Updated October 25, 2015
• Dates to Remember:
Faculty Senate: FS Blog
–Meets on the 3rd Thursday at 3:30, RC 270: 10/15, 11/19, 12/3
Faculty Association: FA Blog
–Meets on the 2nd Monday at 2:00: 10/12, 11/9, 12/14
Educational Affairs: EA Blog
–Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 3:00: 10/7, 10/21, 11/4/ 11/18, 12/2
People in the Media Journalism Event, October 8
Lieberman Award, Applications due Oct. 15
TYCA-Midwest Conference, Oct. 8 – 10, Regnier Center
Sabbatical Leave Applications due 5 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015.
Spring Registration goes live online, Oct. 21
Booktalk: October 23, Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
Common Read Student Competition, Deadline Oct. 28 (Information below)
Candice Millard Speaks at JCCC, Nov. 12
NISOD Excellence Award Nominations, due Oct. 30
Burlington Northern Faculty Award, Nominations due mid-December
Distinguished Service Award Portfolio, due Oct. 15 (according to Master Agreement)
• Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty Application due Oct. 15
Reminder! The nominations for the Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct faculty are due on October 15. The award criteria and information can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Lieberman_Award_Criteria_Packet
If you have any questions, contact Tom Grady, faculty development coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or via ext. 3370
• 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).
• Career Development Center Posts Jobs for Students
Please pass the word along to students: employers post many jobs through the Career Development Center looking for JCCC students to fill those vacancies. The Career Development Center advertises job postings and recruiting to students in three ways:
JobLinks, an online job database sponsored by the Career Development Center, offers approximately 300 jobs by area employers. Students can create an account on JobLinks and view jobs at any time by using this link. JobLinks posters and flyers are available on campus and in the Career Development Center.
Job postings are posted daily on two campus job bulletin boards on the second floor of the Student Center and the second floor of CLB. Students may also visit the Career Development Center to view numerous job postings in the job binders.
Recruiters from area companies recruit on campus Monday through Thursday on level 1. 5 of COM (near the food court) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students are encouraged to stop by recruiting tables to visit with area companies about jobs. The weekly schedule of recruiters is advertised on the digital signs, in the Career Development Center and on the job boards. One is located on the second floor of the Student Center; the other is on the second floor of GEB.
For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at 913-469-3870 or stop by SC 252.
• Spring Registration Information
Sept. 28, Spring schedule of classes becomes available on the web.
Oct. 21, Open enrollment begins on the web at 9 p.m. for spring classes.
Please alert your students to these dates.
• TYCA-Midwest, October 8 – 10, Here at JCCC
Yes, English and Journalism Division, JCCC is hosting TYCA this year. Many members of our faculty are participating. The organizing committee is great! It’s members are Maureen Fitzpatrick, Matthew Schmeer, Beth Gulley, Andy Anderson, Sam Bell, and your blog editor.
Below is the schedule of events. Here’s the complete schedule: TYCA-Midwest 2015 Conference Program
Please read down this homepage to the minutes from the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17. Lorie and Andrea are representatives to the Faculty Senate, as are Nathan Jones (who is the president) and Keith Geekie (representative at large).
• People in the Media Events
You and your students are invited to attend this year’s People in the Media panel presentation, sponsored by the Journalism and Media Communications Department and ECAV Radio:
Thursday, October 8, Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233) 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Theme and guests: “Don’t Turn That Dial”–local KC radio DeeJays:
Jason Nivens, 98.9 FM (The Rock)
Myron Fears, 103.3 FM (Hot Jamz)
Danny Boi, 96.5 FM (The Buzz)
Ivani Bing, 95.7 FM (The Vibe)
Find out what’s happening in Kansas City Radio. For more info contact Mark Raduziner, Chair, Chair, JCCC Journalism and Media Communications
• 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
• The E/J Division Social Committee Request
Feeling flush with funds? Remember that you can give your left over cash to Marilyn, Maureen, Keith, Diane or Sayanti, as a contribution to your Division’s Social Fund.
• English Conference Room in Need of Books
We are hoping to create a small English Department library in CC 221, in the new conference room. If you have some books (not textbooks) that you would like to donate, please drop them off to Kelly. We’d like to have the bookshelves filled by the beginning of the spring semester.
• A Message about Twitter from Steve Werkmeister:
Hope everyone’s semester got off to a smashing start and all that. As you may know, on behalf of the Publicity Committee, I’ve been administering the JCCC English Department’s Twitter account (@JCCCEnglish). 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.
We need your help, though. We need you to follow us, to spread the word about us, to re-tweet us to a near-stalker level. Most of all, we need your news–your publications, your grants, your degrees, your conferences, your triumphs, everything. We have the eyes of much of the community–our followers now include Joe Sopcich, KATE, the JCCC Foundation, JCCC library, JCCC Student Life, JCCC Student Senate, JCCC AAC, JCCC tweet and JCCC’s eCAV Radio. We’re an active department, but we’re also under attack from all sides, even here on campus. My hope is that if we are constantly referencing our achievements and activities, if we are consistently in the minds of our followers, we can fend off some of these attacks on our discipline, attract more students (even if it’s through advisors/counselors who realize through the Twitter feed that we’re doing important work besides the Comp sequence).
For that to happen, though, I need to hear from you. Please just send me a quick email so that I can get the announcements out there.
Also, I revised my personal blog (again), and I thought it might be of interest to some of you. I decided to post my literature and theatre notes. I’ve been working on it off and on, so right now there’s some Shakespeare stuff (reading and performance), some fiction (Flannery O’Connor and Bobbie Ann Mason), Sophocles’ Antigone, and maybe a bit more. I’ll probably add stuff as I go through the semester and next summer, so it will be heavy on the stuff I teach (Brit Lit, Fiction, Drama). There’s also a section where I’ll have a list of my own recent publications with links where appropriate. Anyway, these texts tend to be the typical ones we teach in Intro to Lit and our 200-level classes, so I figured a few of you might be interested. Here’s the link: https://stevesofgrass.wordpress.com/ — Steve
• Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic, to Speak at JCCC
Candice Millard, author and former JCCC student, will visit the campus on Thursday, Nov. 12, to discuss Destiny of the Republic. The presentation will be at 9:30 in Yardley Hall. Ms. Millard will be signing her book from 10:45-11:30.
• Common Read Sponsors Student Competition — Call for Entries, Due Oct. 28
This year’s common read selection is Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. It’s an intriguing non-fiction narrative that whisks readers back to the Gilded Age of America by retelling James Garfield’s election, assassination, and death.
The Common Read Committee has organized a student competion in which students may submitpose a poem, artwork, or new media text that creates a reflection of the Gilded Age as described in Candice Millard’s book. The winners in each category will receive invitations to a small group luncheon, with Candice Millard. Winners’ work will be on display during the luncheon and possibly in the Carlson Center lobby during the speaking engagement.
For more information click Common Read Student Competition or contact Monica Hogan at email@example.com, Katherine Karle, Lorie Paldino, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Jane Stock and Stacie Petrillo.
• Creative Writing Readings Schedule Announced
Creative Writing Readings will happen COM 319 at noon. On September 30, Susan Peters will host. Beth Gulley will host on October 28, and Tom Patterson will host on November 18.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Booktalk Dates and Selections:
Friday, September 25 The Ruins of Us by Keira Parssian (*Roz facilitating)
Friday’ October 23 Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
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!