KCKCC to hold Women’s Equality Day Event Aug. 23

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding its fifth annual Women’s Equality Day luncheon and program. This year the event will feature two local women – former KCK Mayor Carol Marinovich and State Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-36th Dist.

The event is noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the granting of women the right to vote in the United States.

First proposed in 1878, women known as suffragettes worked peacefully for more than 70 years to gain equal voting rights. Some would try to pass suffrage acts in individual states. Others organized parades, vigils or even hunger strikes.

After President Woodrow Wilson changed his position and started supporting a woman’s right to vote, other politicians soon followed his lead. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law, and since 1972, every president has issued a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day.

“It’s important that we recognize the hard work it took to win the right to vote and continue to work diligently on the issues and inequities that women still face today,” said Jennifer Gieschen, coordinator of Women and Gender Advocacy at KCKCC.

Marinovich was the first woman elected mayor of KCK and was instrumental in the creation of the Village West retail and entertainment development, which helped to bring more than 4,000 new jobs to Wyandotte County.

She was named the 2005 Outstanding Kansas Citian and received both the Community Leadership Award from the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Service National Network and the Mayor of the Year Award from the Kansas Mayors Association. She spent 10 years as mayor of KCK.

Rep. Wolfe Moore represents the 36th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and has worked as a business director and assistant to the CEO at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KCKCC’s Women’s Equality Day event is co-hosted by Women and Gender Advocacy, the Counseling and Advocacy Center, the American Association of University Women, the AAUW Student Chapter and the Intercultural Center.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jennifer Gieschen at gieschen@kckcc.edu or 913-288-7193.

Two budget hearings scheduled today

Budget hearings for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools and the Kansas City Kansas Community College are scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will have a budget hearing during the 5 p.m. meeting Aug. 13 at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

There will be a public hearing on the budget during the meeting. To view the budget, visit https://go.boarddocs.com/ks/kckps/Board.nsf/files/BETP7F629CD7/$file/Notice%20of%20Budget%20Hearing%20USD%20500.pdf.

The proposed KCKPS mill rate is 49.489 mills, as compared to the same mill rate for 2018-2019.

More information about the budget is on the district’s website at www.kckps.org.

KCKCC will hold its budget hearing at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Upper Jewell building, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The public may make comments during the hearing.

The proposed estimated tax rate is 27.382 mills as compared to last year’s 27.383.

KCK student receives degree from University of Utah

Samuel Vasquez of Kansas City, Kansas, has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts from the University of Utah.

Vasquez was among the 8,465 graduates who were honored during the university’s 150th general commencement ceremony in May. Students in the class of 2019 ranged in age from 18 to 72 and earned 9,126 degrees. Graduates represented 50 U.S. states and 68 foreign countries.

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world.