2008 | 2009 RepoRt to the Community ............................................................................
Johnson County Community College
2009 | 2010
Stephanie Sharp trustee
Jerry Cook trustee
Bob Drummond trustee
Lynn Mitchelson treasurer
Melody Rayl secretary
Jon Stewart chairman
Don Weiss vicechairman
In November 2008, voters established an education research triangle in Johnson County, with JCCC right in the middle.
a message fRom the pResident ..................................................................................................................
teRRy a. Calaway
The 20082009 academic year was a good one for Johnson County Community College. So many exciting, important things happened that will affect the community for years to come. We have a new partnership with Olathe Medical Center that will result in a new allied health education facility on the center’s campus. We received more than a million dollars in grants to fund a new sustainability center on campus that will, among many other things, help us train workers for new jobs in energy management and support business proﬁtability. And we became part of Achieving the Dream, an initiative that will help us increase student success. We want our students to be connected with each other and with faculty and staff. Research shows such engagement is important to students in fulﬁlling their goals. We also received a lot of honors in 20082009. The Chronicle of Higher Education named JCCC a “great college to work for.” Faculty and staff won national awards and held national ofﬁce in their professional organizations. Students won prestigious scholarships and national championships in both athletics and the culinary arts. The Model UN and debate teams and the student newspaper received a long string of distinctions. It may sound like bragging, but we want the county to be proud of the college and the contributions we make to the community. We want to be sure the community receives good value in return for the support you give us. I am always interested in hearing from members of the community, to learn what you think and what you need so that Johnson County Community College continues to be a valuable member of the community and a great investment for you as a taxpayer. Thank you for your contribution to our success this year. I look forward to the next! Sincerely,
Terry A. Calaway President
a message fRom the ChaiRman, BoaRd of tRustees ..................................................................................................................
Earlier this year, President Obama announced a $12 billion plan to produce 5 million more community college graduates by 2020. While we don’t yet know all the details of that plan, we do appreciate the president’s recognition of the important role community colleges play in the economy of this country. Community colleges educate nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates. We educate nearly 60 percent of the nation’s nurses and most of our paramedics. Many of our students go on to earn a bachelor’s degree at a fouryear school. We’re also retraining displaced workers, preparing them for new jobs. It’s good to see national discussion underway about the value of community colleges. Here in Johnson County, we’ve known that all along. As you read this annual report to the community, recapping the academic year 20082009, you’ll see a variety of new initiatives and new programs and a steady stream of awards and honors. You’ll also see that we received a number of grants to help fund our programs. That’s especially important in these troubled economic times. Despite reductions in funding from the state and a decline in assessed valuation in the county, we’ve been able through prudent management to keep the mill levy at the same level it has been for the past several years. Johnson County is much affected by what goes on at JCCC. You’ll be proud to see the successes of 20082009 that we will build on in 20092010. On behalf of the JCCC board of trustees, thank you for your continuing support of Johnson County Community College and our students, faculty and staff. The board of trustees is dedicated to serving the community in the best way we can. Sincerely,
Jon Stewart Chairman, JCCC board of trustees
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Johnson County Community College VIRGINIA KREBS STEPS DOWN In October 2008, Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s ﬁrst
employee and a trustee since 1985, resigned
from the college’s board of trustees. “Mrs. Krebs dedicated her life to the education
of children and adults throughout Johnson
County,” said Dr. Terry A. Calaway, JCCC
president. “She truly was a leader in making
JCCC one of the best community colleges in the
United States. Our community is forever
indebted to her and her family for all they’ve
done to improve the quality of life in this
Lauding Krebs’ longtime commitment to the
college and her contributions to education and
the community, the trustees agreed to name
Krebs as the ﬁrst trustee emeritus. Trustee
emeritus status may be granted to a former
trustee who has demonstrated signiﬁcant
contributions to the college and the community
as a trustee.
The board then invited interested persons to ﬁll
Krebs’ vacancy and received 13 applications.
They chose to interview eight candidates: Laura S. ByrneHarris, William A. Dean, Ronnie Metsker, Michael M. Morales, Melody L. Rayl, Kurtis M. Ruf, Mary R. Tearney
and Sandra K. Willsie. Rayl, an attorney with
Bryan Cave, LLP, and a former assistant
professor in the administration of justice
program at JCCC, was chosen to ﬁll the seat,
taking her place on the board in December
A SEVENMEMBER BOARD FOR 20092010 In November 2008, the board of trustees passed a resolution stating their intention to add a seventh member to the board. Following lengthy discussions and with formal and informal input from the community, the trustees weighed the fact that the county has grown signiﬁcantly in population and complexity over the last 40 years and decided that the inclusion of a seventh board member would provide an additional and valuable community voice. Trustee elections took place in April 2009, and four trustees were elected to the now seven member board. Winning seats on the board were incumbent Melody Rayl; Stephanie Sharp, public relations ofﬁcer at the University of 6
Kansas Medical Center; Dr. Bob Drummond, president and CEO of TLC for Children and Families Inc.; and Dr. Jerry Cook, president of the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau. After 30 years of public service, Shirley Brown VanArsdale, the 20082009 board chair, chose not to seek reelection. “Mrs. BrownVanArsdale served this college well for 12 years,” Calaway said. “We’re grateful for her leadership and her dedication to the college and the community.”
A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH OLATHE MEDICAL CENTER In December 2008, Johnson County Community College and Olathe Medical Center signed a letter of intent for the development of a health education center on the OMC campus. OMC donated to JCCC 5.8 acres of land to the west of the medical center on which the college will build an allied health education facility. To be offered at the center are programs in practical nursing and related health occupations, medical ofﬁce programs, and other healthrelated programs such as surgical technician, pharmacy technician and dietetic technician. JCCC students could earn degrees and certiﬁcates in health occupations at the new facility. The students would also continue to have clinical education opportunities at Olathe Medical Center as well as the opportunity to advance professional relationships with OMC health care practitioners. Groundbreaking took place in December 2009; the center should be open for classes in 2011. “We are grateful to Olathe Medical Center for the opportunity to work toward the development of a teaching campus,” said Calaway. “The medical center is a renowned medical facility, and we are proud to be partners with them. Many students from the Olathe school district come to JCCC, while our students can transfer to local facilities like the KU Edwards Campus and MidAmerica Nazarene University, and we expect this partnership to further enhance those relationships.”
LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION JCCC retained its seat on the board of directors of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College. “The League is the only major international organization speciﬁcally committed to improving community colleges through innovation, experimentation and institutional transformation,” said Calaway. “Only the best community colleges serve on the League’s board; we’re very proud to be among them.” The League for Innovation’s board of directors consists of the chief executive ofﬁcers of 19 member institutions. League board members serve for as long as they remain the chief executive ofﬁcer. When a college CEO changes, the college must go through a reafﬁrmation process to retain its place on the board. For its reafﬁrmation, JCCC submitted to the League in March 2008 a selfstudy document focusing on its innovative practices and programs. League representatives then visited the college in September to speak with the trustees and learn more about the college. The reafﬁrmation was given in November. The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners and other agencies. JCCC has been a League board member since 1978.
SUSTAINABILITY AT JCCC Over 20082009, JCCC secured approximately $1.7 million toward sustainability projects. JCCC received $713,625 toward a Center for Sustainability from government funding secured by Sen. Sam Brownback as part of the FY2009 omnibus appropriations bill. The new Center for Sustainability will serve as a resource for local education, business and civic entities and include education and training in:
JCCC’s Center for Sustainability will initiate two learning tracks that will include traditional academic classes and handson learning opportunities.
•Green workplace practices, such as recycling, waste reduction, energy efﬁciency, demand reduction efforts, alternative fuels and sustainability assessments •Sustainable resource management, such as green building practices, energy conservation, green real estate and green interior design •Efﬁcient use of water and wastewater •Green landscaping and land use, such as the use of native vegetation and rain gardens in parks, public areas, and corporate and civic buildings and grounds “The federal dollars will allow JCCC to become a prototype of sustainability education at the community college level,” said Dr. Jay Antle, executive director, Center for Sustainability. The Center for Sustainability will initiate two separate but related learning tracks – traditional academic classes teaching energy, environment and sustainability and handson learning of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar cells, photovoltaic modules and hybrid transportation. The college will work with private and government entities to help fund capital projects on campus using renewable and sustainable energy technology to create “living labs” for teaching and workforce development. Green workforce development will be assisted by these projects.
The college also received two grants from the Kansas Department of Commerce. The ﬁrst, for $83,500, helped the college start a residential energy auditor technician certiﬁcate program for fall 2009; the second, for $82,000, will help it develop a solar electric/photovoltaic technician certiﬁcate program. In June 2009, the college received $867,413 in stimulus funds for green stormwater treatment on the southeast corner of campus. The money was allocated by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The project will allow water runoff from 502,500 square feet of impervious parking and driving surfaces to drain to a constructed wetland on the south side of the parking areas on the college campus. The stormwater runoff will be ﬁltered through bioswales and bio retention rain gardens planted with native vegetation before entering a small wetland. “The process will both ﬁlter the water from pollutants and slow the release of stormwater into the city’s storm sewer system,” said Antle. The wetland, incorporating natural plants to promote ecological activity and provide habitat for animals and beneﬁcial microbes, will be used for student education and for the community as a recreational and learning environment. Students monitored the quality of
stormwater runoff during the past year and will continue to do so, comparing levels of pollutants before and after the implementation of green technologies.
EDUCATION RESEARCH TRIANGLE In November 2008, voters established an education research triangle in Johnson County, with JCCC right in the middle. To the northeast, in Fairway, the University of Kansas will establish a Cancer Clinical Research Center, which will help KU obtain a National Cancer Institute designation. In Olathe, to the southwest, Kansas State University will build a National Food and Animal Health Institute. The institute will conduct research in biomass, bioenergy and other new technologies and offer master’s degrees and new certiﬁcation programs in bioscience and biotechnology. And just down the road from JCCC, KU Edwards Campus will build a facility that will provide classrooms for more than 1,000 new students a year. In addition to six new master’s degrees, the Edwards Campus will offer bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering, science and technology – degrees that JCCC students are hungry for. Through the college’s biotechnology and science programs, JCCC will train the technicians who work with and support the scientists. The triangle will have an economic 7
impact on Johnson County of more than $1.4 billion over the next two decades, stimulating the creation of new companies and new jobs.
STATE OF THE COLLEGE In March 2009, Dr. Terry A. Calaway, JCCC president, gave the college’s second annual State of the College address. Calaway talked about Today’s Challenges – Tomorrow’s Opportunities, looking at issues of sustainability and learner engagement and the college’s new partnership with Olathe Medical Center.
TARGETING TECHNICAL TALENT GRANT JCCC also received $16,958 from the Kansas Board of Regents. The oneyear grant will provide new opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit in career and technical coursework that may lead to an associate’s degree or a technical certiﬁcate. JCCC plans to establish a partnership with the Olathe Uniﬁed School District to deliver an emergency medical science curriculum to Olathe North High School seniors who are students in the district’s sports medicine and athletic training program.
FORTY AND FABULOUS In 20082009, JCCC celebrated its 40th anniversary. Events were planned throughout the year. A video presentation of the history of the college, with memories and photos of the past, was introduced at the allstaff meeting in August. Anniversary recognition was also incorporated into Campus Kickoff activities and the allstaff picnic in September and the Foundation’s annual dinner in October. The main focus of the year was a Free College Day in April 2009. JCCC’s faculty and staff volunteered to offer the public an afternoon of nearly 200 free classes, ranging from art projects for children to a look at aquatic biodiversity, as a way to say thank you to the community for 40 years of support. The event brought between 1,500 and 2,000 people to campus. The anniversary year – and celebration – ended with an anniversary party for faculty and staff and the commencement ceremony in May. “At 40, you can see where you’ve been and look ahead to where you’re going,” said Calaway. “While it’s important to honor the past, much of the focus of this year of celebration was on the future and what the next 40 years will bring.”
