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Harold Howe, a former chief federal educator, said it best; “What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” At Allen Community College, we love our Library. Centrally located in the main building of our Iola campus, and often referred to as the living room of the college, the Allen Library is a relaxed, cozy environment. Our mission to support student success virtually, concurrently, and in person by providing high-quality resources in student-centered learning environments, begins in our library. Whether you’re a faculty member hosting a meeting, a student looking for tutoring services, a staff member looking for a relaxing place to eat lunch, or a community member looking for a good book, the Allen College Library has something for you. 

In addition to our physical spaces, the Allen College Library is committed to providing resources to all our students regardless of how they access Allen. Our exceptional collection of electronic resources, streaming videos, and e-books are accessible via our state-of-the-art Discovery Service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Allen Writing Center located?
The Writing Center is in the southwest corner of the Allen Library on Allen Community College's campus in Iola. At the Burlingame Campus, the Writing Center is in Room 112, and all students can receive help with their writing tasks through the Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Who can use the Writing Center?
Anyone who needs help with any writing project will find a visit beneficial. The Writing Center is free and can assist students with English essays, biology reports, history research papers or any other course assignment. It also can aid with the development of resumes and writing letters of applications for scholarships or to universities.

What kind of help can be found at the Writing Center?
We can help students in any stage of their writing, whether it’s developing an idea, organizing thoughts, outlining, thesis statements, drafting, sentence and paragraph developments, grammar and mechanics or polishing a paper. There are no grades assessed and consultations are conducted in a relaxed, one-on-one atmosphere.

Do I have to make an appointment?
No, an appointment is not necessary but can be made if that’s more convenient for the student. Regular office hours are maintained in the Writing Center, and drop-in visits are welcome during those times. To make an appointment, stop by the Writing Center and consult with its coordinator, Bruce Symes, or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Appointments also can be made at the Burlingame WC, with Math Center Coordinator Jerry Vincent. Check postings on both the Iola and Burlingame campuses for this semester’s Writing Center hours of operation.

When should I come to the Writing Center?
Visits are encouraged at any and all stages of a writing task, whether a student needs help developing a topic for an assignment, is organizing his or her writing project, wants a consultation about a first draft, would like help polishing an essay. However, students should not expect to visit the Writing Center a couple of hours before an assignment is due and benefit greatly from the session. Time is needed to revise or rewrite papers based on what is discussed during the consultation, and more than one visit might be necessary.

What if I can’t visit the Writing Center on the Iola campus? How can I get help if I attend Allen at Burlingame or another outreach site?
The Allen Writing Center offers an online writing lab (OWL) for consultations with students about their writing projects over the Internet. To access the Allen OWL, visit the Writing Center webpage through the Allen website, Click on the “Academic Support” or “How do I …” link along the left-hand side of the page and then click on “Writing Center” to access the WC web page and OWL form.

What does the Writing Center not do for writers?
The Writing Center will not give homework or assign grades. We also will not provide a proofreading service for papers. We will, however, identify patterns of problems in grammar, punctuation and other mechanical issues and help students learn how to avoid the same snafus in the future. The Writing Center’s main goal is to improve student writing on a long-term basis. It’s not a matter of fixing your papers; it’s a matter of helping you learn how to improve as a writer.

What do I have to bring to the Writing Center?
An open mind and the desire to improve! Also, for a successful tutoring session, it is necessary that students bring the assignment. It is critical that the tutor knows that you are following your instructor’s guidelines. Also, don’t feel that you need to bring in a written paper. The tutors at the Writing Centers can help sort out notes or outlines to get students started on a successful essay or report.

How can I become a Writing Center tutor?
For information about becoming a Writing Center tutor, visit the Writing Center coordinator, Bruce Symes, in the Allen Library. The telephone number is (620) 365-5116, ext. 6303, and his e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  At Burlingame, see Jerry Vincent, Allen’s Math Center Coordinator, if interested in tutoring. His number is (785) 654-2416, ext. 8227; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Welcome to Allen's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

We invite all of our students to send us drafts of their writing assignments for feedback through our Online Writing Lab (OWL).
There are two major ways that you can use this service:

1.  To ask and receive answers to general writing questions, such as topics, thesis statements, mechanics or grammar, and citation.

2.  To get feedback regarding particular pieces of writing for class assignments.

Before using this service, there are a few things you should know:

·  You will receive a response from one of our tutors within 48 business hours of our receiving your request. Please note that "business hours" refers to days that school is in session. The 48 hours will not include weekends or days that classes are not in session. (For example, if we receive a draft to review on Friday at noon and school is in session the following week, we will send a reply back by the following Tuesday at noon -- within 48 business hours of our receipt of your request.)

·  In order to provide an adequate response to your requests, Writing Center tutors need information about the assignment, about your goals, and about the problems you are having with the assignment. The more information you can provide, the more we can help you.

·  The Writing Center tutors will not revise or correct drafts for you. We will comment upon areas that need improvement and suggest ways to improve those areas, and we may show you how to correct particular grammatical or mechanical problems, but we will not edit your work.

Now you're ready to send us your request! Please complete and send the following form, or if you prefer, send an e-mail directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please attach your writing project in Microsoft Word Rich Text Format.
If you complete and send the OWL form, click on the link below and please include your email address so that we can send you a response.

Click here for the Online Writing Lab Help Request Form

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Regular office hours are maintained in the Writing Center in the Library on the Iola campus, and students are encouraged to visit during those hours, or they can make an appointment if preferred. To get help through online tutoring, click here.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to rent a textbook?
A. The textbook rental cost is $12 per credit hour. Some classes may require the purchase of a laboratory book or workbook.

Q. What do I need to pick up my textbooks on campus?
A. You will need your clearance sheet from the Business Office your current student ID card.

Q. What do I need to do to have my textbooks mailed to me?
A. Complete Textbook Mail Order Form here.

Q. How do I return my rented textbooks on campus?
A. Textbooks can be returned to the bookstore during business hours. For your convenience a drop-box is located outside the bookstore entrance on the Iola Campus.

Q. How do I return my rented textbooks by mail?
A. The most economical way to mail back textbooks is by using a United States Postal Office Priority Mail Flat Rate box. Please return textbooks to either address listed below:

Allen Community College
Attn: Bookstore
1801 N. Cottonwood St
Iola, KS 66749

Allen Community College
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P.O. Box 66
Burlingame, KS 66413

Q. What if my textbook is damaged?
A. You will be charged the cost of replacing the textbook.

Q. What if I lose a textbook?
A. Contact the bookstore to inquire if you book had been found and returned. If the textbook has not been found by the end of the semester, you will be charged the cost of replacing the textbook.


If for any reason you need to return merchandise purchased at the College Bookstore, please return the product with the original sales receipt.

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Rental Textbook Return Policy

  • Textbooks must be returned in the same condition in which they were rented. Textbooks damaged by water, stains, tears, or missing pages cannot be returned.
  • Any rental book returned after the last day of finals is subject to a late fee. Late Fee begins on the Monday following the last day of finals.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any rental textbook returned after the last day of finals due to the condition or the adoption of a new edition.
  • The late fee charge increases each week up to but not exceeding 50% of the retail value of the rental textbook.

Refund Policy

  • Consumable textbooks must be returned in the same condition as when purchased. Shrink-wrap must be intact.
  • No Refunds will be processed without a sales receipt.
  • Clothing must be returned with the original receipt, hang tags, unworn or washed.

General Merchandise

Non-textbook merchandise returns (with receipt) will be honored within 30 days of purchase.

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Allen offers our students a unique method of keeping textbook cost down by maintaining a textbook rental system. The Textbook Rental/Materials Fee is $10.00 per credit hour.  It does not, however, cover the cost of any additional workbooks or other material deemed necessary by the instructor.

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A collection of Recreational Reading of several hundred books which are changed every 6 weeks. This is a nice collection of Fiction, Light Non Fiction, Mysteries, Westerns, Christian, Youth, and Children's Books. The titles are not listed in our catalog, but a browsing collection.

Here is a list of new materials we have received and processed since we sent our last list. More information about these books can be found on the Allen Website on the Library page. Go to Allen Library Search.


The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption, Jim Gorant;  "An inspiring story of survival and our powerful bond with man's best friend, in the aftermath of the nation's most notorious case of animal cruelty. Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived? As acclaimed writer Jim Gorant discovered, their story is the truly newsworthy aspect of this case. Expanding on Gorant's "Sports Illustrated" cover story, 'The Lost Dogs' traces the effort to bring Vick to justice and turns the spotlight on these infamous pit bulls, which were saved from euthanasia by an outpouring of public appeals coupled with a court order that Vick pay nearly a million dollars in 'restitution' to the dogs." (Allen Library Catalog) 


Ghost Town, Richard W. Jennings, KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010; "Thirteen-year-old Spencer Honesty and his imaginary friend, an Indian called Chief Leopard Frog, improbably achieve fame and riches in the abandoned town of Paisley, Kansas, when Spencer begins taking photographs with his deceased father's ancient camera and Chief Leopard Frog has his poems published by a shady businessman in the Cayman Islands." (Allen Library Catalog)

Silver Shoes: a novel, Paul Miles Schneider, KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010; "Donald Gardner and his parents take a road trip through Kansas. At one point during the trip a stranger sells them a silver shoe. When Donald tries the shoe on, unusual things began to occur." (Allen Library Catalog)

The Storm in the Barn, Matt Phelan, SCOTT O'DELL AWARD, 2009,  KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010, Graphic Novel; "In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father's failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of 'dust dementia' would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot's abandoned barn - a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it's hard to trust what you see with your own eyes, and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes." (Allen Library Catalog)

Years of Dust: the story of the Dust Bowl, Albert Marrin,  NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES MEDAL, 2008, KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010; "Before global warming, there was dust. In the 1930s, dangerous black storms swept through the Great Plains. Created by drought and reckless farming, these lethal storms were part of an environmental, economic, and human catastrophe that changed the course of American history. In riveting, accessible prose, an acclaimed historian explains the causes behind the disaster and explores the Dust Bowl's impact, from a rich cultural legacy to the visionary conservation that would finally offer hope to the Plains." (Allen Library Catalog):


Reinventing the Automobi8le: personal urban mobility for the 21st century, William J. Mitchell; "This book provides a long-overdue vision for a new automobile era. In this path-breaking book, William Mitchell and two industry experts re-imagine the automobile, describing vehicles of the near future that are green, smart, connected, and fun to drive."(Front Fly)

The World is Flat: a brief history of the twenty-first century, Thomas L. Friedman; "In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country this third edition also includes two new chapters..." (Back Cover)


Bilingual: life and reality, Francois Grosjean; "In a lively and often entertaining book, an international authority on bilingualism, son of an English mother and a French father, explores the many facets of bilingualism...draws on research, interviews, autobiographies, and the engaging examples of bilingual authors." (Front Fly)


The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, "A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian serves as a guide to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary." (Allen Library Catalog)

Immigration, Stuart Anderson; "...a comprehensive examination of U.S. immigration policies and their impact on the nation, combining a historical overview and a guide to how immigration works in practice." (Back Cover)

Jimmy Carter, Julian E. Zelizer; "Once in power, Carter found himself unable to sustain a strong political coalition in Congress, as he focused on policies that often antagonized many of the key Democrats whose support he desperately needed." (Front Fly)


Abolition: a history of slavery and antislavery, Seymour Drescher; "In one form or another, slavery has existed throughout the world for millennia. It helped to change the world, and the world transformed the institution. In the 1450s, when Europeans from the small corner of the globe least enmeshed in the institution first interacted with peoples of other continents, they created, in the Americas, the most dynamic, productive, and exploitative system of coerced labor in human history. Three centuries later these same intercontinental actions produced a movement that successfully challenged the institution at the peak of its dynamism. Within another century a new surge of European expansion constructed Old World empires under the banner of antislavery. However, twentieth-century Europe itself was inundated by a new system of slavery, larger and more deadly than its earlier system of New World slavery. This book examines these dramatic expansions and contractions of the institution of slavery and the impact of violence, economics, and civil society in the ebb and flow of slavery and antislavery during the last five centuries."--BOOK JACKET-(Allen Library Catalog)

Rebecca Harding Davis's Stories of the Civil War Era: selected writings from the borderlands, Rebecca Harding Davis; "The sources for Davis's stories are their first periodical publications, which are identified after each title." (Notes on the Text)

Trotsky: a biography, Robert Service: "Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, Robert Service offers new insights. He discusses Trotsky's fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to unify; his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and cultural Stalinism. Trotsky evinced a surprisingly glacial and schematic approach to making revolution. Service recounts Trotsky's role in the botched German revolution of 1923; his willingness to subject Europe to a Red Army invasion in the 1920s; and his assumption that peasants could easily be pushed onto collective farms. Although Trotsky's followers clung to the stubborn view of him as a pure revolutionary and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin, the reality is very different.--From publisher description." (Allen Library Catalog)


The Death and Life of American Journalism: the media revolution that will begin the world again, Robert W. McChesney; "The cofounders of Free Press, the nation's media reform network, McChesney and Nichols systematically debunk notions that old media firms can successfully migrate to the web or that the blogosphere will magically meet our journalism needs." (Front Fly)

Nothing Right: short stories, Antonya Nelson, KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010; "A contemporary master of the short story, Antonya Nelson writes with uncommon grace and unflinching insight about the remarkable realities of everyday existence. Eleven stories are set in Kansas, and resonate with deep familiarity. Nelson's writing encompasses the complexity, ambiguity, and beauty of daily life including comforting rituals and disruptions." (Kansas Notable Book List Website)


The Healing of America: a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care, T.R. Reid; "Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the U.S. can't seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost....bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way." (Allen Library Catalog)


Duke Ellington's America, Harvey G. Cohen; "...Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington's life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle-class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington's friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business-as well as issues of race, equality, and religion." (Front Fly)

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout; "Wall Street Journal arts columnist Terry Teachout has drawn on new sources unavailable to previous biographers, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of this towering figure that shares, for the first time, full, accurate versions of such storied events as Armstrong's quarrel with President Eisenhower and his decision to break up his big band.-Publisher Description (Allen Library Catalog)


A Kansas Year, Mike Blair;   KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010 "...a breathtaking journey through the seasons. In dazzling color photographs, Blair illuminates the magic of Kansas through 120 journal entries-ten per month-that capture the beauty of the Sunflower State's wild places." (Front Fly)


An entirely synthetic fish: how rainbow trout beguiled America and overran the world; "...this book chronicles the discovery of rainbow trout, their artificial propagation and distribution, and why they are being eradicated in some waters yet are still the most commonly stocked fish in the United States." (Front Fly)

Heaven's Touch: from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe, James B. Kaler; "This book reveals the startling ways life on Earth is touched by our cosmic environment, and demonstrates why without such contact, life itself wouldn't be possible. Heaven's Touch embarks on an unforgettable journey across the cosmos, beginning in near space with a look at the gentle ebb and flow of lunar and solar tides. Acclaimed astronomer James Kaler describes their subtle effects on our world and also explores the Sun's more potent influences, such as solar storms that cause auroras, give comets their tails, and knock out power grids on Earth. "--Jacket (Allen Library Catalog)

Kansas Geology: an introduction to landscapes, rocks, minerals, and fossils, "What are the state's outstanding landforms, and where are they found? How were Kansas rocks and minerals formed? Why is Kansas world famous among fossil collectors? How does one "read the rocks" to find evidence of ancient oceans, earthquakes, and even volcanoes in Kansas? Learn all that and much more in this new edition of a classic work designed for both general readers and geologists." (Allen Library Catalog)

The Kingdom Fungi: the biology of mushrooms, molds, and lichens, Steven L. Stephenson; "The Kingdom Fungi provides a comprehensive look at the biology, structure, and morphological diversity of these necessary organisms. It sheds light on their ecologically important roles in nature, their fascinating relationships with people, plants, and animals, and their practical applications in the manufacture of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. The book includes information about "true" fungi, fungus-like creatures (slime molds and water molds), and a group of "composite" organisms (lichens) that are more than just fungi. Particular attention is given to examples of fungi that might be found in the home and encountered in nature." (Allen Library Catalog)

March of the Microbes: sighting the unseen, John L. Ingraham; "Though we might not be able to see microbes firsthand, the consequences of their activities are readily apparent to our unaided senses. March of the Microbes shows us how to examine, study, and appreciate microbes in the manner of a bird-watcher, by making sightings of microbial activities and thereby identifying particular microbes as well as understanding what they do and how they do it. The sightings are as different as a smelly rock cod, a bottle of Chateau d'Yquem, a moment in the Salem witch trials, and white clouds over the ocean. Together they summarize the impact of microbes on our planet, its atmosphere, geology, weather, and other organisms, including ourselves, to whom they dole out fatal illnesses and vital nutrients alike."--BOOK JACKET. (Allen Library Catalog)

Rising plague: the global threat from deadly bacteria and our dwindling arsenal to fight them, Brad Spellberg; "Dr. Brad Spellberg-an infectious diseases specialist and member of a national task force charged with attacking antibiotic-resistant infections-tells the story of this potentially grave public health crisis." (Front Fly)

Turtles: the animal answer guide, Whit Gibbons; "With attractive photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, Gibbons and Greene answer more than 100 common questions about these remarkable creatures." (Back Cover)


Beyond: on life after death, Fred M. Frohock; "....wades boldly into the debates between hardcore materialists and devout spiritualists; provides glimpses of recent findings in brain research, the so-called mind-body problem, and consciousness studies; and in general offers an idiosyncratic introduction to some of the most provocative and least understood aspects of what we call 'conscious'  life." (Front Fly)

Game Addiction: the experience and the effects, Neils Clark; "This book approaches videogame addiction from a cross-disciplinary perspective, bridging the divide between liberal arts academics and clinical researchers. The topic of addiction is examined neutrally, using accepted research in neuroscience, media studies, and developmental psychology." (Back Cover)

Mega Disasters: the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu; "Each chapter of this exiting and eye-opening book explores a particular type of cataclysmic event and the research surrounding it, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, rapid climate change, collisions with asteroids or comets, pandemics, and financial crashes." (Front Fly)


Our Boys: a perfect season on the plains with the Smith Center Redmen, Joe Drape, KANSAS NOTABLE BOOK, 2010, Reading Group Gold- Cover; "The football team in Smith Center, Kansas seeking to extend the nation's longest high school winning streak, have embraced the philosophy of their legendary coach, Roger Barta: 'Respect each other, then learn to love each other, and together we are champions.' But on their quest for a fifth consecutive state title, the Redmen faced a potentially destabilizing transition: the greatest senior class in school history had graduated, and Coach Barta was contemplating retirement. In Smith Center, this changing of the guard was seismic." (Back Cover)

Sweet Thunder: the life and times of Sugar Ray Robinson, Wil Haygood; "From Robinson's gruesome six-bout war with Jake 'Raging Bull' LaMotta and his lethal meeting with Jimmy Doyle to his Harlem nightclub years and thwarted show-biz dreams, Haygood brings the champion's story, in the ring and out, powerfully to life against a vividly painted backdrop of the world he captivated." (Front Fly)

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Iola Campus

Iola provides a number of opportunities for its citizens. The city is known for the rich community life and deep traditions created by its friendly residents.

Iola has one of the largest town squares west of the Mississippi. We invite you to further explore the choices Iola offers by browsing this site.

Iola is the county seat of Allen County, Kansas located approximately 110 miles east of Wichita via U.S. 54Hwy; 105 miles south of Kansas City, Kansas; 155 miles west of Springfield, Missourri; and 140 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two major U.S. highways, both U.S. 54 Hwy. and U.S. 169 Hwy. are the main routes to our city. These major roadways intersect at the east city limits.


  • Leave Topeka going south on US-75 toward Lyndon
  • Continue on US-75 to Yates Center
  • Turn left onto W Mary Street/US-54.
  • Continue to follow US-54 to Iola
  • Turn left on N Cottonwood Street
  • Continue on N Cottonwood Street 1.1 miles to the college (The drive takes approximately two hours from Topeka)

Here is an alternate route due to recent construction:

Follow US-54 to Iola and:

  • Turn north on State Street
  • Continue on State St. until Miller Rd. (Twin Motors)
  • Turn east (right) on Miller Rd.
  • Continue on Miller Rd until Cottonwood Street
  • Turn south (right) on Cottonwood Street


  • Around the Corner Coffee Shop, 110 S Jefferson Ave, Iola
  • A & W Drive-In Restaurant, 1421 East Street, Iola
  • Bollings Deli, 201 South State, Iola
  • China Palace, 110 North State, Iola
  • Coronado Mexican Restaurant, 1401 East Street, Iola
  • Dudley's Done Rite BBQ 2402 N. State Street, Iola
  • El Charro, 17 West Madison, Iola
  • El Jimador, 902 N State St, Iola
  • King’s Sandwich Shop, 321 South State, Iola
  • McDonald’s, 312 W. Madison, Iola
  • Pizza Hut, 1612 North State, Iola
  • Sam & Louie's New York Pizzeria, 2150 North State, Iola
  • Sonic Drive-In, 302 W. Madison, Iola
  • Subway, 708 North State, Iola
  • Taco Bell, 1602 North State, Iola
  • The Greenery and The Inn Club, 1315 North State, Iola


  • Americas Best Value Inn, 1315 North State, Iola   620-365-5161
  • Regency Inn, 14 N State, Iola, 620-365-2183
  • Super Eight, 200 Billsway, Iola   620-365-3030


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Students who transfer to a Kansas public university from a Kansas public community college or technical college (or vice versa) are eligible for Reverse Transfer, which allows for the attainment of any associate degree for which one is eligible along the way to additional certificates and degrees. Within a student's first semester, those who transfer coursework from a public university, community college or technical college will be notified if they are eligible to be considered for reverse transfer degree status, and which courses are needed to finish the related degree. Students who then complete the coursework for a given associate degree will be eligible to receive that degree, administered automatically by correspondence between the new institution and the university, community college or technical college the student last attended. Visit for more information.

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The 2017 commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 13th, 2017 on the Iola Campus, in the college gymnasium.  Graduates will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the A-Fishpond area.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for guests.
9:45 a.m. Graduates assemble in A-fishpond
9:50 a.m. Graduates will separate by degrees.  Each graduate will be given an index card with his or her name and the degree they will be receiving printed on it.
10:10 a.m. Graduates will line up in A-fishpond to begin processional to the gymnasium.
10:25 a.m. Student marshals will lead the graduates to the gymnasium.
10:30 a.m. Commencement exercises will begin promptly at 10:30.  The ceremony will last approximately one hour.
11:30 a.m. Outside reception for the graduates and guests. (The reception will be held in the student center if the weather is not permitting.)

Students who have ordered caps and gowns can pick them up in the bookstore on the Iola or Burlingame campus. The Iola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa please contact Tracy Lee to make arrangements to pick up graduation regalia.

Students who have yet to order a cap and gown and would like to attend the graduation ceremony need to contact Bobbie Haviland as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Bobbie Haviland at the Iola Campus or Anne Baer at the Burlingame Campus.

Download the Graduation Application

All students currently have access to the internet via the many computer labs on campus. Internet access is also available in all Allen Community College residence locations. Due to logistics issues, the form of access is slightly different at each location.

Horton Hall, Winter Hall and Masterson Hall each have a single cable modem connected to Cox Business Services broadband. There is a network jack in each room, which allows one computer to be connected to the internet. It is possible to buy a Switch or Hub that will allow two or more computers to share the same network jack, but it is up to the students to purchase and install them. Wireless access is also available in these buildings.

The Red Devil Duplexes and Herynk Hall have a single cable modem in each apartment, connected to Cox Residential Services broadband. A Cable/DSL Router can be purchased by the students if they wish to share the internet connection with multiple computers.

  1. These internet connections are shared with others in the same building. If several students are using the internet at the same time, the overall speed will be slower than at times where only a few students are using the internet.
  2. Our internet provider is pro-active in stopping the sharing of copyrighted material over the internet. If you have a P2P program such as Kazaa, Limewire, Bearshare, etc. It would be best if you made sure that it does not run while at Allen. Cox Business can and will shut off all service to the college if we are found to be violating their policy.
  3. It is important to have up-to-date virus protection installed on all computers, as a single infected computer could adversely affect everyone else in the building. An Allen Antivirus Policy that would require all student computers to have up-to-date antivirus software before being allowed access to the internet is currently under development. It will be posted here when it goes into effect.

