Category Archives: Fort Scott Community College

FSCC Music Dept.: Handel’s Messiah Pieces

Join us for
The Third Annual
Christmas Tableau
presented by The Fort Scott Community College Music Department
Featuring the FSCC
Concert Chorale, Symphonic Band
& Percussion Ensemble
with Experts from
Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 7th
7 PM -This is a Free event
The Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center

Breakfast With Santa Dec. 7

Bring the Children to have Breakfast with Santa at Bailey Hall on the FSCC Campus!
Merry Christmas
Fort Scott Community College
* Breakfast with Santa!
Includes: biscuits and sausagegravy, scrambled eggs, waffles and juice!
* Prizes
* Games
* Coloring
Saturday, December 7, 2019
from 8 am to 11 am

Businesses, Colleges, Assisted Living Centers: Mobile Driver’s License Office Service

Division of Vehicles makes Mobile Driver’s License Office available across the state


Topeka – The Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Vehicles launched its state-wide mobile driver’s license office as another avenue of convenience and added service for large groups needing to obtain a driver’s license or identification card. When a visit is set up with the mobile unit coordinator, a link is made available to individuals to schedule their visit.


“The mobile unit is for locations like businesses, assisted living facilities, colleges, and universities,” David Harper, Director of the Division of Vehicles said. “This is another way we are cutting back on wait lines and the anticipated rush of people coming into the offices as we get closer to the Real ID implementation deadline.”


Real ID is a set of federal guidelines for traveling on commercial airlines or entering federal facilities where identification is currently necessary. If choosing to be Real ID compliant, the deadline is October 1, 2020.


The Division of Vehicles stepped up its efforts in offering mobile driver’s license office solutions this past spring with two pilot programs. One, to help Sedgewick County Correctional inmates, who were transitioning out of the correctional facility, get state identification cards. The other was for students completing driver’s education in the Blue Valley School District in Johnson County to get their learner’s permit.


“The feedback we received from those pilot programs helped us test the idea and now launch the mobile driver’s license office,” Harper said.


Employers or organizations wanting to host the mobile driver’s license office are encouraged to contact Ethan Davis, Mobile Driver’s License Office coordinator, at






Much to the delight of children young and old, Bigfoot returns to the stage at Fort Scott Community College during the theatre department’s presentation of “Santa ‘Claws’ is Coming to Town,” an original children’s play by Allen Twitchell, theater instructor.


Performance of the 25-minute play is set for 7 p.m. Friday in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus. Admission is free.


“The play is actually a prequel to last year’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is Bigfoot’s Teeth,” Twitchell said. “This time around, Bigfoot is enlisted by his young friends to help save Christmas from the dreaded Doctor Virus. Of course, there is a chase scene, a couple of slow-witted henchmen, a few holiday songs, and a sweet treat, courtesy of Walmart of Fort Scott, for everyone at the end.”


The cast features Isabella Loyd, a freshman from Fort Scott, as Bigfoot; Jazmin Havens, a freshman from Pittsburg, as Ben; Annabelle Moore, a freshman from Lyndon, as Grace; Abby Sweat, a freshman from Pleasanton, as Jordan; Colton Hofer, a sophomore from Fort Scott, as the Newscaster; Kaleb Morrow, a sophomore from Fort Scott, as Doctor Virus; Anthony Oneri, a freshman from Gardner, as Thug 1; Connor Chiarelli, a freshman from Belton, Mo., as Thug 2; Kassie Fugate-Cate, FSCC’s Director of Strategic Communications and Student Activities, as Mrs. Claus; and a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself.


Also assisting with the production are Michael Woodward, a sophomore from Fulton, and Phoenix Burk, a freshman from Pittsburg.

FSCC Volleyball Nationals Send-off 3:15 p.m. today, Nov. 18

Join us for the first-ever Fort Scott Community College Volleyball Nationals send-off Monday, Nov. 18th at 3:15 p.m. in front of Arnold Arena!

FSCC Volleyball has never made it this far in program history, so join us in celebrating this momentous occasion!

After hosting and winning the 1st District Championship in school history, the volleyball team departs after practice today for the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Charleston, West Virginia.

Though the team is ranked 3rd in the Nation in the last NJCAA poll, the lady Greyhounds are the #4 seed at the National Championship.

The volleyball team heads into Nationals with a record of 30-4 and they square off Thursday at 3:00 pm EST vs 13 seeded Waubonsee Community College.

