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Sleuthing Series — JCCC Snow Scenes

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  November 1972.

 

What We Know

Now, the fiftieth fall semester of Johnson County Community College is coming to a close.  The days are growing shorter and colder.  It is time to sit back and consider before we gather strength for  new semesters, new students, new experiences, new connections.

This is the last scheduled Sleuthing Series posting.  As long as it is up, you will be able to travel back to the older postings.

The Sleuthing Series was created to:
+Introduce the early history of JCCC.
+Create interest for the anniversary celebrations.
+Get images out to people who might recognize people, places, activities.
+Introduce common types of original sources collected by the JCCC Archives and show how these may be used.
+Look at the roots of ideas and how they grew.

The images shown are fairly raw, mostly uncropped, some significantly damaged.  Nevertheless, they show real people and real situations.  I did not cover every detail of any issue.  Thanks to those who took the time to contact us, to give viewpoints and added information.  That was my hope.  It is our JCCC, our family history.

What we Don’t Know

Are there any subjects that really need to be covered?

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

2. November 1972.
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4. November 1972.
5. January 1973.
6. January 1973.
7. February 1973.
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12. January 1973.
13. January 1973.

Sleuthing Series — Children’s Center

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

Groundbreaking for the new Children’s Center on the west side of the JCCCcampus, April 1989.

What We Know

  • Visionary Voices: An Oral History of Johnson County College, The Early Years, is a collection of oral histories published for the College’s 25th anniversary, in 1994.  In Virginia Krebs’ remembrance, she stated:
    “Many women had been calling JCCC who wanted to come back to college.  I read that colleges on both coasts were having a lot of returning students, many of whom were women.”
  • The retrospective timeline from Visions and Venturesomeness notes, “Jan. 1979 Child Play Center opens to serve children of parents who are also students.”
  • From the Adults Unlimited Newsletter, November 1981:
    “In the fall of 1969, 34% of all students were women and the average student was 21. This fall, 60% of all the students at JCCC are women and the average age has risen to 28.  In addition, since 1979 women have outnumbered men 3-1 in the 30 and over category.”
  • The 1983 Women’s Resource Directory, published by the Adults Unlimited Program lists numerous child care, preschool, and parenting. The JCCC Child Play Center is listed as “a child care service designed for JCCC students providing planned activities and creative play for children.”  Clearly, a parent could be a more effective student, knowing their children were safe and happy.
  • In JCCC Through the Years (http://www.jccc.edu/about/story/facts/chronology.html 3/11/2016) under 1990, it is noted:
    “JCCC dedicated The Children’s Center, a separate structure built to house JCCC’s child-care operation.  It is open to the children of students, faculty and staff.” [emphasis added]
    “JCCC Through the Years [chronology]” published in the September 1993 Transcript adds, “The center can care for up to 80 children at a time.”
  • The February 1990 Transcript features a detailed article on “The Nurture Center.”
  • The JCCC publication Glances 1993 notes the following:
    The Children’s Center is among the first child care programs in the United States to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.”
  • JCCC’s annual report for 2002-2003 announced the Hiersteiner Child Development Center:
    “In spring 2003, work began on an addition to the college’s Children’s Center that will house classrooms for preschoolers and toddlers and a classroom for students in the college’s early childhood education program; the students gain practical experience working with the children at the center. When completed in fall 2003, the center will be known as the Hiersteiner Child Development Center, named for Jean and Walter Hiersteiner, longtime supporters of the college and of education in Johnson County.  The Hiersteiners pledged $360,000 toward the expansion of the Children’s Center.  The amount was matched by the college, resulting in a $720,000 expansion budget.
  • The 2003-2004 annual report announced the dedication of the Hiersteiner Child Development Center reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children through February 2008 and with a capacity for 104 children.

What We Don’t Know

  • Though the Child Play Center was opened in January 1979, we have many sets of photos back to the early 1970s which appear to show child daycare activities.

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

Pictures taken after 2001 are available from College Photography.

