Annual Report to the Community Johnson County Community College 2015-2016
Annual Report to the Community Johnson County Community College A message from the president . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 A message from the chair, board of trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Goals . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Serving the community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Faculty and staff awards and honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Student awards and honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Center for Sustainability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Events and speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Accountable to the community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Continuing Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Performing Arts Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Johnson County Community College Foundation . . . . . . . . . 36
A message from the president Welcome to Johnson County Community College. In this report, we summarize the accomplishments of our 2015-2016 academic year. Last fall, we talked about the “Four Pillars” that underlie everything we do at JCCC. These pillars are Relevance, Service, Accountability and People. In this message, I would like to put those pillars in context, a near impossible task given I have to do it in less than 425 words! In today’s world, Relevance is essential. What goes on in our classrooms and on campus must meet the demand of relevancy. For instance, how exciting is it that we host a “Girls Who Code” club on campus? It’s part of a national effort to introduce girls in grades 6 to 12 to new technology, opening opportunities for them that they perhaps would not have considered. We pursue relevancy in all we do; this is just one example. Our college puts our students first, as our commitment to Service is essential to our very being. Our students invest their time and money with us. We are the stewards of their hopes and dreams. Is there any responsibility more important than that one? Wherever I go, I hear stories about how one of our professors worked tirelessly to help a student achieve a goal. Everyone on our campus joins in this pursuit every day.
Accountability demonstrates to the community that we are good stewards of their investment. For example, as a campus, we responded diligently to the refinements suggested by the Higher Learning Commission. We executed a Facilities Master Plan that incorporated the insights of more than 200 members of our faculty and staff as we look to prepare for the “Next 50 Years” of our college. Our Engagement Study demonstrated that we – I – need to work harder to communicate with our campus community. And finally, our Key Performance Indicators reveal that we’re making significant progress in areas that contribute to student success. These successes reflect an incredible collegewide effort. None of the above is possible without the most important pillar of all – People. Because of the terrific people who work here, we are an exceptional and special place. Every accomplishment we feature in this report is the result of the efforts of those who dedicate themselves every day to student success. Most importantly, the community also plays a major role in our success. We’re grateful that many of you serve on our program advisory committees, volunteer for our Foundation, attend our events or enroll in our classes. We sincerely appreciate your support. Sincerely,
Joe Sopcich President
The president’s leadership team Dr. Judy Korb, executive vice president of Instruction and Operations Dr. Barbara Larson, executive vice president of Administrative Services and Finance Dr. Mickey McCloud, vice president of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer Dr. Randy Weber, vice president of Student Success and Engagement Tom Pagano, vice president of Information Services/Chief Information Officer Tanya Wilson, General Counsel Karen Martley, associate vice president of Continuing Education and Organizational Development Dr. John Clayton, executive director of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research Chris Gray, executive director of Marketing Communications Terri Schlicht, executive assistant to the President and Board of Trustees 1
A message from the chair, Board of Trustees Dear friends and neighbors, As we look back on the 2015-2016 academic year at Johnson County Community College, I am pleased to report on another year where we reached milestones and made memories. As chair of the JCCC Board of Trustees, I’ve always enjoyed the awards and recognition portion of each board meeting. Students, faculty and staff share with us the successes they’ve achieved, and we get to enjoy their pride of accomplishment. Those moments provide an insight into the very best higher education has to offer: a goal met, a talent recognized, a dream grasped and held tight. So many smiles fill the room during these exchanges. We all know it isn’t about the plaque or the trophy. It’s about perseverance and being the best you can be. I’m proud to look back at the 2015-2016 school year to see that JCCC, too, is striving to be the best it can be. We know that the college’s success can’t be measured simply by one trophy, a favorable financial report, or even the number of credit hours taught. Instead, we need to ensure our accomplishments reflect our mission, vision, values and strategic goals (which you can find below and on page 3 of this report). These up-to-date and challenging goals and plans will help prepare JCCC for our future. Of course, we cannot talk about our path forward without a glance into our past. We used to be the new kids on the block, upstarts who put the county’s college “way out there” in a pasture, far from the county’s population centers. But just as the college’s farsighted founders predicted, our communities grew to meet our college. Overland Park grew south. Olathe grew north. Lenexa, Leawood, Shawnee and Northeast Johnson County grew, too. And, more recently, the explosive growth around Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill has made JCCC even more central to the people of Johnson County. With the development and growth of the Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, JCCC has taken proactive steps to prepare potential employees. But that’s only one of the developments from 2015-2016.
I urge you to take a look at this report and see what JCCC has to offer and where it’s headed to better serve its students and community. Sincerely,
JCCC Board of Trustees Jerry Cook
Gerald Lee Cross, Jr.
Mission,Vision,Values and Strategic Goals Mission JCCC inspires learning to transform lives and strengthen communities. Vision
JCCC will be a national leader through educational excellence and innovation.
Values • Integrity
We hold ourselves accountable for decisions and actions.
• Collaboration We respect diversity of thought in building a culture of collaboration. • Responsiveness We respond to the needs of our students and communities through relevant offerings. • Leadership 2
We pursue leadership roles in our communities and higher education.
Strategic plan update JCCCâ€™s strategic plan was formulated and introduced in academic year 2013-2014. Over the course of that year, 13 project teams worked to develop further strategic goals and associated tasks to implement the collegeâ€™s strategic plan. Tasks varied in length from one year to ongoing. More than 100 faculty and staff were involved with projects over the lifecycle of the current strategic plan. Through their hard work, great progress has been accomplished during the last two years, with nine of the 13 tasks considered operationalized. Four tasks will continue into the current academic year, requiring additional months to complete. As the college approaches the end of the current strategic plan, planning for the next strategic plan will begin. A new plan will be revealed in academic year 2017-2018. The process will include conducting environmental scans, SWOT analysis and identification of new strategic goals and tasks. Tasks currently in progress on the existing strategic plan will be examined to determine if they should be included in the new plan.
institutions. An automatic exchange of transcripts and coordinated financial aid gives students a seamless transfer process. Dr. Jerry Cook, a member of the JCCC board of trustees, was elected in October 2015 to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees. The nonprofit association represents community college trustees throughout the United States. Cook is the first JCCC trustee to serve on the national board. Cook subsequently was elected to serve as the chairman of the Western region of the United States. It is comprised of 10 states, three Canadian provinces and two Canadian territories. The national association provides information and recommendations to Congress and the departments of education and labor.
Serving the community
It also educates community and technical college trustees through annual conferences focused on leadership development and advocacy, as well as through publications and seminars.
Beginning in fall 2015, JCCC offered classes in Lawrence at a new location. The college moved from its longtime site at Lawrence Centennial School to the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, a new training campus near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.
To fulfill the employment and training needs of current and future companies at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kansas, JCCC joined with several partners to form the Learning & Career Center at LPKC.
Joining a citywide initiative to increase educational options in Lawrence, JCCC expanded its curriculum from computer, technical math, writing and reading classes to also include courses in administration of justice, biotechnology and A+ certification. Flint Hills Technical College and Neosho Community College also offer classes on the Peaslee campus. In September 2015, JCCC and the University of Kansas announced a new degree partnership program that helps students chart a path to their goals early in their academic career, enabling them to earn both an associate’s degree from JCCC and
The center began offering classes in November 2015, providing training for the thousands of jobs expected to become available when LPKC is fully developed. Classes include warehousing and logistics, OSHA-compliant forklift training, personal development and workplace skills and a commercial truck-driving school. LPKC is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest state-of-the-art intermodal facility. It was developed by NorthPoint Development, which built the Learning & Career Center at no cost to JCCC or the other partners. JCCC provides direction, coordination and administrative support for the development and ongoing operations of the 5,000-square-foot training center. JCCC designed the program around the current and future workforce, providing training and talent needs of companies at LPKC and in the surrounding area. Other partners in the venture are the City of Edgerton, Workforce Partnership, BNSF Railway and the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation.
a bachelor’s degree from KU. The program allows students to be fully admitted at both institutions. Students can enroll in core classes at JCCC; at the same time, they can take upper-level, program-specific courses at KU, either in Lawrence or at the Edwards campus in Overland Park. Students may receive ongoing joint counseling from both JCCC and KU and may take advantage of resource centers, tutors, career development support, and engagement and campus life activities at both 4
Johnson County Community College once again was recognized as a militaryfriendly school. Victory Media, the originator of Military Friendly® education and career resources for veterans and their families, released its 2016 lists of schools and employers that they say lead the way in providing civilian opportunities for veterans. Veteran services offered at JCCC include its Veteran & Military Resource Center in the Commons building on campus.
Nate Andersen When JCCC alumnus Nate Andersen graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 2013, he felt academically ready for college. But he didn’t know what to do with his life, and he knew he had some maturing left to do. For the second time in two years and for the fourth time overall, JCCC received a prestigious award from a national association for kitchen and bath designers. The National Kitchen and Bath Association honored JCCC as one of only nine schools nationwide to receive the Excellence in Education Award. To win the excellence award, JCCC submitted work from two students, whose projects were judged by professionals. Only those schools whose projects averaged at least 90 points on a 100-point scale received an Excellence in Education Award. In February 2016, Dr. Bob Drummond submitted his resignation from the JCCC board of trustees. Drummond was a college trustee from 2009 to 2013 and then was appointed in October 2013 to fill a vacant seat. Over the years he has served on the board’s management and human resources committees and as a liaison to the JCCC collegial steering committee. To fill his vacant seat, the board received applications from eight Johnson County residents who were interested in serving on the board and interviewed five of them in April 2016 – Steven Beru, a retirement education specialist; Bobby Love, senior pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Olathe; Melody Rayl, an attorney with Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Henry Sandate, State Farm Insurance; and Tony Thill, president of CST International and executive vice president of Global Storage Sales. Following interviews in May, the board selected Sandate to complete Drummond’s term, which expires in January 2018.
“I could have gone off to a huge state school, but I felt like I would drown in such a big, impersonal setting,” Andersen said. He chose to attend JCCC for two main reasons. One, he wanted to connect with his classmates, his college and his professors. Two, he didn’t want to waste time and money studying classes with a university-level price tag, only to find he wasn’t much interested. JCCC was priced right. “I knew JCCC had small classes, and that’s what I wanted,” he said. “I also wanted classes that offered me a chance for discussion, not just lecture.” His expectations were met, Andersen said, and he received an added bonus: a strong social network. After three semesters at JCCC, he was ready for a change, transferring to Shimer College in Chicago. Andersen would like to attend law school after Shimer and study to be a patent lawyer. Ideally, he’d like to represent inventors who want to make the world a better place but have no idea how to proceed from prototype to production. “I want to work with budding entrepreneurs in the sustainability, medical and educational sectors,” he said.
JCCC unveiled a new program in February that guarantees tuition aid for Johnson County high school seniors who meet the eligibility criteria. The Cavalier Scholarship Guarantee provides at least a $500 scholarship ($250 for the fall semester and $250 for the spring); this amount covers almost 25 percent of a semester’s tuition. 5
High school and home-schooled students residing in Johnson County who graduate with a 3.25 unweighted grade point average are eligible for the scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship guarantee, students must submit an application for admission, a scholarship application and a high school transcript by March 15 each year. Their enrollment at JCCC must begin the fall semester directly following high school graduation; students must be degree-seeking and enroll in at least 12 credit hours at the college.
point average of 2.6 or higher to transfer their JCCC credit hours to the university. JCCC’s agreement with MidAmerica offers JCCC graduates seamless transfer of courses, exclusive scholarship opportunities, access to MNU campus activities and a tuition discount for select MNU professional studies programs.
