With just one sophomore, the Kansas City Kansas Community College golf team will be looking to move up in the Jayhawk Conference standings this spring. Team members are, front row, from left, sophomore Collin Herron and freshmen Alec Otting and Lane Pauls; standing, Seve Sites, Montana Fasching and Dalton Ayres. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)
by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young golf team is ready to move up in the Jayhawk Conference standings this spring.
“I think we’ll be much better this semester,” said veteran coach Gary Shrader. ‘We have one sophomore and five hungry freshmen who did a lot of growing up the first semester. It usually takes five or six tournaments to find out what it takes to be competitive at the collegiate level.”
The lone sophomore, Collin Herron of Topeka Hayden, will be joined by freshmen Alec Otting of Basehor-Linwood, Montana Fasching of Piper, Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West and Dalton Ayres and Lane Pauls of Newton in the season opening Ottawa University Invitational at Eagle Bend in Lawrence..
The Ottawa tourney will be one of three in which the Blue Devils will be going head-to-head four-year college and university teams.
“Playing in the Ottawa, Bethel and Haskell tournaments helps get that much more experience,” Shrader said.
The only two-year college in the 11-team William Woods Invitational in the fall, the Blue Devils finished fourth and then were third in their own Blue Devil Classic at Dubs Dread. Sites had the best individual finishes of the year, placing seventh in the Alvamar designated and 13th at Williams Woods while Ayres was 19th at William Woods.
“We haven’t gone real low but we’ve had pretty good team scores for being so young,” Shrader said.
The Blue Devils will enter the second half of the conference season right in the middle of the 10-team conference race, which is decided by three designated tournaments in the fall and three in the spring. Team totals are determined by the low four scores of each team.
Sixth in the first two designated tournaments in the fall, the Blue Devils were fifth in the final tourney at Alvamar and are fifth behind Dodge City, Johnson County, Hutchinson and Barton going into the spring.
“All four of those teams have international players which makes it difficult,” Shrader said. Dodge City, with three of the top five individuals, won each of the fall tourneys.
“We’ve got six guys and we can play with six guys,” Shrader said. “It eliminates them worrying about qualifying and lets them concentrate on those areas they need to work on.”
Shrader’s main emphasis heading into the spring semester is on course management.
“There’s two ways to go,” he said. “You can hit it as hard as you can and then go recover it, probably in the rough, or you can hit it in the fairway and rely on your short game. If you don’t hit the fairway, though, it’s probably going to be tough just to make bogey.”
Emphasis will also be where to play the ball.
“If you’re uphill or downhill or above or below the ball on a side hill, the ball is going to go different than from a flat surface so you need to know where to put the ball in your stance and what direction the ball will go,” Shrader said.
This spring’s designated tournaments will be played at Salina Municipal March 23-24 and Rolling Meadows in Junction City April 6-7 with the KJCCC championship to be determined over 54 holes at Sand Creek in Newton April 20-22. In addition to the Ottawa opener March 10-11, the Blue Devils will compete in the Bethel tourney at Sand Creek March 29-30 and Haskell tourney in Holton in April.
The regional tournament will be played April 27-29 at Spring Hollow in Burlington, Iowa, which, will also be the site of the NJCAA Division I national championship May 13-16.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
2014 Spring Golf Schedule
March 10-11 – Ottawa University Invitational, Eagle Bend, Lawrence
March 23-24 – Jayhawk Designated No. 4, Salina Municipal.
March 29-30 – Bethel Invitational, Sand Creek, Newton
April 6-7 – Jayhawk Designated No. 5, Rolling Meadows, Junction City
April 13 – Haskell University Invitational, Holton
April 20-22 – KJCCC Championship, Sand Creek Newton
April 27-29 – NJCAA Region 3, Sprint Hollow, Burlington, Iowa
May 13-16 – NJCAA Division I national championship, Spring Hollow, Burlington, Iowa
Several Piper High School athletes were named to Kaw Valley League basketball teams recently.
They include: Kaw Valley League first team girls: Megan Woolley, Haley White, and Tori Webb.
Kaw Valley League honorable mention girls team: Jessica Wayne.
Kaw Valley League first team boys: Luke Long, Dominique Jennings and Vincent Eskina.
Kaw Valley League honorable mention boys team: Tyler Owens.
- Information from Doug Key, Piper athletic director
Melanie Jackson Scott (KCKCC photo)
by Kelly Rogge
As the community collectively celebrates diverse histories during each month, one of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s prominent professors and the first director of the Intercultural Center leaves her footprints on KCKCC’s history.
