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Tim Engle works in MCC's Communications and Public Relations office. Have a story idea? Call him at 816.604.1338 or email Tim.Engle@mcckc.edu.

MCC art instructor blooms larger than life on Crossroads billboards

It’s unlikely you’ll ever see Bernadette Torres without a flower in her hair. But now, if you drive by a pair of billboards on Southwest Boulevard, you’ll discover a self-portrait of the Metropolitan Community College art instructor with bouquets of flowers in her hair and seemingly flying out of it. Torres, also director of MCC-Penn …

‘BlacKkKlansman’ co-writer and the police officer who inspired the film to speak at MCC’s MLK luncheon Jan. 18

One of the screenwriters of the recent Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman” and the African-American police officer who inspired the film will be the featured speakers at the Metropolitan Community College Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. The event will be Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel, …

Chancellor Kimberly Beatty honored with award from Urban Ranger Corps

A contingent of Metropolitan Community College employees and students was on hand to watch Chancellor Kimberly Beatty receive a Community Service Award from the Urban Ranger Corps. The group’s annual dinner, Urban Rendezvous X, was Oct. 25 at the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center. Dr. Beatty was honored for her commitment “to ensure that …

Employees, public invited to Veterans Day luncheon Nov. 12 at MCC

Metropolitan Community College will honor student, faculty and staff military veterans at the Chancellor’s Veterans Day Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 12. Employees and the public are invited to attend the free luncheon, which will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center. The keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson, …

MCC-Penn Valley’s SGA advisor honored for her ‘genuine support’ of students

Other than clapping for advisors and students at other colleges, Shelby Coxon wasn’t expecting any excitement at the awards banquet she attended Oct. 6. Coxon, two Metropolitan Community College colleagues and eight students were attending the  National Association for Campus Activities Central Regional Conference in Arlington, Texas. And then the emcee declared that Coxon had been …

Artists experiment with tabletop tableaus in Carter Art Center show ‘A Periodic Table’ at MCC-Penn Valley

The Carter Art Center at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley is pleased to present “A Periodic Table: Imagined Spaces,” a group exhibition guest-curated by MCC-Penn Valley alumnus Marcus Cain and organized in conjunction with the citywide Open Spaces arts festival Aug. 25-Oct. 28. “A Periodic Table,” on display Oct. 5-Nov. 29, features new and recent works …

Raising a glass to MCC and Chancellor Beatty at ‘Beer Hour’

Chancellor Kimberly Beatty shared some of her life story and discussed challenges and opportunities at Metropolitan Community College during a recent Facebook Live show produced by The Kansas City Star. The “Beer Hour” series is broadcast live from the Boulevard Brewing Co. Tours & Recreation Center. Kansas City Star education reporter Mara’ Rose Williams hosted …