Category Archives: Infolist

JCCC Lays Off Employees


JCCC Mascot Jean Claude in front of the Bookstore (photo from JCCC Bookstore Facebook page)

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist

From: Infolist [On Behalf Of Chris Worthington]
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 1:48 PM
Subject: [jccc] Departing Colleagues

It is with heavy heart that one must express their appreciation in this manner for the many full-time bookstore employees who were unceremoniously separated from the College Bookstore today – without allowing them the courtesy of interacting with their colleagues from across campus prior to their dismissal – no chance to raise a glass of iced tea or share a cookie while reflecting back on their time here…no opportunity for us to express our appreciation for their years of tireless, underappreciated service to the students, staff, & faculty of this institution.

Apparently the decision was made to restructure the bookstore operation, eliminating most all of the current FT positions(except the manager, assistant manager, and accounting staff), and allowing those staff who would be interested to reapply for one of a small handful of new positions.

On the way back from picking up my lunch in the COM building, I ran into a couple of them as they were leaving with what can only be described as shell-shocked expressions….the light that previously emanated so brightly from their eyes gone…replaced with tears as they struggled to keep themselves composed. I am thankful to have had a moment to hug, shake hands and offer my appreciation for their time here. I hope that if any of you have the opportunity – you will do the same.

Derrick Reynolds, Brian Misenhelter, Justin Foley, Bev Gfeller, Pat McNabb, Tina Farris, Dee Ann Head, Sean Neilon, Mahogany Goines, Aaron Crook…you will all be missed. I wish you well as you transition into the next chapter of your lives. Perhaps we will cross paths again, and I will have the opportunity to express my appreciation for you more appropriately. While I surely may not have conveyed this enough while we worked together…my life has truly been enriched by our time together in the bookstore serving this institution.

Humbly with respect and gratitude,


Chris Worthington
JCCC Bookstore Manager 2001-2011


Comments Off on JCCC Lays Off Employees

Filed under budget, Infolist, JCCC, Kansas, NEWS

JCCC class offers FREE groceries

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist.

Project Strengths needs volunteers for nutrition classes; participants get groceries


Please get this information out to any interested students, faculty or staff. Juliana Urquhart, dietary manager student, will lead sessions of Project Strengths: Healthy Lifestyles on a Budget. Volunteers are needed to enroll in the eight-week course.

For once a week for two hours, volunteers learn important nutrition basics, food safety and how to prepare a meal in a friendly and relaxed setting – for free!

Participants will receive:

  • Vital nutrition and health information
  • Helpful hints and money-saving tips to use at the grocery store
  • Hands-on cooking instruction
  • A bag of groceries every week provided by Harvesters

     Turn everyday food items into healthy, exciting meals. Class size is limited, so sign up today. 

Location: HCA 145

Class Days: Feb. 12. 19, 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8, 5

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Questions: Contact Anna Page 913-469-8500, ext. 3346 or

RSVP by February 8 to Carol Sparks 913-469-8500, ext. 3626

Comments Off on JCCC class offers FREE groceries

Filed under budget, Infolist, JCCC, Kansas, NEWS, sustainability

Furloughs at JCCC?

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist.

From: InfoList
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2015 11:45 AM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] Possibility of furloughs will not affect JCCC employees

While there is speculation that employees of the state of Kansas will be furloughed due to budget challenges, please rest assured that this will not impact those of us at JCCC because we are not state employees. Nevertheless, as concerned citizens we should all be attentive to what goes on in Topeka and pay close attention to the developments in our Capitol. Hopefully the Legislature will reach resolution soon.

Comments Off on Furloughs at JCCC?

Filed under budget, Infolist, JCCC, Kansas, NEWS

JCCC Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

Could we maybe get this information with more than 24 hrs notice?

