** The downtown Fort Scott Cosmetology location has moved! They are now on the main FSCC campus; their phone number is 620-223-2700 ext. 5220.


9/8/201411th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students


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11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students

Fort Scott–The Gordon Parks Celebration, scheduled for October 2-4, 2014, at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a Poetry, Essay, and Photo Remake contest this year. This event is sponsored by the Bourbon County Arts Council and is open to any area high school student. Entries are due by September 22 and the contest rules are available on the website: gordonparkscenter.org.

“We have done this contest for several years and had great results. There’s a lot of talent in our area high school students and we want to give them the opportunity to nurture their writing and photography talents just like Gordon Parks did,” said Jill Warford, Gordon Parks Center Director.

For the contest students may submit either a poem, an essay, or, a photo remake project. “This is something new that we saw on the internet where a student takes a photo and re-creates the image. So if the photo was “American Gothic” by Gordon, they would have to re-stage the scene and take a photo of their own that re-creates the original image. We give them three photos of Gordon’s to pick from,” Warford said.

Those three photos include “Emerging Man,” “Fashion,” and “Norman, Jr. Reading in Bed.” (Photos available on request.)

Recognition will be given to between 10 and 15 students for their poem/essay/remake photo. The student and their teacher will be invited to a luncheon on Friday, October 3 and each student recognized will receive a poster of Gordon Parks, a Certificate of Accomplishment and a copy of Mr. Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree. All winning entries will be on display at the Gordon Parks Celebration.

“We have emailed area teachers the contest information and hope that we have good participation in this year’s contest. For those creative students this is a way for them to show their talents,” she added.

The 11th anniversary Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website www.gordonparkscenter.org. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events are on sale now at the Gordon Parks Museum and at the Country Cupboard. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850 or see the website.

9/8/2014Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead


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Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

Fort Scott, Kansas – Join Christians on Campus, Thursday, September 11, for a presentation of the film God’s Not Dead. The showing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The film is free and open to the public.

The film follows Josh Wheaton’s defense of his rights and beliefs after he enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffery Raddison. All students in Professor Raddison’s course are required to write “God is dead” on a paper, and turn it in, in order to earn a passing grade.

The film runs 113 minutes.

Christians on Campus (CoC) is a Christ centered student organization at FSCC. The club is sponsored and helped by Larry and Vickie Shead, Ryan and Jentry Page and Steve Kramer. CoC meets every Thursday evening in Bailey Hall at 7 p.m. - unless otherwise announced.

For additional information about CoC or the film, God’s Not Dead, contact Larry Shead at larrys@fortscott.edu.


9/15/2014SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.


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SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College was named the 9th best community college in the country by SmartAsset, a personal-financial advice platform. SmartAsset “looked at close to seven hundred public community colleges across the country in order to find the best of the best.”

In a blog post on September 2, the company explained “To determine the best we wanted to figure out which colleges offered a low cost education, good return on investment and high success rate.”

FSCC Interim President, Dick Hedges said, “We’ve long known that our college was an exceptional buy for students and parents alike. We’re grateful for the national recognition.”

A.J. Smith, SmartAsset’s Managing Editor, said, "There are many top college lists out there, but few focus on community colleges. At SmartAsset, where we are concerned about college affordability, we wanted to shed light and provide a list suited to the needs of folks interested in higher education without the high costs.”

Smith continues, “We ranked colleges according to the cost to attend the college, the ratio of starting salary to the cost of education and the percentage of students who enroll at the community college, graduate and then go on to transfer to a four-year institution."

SmartAsset declares their mission to be “Transparency through technology. We use our software and data to provide simple, easy to understand answers to complex financial questions.” The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; BBC News; and Forbes Magazine have cited SmartAsset’s financial analysis.

The SmartAsset report also found that Pratt Community College was the tenth best in the country. No other Kansas schools were ranked.

The original blog post can be found here: http://www.smartasset.com/blog/education/the-top-ten-community-colleges-in-the-country/


9/23/2014FSCC Freshman Livestock Judging Team First in Two Contests


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FSCC Freshman Livestock Judging Team First in Two Contests

Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College Livestock Judging Team had a successful weekend at central Kansas contests.The freshman team got first place at both the Flint Hills Classic in El Dorado and the Mid-American Classic in Wichita. Chase Gleason also finished first among individual freshman at the Mid-American Classic.

