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Mrs. Margaret C. Boggs Honored for giving to HCTC 1-3-05
Mrs. Margaret C. Boggs and The Christmas for Charity Inc. were honored by Hazard Community & Technical College and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) for being two of the most valuable benefactors to the college. Shown above, in front, from left, are Dr. Jay K. Box, HCTC president/CEO; Mrs. Margaret C. Boggs, Terri Boggs and her husband Eli Jr. “Sandy” Boggs. In back are Annie Williams of
the Christmas for Charity group, and Betsy and Louie Hillenmeyer of Lexington, daughter and son-in-law of Mrs. Boggs. Mrs. Boggs’  daughter Peggy Yush, not shown, lives in Louisville.

HCTC students help soldiers in Iraq
            Nursing students at the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College adopted a platoon of 165 American soldiers that are stationed in Iraq. Thanks to community members and local businesses, 35 packages weighing 400 pounds were shipped on Nov. 15 to Iraq. The packages included much needed items the troops had requested such as socks, dried food, blankets, and personal care items.
            A special thanks from the nursing students and the troops to the following: True Value, Winn Dixie, Methodist Mountain Mission, Pizza Hut, Save-A-Lot, Citizens Bank, EZ Wash, First National Bank employees, Vaughens Mill First Church of God, Bethel Church of God youth, Wal-Mart of Hazard, Wal-Mart employees in Jackson, Dr. Zulueta Clinic of Jackson, Judy Chadwell, Karen Taulbee, Janice Gillum, Dell Sasser, Jasper Turner, and Cathy Branson.

Surface Mining Training offered
The Technical Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College will offer Surface Miners Training beginning on Monday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. For more information please call Christina (606) 487-3319 or call toll free 1-800-246-7521 ext. 73319.

HCTC’s Dr. Box graduates from Leadership Kentucky
11-16-04   PHOTO HERE
            Hazard Community & Technical College President/CEO Dr. Jay K. Box  is one of 57 to graduate from Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive leadership development organizations in the nation.             Leadership Kentucky participants gain insights into the complex issues facing the Commonwealth through a series of seven in-depth sessions held in various regions. Leadership Kentucky graduates bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities, serving as important participants in the unified effort to shape  Kentucky’s future.
            Applications for the 2005 Leadership Kentucky program are now available.  Leadership Kentucky is seeking a diverse cross-section of men and women leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  To receive an application, call (502) 695-1102; or e-mail,;

UCM to hold Open House/Informational Session 11-4-04

The University Center of the Mountains (UCM) will be conducting an informational session/open house on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 4 pm. To 7 p.m. in Room 141 of the J. Marvin Jolly Classroom Center on the Hazard Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College.  Eight bachelor and four master degree programs are presently available through the UCM partnership in the Kentucky River region. 
The partners of the UCM are Eastern Kentucky University, Hazard Community and Technical College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Lindsey Wilson College and Morehead State University.  Partner representatives will be available to provide a general overview of programs and provide information about the admission, registration and financial aid process. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the UCM administrative staff at (800) 246-7521 ext. 73182 or (606) 487-3182 or
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Starting scholarship at HCTC 3-22-06
Dr. I.N. Nayak of Hazard is thanked for starting a $10,000 scholarship endowment at Hazard Community & Technical College. He is shown here with Judy Mitchell, vice president of Resource and Community Development and Doug Fraley, vice president of Student Services. Dr. Nayak started the scholarship for those enrolling in the nursing program at HCTC, with preference given to those who have worked in the Hazard ARH operating room and/or on the surgical floor at the hospital. The gift is part of the College’s Fulfilling the Promise fund raising campaign and counts toward the $4 million goal. HCTC President/CEO Jay K. Box said he greatly appreciated Dr. Nayak’s commitment to furthering the education in the medical field.

From Puerto Rico to Hazard   11-13-05

            Hazard Community & Technical College’s
Joaquin Canizal has played professional baseball for four and a half years with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. His excellence on the field resulted in the Blue Jays listing him as one of the Top 40 Pitching Prospects. Now he’s happy to be in Kentucky working on his education. Canizal is finishing his bachelor’s degree and will be working on his master’s degree with the hope of being a high school Spanish teacher and baseball coach.
            At the end of this semester he will transfer his credits from Hazard Community & Technical College to Union College where he came to on a baseball scholarship from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
            Canizal is a man willing to take risks because when he first stepped on American soil, he didn’t speak English. That wasn’t enough to steer him away from his goal though, so he came on to Kentucky and learned the language, which he presently speaks very well. From being in college in Barbourville, a girl friend living in Perry County prompted him to make Hazard his new home and Hazard Community & Technical College his new college of choice.
            “I love it here. All the teachers are good,” Canizal said.
            Economics professor Richard Crowe is impressed that this young man is realizing a dream that so many others have. “He is well known in Puerto Rico and very well known in baseball circles but on campus, he is very unassuming and he fits right in,” Crowe said.
            “I realize there is life after baseball,” Canizal said, noting that he will soon begin work on his master’s degree. “I love the United States because there are so many opportunities here. You can have a better life, better income. All anyone has to do is set their sights on what they want and go for it,” Canizal noted.

Brain Tanning  11-10-05
Amanda Nease of Vicco learns how to brain tan a deer hide, which is using the brain of the deer as part of the tanning process. She is shown above with Pat Green of Georgetown. Nease participated along with other members of the Biology Club at the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College. The club visited the Red River Gorge along with HCTC faculty members Dell Sasser and Ralph Clark to learn how ancient cultures went about the daily business of living. 
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Halloween fun at HCTC 11-1-05
Kids from Hyden Elementary in Heather Brock’s second grade class joined in the fun with the Student Ambassador Club at the Hazard Community & Technical College Leslie County Center on Halloween
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Halloween fun at HCTC 11-1-05
The Student Ambassador Club at the Hazard Community & Technical College Leslie County Center treated Hyden Elementary to candy and story telling. This 4th annual event had a theme of Pirates of the Caribbean. Shown above, from left, are: Emily Hoskins, Brittany Sizemore, Andria Asher, Chris Sizemore, Noah Lewis (not shown are Bethany Napier and Sponsor Hallie Bowling). The HCTC Leslie County Center Student Ambassador Club filled 172 treat bags and treated eight classes grades P-2 
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HCTC welcomes Craig Herald to faculty  10-27-05
            The new welding teacher for Hazard Community & Technical College is convinced his students will quickly be placed in jobs. HCTC’s
Craig Herald comes to the post from the Lee County Area Technology Center, where he had a 100 percent placement for all seven years; he expects he can place all of the students he has taking his classes now at the Technical Campus of HCTC because many with coal companies in the area offering high salaries.
            College President/CEO Dr. Jay K. Box said he is pleased to have such an experienced welder and experienced welding teacher as Craig Herald to join the faculty of HCTC. “Craig Herald first came to the college while he was a student in high school and that’s when he learned the welding craft; that education proved him well and now we’re directly benefiting from what he learned at our school,” Dr. Box said.
            After graduating from Hazard High School in 1984, Herald took classes at the college and worked for RJF Coal Company. He then worked for four years as a welder for the coal company. Then he worked four years for Hall and Hylton Mining Company as a welder and kept up the maintenance on the parts for the business. His career shifted then to reclamation work, where he worked on jobs that lasted from three to six months. His next employer was Trus Joist as a knife grinding and fluid specialist. In September 1998, he was employed at the Lee Area Technology Center.
            Herald enjoys teaching and is especially pleased when he sees students like Jamie Thomas of Lee County who was a first place regional winner in the Skills USA competition in welding. Thomas has since been employed at Lee County as Herald’s successor.
            Students enrolled in his classes are mostly between the ages of 18 and 21, although current enrollees include a 27-year-old and a female student. He looks forward to seeing more students enroll in his program. “The welding shop is excellent in size. The equipment is in good shape and some of it is new,” Herald said. “Some students enroll to obtain a certificate, others want a diploma, and some are after the associate degree in General Occupation/Technical Studies.”
            Anyone interested in welding as a career should have a good work ethic, as well as good hand and eye coordination. “I teach a skill and you have to do it over and over to get really good,” Herald noted, who was recently named “Welding Instructor of the Year” by the American Welding Society.
            Herald bachelor’s degree will soon be completed from Eastern Kentucky University through the University Center of the Mountains. He also attended the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, Ohio, and was trained by the Lincoln Electric Welding School in Cleveland; he is a certified welding inspector/certified welding educator by the American Welding Society.
            Herald has a son, Trevor, age 8. His parents, Jenny and Cecil Herald, also live in Hazard. His recreational interests include deer and turkey hunting but his true passion is teaching.
            For more information about the welding program, contact Herald at 487-3336.

East Ky. Rental donates to HCTC 10-13-05
Hazard Community & Technical College is very fortunate to have a donation of scaffolding from East Kentucky Rental. Douglas Jones, owner, on right, is shown above with Carpentry faculty member Mark Fields. The scaffolding will be utilized by students as construction continues to House No. 12. Dr. Jay K. Box, HCTC president/CEO, said he was very appreciative of the donation from Douglas Jones and East Kentucky Rental. “The gift from East Kentucky Rental, worth many thousands of dollars, is just one indication of the investment that business is making toward education. We thank Douglas Jones for his generosity.” 

HCTC’s Kudzu wants your stories 10-13-05
          Are you a writer? Then Kudzu wants you. Kudzu, an annual literary publication of Hazard Community and Technical College, is now soliciting submissions from the general public as well as students and HCTC employees for its 2006 issue.
          A February 1, 2006 deadline has been set for submissions of poems, pen and ink art work, short stories, and personal essays. The short stories and personal essays should not exceed 4,000 words.
          With the submissions, please include a few biographical facts, town or county of residence, occupation and/or interests. Please provide a return address, telephone number, and email address (if available).
          Those wanting their work returned should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Donna S. Sparkman, Hazard Community and Technical College, Knott County Branch, One Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701.
          The work and biographical information should be submitted to Donna S. Sparkman at the above address anytime before February 1, 2006. For more information, call Donna S. Sparkman at (800) 246-7521, ext. 73411 or email her at

HCTC Holds Golf Classic during Black Gold Festival
          For the first time, Hazard Community and Technical College will hold the annual Golf Classic during the Black Gold Festival. The tournament will on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Hazard Country Club.
            Two flights, one beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the other beginning at 1 p.m., will highlight the day.
            Entry fee is $60 which includes food, green fees, golf cart, and the chance to win prizes.  A $125 first, a $75 second, and $50 third place per person award will be given.  Other cash prizes include $100 prize for the golfer hitting closest to the hole and $100 for the longest drive.
            Proceeds from the tournament will go to scholarships.
To pre-register, contact Carla Seals at 487-3072 or 800-246-7521, ext. 73072

Meet published author Dr. Rich Holl
9-8-05   PHOTO HERE
        The Lees College Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College will host a program on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 12:30 p.m. featuring published author and college faculty member Dr. Richard Holl. He will discuss the background of the work for his book, his travels and his research in preparation for publication.  The public is invited to attend this presentation in the college’s library.  A reception will immediately follow Dr. Holl’s lecture. 
            Dr. Rich Holl has been published by the University of Rochester Press. The title of his book is From the Boardroom to the War Room: America’s Corporate Liberals and FDR’s Preparedness Program.  The book examines the important role played by the businessmen-bureaucrats of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, who helped Roosevelt counteract the Great Depression and gear up the American economy for the coming of World War II.                      
The book is available at
            Dr. Holl also is the co-author of “Kentucky Through the Centuries,” a collection of readings on Kentucky History, which Kendall Hunt Publishing Company has published. His article on Axis prisoners of war in Kentucky won the Collins Award of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Dr. Holl has worked for the college since 1990. He earned his doctorate degree in history from the University of Kentucky in 1996.  He holds a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both from the University of Maryland.

