Linda Hoskins Sutton, candidate questionnaire

Linda Hoskins Sutton

Name and office sought
Linda Hoskins Sutton
Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees

Age: 68

Occupation and experience:
I retired from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2014 with 30 years of service. I was professional Assistant-Bookkeeper in the Business Office, Coordinator of Community Education and when I retired, I was Director of Student Activities. During my full-time employment at KCKCC, I was also adjunct faculty some semesters.

Education:
1.Associate in Business
2.Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management
3.Masters of Business Administration

Organizations, clubs, groups to which you belong:

  1. Member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  2. Past member of KCK Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  3. Past board member of People to People International

Reasons for running:
As a current Trustee serving my first 4-year term, I want to continue serving students, employees and the community thru diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We are in the middle of building student housing and I want to see that completed as well as other initiatives that are in progress by KCKCC Board of Trustees.

What are the three most important issues facing this position and how would you handle them?
The most important issue facing KCKCC is restoring full accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC.) There are employees working on this and it takes the whole College. As a Trustee, my role is to stay updated monthly on the progress of the report for the site visit in Spring of 2022. This deficiency at the college with HLC did not happen overnight. However, as Trustees, we must make sure this never happens to KCKCC again.

I will not list any other issues because of the high importance of HLC. Without full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), no other issues matter for KCKCC.

If you are an incumbent, list your top accomplishments in office. If you are not an incumbent, what would you change if elected?
As an incumbent on the Board of Trustees at KCKCC some of the things we have accomplished and I say we because we work as a unit. We have an individual voice and vote but no individual authority.
1.The most important accomplishment was hiring a new president for KCKCC (2018).

2. Reopening the Childcare Center

3. Opened a Veterans Center on Main Campus

4. GED partnership on-site with University of Kansas Health System.

5. Class offerings at Wyandotte High School.

6. The college was a leader in handling the Covid-19 pandemic with protocols that allowed KCKCC to continue serving students and keep employees whole.

Have you run for elected office previously? When, results?
Yes, in 2017, there were seven of us running for three seats on KCKCC’S Board of Trustees. I was one of the top three with the highest number of votes. Thus I’m serving my first 4-year term.

Halloween events planned in Wyandotte County

Several Halloween events are being planned for children in Wyandotte County.

Before you go, here are some safe Halloween tips, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Get tested for COVID-19 before mixing with people outside of your immediate family; respect social distancing guidelines; and wear masks to keep young trick-or-treaters safe.

Residents are advised to avoid crowded indoor parties, and to trick-or-treat outdoors in small groups, according to KDHE. Those who feel sick should not participate in activities or attend celebrations. If you are unable to socially distance indoors and outdoors, wear a mask, KDHE recommends.

The indoor recreation center Halloween parties are not being held this year. Here are some Wyandotte County events – outdoor activities – we have heard about:

Wednesday, Oct. 27

South Branch Library


From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, South Branch Library parking lot, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Trunk or treat. Wear a mask. There will be social distancing. Kids are invited to wear costumes. Candy, crafts, games and a photo backdrop are planned. For more library programs, see www.kckpl.org/.

Friday, Oct. 29

KCKPD

The Community Policing Unit of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is sponsoring a drive-through Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at 6601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Masks will be required, and there will be social distancing.

Turner Recreation Commission

The Turner Recreation Commission will sponsor the Spooktacular from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Swartz Field, 5142 Swartz Road, Kansas City, Kansas. Children may wear costumes, walk around the track and trick-or-treat at each station. There will be hot dogs. Masks are recommended. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/TurnerRecreationCommission.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Casa – Worship House Christian Church


Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a trunk and treat outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be giveaway goodies, toothbrushes, gently used clothes, hot dogs while supplies last. Also there will be COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing, with Heart to Heart assisting. Vaccines should be scheduled in advance. See details at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS.

Bonner Springs Library


The 9th annual Boo Bash will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Bonner Springs Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas. Almost all the activities, except the haunted house, will be outdoors. There will be stories on the back lawn, games, music, a craft to take home and a treat. Kids can wear costumes. For more information, see https://bonnerlibrary.org/.

KCKCC – TEC Center


Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting the families of all staff, faculty and students as well as community members to KCKCC’s Kids Spooktacular Movie Night. There will be activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot of the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. Activities include carnival rides, inflatables, tractor train, a bounce house and food trucks. The movie, “Trolls World Tour,” will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be three 26-foot movie screens, so everyone can enjoy the entertainment. The sound for the movie will play through the car radio. The Kids Spooktacular Movie Night is free and open to the public.

Rosedale Development Association


The Haunted Halloween Trail will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Mount Marty Park, Seminary Street and S. Hill Street, Kansas City, Kansas, It will be a family-friendly event. Walk the Rozarks Trail, costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome. Participants should walk in groups.

The Legends Lawn

Halloween on the Lawn will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at The Legends Lawn, at the Legends Outlets at I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kansas. Costumes are encouraged in this family-friendly event. There will be a movie screening of “Hocus Pocus,” along with face painting and a magic show.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Alcott Arts Center


Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, is holding a trunk or treat from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is outdoors only. The theme is “Scooby Doo.” Children are invited to wear a mask, socially distance and wear a costume. Alcott is accepting donations of candy and treats. Also, volunteers are needed. For more information, visit www.alcottartscenter.org/.

KCKCC Art Gallery to hold two events in October for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery is preparing for two events in October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The first event is a part of the college’s historical mural program to further educate the community on local history. The event will be from 11 a.m. to Noon Oct. 12 in the Lower Jewell student area. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker is Gene T. Chávez, a renowned historian, author and community leader, who will be sharing information from his book “Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City.”

Chávez’s historic work has brought a spotlight on the rich history of Kansas City. He also led the Hispanic history featured in the KCKCC and Wyandotte County Historical Mural and has two other exhibitions in the Kansas City area – the Smithsonian Institution Traveling exhibit “In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” on display at the Kansas City Museum and “Connection Communities across State Lines: Mexican American Fast Pitch Softball Leagues” exhibition, on display at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum.

The first 30 people to register will receive a free taco to support the Hispanic Scholars Fundraiser. In addition, two signed books will be given away at the event. Registration is at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Bm3EI-PF40K4SHY-uwLmrdWn1X0UJGlDumSuiVQiu_lUNDNCVEJLTTUxUlVXWUdDSVpGV0Y1Q09FRy4u.

The second event relates to the “Cultura” exhibition, which celebrates Hispanic artists in the Kansas City region. “Cultura” is currently on display in the KCKCC Art Gallery, Room 2346, until Oct. 21. The exhibition can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment.

Curator Vania Soto is well known for her intricate and colorful murals, which can be seen throughout the Kansas City area. The KCKCC art collection features three of Soto’s original murals.

The group of artists featured in “Cultura” includes Baldemar Rivas, Chico Sierra, Emily Alvarez, Kristie-Lynn McGathy, Luis Merlo, Naomi Apodaca, Nicolas Ortega and Ysabel Santacruz. The exhibit’s closing reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14, and the artists will be present to discuss their works.

For more information on either event, the KCKCC Art Gallery or to schedule a private appointment, contact gallery coordinator Shai Perry at sperry@kckcc.edu.