSY 101), accounted for five of the 19 posters that were presented at the showcase.
Students who gave presentations include: 1) Aubrey Dewell (SP 106), a freshman from Dodge City, who represented two students from SP 206 who were unable to attend, Abigail Billingsley, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Josie Davidson, a freshman from Weatherford, Texas, with a poster titled “Conflict Resolution in Communication.” 2) Jaden Driver (SP 206), a freshman from Aurora, Colo., with a poster titled “Managing Racial Stereotypes and Self Identity.” 3) Rylan Hays (SP 206), a freshman from Phillipsburg, Kan., with a poster titled “Rodeo in the Community.” 4) Guadalupe Hipolito-Medina (PSY 101, SP 206), a sophomore from Dodge City, with a poster titled “Social Media for Social Beings.” And 5) Bethany Palmer (PSY 101), a high school student from Offerle, Kan., with a poster titled “Religious Beliefs and Violence in White Supremacist Groups.”
DC3 Professor of Speech/Communications, Dr. Lana McDonnell, and DC3 Psychology Instructor, Joshua Smith, served as advisors for the event.
Photos courtesy of Joshua Smith
Published March 11, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted the Broadway Live Concert Thursday, March 10, in the Little Theatre. The concert featured soloists and ensembles performing pieces from hit movie musicals and Broadway productions. The selections included songs from “The Princess and the Frog,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Wonderful Town,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” to name a few.
In addition, the Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society collected nonperishable food and hygiene items from concert attendees for DC3’s new “Conq Care Cabinets.” The items donated will be placed in cabinets around campus for DC3 students in need.
Published March 8, 2022
The Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a coffee at the Ford County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) office on Tuesday, March 8. At the event, Doug Hart was recognized for his 17 years of service as an RSVP bus driver. Pictured (left to right) are Annalynn Kirkhart, Ford County RSVP Director; Doug Hart, RSVP Bus Driver; and Bill Carr, Ford County Sheriff, who was the winner of the Dodge City Community College (DC3) gift basket. [Photo by Lance Ziesch]
Several Dodge City Community College (DC3) students, faculty and staff participated in Read Across America at Dodge City’s Linn Elementary and Ross Elementary schools on Friday, March 4. This all-day event, which is an opportunity for volunteers to read to children in elementary schools, included DC3 athletes from the basketball, football and rodeo teams.
Photos Courtesy of DC3
Published February 16, 2022
The Dodge City Church of the Nazarene hosted the 2022 Night to Shine Parade at 5: 30 p.m. this past Saturday, Feb. 12. Dodge City Community College (DC3) students lined 14th Avenue cheering the prom attendees on as they drove past the college.
Photos by Logan Gleason
Published February 14, 2022
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) eSports Club hosted the Smash City Valentine’s Open this past Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Student Union. Gamers from across the region visited campus to compete for a cash prize and an opportunity to win a general scholarship from the DC3 Foundation.
Tournament winners include: first place, Captain Squiggles ($100); second place, Tairnerar ($60); and third place, Ron Wees ($40). The DC3 Foundation also awarded a $250 general scholarship to DC3 eSports attendee Cyrus Dickerson, who is a DC3 sophomore from Dodge City.
A special thanks to Domino’s for sponsoring the event and for providing the players with pizza.
For more information about the DC3 eSports Club, please email DC3esports@conqmail.org or join them on discord at https://discord.gg/6J7FVkgXq8.
Story by Luke FayDC3 Marketing and Media Specialist
Photos by Jay Gooldy
Published January 28, 2022
Dodge City Community College (DC3) was hit with a significant winter storm on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The storm, which dumped up to 10 inches of snow in the Dodge City area, led to the closure of campus on Jan. 26.
Published January 21, 2022
Spring 2022 classes began at Dodge City Community College (DC3) on Tuesday, Jan. 18. When semester enrollment is finalized, DC3 expects a 10% increase from last spring’s numbers.
Published December 16, 2021
High winds tore through the Dodge City area on Wednesday, Dec. 15, causing widespread roof, tree, and vehicle damage. According to the National Weather Service in Dodge City, the wind gusts peaked at 84 miles per hour at 1:11 p.m.
