Category Archives: Fort Scott Community College

FSCC Quit Smoking Program

Fort Scott Community College Announces Advanced Quit-Smoking Program for Employees and Students

Fort Scott Community College, in collaboration with Truth Initiative, announced today the EX Program, an innovative quit-smoking program designed for FSCC employees and students, has started.

The EX Program is a comprehensive, digital smoking-cessation program designed for employers, health systems and health plans to offer to their employees or members who smoke.

The program includes the popular quit-smoking planning tools and online community from the proven-effective smoking cessation program.

According to Truth Initiative, statistics make clear why an innovative, advanced approach is needed:

  • 68 percent of smokers want to quit.
  • 55 percent of smokers make a quit attempt annually, yet only seven percent are successful.
  • Each year a smoker costs an employer nearly $6,000 more than an employee who has never smoked.
  • Since 95% of U.S. adults own a cellphone, and nearly 9 in 10 use the Internet, what better way to reach those in need than to offer an online cessation program,” said Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, Susie Arvidson.

Through the policy adoption and the work required to accomplish it, not only are we creating a healthier environment, but many students have experienced the procedures of policy and education. We are the heart of the institution and being involved in the policy process is important. We are, also, offering educational opportunities including health-related topics and online and face-to-face cessation workshops. We hope that through the opportunities such as the Ex Program, students, faculty, and staff will be offered the tools to better handle the transition of the policy adoption,” said Leslie Damian, Smoke-Free Campus Initiative college leader, and intern.

The Ex Program will be one cessation tool offered as part of the Fort Scott Community College’s Smoke-Free Campus Initiative.

FSCC announced in January that they were one of 18 minority-serving institutions and community colleges to receive funds and technical support from Truth Initiative®, the nation’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past.

The project is being led by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society on campus. Over the past three years, Truth Initiative has partnered with 135 colleges, reaching more than 1.2 million students and 275,000 faculties and staff across 35 states.

To learn more about our work speaking, seeking and spreading the truth about tobacco, visit

Gilligan’s Island Comes To FSCC by Briana Blandamer

Fort Scott Community College Theatre and Music Departments are presenting Gilligan’s Island: The Musical on October 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm and then again on the 21 at 2:00 pm. All show times will be on stage in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $5 for the community. All students, staff and faculty have free admission to the show.

The show is directed by Allen Twitchell, Head of the Theatre Department and Seth Ernst, Head of the Music Department.

Twitchell chose Gilligan’s Island: The Musical because it had been at least four years or more since FSCC put on a musical. He had checked out a book from the library about the original making of the Gilligan Island series and had read that there was a musical version. He thought it was a great choice to get a musical brought back to FSCC because it has a very small cast number and it is something familiar to the community.

The cast has been working on the show for about six weeks now, with one week left till showtime.

Jared Oshel, former FSCC student from Richmond is playing Skipper. Oshel said, “My favorite part about acting, in general, is the fact that I get to get away from the stresses of life and work and get to come to the stage and become another person for a little while.”

Katelynn Coe, a student at FSCC, is the show’s stage manager. She is in charge of the set making, light and sound cues, and so much more. Katelynn says her favorite part of her job is that she gets to watch a show come to life from the very beginning and watch all the actors bring their individual characters to life in their own way.

The complete cast includes Aiden Ballinger, a freshman from Pleasanton, as Gilligan;  Oshel,  as the Skipper; FSCC instructor Harold Hicks as the millionaire, Thurston Howell; FSCC staff member Karri Johnson as Mrs. Howell; Fayelyn Kmiec, a freshman from Farlington, as movie star Ginger; Jasper Dunn, a sophomore from Whitehall, Wis., as the Professor; Katie Button, a freshman from Fort Scott, as Mary Ann; and Marcus Robinson, a freshman from Paola, as the Alien.

Come out and watch Gilligan’s Island come to life on the stage here at FSCC!

