McPherson College hosted this week’s McPherson Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

McPherson College hosted this week’s McPherson Chamber of Commerce Coffee. Representatives from McPherson area businesses gathered in the dining facility at Hoffman Student Union to network and learn about McPherson goings-on.
McPherson College made various announcements including describing some of the renovations made to the dining facility, such as transforming an area previously intended for dining into additional serving room.
The dining facility is also now run by Fresh Ideas Food Service Management out of Columbia, Missouri. McPherson College has the only location of Fresh Ideas in the state of Kansas. Martin Porter, the director of dining services, spoke about Fresh Ideas and the services they offer. The public is welcome to purchase meals through the Mac College dining facility. In addition to meals served at the  college, Fresh Ideas is also available to cater private event for the public.

Student services
Katie Sawyer, director of service learning, announced that her department is always looking for job shadowing and intern opportunities for students, as well as jobs and careers. Those interested in providing career opportunities to interested students should call her at 620-242-0436.
Jennifer Jensen, director of spiritual life and service learning, asked for those in the community to inform her of ways students could volunteer in the community. To discuss volunteer opportunities, contact her at 620-242-0503.
“We are always looking for ways for our students to give back to the community that has given us so much,” Jensen said.
Ashlee Pauls, the McPherson College walk-in clinic’s physicians assistant, spoke about the clinic and the possibility of expanding the services offered there. McPherson College has partnered with Partners in Family Care to provide medical care four days a week that is open to the public, though McPherson College students, faculty and staff have priority. The clinic is located at Harter Hall room 106 and is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday though Friday. For more information, call 620-242-0404.

College events
The 2015 Harter Lecture in Business will be at 11:45 a.m. April 8 at the Mingenback Theatre. Guest lecturer Derreck Kayongo will be speaking. Kayongo is an entrepreneur as well as humanitarian whose efforts have been recognized and applauded world-wide. He was named the 2011 CNN Hero, he won the Maxx Entrepreneurship Award, Refugee Services Award and was recently honored with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.
Dean of Students Shay Maclin announced the new student orientation, which will happen in August, is open to the public and any businesses in town that would like to come out and meet the new student population. For more information or to express interest in attending, contact her at 620-242-0501.

Community events
Other events announced at the coffee were the City Commission Candidate Forum at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce, 306 N. Main St. The McPherson Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a forum with Mike Alkire (incumbent) and Larry Wiens.
The McPherson County Coalition for Children and Families will host its 2015 Family Fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 15 at the Community Building, 122 E. Marlin St. There will be a free meal served and opportunities to meet with resources from around the county that can help build strong family units. There will be door prizes and activities as well.
U.S. Cellular announced its next Community Cookout. Customers and noncustomers alike are invited to partake in the festivities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at 1358 N. Main St.
Th Chamber Coffee takes place at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. The next will be hosted by the McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery at 223 S. Main St.