Equipment Needed

While the internet access will be provided by Allen Community College, the student is responsible for purchasing the necessary networking hardware. The items can be purchased at one of the local computer stores. Even Wal-Mart carries many of the parts needed. The necessary computer hardware is as follows:

Internet-Capable Computer - Without a computer, of course, no internet access is available. We recommend at least a Pentium computer with 256MB RAM and a VGA monitor. Windows XP is recommended, but not required.

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100Base-T Ethernet Adapter Card - This "card" can be either internal (goes inside your computer) or external (sits outside your computer, connected by a cable). You can pick up a cheap (but functional) 10Mbps internal version for about $15. If you have a laptop or are uncomfortable with opening up your computer, the external version is recommended. Some computers have an Ethernet port built-in, making this purchase unnecessary.

CAT-5 Patch Cable - This is a small cable that will connect the computer's Ethernet card to the internet wall jack. It looks like an enlarged version of a phone line cable. Wal-Mart has been known to carry these Network Patch Cables as well (look in the Electronics department). Be sure to buy a cable long enough to reach from the jack to where you wish to have the computer sitting. On average, these cables cost less than $1 per foot of length. The Allen Bookstore usually has these in stock.

Switch or Hub - If more than one computer will need to access the Internet in a room, an Ethernet switch or hub is required.

Red Devil Duplexes

100Base-T Ethernet Adapter Card - This "card" can be either internal (goes inside your computer) or external (sits outside your computer, connected by a cable). You can pick up a cheap (but functional) 10Mbps internal version for about $15. If you have a laptop or are uncomfortable with opening up your computer, the external version is recommended. Some computers have an Ethernet port built-in, making this purchase unnecessary.

CAT-5 Patch Cable - This is a small cable that will connect the computer's Ethernet card to the internet wall jack. It looks like an enlarged version of a phone line cable. Wal-Mart has been known to carry these Network Patch Cables as well (look in the Electronics department). Be sure to buy a cable long enough to reach from the jack to where you wish to have the computer sitting. On average, these cables cost less than $1 per foot of length. The Allen Bookstore usually has these in stock.


Installation of the Ethernet card is usually straightforward. Follow the instructions provided with the card.

Once the Ethernet card is correctly installed, you need to simply plug the patch cable from the card to the wall jack. The hardware portion of the installation is now complete. Boot up your computer.

If you are running Windows on your PC, you will probably receive a message stating that new hardware has been found. This means that the computer successfully detected your Ethernet card. When asked, put in the driver disk and follow the prompts. If all goes well, when the computer finishes the boot process, you will have an icon on the Desktop labelled "Network Neighborhood" or something similar. To set up the hardware, perform the following steps:

  • Right-click on the "Network Neighborhood" icon and go into Properties.
  • Click on the "Add" button (about halfway down the popup window)
  • Choose "Protocol" from the list and then press the "Add..." button
  • In the Manufacturers column of the new window, choose "Microsoft"
  • In the Network Protocols column, choose "TCP/IP" and then press OK
  • In the remaining window, an option for TCP/IP should now appear. Double-click on it. If more than one TCP/IP item is found, choose the one associated with the ethernet card.
  • Click on the "IP Address" tab at the top of the new window and select the "Obtain an IP address automatically" option
  • Click on the "WINS Configuration" tab and select the "Use DHCP for WINS resolution" option
  • Click on the "Advanced" tab and select the "Set this protocol to be the default protocol" option, if available
  • Press the OK button to close both windows. The computer will install the necessary files (you may need your Windows CD) and reboot your machine. Once you reboot, your computer should have internet access. To test it, open up your favorite browser software and see whether or not it works.

Cox Business Service is providing internet connectivity to the Allen residence halls. Please read their Acceptable Use Policy. Anyone found to be in violation of this policy will have their privilege revoked.


If you run into problems, contact the store where you purchased the equipment. Allen has full-time computer technicians that will occasionally have time to help if all other avenues fail. Please keep in mind that these technicians are busy maintaining the on-campus computers, and may not be immediately available. School computer problems have a priority over student computer problems. To contact them, go to the front office (administration) and ask for computer help.

Allen Terms of Use and Disclaimer

This website and the information contained herein is provided as a public service. Allen Community College makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or suitability of the information. The Allen Community College website, like many websites, is a work in progress with information being added and updated frequently.

All links from the Allen website do not necessarily reflect the views of Allen Community College. Providers and developers of Allen web information are responsible for following university policies and Local, State, and Federal laws.

If you find information provided online to be inaccurate or otherwise unclear, please tell the author, organization, or information provider. In most cases, an email link is provided for each page. If you are unable to locate this information, please send your comments, including the URL, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Several computer labs are open to student use at both the Iola and Burlingame campuses. These labs each contain several IBM-compatible computers, and allow the students to write up homework papers, do research on the internet, check email, and other activities. All computer lab use is subject to the Allen Internet Usage Policy.