Professor Melanie Jackson Scott was instrumental as the first African American in several professional roles at the community college. One significant role that contributed to the campus climate, culture and education was being the first African American female director to initiate, enhance and expand a new departmental area within the college – the Intercultural Center.
“To be the first person of color in any professional role creates new in-roads that require a tenacity of spirit that is not always welcomed initially when it is a new approach to the status quo of an organization,” she said.
Looking back, Scott said she is still amazed at where diversity education has come since she started at the college more than 30 years ago and her role in that evolution. A big part of the focus on diversity at KCKCC was the creation of Intercultural Center.
“Diversity education is crucial to the mission and purpose of our institution in preparing our students to navigate successfully in our global society,” she said. “A multi-ethnic, global consciousness needs to be cultivated both for its general educational value and for its practical utility in a world of increasingly interdependent economies and cultures.”
The Intercultural Center, which was a unique concept for a community college campus at the time, came out of an Intercultural Task Force established in the mid-1990s. The task force conducted an internal assessment of diversity on the KCKCC campus as well as the academic curriculum needs and human resources concerns. There were no blueprints to follow among community colleges in the state of Kansas. However, based on the assessment, the need for diversity and inclusion was identified and KCKCC was able to develop a Mission Statement, goals and objectives that challenged the institution to be a transformational community college; serving multicultural and international education. Scott, a professor in the Social and Behavioral Science Division, said the results of the assessment determined that the college was ready to move forward toward a more inclusive environment.
“Looking at KCKCC’s history of a primarily Eurocentric/monoculture environment, with the lack of diversity among our college employees and recognizing that diversity education needed to be imbedded across the curriculum, the diversity task force helped to revitalize campus diversity initiatives,” Scott said. “As co-facilitators of the task force, CeCe Prieto Morehouse (retired KCKCC ESL director) and I advocated for a visible, tangible and inclusive place for campus and community to come together for diversity orientation, programs and training,” she said. “Obtaining and construction of the physical space required for the Intercultural Center proved to be a challenge. In addition, financial resources, the need for full-time personnel and/or appropriate release time for planning and implementation were also problematic. However, though perseverance and support of the administration, the Intercultural Center was opened in 1997.”
The Intercultural Center was designed to provide students, faculty and staff as well as those in the community with an environment that celebrates the cultural contributions of the diverse populations at KCKCC. Scott was one of two co-founders of the ICC, served as co-director and was the first full-time director until passing the torch in 2010.
“In addition to getting the Intercultural Center open, it was also important to have a cross catalyst group of employees join the conversations and make contributions to the strategy needed to fully embrace a multicultural environment and education” she said. Thus was born the Intercultural Council; open to any and all employees who wanted to commit their time. The council became the engine for multicultural organizational development and implementation was a collective effort minimizing fear of change within the college. Continuous encouragement of the campus community was needed in order to have ownership through involvement and participation. On-going diversity leadership training was needed, encouraged and acquired for employees at all levels including members of the Board of Trustees.”
A Community Advisory Board was established to get response from the local community. This added another level to intercultural relations. Through it all, Scott said she had “continuous support and encouragement” from students, employees of the college and the community.
“The Intercultural Center’s Mission Statement embodied fostering greater cultural interaction and education, provided a diversity of programs, cultural events and activities that enhance and promote cross cultural relations and builds campus spirit,” she said. “I would be remiss not to say that I did not have challenges and obstacles from individuals who had skepticism regarding the initiatives and programs from ICC. However, I grew up with an open heart and open mind during a tumultuous time in history (the 1960s) and have learned to live a life enriched by the beauty of diversity and inclusion. When you are able to walk the talk, you tend to have a passion for your purpose and a desire to overcome the challenges required for success.
“As the first director of the Intercultural Center, I was able to devote full-time to the facilitation of diversity education and inclusion at all levels of the college and partnering with our local community. I was able to add a chapter to the college’s history in intercultural relations and provide leadership in transforming Kansas City Kansas Community College,” Scott said. “I am honored to see the impact that the ICC has had in promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of campus life,” she said. “I would like to think my leadership efforts helped to make an impact on hiring a more diverse campus community. In addition, substantial changes in the campus environment occurred by displaying the procurement of diverse art and artifacts from public and private entities.”
Scott said her roles as co-founder and director of the Intercultural Center has provided personal and professional growth opportunities. She said her role as an educator-professor is significantly gratifying and has provided the greatest impact with students and colleagues.
“KCKCC is still making history and this is an important time to acknowledge the progress made and understand that there is still much to learn and do as we move forward in recognizing our cross cultural histories,” she said. “I am also optimistic that the current leadership has and will continue with the mission, goals and objectives of Intercultural Center as they are connected to the ‘Mission and Purpose’ of the college.”
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.