Monthly Archives: February 2010

The ODEI Wants You!

Diversity Office Seeks Mentors and Mentees for “Intentional Connections=Student Success”

A snapshot of the future for JCCC Intentional Connections=Student Success mentors and mentees

The JCCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is accepting staff/faculty mentors and student mentees for a holistic program, Intentional Connections=Student Success. Intentional Connections addresses the unique needs of students from first step on campus until they walk across the stage as graduates.

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Join the ODEI fan page on Facebook

Carmaletta Williams, JCCC’s executive director for diversity, equity and inclusion and creator of the new mentoring program, said Intentional Connections will create “safe webs” composed of faculty/staff and peer mentors, counselors, family and community connections around students. Intentional Connections will also emphasize academic reinforcements to help students through their educational journey. Research shows that affective reasons, rather than intellectual issues, are the primary reasons students are not successful.

The ODEI urges students to come find a staff or faculty mentor to help them achieve their goals. The ODEI also seeks JCCC staff and faculty to serve as mentors to students and help them earn their degrees.

To sign up as a mentor or a mentee or if you simply want to learn more about Intentional Connections=Student Success, contact Susan McGarvey in the ODEI office at or speak with the ODEI staff and the Diversity Fellows.

Miguel M. Morales is a student, employee and diversity fellow at JCCC


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Calaway to Communicate College’s Course

Calwasy JCCC State of the College

Calaway delivers 2009 State of the College

With his decision to halt campus projects for budgetary review and news that JCCC is now the largest undergrad institution in the state, Terry Calaway, president, JCCC has a lot to say about his plans for the college.

Calaway will convey the information in two upcoming events he’ll host – one in mid February and one in early March.

Feb 15 he will host a town hall event from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233). Calaway has regularly held town hall events since his arrival in 2007.

A few days later on March 5, Calaway will give his annual State of the College address in the Polsky Theater in the Carlsen Center at 1 p.m.

Both the Town Hall and the State of the College events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the public.

Here are the two separate postings via the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist:


JCCC president Terry A. Calaway will host a town hall meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in GEB 233. This will be an open agenda meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.


JCCC president Terry A. Calaway will deliver his annual State of the College address at 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Polsky Theatre. His address, Daring to Dream in Challenging Times, will look at ways the college is able to help students accomplish their goals and help the community as a catalyst for business growth.

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

The event will be available for viewing the following week at and on the college’s cable TV channel on Channel 17 (SureWest or Time-Warner) or Channel 22 (Comcast).

WATCH the March 29, 2009 State of the College here.
READ a summary of Calaway’s Oct. 29 Town Hall event as posted on the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist, below Continue reading

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JCCC Tops KU as Undergrad Choice


Enrollment numbers at Johnson County Community College profess the college to be the largest undergraduate institution in Kansas. A Feb. 9 e-mail from Dennis Day, vice president of Student Services announced the unexpected shift.

Day also notes an enrollment increase in College Now, a college credit program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Day’s e-mail:

“Final count for JCCC for fall 2009 (end of semester):

Headcount — 21,453 ( yes Virginia, we did breach the 21,000 mark)

University of Kansas fall 2009 numbers ( unofficial ) for undergraduate was 20,749; Fall 2008 was 20,811 and there was a .3% decrease in 2009. Total for KU all campuses, all levels 30,004 students. We are the largest higher education institution for undergraduates in the state of Kansas.

The final credit hours for the fall for JCCC as provided by IR was 158,451 credit hours. For spring as of today we are at 146,530 with about 1000 more College Now students enrolling at an average of 5 hours. We should be around the 153,000 by the end of spring. Summer will be around 40,000 for a total of 350,000+ credit hours for the year.”

Moments later, Terry Calaway, president of JCCC sent a congratulatory e-mail to the college’s top administrators and its board of trustees:

“Thanks to you all for your great work and that of your team members. Please share my personal thanks with each of them as well.. [sic]

As the largest undergraduate institution in Kansas, all of us at JCCC now we have great responsibility to work hard every day to keep every student here and help them achieve their educational goals.

Intentional connections around student success and retention are key.

Thanks for all that you do and for the work you carry out in making us the best of the best.”

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JCCC Prez Halts Campus Projects

Via the college’s Budget Office:


JCCC President  Terry Calaway


As all of you are aware, we knew that the college would be facing budget challenges this year. By the end of 2008-2009, the state had cut the college’s revenues by 4.5 percent, and we prepared the 2009-2010 budget anticipating a 4 percent decrease in assessed valuation from the county and 13 percent decrease in funding from the state. The college’s 2009-2010 budget was $8.5 million less than our budget in 2008-2009. We hoped we had cut enough to see us through.

However, there’s still more we need to do. At the beginning of this fiscal year, we thought we would be able to save $3 million in salaries because of attrition, retirements and a soft freeze on hiring. Because we have not been able to do that, we still need to cut $2.2 million out of the current budget. Let me say first that we will not do that with layoffs. We intend to partially accomplish it by putting a spending hold on capital projects and equipment paid for out of the general fund and the capital outlay fund. Continue reading

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JCCCPD Seek Info on Fire Alarm


At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, a fire alarm pull station was activated in the second floor hallway between OCB and the Carlson Center near the northeast stairwell.

If anyone has information regarding the activation of the alarm or if any suspicious activity was observed in the area, please call Detective Don Emerson of the JCCC Police Department at 913-469-8500 ext. 2770.

All information will be kept confidential.

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