Ride the Pony 005

We got “Celestial Advice” and “All Bottled Up,”
which were two individual episodes,
so not a story in two parts.

“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:23-24)”
Celestial Advice
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The Day after Tomorrow

Once, I asked, “Is 22 April anything special?

Who is the DENIER now? ~ @PolitiJim’s Rants for Reasonable People 
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“… link could be found to debunk every denier claim.  But stick with me until the end of this because after WRITING what we know today on Global Warming – I had an objective revelation. UK Telegraph reports a list of peer-reviewed art…”

T.U.F.F. Puppy on Nicktoons is my new guilty pleasure.

Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow (Season 9, Episode 8) – Full Episode Player
“A GLOBAL WARMING STATE OF EMERGENCY is declared in South Park. The world’s largest beaver dam breaks and floods the adjacent town of Beaverton. As the victims wait for help to arrive, everyone in South Park tackles priority number one: Who is to blame? Only Stan and Cartman know who’s really at fault …”

And that‘s all I have to say about that.”

News of the Day 044

Once, I asked, “Is 22 April anything special?
Well, a few years ago, my youngest sister was born on this date.

JCCC celebrates Earth Days April 22 to 26
Happy Earth Day

“Mark your calendars for a variety of sustainability events across campus the week of April 22.

It’s called Earth Days – as in plural – because any day is a day to be a conscientious occupant of planet earth!

Highlights include:

  •  Farm lunch buffet
  •  Bike-power blended smoothies
  •  Farm workday
  •  The Lorax
  •  And more!

Several events are free, though some do require RSVPs. View the full calendar for complete event lineup and for signup information where requested.”

Is that tomorrow or Thursday?

Astronomy department presents Evening with the Stars April 20
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“The JCCC Astronomy Department presents Evening with the Stars at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in GEB 233.

Photographer and amateur astronomer Tom Martinez will share his images, techniques and love for astrophotography.

Following the talk, weather permitting, Doug Patterson and Bill Koch, both JCCC professors of science, will host an observation of the night sky at the Paul Tebbe Observatory atop CLB. Visible objects include the moon, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and the Beehive Cluster.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact either Koch, or Patterson.”

For Wednesday, tomorrow and Thursday are the same day, yet I had spent part of the day with the idea that today was Thursday. Somewhere in the archives of Egocentric Universe, I have another post when I had confusion about the day or date, as the above author demonstrates.

VIDEO: Two Minute ‘Steins;Gate’ Anime Movie Trailer
”After an earlier teaser, Kadokawa has delivered the goods with a full two minute promo for ‘Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu,’ the anime movie set to hit theaters on April 20th.”

Late into last night, I was watching YouTube, I suffered some from the loss of sleep, and actually asked myself, ”Is it tomorrow or Thursday?”

News of the Day 043

CelebrateMercy event to be held at JCCC April 13
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The Muslim Students Association of Johnson County Community College is hosting a CelebrateMercy webcast event to promote understanding and dispel misconceptions surrounding the Prophet Muhammad.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in the Craig Community Auditorium.

The agenda for the evening begins with an interactive viewing of the CelebrateMercy webcast, followed by an hour of live entertainment and concluding with a question and answer session.

CelebrateMercy is a non-profit organization that aims to instill a deeper understanding of the Prophet Muhammad by teaching about his life and character. This mission is achieved through interactive webcasts, website, and social media outlets, featuring videos of globally prominent scholars and performers.

For more information on this event, please contact event coordinator.”

March of Ides

Never underestimate the power of a plucky little pony.

Hasbro Expands Transformers Brand Into New Media
“To Hasbro, there is no one too young or too old to play with a Transformers robot, watch a Transformers television show or play a Transformers video game.”

JCCC track competes at indoor nationals
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“The JCCC women’s track team posted a top 10 finish at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor National Championships last weekend at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The Lady Cavaliers finished sixth overall, marking the 17th time in the program’s history they have finished among the top 10 at indoor nationals. It ranks as the highest team finish in Mike Bloemker’s five years as head coach. The JCCC men came away with a 16th place finish.

Two individuals for the women earned NJCAA All-American, and five total were Coaches All-American. The top two finishers in each event earn NJCAA All-American, and the top six individual American finishers and top three relays garner Coaches All-American.

Sophomore Monet Jackson topped the field in the weight throw with a winning mark of 56-3.75. She is the first JCCC athlete to win a national champion in the weight throw, and first JCCC national champion since 2005. Jordan Ross nearly was national champion in the high jump. She tied South Plains Ashley Johnson by clearing 5-6.25 (1.66m), but had to settle for second place based on the number of attempts taken. Both earned NJCAA and Coaches All-American.

