KCK students receive scholarships at KU

Some political science students from Kansas City, Kan., at the University of Kansas were honored recently.

Ashley Hart and Shayne Thoman, juniors from Kansas City, Kan., were named recipients of the Emmett L. Bennett Scholarship, given to an outstanding junior majoring in political science.

Thoman also was named a recipient of the Walter Thompson Scholarship, awarded to deserving political science students.

Father’s Day run benefits three charities

The Kevin Gray Father’s Day 5k run-walk on Saturday, June 14, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., was created to honor the former KC Sports Commission president and father of four daughters, Kevin Gray.

Gray died on June 15, 2011, from a rare form of cancer. The run-walk started in 2012.

“Family and sports were very important to Kevin,” said President and CEO Kathy Nelson.  “We honor his memory with this Father’s Day 5K Run by combining sports and celebrating all fathers.”

This run has three beneficiaries, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Kevin Gray Family Education Fund, and the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is dedicated to the discovery, development and implementation of knowledge, technology and novel therapeutic agents for the treatment and prevention of adult sarcomas.

The Kevin Gray Family Education Fund was established to help offset expenses for Kevin and Katy’s four daughters to complete their educations.  Caroline and Peepers are in college (currently in their junior and freshman years) and Gigi is a high school junior.  Lindsay recently graduated college.  Nothing was more important to Kevin Gray than these four young ladies.

The third beneficiary is the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation which Kevin was the president from 1989 until 2011.  Kevin led the revitalization of the Sports Commission from a one-person office to a multifaceted, privately-funded, nonprofit operation that includes year-round programming, services and initiatives, more than 20 annual events, more than 200 individual and business members, and 12 full-time associates.

Online registration is open until June 11.  Registration will still be accepted on Friday, June 13, at packet pickup and on race day.  The run starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Sporting Park.  To register go to SportKC.org.

“This is a great event for the entire family to enjoy together,” said Sarah Dee, director of events.  “Dads who register will receive a special shirt just for them.  We also have a kids fun run for the little ones.”

Volunteers are needed for various volunteer job opportunities including packet pickup and registration, course monitors, water station, finish line food/water, and chip removal.  Individuals who register to volunteer will receive a T-shirt. For more information about volunteering go to the website at SportKC.org.

The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation is a 100 percent privately-funded nonprofit that benefits the Kansas City region through sports by creating, attracting and managing major sporting events for Kansas City, and, promote the lifetime benefits of sports for youth through educational initiatives, tournaments and clinics.

KCKCC offers new exercise science articulation agreement with KU-Edwards

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College has signed a new articulation agreement with the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus that will allow students who complete two years at KCKCC to transfer directly to KU-Edwards to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

“This will provide a direct link to continue their education to earn a bachelor degree in exercise science,” said Susie Myers, coordinator and professor in the exercise science program at KCKCC. “KU-Edwards campus is only 20 minutes away and easily accessible to our students.”

Once the KCKCC course work is finished, the articulation agreement begins. KCKCC exercise science students will complete all 68 credit hours listed in the KCKCC course guide. Once they have completed their associate’s degree, all credits will transfer to the KU-Edwards campus in Overland Park in a smooth, streamlined manner. They can then start work immediately on their bachelor’s degree.

The program starts in fall 2014. The 2+2 Program is similar to agreements KCKCC has with other major universities including Kansas State University, Park University, Pittsburg State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, among others.

Only courses in which a student has earned at least a C will be transferred. In addition, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75. Other requirements might also need to be met to fulfill the University of Kansas admission process.

For more information on the exercise science articulation agreement, contact Susie Myers, coordinator of the exercise science program at KCKCC, by calling 913-288-7261 or by email, smyers@kckcc.edu. The contact at the KU-Edwards Campus is Mindy Patton, adviser, 913-897-8568 or mindy.patton@ku.edu.

Information on KCKCC’s other articulation agreements and transfer programs can be found on its website, www.kckcc.edu/academics/catalog/programsDegrees/articulationAgreementsTransferPrograms.