JCCC POLICE TAKE OF EMPLOYMENT
In August 2008, 15 ofﬁcers took an oath of employment as members of the JCCC campus police department after a decision by the JCCC board of trustees to allow Kansascertiﬁed police ofﬁcers to carry weapons on campus. Most of the ofﬁcers are retired from the Overland Park or Kansas City, Mo., police departments; combined, the ofﬁcers have more than 670 years of experience in police work. Another seven ofﬁcers took the oath in February 2009. Certiﬁed ofﬁcers must have 40 hours of continuing education and qualify with a handgun annually. The ofﬁcers work with Overland Park police to protect the students, campus and community.
BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS In 20082009, the newest buildings on campus – the Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, both of which opened in 2007 – won these awards: •The 2009 Learning By Design Citation of Excellence Award, recognizing outstanding achievements in the architecture of educational environments •The American Institute of Architects, Kansas City and Central States Chapters Honor Award for Design Excellence for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyu Sung Woo, Architect, Gould Evans, Architect of Record •The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Heart of America Chapter, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for the media projection wall in the Regnier Center •The Construction Speciﬁcations Institute, Excellence in Architecture Award •Community Treasure Architectural Award for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR In July 2009, JCCC was named “a great college to work for” through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges Program, which included both fouryear and twoyear educational institutions. JCCC, along with Delta College, Mich., and Miami Dade College, Florida, was named to the program’s honor roll for large community colleges (10,000 students or more) as the three institutions cited the most in individual recognition categories. JCCC was speciﬁcally recognized in the categories of job satisfaction; facultyadministration relations and collaborative governance; facilities, security and work space; worklife balance; and connection to the institution and pride. The Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes institutions for best practices and policies in 26 categories for fouryear colleges and in 15 categories for community colleges. Within those categories, colleges are classiﬁed based on enrollment.
GRANT FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING Also in July 2009, JCCC received a $249,094 grant to develop and strengthen the college’s emergency management plans. JCCC was one of 26 colleges and universities sharing $9.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Emergency Management for Higher Education program, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration. In their requests, grantees had to address the four phases of emergency management – preventionmitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. JCCC plans to use the grant monies to •Develop, review and fully integrate campus wide emergency plans using National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidance •Develop a written plan that prepares the campus to deal with infectious disease •Develop a written plan for preventing violence on campus by assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students •Train campus staff, faculty and students in emergency management efforts •Ensure coordination of emergency planning and communication •Coordinate with local and state ofﬁcials and authorities
JCCC’s musical ensembles – Chamber Choir, MadRegalia, Concert Band, the Midnight Blues Jazz Choir and the Midnight Express Jazz Ensemble – performed concerts throughout the year.
faCulty and staff awaRds and honoRs ............................................................................
Johnson County Community College Three retired faculty and a retired administrator •In June 2009, Dr. Larry Reynolds became the were honored by being named to JCCC’s Wall
dean of communications. He is a former of Honor in August 2008. The honorees were
professor, speech. Dr. Chuck Bishop, professor, history; Ellen Mohr, •Also in June, Dr. Csilla Duneczky became the professor, Writing Center; Carolyn Neptune,
dean of sciences. She is the former interim professor, mathematics; and Dr. Dan
assistant dean, sciences, and a science Radakovich, executive vice president, professor. academic affairs.
Sandy Hon, barista, was one of seven people New deans were named throughout the year.
to be certiﬁed as a 20082009 U.S. Barista Championship head judge. Certiﬁed head •Dr. Clarissa Craig was named the dean of judges were the only judges serving at the health care professions and wellness in July USBC regionals; they also oversee the 2008. She formerly was the assistant dean of and teaching of regional competitions respiratory care. judge workshops. •Darcy McGrath became the dean of workforce development and operations in July In fall 2008, Samira Hussein, associate professor, business administration, received 2008. She came to JCCC from Kansas City the Crescent Peace Society 2008 Education Kansas Community College, where she was Award. The award recognizes an individual the director of workforce development. for excellence in teaching in a manner that • Bill Brown became the dean of technology in promotes understanding of diverse September 2008, overseeing computer science backgrounds. and information technology and industrial technology programs. He was the former In October 2008, Greg Harrell, professor interim dean of business and technology. of journalism and English, won the Reid H. • Lindy Robinson became the dean of business Montgomery Distinguished Service Award from the College Media Advisers. The award is given in September 2008, overseeing business, individuals who have made outstanding to architecture, hospitality management and to collegiate media or media contributions interior and fashion design programs. She advising. formerly was the assistant dean of design and hospitality. •In October 2008, Ruth Randall became the dean of curriculum and academic quality. She formerly was the interim dean of liberal arts, Honors program coordinator and associate professor, English. •In January 2009, Jeff Frost became the dean of mathematics. He is the former interim dean of mathematics and a math professor. •Also in January 2009, Andy Anderson became the dean of English and journalism. He is the former interim dean of English and journalism and an English professor. • In February 2009, Rick Moehring became the dean of the new learner engagement division. Formerly, he was a counselor at the college. • In May 2009, Dr. Betty Furtwengler became the dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. She is the former assistant dean of social sciences and social services.
In November 2008, the Kansas City Advertising Club presented Nancy SchneiderWilson, professor, graphic design, with the Excellence in Advertising Education Award in recognition of outstanding dedication and service. Nine Johnson County Community College faculty were selected in December 2008 to receive Distinguished Service Awards, bestowed in recognition and reward of teaching excellence. • Ateegh AlArab, professor, science • Lisa Cole, associate professor, accounting • Dr. Ron Frigault, counselor • Dr. Steven M. Gerson, professor, English • Susan Johnson, professor and department chair, engineering technology • Shirly Kleiner, professor and department chair, accounting • Dr. Toby Klinger, professor, psychology and gender and women’s studies
•Dr. Larry Reynolds, professor, speech •Myra Young, professor, speech Recipients are awarded $5,000 over a twoyear period. Dr. John Jungck, professor, biology, Beloit College, Wis., served as the external judge. Donna Duffey, chair of the entrepreneurship program at JCCC, was honored in January 2009 with the Faculty of the Year Award from the National Association of Community Colleges in Entrepreneurship. JCCC’s entrepreneurship program is a national model. In January 2009, Lindy Robinson, dean of business, received the Award of Merit from the Kansas Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education. This award recognizes an individual for the highest meritorious contribution to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of economic/ workforce development in Kansas. In February 2009, JCCC, along with Cloud County Community College and Neosho County Community College, was named a ﬁnalist for the prestigious Bellwether Award sponsored by the University of Florida. Bellwether ﬁnalist colleges are regarded as trendsetting institutions. JCCC was nominated for its new curriculum online review system in the instructional programs and services category. Those working on the project were Dr. Vincent Miller, systems specialist; Judy Ogden, professor, information systems; Debby Hassur, administrative assistant/curriculum coordinator; Rhonda Barlow, associate professor, mathematics; Debbie Young, records analyst; Stu Shafer, professor, sociology; Ruth Randall, dean, curriculum and academic quality; Karen Chamberlin, systems specialist; and Dr. Clarissa Craig, dean, health care professions and wellness. In April 2009, Ruth Randall, dean, curriculum and academic quality, received Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award. Of Phi Theta Kappa’s more than 2 million alumni, only 14 have been selected to receive this prestigious honor, which recognizes her support of Phi Theta Kappa over the past 20 years. PTK is an international honor society for twoyear schools.
Students can gain real world knowledge and practical experience.
Charis Sawyer, associate professor, reading/Academic Achievement Center; Lisa Cole, associate professor, accounting; and Deborah Williams, associate professor, science, were selected by their peers to receive teaching excellence medallions in May 2009 at the national conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas. Barry Bailey, JCCC assistant professor/librarian, was named one of 51 “Movers and Shakers” for 2009 by the Library Journal. Bailey was honored in the innovators category. New this year was the College Scholars program, which showcased faculty excellence in research that goes beyond the classroom to make scholarly contributions to knowledge within the professor’s academic discipline. The scholars each made two presentations – one for the public and another for students – and worked with either students or faculty. The 20082009 College Scholars and their public presentations were Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, assistant professor, science; Refugees in Kansas: Who Are They? Why Are They Here? What Help Do They Need?; Dr. Andrea Broomﬁeld, associate professor, English, The Night the Good Ship Went Down: Three Fateful Dinners Aboard the Titanic and What They Tell Us About Class, Nationality and Power on the Eve of World War I; Dr. Nancy Holcroft, associate professor,
science, One Fish, Two Fish, 17,500 Fish: Understanding the Diversity of Fishes; and Stuart Shafer, professor, sociology, Sustenance: Food and the Roots of Sustainability. JCCC’s Dining Services took the bronze medal in the CateringStandard Menu category of the National Association of College and University Food Services 2009 Dining Awards in April 2009. JCCC Dining Services received the bronze prize within the category of midsize colleges and universities. Criteria for judging included menu, presentation, marketing and overall impression. In April 2009, the winners of the Lieberman Teaching Excellence Awards for Adjunct Faculty were:
Through a gift from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, ﬁve cash awards of $1,000 are made each year to recognize outstanding faculty performance at JCCC. Each instructional division selects nominees; then ﬁve recipients are selected from these nominees by an external judge. This year the judge was Dr. Byron McClenney, project director and senior lecturer, educational administration, Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas at Austin. Recipients were: •Brian Balman, professor, mathematics •Dr. Linda Creason, associate professor, reading •Terri Easley, assistant professor, speech and debate coach
•Lindsey Henson, professor, speech
•Maureen Fitzpatrick, professor, English
•Amy Hoherz, professor, mathematics
•Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, assistant professor, science
•Dr. Shahla Nikravan, associate professor, business administration
In May 2009, Ona Ashley, director of the hospitality program, received the Pistilli Service Excellence Award from the Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau in recognition of her dedication to the hospitality industry in Kansas City and her commitment to excellence.
•Anna Page, professor, science •Sydney Pener, professor, ﬁne arts •Dr. Stan Svojanovsky, associate professor, science The awards are made possible through a gift honoring George and Floriene Lieberman, supporters of the college.
Also in May, Larry Thomas, professor, ﬁne art, received a $1,000 Inspiration Grant funded by the ArtsKC Fund. The grant will help him purchase technical equipment essential to his plan to produce a new body of works on paper. 11
Dr. Jay Antle, associate professor, history, and executive director, Center for Sustainability, was named an adviser to the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program. The program promotes climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities by providing resources and technical support, creating networking opportunities and organizing education events. In June 2009, Denise Moore became the vice president and chief information ofﬁcer, Information Services. She is the former CIO of the state of Kansas. Also in June 2009, Jo Randolph, adjunct professor, and Darla Green, assistant professor, interior design, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) certiﬁcation. The LEED AP designation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certiﬁcation process. To earn the certiﬁcation, professionals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED rating system.
In June 2009, Julane Crabtree, professor, mathematics, was recognized as one of the top online educators by Surfaquarium, a Web site dedicated to support and assistance for online instructors. Several JCCC faculty and staff members held ofﬁces and served on boards: •Dr. Csilla Duneczky, dean, Sciences, was a member of the 2009 Secondary and 2Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K12 Classroom Challenge (SPECA) Grants Program Peer Review Panel in Washington, D.C. •Terri Easley was elected as the MidAmerica representative for the CrossExamination Debate Association. She began her twoyear term on the group’s executive council in May 2008. •Carl Heinrich, athletics director, became the president of the National Alliance of TwoYear Athletic Administrators (NATYAA). • Shirly Kleiner, professor, accounting, was the twoyear memberatlarge for the board of directors, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
Andrew Cousino dropped out of high school, earned his GED and enrolled full time at JCCC at age 16. He is now a graduate student at Kansas State University pursuing a PhD in mathematics and living proof that the formula for academic success does not have one right answer.
