Archive for May 2014

Standing room only for KCKCC graduation

More than 350 students participated in commencement exercises Wednesday at the KCKCC Field House. Including graduates from December 2013, May 2014 and summer 2014, KCKCC will have more than 900 students graduate with associate degrees or certificates this year. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

As Kansas City Kansas Community College faculty lined both sides of the aisle, there were nothing but smiles, cheers and the occasional high five from graduates.
More than 350 students participated in commencement exercises Wednesday at the KCKCC Field House. Including graduates from December 2013, May 2014 and summer 2014, KCKCC will have more than 900 students graduate with associate degrees or certificates this year.
“I wholeheartedly congratulate each of you on your willingness, your determination and your perseverance to take this very significant step of completing the first two years of your education goals here,” said KCKCC President Doris Givens. “Congratulations to all of the graduates.”
In attendance were members of the Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC Color Guard, who presented the colors and KCKCC Jazz faculty and students, who presented the prelude music as well as an arrangement of Pomp and Circumstance by KCKCC’s own Jim Mair. A posthumous degree was awarded to the family of Robert Goss, a culinary arts student at KCKCC-TEC who passed away last fall.
The event also included Alayna Hernandez, who performed the National Anthem, and Student Senate President Wendy Monarres, who introduced the commencement speaker, Major Gen. Karen E. LeDoux.
LeDoux has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo., and a MMS degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. She has also attended the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. She has served as a training officer, deputy commander and commander of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Unit, commander of the 94th Training Division, commander of the 55th Sustainment Brigade and commanding general of the Army Material Command – Southwest Asia/G4.

LeDoux is currently the deputy program manager and research fellow for logistics and technology Group at the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va. Among the many U.S. decorations and badges she has received are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

“Be open to unexpected opportunities. Take action and remember that you can’t always control people around you, but you can control you,” she said. “Find joy. You have to slow down enough to appreciate the many things you will experience. Be kind to your friends, coworkers and family. Be kind to yourself. Everyone is just trying to do the best they can.”
Givens spent part of the ceremony sharing the stories of some of the graduates. These stories included:
• Dana and Kathy Garardy. Not only are the two members of the KCKCC Class of 2014, they are the parents of Aurora Gerardy, who served as color guard commander in the Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC.
• Sgt. Robert Morris, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who attended commencement to see his granddaughter Jennifer Morris graduate. He spent half of the war in captivity in Germany and received two purple hearts. Morris, a member of Phi Theta Kappa at KCKCC, was also recognized for what she has overcome on her path toward graduation. She is the first in her family to attend college and get a degree. After numerous setbacks including a severe car accident, losing everything in Hurricane Katrina and a drug relapse, she has successfully completed her associate’s degree and will continue her education at the University of Kansas.
• Tiara R. Anderson was the first in her family to graduate from high school, while caring for a baby, and is the first to graduate from college.
• Robin Runnels, who is on her way to fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse even though the 55-year-old was a junior high school dropout.
“I encourage each of you into take the time to reflect. You need to understand where you have come from as you figure out what the next step will be,” said Don Ash, Wyandotte County Sheriff and president of the KCKCC Board of Trustees. “Stop and think about the people who have helped you get to this point. Then take the time to thank those people with a sincere heart. Express your gratitude by finding a way to give back.”
For more information on Kansas City Kansas Community College, visit its website at

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

More than 350 students participated in commencement exercises Wednesday at the KCKCC Field House. Including graduates from December 2013, May 2014 and summer 2014, KCKCC will have more than 900 students graduate with associate degrees or certificates this year. (KCKCC photo)


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Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

“Dreams and the Spiritual Journey,” with Jane Maxfield, a four- part series, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, June 5-26, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Maxfield holds a certificate in projective dreamwork from the Marin Institute and has facilitated workshops for Elderhostel, retreat groups, arts, and women’s groups. Religious traditions around the globe and through the ages have recognized attention to dreams as a means of finding our path to wholeness and holiness. The techniques and tools explored in the four-session class include improving dream recall, recording dreams, discovering more of the multiple levels of meaning found in every dream, and experiencing the potential of working with dreams in a circle of support. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 26, at the following locations and times: Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., 9 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. Michael Hermes; liturgical music by Ed Grisnik. Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. John Riley. For more information, call 913-371-4040 (Kansas City area); email ; or visit

On June 1, there is going to be KosherFest, which will be held in the parking lot of congregation Ohev Sholom located at 75th and Nall in Overland Park, Kan. The hours are from noon to 5 p.m. KosherFest is the fifth biannual event, a Kansas City tradition join thousands of friends and neighbors from the entire metropolitan area. At this event they will have not only kosher food they will also have electric cars on display plus there will be a lot of information regarding the various community gardens throughout the Greater Kansas City area plus there will be a lot for whole family. This event only happens every two years and it is truly an experience. In fact Congregation Ohev Sholom started off in Kansas City, Kan., and in the early 1960s moved to Overlook Park, Kan. There are a lot of members who live in Kansas City, Kan., who belong to this congregation. For more information call congregation Ohev Sholom at 913-642-6460 or visit the website,

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will hold a Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals theme, from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. June 8 to June 13. Registration deadline is June 8. For information, visit

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans Vacation Bible School at 9 a.m. June 9 to 13 at the church’s Cole Activity Center. The theme of VBS is “Weird Animals.” For more information, see


Doyle’s solid start not enough for T-Bones

The T-Bones fell to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 4-2 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday night despite a solid effort by starting pitcher Pat Doyle.

Doyle worked around trouble nearly his entire outing, but managed to hold the RedHawks to a single run over his 4 2/3 innings of work. The right-handed Doyle stranded six base runners, collected six strikeouts and induced a key double play in the first inning.

The RedHawks got their only run off Doyle in the second after a pair of hits, including a double off the wall by former T-Bone Petey Paramore, and then an RBI groundout by Tim Alberts.

Kansas City responded in the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 following an RBI single by Danny Richar. Vladimir Frias added an RBI single of his own that gave the T-Bones a 2-1 lead. Byron Wiley then smoked a line drive right at Fargo-Moorhead starter Jake Laber, who deflected the ball and managed to throw out Wiley, ending the inning.

The T-Bones once again found themselves in trouble in the sixth, and finally failed to escape unscathed. Ronnie Bourquin drew a two-out, based loaded walk that tied the game at 2-2 off Kansas City reliever Kristhiam Linares. Sawyer Carroll then laced a single up the middle off Chris Squires and scored two more runs to take the decisive 4-2 lead.

Jake Laber (1-1) notched the win for Fargo-Moorhead, pitching 5 1/3 strong innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Linares (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City. Nate Garcia picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth for the RedHawks.

The T-Bones (3-5) continue their series with Fargo-Moorhead (4-3) Friday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.