JCCC was one of only six community colleges nationwide recognized for creating new paths and reimagining instruction for public health professionals. JCCC received the Community College and Public Health (CCPH) Award in March 2016 at the Innovations Conference sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Dr. Lenora Cook, dean of healthcare and wellness professions at JCCC, accepted the honor. The CCPH Project is a collaboration between the league and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The two organizations came together to re-envision the educational pathway to public health careers, updating the continuum to include community colleges. While at the conference, Cook shared JCCC’s plans and the progress the college has made to implement them during the forum “Health Education Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees.”
In spring 2016, the college began construction of a new Collaboration Center to facilitate collaboration and engagement among students, faculty and industry in interdisciplinary projects. Opened in fall 2016, the new space is designed to promote collaborative, interdepartmental learning in a technology-rich environment; to support experiential education across the curriculum; and to connect with the greater community, thereby promoting an entrepreneurial spirit at JCCC. Using space vacated on the first floor of the Office and Classroom Building on campus, the new JCCC Collaboration Center is an open, inviting and inspirational area featuring flexible and comfortable spaces in a high-tech environment and supporting a much greater community connection. The center is neither a lounge nor a study hall for private work. To meet student and faculty and community needs, the center features classrooms that can be used for alternative scheduling, a wireless and flexible computing environment, video conferencing facilities, studios for media production and small group projects, engaging spaces for public colloquiums and talks by community and industry leaders, and flexible and comfortable spaces and furniture that invite collaboration.
In April 2016, the college introduced a new “metro” tuition rate, making it more affordable for those who want to cross the state line to continue their education at JCCC. Beginning fall 2016, eligible Missouri residents were able to take any class in the credit schedule for the new metro rate of $135 per credit hour (compared to the $220 per credit hour charged to other out-of-state students). This means that a student from Missouri who had previously taken six credit hours a semester could now take more hours for the same total cost. Residents in the 640 and 641 ZIP codes are eligible for the metro rate, which includes all of Jackson County, Missouri, and portions of Cass, Clay, Platte, Ray and Lafayette counties in Missouri.
During 2015-2016, JCCC signed new articulation agreements with Baker University and MidAmerica Nazarene University. The agreement with Baker provides a systematic plan enabling students who earn an associate of arts or associate of science degree from JCCC with a cumulative grade 6
Student success is paramount at JCCC, but the college recognizes that each student’s situation is unique. Rather than provide every student a generic success plan, in 2015-2016 the college developed pathways that are unique to each student to help them be more successful in attaining their educational goals. The initial phase of the project, which was implemented for fall 2016, targets first-time, full-time freshmen using student aid as well as transfer students in jeopardy of losing their aid. “Success
advocates” work as accountability partners with students to help them identify their goals early in the education process, develop a plan for goal achievement and track their progress to determine if or when additional support is needed. In spring 2016, the college engaged SmithGroupJJR, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to help staff and faculty create a facilities master plan. Over the past few years, the college has seen changes in how its facilities are used, as fewer students come to campus and more students take classes online and at local high schools. Additional campus groups studied classroom and lab usage and curriculum and facility needs for career and technical education. The college will use their results to develop a plan that allows future academic and functional needs to be linked to the physical characteristics and organization of the campus. In May 2016, the newest building at JCCC was renamed the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy after the late businessman and philanthropist Jack Wylie and his late wife, Glenna. The Jack and Glenna Wylie Foundation gave a cash gift of $1 million, a portion of which will be used to build a barbecue pavilion on the east side of the building that will serve as an event space and an outdoor classroom. The remaining funds will be used to establish an endowment within the JCCC Foundation to underwrite travel expenses to culinary competitions, staff development and study abroad opportunities for hospitality students.
Vadim Manuilov Vigorous, caring and passionate are three qualities that describe Vadim Manuilov. Always eager to help others, he moves through the campus with an energetic, wide stride and a contagious smile. He credits JCCC for this transformation in his confidence and sociability. Manuilov moved to America from Russia in spring 2014. Understandably, Manuilov lacked confidence because relocating to a new country, not knowing many people or feeling uncomfortable speaking the native language could easily affect anyone’s confidence. A friend encouraged Manuilov to join the JCCC International Club. “The International Club was the first club I joined,” he said. “That’s where I learned how to be more social and how to talk in front of people and not be worried about it. Everything [improved confidence and sociability] started from the International Club.” Manuilov’s transformation wasn’t complete. Friends told him how awesome it was working as a student ambassador and encouraged him to apply for an open position. Manuilov got the job as student engagement ambassador in the Student Lounge. He also became a member of the Student Senate.
In June 2016, the Kansas Board of Regents gave JCCC and Seward County Community College its Data Quality Award. The award serves as a way to recognize institutions for excellence in the quality of data submitted and in the timeliness of submissions.
The passion Manuilov sees in others inspires and motivates him. “I don’t want to be a regular student – one that goes to class and back home,” he explained. “I want to do something great for this school; I want to give back. JCCC is giving me everything to succeed.”
Also in June, JCCC’s interior design program received reaccreditation from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), effective until 2022. The NKBA accredits college and university programs that specialize in kitchen and bath design. Students who graduate from these programs may sit for an exam that certifies them as an associate kitchen and bath designer. JCCC is the only NKBA-accredited program in Kansas. NKBA reviewers interviewed students and professors, studied curriculum and looked over student projects. The judges responded, “Student work/projects indicate a clear understanding” and “Excellent student examples!” In the four categories studied for accreditation, JCCC received the highest rank of “exemplary” in every one. 7
Faculty and staff awards and honors During the college’s Professional Development Days in August 2015, two past employees were recognized with plaques on JCCC’s Wall of Honor – Carolyn Kadel, retired director of international education, and the late Fred Krebs, professor of history. The Wall of Honor is a selective special recognition program designed to honor former JCCC employees for significant lasting contributions to the college or for bringing honor to JCCC through regional or national recognition.
At the annual national American Culinary Federation Conference in July 2015, Edward Adel, associate professor of hospitality management, won silver medals in the finger food and cold platter categories. Jerry Marcellus, professor of hospitality management, was inducted as an honorary member of the American Academy of Chefs. In November, Adel won a gold medal in the John Joyce Culinary Competition held at JCCC, while Todd Walline, adjunct associate professor of hospitality management, won a silver medal. At the annual awards dinner of the American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs in January 2016, Bridget McNabb, purchasing coordinator for the hospitality management program, received the president’s award.
In September 2015, Steven J. Wilson, professor of mathematics and past assistant chair of the mathematics department, received the JCCC Faculty Association Leadership Award in recognition for his outstanding leadership and service to the mathematics department, faculty, college, community and professional involvement for the betterment of teaching and learning in community colleges across the country. Six faculty members received Distinguished Service Awards for 2015-2016: Diane Davis, associate professor of English; Dr. Melanie Harvey, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Jim McWard, professor of English; Mark Raduziner, professor of journalism and media communications; Dr. Heather Seitz, associate professor of science; and Dr. Lekha Sreedhar, associate professor of horticultural sciences. 8
Dr. Jay Antle, professor of history and executive director of the Center for Sustainability at JCCC, was elected to the board of directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Antle was one of 14 candidates for only two slots in the membership’s first-ever election. Board members serve three-year terms. AASHE, with 736 member colleges, promotes the integration of sustainability into all facets of higher education. The organization offers essential resources and professional development to a community of sustainability leaders. Dr. Steve Gerson, JCCC professor of English, was named one of two 2016 recipients of the Society for Technical Communication’s Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication. The award “honors true academic mentorship; a record of successful students, defined as those who are involved in STC and actively working in the profession; involvement in student activities outside of the classroom; innovation and creativity in teaching, and involvement in research that leads to changes in the way technical communication is taught.” Gerson was only the fifth community college teacher to receive the award.
Janet Daley, lead instructor, Johnson County Adult Education, and Holly Milkowart, associate professor of English, were selected by their peers as recipients of the 2016 League for Innovation John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the league established the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards in 2012. Recipients were recognized in a series of activities and promotions and honored at special events at the League for Innovation in the Community College “Innovations” conference in March.
Seven adjunct professors were selected to receive a Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by adjunct professors. Rebecca Kastendick, adjunct associate professor of English, received $750. Receiving $250 were Leanna Graham, adjunct assistant professor of reading; Madhur Mathur, adjunct associate professor of mathematics; Tabea McDonald, adjunct assistant professor of foreign languages; Rachel Olsen, adjunct assistant professor of biology; Catherine Schrag, adjunct associate professor of speech; and Lori Voss-Schoonover, adjunct associate professor of mathematics.
In May 2016, five JCCC faculty members were recognized for outstanding performance with the BNSF Railway Faculty Award. Winners were Dr. Dennis Arjo, professor of philosophy and religion; Dr. Terri Easley-Giraldo, associate professor of speech; Sheryl Hadley, professor of economics; Dr. Melanie Harvey, associate professor of chemistry; and Tom Hughes, professor of computer drafting and design.
Dr. James Leiker, professor and chair of history and political science, was elected chairman of the national College Board test-development committee for history and the social sciences. The College Board administers advanced placement (AP) exams as well as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), working with content specialists who write exam questions and set assessment standards for students seeking college credit in U.S. history, world history, political science and geography. In addition, Leiker’s essay, The Texas-Mexico Border Crisis of the 1910s, was published in the second edition of Major Problems in Texas History by Cengage Learning. Cengage’s “Major Problems” series provides primary documents and essays by leading historians for undergraduate and graduate courses in select topics of American history. The essay is excerpted from Leiker’s 2002 book, Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande.
Lill Bajich-Bock, counselor, and Cynthia Feagan, adjunct professor of business administration, were selected by their peers as recipients of the 2016 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. Since its inception in 1978, NISOD has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. They were honored at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in May. JCCC received a bronze medal from the 2016 National Association of College and University Food Services Sustainability Awards. The college, placing in the waste management category, was recognized for its zero-waste Better Together breakfast held at the beginning of each academic semester. JCCC was the only community college of the 10 schools that received awards.
JCCC’s College Scholars program presents members of the college’s own faculty showcasing their research and scholarly contributions to knowledge within their academic discipline. The College Scholars for 2015-2016 were:
Dr. Deborah Williams, professor and chair of environmental science, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. She participated in an NEH Summer Institute titled “Extending the Land Ethic: Current Humanities Voices and Sustainability” at Northern Arizona University.
• Stephanie Sabato, professor of graphic design, who in September 2015 gave two presentations on Exquisite Design: Manifestos, Movements, Motivations. • Doug Harvey, adjunct professor of history, who presented these topics in March 2016 – Religion and the American Revolution: The Many Rebellions of Herman Husband, and Reading the Scripture of the Heart: Herman Husband and Virtuous Government.
Student awards and honors Culinary At the annual national American Culinary Federation conference in July 2015, student Brian Leeper won a silver medal in the category of festive menu for one person; student Kathryn Ratzlaff won a bronze medal for four different plated desserts. At the John Joyce Culinary Competition in November, students Leonardo Foschi and Issac Dominguez won silver medals, as did the JCCC student team, composed of Kayala Barnett, Gabrielle Edrosa, Heather Goodenow, Felipe Padilla and Rocio Ramos. At their annual awards dinner in January 2016, the American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs named Isaac Dominguez as Student Apprentice of the Year. Former student Tom Stevens was named Culinarian of the Year.
Hala Ashour When Hala Ashour’s three children sit down to do homework, so does she. Ashour takes classes at JCCC because they fit around a schedule that puts her children first. “JCCC offers classes at different times,” she explained. “I tried different times until I found the very best times that worked with my family.”
In March 2016, JCCC’s student culinary team beat nine other teams to win the gold medal at the American Culinary Federation Central Regional Student Team Championship. Team members were Ashley Hunt, Goodenow, Padilla, Edrossa and Ramos. Felix Sturmer, professor of hospitality management, and Edward Adel, associate professor of hospitality management, are the team’s coaches. The team competed for the national title against their regional counterparts in July.
Ashour is a native of Jordan. She received a degree in computer science in her native country, but her husband’s job as a physician brought them to the United States. For the last several years, she has lived in the Kansas City area. Shortly after arriving here she signed up for the Johnson County Adult Education program, sponsored by JCCC, to learn English as a second language. After a brief hiatus, she returned to JCCC to take classes. It was a big step from ESL classes to credit offerings, but Ashour found the courage to take the risk. “There were lots of moments, especially at the beginning of registration in classes, to feel it was so hard to keep going,” she said. JCCC counselors helped her through registration and early difficulties. “They understand my situation. They consider that my family is the most important thing to me, and I want a class in a certain time period,” she said. “The counselors have helped me realize – go through everything in baby steps.” Those “baby steps” led her to a new interest and possible career. The original plan, Ashour said, was to take computer classes to update her skills in computer science and then pursue a master’s degree. Surprisingly, her attention went elsewhere. “I found myself loving the graphic design program, and now I’m planning on finishing that [associate’s] degree,” Ashour said. “Then I’ll think about the master’s degree.”
Model United Nations JCCC’s Model United Nations team had another successful year in 2015-2016. At the American Model United Nations Conference in November 2015, which brought together college and university students from North and South America, the team received two outstanding delegation awards for its portrayal of Ireland and New Zealand. In February 2016, at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference, JCCC’s team received an honorable mention delegation award plus two position paper awards for its portrayal of France and Vietnam. Three students – Sarah White, Daniel Crist and Suhaib Azzeh – were chosen to be part of the conference staff that oversees and manages the conference. At the National Model United Nations Conference in March, the team received a distinguished delegation award for their representation of Kenya. In addition, three students were chosen for conference staff positions – Crist, co-chair of the commission on the status of women; Donald Roth, co-chair of the General
Assembly Forth Committee; and Megan Deitz, co-chair of the General Assembly Committee.
his first elimination round, but his performance qualified him to compete at the Lincoln-Douglas National Tournament held at Ball State University later in the year.
Students from 21 Midwestern high schools gathered at JCCC in April to solve world problems as part of the annual Metro Kansas City Model United Nations Conference. More than 270 delegates from grades 7 through 12 represented countries around the world to discuss resolutions, meet in committees and perform the same tasks as representatives to the United Nations might accomplish.
In November, the team picked up three speaker awards and a top-seed designation at a tournament hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma-Edmond. The team of Lilian Moore and Nathaniel Peat earned the top overall seed in the junior varsity division after finishing the preliminary rounds with a 5-1 record. Earning victories over teams from the University of Oklahoma, North Texas University, the University of Texas-Dallas, Trinity University and the University of Houston, they finished in third place. The team also won three individual speaker awards in the junior varsity division. Moore was recognized as the second overall speaker, and Peat was the sixth overall speaker. In the varsity division, Daniel Plott was selected as the seventh overall speaker.
JCCCâ€™s Model UN team also included Nicki Joy Karstens, Frida Lara, Austin Brubaker, Enrique Deluna, Mark Ruskikh, Theodore Bennett, Brittany Gindle, Briauna Jarvis, Khusrav Sharifov, Sarah Lamb, Connor Mayhan, Donald Roth, Meghan Fuller, Bridget Brown, Lacee Roe and William Brownlee. The faculty advisor for the JCCC Model United Nations Team is Dr. Brian Wright, professor of political science; the co-advisor is Aaron Swift, administrative assistant for the Center for Student Involvement.
Debate JCCCâ€™s Debate Team won awards at two tournaments in October 2015. At Emporia State University, Joe Getto and Arriq Singleton advanced to the quarterfinals after preliminary wins against the University of Northern Iowa, Wichita State University and Emporia. The team lost its quarterfinal debate against the eventual tournament champion. Singleton was recognized as the ninth overall speaker at the tournament. Then, at Central Missouri State University, debaters competed in a Lincoln-Douglas debate event. First-year debater Parker Hopkins advanced to elimination rounds as the ninth overall speaker, with preliminary-round victories over individuals from Western Kentucky University, Marshall University and Sterling College. He lost in
In March 2016, Singleton and Casey Owen were acknowledged for their exceptional performance in the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament, where they advanced to the double octafinal round. Of 110 debaters from across the country, Singleton was the seventh overall speaker and Owen the 21st. Singleton was selected to the All-American debate team, which recognizes the top 30 debaters in the country who best represent the competitive values of intercollegiate academic debate. In April, the team traveled to the National Forensics Association National Tournament. Hopkins advanced to the elimination rounds of the tournament, eventually losing in the double octafinals. Plott also advanced to the elimination rounds where he won two debates, eventually losing in the quarterfinals. The team finished seventh overall in team sweepstakes at the tournament. Justin Stanley, associate professor of speech, is the debate coach. Daniel Stout, associate professor of speech, is the assistant coach.
Student Media All three of JCCC’s student media outlets – The Campus Ledger, ECAV Radio and JCAV-TV – earned awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference in April 2016. The Campus Ledger was again named the top two-year college newspaper in the state, earning the All-Kansas Award and Gold Medalist ranking. JCAV-TV and The Ledger took home second place in the multimedia category, while JCAV-TV, ECAV Radio and The Ledger earned honorable mention in the same category. Other awards bestowed on The Ledger staff include a first-place ranking in the conference’s annual copyediting competition for news editor J.T. Buchheit, who earned a perfect score in the contest. The Ledger’s former managing editor, Cade Webb, also won first place in the editorial category. Pete Schulte, editor-in-chief, was named first runner-up in the Journalist of the Year competition for two-year colleges. The 2015-2016 JCAV-TV executive producer was Heather Foley, while the ECAV Radio station manager was Joshua Morrow. Advisors are Corbin Crable, Joe Petrie, Molly Baumgardner and Thad Rose.
Association of Community College Trustees, and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents. Sas worked as a student activities ambassador, sustainability intern, radio promotions intern, computer sales associate and audio engineer. She also volunteered with the Shawnee Food Pantry and Wayside Waifs. As a Gilman Scholarship recipient, she traveled to Costa Rica, then returned to Central America three months later to volunteer in Nicaragua. She hopes to earn a doctorate and work in global relations and research. Reno plans to major in environmental studies at the University of Kansas. She has served as a sustainability intern, an English tutor and a member of the Las Pintas Solar Experience, in which students constructed solar water heaters for an underserved community in Mexico. She traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of the EcoReps exchange program after winning a competitive national contest. She also has written and published an environmental economics workbook as part of a sustainability award that will be incorporated into general economics courses at the college.
All-Kansas Academic Team Students from every community college in Kansas – including two from JCCC – were honored in February in Topeka for their academic accomplishments. Representing JCCC were Angela Sas and Emily Reno. The scholars were members of the 2016 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the Kansas
Golden Girls JCCC’s dance team, known as the Golden Girls, traveled to Garden City, Kansas, in March 2016 to compete in the Region VI cheer and dance competition. Only four awards were given in the dance division, and JCCC’s Golden Girls won them all.
The team won first place for both team performance and hip-hop. Freshman Hailey Bartels also competed in the solo division and was awarded first place for her performance. The team also received the choreography award. At the National Dance Alliance College National Competition in April, the team competed in the team performance division, placing eighth overall. This is the sixth straight year for a top-10 finish for the team. Amy Sellers is the team’s coach.
Academic Excellence Challenge Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) is a series of quiz bowl competitions in which students answer questions on topics ranging from science, math and literature to pop culture, current events and sports. Eight Kansas colleges participate in the Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge. JCCC won every one of the events held in Kansas – a fall scrimmage, Snow Bowl, regional tournament, state tournament and National Academic Quiz Tournament sectionals. For the first time, two JCCC AEC teams qualified to compete at the national tournament. At the national tournament in February, JCCC’s teams placed 10th and 19th overall. Student Brandon Hattesohl placed ninth overall, while Dan Stilley placed 11th. Members of the A team were Hattesohl, Stilley, team captain Rachel Hedrick, John Rives and Mark Ruskikh. Team B was comprised of Daniel Crist, Trevor Crookston, team captain Frida Lara, Andrea Pineda Lugo, Jackson Henry and Alivia Dutcher. The team is coached by Mindy Kinnaman, manager of student life and leadership development, and Leila Jacobs, student life coordinator.
Breana Watts Like many high school graduates, Breana Watts was not sure what she wanted to do with her life. She knew she wanted to go to college and that she probably would go for a liberal arts degree. And she knew that many liberal arts degrees require four semesters of a foreign language. So when she lined up courses for her first semester at JCCC, she checked out the foreign language department. She saw that it offered classes in at least 10 languages. Watts had never been abroad and – language-wise – the extent of her knowledge was pretty much limited to being able to count to 10 in Spanish. But at least she knew that much, and she signed up for classes. “I thought that maybe I would like it,” said the Blue Valley High School graduate. “And I really enjoyed it.” That one class took her much further than she expected. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a double major in Spanish and sociology, Watts spent the 2014-2015 school year in Spain teaching English to elementary and high school students in Merida. She went back to Spain for the 2015-2016 school year to work with students again, this time in Cadiz.
Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives 5-star designation JCCC’s Alpha Iota Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society for two-year schools, received a five-star designation this year, which requires participation at the local, regional and national level. Student officers are Shawn Huggins, Mackenzie Lewis, Xiaoxia Li, Joshua Freudenhammer, Regan Lewis and Alyssa Gatewood. The advisors for Phi Theta Kappa are Lindsey Welsch, adjunct professor of speech; Anna Page, associate professor and honors program director; and Nellie Schuckman, administrative assistant.
“I could not say enough good things about the foreign language department at JCCC,” said Watts, who took her Spanish classes from Luz Alvarez, professor. If someone is thinking about maybe taking a foreign language class, she said, “I believe 110 percent you should do it.”
Athletics Student and community engagement Just because it has become routine for the Johnson County Community College athletic program to have successful, productive, winning seasons doesn’t make it any less noteworthy. Once again in 2015-16, the college’s athletic teams proved to be quite formidable, adding three conference trophies and one region title to their lore of postseason success. Additionally, all 15 sports appeared in their respective national poll at one point during their seasons.
Samuel Sommerville Students learning Spanish at the U.S. State Department will benefit from the work of Samuel Sommerville, professor of foreign language at JCCC. The School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, where diplomats and their staffs train in languages and foreign policy, adopted portions of Sommerville’s curriculum and teaching methods. The institute offers training in more than 70 languages at its training center in Arlington, Virginia. James Bernhardt, FSI’s director of curriculum, student and staff development, contacted Sommerville for permission to use his work for its revamped Spanish instruction program. “Your book, Basic Spanish for Nursing Professionals and Clinics, is turning out to have a major influence on our work,” Bernhardt said in an email to Sommerville. Specifically, FSI wanted to borrow the design and style of Sommerville’s grammar explanations and his concept of “friendly” words. “It’s exciting to see that other people understand the value of what I’ve been doing,” Sommerville said. Sommerville created the helpful booklet while on sabbatical in 2014. His target audience was the nursing students who travel to Las Pintas, Mexico, each year as part of an ongoing service-learning project. “The students who sign up are well-prepared nursing professionals. They are ready for the medical component, but about half of them cannot speak any Spanish,” Sommerville said. “They needed basic conversation skills to prepare them.” Sommerville created a program that includes a graphics-rich booklet and an interactive online learning program. The DVD includes game-like exercises and sound files that help with pronunciation. Employees from the college’s Education Technology Center helped Sommerville with the technical aspects of the project. “The main idea was to benefit the volunteers and people of Las Pintas,” he said. “But now it’s going to help a lot more people.”
