"Salute to Sutton" is Friday at Cook Theatre
After 39 years of always doing what she loves, Susan Sutton, Cloud County Community College Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business, is retiring.
The college will honor Sutton with a night of music, laughter and good memories at 7 p.m., Friday, April 25, in Cook Theatre. The public is invited to come and share memories of time on committees, in classes and in the community with a "Salute to Sutton." Refreshments will be served in the library following the event.
Sutton's career expands well beyond the world of education. Among her diverse accomplishments are advances in the world of horse racing, where she was one of the youngest jockeys. She has taught in two other schools at Peabody and Hanover, but said she knew she wanted to return to CCCC and began teaching here in 1975.
During her time at CCCC, Sutton has taught English, drama, speech, theatre and cinema classes and has directed more than 150 productions for students and for community theatre at the Brown Grand.
With input from her students, she wrote the play, "The Chosen," a story about real-life Orphan Train Riders which was presented in New York in 2005 with a cast of CCCC students and faculty from CCCC. She also wrote and directed several plays for children.
Sutton directed and had a role in the college production of the William Inge play, "Picnic," which was performed at the Inge Festival in Independence in 1985.
Sutton said she credits her many years of success to two things: always being able to find a way and being lucky enough to have had great mentors and colleagues, such as Peggy Doyen and Kay Tomlinson, who also had been her teachers while she was a student at CCCC.
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