FSCC Rodeo Team takes on the FSCC Alumni

The Fort Scott Community College Rodeo Team will host the annual Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo starting with Slack at 2 pm and then kicking off the rodeo at 7:30 pm Saturday, October 20th at Arnold Arena. During the rodeo, students will compete alongside FSCC alumni. Events will include bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, goat tying, saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, and team roping. Participants can register by phone on Oct. 15th from 12 pm to 7 pm, registration is $25 per event.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for FSCC students, $2 for children, and $20 for families (two adults plus children). The team will also host an athlete auction at 5:30 pm, where community members can bid on a few hours of labor from rodeo athletes. There will also be a silent auction throughout the day! All money raised will benefit rodeo student scholarships. For information, please call Chad Cross, FSCC Head Rodeo Coach, or Jaice Cross, FSCC Assistant Rodeo Coach, at 620-223-2700, ext. 7020.

Free Kids Festival Oct. 13 at FSCC by Briana Blandamer

Saturday, October 13, the FSCC Community Relations committee will be holding a FREE Fall Kid’s Festival.

Kids of all ages are welcome to join in the fun!

The festival will be held at Fort Scott Community College in the South Bailey Hall Parking lot from 9 am to 11 am.

There will be a costume contest at 10 am, so wear your best Halloween costume! There will be a prize awarded.

The activities will include a hayride, bounce house, games, prizes, face painting and treats. Bring your own pumpkin for pumpkin painting.

This will be the first of two kid’s festivals this school year, with the second this Spring. FSCC wants to involve the community in campus activities and this is one way to do so that is a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Kassie Cate says, “The FSCC Community Relations committee is looked at as one of the bridges between the college and the community. We do our best to participate in all the community activities as well as provide activities on campus for the community. The community always does a great job at holding numerous activities and events throughout the year, so we feel that we need to also be a part of that, and do our share on free or low-cost events for the people in Fort Scott and surrounding areas.”

Please contact Kassie Cate with any questions by email: [email protected] or by phone: 620.223.2700 ext. 5248

STEM at FSCC by Briana Blandamer

Franklin Torres warming a hydrogen-filled balloon.

On the morning of September 26, the STEM Club at Fort Scott Community College held demonstrations to show other students what STEM Club is all about.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

There is an extra bonus for joining the club.

The STEM club offers a scholarship to pay for books and tuition up to 15 credit hours to all qualifying members.

The club demonstrations Wednesday included the shooting of a potato gun, the bursting of hydrogen-filled balloons, and even some hair-raising with electricity using a Van de Graaff Generator, provided by Elie Riachi, the FSCC Physics, and Physical Science Instructor.

Trenton Allison loading the potato gun.

Students joined in, during their passing periods, to watch the demonstration and enjoy a donut or two, donated by Fort Scott’s Price Chopper.

The current STEM Club members would like to be a part of more activities and competitions, but they do not currently have enough members to do so. The FSCC STEM Club is searching for eager students to join them.

FSCC Student Megan Thomas takes part in the hair raising experiment, using the Van Der Graaff Generator.

This club creates an opportunity for students to learn more about these subject areas, while also having fun doing some interesting experiments and even some engineering.

For example, Trenton Allison, a STEM Club Member, built his own drone.

FSCC studentTrenton Allison’s drone he built.

The STEM Club is sponsored by Robert Doyle, FSCC’s Chemistry Instructor.

Consider joining the STEM Club today and become a part of something that makes learning fun.

For more information, contact Mr. Doyle via email at [email protected].

Student Jon Barnes, enjoying the hair-raising experiment with Kassie Fugate-Cate,


Zumba at Fort Scott Community College

Feugate-Cate leads the first class of Zumba Tuesday evening at FSCC.

Kassie Fugate-Cate, Director of Strategic Communication, has officially brought the Zumba exercise program to Fort Scott Community College.

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Although this is where Zumba started, Fugate-Cate has added a more modern twist to the classes as well, using today’s popular music and dance steps.

Fugate-Cate fell in love with the Zumba program when she had the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant for the class that was offered when she went to Pittsburg State University, she said.