FSCC Coach Ryan Page said, "It was a great start to our year.We are very blessed to have a talented group who will continue to work hard."

The Flint Hills Classic was held on Friday and hosted 26 full teams. Approximately 140 students competed in each division. In addition to the freshman team finishing first, five FSCC students placed in the freshman and sophomore top ten lists:

Britton Francis- Paris, MO – Sophomore Top Ten

Chase Gleason of Uniontown, KS – Freshman Top Ten

Callahan Grund of Sharon Springs, KS - Freshman Top Ten

Justin Vehige- Frankenstein, MO – Sophomore Top Ten

Ben Weis of Meyer, Iowa - Freshman Top Ten

Page also said, “The Mid-American Classic was another big win for the Freshmen team and vast improvements were made by the sophomore group.”

In addition to the freshman team finishing first, Chase Gleason finished first among all freshmen present. Addie Bruns of Paola, KS and Layne Robinson of Chillicothe, MO also placed in the top ten for sophomores.


9/23/2014FSCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducts forty students.


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FSCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducts forty students.

Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Theta Omega) inducted forty new students. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of students attending two-year colleges.

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.

Mark McCoy, Chair of the FSCC Board of Trustees, spoke to the gathered students, faculty and staff about the importance of perseverance and goal setting in the pursuit of success.

Students inducted this semester include: Christan Anderson, Joel Anderson, Chelsea Brown, Addison Bruns, Jeremy Calahan, Valetta Cannon, Danielle Cliffman, Amanda-Michelle Cowan, Hayley Dellinger, Jennifer DuVall, Dennis Floyd, Autumn Graham, Victoria Greer, James Grizzle, Kyle Hammond, Lee Hardesty, Janderon Harrison, Justin Henderson, Matthew Hicks, Natalie Hill, Katie Jo Hull, Brendan Janes, Lane Johnson, Justus Kauffman, Brianna Laver, Stephen McDonald, Bret McGuire, Gretchen Mills, Devon Morasch, Frank Moreno, Rahab Ngatia, Meagan Powell, Jash Pytlowany, Jennifer Quinney, Frank Scott, Dylan Stanley, Benjamin Sweyko, Brittany Thomas, Hannah Travis, and Ty Wood.

Josh Budd, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, said, “I am pleased to see FSCC students take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.” Budd added that Phi Theta Kappa members benefit from automatic scholarships if they transfer to a four-year school.


9/23/2014FSCC Music and Theatre Departments to perform Concert in the Park


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FSCC Music and Theatre Departments to perform Concert in the Park

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College will have three groups performing Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The Greyhound Band, Fortté and the cast of the Addams Family Musical will perform from their fall repertoire.

The Greyhound Band, led by FSCC Band Director Michael A. Dzbenski, will perform hits from their popular music repertoire. The band will perform “Paint It Black,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Shipping Up to Boston” and much more!

Fortté, FSCC’s new A Cappella group, will be performing for the first time and will feature a variety of hit numbers from decades past. Songs will include “Amazing Grace,” “Pompeii,” “Heart and Soul” and more.

The Addams Family Musical cast, ledby FSCC Theatre Director, Sara Mae Lamar,will be performing numbers from the hit musical. Pieces include “When You’re an Addams” and “Full Disclosure.”

The Concert in the Park is held in downtown Fort Scott each Friday from May through September. This will be the last performance of the season.


9/23/2014FSCC Men’s Rodeo Team Places 2nd at Cherokee, Oklahoma


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FSCC Men’s Rodeo Team Places 2nd at Cherokee, Oklahoma

Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College Men’s Rodeo Team won second place at the Central Plains Regional in Cherokee, Oklahoma. Three bareback riders and one bull rider placed.

FSCC Rodeo Coach Chad Cross –recent NIRA National Coach of the Year- said, “Second place is a good start to the year.”

Three bareback riders from FSCC placed highly. Wyatt Gewinner of Weeping Water, Nebraska won 2nd place with 146 points. Austin Graham of Jay, Oklahoma was 4th with 144 points. Boyd Miller of Burwell, Nebraska won 5th place with 142 points. The top bareback rider, Wesley Cole of Panhandle College, scored 147 points.

Alex Lee of Adrian, Michigan brought home 4th place in bull riding. His time/score was 62.

Cross added, “Everyone on the team has strong contributions to make. Hard work will bring that from practice to competition.”


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