Fred Logan

JCCC Spotlights Democracy

JCCC has joined a national initiative that seeks to ensure that every college student gains an education in democracy. 

Toward that end, the college is spotlighting a series of events that will take place this academic year. They range from helping students register to vote for the November election to a mock presidential debate to a presentation on the inside workings of politics by former JCCC trustee Fred Logan. 

The Democracy Commitment, as the initiative is called, "is something in keeping with the college's strategic plan," said Jason Kovac, executive director of academic initiatives. Participating in it is one more way for the college to help its thousands of students become the leaders of tomorrow, he said. 

The Democracy Commitment, designed for community colleges, is modeled after the American Democracy Project, which was set up for four-year colleges and universities. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., at the offices of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 

Logan, a local attorney who has been involved in politics for years, now serves on the Kansas Board of Regents. His Oct. 11 presentation will provide a "peek-behind-the-curtain" look at politics, Kovac said. 

"He's got a lot to share with students," Kovac said. 

Because of the upcoming presidential election, the college already was working on sponsoring a number of democracy-related events when it joined the initiative, said Mindy Kinnaman, manager of student life and leadership development. 

The college added some events, she said, and the initiative "fit in perfectly." 

Coming up: 

Voter Registration Drives
Thursdays through Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at tables in the Commons Building. Hosted by College Democrats 

Kansas Supreme Court Oral Arguments
9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, Craig Community Auditorium, GEB 233. The public is invited to observe. 

U.S. Presidential Pets
11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in COM 319. Hosted by Ronnie Elmore, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. 

Mock Presidential Debate
Noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, in COM 319. Hosted by the JCCC debate team. 

Presidential Debate Watch Party
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233). Hosted by College Republicans. 

Politics in American Democracy
11 a.m. Oct. 11, Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233).
Fred Logan, local attorney, former JCCC trustee, vice chair of the Kansas Board of Regents and contributing writer for the Kansas City Business Journal, looks at politics in America today. 

An International Look at American Democracy
10 a.m. Oct. 17, COM 319
A panel of JCCC international students will discuss how American democracy appears to those from other countries.

Behind the Ads: The History and Rhetoric of Attack Ads
10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, COM 319. Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement.

Volunteerism
2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, COM 319. Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement. 

Naturalization Ceremony
Feb. 22, Polsky Theatre
People from dozens of countries and cultures will take the final step in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States at JCCC.

Veterans Look at American Democracy
Date to be announced
A panel of veteran students at JCCC will provide a soldier’s perspective on democracy in the United States.

Working Inside American Democracy
Date to be announced
Riley Scott, deputy chief of staff and state director for Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, talks about what it’s like to work in politics today.

You can also give your views of democracy in a whiteboard dialogue in and around the lobby of Billington Library.