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  • Reconnect The Alumni Magazine of JCCC

    Summer 2010

    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

    For more information about JCCC Alumni, call the JCCC Foundation,

    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.

    .913-469-3835.

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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

    Grammy Award-winner

    Natalie Cole on Sept. 25, plus

    a season of cutting-edge

    performances, celebrity

    names, diverse cultures, dance

    and music.

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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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  • Horticulture program

    grows with vigor Dr. Lekha Sreedhar instructs Horticultural Science students inside the greenhouse.

    As the lead author on scholarly art