KCKCC Learning Commons announces first MakerSpace event

The Learning Commons at Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding its fall 2019 MakerSpace event series starting Sept. 12.

The theme this year is Campus Collaboration, and events will be held at all KCKCC locations, led by a master-maker-in-residence who represents the culture of each campus.

The 2019-2020 MakerSpace series will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the patio outside the Learning Commons at 7250 State Ave.

The first master-maker-in-residence is KCKCC President Greg Mosier. During “Painting with the Prez,” Dr. Mosier will be demonstrating the art of poured painting and the various techniques required to make unique designs. Participants will leave with a painted canvas.

Space is limited for this event, so reservations are requested to 913-288-7659 or visit https://kckcc.libguides.com/Learning_Commons/makerspace.

Other events this semester will focus on using the Cricut Design Studio to create designs for window decals, T-shirts, bags, cups and more. At each event, participants are able to leave with a tangible creation along with the confidence to continue building upon their new skill set.

The mobile MakerSpace provides students, faculty and staff with resources, guided practice and opportunities for partnership across multiple campus locations. Using innovative tools to transform concepts into reality and serving as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary skills, the MakerSpace builds confidence in making.

What happens at a Maker Event?

Materials, tools and guidance are provided for each attendee to “make” a project. Examples include:

• Blueprint, build and plant a raised neighborhood/campus garden
• Design and create lighted LED circuit holidays cards, jewelry or art
• Use design software to create marketing materials such as T-shirts, mugs or stickers for clubs, organizations or class projects
• Tiny, little libraries around campus
• Make paper, construct and illustrate a book for poetry collection

The mobile MakerSpace cart is available for use at the Learning Commons and is located on the main floor in the Digital Access Studio.

Hollywood Casino revenues increase for August

Gaming revenues for the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway were up for the month of August, according to a report at Wednesday’s Kansas Lottery Commission meeting.

Gaming revenues at Hollywood Casino for August 2019 were $13.1 million at Hollywood Casino, compared to $12.6 million in August 2018, according to lottery reports. It was an increase of 4.3 percent.

Revenues for August 2019 also were up compared to July 2019, according to lottery figures.

Keith Kocher, the Kansas Lottery’s director of program assurance and integrity, said revenues for the state’s casinos increased during August, mostly because August had five Fridays and five Saturdays. The previous year’s August had four Fridays and Saturdays.

Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City had $3.6 million in gaming revenue for August 2019 as compared to $3.4 million in August 2018; Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas, $15.7 million as compared to $15.4 million in August 2018; and Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg, Kansas, $3 million as compared to $2.9 million in August 2018, according to lottery information.

Together, the state casino revenues increased 3 percent, comparing August 2018 to August 2019, he said. Casino revenues for the fiscal year are up 1.5 percent, he added.

Stephen Durrell, lottery executive director, said that the lottery is continuing to roll out lottery ticket machines to be placed at various commercial locations throughout the state.

Two models of lottery machines, Play Central 54 and Play Central HD, are being placed at stores, bars and restaurants. There are plans to place a third model, Play Central EX, at some bars at a later time.

One of the lottery ticket machines, Play Central 54, has been placed at the Walmart at 108th and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas, and another Play Central 54 machine has been placed at the Walmart at 128th and Kansas Avenue in Bonner Springs, Kansas, according to lottery information.

At the Sept. 11 meeting, the Kansas Lottery Commission approved a proposed budget for the agency for the next fiscal year.

According to information from the Kansas Lottery, the lottery transferred $74.9 million from lottery ticket sales and $98.7 million from casino gaming revenues to the state during fiscal year 2019.

Lottery ticket sales were up 9.79 percent for fiscal year 2019 as compared to fiscal year 2018, according to lottery information.

During fiscal year 2019, Hollywood Casino reported revenue of $150.8 million, according to lottery information. Of those funds, 3 percent, or $4.5 million, went to the Unified Government. Twenty-two percent, or $33.17 million, went to the state of Kansas.

During fiscal year 2019, Kansas Star Casino produced $40.5 million for the state of Kansas; Boot Hill Casino, $9.1 million; and Kansas Crossing Casino, $7.6 million.

Promising freshmen carry Blue Devil golf hopes

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s golf team of, from left, Kellen Welsh, Keegan Ellington, Dylan Freund, Cam Riley, Mark Towey and Jacob Hall opened the season in the Swedes Invitational in Salina Monday and Tuesday. (KCKCC photo by Gary Shrader)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young golf team is being thrust into the thick of competitive college golf in a hurry.

One sophomore and five freshmen opened the Blue Devils’ fall schedule when they competed in Bethany College’s 54-hole Swedes Invitational Monday and Tuesday at Salina Municipal Golf Course.

“All five have good swings and have played high school golf but it will be a new experience playing against four-year colleges with juniors and seniors. I’m sure their eyes will be a little wider,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said.

Hastings, Bethel, York, Kansas Wesleyan, Bethany and perennial Jayhawk Conference power Barton County Community College joined KCKCC in the opener.
Cam Riley, a sophomore from Liberal, is the lone returnee from last year’s team.

“Cam had a good first season,” Shrader said. “Very steady, kept the ball in play, shot in the mid-70’s.”

Four of the five freshmen have state tournament experience including two state champions, Keegan Ellington of Andover Central and Mark Towey of Wichita Bishop Carroll. Ellington won the Class 5A state championship as a junior in leading Andover Central to back-to-back state titles in 2018-19 while Towey won the Class 4A state championship last spring.

Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie fired a one-over par 73 at Sunflower Hills to qualify for the state tournament as a junior while Dylan Freund was a member of a very competitive Cheney high school team that gained the Class 3A state tournament.

A wrist injury suffered during the football season limited the playing time of Kellen Welsh of Olathe West. Welsh’s older brother, Harry, played for the Blue Devils last season.

“Like all freshmen, these young men need to get out and play competitive golf,” Shrader said. “Weather did not do them any favors this past spring. Rain pushed state tournaments back twice and forced them to be moved. On the plus side, it’s a team that’s working hard and really competing on the practice stations. Obviously with just six players we’ll be able to take all six to all but one of the tournaments.”

The Blue Devils will be competing almost exclusively against four-year college and university teams in their six-tournament fall schedule which will include hosting the Blue Devil Invitational at Dub’s Dread Oct. 7-8.

The 2019 fall golf schedule:
Sept. 15-17 – Evangel Invitational, Rivercut, Springfield, Mo.
Sept. 23-24 – Ottawa Invitational, Eagle Bend, Lawrence.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – Culver Invitational, Porta Cima, Sunrise Beach, Mo.
Oct. 7-8 – Blue Devil Invitational, Dub’s Dread.
Oct. 13-15 – Tabor Invitational, Sandcreek Station, Newton.