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KCKCC prepares for 2017 commencement exercises

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Graduation at Kansas City Kansas Community College is quickly approaching, and plans are already underway for the annual celebration.

There will be two commencement ceremonies, both on Wednesday, May 24, at the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave.

Commencement participants must attend the ceremony that corresponds with the certificate or degree that they have earned. Seating at both ceremonies is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating is available for those who require accommodations due to a medical disability.

The Honorable Courtney Mikesic, District Court Judge for Wyandotte County, is the commencement speaker for both ceremonies. Mikesic was born and raised in Wyandotte County.

She has worked for the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office and as a law clerk in the Office of Judicial Administration for the Kansas Supreme Court. She is also a managing attorney with Kramer and Frank, PC. She attended Long Island University where she earned a bachelor of science in political science and graduated from the Washburn University School of Law.

The ceremony for those students who have earned an associate of applied science and certificates will be at 2 p.m. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. Programs include: Accounting (AAS), Addiction Counselor (Certificate, AAS), Administrative Office Professionals (Certificate, AAS), Audio Engineering (AAS), Auto Collision Repair (Certificate – TEC), Automotive Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (Certificate-TEC), Automotive Technology (Certificate – TEC), Building and Property Maintenance (Certificate – TEC), Computer Repair (Certificate – TEC), Business Administration (AAS), Computer Engineering Technology (Certificate, AAS), Computer Software Technology/Technician (Certificate, AAS), Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (Certificate, AAS), Construction Technology (Certificate – TEC), Corrections (Certificate, AAS), Cosmetology (Certificate – TEC), Culinary Arts(Certificate – TEC), Digital Imaging (AAS), Drafting Technology (AAS), Early Childhood Education (Certificate, AAS), Early Childhood Education – CDA Preparation Credential (Certificate), Electrical Technology (Certificate – TEC), Exercise Leader (Certificate), Firefighter (Certificate) Fire Science/Firefighting(AAS), Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology (AAS), Heating and Refrigeration (Certificate – TEC), Homeland Security (Certificate), LPN to RN Articulation Program (AAS), Machine Technology (Certificate – TEC), Major Appliance Technology (Certificate – TEC), Marketing and Mid-Management (AAS), Medical Assistant (Certificate – TEC), Mortuary Science (AAS), Multimedia/Video Production (Certificate – TEC), Nail Technology (Certificate – TEC), Networking Technology (Certificate – TEC), Allied Health and Nursing/Practical Nurse (Certificate), Allied Health and Nursing/Registered Nurse (AAS), Office Assistant (Certificate – TEC), Paralegal (AAS), Paramedic/Mobile Intensive Care Technician (AAS), Paramedic/RRT to RN Bridge Program (AAS), Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS), Police Science (Certificate, AAS), Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Therapy (AAS), Technical Studies (AAS), Victim/Survivor Services (Certificate, AAS), Web Application and Design (Certificate) and Welding Technology (Certificate – TEC).

The ceremony for those students who earned an associate of science, associate of arts or associate of general studies will be at 7 p.m. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Programs include Biology (AGS, AS), Business (AS), Chemistry (AA, AGS), Computer Engineering Technology (AS), Economics (AA), Education, Elementary (AA), Education, Secondary (AA), Environmental Studies (AGS, AS), Exercise Science (AGS), Fine Arts (AA), Forensic Chemistry (AA, AGS, AS), History (AA), Journalism (AA), Music (AA), Music Technology (AGS), Philosophy (AA), Physics/Physical Science (AGS, AS), Political Science (AA), Sociology (AA), Theatre (AA), Theatre Technology (AGS), Victim/Survivor Services (AA), Pre-Agriculture (AGS, AS), Pre-Chiropractic (AGS, AS), Pre-Dental (AGS, AS), Pre-Engineering (AGS, AS), Pre-Exercise Science (AS), Pre-Law (AA), Pre-Medical (AGS, AS), Pre-Medical Technology (AGS, AS), Pre-Allied Health and Nursing (AS), Pre-Nutrition (AGS, AS), Pre-Occupational Therapy (AS), Pre-Optometry (AGS, AS), Pre-Pharmacy (AGS, AS), Pre-Physical Therapy (AS), Pre-Public Administration (AA), Pre-Radiologic Technology (AS), Pre-Respiratory Therapy (AS), Pre-Social Work (AA), Pre-Sports Mgmt. (AA) and Pre-Veterinary (AGS, AS).

A new addition the graduation ceremonies will be the KCKCC ceremonial mace. The mace was made by Ben Hayes, a retired KCKCC staff member and the KCKCC Machine Technology Class of 2017 – Liam Riggs, machine technology instructor; students Drake Murphy, Michael Finley, Colton Harvey, Miguel Arreola, Matthew Henry; Don Balluch, construction technology instructor and Rob Crane, director of wellness and fitness. The ceremonial mace is a symbol of academic excellence and is used to lead the academic procession at commencement and other special occasions signifying the importance of the conformation of the academic process.

