by Kelly Rogge

Ruthie Ingram will be the featured artist at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s The Gallery starting next month.

The exhibit and art sale, “Drawing You Closer,” is free and open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning March 10.

An opening reception from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 6 is also free and open to the public. The exhibit closes March 27. If individuals would like to view the exhibit during alternate times, an appointment can be made. The Gallery is in lower Jewell building on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave.

Ingram is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Kan., and currently takes classes at KCKCC.

She is a self-taught artist who began her career as an illustrator while still in high school in Kansas City, Kan. She worked for years as an illustrator, designer and art director at area advertising and publishing companies and has done work for companies such as Hallmark, Anheuser-Busch and Nabisco.

Her works are collected nationwide, and several of her original oil paintings are part of the Miller Brewing Company corporate collection.

Ingram was awarded “Best of Show” and “Best of Drawing” at the 2009 American Royal Western Art Show and has been featured at competitions and galleries in Kansas, Missouri and at the “Journeys Through Cancer: Art of Healing and Hope” juried art exhibition, in Towson, Md.

Ingram works primarily in pastel and graphite and occasionally in oil. Her style has developed to feature paintings inspired by 19th century photography.

“Combining art with history, I endeavor to create art which captures the culture and character of noble people,” said Ingram. “It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but my goal is to create a work of art to inspire a thousand words – paintings that will reveal more than the subjects rendered, suggesting a story and a history.”

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is hosting a business luncheon next month featuring Gina Soleil, a speaker who focuses on helping businesses improve their profits and increase employee morale.

Soleil, author of “Fuel Your Business: How to Energize Your People, Ignite Action, and Drive Profits,” will present “The Character of Leadership: Courage, Character and Care” from noon to 1:30 a.m. March 12 at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. The luncheon will be in the Deli Area of Lower Jewell. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 per person or a table of eight for $280 and include a copy of Soleil’s best-selling book. Those interested can purchase tickets through the Intercultural Center and the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center at KCKCC. The luncheon is sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center, KCKCC AAUW and the Women’s Resource Center.

Soleil’s career has been stellar. She began her sales career straight out of high school at a call center in Iowa. Three months later, she was leading the corporate training department. After working for Caribou Coffee Co., she became general manager for Best Buy Corp. at the age of 25 and consulted for some of the nation’s largest corporations before turning 30. She launched Booya!, a global joy movement that offers classes and events, in 2012 and continues to consult, write and work as a motivational speaker.

Soleil has been featured on Fox News and in CEO Magazine as well as numerous other publications.

For more information, contact Barbara Clark-Evans, director of the Intercultural Center at KCKCC, at 913-288-7505.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.


by Kelly Rogge
Kansas City Kansas Community College is offering its final course in a series looking at past leaders of Kansas.

The course on Dwight D. Eisenhower is at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in Room 3625 on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Cost for the class is $5.

The series, which included presentations on Dr. James Naismith, Octave Chanute and Wilbur Wright, gives students the opportunity to learn from a first-person reenactor and see history come to life.

Students will get to “meet” the 34th president of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower, and through the re-enactment, those who attend will learn about D-Day, West Point, the 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, Winston Churchill, Little Rock and the Interstate Highway System.

For more information on this series of classes or to enroll, call KCKCC Continuing Education at 913-288-7660.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.