Two KCK students admitted to Cornell College

Richard Cassidy of Kansas City, Kan., has been admitted to Cornell College and offered the Presidential Scholarship.

Another Kansas City, Kan., student, Pierce Holyfield, also has been admitted to Cornell College for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive “one course at a time” curriculum.

T-Bones sign former first-round pick and KU basketball player Henry

The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed outfielder C.J. Henry a former guard for the University of Kansas basketball team, to a contract for the 2015 season.

Henry, 28 (05-11-86), a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., is 6-foot-3 and 225-pound outfielder who spent 2013 with Evansville of the Frontier League.

He hit .332 with 71 hits, 29 RBIs and 38 runs in 57 games. He missed the 2014 season because of an injury, but played this offseason in the California Winter League, which finished its season last Sunday.

“We expect C.J. to come in and compete for a regular-season roster spot,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli. “He is a hitter who can get on base, as he proved in Evansville. Defensively, he’s an athletic outfielder who has versatility to play in the infield, also.”

The New York Yankees selected Henry in the first round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Putnam City High School. He spent four seasons in the New York and Philadelphia minor-league systems, reaching high-A with the Yankees in 2008.

Henry is best known in the Kansas City area as a former guard for the University of Kansas basketball team, and older brother of Xavier Henry.

After starting his collegiate basketball career at the University of Memphis, C.J. Henry transferred to Kansas for the 2009 season, where he averaged 3.1 points per game in a limited role. He then finished his basketball career at Southern Nazarene, an NAIA school in Oklahoma, in 2011.

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.


– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones senior director of broadcasting and media relations

KCK student in KU theater production

A Kansas City, Kan., student is in the cast of the production “A Raisin in the Sun” at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Orlando Newton, Kansas City, Kan., senior, is playing the role of George Murchison in the play.

The production, which was a hit on Broadway and also was a movie by the same name, will open Feb. 27 in Lawrence.

Two other Kansas City, Kan., students are assisting with the crew of the play. Casey McNamara, Kansas City, Kan., a graduate student, is the lighting designer; and Jenifer Harmon, Kansas City, Kan., graduate student, is the scenic designer.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7, and at 2:30 p.m. March 1 and 8 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Murphy Hall.

“This play has a timeless quality that can speak to struggles across racial, class and gender lines, while also specifically speaking to challenges that African-Americans face in this country to realize the fullness of their humanity,” said Nicole Hodges Persley, director and assistant professor in theatre.

“Hansberry pushes us to think about who has access to the American dream narratives, how it is our collective responsibility as human beings to make sure that everyone has a shot at obtaining their version of it,” Persley said.