Blog Update: February 26, 2015
• Marilyn Has a New Family Member!
The English Blog is delighted to report that Marilyn’s daughter Kim has given birth to her second child, a girl, named Eleanor Diana, who came into the world at 9 lbs. 11 oz., 21 in., on Wednesday morning, February 25. Our best wishes to Marilyn and her family!
• The Lead for Innovation Literary Context, Deadline April 3
The League for Innovation in the Community College is sponsoring its annual literary competition to celebrate the creativity, talent, and diversity of student writers. Each League board member (including JCCC) conducts its own competition, for which students submit work in four categories: fiction, essay, poetry, and one-act play.
The work of the local winners will be forwarded to the national competition to be judged by acclaimed writers in each category. The winners of the national competition are then published in a journal. This year the journal is titled Inner Moonlight and includes the work of JCCC student Shawna Bragg, who earned third place (and a $100 cash award) for her essay “What Do You Know About It?”
The JCCC competition is now underway, and as mentioned above, we are accepting submissions in four categories: fiction, essay, poetry, and one-act play. The deadline is Friday, April 3, 2015. Please spread the word to your students. I can place copies of the entry form in your mailbox upon request. Entry form hard copies are available at the Writing Center and on the E/J Division office bulletin board. The entry form is also available by clicking the link below:
The entry forms are available online but still must be submitted to Tom: League of Innovation Student Literary Contest Form for 2015 (PDF)
Submissions and completed entry forms can be placed in my mailbox or dropped off at my office (GEB 165H). If you or your students have any questions, contact me at ext. 3935 or at email@example.com. Several reminders will be sent before the April 3 deadline.
from Tom Reynolds
• College Scholar Applications Due March 22
Applications for JCCC College Scholars are due by 5 p.m. March 22.
The purpose of the College Scholars program is to showcase faculty excellence in research fields that go beyond the classroom to make scholarly contributions to knowledge within the professor’s academic discipline. It is open to all faculty members, although previous recipients must wait one year before applying again and must apply with a different topic.
Obligations for recipients of the College Scholar designation include delivering multiple presentations. Click here for complete details on the award, including the link to the application form, located on the College Scholars Award home page. Applications should be sent to the Staff and Organizational Development office, RC152, Box 35.
You may contact Staff Development with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 7654, or Sarah Boyle, chair of the College Scholars committee at email@example.com.
• Films on Demand Is Newest Library Resource
Students, faculty and staff now have access to Films on Demand, a streaming video resource provided by Billington Library. Thousands of videos are available for in-class use and viewing from on or off campus.
These educational videos can be easily incorporated into D2L and shared with students. Included in the collection are over 20,000 titles on academic topics ranging from anthropology to world languages.
To learn how to integrate Films on Demand and other library resources into your courses, please visit the library guide, Embedding Library Resources into D2L
• David Cantwell Has Article Published in The New Yorker
Adjunct Professor of English David Cantwell has really gone national! His article on singer Glen Campbell entitled “Saying Goodbye to the First Good Ol’ Boy of American Pop” appeared February 19 in the The New Yorker. Congratulations, David, on this wonderful accomplishment!
• Father Gregory Boyle to Give Public Lecture, March 10
In conjunction with this year’s Common Read selection of The Other Wes Moore, the English Department is hosting events involving Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, who has dedicated his life to helping LA’s most marginalized individuals find a place in society’s ranks. Father Boyle, a JCCC Scholar-in-Residence for 2015, will give the presentation “The Other Way to More: The Power of Boundless Compassion” at 11:00 a.m., March 10, in Yardley Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. for the flier for the Lecture Click Here
• English and Journalism Division to Host Food Drive in April
The English/Journalism Division decided at its last meeting to organize a food drive in April for the JCCC food pantry. This drive is being organized by EAP Professor Holly Milkowart.
• Faculty Assistance for with Prospective Students
The Welcome Center staff is seeking faculty to volunteer to talk with prospective students, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Why is it important for faculty to interact with prospective students?
Several studies have proven that faculty involvement in the student recruitment process increases the likelihood of student matriculation. This is true even if the faculty member does not teach in the students’ intended majors.
Faculty interaction enables students to see professors as people. Individual or small-group meetings can often calm student fears of what professors are like and how they interact with students outside the classroom.
These meetings also give students the opportunity to further their understanding of the academic rigors of college. For example, students who found studying a rarity in high school often leave with a better understanding of collegiate expectations.
Students who do get to talk with faculty within their intended major gain an intimate knowledge of the curriculum and course work within that major. Students can have their questions more thoroughly addressed and often leave with an increased enthusiasm for that major.
More than 1,000 prospective students tour JCCC each year. These prospective students already listen to an information session covering the steps to enroll and tour campus with a student leader. Many have an appointment with an academic department or counselor. A visit with a faculty member would help complete the process.
