** The FSCC Campus will be closed November 26th-28th for Thanksgiving Holiday. Campus will reopen on December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving!


11/3/2014FSCC Meat Judging Team wins National Championship, three named All-American


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FSCC Meat Judging Team wins National Championship, three named All-American

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College is pleased to announce that the Meat Judging Team has won the National Championship at the Cargill High Plains Meat Judging Contest in Friona, Texas. FSCC was named Reserve Champions of this contest in 2013.

First year Meat Judging Coach Jenilee Martin said of the experience, “These students have displayed the work ethic and dedication that it takes to win a contest all season long. We have sat a close second to a tough opponent for most of our contests this season, but found a way to push us over the hill for the national championship. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these kids and excited to see what the future has in store for them.”

FSCC claimed first place in the A Division for Total Placings, Overall Beef, and Beef Grading.

Natalie Hill of Paola, Kansas was 1st in Beef Grading, 4th in Beef Judging, 1st in Overall Beef, 1st in Pork Judging, and 2nd in Questions. Hill was the 1st in overall points for Division A and was named to the first team All-American Team.

James Spieth of Farlington, Kansas was 9th in Beef Judging, 6th in Lamb Judging, 6th in Overall Beef, and 1st in Total Placing. Spieth was named 6th overall for the contest.

Nikki Harris of Hepler, Kansas was 8th in Beef Judging, 9th in Overall Beef, 7th in Pork Judging, 5th in Total Placing, and 10th in Questions. Harris was 10th overall in Division A and was also named to the All-American Team.

Lane Johnson of Eureka, Kansas was 6th in Beef Grading, 10th in Lamb Judging, 7th in Overall Beef, 9th in Pork Judging, and 9th in Questions/Reasons. Johnson was 7th overall and named to the All-American Team.

Ben Walker of Nevada, Missouri was the FSCC Alternative. Walker was 2nd among alternatives.

In addition to the contest honors, Natalie Hill was named to the First Team All-American. Lane Johnson and Nikki Harris were named to the Second Team All-American. All-American Team Members are chosen through evaluation of GPA and success through collegiate judging career.


11/4/2014Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism stocks FSCC lakes.


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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism stocks FSCC lakes.

Fort Scott, Kansas – The lakes located on the north side of the Fort Scott Community College campus in Fort Scott were stocked with two to three thousand channel catfish during the last week of October. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism stocks the college lakes each year in late October or early November.

Donald George, District Fish Biologist for Region 5 and FSCC alumnus, said, “According to Kansas regulations, a channel cat has to be 15 inches long to be in an angler’s possession. Our product was ready for customers to take home when we stocked the lake. 89% of the fish are over 15 inches long and the average weight was over a pound.”

The channel catfish were raised in the Fort Scott Rearing Pond under a partnership between the City and the Department. The Department provides the young channel catfish and supervision by the Biologist and the City provides the infrastructure and the labor.

George went on to say, “This is a great partnership between FSCC, the City of Fort Scott and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Each year we work to bring more fish and bigger fish to public.

Anglers just need a Kansas fishing license to fish either pond. Regulation signs are posted at each of the two ponds.


11/7/2014FSCC hosts “Senior Day” open house for area high school students


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FSCC hosts “Senior Day” open house for area high school students

Fort Scott, Kansas – Senior Day brought 187 high school seniors, their parents and high school personnel to the Fort Scott Community College campus. Students attended from several area high schools in Kansas and Missouri.

Director of Admissions, Tom Havron said of the event, “Getting students to visit campus is one of the best ways to see them become a Greyhound in the future. We have a beautiful campus, a welcoming community and friendly faculty and staff.”

Students began registering for the event at 9 a.m. this morning and enjoyed doughnuts with juice provided by McDonalds.

At 10 a.m. the students heard brief messages from Interim President Dick Hedges and Board of Trustees Member Robert Nelson inviting all present seniors to become Greyhounds. City of Fort Scott Manager Dave Martin spoke on the city’s commitment to FSCC’s students. Dean of Students Robert Goltra spoke of his admiration for FSCC’s charm and most recent national recognitions including being named a Top Ten Community College by SmartAsset.

The student’s introduction to school and community leaders was followed by a tour of the FSCC campus given by one of the President’s Ambassadors. Students then met with faculty to discuss academic planning. Parents received their own tours and talks including a serious discussion on financial aid and community college pricing. A major talking point was that attending Fort Scott Community College costs 60% what it would to attend a four-year university in Kansas.

Finally, attendees were treated to lunch with performances by the Spirit Squad and the band.


11/14/2014FSCC’s John Deere Tech Training Program to hold open house


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FSCC’s John Deere Tech Training Program to hold open house

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College and the John Deere TECH Training Program will be holding an open house on Thursday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, November 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The John Deere TECH Training Program is located at 1029 N. Hwy 69 in Frontenac, Kansas.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program is welcome and encouraged to attend.FSCC John Deere TECH instructors, staff members and students will be available both days performing demonstrations and answering questions about the program.

Matt Brown, FSCC faculty member, said, “Come find out everything you would like to know about the FSCC John Deere TECH Training Program.”

Brown continues, “Visitors may drop in anytime and stay as long as they wish on one or both days.”

The John Deere Tech Program is a two-year Ag technician program designed to upgrade the technical competence and professional level of incoming dealership technicians. The curriculum is designed by John Deere Company and Fort Scott Community College and leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The program involves attending classroom lectures and laboratory experiences on John Deere products at the FSCC Technology Center in Frontenac, Kansas, and provides a unique opportunity for students to work at a sponsoring John Deere dealership.


11/14/2014FSCC Endowment hosts dinner for donors and scholarship recipients.