•Paul Kyle, dean, Student Services, was president of the Kansas Counseling Association. •Dr. James Leiker, associate professor, history, was elected to the board of the Kansas Association of Historians. •Darcy McGrath, dean, Workforce Development and Operations, served as vice president, administration and ﬁnance, for the National Council for Continuing Education and Training. She is past president of the Kansas Council for Workforce Education. •Jeanne Walsh, assistant dean, nursing, was the president of the Kansas State Board of Nursing. • Steve Wilson, professor, mathematics, is immediate pastpresident of the Kansas Mathematical Association of TwoYear Colleges. •Dr. Sally Winship, vice president, Workforce, Community and Economic Development, was president of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training.
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Johnson County Community College Three students received prestigious Freeman Awards for Study in Asia in fall 2008. Jacob Estes and Mathew Brown studied at J.S. Oberlin University, Machida, Japan (a suburb of Tokyo), and Christopher Petrus studied at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. In October 2008, four JCCC graphic design students received awards at the University of Central Missouri American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) student design competition. In December 2008, three graphic design students received AIGA A5 Awards. JCCC students walked away with 19 out of 24 student ADDY awards at the Kansas City Advertising Club banquet in January 2009. The next month, JCCC graphic design students were publicly honored at the annual ADDY Awards event hosted by the AD CLUB of Kansas City in association with the American Advertisers Federation. Students were awarded three out of four gold awards, and Kevin Rudolph received the prestigious BestinShow award in the student category. In April, three students received silver awards in the district ADDY design competition. In December 2008, three JCCC students were recognized as leading culinary scholars for their outstanding academic accomplishments. Thomas Haggerty, Joe Jackson and Katie Palmer received the Academic Award of Excellence from Tyson Foods Inc. and Restaurant Startup and Growth magazine. In February 2009, Kelly Conwell won the 2009 American Culinary Federation Central Region Student Chef of the Year Award at the ACF Central Regional Conference. In July, she won the National Student Chef of the Year competition. At the national competition, the four ﬁnalists had two hours to prepare and cook a twocourse meal and 10 minutes to serve the four portions to a panel of judges. Winning the national award qualiﬁed Conwell to compete in the World Association of Chefs’ Societies International Hans Bueschkens Competition for 20 young chefs in Santiago, Chile, in January 2010. Chef Felix Sturmer, associate professor, hospitality management, served as her coach. Conwell is also one of 75 Americans selected for the CongressBundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a full year workstudy scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange that includes
two months of intensive German language training in Germany, four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a ﬁvemonth internship in a participant’s career ﬁeld. At the regional conference, the Knowledge Bowl team took fourth place with a bronze medal and the culinary team took fourth place with a silver medal. Coaches were Chef John Head, Chef Jerry Marcellus and Sturmer, all associate professors, hospitality management. In May, students Debra RatcliffBall and Betsy Mooney were recognized by the National Restaurant Association for their outstanding academic achievements in hospitality education. They and student Toni Cardin also received the Tyson Food Service Academic Excellence award for outstanding academic accomplishments and recognition as leading culinary scholars. Through a special academic week focusing on the new presidential administration and the impact of the media on American politics, 11 JCCC students had the opportunity to be in Washington, D.C., when the nation celebrated the swearingin of the 44th president of the United States. The seminar studied the role the media plays in the political process. Students had the chance to meet and address national and international leaders who shared their insight on the politics and polices that will shape the administration of President Barack Obama. Through lectures, site visits, tours and special events, students saw the impact of the media on the political process. These students were chosen to attend: Morgan Honnold, Calvin McConnell, Heather Odell, Jillian Paegelow, Elaheh Zare Mohazab, Molly Adams, Trent Brining, Ahmad Mustafa, David Scott, Ben Herron and Amanda Hendrix. The Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival was held in Lawrence in January 2009. Four theatre faculty members accompanied 11 JCCC theatre students who participated in workshops and productions. Three JCCC actors were selected to participate in the Irene Ryan acting scholarship auditions: Justin Kirk, Heidi Furst and Kendra Verhage. Kirk and Furst broke into the semiﬁnal round of 64, and Kirk and his partner made it to the ﬁnal round of 16.
Two JCCC scholars were honored in February 2009 in Topeka for their academic accomplishments. Representing JCCC were Elaheh Zare Mohazab and Tiffany Copple. The scholars are members of the 2009 AllKansas Academic Team, sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents. The students were recognized in an annual award ceremony that draws educators and legislators each year. The students visited the Kansas Statehouse before the ceremony, where they were given a tour and met lawmakers. Each student received a proclamation issued by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, an educational stipend and an academic medallion. In March 2009, the JCCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was recognized for its accomplishments during the past year at the Kansas Region Hallmark Awards Banquet, receiving the Leadership Hallmark Award, the Five Star Award, Distinguished Recognition – Scholarship Hallmark, Distinguished Recognition – Great Idea Award, and Honorable Mention – Outstanding Chapter. Receiving individual recognition were Tiffany Copple, Distinguished Recognition, Chapter President; Michele Haverkamp, Distinguished Recognition, Paragon Award for New Advisors; and Elaheh Zare Mohazab, Distinguished Recognition, Distinguished Member Award. The JCCC debate team competed in 12 tournaments during the 20082009 season and won honors and awards at all of them. The team accumulated three ﬁnal round appearances, 17 elimination round appearances and 21 speaker awards throughout the season. At the 34th annual National Junior Division Debate Tournament (NJDDT) held at JCCC in March 2009, the team of Tyler Kowalewski and Alex Tan won the Novice National Championship. Kowalewski and Tan accumulated a 62 prelimination record with wins over Southern Methodist University, Illinois State University, Wisconsin Oshkosh and the University of North Texas. This team advanced to the semiﬁnal round where they defeated the University of North Texas and then to the ﬁnal round, where they defeated the University of Northern Iowa on a 30 decision. Kowalewski 13
Educational, transitional and professional development needs of deaf and hardof hearing people from birth through adulthood are supported by JCCC’s Gallaudet University Regional Center. was also recognized individually as the top speaker at the tournament. The JCCC debate team also competed at the CrossExamination Debate Association (CEDA) National Tournament in Pocatello, Idaho, in March. JCCC was awarded the secondplace Joy McClintock Award for Community College Sweepstakes given for points accumulated during the regular season. This is the third consecutive year JCCC has been in the top three for Community College Sweepstakes. JCCC’s debate team won more awards and honors in 20082009 than in any other season in the past 15 years. The team was ranked 57th out of 191 schools in the CrossExamination Debate Association’s ﬁnal ofﬁcial rankings for the season. Out of 300 debaters, JCCC had four in the top 100: Zac Hartkopp, 46th; Tan, 63rd; Caitlin Breslin, 73rd; and Kowalewski, 76th. The debate coach is Terri Easley, assistant professor, speech. The JCCC Model United Nations team was named the Distinguished Delegation for its portrayal of Canada at the National Model United Nations Conference held in November 2008 in Xi’an, China. The award was voted on by the committee chairs, National Collegiate 14
Conference Association and Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an. The China conference was the ﬁrst international NMUN conference, which included student participants from around the world. The conference was organized in cooperation with NPU, a JCCC partner school. Six JCCC students comprised the team: Danny Eakins, Lowell Fletcher, Nida Fatima, Mick Larson, Trent Brining and Lois Grimshaw. The team adviser was Andrea Vieux, adjunct assistant professor, political science. JCCC was one of only four community colleges among the international universities that competed in the conference. The JCCC Model United Nations team won two honorable mention awards for its portrayal of Canada and Poland at the 2009 MidWest Model United Nations Conference in February 2009. One of only two community colleges, 12 JCCC students competed with students from more than 100 other universities and colleges from across North America. The awards cap more than three years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at each of the last 11 conferences they have attended.
In April the Model United Nations team won major awards at the National Model United Nations conference for their portrayal of Kenya. Brining and Ashlie Van Hoecke won the Outstanding Delegation award, the most prestigious award for Model United Nations. JCCC was the only community college on the short list of other schools that won the same award. JCCC also won an outstanding position papers award and was the only community college to do so. Dr. Brian Wright, associate professor, political science, is the team’s adviser. The Campus Ledger, JCCC’s student newspaper, won the prestigious Pacemaker Award in November 2008. The Pacemaker is the highest honor available to members of the Associated Collegiate Press and is considered one of the most soughtafter awards in collegiate journalism. The Campus Ledger was one of only ﬁve newspapers from twoyear schools across the country to receive the award. The newspapers are judged on overall quality in the following areas: coverage and content, quality of writing and editing, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of indepth reporting, layout and design, and photography, art and graphics. The editor was Alexia StoutLang, and the adviser was Anne ChristiansenBullers.
In March 2009, staff members of The Campus Ledger brought home 12 certiﬁcates from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Circle Awards. The awards included three ﬁrst place certiﬁcates, two secondplace certiﬁcates, one thirdplace certiﬁcate and six certiﬁcates of merit. The contest is judged without divisions, so that JCCC students competed against students from both community colleges and fouryear schools. In April, JCCC students won two ﬁrstplace awards and a secondplace prize in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters student competition. Jennifer Harris, the Ledger’s editorinchief, was named the 2009 Kansas Journalist of the Year by the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press. She also has worked as a staff reporter and arts editor. The Ledger was awarded the AllKansas Award and 37 individual awards at the state conference in April. Judges awarded The Campus Ledger both the gold medal, reﬂecting overall excellence, and the AllKansas Award, reﬂecting the best of show in the twoyear school division. The newspaper’s Web site also received a bronze medal. In that division, two year and fouryear schools are judged in one category. The online editor was John Young. Ledger personnel swept the top three awards (ﬁrst, second and third) in three categories: headline writing, sports column and news photography. Matt Galloway, editorinchief for 20092010, received seven individual awards. In May 2009, Ledger students also worked with sixthgrade students at the C.A. Franklin school in Kansas City, helping them to publish a newspaper. In April 2009, G. Kerop Fernandez won ﬁrst place in the 2009 Kansas Community College Business Plan Challenge sponsored by the Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship and W. Frank Barton School of Business. The competition required students to complete documentation for a new business idea. Fernandez’ business plan is for OzVet – a company to broker to Latin America animal health products manufactured in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. As the winner, Fernandez received $1,500 and became eligible to compete in the 2009 Shocker Business Plan Competition.
JCCC’s 20082009 Academic Excellence Challenge Team competed in the semiﬁnal and state competition in Salina in April, placing sixth overall. The team competed against other Kansas community colleges in the twoday tournament. Members of the team were Jaime Becker, William Bettes, Trent Brining, Patrick Costello, David Merchant and Ethan Taylor. Among the 70 individual student participants in the tournament, team captain Bettes won secondplace MVP by earning 540 points total and an average of 45 points per match. Students Lauren Wilkinson, Rebecca Emley and Robyn Better were the JCCC Interior Design Student Association design team whose work was seen in “The Cottage” at the Symphony Designers Showhouse in May 2009. They were assisted by other JCCC students in preparing the rooms. This was the 24th consecutive year that JCCC interior design students have participated in the Kansas City Symphony Alliance Showhouse. It was also JCCC’s largest design responsibility in the showhouse over the past 24 years. Jose Ignacio CarvajalRegidor, a JCCC student who graduated in May, was the recipient of a national Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with ﬁnancial need to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top fouryear colleges and universities. CarvajalRegidor was a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the twoyear colleges. He held a JCCC Board of Directors’ Leadership Scholarship and Honors Program Scholarship. In addition to working as a tutor in the Writing Center, he was a research assistant for the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance. CarvajalRegidor attends the University of Kansas, pursuing a career teaching Latin American history or literature. The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship covers unmet expenses up to the amount of $30,000.
