Monthly Archives: December 2010

JCCC Food Pantry Opens

JCCC food pantry jump-started with tons of food

A canned food drive sponsored by JCCC’s Ethiopian Student Organization and the Organization of Black Collegians in cooperation with the JCCC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Let’s Can Hunger challenge collected several thousand pounds of nonperishable food for the newly established JCCC food pantry.

The drive began Nov. 16 as part of the 2011 Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, a competition sponsored by Campbell Soup Company that challenges SIFE teams in Canada, Mexico and the United States to raise awareness of hunger, translate awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empower those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.

Besides gathering food, the JCCC SIFE students also worked to set up a new food pantry for JCCC students in need. The pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in OCB 272 when school is in session.

Community sponsors for the drive provided food and personal care items. They included Wal-Mart, Price Chopper (K-7 and Santa Fe location), Sam’s Club (Lenexa and Overland Park locations), Hy-Vee (Overland Park and Olathe locations) and the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

Members of the Black Collegians and Ethiopian Student groups picked up donations from various locations.

Campus departments that supported the drive were the business division, Student Life and Leadership Development and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Multicultural Center assisted in collecting and storing the food.

Three area restaurants sponsored dinners for the student groups that brought in the most donations for the drive. Winners are JCCC Pastry/Baking Shop, a meal at Old Chicago Pizza; Nigerian Students, a meal at Olive Garden; and the Ethiopian Student Organization and the Organization of Black Collegians, a meal at Cheddar’s Casual Cafe.

Posted Dec. 16 to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist

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AQIP announces JCCC accreditation recommendation

The Higher Learning Commission’s AQIP Review Panel on Reaffirmation of Accreditation will recommend that JCCC be re-accredited when the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council meets on Monday, Dec. 20. The full document can be accessed here.

The panel, consisting of 16 reviewers, examined all reports submitted by the college and about the college in the last seven years to arrive at the recommendation. Its highly complimentary tone is a testament to the forward-moving and positive culture of JCCC under the leadership of Terry Calaway, JCCC president, and the JCCC Board of Trustees. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dana Grove, executive vice president, educational planning and review and chief operating officer, at ext.3196 or dgrove@jccc.edu, or any Quality Systems Council member.

As posted today to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist

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JCCC’s Recycling Survey

JCCC Sustainability Crew

A survey on campus recycling from JCCC”s Sustainability Crew  (I don’t know the exact name . I picture kinda like the Sears Blue Crew except they wear green) was posted on the college’s electronic mail server, Infolist.  Below is what happens when a survey includes a space for ‘additional comments’:

Some of the recycling bins don’t accommodate the larger water bottles. I know one can lift the lid but I’ve seen students try to fit a slightly larger bottle in the bin and when they couldn’t get it to fit, they threw it in the trash.

Let students/staff/faculty/community members know that recycling pays for a scholarship and let them know how students can apply for that scholarship. I don’t mean simply list it among our hundreds of scholarships to be lost in the directory. I’m talking REALLY push it. Think of it: our trash can pay for students to go to school. Literally the can I’m drinking out of right now can help a student graduate and change his/her life and the life of his/her family. Seriously, that is incredible.

Do you really want to go there? I mean like, really go there? Continue reading

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Drummond’s Nonprofit Profit part 2

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Walking on the Ledge

JCCC Trustee Bob Drummond

JCCC Trustee Bob Drummond

Today I attended the second in a series of four seminars at JCCC focusing on the Johnson County Latino population.

This session, presented by El Centro, Inc., examined Latinos in higher education.

The seminars were created so JCCC to might learn how to recruit Latino students and market to the Latino community.

When the session started, the facilitators asked those present to introduce themselves and state their connections to the college.

As we went around the room one person said she was the “odd duck” since she had no connection to the college. I thought it strange since the training was for JCCC staff and faculty. The woman explained she is associated with TLC for Children & Families, a nonprofit organization in Olathe, Kan.

Those present may not have known but JCCC Trustee Bob Drummond serves as president and CEO of TLC for Children & Families.

This isn’t the first time that Drummond’s organization has found itself connected to the college.   Continue reading

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