For More Information…

From mid-September 1973, nearly six years before the Child Play Ceter would open.
Birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse, January 1979.
Birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse, January 1979.
Activities in the new Child Play Center, March 1979.
Activities in the new Child Play Center, March 1979.
Activities in the new Child Play Center, March 1979.
Groundbreaking for The Children’s Center, April 1989.
Groundbreaking for The Children’s Center, April 1989.
Groundbreaking for The Children’s Center, April 1989.
Groundbreaking for The Children’s Center, April 1989.
Construction almost complete, November 1989.
Small minds and bodies bloom in JCCC’s new Children’s Center. (Transcript, February 1990)

 

Play is the order of the day at JCCC’s Children’s Center. (Transcript, February 1990)
There’s time to be quiet and time to be noisy. (Transcript, February 1990)
Although there’s a daily routine of activities, actual projects are determined by the children’s interests. (Transcript, February 1990)
All the center’s activities are intended to promote a child’s development. (Transcript, February 1990)
Fenced-in areas allow the kids to play outside. (Transcript, February 1990)
The guests arrive. Children’s Center dedication, May 2, 1990.
Guests of honor. Children’s Center dedication, May 2, 1990.
Ribbon cutting, from left to right: President Carlsen, and Board of Trustees members, Dr. Hugh Spear, Dr. Robert (Bob) Fry, Molly Baumgardner, Virginia Krebs. Children’s Center dedication, May 2, 1990.
Shows the location of the Children’s Center in relation to the Red Barn. Children’s Center dedication, May 2, 1990.

 

 

Sleuthing Series — Man of Many Identities (Fred Krebs)

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  Benjamin Franklin answers questions from elementary students during his visit to a local school, early October 1987.  We know that this is Franklin, because he always took off his hat when he spoke as himself, Fred Krebs.

What We Know

  • Fred Krebs was the oldest son of Virginia Krebs.  Early on, as he was finishing his bachelor’s degree at KU, he did not share his mother’s enthusiasm for the community college.  His interest and experience, however, with interdisiplinary courses lead him to be hired first as a consultant to help with JCCC’s humanities and social science curriculum.  According to his oral history from the 25th anniversary publication Visionary Voices (c1994), he was among the first teaching faculty hired.  By 1999, he was one of five of that first group still remaining at the college.
  • Fred was also one of the first drivers for the basketball team, as well as scorekeeper and statistician.
  • Fred enjoyed a wide variety of experiences from Scouting, Scout Leader, working as a lifeguard, and later public speaking.  He was sought after by a wide variety of groups to speak on a wide variety of subjects.  He was a member of the JCCC Speakers Bureau, with nearly 20 engagements per year.  He was a voracious reader, and there were many stories about the piles of books in his office.
  • He was a member of both the Kansas and Nebraska Humanities Councils, and was an active member of KHC’s Chautauqua and History Alive! programs, beginning in 1985.
  • He researched (for some as much as 18 months) and did “informances” of twelve or more historical figures.  Some were famous, some notorious, and some a little of both.  He became that person in that person’s own time, in the person’s own society and frame of reference.  Some “informances” were 30-45 minutes.  At the end, Fred answered questions as the character.  When he was done, he removed the hat or wig to queue the audience that they were back to the present and Fred Krebs was ready to answer questions.
  • From various sources, here is an accounting of Fred’s characters:  Benjamin Franklin, William Allen White, Christopher Columbus, Kit Carson, “Christy Mathewson, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Mulholland, Joseph Smith Jr., Pierre De Smet (Jesuit missionary), Huey Long, Thomas Edison, Galileo Galilei.  He researched and created the costumes for all.
  • Fred was still part of the faculty at JCCC upon his death, December 28, 2012.

What We Don’t Know

  • Do you know any other of Fred’s personas?
  • Look for clues and name the characters in photos 11-19 below.  Reply with number and name.  Most importantly, note any clues that you saw.
  • Do you have any specific memories of Fred and his work at JCCC?

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

I have consulted:
Charles Bishop: The Community’s College, JCCC, c2002.
Visionary Voices: An Oral History of Johnson County Community College,       JCCC, c1994.
Kansas City Star article by Brian Burnes, “Columbus Chautauqua,” Oct. 10, 1992, pp. E1 and E7.

