Oct 30, 2019

Lady Hawks in District Finals, HACC Gets National Diversity Award and More

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news, including:  
HACC Women’s Volleyball Team Headed to District Competition
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Lady Hawks volleyball team at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is one win away from a chance to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Volleyball Tournament Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Lady Hawks, the no. 1 seed in Region XIX of the NJCAA, will meet no. 5 seed Montgomery County Community College in the District K Championship match on Nov. 2 at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The first set begins at noon and will be livestreamed.

The winner will head to nationals.

As defending NJCAA Region XIX champions, HACC women’s volleyball has had a stellar year heading into post-season play. Led by Coach Tom Frye, the team has amassed a 21-1 record to become the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) champions. Frye is also the EPAC coach of the year.

The team has been holding strong in the NJCAA National Rankings in sixth place for the weeks of Oct. 16, 21 and 28. This is the first time a HACC team has been ranked nationally since joining the NJCAA in 2012. 
Members of the Lady Hawks volleyball team are:  
Photo Caption: HACC women's volleyball team is headed to district finals on Nov. 2 and a chance to compete in the national championship.

HACC Recognized for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has been awarded the 2019 Charles Kennedy Equity Award by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

In August 2019, HACC was one of three recipients of the 2019 ACCT Regional Equity Awards, along with Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, and Pima Community College District in Tucson, Arizona.

HACC was selected during the national conference Oct. 16-19 to receive the national Charles Kennedy Equity Award. 
 
The award affirms HACC’s commitment to cultivating an environment that promotes the access, retention and success of underrepresented and underserved students and employees. Criteria for the award included access and completion efforts for underrepresented and underserved students; increased diversity among employees; leadership representation; and community engagement and outreach efforts for underrepresented and underserved populations. 
 
“Community colleges are uniquely committed to open-access, high-quality higher education for all Americans, as well as a vital pipeline to the jobs that support communities and keep our country going strong,” said Dawn Erlandson, ACCT chair and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustee. “This year's regional awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs across this great nation.”

“The award is a testament to the Trustees’ vision, the dedication of the HACC teaching and learning community and a reflection of the students we are privileged to serve. This award fortifies the efforts of the College community who dedicated time, talent and passion to making HACC a more inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment for all,” said HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D. 
  
Photo Caption: HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has been awarded the 2019 Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Pictured are, from left, Connie Hornbeck, ACCT immediate past chair; Hector R. Ortiz, HACC Board of Trustees member; John J. “Ski” Sygielski, HACC president; and J. Noah Brown, ACCT president and CEO.
 

HACC Student Honors Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 18
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The annual HACC honors photography exhibit will showcase more than 50 student photographs at the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. The collection covers a variety of subject matter, including landscapes, portraits, still lives and architecture.

The exhibit will be open Nov. 18 through Dec. 5, 2019, and a public reception for HACC students will be held Dec. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the gallery. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Ron Talbott, MFA, senior professor of art, said, “This photography honors exhibition ranges from students taking their first of 11 classes in photography to those almost ready to graduate, transfer or open their own business.”

HACC’s Photography Program includes a traditional black-and-white photo-developing lab, 14 individual color dark rooms, a digital photography classroom and a “Northern Light” studio with a retractable roof that allows students to photograph objects in diffused, natural daylight.

Since 1988, HACC students have competed in photography competitions with more than 2,000 other colleges and universities, and have consistently been among the top three winners in each competition.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment.

The gallery received state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please contact Shawn Williams at 717-780-2478 or smwillia@hacc.edu.

Photo Caption: “Encaustic Photograph” by Amy Rieg is among the images that will be displayed during the student honors photography exhibit Nov. 18-Dec. 15, 2019, in the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery.
 
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