HCTC success story – Jeff Fugate
9-8-05   PHOTO HERE
            Hazard Community & Technical College has many success stories and Jeff Fugate is one of them.
            After graduating from the nursing program, Fugate has had a varied career spiced with travel and other great rewords.
            And it all started with his getting an associate degree in nursing in 1998.
            Fugate, age 33, of Hazard, is now a pharmaceuticals representative for Sanofi-Aventis which sells drugs such as Plavix and Ambien, a position he’s held since December 2003.
            His other jobs include: Patient Education Coordinator for the UK Family Practice Clinic; and Hazard ARH in pediatrics for one year, two years for the Emergency Room, and less than a year at the Intensive Care Unit.
            After Fugate graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing he joined up with Travel Nursing. That job called for him to go where he was needed to work which led to an eight-month stint in Charleston, South Carolina and another stint in San Jose, California for the same amount of time. “Having the chance to travel, having our rent paid on top of a good salary were all points very appealing to my wife and me, especially since the California job meant living close to her grandparents,” Fugate said.
            “The education I received from Hazard Community & Technical College was excellent. I was well prepared when I went for the state board testing,” Fugate said. “The faculty did a great job in providing an understanding of what to expect in the work world. The program was demanding, very tough, requiring a lot of reading, but the teachers were always available to help us get through it,” noted the former student. “The faculty members wanted to see you succeed.”
            Fugate said he would recommend that others enroll in the nursing program because positions are available. Just as Fugate has found in his own professional life, he could find a job to fulfill whatever he wanted. He capitalized on his own experience to land a job with pharmaceuticals because that business wants those with a bachelor’s degree and those with a nursing background. “The medical experience helps. I can relate to the doctors and I understand how they are working to help their patients,” he said.
            Besides his day job, Fugate is wearing another hat now—that of teacher. He has joined Hazard Community & Technical College as a night time adjunct faculty member with the nursing program, which furthers opens his career opportunities.
            Dr. Jay K. Box, president/CEO of the college, said that Jeff Fugate’s success shows that Hazard Community & Technical College really does open doors for students. “We encourage folks to check out the opportunities available to them through our quality nursing program.”
            Fugate is a graduate of Hazard High School. He and his wife, Angela, are rearing their baby boy—Aiden. Fugate’s parents are David and Helen Fugate.
            Anyone interested in the nursing program can contact the office of admissions at Hazard 606-436-5721 ext. 73376 or Lees  606-666-7521 ext. 73519 or call 800-246-7521.

Nebellen Dance Company is hip to what’s hot
9-8-05   PHOTO  HERE
            Be sure to see dance styles like house, hip-hop, martial arts, liquid, and break dancing (b-boying) when the Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series brings Nebellen Dance Company to the stage on Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at The Forum in the Hal Rogers Center.
            New Times publication wrote about one of Nebellen’s shows.  “Their tight bodies turning in unison, the 21 dancers stomp and strut and jump. They lean back -- waaay back -- in slow motion, like they're filming The Matrix: The Musical.
            The members of the dance troupe are white, black, Hispanic and Asian, but it hardly matters: Skin is merely canvas for tattoos. The skull caps, low-slung trousers and facial piercings add up to a cool that could cause frostbite.
            The music may be current, but, because these kids are hip to what's hot, they're dressed like it's the early '80s: multicolored sneakers, holey jeans, sunglasses at night.
Make no mistake. They may be cool, but they're focused. When Ellen Rath demonstrates a move, the dancers mirror it immediately. She calls out instructions rapid fire, asking for a jump, a turn, a handstand, an arabesque.”
            Nebellen brings a blend of raw movement and passion to the stage that no other dance company has. Young, energetic and provocative only begins to describe them. An exciting experiment in dance fusion performance, Nebelllen dancers arouse the audience by wedding innovative dance styles like house, hip-hop, martial arts, liquid, break dancing (b-boying) and raving with control of more established dance forms. Nebellen is truly an American grown art form. Co-artistic directors Ellen Rath and Ben Howe are working to expand the traditional dance audience by appealing to teenagers and young adults.  The second act includes audience involvement, a lot of improvisation for the dancers and a live DJ set to create a new feeling of excitement in every show. It’s all about fun, letting loose and dancing.
            Nebellen Dance Company will also conduct four workshops in dance and movement for area school students on Thursday, September 29 and a school matinee performance on Friday, Sept. 30.
            Hazard Rotary Club is the sponsor of this event. This performance is also funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Southern Arts Federation and the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet.
            Series Grand Benefactors or underwriters are: City of Hazard and Mayor Bill Gorman, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hazard Clinic, Peoples Bank and Trust Company, and Perry Distributors Inc.
            For information about group rates for these performances, contact Tammy Duff, performing arts series director, at 487-8067 or 800-246-7521, ext. 8067.

International Tour group meeting set
            Hazard Community & Technical College Professor Michael Strickland will hold an informational and organizational meeting to discuss the possibilities of touring overseas in July 2006. The discussion will focus on several potential tours, in particular one that may feature London and Paris, or perhaps you would want to visit the lands of your ancestors? Ireland, the wonders of Austria and its famed castles and musical heritage. Does the glory of ancient Rome or the wonders of the Tuscan countryside or the artistic wonders of Florence, appeal to you as well? Come and help plan an overseas adventure for Summer 2006. 
            The meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in Room 213 of the First Federal
Center, Hazard Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College.  The July 2006 time frame is tentative.
            For further information contact Mike Strickland at 487-3207 or 1-800-246-7521 ext. 73207.

