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Mission and Academic Freedom Statement

The mission of the Academic Symposium is to provide an open and public forum which will allow the faculty and staff of KCKCC to make presentations of academic or artistic merit.

As Faculty and Staff of this public institution of higher learning, we seek to uphold the values expressed in the KCKCC Academic Freedom Statement:

The college recognizes that academic freedom is essential to the fulfillment of the purposes of higher education and acknowledges the fundamental need to protect faculty members from censorship or restraint which might interfere with their obligations in the performance of professional duties.

Accordingly, faculty members shall be guaranteed full freedom in academic presentations and discussions and may introduce politically, religiously, or otherwise controversial materials relevant to course content. When faculty members are exercising their rights to citizenship in public, they should indicate that they are not official spokespersons for the college.

Virtual Academic Symposium

The Biology of Coronavirus  a Virtual KCKCC Academic Symposium.  Presented by Dr. Curtis V. Smith (Professor of Biology).

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the General Aspects of Coronavirus; Modes of Transmission; Pneumonic Coronaviruses (e.g. SARS, MERS); a Historical context of COVID-19 and other Public Health Concerns.

Objectives:

1)  Identify the morphology and genetic features of  SARS-CoV-2.

2)  List the unusually contagious aspects of SARS-CoV-2.

3)  Compare and contrast the symptoms of three pneumonic Coronaviruses.

4)  Describe environmental conditions that lead to animal Coronaviruses recombining and becoming human pathogens.

5)  Analyze what can be done to stop pandemics from starting and how to shut them down once they begin.

Spring 2020 Academic Symposiums

The Invisible Truth: The Black Male Experience in Eduction on Tuesday, February 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 2325.  Presented by Marquis Harris and Robert Roberson III, M.S.

The purpose of this session is to shed light on the invisible truth of the Black Male experience in education. This interactive session will explore the stereotypes, athletic socialization of black males, and strategies to help better prepare current and future generations for a positive educational experience. This session will particularly benefit mentors of Black male students, academic advisors, coaches, and instructors who are curious in learning how to help Black males succeed in higher education.

Objectives:

1) Identify and discuss the historical context of the African-American Experience in Education.

2) Identify and discuss elements of Black male identity.

3) Dissect the cause and effects of hyper-athletic socialization of Black males.

4) Create and discuss solutions to address hyper-athletic Black male socialization in higher education.

5) Communicate best practices to promote academic success for Black Male students.

Perceptions of the impact of Successful GED completion and continuing on to postsecondary education, Presented by Dr. Martin Clark, Adult Education Instructor 

** This symposium has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope to reschedule this event during the Fall 2020 semester.

The General Education Development (GED) credential is a necessary step students who have not completed high school must take in order for them to continue on to a postsecondary institution.  Unfortunately, little is known about the impact of successful GED completion and students who continue on to a postsecondary education.  This symposium will provide information about a qualitative study that seeks to understand the impact of GED completion and will include a review of challenges these students face and provide strategies for educators and students.

Objectives:

1). At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to identify the unique challenges facing GED students.

2) At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to understand the impact of successfully completing the GED credential and its impact on students continuing on to a secondary education.

***Faculty bringing a class, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence in advance at cte@kckcc.edu

Academic Symposiums sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence

2019

Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History of Racism, Exclusion, and the Development of the Modern United States-Mexico Border, presented by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor of History and the Mellon/ACLS (American Council on Learned Societies) Community College Faculty Fellowship for his research project of Negotiating Boundaries: Resistance, Cooperation, and State-Building in the Guatemalan-Mexican Borderlands.

People of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, presented by Nathan D. Horowitz, Instructor, English as a Second Language.

Some Days & Some Nights: Disrupting Suicide in both a Student and Veteran Population, co-hosted by Dr. Tom Hall, KCKCC retired Professor of Psychology and the previous National Chair of the PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee for Vietnam Veterans of America and the KCKCC Veteran's Center.

Marijuana: From Refer Madness to Medical Acceptance, presented by Linda Warner, LCPC and KCKCC Director of Counseling and Advocacy and Jackson Warner, Pharm. D, and Kansas City area pharmacist.