2.  Earliest picture of Fred, about 1970.
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7.  Preparing for an “informance,” October 1987.
8.  Preparing for an “informance,” October 1987.
9.  Visit to a local elementary school.
10.  Visit to a local elementary school.
11.  This one is easy. Who?
12.  Emporia Gazette in hand. Who?
13.  Sword in hand. Who?
14.  Looks like an animated congressman. Who?
15.  Has a New York Yankies hat and baseball in hand. Who?
16.  Has a buckskin coat and hat. Who?
17.  Who could this be?
18.  Telescope in hand. Who?
19.  Who might this be?

 

 

Sleuthing Series — Service Learning — Las Pintas

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  The small community center of Santa Rosa serves many purposes.

What We Know

  • The “program began in the fall of 1993.” Students have learned real-world lessons and skills while providing hours of service to to “community sites in the metropolitan Kansas City area, including Bridging the Gap, Habitat for Humanity, Harvesters, Head Start, Operation Breakthrough, Special Olympics, Uplift and Youth Friends.  Student volunteers consistently report increased self-confidence, empowermemt, achievement and a greater understanding of diverse and often unfamiliar segments of the comunity.” (This from an early, 1997 or 98.  pamphlet from Marcia Shideler, Service Learning Coordinator.)
  • A search for “Service learning” on the JCCC web page (jccc-search) will assist anyone interested in becoming involved with service learning.
  • In 2008 Service Learning and Dental Hygiene launched Oral Health on Wheels.  See the jccc-search above for details.
  • In Charles Bishop’s The Community’s College, he describes the first visit to Las Pintas in May of 1998:  “In 1998, [Carolyn] Kadel also organized the first major international service learning venture to Las Pintas, Mexico, and a dozen students and six JCCC staff helped construct a portion of a community center and brought needed shoes, medical supplies and technical asistance to this relatively poor community outside of Guadalajara.”
  • Carolyn Kadel, a professor in Political Science, and two women from the Guadalajara area largely set the foundation for the successful, multi-year program.  Dr. Carmen Rodriguez left a “good job and sold her car to open a clinic in Santa Rosa.”  Santa Rosa was was the poorest area in Las Pintas.  Martha Medina, an engineer, was working with Dr. Carmen to “set up a community development center to promote education and help residents help themselves.” This is from a 2011 information sheet, “Service Learning in Las Pintas.”

What We Don’t Know

  • Tell us if you recognize anyone in these pictures that we did not name.
  • We have no lists of people who traveled to Las Pintas from any of the annual trips.
  • If you were on any of these trips, your experiences are valuable. Were there any recorded interviews?

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

2.  It appears that the group has arrived in Guadalajara.
3.  Waiting for Dr. Carmen.  Gracelia Stanley is in the center (per Jeff Anderson).
4.  Carolyn, Bob Perry and an unidentified person talk as they wait in line.  The person in the center is Desiree Vuocolo (per Jeff Anderson).
5.  Arrival in Las Pintas.
6.  Looking at the inside of the community center.  From left to right, Meng Zhang (from China), Elmer Ladera (from Peru), Glenn Smith, Charalambos Charalambous (from Cyprus).  Three are international students with the JCCC group (per Jeff Anderson).
7.  Carolyn talks with Martha Medina and others.
8.  Martha talks to another member of the JCCC group.  The young man is John Woods (per Jeff Anderson).
9.  Is this a solar water heating device?  “Yes, solar water heater for the Clinic” (per Jeff Anderson).

