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Lynne Beatty
Professor, Geoscience

Animals of Antarctica
Nesting Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins -- raising chicks, staying alive

Alpine and Continental Glaciers
Scenic vistas showing how glaciers form, move and shape the landscape in Alaska and Antarctica and what landscapes look like after glaciers are gone

A Scenic Tour of the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Picturesque views of pastoral life on the islands, crossing the Drake Passage with icebergs, Deception Island Caldera and the Continent

Rafting and Hiking Along the Canning River, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
A voyage of wildflowers and caribou

Volcanic Eruptions
Katmai, the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, plus Mt. Lassen and Deception Caldera

Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail
A boreal forest beauty

Permafrost, Polar Bears, and Pack Ice, Oh My!
What is happening to the arctic tundra permafrost? How do scientists conduct research in isolated environments?

Emily Behrmann
General Manager of the Carlsen Center Presents/Carlsen Center

An overview of the Carlsen Center Presents
And other ways JCCC connects to the community through events in the Carlsen Center

Mary Jean Billingsley
CE Instructor

High-Functioning Autism
An overview of Asperger's syndrome, its history, traits and gifts


Bobanne Kalkofen
Professor, Interior Design

Working With a Professional Interior Designer
Get tips on how to select the best interior designer for your needs and a brief overview of the typical services offered by an interior designer, plus suggestions on what you need to do before meeting with your designer for the first time.

Kay King
Associate Professor, Administration of Justice, Chair

Compulsive Gambling
General information about this behavior and its consequences

Criminal Justice System
General overview of the system and how it relates to other systems

General discussion tailored to the needs of the agency requesting the presentation


Valerie Mann
Adjunct Associate Professor – Learning Strategies

Volunteerism: A Way of Life
Volunteering is your community is a win-win proposition. Not only can you enrich your community through your efforts, you may also help yourself. From your career advancement skill to lower depression and mortality rates, the benefits are manifold. Learn about opportunities in our community, as well as why volunteering is a beneficial way of life

Karen Martley
VP, Continuing Education & Organizational Development

It goes without saying that good leadership is crucial to any successful organization. But, what makes a good leader and how can someone develop himself or herself into a good leader if they are not one to begin with? The answer is that there are many factors that contribute to good leadership. And, whether someone is naturally a good leader or not, anyone can become a good leader.

Change Management
It is often said that the only things in life that are inevitable are death and taxes. Well, you can add a third item to the things that are inevitable, and that is change. And change is happening faster than at any time in human history. To deal effectively with change you cannot let it frustrate or upset you. You cannot attempt to minimize or avoid change. Instead, you have to learn how to deal with change, and use it to your advantage.

Employment Engagement
Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organization’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organizational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being. Employers can have a great deal of impact on people’s level of engagement. That is what makes it so important, as a tool for business success.


Sheilah Philip
Professor of Theatre, Academic Coordinator for Theatre

JCCC Theatre Department Productions: Something for Everyone
A summary of the productions scheduled for the current season, including discussion of the way we choose productions and why we seek the variety we do.

What If I Lose My Voice? Or, Tomorrow's My Big Presentation and Now I've Caught a Cold. What Can I Do?
From time to time, we all find ourselves having to make a speech or presentation when we don't feel well and when our voice sounds like a rasp! This talk will assist you in learning what you can do to help yourself, how best to protect your voice, and what syrups and pills will help while others will not.


Charis Sawyer
Associate Professor, Center for Teaching & Learning

The Aging Brain
Contrary to popular opinion, not all the news is negative on the brain as it grows older. This interactive presentation explores what is positive about an older brain, according to research.

Sleep and the Brain
New research is giving us more insight into the sleeping/dreaming process and why it is so important to brain function.

The Gray Side of the Brain - Brain Basics
This interactive presentation will provide background information for understanding the new research available on how the brain functions. Topics may include aging, chemicals, environmental issues, sleep or others suggested by audience.

The Adolescent Brain
Neuroscientists are discovering new information on the teenage brain and its growth and pruning. Why do teenagers do the things they do? This presentation will survey the current knowledge of brain development in adolescence.

What's Love Got to Do With It?
Take a look at the emotional side of the brain. How does the brain recognize emotions? Where are emotions recorded in the brain? What are the physiological impacts of emotions on learning? Answers are provided in an interactive presentation.

Stress, Anxiety, and the Brain
This presentation answers the questions about the impact of too much stress on the brain. How much is too much? What physiological changes take place in an anxious brain? What are some effective ways to handle stress and anxiety?

Lori Schwartz
Adjunct Professor, Psychology

Making Relationships Work
I was recently certified as a sex therapist and have been a licensed psychologist for the last 20 years. I'll discuss what we know -- from our research as psychologists -- will help ensure relationships work and talk about what harms relationships. 

Chris Specht
Instructor, Program Coordinator; Accelerating Opportunity - Kansas

Literacy in Johnson County
Learn about the problem of functional illiteracy in the U.S. and in our community and the services Johnson County Adult Education offers to improve the literacy skills of under-educated adults.

Loralee Stevens
Continuing Education Business Liaison, Consultant

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