Internet Usage Policy

  1. Access to the Internet through the Allen Community College facilities is a privilege, not a right.
  2. Access and use of the Internet and the Allen facilities is designed to serve a traditional education goal.
  3. Access at any given time is NOT guaranteed.
  4. Use of the Internet through Allen facilities to further a commercial enterprise or for personal financial gain is prohibited.
  5. Use of the Internet must be ethically and morally prudent, reasonable, and exercised with good judgment.
  6. Examples of use considered ethically and morally objectionable are:
  7. Sexually explicit literature, images, or graphics.
  8. Images and/or instructions of a criminal nature.
  9. Abuse of Allen facilities, equipment, or access privileges is considered a violation of this published policy.
  10. Those who are determined to have violated this policy will face a stiff penalty to include a fine, facilities restriction, expulsion, or any combination there of.

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The Writing Center assists Allen students with the writing they are assigned in any of their college courses.

Tutors frequently help students with:

  • essays for composition and literature course
  • research papers
  • lab reports
  • resumes and cover letters for employment
  • university and scholarship applications

Students will find the Allen Writing Center a valuable resource if they are looking for help with:

  • brainstorming
  • research
  • organization
  • drafting
  • proofreading

The Writing Center is in the Library on the Iola campus and the Academic Success Center at Burlingame. Assistance also is available to all students who attend Allen classes, including online and outreach, through the online writing lab (OWL).

Bruce Symes, Writing Center Director
(620) 365-5116 x6303
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Disability Services

Allen Community College is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their educational goals with appropriate accommodations and services based on individual documented need. The Admissions Office on the Iola campus and the Student Services Office on the Burlingame campus, coordinate accommodations for Allen students who have a documented disability. Accommodations are provided at no cost to enrolled students on an individual basis and with respect for confidentiality. The College encourages independence and self-advocacy for students with disabilities.

Disabilities qualifying for services may include, but are not limited to: physical disability, health or medical disability, hearing disability, visual disability, learning disability, acquired brain injury, attention deficit disorder, mental/emotional disability, and speech disability.

To access accommodations:

  • Students with disabilities should contact the Admissions Office /Student Services Office to schedule an intake interview. The interview will focus on how the disability affects the student and what accommodations will be needed.
  • Students will be required to furnish appropriate documentation of their disability. The documentation must follow Guidelines for Documentation of a Disability. Documentation must include justification for the requested academic accommodation.
  • The advisor will determine if the documentation is adequate to establish the existence of a qualifying disability and to support the requested accommodations.
  • Students must request accommodations each semester, and requests should be made as far in advance as possible.
  • Students must notify the advisor of any class schedule changes.

The advisor will serve as an advocate for students with disabilities, sharing information pertaining to accommodations with instructors.

Types of accommodations may include, but are not limited to: notification of instructors concerning needed accommodations, use of a note taker or scribe, use of tape recorders during class, course exam accommodations (e.g., extended time in a quiet location), use of a dictionary during tests, recorded textbooks/materials, sign language interpreters, large print materials, Braille materials, library accommodations, and assistive technology.

All requests for accommodations and services will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors affecting the program of accommodations and services will be dependent upon disability, documented need, and the compliance requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

For more information on the Iola campus contact:

Whitney Shaw
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620.365.5116 x6330

For more information on the Burlingame campus contact:

Anne Baer
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785.654.2416 x8711

Career and Job Information

Help is provided for students concerning career/job topics as well as life/education plans through the following:

  • Career Assessment: Activities leading to information regarding the nature of work involved in particular career/job areas, working conditions, employment outlook, educational qualifications and pathways, related occupations, and sources of additional information related to a student's chosen career/job title.
  • Shadow Experience: Typically one day spent interacting in an environment that matches a student's possible career interest.
  • Internships: 45 or more clock hours spent interacting in an environment that matches a student's possible career interest through enrolling in BUS173 Management Seminar for credit.
  • Practice Interview: a mock interview conducted by professionals working within or with access to the student's chosen career field/job.
  • Informational Interview: An opportunity for a student to discuss job aspects and issues regarding particular jobs or career fields that match a person's goals or preferences with people actually working in the field.
  • Volunteer Experience/Service Learning/Civic Engagement: Application of course content/objectives or personal involvement on a volunteer basis in the community outside the classroom increasing the student's networking, career awareness, intentionality, and/or civic involvement.
  • Interview, Resume. Career Exploration, Job Search Advising

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Campus Safety

Enforcement of Policy (Residence Halls)

The college reserves the right to enter rooms to inspect for health and safety violations, to check on the welfare of students, to perform routine or scheduled maintenance, or to enforce college policies and/or state regulations. The Hall Directors will conduct, at a minimum, monthly room inspections for the above purposes

Campus Law Enforcement

The campus of Allen County Community College lies within the jurisdiction of the City of Iola Police Department. The Iola Police Department will patrol the college premises, enforce city and state ordinances, and respond to calls for assistance.

Law enforcement officials may be summoned in order to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal conduct on college property or during college-sponsored activities. They may also be summoned for the purpose of maintaining or restoring order when necessary to prevent injury to persons or property.