 

10.  Children play. They are the furure for which this program plans.
11.  An unidentified group member, is this Glenn Smith?  This is Glenn Smith (per Jeff Anderson).
12.  Bob Perry.
13.  International students were represented on the team.  Meng Zhang, JCCC international student from China (per Jeff Anderson).
14.  Jeff Anderson and two others.  This is John Woods and Jeff Anderson with Victor ? (center), a young man who lived nearby with his family (per Jeff Anderson).
Working. This is Natalie Savage, JCCC international student from Australia (per Jeff Anderson).
16.  Working.  This is Carolyn Kadel (per Jeff Anderson).
17.  A clearer view of all that goes on in the center.
18.  Bret Gustafson was there, and we have all of these pictures.
19.  Local youth.
20.  A young girl takes part in some acivity, perhaps musical.
21.  A young girl with glasses, a hard-to-procure item, the prescription harder, perhaps.
22.  New shoes!   The team member (wearing the hat) is Desiree Vuocolo (per Jeff Anderson).
23.  This is Jose ?, an Archetect and a partner in the CIC clinic (per Jeff Anderson).
24.  Visit to a local home.
25.  A picture of a family member is a rarity, and a treasure.
26.  A break to stretch while working on the community center.  In front, from left to right, Gracelia Stanley, Mary Smith, Desiree Vuocolo (per Jeff Anderson).
27.  Another unidentified team member.  Jose (the Architect and CIC partner) and Glenn Smith (per Jeff Anderson).
28.  Carolyn and Dr. Carmen are grateful for their partnership.
29.  Learning local traditions.
30.  Discussing progress.  From left to right, Carolyn Kadel, the Mayor of Las Pintas, Mary Smith, Glenn Smith, and Jeff Anderson (per Jeff Anderson).
31.  Dr. Carmen is grateful for this visit.  Bob Perry and Carmen Rodriguez (per Jeff Anderson).

 

Sleuthing Series — Alma and Arthur Yardley

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  In December 1982, the Yardleys presented a gift to the JCCC Foundation. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Carlsen, Alma Yardley, Arthur Yardley, and Sharyl Wallace, Foundation Dir.

What We Know

  • The December 1982 photo shoot was logged as, simply, “Donation to College.”
  • A Transcript article in March of 1993 announced:
    At 3 p.m. on March 21, in celebration of her 84th birthday, Alma Yardley will perform for the first time in Yardley Hall, the premiere performing arts center that bears the family name.  Mrs. Yardley and her 87-year-old husband, Arthur, have pledged more than $2 million to the JCCC Foundation, which provides an endowment for musical, theater and dance performances in the Cultural Education Center.
  • Perhaps the best insights into the lives of Alma and Arthur would come from her former piano students, as noted in the above-mentioned  Transcript article.  Alma started teaching right out of college in 1929.  She was a well-known and well-loved music educator in the Kansas City area, with about 40 students annually for most of her career.  She taught at the Conservatory of Music.  The Yardleys had no children of their own, and the many students who came into the Yardley home for lessons over the years were like children to Alma and Arthur.  She kept in touch with many of them over the years.
  • Alma and Arthur Yardley enjoyed deepening friendships while taking continuing education classes as members of the JCCC Brown & Gold Club.  Perhaps they felt that JCCC was a part of their family.  Alma was quoted in the article, “Arthur and I did not have children, and we have no other heirs, so we decided to give our money to the college.”  Alma thought it a wonderful birthday present to be able to begin her next journey round the Sun by sharing some of her favorite piano classics with friends, former students, and others in the beautiful auditorium named for her and her beloved husband, Arthur.
  • The JCCC Archives holds letters, pictures, momentos, some of Alma’s art work, assorted issues of Music Teacher, and (of course) some music.

What We Don’t Know

  • What happened between the JCCC Foundation and the Yardleys between 1982 and 1993.

If You Know More…

  • Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

2.  Alma Yardley will present a free recital in the auditorium named for her and her husband, Arthur. — Transcript, March 1993
3.  Alma and Arthur at a practice session.
4.  From the Yardley memorabilia, date unknown. Quite possibly, the couple on the left is Alma and Arthur.

 

5.  Alma Yardley’s recital in Yardley Hall.
6.  Alma Yardley’s recital in Yardley Hall.
7.  Alma Yardley’s recital in Yardley Hall.
8.  The doors open for a show in Yardley Hall, November 5, 1994. According to newsletters from the time, this was Kevin McCarthy’s “Give ‘Em Hell Harry.”
9.  From the stage toward the back of Yardley Hall, February 1995.
10.  From the back toward the stage in Yardley Hall, February 1995.
11.  From the back toward the stage in Yardley Hall, February 1995.
12.  Yardley Hall sound board, September 2001.