Kids, want to act? Audition for Jungle Book show
Local kids who want to be actors have their chance to be part of a professional show with the Missoula Children's Theatre production of The Jungle Book. Auditions will be Monday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hazard Community & Technical College in the First Federal Center in room 123A. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.
Approximately 50 roles are available for local students. All students, grades, 1st through 12th grade, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Most students rehearse four hours each day, Monday through Friday. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Forum in the Hal Rogers Center.
For more information call Tammy Duff, performing arts series director, at 487-3067 or 800-246-7521, ext. 73067 or Sandy Campbell at 487-3070 or 800-246-7521, ext 73070.
The Jungle Book is part of Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project, and is presented by the Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series.
Series grand benefactors are: City of Hazard and Mayor Bill Gorman, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hazard Clinic, Peoples Bank and Trust Company, and Perry Distributors Inc.
Event sponsors are Kiwanis Club of Hazard, Perry Oil Company Inc., Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky and Watts Mobile Homes.

HCTC works with house raising
Hazard Community and Technical College employees worked to participate in the house raising for Dicey Combs organized by the Hazard-Perry County Housing Development Alliance. The morning crew members include, front row, from left, Bart Massey, Larry Parke, Melissa Johnson, Delcie Combs, Donna Roark, HCTC President Dr. Jay K. Box, John Craft (with Housing Development Alliance), Cleve Coots, Ron Daley, and Merrel Shepherd. Second row, from left, are: Helen Brunty, Lawrence Dashner, Ludrenia Hagans-Shepherd, Janie Combs, Germaine Shaffer, Heather Pennington, Mindy Collins, Patricia Caudill, Alvin Caudill, and Scott McReynolds (with Housing Development Alliance). PHOTO HERE

Second HCTC crew works at construction site 8-5-05
Hazard Community & Technical College afternoon crew included Peggy Conley, Deborah Campbell, Bonnie Shepherd, Cortney Hall, Jenny Williams, Connie Hagans, Whitney Stidham, Carla Seals, Michael Cummings, Mark Fields and son Mark, Tim Whittaker, Homer Terry, Teresa Breeding, Vickie Combs, and members of the Student Leadership Institute. Also shown above Dicey Combs. 

The Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series announces season 7-30-05
            The Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series announces its season for 2005-06. The season includes Ricky Skaggs, In The Mood for Valentine’s Day, children’s theatre, dance, The Nutcracker, plus much more. The shows for the season are:
            Missoula Children’s Theatre The Jungle Book on Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.
The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, Back by popular demand, Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is North America’s largest touring theatre for young people.
            Nebellen Dance Company, Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, Nebellen brings a blend of raw movement and passion to the stage that no other dance company has.
            Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m., The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, 2001 marked Ricky's 30th year as a professional musician, and this nine-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music.     Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA) Festival, Friday - Sunday, Nov. 11 - 13, Community Theatre Festival, The Forum, Hal Rogers Center. This season for the first time, Hazard will host the statewide Kentucky Theatre Association Festival, which serves as the preliminary festival to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). 
            Kentucky Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker, Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, Kentucky Ballet Theatre will begin their seventh year as a professional performing company.
            River City Drum Corp, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 – 7 p.m., First Federal Center, Hazard Community & Technical College, River City Drum Corp is one of Kentucky’s premiere youth organizations. River City Drum Corp is a non-traditional arts and education concept that combines traditional African drumming, percussive music training, performance and cultural education into one focus.                           
            In the Mood, a 1940s musical revue, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., The Forum, Hal Rogers Center, Enjoy the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskin Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and more.
            Little Theatre of Hazard in Don't Tell Mother by Monk Ferris, First Federal Center, Hazard Community & Technical College, Dinner Theatre Performance, Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, - 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25, - 2:30 p.m. The pace is rapid-fire, the dialogue hilarious, and the laughter non-stop.
            The Betweeners, Coffee House Performance, Friday, April 7, 2006 – 7 p.m.
First Federal Center, Hazard Community & Technical College - The Betweeners is an acoustic band playing original tunes covering many hues in the spectrum of American roots music.
            Evening with Poets, Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., Stephens Library, Hazard Community & Technical College, Evening with Poets celebrates the publication of Kudzu, HCTC’s literary magazine
            For information about group rates for these performances, contact Tammy Duff, performing arts series coordinator, at 436-5721, ext. 8067 or 800-246-7521, ext. 8067.

The Jungle Book Audition
An audition will be held for Missoula Children's Theatre production of The Jungle Book Monday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hazard Community & Technical College in the First Federal Center in room 123A. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.
Approximately 50 roles are available for local students. All students, grades, 1st through 12th grade, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Most students rehearse four hours each day, Monday through Friday. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at The Forum in the Hal Rogers Center.
For more information call Tammy Duff, performing arts series director, at 487-3067 or 800-246-7521, ext. 73067 or Sandy Campbell at 487-3070 or 800-246-7521, ext 73070.
The Jungle Book is part of Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project, and is presented by the Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series.
Series grand benefactors are: City of Hazard and Mayor Bill Gorman, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hazard Clinic, Peoples Bank and Trust Company, and Perry Distributors Inc.
Event sponsors are Kiwanis Club of Hazard, Perry Oil Company Inc., Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky and Watts Mobile Homes.

HCTC to offer evening cosmetology class
            Hazard Community & Technical College for the first time will hold an evening cosmetology program for those wanting to change or start a new career.
            The class will be held each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Technical Campus in Walkertown. “By taking classes during these times, a student can complete the program in four semesters and graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree,” noted Susan Johnson, program coordinator, noting each semester will be 14 credit hours.
            Wilma Maggard will teach the evening class. Mrs. Maggard has numerous years experience in cosmetology and also has teaching experience at HCTC. Students will enroll in COS 114 – Cosmetology I and will receive the same training as those enrolled in the day classes. Subjects covered include hair and scalp treatment and nail care. Students can also enroll in the evening if they wish to complete a certificate or be awarded a diploma in cosmetology.
            Students will need to complete the regular admissions process at HCTC prior to registration. To complete the admissions process, call 487-3311. Financial aid is available for those wanting to enroll.
            Registration for the fall semester will be Aug. 10-12 at all campus locations and on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Hazard Campus only from 9 a.m. to noon.  Classes begin Monday, Aug. 22.
            A pre-admission conference will be held Aug. 11 and 12 and all of those wishing to enroll should attend one of the conferences.  For more information, contact Mrs. Johnson at 487-3343 or Neil Brashear at 487-3303.

