Letters to the Editor

I am a 37-year-old non-traditional student who primarily attends classes at the Longview campus. On Thursday, April 18, I was able to attend the Annual Crawfish Boil in Kilgore. I really appreciated the gesture the administration made toward the students and faculty with this free event.

However, I am perplexed as to why nothing is ever planned or initiated at the campus in Longview.  There are dedicated students, faculty and staff that deserve the same honors as those in Kilgore. Matter of fact, many of the students that attend KC-Longview have families and jobs that they must attend with, as well as making sure to keep up with their studies. This should be an extra incentive for the KC Administration to provide the same thing for those in Longview as they did in Kilgore. 3,800 pounds of crawfish as well as numerous drinks and snow cones were given away in Kilgore. What would be the problem with taking a few hundred pounds of that crawfish and showing some love and respect to the men and women that make up the Longview campus? Not everyone has the opportunity to be able to skip a class and make it to Kilgore unless, of course, that is what the administration wants…just saying!

William E. Massey
Longview freshman

 

This account is a follow-up to the article about me which appeared in the Flare during the fall semester of 2011.

When I first arrived at Kilgore College, I wasn’t sure of the challenges that waited me in my new environment. When I entered my classes, I encountered faculty who embraced me not merely on my disability, but rather on the basis of just being me.

One such instructor whom I admired deeply was Marcy Rhodes. When I took her classes, she always had a smile on her face and always had ways to encourage me. Another person whom I have really admired these past three years has been Frank Mosley, director of instructional student support, who has been with me through all of my time here at KC. He has told me many times that he expects to see me graduate from Kilgore College. Finally, one such person I truly admired was Bennie Brown, English instructor at Kilgore College. Along with helping me, she would always encourage me and give me good comments about how much I meant to her. I also need to mention one of the tutors here at KC Longview, Cheryl Williams. I certainly appreciate everything she has done for me.

I want everyone at Kilgore College to know that my journey here has been life-changing. It has not always been easy, but it has been an amazing trip. I must leave KC on May 10, which is coming very soon! It has been an awesome journey. Thanks again for the memories.

When I first arrived at Kilgore College, I wasn’t sure of the challenges that waited me in my new environment. I came to K.C. right out of Hallsville High School in 2010, and college seemed slightly scary to me. However, I realized that my time at KC would be very special indeed. When I entered my classes, I encountered faculty who embraced me not merely on my disability, but rather on the basis of just being me. One such instructor whom I admired deeply was Ms. Marcy Rhodes, my psychology instructor for two consecutive semesters. When I took her classes, she always had a smile on her face and always had ways to encourage me. I certainly miss her and her caring and energetic personality. She was my favorite instructor at Kilgore College.

Another person whom I have really admired these past three years has been Mr. Frank Mosley, Director of Instructional Student Support, who has been with me through all of my time here at K.C. When I was struggling in class, he talked with my instructors and me about any accommodation that may have been needed  in order for me to be successful. In addition, he would ask me from time to time how I was performing in class. He has told me many times that he expects to see me graduate from Kilgore College.

Finally, one such person I truly admired was Bennie Brown, English instructor at Kilgore College. When I took ENGL 1301, Ms. Brown was always there to help me with my essays. She would take time out of her busy schedule to devote time to helping me.

Along with helping me, she would always encourage me and give me good comments about how much I meant to her. Definitely, Ms. Brown was an awesome instructor to me.

I also need to mention one of the tutors here at KC Longview; Cheryl Williams. She has been a tremendous help to me. I certainly appreciate everything she has done for me. She is such a special faculty member here at KC. I certainly will miss her as well.

When looking back at my time at KC, a few people changed my life: Ms. Rhodes, Mr. Mosley, and, most importantly, Bennie Brown and Cheryl Williams. I want everyone at Kilgore College to know that my journey here has been life-changing. It has not always been easy, but it has been an amazing trip.

Furthermore, meeting the instructors has been the most rewarding experience of my time at KC. Not just meeting faculty and staff, but connecting with them on a personal level has been most rewarding. To all my instructors at KC and Mr. Mosley, all I can say in return is thank you. Thank you Ms. Brown and Ms. Williams. Thank you for everything you all have done for me these last three years..

I must leave KC on May 10, which is coming very soon! After graduation, I will attend Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas this summer and fall to learn independent living skills. In the spring of 2014, I hope to be enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University and living on campus in a dormitory. I know that I am entering a world with limitless possibilities. It has been an awesome journey. We laughed together as well as cried together. I shall wave goodbye after graduation. Thanks again for the memories.

Matthew T. Evans
Longview sophomore