The other three Coaches All-America honors were secured by Macy Ebert in the high jump (5th place), Jessica Tingle in the pole vault (3rd place) and Jalisa Brice in the triple jump (6th place).

On the men’s side, sophomore thrower Caniggia Raynor of Jamaica earned All-American. He placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 58-8.75.

The JCCC men had two relays finish among the top three American teams at nationals. The 4×400 team of Mark Sitek, Kurt Vukas, Nickson Baselle and Hans Pitia and the 4×800 team of Vukas, Baselle, Pitia and Kamp Wiebe earned Coaches All-American. Overall, the 4×400 team placed seventh overall and their time of 3:14.90 is the second fastest recorded in school history. The 4×800 finished fourth nationally, and their time of 7:52.10 ranks fifth all-time at JCCC.”

Bookstore closed March 18 to 23; C-Store open
for bookstore purchases during that time
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“The bookstore will be closed for carpet replacement during spring break, Monday through Saturday, March 18 through 23.

The C-Store will be open during that time for the purchase of bookstore items; however, customers are encouraged to shop early for books and supplies.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Rhodes, bookstore manager; or Louise Cooper, assistant bookstore manager.”

I must continue to listen to “King of Wishful Thinking” on repeat, join my sisters at Arby’s.

Well, Golly, Boutros Boutros

The JCCC board of trustees met for their regular monthly meeting March 14.
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Awards and recognition

  • The trustees recognized Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, for receiving the Diversity Advocate in Education Award for the museum’s educational offerings from the NAACP.
  • JCCC’s Continuing Education branch was recognized by the Kansas City chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ATSD) with a Best Practice Award for Workplace Learning and Performance Culture. Coordinators Kathy Wing and Melissa Reiss developed and implemented a new instructor hiring process in 2012. Previously, each department within Continuing Education had its own responsibility and method for identifying, hiring, vetting, interviewing and onboarding new instructors. The new process consolidated the necessary steps and resources within branch operations, making those methods consistent, organizing records, and reducing the time needed to recruit instructors for continuing education classes.

Lobbyist’s report

Dick Carter, the college’s lobbyist in Topeka, spoke to the trustees about the situation in the Kansas legislature, the status of the state budget, property valuation and other issues of importance in the statehouse.

Benefits

The board took these actions regarding employee benefits:

  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the employee group CDC managed care dental insurance with CIGNA HealthCare for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly subscriber rates for the CIGNA CDC dental plan are $26.78 (single), $54.32 (employee and one dependent), and $83.68 (family). These rates represent a 2 percent increase in premiums and no plan design changes.
  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the employee group Passive PPO dental insurance with Delta Dental for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly subscriber rates for the Delta Dental PPO plan are $33.06 (single), $65.18 (employee and one dependent), and $115.78 (family). These rates represent a 3 percent increase in premiums and changes to plan design as follows: the annual and lifetime orthodontic maximums will increase from $1,000 to $1,100 and the annual plan deductible will increase from $25 to $50.
  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the employee group vision insurance with VSP for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly subscriber rates for the VSP plan are $15.32 (single), $22.37 (employee and one dependent) and $40.12 (family). These rates represent a 0 percent increase and no plan design changes.
  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the employee group life insurance with The Standard for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly rates for The Standard insurance plan are $.14/per $1,000 of insurance for basic life, $.22/per $1,000 of insurance for optional life, $.02/per $1,000 of insurance for basic and optional AD&D; and for dependent life insurance at a monthly subscriber premium not to exceed $6.82 per month. These rates represent a 10 percent increase in basic life rates, a 20 percent increase in optional life rates, and a 0 percent increase in dependent life rates with no plan design changes.
  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the short-term disability insurance with The Standard for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly rate for The Standard short-term disability coverage is $0.10 per $10 benefit. These rates represent a 17 percent decrease, and the plan design will be amended to increase the weekly maximum benefit from $800 to $1,000.
  • The board approved the renewal of the benefits consulting agreement with Holmes Murphy & Associates, Inc., at a total expenditure not to exceed $39,200.
  • The board approved the renewal of the flexible benefit administration contract with First Trust of MidAmerica for the period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014, at a total expenditure not to exceed $25,000.
    The board approved the renewal of the employee assistance plan administration contract with Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City at a total expenditure not to exceed $38,000.
  • The board authorized a flex benefit amount of $1,108.94 per month per full-time position to be used to purchase benefits within the flex benefit plan. This represents a 0 percent increase in fixed flex credit funding for the FY13/14 benefit year.
    The board authorized a contribution equal to 7 percent of each full-time, benefit-eligible staff members’ base salary to their individual 403(b) account for the FY 13/14 benefit year.
  • The board authorized the president to negotiate a contract for the provision of the employee group medical insurance with BCBSKC for a period beginning June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The monthly subscriber rates for the BCBSKC HMO are not to exceed $596.50 (employee), $1,093.69 (employee plus one dependent), or $1,499.45 (family). The monthly subscriber rates for the BCBSKC PPO are not to exceed $574.22 (employee), $1,052.87 (employee plus one dependent), or $1,443.47 (family). The monthly subscriber rates for the BCBSKC HDHP are not to exceed $519.54 (employee), $952.60 (employee plus one dependent), or $1,305.98 (family). These rates represent a 1 percent increase from the FY 12/13 premiums.

