Monthly Archives: February 2011

State of Delay

State of the College address postponed

JCCC president Terry Callaway is ill today, so we are postponing the State of the College address until a later date.

– posted Feb 24 to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist


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JCCC Diversity Awards

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award nominations due March 18

Nominations for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 18.

The award recognizes exceptional commitment to furthering the goal of campus diversity by JCCC employees and/or students. It is available to all JCCC employees and students as an individual or group award. Click here for full details.

Submissions should be sent to Jim Leiker, ODEI Award Committee chair, at Box 31 or

– posted Feb. 24 on the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist

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JCCC Enrollment Springs to Life

JCCC spring enrollment reaches record high

JCCC’s spring 2011semester enrollment is 19,540, up 1.6 percent from the spring 2010 total of 19,223. The number of credit hours those students are enrolled in is 160,544, an increase of 1.3 percent over the spring 2010 total of 158,493. These are the highest totals JCCC has ever recorded for the spring semester.

These figures represent totals reported to the state as of the 20th day of classes. The college’s enrollment will continue to grow as students enroll in classes that start later in the semester.

“As enrollment grows throughout the semester, JCCC usually ends the term as the largest undergraduate educational institution in the state,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “In this tough economy, we’re always ready to help people prepare for new jobs and new careers.”

– Posted to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist

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JCCC State of the College

JCCC president gives annual address Feb. 25

Johnson County Community College president Terry A. Calaway will deliver his annual State of the College address at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Polsky Theatre. His address, Challenging Changes, will look at ways in which the college is changing to meet current challenges and how change isn’t necessarily bad – it’s just different.

The State of the College address is free and open to the public.

The address 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).

– Posted to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist

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The Student Solution

Students just pulled your collective butts out of the fire, JCCC. You’re welcome.

Students in the college’s video production classes will take over the broadcasting of the college’s Board of Trustee meetings. The Board voted on Jan. 27 to end the practice as part of cost-saving measures to balance the school’s budget.

Molly Baumgardner, adjunct assistant professor of Media Communications, was a board member when the policy was enacted to televise the meetings more than 15 years ago. She thinks televising the meetings will be a learning experience for video production students.

“We think this is excellent training for our students in our advanced classes,” Baumgardner said. “Students that are involved in journalism and mass media are always really concerned with First Amendment issues like making sure public meetings are available to the public. It is exciting to be a part of that.”

via Students preserve board meeting broadcasts | Campus Ledger.

This solution will give students practical experience, the community will once again have access to the board, and hopefully JCCC will realize the support students offer doesn’t come solely from tuition increases.

I wish this option would’ve been examined before the board made its decision or before it was even presented to the board. This says a lot of what the college thinks (or rather doesn’t think) about students.

Meanwhile, JCCC’s electronic mail server, Infolist, notes that audio from the Feb. 17 Board of Trustees meeting is now available here.

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Board Packet Preview – Feb. 17

JCCC Trustees


February board of trustees meeting packet now online

The February board packet is now available online. The JCCC board of trustees meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Hugh Speer board room, 137 GEB.

As a reminder, the college no longer provides paper copies of the board packet before each monthly meeting of the board of trustees as part of JCCC’s sustainability and cost containment efforts.

Posted to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist:

A quick scan of the board packet reveals:

  • Increase in property insurance due to new Olathe Medical Center facility.
  • Revision of travel/reimbursement policies
  • Capital Acquisitions & Improvements:
    • Energy Efficiency costs: $1.1 million
    • Hospitality & Culinary Academy projected cost: $10 million
    • Olathe Medical Center facility cost: $15 million
  • Technology projects include wireless campus, support for mobile devices
  • Performing Art Series audience increases specifically among JCCC students from 0.3 to 3 percent of total ticket sales. New season to include:
    • World Premiere of “Thhe Miles Davis Experience”
    • “Get the Led Out” – The American Led Zepplin
    • “Young Frankenstein” (tentative)
    • “Fiddler on the Roof” (tentative)
    • Henson Alternative Puppets
  • New courses approved: mobile app development, principles of sustainability.



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Walking on the Ledge

Mandatory Training – 422.02

Johnson County Community College finally contacted me Feb. 2 about completing it’s mandatory sexual harassment & technology trainings for all JCCC employees.

I vowed not to do take the trainings until notified to do so — not because I don’t support them, but because I wanted to see how long it would take JCCC to contact me for being in noncompliance.

Well, it’s been two years — two years. Continue reading

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