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FSCC Update

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Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 12:00 P.M.

RE: FSCC novel coronavirus, COVID-19 update


Bourbon County Health Department issued an emergency stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 until April 26, 2020. Due to the order, campus access will change from the last update on March 19. Community Colleges are considered an essential service by the state of Kansas and we will begin with all courses online March 30th as planned.


The stay-at-home order requires essential services to comply with social distancing requirements which includes maintaining at least six-feet social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times. FSCC faculty/staff are encouraged to work remotely if possible. Some employees will be asked to work an altered schedule to minimize contact. Please use email as your primary source of communication. All department emails can be found on our directory at


All Courses Online


ALL FSCC courses will be online for the remainder of the semester. This includes all technical courses/programs taught at CTEC, Construction Trades at La Harpe, Fort Scott John Deere/Welding, Harley-Davidson in Frontenac, Allied Health/Nursing at Burke Street, and Welding, Construction Trades, Criminal Justice, and Allied Health/Nursing in Miami County. All courses (including general education) will resume in the online format beginning March 30th.





For students without readily available internet access, please contact your local area internet service and cellular service providers. Many companies are working with students during this time to ensure access to internet services. If this is unsuccessful, please contact Janet Fancher ( or Adam Borth (



Updated Closures


The Bookstore, Library, Computer Labs, and Student Success Center will be closed until at least April 26, 2020 when the stay-at-home order is lifted.


Advising and Enrollment:


Fall enrollment will open March 30, and advising will be assisting students via phone appointments and email. To schedule an appointment please contact via email:


·         Russ Souza (

·         Ashley Keylon (

·         Quentin Choice (


You may call 620.223.2700, ext. 3630 and leave a detailed message, including name, student ID (if applicable), and contact information.



The situation is still evolving and may change at any time. We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and will continue to comply with local and state guidelines and orders. We will keep the students, faculty/staff, and community updated on any changes for work requirements, campus access, etc.; as needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19



Stay safe!


Alysia Johnston, FSCC President


March 19th Update

March 17th Update

March 15th Update (pdf)

COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan

Ronda Bailey Retires From FSCC

Ronda Bailey, submitted photo.

This is part of a series highlighting educators who will retire this school year.

In spite of the world crisis, life goes on, and FortScott.Biz will continue to  feature stories of local interest.


Ronda Bailey, 63, has been an educator at Fort Scott Community College for 36 years, teaching English, music and education.

She is retiring this year.

The best part of teaching for Bailey has been being with the students, she said. ” I love the classroom. I love seeing them succeed when they never thought they would; or sharpen their skills. Also, I enjoy watching them discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives.”

” I am heartbroken that I will not get to have the remainder of this year with the students who were in my classes, but I also know that some of them will be in my life after this is over. Many of my former students stay in touch, and I love it.  I am excited for the all-school reunion at Uniontown later this year.”


How did you become an educator?

“I remember sitting in my seventh-grade music class in Bronaugh listening to my band teacher Betty Jo Laflen. As I sat there, I realized I wanted to do what she did.  I am excited that this fall, I will be substituting for Bronaugh’s current band director while she is on maternity leave. It is exciting for me to go back to the room where my career started.”


Did someone inspire you to teach?

“There were many, but four come to mind. The first was my Aunt, Florence Mason. She taught in many of the one-room schools in Bourbon County.  She took me with her to school one day. I believe that was the day I thought teaching could be fun. I already mentioned Betty Jo Laflen. I told her that I wanted to do what she did.  She then mentored me.  She encouraged me by having me take solos to contest,  perform in ensembles at Bronaugh and PSU, and take voice, piano, and clarinet lessons. She continued in that mentor role throughout my career. Sharon Pruitt was the band director at Bronaugh after Mrs. Laflen resigned. Sharon has been a mentor too, and she was piano teacher my senior year. She prepared me for college. All of these women were positive role models that I was fortunate to have in my life. The last person taught me community college teaching, band directing, and recruiting was Robert Estes. He would explain the how and why he directed a composition a certain way, how to organize a music festival and much more.  My Aunt Florence died several years ago, but the other three are still very much in my life.  I am blessed.”


