Blog Update: January 23, 2015
• Word-processing from Microsoft
Students can get Microsoft Office 360 for free: http://jcccstu-public.sharepoint.com/
If you would like to activate your own Student Email, here is a handy PowerPoint containing just these instructions: How to Access StuMail
• Volunteers needed for Conversation Partners program
The JCCC Global English Institute is seeking English-speaking volunteers for the Conversation Partners Program.
If you are interested in other cultures, like to meet people from diverse backgrounds, converse, and are looking for a fun volunteer opportunity that doesn’t require a huge time commitment, then consider becoming a Conversation Partner Program volunteer this semester for a student whose first or home language is not English.
Here are some of the benefits:
Converse in English with a student studying in English for Academic Purposes classes to help with his/her English conversation skills
Choose one hour per week that fits your schedule to meet on the JCCC campus during the semester
Great opportunity for anyone interested in education, international programs, study abroad, ESL teaching, foreign languages, community service, etc.
No experience required, but must have fluent English speaking skills
Learn about another culture and worldview
Make a friend and help others
A service learning opportunity for JCCC students
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Conversation Partners Program Agreement and the JCCC Volunteer Application and make an appointment to return both documents and briefly meet Jeffrey Couch, Global English Institute director (ext. 913-469-8500, ext. 4386 / email@example.com) in Carlsen Center 214B.
• David Cantwell Writes Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens
David Cantwell has written a piece for Slate.com, on the legacy of the late and longtime country star Little Jimmy Dickens.
• Creative Writing Club to Meet Every Thursday
Starting February 5, the Creative Writing Club will meet every Thursday, 3:30-5:00 in the InFocus Dining Room (Down Under) in the Commons building. Activities vary from week to week, but usually involve writing exercises and critique sessions. For more information, students may contact the club’s president, Stephanie Wallace: firstname.lastname@example.org
• English Professors, Ask Students to Sign Up for Twitter, Search for and Follow @JCCCEnglish
To create a Twitter account on the web:
Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box,
Or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
Enter your full name, email address, and a password.
Click Sign up for Twitter.
On the next page, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one Twitter has selected for you. Twitter will tell you if the username you want is available.
Double-check your name, email address, password, and username.
Click to Create your account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let us know that you’re human.
Twitter will send a confirmation email to the email address you entered.
Click the link in that email to confirm your email address and account.
Search for @JCCCEnglish to follow English Students Twitter account
• Poet Tom Reynolds Featured on JCCC Homepage
Read all about Tom’s latest book Kansas Hermit Poems here
• Creative Writing Readings for Spring 2015
The Creative Writing Readings for the Spring Semester are scheduled for February 25, March 25, and April 29 at 1:00 p.m., in COM 319. For more information contact Beth Gulley, especially if you would like to act as host for one of the readings. email@example.com
• The English / Journalism Division Food Pantry Drive in April
Holly signed up the English dept for the JCCC food pantry drive in April, just as we voted to do in the Division meeting. As for the contribution, the needs of the food pantry vary from month to month (week to week, actually), so Holly will have more information in March. The food bins will be delivered to us and placed in the areas we decide and will be collected by Brian Wright and/or Anna Page once the month is over.
Please see the handout about Service Learning. Holly hopes to have a S-L project going in one of her classes this semester. Service Learning Workshops in February
• Steve Gerson’s New Publications
Steve and Sharon Gerson have two new books going into production this spring:
Technical Communication: Process and Product, 9th edition (begins production in Feb.)
Professional Communication in the Digital Workplace, 1st edition (begins production in Mar.)
• Alert Your Students to this CASAI Resource
The JCCC group Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) is sponsoring meetings on Thursdays, 11:00, RC 171 for those struggling with substance abuse problems.
• Professor Walt Klarner, 73, former English Department faculty member, passes away
Walt Klarner, retired professor emeritus of English, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. A memorial service will be held for him later in the year at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Contributions may be made in his honor to the JCCC Foundation for scholarships.
Guestbook at the McGilley Midtown Chapel http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Walter+E.+Klarner&lc=2520&pid=173791171&mid=6271904
• Booktalk Selections for Spring 2015
Friday, Feb. 27: “The Art of Mastering Soviet Cooking” by Anya Von Bremzen
Friday, March 27: “Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teichotz (paperback due out January)
Friday, April 24: “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink
These meetings will be held at 2:15 p.m. in GEB 264 as well.
•The Common Read Selection for 2015-2016 Common Read Announced
The Common Read Committee is pleased to announce the Common Read selection for 2015-2016 is The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard. Candace is a local writer and a former JCCC student!
• Applications for the Dutch Exchange Program, Due March 4
Applications for the 2015-2016 Dutch Exchange Program are now available in the International Education Office. They will be due on Wednesday, March 4.
Faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome to apply to this exchange program, which matches Americans with a counterpart in the Netherlands. Those working with JCCC’s career programs are particularly encouraged to consider this program.
Dutch participants will visit JCCC from October 17-31, 2015, and our participants will travel to the Netherlands from May 14-28, 2016. A reciprocal homestay is a requirement of the program.
For more information or to obtain an application, contact Janette Jasperson in the International Education Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Deadline for 2015 Kansas Voices Writing Contest,March 13
• News about the 2013-2014 League for Innovation Student Literary Competition
JCCC hosted the 2013-2014 League for Innovation Student Literary Competition. This week we have published the winners anthology, copies of which are available from Tom Reynolds. The anthology includes the winning entries (first/second/third/honorable mention) for the poetry, fiction, essay, and one-act play categories.
JCCC student Shawna Bragg won third place for her essay “What Do You Know About It?” Roderick Townley, the essay category judge, stated that her piece is “an unflinching account of a girl taken from a dangerously dysfunctional mother and thrust into the disorienting world of the child protection bureaucracy. Very affecting work.”
Besides Lim, the competition judges were Thomas Fox Averill (fiction), Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (poetry), and Paul Stephen Lim (one-act play).
• In Poetry News . . .
Tom Reynold’s poem “Raking Leaves” from The Little Balkans Review was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize.
• David Cantwell’s Latest Publication