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FSCC Endowment hosts dinner for donors and scholarship recipients.

Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College Endowment Board hosted the annual Endowment Dinner on Thursday night. Over 300 scholarship recipients, college staff and donors to the FSCC Endowment attended.

Bailey Lyons, Director of Development, said of the event, “We had an amazing turnout! We are proud to showcase the students that the college’s generous donors have sponsored via scholarships and other funding. It is an honor and a privilege to bring together two of FSCC’s most important groups, the donors and the students, together for the evening.”

The banquet began with a greeting by Lyons and an invocation by Board of Trustees member Robert Nelson. Dinner was a repast of carved roast beef and stuffed pork loin catered by Great Western Dining and Dan Karczewski. Spirit Squad members and members of the President’s Ambassadors greeted guests and served drinks and dessert.

Following dessert, students and donors were invited to the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center Theatre. Interim President Dick Hedges greeted attendees, scholarship recipients were recognized and donors were thanked. Ellen Steinbarger, student and Phi Theta Kappa president, spoke on the importance of FSCC’s scholarship endowments in her life and the lives of other students. Steinbarger is a very active student and the recipient of several endowed scholarships.

Jaley Hoyt, a recipient of the Meeks Family Scholarship, and Sarah Mae Lamar, Director of Theatre, sang “For Good” (from the musical “Wicked”). Ronda Bailey, FSCC faculty, was the accompanist.

The night’s final speaker was Jo Ann Thomas. Thomas’ extensive education began as a student at the Mercy School of Nursing. Thomas went on to earn a Master’s in Nursing at the University of Kansas. She worked with Mercy Hospital clinically and with the administration; she has served as Chief Operations Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of Health Midwest; and she is a former Director of FSCC’s Nursing Program. Thomas has also served on the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the Kansas State Nurses Association and the Kansas Organization of Nursing Leaders.

Thomas spoke on the importance of the nursing program in her professional and personal development. Part of her speech was devoted to the need for endowments and scholarships on the community college level. Thomas also highlighted the extremely generous donation by Noreen Snyder (class of 1942) to the FSCC Nursing Program.


11/19/2014FSCC Winter Concert features band, orchestra, choir, a cappella group.


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FSCC Winter Concert features band, orchestra, choir, a cappella group.

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College will be hosting the annual Winter Concert on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 p.m. The band, orchestra, choir and Fortté will be performing.

The FSCC choir and orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Greg Turner. The orchestra plans an arrangement of holiday film music with “Christmas at the Movies” followed by “It’s Christmastime,” “O Holy Night,” “An Old World Christmas” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The choir will be singing holiday numbers “Christmas on Broadway;” Harry Simeone’s “Do You Hear What I Hear;” and “Look Into the Christmas Sky.” The latter part of the show will feature the Spanish Renaissance with Thomás de Luis Victoria’s “Magi Viderunt Stellam;” then an arrangement of Nathaniel Dett’s African-American spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow;” and end with Mendelssohn’s “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth.”

Fresh off the fall’s marching band season, the band will play a compilation of holiday favorites with “Swing the Songs of Christmas.” A sing-along is also planned with other pieces still to be determined.

Band Director and Fortté advsior, Michael Dzbenski, said, “Fortté is our new a cappella group. The Winter Concert isn’t our first concert, but it will be a fine debut for folks in the community that haven’t gotten to hear us sing.”

Fortté will sing classic carols including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night. Other selections are still in the works, but a favorite 50’s holiday standard was much discussed.

The concert is free to the public and will be held in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.


11/20/2014Phi Theta Kappa inducts Miami County Campus students


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Phi Theta Kappa inducts Miami County Campus students

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College's Phi Theta Kappa (Beta Rho Lambda) inducted two new students on Wednesday. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of students attending two-year colleges.

Beta Rho Lambda is the chapter for the Miami County Campus. This year two students were inducted: Paige Fowler and Leslie Ober.

Students are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa after completing 12 credit hours and earning a 3.5 GPA or higher. The honor society focuses on four hallmarks at the local, regional and international levels: leadership, service, scholarship and fellowship.

Buddy Jo Tanck, Phi Theta Kappa adviser, said, “We're a small group, but PTK is a wonderful opportunity for our students.” Tanck added that Phi Theta Kappa members benefit from automatic scholarships if they transfer to a four-year school.


11/21/2014Lindsay Hill breaks wins record for FSCC Volleyball Coaches


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Lindsay Hill breaks wins record for FSCC Volleyball Coaches

Fort Scott, Kansas– Fort Scott Community College is pleased to announce that in her fourth season of coaching, Lindsay Hill has broken the wins record for a FSCC volleyball coach. Hill’s FSCC record is currently 98 wins and 49 losses.

The latest record-breaking season saw the Greyhounds pick up 31 wins in 40 matches. The Greyhounds also spent several weeks on Division II’s Top 20 Poll; reaching as high as #11.

When asked about her success, Head Coach Hill said, “It’s all the athletes. They buy into my coaching philosophy, they put in the hard work and they win the matches.”

The Greyhounds have averaged 24.5 wins per season under Hill and every season has been a winning season. All four seasons have garnered votes to appear on Division II’s Top 20 Poll.

Hill’s 98-49 record surpassed Kerry Messersmith’s 73-28-1 record. Messersmith is now head coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Greyhound Volleyball broke five other FSCC records this season. Molly Hothan broke the record for blocks in a season with 120 blocks. Terina Harris’ 626 digs broke both the record digs in a season and the record for digs in a career. Kortney Blaufuss’ 1383 assists broke the record for assists in a season and assists in a career.

While unconfirmed, Harris’ five selections as KJCCC Defensive Player of the Week may also be a school record.


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