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Dennis Ashara

Dennis Ashara is a Research Fellow, French Research Institute for Africa (IFRA-Nigeria) and professional member, Center for Crisis Prevention and Peace Advocacy (CCPPA). He is also researcher in conflict and development studies, humanitarian intervention and disaster management. He holds M.Sc. in Humanitarian and Refugees Studies from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and B.A in History and International Studies. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Studies.



Steve and Dorothy Collins

Dr. Steve Collins is the 1998 recipient of the Carnegie Foundation Kansas Professor of the Year award, past president of the Kansas Sociological Society, Professor of Sociology and current coordinator of the Sociology Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Dr. Collins has directed service learning and academic research projects in New Mexico, Kansas, and Italy, and for four years represented the college as project manager for the National Park Service “Save America’s Treasures Grant” to preserve the Quindaro Ruins in Wyandotte County, Kansas. This project resulted from an extraordinary collaboration between the Kansas City Kansas Community College, the African Methodist Episcopal Church who won the grant, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas.

Dorothy Collins is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Professor Collins has participated in archaeological investigations in the American Southwest, at Cahokia Mounds in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Richard Leaky Camp at Koobi Fora, Kenya, and has conducted ethnographic research in Canada and Southern Italy. Professor Collins is currently the Chairperson of the college Adjunct Faculty Committee.



Kenneth Butcher, Ph.D.

Kenneth Chukwudi Butcher specializes in American and African education and politics. He taught in Nigeria for over a decade before coming to the United States. He has been involved in educational activities in Kenya, Israel, Uganda, Egypt, Congo, Ethiopia, Togo, Benin Republic, Nigeria, and here in the United States. In the last ten years, Dr. Butcher has promoted inclusive political dialogue and culturally relevant pedagogy in America’s classrooms. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Education and Geosciences from the University of Missouri. He has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and at Avila University. He also taught Political Science and American National Politics, including American Constitution, at Maple Woods College (Metropolitan Community College). He is currently the President of Amara International in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.



Ernest Evans Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, KCKCC, a graduate of Yale University, this erudite scholar has continued to advocate for social justice and human rights through education, public speaking, community and peace-building partnerships.



Joseph J. Grasela, Jr.

Joseph J. Grasela, Jr. is the Reference Librarian for Kansas City Kansas Community College. Joe has been teaching Bibliographic Instruction and Research Classes for KCKCC since 2000. He has also instructed at the United States Army Command and General Staff College and at the United States Army Transportation School. He holds a M.L.S. degree from the Emporia State University. He also holds a M.S. B. A. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is currently researching the World War II experiences of the African-Americans who attended the Sumner Branch of the Community College.



Thomas C. Hall

Thomas Hall, Ph.D., is a certified alcohol and drug counselor, licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Psychology Professor. Professor Hall coordinates the Addiction Counseling Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Dr. Hall is a clinical consultant for secondary and post secondary educational institutions, drug courts, and provides program development, training and therapy for these institutions. To contact Dr. Hall go to 'Addiction Counselor Program'.


Tasha Haas

Tasha Haas teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and previously taught fiction writing at the University of Kansas for eight years. She received an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University in 1998, and a B.A. in English and French from Fort Hays State University in 1992. In 2004, she was awarded the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Fiction—a locally prestigious and competitive award given by the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Her stories have recently appeared in Web Conjunctions, Coal City Review, and South Dakota Review, among other literary journals. She is also a musician and artist.



Chieke Ihejirika, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Lincoln University, PA. Formerly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas



Susan A. Ives, M.F.A.

Susan Ives is an Adjunct Instructor of Digital Imaging Design at Kansas City Kansas Community College. A graduate of Kansas State University, she studied both Architectural History and Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Instructor Susan has a special interest in the potentials of digital reconstruction of historic architectural ruins.



Ed Kremer

Dr. Ed Kremer is a chemistry teacher at KCKCC. He has a PHD in biochemistry from UMKC and has been teaching for 13 years. Dr. Kremer is highly engaged with the community and hopes that his attitude helps to foster the “community” aspects of KCKCC.



Matlotleng Matlou, Ph.D.

Matlotleng Matlou, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow, Centre for Africa Studies, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and currently the Chief Executive Officer, Africa Institute of South Africa. Formerly, Professor of Political Science, University of Liberia.



Kwaku Nti, Ph.D.

The author, Kwaku Nti, is an Assistant Professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA. He teaches pre-colonial, colonial, and contemporary history of Africa, Topics in African history, African Diaspora, and World Civilization courses. His research interests include everyday life and colonial experiences of coastal communities in Southern Ghana, and the experiences of the descendants of the historic Diaspora in Ghana. The author had his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, East Lansing.