In the fall, the volleyball team tallied an overall record of 35-7, won conference and district titles and placed fifth at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament. It was the 21st conference title for the program, and seventh top-five national finish. The year also produced six all-conference selections, including the freshman of the year honor, and two NJCAA All-America picks. The women’s soccer ended with a 19-3-1 season, just one victory shy of reaching the national tournament for the second time in history. The season also produced a record nine players who earned all-conference recognition and the conference’s top offensive and defensive players of the year. On the basketball court, the JCCC men’s basketball team experienced one of its best seasons in history, finishing 25-6 and ranked among the top teams in the country. The Cavaliers also claimed their first conference title since 1974.
women’s outdoor track finished second, while the baseball and men’s outdoor finished third in the standings. Baseball produced 10 all-conference performers, and softball had four, along with freshman of the year selection. The women’s and men’s track team combined to produce 84 all-conference performances, including 19 individual champions, 27 all-region performances, 28 Coaches All-America honors and five NJCAA All-America certificates. Individually, JCCC student-athletes also had a tremendous year. They garnered both athletic and academic honors that included nine NJCAA All-Americans, 28 Coaches Association All-Americans, 47 All-Region VI players and 127 All Jayhawk Conference players. In the classroom, a school record 46 athletes were honored with Academic StudentAthlete Awards by the NJCAA, more than double the previous record. This past fall, 63 percent of the students associated with the athletic department maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better (118-of-187). Some of the top teams were the volleyball team with 97 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better. Softball was at 87 percent, baseball and men’s soccer at 70 percent, women’s track at 69 percent and women’ soccer at 67 percent.
The women’s basketball team completed a perfect regular season, finishing 30-0, a first in program history, and won the conference crown. The team went on to finish 31-1, falling in the regional championship to the eventual national champion. Also, 2016 saw the end of a three-year run of Johnson County Community College hosting the NJCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Championship. During that span, a team from Kansas reached the final game, and twice claimed the championship. Last year, our own Lady Cavaliers were national champions, winning on a dramatic buzzerbeating shot. This year, Kansas City, Kansas, cut the nets down. The Lady Blue Devils took out the No. 1, 2, 5 and 12 seeds by an average margin of 19 points. The team capped the streak with an 81-59 win over Illinois Central College in the title game. In the spring, baseball, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field all were in the hunt to capture a conference title. Softball, men’s and women’s indoor track and
Several JCCC coaches reached a milestone in their illustrious careers or national recognition for their outstanding work. Men’s basketball coach Mike Jeffers notched his 400th at the college. On the same day his team defeated Fort Scott to claim the conference title – the first in 42 years. Baseball coach Kent Shelley topped 900 wins for his career during the season, and Ben Conrad, women’s basketball coach, was named the 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Junior/Community National Coach of the Year. Conrad was presented with the prestigious Pat Summitt Trophy in April.
Center for Sustainability Student and community engagement The JCCC’s Center for Sustainability leads and supports numerous formal and informal sustainability-related educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members. Sunflower mini grants to faculty, which fund sustainability-related enrichment across the curriculum, have reached more than 7,000 students since 2011. Grant recipients have received funding support for courses in every instructional unit of the college, from the humanities to science. The center reaches scores of area high school students through a variety of events. During the fall, the center supported Kansas City, Kansas schools’ Saturday Academy with conversations about storm water, renewable energy, composting and the college’s farm. In March, the center hosted students, faculty and administrators from the Shawnee Mission school district, supporting their development of new sustainability education goals for high schools.
Samantha Courtney When Samantha Courtney turned 16, she worked as a cashier in a supermarket. It wasn’t a bad job. The company treated her well. She had the job throughout high school. Still … she looked at a co-worker and saw herself in 20 years, still standing in the same spot, saying the same things. She was going to college, she decided, and she wasn’t going to let anything stand in her way. Her path wasn’t an easy one. “As a child,” Courtney said, “I never had a positive figure in my life to encourage me to go to college and find the career that I loved.” Family issues, she said, pushed her into foster care. Thankfully, her boyfriend’s parents took her in and helped her find the path to her future. Even before graduating, Courtney enrolled in College Now, taking college classes while she was still in high school. She began her full-time studies at JCCC with 16 credits already completed – a full semester ahead of the average incoming freshman. Since she was supporting herself right out of high school, Courtney needed some help paying for school. Her boyfriend’s parents helped her find scholarships, and they continue to help her with whatever obstacle stands in her way. Courtney said she wants to “be the change” in the system. She’s looking for a job in nursing – “something to help other people.” “Maybe it’s because of the things I’ve been through that I know how to lead, to take on adversity, and achieve my goals,” Courtney said. “And I’m not alone. JCCC has always believed in me, even when I was in high school.”
In 2016, Epicenter, an annual, free, one-day conference on careers related to sustainability, focused on careers in reuse and environmentally friendly design. Featured were international leaders Erin Meezan, chief sustainability officer with Interface Floor and Leyla Acaroglu, of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design. Local business owner Tim O’Neill of Urban Lumber, a company pioneering the responsible reuse of felled or diseased trees from urban settings, joined the event as a regional voice. Public events included monthly free webinars for community college sustainability professionals, annual film screenings on climate-related topics with the local Sierra Club chapter, public information meetings on timely and pertinent topics such as the Clean Power Plan, and the regional public transportation authority’s plans to expand campus services. Public lectures and performances also explored topics related to climate change, such as the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Dr. Ricardo Salvador’s presentation exploring our national food system. The center also brings arts into the conversation. Paul D. Miller’s (also known as DJ Spooky) presented a performance on the effect of climate change on the Arctic. The center’s programming encourages exploration of our shared future in a changing climate through food, music and service and helps to defuse sensitive topics in ways that invite participation from the widest possible range of community members.
Recycling and composting In 2015-2016, revenue from the college’s single-stream recycling system on campus topped the cumulative $135,000 mark for student scholarships earned since the program’s origins in 1994. Much of the revenue comes from ever-increasing amounts and types of materials being recycled at JCCC, along with vendor changes that increased revenues. JCCC’s composting system has diverted close to 190 tons of organic waste from the landfill since June 2011. Overall trash weight has decreased 50 percent during the same period. Overall waste diversion rates rose from 14 percent in 2010 to 51 percent in 2015, and the college’s waste minimization program has led to a $26,000 annual decrease in trash disposal costs from 2011 to 2015. Student interns assist the center’s recycling and composting efforts, gaining valuable experience about these processes while supporting the college’s pursuit of its zero waste by 2025 goal. In December 2015, JCCC’s composting program received a Sustainable Success Story Award, one of six local projects recognized at an event held at the Kauffman Conference Center. The annual Sustainable Success Stories event is part of an ongoing community dialogue focused on building a better understanding of sustainable practices that have the potential to transform the community. Recognized were Michael Rea, sustainability project manager, Krystal Anton, recycling/waste minimization coordinator, student interns Emily Reno and Elizabeth Cloud, Dining Services, Grounds and the Open Petal Campus Farm.
expanding solar production on campus in conjunction with funding from the JCCC Foundation. This will lead to an additional 126 kW of solar power joining the existing 30 kW on campus. By requesting that successful bidders include educational or co-curricular targets in their submissions, the center is supporting students’ exposure to renewable energy applications on a much larger scale than they would be able to experience in domestic installations. Partnerships with KCP&L to provide additional electric vehicle charging stations offer some relief to the largest contributor to our GHG inventory – commuter emissions. In addition, by offering four regular public transportation routes that serve the surrounding community, JCCC’s main bus stop brings in riders from outside campus.
JCCC’s Open Petal Farm Open Petal Farm, the 2.5-acre farm run by JCCC’s Center for Sustainability, worked closely with students and interns to continue implementing a no-till vegetable producing system. No-till farming is an important practice that uses green cover crops and special equipment to maintain and improve healthy soil structure. New signage and an orchard funded by UPS are two other improvements made this year.
In addition, JCCC was named one of Johnson County government’s first Certified Green Partners. The college was one of just seven businesses and organizations that were judged to be leading the way in waste diversion and sustainability in Johnson County. Staff from the Center for Sustainability, led by Dr. Jay Antle, professor of history/executive director of the Center for Sustainability, were recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners in February 2016.
Most of the work on the farm is completed by students in the sustainable agriculture practicum course, which provides valuable lectures in farming knowhow and gives students the opportunity to implement the sustainable and organic techniques they have learned. Students operate the farming equipment, handle and process harvests and, in the spring, set up a market that runs alongside the hospitality management’s program’s pastry sale. In the summer and fall months, the farm produced an abundant harvest of tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, onions, garlic, melons, potatoes, berries and other crops. For the first time, JCCC Open Petal Farm began selling produce at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market. The farm gives tours to the public frequently and is on Cultivate KC’s Urban Grown Farm Tour for 2016.
Energy: JCCC’s Power Switch program By aggressively investing in energy efficiency work (motors, LED lighting, setpoint changes and scheduling) through JCCC’s branded Power Switch program, the college has reduced its annual average kilowatt-hour usage by almost 25 percent since 2009. That led to $1.8 million dollars in avoided costs during the same period. JCCC has also converted to all low-flow water fixtures. Current upgrades to HVAC systems, more lighting retrofits and slow integration of renewables will allow JCCC to continue reducing energy costs in an inflationary energy cost environment. The Student Sustainability Committee has committed more than $100,000 to 17
Events and speakers JCCC hosted the annual Summer Institute on Distance Learning Instructional Technology in August 2015. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ali Jafari, a renowned entrepreneur and computer scientist who shared his vision for social learning spaces. A farm-to-table harvest dinner prepared by Aaron Prater, chef and co-owner of The Sundry in Kansas City, Missouri, was held on campus in August 2016. The event benefited the next generation of sustainable agriculture students.
JCCC was the site for an education roundtable organized by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas in October 2015. Leaders from area school districts and colleges discussed how to best prepare students for today’s jobs and how to ready all students to become productive workers in the future.
Healthcare professionals from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, were the featured presenters at the eighth annual Healthcare Simulation Conference hosted by JCCC in September 2015. The conference was intended for physicians, nurses, healthcare educators, practitioners and staff interested in best practices for designing and implementing healthcare simulation. The conference focused on the topic of deliberate practice and expertise.
Representatives from more than two dozen criminal justice organizations, including local police and sheriff’s departments and the Missouri Highway Patrol, came to campus in September 2015 for the college’s Criminal Justice Day. The purpose was to raise awareness of both JCCC’s administration of justice program and personal safety. Japanese culture came alive in October 2015 at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, presented on the college campus by the Heart of America Japan-America Society and the Japan Festival Committee. Events ranged from mock oriental bazaars to samurai sword demonstrations. In October, nearly 225 runners participated in the college’s third Lace Up for Learning 5K Run-Walk. Race proceeds support scholarships for JCCC students. The run raised approximately $6,200 for scholarships. 18
JCCC and the University of Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training hosted in October 2015 the annual regional autism conference, Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Lifespan. The keynote speakers were Kathy Koenig, a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry and director of the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Leann Smith, associate scientist of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin and research director for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
JCCC and Park University hosted a two-day conference, Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peace-building Tool, in October 2015 that explored the role of education in peace building. Among the presenters were representatives from the Medical Missions Foundation, the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, and nursing students and faculty from JCCC, Research College and Rockhurst University. The third annual Diversidad Hispanic Conference was held in October 2015 at JCCC, drawing educators, administrators and support staff from a four-state region to discuss best practices for serving the growing Latino student population. In November 2015, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, past Kansas poet laureate, and Stephen Locke, photographer, discussed their book, Chasing Weather: Tempests and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image. The presentation was sponsored by the Kansas Studies Institute at JCCC. JCCC alumna Candice Millard discussed The Murder of a President in November 2105. Her talk was based on her book, Destiny of the Republic, which details the life of
President James Garfield and the failed assassination attempt that ultimately led to his death. The book was a Common Read selection for the college’s English department. JCCC hosted STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) conferences for middle school and grade school girls in December 2015 and May 2016 to foster their interest in these fields.