What have been the greatest challenges?

“Leaving Uniontown School District and leaving Fort Scott Community College.

The Uniontown school district, parents, and children accepted me with open arms. It was a time of great music there. We all worked toward a common goal, and we were successful marching, competing in contest competitions, and learning to love music. It was a wonderful time in my life, and it was so hard to leave..

” Leaving FSCC is a challenge too.  FSCC has been in my life for nearly 40 years. I walked on that campus a scared girl from Bronaugh who did not think she could achieve her dream of teaching, but FSCC was the perfect fit. I was in every music ensemble, second runner-up homecoming queen representing Christians on Campus, and student government. I was the Greyhound Express editor, and Bernita Hill, the sponsor, taught me so much about journalism and English. I have taught, in some capacity, at FSCC thirty-six years.  Walking out that door for the last time is hard.”


Thoughts on retiring?

“As I said previously, I am going to be a substitute at Bronaugh, Mo. I am excited to have my first summer without teaching summer classes for the first time in fifteen years. I want to read some of the good books that I have not had a chance to read for a while and sew some.

“Hopefully, this pandemic will pass soon and my husband and I will be able to travel some. Until then we will work on our cattle ranch.”



Bailey received an AA from FSCC in 1976,   a BSED K-12 instrumental and choral music education from Missouri Southern State University,  a master’s in music and also an English certification for 7-12 and Advanced Studies English from Pittsburg State University, in addition, she attended Baker University for Advanced Studies English.



Bailey’s hometown is Bronaugh, Mo. She is married to  Roger and they have a daughter, Taylor.



Bailey has been involved in the community in the following ways: Bourbon County Arts Council Member, Bourbon County Fair Fashion Revue Superintendent, Bourbon County Fair Extension Unit Sewing Judge, Progressive Mother’s Club Member, and past president and vice president, Gordon Parks Center Board, member of Community Christian Church and worship accompanist.





FSCC Nursing Program donates medical supplies

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) Department of Nursing has been fortunate enough to be able to give back to people of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities during this time of uncertainty. The FSCC Department of Nursing was able to donate the following to Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott:

  • 20,000 gloves of various sizes
  • 1,100 ear-loop masks
  • 250 pairs of shoe covers
  • 100+ N95 masks
  • 100+ isolation gowns
  • 7 face shields
  • 12 disposable stethoscopes.

It is a true honor to be in the position that we are able to donate these supplies to those healthcare superheroes so they are adequately able to care for our community,” says Jordan Howard, Director of FSCC.

All of FSCC’s classes have recently moved to an online base learning including the Nursing Program for the remainder of the semester. The technical/hands-on classes such as FSCC Nursing, John Deere, Welding, etc. do have the ability to do simulations online that mimic real-life scenarios. Because of that, the FSCC Nursing Department wanted to put their unused medical supplies to good use.

We definitely want to help keep our frontline ER personnel safe and are more than happy to support our local healthcare needs with the supplies,” says Alysia Johnston, FSCC President.