2018

The Cultural Influences of Renaissance Florence, presented by Professor and Interim Dean of Math, Science and Business Division, Dr. Curtis Smith.

The Biggest Media Moments of the Year, presented by Professor Bryan Whitehead (Journalism)

Addiction and the Opiate Crisis, presented by Michael James, Counselor and Coordinator of the KCKCC Addiction Counseling Program.

Critical Issues: The Opioid Crisis, a Panel Discussion.  Panel includes representatives from Law Enforcement, Treatment/Recovery, the Medical Profession and a family member impacted by the crisis.

2017       

Our view of history shapes our hope for the future, Presented by Joel English (Adult Education)

Ice, Isotopes & the Ends of the World, Presented by Ernie May, Professor of Science

A Yankee in the Okinawan Court, or a Year in Okinawa, Presented by Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gregg Ventello, Professor of English

Shifting Waters: International Borders, Conflict, and Cooperation, by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Assistant Professor of History.

A Discussion of Small Scale Agriculture in America, by Tom Weis, Professor of English.

Previous Academic Symposiums

audience

The Invisible Truth: The Black Male Experience in Education, presented by Marquis Harris and Robert Roberson III, M.S., February 25, 2020.

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The Invisible Truth: The Black Male Experience in Education-Presented by Marquis Harris & Robert Roberson III, M.S.

February 25, 2020 11:00AM-12:15 PM Room 2325

presenters of the academic symposium

The Invisible Truth: The Black Male Experience in Education, presented by Marquis Harris and Robert Roberson III, M.S., February 25, 2020.

Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor

Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History of Racism, Exclusion, and the Development of the Modern United States-Mexico Border

Presented by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor of History December 3, 2019.

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Enforcing an Imaginary Line: A History of Racism, Exclusion, and the Development of the Modern United States-Mexico Border

December 3, 2019 11:00 a.m. presented by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Associate Professor

academic symposium

People of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, presented by Nathan D. Horowitz, Instructor, English as a Second Language.

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"People of the Ecuadorian Rainforest" presented by Nathan D. Horowitz, English as a Second Language Instructor, Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

This symposium can be viewed here.

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Some Days & Some Nights: Disrupting Suicide in both a Student and Veteran Population, presented by Dr. Tom Hall, KCKCC retired Professor of Psychology and the previous National Chair of the PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee for Vietnam Veterans of America.

guests at academic symposium

Some Days & Some Nights: Disrupting Suicide in both a Student and Veteran Population, presented by Dr. Tom Hall, KCKCC retired Professor of Psychology and the previous National Chair of the PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee for Vietnam Veterans of America.

academic symposium flyer

Marijuana: From Refer Madness to Medical Acceptance, presented by Linda Warner, LCPC and KCKCC Director of Counseling and Advocacy and Jackson Warner, Pharm. D, and Kansas City area pharmacist. March 7, 2019

academic symposium flyer

The Biggest Media Moments of the Year, presented by Professor Bryan Whitehead (Journalism) October, 25, 2018

academic symposium flyer

Addiction and the Opiate Crisis, presented by Michael James, Counselor and Coordinator of the KCKCC Addiction Counseling Program.

In addition to the symposium a panel discussion was hosted: Critical Issues: The Opioid Crisis, a Panel Discussion.  Panel includes representatives from Law Enforcement, Treatment/Recovery, the Medical Profession and a family member impacted by the crisis.

Our view of history shapes our hope for the future, Presented by Joel English (Adult Education) November 9, 2017

academic symposium flyer

Ice, Isotopes & the Ends of the World, Presented by Ernie May, Professor of Science Presented October 24, 2017

academic symposium flyer

Shifting Waters: International Borders, Conflict, and Cooperation, by Dr. Aaron Margolis, Assistant Professor of History. April 20, 2017

academic symposium flyer

A Discussion of Small Scale Agriculture in America, presented by Professor Tom Weis, February 28, 2017.

academic symposium poster

The Cultural Influences of Renaissance Florence, presented by Dr. Curtis Smith, November 28, 2017