Category Archives: Fort Scott Community College

Coach Chad Cross: Rodeo Coach of the Year

Coach Chad Cross. Submitted photo.

Fort Scott Community College’s  Chad Cross was given the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Central Plains Region Coach of the Year award on June 3.

“Typically, they would present the award at the last college rodeo of the season, but due to the last rodeos being canceled, the elections and presentations were done online,” Cross said.

Rodeos were canceled because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

“The award is voted on by other coaches and athletes within the central plains region – over 16 member schools consisting of junior colleges and universities across Oklahoma and Kansas,” Cross said.

Cross has been head rodeo coach for 24 years at FSCC.

“We have 50-55 students each year, Cross said. “We have every college rodeo event.”

His duties and responsibilities include advising students, coaching or helping coach each event, feeding stock, and more, he said.

“Mainly continuing to make sure that our students are bettering themselves in life, school, and rodeo,” Cross said.

“The best part of coaching for me is seeing students succeed in what they are passionate about and getting to be a small part of that, whether that be in the arena or life,” he said.

FSCC COVID 19 Update

FSCC COVID-19 Update 07.02.2020

picture of hand sanitizer, surgical masks, and N95 masks with "Keeping you learning and keeping you safe" written at the top left corner



Ensuring the health and safety of our FSCC students, faculty, staff, and community is my top priority. Requiring masks and social distancing is the most effective way to protect each other and help keep FSCC open for business. Beginning July 6, 2020, masks will be required for all individuals who are in a FSCC building, or when social distancing cannot be accomplished, at all FSCC locations. Please keep in mind we need to be respectful of the fact we have individuals who are vulnerable, and/or they have family members who are at grave risk, if they contract the virus.


The situation concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus and how counties, states, school districts, and colleges will handle it, changes every day. We must remain flexible due to the evolving nature and scope of this public health emergency. Below are a few guidelines brought forth by our executive team as we plan to move forward with classes and complete opening of all FSCC locations.


COVID-19 Mitigation Return to Work Plan


1.             Amended Start and End Date for Fall, 2020 Semester:

  • In-service will be one day only – August 7, 2020. Classes will begin August 10, 2020. The semester will end November 24.


2.             Face Masks and Social Distancing Required:

  • All individuals on FSCC campus, at all locations, will be required to wear a face mask while in buildings. Individuals should social distance in hallways and common areas.


4.             Illness:

  • If you feel sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and consult your health care professional.


5.             Follow CDC Guidelines for Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • No contact greetings (no handshakes, hugging, etc.).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


6.             Classroom/Lab/Common Area Sanitation:

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and common areas. Classrooms, labs, and common areas will be sanitized utilizing electrostatic sanitation equipment a minimum of once daily. The FSCC cafeteria will be sanitized after each meal. College fleet vehicles will be sanitized following each use.


7.             Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine:

  • Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Kansas. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas (locations requiring quarantine upon return are subject to change):
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Florida
    • South Carolina
    • Cruise ship or river cruise passengers
    • International travelers


8.             Institutional Travel:

  • All institutional travel must be deemed essential to college operations and approved by the appropriate Vice President or President.


9.             Teaching Methods:

  • Instructors should provide all instructional materials and assignments on Blackboard.
    • All classes will be hybrid and students will be expected to check Blackboard frequently
    • Exams, quizzes, and daily assignments are encouraged to be completed in the online modality to reduce exposure.
    • Group work is discouraged in the classroom without appropriate social distancing. Faculty are asked to utilize the LMS (Blackboard) for group learning and projects.
    • Faculty are encouraged to update their absence policies in syllabi to reduce penalties for missing class due to illness, isolation, or precautions related to COVID-19 exposure.
    • Proctoring online assignments/exams is discouraged (no in-person proctoring requirements) as Respondus has removed the unlimited usage availability.
  • Attendance must be taken within Campus Connect for every course meeting in the face to face modality. This will allow for contact tracing in the event of a positive test.


This guidance is subject to change without notice.