To view FSCC’s COVID-19 EAP and any other updates, please visit


Larry Shead Retiring From FSCC

Larry Shead. Submitted photo.
Larry Shead, 69,  instructor at Fort Scott Community College will retire in May.
A  teacher of computer science classes at the college for the last 20 years,  Shead worked in private business, then as principal of a local school and began his career at FSCC in 2000.
Even though his college degree is in mathematics, his involvement in his church got him into eduction.
“When our church started Faith Christian Academy and our children attended there, I was involved as a parent,” he said. “Later, I was involved as the principal of the school.”
” I have several preachers and teachers in my ancestry.,” Shead said. “However,  my children are the main reason I got involved in education.  I believe that children get a much better education when their parents are involved in their education.  All of my grandchildren are being home-schooled by their parents.  They are very involved.”
“When my family moved to Garland from Joplin, in 1978, I had a job as a computer programmer at the Western Insurance Companies,” Shead said.  “After that, I worked for Midwestern Distribution for a short period, then Farm and Home in Nevada.  I got more into education after that as the Principal of Faith Christian Academy for 10 years.  I taught at FSCC as a night time adjunct instructor while working at the Western.  In 2000, I began as a full-time employee at FSCC and soon became the Computer Science teacher when Dennis Smirl retired.”
Shead attended  Arcadia High School, then graduated from Pittsburg  High School, Pittsburg, before earning a  Bachelor of Science – Mathematics from Kansas State College of Pittsburg. and also attended  Ozark Christian College for one year. He received a Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK.
His hometown is Arcadia, KS and has been married to his wife, Vickie for 47 years.
They have four married children-Mark (Haley) Shead, Fort Scott, Michael (Chrisi) Shead, Chichicastenango, Guatemala; Maria (Clayton) Whitson, Garland, KS; Mitzi (Joel) Ray, Tulsa, OK and  20 grandchildren.
His community involvement is Faith Church on the prayer team; Bourbon County Republican Central Committee; Christians on Campus Faculty Sponsor;  and International Student Coordinator at FSCC.
The best part of teaching  for Shead is  graduation, he said.  “Seeing these young people having completed their associate’s degree, or certificate and moving on to the next phase of life!”
The greatest challenge for Shead has been keeping students attention., he said.  “This age of gadgets has many distractions even in the classroom.”
” Some people ask me what I will do when I retire,” Shead said. ” I tell them, I have a farm.  I will not lack for something to do.  As my wife and I made a short trip recently, we made a list of items we need to do on our farm.   Also, our family in Guatemala has a new baby we have not seen.  We plan to make a trip to see them.  Hanging out with grandchildren is big on the list, too.”

FSCC COVID 19 Update

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Date: March 19, 2020
Time: 11:00 A.M.
RE: FSCC novel coronavirus, COVID-19 update

All Courses Online

ALL FSCC courses will be online for the remainder of the semester. This includes all technical courses/programs taught at CTEC, Construction Trades at La Harpe, Fort Scott John Deere/Welding, Harley-Davidson in Frontenac, Allied Health/Nursing at Burke Street, and Welding, Construction Trades, Criminal Justice, and Allied Health/Nursing in Miami County. All courses (including general education) will resume in the online format beginning March 30th.



For students without readily available internet access, please contact your local area internet service and cellular service providers. Many companies are working with students during this time to ensure access to internet services. If this is unsuccessful, please contact Janet Fancher ( or Adam Borth (

Campus Access
FSCC dorms: Closed for the remainder of the spring semester.


Bookstore, Library, Computer Labs and Student Success Center: Resume normal hours of operation on March 30. A maximum limit of ten individuals are allowed in those locations, this includes visitors and employees.


Campus tours: The admissions office is open and accepting applications, answering questions, and providing information to potential students. Physical campus tours are currently suspended, however, please reach out to the office if you have any questions or inquiries ( or 620.223.2700, ext. 3510). For more information, please visit the admissions webpage:


Advising and Enrollment: Fall enrollment will open March 30, and advising will be assisting students via phone appointments and email. To schedule an appointment please contact Russ Souza (, Ashley Keylon (, Quentin Choice (, or call 620.223.2700, ext. 3610. When calling, please leave a detailed message, including name, student ID (if applicable), and contact information.


Spring Play

The spring play, Space Girl, is officially cancelled.
Working Remotely

Some FSCC employees/departments are working remotely and outside of the traditional hours of operation. FSCC recommends email as the primary method of communication.



The situation remains very fluid and evolving, please check the FSCC website regularly. Stay safe.


Alysia Johnston


FSCC Extends Spring Break: Will Transition to Online from March 30

Fort Scott Community College has been following Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) guideline for closing schools.

There are no specific guidelines for community colleges in Kansas, as we are locally governed.

We have students travel to campus from a wide geographical area which exposes our campus community, and makes FSCC more vulnerable to the possible spread of infection.

With this in mind, we have decided to immediately begin spring break from March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020.

Beginning on March 30, we will transition to online instruction delivered through the college’s learning management system, Blackboard, for all general education courses.

ALL COURSES (even those beginning the semester online) will observe the two week break in classes.

No instruction, exams, quizzes, attendance, or material will be required of the students during this two week period.