Kids College
Lees College Campus of HCTC will be sponsoring “Kids College” on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Students entering 5th, 6th, or 7th grade will experience a day in the life of a college student. Students will not only attend college-like classes but also visit various college offices as a part of their “first day of college”. HCTC faculty and staff will teach a wide array of classes including Health/Fitness, Math, Weather 101, and Biology. Cost of the class is $10. Lunch and snacks will be provided. To register call Laura or Amber at 666-7521, extension 73531 or 73570.

Barnes and Noble college bookstore has new home at HCTC’s Lees
Big improvements continue to be made for the Barnes and Noble bookstore located in its new home at the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College. The store, formerly located on College Avenue, is now in the basement of Jackson Hall, next to the cafeteria.  The store, which is open to the public as well as students, now offers expanded merchandise in addition to the textbooks needed for upcoming classes. Barnes and Noble Regional Manager Dave Stephens said he was delighted with the look of the new store, as is local book store manager Mary Ann Carpenter, who used to work in the older location. “It’s a difference between day light and dark,” Ms. Carpenter said, saying she knows customers will very much enjoy the shopping experience.
Classes will begin for the fall semester in August, and so even more books and merchandise will be brought to the store before then.  “Our goal is to provide a one-stop shopping place for all of the needs of the students,” Ms. Carpenter said.
Meanwhile, Barnes and Noble is very pleased with its book buy-back program because more money is being returned to students. A combined total of $72,137 was paid back to students for books for the Spring 2005 semester from the Hazard Campus and Lees College Campus, which is significantly more than the combined total of $36,952 that was paid back for the Spring 2004 semester. As Dave Stephens noted, “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to students and glad we are pumping more money back into the community.”

Bernie Faulkner named to HCTC Professional Music Program
4-20-05    PHOTO HERE
            Hazard Community & Technical College has named Bernie Faulkner to a National Advisory Council which is working to develop a professional music program that will be unlike any in the nation, based in Hyden. The group will meet again this May to continue their plans for the program.
             “We’re fortunate to have Bernie Faulkner on board with us because of his vast amount of experience and knowledge about the music industry,” noted Dr. Jay K. Box, HCTC president/CEO
            “I am very excited about the new music program in Leslie County. It will provide the students with a well rounded and focused education to help them gain an entry level in the recording industry. It will be hands on with state of the art equipment that is used in the real world,” Faulkner said.
            Faulkner, a Hazard native, was graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. From 1968 to 1975, he performed as a member of the musical group Exile playing organ, guitar, alto sax, and singing vocals.
            In addition to a successful career in performance, Bernie has spent his life as a record producer, recording studio owner, and artist manager. He is the owner and president of a number of businesses, including: Digitrax Mulitmedia Recording & Video; Fancy Pants Music Publishing BMI; BFI Records (Country); Psalm Records (Gospel); Grapevine Records (Bluegrass); Faulkner Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Jeep.
            His publishing companies and record labels have helped develop artists who now enjoy major recording contracts, including Billy Ray Cyrus and Troy Gentry. As a song writer, Bernie has written over 300 songs, including “April’s Fool” sung by Tracy Lawrence which sold well over a million copies. Because of his success as a musician and producer, Bernie enjoys numerous connections in Nashville where he has spent much time during his professional life. An eclectic music lover, Bernie plays piano, guitar, dulcimer, bass, drums, saxophone, and organ.
            If you ask Bernie what he knows about the music and recording business, he will probably respond, “I know a whole lot not to do.”
            The National Advisory Council’s next meeting is planned for May 18-20, so committee members can tour the campuses and talk with individuals in the community about the vision for creation of the new program.                Students completing the program will graduate with an associate degree in applied science, although some students may enroll in just a few classes to enhance their quality of life or to address continuing education needs.

Professional Music Program holds Community Bluegrass Concert
Hazard Community & Technical College Professional Music Program will hold a Bluegrass Concert on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Leslie County Center in Hyden. The event will serve as an introduction of the new professional music program to begin at Hazard Community & Technical College. National and regional advisory committee members for the program will be in attendance. This is an opportunity for the council and community members to meet and share ideas, and get a taste of what our region has to offer in terms of its abundant musical talent.     
The show will be kicked off by the Wooton Family with Riley Hendrix. Other performers will include Kenny Baker and the Dean Osborne Band. A special guest will be Bobby Osborne, a Grand Ole Opry member, inductee in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor and a Kentucky Music Hall of Fame member.
Although admission is free, donations for the Professional Music Program Scholarship Fund will be accepted.

HCTC student to compete on international level
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A student at Hazard Community & Technical College will be the first Kentucky Phi Theta Kappa member to ever run for International office.
Lesli Oaks, age 20, is the daughter of Randy and Rosella Oaks. She is currently a business major. HCTC President/CEO Dr. Jay K. Box said he was proud of Ms. Oaks for being willing to accept the challenge of running for international office. “Lesli Oaks has demonstrated great leadership skills at our college and we know there’s no limit to what she could accomplish on an international level,” Dr. Box said.
She served this year as the Alpha Eta Epsilon Chapter President and the Central Vice President for the Kentucky Region of Phi Theta Kappa. In April she will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to run for Phi Theta Kappa International Division II Vice President.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold: 1) recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. The society is based on four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must also maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. The average Phi Theta Kappan is enrolled full-time with a GPA of 3.8 or above.
The International convention is a time and place for the over 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters to gather and receive awards for their achievements over the past year. Lesli comments, “I feel that I have grown over the past two years while in regional and chapter office as both a leader and as a person. I feel very confident that I am capable of being an excellent representative for both the Kentucky Region and Hazard Community and Technical College.” 
Lesli flew out of Louisville, Kentucky on April 12 with a destination of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. While at convention she will attend educational forums as well as general sessions where Patti LaBelle and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani will be speaking.

