JCCC volleyball team third at tourney

The Johnson County Community College volleyball team came away with a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament last weekend in Toledo, Ohio. It marks the fifth time since 2005 JCCC has finished among the top three nationally. JCCC won a national championship in 2005.

Johnson County began the tournament with a 3-0 win over Hagerstown, Community College and followed with a 3-1 win over Des Moines Area Community College later on opening day. In the semifinal round Nov. 22, the Lady Cavaliers fell in four sets to No. 2 seed Parkland College, but rebounded for a 3-1 win over Oakland Community College in the third place match on Nov. 23. Continue reading

Poetry reading kicks off Veterans Week events at JCCC

A poetry reading by a pair of Vietnam veterans will kick off Veterans Week events at Johnson County Community College.

Bill Bauer and H.C. Palmer will read their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives in “A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. A reception will follow the reading in Café Tempo in the museum.

The reading is sponsored by BkMk Press with support from New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets and The Writers Place. It is open to the public at no charge.

Bauer wrote “Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam” which was rereleased by BkMk Press.


Drummond appointed to fill JCCC board vacancy

Robert Drummond has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College.

Drummond, Olathe, president/CEO of Kids TLC and a former JCCC trustee from 2009 to 2013, will complete the term of Melody Rayl, who resigned from the board in July. The term expires June 30, 2017.

The trustees interviewed four candidates, selected from among 13 applicants for the board seat, at a special meeting Oct. 1. The other candidates who were interviewed were:

  • Karin Brownlee, Olathe, independent contractor
  • Michael Lally, Overland Park, vice president, Olsson Associates
  • Steven Wolf, Prairie Village, CEO, Wolf Properties, LLC

The candidates each had five minutes to present themselves to the board, and the trustees had 15 minutes to ask each candidate questions.

Drummond will join the board at the next regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 17.


JCCC State of the College set for Sept. 12

Joe Sopcich, new president at Johnson County Community College, is scheduled to deliver his first State of the College address at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center, JCCC.

The address comes at the beginning of the academic year instead of the beginning of the calendar year to reflect the true cycle of experience in education.  The presentation, One Community, One College, One Goal, will showcase new goals and key performance indicators for the college as well as the work of college faculty and students.

The State of the College presentation is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in the Carlsen Center lobby sponsored by the JCCC Foundation.


JCCC Trustee Melody Rayl resigns

Saying she wanted to focus her attention on her family and career, Melody Rayl, Olathe, who has been a Johnson County Community College Trustee since 2008, has submitted her resignation, according to an announcement by the college.

The trustees will consider her resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 15.

Rayl was chair of the board in 2012-2013 and over the years served on the board’s human resources and audit committees and as the liaison to the JCCC Foundation and the collegial steering committee.

“It has been my absolute privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as a trustee for my beloved JCCC for nearly five years,” she said in the release. “However, my service to JCCC, and to the community at large, particularly during my tenure as chair of the board over the past year, has had a significant impact on the work-life balance I strive to maintain. Continue reading

Cupcake Camp KC at JCCC April 28

Cupcake Camp KC at JCCC Sunday, April 28. Photo from JCCC web page.

Cupcake Camp KC at JCCC Sunday, April 28. Photo from JCCC web page.

Got a bit of a sweet tooth? Want to help children battling cancer?

If you answered yes to either question (or to both), then you’ll be a happy camper at Cupcake Camp KC from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Johnson County Community College.

Professional and amateur bakers from throughout the Kansas City area will gather in the Capitol Federal Conference Center in the Regnier Center to offer up piles of their best mini cupcakes.

For $10, adults receive admission to the event and four coupons. Each coupon allows them a taster-size cupcake from one of the bakers at the camp. Children younger than age 12 are admitted for $5 and two coupons. Additional cupcake coupons are $2 each. Continue reading

Web master? Hmmm…maybe not!

As of Tuesday night (April 10, 2012), I am an expert in web development and design.


Calm your fears because I have the certificates to prove it! Continue reading

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