Chanda Hooten

Chanda Hooten

BS in Mass Communications, May 2002
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 

The small western Kansas town where I’m from is home to Colby Community College. I took advantage of that fact by taking courses at CCC while still in high school. By the time I started college in the fall, after graduating high school, I had enough hours to be classified as a sophomore. CCC offered free tuition to anyone living in the county so my first year, as a true college student, I completed as many general-education courses as I could. My family is a house divided, with my mom graduating from The University of Kansas and my dad graduating from the in-state rival Kansas State University. Much to my dad’s dismay, I chose to attend The University of Kansas due to their school of journalism. I graduated from there in two and a half years and went to work as a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Great Bend, Kansas, and after a year transferred to their station in Wichita, Kansas. I worked as a reporter for eight years prior to moving to Arkansas. We moved to Arkadelphia when my husband became an assistant baseball coach at Henderson. I started working as an admissions counselor at HSU and am now an advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

Spending time with my husband and our two boys

Reddie Baseball



Being from a state known for raising cattle, I love a good steak and baked potato.

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things."

Don’t be afraid to try something new. You will never know if you enjoy it until you try it. Be open to new ideas.


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