Named Facilities

JCCC has honored faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and community members who have donated time, talents and dollars to the college by naming rooms and buildings for them on campus. Those so honored are:

Ad Astra Scheduling Center (Room RC 140)
The campus scheduling offices in the Regnier Center were named for Ad Astral Scheduling Systems in 2007. The college uses Ad Astral Schedule software for scheduling classrooms, meeting rooms and public spaces. Ad Astral agreed to gift the upgrade to its system, Platinum Analytics, in exchange for the naming opportunity.

James Biffar Foyer (Room NMOCA 100)
The James Biffar Foyer is the space between the exterior and interior doors at the front entrance to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Biffar was a collector of American Indian art and a longtime volunteer in the Gallery of Art; he passed away suddenly in 2006. His efforts during the Beyond Bounds fund raisers were instrumental in making those initiatives successful. The naming is at the request of Bruce Hartman, museum director, as part of a gift to the museum.

Billington Library
In January 2001, the Educational Media Center became the Billington Library in recognition of one of the college's founders, Dr. Wil Billington, the chairman of the college's first board of trustees.

Bodker Black Box Theatre (Room CC 172)
In May 2010, the trustees agreed to name the Black Box Theatre in the Carlsen Center in honor of Harvey S. Bodker, president of Bodker Realty and a long-time supporter of the college and the JCCC Foundation. The Bodker Black Box Theatre is used exclusively by the college's academic theatre department and can be configured in a number of ways so students can experience different kinds of theater productions.

Capitol Federal Conference Center (Rooms RC 101A, B, C, D)
The conference center on the first floor of the Regnier Center is named for Capitol Federal Savings. The Capitol Federal Foundation has supported JCCC for many years through the establishment of the Capitol Federal Scholarship Endowment through the JCCC Foundation and includes the college in its statewide Capitol Federal Savings Scholars program, which provides financial assistance to deserving students.

Carlsen Center
The Cultural Education Center was renamed the Carlsen Center in December 1998 in honor of JCCC president Dr. Charles J. Carlsen, who was instrumental in the creation of one of the region's finest centers for the performing arts.

Barton P. Cohen and Mary D. Cohen Gallery (Room NMOCA 201)
The Barton P. Cohen and Mary D. Cohen Gallery on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art was a gift to the college in August 2005 from Barton P. Cohen and Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen. The Cohen Gallery will feature work by area and regional artists.

Craig Community Auditorium (Room GEB 233)
In May 2004, the 240-seat auditorium in the General Education Building (233 GEB) was named the Craig Community Auditorium in honor of Ben and Evadean Craig. Ben Craig, chairman of the board of Metcalf Bank, was one of the college's founders.

The Richard I. and Jeanne S. Galamba Lobby (Room NMOCA 101)
Richard and Jeanne Galamba pledged to the Nerman Museum's endowment, which will generate revenue in support of museum programming in perpetuity. He is chairman and founder of Galamba Metals Group, one of the most prominent scrap companies in the region. In recognition of this gift, the lobby of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is named for Galamba and his wife.

Barbara Gill Lifetime Fitness Center (Room GYM 103)
The Lifetime Fitness Center in the Gymnasium was named for Barbara Gill in 2002. An instructor, coach and fitness advocate at JCCC, she was instrumental in the creation of the center.

Hiersteiner Child Development Center 
In December 2003, the Children's Center was renamed the Hiersteiner Child Development Center in honor of benefactors Walter and Jean Hiersteiner. A gift from the Hiersteiners allowed the college to enlarge and renovate the center in order to serve a greater number of children and enhance the instruction of students in the college's early childhood education program.

M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Auditorium (Room NMOCA 217B)
In March 2004, the college announced that the auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art would be named for M.R. and Evelyn Hudson, in recognition of a gift from the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation, Dallas. Murdock R. Hudson and his family were the founders of Hudson Oil, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Gallery (NMOCA 2nd Floor) 
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Gallery, the largest of the permanent collection galleries on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, recognizes the Foundation's contribution.  Based in Kansas City, Mo., the Kauffman Foundation is the 26th largest in the United States, focusing its grants and operations on entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.