If they win that match, they will play again at 7:30 pm EST Thursday night. The tournament begins this Thursday, Nov. 21 and ends with the National Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 23rd.

More information on how to watch and follow the volleyball team will be sent out in the next couple of days via the Greyhound Athletics Twitter account and various school social media accounts.

Additionally, the team has already earned multiple postseason honors among the players and their coach:

Freshman outside hitter Juliana Squire earned the Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District.

Sophomore setter Sophie Mader earned Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-District honors.

Freshman Bailee Swanson earned Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-District honors.

Sophomore libero Abbie Casper earned Honorable Mention All-Conference and Second Team All-District honors.

Freshman middle blocker Abigail Borough earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Lastly, Head Coach Lindsay Hill was named the Conference Coach of the Year, her first such honor after amassing a record of 233-94 (72% winning percentage) in her 9 seasons at Fort Scott CC and 309-174 overall as a collegiate Head Coach.

Please help us in wishing congratulations and best of luck to the coaches and student-athletes of the volleyball program today in front of Arnold Arena at 3:15, come help us send off the team!

GO Hounds!!!

FSCC Board Agenda for Nov. 18

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, November 18, 2019. The meeting will be held in Cleaver Boileau Agriculture Hall at Fort Scott Community College.

To view the entire package, including financial statements:

11.18.19 Consent Agenda

5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Cleaver Boileau Agriculture Hall at 5:00 p.m. followed by regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.


5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
CALL TO ORDER, 4 A. Comments from the Chair,

4 B. Security Camera Update and Demonstration CONSENT AGENDA,

5 A. Approval of Agenda,

5 B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on October 21, 2019,

6 C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims,

9 D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5 ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS A. Consideration of COP Refinance Bids B. Approval of Disposal of Property – LaHarpe C. Discussion of Emeritus Staff Policy D. Consideration of City of Fort Scott Tax Relief Program

ITEMS FOR REVIEW A. Letters of Appreciation/Correspondence REPORTS,

63 A. Administrative Updates,




• November 18, 2019: Board Meeting

• November 25 – 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Break – Campus Closed

• December 10 – 13, 2019: Final Exams

• December 16, 2019: Board Meeting

• December 23 – January 5, 2020: Winter Break – Campus Closed

• January 8 – 10, 2020: In-service

• January 13, 2020: Spring Semester begins

• January 20, 2020: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Campus Closed

• January 27, 2020: Board Meeting

• February 17, 2020: Board Meeting

• March 16, 2020: Board Meeting

• March 23, – 27, 2020: Spring Break – Campus Closed

• April 3, 2020: Aggie Day

• April 10, 2020: Good Friday – Campus Closed

• April 20, 2020: Board Meeting

• May 11 – 14, 2020: Final Exams

• May 15, 2020: Graduation

• May 18, 2020: Board Meeting

• May 25, 2020: Memorial Day – Campus Closed

• June 15, 2020: Board Meeting

Sincerely, John Bartelsmeyer, Chair Alysia Johnston, President


B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS 1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on October 21, 2019.

C. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT, BILLS and CLAIMS Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.

1) Separations

a) Amanda Johns, Iowa Regional Migrant Recruiter, effective October 31, 2019

b) Jack Gammon, Assistant Football Coach, effective October 31, 2019

c) Rachel Judy, Nursing Instructor, effective December 13, 2019

FSCC Minutes of the Board of Trustees Of Oct. 21

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training October 21, 2019

PRESENT: Jim Fewins, Bernita Hill, Dana McKenney, Liz Meyer, Robert Nelson

ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members. Vice-Chairman Robert Nelson called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Vice-Chairman Nelson stated acknowledged that it was nice to meet in the new Cleaver Boileu Agriculture Hall for the first time. He expressed that he was thrilled with FSCC’s Centennial Celebration and the Gordon Parks Celebration. He added that there is a tremendous number of activities going on at FSCC, mentioning specifically Math Relays, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Alumni Rodeo.

TAX RELIEF PROGRAM PRESENTATION: Rachel Pruitt with the City of Fort Scott provided additional information about the City’s proposed tax relief program. She explained that it is a tax incentive that would be administered locally and added that it would likely not be widely used. She provided a breakdown of how the tax receiving entities divide each tax dollar received and asked the Board to consider approving the program with the 2020 budget.

CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK UPDATE: Coach Philip Redrick provided an update of FSCC’s Cross Country/Track program. He shared that the team consists of 52 students, 48 of which were new recruits. Seven students will attend Regionals in the upcoming week, and the team finished in the top 3 in the conference. CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Hill, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the consent agenda and addendum provided.

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS: A. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by McKenney, and carried by unanimous vote to authorize the calling of the COP sale and the publication of such.
B. Jason Simon, FSCC Director of IT, reviewed technology options for future board agendas and board meetings. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote to purchase iPad Airs for Board members, the President, and the Board Clerk, as well as the ability to recommend a board collaboration software or service.
C. A motion was made by McKenney, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the 201920 Men’s and Women’s basketball game management for a projected total cost of $4,145.
D. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by McKenney, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the purchase of a 2020 Harley Davidson Tri Glide from Bartlesville Cycle Sports, LLC.
E. The Board discussed the draft of the Emeritus Staff Policy. The board will inform Alysia about suggested revisions. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to table the approval of the policy until the next month.
F. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the 60 month contract with AwardSpring scholarship software.

ITEMS FOR REVIEW: The Board reviewed letters of appreciation/correspondence.

REPORTS: A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from Miami County Campus, Student Services, Finance and Operations, and the President.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made by Hill, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to adjourn to executive session for 10 minutes beginning at 7:40 p.m. for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel with no action expected to follow.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at 7:52 p.m. by Hill, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote.


FSCC Will Forfeit Games For Eligibility Issue

On October 15, 2019, Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) was contacted by the national office at the  National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regarding a formal complaint from a non-conference school that had been filed regarding the eligibility of a student-athlete on the FSCC football team.

Further investigation confirmed that FSCC had obtained a release and a transfer tracking form for the student, but was lacking a transfer waiver form which results in a violation of NJCAA by-laws.

On October 18th, FSCC obtained the signed form and the student will be eligible to play for the remainder of the season.

The ruling from the NJCAA went through an appeal process, and the appeal was rejected.  Sanctions from the NJCAA state the FSCC will forfeit the games that the student appeared.

This was an honest, administrative error that the coaches and player had no knowledge.  There was no malicious intent to violate NJCAA by-laws, and there was no benefit for the team to not acquiring the form.  FSCC is committed to refining the eligibility process to ensure that this type of event never occurs again.

FSCC Enrollment Up

picture of students sitting together with laptops and tablets

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) is up 2.10% in enrollment according to the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) 20th day fall preliminary summary. FSCC’s full-time equivalency (FTE) increased from 1,199 in 2018 to 1,224 in 2019. FTE is calculated by dividing the total number of credit hours taken in a semester by 15.


“It is great to see the time and hard work of everyone reflected in the more than two percent increase in credit hours evidenced by the twentieth day report,” says Adam Borth, Vice President of Academic Affairs at FSCC.


FSCC gained in other areas, compared to other Kansas community college, improving retention and success. Fall to fall student retention for 2018 was 57% (55% in 2017), the state-wide average was 58% according to recent data from KBOR. Student success is also on the rise based on the newest data from KBOR. The Student Success Index (SSI) measures student completion rates in the state of Kansas and is calculated on the number of students who:  1)  Completed at Home Institution 2) Completed at System Institution 3) Completed Elsewhere 4) Retained at Home Institution 5) Retained at System Institution 6) Retained Elsewhere. The SSI can be filtered by: 1) student type (first time entering or transfer) 2) intent (non-degree seeking or degree seeking) 3) student status (full-time or part-time) 4) rate year (after 1-8 years). The latest SSI data is from 2015, as it lags behind due to graduation time frames. FSCC had an SSI of 66.7% based on all students who were full-time, non-degree seeking, after 3 years. All Kansas community colleges averaged 57.4% SSI based on the same criteria. When you look at FSCC’s SSI for all students, full-time and part-time, degree seeking and non-degree seeking it is 51% while the state average is 56.7%. The lower rate for FSCC is mostly due to the fact we have a large number of part time students who take one or two classes to improve their technical skills and do not complete a certificate or degree.


“Credit hour enrollment is very fluid as we continually have students dropping and adding classes as the semester progresses, and  although we are not up a great deal from last year, I’m pleased we have a 2% increase in enrollment based on the 20th day report. Faculty and staff continually look for and implement best practices to make sure we have quality programs and are meeting student needs, this translates to continued high quality programs with sustainable enrollment,” says Alysia Johnston, President of FSCC.


For a full report of FSCC’s data on enrollment, please visit the Kansas Board of Regents website at or contact FSCC at 620.223.2700.


*All data obtained for this news release was reported from Kansas Higher Education Statistics at