Please adjust schedules accordingly, and do not make exceptions to this guidance.


Technical Instruction

All technical instruction at CTEC, Allied Health courses specific to high school students, Welding and Construction Trades at Miami County, Construction Trades at La Harpe, Agricultural Technology (John Deere)/Welding at Fort Scott, Allied Health courses specific to high schools at Burke Street, and Harley-Davidson will continue face to face instruction beginning March 30, 2020 (a specific link of courses meeting face to face beginning March 30 will be posted prior to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16th).

We will evaluate the situation through consultation with state and local agencies to determine a timeline for the resumption of on-campus classes.

Schedule of Operations

  • March 16 – March 27: Spring Break (No classes or Instruction)
  • March 16 – March 20: Employees report to campus, as scheduled (please see guidance below regarding working remotely)
  • March 30:
  • Online instruction begins for all general education courses
  • Face to face technical program instruction for the courses/programs listed above resumes
  • Standard employee hours resume
  • We will remain with online instruction for general education courses for the remainder of the semester.


Please be prepared to log into your Blackboard account beginning March 30 to continue your coursework.

Regularly monitor your student email accounts for communication from your instructors.

Utilize this link if you need assistance logging into your account:

If you have any additional questions, or need assistance, please contact the instruction office at 620.223.2700, ext. 3400.

Students working within the Federal Work Study program will continue to be paid for typical hours worked.

Paychecks will be mailed to the address on file, please email or with the mailing address you would like your checks to be sent.


Faculty will be expected to remain on campus March 16 – 20 for the implementation of online course delivery.

Susie Arvidson, in conjunction with the instruction office will be offering workshops and providing resources to faculty as you prepare to transition your classes to an online modality.

Workshops will be held in A-139 for faculty needing assistance transitioning to online courses at the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 17
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday,  March 18
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Panopto Training)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Panopto Training)

We ask faculty that are already teaching remotely or online be available with guidance and instruction for faculty who are not currently engaged in distance learning.

Employees who the CDC indicates are at-risk due to age, or medical necessity may contact their direct supervisor to request workplace modifications or leave time.

Employees who feel they are unable to attend work due to family or personal circumstances should notify their supervisor.

The leave time will not be deducted from accrued sick or vacation days.

Additional information for faculty and staff will be delivered through email.


Administration is working with human resources to determine a plan and staffing requirements that will accommodate student needs on campus and to support our operations during this time.

The campus is open and staff are expected to report to work at their usual time.

Employees who the CDC indicates are at-risk due to age, or medical necessity may contact their direct supervisor to request workplace modifications or leave time. Employees who feel they are unable to attend work due to family or personal circumstances should notify their supervisor. The leave time will not be deducted from accrued sick or vacation days. Additional information for faculty and staff will be delivered through email.

Campus Events & Community Meetings

Citing recommendations by the CDC as well as state and local health organizations, all on-campus events will be canceled or postponed until further notice.

This includes campus tours (including those scheduled with admissions or athletics), college recruitment events, and events hosted by outside organizations within campus facilities.

While we greatly appreciate and encourage community engagement, for the safety of all involved, this will include meetings and/or lunches hosted on campus by local civic organizations.


Those students who are currently living in the dorms, who have no other place to reside, will be allowed to remain in the dorms.

Students are allowed to stay in the dorms until March 20, but, encouraged to checkout permanently for the semester during this timeframe.

Students must check out with Marci Myers. Students in a spring sport, or enrolled in John Deere or Welding need to contact Tom Havron ( to make arrangements for March 30, 2020 through the end of the semester.


Following the recent release of a statement from the NJCAA, FSCC will adhere to the ruling that all athletic events be canceled through April 3, 2020. We will monitor both the NJCAA and KJCCC regarding the resumption and timeline of athletic competitions and do all we can to assist our student-athletes impacted by regular-season cancellations.


At FSCC we are making decisions based on thoughtful review of available information, and working in conjunction with the Bourbon County Health Department, Emergency Management, and also State/Federal Agencies.

The continuous monitoring of critical information and a phased approach in our response concerning campus events, athletic events, and alternative methods of instruction allows us the opportunity to be flexible in our approach to a rapidly evolving public health issue.

