• Common Read for 2017-2018

During the January in-service, E/J faculty chose Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson as the 2017-2018 Common Read.

• Common Read 2016-2017 Event 

This year’s Common Read In Defense of a Liberal Education will be explored Thursday, February 23, 11:00-12:15, in the Craig Auditorium. A panel will discuss the Value of a Liberal Education. The panelists include: Vice Miller (Academic Support), Bill Koch (Science), Donna H (Math), and Monica Hogan (English).

• Cavalier Conference on Writing and Literature News

The JCCC Third Annual Conference on Writing and Literature will take place on April 21, 2017.  So save that date! This year the featured speaker will be Professor Tom Averill of Washburn University.  The theme for the conference is “Showcasing” and will involve JCCC’s new Collaboration Center on the first floor of the OCB.


The organizing committee of Maureen, Marilyn, Matthew, Greg Dixon, Nathan, Ted, and Keith are planning the conference and will send out a call for presentations soon.

• Booktalk News

The selection for January for the Booktalk discussion group is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.  January 27


• Keith Geekie & the Great Books Series 










On Wednesday, January 25, at noon in the CoLab, Keith Geekie will give a mini-lecture on Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens.

Matthew Schmeer’s Poetry Published

His poem “The Merchant Marine’s Lover” was selected for an Editor’s Choice award for issue 5 of Panoply. The poem was published online in early January (https://panoplyzine.com/the-merchant-marines-lover-matthew-schmeer/

His poem “Disturbing the Peace” was accepted for issue 13 of Really System (http://reallysystem.org/), an independent online journal.

His poem “Yes” was accepted for the 11th issue of Marathon Literary Review, published by Arcadia University (http://marathonlitreview.com/), due out in February 2017.

His role playing game encounter “Hag’s Addle”, co-written with Gavin Norman, is scheduled for publication in Wormskin #5, a small press/indie press role playing game magazine.

• The English Department Wins 4 Distinguished Service Awards

The English Department recipients of the JCCC 2016-2017 Distinguished Service Awards are Profs. Maureen Fitzpatrick, Marilyn Senter, Monica Hogan and David Davis.

Ted Rollins Wins Sabbatical

Professor Ted Rollins received a sabbatical for Fall 2017. He will be working on a project researching and developing a portfolio system for JCCC students.

Beth Gully in the News 

Beth Gulley enjoys Christmas in China

Beth Gulley enjoys Christmas in China

Associate Professor of English Beth Gulley’s poem “Saint Swan” was published in the Prompts! Anthology in October.  She has just concluded her first semester teaching during her sabbatical at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China.

Sam Bell in the News 

Associate Professor Sam Bell is under contract with Cognella Publishing to write a Composition II textbook which will be set to go to national in spring 2018.


Steve Werkmeister Story Nominated for Pushcart Prize

Professor Steve Werkmeister’s short story “Going Home” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Sun Star Review.

Professor Steve Werkmeister has published a collection of poems that can be found on Amazon.com: The Unauthorized Autobiography:: Composed of Fragments, Distortions, Mythologies & LiesAlso see Steve’s blog:  https://stevesofgrass.wordpress.com/

Mark Browning Writes a Play

On Sunday, December 11, the Heart of America Christmas Pageant closed in Raytown after eight performances and roughly 15,000 attendees. This year’s script, This Changes Everything, was created and written by Professor Mark Browning.

Danny Alexander Continues Being Successful at all Sorts of Stuff 

Professor Danny Alexander was featured in an interview in the Kansas City Star.  The interview was about his recent book on Mary J. Blige.


Professor Alexander is also co-advising the new Black Student Union.

Nathan Jones Gets More Educated

Professor Nathan Jones officially received his second doctorate, in Composition and TESOL, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The title of his dissertation, which is published by Proquest, is Discovering Perceptions of the Essence of College-Level Writing: Transcendental Phenomenological Inquiry in a Midwestern Community College.

Professor Jones will also be the new faculty sponsor for SKD English Honors Society. http://www.english2.org/


Keith Geekie Works with Pakistan Teacher

Professor Keith Geekie has completed her one-semester mentor role with a visiting Pakistan scholar.  She will continue working with Mr. Ishfaque Abbasi, from the Sukkur IBA English Department, on the design of Composition I courses online.

 • Greg Luthi Sponsors the Creative Writing Club 

The Creative Writing Club brings students together to share their writing. The club will host workshops and activities to develop writing skills, learn new styles of writing and provide peer critiques. Advisor: Greg Luthi, 913-469-8500, ext. 3936

• The New MLA: Info 

Please see Maureen’s MLA Page: http://blogs.jccc.edu/mfitzpat/mla-in-service-2016/

MLA 2016 Brochure from Norton: MLA 2016 Booklet

• Thomas Reynolds Poetry Published 

Spartan Press and Prospero’s Books announced the release of their 21st book in the POP POETRY series: “Small Town Rodeos” by Thomas Reynolds


• Follow English on Twitter

The English Twitter account is hosted by Prof. Steve Werkmeister.  Follow him on Twitter at English_Dept@JCCCEnglish


The Great Books Series 

Wednesday, January 25 – GREAT BOOK MINI-LECTURE (12noon in the CoLab) Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens; presentation by Keith Geekie, Professor/Chair of English

Wednesday, February 8 — GREAT BOOK MINI-LECTURE (12noon in the CoLab) Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott; presented by Cathleen O’Neil, Professor of Mathematics

Wednesday, March 8 – GREAT BOOK MINI-LECTURE (12noon in the CoLab) Night Watch: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett; presented by Doug Patterson, Professor of Science-Astronomy

Wednesday, March 29 – GREAT BOOK MINI-LECTURE (12noon in the CoLab) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (translated from Middle English); presented by Mickey McCloud, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

• Booktalk News

The following are the 2016-2017 selections for the Booktalk Discussion group:

Friday, Jan. 27 — Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Friday, Feb. 24 Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf
Friday, March 24 — Hero of the Empire by Candice MillardFriday, April 28 — Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin