KCKCC graduate speaks to American Government class

Tim Dupree (KCKCC photo)
by Kelly Rogge
Looking back on his time at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Tim Dupree is thankful. In fact, he believes that given the chance, everyone should start their post-secondary academic careers at a community college.
“I believe that I could have left here and gone directly to Washburn (University),” said the now lawyer based in Kansas City, Kan. “KCKCC prepared me for law school better, I think, than KU. The professors here were very engaging with the students. They wanted us to learn and were invested in our education. They were willing to change the syllabus to fit the class.”
Dupree returned to KCKCC earlier this month to speak to Ewa Unoke’s American Government class. A lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, Dupree received an associate’s degree from KCKCC in 1999. He went on to graduate in 2001 from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and continued his education at the Washburn University School of Law. He earned a Juris Doctorate in 2003, and in 2008, returned to Wyandotte County when he founded the Law Office of Timothy L. Dupree, P.A. He also currently serves as a Wyandotte County District Judge Pro Tem and is a candidate for Wyandotte County District Court Judge. The primary election is Aug. 5.
“I love coming back to speak to the students,” Dupree said. “I look at them and think about how it wasn’t all that long ago when I was sitting where they are now. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be here in this capacity speaking to students. It is a pretty great feeling.”
Unoke said he likes to bring in guest speakers throughout the year to help students connect what they are learning in class with real life. Because Dupree is currently running for office, he said it was a good opportunity to show students how the political election system works.
“It fits in so well with what we were learning in class,” he said. “I am also calling on the other people running (for Wyandotte County District Court Judge). It gives students an opportunity to listen to the theory and see it in practical experience.”
Unoke said having a past graduate come back to speak with current students is also a way to provide inspiration and show them what hard work and dedication can accomplish.
“When you bring back past graduates, it inspires students to think of their own lives,” he said. “They realize that they too can make it by seeing someone that was once like themselves.”
Dupree said he believes his education at KCKCC helped him to become the successful lawyer and candidate for county judge that he is today.
“There was a lot of accountability here. You had to be in class on time and do the work or you would be put on the spot the next day,” he said with a smile. “A lot of individuals come out of high school, and they don’t see their truest potential. They don’t realize what they can do. I believe KCKCC helps you to see that potential.”

KU announces spring 2014 candidates for degree from Wyandotte County

The names of nearly 4,450 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this spring – representing 88 Kansas counties, 45 other states and and 41 other countries – have been announced by the university registrar.
KU’s 142nd commencement was Sunday, May 18. More than half of the members of the Class of 2014 were expected to participate.
Area students:
Sandy Arjon, of Bonner Springs. Arjon will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies.
Cassandra Bever, of Bonner Springs. Bever will receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology.
Chloe Carroll, of Bonner Springs. Carroll will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Theresa Fields, of Bonner Springs. Fields will receive a Master of Science in Education.
Daniel Hilliard, of Bonner Springs. Hilliard will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
Ryan Holcomb, of Bonner Springs. Holcomb will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies.
Bailey Nairn, of Bonner Springs. Nairn will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing.
Anna Nelson, of Bonner Springs. Nelson will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Shelby Ney, of Bonner Springs. Ney will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies.
Helen Sangster, of Bonner Springs. Sangster will receive a Bachelor of General Studies in Anthropology and minor in Geology.
Preethi Schmeidler, of Bonner Springs. Schmeidler will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Kelsey Stanbrough, of Bonner Springs. Stanbrough will receive a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies.
Elizabeth Theno, of Bonner Springs. Theno will receive a Master of Social Work.
Jamie Arnett, of Edwardsville. Arnett will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy.
Rebecca Gillam, of Edwardsville. Gillam will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.
William Jenkins, of Edwardsville. Jenkins will receive a Juris Doctor.
Nana Agyen, of Kansas City, Kan. Agyen will receive a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.
Yuliya Akhpatelova, of Kansas City, Kan. Akhpatelova will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing.
Laura Banks, of Kansas City, Kan. Banks will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Beau Beashore, of Kansas City. Beashore will receive a Master of Architecture.
Aaron Berlin, of Kansas City, Kan. Berlin will receive a Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies and minor in Business.
Jordan Biel, of Kansas City, Kan. Biel will receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.
Ann Budd, of Kansas City, Kan. Budd will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing.
Caitlin Buerge, of Kansas City, Kan. Buerge will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Christopher Burch, of Kansas City, Kan. Burch will receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
Caleb Christianson, of Kansas City, Kan. Christianson will receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics.
Christopher Cole, of Kansas City, Kan. Cole will receive a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Chase Cook, of Kansas City, Kan. Cook will receive a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and minor in Business.
Ashley Donaldson, of Kansas City, Kan. Donaldson will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Shishen Du, of Kansas City, Kan. Du will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology.
Amanda Eastman, of Kansas City, Kan. Eastman will receive a Juris Doctor.
Holly Ellington, of Kansas City, Kan. Ellington will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy.
Christopher Fox, of Kansas City, Kan. Fox will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Jillian Frick, of Kansas City, Kan. Frick will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Krystal Green, of Kansas City, Kan. Green will receive a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
Kelsey Hampl, of Kansas City, Kan. Hampl will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Kristee Haney, of Kansas City, Kan. Haney will receive a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Andrew Harsh, of Kansas City, Kan. Harsh will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology.
Sean Heard, of Kansas City, Kan. Heard will receive a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.
Brendan Higgins, of Kansas City, Kan. Higgins will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy.
Theresa Horne, of Kansas City, Kan. Horne will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies.
Rebecca Howlett, of Kansas City, Kan. Howlett will receive a Juris Doctor.
Brian Ivanuska, of Kansas City, Kan. Ivanuska will receive a Master of Accounting.
Ali Jahansooz, of Kansas City, Kan. Jahansooz will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Jamie James, of Kansas City, Kan. James will receive a Master of Social Work.
Hannah Jayne, of Kansas City, Kan. Jayne will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and minor in Linguistics and Women’s Studies.
Monica Johnson, of Kansas City, Kan. Johnson will receive a Master of Public Health.
Anitra Johnson, of Kansas City, Kan. Johnson will receive a Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Behavioral Sciences and minor in Sociology.
Ebony Johnson, of Kansas City, Kan. Johnson will receive a Master of Social Work.
Brittany Jones, of Kansas City, Kan. Jones will receive a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science.
Charles Kraly, of Kansas City, Kan. Kraly will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Christopher Kroh, of Kansas City, Kan. Kroh will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.
Daniel Kuhn, of Kansas City, Kan. Kuhn will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing.
Ethan Levers, of Kansas City, Kan. Levers will receive a Master of Science in Engineering Management.
Amanda Livingston, of Kansas City, Kan. Livingston will receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Christopher Manbeck, of Kansas City, Kan. Manbeck will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
James McIntosh, of Kansas City, Kan. McIntosh will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
John Miller, of Kansas City, Kan. Miller will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Samuel Molina, of Kansas City, Kan. Molina will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting.
Brittany Moore, of Kansas City, Kan. Moore will receive a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.
Bradley O’Bryhim, of Kansas City, Kan. O’Bryhim will receive a Master of Health Services Administration.
Laurie Parker, of Kansas City, Kan. Parker will receive a Master of Music Education in Music Therapy.
Julie Peterson, of Kansas City, Kan. Peterson will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and minor in Music.
Keke Pounds, of Kansas City, Kan. Pounds will receive a Master of Science in Molecular and Integrative Physiology.
Patreece Powell, of Kansas City, Kan. Powell will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
Jordan Powell, of Kansas City, Kan. Powell will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Julio Ramirez, of Kansas City, Kan. Ramirez will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Betsy Ramirez, of Kansas City, Kan. Ramirez will receive a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
LaTierra Sambol, of Kansas City, Kan. Sambol will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Paula Samuelson, of Kansas City, Kan. Samuelson will receive a Master of Occupational Therapy.
Kevin Schnirch, of Kansas City, Kan. Schnirch will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Courtney Simcoe, of Kansas City, Kan. Simcoe will receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology.
Michael Smit, of Kansas City, Kan. Smit will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art and minor in Business.
Megan Stahl, of Kansas City, Kan. Stahl will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Courtney Swift, of Kansas City, Kan. Swift will receive a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.
David Valdviezo, of Kansas City, Kan. Valdviezo will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies.
Martino Velez, of Kansas City, Kan. Velez will receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Anand Venugopal, of Kansas City, Kan. Venugopal will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Integrative Physics.
Michelle White, of Kansas City, Kan. White will receive a Master of Social Work.
Keith Williams, of Kansas City, Kan. Williams will receive a Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies and minor in Sociology.
Matthew Wilson, of Kansas City, Kan. Wilson will receive a Doctor of Medicine.
Yolanda Wright-Calderon, of Kansas City, Kan. Wright-Calderon will receive a Master of Science in Education.
Zackary Young, of Kansas City, Kan. Young will receive a Bachelor of Science in Geology.