Stay safe and healthy,


Alysia Johnston, FSCC President




Gordon Parks Museum Adds Interactive Learning

Submitted photos. Elijah Knight and Jax Armstrong use interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.

A  July 2019 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is helping to support interactive technology for youth and young adults, at the Gordon Parks Museum.


The museum is located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.


“The interactive technology tablet is up and running,” Museum Director Kirk Sharp said.


Submitted photos.


The museum purchased a tablet kiosk, a stand for the kiosk, and operational interactive software.


“It is designed to deliver content in an interactive setting for all of our visitors, especially younger audiences,” Sharp said. “This interactive software will not only provide information about Gordon Parks but will also allow the visitors to view photos, videos, interviews, review books, listen to music, create a drawing/painting, interactive trivia quiz game and much more.”



Submitted photos.


“It has been a goal of the museum board to offer an additional and more modern approach to learning, viewing and appreciating all of the collections and works of Gordon Parks,” Sharp said. “Providing interactive displays in different areas of the museum will benefit the viewer(s) by providing additional details and content to each supported exhibit. This tablet helps us achieve this goal.”


“This project helped to give us the ability to provide a more engaging way for the younger generation to learn more about our museum and keep visitors fully engaged,” Sharp said. “The interactive technology has helped make our museum more appealing to younger crowds and to encourage visitors return for future visits.”



“This project also supports our mission of using Gordon Parks’ remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness and the role diversity plays in our lives,” Sharp said.


Submitted photos.. Caleb Clay uses interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.


“When the museum teaches about creativity, cultural awareness and diversity, it needs to be able to reach our visitors in creative ways, and by providing interactive technology, this will help us deliver on that objective,” Sharp said.  “We want our visitors’ experience to be engaging, educational and interactive, especially for the youth so we can help to keep the Gordon Parks legacy alive for generations to come.”



FSCC Trustees Agenda for June 15

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday,
June 15, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community
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
A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on May 18, 2020,
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 7
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5
A. Consideration of 2020-21 Meeting Dates, 38
B. Consideration of Revised 2020-21 Calendar, 39
C. Consideration of Kansas State Department of Education Migrant Education Project State
Level Activities Application, 41
D. Consideration of Proposed Continuation Agreement Between Iowa Dept. of Education
(IA DOE) And Fort Scott Community College, 52
E. Consideration of KASB Worker’s Compensation Member Participation Premium
Agreement, 53
F. Approval of Consortium Memberships and Dues, 57
G. Consideration for Disposal of Property, 59
H. Consideration of Tech Grant Purchase, 60
I. Approval of Panopto Video Platform Renewal, 67
J. Approval of CAMP Laptop Purchase, 70
A. Administrative Updates, 95
• June 15, 2020: Board Meeting
• August 7, 2020: In-service
• August 10, 2020: Fall semester begins
• September 2, 2020: Labor Day – Campus Closed
• November 19-24, 2020: Finals
• November 21, 2020: Graduation
• November 25 – 27, 2020: Thanksgiving Break – Campus Closed
• December 16, 2020 – January 4, 2021: Winter Break – Campus Closed
John Bartelsmeyer, Chair
Alysia Johnston, President

1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on May 18,
Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.
1) Additions
a) Chris Riley, Assistant Football Coach, effective June 1, 2020
b) Jesse Herd, Assistant Football Coach, effective June 15, 2020
c) Elizabeth Cazares, MEP Advocate, effective July 1, 2020
d) Paulin Conde, MEP Advocate, effective July 1, 2020
e) Mayte Fuentes, MEP Advocate, effective July 1, 2020
f) Melanie Stuart Campbell, MEP Advocate and Instructional Specialist, effective July 1, 2020
g) Janet Reynolds, National PASS Coordinator and MEP Advocate Supervisor,, effective July 1, 2020
h) Yazmin Batch, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, effective July 1, 2020

2) Separations
a) Tabitha Stults, Endowment Assistant, effective May 20, 2020
b) Michael Reynolds, Assistant Football Coach, effective May 31, 2020
c) Makaihlah Gibbs, Spirit Squad Coach, effective May 31, 2020


To view the full package:

FSCC Trustees Minutes of May 18

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training, May 18, 2020

PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Jim Fewins (via Zoom), Dave Elliott (via Zoom), Kirk Hart (via Zoom), Bill
Meyer (via Zoom), Robert Nelson (via Zoom)
ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community
Chairman Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of
COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Chairman Bartelsmeyer said he was glad the Board could continue to meet
through Zoom, and is looking forward to having a regular in-person meeting in June if possible.
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 Meyer, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the core
values, mission, vision, and updated strategic plan.
B. A motion was made by Elliot, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Collection
Exhibit Loan Agreement Policy for the Gordon Parks Museum.
C. A motion as made by Hart, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to remove the item of
Greyhound Dorm replacement windows from the agenda.
A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from the Student Services,
Athletics, Academic Affairs, Finance and Operations, and the President.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
6:24 p.m. by Elliott, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.

Open Letter from FSCC President Alysia Johnston


Dear Fort Scott Community College Family;

I feel compelled to say something concerning my thoughts on the tragic and senseless death of Mr. George Floyd. I watched the video of his homicide with a since of disbelief, anger, and sorrow. I could not help but think of how difficult this must be for our FSCC family members of color that have undoubtedly endured racial injustice. Racism and prejudice are not experiences I can speak to from my life experiences; however, I can listen and learn from the experiences of our students, faculty, and staff of color on how to help ensure all individuals are valued and can reach their goals at FSCC. I plan to assemble a task force consisting of FSCC individuals who can speak from experience and guide us on strategies to address racial inequities at FSCC.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. stated this more than 60 year ago, yet we still have systemic injustice based on the color of skin. We do not all share the same backgrounds, and we have walked many paths to FSCC, but we must respect others diversity and learn from cultural differences if we are to have an institution that attains its mission of diversity and inclusion.

If you need emotional support or just someone to talk with, please reach out to our advising office and they will direct you to resources that will allow you to address your concerns and feelings. It is important you take care of yourself and acknowledge your feelings in these uncertain times.

As your FSCC College President, I am committed to our Core Values that include providing opportunities in a supportive, safe environment, and a focus on relationships and experiences that value

students, community, and employees while fostering an inclusive and diverse environment. I am passionate that my job is to help ensure everyone in our FSCC family has an opportunity to achieve their goals.

I encourage all of us to speak out against racism, injustice, and individual wrongs when you encounter them. We must take care of each other to achieve our individual goals and dreams.

“Achievement has no color.” –Abraham Lincoln

Be safe and stay well.

Alysia Johnston

Cinema Saturday and Summer Hours at the Gordon Parks Museum

The Gordon Parks Museum will show the films of Gordon Parks on every other Saturday this summer starting on June 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the museum on the FSCC campus.

This free event will feature Mr. Parks’ films.

“This is a good way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday morning and come watch some of Gordon’s films” said museum director Kirk Sharp.

The schedule is as follows: June 13-Leadbelly; June 27-Shaft (1971); July 11- Shafts Big Score; and July 25-Learning Tree.

The Gordon Parks Museum summer hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting June 6 – August 1.

For more information contact the museum by email at or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

JUNE 13: LEADBELLY, (1 hour, 38 minutes)
SHAFT, (Directed by Gordon Parks) (1 hour, 40 minutes)


JULY 25: THE LEARNING TREE, (Written, Directed, Music Score, Screenplay by Gordon Parks) (1 hour, 47 minutes)



FSCC Is Adapting Due to COVID 19 Pandemic

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.
Fort Scott Community College employees have been working on how to provide an education safely to all involved during the pandemic that has played havoc across the world.
“We have been working with local, regional, and state health officials to determine how best to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for our students, employees, and community,” President Alysia Johnston said.  “We want to meet the unique needs of our students while keeping everyone safe.”
Schedules have been changed.
“The June summer schedule has been changed to an all-online format with the exception of John Deere,” she said.  “The classes will be split so there are not more than 10 students at one time.”
Adam Borth. Submitted photo.
“Currently, John Deere has two classrooms and a total of 15 students will be on campus in June,” Adam Borth, vice president of academic affairs, said. ” This will allow us to utilize both classrooms and appropriate distancing requirements. We will also be cleaning and sanitizing surfaces to exceed recommendations. We are hoping and planning for all of our technical classes to begin in August 2020, just as they did in 2019. While we prepare for this, we also will likely need to be prepared to have quite a bit of hands-on training in the first portion of the classes, should we need to go back online again. Our plan, at this time, is face to face courses for fall.”
“We are looking at a possible change to our fall calendar schedule that would have students finish the fall semester before Thanksgiving,” Johnston said.  “We believe this would help mitigate the spread of the pandemic as we would not be bringing students back once again from a wide geographical area.”

“We are discussing the idea of moving our start date up for fall classes, to begin on August 10,”  Borth,  said.



“We have tentatively set the commencement ceremony for Saturday, November 21, 2020 for graduates from spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020,” he said.



“This would allow us to end the week of Thanksgiving, and hopefully minimize exposure during the fall semester. Our spring 2021 semester has not changed at this point, although this could change, given the fluidity of this situation,” Borth said.



“We are still evaluating courses which begin in July, and will continue to do so while the situation evolves,” he said. “The primary changes will be the amount of students in a classroom at any given time. We will ensure 15 occupants are in a classroom during this phase of reopening, and also ensure social distancing is occurring. This may mean significant changes to how our courses are scheduled by the time August rolls around.”


Some students will be tested for COVID 19.
“We plan on bringing back some student-athletes in July and have been working with Community Health Center of SEK to perform COVID-19 testing for the students,” Johnston said. ” We have procedures and protocols in place if someone tests positive for COVID-19. We are extremely grateful to CHC of SEK for working with us to establish best practices and administering the tests at no cost to the college or students.”
Budgets are revisited.
“We are currently developing the 2021 fiscal budget and analyzing available data and information to determine the best budgeting solutions,” she said. ” We know our state funding will be lower and we are making adjustments – keeping in mind the critical needs of students and all stakeholders must be met.”
Safety is a priority.
“Making sure students, employees and the community are safe is our greatest concern and we are working every day on best practices to make sure we meet all our stakeholder’s needs,” Johnston said.
On-campus classes for the fall semester are planned for students.
“The students, faculty, and the staff have done an amazing job adapting to online classes and working remotely,” she said. “However, we are all looking forward to having students on campus for the fall semester.”

Parks Museum Reopens May 27

COVID-19 Update: Museum Re-Opening with Safety Protective Measures

The Gordon Parks Museum will re-open to the public with normal business hours.

Safety measures will be implemented for the safety of our visitors, students, community members, and employees effective Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

The following safety protective measures are as follows:

•Any visitor that has a fever or exhibits any signs of COVID-19, please do not enter the museum.

•At this time, the maximum amount of 15 visitors or less at a time will be allowed in the museum to practice safe social distancing under the This may change according to each phase that is issued. Visitors will maintain six feet between patrons throughout the museum.

•Interactive touch-free exhibits and play areas are closed to help maintain best practices for health and safety.

•Hand sanitizer will be available

.•Staff will use PPE as deemed necessary and will continue to clean extensively and frequently in the high-touch areas within the museum.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns, 620-223-2700 ext. 5850 or email

FSCC Livestreams Trustees Meeting This Evening

To access a livestream of tonight’s regular monthly Board of Trustees meeting, follow the youtube link currently posted at the top of the Board of Trustees page on FSCC’s website found here  The youtube link will provide a live feed of the meeting.


Once the meeting is adjourned tonight, Zoom will process the cloud-based storage and provide a link that will provide a replay version of the meeting.  The replay link will be posted to the same place on FSCC’s website by noon tomorrow.