The decisions being made prioritize the safety and health of all faculty, staff, students, and community.

These decisions are aimed at minimizing the impact of this public health issue.

This situation is continually evolving and future guidance will be provided as new information becomes available.

Please visit the FSCC website for updates and continue to stay safe.

Alysia Johnston, president of FSCC.

Please check the FSCC website for any future notifications regarding COVID-19.


FSCC Agenda March 16

March 16, 2020
Board of Trustees
Fort Scott Community College
2108 S. Horton
Fort Scott, KS 66701
The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, March 16, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community College.
5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Heritage Room at 5:00 p.m. followed by regular board meeting at
5:30 p.m.
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
B. Space Girls Preview
A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on February 17,
2020, 6
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 9
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5
A. Consideration of April Board Meeting Date, 77
A. Letters of Appreciation/Correspondence, 79
A. Administrative Updates, 81
• 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
John Bartelsmeyer, Chair
Alysia Johnston, President
FSCC’s vision for the future is to support “Students First, Community Always” through a
central focus on teaching and learning; advancing strong, innovative programs and
departments; maximizing and leveraging opportunities; initiating efficient and effective
processes; and developing the region’s workforce.
_____ John Bartelsmeyer
_____ Jim Fewins
_____ Dave Elliott
_____ Kirk Hart
_____ Bill Meyer
_____ Robert Nelson
1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on February
17, 2020.
Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.
1) Additions
a) Hollie Souza, Administrative Assistant to Nursing, effective March 30,
2) Separations
a) Derrick Whitt, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, effective March 2, 2020
RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Consent Agenda items be approved as
VOTE: Bartelsmeyer Elliott Fewins
Hart Meyer Nelson

FSCC Minutes of Feb. 17

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training
February 17, 2020
PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Jim Fewins, Dave Elliott, Kirk Hart, Bill Meyer, Robert Nelson
ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members.
Chairman Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of
SOFTBALL UPDATE: Kae Lani Bryan, FSCC Softball Coach, introduced the 16 softball team members and
provided an update about the program. Highlights included a list of community service performed by the team,
improvements made to the field, and sharing the team GPA of 3.35.
CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Meyer, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to
approve the consent agenda and addendum provided.
A. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the 2020-
2021 tuition and fees as presented.
A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from the Miami County Campus, Student Services, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Finance and Operations, and the President.
B. Alysia requested that the Board identify a member to serve as the KACCT representative. Bill Meyer volunteered to fill the role, and Jim Fewins volunteered to serve as an alternate.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
7:07 p.m. by Meyer, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote.

FSCC Football Takes a New Direction with New Coaches

FSCC new coaches, back from left: Cam Robinson-defensive coordinator, Harris Bivin-offensive coordinator, Michael Reynolds-ILB coach, Brant Newman-director of player personnel and defensive line, Amir Gant-receivers coach. Front from left: Kurt Kennedy-quarterback coach, Carson Hunter-head coach, William Henry-special teams coordinator and defensive back coach.

Fort Scott Community College’s football team has a new vision, with all new coaches.

Head coach Carson Hunter was hired in December 2019.

“Our program vision is to recruit, develop, and lead a family of faithful, honest, and fearless leaders to best represent Fort Scott and the community,” Hunter said. “To best represent Fort Scott – academically, socially, and athletically.”

“I think Carson is a great hire,” Alysia Johnston, FSCC president, said. “He is committed to making sure our student-athletes have positive transformational experiences in the classroom and on the field as well as making sure they have a positive impact on the college and community.”

“We are thrilled to have Carson Hunter as the leader of our football program,” FSCC Athletic Director Tom Havron said. ” When we spoke early about the direction of the program, it was very apparent that we both shared the same vision.”

“Coach Hunter is focused on players and coaches who will love their team, love Fort Scott, and love the game,” Havron said.   “He is a man of great character, faith, and values who will lead by example for the young men at Fort Scott Community College.”

Havron has been impressed with Hunter’s work ethic and ability to surround himself with excellent coaches that share a common vision.

“The football program is in very good hands, and I am excited to see the results of the work being put in by the staff and the players,” Havron said.  “The community of Fort Scott will be proud to support this program moving forward.”


Community Engagement Encouraged


“For us to be our best, we need everyone to take part of what we are doing,” Hunter said. “We invite all of Fort Scott to join us as program members – to encourage, support, and engage our student-athletes.”


Hunter said he has been working hard to establish a reputation with Fort Scott and the region, “and everyone that wants to be a member of our program.”


“Program members come in all shapes and sizes,” he said. “Some will be defensive ends, some will be patting everybody on the back. Everyone will have a role, we need the community  to help, and understand that this is their team.”



“And, our players need to be a part of what Fort Scott is doing,” he said. ” We need everyone to let us know how our program can help and serve.  Engage the team, we need them to be a part of what the community is doing. If there is stuff that our guys can be involved in, we want to do it.”


“I want to encourage everyone to follow us on  Facebook at Fort Scott Football and on Twitter @FSCCFOOTBALL,” Hunter said.


All New Coaches

All new FSCC football coaches will be a part of the new direction of the team.

“Some of these guys have worked together before in different places,” Hunter said. “All have Division 1 or professional coaching experience.”

Hunter is the head coach, to learn more of his background:

Michael Reynolds will be the new ILB inside linebacker coach:

Brant Newman will be the director of player personnel and defensive line coach:

Amir Gant will be the receivers coach:

Cam Robinson will be the offensive coordinator:

William Henry will be the special team’s coordinator and defensive back coach:


Two other coaches,  Harris Bivin and Kurt Kennedy, did not have background information on the FSCC Athletics page as of the date of the story being published.

FSCC Has A Covid-19 Emergency Plan Constructed

FSCC is highly dedicated to the well-being of the students, faculty, staff, and community. FSCC has constructed a COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan.

“The health of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority and we urge you to stay informed of official notices and resources regarding health precautions, travel safety and related information on COVID-19. Fort Scott Community College has worked closely with Bourbon County Emergency Management personnel, and Bourbon County Health Department to determine the threat level of the current outbreak and take appropriate actions”, says Tom Havron, Vice Presidents of Student Affairs.

Please feel free to contact the college if you have any questions or concerns. Follow the link below to view the FSCC COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan




There are aliens among us. At least, there will be March 19-21 when the Fort Scott Community College Theatre Department beams “Space Girl,” a new play by Mora V. Harris, to the stage in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.


Curtain is 7:30 p.m. each night, and there is no admission charge for the show, directed by FSCC theater instructor Allen Twitchell.


According to the synopsis from Playscripts Inc., “Arugula Suarez just wants to fit in. But it’s not easy when you’re a 16-year-old lesbian alien from the planet Zlagdor. In an alien world where the only things that make sense are Roller Derby and salad, Arugula and her father, Nancy, must find out what it means to be human before time runs out for Planet Earth.”


Jazmin Havens, a freshman from Pittsburg, plays Arugula; Anthony Oneri, a freshman from Gardner, plays Nancy; Grace Keating, a sophomore from Fort Scott plays Charlotte, Arugula’s only human friend; Phoenix Burk, a sophomore from Pittsburg, plays Bruise, Arugula’s roller derby teammate; Abby Sweat, a freshman from Pleasanton, plays the Zlagdorian chancellor; Fayelyn Kmiec, a sophomore from Farlington, plays Ms. Nussbaum, Arugula’s teacher; Kendra Johnson, a freshman at Girard High School from Arma, plays Denise, Arugula’s classmate nemesis; Isabella Loyd, a freshman from Fort Scott, plays Becky, Denise’s friend; and Kaleb Morrow, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., plays the planetarium announcer and provides additional voices.


Michael Woodward, a sophomore from Fulton, serves as the sound engineer.


“The story is one of self-discovery,” said Twitchell. “Essentially, we are all aliens inside trying to find our ‘niche,’ where we can fit in and, the hope is, to enhance society. The political undercurrent of the story deals with climate neglect and how, left to its own devices, mankind is, intentionally or not, targeting its own destruction.


“On the surface, the show features aliens, roller derby and salad, lots of salad, so how can it not be fun?”