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Blog Update: August 17, 2014

• Significant Files 

Strategic Planning Task Force Chart

 • 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

• League of Innovation Literary Competition Results

The results of the JCCC portion of the 2014 League for Innovation Student Literary Competition--

Poetry Winner: Elizabeth Kelly (“Terminal”)
Fiction Winner: Tyler McCurry (“Blue Owl”)
One-Act Play Winner: Elizabeth Kelly (“Josef und DerHeinselmarchen”)
Essay Winner: Shawna Bragg (“What Do You Know About It?”)
In the national competition, Shawna Bragg from JCCC won third place for her essay entry.
Also, in the art portion of the national competition, Elizabeth Brown from JCCC won the first place award for her piece “Looming Situation” and Shannon Bagby from JCCC earned a special Juror’s Choice Award for her piece “Always Prepared.”

• Book Talk, meets Friday, August 22

“The Goldfinch” by  Donna Tartt: 2:15-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, GEB 264. First Booktalk of 2014-2015. This Pulitzer Prize winner is 775 pages of summer leisure reading.


Other Booktalk dates:

Friday, September 26 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday’ October 24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, November 21 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, January 23 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, February  27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, March 27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, April  24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
• 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

• Katherine Boo to Speak at KU 

Carmaletta would like to alert us to the fact that at the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU Katherine Boo, author of the Common Read selection Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, will speak in Woodruff Auditorium on September 16 at 7:30.  Free and open to the public.

• 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.
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. 


• 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


• The Center for Sustainability’s Annual Harvest Dinner, August 22

 The annual Harvest Dinner will start with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Capitol Federal Conference Center in the Regnier Center on campus. The menu will be a surprise but will feature student-grown produce from our own campus farm and other local sources.
Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight and are available online.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit students in the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program.  In addition, it will help fund internships for the growing number of students wanting to support conservation of resources and other sustainable activities both on campus and in their careers. 
 Sustainable Agriculture program coordinator Stu Shafer noted that, “JCCC’s program is unique, in that we give students the traditional basis of agriscience and business along with a strong understanding of urban agriculture and how to enrich their local food economies.”
 Alex Pope from Local Pig will prepare the entrée. Aaron Prater, JCCC professor of hospitality management, will prepare the first course, and Lindsay Laricks of Little Freshie in Kansas City, Mo., will prepare the dessert.
Prater, who worked to secure our culinary talent, mentioned the unique nature of both shops, noting that “this is the first time the Harvest Dinner will feature a craft butcher and charcuterie and a dessert specialist whose work focuses on sodas and ices.  “It’s an exciting opportunity for us to highlight the wide range of flavors and textures available to diners who want to eat locally and seasonally.” Prater also notes that as in years’ past, diners may choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings.
After dessert enjoy a walk outdoors to the lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art to enjoy a free concert featuring Kelley Hunt. The concert is part of the Light Up the Lawn series and is sponsored by the JCCC Performing Arts Series and the Nerman Museum.

• Book Talk, meets Friday, August 22

“The Goldfinch” by  Donna Tartt: 2:15-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, GEB 264. First Booktalk of 2014-2015. This Pulitzer Prize winner is 775 pages of summer leisure reading.


Other Booktalk dates:

Friday, September 26 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday’ October 24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, November 21 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, January 23 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, February  27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, March 27 in GEB 264 @ 2:15
Friday, April  24 in GEB 264 @ 2:15

• 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. . . .

• Helping Out Our New International Students 

JCCC began welcoming more than 60 new international students from overseas countries this past week and will continue welcoming more over the next two weeks. These students are required to attend an orientation tailored to their needs which addresses immigration regulations, classroom culture, customary practices in housing and transportation, etc.  Their personalized orientation is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. During their orientation, students receive goods to equip them to adjust more easily to their new lives in Kansas. The goods include household items and school supplies.  International and Immigrant Student Services invites you to contribute items you may not be using or no longer need. These are some of the supplies our international students would find useful.
Gently-used items: Blankets or throws Pillow Coffeemaker Rice cooker Pots, pans and baking pans Umbrella Coffee mugs or cups Microwavable container Flashlight Backpack
New items: Pens, mechanical pencils and highlighters Spiral notebooks Three ring binders Pocket folders Water bottles
To be ready for the orientation, all donations must be collected by Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.  If you have questions or would like someone to come pick-up your donation(s), please contact Iping Chin at ext. 2779 . If you prefer to deliver your donation(s), our office is located in COM 306.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

• 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.

• 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).

• 2 x 2 x 2 Takes Shape for Fall 2014

The enrollment committee for the college has organized a new sequence of courses in the fall that are 8 weeks long so that students can take 2 sets of 8-week courses per semester.  Thus, over the course of the academic year 2014-15, in the Two x 2 x 2 program students can take 4 semesters of work.  English is involved in this program in that Composition I and English 106 will be offered in two 8-week sessions in the fall term, and Composition II and Composition I will be offered in the Spring term.  The college is hoping to attract a new demographic of students by offering these condensed courses.  The 8-week semesters are open to any student so that no selective registration will be involved nor will a special cohort of students be created. It is simply hoped that by offering some evening courses on a new different schedule, any number of students will be helped.

 • 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.