May 29, 2014, officially was proclaimed Dr. Jack Huck Day in Nebraska by Gov. Dave Heineman, who was among the dignitaries who spoke Thursday during the first of three celebrations honoring the retiring Southeast Community College president.
Heineman read the proclamation and made other comments regarding Huck, who is retiring June 30 after 39 years of service to SCC, the last 20 as president.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall were among the speakers during the celebration held on SCC’s Lincoln Campus.
Student Senate President Ken Chrisman, Faculty Association Representative Tracy Corr and SCC Board of Governors Chairperson Kathy Boellstorff also spoke to a crowd estimated at more than 200. Jose Soto, vice president for Access/Equity/Diversity at SCC, was emcee.
Soto read letters to Huck from Nebraska’s U.S. senators Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns.
Mark Hawkins, chairman of SCC’s Welding Technology program, presented gifts that students made to Huck. They included a plaque, two palm trees and a bench.
Adams, who has known Huck for many years, used the word “respect” when he spoke of Huck.
“When we were in the middle of a long and drawn-out funding formula battle with the community colleges, Jack Huck was my go-to guy,” Adams said. “The community college system in the state of Nebraska is better off today because of people like Jack Huck.”
SCC Food Service/Hospitality students served a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres.