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Blog Update: June 9, 2014
English Lit Summer 2014 Brochure     English Lit Fall 2014-brochure
The Faculty Senate Blog       The Faculty Association Blog

• Coming this Summer 2014 – Assessment Workshops

The Office of Outcomes Assessment is presenting an inaugural workshop on assessment.  Using the framework of the Cycle of Assessment participants will leave this workshop with:
A fully formed assessment question
An assessment plan ready to implement in their classroom/program/department
A focused assessment instrument to measure student learning outcomesA certificate of Faculty Development on Assessment
The workshop is free to JCCC faculty and will include course materials,reference materials, beverage and snack breaks, and lunch.  Registration is limited and required.
 First Offering – July 11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, RC 101 A; CRN 34002 (a few seats remain in this session)
Second Offering – August 8, 9:00 – 3:00 pm; RC 101 A; CRN 34003 (this session is nearly full!)

To register:

Logon to MyJCCC
Click on EASI  and Student and Financial AID
Click on Enrollment
Click on Add or Drop Classes
Select a Term (Staff Dev 2014-2015) and Submit
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and enter CRN 34002 for the July Workshop or 34003 for the August Workshop
Submit Changes

• Booktalk Meetings This Summer:

Detective/International Detective novels: 1 p.m. Thursday, June  26, Café Tempo.  Pick the sleuth of your choice and come prepared to hear and discuss murder and mayhem over lunch. Need some ideas? Write Maureen Fitzpatrick at for a bibliography of detective favorites.
“Loved it, but maybe not for booktalk:” 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Café Tempo. Have you read a book you loved and want to talk about but that might be too specialized, dark, or strange for a mainstream booktalk selection? This is the month to introduce us to it. Come ready to talk about your selection and hear about others.
“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.

• Desire2Learn Workshops in Ed Tech This Summer

The Ed Tech Center is offering more Desire2Learn topic workshops during June and July, open to all faculty and staff. No registration is required, and the sessions will be held in in LIB 373:
Gradebook Overview – Monday, 6/9, 5-7 p.m.
D2L Basics – Wednesday, 6/11, 2-4 p.m.
D2L Basics – Friday, 6/13, 9-11 a.m.
D2L Basics – Monday, 6/16, 1-3 p.m.
D2L Basics – Wednesday, 6/18, 2-4 p.m.
D2L Basics – Friday, 6/20, 10 a.m. – noon
D2L Basics – Monday, 6/23, 1-3 p.m.
D2L Basics – Tuesday, 6/24, 5-7 p.m.
D2L Basics – Wednesday, 6/25, 2-4 p.m.
Build Your Course – Thursday, 6/26, 5-7 p.m.
D2L Basics – Monday, 6/30, 2-4 p.m.
D2L Basics – Wednesday, 7/2, 1-3 p.m.
D2L Basics – Monday, 7/7, 5-7 p.m.
Manage Your Course – Wednesday, 7/9, 2-4 p.m.
Gradebook Overview – Friday, 7/11, 9-11 a.m.
D2L Basics – Monday, 7/14, 1-3 p.m.
Communications – Wednesday, 7/16, 5-7 p.m.
Build Your Course – Friday, 7/18, 10 a.m. – noon
D2L Basics – Monday, 7/21, 2-4 p.m.
Assessments – Tuesday, 7/22, 5-7 p.m.
D2L Basics – Wednesday, 7/23, 1-3 p.m.
Gradebook Overview – Thursday, 7/24, 2-4 p.m.
These hands-on demos plus Q and A will last 50 minutes, with additional time available afterwards for anyone who would like one-on-one support. Workshops will be continue to be scheduled on an ongoing basis.
For the D2L iTeach training series, see also

• Dates of Interest to the E/J Division

June 26: Booktalk discussion of International Detective Fiction
July 24: 1:00 — “Loved it, but maybe not for Booktalk”
August 12: Tuesday, non-contract day, tentative in-service English Department Writers’ Retreat
August 13: All Staff Breakfast, 7 – 8:30; 9 – 10:30, All Faculty meeting
August 13: College Now Professional Development Event, 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.
August 13:  English Adjunct meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Room: CC 232
August 14: Coffee Break, 7:30 – 8:30; All faculty meeting, 9 – 10:30
August 15: E/J Division meeting, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Room: RC 181; Assessment World Cafe, 12:30 – 2:30
August 16: Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Event, 9 – 12
August 18:  First day of class
August 22: First Booktalk of 2014-2015

• Procedure for Proposing an In-Service Session

If you would like to submit a proposal for giving a session during in-service, Fall 2014, please go to the following link for directions:
Professional Development Days Session Proposal
JCCC Fall 2014 Academic Calendar 

• English / Journalism / EAP Complete Program Reviews


The departments within the English and Journalism Division (English for Academic Purposes, Journalism and Media Communications, and English) completed the pilot Program Review that was coordinated by the Office of Outcomes Assessment. English Professors Jim McWard and Steve Werkmeister will serve on the Program Review committee for the college.

• Faculty Senate News

Professors of English Nathan Jones and Keith Geekie were elected to the JCCC Faculty Senate as at-large representatives.
Adjunct Professor Amy Pace was elected this spring as the Faculty Senate Alternate.
Professor of English David Davis was elected Vice President of the Faculty Senate.
Faculty Senate 4/10 Minutes
 President Comments:  Joe Sopcich visited the senate and addressed questions of enrollment and marketing.  He noted that while the plan is to increase online offerings and flexible scheduling (such as the 8-week courses that will start in the fall), he is concerned about quality.  He wants to ensure that JCCC is continuing to maintain high standards for academic excellence, and he hopes we will be models to other community colleges.
AQIP Program Review Committee:  Bill Robinson, member of the AQIP Program Review Task Force, came before the senate once again to clarify his last request (see minutes from the March meeting).  The goal of this new committee will be to receive reviews and make recommendations.  There will be a minimum of two representatives per division.  Training for the committee members will start in the fall; work begins in November.  The senate voted to support the committee. 
Committee Tracking:  Diane Kappen and two FA representatives have been compiling a list of campus-wide committees and members.  It is being reviewed by FS and FA for accuracy and will be published on the FS blog:
Campus-wide Curriculum Task Force:  The task force has been established to review AA and AS degree requirements.  Senators expressed concern that the recommendations of the task force go to Ed. Affairs to maintain proper channels.  The first meeting will be held on 4/22.  Jim Leiker and Rhonda Barlow volunteered to join Vin Clark, senate president, on the task force.
Reading Requirement Committee:  Andy Anderson formed an operational group to determine how a reading requirement committee would be populated.  The purpose of the committee is to address the whole student experience, not just the reading requirement.  Irene Schmidt volunteered to be the senate representative.
Adjunct Survey:  The adjunct subcommittee thanked the senate for helping to spread the word of the adjunct survey.  The committee received a 71% response rate.  It is analyzing the results, and asks that the senate forward a thank you to all adjuncts.

• Faculty Association News

Professor Jim McWard was re-elected secretary of the Faculty Association, while Andrea Broomfield became the FA UniServ Representative.

• English/Journalism Division Election Results:

Professor Ted Rollins has been elected as the E/J Division representative on Distance Learning Advisory Council (DLAC).

Professor Steve Werkmeister will be serving on the campus-wise Program Review Committee.

Professors Sam Bell and Matthew Schmeer will be serving on the Curriculum Review Committee.

• Beth Gulley Recommends a Great Web Site

The website is a simple site where you can build a stand-alone wall on a topic (such as the text of a poem) and where others may post moveable comments to it.  It looks amazingly good for discussing photographs and poetry with groups of people.


• Professor Sam Bell’s Digital Article at the Chronicle

English Professor Sam Bell’s “Why Professors Should Give a Damn was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 9, 2014.

• Professor Marilyn Senter Presents at the Nerman

Professor Marilyn Senter (even though she was on sabbatical!) gave a presentation about an art work in the Noon at the Nerman Series on Friday, May 2. Marilyn discussed the distinctive painting styles of Kim Dorland and his work, “The Tree on the Corner.”
The series is organized by Allison Smith, Associate Professor of Art History.

• Professors Kathryn Byrne and Beth Gulley Video-conference with Pakistan

Writing Center Director Kathryn Byrne and Professor of English Beth Gulley participated in several videoconference sessions with faculty in Sukkur IBA.  They explained the English writing program at JCCC and also the Writing Center as a resource for both students and the community.  The conferences were the result on an on-going U.S. Department of State/U.S. Embassy in Pakistan Public Affairs Section Grant.

• English majors are athletes too!

