• Dates to Remember:
Faculty Senate: FS Blog
–Meets on the 3rd Thursday at 3:30, RC 270: 11/19, 12/3
Faculty Association: FA Blog
–Meets on the 2nd Monday at 2:00: 12/14
Educational Affairs: EA Blog
–Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 3:00: 12/2
Spring Registration went live online, Oct. 21
Booktalk, Nov. 20
People in Promotion Event, Nov. 24
Burlington Northern Faculty Award, Nominations due mid-December
Distinguished Service Award Portfolio, due Dec, 1 (according to Master Agreement)
Mind’s Eye submission deadline: Dec. 5
• Faculty Senate Report on Town Hall Meeting
On November 13, 2015, the Educational Affairs Committee, the Faculty Association, and the Faculty Senate hosted a two-hour Town Hall Meeting to discuss how to improve campus safety at JCCC. The purpose of the meeting was to generate ideas and to get a sense of what those participating think that we need to do to improve our safety on campus. This report summarizes the ideas from that Town Hall Meeting. Town Hall Summary
• Creative Writing Reading, November 18
The next Creative Writing Readings will happen November 18, COM 319 at noon. Tom Patterson, director of the International Office at JCCC, will host.
Students are invited to bring approximately 5 minutes worth of their own creative writing to share in an open mic format. Coffee and cookies will be provided. For more information contact Beth Gulley at email@example.com
• Booktalk Meets on Friday, November 20
The next meeting of the Booktalk group is Friday, November 20, GEB 264, at 2:15. This November’s book selection is We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
• Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic, Spoke at JCCC, Nov. 12
Candice Millard, author and former JCCC student, visited the campus on Thursday, Nov. 12, to discuss Destiny of the Republic. This book was selected by the English Department as the Common Read selection for 2015-2016. Candice spoke at Yardley Hall, attended a book signing, and also attended a lunch hosted by the Common Read Committee. Candice’s lecture was enthusiastically introduced by Professor Steve Gerson. Candice is his former student.
The winner of the Common Read Poetry Contest was JCCC’s Janeth Reyes, a student in Professor Jane Stock’s Composition I class. Read her winning poem: In the Colossal Universe
Pictured here are student Janeth Reyes, author Candice Millard, and Farrell Jenab, director of the Kansas Studies Institute, which helped with the funding of the Common Read lecture More Photographs.
The Common Read committee, which organized this event, is co-chaired by Professors Monica Hogan and Katherine Karle, with the support of committee members Farell Jenab, Jane Stock, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Marilyn Senter, Lorie Paldino, and Staci Petrillo.
• Steve Gerson Nominated for Prestigious Award
English Department Professor Steve Gerson has been nominated for the Society for Technical Communication (STC)’s Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication. Congratulations, Steve!
According to the STC’s website, this award honors true academic mentorship; a record of successful students, defined as those who are involved in STC, and actively working in the profession; involvement in student activities outside of the classroom; innovation and creativity in teaching, and involvement in research that leads to changes in the way technical communication is taught.
• Marilyn Senter Presented at National Conference
Professor Marilyn Senter attended the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships conference in Denver Oct. 25-Tuesday, Oct. 27. She presented at two sessions. The first was “Go Digital; Go Open; Go Design” (co-presenting with two professors from other colleges), and she later presented “Tardy? Whiney? Just Plain Stinky? We Have Them, Too!” (co-presenting with Loralee Stevens). And yes, that really was the title! They were speaking about managing a huge system with some folks who do not cooperate.
• Steve Werkmeister and Recent Creative Writing Publications
Steve’s latest work includes a poem in a journal that was released the first week of November. He has had six poems and two short stories published here and in the UK. He has also revised his blog StevesofGrass to have more of a literature focus. It features essays and notes on different texts and performances. Here’s the link to the recent publications bubble: https://stevesofgrass.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/recent-publications/ on Steve’s blog.
• Mary Funk Graduates as a Master Gardener
Adjunct English Professor Mary Funk, who has taught at JCCC since 1985, graduated as an EMG (Extension Master Gardener) in the class of 2015. She participated in a year-long course through the K-State Research and Extension Service. The purpose of the program is to get university-based research information into the hands of the community residents who enjoy gardening. Congratulations, Mary!!
• JCCC Ranked in Top Echeolon of Community Colleges in Higher Ed
A survey, which is part of the Open Doors report on international educational exchange, conducted by the Institute for International Education, provides data on the top 40 associate’s institutions hosting international students from 2014-2015. JCCC ranked 8th in this survey.
• People in Promotion Panel, Nov. 24
Four promotional professionals will discuss the latest trends in public relations, advertising, marketing, and strategic communications. They also will offer their best advice as to how to break into the field and share their career experience.
