Monthly Archives: November 2010

Journalist/Author Sam Quinones discusses Kansas Immigration

LA Times journalist and author Sam Quinones visited Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in November to meet with students contributing to his “Tell You True Tale” web anthology. He also discussed Kansas’ Latino immigration at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Quinones sat down with Jim Leiker, professor of History, on the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) program “Many Voices – One Community.”


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Former JCCC student’s robot empire

Robots grow from Baker Medlock’s mind

The Kansas City Star

As a maroon minivan drove down a side street that links Lenexa and Shawnee, a young boy leaned out a window and pointed excitedly at something shiny in Baker Medlock’s front yard.

“Ro-bot!” the boy screamed at the top of his lungs.

Medlock — a modern beatnik of a man with goatee, large glasses and light brown dreadlocks snaking out from under a knit beanie — smiled and gave the boy an appreciative fist pump.

Rewind to 2005. Medlock didn’t know what to do after graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. After some odd jobs, he took a welding class at Johnson County Community College and made a few bucks making wrought iron stair railings. By 2008, that had grown old. That’s when inspiration hit.

“I’m going to build a robot,” he said. Continue reading

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Heavy lifting for ‘Cart of the Nephilim’

‘Cart of the Nephilim’ has a new home at Johnson County Community College

In September, Johnson County Community College completed the installation of a whimsical artwork outside the warehouse and postal service building on the west side of the campus.

“Cart of the Nephilim,” a 22-foot-tall red handcart complete with strap, sits flush with the outer wall of the brick building, as though one of the biblical giants referenced in the sculpture’s title just carted the building across College Boulevard.

Sculptor Michael Schonhoff created the 2,000-pound work in 2005 as part of the Avenue of the Arts, a competitive program supporting the creation and installation of temporary public artworks in downtown Kansas City. The sculpture spent the summer strapped to the exterior of 360 Architecture’s then-office on Central Avenue.

Within that context, “Cart of the Nephilim” served as a reminder of the work going into downtown revitalization. As a permanent fixture at JCCC, it means something different. Continue reading

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A Twitter post from a JCCC student alerted me to an unusual situation at the college. As directed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), JCCC notified students of their right to vote in the midterm elections — 11 days after the elections concluded.


Received this letter Nov. 13, 2010 -- 24 days AFTER the deadline to register to vote had passed, 12 days AFTER the letter was dated, and 11 days AFTER the 2010 fall election.

Any Questions?

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JCCC Venues Open to Community

JCCC Yardley Hall

Yardley Hall -- one of the venues available to JCCC's Community Arts Partners.

JCCC seeks applications for Community Arts Partners

Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series is reviving the college’s Community Arts Partners program. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2011, the college will accept applications from organizations wishing to become Community Arts Partners for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The partnerships help nonprofit community organizations present programming in the college’s performing arts spaces. For partners, the rental fee is waived for Yardley Hall, Polsky Theatre or Recital Hall for one day 8 a.m. to midnight on a space-available basis.

Potential community arts partners must be not-for-profit 501c3 organizations, but not necessarily performing arts groups. Johnson County groups receive preferential consideration. Benefits or fundraising activities are not eligible.

“At JCCC, community is our middle name,” said Emily Behrmann, general manager, Performing Arts Series. “We’re proud to support local organizations by providing access to a professional performance space in which they can showcase their talents and abilities.”

Community Arts Partnership applications are available from Performing Arts office; call 913-469-4450 to request one or pick one up on campus in room 105 in the Carlsen Center. Applications are also available online.

Return completed applications to Behrmann in the Performing Arts office or mail them to her at box 14, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. 66210.

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