Highland Community College



Alumni & Friends

Homecoming October 11th, 2014

The Homecoming and Alumni Day honoring the Golden Grads Class of 1964 will be held on October 11th.The schedule for the event will include registration and breakfast reception at 9:00 a.m. in the Library.  Classmates of 1964 and guests will be offered a campus tour to see both the familiar and new buildings.  A special luncheon for you and your class and a program will begin at 11:00 a.m. including a brief message from President David Reist.  The day will continue with the Class of 1964 being recognized at the HCC Scotties football game that day at 1:00 p.m.   A social gathering will continue during the game in the Barber Room located in the Scottie Stadium Center overlooking the football stadium. Registration for the event is still available and can be accessed thru the Alumni Luncheon Registration Form tab on the this website.

HCC 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame

The Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce its 2014 candidate for induction in the Hall of Fame:  Paul Stanley Simmons.

Simmons came to Highland after graduating from Midway High School in 1965. He went on from Highland to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1969.  While at Highland, he participated in football, basketball, and track in 1965 and ’66 and helped win the Conference in football both years.

While at Fort Hays, Simmons was All-Conference in 1968; led the team in tackles, was All District 10, and was Honorable Mention NAIA Little All-American.  Paul also played baseball; he had a .380 batting average and chalked up three individual records.  In 1969, Paul was the 14th athlete to receive the Paul Busch Gross Award, which is given each year to the graduating athlete deemed most outstanding in scholarship, citizenship, leadership, and athletics at Fort Hays State.  

Paul married Mary Miller Simmons in 1966. They have four children, Dave, Paula, Barry, and Tammy, and have six grandchildren.  In addition to farming, Paul owned and operated P&S Muffler & Radiator Shop in Hiawatha.  He retired in 2010, and loves spending time with his grandchildren, who are the light of his life.  Paul noted, “If I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing!”

The 2014 Induction will take place on Saturday, September 13, in the Walters Wellness Center on the Highland campus.  Along with Simmons’ induction, a reception and recognition will be conducted of the 1984 Scottie football team which had the most wins in a season.

Activities will begin with registration at 9:30 am in the Walters Wellness Center.  Simmons’ induction will begin at 10:30, followed by the recognition of the 1984 football team and a luncheon at 11:30.  Those assembled will then convene in the Barber Room of the Scottie Stadium Center for a reception and to watch the Scotties as they host Iowa Western with a 1:00 kickoff on Kessinger Field.  Simmons and the ’84 team will then be recognized again at halftime on the field.

Those attending the Hall of Fame induction and recognition of the ’84 team in the Walters Wellness Center are encouraged to reserve the $6 luncheon tickets in advance by contacting Athletics Administrative Assistant Darla Tracy at 785.442.6040 or dtracy@highlandcc.edu.  Payment for the luncheon will be during the 9:30-10:30 registration in the Wellness Center on the morning of September 13.


Highland Hosts Successful Alumni Games
Highland Community College welcomed back record numbers of graduates and friends for its annual Alumni Games event on August 23.  Over 100 alumni registered to participate in the games, which pit alumni who played the sport against the current Scottie squads, and many more played, but just didn’t register.  In addition, the HCC Alumni Association had 26 volunteers who assisted Kelly Twombly, Director of Alumni Services, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Fleishans in the administration of the Games.
Alumni Games began at 9:00 with registration in the Barber Room of the Scottie Stadium Center.  Registering alums were able to spin the KNZA wheel to collect Highland memorabilia.  The Games then started at 10:00 am with a 5K run of cross country runners at the Klinefelter Farm.  Baseball followed at 11:00 am and volleyball alumni vs alumni at noon.  Softball filled the rest of the afternoon and all these contests proved to be highly competitive.  The day’s activities concluded with a controlled scrimmage of the current football team.  Unofficially, the day’s activities actually concluded with informal gatherings downtown at Ernie’s as alums shared memories of the good ol’ days.