Mackenzie Evan Smith, another May graduate of JCCC, received two scholarships totaling $25,000 from Carnegie Mellon University, where she plans to major in creative writing and minor in Arabic. At JCCC, Smith worked as a peer tutor in the Writing Center. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, an Honors program graduate, a volunteer English conversation partner and the recipient of ﬁve JCCC scholarships. Brijette Romstedt was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study in the fall in Costa Rica. Only 3 percent of Gilman recipients come from community colleges. JCCC student Austin P. Swearengin received a secondplace award for a mixed media sculpture titled The Letting Go in the 2008 2009 Student Art Competition sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The competition included 90 works of art from League colleges. Heather Hale, an automotive technology student, was selected as one of two state winners in the ninth annual Kansas Breaking Traditions Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Career and Technical Education unit at the Kansas Board of Regents. As a state winner, Hale received a scholarship of $500. Amanda Pearson, a student in the metal fabrication (welding) program, was selected as a regional winner in the same competition, receiving a scholarship of $250. The competition recognizes outstanding male and female students who are enrolled in a career or technical program that leads to highskill nontraditional occupational employment. (Nontraditional occupations are deﬁned as one for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that ﬁeld.) Six JCCC students had works on display at the 2009 Overland Park Arboretum sculpture exhibit: Jason Bryant, Stable, steel and concrete assemblage; Jim Porter, The Fruit of the Harvest, bronze; Wendie Collins, Monet Stumped, bronze; Katherine Jennings, Spider, steel; Ansel O’Doniel, Metameric, steel; and Elliott Carlson, Two Frogs, bronze, steel and concrete. Mark Cowardin, assistant professor, ﬁne arts, coordinated the effort.
JCCC’s men’s basketball team, led by head coach Mike Jeffers, brought home their second NJCAA Division II National Championship. JCCC also won the 2001 national title. The Cavaliers ﬁnished the season with a 269 record.
Johnson County Community College BASEBALL The JCCC baseball team won 43 games in 2009, a record under head coach Kent Shelley. The team also ranked among the top hitting and pitching teams in the country. Individually, a schoolrecord 11 players were selected to the AllEast Jayhawk Conference team, and three of those players were named to the AllRegion VI team. Shelley reached a milestone in his career, winning his 600th career game.
MEN’S BASKETBALL The Cavaliers, led by head coach Mike Jeffers, captured their second NJCAA Division II National Championship by defeating Kirkwood Community College, 6349, at Mary Miller Gymnasium in Danville, Ill. JCCC also won the 2001 national title. The Cavaliers ﬁnished the season with a 269 record. Sophomore guard Naﬁs Ricks was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the AllTournament Team by freshmen Jared Henry and Kenny Moore. Ricks also was named ﬁrstteam AllAmerican and was selected the NJCAA and National Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year. Jeffers was named the NJCAA, NABC and Kansas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year. Jeffers also captured his 300th win as the Cavaliers’ head coach.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The 20082009 JCCC women’s basketball season saw a change at head coach. Ben Conrad immediately instilled his style of basketball, and despite some bumps, his team played suffocating defense from the ﬁrst tip to the ﬁnal buzzer. The Lady Cavaliers won 19 games and captured their 10th straight Region VI Division II title. One of the leaders on the team was Danielle Shows. The sophomore forward was selected to the 2009 Junior College/Community College State Farm Coaches AllAmerica Basketball Team. Shows was also recognized as an honorable mention performer. She is only the third player in JCCC history to earn this honor. She also was named as a ﬁrstteam AllEast Jayhawk Conference and ﬁrstteam AllRegion VI DII performer.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The men’s cross country team recorded two wins, had three secondplace ﬁnishes and three thirdplace ﬁnishes during the regular
season. In championship events, the Cavaliers placed second in the conference, third in the region, 11th at the National Cross Country Championship and third at the NJCAA Half Marathon Championship. Three JCCC athletes raced to AllRegion VI honors.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The 2008 JCCC women’s cross country season will rank with the best in team history. JCCC participated in nine scoring events in the season and came away winners seven times. The Lady Cavaliers won the Maple Leaf Invitational, Cavalier Cup, Tabor Invitational, JCCC Short Course Invitational, Emporia State Invitational, the East Jayhawk Conference Championship and the NJCAA Half Marathon Championship. JCCC also placed second at Region VI and sixth at the NJCAA Cross Country Championship. The half marathon win gave JCCC and head coach Mike Bloemker their fourth national half marathon championship and ﬁfth overall national title. Temer Yimer and Francis Gipson were cross country and half marathon AllAmericans. Yimer also was the conference champion.
GOLF The JCCC golf team capped the 20082009 campaign with a 16thplace ﬁnish at the NJCAA Golf Championship in Huntsville, Ala. The Cavaliers’ 16thplace ﬁnish ties the ninth best effort in team history. In addition, three members of the team were among the top 15 players in the ﬁnal Kansas Jayhawk Conference point standings for the season. Sophomore Miles Christensen ﬁnished among the top ﬁve to earn ﬁrstteam allconference honors. Freshmen Trevor Johanson and Nate Allison earned honorable mention honors.
GOLDEN GIRLS DANCE TEAM At the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Dance Championships, the Golden Girls dance team ﬁnished second overall in the Challenge Cup for Division III, which tied the team’s highest ﬁnish in the competition. Two team members were honored: team captain Courtney Coppel received the Cavalier Award and Chrissy Birkholz received the Most Valuable Player award.
MEN’S SOCCER JCCC put together a solid regular season and battled to the end for the conference title. JCCC tied for second with Hutchinson with a 911 conference mark, just behind Barton County, which ﬁnished 1010. JCCC ﬁnished 2008 with a 1271 record, JCCC’s best campaign since the 2005 season. A total of nine players earned allconference honors, and ﬁve of those players also earned AllRegion VI accolades.
WOMEN’S SOCCER All season long, Region VI schools Hutchinson Community College and Barton County Community College received national notoriety, each appearing in the NJCAA women’s soccer poll, but when the dust settled, it was Johnson County who emerged as the top team in Region VI. The Lady Cavaliers captured the NJCAA Region VI women’s soccer title, defeating nationally ranked Barton County, 43. JCCC reached the championship match by downing Hutchinson, 10. In addition, a total of six individuals earned postseason honors from JCCC.
SOFTBALL The JCCC softball team won the Region VI/District E title and qualiﬁed for the NJCAA National Tournament for a third straight season. The Lady Cavaliers ﬁnished the season among the top 10 nationally with a 3413 record, which included a 27game win streak. JCCC also had six players earn allconference honors, and eight were named as AllRegion VI performers. In addition, head coach Kelly Latendresse won her 100th game.
MEN’S TENNIS The JCCC men’s tennis team posted an 182 record, won the Kansas Jayhawk Conference and Region VI titles and ﬁnished seventh at the NJCAA Championship. Individually, Ross Gelina and Luka Radulovic earned AllAmerican by placing second at No. 3 doubles. At the region championship, JCCC athletes won four of the six singles titles and two of the three doubles championships.
WOMEN’S TENNIS The JCCC women’s tennis team just missed its bid to return to the national tournament, placing fourth in the Region VI tournament. The top three teams qualify for nationals, and JCCC ﬁnished a half point behind thirdplace Seward County Community College for the ﬁnal spot. JCCC reached the ﬁnals at one of the six singles brackets and in two of the three doubles championship matches.
Six JCCC track and ﬁeld athletes earned NJCAA Coaches AllAmerica honors.
TRACK AND FIELD Mike Bloemker began a new era at JCCC, taking over as both the women’s and men’s track and ﬁeld head coach in 2009. In his ﬁrst season, Bloemker’s teams ﬁnished in the upper half of the conference standings in both indoor and outdoor competition. Both teams ﬁnished among the top 25 in the country at indoor nationals, and four individuals earned six NJCAA Coaches AllAmerica honors. At outdoor nationals, the JCCC men’s team ﬁnished 16th in the country, and the women placed 20th overall. In addition, six athletes earned nine NJCAA Coaches AllAmerica honors.
VOLLEYBALL The JCCC volleyball team ﬁnished runnerup to Kishwaukee College at the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship for the second straight year. JCCC, the No. 3 seed in the championship, fell 31 to the nation’s top team, the same score as last year’s championship match. This was JCCC’s third appearance in the championship match in the last four years (the Cavaliers won the NJCAA title in 2005). JCCC ﬁnished the season 304 under the direction of ﬁrstyear head coach Jennifer Ei. Her .882 winning percentage is the best by a rookie coach in team history, passing former NJCAA Hall of Fame coaches Susan Brown (.708) and Jill Stinson (.652). The Cavaliers won 14 matches against ranked opponents during the campaign. In addition to the team’s success, two individuals were honored for their performance in this championship event. Sophomore Sydney Pemberton and freshman Emily Forbes were named to the 2008 NJCAA DII AllTournament Team. Pemberton was also named to the NJCAA AllAmerica Team.
The Region VI/District E title belonged to the Cavaliers in 2008. The team qualiﬁed for the NJCAA national softball tournament for a third straight season.
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Johnson County Community College LEARNER ENGAGEMENT JCCC’s role is not just to offer classes, but to help students identify their educational and career paths. Students who are engaged and connected with faculty, staff and administrators have a better chance of reaching their goals. To achieve that, a new division of Learner Engagement that encompasses Counseling, Career Services, Access Services and Student Life and Leadership Development was established in 20082009. The new division’s primary goal is to develop and engage students and provide focus and leadership for the entire campus regarding activities that are crucial to student success and retention. In June 2009, JCCC was one of 20 community colleges in seven states invited to join Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a national initiative to help more community college students succeed – particularly those students who traditionally face signiﬁcant barriers to success, such as students of color and lowincome students. The initiative is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to signiﬁcantly improving student success rates. JCCC has made a twoyear commitment to focus its efforts on closing performance gaps among students in targeted populations.
ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD STUDY IN HONDURAS In July 2008, Dr. William McFarlane, associate professor, anthropology, and Dr. Miranda Stockett, adjunct professor, anthropology, led the ﬁrstever archaeological ﬁeld school from JCCC as part of a community based research project in Jésus de Otero Valley in western Honduras. Five JCCC students took advantage of the opportunity for handson excavation of preColumbian artifacts while earning credit for two JCCC classes. Artifacts unearthed during the summer contribute toward a Casa de Cultura in the valley, sought after by locals as a civic center/tourist attraction that preserves archaeology, anthropology, theater, music and dance. McFarlane led a second ﬁeld school in Honduras in summer 2009.
Five JCCC students traveled to Jésús de Otero Valley in western Honduras to excavate preColumbian artifacts as part of a communitybased research project.
Taught by JCCC faculty in the college’s stateoftheart biotechnology suite, students received handson training in basic laboratory techniques and learned how to isolate their own DNA, use a micropipette, modify the genetic makeup of bacteria and search for secrets of the rain forest.
BISTATE BIOSCIENCE A $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program funded the BiState Bioscience Consortium for Curriculum and Faculty Development. Through the consortium, JCCC, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Metropolitan Community College work in partnership to create a model for a virtual community college that satisﬁes employer needs for job candidates in bioscience with relevant handson skills. The virtual community college supports a comprehensive package of curricula for scientiﬁc math, scientiﬁc writing and laboratory skills and safety available to students who fulﬁll the certiﬁcate/graduation requirements at each institution. The courses are converted to a Webbased learning environment and are augmented by faculty from each college participating in learning communities around the common courses. Students attend the courses at their parent college, use common texts, and participate in common ﬁeld trips and seminars that prepare them for bioscience employment.