The panel will present at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233). Panelists include:
Kathryn Lorenzen, recruiter/career coach at Landajob Marketing and Creative Talent
Patrick Padley, senior social media strategist at DEG
Shawn Poloniak, president at Blacktop, Inc.
George Weyrauch, president at ROCK Creative Network
The target audience is students, but the public is invited to attend. For questions, contact Gretchen Thum at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3190.
• Mind’s Eye Info for 2015-2016
Mind’s Eye, JCCC’s student literary and arts magazine, is currently seeking poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction submissions. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 5.
Manuscripts must be submitted in hard-copy form to GEB 165H or to my mailbox in CC 221 as well as sent as an electronic file email attachment to email@example.com. Entries per person are limited to three, all of which can be sent as a single document via email. A separate entry form must be completed for each entry. Those submitting should include a two to three sentence bio.
The entry form Mind’s Eye Entry Form 2015
• Distinguished Service Award Application Deadline, December 1
Distinguished Service Award Submission Deadline Extended: The submission deadline for the Distinguished Service Award has been moved from October 15 to December 1. The date has been moved due to aligning the requirements and the award process with the new guidelines as reflected in the master agreement. If you have any questions, please refer to the Master Agreement Article XIII (in the link below) or ask any of the members of the FA’s negotiation team (Jeff Anderson, Janette Funaro, Jim McWard and/or Ron Palcic).
• Mark and Beth Read Poetry at the Nerman, Friday, October 30
Professors Beth Gulley and Mark Browning, presented at the Noon at the Nerman discussion program last Friday, Oct. 30. Beth and Mark read original poetry inspired by American Infamy by Roger Shimomura and by Untitled (Atgeld Gardens), by Kerry James Marshall, respectively.
Noon at the Nerman is a weekly interdisciplinary program examining works of art on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art or on campus. Students, staff and visitors will gather at the Atrium at noon on Fridays then walk to one of the artworks on campus or in the Nerman Museum to hear a JCCC faculty or staff member speak briefly on that work of art.
Interested in presenting? Contact Allison Smith, professor of art history, at ext. 3498 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The English Department Plans the Second Annual Cavalier Conference on Writing and Literature
The JCCC English Department will host the Cavalier Conference on Writing and Literature this April 29, 2016. The conference theme is “Responding.” A call for proposals will be sent to you soon.
The keynote speaker will be Prof. Nancy Sommers, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of “Responding to Student Writing.”
The planning committee for this conference, which is the only one in the area that involves both college and high school English teachers, is composed of Beth Gulley, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Marilyn Senter, Sam Bell, Kay Haas, and Keith Geekie.
• Andrea Broomfield Blogs about Life as a JCCC Student, Post #2
Shortly after I was awarded my sabbatical, euphoria disappeared and a host of pesky logistical problems crowded in on my little celebration. Chief among them was gaining admission to JCCC as a student.
Since I am an already an English professor here and “just” taking a sabbatical, did I even need to apply? I assumed no, and I nursed that false assumption all the way to October, 2014, when it was time to pre-enroll. Numerous niggling questions related to admissions also invaded my peace of mind: If I did not have to go through an official application process, did I go through an “application lite” process instead? How do I use the Class Schedule and Academic tabs on JCCC.edu to find classes? How do I pay tuition? Do I actually want a culinary career waiting for me after I start–and finish–actual coursework? Should I audit some of these courses so that I can save myself from having to study so hard? Do I really have to take the sanitation class, or can I just kind of “sneak” out of it? Do I have to take the Compass placement test even if I already have a terminal degree? Surely not, I told myself, but that particular question haunted me the most. To read more . . .
• Textbook Committees for Comp I and Comp 2 Being Formed
Please consider volunteering for the Comp 2 Textbook Selection Committee if you regularly teach Comp 2.
Contact Matthew Schmeer, by September 18, if interested. email@example.com
Ted Rollins, lead insructor for Comp 1, is in the process of forming of the Textbook Selection Committee for Comp 1 books. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Follow English on Twitter
The English Department Twitter account is run by Professor Steve Werkmeister English Dept@
. The Twitter account is one attempt at having a greater social media presence in the hopes that we can showcase our disciplinary values and the achievements of our faculty.
The English Department Blog Twitter account is run by Keith Geekie JCCC English Blog@
• Booktalk Dates and Selections:
Friday, November 20 We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Friday, January 29 Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Pat wants a HISTORIAN to do this, but otherwise will let us impose on her again)
Friday, February 26 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Sheri Barrett facilitating)
Friday, March 25 Dead Wake by Erik Larsen (Marilyn G facilitating)
Friday, April 22 Being Mortal by Atul Gwande (Judy Oden facilitating)
• JCCC Food Pantry Needs Help!