Reconnect The Alumni Magazine of JCCC
Horticulture takes root at JCCC
Contents Cover JCCCs horticulture program offers a horticulture associates degree, horticulture certicate, landscape technician certicate and horticultural, oral design and landscape technician entrepreneurship certicates.
Pictured, Dr. Lekha Sreedhar, associate professor, horticulture.
Reconnect The Alumni Magazine of JCCC
Reconnect is published two times a year by Johnson County Community College 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210-1299 913-469-8500 fax 913-469-2559 www.jccc.edu
Reconnect is produced by the JCCC Foundation, College Information and Publications, and the Office of Document Services.
Editor: Christy McWard
Reporter: Peggy Graham
Photographer: Bret Gustafson
Designer: Randy Breeden
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4 Performing Arts Series at JCCC announces 20th anniversary season Natalie Cole brings star power to The Series 20th anniversary celebration.
8 Horticulture program grows with vigor Sreedhar exhibits samples of students micropropagation in tissue culture a new trend for nurseries to mass propagate/clone superior plants.
10 No debating it: JCCC team is national community college champion Johnson County Community College debate team was awarded the prestigious McClintock Award, presented to the national champion community college team, at the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Tournament.
12 Dobson publishes book about the Great Plains Patrick Dobsons Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains captures Dobsons journey from Kansas City to Helena, Mont.
13 JCCC offers motorcycle training Motorcyclists are revved up for JCCCs new motorcycle training program.
14 Electronics buys robot arm to develop new class JCCCs electronics departments new programmable six-degreeof-freedom robot arm teaches students how robots are used in industry.
15 Drafting goes 3-D JCCCs drafting program acquired a rapid prototype machine to produce 3-D models.
16 Building toward health field careers Construction is underway on the two-story, 50,000-square-foot Olathe Health Education Center.
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18 JCCC launches Achieving the Dream JCCC is the rst and only school in Kansas to join Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly low-income students and students of color.
19 Journalism, student media show news sense The 2009-2010 academic year was a banner year for the JCCC journalism and media communications department.
20 Men find satisfaction, good jobs in nursing So why do males comprise only 5.8 percent of U.S. registered nurses, 7 percent in Kansas?
22 Auction Raises Dollars for Scholars In April 2010, the Dollars for Scholars auction earned more than $51,000 in net prots to support 31 scholarships and programs.
24 New dental hygiene clinic opens New space and the latest technology put smiles on the faces of students, staff and clients.
26 PSTC offers classes by top law enforcement professionals The big winner in this program is the safety of citizens.
27 JCCC graduates rising to the top in interactive, graphic design This young breed of graphic design professionals are the ones who are dening and growing the eld, constantly adding new elements of technology and design.
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Calendar Save the Date:
Sept. 1 Polsky Series Whats the Outlook for 2011 and Beyond Bright, Cloudy or Dark? with Peter Newman, 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring family and friends. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 Takcs Quartet, Grammy-winning string quartet
Sept. 11 American Voices, Songs of Our Nation, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, Andy Cooney
Sept. 14 JCCC Golf Tournament Individual player. Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Warm-up at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. shotgun start. Includes golf, golf cart with GPS, range balls, two non-alcoholic drinks and box lunch. Your purchase confirmation is your registration confirmation. Visit www.jccc.edu/foundationonline.
Sept. 25 The Still Unforgettable Natalie Cole, 20th anniversary celebration
Sept. 30 Jack Hannas Into the Wild Live, presented by Nationwide Insurance 7 p.m.
Oct. 1-3, 9-11 Closer Than Ever JCCC Academic Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Free
Oct. 16 Robert McDuffie, violin soloist,
and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, The Seasons Project, featuring a world-premiere tour of a Philip Glass composition, a PAS co-commission
Oct. 20 Michael Bolton, singer-songwriter 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22-23 Capitol Steps, political comedy troupe
Oct. 29-30 Quixotic Fusion, Lux Esalare, Kansas City ensemble of musicians, dancers, aerialists
Nov. 5 DRUMLine Live, created by the music team behind the hit movie Drumline
Nov. 6 beatlegras, bluegrass arrangements of Beatles tunes by a fab three Polsky Theatre
Nov. 12 Jigu! Thunder Drums of China, a world-class company of drummers, percussionists and musicians steeped in the culture of Shanxi province
Nov. 13 Some Enchanted Evening, gala fundraiser honoring David Wysong as Johnson Countian of the Year
Nov. 20 Naturally 7, award-winning septet with a distinct a cappella style called vocal play
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Performing Arts Series at JCCC announces 20th anniversary season
The Still Unforgettable Natalie Cole, 20th anniversary celebration, Sept. 25, 2010.
Johnson County Community College dedicated its Cultural
Education Center on
Oct. 3, 1990, and offered
its first season in spring
1991. For 20 years, the
Performing Arts Series at
JCCC has consistently
offered quality programming.
True to tradition, another
exceptional season unfolds.
Emily Behrmann, general
manager, the Performing Arts
Series at JCCC, invites you to
attend a 20th anniversary
celebration with eight-time
Natalie Cole on Sept. 25, plus
a season of cutting-edge
names, diverse cultures, dance
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Tickets The Performing Arts Series at JCCC is using its anniversary year to simplify listing season performances in chronological order with no sub-series of dance, classics, center stage, family or special events. Patrons can create their own package of any five or more performances from a selection of 22 to receive a subscriber discount. Friends members receive an additional 5 percent discount. Call the PAS box office at 913-469-4445 or visit www.jccc.edu/TheSeries for detailed artist information.
The season is listed chronologically. Shows begin at 8 p.m. in Yardley Hall of the Carlsen Center unless otherwise noted.
Takcs Quartet, Grammy-winning string quartet Sept. 10, 2010
American Voices, Songs of Our Nation, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, Andy Cooney Sept. 11, 2010
The Still Unforgettable Natalie Cole, 20th anniversary celebration Sept. 25, 2010
Jack Hannas Into the Wild Live, presented by Nationwide Insurance 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010
Robert McDuffie, violin soloist, and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, The Seasons Project, featuring a world premiere tour of a Philip Glass composition, a PAS co-commission Oct. 16, 2010
Michael Bolton, singer-songwriter 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2010
Capitol Steps, political comedy troupe Oct. 22-23, 2010
Quixotic Fusion, Lux Esalare, Kansas City ensemble of musicians, dancers, aerialists Oct. 29-30, 2010
DRUMLine Live, created by the music team behind the hit movie Drumline Nov. 5, 2010
beatlegras, bluegrass arrangements of Beatles tunes by a fab three Polsky Theatre Nov. 6, 2010
Leann Rimes Just Added! 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 2010
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Jigu! Thunder Drums of China, a world-class company of drummers, percussionists and musicians steeped in the culture of Shanxi province Nov. 12, 2010
Naturally 7, award-winning septet with a distinct a cappella style called vocal play Nov. 20, 2010
Christmas Bells Are Swingin!, Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band play holiday selections arranged by jazz legend Stan Kenton Dec. 3, 2010
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, internationally renowned modern dance Jan. 29, 2011
The Hot Club of San Francisco, Gypsy jazz, in Silent Surrealism Polsky Theatre Feb. 4, 2011
An Evening with Martin Short, starring the legendary comedian, film star and SNL alumnus Feb. 12, 2011
Vienna Boys Choir, with a repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, pop songs, songs from childrens operas and medieval chants Feb. 26, 2011
Opole, Philharmonic of Poland, with soprano Iwona Sobotka, light classics by Johann Strauss Jr. and friends March 4, 2011
Hot Tuna Blues, guitarists Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane fame, blues-harp player Charlie Musselwhite, and country-and-bluegrass artist Jim Lauderdale March 5, 2011
Janis Ian, singer, guitarist, songwriter (At Seventeen) Polsky Theatre March 12, 2011
The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago-based and world-renowned April 2, 2011
Bla Fleck, banjo, Zakir Hussain, tabla/percussion, and Edgar Meyer, bass April 16, 2011
Spamalot, Broadway hit based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail 7 p.m. May 1, 2011
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grows with vigor Dr. Lekha Sreedhar instructs Horticultural Science students inside the greenhouse.
As the lead author on scholarly art