We remember
The daffodils are in bloom at Hazard Community & Technical College behind the J. Marvin Jolly Classroom Center. Faculty member Sabine Globig and students planted 3,026 daffodils --one for each victim of the September 11, 2001 attack on America. The beautiful flowers serve as a reminder.
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HCTC students and faculty earn 18 PTK awards
Hazard Community and Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa organizations at both the Hazard Campus and Lees College Campus walked away with a combined total of 18 awards during a state conference March 19 at Murray State University.
Dr. Jay K. Box, HCTC president/CEO, noted both chapters were highly awarded for their hard work and dedication to Phi Theta Kappa and the region.
Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter based at the Hazard Campus received nine awards, including three Hallmark awards--Service, Leadership, and Scholarship; Scrapbook Award; Distinguished Advisors Jennifer Chester and Linda Blair; All-State Academic Team Members Launa Fields and Kaye Deaton; and Distinguished Chapter President Frances Everage Alpha Eta Epsilon, based at the Lees College Campus, also received nine awards--5 Star Award Top Level, and four Hallmark awards for Service, Leadership, Fellowship and Scholarship. Distinguished advisor awards went to Beth Miller and Steve Jones. The Bert T. Combs recipient was Lesli Oaks—which is the highest award given in the region. Lesli also received a Regional Officer Award.

Photo 1:  Hazard Community & Technical College members of Phi Theta Kappa at the Hazard Campus participating in a state conference are, from left, Kaye Deaton, Cynthia Osborne, Judy Adams, Launa Fields, Brenda Young, Tammy Baisden.

Photo 2: Hazard Community & Technical College members of Phi Theta Kappa at the Lees College Campus participating in a state conference are, from left Lesli Oaks, Anya Costello, and Sherri Frye. Lesli Oaks will be first member from Kentucky Region to run for International Office.

Ella Strong ranked in top 26 in natio
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Hazard Community & Technical College’s Ella Strong has been named among the 26 top professionals in the nation for the 2005 David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award.
The award is sponsored by Cisco Systems Inc. and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Margaret Rivera, vice president with AACC, said the competition was very keen. “Because of the many wonderful nominations received this year, the review process was challenging but also inspiring to the reviewers as they read about the commitment and excellence demonstrated by community college faculty,” Rivera stated.
The commitment and excellence shown by Mrs. Strong at HCTC include her work as faculty division chair for Business and Information Technology.
“Hazard Community & Technical College is indeed fortunate to have Ella as a technology leader and champion at your college. You should be very proud,” wrote Rivera.
Mrs. Strong supports Internet and Distance Learning initiatives by teaching classes on Kentucky’s Virtual University and by encouraging the faculty in her division to teach Internet, web local, or web enhanced classes. She most recently accepted the challenge of serving as the chair of the internal fund raising campaign at the college.
Mrs. Strong, professor of Information Technology, received her master’s of science degree in Computing Technology and Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Her commitment to excellence and achievement were honored in 2004 when she was named the No. 1 faculty member in the state by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) with the New Horizon award which included an all-expense paid trip to Austin, Texas to attend a national conference and $1,000 cash.
Dr. Jay K. Box, president/CEO at HCTC, said, “Both of these awards for Ella Strong demonstrate how truly fortunate we are to have someone with such technology skills working at our college. Ella is a dedicated employee and our students, and community as a whole, benefit from her accomplishments and dedication.”
Mrs. Strong and her husband, Johnny Strong, have three children—Megan, Malissa, and Britt. They live in Perry County.

Training for Park Ranger
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Jennifer Chester, Associate Professor/Business Liaison at Hazard Community and Technical College, teaches Park Rangers a “P.C. Essentials” class which includes instruction on using Windows, the Internet, and basic computer hardware. A total of 20 Park Rangers participated in the class at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Major Charles Cole praised the training and said he looked forward to doing more. “This is an excellent partnering opportunity for many state agencies where all who get involved benefit,” noted Mrs. Chester. Those interested in having classes taught for their employees can schedule a time by calling Mrs. Chester at 487-3136 or 800-246-7521, ext. 73136.

KCTCS sets tuition at $98 per credit hour for 2005/06 Additional state funding allows for 6.5%  increase

y. (March 11, 2005) – The board of regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) took action March 11 to set in-state tuition rates (including fees) at $98 per credit hour for the 2005/06 academic year.
The decision for a 6.5 percent increase from the 2004/05 tuition rates was made following the passage of the 2005 state budget which included an additional $45 million in base funding for the state colleges and universities
"We are extremely appreciative of the commitment and acknowledgement of KCTCS from the governor and the General Assembly,” said Cynthia L. Read, chair of the board of regents.  “With the additional funding provided in the budget, we were able to set an affordable tuition rate that allows us to continue our momentum and offer our students the highest educational value in the Commonwealth.”
KCTCS is expected to receive approximately $12.6 million in additional base funding, plus an additional $1 million for enrollment growth.
Regents said the new tuition rate will provide funding to continue the progress of KCTCS toward achieving its vision of being recognized as the nation’s best system of two-year colleges. The funding raised by the new tuition rates will assist KCTCS in achieving the following priorities:
Protect access to quality KCTCS programs.
Provide funds for additional student services.
Provide for faculty and staff salaries and benefits.
Provide for implementation of the 2006-2010 Strategic Plan initiatives.
All regents who attended the meeting approved the new tuition rates, including the two student regents. Student regent Cynthia Osborne, Hazard Community and Technical College, said she was very proud that the board was able to maintain affordable tuition rates.
“This increase allows us to maintain the quality education and programming that is expected of KCTCS with minimal financial burden to our students” Osborne said.
Leading up to the board meeting, KCTCS held 16 hearings across the state to receive comments from students, faculty, and staff about potential tuition increases.

