Health & Recreation

Wellness & Fitness Center

Wellness & Fitness Center is situated on the Main Campus with 11,000 square feet of space, it has an indoor track, weight room, aerobic studio, treadmills, bicycles, steppers, climbers, and an aerobic super-circuit.
The wellness staff provides personal training sessions, body composition analysis, and fitness testing. Health and nutrition seminars and incentive programs are offered throughout the semester to students to enhance their state of well being. Locker room and shower facilities are available for those who choose to use the facility before or after work or college, or on their lunch hour. The facility is open to the employees and students of the college, as well as the members of our community. They can attend classes, seminars, nutrition and fitness testing and counseling, as well as personal training, all at an affordable cost.

Participants are required to be currently enrolled in an activity course in order to use the KCKCC Wellness & Fitness Center (WFC) facility.

Campus Gardens

The Cooper-Campus GardenForeman Heirloom and Native Gardens is a collection of ethno-botanical gardens located on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College.  The gardens are privately funded and maintained by community volunteers.  KCKCC generously hosts these gardens for their educational value.

Garden Tours are conducted every 3rd Thursday of the month, June - August, by arrangement only.  Contact Pam Louis-Walden at 913 620-6930.

Blue Devil Fun Run Walk

Blue Devil Fun Run

Cooper-Foreman Gardens

Campus Gardens

KCKCC’s Mair Receives UMKC Alumni Award

Kelly Rogge
Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The University of Missouri-Kansas City has honored Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Jim Mair with a 2017 UMKC Alumni Award.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has honored Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Jim Mair with a 2017 UMKC Alumni Award.

Mair received the award from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC during a luncheon April 20. He is a 1990 graduate, receiving his master’s degree from the university.

“Honestly I was in shock,” he said upon learning he received the award. “I thought I misheard what I was being told over the phone.”

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board as well as the campus recognize outstanding alumni. The luncheon also serves as a fundraising opportunity. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards event has collected almost $1 million in student scholarships and aid. Each college/school on the UMKC campus nominates one alumni to receive an award. In addition, UMKC honors additional alumni and one family with recognitions.

“The Conservatory at UMKC has produced many world renowned musicians and educators,” Mair said. “I've never really thought of myself in that echelon. This kind of recognition was never on my radar.”

Mair, professor of music and director of instrumental studies at KCKCC, is also the founder of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and started the “Basically Basie” big band competition, which is held during the college’s annual Jazz Summit. In addition, he is the artistic director for the Kansas City High School All Star Jazz Ensemble, leader of the Kansas City Jazz Quintet, producer of the Kansas City Jazz Summit and served as Artistic Director and conductor of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra from 2003-2010.

Mair said his professors at the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.), where he received his bachelor’s degree, suggested moving to a city with a “jazz scene,” which led him to UMKC. He said he also received a teaching assistantship from the university, which helped him pay for his master’s program.

“I gained a strong understanding of how to make a living as a full time musician because I did that for five years. My two years at UMKC allowed me to ‘break into the scene’ and make contacts with musicians that I still work with today,” Mair said. “I also learned that our program at KCKCC has similar struggles as the UMKC program did at the time. I find myself saying, ‘we dealt with the same issue at UMKC when I was a student there.’ The Conservatory approach to instruction is quite different to a more liberal arts educational setting. That approach allows me to adjust to a multitude of learning styles and not be a myopic instructor.”

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