President's Page - October 23, 2019

10th Blog Entry - E-Sports Programming

In association with the third blog edition, Power of Enrollment, this entry focuses on a programming opportunity that is receiving considerable attention and promotion within the higher education sector -


A quick search on the internet will lead you to a host of Kansas higher education institutions currently supporting E-sports and it is also taking hold at the high school level. The above-linked article references that to date, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is not affiliated with an E-sports body.  However, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has established a partnership with the National Association of Collegiate E-sports (NACE)  The extent of the partnership continues to unfold and in as much as you may believe there is mislabeling, gaming is defined as being a sport


A proposal to establish an E-Sports program at Barton was presented to the Board of Trustees at the October 8, 2019, Study Session. It was further shared with the Trustees that with NJCAA partnership, E-sports would be under the arm of the Athletic Department if approved by the Trustees. The proposal will come to the Trustees for follow-up budget and facility discussion at the November Study Session. Assuming there is continued support, formal recommendation for Trustee approval will take place at the November Board meeting.



Congratulations to Lee Miller -


From: Beene, Connie
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:35 PM
To: Heilman, Carl Dr.
Subject: Perkins reporting award winner

Krystall Barnes accepts an award.

Last week Krystall Barnes was recognized a winner of the Perkins Grant Reporting Award, and was congratulated by David Harwood, Chair, KANSASWORKS State Board (see attached picture).

Krystall is one of just 2 winners, and has done such a fantastic job.  I really appreciate her leadership for the state in implementing Perkins V.

Have a great afternoon!

Connie Beene

Sr. Director, Adult & Career Technical Education

Kansas Board of Regents


From: Ladd, Jennifer 
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2019 10:27 AM
To: Knowles, Cecelia
Subject: John

Good morning,

I just wanted to share a kudos that I just experienced from John. My hands were full with some meds I was carrying from my classroom. I made it to the door by Heather’s office and John turned around and made sure the 2 doors were open into the T-bldg auto/art hallway. He then even went out of his way to make sure my door was open! That little bit of kindness sure does go a long way! I know we often hear the negative things and often do not hear feedback unless something bad has happened but I wanted to share the good! I really appreciated this. 

Have a great rest of your day!