Bonner Springs student at Saint Mary receives KICF scholarship

The Kansas Independent College Fund announced Christina Ward, of Bonner Springs, Kan., as this year’s recipient of the Recognition Scholarship.

She is a student at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.

The annual $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student from one of the 18 nonprofit, private colleges across Kansas. Scholarship recipients must be academically strong, while also actively involved in their community—and Ward is just that.

“In my 20 years of teaching, I would place Christina in the top five percent of students,” said David Greene, chair of USM’s department of behavioral sciences and co-director of USM’s psychology program. Ward carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a biology and psychology double major (minoring in chemistry) and is expected to graduate this December. Ward plans to continue her studies, pursuing her interest in biochemistry research.

Ward also gives her time to both USM and her community. She helps manage USM’s growing recycling program; she is actively involved USM’s Science and Mathematics Club, where she’s always the first to volunteer for local events, such as Science Night at the Kansas City Zoo.

This past summer, Ward raised funds to take a two-week International Service Learning trip to Costa Rica. Along with eight others, she helped assess, diagnose, and treat locals with physical and cognitive impairments in their homes, the local nursing home, and at a portable physical therapy clinic.

“I can’t think of a better student to receive this award. We are so proud of Christina. She gives her all to everything she does and serves as such a great role model to students across the USM campus,” said Caroline Mackintosh, chair of USM’s department of natural sciences and mathematics. “Christina is a stand-out in the classroom and is dedicated to making a difference in our community. She has a bright future ahead of her, and I look forward to seeing all her success.”

Two Wyandotte County students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Two Wyandotte County students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Kansas State University, Manhattan, recently.

They are Khiana Harris, junior in psychology and anthropology, Kansas City; Kan.; and Xavier Capalla, junior in biology and Spanish, Bonner Springs.

To be eligible for membership to the honor society, a student must be a junior or senior with a grade point average of at least 3.7; students with GPAs of 3.6 to 3.7 may be considered if the level and depth of their course work indicates an unusually distinguished record. In addition, students also must be candidates for a bachelor’s degree in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences or have at least 90 hours or three-fourths of their total course work from departments in the college. Students also must have taken a required number and level of courses in a foreign language, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Eighteen permits for single-family homes issued in May

Permits for new single-family home starts in Kansas City, Kan., were down slightly in May, according to Unified Government statistics.

Sixty-nine new single-family home permits were issued from January to May 2014 as compared to 75 from January to May 2013, a slight drop of six. It was a slighter drop than January-April 2014, which was down 26 percent from January-April 2013.

The value of the home permits issued, $12.5 million, was up 6 percent in January to May 2014 as compared to January to May 2013.

According to the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association May statistics, 15 of the new home permits issued in May were in Kansas City, Kan., while three were in Bonner Springs.

Johnson County, Kan., including 14 cities, had the highest number of single-family building permits issued in May, at 153, according to GKC-HBA statistics. Jackson County, Mo., had the second highest number of new home permits in May, at 69.

According to the GKC-HBA, although the market is continuing to improve, the numbers in the Kansas City metropolitan area were a little short of April’s.

While residential building permits have not yet regained the levels established during the past 35 years, May extended the levels achieved during the past year, a GKC-HBA spokesman stated.

In the metropolitan area, the year-to-date total for 2014 is 1,685 single-family permits, while in May, there were 381 single-family permits in the metropolitan area, according to GKC-HBA statistics. May was a decrease of 60 permits from April, but the year-to-date total is a 4 percent increase over 2013.

Multi-family permits are up by 200 in the metropolitan area for the first five months of the year. Wyandotte County did not record any new multi-family permits in May.