Fugate-Cate thought that getting certified to teach a Zumba class would be a great way to get back into Zumba and also show other students and community members what a great program it is.

The class is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-6: 30 pm.

Tuesday, September 11, was the first class.

Until further notice, the classes will be held in the auditorium at the college’s Ellis Fine Arts Center.

Student, Marcus Robinson and community member, Sara Lancaster, have a smile on their face during the Zumba class Tuesday.

Each class has a $3.00 fee and welcomes men and women of all ages.

Cate says, “No one is too old for this class!”

To sign up for a session or request more information, please contact Cate via text/call at (918) 801-5060 or by email at [email protected]

Students Move In Greyhound Lodge by Briana Blandamer

Students have moved in FSCC’s Greyhound Lodge, with the renovation of the former Red Ram Motel ongoing.

Greyhound Lodge, formerly known as Red Ram Motel, is in the final stages of renovation.

Fort Scott Community College began the renovations on the old motel at the beginning of the summer to create more off-campus housing for students.

As the final touches are being made, students were able to begin moving into the lodge on Tuesday afternoon, September 4.

The students moving into the Lodge are primarily rodeo team members, with the exception of a few track athletes and the John Deere program students.

Pictured is Tanner Phillips in his room. He is a Bareback Rider on the FSCC Rodeo Team.

Cory Brown, one of the FSCC Rodeo coaches, was hired to be a Residential Assistant at Greyhound Lodge.

Cory Brown shows the Greyhound Lodge Commons Area, which is yet to be furnished.

Brown said the college has plans to add TVs, couches, and a pool table in the common room to create an area for the students to meet. There will also be a computer room for students to do studying and homework.

The student laundry area.
The common kitchen area.
An empty room at the Greyhound Lodge. The beds are stackable if desired.
A bathroom is in each two-person room.
A microwave and small fridge are in each two-person room.

In addition to the computer and common rooms, there is a laundry space and kitchen area.

The lodge is comprised of bedrooms with attached bathrooms.


Board of Nursing Public Forum Will Be at FSCC Sept. 25-27

The Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) will be visiting Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) on September 25th through the 27th to evaluate the FSCC Nursing program.

On September 26th, there will be a public forum open to the community from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Burke Street Campus, Room 101. All are welcome to attend for questions and comments.

For more information about the forum, please contact Jordan Howard at 620.768.2908 or email at [email protected].

Greyhound Campus Cookout Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. by Briana Blandamer

Classes are in full swing, athletics have officially begun and the activities here at Fort Scott Community College continue, giving students opportunities to leave their dorm room, meet new people and enjoy the year together!


On Saturday, FSCC football opened their season with a hard fight against the Highland Scotties. The Greyhounds lost 29-28.


The Greyhound football team will have a chance to turn their season around with their first home game of the season. Come out to see the battle against Coffeyville Community College at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 1.


The FSCC Volleyball team will face the Cowley College Tigers here in Fort Scott at 6:30 pm on Wednesday. Come help support the lady Greyhounds!


This Wednesday, August 29, there will be a Greyhound Cookout outside of the Bailey Hall commons area from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. There will be free food, drinks and chance to win a $50.00 Walmart Shopping Spree! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the volleyball game that evening. You must be present to win.


Enjoy another week, Greyhounds!


FSCC Expo Showcases Local Businesses By Briana Blandamer

FSCC students Ally McKenzie and Kristen Davis receive a handout from Pizza Hut employee, Krista Johnson.

On Wednesday, August 22,  Fort Scott Community College hosted a Business Expo showcasing local Fort Scott businesses, giving the students a look at what this town has to offer.

The businesses included this year were Pizza Hut, Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, US Cellular, KKOW Radio, Mercy Hospital, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, The Shirt Shack, The Tannery, Safehouse, KOMB Radio, Family Video, Advanced America, Medicalodge, Paparazzi, Common Ground Coffee Shop, Hartman Chiropractic, the U.S. Army, Community Christian Church, Briggs Automall, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

The students were given a slip of paper to collect ten signatures from ten different booths to be entered into a drawing for a free laptop and a set of Bluetooth headphones, which were provided by the college.