The Science Olympiad was held on the college campus in February 2016. The Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets for students grades 6 through 12. During the day, more than 850 participants from 51 middle and high schools competed in events dedicated to science education, involving bottle rockets, wind power, protein models, entomology and geologic mapping. A third of the teams qualified to continue to the state competition. Also in February 2016, students presented readings that explored the effect of violence against women during benefit performances of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. The performances were a benefit for SAFEHOME, a domestic violence shelter in Overland Park, and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assualt (MOSCA), a rape crisis center in Kansas City. JCCC’s horticultural sciences program again hosted a Horticultural Science Field Day in February 2016. Nationally-known experts spoke at the daylong symposium on 21stcentury horticulture, which provided overviews of the industry.
A competitive technology event hosted by JCCC and sponsored by Perkins funding drew 265 students from 22 high schools in Johnson, Douglas and Miami counties to compete in a wide variety of projects in January 2016. JCCC’s animation, game, web technologies, information technology and computer science programs each sponsored events. Other events involving robotics, engineering and automotive were led by the college’s industrial technology division.
Twenty of the best chefs in Kansas City and their student apprentices presented a culinary showcase in March 2016. The small plates event benefitted the American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chef’s Association and the JCCC chef apprenticeship program. In March 2016, JCCC’s fashion merchandising and design students presented their spring fashion show, Signature Identity, featuring clothes designed by JCCC students in an atmosphere designed to mirror a New York-style tent show or designer showcase. In February 2016, hospitality management professors, students and staff hosted a cooking competition on campus for high school students from 14 area high schools. The team from Olathe North High School won Best of Show. Each team member received a $1,000 scholarship to continue their culinary education at JCCC, and the school received an engraved pan from Vita Craft, a local culinary supplier.
In April 2016, Jon Cook, global CEO of the advertising agency VML, received the Headline Award from JCCC’s journalism and media communications department. The Headline Award recognizes persons in the area who have made significant contributions to journalism and media communications.
Disney artist Matthias Lechner in March 2016 offered JCCC students a sneak peek at his latest animated movie, Zootopia and answered questions about getting started in animation. The presentation was sponsored by the computing sciences and information technology division. In March 2016, JCCC again hosted a naturalization ceremony. About 250 people from dozens of countries and cultures became U.S. citizens. Also in March 2016, presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a campaign rally in Yardley Hall on campus. In April 2016, the Student Kansas Association of Interpreters (SKAI) sponsored a “Signs” dinner theater event, in which the wait staff helped diners learn sign language so they
In May 2016, the National Benchmarking Conference attracted institutional researchers, executives and national and regional educational policy decision-makers. A variety of workshops and breakout sessions on benchmarking, analytics, accreditation, performance funding and institutional effectiveness were offered. The annual American Indian Health Research and Educational Alliance Pow Wow was held at JCCC in May 2016, focusing on improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of American Indians. In June 2016, JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute hosted a Writing in the Margins workshop for high school English teachers, which provided teaching strategies for incorporating creative writing exercises in the classroom. The Polsky Series is underwritten by the Norman and Elaine Polsky Family Supporting Foundation within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in partnership with JCCC and includes topics not currently offered elsewhere. Speakers this year were Darden Smith, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and founder/creative director of Songwriting with Soldiers, and Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect who spoke about his journey to unlock the mysteries of Egypt’s Great Pyramid, Khufu.
could order from a menu. After dinner, prominent deaf performer Nicki Runge from Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre entertained with a one-woman show known as Six Women in Search of a Perfect Play. The JCCC English Department hosted its second annual Cavalier Conference on writing and literature in April 2016, inviting English faculty from area high schools, colleges and universities. Presentations and workshops focused on the theme of “Responding to Issues in English: Students, Peers and the Profession.” Dr. Nancy Sommers, Harvard School of Education, gave the keynote address, Responding to Student Writing. Country singer Josh Turner performed as part of the Cohen Community Series in April 2016. The series was inaugurated in 2008 through a gift from Jon Stewart, JCCC alumnus, former trustee and former president of Metcalf Bank, in honor of the late Barton P. Cohen, president of Metcalf Bancshares, vice chairman and general counsel of Metcalf Bank, and an attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP. 20
Again over the summer, JCCC offered sports camps and learning, arts and career classes for youth on campus; Light Up the Lawn concerts were held on the lawn in front of the Nerman Museum, sponsored by the museum, the Performing Arts Series and Student Activities. Throughout the year, JCCC hosted campus visit events for high school juniors and
seniors as well as presentations for prospective adult students and home-schooled students and their parents. The college also offered college planning events for parents. In addition, the collegeâ€™s Welcome Center, located on the first floor of the Carlsen Center, offered daily admission sessions and campus tours and set up appointments with faculty in studentsâ€™ areas of interest.
Accountable to the community For 2015-2016, the college’s legal budget was $231,713,151, with a primary operating budget of $142,275,299. The budget was built on these assumptions: • The mill levy for 2015-2016 would remain the same at 9.461 mills. • The college would see a 6.6-percent increase in assessed valuation from the county and a 5-percent decrease in state aid. Motor vehicle revenue would remain unchanged. • Enrollment in credit classes was projected to be flat. • The cost per credit hour would increase by $3 for in-state students and $8 for out-of-state students (or $91 per credit hour for Johnson County residents, $106 per credit hour for other Kansas residents and $214 per credit hour for out-of-state-students). • There would be no additional full-time faculty and staff positions. Salaries would increase by an average of 2.5 percent. • Expenditures budgeted in 2014-2015 would not serve as the base budgets for the various college funds in 2015-2016. College budget administrators would recommend budget priorities based on the college’s key performance indicators and the strategic plan.
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Key performance indicators As a college, JCCC uses facts and data to measure students’ progress, holding both itself and others accountable for achieving higher levels of student success. The college strategically aligns its activities toward student success, setting high expectations and developing a plan that includes key performance indicators (KPIs) showing how well students are doing. As a college, its performance is compared to that of peer institutions, including Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, Monroe Community College in New York and Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. These nationally accepted indicators can be used as benchmarks to assess JCCC’s performance against the performance of peer institutions and provide institutional focus and accountability. This year, JCCC experienced increases in the first-time, full-time persistence and graduation rates (Fall 2013 student cohort). Twenty-three percent graduated within 150 percent of the time needed to complete their program. This is the highest graduation rate that JCCC has had in 10 years. The Fall 2013 first-time, full-time cohort also had the highest fall-to-fall retention rates of recent cohorts – 63 percent. In prior years, retention rates averaged 58 percent. Fall-to-fall retention rates for Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 cohorts were slightly higher. Both were 64 percent. The 2016 results in student satisfaction exceeded benchmarks in every category within the student satisfaction indicator. The survey indicated that the actions taken by individuals in departments responsible for each of these indicators made a significant, positive difference in student satisfaction at JCCC. JCCC students were more satisfied across all benchmark areas when compared with other peer institutions.
Note: The dotted line denotes the 75th percentile of community colleges’ performance nationwide.
Note: Student satisfaction items charted in order of importance reported by students.
Technology at JCCC Information Services technology strategy On Nov. 30, 2015, Tom Pagano joined JCCC as the new vice president for information services/chief information officer (CIO). Pagano has extensive background as a technology executive, having served most recently as the chief information officer for the capital division of HCA Healthcare Corporation. Prior to his role with HCA, Pagano led technology teams in the Kansas City region with VP/CIO positions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Truman Medical Centers and Ascension Health Information Services. As a technology leader in the area, he participated in initial advisory discussions with JCCC academic representatives about establishing our health information technology program. He earned his master of science degree from Carnegie Mellon University (information systems/public administration) and bachelor of arts degree from University of Pittsburgh (economics/information systems). With Pagano’s strong background in technology security, one of his first objectives met was to transition the information technology security officer to a full-time position and begin work to bolster the JCCC technology security program. Philip Mein was hired into this position, bringing more than 20+ years of IT professional experience and a master of information technology (IT) degree with a focus on information security. Major achievements this past year included increased governance, strategy and disaster recovery planning as systems migrate to the “cloud,” increased security at the JCCC network border, the implementation of a technology security team and preparation for a technology security assessment. Also completed were the first three phases of fiber plant design, replacement, and repair to provide high-availability services to the campus community. The new fiber will allow for increased capacity and survivability, resulting in a highly flexible, stable and responsive campus network infrastructure for all campus fiber constituents. Functional area stakeholder needs are included to create a sustainable, future-proof fiber plant design for the college as a whole. The fiber plant design will be implemented in multiple phases starting with the northwest area of the campus. Meanwhile, a series of improvements to the data center and network infrastructure were completed in preparation for maintenance of the enterprise security camera system. The fiber plant implementation mentioned above directly supports this effort. Also included in the plans are enhancements to the Enterprise Network Video Recorder (NVR), network closets and a transition to IP-based security cameras. In 2015-2016, in partnership with various areas of the college, Information Services saw many technology improvements, innovations and advances in teaching and learning, business processes and the college’s technology support structure to deliver better educational experiences, improve student outcomes, increase services to students, faculty, staff and other college constituencies, reduce costs, accommodate the ever-changing needs of the campus community and sustain progress.
Yearly statistics JCCC remains one of the largest institutions of higher education in the state. A total of 8,410 students were enrolled in summer 2015 classes at JCCC (as of the 20th day of the session). For fall 2015, 19,091 students were enrolled as of the 20th day of the semester, while 16,614 students were enrolled for spring 2016 24
(20th day figures). Total unduplicated head count for credit students for the 2015-2016 academic year was 30,858. In fall 2015, 20 percent of local public high school graduates attended JCCC. Almost 42 percent of Johnson County’s first-time freshmen that attend college in Kansas attend JCCC. The average GPA of first-time JCCC students at KU is 2.88. For other community colleges, it’s 2.68. The average GPA of continuing JCCC students at KU is 3.0. For other community colleges, it is 2.83 (based on fall 2014 Kansas Board of Regents transfer feedback report, January 2016). Nearly 50 percent of JCCC students enrolled in fall 2015 planned to transfer to another college or university. Of those indicating they planned to transfer, nearly 50 percent indicated they planned to obtain a degree or certificate from JCCC before doing so (figures are based on students who responded to the educational objective question on the college’s application). JCCC’s mill levy is the lowest in the state for a community college. Approximately $28.4 million in federal, state and institutional student aid was distributed to students for college and living expenses in 2015-2016. Eighty-four percent of JCCC’s career program completers report being employed. Seventy-six percent of respondents to a survey of students who had completed a career program at JCCC in 2014-2015 and were employed indicated that they were employed full time in a field related to their program of study. Ninety-two percent of their employers rated the overall job preparation their employees had received at the college as “good” or “very good.” In 2015-2016, JCCC awarded 3,088 associate degrees or vocational certificates. Dr. Steve Gerson, retiring professor of English, and student Emily Reno were the speakers at the commencement ceremonies in May 2016. In fall 2015, 52 percent of all JCCC students were female, 32 percent were full-time students, and 77 percent lived in Johnson County. The average age of JCCC students was 25. In 2015-2016, 58,395 people attended 976 events in the college’s event spaces, making it the busiest year yet for use of the spaces.