ADVANCED DEMENTIA CARE In August 2008, the college received a $25,000 grant from the International Longevity Center under the 2008 Community College Caregiver Training Initiative, funded by MetLife Foundation, to fund a new advanced dementia care certiﬁcate program. The new 30hour 20
program will train family caregivers and in home care workers to provide longterm home care services to older adults with cognitive deﬁcits due to Alzheimer’s, dementia or stroke.
ALL NATIONS BREATH OF LIFE JCCC was one of four institutions along with the American Indian Council of Kansas City, Heart of America Indian Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center to receive a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to implement a smoking cessation program with American Indians in Greater Kansas City. The ﬁveyear grant is the largest amount awarded by the NIH, and JCCC was one of the ﬁrst community colleges to receive a grant for this purpose. The smoking cessation program, All Nations Breath of Life, is tailored speciﬁcally to American Indians, respecting tobacco’s use for spiritual and ceremonial practices while addressing the health risks of its recreational use.
NEW CERTIFICATES New in 20082009 was a sustainable agriculture (market farming) certiﬁcate designed to meet the growing demand for locally grown food, both from chefs who recognize its importance for freshness and nutrition and from consumers concerned about the quality, safety and sustainability of the U.S. food system. The 28hour certiﬁcate program provides education in agriscience and agribusiness, focusing on sustainable agriculture, market farming, the preparation of locally grown food and
entrepreneurship.The sustainable agriculture certiﬁcate teaches prospective, beginning and experienced market farmers how to be more productive and ecological while looking at food industry compliance and safety issues and ﬁnancial management for small business. In a new ﬂoriculture certiﬁcate program, students learn the concepts of ﬂoral design. The 28 to 30hour program combines the aesthetics of design with plant physiology and skills for running a small business. The third semester of the program consists of a three hour retail shop class, a studentrun venture similar to JCCC’s popular pastry shop. Students learn about buying and pricing ﬂowers, ﬂorist computer software, public relations and delivery services. A new legal administrative assistant certiﬁcate prepares students to work in the ﬁeld or continue classes toward an associate of applied science degree. The program provides courses that apply to administrative assistants in general and to the legal ﬁeld in particular.
CLASSES IN LAWRENCE JCCC offered more classes at the Lawrence Centennial School in 20082009, including Commercial Crop Production, part of the new sustainable agriculture certiﬁcate; Energy Alternatives, through the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning program; certiﬁed nurse aide classes; and classes that count toward a manufacturing certiﬁcate.
JCCC’s early childhood education degree program was awarded a maximum sevenyear accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children Commission.
HCDC EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
STAGES AND STUDIOS
In October 2008, the Hiersteiner Child Development Center became one of the ﬁrst early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “We’re proud to have again earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Sara McElhenny, program director, HCDC. “Although HCDC has been accredited since 1993, meeting this new set of higher standards should help families know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, HCDC went through an extensive self study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 new NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 NAEYC program standards. NAEYCaccredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for ﬁve years.
In March 2009, Stages and Studios: All Arts Day, a new partnership between the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and JCCC’s performing arts program, offered fourthgrade students from Starside Elementary School, De Soto, a day of immersion in the visual and performing arts. Students attended Spirit Horse, a play that explores family bonds and Native Canadian traditions; teachers received study guides about the play in advance. After a lunch furnished by the college, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art offered guided interactive tours and handson activities focusing on Native American works and animals in art exhibited in the museum’s permanent collection and on campus. Students created a collage showing their own interpretations of a special animal as well as a clay coil vessel featuring animal symbols of their own invention. Returning to the Carlsen Center, the fourth graders had a tour of theater spaces and their backstage areas and then reconvened with the theater company for a discussion of the performance, their arts experience and their perceptions of the Indian traditions they explored.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM IS ACCREDITED In April 2009, JCCC’s early childhood education degree program was awarded a maximum sevenyear accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children Commission. JCCC is one of only 61 community college programs in the nation to receive accreditation and is the only community college in Kansas to do so. The NAEYC Commission found the program to be in substantial compliance with all ﬁve accreditation standards with learning opportunities and key assessments exceeding expectations for all required standards. The NAEYC Commission reported that “the program has a clear sense of identity and a place in the community, offers high quality instruction and lab sites, and has a wealth of resources and enhanced academic services to support learning and growth.”
PRECOLLEGE BIOSCIENCE INSTITUTE In June 2009, JCCC, in partnership with the One KC WIRED grant, hosted a precollege bioscience institute designed for high school students who are interested in the biotechnology ﬁeld. Taught by JCCC faculty in the college’s stateoftheart biotechnology suite, students received handson training in basic laboratory techniques and learned how to isolate their own DNA, use a micropipette, modify the genetic makeup of bacteria and search for secrets of the rain forest. 21
ON YOUR SITE Through its On Your Site program, JCCC offers credit classes onsite 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. During the 20082009 academic year, classes in industrial safety/workplace skills and metal fabrication were offered at the Johnson County correctional facility in Gardner. Classes in industrial safety were offered at the Lawrence Energy Center.
Career Pathways encourages students to examine careers and undertake a plan of study that will lead to the career of their choice through coursework and workbased learning.
COLLEGE CLOSE TO HOME Students could enroll in college general education classes at offcampus College Close to Home sites in high schools throughout the county, including Gardner Edgerton High School, Spring Hill High School, De Soto High School and Eudora High School and at KU Edwards Campus, Bishop Miege North in Roeland Park and the Lawrence Centennial School in Lawrence. More than 1,700 students took classes at these locations in 20082009.
COLLEGE NOW AND QUICK STEP JCCC’s College Now is a credit program for county high school juniors and seniors or 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 2008, College Now enrollment totaled more than 2,500 students in 24 different locations. In the spring, 1,500 high school students were enrolled in College Now. Ninetyeight percent of College Now students continue their education at colleges and universities, and 97 percent of College Now students said their courses transferred for credit to colleges other than JCCC. JCCC’s Quick Step program is also for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as 9thgrade students identiﬁed as gifted with a current Individual Education Plan from a public school district. Through the Quick Step program, students can be enrolled in more than 150 college courses. Instruction is provided by JCCC faculty and is usually held on the college campus. For fall 2008, 815 Quick Step students from area high schools were enrolled in JCCC courses. In the spring, 632 students were enrolled in Quick Step courses.
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 through JCCC’s selfpaced math offerings. A high school instructor teaches the course and gives the high school grade, while a JCCC professor oversees the selfpaced aspect of study, administers all assessments for college credit, and gives the JCCC grade. In 20082009, 914 students were enrolled in 91 sections of the course in 21 area high schools. Ninety percent of enrolled students earn transferable credit for college algebra with a grade of C or higher.
CAREER PATHWAYS A program for career preparation and workforce development, Career Pathways encourages students to examine careers and undertake a plan of study that will lead to the career of their choice through coursework and workbased learning. The program focuses on the transition from high school to postsecondary education in a career program at JCCC. A total of 3,761 students are enrolled in the 13 consortia high schools in Johnson County; 600 of those students are also attending JCCC.
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SPEAKERS These presenters spoke to students, faculty, staff and the community at JCCC in 20082009: German chemist Dr. Harald Boehmer gave a lecture, Nomads of Anatolia, in September 2008 as well as presentations on textiles to students and the community. Boehmer sparked “The Great Anatolian Rug Revolution,” transforming the entire Turkish rug industry, restoring the ancient art of handwoven carpets and establishing the ﬁrst women’s rugweaving cooperative in the Islamic world. During Political Week in October 2008, students heard from Kelly Nyks, writerproducerdirector of Split: A Divided America, about the redblue divide in the country today; a panel of People in the Media composed of Dave Helling, The Kansas City Star; Micheal Mahoney, KMBCTV 9; Denise Jordon, The Kansas City Globe; Joe Arce, Kansas City Hispanic News; and Chris Stigall, KCMO Talk Radio 710 – focused on election coverage. Peter Hart, activism director at FAIR magazine, debated Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in the Media, in The Great Election Debate: How the Media
Can Sway Votes and Win Elections. The week ended with a hiphop concert. JCCC and Kansas City Kansas Community College hosted South African freedom ﬁghter Eddie Daniels in October 2008. Daniels spoke at each college. Dr. John Voll, professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for MuslimChristian Understanding at Georgetown University, spoke about the Muslim Political Heritage: Islamic States from Past to Present in January 2009. John Meacham, editor of Newsweek, also spoke in January as part of the Greater Kansas City second annual Festival of Faiths, created to build relationships that foster interfaith dialogue. Bill Bowers, internationally known mime and Broadway veteran, presented a solo play, It Goes Without Saying, in March 2009. In a performance that blended mime and storytelling, Bowers shared stories from his career and his lifelong exploration of the role silence plays in our lives.
Warren Brown, founder and owner of CakeLove and Love Café and former host of Sugar Rush on the Food Network, also spoke in March 2009 about the highs and lows of starting his own business. Dr. Zoe Oxley, chair of the department of political science, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., was one of two scholarsinresidence at JCCC in April 2009. She gave presentations on Media Coverage of War: Presidential Power, News Proﬁts and Democracy and Women, Gender Stereotyping and Elections in the United States. The second scholarinresidence, Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine, assistant professor, School of Humanities and Social Science, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, spoke on U.S. Public Diplomacy Toward Islamic Countries: New Realities, Old Challenges? and New Media and NeoIslamism. Matthew Emerzian, cofounder and coauthor of Every Monday Matters, was JCCC’s Nell Mitchell Wellness Speaker in April 2009. He believes ordinary individuals, either acting alone or together, can change the world. Mitchell, an
JCCC hosted many lectures open to the public, including Dr. Harald Boehmer, German chemist and textile expert, and other notable speakers.
Dr. Allison Smith, JCCC assistant professor, art history, who spoke about artists who create their artwork from natural materials, followed by the ﬁlm Rivers and Tides about the artist Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who uses natural and found objects to create temporary and permanent sculptures that draw out the character of their environment.
Nearly 200 runners participated in the ﬁrst Start2Finish 5K RunWalk, cosponsored by JCCC and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, in July 2008. Overland Park resident and physical education instructor at Paseo High School, left $1 million from her estate to the JCCC Foundation to be used for physical education scholarships and promoting wellness in the community.
