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Blog Update: September 12, 2014
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• Strategic Planning News
Strategic Planning Task Force Chart
Fall 2014 Strategic Plan Task Force Elections
strategic plan
JCCC Strategic Plan 2014-2017 (PDF)

• Important Deadlines for the E/J Division 

Lieberman Award Nominations Due, October 15
BNSF Nominations Due, December 14
Distinguished Services Applications Due, October 15
Sabbatical Applications Due, October 10

• Other Important Dates

Creative Writing Reading:  Wednesday, September 24 in COM 319 at 11:00
Booktalk: Friday, September 26 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–Wild  by Cheryl Strayed


•  Scheduled Meetings in the Halls of Academe 

Faculty Senate meets October 9 (RC 270); November 13 (CC 232); December 11 (RC 101-D); January 22 (RC 270); February 12 (RC 270); February 12 (RC 270); March 12 (RC 270); April 9 (TBA); May 14 (TBA)
Faculty Association meets in RC 270 from 2 – 3 on September 15; November 17; and December 8.
Board of Trustees meets each month at 5 p.m. in the Hugh Speer Board Room, GEB 137, September 25; October 16; November 20; December 18; January 15; February 9; March 12; April 16, 2015* (4 p.m.); May 14; June 18. Board Packets

• How to Use Turnitin at JCCC with D2L

The following is a link to Jim McWard’s in-service presentation on using for its dropbox,              PeerMark,  and plagiarism checker in place of the dropbox in D2L.

• Steve Werkmeister Alerts Us to a Great Link
The Folger Library has placed 80,000 literary images online, and they are free to use:
 • Microsoft Office for Students
JCCC has an agreement with Microsoft that allows credit students to download and install a full version of Office 365 Pro Plus at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage program. Office on your PC includes Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Lync.  Office on your Mac includes Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  For more information, go to

• Creative Writing Reading Dates Announced
Creative Writing

This semester The Creative Writing Reading events will continue in COM 319 at 11:00 a.m.  The readings are scheduled for  September 24, October 29, and November 19.  All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to come and read about five minutes worth of a short story, play, novel excerpt, poem, narrative, etc. Free coffee and cookies will be provided, so spread the word. Beth Gulley is the coordinator of these events.  She can be reached at or  ext. 4201 for more information.

• Ed Tech Center Offers Short D2L Workshops

The Educational Technology Center is offering short workshops on Desire2Learn. No registration is required for these sessions. These hands-on demos plus Q and A will last 50 minutes, with time available afterwards for those who would like additional one-on-one support.
Scheduled sessions are:
D2L Basics, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, LIB 373, Paul McCourt
D2L Quizzes, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, LIB 373, Zack Zahringer
D2L Basics, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, LIB 373, Bob Epp
D2L Gradebook, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, LIB 373, Davy Jones
D2L Quizzes, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, LIB 373, Jeff Kosko
D2L Basics, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, LIB 373, Paul McCourt
D2L Basics, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, LIB 373, Vincent Miller
D2L Basics, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, LIB 373, Vincent Miller
For the D2L iTeach training series offered by Ed Lovitt, see

You are always welcome to stop by LIB 375, or make an appointment with an Ed Tech Analyst at  or ext. 3842.   Also let us know if you’d like D2L or other educational technology training customized for your department or work group.

• Common Read Activities for Fall

12-item Grit Scale (PDF)
 Angela Duckworth Speaks about Grit: Ted Talk


Thursday, September 18
Hudson Auditorium
Film We Are Superman & discussion with local director; Profile on 31st & Troost Ave. in Kansas City
Wednesday, October 8
Polsky Theater
Tanner Colby in conversation with Carmaletta Williams & Danny Alexander on Colby’s book Some of my Best Friends are Black; Profiles of Little Rock schools, KC restrictive housing covenants
Monday October 13-Friday October 31
Carlsen Center Lobby
Choices Writing Project/Installation (description and prompt attached) To learn about The Stranger’s Project (which inspired this) may help clarify the project
Thursday, November 13
Craig Auditorium
Coming Home with Wes Moore episode viewing with comment by JCCC veterans; Part of Veteran’s Day week events
• The Choices Project – October 13-31 (Common Read)
We are inviting you and your students to take part in an interactive event modeled on The Strangers Project, a New York City initiative that invites people to write an anonymous journal-type entry. The writings are collected and posted as part of a public art installation. See video on the project at PBS
Next October, several posting boards will be set up in the Lobby of Carlsen center to serve as the backdrop for our installation. Students and the public will be invited to submit anonymous, free-style entries (must fit on the provided page) on a theme closely related to the subject of The Other Wes Moore: The choices we make.
We invite all faculty and students to become a part of this evolving work of art—consider the prompt below and write a brief, anonymous response (we will provide official paper with a “permission to post” statement on the back). We hope you will encourage your students to visit the exhibit and consider participating, or possibly even highlight the prompt in your own class. Of course, if individual students don’t want to share, they have that right.

Choices Project Writing Prompt:

In the book The Other Wes Moore, after running away from military school five times, the author makes the choice to give the school a chance–a decision that changes his life. Later in the book, after completing a job training program and struggling to support his family at a low-wage job, the “other” Wes Moore makes the choice to return to dealing drugs–a decision that changes his life.
We all make choices–big and small, dramatic and seemingly mundane, for better or worse–that shape our lives, that lead to opportunities or that close doors. Write about a choice you made when, as Frost would say, “two roads diverged” before you.

• Carmaletta Williams and Danny Alexander will be featured in the Discussion with Colby Tanner on Wednesday October 8th @ 1:00 in Polsky. 


