I am excited to announce a new program to provide programs to residents in our area. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has established a partnership with the University of Kansas’ Osher Institute to offer a few short term programs to interested individuals in the Liberal area. This fall we will host two programs offered at the SCCC/ATS campus with enrollment open to anyone regardless of whether you have a connection with KU or with SCCC/ATS.

The first series is entitled “The Dust Bowl Revisited” and is taught by Ulysses native and current KU staff member Ms. Elizabeth Black. Ms. Black is the author of Buffalo Spirits, which won the 2003 Three Oaks Prize in Fiction and will provide films, personal experience, and discussion topics related to the dust bowl and the “dirty 30’s”. The first session of this 3-session series will begin on November 5.

The second series is entitled “Understanding your rights: The supreme court in American history.” This series will be taught by Dr. John Mack, professor of history and political science at Labette Community College. Dr. Mack’s discussions will be very appropriate with the recent appointment of a new United States Supreme Court justice. This is a 3-session series beginning November 17.

These series are provided to allow people in our area the opportunity to participate in discussions and presentations without having to travel a long distance. There are no grades, no assignments, or homework – they are designed for pleasure and thought provoking discussion. The series are designed for adults, require a small registration fee, and will meet at the SCCC/ATS campus from 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information call the KU Osher Institute at 877-404-5823 or 785-864-5823.

We hope this partnership between SCCC/ATS and the University of Kansas provides you with an opportunity to participate in discussions with people in other communities and experts in various topics. We hope to expand the number of series offered next spring and continue this aspect of our college mission and purpose in serving southwest Kansas and our regional communities in Oklahoma and Texas. I encourage you to take a few hours of your time this fall and participate in either of these programs.

Duane M. Dunn, Ed.D.