KCKCC-TEC to be site of two food giveaways this month

by Kelly Rogge
Kansas City Kansas Community College is once again a partner with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Harvesters for two separate food giveaways this month.

The first food giveaway will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave. The second is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, also at KCKCC-TEC. Food will be given to families on a first come, first serve basis.

The food giveaway moved to the KCKCC-TEC for the first time in November.

Andrica Wilcoxen, outreach and prevention coordination at KCKCC, said due to logistic issues, Harvesters and Catholic Charities were compelled to find an alternative location to host the giveaway due to the large amount of people in need within the local community.

In the past, as much as 45,000 pounds of food has been distributed at one event. That is when Don Ash, Wyandotte County Sheriff and KCKCC Board of Trustee, got involved. Wilcoxen said Ash saw a need and thought KCKCC-TEC would be the perfect location for the beneficial event.

“They give out a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy items for the community. That is what I think makes it unique and different from other food drives or food giveaways in our area,” she said. “These are items families cannot necessarily purchase with food stamps or items middle class families often cannot afford.”

There are no income restrictions to the food giveaway. Food will be given to families based on the number of people in the family, and will be given out while supplies last. Cars can line up prior to 1 p.m. in the KCKCC-TEC parking lot. However, if participants arrive early, there is no restroom availability at the TEC during the event. In addition, those attending are asked to be prepared to wait in long lines.

“So many of our families in Wyandotte County as well as our students are in need of this kind of service,” Wilcoxen said. “It is a widely used resource that we are happy to make sure continues.”

Volunteers are needed to help the food giveaway event run smoothly. This includes volunteers for setup, parking, food sorters, food distribution and clean up. For more information or to register online, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8a828aa8-volunteers.

Information is also available by contacting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at 913-433-2080.
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Lady Blue Devils take 12-1 record into holiday break

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women will take a 12-1 record and No. 11 national ranking into the 2014 holiday break.

Win No. 12 came Thursday as the Lady Blue Devils rolled to a 77-49 win over Avila University junior varsity.

It was the fifth win in a row for KCKCC, whose only loss was at Hutchinson, the No. 2 ranked team in Division I.

“We did some good things but you can tell its finals week,” said KCKCC coach Valerie Stambersky. “We’ll give the players off until Dec. 27 and then everything gets real.”

The Blue Devils return to action Saturday, Jan. 3, when they are host to Jayhawk Conference rival Brown Mackie and a week later are home to perennial conference power Cowley College.

Cierra Gaines led the Blue Devils past Avila, scoring 18 points while Cassidy Harbert added 11 points, Erin Anderson 10, Cheyenne North 8, Rashaun Casey 7 and Janai Mitchell and Julia Garrard 6 each.

Mitchell led KCKCC to a 38-34 rebound advantage with six while North added five.

Defensively, the Blue Devils limited Avila to 31.9 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

KCKCC Endowment Association awards more than $170,000 in scholarships

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association has had a successful year, awarding more than $170,000 in scholarships.

In total, the Endowment Association awarded 127 scholarships for the fall 2014 semester, totaling $173,940. This is an increase of more than $21,000 from the 2013 fall semester. On average, each scholarship was worth $1,365.

“We would like to thank all our donors whose support of KCKCC and the Endowment Association allowed us to distribute the highest total amount for scholarships awarded in the last several years,” said Patrick McCartney, executive director of the KCKCC Endowment Association. “With the success of our events and increasing support from our donors we hope to continue helping more students each year.”

The Endowment Association awards scholarships to KCKCC students annually ranging from $250 to scholarships covering tuition, books and fees. These funds are awarded based on academic qualifications as well as other scholarship criteria.

Scholarships offered by the Endowment Association include, but are not limited to:

• Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship – Up to $1,500 per semester and covers tuition, fees and required textbooks for six to 15 credit hours per semester. It is renewable as long as a student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average and completes all courses taken. Preference is given to those who live in Wyandotte and Leavenworth. Applicants must be pursuing an associate degree or certificate from KCKCC.

• Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship Tier 2 – The scholarship covers tuition and fees only for six to 15 credit hours per semester. It is renewable if a student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and completes all courses taken.

• Etta Blanche Smith Dahlgren Scholarship – up to $1,000 per semester and applicants must be an elementary education major.

• Thomas and Teresa Sullivan Scholarship – up to $1,000 per semester and computer information systems or mathematics majors are eligible.

• Wyandotte County Association of Retired School Personnel – up to $1,000 per semester. Second year education majors are eligible.

• Rita M. Ahart Nursing Scholarship – $500 to $1,000 per semester. Applicants must be a seeking a degree in the KCKCC nursing program and be a Wyandotte County resident. Amount of award to be determined by the Ahart family.

Students applying for most scholarships, other than the Frank and Doris Schlagle Scholarship, must have at least a 3.0 GPA or meet GED test scores that have been established.

To apply, a one page essay detailing degree/career plans and a transcript must be submitted with completed scholarship application.

For more information or to apply, visit the KCKCC Endowment Association on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Information is also available by calling 913-288-7675 or sending an email to Dawanna Fangohr at dfangohr@kckcc.edu. Copies of the application are available in the Endowment Association and Financial Aid office and can also be submitted through the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu/forms/endowment-scholarship.

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