Kansas Supreme Court selects KCKCC for Oct. 29 docket

Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss
Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss

The Kansas Supreme Court announced today it has selected Kansas City Kansas Community College as the next destination in its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 9 a.m. to about noon Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus at 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The court will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases and three civil cases.

Since 2011, the court has visited several communities where it convened in special session in public venues and invited the community to attend.

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss. “We especially like visiting colleges and universities, because the students show great interest in learning about our state judicial system.”

Ahead of Oct. 29, Supreme Court staff will work with Kansas City Kansas Community College faculty and area high school teachers to identify classes of students who would like to attend the special session to hear oral arguments in person. Staff will share background information about the cases with the students so they will know the basic legal questions being argued before the court.

Students will make up the largest segment of the audience in the 360-seat Performing Arts Center, but there will be seats available for the public, too.

– Story from Kansas judicial branch

KCKCC’s Russell, Aparacio sweep volleyball player of week honors

Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)
Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College has made a sweep of Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week honors after the Lady Blue Devils’ outstanding performance in the power-laden SSC (South Suburban Conference) tournament in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., this past weekend.

Sophomore outside hitter Blair Russell was selected KJCCC Division II Player of the Week; sophomore libero Andrea Aparicio the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ranked No. 12 in the first Division II rankings of the season, the Lady Blue Devils opened the year by defeating three ranked foes – No. 4 Illinois Central, No. 9 Des Moines Area Community College, No. 14 South Suburban College and Waubonsee, a team receiving votes in the preseason poll. KCKC’s only loss came in four sets at the hands of No. 1 ranked Parkland in the Blue Devils’ first match of the year.

A 5-10 outside hitter from Marysville, Kan., Russell averaged 3.58 kills per set on offense and 3.32 digs per set on defense and is currently No. 2 in the nation in total number of kills (68), sixth in kills per set (3.58) and 33rd in digs per set.

Aparicio, a 5-4 libero from Dorado, Puerto Rico, is the first Lady Blue Devil to lead the nation in a Division II statistical category, ranking No. 1 in both digs per set (6.26) on defense and the total number of digs (119).

Andrea Aparicio (KCKCC photo)
Andrea Aparicio (KCKCC photo)

KCKCC to offer community Spanish class

Do you have a desire to learn Spanish, but do not have the time to take a college course during the day? Kansas City Kansas Community College has the answer.

There is still time to register for KCKCC’s Community Spanish I class. The course is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 8 to 24.

This is a great class that will equip participants with the skills and confidence to communicate more effectively by learning and actively practicing basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to greet, meet and assist Spanish speakers in the community. The class fee is $85 and includes all materials. There is no book fee.

This class will be held at the West State Plaza branch of KCKCC, just west of Big Lots at 75th and State Ave. It is a noncredit class. To register, visit KCKCC’s website at kckcc.edu. Select “Continuing Education Schedule” from the Programs drop-down menu. Select courses and the Community Spanish I class can be found under the Community Education section. Registration can also be completed by calling 913-288-7660.