Monthly Archives: August 2010

Café Tempo Does Students a Solid

JCCC's Café Tempo

Café Tempo announced that students can get a free soda by showing their valid JCCC student ID. Great idea because the only time I’ve ever been to Café Tempo is to redeem a free soda coupon they gave out last fall.

If the kinder, gentler Café Tempo’s prices can compete with the other campus venues like the food court, (Dining) Down Under, or Java Jazz, then they’ll get my business and probably that of other students as well.

via the student electronic mail server:

To encourage students to patronize Café Tempo, through October 1, 2010, students who show their student ID will receive a free beverage of any kind (coffee, soft drink, iced tea, etc.).

Café Tempo at Johnson County Community College is changing with the times and keeping pace with the hurried life of students. Originally billed as an “upscale” eating establishment, the café catered to patrons of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary of Art, business people in the Regnier Center and college employees with an hour for a leisurely lunch.

Problem was students were in a rush and usually strapped for cash. So Café Tempo is lowering its prices and speeding up service while keeping the same great ambience and a modified menu of panini, tuna, club, brie and ham, and grilled cheese sandwiches; sunflower, cobb, mango, Tuscan and Asian chicken salads; soups; breakfast dishes; pastries and drinks. After placing their orders, café-goers will receive a pager to notify them when their order is ready. Students as well as other guests will be able to order and eat within 30 minutes.

The tasteful contemporary art-filled café shares space between the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Regnier Center – 55 seats in the museum and 55 seats in the two-story glass atrium connecting the buildings.

Café hours are Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 a.m. breakfast, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. coffee, pastries, desserts. The café will no longer be open Saturday. For more information, call Cafe Tempo, 913-469-8500, ext. 4993.

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Pondering Those Who’ve Left JCCC

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Chuck Carlsen, Elaine Perilla, Jerry Baird, Dorothy Friedrich — once fixtures at Jonson County Community College, now they’re gone.

I didn’t have a direct hand in all of them leaving JCCC but Karma, God, the Universe (or whatever you call it) gave me the gift of seeing them go.

And though there is still one person I’m itching to see get the boot, what I’m thinking about today are the dedicated people our campus lost — and I miss them. I know our college does too.

I’m also proud of my friends who’ve left JCCC to move on to greener pastures and create families.

When I finally do leave JCCC, I’m certain this is the video that will play on all the TV monitors …

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JCCC’s Forgotten Student Spaces

I have to take issue with the vice president of Student Services’ comment at the end of the article (below) that suggests student clubs never had a space on campus. This is not entirely accurate — and he knows it.

Clubs and Orgs used to share an office with the Honors Program in COM 200. In 2003, Clubs and Orgs moved into the Student Senate office in COM 260. When the Center for Student Involvement opened in 2008, many clubs were offered office and meeting spaces there. When the Multicultural Center opened in 2009, it also began offering it’s meeting space to student clubs.

The Campus Ledger archives reveal several student spaces once existed on campus only to be reclaimed as administrative space.

So if the vice president of Student Services wants to showcase the new student spaces, perhaps he should remind people that it was the administration that took those spaces away in the first place.

JCCC classes start with more students seeking aid

By JIM SULLINGER
The Kansas City Star

Students returned today to the 234-acre campus of the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park after taking part of the summer off.

College officials said enrollment grew 7 percent a year ago with an increase expected this fall of about 2 percent. They anticipate a total enrollment of approximately 21,000 full-time and part-time students. An official count won’t be known until Sept. 20.

“Things are slowing down a little bit,” said Dennis Day, JCCC’s vice president of student services.

One area that isn’t slowing down is applications for student financial aid.

Day said that over the last two years the college has seen an explosion in the need for such aid, a result of the current economy.

“We have doubled the number of students that have asked for financial aid,” said. “It’s amazing the need students have right now for aid.”

He said the amount of money available for aid has increased about 80 percent this year.

A new feature this fall is the student engagement area on the third floor of the Commons Building.

Day said the area give students the opportunity to relax. It also can be used for study groups.

“We’re really excited about this because it provides students with an opportunity they haven’t had before on campus,” he said.

The third floor also provides a new area for student club and organizations. Day said they haven’t had an office before on campus.

“What we’re trying to do is encourage student involvement on campus outside the classroom,” he added.

via JCCC classes start with more students seeking aid – KansasCity.com.

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JCCC Achieving the Dream

OK so today was the big All Staff Meeting at JCCC. Since I had to work at the desk in the library, I couldn’t attend the meeting sooooo I did what anyone would do — I made up a bunch of fake tweets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

However, this video was part of the REAL presentation — well done, JCCC.

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JCCC to Host Kan. 3rd Congressional District Debate

Republican Kevin Yoder is proposing six debates with his Democratic opponent in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

Yoder, a Kansas House member from Overland Park, has issued a challenge to Democratic nominee Stephene Moore. She is the wife of retiring Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore.

Yoder says voters in the congressional district deserve an honest discussion of the candidates’ differences.

A spokesman for Moore, Trevor Willett, says the Democratic nominee looks forward to as many debates as possible before the Nov. 2 general election.

Both candidates have been invited to take part in a debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Johnson County Community College. It is being sponsored by The Kansas City Star, KCPT public television, the college and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County. It will be held in the Carlsen Center at the college’s Overland Park campus.

Jim Sullinger, jsullinger@kcstar.com

via Yoder wants 6 debates; Moore says bring it on – KansasCity.com.

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CBS ‘Early Show’ Presenter Trains for Dream Job at JCCC

CBS Morning Personality Dave Price celebrates completing simulator session at BNSF classroom at JCCC. Image by Rob Rhodes follow him on Twitter @TVphotog5

CBS’ The Early Show filmed a segment at J0hnson County Community College’s BNSF Railway training simulator last week. In segment, “Dream Job,” Dave Price visits the JCCC training facility in order to fulfill his dream job riding the rails.

Watch the video here.

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JCCC Student Meets Marrow Donor

Olathe man surprised by visit from marrow donor

By ALAN BAVLEY
The Kansas City Star

Sometimes the actions overwhelm the words. And it was just as well Saturday morning for Brandon Steffen.

The 19-year-old Olathe man was struck almost speechless when he got a surprise visit from the man who helped save his life two years ago by donating bone marrow for Brandon’s cancer treatment.

More than 100 friends and family members were gathered at the Overland Park Church of Christ for what Brandon thought was a celebration of his parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.

Little did he know that Valorie and Stuart Steffen had arranged for Brandon’s donor, Joerg Drewitz, to fly from Boston to meet their son. It’s rare that donors and recipients get to meet.

At his mother’s request, Brandon, a music scholarship student at Johnson County Community College, played a piano piece he had composed when he was battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Just as he finished playing, Valorie stood up beside Brandon and said: “We all know why we all came. We want you to meet the man who saved your life.” Continue reading

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