Monthly Archives: April 2011

Christo’s JCCC connection

I was beginning to think this video was a JCCC urban legend.

Thanks to Dan Coulter, a former JCCC employee and the writer, producer and director of the video, we can see the legendary 1978 Christo installation “Wrapped Walk Ways.”

The video is full of awesome! It’s has really nice moments like an orchestra playing the Star Wars end theme for visitors; the woman who says if this is art, then she’s Venus; and, of course, all that sweet 1970s fashion.

Though it’s not mentioned in the video, those around campus assert that several JCCC students served as volunteers for the installation.

Read the article, “Student works with Christo,”  in The Campus Ledger archives.

Read more about the installation on Christo’s website.

"Wrapped Walk Ways" - Christo


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CIM Student takes 2nd in JCCC film festival

Well done, Matt.

Matt Lepley’s film, “The Marino Constant”, won second place in the “Experimental/Animation” category at the 2011 Cavalier Film Festival at JCCC. The film, written and directed by Lepley, is an exploration of three elements of human life. Lepley said that while “examining time, change and love, the film “raises questions about how these factors influence human life on a deeper level. It is intended to raise more questions than answer them.”

Congratulations, Matt!

via CIM Student Matt Lepley finishes second at film festival « Interactive Media Department | Johnson County Community College.

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JCCC Students Begin Recording Board Mtgs

Students begin video recording of trustee meetings on April 21; audio recording available later today

Students in the Advanced Broadcasting II and III classes started recording the board meetings on video at the April 21 board of trustees meeting.

This  is a professional opportunity for the students, during which they’ll gain marketable experience using professional equipment.  The video does not go out live. Once they’ve recorded the meeting, the students still need to edit the video to add name and title keys or to switch shots from one camera to the other. After that they’ll need to add captioning. Once it’s ready, the video will be posted online and will also be shown on the college’s cable channel.

An audio recording was also made of the meeting. It will be posted online later today, and a transcript will be available next week.

– posted April 22 to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist

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JCCC Graduations Announced

JCCC graduations scheduled

Johnson County Community College will have its commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the JCCC Gymnasium. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will be the keynote speaker.

The GED graduation is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the JCCC Gymnasium. Dana Grove, executive vice president and chief operating officer, JCCC, will be the keynote speaker.

Other graduations are:

•       Respiratory Care Recognition Program, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Polsky Theatre
•       Nursing Pinning, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Yardley Hall
•       Honors Graduation, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, room 211 Carlsen Center
•       Dental Hygiene Graduation, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Polsky Theatre
•       Polysomnography Recognition Ceremony 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, M.R. and Eveyln Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
•       Cosmetology Graduation, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, Polsky Theatre
•       LPN Graduation 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, Polsky Theatre

A reception follows each graduation.

For more information about commencement exercises, contact the student information desk at 913-469-3807.

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

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JCCC = Tobacco-Free

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

JCCC Tobacco-Free

Come August 1, 2011, JCCC will be a tobacco-free campus.

Well … almost.

Last night at its monthly meeting, the JCCC Board of Trustees approved a policy change reducing the 14 currently designated tobacco use areas down to 2. Trustees also approved a $10 ticketed fine for individuals violating the policy after having receiving one warning citation. The JCCC Police Department will be charged with enforcing the policy.

As with other fines, students with past due obligations may not enroll for or drop courses or request transcripts until those obligations have been resolved.

Johnson County Community College joins the Metropolitan Community College system in becoming a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1. Continue reading

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JCCC Trustee Mtg. Summary

From: InfoList
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:03 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] Trustee meeting summary

On April 21 the JCCC board of trustees met for their regular monthly meeting and the annual budget workshop. Continue reading

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Carlsen Steps Down as JCCC President

Walking on the Ledge

Chuck gets Chucked

Chuck gets Chucked


This is another excerpt from my reporter’s notebook concerning the day Charles Carlsen voluntarily retired from JCCC amid allegations of unlawful harassment.

It happened at one of the board’s emergency meetings. I lost count of how many it had during that time. I didn’t go to it because I had to work in the library.

I don’t remember learning that Chuck resigned … er … retired until the next day. Yet, my log contradicts what I’ve thought of as the way I learned about it.

So let me tell you how I remember it and then you can read my log.

I remember being exhausted. With only 2-3 hours of sleep a night, I’d been a zombie since The Ledger published my story seven days earlier (April 13).

It was a Friday (April 21, 2006) and I didn’t have class that day or maybe I blew it off for some sleep. I don’t recall. I just remember I was so excited because I planned on sleeping for about 12 hours — no joke.

I awoke at the crack of noon when one of my sources called.

Honestly, the only reason I answered the phone was out of habit. During the investigation, I’d assigned my sources a special ringtone. Upon hearing it, I’d either answer or I check my email — even if I was half asleep.

In an excited voice, my source asked me if I’d heard the news about Carlsen. Well, of course, I had. Chuck announced he was taking a leave of absence the day after my story came out. Puh-lease, that news was sooo six days ago!

My source quietly said something like, “He’s gone.” At which point I thought, “Oh. My. God. He’s dead. I killed him. I killed Chuck Carlsen.” Then my source said something like, “He resigned last night at the board meeting. He’s gone!”


“How could  you not know? You’re the reporter!”


It was like I couldn’t understand the language my source was speaking. I heard words but I didn’t know what they meant. I’m sure it only took a few nanoseconds for my brain to wake up and process what I was hearing but it seemed so much longer.

I met the source for lunch and we talked a long time about what happened and what was ahead. That’s when writing a book about this experience first entered my mind …

So that’s  how I remember it happening. My interpretation of the entry below is that it seems as if I wrote it at work after the posting was delivered to JCCC’s listserv, Infolist.

So why the two versions? Maybe when wrote the entry, I got the date wrong and it was actually April 21 not April 20. I was very tired during that time and could have made that mistake. On the other hand, I was very diligent about noting the correct time/date for my entries as I thought I’d have to use them if I ever went to court. I don’t know. I’m confident that the version in my mind is the correct one because I have a source who can verify my … well … my cluelessness about Chuck resigning.

Again, this edited version is not an attempt to reframe history but rather an attempt to continue honoring a promise to my sources. Continue reading

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