Actions taken

  • The board approved new courses in art history and psychology, modifications to physics courses and the deletion on a game development course.
  • The board approved the treasurer’s reports for the months ending Dec. 31, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2013.
  • The board approved new clinical affiliate agreements with the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System in Topeka and Leavenworth for the dietary manager program and with Ball’s Price Chopper Pharmacy in Olathe and Shawnee Mission Medical Center for the pharmacy technician program.
  • The board approved a new board policy, 630.00, Animals on Campus; revisions to policies 314.06, Academic Progress for Continued Enrollment (now Academic Standing Policy), 311.05, Audit Policy, and 315.00 Degree Certificate Requirements Policy; and the deletion of policies 315.01, Degree Graduation Requirements, and 315.20, Certificate of Completion Requirements.
  • The board approved allowing contract negotiations for groups to perform in the Performing Arts Series for 2013-2014. The season will be publicly announced this month.
  • The board approved an increase of $1.00 per credit hour in student fees for the Student Activities Fund in 2013-2014. An important purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students. As tuition has increased over the past few years, the credit-hour fee for student activities and scholarships has not.
  • The board approved the following annual contracts for on-call services, to be used as needed:
    • Architectural services with HMN Architects and PGAV Architects, at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $175,000.
    • Carpentry labor services with N.W. Rogers Construction, Inc.; Lytle Construction, Inc.; and KES Construction, LLC, at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $75,000.
    • Civil engineering services with Kaw Valley Engineering, Inc., and Payne & Brockway, P.A., at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $50,000.
    • Codes consulting and building inspections with FSC, Inc., and Thacker & Associates, LLC, at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $35,000.
    • Electrical repairs and installation services with Heritage Electric, LLC, and Mark One Electric Company, Inc., at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $125,000.
    • Landscape architect and design consulting services with Jeffery L. Bruce & Company and Landplan Engineering, P.A., at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $35,000.
    • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services with The Clark Enersen Partners and Lankford and Associates, at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $125,000.
    • Structural engineering services with Bob D. Campbell & Company and Walter P. Moore, at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $35,000.
  • The board approved the renewal of a lease agreement with McGregor Interests Indian Trails Center, LLC, for the Olathe Center for a three-year term, beginning May 1, 2013, through April 30, 2016, payable at the rate of $60,720 per year, plus any pro-rata tax adjustment assessed during the term of the agreement.
  • The board approved the renewal of the King’s Cove lease agreement at $13.25/square foot, based on 9,037 billable square feet, for a total of $119,740.25 per year for the duration of the lease (April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014).
  • The board approved the low proposal of $230,460.36 from En Pointe Technologies for the renewal of the annual agreement for Microsoft enrollment for education solution. This license allows all college computers and servers to have the latest versions of Microsoft applications for one year.
  • The board approved the lowest acceptable bids of $4,745 from B&H Photo Video-Pro Audio, $87,296 from SENNA, $79,028 from Technomedia Solutions, and $7,345.23 from Troxell Communications, Inc., for a total expenditure of $178,414.23 for audio-visual equipment to be used throughout campus in various classrooms.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the JCCC board of trustees is at 5 p.m. April 18 in the Hugh W. Speer Board Room, 137 GEB. Board of trustee meetings are open to the public. For more details, see a copy of the board packet and addendum.”

Where there’s smoke, there’s pope.

Cardinals select new pope
Cardinals chose the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades.”

Above was not a story about sports?  Well, Boutros Boutros, golly…