HCTC’s Linda Blair honored as Faculty New Horizon winn
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            Hazard Community & Technical College has named Linda Blair the recipient of the New Horizon faculty award because of her excellence in teaching and her dedication to students. This is the highest award the college gives each year to faculty members and it includes an all expense paid trip to Austin, Texas to attend a national conference.
            “Linda has become one of the College’s consummate instructors,” noted Ron Reed, division chair for Heritage and Humanities. “She blends deftly the emotional and cognitive needs of our developmental students.”
            “Linda Blair cares for students and faculty alike. She comforts us in our needs, warms our hearts when we are downcast, strengthens our resolve, laughs with us when a laugh is much needed, teaches us when we are ready to learn, … and shows us the meaning of caring. She deserves our praise and recognition,” Ron Reed stated.
            Lisa Maggard, a fellow faculty member, said, “The students relate to her immediately, because they know from day one that Linda is the genuine article: she cares about her subject area and cares about them.” Students back up these claims because they use words such as “awesome” and “excellent” to describe her. Other comments include “She is always there if anyone has a problem.” And “She is down to earth and really cares about her students.”
            HCTC President Jay K. Box said Mrs. Blair’s talents make her a valued member of the faculty. “Linda has developed a solid reputation as a very wise member of our faculty and we appreciate her contributions to the college, both in the classroom and her other contributions to making the college more effective,” Dr. Box said.
            Other contributions include serving as an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, an honorary society at the college; director of the Young Writer’s Camp in June 2004, United Way campus coordinator, the Student Emergency and Loan Fund manager, plus offering workshops and serving on college committees. She is also active in the community by serving on the Community Ministries Board of Directors and for several years acting as their chairperson. 
           Mrs. Blair joined the college in 1991 with the Older Workers Program and two years later joined the faculty teaching developmental English. In 1997, she was promoted to associate professor.
            As Mrs. Blair explains, “Teaching is an integral part of who I am. In many ways, I feel as though I carry on a family tradition that began in the early 1900s when my grandparents taught “Moonlight School” in Eastern Kentucky. In the evenings, they traveled on horseback to people’s homes, where they taught families to read and write. Later in the mid 1900s, my mother also taught in one-room schools in Eastern Kentucky. Today I feel privileged to teach developmental studies.”
            After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Eastern Kentucky University, Mrs. Blair has spent more than seven years furthering her education at Morehead State University, EKU, UK, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
            Her previous work experience includes teaching high school English in Louisville and Virginia Beach, Va.
            Community service includes Mrs. Blair’s membership on the Hazard-Perry County Community Ministries, where she served two terms as chair of the Board of Directors and is currently the chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board for CHRET, the Advisory Board of the Mountain Writing Project, the Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance Board, and the Christmas for Charity Board.
            Linda and her late husband, Bruce Blair, have two sons—Brian of Hazard and Bruce of Chesapeake, Virginia, and 4 grandchildren.
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Little Theatre brings new faces to Hazard sta
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Little Theatre of Hazard (LTH) will be performing Tim Kelly’s “My Son is Crazy, but Promising,” Feb. 24-27 at the First Federal Center on the Hazard Campus of Hazard Technical and Community College. The show has a large cast and the group is pleased to welcome four actors for their debut performances with Little Theatre. 
Janet McReynolds gives her first LTH appearance as the lead female role, Tilly Granger.  Janet has appeared in several productions for ARTS, including “Quilters,” which won second place in 2003’s Kentucky Community Theatre competition, and last year’s production of “The Good Doctor.” 
John Hansen, Perry County Commonwealth Attorney, comes on board to take a major role in the play as Sheriff Bates. John impressed the rest of the cast the first night of rehearsals by knowing his lines for the first scene. John has been bit by the acting bug, and plans to continue participating in the group.
Jessie Jackson, financial manager for the Hazard Perry County Housing Development Alliance, hasn’t performed since high school. She decided to audition for the show after listening to her co-workers, most of who were involved in the show. She landed the role of Gert Witherspoon. Jessie is also offering her talents as seamstress to the show by making one of the costumes for another character, Cora, played by Martha Quigley.
Rowena Dawhare is also a newcomer to LTH. She is employed by Hazard Clinic and was encouraged to audition by one of her co-workers, Rebecca Fletcher. Rowena will be playing the part of Karen, a state official. 
LTH is excited to always welcome new members, and encourages the public to become involved in bringing quality performances to the stage. While this show is cast, crew members are still needed to help with set construction, props, sound, and backstage areas. If you are interested in helping, contact Terry Thies at 436-0497, days and 436-2848, nights.
“My Son is Crazy, but Promising” will be presented as a school show on Thursday, Feb 24, at 10 a.m. Local schools who would like to attend should contact Terry Thies or Martha Quigley at the Bobby Davis Museum, 439-4325.  Reservations for the school show should be made no later than Feb. 18. The admission price for the Thursday show only will be $3 and chaperones will be admitted free.
A dinner theatre will be presented on Friday, Feb 25. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the show will go up at 8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner theatre are $25 per person.  Reservations for the dinner show must be made by Feb. 18 by calling Terry Thies or Martha Quigley.  Performing Arts Series season ticket holders will be admitted to the dinner show for $17 per person. 
The Saturday, Feb. 26 show will be at 7 p.m.  A matinee will be presented on Sunday, Feb 27, at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets for both of these performances will be $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.  Tickets may be purchased in advance from cast members, or may be purchased at the door.  PAS season ticket holders will be admitted free on Saturday and Sunday. 
Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series grand benefactors are: Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Jackson, Hazard Clinic/Jackson Clinic, Kiwanis Club of Hazard and Perry Distributors Inc.
Event sponsors are: Hyden Citizens Bank, Perry Oil Company Inc., and the Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerc

Free tutoring for college studen
ts 2-9-05
The Academic Resource Center on Lees College Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College wants to help you achieve great success in all your college courses.  Free tutoring is available at the center in a variety of subjects including math, English, computers, biology, statistics, physics, psychology, sociology, calculus, history, accounting, business, and anatomy and physiology.  Don’t fall behind.  Get started today with a qualified tutor, and get ahead on your road to success.
Call Amanda or Judy at (606) 666- 7521, extensions 73530 or 73538 or stop by the center located on the second floor of Breathitt County Life Skills Center on Main Street in Jackson.

