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.


JCCC police issue warning

Johnson County Community College is warning students about a man who is touching women inappropriately.

Authorities said the man was described as black, 6 feet tall and was wearing a gray hoodie made of shiny material with a maroon log on the front and dark gray pants.


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.


Olathe’s ‘Santa Claus’ dead at 81

Marvin 'Doc' Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

Marvin ‘Doc’ Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Much of the following information was provided by Wollen’s daughter, Cathy Maxwell.)

Long-time optometrist, community activist, community Santa Claus, and for years the voice of the Johnson County Old Settlers Parade, Marvin “Doc” Wollen, died peacefully at his home this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 10.

He was 81.

According to his daughter, Cathy Maxwell, funeral services will be Monday, Sept 16, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. with services starting at 10:30. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. in Garnett.

Wollen will be most remembered by thousands of children for his role as Santa Claus.  He was talked into being the “right jolly old elf” for the first time by his oldest daughter’s kindergarten teacher.  The suit and the part was a natural fit for him and he continued to entertain Olathe School District children as well as appearing at numerous charity and community events as Santa for a total of forty-nine years.  He is also known for his support of local football teams with his infamous watermelon feeds during summer practices.  Continue reading

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.


Ride for Kids nets $36,505

Motorcyclists at the Kansas City Ride for Kids brought in $36,505 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on July 28. More than 275 people participated in the 10th annual event, which began on a sunny morning at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

The event’s stars were the 10 local brain tumor survivors who led the ride: Cameron, Carter, Noah, J.T, Jake, Isabella, Dorene, Anna, Xander and Ben.

“It makes me so happy being a survivor at the Ride for Kids and I want that for other kids,”  Carter said. “I want them to have a chance to do Ride for Kids, too.”

As of ride time, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Jennifer Burroughs ($4,150), American Legion Riders ($6,948) and Hub Cycle ($4,102). The top non-motorcycle organization was KC Parrothead Club ($2,061).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Aug. 28.

Kathleen Wirt won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250 and Mark Clark won a Bell motorcycle helmet. DJ Slacker from 101 The Fox emceed the event.

Thank you to the devoted volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Jeff Griswold, Darren Marshall, Kim Freese and Don Decker.


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