Archive for September 2014

Shaw, Lindsey into KCKCC Athletic Hall of Fame

by Alan Hoskins

Two long-time major contributors to athletic programs at Kansas City Kansas Community College are the newest members of the KCKCC Athletic Hall of Fame – Duane Shaw and the late Keith Lindsey.

Duane Shaw

Duane Shaw

Shaw served as director of athletics from 1987-1999 while Lindsey was a major supporter of KCKCC sports teams during his 28 years as owner of Varsity Sports. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to the final game of the 11th annual Keith Lindsey Basketball Classic Saturday, Nov. 15.

A teacher at Central Junior High School in Kansas City, Kan., from 1961-1972, Shaw came to KCKCC as director of student activities in 1972. During a 15-year career in that position, he started KCKCC’s first Academic Challenge Team and Teacher-Staff Appreciation Day; sponsored ski trips and trips to foreign countries for students; and was Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor.

The recipient of the KCKCC Outstanding Staff Service Award in 1978 and 1988, Shaw was also the recipient of the Career Education Award in 1978 and Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Service Award in 1988.

The successor to Walt Shublom as director of athletics in 1987, Shaw took Blue Devil athletic programs to new levels by increasing the number of athletes, scholarships and full-time coaching positions; improved physical facilities including development of a training room; and increased the budget. His efforts resulted in an increase in grade point averages and graduation rates of athletes. In addition, he was active in scheduling for the Jayhawk Conference.

Shaw was also well known as a basketball, baseball and softball official, umpiring for more than 40 years and refereeing more than 1,100 basketball games. Retired July 1, 1999, he continues to be involved at KCKCC as a part-time employee in the Maintenance Department.

Keith Lindsey

Keith Lindsey

Tragically killed in a one-car accident Christmas Day 2003, Keith Lindsey was an outstanding athlete, coach, teacher and businessman. A starter on two Wyandotte High School state basketball championship teams, he graduated from Hardin-Simmons where he was a three-year basketball letterman. An English major, Lindsey began teaching and coaching at Maple Park Junior High in North Kansas City and was an English teacher and assistant coach at Washington High School for three years before serving two years as head boys coach at Turner High School.

In 1976, he opened Varsity Sports where stories of his generosity to athletes in need and others were endless.

“We’d have coaches call about a kid who had no money and Keith would tell them to come by and he’d give them a glove or shoes and tell them, ‘Young man, play hard and come back and see me some time,’ ” said Jim Woods, who worked for Lindsey for 27 years.

While it’s been nearly 13 years since his passing, the respect, admiration and love for Keith Lindsey will carry on for years and years. In 2008, he was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at KCKCC. In addition to the annual basketball classic, KCKCC holds a Keith Lindsey Scholarship Golf Scramble each fall and both Washington and Wyandotte high schools and the Kansas City Coach Association have honored Lindsey’s memory.

Founded in 2010, charter Hall of Fame members were Robert Russell, David Segui, Kevin Young, Jurgita Kausaite and the late Al Heider. Nancy Allen, Bryan Scott and Aneta Kausaite were added in 2012 and Steve Burleson, Stephanie Brown, Dinsdale Morgan and the 1976 baseball team which played in the NJCCC World Series last year.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

KCKCC vocal music prepares for GEMS concert

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Vocal Music Department is inviting the community out to support the college’s choirs during the upcoming GEMS concert.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Patrick’s Church, 1086 N. 94th St. in Kansas City, Kan. It is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Community Choir and the Chamber Chair as they perform works by Handel, Rutter, Mealor, Whitacre, Hogan and more. GEMS is a showcase of choral music (both well-known and unknown) from different countries and cultures. These countries include England, Russia, Germany and the United States. John Stafford, choral director and professor at KCKCC, said the music performed at the concert are or will eventually become staples of the choral repertoire.

For more information on the choral program at KCKCC, contact John Stafford at jstafford@kckcc.edu or call 913-288-7137.

Parents face rising costs to raise a child

Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has produced a report annually that estimates the yearly expenditures parents could face in raising a child from birth through age 17.

The most recent report, released last month, projected middle-income parents will spend $245,340 on average to raise a child born in 2013 until that child turns 18. This is a 1.8 percent increase from the projection for children born in 2012.

Expenses incurred include housing, which made up the largest share of child-rearing expenses across income groups at 30 percent. Child care-education (18 percent), food (16 percent) and transportation (14 percent) were the next largest expenditures. Parents spent 8 percent of total expenses on health care, which is double the percentage from 1960. Other expenses included clothing and other miscellaneous personal care and entertainment-related expenses.

Child care and education expenses have increased the most over time, as those expenses accounted for only 2 percent of total expenses in 1960. Elizabeth Kiss, family resource management specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said this increase makes sense for a variety of reasons.

“In the 1960s, fewer women were working outside the home,” she said. “There weren’t daycare expenses for a majority of people.”

The child care and education component, Kiss said, included costs for daycare or babysitting, elementary and high school tuition, as well as any books, fees or supplies children might need in public or private schools.

While the child care and education expenses portion was one of the highest in the report and continues to rise from year-to-year, she said people could look at it as a good sign rather than a rising expense.

“Many parents are concerned about the cost of child care, but it is an investment in their children,” Kiss said. “They’re investing in their child’s education and development. We always want to minimize money we spend on any product, but we also want to do that quality-quantity comparison. Investments in children can be thought of in a similar way.”

Although food remains among the top three expenses in raising a child, it has actually gone down from 24 percent of expenses in 1960 to 16 percent today. So even in the today’s noted challenges of rising food prices, Kiss said families are spending less as a percentage on food. Food is also one of those general household expenditures in which parents could try to save money.

“You can manage your food and housing expenses to save,” she said. “Don’t have a bigger house than you need. You can cut back or be more efficient on items such as food, utilities and transportation. Although you don’t want to necessarily cut back on child care and education, maybe you can save by buying used books rather than new ones.”

Planning for the future

The USDA report was based on data from the 2005-2006 Consumer Expenditure Survey made possible by a collaboration of U.S. government entities and updated to 2013 dollars using the consumer price index. The report authors have a method of allocating costs that are specific to children.

“The report is based on the actual expenditures, so the actual amount of money families did spend on children,” Kiss said. “It’s a good indicator of, on average, what families are actually spending. Then it helps us to imagine what families might spend in the future.”

Kiss said she realizes the decision to have children, or to expand a family, is most times based on more than the cost of raising a child, but it is important to keep the cost in mind.

“Obviously, you might not have the full amount of the average, $245,340 from birth through age 17, when the child is born, and that’s ok,” she said. “We do need to know what our income is and spend less than we make, and we need to consider that these expenses are making investments in our children.”

The average cost is based on a middle-income, two-parent household, but the report breaks down specific costs by income, region, number of children and if the household includes one parent. In this report, middle income refers to before-tax incomes ranging from $61,530 to $106,540 in 2013.

Not surprisingly, the report found that parents who make more money tend to spend more on their children. Annual child-rearing expenses were highest for those living in the urban Northeast, followed by those living in the urban West and urban Midwest. Families living in the urban South and rural areas had the lowest expenses.

The report also showed that parents tend to spend less on the second child in the family and any other subsequent children. Families with three or more children spend 22 percent less per child than families with two children. Parents tend to spend 25 percent more on a single child. Annual expenditures tend to increase with the age of the child.

While expenses for a child in single-parent families similarly followed patterns of a child in two-parent families, total expenditures on a child from birth through age 17 were, on average, 7 percent lower for single-parent households.

– Story from K-State Research and Extension