Career Pathways By offering students the opportunity to take technical courses relevant to their career goals, Career Pathways encourages strong, comprehensive links between secondary and postsecondary institutions in Johnson, Douglas and Miami counties. It provides a seamless course of study in which students can receive college credit for articulated courses taken in high school. Within each of the 16 state-defined career clusters, there are pathways that further define specific types of career opportunities students can pursue. A total of 574 students, enrolled in 10 school districts in those counties, were awarded 1,032 articulated Career Pathways courses at JCCC.
College Close to Home Students may enroll in college general education classes at off-campus College Close to Home sites, both free-standing and in high schools throughout the county,
including Shawnee Mission North High School, De Soto High School, Olathe Health Education Center, Peaslee Technical Training Center in Lawrence and the Lawrence College and Career Center in Douglas County. More than 1,780 students took classes at these locations in 2015-2016.
Quick Step and Quick Step Plus Through the Quick Step program, high school students can enroll in courses at JCCC while they are still in high school. Instruction is provided by JCCC faculty and is usually held on the college campus. More than 1,400 high school students enrolled in Quick Step courses during 2015-2016. JCCC also offers a unique program in the high schools called Quick Step Plus, or QS+. Students can earn credit in high school math and College Algebra simultaneously in an independent study modeled after JCCC’s self-paced math offerings. A high school instructor plans the course and gives the high school grade, while a JCCC professor oversees the JCCC credit by controlling all assessments for college credit and gives the JCCC grade. In 2015-2016, more than 1,240 students were enrolled in 87 sections of the course in 24 area high schools. More than 90 percent of enrolled students earned transferable credit for College Algebra with a grade of C or higher.
On Your Site College Now JCCC’s College Now is a credit program for county high school sophomores, juniors and seniors or ninth-grade students identified as gifted with a current Individual Education Plan. College Now students enroll in selected college classes, such as Composition or U.S. History, offered at and in cooperation with the high school. The courses reflect the college’s content, objectives and assignments and are taught on the high school campus by qualified high school teachers. During fall 2015, College Now enrollment totaled more than 4,000 students in 31 different locations. The College Now program is the only nationally accredited concurrent enrollment program in Kansas and one of fewer than 100 programs in the nation with this distinction for upholding quality standards.
Through its On Your Site program, JCCC offers credit classes on-site at local businesses. The courses can be used to train or retrain employees in specific skills, or a company can offer employees general education courses that count toward a college degree.
Nontraditional careers Students in nontraditional careers are studying in a field in which more than 75 percent of the workforce is comprised of an underrepresented gender. (Examples are men in nursing and women in information technology.) JCCC systematically works to inform students, parents, counselors, teachers, employers and the community of the options, advantages and availability of nontraditional careers for male and female students. Each year more than 150 students participate in activities focusing on nontraditional careers.
Continuing education Noncredit programming Johnson County Community College is committed to transforming people’s lives and strengthening the community through education. This report covers highlights from the college’s noncredit programming that includes continuing education, public safety, visual art education and sports clinics.
Workforce development JCCC’s strategic workforce training program continued to be a student-focused provider of professional education, licensures, certifications and skill development courses, meeting the needs of individuals and organizations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The branch is continually developing new classes and career programs while strengthening existing course offerings.
Dr. Andrea Broomfield Dr. Andrea Broomfield, professor of English at JCCC, has written a tribute to her hometown. She calls it “a labor of love.” The book, Kansas City: A Food Biography, covers hundreds of years of culinary history. It’s Broomfield’s second book on food history. “Kansas City is considered a Midwestern town – the middle of the middle of the middle,” she said. “But there’s also a tradition of hospitality that is usually associated with the South. So the southern United States has a definite influence on Kansas City culture, and that is also due to the settlement of slaves in this region.” The book is part of a series called Big City Food Biographies that includes Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon) and New Orleans. “Kansas City was founded because of food,” Broomfield said. “It came into existence because people would stop to refuel – take in some meals, some whiskey, some entertainment – before heading west. And sometimes they didn’t have enough money for all the supplies they needed, so they’d work here in Kansas City until they did. That song Goin’ to Kansas City reflects Kansas City’s history of dancing, drinking and eating.”
In 2015-2016, JCCC noncredit programming had 9,439 enrollments in its computer/ information technology, professional education, healthcare, small business, public safety and health information systems programs. In addition, 3,851 enrollments came through customized contract training programs with 101 businesses. The workforce programs included: • Licensing and CEUs for professionals in healthcare, mediation, early childhood education, banking, human resources and Lean Six Sigma continuous process improvement tools • C ustomized projects that included competency development models, designing curriculum, instructional guides and assessment • C ustomized training and development for organizations, including solutions for leadership, management, finance, project management and coaching at various levels • P ublic classes and contract training in computer applications and information technology • A ssistance to local companies applying for Kansas Department of Commerce grants that will pay for workforce training for newly created jobs or jobs requiring new skills • P ublic classes and contract training in supply chain and logistics as well as transportation classes, including commercial driver’s license training (CDL)
Life and leisure In 2015-2016, JCCC’s noncredit programs served more than 8,787 community members through the personal enrichment classes, summer youth programs, foreign language classes, motorcycle training and driver education.
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Small business development Small business owners received management consulting, technical assistance and training from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kansas Department of Commerce and JCCC fund the KSBDC. The Kansas Small Business Development Center consulted with 462 existing or aspiring small business clients in 2015. Some of these clients created 283 new jobs, obtained $14.6 million in financing and increased sales by $10.5 million.
More than 1,600 adults prepared for the General Educational Development (GED®) exam, learned English or improved their academic skills through the five Johnson County Adult Education Program locations. Besides GED® preparation and English language education, the program provides basic life skills, employment counseling, parenting and after-school tutoring and enrichment materials to children and adults in Olathe. JCAE is funded by the college, the U.S. Department of Education Adult Education and Family Literacy Act grant, the U.S. Department of Education/ Kansas Department of Education Migrant Family Literacy grant, and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The GED® and English as a Second Language programs reported student skill-level improvement outcomes of 68 percent which compares favorably to the state average of 57 percent.
Two JCCC KSBDC clients – Athletic Testing Solutions and CTeLearning – were selected as Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year, respectively. Additionally, their client Custom Storefronts was named the Kansas Export Business of the Year. Lastly, SBDC clients Dana and Roger Ward of Great Day Moving were named Kansas
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Small Business People of the Year. All were recognized at the annual ceremony at the state capitol in Topeka. The JCCC KSBDC also trained 989 individuals on small business-related topics. The KSBDC partners with the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Wichita State University to offer PTAC services at JCCC. PTAC assists small businesses with potential market expansion through procurement opportunities with the government. The JCCC Kansas PTAC covers 18 counties. Last year, JCCC Kansas PTAC clients had 278 government contracts and subcontracts totaling $45.8 million.
JCCC’s Health and Human Services noncredit programs offered workshops targeting the educational needs of healthcare providers from nearly every area of the field. Community partnerships included the University of Kansas Memory and Alzheimer’s Care Program, Aberdeen Village, the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter, Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society, WomenHeart, The Parkinson’s Foundation, The Institute for Forensic Examiners, Ce2L, Johnson County Public Health Department, JCCC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association and many others. The Certificate in Medical Coding has been developed into a truly hybrid course and the ICD-10 Proficiency Preparation course is now fully online. Ten former classroom courses are available in self-paced booklet form or in online format through D2L. The courses for physical and occupational and respiratory therapists have been added with robust participation. The Dementia Care Certification Course was revised and renewed interest and increased enrollment in this course has been realized. Phlebotomy and ECG continue to experience tremendous popularity and additional sections of these courses are being considered. 27
Performing Arts Series Since 1990, Johnson County Community College has offered one of the largest multidiscipline Performing Arts Series (PAS) in mid-America. From Broadway blockbusters to classical and chamber music ensembles, the variety of events programmed as part of the PAS attracts a wide demographic, mirroring the changes in Johnson County itself. The Carlsen Center is Johnson Countyâ€™s only professional performing arts center and a regional cultural asset. An event in the Carlsen Center is often an introduction to Johnson County Community College, and an impressive one at that. Audiences consistently tell us they enjoy attending events at JCCC because of the quality programming, easy access and reasonable ticket prices. During 2015-2016, the 25th anniversary season of the PAS, celebrities such as The Blue Man Group, Arlo Guthrie, Jim Brickman and Jane Lynch were favorites. In fact, the 25th anniversary season was marked by high ticket sales numbers throughout the year. Season ticket packages increased 25 percent to 1,082 (vs. 809 for 2014-2015). Generally, ticket sales for all shows were up 24 percent over last year, with 25,807 tickets sold, compared to 20,815 a year ago. Ticket revenues increased substantially by 44 percent, $870,733 vs. $603,757 in 2014-2015. For six years now, season ticket packages have been sold a la carte: patrons choose any five (or more) events to include in their package and receive 10 percent off. Season packages are on sale all year, as long as there are at least five events to buy. This has allowed greater flexibility for patrons and ongoing sales throughout the season. The Blue Man Group performed five shows in January 2016. This spectacular rock show featuring blue aliens was a big winner with the PAS audience and sold 5,866 tickets, more than $324,000 in sales. A show this large is a big risk for the PAS, but it paid off. Aside from the money, audience surveys show around 38 percent of all tickets buyers attended a show at JCCC for the first time. Building a new audience makes the risk well worth it. Other innovative programming in 2015-2016 included a first-time collaboration with the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, where choreographer 28
Jonah Bokaer and his dance company staged a work in the museum lobby. The event was attended by more than 100 patrons (limited due to space) and the week wrapped up with an additional performance in Polsky Theatre. Cross-discipline collaborations such as this mark the uniqueness of the PAS as a community partner and its support of the collegeâ€™s mission of ongoing learning. During 2015-2016, improvements to marketing and promotional efforts included a redesigned website that is more user- and mobile-friendly and a new mobile app through Instant Encore from which to share events and information for the Performing Arts Series. All scheduled shows, dinners, lectures, concerts, etc., are detailed on the app, with links to the PAS website for donations to the Friends of the Performing Arts Series and to the ticketing vendor for tickets to any show.
The biggest news of 2015-2016 was approval of the renovation of the performance halls during summer 2016. Yardley Hall, Polsky Theatre, the dressing rooms, green room and the Carlsen Center lobby were refurbished and freshened in preparation for the next 25 years. The “Take A Seat” campaign was also kicked off with a reception in February 2016. Donors were asked to contribute $650 to name a seat in Yardley Hall or the Polsky Theatre for themselves, a family member, friend or organization. The goal is to sell 100 seats, which will raise $65,000 to benefit programming that will take place in 2016-2017, after the renovation is complete. The Carlsen Center is not only the venue for the PAS; it hosts community groups that rent the space, as well as events presented by departments at JCCC. On average, 70 percent of all events in the Carlsen Center are outside the PAS. Costs related to all JCCC events in the performance halls for staff and equipment are absorbed by the Carlsen Center’s budget. To encourage student participation in the PAS, JCCC students receive $5 tickets to all Performing Arts Series shows. During 2015-2016, PAS sold 7 percent of all tickets to the series at the $5 student price. In addition, faculty and staff receive 50 percent off up to four tickets per show. During 2015-2016, 6 percent of tickets sold were to JCCC faculty and staff. The difference between the regular price of these “family” tickets and the discounts offered is around $180,000. Support for the Performing Arts Series is provided by several sources. In addition to the grants discussed below, members of the community may join the Friends of the Series organization. For a donation, Friends receive early access to events as they go on sale, additional discounts on season tickets and free hospitality receptions at selected events. Local businesses also purchase advertising in the program book. The college maintains the performance halls, which means that donations go straight to artist fees, helping bring stars to Johnson County each year. Friends donations and advertising raise around $70,000 annually to support the PAS.