The winner of the laptop was Samantha Stumfoll and the headphones were awarded to Audrey Whetzell.

During this expo, FortScott.Biz Intern Briana Blandamer interviewed 2008 Fort Scott High School graduate, Dr. Grant Hartman, owner of Hartman Spine & Joint.

Dr. Hartman has been running his clinic in Fort Scott for three years, offering general chiropractic services as well as tending to sports injuries and offering rehabilitation services. Some of the other services he offers include acupuncture and soft tissue therapy.

Dr. Hartman in front of his booth at FSCC Business Expo.

The Tannery also had a booth during the FSCC business expo, ran by Jenna Kakas. The Tannery has a student discount offering a Buy 2 Tans, Get the 3rd for $1.

Jenna said, “Come to see me at The Tannery, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. -6 p.m. to get your glow on!”

Jenna Kakas with The Tannery booth giving away Chapstick and entering students into a drawing for goodie baskets.
FSCC President Alysia Johnston is pictured with Shirt Shack owner, Billy Webster.
The TRIO program gave out the student-business signature papers, entered students into the drawing and also had signups to Escape the Fort! Trenton Allison helped run this booth.


Briana Blandamer is the FortScott.Biz intern whose focus is Fort Scott Community College. To give news ideas send to [email protected].


Gearing Up For FSCC Fall Semester by Briana Blandamer

As summer comes to a close, the staff and students here at FSCC are gearing up for the Fall 2018 semester.

Beginning in mid-July, the volleyball and football athletes began their summer camps and practices, working hard to prepare for this year’s season.

Greyhound Volleyball will begin their season with a tournament, Friday, August 24th playing at 3 pm and 7 pm. They will continue into Saturday with games at 11 am and 3 pm.

FSCC Football will kick off their season on August 25th at 3 pm at Highland Community College. Come to support our Greyhounds!

Aside from athletics, students planning to live in Greyhound and Boileau Hall began move-ins through to Friday. Weekend move-ins are permitted by appointment only. If you are a new student moving into a dorm room, stop by the Business Office and they can give you further instructions.

The students are not the only ones looking forward to this semester at FSCC. The staff and their families had a meet-and-greet, company picnic on Tuesday evening to welcome new staff members to their team and get ready for this school year. You can find articles about our new staff members here at

As school begins on Monday, August 20th, Fort Scott’s Director of Student Activities, Kassie Fugate-Cate, has organized ‘Welcome Week!’

To begin the week there are Pastries and Drinks in Bailey Hall from 7:30 am to 10 am on both Monday and Tuesday!

Campus maps, Student Survival Guides, and assistance will be provided. Feel free to ask anyone for help finding a classroom or to get your questions answered.

On Tuesday the 21st, there will be an Activities Expo in Bailey Hall from 11 am to 12 pm. Stop by to find out all the clubs and activities FSCC has to offer!

Wednesday is the Business Expo from 9 am to 11:30 am to check out some of our local businesses.

Thursday the 23rd there are FREE snow cones and student volleyball on the north side of Burris Hall from 5 to 7 pm. This event is sponsored by Christians on Campus. Everyone is welcome!!

Don’t forget to pick up your ‘Welcome Week!’ pamphlet for a list of these activities and some coupons!

Enrollment will continue through August 24th, so be sure to get that taken care of! Let’s enjoy a new semester here at FSCC!

GO Greyhounds!

For more details, click here:

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Briana Blandamer, FortScott.Biz intern, whose focus is Fort Scott Community College.

Briana Blandamer: Intern For FortScott.Biz

Briana Blandamer is the new intern for FortScott.Biz.  Her focus is Fort Scott Community College.

Blandamer is an FSCC sophomore business major, who is a 2017 graduate of Fredonia High School.

Blandamer wanted to intern to get writing experience, and she will use that experience when she applies to law school in the future, she said.

Ideas for features for Blandamer can be sent to [email protected].