Administrators have the responsibility and the authority to determine when the presence and assistance of law enforcement officers are necessary within their respective jurisdictions. College administrators shall strive to protect the rights of students cooperating with law enforcement officials.

Policy on Sexual Assault

Allen Community College values the safety of every individual on campus and expects them to treat other persons with respect and dignity. Any behavior, which causes the sexual abuse/assault of another person, will not be tolerated, is a violation of college policy, and may result in sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. Whether or not criminal prosecution is pursued shall not affect or be determinative upon the college's right to pursue disciplinary action.

Sexual assault is the sexual abuse, sexual battery, and rape can take place any time of the day or night. Both men and women have been sexually assaulted by strangers, people whom they have known and trusted, and people whom they have dated.

What To Do in Case of Sexual Assault

  • Get to a safe place. For your protection, call a member of the Allen Staff or the police immediately, especially if the assailant is still nearby. Staff will assist you whether or not you choose to prosecute the assailant. Call a friend or family member for support or the Allen Counseling Center is available to assist you. Also, a number of college staff are willing and able to assist in reporting the assault to the proper authorities.
  • Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury and/or the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy as a result of the attack. The secondary purpose of the examination is to aid the police in the investigation and legal proceedings.
  • Don't bathe or douche. You might be literally washing away valuable evidence. Wait until you have a medical evaluation.
  • Save your clothing. It is all right to change clothes, but save what you were wearing. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag and save for the police. Your clothing could also be used as evidence for prosecution.
  • Report the incident. Don't attempt going through this alone. If you do not want to contact the police you can get assistance from the college staff or from the other local services.

If you are a victim of sexual assault and decide not to notify college staff or police, please secure medical attention and contact a victim support resource.

Where To Go for Help

Many sexual assaults go unreported because the victim fears retaliation or possible humiliation if word gets out she/he has been a victim of a sex offense. Victims tend to feel guilty as though they did something to bring it on themselves. They often keep the incident to themselves or share some of the details of the incident with a close friend. While this might be helpful in the immediate sense, we encourage you to talk to a knowledgeable counselor about your reactions to being a victim. There are various services on and off campus that can assist you in overcoming the incident.




Vice President of Student Affairs
Administrative Office
620-365-5116 x6213


Counseling Center
Student Success Center
620-365-5116 x6257 or x6255


Iola Police Department
2 W. Jackson
Iola, KS 66749


Allen County Sheriff's Department
Iola, KS 66749


Hope Unlimited
Box 12
Iola, KS 66749



The possession, use, distribution, transportation or consumption of any alcoholic beverage on the campus is not permitted by any student or non-student, regardless of age. Possession, use, distribution, transportation or consumption of alcohol on the campus, includes but is not limited to any college owned property, as well as all student functions on and off campus sponsored by the college.

Students who violate the college and campus policy regarding alcohol possession, use, consumption or distribution will be subject to referral for disciplinary action through the Dean of Student Affairs Office. Disciplinary sanctions may include separation or suspension from the college and/or cancellation of the student's residence hall contract. Local law enforcement agency may also be contacted.

Students, regardless of age, are not permitted to be intoxicated in or around the residence hall areas or on college property. This includes but is not limited to the residence hall entrances, the public areas surrounding the residence hall, parking lots and recreation areas. Students who are visibly intoxicated may also be referred for disciplinary action. Behavior that is disruptive to the residence hall community by students, individually or in a group, regardless of age, due to intoxication will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs. Sanctions may include separation or suspension from the college and/or cancellation of the student's housing contract. Local law enforcement may also be contacted.


If a student is found in violation of the Campus Alcohol Policy, the Residence Hall Staff is required to confiscate the contraband. Disciplinary sanctions may include separation or suspension from the college and/or cancellation of the student's housing contract. Local law enforcement may also be contacted.

Controlled Substance/Drugs

The possession, use, distribution, transportation, or manufacture of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia will not be tolerated on campus. Disciplinary sanctions may include separation or suspension from the college and/or cancellation of the student's housing contract. Local law enforcement may also be contacted.

Where To Go for Help

If you feel that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs and need assistance the following services are available to provide you with that assistance.



Vice President of Student Affairs
Administrative Office
620-365-5116 x6213
Counseling Center
620-365-5116 x6257 or x6255
SEK Mental Health Center
304 N. Jefferson
Iola, KS 66749
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Corner of Buckeye & Lincoln
Meetings Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 8 pm
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
202 S. Walnut
Meetings Monday and Wednesday - 8 pm


Sex Offender Registry and Access to Related Information

The State of Kansas maintains a system for making certain Registry information on sex offenders publicly available by means of the Internet. The website address for this related information is:



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Important Dates:

Fall 2017:
Books Available for Checkout: August 7th
Books Available for Checkout (2nd 8-week classes): October 2nd
Return rental textbooks by: December 18th

Spring 2018:
Books Available for Checkout: January 4th
Books Available for Checkout (2nd 8-week classes): February 26th
Return rental textbooks by: May 14th

Summer 2018:
Books Available for Checkout: May 29th
Return rental textbooks by: July 30th

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