Carla Northington Carla Northington works as a burn-unit nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital. It’s a tough job, even for the most compassionate of caregivers. But Northington knew she could do it. While a nursing student at JCCC, Northington traveled twice to Gulu, Uganda, as part of a service-learning opportunity the college began in 2012. She continues to go through the Medical Missions Foundation to help the people of that region deal with the long-term effects of war. While there, she helped with many projects, but she found herself drawn to the burn unit. “By the second trip, I spent most of my time in the burn unit, checking in, even on our nights off. I knew that was where I needed to be,” she said. “I knew I could handle it.” Northington marvels at the strength of the Ugandans she met. “We’re blessed to witness such joy in their hearts, such love and forgiveness, even though literally everyone you meet has been personally affected by the war.” Her visit to Uganda was “hands down, one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve had, and definitely the most welcomed.” It helped her find her path. Once back in the United States, Northington began to research how burns are treated stateside. Her research – and her experiences while at JCCC – led to a job offer from Children’s Mercy Hospital. “There is no way I would have gotten my job at CMH burn unit without my experience in Uganda,” Northington said. “It just would never have happened. My whole interview was a discussion about Uganda and my experiences there. It was meant to be.”
More than 25,000 tickets were sold to performances by the more than 30 artists appearing as part of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series, while another 50,000 people attended events presented by local presenters, community groups and college departments. Approximately 175 events are held annually in the Carlsen Center, which houses four venues: Yardley Hall (capacity 1,349), Polsky Theatre (424), Recital Hall (55) and Bodker Black Box Theatre (100). Since it opened in August 1990, more than two million people have attended an event in the Carlsen Center. 29
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Maggie Chen After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Maggie Chen decided to come back home – not only to her parents but to the place where she grew up: JCCC. Chen enrolled in respiratory care, a JCCC program that instructs students to care for patients with breathing problems such as asthma, emphysema or cystic fibrosis. She became interested in respiratory care after participating in a research project at Berkeley. As part of her biology degree, Chen worked with researchers studying why urban minority children had higher rates of asthma than the general population. The project had two positive outcomes for Chen. First, she realized that while research was important, it wasn’t her passion. Second, it made her realize she wanted to help care for people instead. Chen gets a lot of questions as to why she would return to a community college after graduating from a prestigious four-year university. But to her, JCCC has always felt like home. She and her parents moved to Kansas from Indonesia when Chen was just a toddler. Their very first stop after the airplane landed in Kansas City was to check out their new school – JCCC. Both parents attended classes, and Chen grew up in the child care center on campus. She spent every Sunday with her parents in the Billington Library. Eventually her parents earned degrees and moved on to master-level study, and Chen returned to JCCC as an Olathe East High School student, earning credits while still in high school through the college’s College Now program. Those credits allowed her to graduate Berkeley in only three years and come back home.
PAS arts education provides area students and teachers with low-cost or free services designed to help them explore their creativity, glimpse the world of professional artists and develop talents and critical thinking skills. In 2015-2016, PAS arts education served 13,000 students and community members with programs such as master classes, workshops, residencies, professional development for teachers, lecture/demonstrations and 31 performances for youth and family, including three community festivals. Arts education reached 15 new schools this season for the nine school shows in Yardley Hall. School shows averaged 99 percent audience capacity. On the JCCC campus, arts education connected with numerous campus organizations and departments, including student leadership, continuing education, the Center for Sustainability, the Hiersteiner Child Development Center, Promotores, the English department, the Kansas Studies Institute, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Admissions. The campus partnership with Admissions and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, called CavStARTS, encourages longer stays and more in-depth engagement for those students visiting the campus for arts education activities. Partnerships continued with educational and community organizations, such as the Johnson County Library, Heartland Music Academy, the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education and the Kansas Department of Education. New partnerships were developed with the Cosmosphere Space Museum and the Swan Institute in Ottawa. In 2015-2016, 42 master classes and lecture demonstrations were offered in area schools, community centers and on the JCCC campus. In summer 2015, the nine-day Heartland Chamber Music Festival and six-day Junior Music Festival with community partner Heartland Chamber Music Academy became one of the premier chamber music festivals in the region, with 82 students, 18 instructors and seven performances at the college. Of those participating, 68 percent came from Johnson County. Support for professional development came from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. The JCCC PAS arts education program, in partnership with the Shawnee Mission school district, is the only Kennedy Center Partners in Education team in the state. The PAS arts education program and its Shawnee Mission school district partner create opportunities for educators to choose professional development in arts integration classes for
themselves and in-school arts integration modeling for their students. Since the partnership began two years ago, 60 professional development sessions have been offered by 17 teaching artists in 60 schools. Nearly 500 teachers have participated, and an estimated 35,000 students are receiving arts integrated lessons.
by Lillian Hellman, which portrays the damage a malicious rumor can create in a school; The Pharaoh and the Rose, adapted by Matthew Schmidli, based on an Egyptian folk tale that’s sometimes called the Egyptian Cinderella; and Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, the story of a simple sale of rare stamps that turns dangerous.
Each semester the college presents the Ruel Joyce Recital Series (named for the longtime jazz bassist who headed the local musicians federation from 1977 until his death in 1989) and a Jazz Series. The concerts, featuring local classical and jazz artists, are co-sponsored by the JCCC humanities and music departments, continuing education and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.
In 2015-2016, the PAS arts education program received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts–Art Works, Arts Engagement in American Communities, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission’s Creative Economy Project Support, Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, the Francis Family Foundation, the Cosmosphere Space Museum and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Academic performances JCCC’s music department offers students the opportunity to compose, study and perform music as part of a choral group or concert or jazz band. JCCC’s student musical ensembles – choirs, bands and jazz ensembles – perform concerts throughout the year. JCCC’s academic theatre department offered these productions in 2015-2016: An Absurd Memory: An Evening of Short Plays by Samuel Beckett that delves into the mind of a playwright obsessed with life and its inevitable end and his hope for a better outcome; Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, a farce about an actor mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts; Children’s Hour
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art In 2015-2016, 75,751 individuals visited the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum at JCCC is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region and the only contemporary art museum in Kansas.
interest in the mythology of the Huichol people of Mexico was incorporated in the installation of three altars and a narrative cycle of drawings devoted to Ella, a beloved deer who lived in a cemetery in a Kansas City neighborhood.
Since 1980, JCCC has been collecting contemporary art from around the world, each year adding new pieces to the collection. Today, the works of more than 1,400 regional, national and international artists are represented in JCCC’s renowned collection, which features a diverse range of painting, photography, clay, sculpture and works on paper. Some of the college’s collection is installed in “collection focus” areas in the corridors, dining halls and other highly visible and accessible locations around campus, sparking a spontaneous engagement with art for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Exhibitions Exhibitions at the museum in 2015-2016 focused on a variety of content and media:
• Andrzej Zielinski - Open Sourced was on view in the museum’s second-floor galleries from Oct. 15, 2015, through April 1, 2016. The Kansas City-born artist recently began exploring sculpture in stone, metal, plastic and wood after working primarily in painting and printmaking, and his Cohen Gallery installation showcased 13 new sculptures on rolling pedestals. Four of his machine paintings were on view in the McCaffree Gallery, and four large sculptural paintings including the Mars rover and lunar rover were displayed in the New Media Gallery. The Nation art critic Barry Schwabsky joined Zielinski for an opening night conversation in Hudson Auditorium, and the museum produced a major monograph publication celebrating the artist’s accomplishments, with essays by Schwabsky, Christine Mehring, department chair and professor of art history, University of Chicago; Klaus Kertess, independent curator and writer; and Han Ong, novelist and playwright. • Convene, presented in the Oppenheimer, Thompson and Temporary Exhibition galleries on the museum’s first floor from March 15 through May 22, 2016, focused on four artists – Jeffrey Gibson, Hilary Harnischfeger, Joel Otterson and Lisa Sanditz – who are not traditionally trained in ceramics but who incorporate clay into their respective practices/works. Each artist unites varying or disparate materials, references domestic or architectural environments, and often evinces an installation sensibility. • Amir Fallah • The Caretaker was on view in the Cohen Gallery from May 28 through Sept. 27, 2015. Fallah created an immersive three-dimensional portrait of his subject, JCCC journalism professor Mark Raduziner, through paintings and constructions inspired by Raduziner’s possessions, including his collection of more than 300 cactus plants. • Mark Cowardin • The Space Between was presented in the Oppenheimer New Media Gallery from May 28 through Sept. 27, 2015. Cowardin, a professor of fine arts at JCCC, addressed the impact of consumption on the natural environment, sounding a note of optimism in a representation of the tree of life using hardware and fluorescent lights with the cords (power sources) exposed. • Rodolfo Marron III • A Poke Ghost and the Garden of Tearz was installed in the museum’s McCaffree Gallery from May 28 through Sept. 27, 2015. Marron’s 32
• Robert Zakanitch • Ephemeral Beauty was on view in the museum’s first-floor galleries from Oct. 15, 2015, through Feb. 14, 2016. The exhibit featured three of five mural-sized canvases from the artist’s Big Bungalow Suite series, gouache works on paper from The Garden of Ordinary Miracles series and works from his recent Hanging Gardens series.
• In April 2016 the Nerman Museum partnered with Performing Arts Series to host a dance performance Replica by New York-based choreographer Jonah Bokaer; he gave a visiting artist’s presentation in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium on April 7.
• Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 opened June 13, 2016. The exhibition featured more than 40 rarely seen monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned 20th century artist. Super Indian was curated by Dr. John P. Lukavic, associate curator, native arts, Denver Art Museum, and Lukavic gave a lecture opening night. Following its Denver debut, the exhibition traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Nerman Museum was its last venue. • Supper Club • Scott Anderson also opened June 13, 2016. The artist’s processbased paintings search for balances between romanticism and skepticism, history and the contemporary, abstraction and figuration and the recognizable and the subconscious.
The Kansas Focus Gallery The Kansas Focus Gallery, showcasing the talent of artists associated with Kansas, opened in the museum in February 2016. The space for the new first-floor gallery was once the museum’s gift shop. The project was initiated in 2014 with a $700,000 donation from art collector and museum donor Mary Davidson of the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust. In addition, Davidson also donated her personal collection of nearly 200 works of art which she and her late husband acquired throughout the years. The inaugural exhibit for the gallery, The City, featured six large-scale photographs imagining a post-apocalyptic world by artist Lori Nix. Nix, born in Norton, Kansas, creates dioramas and photographs the finished products, re-imagining and creating the scene in her work. The dioramas take up to 15 months to create and photograph. Nix’s series invites guests to immerse themselves in her post-apocalyptic vision. “We hope that this gallery brings a whole new audience to the Nerman Museum. Many people are interested in a sense of place,” Bruce Hartman, the museum’s executive director, said. “Many people take pride in being Kansans and being from Johnson County. This is a gallery that is really going to emphasize the history of this state through art.”