On the Dodge City Community College (DC3) campus, nearly every building lost shingles during the storm. However, the buildings hardest hit were the athletics storage building by the practice field, which had the west side of its tin roof peeled nearly to the ridge cap, the Fine Arts building, and Becker Hall.
Published December 6, 2021
Dodge City Community College (DC3) hosted its annual Choral & Instrumental Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Windthorst. The concert was conducted by Kerry J. Kuplic, Associate Professor of Vocal Music; Nancy Sapp, Visiting Director of Instrumental Music; and Joel Vinson, Band Director. The event featured performances by the Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Choral Union, and Symphonic Band.
Published November 20, 2021
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Music Department hosted its Fall Music Student Recital Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Little Theatre. The show featured 14 musicians from the classes of Kerry J. Kuplic, Associate Professor of Vocal Music and Fine Arts Division Chair, and Nancy Sapp, Visiting Director of Instrumental Music.
Published November 19, 2021
Dwight Koops, President of Crop Quest, spoke to Dodge City Community College (DC3) agriculture students on Thursday, Nov. 18, about the use of fertilizer in the Kansas soil. [Photo by Luke Fay]
Published October 20, 2021
More than 750 high school and middle school students—from 15 area Kansas and Oklahoma schools—attended the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Tech Career Exploration Day on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City. The event, which was last hosted by the college in February 2019, included informational booths, demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, and games and giveaways.
Published October 11, 2021
The 2021 Dodge City Community College (DC3) fall Homecoming Week culminated with a bonfire and pep rally behind Jackson Hall on Friday, Oct. 8, and with the football game versus Garden City Community College on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Memorial Stadium. The 2021 King and Queen, which were crowned at halftime on Saturday, are Keegan Jones, sophomore, Bruthen, Australia; and Nur Yaren Türkmenoglu, freshman, Istanbul, Turkey, respectively. Pictured (left to right, back row) are Türkmenoglu; DC3 President, Dr. Harold Nolte; Jones; (front row) and homecoming attendants,Leighton and Jet Turley, who are the grandchildren of DC3 Board of Trustees member, Bill Turley.
[Photo by Logan Gleason]
[Photo by Lance Ziesch]
Published October 8, 2021
The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Music Department presented its first concert of the school year at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the DC3 Little Theatre. The Fall Choral Concert, which was conducted by Kerry Kuplic, DC3 Associate Professor of Vocal Music, included selections by the DC3 Concert Choir and Choral Union—and also featured vocal solos by DC3 students. [Photo by Luke Fay]
Published October 6, 2021
A group of 139 Dodge City High School (DCHS) students attended the Manufacturing Day luncheon at the Dodge City Community College (DC3) Student Activity Center on Friday, Oct. 1. In addition to hearing remarks from DC3 President, Dr. Harold Nolte; Kitchens Inc. CEO, Scott Bogner and Kansas Manufacturing Solutions Vice President of Partnership Operations, Danica Rome; 55 of the students, all DCHS seniors, were presented with $500 scholarships to DC3. Before and after the luncheon, the students toured Broce Manufacturing Co. Inc., Curtis Machine Co. Inc., Roto-Mix LLC and Ellis James Inc. Fabrication. [Photo by Luke Fay]
Published September 30, 2021
The members of the Dodge City Community College (DC3) men’s golf team were recognized at the DC3 Board of Trustees meeting, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for their recent Academic National Champions award from the Golf Coaches Association of America. Since 2012, the team has won six of these awards, with four of them being back to back. Pictured (left to right) are: Jacob Ripple, DC3 Athletic Director; Chris Robinson, DC3 Men’s Golf Head Coach; Luka Stanisavljevic, freshman, South Africa; Brent Reintjes, freshman, Wichita, Kan.; Carson Briggs, sophomore, Broomfield, Colo.; Woramett Bodhidatta, Sophomore, Thailand; Cholnan Nunya, sophomore, Thailand; George Fricker, freshman, England; Kitsakon Jairak, sophomore, Thailand; Evan Lindsey, sophomore, Magnolia, Ark.; Cole Streck, freshman, Great Bend, Kan.; Austin Goodrum, freshman, Andover, Kan.; and Davan Smith, freshman, Dodge City, Kan. Not pictured is Supakit Seelanagae, freshman, Thailand. [Photo by Christina Haselhorst]