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September 13, 2012

IMPACT students take part in “Night at the Flickinger’s”


hay ride

The IMPACT program at Cowley College held its first cultural event of the school year Tuesday by spending the evening at Mark and Dianne Flickinger’s home in Arkansas City.

Mark serves as an art instructor at the college, while Dianne works with the IMPACT program.

Seventy students participated in the event, which consisted of yard games, and hayrack rides in the countryside.

While waiting for the hayride, students sat around the fire sharing stories of places they have been and getting to know one another.

The evening became cultural when employees in the IMPACT program asked the students from the big cities to roast their first hotdog over an open fire.

“This is a great way to bring the students together early in the semester and get them connected with IMPACT staff members and fellow classmates,” said Jason O’Toole, director of the IMPACT program. “The relationships built that night will last a while. We appreciate Mark and Dianne for opening their home and yard for the event.”

IMPACT is a federally funded Student Support Services Trio Program designed to help Cowley students succeed. They provide valuable services, including transfer visits, tutoring, IMPACT courses, career exploration with career previews, cultural trips, and laptop and calculator checkout program.