Police chief to speak at Women’s Chamber meeting

Ellen Hanson, Kansas City, Kan., interim chief of police, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, June 11, at the meeting of the KCK Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Hanson is the retired chief of police of Lenexa, Kan., and interim chief in Kansas City, Kan. She will speak about her career and how she succeeded in a male-dominated field.

The networking session is from 11:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. June 11 at Dave and Busters, The Legends Outlets, Village West.

The cost for lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. There will be a fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

Guests are welcome, but reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at btnewbyks@gmail.com or calling 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at deason_a@wmhci.org -telephone, 913-233-3305.

BPU to meet May 21

The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

At the 5 p.m. work session, the agenda includes an update from the general manager and board; a presentation on paperless billing; and a Western Fuels Illinois update.

At the 6 p.m. regular session, on the agenda are a visitors time; Wyandotte Economic Development Council update; Nearman plant outage report; financial reports for the first quarter and for January-February; board comments, general manager comments, and an executive session.

KCKCC prepares for commencement ceremonies

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College will be celebrating new beginnings this week during several graduation and pinning events.

Five commencement ceremonies will be taking place as the 2013-14 academic year wraps up. Including graduates from December 2013, May 2014 and Summer 2014, KCKCC will have approximately 950 students graduate with associate degrees or certificates this year. These ceremonies include:

·         Respiratory Therapy Pinning – 7 p.m. May 19 at Providence Medical Center.

·         GED Graduation – 6 p.m. May 20 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         Nurses’ Pinning – 8 p.m. May 20 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         KCKCC Graduation – 8 p.m. May 21 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         Physical Therapy Assistant Graduation – 7 p.m. May 22 at the KCKCC-TEC.

Major Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, U.S. Army, will be the speaker at the KCKCC graduation Wednesday. LeDoux has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo. and a MMS degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.  She has also attended the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

She has served as a training officer, deputy commander and commander of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Unit, commander of the 94th Training Division, commander of the 55th Sustainment Brigade and Commanding General of the Army Material Command – Southwest Asia/G4.

LeDoux is currently the deputy program manager and research fellow for logistics and technology group at the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va. Among the many U.S. decorations and badges she has received are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

All commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

For more information on Kansas City Kansas Community College, visit its website at www.kckcc.edu.