Friday, January 9, 2015

Nominations Open for 19th-annual KCKCC’s Mid-America Education Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- There is still time to submit nominations for induction into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, presented by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association.

The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center.

The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame was started in 1996 by the KCKCC Endowment Association as a way to recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters in the community who have made notable contributions to education.

Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to education, their effort to improve the quality of life in the community through a commitment to education, increasing educational opportunities for others and supporting significant changes that have improved the quality of education.

Nominees will be screened according to the set criteria by the selection committee. In addition, nominations must include a biography or program description and at least three letters of recommendation.

Nomination forms are available at Forms can be submitted via mail or email. No video or audio tapes will be considered. Nominations are due by Feb. 2, 2015.

Last year’s list of honorees included Dr. Bob Van Maren, long-time superintendent of the Bonner Springs School District; Harry McDonald, a 30-year teaching veteran in the Blue Valley School District; Dr. Howard Shaw, a physician and hospital administrator who was named the Outstanding Community College Student in Kansas during his time at KCKCC in the 1980s; Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell; AT&T, a company that has made a five-year commitment worth $250 million to address high school success as well as college and career readiness for students deemed at-risk and the 2nd Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organization founded by Matt and Jessica Brandmeyer that provides scholarships to high school graduates who have experienced adversity.

For more information on the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame or to submit a nomination, contact Dawanna Fangohr or Patrick McCartney at 913-288-7675. Information is also available by email at