Chris Stanley Chris Stanley describes his web development certificate as a “little bit of magic.” He used funds from a governmental job-training program, put them to work at JCCC, and produced a career he loves. Stanley began his adult life in the Army. Soon he was stationed in California working as a mechanic. “That was fine, but I never wanted to be a mechanic (as a career),” he said. After a few years in sales, he switched to IT. He’d always liked computers, but without a college degree, he seemed stuck at entry level. Stanley did his research. He found that the demand for web developers is strong. He signed up for JCCC’s Continuing Education certificate program despite some reservations. “I already knew some coding, but I thought, ‘No way can they teach me everything I need to know in that amount of time.’” The certificate, which starts with a foundation of HTML5 and CSS3 coding skills, requires seven classes. Students can complete the program in less than one calendar year. Stanley said he pushed himself, reaching even beyond the classroom assignments so that he’d be more knowledgeable and therefore more apt to receive job offers. He was hired by VML, a global marketing and advertising company, two weeks before he completed the certificate. He’s learned on the job as well, since VML focuses on teaching and learning as well as the bottom line. “I’m in a better spot than I could have ever imagined,” Stanley said. “Before, I used to push myself to get to work. Now, if I wake up early and I have an extra hour, I just tell myself, ‘I’ll go into work early,’ because I want to. Literally the job is a dream come true.” 33
The collection Dr. Steve Gerson is a happy man. It’s not just because he’s retiring after 38 years at JCCC. It’s not because he’s been chosen for a prestigious national award. And it isn’t even because he was chosen to be the speaker for the commencement ceremonies in May 2016. It’s because all of these splendid events happened the same week, and Gerson couldn’t believe his good fortune. “When I won the Jay R. Gould Award (for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication), I thought that was going to be the capstone of my career. Then Dr. Sopcich invited me to be the commencement speaker, and now I think that is the capstone of my career,” he said. “My final act here on campus was to give the commencement speech. Is that not a cool way to go out?” Gerson was a faculty member at JCCC for 38 years. He fell into his life’s work by chance. His department chair asked the faculty if anyone would be interested in creating a technical writing class. “My hand shot up,” Gerson said. “I knew nothing about technical writing. But I wanted to be a valuable member of the department.” He started researching technical writing the next day. His first class had two students. Fast forward to 2016, where Gerson taught 13 sections of technical writing with an enrollment of more than 300 students. Gerson and his wife, Sharon, have authored nine editions of the textbook, Technical Communication: Process and Product. The book, because of the nature of the topic, had to stay current. “Do you know why the first edition had no information in it about email? Because email didn’t exist,” he said. Now, in the ninth edition, Technical Communication covers writing for LinkedIn, Twitter and other forms of social media. Gerson picked up the Jay R. Gould Award at the annual Society for Technical Communication conference. The award, given to only two educators a year, means a lot to Gerson. So did the chance to address JCCC graduates. “It’s a time to be thankful,” he said. 34
In 2015-2016, the Nerman Museum added 130 artworks to the permanent collection. Recent acquisitions include ceramics, paintings, works on paper, new media, textiles, sculpture and photography. During the year, nine donors gave 105 works to the museum and college, with a combined value of $282,650. The donors were the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Barton P. and Mary Davidson Cohen Charitable Trust; Mary Davidson Cohen, Leawood, Kansas; Garnett City Art Collection, Garnett, Kansas; David Hoberman, Santa Monica, California; Sharon and John Hoffman, Kansas City, Missouri; Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas; Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Beverly Hills, California; and the H Tony and Marti Oppenheimer Foundation. The remaining 25 works were acquired through the JCCC Foundation and college auxiliary funds. In addition, several works from the permanent collection were loaned to major museums and galleries in the United States: Arlene Shechet’s ceramic, glaze and steel sculpture titled What I Heard (2007) was included in Arlene Shechet: All at Once, the first museum survey of her work at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from June 10-Sept 7, 2015. Dana Schutz’s painting titled Swimming, Smoking, Crying (2009) was loaned to the artist’s first Canadian survey of her work Dana Schutz at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal from October 17, 2015-January 10, 2016.
I Want More Air (2015) by Dylan Mortimer was included in the exhibition Dylan Mortimer: Cure at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center from December 1, 2015-February 15, 2016. Kenneth Williams’ beaded tobacco bag He Was Iconic (2014) joined the national tour of Native Fashion Now, a traveling exhibition focusing on contemporary Native American fashion. It was at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, from November 21, 2015- March 6, 2016 – and later at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, from May 28-September 5, 2016. Asad Faulwell’s triptych Les Femmes D’ Alger #52 (2014-15) was installed in his solo show at Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, from April 8-May 6, 2016. Kerry James Marshall’s acrylic on collage on canvas painting Untitled (Altgeld Gardens) (1995) was on loan to the traveling exhibition Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago April 23-September 9, 2016. The work will later travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Art education In 2015-2016, the museum offered a variety of educational programs for students, children, educators and visitors of all ages. • Museum public programs (lectures, presentations, workshops and films, among other offerings) reached more than 5,042 individuals in the community. • The museum’s group tour program served more than 1,119 school children, 1,093 college students and 1,207 adults from the community in guided and self-guided visits in 2015-2016. Docents and staff led 172 free art appreciation tours for these groups. • In 2015-2016, 90 individuals from the community volunteered 3,243 hours assisting with visitor services, events and educational programs. Most of the guided tours were led by dedicated volunteer docents.
• The guests in October were Debra Smith, an artist who uses vintage textiles as a medium, and Meredith Host, an artist who transforms patterns into layered decorative surfaces on her ceramic vessels. The moderators were Marie Dolembo, adjunct assistant professor of art history, and Samuel Davis, adjunct assistant professor/instructional aide in fine arts. • In November, the guest artist was Andrzej Zielinski, who studied art and art history at JCCC and the University of Kansas before receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s of fine arts degree in painting from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. His paintings and sculptures were in the second floor exhibition “Open Sourced.” He was joined in a roundtable by Zigmunds Priede, retired professor of fine arts; Dr. Allison Smith, associate professor/chair of art history; and Larry Thomas, professor/chair of fine arts.
• The museum continues to offer a popular series of studio classes for children in the summer and on Saturdays throughout the academic year. The Early Explorations program welcomed children ages 5 to 7, while Contemporary Creations classes provided more advanced lessons for children ages 8 to 11. Each day, students explored and discussed selected works of art, developing their critical thinking skills and expanding their cultural awareness; they then created original works of art in the museum’s studio classroom. A total of 777 students participated in 93 class sessions through both programs in 2015-2016. • A series of Friday gallery talks called Noon at the Nerman provided students, faculty and staff an open opportunity to examine works of art on view in the museum and the college campus. Each week a member of JCCC’s faculty or staff spoke briefly about a different work of art, with 26 presentations and a total of 524 individuals in attendance. Dr. Allison Smith, associate professor/chair of art history, coordinated the speakers.
Third Thursday * Visiting Artists’ Presentations
• In February 2016, guest artists were Gloria Baker Feinstein, a fine art photographer, and Nate Fors, who creates paintings, sculptures and installations in a wide range of media. The moderators were Larry Thomas and Philip Heying, adjunct assistant professor of fine arts.
In collaboration with the JCCC academic departments, the museum again offered a series of Third Thursday Visiting Artists presentations in 2015-2016; more than 648 people attended the events. Each of the free programs featured artists paired with JCCC faculty moderators. The programs were made possible in part by an Ovation Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.
• Lori Nix, whose photographs were the inaugural exhibition for the Kansas Focus Gallery, gave her presentation in March. Mary Wessel, adjunct professor, fine arts, was the moderator.
• In September 2015, the visiting artist was architect Josh Shelton, a principal with el dorado inc. Ted Meadows, associate professor of architecture, was the faculty moderator.
• The presentation in April featured Adriane Herman and Brett Reif, both of whom are installation artists. Moderators were Allison Smith and Mark Cowardin, professor of fine arts. 35
Johnson County Community College Foundation Through its fundraising efforts, the JCCC Foundation supports student scholarships, academic programs and the visual and performing arts at the college. As of June 30, 2016, the Foundation’s endowment was $18,677,618 and its total assets were $28,840,783. Brad Bergman, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Trust Company, served as the 2015-2016 Foundation president. These Foundation activities were significant milestones for 2015-2016:
grant funding and event sponsorships resulted in a total of more than $37,000 in private support for the museum.
Some Enchanted Evening In November 2015, Some Enchanted Evening, the Foundation’s black-tie gala, generated donations of more than $534,000 for its scholarship program. Mary Davidson Cohen, a leader in education and a long-time community volunteer, was honored as Johnson Countian of the Year. The co-chairs of the event were Ramin and Ashley Cherafat.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, the JCCC Foundation, working with the college’s financial aid office, awarded $1,108,057 to more than 1,147 JCCC students with tuition, books and program needs. This is both the highest amount ever awarded and the most students ever to receive scholarships in the history of the JCCC Foundation.
Program support Major gifts to enhance JCCC programs in 2015-2016 included support for International Service learning trips to Las Pintas, Mexico, and Gulu, Northern Uganda. Since 1998, students from JCCC have traveled to Las Pintas, Mexico, helping with medical and dental care and most recently a solar-power project. In the past five years, service learning at JCCC has expanded to include a nursing program collaboration in the struggling region of northern Uganda, strengthening JCCC’s commitment to service learning on an international level. In addition, The Adams Family Arts Education Endowment was established, making it the first endowment benefiting performing arts education.
Nerman Museum In 2015-2016, memberships to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art generated $18,645 in support of museum exhibitions and educational offerings. Additional gifts, 36
Performing Arts Series The Friends of the Performing Arts Series at JCCC, business partnerships and grants and gifts from corporations and foundations contributed more than $171,424 to support performing arts programming and operations in 2015-2016. In addition, the Performing Arts Anniversary Initiative received more than $225,597 in donations and pledges to support programming and the purchase of a new Steinway Grand Piano.
Gregory Choong Friends with Taste Friends with Taste, a gift society to support the college’s hospitality management program, generated $22,200. Funding provided scholarships and support for JCCC’s culinary competition team. Members of Friends with Taste were able to participate in culinary events throughout the year.
Employee giving More than 110 faculty and staff members contributed approximately $2,000 a month to support a wide variety of programs and scholarships as part of the Foundation’s employee giving program. Employees contribute through monthly payroll deduction or by annual gifts in support of various initiatives.
Major gift In fiscal year 2015-16, the JCCC Foundation received a pledge of $1 million. Half of it was collected in June of 2016 and the remainder is to be received in fiscal year 2017. The main purpose of the gift is to establish an endowment to benefit the hospitality and culinary programs thus enhancing the curriculum and educational experience and opportunities of the students participating in these programs. A small portion of the gift was designated to be used to complete the barbecue pavilion area adjacent to the culinary academy.
Gregory Choong wants to help people be healthy – financially healthy – so they can make the most of the resources they have. He’s learning how to make that happen at Johnson County Community College. As the son of immigrants from Malaysia, Choong was supposed to be an engineer. His parents, who both work long hours in food service, wanted him to help others while making a good living. As a student at Blue Valley North High School, he worked hard, bringing in credits from five different advanced-placement classes. It was in his junior year, though, that he “found” finance and he hasn’t looked back since. “I want to be a financial advisor,” Choong said. “My parents got by, but I saw how difficult it was.” He compared financial planning to personal training. One helps your financial health. The other helps your physical health. But either way, Choong said, “you get in a rut, and you need help getting out,” he said. By attending JCCC, he’s already setting a good example for his future clients Tuition and are fees are low, and living at home brings down his costs even more. Choong also won the President’s Scholarship, which covers the costs of tuition and fees for 12 credit hours. He said some influential teachers pointed him to JCCC. “(They) kept saying, ‘Go to Johnson County.’ And now I’m glad I listened.”
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JCCC's annual report to the community for 2015-16