Parents & Students--Do you need assistance with completing the financial aid application?
            Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) will be hosting College Goal Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hazard Campus of Hazard Community & Technical College.  College Goal Sunday provides students and their families the opportunity to get the 2005-2006 financial aid application filled out with the assistance of a financial aid professional. There are no fees for this service. If a student is planning to attend college starting August 2005, use this event to get the financial aid application completed and submitted for processing.
            Attendees should bring completed 2004 U.S. Income Tax Returns, W-2 statements, and/or proof of income for the 2004 year.  Financial Aid Professionals will be on hand to assist with the completion of this extremely important application. 
            For additional information, call (800) 246-7521, extensions 73061 or 73060.  You may also email:

Cast List announced for My Son is Crazy but Promising
            The Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series will be presenting Little Theatre of Hazard performing Tim Kelly’s “My Son is Crazy, but Promising” the last weekend of February at the First Federal Center on the Hazard Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College. The cast for this great comedy will include: Chris Doll, Janet McReynolds, John Hanson, Carol Combs, Jessie Jackson,
Martha Quigley, Robbie Smith, Greg Clay, Suzanne Deaton, Rebecca Fletcher, Jeremy Wood, John Bush, Adrienne Szabo, Rowena Dawhare, and Jackie Goodin. The director is Terry Thie
            The entire family will laugh when eccentric Bud Granger, Hollywood screenwriter, decides to give up life in the fast lane and buys a lodge in Tumbleweed, Arizona.  The inn is a termite pile, but as it’s near the fabled “Lost Dutchman Mine,” Bud thinks he might soon be a reclusive millionaire.  What he didn’t figure on is that the lodge is full of nuts--a little old lady who is in touch with “space people;” outraged tourists who thought the lodge would be like the Ritz; Oysters Rockefeller, an emotional mobster who won’t stay dead, and aspiring starlet Chi-Chi Vazoom who finds lizards “cute.”  Then, Bud’s zany mother unexpectedly arrives!  Other delights include the FBI, a corpse on roller skates, the state lottery, the mysterious flight bag, and Brussels sprouts on a stick. Despite the madness, miraculously, and true to the author’s style, all problems are resolved.
            A dinner show will be presented on Friday, Feb. 25 with dinner at 7 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m.  Tickets for the dinner and show will be $25.  (Season subscribers to the Performing Arts Series may purchase tickets for $17.)  Reservations for Friday night should be made by Friday, Feb. 18 by calling Jackie Goodin at 439-4547, Rayma West at 436-4662, Terry Thies at 436-2848, or Martha Quigley at 439-4325. 
            The show begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.  A matinee will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2:30 p.m.  All shows will be in the First Federal Center on the Hazard Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College. Tickets for all shows except the dinner show will be $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Season subscriber's to the Performing Arts Series will not be charged for admittance.
            Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series grand benefactors are: Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Jackson, Hazard Clinic/Jackson Clinic, Kiwanis Club of Hazard and Perry Distributors Inc.
            Event sponsors are: Hyden Citizens Bank, Perry Oil Company Inc., and the Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce.

Student Leadership Institute begins recruitment
Hazard Community and Technical College has begun the recruitment process to select the third class of Student Leadership Institute participants and is looking for applicants from among those graduating from high school this spring.
Individuals selected for the Institute will benefit in many ways, including a financial award which includes a $1,000 stipend; opportunity to participate in a residential life program and on-campus meal plan; paid summer internship experience; community service opportunities; informative and interesting workshops, field trips; and mentoring.
“All of this is designed to promote the leadership of our students,” said Steve Jones, Director of the SLI. “Our first and second class have been involved in numerous activities designed to promote personal growth. These activities included but are not limited to teambuilding, business card/networking, personality/leadership inventory, critical thinking, cultural heritage & arts, and understanding community development. Other activities included dinner etiquette training, ballroom dancing, rock climbing, and white water rafting.
“We are very excited about offering the Student Leadership Institute” noted Dr. Jay K. Box, President/CEO of HCTC. “We know that developing leaders is essential for the future of Eastern Kentucky, and the college is proud to provide this excellent leadership program,” Dr. Box continued.
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2005. Those who are high school seniors now can obtain an application for the Institute by calling Steve Jones at 606-436-5721 or 800-246-7521 ext. 73199, or send an e-mail to

Honored for Excellenc
Hazard Community & Technical College President Dr. Jay K. Box honors Jeremiah Bryant, assistant professor, as one of the three finalists for the New Horizons Outstanding Faculty award. Bryant, who works at the Lees College Campus of HCTC, is CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and is a CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor)
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Free class offered to high school seniors
High school seniors who want to get a jump-start on their college education by enrolling this spring in a one, two or three hour tuition-free course on MSU's main campus, or at the regional campus at West Liberty or Mount
Sterling. High school students may choose a class based on their eligibility status from 100 or 200 level courses. Students are responsible for course fees and textbooks. Books may be purchased online at To be eligible, high school students must have at least a 3.0 high
school grade point average, an ACT composite score of 18 or above, and approval from their high school guidance counselor. To complete the process, a signed admission/registration application form must be submitted to one of the three sites.
Nearly 75 students took advantage of this program during the fall 2004 semester on the main campus.  "I love it," said Rowan County Senior High School student Hayley Hoyng. "This lets me get a jump on college, I wish I could take more classes than I am right now."
Hoyng, a member of the RCSHS volleyball team, was enrolled in two classes during the fall term, "Introduction to Psychology" and "Fundamentals of Geography." If you meet the criteria and are interested in taking a college course in the spring, complete the paperwork and register now. Classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Additional information and application forms are available by calling Tina Stafford, extended campus coordinator, at (606) 783-2605 or (800) 585-6781, select option 3.
A schedule of classes available for the spring semester is available on MSU's Web site,   Contact: Tina Stafford Phone: 606.783.2605 or 800.585.6781