• Enrollment now required for mandatory training; here’s how to enroll

     July 1, 2014, marked the beginning of fiscal year 2015 and with that a reminder of two training programs required of every employee every fiscal year. Completion of these two training programs is in compliance with Board Policy Mandatory Training 422.02
     Enrollment with a CRN is now required for the two training programs. You can do so through MyJCCC. After enrolling, you will receive an email confirmation that will contain a link to the training program. The training is delivered on-line 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection.
     Each training program has its own CRN, one mastery test and a certificate of completion. Should you desire a certificate of completion for your records and/or if your supervisor requires it, you will be able to print it.  You do not need to present a copy to Human Resources. Successful completion will automatically be communicated to Human Resources. Your JCCC transcript will be updated the month following the date you completed the training.
     The course CRNs are:
Information Security and Campus Safety Awareness – CRN 34050 Preventing Harassment in the Workplace and on Campus – CRN 34051
     Follow these steps to enroll:
Log in to MyJCCC Click on the MyView tab Click on the green ADD/DROP CLASSES button located in the Staff Development window Select the term Staff Dev 2014-2015 Enter the CRN Click Submit
     The CRNs may also be found on the staff development open/closed class list.
     Questions regarding registration or the programs may be directed to

• Department of Journalism News

The Journalism and Media Communications Department has entered into a  transfer agreement with UMKC for journalism and mass communications. JCCC students can transfer up to 15 journalism credits to the major at the university.
The department’s annual “People in the Media” panel presentation is planned for Thursday, October 9, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Craig Community Auditorium.
The department’s annual “People in Promotion” panel presentation is planned for Tuesday, November 25, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in CC 211

• The NCTE National Day of Writing, Monday, October 20


• Professor Sam Bell’s Digital Article at The Chronicle Has Led to Surprising Things!

English Professor Sam Bell’s “Why Professors Should Give a Damn was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 9, 2014.
An editor read Sam’s article in The Chronicle about teachers caring for students and contacted her. This has led to an eventual agreement that she will write a single-author, alternative to a typical big-press (Norton) textbook for Composition I students and teachers. The book will be used as a Comp I textbook, with writing and composition exercises and reading suggestions, and can also be used for new teaching techniques in Comp I.

• Booktalk Dates Are Set

Friday, September 26 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–Wild  by Cheryl Strayed
Friday’ October 24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and             Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Friday, November 21 in GEB 264 @ 2:15– Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Friday, January 23 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Friday, February  27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–The Art of Mastering Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen
Friday, March 27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15– Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teichotz
Friday, April  24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15–Spill Over by David Quammen

• Gribben Lecture at Labette Community College, Friday, October 24
Labette Community College’s annual Gribben lecture will be Friday, October 24 (two weeks after TYCA and one week before KATE). The speaker will be Brian Ballentine of West Virginia University.
The event is free, it’s usually a lovely drive to Parsons, Kansas, and they will even feed you! Reservation details will be coming soon. . . .

• The New Mind’s Eye Is Now Available


 From the College Website: Mind’s Eye includes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. It began as a way for writers and artists to share their material in print form.
“This year, the poetry section includes 18 works, all of which have the earmarks of good poetry—interesting use of language and the ability to surprise us, to make us think about ourselves and our world from fresh perspectives,” writes Thomas Reynolds in the magazine’s introduction.
“The fiction and non-fiction sections are also very strong, conveying their narratives in prose that is often surprising and always compelling,” he writes.
The magazine will also include interviews with Denise Low, former Kansas poet laureate and guest judge of the poetry and fiction entries, and Wyatt Townley, the current Kansas poet laureate.
The wisdom from three other writers also is included, as they answer the same three questions posed to them by the magazine’s editors.
Works of art from JCCC students, which Reynolds describes “as series of powerful and thought-provoking images,” also contribute to the creative content.
“Mind’s Eye” is for sale for $3 starting in the C-Store and the Writing Center or from Reynolds (GEB 165H); Larry Thomas, “Mind’s Eye” faculty advisor for art and photography (ATB 101B); or Kelly Byfield, administrative assistant for the English department (CC 221B).

• The Earth across the Miles 

 • Looking ahead: Free College Day 2015 will be April 18, 2015

JCCC is planning another Free College Day next year – specifically, Saturday, April 18, 2015.  It’s a great way to give back to the community, bring new people to campus and show off what we have.

For each of the last three Free College Days (2009, 2011 and 2013), the college has offered more than 100 classes and welcomed about 1,500 people to campus. Teachers and participants alike told us how much they enjoyed the event.
Once again, faculty and staff can volunteer to teach a class free of charge to the public. If you enjoyed the last three Free College Days – or heard how much your colleagues enjoyed it – then please volunteer to teach a session again. People have taught their subject (interior design, science, history, math, automotive, language, etc.) or their interests (coin collecting, stamps, genealogy, sailing, camping) – almost anything goes. Some things to know about the day: There will be 45-minute classes beginning at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. That gives participants 15 minutes to get from one place to another or get refreshments.
If you’d like to teach a session (or two!), we will eventually need to know the time(s) you’d like to teach, whether you have a preferred room, and how many participants you can handle in a class. We’ll also need a title for the class and a short, 2-3 sentence description. (We don’t need all these details right now, but we will in the fall.)
We’ll again use the courtyard, the Carlsen Center lobby and the Atrium as bases for directions and information. And of course we’ll have food and entertainment for all. If you’d like to volunteer to teach a class that day or just need more information, please contact Julie Haas,, ext. 3120.