The Sharp Record - July 2010
Another email that go too long, so there’s a Part One and a Part Deux. Part One is standard Sharp Record fare – an update on board work, civic activities, and my responses on great eateries around the metro. However, Part Deux, which will come early next week will focus on my friends who are running for office. There are so many key races, especially in the Republican primaries this year, that I needed to break that part out to keep the Sharp Record at a digestible length. Bon Appetit!
My tough love moment…
Don’t risk missing this election on AUGUST 3rd – the primary will decide many elections and if you aren’t voting in it, your voice isn’t being heard. As one of the biggest fans of your-vote-is-your-voice that you’ll ever find, that’s not something I say lightly. However, you know that in Kansas, many times the decisions are made in the primary election, whether you like it or not. Bad elected officials are elected by good people who don’t vote. That’s my tough love sermon – check out my thoughts on specific races next week!
- Where will you vote? On the couch with your feet up? On the patio with a glass of wine? At the office? CLICK HERE NOW to make sure you don’t miss this seminal election!!
- In person before August 3: http://www.jocoelection.org/voters/AdvanceVoting.htm#1
- Locations: Election Office in Olathe, tag office in Mission, Metcalf South - 95th & Metcalf in Overland Park, strip mall on NW corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway & Quivira
- View your ballot and where to vote on election day:
My restaurant picks
- Asian: Shogun Japanese Steakhouse (Lenexa)
- Mexican: Mi Ranchito (multiple locations), especially with the new
- Constituent recommendations: Jose Pepper’s (multiple locations), La Siesta (Topeka)
- Italian: Paulo & Bill’s (Shawnee) or Mezzaluna (Lenexa);
- Constituent recommendations: Italian Delight (Mission)
- American Cuisine: Taste (Old Overland Park), Pachamama’s or Teller’s (Lawrence), Julian (Brookside), Avenues (Brookside)
- Deli/Bistro: 75 Café (Shawnee), Café Augusta – for lunch, not
dinner (Lenexa), Jay WaLe Bistro (KCK)
- Constituent recommendations: Happy Gillis (Columbus Park, KCMO) and Westside Local (17th & Summit, KCMO)
- Pizza: Old Shawnee Pizza (rude on the phone, but the pizza is worth it)
- BBQ: OK Joe’s (original gas station location!); Guy & Mae’s (Williamsburg)
- Best breakfast: Eggtc. (now at Midland/Renner!), Bluebird Bistro or Chez Elle Creperie (17th & Summit, KCMO)
- Other (what did I forget?):
- How could I forget dessert? Aunt Jean’s (Old Town Shawnee) – the Celebration Cake is a reliable favorite, but the Salty Caramel is a (too) rare specialty!
- Middle Eastern: Holy Land Café (Lenexa), Aladdin Café (39th St, KCMO)
- Vegetarian: Eden Alley (Plaza) – the Ultimate Garlic Grilled Cheese is a must, and the sweet potato burritos are incredible.
- Burgers: Blanc Burgers + Bottles has the only turkey burger I’ve
seen my husband enjoy, and it was MY leftovers, so you know it had to
be a good burger!
- Constituent recommendation: Coaches (103rd & Wornall, KCMO)
For the next board year, I will be chairing the Learning Quality committee, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work more closely with faculty in an effort to improve student outcomes.
Q: Many of you have taken classes at JCCC, were you given an evaluation at the end of the class?
I hope to hear from many of you on your perspectives on course evaluations, whether or not you had them and the overall value of that checks-and-balances system.
We have been working on the budget, which will be voted on next week and which includes a new contract with employees that is a significant departure from previous contracts. I firmly believe in providing top-notch salaries and benefits that reflect a top-notch institution, and JCCC has a long history of doing just that. We were able to agree to salary increases for those who are below market pay for their positions, as well as a 1% salary increase next year. That is much more than most Johnson County voters are getting this year, so I’m glad we were able to strike a deal without going to impasse.
The JCCC Foundation finalized strategic planning for the next few years and we have quite ambitious goals. We are in the process of hiring a new Executive Director for the Foundation and I think those interviews are in the final stages. Then we will hit the ground running on the fundraising campaign for the new Culinary & Hospitality Arts Institute (CHAI) building to enhance our culinary program.
- At my “real job”, we have been thrilled with the quality of food and presentation with JCCC-alum Scott Hale’s catering company – Scrape the Plate ( https://www.scrapeplate.com/). It’s great to see our alums doing amazing things in entrepreneurship!
- Since my last chat with you, we have graduated the Class of 2010 from JCCC and graduation was a humbling event for me. Each student has a unique story – a few husband/wife and parent/child graduating pairs, funny shoes, dances, and antics across the stage, and a LOT of hand sanitizer!
- Shawnee & Lenexa parades – Anna and I walked with Libby Ensley’s team. Anna is now an official parade veteran (4 under her belt – er – diaper) and has fun waving and giggling at the kids and barking at all the dogs.
- I’ve been to Topeka a few times with KU Medical Center to monitor KS Board of Regents activities. These are quite interesting days because I balance two hats on my head because community colleges tend to be a frequent topic of conversation at those meetings as well.
- I also monitor the activities of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle Authority (JCERTA) for the medical center. While JCCC receives no proceeds from the sales tax passed in November 2008, we have a position on the authority board, represented by Trustee Lynn Mitchelson. Again, my worlds collide. Again, while JCCC receives no JCERT funding, it is a testament to the role of the college in workforce development in the bioscience fields that we are granted such an important seat at the table.
Last Question: Who was the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Johnson County Community College (technically Junior College at that time)?
Answer: Wilbur Billington was the first board chair and we made him a “Trustee Emeritus” at a meeting earlier this year. Janet Podoll wins the prize - she selected tickets to the Joffrey Ballet!
- Unfortunately, this year I only received two tickets to every show instead of four, so I guess the prize isn’t as good. However, on the upside, the season lineup is incredible. The Carlsen Center team did an amazing job of recruiting and securing talent. I’m personally looking forward to Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton (come on, you know you want to see him, just to say you did), Spamalot, Quixotic, DRUMline Live, Martin Short, and Bela Fleck. See what I mean? And that’s only part of the season.
Question: You know I have to be political this time of year!
In the last 30 years, what was the largest margin of victory in a gubernatorial primary election? Who were the candidates?
Reply to this email to answer the question. The first correct answer will win the prize, and recognition with the correct answer in the next edition of the Sharp Record.
JCCC Board of Trustees meetings on video: http://video.jccc.edu/board.htm
JCCC Carlsen Center shows: http://www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/
KS Legislative Research: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/ksleg/KLRD/klrd.html
Johnson County Election Office - www.jocoelection.org
Upcoming Board of Trustees meetings: http://www.jccc.edu/home/depts.php/000001/site/BoardMeetingInfo/Board_Meeting_Dates
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Please do not hesitate to contact me about these or any other issues of interest to you. I appreciate the opportunity to represent you on the Board of Trustees.
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210