Christi Orndorff

The article on Global Warming is a contribution from our guest writer for this edition, Christi Orndorff. Opinions expressed in her article are not necessarily that of KCKCC or the Editor.



Mario Ramos-Reyes, Ph.D.

MARIO RAMOS REYES, scholar and diplomat, was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Paraguay from 1985 to 1989. He received his B. A. in Philosophy in 1983 and J.D. in 1987 from the Catholic University of Paraguay and his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1997. He also holds a Diploma in Special Studies of Philosophy of Law from the University of Navarra, Spain. As a diplomat, he was Senior Advisor for Democratization and Educational Reform (1997-1998) in Asunción and the first Consul General of the Republic of Paraguay to the State of Kansas (1998-2000). He now holds the post of Emeritus Consul to the State of Kansas. He has published a number of articles on Latin American philosophy, the Christian Democratic movement, and the Catholic Social Teachings as well as two books, Philosophy and Democratic Thought (1998); and Ethics and Philosophy. (2005). His new book, Jacques Maritain: the Search for a Christian Political Order in Latin America is scheduled for publication next year. A member of the Paraguayan Institute of Constitutional Law, Mario is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and visiting Professor of the Catholic University of Asunción.



Charles Reitz

Charles Reitz, Ph.D., began teaching German and Philosophy at KCKCC in 1987. After serving several years as Director of Multicultural Education also, he early-retired in 2006. He is the author of Art, Alienation and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse (SUNY Press, 2000). He was also the co-editor of Authority, Culture, and Communication: The Sociology of Ernest Manheim (Synchron Verlag, 2005). He has two essays forthcoming in Marcuse's Challenges to Education, edited by Douglas Kellner (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).



Walter A. Schrepel

Walter A. Schrepel is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Sceinces Division of the Kansas City Kansas Community College. Walt has been teaching Philosophy and Ethics for KCKCC since 1993. He has also taught a variety of courses at the following colleges and universities: U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, West Texas College, KCKCC, Saint Mary College, Park University, Keller Business School, Upper Iowa University, Friends University, and Fort Hays State University.



Mehdi S. Shariati, Ph.D.

Mehdi S. Shariati, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics, Sociology, and Geography in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of the KCKCC. Dr. Shariati holds graduate degrees in Economics, Sociology and a multidisciplinary Ph.D. His areas of research interest are global political economy, economic development, and social change. He has published several articles and book reviews and currently working on several related projects. Professor Shariati is also the founder/advisor of the KCKCC Economic Club.



Curtis V. Smith, Ph.D.

Curtis V. Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biological Science. He holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. degree in Microbiology and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Leadership in Education from the University of Missouri - K.C. He holds another M.A. degree in the History of Science from the University of Kansas.



Barbara Stransky

Barbara Stransky is a Reference Librarian & Sociology Instructor at the Kansas City Kansas Community College



Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry/Biology from Mid-America Nazarene University and her M.A. from the Division of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Kansas. She has served as a research scientist at the University of Kansas in the Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Departments. She is a trained electron microscopist and managed a Cell Biology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute at Fort Detrick, Maryland, before returning to teaching. She previously was on the faculty at the University of Kansas, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology (interim position), and served as an adjunct instructor at Mid-America Nazarene University, Johnson County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, and the University of Kansas Distance Education Department.

Professor Taylor, left research to return to teaching because she missed the student contact and has been at KCKCC since 1990. She teaches Physiology, Anatomy, Human Sexuality, Bioinformatics, Public Health, and Neurology courses. She has developed seven online science courses, many of which are currently being taught at KCKCC. She is very much involved in online education and is a peer reviewer for the Quality Matters™ program.



Ewa Unoke, Ph.D.

Ewa Unoke Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in charge of the Political Science Program at the Kansas City Kansas Community College. He graduated from Howard University, Washington D.C. in 2004. His major fields of study include International Relations and Comparative Politics (Africa). Dr. Unoke is a consultant on Transitional Justice, Peace Studies and African Affairs. As an Igbo youth and patriot, he was a child soldier with the Biafran Organization of Freedom Fighters- BOFF. Dr. Unoke remains a warrior for Freedom and Justice and currently serves as a member of the Kansas State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Unoke is the author of five books including his latest, Africa In a World of Mendacity, 2008. He is the founding editor of the KCKCC E-Journal which premiered in 2007.



Dagney Velazquez, M.Div., BSChE

Adult Education Instructor and Transition Advisor
Kansas City Kansas Community College



Gregg Ventello

Gregg Ventello, Ph.D., is an English teacher at Kansas City Kansas Community College.



Thomas E. Weis

Tom has a B.A. from Evergreen State College, M.A. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (specialization in American Literature), Assistant Professor of English: Hazard Community College (3 years), Associate Professor English at Kansas City Kansas Community College for 13 years, Father of Molly Weis (age 11).



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