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• Meeting to discuss Faculty Senate proposal is Jan. 29
For more information relating to Faculty Association meetings, the proposed Faculty Senate, the efforts of the legislature to disband unions in Kansas, see the Faculty Association Blog.
• Carmaletta Alerts Us to a Program at the Plaza Library
Celebrate the 115th birthday of Melvin Tolson, a one-time Kansas City resident who graduated from Lincoln High School and eventually became the first Poet Laureate of Liberia.
Start with a screening of the 2007 Denzel Washington film The Great Debaters, the Hollywood version about how Tolson led black college students to a 1935 national debate championship.
Following a brief intermission, Tolson biographer Robert Farnsworth, UMKC professor emeritus of English, looks beyond the movie to examine Tolson’s achievements in his chosen field of poetry. KCUR’s Susan Wilson will read samples of Tolson’s work.
• 2013 Kansas Studies Lecture about Brown vs. Board of Education on February 12 and 13
Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president and CEO of The Brown Foundation for Education Equity, Excellence and Research, will deliver the 2013 Kansas Studies Lecture at JCCC on February 12 and 13.
She will speak from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in GEB 233, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Hudson Auditorium.
Daughter of the late Rev. Oliver Brown who joined with other plaintiffs in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS school desegregation case, she has more than two decades of experience in political advocacy and federal legislative development.
The annual Kansas Studies Lecture series brings to campus prominent individuals whose life work addresses issues of concern to all Kansans. Previous speakers have been Wes Jackson, Stan Herd, Bill Kurtis and Kevin Willmott. More information about Brown Henderson’s presentations will be forthcoming.
For more information, contact James Leiker, director, Kansas Studies Institute, at ext. 3673.
• Sonny Lacks to Visit JCCC Campus on February 21
Sonny Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks, will visit JCCC at 11:00 on Thursday, February 21, in the Polsky Theater, with a reception to follow.
If you see Lorie Paldino or Monica Hogan, please take a moment to thank them for their work on the details of this event. Finally—look out for details on a student writing contest; the winning students and their teachers will be invited to a private-ish lunch with the guests.
• Outcomes Assessment Mini-Grant deadline is Feb. 15
Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for an outcomes assessment mini-grant.Jump-start or continue your assessment project by submitting a mini-grant proposal for up to $500. Funds may be used for assessment resources, travel for assessment related activities, equipment or software dedicated to assessment efforts, assessment retreats, costs associated with data input or external consultants, for example.
The deadline for assessment mini-grant applications is Friday, Feb. 15. Funds will be available by Friday, March 1. Application forms are available at the Outcomes Assessment InfoShare site or by contacting the Office of Outcomes Assessment.These mini-grants are intended for use to further assessment projects related to instructional course assessment of the JCCC Student Learning Outcomes in credit courses.For questions or more information, please contact the Office of Outcomes Assessment at ext. 7607 or email@example.com.
• Innovation of the Year Award Nominations due Feb. 15
Nominations for the Innovation of the Year Award are due Friday, Feb. 15, in the staff development office, RC 152, Box 35. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has designed and implemented a significant innovation during the past year. The award is sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College and is available to all current JCCC employees. The nominations may be made by the nominee him- or herself, a peer or a supervisor.
Nomination forms can be accessed here. The award recipient(s) are determined by a committee chosen from across campus. The award recipient(s) will receive a League for Innovation plaque and recognition at the Annual Awards Luncheon. In addition, the recipient(s) will receive funds to attend the League for Innovation conference during the following fiscal year; usually held in late February/early March. Recipients may be asked to share their successful innovations or write an optional article for the Innovations Showcase
Winning innovations should meet one or more of the following criteria.
Quality. Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office, or institution.
Efficiency. The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
Cost effectiveness. The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
Replication. The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
Creativity. The innovation is original and creative.
Timeliness. The innovation is not more than five years old at the institution, allowing plenty of time for it to be tested.
• Tom Reynolds Encourages Student Writing
The League for Innovation in the Community College is sponsoring its annual student literary competition. Each League board member conducts its own competition, for which students submit work in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and one-act play. The work of the local winners will be forwarded to the national competition to be judged by nationally-known writers in each category. The winners of the national competition are then published in a journal.
The JCCC competition is now underway, and as mentioned above, we are accepting submissions in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and one-act play. The deadline is April 1, 2013. Entry forms are available at the Writing Center, on the E/J Division office bulletin board, and at GEB 165H. Submissions and completed entry forms can be placed in my mailbox or dropped off at my office (GEB 165H). Several reminders will be sent before the April 1 deadline.
Last year, two JCCC students were recognized in the national competition: Kevin L. Earls won first place in the non-fiction category for his essay “White Lies, Brown Stains, and Honesty,” and Jane Blakeley received honorable mention in the poetry category for her poem “The Waltz.”
Please encourage your students to enter.
• Sam Bell Announces Hosts for Creative Writing Readings
The creative writing readings this spring semester are in COM 319 from 12:00 to 1:00. The dates and the hosts are:
Wednesday, 2/27: Danny Alexander
Wednesday, 3/27: Kathryn Byrne
Wednesday, 4/24: Nathan Hagman
Samantha Bell ext 4950 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Tom Reynolds Publication News
My poetry chapbook The Kansas Hermit Poems will be published by Finishing Line Press later this year. Here’s one of the blurbs that will appear on the back cover (from former JCCC professor Kevin Rabas) and also links to two poems that will be included in the chapbook.
Cut from Thoreau’s cloth, Reynolds’ collection transports us to a Kansas version of Walden, where the small talk and affectation of society silence in the face of birdsong and woodfire crackle. The speaker of these poems retreats to his sod house, where we, as readers, are returned to a simpler, more lyrical, more connected time, place, and way. Through these holistically-linked poems, Reynolds illuminates this magical, naturalistic terrain of meaningful place and character.
–Kevin Rabas, author of the poetry collections Bird’s Horn and Other Poems and Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano
• Google Apps for Education
Google Apps have been enabled for Stumail accounts. There is another Google Group forum for that initiative. Let us know if you’d like to join the online group at email@example.com or ext. 3842.
• Writer’s Showcase: Ruth Heflin
Ruth is an adjunct professor of English. She is the author of I Remain Alive: the Sioux Literary Renaissance. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2000.
She also wrote a chapter “Black Elk Passes on the Power of the Earth,” in The Black Elk Reader.
She is also working on a series of four novels set in Kansas—the Cosmic Wind series, under the pseudonym Rajah Hill.
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• Andrea Broomfield’s Latest Cookbook Review
A Brit’s Take on American Food: Jamie Oliver’s America (2009)
I love Jamie Oliver. I have several of his cookbooks and turn to them when I demand British comfort food, particularly toad in a hole, chicken and mushroom pie, chicken tikka masala (the most popular dish in Britain, by the way), and my kids’ hands-down favorite, roly poly, where pie crust is rolled out, topped with treacle, golden syrup or jam, rolled up, and baked until golden. When it comes to Jamie’s interpretation of such classics, he is in his zone. The recipes are beautifully conceived, updated to accommodate modern tastes, not overly difficult to make, and delicious. Read more of the review . . .
• Link of the Week: Thinking about MOOCs
What is a MOOC? Check it out on YouTube