 

Sleuthing Series — Dental Hygiene

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  Instructor Beth Reynolds and student look at dental x-rays. October 1975

What We Know

  • The 1970-1971 and the 1971-1972 JCCC college catalogs list Dental Assisting only as one of the probable options under Health Professions, and displayed this note: “Supplemental information about the above programs may be obtained from the Director of Admissions.”
  • When the 1972-1973 catalog was published, two separate programs were described.  The Dental Assistant Program was “in affiliation with Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO,” a program already approved by the American Dental Association.  The Dental Hygiene Program, however, was proprietary to JCCC, not monitored by another institution.
  • The 1978-1979 catalog was the first to announce that the Dental Hygiene Program was also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
  • The 1983-1984 catalog was the last to include the Dental Assisting program, still listed as a cooperative program with Penn Valley.  The next year, only Dental Hygiene was listed, and stressing that the graduates could be “a member of the health care team” and licensed to provide direct patient care.
  • Some of the early instructors in this area were Beth Reynolds (later Matthews), Diane Perkins (later Wuthnow), Elizabeth Pitz, Sally West, Anita Brown, and Judith Burngen.

What We Don’t Know

  • In what year did the Dental Hygiene Program actually attain ADA accreditation?
  • Which (other than those mentioned above) early or long-time Dental Science instructors do you remember?
  • The pinning ceremony happens near the beginning of the spring semester. What was the significance of the rose in the Pinning Ceremony? and what does pinning mean?
  • Many teaching/learning devices are pictured below.  What are they called and what do they teach?

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

2.  Clinical supervision with Beth Reynolds, October 1972.
3.  The JCCC dental clinic in SCI, October 1972.
4.  Clinical supervision with Diane Perkins, October 1972.
5.  October 1972
6.  October 1972
7.  October 1972 – Where was this taken?
8.00Clinical practice. November 1973.
9.  Patient education, February 1973.
10.  Students enter GEB 233 (now Craig Auditorium) for the pinning ceremony.  January 1973
11.  Students who were pinned, January 22, 1973.
12.  November 1973
13.  What is this? December 1973
14.  Claims to be Dental Staff, January 1975
15.  Dental art by children, January 1972.
16.  Students who have been pinned, February 1975.
17.  What is this? March 1975
18.  Instructors Beth Reynolds and Elizabeth Pitz, March 1975.
19.  Patient education, October 1975.
20.  Reception area for the JCCC Dental Clinic, October 1975.
21.  Dental x-ray, October 1975.
22.  How to brush your teeth. October 1975.
23.  Demonstration and education, October 1975.
24.  Students who have been pinned, March 1977.

Sleuthing Series — Cheerleading

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  Pages 32-33 of Southwind Review 1970 say much about the history of Cheerleading at JCCC. Southwind Review was the first and only yearbook at JCCC.

What We Know

  • The two pages copied from Southwind Review 1970 embodies the history of the first Cheerleading squad at JCCC.  BTW this publication is the one and only JCCC Yearbook.  (A double click on the image above will enlarge it.)
  • Page 37 of Southwind Review introduces The Sunflowers, the college dance team.  Only one of the 1970 cheerleaders, Rita Sullivan, is also listed as a member of the Sunflowers dance team.
  • Today we have the Golden Girls.  In jcccathletics.com, it notes that the Golden Girls Dance Team “dances and cheers at all men’s and women’s Cavalier home basketball games, select volleyball games, and campus events.”

What We Don’t Know

  • The evolution is not clear, but it appears that The Golden Girls Dance Team embodies, not only the original cheerleading squad, but the Sunflowers as well.
  • After 1986 we do not see any pictures of JCCC cheerleaders, and no Golden Girls until after 2000.  Do you have any?
  • If you see anyone you know in these pictures, please leave a comment and we will take it from there.