Virginia Krebs Community Room (Room CC 107)
In 2002 the Visitors Center on the first floor of the Carlsen Center was renamed the Virginia Krebs Community Room in honor of Virginia Krebs, the college's first employee, a past director of Community Services and a current trustee.

Lichtor Conference Room (Room NMOCA 214G)
In December 2004, the college announced that the conference room in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art would be named in honor of Margery Lichtor, a long-time supporter of the college, the JCCC Foundation and the college's Gallery of Art.

Lytle Conference Room (Room GEB 141)
In 2007, the Kansas Room (141 GEB), became the Robert F. Lytle Conference Room. Bob Lytle was instrumental in establishing the college in 1967-69 and served as the college's legal counsel for almost 40 years. He was also a member of the JCCC Foundation board of directors.

McCaffree Gallery (Room NMOCA 210)
In December 2004, the college announced that the focus gallery in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art would be named the McCaffree Gallery. The McCaffree family supports the scholarship program, Shooting Stars, through the Arts Council of Johnson County.

H. Tony and Marti Oppenheimer Gallery (Room NMOCA 102)
JCCC has received more than $2,100,000 since 1993 from the Oppenheimers and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation to build a collection of contemporary art -known as the Oppenheimer collection - and to support visual art on the JCCC campus. The largest of three designated temporary exhibition galleries and the new media gallery in the Nerman Museum are named for the Oppenheimers.

Polsky Theatre (Carlsen Center)
Because of their contribution to the college's capital campaign and their funding of the Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series, the 400-seat theatre in the Carlsen Center was named Polsky Theatre in October 2004. This was done in honor of the Norman and Elaine Polsky Family Supporting Foundation within the Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Regnier Center
In June 2003, the college received a $5 million challenge gift from the Victor and Helen Regnier Charitable Foundation to support construction of a new technology complex on campus, to be known as the Regnier Center.

Shull Foyer - Foyer of the Regnier Center
In December 2004, the college announced that the foyer of the Regnier Center would be named in honor of Dick and Barbara Shull, long-time supporters of the college and the JCCC Foundation.

Hugh W. Speer Board Room (Room GEB 137)
The room used for board of trustees meetings (137 GEB) was named for Dr. Hugh W. Speer, who served on the board of trustees from its inception in 1969 to his death in 1996.

Irma Starr Gallery (Room NMOCA 203)
Nationally known ceramic artist Irma Starr gave the museum an estate gift. One of the permanent collection galleries on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is named for her. Starr specializes in English slipware pottery in the traditional 17th-century style and has been called one of the "greatest living practitioners of these traditional decorative techniques."

Tearney Education Center (Rooms NMOCA 212 & 213)
The Tearney Education Center encompasses two classrooms on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. One room will be reserved for arts activities for children K-12, the other for art education for adults and for museum-related meetings. The center was named in August 2005 for Jim and Mary Tearney.

Dean E. Thompson Gallery (Room NMOCA 103)
The northeast temporary exhibition gallery on the first floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is named for Dean E. Thompson, one of the first people to become involved with the JCCC Gallery of Art when it opened in 1990. Since then, Thompson has donated 18 works to the college, which are included in the college's permanent collection.

Jerry Vincent Hospitality Suite (Room OCB 108)
The kitchens used by the chef apprentice program in the Office and Classroom Building were named for Jerry Vincent in 2002 in recognition for his development of the chef apprentice and hospitality management programs at JCCC.

Yardley Hall (Carlsen Center)
In 1991, the 1,250-seat auditorium in the Carlsen Center was named for Arthur and Alma Yardley, who gave a $1 million gift to JCCC to support the performing arts.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
In August 2003, the college received a lead gift million from the Nerman family-Jerome, Margaret and their son, Lewis-to support the construction of a museum of contemporary art on campus.