What you missed over the summer


College Chef headed to Budapest

Student Matt Phillips achieved something nobody in the 46-year history of the college has ever done. Phillips, a culinary student, won the National Chaine Des Rôtisseurs young chef competition in Las Vegas, and is now headed to Hungary to participate in the international competition held in Budapest.

Photo courtesy of Susan McSpadden, JCCC.edu
Photo courtesy of Susan McSpadden, JCCC.edu

Phillips was given the task of preparing a three-course meal from ingredients in a mystery basket that was given to each contestant. Phillips emerged as the victor in this competition in early September of 2014.

“He worked cleaner and more organized [than the others],” said his coach, Felix Sturmer. “That’s why he won the last one and the same reason he can win this one.”

In addition to winning the young chef competition, Phillips was also on the JCCC culinary team last summer, which won the American Culinary Federation Student Team National Championship.

“He’s a very unique person,” said Sturmer. “He’s very talented. He has great cooking skills, so the doors are open for him to do whatever he wants to do.”

Keep an eye on our September 3rd print issue for an upcoming article on Phillips and his cooking exploits.

Cavalier First Baseman drafted by Cleveland Indians

NJCAA All-American and former Johnson County Community College slugger Anthony Miller was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Miller was selected in the 18th round, with the 544th pick. The 2015 Major League Baseball draft was held June 8th-10th, and Miller had his name called on the final day of the draft.anthmiller

Miller was a six time Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week and received the NJCAA National Player of the Week twice over his career at the college.

Miller’s season was one for the history books. Hitting a team-best .443, 26 home runs and 79 RBI’s, Miller found himself ranked 12th in batting average across junior colleges nationally. Miller is the all-time record holder for home runs over his career with 39 home runs and also holds the school record for runs scored with 132.

From the archives: Cavalier Star Watch: Anthony Miller

Miller had originally signed on with New Mexico State University to play baseball, but when drafted, elected to give his shot at the big leagues. Miller is currently with the Indians rookie squad in the Arizona league, and is batting .227 with three home runs, all within the last 10 games.

College Introduces Carillon Bell System 

When you’re walking around campus this fall, you might notice that something a little different. New to the college is a carillon system. The bell-like sound will play every hour and half-hour, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Every hour, the bells will ring out in numbers, based on what time it is. At the half-hour mark, a series of eight tones will ring out across campus.

If you’ve been to JCCC before, you might recognize the bells. It’s been three years since the college has had a carillon system, and when the previous system broke down, other projects were of more importance in the budget.

A real carillon system utilizes a series of bronze bells which are attached to a keyboard-like set of hammers. The carillon system at the college, however, is electronic. The new system is located in a closet on the top floor of the Commons building.

College Partners with Sporting KC in Marketing Campaign

In an effort to build on community engagement, the college has teamed up with Sporting Kansas City in a marketing campaign.

 A marketing tent decorated with college logos will be highlighting a variety of student programs over the coming months. The campaign, located in the Sprint plaza at Sporting Park, kicked off in June with Cosmetology students coloring hair and giving temporary SKC and JCCC tattoos to fans.

Judi Reilly,Sporting Kansas City logo Advertising Coordinator, says that the marketing initiative is designed to take college programs to the community and demonstrate what the college has to offer.

“It’s all about the engagement and the experience that really resonated with us,” Reilly said. “Taking the JCCC experience to SKC was a great opportunity.”

The college will showcase four additional programs over the coming month, starting with the Animation Department during the Aug. 15 match against Vancouver’s Whitecaps FC, with following events on Sept. 27, Oct. 21 and Oct. 25.

Look for coverage of the event in our Oct. 1 issue.

Contributions to this article from Cade Webb, Pete Schulte, and J.T. Buchheit






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