DIVERSITY EVENTS The Ofﬁce of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at JCCC focused on different diversity issues each month with speakers, movies, visual and performing arts, book discussions and bookstore displays. September was Hispanic Heritage Month, with a forum of Hispanic students and staff discussing The Hispanic Experience at JCCC; a Latino Writers Collective Reading, featuring Latino members of the Writers Place; and a discussion of the book Antonio’s Gun and Delﬁno’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration. Deaf Awareness Week was honored with a discussion of the book Deaf Like Me and a presentation, Cultural Identity, by Melanie McKay Cody, a Deaf American Indian and linguistic specialist. A conference, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Beyond Diagnosis, was held in October. Among other activities, Dr. Stephen Shore gave an autobiographical account of his life in Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View for Success, and 24
Kate Duffy, a learning specialist, presented Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. In November, the college observed American Indian and Alaska Native Awareness Month with Kathy Lupe Redbird, White Mountain Apache, discussing her book, A Tasting of Apache Bread, Apache Tortillas and Other American Indian Foods; Carol Burns, a Sicangu Lakota, presenting her documentary, Mni Sose, examining exploitation of Native American lands and burial grounds along the Missouri River; and Loretta Bradford, Comanche, presenting a lecture and sale of Oklahoma Indian baskets. ODEI held the college’s ﬁrst Multicultural Night, a dinner and international cultural arts performance, in December as a fundraiser for Gulu Senior Secondary School in the wartorn town of Gulu, Uganda. January was Sustainability and Green Movement Month, with presentations by David Cobb, American activist and 2004 Green Party U.S. presidential candidate, who addressed the process of democratic decision making and the intersection of corporate power and public policy; David Korten, author and critic of corporate globalization; and
In February, JCCC observed Black History Month with presentations by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, executive director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, on Free Did Not Mean Welcome: The Establishment of Kansas as a “Free” State; a lecture by David Nichols, author of A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution; a presentation by Tim Wise, antiracist writer and activist, and a discussion of his book, White Like Me: Reﬂections on Race from a Privileged Son; a look at the works of African American artists in the JCCC collection and a discussion of African American contemporary quilts by scholar Dr. Pearl Johnson; and a presentation on W.E.B. DuBois by Williams and Fred Krebs, JCCC history professor. During Women’s History Month in March, Dr. Andrea Broomﬁeld, associate professor, English, at JCCC, explored why women who cooked professionally in the past were neglected by scholars. Smith hosted a documentary about sculptor Louise Bourgeois; Dr. Toby Klinger, professor, psychology, led a discussion following a showing of the video Monuments Are for Men, Wafﬂes Are for Women: Gender Permanence and Impermanence; and Dr. Sarah Boyle, assistant professor, history, talked about women reformers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. April was Gay Pride Month, with discussions of author Keith Boykin’s book One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, and a Day of Silence, focusing on creating safer schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Activities culminated in JCCC’s Pride and Drag Show, with musical performances and educational segments. Events in remembrance of the Holocaust were also scheduled in April, including a presentation by survivor Inge Auerbacher.
In October 2008, the nursing program hosted a simulation conference for health care educators and professionals.
EVENTS Nearly 200 runners participated in the ﬁrst Start2Finish 5K RunWalk, cosponsored by JCCC and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, in July 2008. Race proceeds support scholarships for JCCC students who continue their education at KU Edwards Campus through Start2Finish, an educational partnership between the two institutions. Runners started at JCCC, ran south on Quivira Road and ﬁnished the race at the KU Edwards Campus. The ﬁrst Sustainability Expo and Dinner in September 2008 showcased local farmers, wineries, meat producers and bakeries. Dinner guests had the opportunity to meet with local farmers and private food producers to discuss practices, procedures and efforts toward sustainability. In a joint partnership, JCCC and Tulsa Community College hosted the 2008 Youth Programming Conference, Developing Successful Youth Programs from A to Z, in September 2008. The conference brought together people who develop and implement youth programming nationwide. Also in September, the JCCC academic majors fair provided information about more than 90 JCCC career and transfer programs as well as student clubs and campus organizations to help students decide on a college major.
JCCC celebrated Constitution Day, Sept. 17, with a student quiz show covering the U.S. Constitution and a lecture on the Constitution and individual rights delivered by Fred Krebs, professor, history, at JCCC. At Criminal Justice Day in September, students were able to examine a rescue helicopter; develop ﬁngerprints; watch demonstrations of selfdefense moves and bomb disposals; and speak to representatives from local law enforcement agencies. Japanese culture came alive in September at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, presented on the college campus by the Heart of America JapanAmerica Society and the Japan Festival Committee. Events included performances of buyo and Yasakoi dancing, taiko drumming, rakugo storytelling, classical and pop music and martial arts. JCCC and a consortium of 11 school districts in Johnson, Douglas and Miami counties sponsored a Career and Technical Expo in October 2008 to help make students, parents and the community aware of postsecondary options that do not require a fouryear degree, such as automotive technology, entrepreneurship and game development. In October 2008, the nursing program hosted a simulation conference for health care educators and professionals. The conference focused on
the use of simulation to impact health care education and practice. The keynote speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Hunt, the ﬁrst director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. The ﬁrst annual Stroke Forum: From Victim to Victor also took place in October. Co sponsored by the American Stroke Foundation and JCCC, the forum featured an address by a stroke survivor and discussions of symptoms, treatment and neurobehavioral deﬁcits survivors may experience. In November 2008, Veterans Day was observed with a presentation of the documentary Lest They Be Forgotten by ﬁlmmaker Larry Cappetto, featuring interviews with military veterans. In February 2009, JCCC’s fashion merchandising and design students presented their spring fashion show, Highways, Byways and Runways, featuring fashions by local merchants and designs by JCCC students. The 25th anniversary of the Science Olympiad was held on the college campus in February. The Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets for students grades 6 to 12. During the day, 44 local schools competed in two divisions – junior high/middle school and high school – in meteorology, chemistry, biology and more. 25
Participants race to the ﬁnish line in an exercise that promoted researching careers at JCCC’s academic majors fair. The Academic Majors Fair provided information about more than 90 JCCC career and transfer programs as well as student clubs and campus organizations.
As part of the Master Chef Series, Debbie Gold, executive chef, The American Restaurant, hosted a morning master cooking class, demonstrating her awardwinning recipes, as well as an evening dinner of her own menus prepared by JCCC faculty chefs and culinary students. Proceeds from the March 2009 event beneﬁted the JCCC culinary team. The interior design department hosted Don Gerds teaching a Perspective and Rendering workshop in March 2009. Participants learned to create interior perspectives using a commercial grid. The second Lose the Training Wheels camp, a program that teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike, was conducted at JCCC in March 2009. The camp offered specially adapted bikes that can help specialneeds children and adults learn to ride a bike without training wheels in ﬁve days. The science department presented an Evening with the Stars in April 2008. Leo “Bud” Johns of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City gave a presentation on Kings and Queens, Myths and Monsters: A Tour of the Spring Sky. The Student Environmental Alliance celebrated Earth Day with Going Green 2009 in April 2009. The students promoted awareness of environmental issues, ideas and actions.
The National Association of JapanAmerica Societies, the Heart of America JapanAmerica Society and JCCC cosponsored a forum entitled Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S.Japan Relationship in the Midst of the Changing Political and Economic Environment in April 2009. Speakers included the Minister of Public Affairs Hideo Fukushima from the Embassy of Japan; William Farrell, chairman of the consulting ﬁrm Dynamic Strategies Asia; and Edward Lincoln, director of the Center for JapanU.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University. Marion and Denise Jordon, editor/publisher and managing editor, respectively, of the Kansas City Globe, received the Headline Award from JCCC’s journalism and media communications program in April 2009. The Headline Award recognizes persons who have made signiﬁcant contributions to journalism in the area. The Cohen Community Series presented An Evening with Phil Vassar in April 2009. The American country music star was the second presentation in the series, inaugurated in 2008 in honor of the late Barton P. Cohen, president of Metcalf Bancshares, vice chairman and general counsel of Metcalf Bank, an attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP, and a longtime supporter of the college.
The third annual American Indian Health Research and Educational Alliance Powwow was held at JCCC in May 2009, focusing on improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of American Indians. Throughout the year, JCCC hosted campus visit events for high school juniors and seniors and home school students as well as presentations for prospective adult students. In addition, the college also offered college planning events for parents. In 20082009, the Community Services division served community members through various programs including personal enrichment classes; the career services program, offering workshops, individual career counseling and weekly job clubs; services for older adults, such as Great Decisions and Current Issues forums; summer youth programs and Friday Discoveries, a oneday class offering topics in math, science, arts and crafts; contract language services for area businesses needing translation services; and adult basic education. The Gallaudet University Regional Center addresses the educational, transitional and professional development needs of deaf and hardof hearing people from birth through adulthood, as well as their families and the professionals who work with them.
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Johnson County Community College For ﬁscal year 20082009, the college’s management budget, representing the actual amount available to spend in a year, was $200,237,648. It was composed of the operating budget, totaling $142,917,552, and the budgets for all other funds such as capital outlay, auxiliary and restricted funds, totaling $57,320,096. In this budget, the mill levy assessed for the college increased slightly to 8.768 mills. The average homeowner paid about $245 in annual assessment for the college. However, the cost per credit hour increased in 20082009 by $2 for Kansas residents and $5 for students from outside the state. Johnson County residents paid $65 a credit hour, Kansas residents $80 and nonresidents $149.
The college’s operating budget reﬂected new fulltime teaching positions needed to accommodate enrollment growth in polysomnography, dental hygiene, administration of justice, marketing and management, sociology, English, interior design, life science, architecture and counseling. Operating costs were again limited to an increase of 2 percent, except in areas where greater increases could not be controlled, such as utilities and insurance. Capital expenses funded an extension of the dental hygiene and emergency medical science facilities in the Science building and the completion of renovations to the Police Academy.
However, as the year progressed, the state, national and global economy began to feel the effects of recession. By the end of the year, the state had cut the college’s state revenues by 4.5 percent. To accommodate the reduction, the college froze most empty noninstructional positions and cut back on remodeling and renovation projects. Guidelines for preparing the 20092010 budget anticipated a 4 percent decrease in assessed valuation from the county, a 13 percent decrease in monies from the state and a 3 percent increase in enrollment. About 52 percent of JCCC’s operating funding came from county taxes; the rest came from student tuition, motor vehicle taxes, state aid and outofdistrict tuition.
20082009 Revenues ■ 52% Ad Valorem Taxes ■ 5% Local Motor Vehicle Taxes ■ 17% State Aid ■ 17% Tuition ■ 9% Other
20082009 Expenditures ■ 71% Salaries and Beneﬁts ■ 21% Current Operating ■ 8% Capital
In 20082009, JCCC graduated almost 1,800 students with associate’s degrees or vocational certiﬁcates.
TECHNOLOGY AT JCCC JCCC was again listed among the top 10 digitallysavvy community colleges in the large college category by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). JCCC was also in the top 10 in 2005 and 2007. The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine selected 31 community colleges as outstanding examples of technology delivery in higher education. The Digital Community Colleges Survey identiﬁes and spotlights colleges that provide a high level of service to their students and faculty through information technology. Schools were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment, with college ofﬁcials providing information from the 2007 school year. At the survey’s conclusion, the top 10 in each of the three categories were named. The survey examined areas of technology ranging from online admissions, student access to transcripts and grades, information security and infrastructure, to weather and campus security alerts and online library capabilities.
YEARLY STATISTICS Summer 2008 credit class enrollment was 9,141 students, up 7.1 percent from summer 2007, and the highest summer enrollment the 28
college had ever recorded. Fall 2008 credit class enrollment at JCCC was 19,062, an increase of almost 1 percent from fall 2007. Spring 2009 credit class enrollment was 18,086, up 1.8 percent from spring 2008. In 20082009, 20 percent of local high school graduates attended JCCC. In 20082009, JCCC’s Continuing Education and Community Services division was renamed Workforce, Community and Economic Development. JCCC served almost 19,000 county residents through the Center for Business and Technology, Community Services and Performing Arts divisions. In 20082009, JCCC graduated almost 1,800 students with associate’s degrees or vocational certiﬁcates. Three students graduated with civic honors. Dr. Terry A. Calaway, JCCC president, and student Morgan Honnold were the commencement speakers. More than 390 students passed the General Educational Development exam to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. More than 3,000 adults each year prepare for the GED exam or improve their academic skills through the Johnson County Adult Education program, sponsored jointly by the college and the Johnson County Library. In addition, the Migrant Family Literacy program provided
services for 75 families in the Olathe school district, and the Family Resource Center provided services for families living in the emergency shelter, transitional homes and public housing. The program provides basic life skills, employment counseling, parenting and afterschool tutoring to children and adults in Olathe. More than $26 million in federal, state and institutional student aid was distributed to students for college and living expenses. In 20082009, more than 500 groups (40,000 people) used the event spaces in the Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum. The Brown & Gold Club, sponsored by JCCC’s Student Life and Leadership Development program, serves the county’s senior citizens. More than 4,550 members enjoyed the club’s many free social programs such as dances, entertainment opportunities, trips and a monthly newsletter; 1,352 took advantage of the free tuition for most credit classes on a spaceavailable basis. In fall 2007, 54 percent of all JCCC students were female, about 65 percent were parttime students, and about 75 percent lived in Johnson County. The average age of JCCC students was 25.6.