Professor of English Beth Gulley and Adjunct Professor of English Amy Pace on April 26, 2014, ran in Garmin Marathon in 4:28, a time that included lightning, heavy rain, thunderstorms, standing water, and mud. It was Beth’s fifth marathon and Amy’s eleventh.

amy and beth

• Booktalk Announces its Summer Schedule

It’s summertime, and the reading is easy! All readers are invited to join in for the Booktalk group’s summer events–if you aren’t a regular, this is a great introduction
Detective/International Detective novels: 1 p.m. Thursday, June  26, Café Tempo.  Pick the sleuth of your choice and come prepared to hear and discuss murder and mayhem over lunch. Need some ideas? Write Maureen Fitzpatrick at for a bibliography of detective favorites.
“Loved it, but maybe not for booktalk:” 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Café Tempo. Have you read a book you loved and want to talk about but that might be too specialized, dark, or strange for a mainstream booktalk selection? This is the month to introduce us to it. Come ready to talk about your selection and hear about others.
“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

• Common Read News about Author Wes Moore

The author of next year’s Common Read (not too late to adopt–contact Brigit) has been busy doing a three-episode series for PBS. set your DVRs or memories for Tuesday @ 7:00.
From PBS: Coming Back with Wes Moore premieres May 13, 2014 at 8pm ET. Check local listings
Coming Back with Wes Moore, a new series executive produced by best-selling author and former Army combat veteran Wes Moore, airs in three parts on consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 13, 2014, on PBS (check local listings).  The three episode series tells the story of Wes Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war.  Moore’s journey takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, establish new identities, and – for many – find a new mission.
Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back” (May 13), “Fitting In” (May 20) and “Moving Forward” (May 27).

• 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” will be for sale for $3 starting May 5 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 Birgit Love, administrative assistant for the English department (CC 221B).
Here are the winners and runners-up of the Mind’s Eye literary competition, whose works are published in the magazine, along with many other submissions:
Winner: “Solo Act” by Dianne Kalisz
Runner-up: “The Last Stand” by Brooke Rider
Winner: “Coming Clean” by Jasmyne Butler
Runner-up: “Consumed” by Brooke Nelson
Winner: “Hard Love” by Samantha Reeves
Runner-up: “Alphabet Cats” by Ellen Brewer
Art Work:
Cover: “Genocide” by Dani Ramirez
First Place: “Guardo-Sol” by Donna Yeager
Second Place: “Bicycle” by Jennifer Horan
Third Place: “The King” by Alicia Rockers

• Kansas English Call for Papers, deadline June 1 

The State recently adopted the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (aka “Common Core State Standards” or “Common Core”). Although Common Core significantly alters how middle and high schools teach writing, most college-level writing teachers know little about these changes, including the restrictions and responsibilities imposed on middle- and high-school writing teachers.  Should college-level instructors know more about these mandatory standards that will shape their incoming college students?
The converse is also true:  because public school teachers must focus so intensely on standardized assessment results, those teachers have limited time to focus specifically on what college instructors expect from incoming students. Should 6-12 writing teachers be less concerned about the assessments and concentrate more on building specific skills for college writing?
This issue of Kansas English is intended to start a conversation across the boundaries that often separate teachers in middle-school, high-school, and college writing programs.  How can we collaborate across institutions and support each other more effectively?  To what extent should a student’s writing education be a planned series of steps, with each program from middle-school through college deliberately integrated into what comes before and after?  How might such collaboration and planning benefit students?  Or might such a tightly planned curriculum harm do more harm than good?  How can we come together to help our students develop the writing skills they need for the 21st century?
Submissions Due: June 1, 2014
Send submissions to

• Two 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.
• A Community College Professor’s Writing Life:
During the semester, various members of the Division of English and Journalism will share their thoughts about writing, teaching and creativity:
Essay 8: Mark Browning: The Pig-headed Professor and the Good Old Boy (10/22/13)
Essay (Poem) 7: Andy Anderson: Three Perfections(9/27/13)
Essay 6: Greg Luthi: Writing and Work You Like (9/18/13)
Essay 5: Nathan Jones: Finding a Better Place (9/11/13)
 Essay 4: Andrea Broomfield: The First Week Out (8/28/13)
Essay 3:  Keith Geekie: Thoughts on Knots (8/28/13)
 Essay 2: Mark Browning:  Nickeled and Dimed to Life (8/26/13)
 Essay 1: Andrea Broomfield: Before the Semester Begins (8/15/13)

 • 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.