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

2.  Page 37 of Southwind Review 1970.
3.  1972-1973 Cheerleading squad, November 1972.
4.  1972-1973 Cheerleading squad, November 1972.
5.  1972-1973 Cheerleading squad, November 1972.
6.  1972-1973 Cheerleading squad, November 1972.
7.  1972-1973 Cheerleading squad, November 1972.
8.  February 1973
9.  October 1973
10.  October 1973
11.  January 1974
12.  January 1974
13.  January 1974
14.  January 1974
15.  February 1975
16.  April 1976
17.  April 1976 – Sheree (Wingo) Downs is on the far left.
18.  October 1981
19.  September 1982
20.  This picture from November 1985 was published in the 1985-1986 Cavalier Athletics Program. Pictured, top row is Curis Newborn and Tod Asche; bottom row is April Hewlett, Barta Christian, Jennifer Stone, and Carmen Mason.
21.  The following pictures from January 1986 show a small intern, at least for this game. We do not know her name, but she added a lot of personality.
22.  January 1986
23.  January 1986
24.  January 1986
25.  January 1986

Sleuthing Series — Basketball

JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!

1.  A gift from Sheree L. (Wingo) Downs, former JCCC Kansan’s cheerleader. This one piece of memorabilia is a page from the 1975-76 NJCAA Tournament program. As Region VI Champions, they had a spot at the NJCAA Tournament that year.

What We Know

  • JCCC Men’s Basketball was a big thing from the start.  They began in 1969-70 with coach Orville Gregory, and were in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. That year the had only a 3-11 win-loss standing in the conference, but by the next year, Coach Gregory brought them to 11-5 win-loss conference standing.  The college took pride from the start.  That first year, the staff newsletter invited staff to sign up for a bus ride to games.
  • In 1975-76, the team went to the NJCAA Tournament, as noted above.  The fact that they did not place did not dampen their mood.  In 2000-2001, the men’s basketball team (now, the Cavaliers) won a second trip to the national tournament.  This time, they returned as national champions.
  • The coaches were: Orville Gregory, 1969-1973; Jeff Simons, 1973-1978; Don Wilhelm, 1978-1982; Lafayette Norwood, 1982-1991; Mike Jeffers, 1991-the present.
  • The first Women’s Basketball team played in 1974-75 with coach Nancy Smith.  They played non-conference until 1979.
  • They went to their first NJCAA tournament in 1999-2000, and returned as national champions (one year before the men’s team).  In 2014-2015, they became national champions once more.
  • The women’s coaches were: Nancy Smith, 1974-1976; Vic Casitillo, 1976-1977; Barb Gill, 1977-1986; Sonny Maynard, 1986-1988; Toby McCammon, 1988-1992 (Sonny Maynard finished the 1991-1992 season upon McCammon’s departure); Betsy Sloan-Meeks, 1992-1996; Debbie Carrier, 1996-2008; Ben Conrad, 2008-the present.

What We Don’t Know

  • Not only was the women’s team non-conference until 1979, we have no statistics for the first two years, and no listing of team members.
  • Can you identify anyone that we did not?
  • Tell us if anything needs to be corrected!

If You Know More…

Contact  librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (agordong@jccc.edu, ext. 4369) or John Russell (jrussell@jccc.edu, ext. 3284).  You may also comment below!

For More Information…

Most of the information above came from sections on Men’s Basketball history and Women’s Basketball history https://www.jcccathletics.com

2.  August 31, 1972, Men’s team grouping.
3.  Basketball action, November 16, 1972.
4.  Basketball action, November 16, 1972. Probably the opening game in the new JCCC gymnasium.
5.  Basketball action, November 16, 1972.
6.  Women’s Basketball group, December 20, 1974. Back row, center, is probably coach Nancy Smith, but there is no record of names on the team.
7.  Women’s basketball action, December 20, 1974,
8.  March 1976, Region VI Champions. Front row: Henry Hylton, David Kohl, Kevin Fouse, Danny Howard, Amos Willingham, and Stark Nelson. Second row: Sonny Maynard (asst. coach), Eldon Fuel (trainer), Clint Cordry, Raymond Hoefler, Danny Jenson, John Revels, Jeff Simons (head coach), and Mark Wright (manager).