JCCC is Kansas’ third largest institution of higher education and the largest of its 19 community colleges. Yet it has the lowest mill levy. JCCC returns about $2.70 to the community for every tax dollar it collects, a return on investment of nearly 3 to 1, and has a total annual tangible economic impact on the county of about $182 million. In addition to the business volume it generates, JCCC also contributes a signiﬁcant number of fulltime jobs to the Johnson County economy. An estimated 6,734 fulltime jobs may be attributed to the college through its direct and indirect economic activity. It’s estimated that JCCC’s partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the city of Overland Park adds $50 million to the county’s economic base.
SURVEYS SHOW Most students who completed career programs at Johnson County Community College in 20062007 are working and happy, according to a survey conducted by JCCC’s ofﬁce of Institutional Research and published in 2008. The students surveyed had completed career programs at JCCC in 20062007, earning either a degree or a certiﬁcate. The surveys are administered by the college’s ofﬁce of Institutional Research, which conducts
followup studies each year of students who completed a JCCC career program during the previous academic year and of their employers. A total of 380 former students and 66 employers completed surveys. Results of these studies provide valuable insight into the effectiveness of the college’s career programs and assist administrators and faculty in planning to meet the needs of future students and of business and industry. More than 70 percent of the respondents reported they were employed in a job related to their program of study at JCCC. Nearly 75 percent indicated they were employed full time. Average hourly wages were most typically between $10 and $15. Most respondents who were employed full time in a related job said they were satisﬁed with their work. More than 90 percent rated their working conditions, amount of job responsibility and their job in general as excellent or good. Virtually all respondents indicated they had progressed in their career ﬁeld since attending JCCC and reported most frequently that they had gained knowledge and experience, increased skills, obtained a job and received salary increases. The students’ employers were also satisﬁed. More than 90 percent of employers surveyed rated the overall job preparation of their
employees who were educated at JCCC as very good or good. Most of the responders’ objective in completing their career program was one of the following: prepare to enter the job market, 37.1 percent; improve skills for a present job, 14.2 percent; and transfer to another college or university, 14.0 percent. Ninetyseven percent of the respondents indicated they had achieved their educational objective completely or partially, and nearly all (96.8 percent) indicated that JCCC had helped them achieve that objective. Approximately 80 percent of survey respondents indicated JCCC was their ﬁrst choice among colleges to attend and, if starting now, 93 percent would attend JCCC again. Nearly 99 percent indicated they would recommend JCCC to friends, and 89 percent would encourage their own children to attend JCCC. Between 80 and 97 percent of respondents indicated they were satisﬁed with these aspects of JCCC as a whole: class size, facilities and equipment, content of courses, quality of instruction, helpfulness and faculty attention, variety of courses, the registration process, convenience of class scheduling, and academic advising/counseling.
JCCC is listed among the top 10 digitallysavvy community colleges by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
JCCC Foundation president Bob Regnier chats with columnist George F. Will before the Cohen Community Series lecture.
In the spring, more than 300 people attended Administrative Professionals DayTM . 2008 marked the 20th annual event that focuses on professional and personal development.
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Johnson County Community College For more than 25 years, the Center for Business and Technology has brought lifelong learning to the community. As the professional development training choice for area businesses and individuals, the center is conveniently located in the Regnier Center on the JCCC campus. The Center offers continuing education, workforce development and economic development to businesses in Johnson County and the greater metropolitan area. The Center initiates strategic partnerships with businesses and educational institutions on a countywide, regional and national basis. The Center differs from other training services in that it is a “onestop shop” serving all employees within a business, from executive training for the CEO to computer classes for the administrative assistant to grant applications and administration for the company as a whole. Its offerings include: •Continuing education: Licensing and CEUs for professionals in health and human services, real estate, mediation, education, payroll and human resources, police, ﬁre, emergency medical technology, and audio engineering
THE CENTER’S SERVICES In 20082009, more than 18,700 people enrolled in one of the Center’s public seminars on topics ranging from management skills to computer applications. The center connects with companies across the metropolitan area, consulting with them to manage, assess, train and coach employees based on consistent criteria. The various programs offered as part of the Center’s leadership development program contain instruments that help determine training needs, assess posttraining behavioral changes and evaluate the impact to the organization. Companies and employees can take advantage of both Webbased courses and classroom learning. In 20082009, 80 companies and organizations took advantage of contract training courses speciﬁcally tailored to ﬁt their organizational needs, either on the JCCC campus or at their location. Topics included leadership and professional development, project management, security, selling and management, computer applications and information technology.
•Workforce development: Customized contract training and development with key companies, including solutions for leadership, management, mentoring and coaching at various levels
Current clientele include many local, regional and national customers representing virtually every industry and niche of the workforce.
• Computer training: Public and contract training in computer applications and information technology
All of the center’s instructors are experts in their subject matter and work in the ﬁeld. Combined, the professional consulting staff has more than 200 years of experience.
• Special events: Executive Speaker Series, Administrative Professionals Day TM, National Council for Continuing Education and Training, National Higher Education Benchmarking Conference, Lunch & Learns In addition to supporting industry training needs, the Center also assists local companies in applying for grants available from the Kansas Department of Commerce to pay for workforce training for newly created jobs or jobs requiring new skills.
In addition to its extensive range of customized performance solutions for area organizations, the center introduced its new Lean Six Sigma program in 2008. Lean and Six Sigma are two quality process improvement tools in the business world that have been applied separately with the singular goal of improving companies’ bottom lines. Lean focuses on using
less of everything from manpower to materials to engineering time, and Six Sigma focuses on quality. JCCC offers three Lean Six Sigma certiﬁcations, eight standalone Lean Process classes, and Lean Six Sigma: The Human Side classes focusing on interpersonal skills, unique to JCCC. In the Center’s computer applications area, the Member Advantage Program (MAP) continues to be a key beneﬁt to businesses and individuals interested in large volume computer training. Beneﬁts to members include cost savings, early notiﬁcation of events and new products, and the opportunity to participate in focus groups and advisory committees. The Center’s Health and Human Services division expanded its series of symposiums targeting health care providers, care givers and patients with the Alzheimer’s dementia care certiﬁcate, Parkinson’s, stroke, cancer, poverty and addiction, and children with disabilities. Keynote speakers at each event are nationally and locally recognized experts on how to manage and battle the devastating effects of these conditions and issues. Small business owners receive management consulting, technical assistance and training from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) located in the Center for Entrepreneurship. The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kansas Department of Commerce and JCCC fund the KSBDC. The KSBDC consulted with and trained 1,355 small businesses in 2008. In addition, Music House School of Music and the Avon Beauty Center, clients of JCCC’s KSBDC, were selected as Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year, respectively. Each was recognized at the annual ceremony at the state capitol in Topeka.
Grammy winners Cherryholmes performed live in Yardley Hall, in October 2008.
JCCC students performed Twelfth Night.
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Johnson County Community College After nearly 20 years, Johnson County Community College continues to offer one of the largest multidiscipline performing arts series in midAmerica. The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College connects and enriches the community by serving as a national and community leader for the performing arts, presenting professional performing arts programming, providing a comprehensive arts education program, and commissioning and presenting new artistic work, as well as advancing and assisting in the development of new artistic work and the careers of young and gifted artists. The Series offers performances by nationally and internationally known artists and companies in the Carlsen Center’s 1,250seat Yardley Hall and 400seat Polsky Theatre. Highlights of the 20082009 series were performances by Capitol Steps, Branford Marsalis, Garrison Keillor and Savion Glover. Some of the world’s best classical artists graced the stage of Yardley Hall, including the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Czech Symphony Orchestra and the Takács Quartet, featuring MarcAndré Hamelin on piano. Audiences enjoyed Ain’t Misbehavin’, starring Ruben Studdard; the 1940s musical review, In the Mood; Magic Tree House: The Musical; and the grammynominated vocal harmonies of Cherryholmes. This past season, 24,797 people attended one of the 31 performances in the Performing Arts Series; 54,537 attended events presented by various college departments and community organizations. Local presenters and community groups present 25 percent of the events in the college’s performing spaces.
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES ARTS EDUCATION Each year, the college’s Performing Arts Series Arts Education program provides area students and teachers with lowcost or free services designed to help them explore their own creativity, glimpse the performing world of professional artists, and develop talents and critical thinking skills. The arts education program includes master classes, teacher workshops, residencies, curriculum development, lecture/ demonstrations and performances. In 2008 2009, 149 different schools participated in activities. In 20082009, Performing Arts Series Arts Education offered 12 school shows, featuring artists from Mexico, Marionetas de la Esquina, a premier puppet troupe; Luna Negra, a dance troupe from Chicago bringing contemporary dance with a Latino ﬂare; The Magic Tree House, following the popular book series by Mary Pope Osborne; Harriet Tubman, a historical look at the underground railroad; Spirit Horse, a family legend of the First Nations; and CSI Live!, a forensic case that included the audience in solving the mystery. More than 8,900 students attended. An additional 6,400 students attended more than 133 outreach activities, including master classes, workshops, lecture/demonstrations, ﬁlm study and seminars at JCCC and in the community. The wide variety of performing arts opportunities connected visiting artists with numerous JCCC campus organizations, including the Hiersteiner Child Development Center, where the children joined in Irish folk songs. At Shawnee Mission West High School, artists conducted an indepth workshop on ﬁlmmaking for documentaries. Free performances were offered to residents at area retirement homes; and master classes were held at local dance studios and community centers. Partnerships continued with educational and community organizations such as the Paola Community Center with three performances there, the Olathe school district and its after school programs, UMKC Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Partnerships began with the newly opened El Centro. Finally, 20082009 was a record year for school show attendance with an average house capacity of 87 percent.
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 musical ensembles – Chamber Choir, MadRegalia, Concert Band, the Midnight Blues Jazz Choir and the Midnight Express Jazz Ensemble – performed concerts throughout the year. JCCC’s academic theatre department offered these productions in 20082009: Proof, a contemporary work about identity and family dynamics; Twelfth Night, Shakepeare’s comedy about love and mistaken identity; Bang, Bang, You’re Dead, inspired by the Columbine High School shootings and toured to local schools as a resource for students dealing with a violent world; Holiday, Philip Barry’s comedy of manners; and Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s musical look at the stories we tell our children. The college’s academic theatre program provides a variety of roles and technical work for students and community members. In addition, Trompe L’oeil, presented by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the JCCC theatre department, had its world premiere at the college in March. The drama, written by Dorothy Naeymi, JCCC adjunct professor, speech, is set in Kansas City and references Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception, an internationally famous painting by Raphaelle Peale that’s part of the collection of the NelsonAtkins Museum of Art. In addition, 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 cosponsored by the JCCC humanities and music departments, Community Services and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.
The Nerman Museum continued its popular Contemporary Creations classes for children ages 8 to 11 on Saturdays throughout the academic year.