Posted March 9 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail sever, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2015 2:28 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum

An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum
You are invited to attend a forum of candidates currently running for the Johnson County Community College board of trustees.
The forum will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 10) at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 West 110th Street, Overland Park, Kansas.
The event is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council. Candidates invited to participate include:

– Larry Fotovich
– Nancy Ingram
– Patricia Lightner
– David Lindstrom
– Greg Musil
– Mark Read

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To register, click here.
For more information, contact Celia Fritz-Watson at or 913-491-3600.

Comments Off on JCCC Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

Filed under Infolist, InfoShare, JCCC, Kansas, NEWS, Trustees

#JCCC President Speaks of Lockdown

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 7:23 AM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] A message from Joe Sopcich

To members of our campus community,

Yesterday we experienced our college’s first “lockdown” situation. Rest assured it was not a drill. It was an alarming and sobering experience. As you know from our alerts, we had reports of a weapon on campus. Please know that our police force takes such reports with extreme seriousness. We are all fortunate that they do. Their challenge is always to verify the reports before we take action. The margin for error is non-existent. In this case, as we will in all cases, our decisions were based on what is the safest approach possible for our campus community. Ultimately, in this case, the first alert was sent out at 3:40 p.m. and was followed by seven additional alerts. The outcome of this situation was a good one, and the room-by-room search was lifted with the final alert sent at 7:05 p.m.

We would like to thank everyone on campus for their calmness and clear-headedness. We are proud of the way our JCCC Police Force responded to the initial report. Their performance reassures us that we’re in good hands. Our emergency preparedness group was on top of it all and proved excellent. Additionally, we got reports that, throughout the college, people were following their ALICE training and doing what they needed to do to ensure the safety of our students and colleagues. Lastly, members of our leadership team assumed their pre-assigned responsibilities and performed them admirably. We’d also like to thank the Overland Park Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and MedAct for their professionalism and quick deployment on campus. We are fortunate to live in a community blessed with such professional law enforcement.

As we all know, security on our campus is of paramount importance to us all. This experience proved to be a learning opportunity for everyone involved. We will now set out to evaluate our performance and identify ways we can make it better. Lastly, and again, special thanks go to everyone on campus for handling this situation so well.




Comments Off on #JCCC President Speaks of Lockdown

Filed under Infolist, JCCC, NEWS, Sopcich

Free Cosmetology Services for HS Prom

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

Cosmetology students give free pre-prom services for selected high school students

Prom is the social event of the season for high school students, and cosmetology students at Johnson County Community College want to help those students look their best.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, JCCC cosmetology students will be assisting students who might not otherwise be able to afford beauty services.

Counselors at area high schools have helped to select those students who could benefit from a fancy updo, a cosmetics application or a mini-manicure, all at no charge to the student.

The event is part of continuing effort for the JCCC cosmetology department and its students to give back to the community. This is the second year special prom preparations have been hosted by JCCC.

The cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology departments are located on the college’s West Park campus, 9780 W. 87th St., Overland Park.

Appointments for the general public can be made by calling 913-469-8500 ext. 2390.

Comments Off on Free Cosmetology Services for HS Prom

Filed under budget, Infolist, JCCC, Kansas

JCCC’s Virginia Krebs Dies


Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and trustee emeritus, dies

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and first trustee emeritus, died Feb. 8.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 8, in Polsky Theatre.

“Mrs. Krebs dedicated her life to the education of children and adults throughout Johnson County,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “She truly was a leader in making JCCC one of the best community colleges in the United States. Our community is forever indebted to her and her family for all they’ve done to improve the quality of life in this county.”

Krebs was a member of the JCCC board of trustees from 1985 to 2008. She was elected to the board for six consecutive terms, the last in April 2005. When she resigned from the board in October 2008, she was named the college’s first trustee emeritus. As a college trustee, she served as clerk, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.

A complete obituary may be found here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the JCCC Foundation.

Comments Off on JCCC’s Virginia Krebs Dies

Filed under Infolist, JCCC, NEWS, Trustees