Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I kinda felt bad that I didn't volunteer at a community organization for the big MLK day of service.
Instead, I met with some people who helped me organize my campaign. They helped me refined my platform. They urged me to begin soliciting donations and even suggested where a big guy like me can find an affordable blazer.
When our discussion was over, I realized that my whole life has been about service. I worked in the fields as a migrant farm worker. I worked at non-profits as HIV/AIDS educator and coordinator. I'm a student at a community college and a university. I work in a library. I'm a freelance journalist and I'm running for a seat on the board of trustees.
For me, and for hundreds of other people, everyday is a day of service. My service will continue when I'm elected trustee.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The college has scheduled a series of meetings to examine it's mission, vision, and values statements. I'm excited to know this because part of my interview for the vacant seat on the board last November was that we've lost our way over the past few years and we need to refocus on students.
I particularly like the part of the notice that reads, "We realize that in the past, efforts like these were viewed as simply a way for the college to add another plaque to its collection of honors. Please know those days are over ... These steps are being taken to make the institution better, not to get an award."I couldn't have written it better myself -- well, maybe.
JCCC's Mission: Learning Comes First at JCCC
INTERNAL FORUMS SCHEDULED TO EXAMINE VISION, MISSION AND VALUES STATEMENTS
Students, faculty and staff can weigh in on JCCC’s vision, mission and values statements at open forums on Jan. 30 and 31.
This year we are taking a new look at the college’s vision, mission and values statements, an effort that will help identify new institutional goals and initiatives to use for strategic planning.
Members of the community expressed their thoughts about JCCC in a series of open forums held in October.
On Jan. 30, forums will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. On Jan. 31 – a Saturday -- a forum will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with the Executive Council preparing breakfast for those participants willing to come in on the weekend!
We realize that in the past, efforts like these were viewed as simply a way for the college to add another plaque to its collection of honors. Please know those days are over. The college is committed to continuous quality improvement, as shown by our involvement in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), the college’s accreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission. These steps are being taken to make the institution better, not to get an award.
Please consider attending one of the forums in January, and register for your desired forum through Staff Development using the CRNs noted below:
* Jan. 30, 8-9:30 a.m., CRN 30419, 101 RC
* Jan. 30, 3-4:30 p.m. , CRN 30420, 101 RC
* Jan. 31, 9:30-11 a.m., CRN 30421, 101 RC
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
- Get a suit
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I figure I'd better put some of my free time during the break to good use and bone up on campus history -- specifically trustee history. I've started reading "The Community's College: A History of Johnson County Community College 1969-1999" by Charles Bishop. I've read sections of it in the past when I worked at the student newspaper, The Campus Ledger.
I hope he's working on adding a few more chapters. Over the past two years, the college has probably experienced it's most dramatic changes in it's 40 year history. I wonder if he needs a collaborator ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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