The KCKCC Jazz Band, directed by Jim Mair, will provide music prior to both ceremonies, and the National Anthem will be sung by Trevor Thoeke, a KCKCC freshman. The Leavenworth Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the colors during the National Anthem.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the graduation rehearsal at 10 a.m. on May 24, as they will receive important information on the ceremony. Ottawa University will hold a free lunch following the rehearsal in the picnic area next to the fieldhouse.

Students who have completed all degree requirements for the spring 2017 semester as well as fall 2016 and summer 2016 are eligible to participate in commencement. Students who are within nine hours of completing degree requirements in summer 2017 are also eligible to participate.

In addition, those students with at least a 3.4 grade point average qualify to graduate with honors and can wear an honors cord during commencement. Honors are awarded to students for completed coursework. Red, white and blue cords are available to active-duty service members, military veterans and spouses or dependent family members of active duty service members and veterans. These cords will be available at graduation check-in.

Graduation DVDs for both ceremonies are on sale now for $7. Contact the Office of Student Activities at 913-288-7553 or stop by room 2313 for an order form. Graduates will also have one final chance to take graduation photos. Photos will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 24 at the Fieldhouse. Graduation gown, sash, and honor cords will be provided. Please bring medals and pins for the picture. Photo packages are available.

For more information on 2017 commencement exercises including graduation fees, visit http://kckcc.edu/admission/returning-students/graduation-information. Information is also available by contacting a graduation specialist at 913-288-7519 or by email at psipes@kckcc.edu.

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Several more candidates file for office

Several more candidates have filed for local offices, according to a list from the Wyandotte County Election Commission office.

The candidates on the May 18 list:

For mayor-CEO of the Unified Government: incumbent Mark R. Holland, David Alvey, D. Keith Jordan and Janice Grant Witt.
For Unified Government at-large 2nd District: Tom Burroughs and John “J.D.” Rios.
For Unified Government Commissioner, District 1: incumbent Gayle E. Townsend.
For Unified Government Commissioner, District 5: Incumbent Mike Kane and Sarah Kremer.
For Unified Government Commissioner, District 7: Incumbent Jim Walters, George Cooper and Jim A. Gibson.
For Unified Government Commissioner, District 8: Incumbent Jane W. Philbrook, and Kendon McClaine.
For Sheriff: Incumbent Donald Ash and Marvin L. Main.
For Board of Public Utilities, District 2: Incumbent Thomas W. Groneman.
For Board of Public Utilities, at large position 1: Incumbent Mary Gonzales and Nikole C. Owens.
For Board of Public Utilities, at large position 2: Ryan Eidson.
For Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees, regular term: Thomas G. Earp, Colton J. Gibson.
For Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees, unexpired term: Tyrone Garner.
For the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education, regular term: Maxine Drew, Wanda Brownlee Paige, Stacy Yeager, Joseph A. Straws III, Maria Cecilia Ysaac.
For the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education, unexpired term: Korri Hall Thompson.
For the Turner Board of Education: Joy D. Beery, Jeff Davidson, Steve Russell, Daniel Soptic.
For the Piper Board of Education: Desiree Fergus.
For the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Board of Education: Jeff Tinberg.
For Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 1: Patricia E. Welicky.
For Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 2: Tom Stephens.
For Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 3: Rodger Shannon.
For Bonner Springs City Council, Ward 4: Joe Peterson.

The filing deadline is noon June 1.

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Kids enjoy urban fishing derby

The Kansas City Kansas Community College pond was the site of an Urban Kids Fishing Derby held today. (Staff photo)


Fish were biting at the annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby held today at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Despite lots of rain in the past few days, the event went on as scheduled.

The 12th annual event is an effort to bring fishing and the outdoors to urban children. It is an environmental education opportunity. The fishing derby is presented each year by Urban American Outdoors TV and KCKCC, and has several other sponsors.

A show about the Urban Kids Fishing Derby will be aired on Bounce TV on an upcoming Saturday morning. Candice Price is executive producer of the Urban American Outdoors program and Wayne Hubbard is the host of the show,

Candice Price, executive producer of Urban American Outdoors TV, said Maryann Flunder, a late KCKCC trustee, was a partner in this event in the past, and that it was fitting that it was held at the Flunder Conference Center at KCKCC.

Asia Bowles received a $100 prize for catching the largest fish at today’s Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The fish weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces. Wayne Hubbard of Urban American Outdoors TV presented the prize. (Staff photo)

Daniel Torres received a fishing pole and a reel for his catch today at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The fish weighed 4 pounds. Wayne Hubbard of Urban American Outdoors TV presented the prize. (Staff photo)

Myron Watson displayed a large string of fish he caught today at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)

Families fished during today’s Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo)

At today’s Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College were State Sen. David Haley, Zaniyah Seawood, Kahlil Woodard, Myron Watson, Wayne Hubbard, host of the derby; Candice Price, host of the derby; and Daniel Torres. (Staff photo)

The Kansas City Kansas Community College pond was the site of an Urban Kids Fishing Derby held today. This photo was taken at the end of the event. (Staff photo)

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