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Johnson County Community College Almost 70,000 individuals visited the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in 20082009. The museum at JCCC is the largest contemporary art museum in the fourstate region and the only contemporary art museum in Kansas. Since 1980, JCCC has been collecting contemporary art from around the world, each year adding new pieces to the collection. Today, the work of more than 850 local, regional, national and international artists is represented in JCCC’s prestigious collection, which features a diverse range of painting, photography, clay, sculpture and works on paper. Much of the college’s collection is installed in “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 20082009 focused on textiles, photography, new media and new works in the museum collection. • Unfolding Tradition: Rio Grande Textiles was on view through most of August 2008 in the ﬁrstﬂoor galleries. The exhibition highlighted the work of weavers Irvin and Lisa Trujillo, Chimayo, N.M. Irvin Trujillo, a seventh generation weaver, was the recipient of a 2007 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. • In September 2008, visitors contemplated Architecture of Authority, with photographs by Richard Ross, and Copia, with photographs by Brian Ulrich. The exhibits were ongoing projects by two American artists in response to events since Sept. 11, 2001. Both examined architectural environments – primarily interior spaces – to address issues of the past seven years. • In November, the museum hosted the 2008 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows exhibition, the ﬁrst time the exhibit has been hosted by an art museum. The Charlotte Street Foundation annually honors outstanding Kansas Citybased visual artists who are creating outstanding artwork. The Foundation provides ﬁnancial support, critical attention and increased exposure for the artists with the aim of fostering their
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• The Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association 2008 juried (by museum executive director Bruce Hartman) exhibition opened in October 2008; the museum also hosted the KACA annual fall conference. The KACA is a resource group for communication, support, workshops, exhibitions and networking for Kansas artists working in 3dimensional media, such as clay, ﬁber, metal, wood, enamel, jewelry, glass and mixed media. • Op Eyes by Barry Anderson also opened in November. Anderson was commissioned to create a video that could be featured in the Regnier Center’s glass “cube” as well as the Oppenheimer New Media Gallery. Op Eyes was created in part from appropriated American advertising images of the 1950s to 1970s, an era that historically represents a massive change in the cultural landscape of the country and serves as a historical counterpoint to our present era. • New Now * Building the Museum Collection opened in January 2009. The exhibit showcased recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection, encompassing a wide array of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, clay, works on paper, textiles and glass. The exhibition also highlighted the major role played by the Tony and Marti Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation in creating the museum collection. In March 2009, the works of 37 ﬁnalists in the visual arts category of the Shooting Stars Recognition and Scholarship program were on display in the McCaffree Gallery. The Shooting Stars program, sponsored by the Arts Council of Johnson County, honors high school seniors nominated by high school faculty in the Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill school districts as well as Barstow, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the Pembroke High School and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Since 1996, the Shooting Stars program has honored more than 800 high school seniors, awarding nearly $206,500 in scholarships. The opening reception at the museum brought more than 500 students, teachers and guests to campus.
THE COLLECTION Since July 2008, the Nerman Museum added approximately 94 artworks to the permanent collection. Recent acquisitions include ceramics, paintings, works on paper, glass, textiles, sculpture and photography. Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation helped acquire 14 of these new pieces for the museum’s permanent collection. • The museum installed two new “collection focus areas” on campus. The Regnier Center now features contemporary American Indian and Latino artworks on the second ﬂoor and paintings on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. • In addition, several works from the permanent collection were loaned to major museums and institutions in the United States and abroad. Dana Schutz’s painting titled Surgery, 2004, was loaned to Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, May 31 Aug. 24, 2008, for an exhibition titled Eclipse: Art in a Dark Age. Whiting Tennis’ painting, Sphinx, 2007, traveled to the Portland Art Museum for the exhibition Contemporary Northwest Art Awards May 19Oct. 10, 2008. Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison’s mixed media artwork entitled Gray Dawn, 2006, was on view in a solo exhibition at the NelsonAtkins Museum of Art Oct. 11, 2008 Feb. 8, 2009. Elephant, 2005, a painting by Amy Sillman, was loaned to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition Seriously Funny Feb. 14May 24, 2009. Brad Kahlhamer’s work on paper Waqui Totem USA, 2006, was loaned to the traveling exhibition The Old, Weird America at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston from May 10July 20, 2008. It was on view at the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass., June 6Sept. 7, 2009, and later at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., Oct. 3, 2009 Jan. 3, 2010. • Several major conservation projects on large scale sculpture took place in 20082009. In October 2008, Walking Man (On the Edge), 1995, a ﬁberglass, paint and steel sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky was deinstalled for restoration. The artwork was sent to a ﬁneart fabricator in Sun Valley, Calif., recommended by the artist and was restored to likenew condition. The sculpture was reinstalled in summer 2009. 35
• Conservation efforts also began on Dennis Oppenheim’s Performance Piece, 2000. The large 20foot sculpture made of ﬁberglass, steel, cement, bugles, hard foam, ﬁrebrick and pigmented resin was deinstalled in summer 2009 for total restoration. Oppenheim considers Performance Piece one of his most important works, and it was recently reproduced on the back cover of his major book published in Germany. The work was expected to return to its original location in fall 2009. • Clement Meadmore’s sculpture Always, 1992, located in front of the Carlsen Center, was repainted to likenew condition. The internationally acclaimed sculptor explored elongated, squared metal forms in his work, fusing Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. He stated, “My goal is to make geometry yield an expressive result.” The sculpture was installed on campus in 1994.
THIRD THURSDAY ‘VISITING ARTISTS’ PRESENTATION In November 2008, in collaboration with the JCCC ﬁne art and art history departments, the museum began a new program on the third Thursday of the month. Each of the free programs featured two Kansas Citybased artists paired with JCCC faculty moderators. The new program was made possible in part by an Ovation Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. • The inaugural presentation in November featured Barry Anderson, who creates video and audio installations and teaches at the University of MissouriKansas City, and Anne Austin Pearce, who works in a variety of 2dimensional media and is director of the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University. Moderators were Larry Thomas, JCCC professor, ﬁne arts, and Dr. Allison Smith, assistant professor, art history. • In February, guest artists were Sonie Joi Rufﬁn, a fabric artist, designer, author and director of the Faso Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo., and Jessie Small, a sculptor and installation artist who is currently working in China. Moderators were Smith and Mark Cowardin, assistant professor, ﬁne arts.
• KeSook Lee, known for her installations and embroidered ﬁber works, and Michael Wickerson, chair of the sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute who works in wood and metals, were the guest artists in March. Moderators were Cowardin and Ann Wiklund, adjunct professor, art history. • Davin Watne, a painter and sculptor who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute, and Deanna Dikeman, an alumna of JCCC and Purdue University and an accomplished freelance photographer, were the guest artists in April. Moderators were Thomas and Tom Tarnowski, professor, photography. More than 640 people attended the Third Thursday presentations in 20082009.
ART EDUCATION In 20082009, the museum also expanded educational programs for students, children, educators and visitors of all ages. Museum public programs (lectures, presentations, workshops, etc.) reached more than 3,500 individuals in the community. • The museum’s free art appreciation tours brought more than1,730 adults from the community through exhibitions and installations in 20082009. Docents and staff led more than 200 tours for the community (including more than 1,000 children from 20 local schools). Adult community groups that scheduled tours included social organizations, classes from other college campuses, business groups, and groups from art museums in Los Angeles, North Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and San Francisco. • In 20082009, 44 individuals from the community volunteered more than 1,600 hours, assisting with visitor services and educational programs. Most of the guided tours were led by dedicated volunteer docents who have completed a comprehensive training program through the museum. With 21 individuals continuing from past years’ training groups, the museum welcomed eight individuals in a new training class that began in January 2009.
• The museum continued its popular Contemporary Creations classes for children ages 811 on Saturdays throughout the academic year. During each session, students explored and discussed selected works of art, developing critical thinking skills and expanding cultural awareness, and then created original works of art in the museum’s studio classroom. With 66 class sessions offered, and 485 students participating in 20082009, the museum continues the program on Saturdays and explores options for other classes and scout groups to engage in studio activities after their tours during the week. • Artist Do Ho Suh was the speaker for the Jerome Nerman Lecture Series in June 2009, with more than 500 visitors in attendance. Suh’s work, Some/One, 2004, which is exhibited in the secondﬂoor Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Gallery, has become an icon of the museum’s permanent collection. Donated by Tony and Marti Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation, Some/One is a meticulously crafted sculpture comprised of thousands of stainless steel dog tags pieced together to form a monumental robe with outstretched arms. Like many of Suh’s works, it explores the relations between individuality, collectivity, anonymity and identity. The lecture series is an annual event underwritten by an endowment gift from Central Bank of Kansas City. (The Jerome Nerman Lecture Series and other museum lectures are recorded and available through JCCC’s Billington Library.)
JCCC art students have many opportunities to use different media in class.
Clement Meadmore’s sculpture Always, 1992, located in front of the Carlsen Center, was repainted to likenew condition.
Johnson Countian of the Year Fred Logan receives a standing ovation at JCCC’s Foundation gala, Some Enchanted Evening.
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Johnson County Community College Through its fundraising efforts, the JCCC Foundation supports student scholarships and visual arts at the college. As of June 30, 2009, the Foundation’s endowment was $12,747,585 and its total assets were more than $20.9 million. Bob Regnier, president and CEO, Bank of Blue Valley, served as the 20082009 Foundation president. In addition to other Foundation activities noted throughout this report, these were signiﬁcant milestones for 20082009:
SCHOLARSHIPS More than $646,100 in Foundation scholarships helped more than 650 students with tuition, books, program needs and loans in 20082009.
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING In 2008, Some Enchanted Evening, the Foundation’s blacktie gala, generated $300,000 for its scholarship program. Fred Logan, an attorney and partner with Logan Logan & Watson, L.C., was honored as the Johnson Countian of the Year for his support of education and the arts. Stewart and Esther Stein served as cochairs for the evening. Over the past 22 years, Some Enchanted Evening has raised more than $3.9 million for the Foundation’s scholarship program.
Stewart and Esther Stein, cochairs for Some Enchanted Evening
MEMBERS OF THE NERMAN MUSEUM
Since October 2008, members of the Nerman Museum have contributed more than $39,000 to support exhibitions and visual arts education programming in the museum.
Under the leadership of John C. Davis and the Planned Giving Committee, the group continued its collaboration with the Johnson County Bar Association to present “Ethics for Good,” a continuing legal education program for area attorneys.
DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS In April 2009, the Dollars for Scholars auction earned more than $51,000 in net proﬁts. More than 200 volunteers, including students, friends, alumni, faculty and staff, helped raise funds to support 31 scholarships and programs. Tom and Mary Martha Carrico served as honorary chairs for the event.
EMPLOYEE GIVING More than 250 faculty and staff members contributed $52,650 for programs and scholarship funds through the Foundation’s Employee Giving program. In addition, JCCC faculty and staff supported the Dollars for Scholars auction and contributed to a wide variety of programs and scholarships, including a holiday initiative called “The Giving Tree,” which gave employees a unique way to recognize their peers and colleagues with a donation to the Foundation and an ornament on the holiday tree in the lobby of the Carlsen Center on campus.
POLSKY PRACTICAL PERSONAL ENRICHMENT SERIES This series of educational presentations is underwritten by the Norman and Elaine Polsky Family Supporting Foundation within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation with Johnson County Community College. The series includes a number of topics which are not being offered in a formal academic setting, such as personal investing, insurance, banking, health, politics and education.
PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP The State of the College address each spring reinforces support for the President’s Scholarship Fund, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by Johnson County high school graduates. In its ﬁrst year, awards totaling more than $38,000 were given to 20 students. This year, more than $16,750 has been raised to fund President’s scholarships, with an additional $67,000 contributed from event revenues.
Tom and Mary Martha Carrico, cochairs for Dollars for Scholars
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