If you would like to volunteer five or ten minutes of your time in the Welcome Center to talk to prospective students, call Eldonna Davis at ext. 4141 to schedule a time. Volunteering just once can make a difference!
• EAP Professor Holly Milkowart Win NISOD award
Holly was among three Johnson County Community College faculty members to be selected as recipients of the 2015 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
The NISOD Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. The NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, on May 23 to 26, 2015. Recipients will be recognized at the award ceremony to be held on Sunday evening, May 24.
• Service Learning Workshops, February 26-27
Please see the handout about Service Learning. Service Learning Workshops in February
A Message from Marilyn Senter:
This spring, we have a second opportunity to be in conversation with Gail Robinson, a higher education consultant who works with colleges to help develop service learning programs. Gail came to JCCC a couple of years ago, and she was able to help those of us on the Service Learning Council rethink some of our approaches. Now she is coming to help faculty incorporate service learning into their courses.
I know we have all kinds of opportunities to enhance our courses with programs at the College. We have the Common Read and sustainability and sections with special topics. But those additions just make adding service learning all the more logical. Using the Common Read book about boys in the inner city certainly begs a familiarity with programs in KC which work with that population. Adding sustainability topics into a Comp. course opens up opportunities to add hands-on activities.
Service Learning is of benefit to students. Research shows that students who are engaged have better retention and graduations rates, and they simply get more out of the courses they take. Many need service hours in their career fields in order to move forward, so service learning provides an opportunity to add to their resume.
Gail would be happy to look at your syllabus and suggest ways to make service learning part of your course content! Remember: this doesn’t have to be a student requirement; it can be an option that your offer. Check out the workshops on the attached flyer, and email Cheryl Slaugh to indicate which of the sessions you will attend.
Thanks for considering this!
• Purchase your tickets now for International Dinner March 13
JCCC’s ninth annual International Dinner with the theme “A Taste of South Africa” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in RC 101. This fundraiser benefits international and immigrant students through academic and need-based scholarships. JCCC executive chef Marc McCann will prepare an authentic South African meal that will be hosted and served by JCCC students. The evening will feature a delicious four-course meal and live entertainment. Alcoholic beverages may also be purchased. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 for two or $250 for a table of eight.
Purchase tickets here. This event will sell out very quickly, so purchase your tickets now! For questions regarding the dinner please contact Patricia Donaldson or call 913.469.3835.
• Scholarship from the People’s Republic of China for One Semester at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Applications due March 31
Twenty scholarships are available for students to study in China during 2015 fall semester. The International Education Office is now accepting applications for students to study Chinese language during the fall 2015 semester at JCCC’s partner college in Xi’an, China.
Twenty full scholarships (tuition, fees, room, board, and books) are available. Students must have completed a semester of post-secondary study, be at least 18 years old, and have a 2.5 GPA. Previous study of Chinese is not required.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to send interested students to the International Education Office, COM 220, for an application. Contact Barbara Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. The application deadline is March 31.
• League for Innovation of the Year Award nominations due by March 14
Established over 25 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded.
This award is designed to recognize innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the ability of institutions to serve students and the community, and to honor the faculty, staff, and administrators who have created and implemented them. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who strive for excellence on a daily basis.
League Alliance colleges determine their own eligibility criteria and selection protocol, and each college or system submits their winning Innovation of the Year through an online system.
One winner will be accepted for each college or district.
Criteria. Winning innovations should meet one or more of the following criteria.
Quality. Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office, or institution.
Efficiency. The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
Cost Effectiveness. The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
Replication. The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
Creativity. The innovation is original and creative.
Timeliness. The innovation is not more than five years old at the institution.
Click on this link to access the Innovation of the Year Award Nomination Form.
Please submit this nomination and all required attachments to Staff & Organizational Development, GEB 275, Box 43, by March 14. If you have any questions, contact Tom Grady, faculty development coordinator, at email@example.com.
• Booktalk Selections for Spring 2015, Next Meeting, February 27
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 Dutch Exchange Program, Applications 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.
• Outcomes Assessment Mini-grants Available
Mini-grants offered by the Office of Outcomes Assessment now are available on a rolling monthly deadline; submit your grant proposal by the 15th of the month to be considered for grant-funding review that month.
Use mini-grants to jumpstart or continue your assessment projects. Funds may be used for: Assessment resources
Travel for assessment-related activities
Equipment or software dedicated to assessment efforts
Costs associated with data input or external consultants
Mini-grants are now available for up to $750. New guidelines/applications are available from the Office of Outcomes Assessment, GEB 262, on InfoShare or on the Outcomes Assessment blog.
• 60 Stunning Satellite Images of Earth
• National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Winners
• 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